It is time again for Secret Recipe Club reveal day! Woo-hoo! What is the Secret Recipe Club? It’s a lot like Secret Santa, but with recipes. Each month you are assigned a blog. After selecting a recipe from that bloggers repertoire, you make and post it on reveal day. It is a great way to find fun recipes and blogs. I like how it gets me to actually sit down and go through another person’s blog. Blogs are a lot of work and take time to put together. Instead of skimming through just the new stuff (as is usually easier when we see a new blog) it is fun to really sit down and go through what else the blog has to offer. Fun stuff!
My assigned blog this month was No Reason Needed. She participates in a bunch of fun blog groups, so there were tons of delicious things to pick from. I almost made Apple Streusel Inside-Out Cake or the Banana Sundae Sauce, then Chicka Chicka Salad turned my head. I’m telling ya, it was a hard decision! I finally went with Warm Lemon Pudding. The tangy lemon sounded like just what I needed to celebrate Spring weather FINALLY arriving in my area.
I altered the Warm Lemon Pudding to be gluten and dairy free, because that is how we rock at our house. Then, because I was hoping for a sponge cake topping, I also whipped the egg whites separately before folding them into the batter. Finally I decided to bake my puddings in single servings sizes and use a water bath during the baking process to help keep the pudding/custard part to set without curdling. I wasn’t sure if this was necessary, but felt it was a good idea as I was baking the pudding in single serving sizes. The final puddings baked up light and fluffy. The top layer has a texture between a light sponge cake and a meringue and the pudding layer on the bottom is more of a sauce that thickens to a pudding texture as it cools. Gluten Free Dairy Free Lemon Pudding is a wonderful light dessert with a bright lemon flavor that would pair beautifully with all the lovely Spring berries that are out right now. Thanks so much for the recipe. It is wonderful!
Our chickens will be 22 weeks old tomorrow and today is the day we got our very first egg. The brown one was the first one we found and I think it came from Margo. She was REALLY chatty when I opened their coop door and there it was! 🙂 The second I know came from Camilla as she is the only one of our chickens who will lay a white egg. So exciting! The first egg from a chicken is a pullet egg and is smaller than they will lay as they get older. You can see the size difference n the photos below when compared to an egg from the store labeled as “large.”
So, we now have 5 pullets and 2 hens. Woo-hoo! I can’t wait to see what is in the next boxes tomorrow… 🙂
Zucchini muffins are a wonderful breakfast with fruit and an egg, nuts or nut butter to start your kid’s school day.
I love having frozen meals ready to pop out and serve for dinner. However, I don’t have the time (or inclination) to devote two entire days a month to cooking my family’s meals. Do you like the idea of freezer cooking, but don’t want to invest the large block of time? Try what I do and …
Quiche is such an easy dish to throw together. It’s also versatile – toss in what you have on hand and need to use up. We like this quiche for breakfast, but it also makes a wonderful lunch and dinner. Just pair with a side salad and delicious muffin and you’re good to go!
It is time for another installment of the Camping Gluten Free series from Becca of Going Free and myself about camping food cooked up gluten and diary free! This week it is my turn to share about foil dinners.
Foil dinners are a classic camping staple. Wrap some food up in foil, toss it on the fire, then eat a delicious meal, how hard can it be? BUT you can end up with …
Quiche is a dish that can be made with so many different flavor combinations and still be delicious. It is also an easy, economical meal to be used as breakfast, lunch or a dinner. You can bake up a full-sized quiche, like I did here, or bake mini-quiches in muffin tins. I pre-make and freeze the muffin-sized quiches for an easy grab-n-go, high-protein breakfast for my kiddos to snag as they stumble to the bus in the morning.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we do. I’ll make and take a pic of the muffins sized ones soon, so you can see how they turn out. 🙂
Head over to Mj’s for Freezer Food Friday. Then head back and join in Gluten Free-zer Friday. We’ld love to have you join in on the fun!
1. If you would like to participate in Gluten Free-zer Friday, simply email your post link to your gluten free freezer recipe (angelas_kitchenATcomcastDOTnet) or leave a comment below and I will add you to the roundup.
