Thursday, March 28, 2013

From Pin to Plate: Twice Baked Potatoes

Oh Potatoes.

Potatoes and I have a love – hate relationship.

I love them but they hate my pancreas!

When I first received my Celiac diagnosis, potatoes were my go-to food. I knew they were gluten free, plus they were easy to prepare. But all that starch turned in to way too much sugar, and I started to see the side effects around my waist.

These days, I aim to only eat potatoes once a week. (if that) So I always want them to be delicious – if I can only eat them once a week it better be worth it!

Thank you Pinterest for showing me how to make an INSANELY delicious Twice Baked Potato at home!

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Stuffed with pillowy potatoes, leeks, and cream cheese – YUM!

I followed this recipe from Food Network and was WOWED by the results!

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I even microwaved my potatoes instead of baking them for the first step, bringing my prep time down from 2 hours to 30 minutes.

I will definitely be making these again!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

An Accidental Gluten Free Quesadilla

So…last night I did a little bit of line dancing, but not exactly on purpose…

My friend Elizabeth and I made a date for 5:30 Zumba. I was pretty pumped, but the location kept changing. We basically stalk this one teacher, Lu, because she is simply the best. She makes even the most uncoordinated person feel like they’re doing a great job. (<---- speaking from personal experience!)

So we finally found the location and the class. But then 30 minutes into sweating our buns off, another teacher came in. As it turns out, a line dancing class was scheduled at the same time as the last half of our Zumba class!

I was skeptical…

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but most everyone in Zumba stayed to finish. Even Lu, she’s amazing, stayed and kept dancing. In the end…sweat is sweat right? And MAN, did I ever sweat!

When I got home I was pretty hungry, so I just started cooking components. Only, I wasn’t 100% sure as to what they were going to be components of.

I roasted sweet potato chunks.

I sautéed kale and minced garlic in a little coconut oil.

I caramelized thinly sliced shallot.

Then it hit me.

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Quesadillas!

Sweet Potato, Kale, White Beans, and Caramelized Shallot – studded with feta cheese and 50% Light Cabot Cheddar. All nuzzled in a Rudi’s Gluten Free Tortilla.

Delicious!

I love it when accidental suppers work out Smile

Happy Tuesday!

Parrish and I stayed up way too late watching The Following!

Not exactly what you want to watch before going to bed! So creepy but so good!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easy Gluten Free Hollandaise

Man. What a FUN weekend!

Saturday’s Girls Day to find my sister Susan a wedding dress was a success! Group USA at Concord Mills is the best! They let you look through dresses yourself, and you can all go in the dressing room to help the bride. No sales attendant needed!

The day ended with a big family supper and a late night dance party!

If you’ve never turned up the tunes and had a dance party with your nieces, I highly recommend it. You will go down in history as the funnest aunt/uncle ever…with the best funniest dance moves.

Sunday morning I woke up feeling a bit frazzled. Not as much as other overnight guests…

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but a still very bleary eyed.

I was still hobbling around due to soreness from Friday’s Butt Buster Nike Training Club. Seriously. Today is Day 3 post Butt Buster and I am STILL SORE!

But even with the crazy bed head, sore legs, and overall weariness from shopping, bestie and I managed to pull ourselves together and make an amazing breakfast!

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Complete with hollandaise!! (Which my iPhone auto corrects into holland aisle – nice try auto correct)

When bestie said hollandaise, I immediately thought of Jill over at Hey, That Tastes Good. One quick google search, and I found the recipe that she used HERE – Easy Blender Hollandaise from Simply Recipes.

What an easy-to-follow recipe! And tasty too… Well, it starts with melted butter…

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so how could it be bad?

But I’ll confess that I was skeptical. How could butter, egg yolks, and lemon just blend together and make a delicious sauce?

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I don’t know. But they do.

Creamy, rich, buttery, lemony. What’s not to love?

Pour it over an over-easy egg and a gluten free english muffin, and top it with fresh scallion…

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and you’ll be head over heels!

Happy Monday!

We are having a SUPER dreary morning here in Durham.

I’m ready for Spring!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thank Goodness It’s A Cheeseburger

Friends.

TGIF.

Seriously. TGIF!!!!

My week started out great…got a bit hairy towards the middle, and is hopefully on an upswing. I won’t bore you all with the details, but I will say that some days my job is super fun. Other days my job is just plain tough.

After making some headway yesterday afternoon, I called Parrish and asked him out on an impromptu date.

