Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gluten Free Dumplings and Veggie Egg Rolls

Can you remember the last time you ate dumplings or veggie rolls?

I bet you count back however many years you’ve been gluten free and then estimate a few months. The last time I’ve had an Asian dumpling or Veggie Roll has to be at least over four years ago.

So to say that I was excited about Feel Good Foods being released into Southern stores is a bit of an understatement. I pretty much stalked the Earth Fare in Raleigh and couldn’t wait to swing by there on my way in from Wilmington and pick up some of their dumplings!

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I have to say I was a little shocked by the price tag (nearly $7 per box) but there was a $1 off coupon in the freezer section and I knew that I just had to try them!

I cooked the dumplings according to their directions EXACTLY. Water- Oil – Shaking the pan so they don’t stick, etc.

Yeah…

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Not so much.

The bottom not only stuck to the bottom of pan…they pretty much fused with the bottom, even though I shook it several times and even used a flipper to lift the bottoms from the pan a few times during cooking too.

But we still ate them and they were delicious! The dumplings were doughy and the filling was rich and flavorful. I’ve heard from some of you that these take a little bit of practice. So hopefully my next attempt will be better. I’ll have to ask Jill from Hey, that tastes good to give me a lesson!

Now those Veggie Egg Rolls on the other hand…

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Insanely good!

Crispy and full of traditional egg roll flavors, I was very impressed with these. My only wish is that there were four in the box instead of three.

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What about you? How long has it been since you’ve had a dumpling?

Have you tried the Feel Good Foods dumplings? Do you have a trick to getting them crispy that you can share?

Monday, July 30, 2012

10 Minute Cheesecake – Gluten Free Baby!

Being finished with school for 3 weeks….means…I’m back in the kitchen!

Lucky for me…Lucky for you…Lucky for everyone!

I spent the weekend literally OD’ing on the Olympics but did manage a break on Saturday night to have supper with friends. I was responsible for salad and dessert, so I took a big bowl of veggies on lettuce dressed in THE MOST DELICIOUS DRESSING ever. (Seriously, it has been confirmed)

But I wanted to try something new for dessert. Good idea.

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10 minute Cheesecake Mousse!

It tastes like a cheesecake, with a sweet-tangy filling and a buttery graham cracker crust. The only difference is you don’t bake it and it takes mere minutes to whip up!

OH and I left out the gluten for us…You’re Welcome Winking smileWho needs it!

10 Minute Cheesecake Mousse – gluten free

You’ll need:

One box of Gluten Free graham crackers

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

3 tbsp. butter – melted

2 tbsp. sugar

1 block cream cheese – be careful using store brands, Philadelphia cream cheese is GF

1/3 cup powdered sugar

2 lemons – just the juice

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

1-2 cups fruit of choice – I used a container of blueberries

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Start with the crust. You could use Kinnikinnick GF graham crackers or Schar GF Honeygrams. You could even use a GF gingersnap or chocolate cookies.

I used the Schar Honeygrams because they were what I had on hand.

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In a food processor, process your cookie base until you have crumbs.

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Transfer into a large bowl and stir in 3 tbsp. melted butter, 2 tbsp. sugar, and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. The cinnamon adds a real depth to the base, but if you use a different cookie than a honey graham – omit the cinnamon.

Stir until evenly coated and then spread half of the cookie/butter base into your serving dish.

NOTE: You could make individual cups like in the picture at the beginning of this post, or you can make one large dish. Whatever you’d like. I actually made both on Saturday.

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So spread half the cookie/butter base evenly. And reserve the other half.

In your food processor, add in one block of cream cheese and 1/3 cup powdered sugar. I find it easier to process if you cut your block of cheese into chunks. Process until smooth. Add in 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and the juice from 2 lemons. Process until smooth. You now have your cheesecake mixture.

Spread half of your cheesecake mixture onto your graham cracker base.

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Spread evenly, working from inside out to keep the graham cracker from mixing in to your cheesecake layer.

Now add a layer of the berries of your choice. I chose blueberries.

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Then add a layer of your second half (the reserve) of graham cracker, covering the fruit.

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Then add your last layer of cheesecake mixture, again spreading from the inside out. And then top with fruit.

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Chilling in the fridge for at least an hour is best, but it tastes delicious right away. The texture right away is more like pudding and if you let it set for an hour or so the texture firms up in to more of a mousse.

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So dang good!

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I think it would be super cute to layer this dessert in small single serving mason jars and serve them at a party!

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Or just eat it straight from the bowl… both work! Smile

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Speaking of work…I’m back at One World Market today! My organization was nice enough to have me back to work during my school break! Parrish and I are so thankful for the opportunity to supplement our single income and I’m excited to see everyone!