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For Gluten Free-zer Friday this week I am putting up the gluten and dairy free adaptions for Once a Month Mom‘s October 2009 menu. I changed a couple of recipes completely to still have something delicious, yet simple enough to pull together for gluten and dairy free cooking. Someday I may have a tutorial post about how to make gluten free ravioli, but I figure it wasn’t a good idea for an already busy cooking day! ;o) The “cheese” ball is also being posted today. Happy cooking!
The original OAM Mom’s October 2009 menu dinners and desserts links:
The instructions and shopping list will be up after I check my math… I realized something went terribly wrong with my addition!
You will need to pick the “cheese” sauce you could like to use. One is nut free, which is a great option for those with tree nut allergies. Our family likes them both. You will just need to make one batch of a “cheese” sauce.
Dairy Free Pumpkin Cheese Ball
Author/Source: Angela at test.angelaskitchen.com DOUBLE
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3 cups raw cashews
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2-4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
Put pumpkin puree into a sieve lined with cheese cloth and set over a bowl. Allow to drain while cashews soak.
Soak cashews in room temperature water for an hour. Drain and rinse cashews. Drain cashews really well, blotting if necessary.
Put cashews, pumpkin puree, nutritional yeast and salt into a food processor or high-powered blender (such as a Vita-Mix). Process until smooth.
Slowly add lemon juice a tablespoon at a time, checking the consistency after each addition. You will be shaping it, so do not thin it too much (this will vary GREATLY depending on size of cashews, their freshness, the hardness/softness of your water, etc). Use less juice to keep it dryer. It will firm up more as it chills. Stir in minced chives.
Divide mixture into 2 parts. Shape each part with your hands into a ball. Put the chopped toasted pecans in a shallow plate and carefully roll each ball in the pecans. Completely cover the outside of each ball with pecans.
Wrap each in plastic wrap. Put wrapped “cheese” ball into a quart sized freezer bag, remove as much air as possible, seal, label and freeze.
To serve: Thaw in refrigerator. Place on a serving platter. Score sides with a knife to resemble a pumpkin and add celery leaves for a stem.
Containers Needed: Plastic Wrap & 2 Quart Freezer Bags
Note from Angela: You will need 4 double crusts and 2 single crusts for this freezer menu (bring on the pies, baby!). You will be making 2 double batches of dough (below) and a single batch of dough (below the double). I DO NOT recommend making anything larger than a double batch at a time for the pie crust recipe as your crusts will not turn out well…. Trust me on this.
Double Batch Gluten Free Pie Crust (makes two generous-sized double crusts)
Source: Angela Litzinger of test.angelaskitchen.com
*****Make 2 batches *****– you will have better crusts than if you try to make a quad batch. One double batch for 2 Freezer Apple Pies and one double batch for Meat Pies.
2/3 cup brown rice flour
2/3 cup sourgum
1 1/3 cup tapioca flour
1 1/3 cup potato starch
4 tablespoons cornstarch
8 teaspoons sugar or cane juice crystals
3 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
2 tablespoons xanthan gum
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups shortening, cut into 1 “ chunks and chilled (I use organic palm shortening)
2 cold egg or flax seed equivalent (using golden flax seed – 2 T ground flax + 4 T warm water)
4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons ice cold water
1/2 cup more ice cold water, as needed
Whisk together rice and tapioca flour, potato and cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt into a mixing bowl. Cut cold shortening into dry ingredient. Blend with a pastry cutter until shortening is incorporated into the dry ingredients. Beat egg with vinegar and 2 tablespoons cold water; Pour over flour mixture and toss together with a fork. If more water is needed for dough to hold together when squeezed, then sprinkle one tablespoon of cold water at a time onto the dough, up to an extra 1/4 cup water. Form dough into four balls with your hands. Place each dough ball onto a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten into a disk about 1 to 1 1/2″ thick. Wrap disks well in plastic and chill for at least one hour.
