My husband and I just drove 22 hours straight through to get home after the Gluten Free Culinary Summit.  I will catch you all up of how fun the conference was over the next week.  I am too tired to to it justice now.  Let me say, though, it was really wonderful.  The instructors were amazing and the attention to detail was extraordinary.

I had a request from one of my students to post an entry about how I exchange natural alternative sweeteners for sugar in my recipes.  Keep an eye out for that this week.

Menu Plan Monday this week is having a “family favorites” theme.  So, you should be able to find many tried and true recipes this week.  The Gluten Free Menu Swap is hosted this week by Cooking & UNcooking.  This week’s theme is apples.  Gotta love that fall fruit!

This week’s menu reflects how tired I am and how much I want my meals simple this week.  Of course, I DO have enough energy to plan on trying out some of the tasty things I learned at the conference!

Monday:  orchestra/get back from Providence, a 22 hour drive/Girl scout recruitment night/snuggle my kids silly!!

        Gluten free spaghetti, tomato sauce with ground turkey and zucchini and a big salad

Tuesday:  big girl doctor apt/piano lessons/kindergarten social/parent band info meeting

         Make bread from Carol Fenster from the summit and her new book, 1,000 Gluten Free Recipes, which I picked up at the conference.  It will be released to order soon.  You are going to want this one!!

            Mexi-burgers, buns made from the above bread, salad with apple, jicima and a  toasted sesame seed  honey vinaigrette

Wednesday:  mommy volunteer at school library/big girl doctor apt/big girl drama group

         Chicken soup and gluten free dumplings from the culinary summit created by Chef Joel Schaefer


Thursday: mommy hair trim

        * family favorite * Slow cooker ribs with Updated ABC slaw (apple, bok choy and red cabbage) and  roasted rosemary sweet potatoes

Friday:  mom Bible study

           * family favorite * Pizza and salad with gluten and dairy free ranch dressing