By: Gretchen Scalpi
According to Gluten-Free Foods in the U.S., 5th Edition by Packaged Facts “Over the five-year period ended in 2014, sales of gluten-free products in traditionally grain-based categories posted a compound annual growth rate of 34%.”
There are more gluten-free products in the grocery store than ever but many of those are packaged foods that may not include healthy ingredients. Other options are gluten-free grains, fruits and vegetables. It’s all so confusing so how do you choose? Follow the tips below and you’ll be well on your way to purchasing and eating a healthier gluten-free diet.
*Start by going through your kitchen and your refrigerator. Read labels and keep what you can and get rid of the rest.
*Carry a list of safe foods and foods to avoid every time you shop. Plan ahead and create a list of food you do want to purchase.
*Stay away from processed food and be prepared to do more cooking at home.
*Check the labels on everything before you purchase with the exception of fresh produce.
*Purchase gluten-free grains including quinoa, rice and rice flour, corn, buckwheat, millet and teff.
*Meat and seafood products without marinades are gluten-free such as beef, chicken, turkey, fish and shellfish.
*Dairy products including yogurt, cottage cheese, cream, milk and butter are a safe choice.
*Miscellaneous foods to round out your diet include honey, oils, hummus, seeds and seed butters and nuts and nut butters.
*Purchase drinks like bottled water, hot cocoa, coffee, tea, fruit juices and carbonated drinks after checking the labels to make sure they are gluten-free.
*Canned and plain frozen vegetables and fruit are a good choice. Check the labels on any items with sauces.
*Purchase separate containers of peanut butter, jams and jellies for yourself to avoid cross contamination.
*If you have a smart phone try looking for a phone app that can scan bar codes of packaged foods. This makes it easier to determine if the item you want to purchase is gluten free.
*Try shopping at ethnic markets and health food stores to give yourself some more options and to vary your diet.
*Purchase bulk items such as gluten-free flour, baking mixes and other staples online in order to save money.
To learn the intricacies of the gluten free diet, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian who has experience working with this challenging diet.
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Gretchen Scalpi is a Registered Dietitian, author and Certified Wellcoach® who has celiac disease and know the challenges of eating right with this condition. If you are new to the gluten-free lifestyle for medical or health reasons, you’ll want to attend Gretchen’s new free webinar “Five Things You Should Know Before Going Gluten-free” at http://www.gflifestylelearning.com/?p=401.
I don’t know about you, but those sweet Girl Scouts and their addictive cookies sure did a number on my waistline this year! And they’re not alone. I’ve never so enjoyed packing in the calories as I have taste-testing the oodles of fantastic homemade cookie recipes that have been turning up! And I’m not talking about your everyday chocolate chip variety (which I WOULD gladly eat every day, by the way.) No, what I’m seeing is an outbreak of awesome: in the form of ooey, gooey, one-of-a-kind cookie recipes in the recipes club Just a Pinch!
Combining the richness of turtle candy, the cuteness of a cupcake and the bite-size ease of a cookie is the recent recipe posting for scrumptious Turtle Cookie Cups on the site Just a Pinch by club member Valerie Johnson.
“These little cookie cups are very easy to make,” assures Valerie. “I made them for Super Bowl Sunday and they were a big hit. If you like chocolate and caramel, I’m sure you will like these.”
That’s one safe bet! These chocolate cookies are filled with soft caramel and topped with a pecan for the perfect crunchy finish. And since each cookie cup is baked in its own little wrapper, they’re ideal for bake sales and party trays.
Now, if ever there were a dessert whose very name screamed “party”, it’s the aptly named Whoopie Pie. Growing up in the South, I’ve had to be taught the art of the Whoopie Pie from some New England bakers. These filled, cake-like cookies are said to have originated in Amish kitchens as a way to use leftover cake batter. Goodness, those were some smart cookies!
The Whoopie Pie is a tough dessert to classify – Is it a cake, a cookie, an honest to goodness pie? – but it’s got universal appeal! Angie Walker of Stryker, OH (also a Just a Pinch member) adds her own spin to the traditional chocolate Whoopie with her Serene Sunday: Oh, the Sadness of Parting Pumpkin Cookies. With a big name and equally big flavors, Angie’s cookies are a spice-filled, pumpkin-packed treat. Is there such a thing as “classic innovation”? If so, I think Angie’s got it down to an art!