Remove dough from the fridge. Working with one disk at a time, unwrap dough. Place on plastic wrap and add another sheet of plastic wrap onto of dough disk. Roll out the dough between to sheets of wax paper. The dough should be about 1 1/2 inches larger in diameter than the pie pan. Peel top sheet of plastic away from dough. Slip hand underneath plastic wrap and crust. Using the plastic wrap to help support the dough, flip crust into pie pan. Remove the sheet of plastic wrap. Trim excess dough and crimp edges to form a decorative border.
Note: You can freeze disks of pie dough. Wrap the disks well. When ready to use, allow to thaw over night in the refrigerator. When thawed, shape and bake.
Single Batch Gluten Free Pie Crust
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup sourgum
2/3 cup tapioca flour
2/3 cup potato starch
2 tablespoon cornstarch
4 teaspoon sugar or cane juice crystals
1 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1 tablespoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening, cut into 1 “ chunks and chilled (I use organic palm shortening)
1 cold egg or flax seed equivalent (using golden flax seed – 1 T ground flax + 2 T warm water)
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons ice cold water
¼ cup more ice cold water, as needed
Follow instructions for the double batch, but make 2 disks of dough instead of 4.
Freezer Apple Pie (half recipe – makes 2 pies)
Source: Angela at test.angelaskitchen.com
12 cups apples, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch (use a peeler/slicer)
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cups sugar or cane juice crystals
3/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup corn starch
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups apple cider
Toss the apple slices with the lemon juice in a large bowl.
In a large stock pan, whisk sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. While still whisking, slowly add apple cider. Put pot over medium-high heat and bring to a low boil. Boil for two minutes, stirring constantly. The cider mixture will be very thick.
Add apple slices and lemon juice to pan and carefully fold apples into cider mixture. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring often. Apple will be partially cooked and more tender, NOT mushy. Allow mixture to cool for half an hour uncovered, then place into the refrigerator to cool completely. (Note: After the filling is cool, you can divide into two freezer containers or freezer bags, label and freeze.)
If making pies, divide into pie tins containing chilled pie crusts. Return filled crust to refrigerator while making the pies’ top crusts. Put top crust on pie, flute crust edge, cut steam vents in the crust. You can brush the top of your pie with an egg wash of and egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water (for egg free use flax seed goop using golden flax), sprinkling with cinnamon sugar to finish the crust. Now, freeze your pie in the coldest section of your freezer. When frozen, wrap your pie with freezer weight plastic wrap or slip into a large freezer bag, removing all the air. Label pie with type of pie, date and baking instructions.
When ready to bake your pie: Remove from freezer. Unwrap pie and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 350 degrees for 50 min to and hour. Pie is done when apples are tender, crust is golden and filling is bubbly. Allow pie to completely cool before slicing to allow the filling to set.
Containers Needed: plastic wrap, and 2 9-inch pie pans
Pumpkin Enchiladas Casserole (make a double batch. Either use 4 deep dish 8″x8″ pans or 2 9″x13″ pans as needed for your family)
Author/Source: adapted from Doiron, Jane. “Meat Pies.” Recipe. Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms. Denver, Colorado: Outskirts Press, 2009. 140-141. Adapted by Angela at test.angelaskitchen.com SINGLE
Double recipe of gluten free pie crust (4 disks), thawed
5 potatoes, peeled & quartered
½ teaspoons salt
1 3/4 pounds ground beef
1 3/4 pounds ground pork/sausage (be sure GF!)
½ cup onion, diced
1 1/4 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 ½ teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 – 20 oz bag of frozen mixed veggies of choice
Set a steamer basket into a large pot. Fill with enough water to come just below the basket. Bring Water to a boil. Place potatoes in basket and reduce water temperature to a simmer. Cover pot and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. While potatoes are cooking, brown the meat and onion in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Drain the meat. Pull the cooked potatoes from steamer basket and mash with a potato masher. Add potatoes, seasoned salt, and poultry seasoning to the meat and mix well. Stir in the frozen veggies. Set aside to cool.