Happy Monday!

Friday, July 27, 2012

So Long Summer Session

Welp, today is the day. Have I said enough that today is my last day of summer session? Yes?

Well…it is!

Today I have my Spanish final at 11am and then I am homeward bound (movie reference anyone?) with a quick stop at Earth Fare in Raleigh for some frozen yogurt and **fingers crossed** a bag of gluten free dumplings.

And since today is the last day of my summer session, I have no food pictures to share with you except for this lovely:

VitaCoco post run – I LOVE the pineapple flavor. So refreshing.

Oh and this lovely:

which I posted on Instagram earlier this week and have actually gotten a few emails about. The above is a FREAKER, which is basically like a knitted koozie that fits over any size bottle. You may remember when I blogged about them HERE during their kickstarter campaign.

Well now they are available for purchase HERE.

What I love most about mine is that it fits over my iced coffee cup! I mean what sweats more than an iced coffee cup? But with my freaker there is no sweat to found – no condensation rings on the table – and it stays nice and cold for hours!

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Happy Friday!

Are you Olympic Fans out there? I think I can safely say that I fall in to the category of a fanatic…I may or may not have painted my nails in tribute Winking smile

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Butter, Maple Syrup, AND gluten free!

One of the things that struck me most about those tasty onion rings was not only that they tasted good, but also that they SMELLED amazing while they were cooking. I could literally smell the batter crisping around the sweet onions…and actually telling you that right now has made my mouth water!!

I’ve tried another new to me gluten free food in the past week that had the similar effect. Except instead of smelling like onion rings, it smelled like a tall stack of pancakes loaded with butter and drizzled with syrup.

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Nature’s Path Chia Plus frozen waffles, while toasting, smell like that aforementioned heavenly stack of pancakes!

I picked these up last weekend when I was home at my local Harris Teeter. Anything with Chia, Quinoa, and Amaranth has to be good!

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And these were! The flavor was so great actually, that I didn’t even dip them in my little serving of syrup.

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I was wishing I had some yogurt to bulk up on protein, but not for any lack of flavor. These waffles were great! Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

AND the smell! The smell is amazing.

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Happy Thursday!! Only two days left – including today and I am finished with my summer sessions of school. Holy moley.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Inspirational Perspective–Random Kindness

We all know I LOVE Pinterest! (Should I say I lurve Pinterest and get another snarky comment about making up words on the internet. Yes I think I shall!)

We all know I LURVE Pinterest! And this morning while I was attempting to wake up at 5:30am, I browsed Pinterest on my phone. Man am I glad I did!

This morning I found a pin that left me with such a warm fuzzy, that I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!

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This is Robyn ^^^^ and on her 38th birthday, she did 38 Random Acts of Kindness for folks in her community!

You can read all about them HERE.

And apparently the idea was so popular that this awesome lady has started a new website called The Birthday Project where others share their Random Acts as well!

This was seriously JUST the inspiring perspective I needed on Wednesday morning!

What about you? Have you done a Random Act of Kindness?

I love to wheel folks’ carts back up to the grocery store for them. It takes less than two minutes and they are always shocked by my offer!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FAST Gluten Free Onion Rings

Anyone who’s gluten free will tell you that one of the things you miss most, is the ability to eat on the go. Quick meals and gluten free aren’t always synonymous, but in the last four years I have been able to whip a few things up.

But last night I made myself a REAL TREAT that was ready in 20 minutes flat, with 10 of those minutes being prep before and assembly after.

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A gluten free veggie burger topped with Cabot Sharp Cheddar and fresh spinach – smothered in ketchup served on two slices of Udi’s gluten free whole grain bread. Followed up with a side of Ian’s gluten free onion rings.

Oh yes. I said onion rings!

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So dang good.

Honestly I was skeptical when I saw Ian’s GF Onion Rings winking at me inside the freezer on the frozen aisle. But I grabbed them and I’m so glad I did! Sweet onions battered thick with a crunchy cornflake topping. Baked crisp – so good!

My advice on the onion rings: cook 4 minutes each side instead of 5. They cooked quickly, so keep an eye on them.

And the veggie burger is the same one I ate here. Yes I STILL LOVE IT! And yes, it is still the WORLD’S BEST veggie burger!

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Okay, okay – one more onion ring shot:

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Mmmmm….crispy, onion-y goodness. Yes please! And honestly, the nutrition facts aren’t NEAR as bad as my gluten free beer battered onion rings! Here are the Ian’s stats:

And these were ready in 8 minutes!

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Happy Tuesday! I am missing my hubby today but the count down is on! Friday will be here before I know it Winking smile

Monday, July 23, 2012

Beers, Bulls, and a GIANT Slip and Slide

Well friends, this is it! The last week of my summer session at UNCW. I honestly can’t believe how quickly this summer has flown by and that by this Saturday I will have completed HALF of my requirements (6 classes) in just two short months!