On the other hand, Kathleen Kulinski, another club member, has perfected what has to be one of the most decadent no-bake cookies of all time. With ingredients to satisfy every craving imaginable – from salty to sweet – I urge women everywhere to whip up a batch for those times when you need a little extra indulgence.
“This [cookie] is a little bit chocolate, a little bit salt, a little bit peanut butter and then there’s the fluff” exclaims Kathleen!
These chocolate dears are perfectly freezable, too. So make a lot, eat a few, and save the rest for your next “take me away” moment.
Kudos to all the crafty cooks out there who are coming up with such inventive ways to satisfy our collective sweet tooth! Thanks to you, our tables are a much sweeter place. Now, pass the milk, please…
If you enjoy these recipes, be sure to dip into some of the amazing recipe contests hosted by Just A Pinch. Or, if you haven’t done so, go ahead and join any recipe club and start exchanging YOUR ooy-gooy ideas with other cooks from around the world!
By: Janet Tharpe
Born in Lexington, Ky., Janet first developed her passion for cooking and recipe club groups at the early age of 14. As a child, she loved cooking for her grandfather and his workers. Now she shares her culinary skills by participating in church socials and a recipe club as she adds to her own recipe box.
1. Good baking requires patience. If you try to rush it, you will end up with a mess. A good cake, pie, cookie, the list goes on and on, cannot be rushed. Things tend to turn out half-baked (yes, literally) or so badly that they are not edible. People tend to frown at you when serve them burnt cookies. (Hey, at least I tried.)
2. You do not have to always follow the recipe. I have started to learn to cook and bake by feel and taste more than by following a recipe. If you do not like one thing that is in the recipe but you do like everything else that is in it, take out the thing you do not like. I tend to add more of things I like into a recipe (chocolate) and take out things I don’t (not chocolate). I have been known to add double the amount of chocolate chips to a cookie recipe and omit the nuts entirely. (Really, who needs all those nuts getting in the way of a good chocolate chip cookie!)
3. The devil is in the details. Little things like adding ingredients in the proper order can make all the difference. I have learned from very painful experience that putting the ingredients in the wrong way can easily ruin a baking recipe. The baking powder has to go in before you put it in the oven. (Who knew?)
4. It does not have to be complicated to taste good. Some of the best baking recipes that my mom ever made were ones that had five ingredients or less. If you are like me and do not have the patience to squeeze a million tiny dots onto a cake in order to make pretty frosting, it is nice to know that I can make something that is simpler and still tastes good. (Anyone have a recipe for dipable (yes, I just made up that word) frosting? Lets skip that whole thing of having to frost the cake entirely.)
5. Always mix in some love. I am convinced that this is why store bought sweets never taste as good as homemade ones. Machines do not know how to inject this special ingredient. All baking recipes at the very minimum need at least one cup of love to be any good at all.
I wish you all happy baking with lots of love baked in!
By: Jill Seader
Jill Seader is the founder of Your Baking Story. Her website shares her baking stories and recipes and also allows visitors to share their own baking stories and recipes. Come visit and share your own stories.
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Imagine tasting the best cookie you ever had and then realizing its gluten free. Wow, I had no idea that gluten free pastries could taste so much better after I made one change to the recipe. The Big secret is replacing tapioca flour with arrowroot flour. Tapioca flour leaves a bad after taste in your mouth, which in turn makes any pastry taste awful. The true benefit to using arrowroot flour is that I will take away the bad after taste and complete the products structure needed in the flour. Give it a try I promise you will not be disappointed. Just for reading this article I will include my personally created all purpose gluten free flour recipe for you to use. The Best Ever Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Recipe
Many gluten free pastries recipes depend on the wheat flour to complete the recipe. At last I after 2 years of testing I have come up with the perfect flour recipe. Here is the recipe. Wait first lets go over a few things. A blend of Brown rice flour or white rice flour depending on what you are making which adds the best flavor combine with potato starch, arrowroot flour and xanthan gum or guar gum.