Remove the pie pastry from the refrigerator, and allow to warm up a bit until you can easily roll it out, but it is still cool. Roll out crusts (use plastic wrap – crust tutorial is here). Line two pie plates with a pie crust and fill with the meat stuffing evenly. Cover with top crusts and trim the edges with a sharp knife. Seal the edges together by pressing a fork all the way around the rim. Cut a slice in the center of the crust to vent. Cover well with plastic wrap and foil. Label and freeze. To serve: Thaw at least 24 hours in refrigerator. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
Containers Needed: Plastic wrap & 2 9-inch pie pans
Author/Source: Angela at test.angelaskitchen.com TRIPLE
24 oz. kielbasa, halved lenghtwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (be sure GFCF, nitrate free prefered)
3 – 20 oz pkgs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
4 1/2 cups baby carrots, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 green or red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 cups chopped onion
9 garlic cloves, minced
6 (15-oz.) cans Cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
3 cans (14.5 oz) Italian style tomatoes
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cup dry white wine (you can use more stock if desired)
2 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 t allspice
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
6 Tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
2 – 10 oz. containers frozen spinach, thawed, water squeezed out
Dividing each ingredient into 4 parts, put 1/4th of each chicken, carrots, peppers, onion, garlic, beans, tomatoes, broth, wine, thyme, allspice, black pepper and red pepper into a gallon sized freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal. Mix parsley and spinach together. Divide into 4 pint sized freezer bags. Remove as much air as possible and seal. Package large and small bag together (I do this by putting the large and small bag into another larger freezer bag), label and freeze.
To serve: Thaw. Put contents of large bag into slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high 3-1/2 to 4 hours. Just before serving, stir in fresh parsley and spinach. Serve with some crusty gluten free bread and a green salad.
Containers Needed: 4 gallon sized freezer bags and 4 pint sized freezer bags.
French Baguette Casserole
Author/Source: adapted from Sandie @ inncuisine.com found via themushroomchannel.com altered by Angela of test.angelaskitchen.com DOUBLE
24 ounces fresh spinach, rinsed well
3 loaves gluten free bread of choice (I use my GF French Bread, but a triple batch of Noah’s Rolls work really well in this)
1 cup red onion, thinly sliced
16 ounces mushrooms, sliced
3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 cup of “”cheese” sauce of choice
12 each eggs
4 cups unsweetened milk substitute of choice
To Taste, salt
To Taste, pepper
In a medium stockpot, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add spinach, cooking 2 minutes. Drain in colander; press out any remaining water by placing spinach in a cotton, kitchen towel and squeezing out moisture. Chop roughly and set aside.
On an angle, cut gluten free bread into 1/2″ thick slices. Using a basting (or pastry) brush, lightly oil both sides of each slice with olive oil. Spray 4 deep dish 8×8 pans with non-stick cooking spray, and line the bottom of dish (and sides if necessary) with the prepared bread, slightly layering and overlapping the slices.
Over medium heat, warm a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and saute until fragrant, about 40 seconds. Add sliced mushrooms and cook 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Add ground cumin and spinach, stirring to combine.
Layer cooked onion/mushroom/spinach mixture over the bread, spreading evenly. Warm “cheese” sauce until pourable. Drizzle the “cheese” sauce over the vegetables evenly. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and milk with salt and pepper to taste. Gently and evenly, pour egg mixture over the layered bread and vegetables in baking dishes. Cover and freeze.
To serve: Thaw slowly in refrigerator (24 hours+) Bake at 375 degrees uncovered for approximately 40-45 minutes. Knife inserted near center should come out moist, but relatively clean. Remove from oven, allow casserole to cool slightly, then cut into portions for serving.
Containers Needed: 4 deep dish 8×8 pans
Crockpot Cranberry Pork Roast – make a double batch
Islander Pork Roast
Author/Source: adapted from Stacy@recipesformoms.com QUAD
6 pounds boneless pork loin
2 teaspoons ground cloves
15 ounces canned mandarin oranges
2 cups canned crushed pineapple, with juice
8 Tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoons ground pepper
If you bought a large pork loin divide it into 4 1.5 lb loins. Rub each pork loin with ground cloves, place in 4 separate gallon freezer bags. Pour equal amounts of in mandarin oranges into each bag. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; pour over pork.
To serve: Thaw. Cook in slow cooker on high for 4-5 hours (or low for 8 hours) until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
Containers Needed: 4 gallon freezer bags