If you’re in college, I highly recommend taking summer classes! While intensive, it’s so much cheaper than regular semester and if your teacher is annoying you only have to be around them for one month!

This past weekend I travelled home to Durham to rest and recharge before my last big week. AND I kidnapped MOH and brought her home with me. Alex is not only my best friend, but she’s Parrish’s too, so we always have a great time together.

Saturday we lounged by the pool and then hit up Geer Street Garden for an early supper before heading to the ballpark.

Geer Street is one of my favorite restaurants in town for gluten free dining! The owner’s wife has Celiac, so they are incredibly knowledgeable AND they always have an ice cold Redbridge waiting!

It was a steamy muggy day on Saturday, so this beer really hit the spot. For my meal I enjoyed a tomato, cucumber, and avocado gluten free sandwich with basil mayo and a salad with the most delicious vinaigrette.

Sadly you can’t eat the french fries at Geer Street because their fryer is shared and over half their menu is fried tomatoes, pickles, and fried chicken. But the salad was great and I think I’ll survive one meal without french fries!

After a great supper we headed to the ballpark to watch our favorite team: The Durham Bulls!

MOH and Parrish were sportin’ their team spirit!

Even though it was hot and steamy outside, our seats were nice and cool because we were under the overhang and DIRECTLY underneath a GIANT fan! Seriously, I sort of needed a cardigan – that’s how cool it was.

Unfortunately, the game ended up being delayed by rain but we still had a great time! Hanging out outside without sweating balls in the middle of the summer is always fun. By 9:15 the game did end up being called off, but we didn’t care. We still had fun…and peanuts!

We also had a strong desire to rush the field and slip and slide on the rain tarp…

but we didn’t want to get banned for life. You guys know you would have done it with me!

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Happy Monday! Did you have a great weekend? Is it steamy hot where you are? Did you cool off with a Redbridge? Tell me all about your weekend Smile

Thursday, July 19, 2012

You Saw it Here First

Yeah it’s still fairly boring eats over here folks. If you follow me on Instagram (glutenhatesme) or on Facebook here, then you know what I’m talking about!

Schar gluten free Noodles, while simple, are actually pretty satisfying when just lightly dressed in a marinara sauce. Plus I like telling myself that these carbs are the only thing that I can stomach right now…so eat them up!

BUT luckily, you - my dear readers - are NOT as boring as me, so today I have a great recipe to share with you from reader Janelle who blogs over at Nellbe Gluten Free.

Janelle is an Aussie who will actually be coming to the states any day now for a vacation (and to attend BlogHer) and she and I got to chatting about where she should eat. And she was kind to share with me a link to one of her MUST TRY recipes: Mexican Layer Dip.

And if you’re feeling like, come on Marlow, post something interesting…then you’re going to have to wait!

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But don’t forget I have FOUR YEARS worth of real gem posts archived on the right of the blog for you, by date or topic, so have fun!

I mean look at that, I blogged over 200 posts in 2011! Some of those must have been good Winking smile

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fake It Till You Make It–The Pepto Edition

What happened?

Isn’t that the worst part of getting sick? Not knowing where it came from or what it really was?

For years and years before my Celiac diagnosis I felt sick after eating ALL THE TIME. Bloated and lethargic…I blamed it on cheese. Silly me giving my beloved cheese a bad name! Gluten hates me; Cheese loves me…and my hips.

This past Saturday I had a fun slumber party with MOH planned. But as I cut celery and carrots for our appetizer around 5:30, I noticed my entire body was sore. It felt like I had worked out every muscle to fatigue.

After enjoying our snacks, we sat down to watch a movie. Halfway in to the movie I started feeling super nauseous. My sore body only exasperated the feeling and by 10:30 I was cutting our slumber party short and going to bed.

Through the night I woke up often and continued to feel like I was going to throw up.

Thank goodness for MOH! Alex set me on the path to recovery Sunday morning by giving me ibuprofen, pepto, and a REAL ginger ale. I don’t love taking Pepto because I feel like it really just masks the issue you’re having. But when I think it could have been gluten then I’m takin’ it baby! So with my mask on, I continued to sleep off and on and feel miserable.

Then my amazing mama-in-law swooped in with the nausea control and I was able to actually not feel like vomiting for the first time in 18 hours.

As the afternoon progressed on Sunday I felt better and better. And when I woke up yesterday morning I felt 75%. I went to school today but continued to only drink the Ginger Brew and ate a few stale tortilla chips. Monday afternoon I ate some plain mac and cheese and started to feel a bit nauseous again but I held it all down.