Gluten Free Flour Recipe
2 cups brown rice flour 2/3 cup potato starch 1/3 cup arrow root flour 1t xanthan gum or guar gum
That is it use this recipe in any recipe that calls for wheat flour and remember you can substitute cup for cup with this. The only thing I would not use this for is bread recipes. Gluten free bread recipes are more complex than regular bread recipes. Please visit my webpage for more information about gluten free bread. The benefit of using this recipe is it can be used in almost any pastry recipe. Plus arrowroot flour is easy to find and inexpensive to get. You may find it at almost any grocery store or online. This one minor change will make a major difference in your gluten free pastries. For More insider tips and tricks please visit my website at http://gluten-free-pastries.blogspot.com.
By: Richard Grubb
Richard Grubb and his years as a professional pastry chef specializing in gluten free pastries has developed a site just for you. Please subscribe to his feeds or follow his site at http://gluten-free-pastries.blogspot.com for more information, tips, and tricks.
It’s been said that babies are a gift from Heaven, and that’s never been more true than when a precious child is being adopted. Arriving in a slightly less traditional way, the beauty of bringing a baby into your life through adoption is a wonderful time of celebration that has been captured so eloquently in this adoption poem:
For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn’t give you the gift of life
LIFE GAVE ME THE GIFT OF YOU!
If you’re welcoming a perfect little person to your family through adoption, a Heaven Sent theme for the baby shower is a great way to surround the family with love. Here are some ideas to help you plan it!
Invitations: Look for an invitation with clouds or angels and customize it with a saying like the poem above or one of these favorites from other adoptive parents:
“We were not separated at your birth. It was the moment at which we begun our journey toward each other.” (Nancy McGuire Roche)
“Not flesh of my flesh or bone of my bone–but still so miraculously my own.” (Unknown)
“Adoption is Love. Love is Family. Family is Forever.” (Unknown)
Decorations: Soft tulle and angel wings are simply divine! Drape some iridescent fabric around the room and add some twinkling stars dangling from the ceiling. Angel-themed diaper cakes make an excellent baby shower centerpieces (and gifts) for the celebration. Add to the decor with plenty of fluffy, glittery, shimmering accents. Just think of all the holiday decorations you might already have that can work well with this theme. Those clear Christmas lights look amazing underneath white tulle. To really jazz it up, add a few feathers to resemble angel wings or use the wings from that old angel costume to create a “cherub chair” designated for Mom.
Menu: There are lots of fun, fluffy ways to make the dinner divine. Try making some Heavenly Hash (which is really just ambrosia) to start with a heavenly ham dish as the entrée and angel food cake or angel-shaped cookies for dessert!
By: Karen Sullen
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We wanted to just take a moment and tell everyone about a milestone that we just passed today. Thanks to you (and Pinterest) we have just surpassed 1000 repins on this baby shower cake we did a while ago. So far, it has been our most repinned cake on Pinterest. If you would like to see our gallery on Pinterest, please click here. Thanks again for your support and happy pinning!
Cake stands are important part of a wedding. Today, wedding cake stands are not just a party accessory but a symbol of prestige as well. They are available in a wide variety to meet the growing demands from the modern society. Some of them are attractively designed and are made of precious metals like silver, so you can preserve them as a valuable party accessory for your home forever. Apart from wedding celebrations, you can also use these stands for celebrations like Christmas as well as special days like wedding anniversaries and birthdays.
The most popular among the party stands are the set/3 or set/4 stands that contain a set of three or four differently sized plates to hold the cake. They are designed to meet the needs of a large party like a wedding reception. These stands are accented with intricate metal works. Some of these set/3 stands are joined together using a decorative support in the middle. They are compact and require less space on your party table. On the other hand, items like the Set/ 4 Tuscany Square Wedding Cake stand Plates occupy much more space, so they are suitable for a large party table.
While selecting the party stands, priority should be given to their quality. They should reflect your emotion towards your guests. The gorgeous stands should act as the symbol of your prestige. They should convey the love and respect you hold for your dear guests. look for items like Set/3 Hampton Round Silver Plated Cake Stand, Set/3 Cosmo Square Silver Plated Wedding Cake Stands, Tango 3 Tier 23″ Tall stands or the Moulin Rouge 15″ Round stands. These party stands are also available in a range of budgets suitable for different types of party needs. You may select them according to your specific party needs and budget available to you.
Planning for a wedding party? Well, you need not hurry through the streets for selecting the party stands. There are good online stores that supply high-quality party accessories to your home. All you need to do is to identify the best shop online and select the cake stands that meet your needs. They will deliver the products to your home without charging you extra. Identify the wholesale shops online where you can procure these party items at the best rate.
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