So what happened? Food poisoning is out because Alex ate everything I ate. Possibly gluten? Possibly stomach virus? Who knows.

Even this morning I still have NO appetite?! Even an Isn’t She Lovely Waffle doesn’t sound good! And…

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that always sounds good! And coffee? Forget about it.

I also still feel fatigued and not quite myself. Like I’ve lost my focus…and with only two weeks left in school that is not good!

So today my mantra is fake it till you make it. Fingers crossed I make it to the end of the day!

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What about you? Did your Celiac symptoms fool you?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Drowning and Gluten Free Fried Chicken

Needless to say, this whole life – love – school – blog balance just doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. Just when I feel caught up (this usually happens on Fridays) another Monday comes around and I sink back under.

Honestly, it doesn’t help that in my late 20’s I have become a bit of a perfectionist. The young, lower 20s Marlow could have cared less about lots of things, and so long as she was having fun everything was fine. But the Marlow of today wants everything to be perfect and keeping this straight A streak in school that I started last year is becoming exhausting. Somebody give me a straw…cause I need to suck it up.

So today I’m sorry to tell you that unless you’re interested in grilled chicken bites with a side of pickled okra…my food is going to bore you. ALTHOUGH – it was a yummy lunch for being basic.

Instead I’m going to direct you to my blog friend (and hopefully real friend as soon as I’m back in the triangle) Jenni from Spoonful at a Time. A few weeks ago Jenni blogged about some AMAZING baked chicken nuggets that had my mouth watering. I mean check these out! And you’ll NEVER guess what they’re breaded in!

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Photo Source – Spoonful at a Time

Check out her blog for the recipe – here!

And y’all know I LOVE “fried” chicken; I can’t wait to try this recipe soon.

Happy Thursday! Here’s hoping I get through my speech today in Public Speaking. For this week I’m informing my class about an awesome website called Kickstarter. It’s an easy way to fundraise for a project and I love going on and checking out other folks’ ideas.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I made gluten free donuts and so can you!

Mondays have become really hard for me. Since I don’t have class on Fridays, every weekend feels like a long weekend. So getting back in to the swing on Mondays seems unbearable!

For…eight years, working weekends has been a big part of my life. Now I know what everyone is talking about when they say TGIF! Even though I have school work, knowing that I have no real responsibility on the weekend is pretty amazing. And not that Hazel would ever let me sleep in, but having the illusion of that option is a bonus.

The past few weekends I’ve tried to work on recipes when I’m at home in between studying and soaking up time with Parrish. Although I think he enjoys the fruits of my labor…I’m not sure he enjoys the messes in the kitchen! With me in Wilmington, his bachelor kitchen stays pretty clean!

A few weekends ago I worked on a “donut” recipe. I say “donut” because these are actually really healthy, unlike Krispy Kreme which not only contain gluten but also enormous amounts of mouth watering, crystallized sugar and fat.

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Toasted Coconut Buckwheat Cake Donuts – gluten free – delicious

You’ll need:

For the Donuts:

1/2 cup gluten free buckwheat flour

1/2 cup gluten free coconut flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup lite coconut milk

1 egg

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

SUPER easy Icing:

3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 tbsp. lite coconut milk

OPTIONAL: Toasted coconut topping

Let’s get started:

Preheat oven: 325 F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray. Don’t have a donut pan? Spray muffin tin and make mini cakes.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the buckwheat flour,coconut flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In small bowl, combine the coconut milk, eggs,and oil. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.

Fill a piping bag with your batter. Don’t have a piping bag? Use a Ziploc and cut a hole in one end!

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Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each to 2/3 full. Be sure that as  you make the donuts, that you smooth the seam with your finger. This will help your donut stay in one piece.

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Bake the donuts for 12 minutes. Flip onto a wire cookie rack to cool.

To make your icing simply sprinkle your sugar into a small bowl. If you have a sifter, sift the sugar. If not just break up the clumps with a whisk. Add in the coconut milk and whisk until smooth. Try not to lick the bowl clean Smile

Yields: 10 donuts.

You can top the donuts with the icing and the optional toasted coconut…

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or toss in powdered sugar and call it a day.

Either way, these donuts are super moist and cakey. Perfect with a cup of milk or coffee! And the sugar glaze is insane. It takes everything in my power not to make that glaze and put it on pancakes, waffles…even cereal. It is so good!!

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Happy Tuesday!

Last night in an effort to fight the Monday Blues me and MOH had a happy hour. As it turns out, I posted my brew on Facebook and it seems like we have some fans!

Have you guys tried the New Planet Raspberry?

I love it! It’s subtle on the fruit and has a crisp, clean finish. Yum!