Because really, what makes a week improve faster than…

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A mouthwatering grass-fed burger on an Udi’s gluten free bun?!

I am so lucky here in Durham to have Bull City Burger and Brewery. Their burgers are delicious, and they focus fiercely on sourcing from local food producers. They actually make their own gluten-y buns, but keep Udi’s on hand for their gluten free customers.

The above burger was topped with cheddar, bacon, an over-easy egg (duh!!),and garlic aioli.

Their fries are cooked in a shared fryer, but when you have a burger like this: who cares?!

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I have this weekend off from work, and I’m headed to meet up with bestie, my mom, sissie, and my niece Chloe to go wedding dress shopping. Girls weekend!!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Gluten Free Crockpot – Balsamic Roast Beef

So it would seem that I’m not the only one who has gluten dreams! Although it seems like for most of us, those dreams are more like nightmares! Gluten is such a villain!

But you know who is a hero? Pinterest!

Pinterest never lets me down!

I know, I know. I’ve exclaimed my love for Pinterest time and time again…but seriously, I love it.

I also love…

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this Balsamic Roast Beef recipe that I found on Pinterest!

I followed THIS RECIPE from Add a Pinch perfectly, except that I switched out the soy sauce for gluten free tamari.

After 7 hours in the crock pot, I stole some of the marinade and cooked it down with sliced button mushrooms.

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That was a very good idea.

The roast beef was full of flavor and the garlic and balsamic gave it a real depth of flavor. Parrish and I will definitely be making this again!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I Got Glutened…in my dream

Last night I had the most vivid dream…involving a Krispy Kreme doughnut.

I walked into a kitchen and there were five large boxes of Krispy Kremes. I could see the soft doughnuts. Heck, I could even smell them!

And in my dream I thought about it.

What could it hurt? Sure I’d get sick, but wouldn’t it be worth it?.

It would seem that sleeping Marlow doesn’t have as much willpower as awake Marlow, because she REALLY thought about it.

Good thing awake Marlow knows. It’s never worth it! There is nothing that tastes good enough to feel like crap.

But a Krispy Kreme comes close! Winking smile

It’s strange that I had that dream last night too, because I went to bed completely full and satisfied after an amazing supper with some great girlfriends at Bull City Burger and Brewery.

Hmmm…maybe my subconscious wants me to pick up a box of gluten free doughnuts!

What about you?

Do you ever have dreams where you’re faced with gluten-y food?

Monday, March 18, 2013

A Healthier Pimento Cheese – Gluten Free

Yesterday I  woke up with a strong craving. A craving for PIMENTO CHEESE!

Good. ol’. Southern. Pimento Cheese.

Which is funny, because I don’t actually have any mayo in the fridge. I don’t actually like mayo, unless it’s mixed in pimento cheese. Or it’s made fresh and served with french fries!

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So I improvised. Good thing too!

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Because what I created is just as good as Southern pimento cheese, but it’s way better for you!

I used: 1 cup Cabot 50% Light Sharp Cheddar and 1 cup Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar, shredded finely. To that I added one cup of Chobani 0% Fat Greek Yogurt, 2 tbsp. yellow mustard, and 1/2 tbsp. ranch seasoning

Delicious!

Even better…

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throw some bacon on there!

I actually enjoyed the above sandwich as a late breakfast yesterday, since I had to work the Sunday shift at work. That sandwich right there kept me full until nearly 6 PM!

What about you?

Love or Hate mayo?

Happy Monday!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

How much gluten is gluten free?

Lately I’ve been pondering some…big questions.

Maybe it’s my upcoming BIG birthday.

Or maybe it’s my new job finally settling in.

Who knows. But whatever it is, I’ve found myself in a questioning mood lately.

One question that keeps bothering me is…

how much

It seems sort of obvious.

But I asked GHM Facebook friends, and we all agreed it’s hard to be completely certain.

My first instinct is ZERO.

No gluten. NO parts per million or ppm.

But in a world FILLED with wheat, how do we get to ZERO? And how can we ever be totally sure we are getting…ZERO?

For example, I used to eat these french fries at my favorite local restaurant. They have THE BEST gluten free pimento cheese sandwiches, and I would always order that delicious sandwich with a side of their homemade fries.

But here’s the thing:

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Those fries are made in a shared fryer.

The first few times after eating them, I felt fine. BUT then I didn’t.

A shared fryer seems like an obvious no-no. But then, why didn’t my body react every time?

My reaction to gluten is typically physical. It can go one of two ways: severely PAINFUL bloating or severely disgusting diarrhea. Either way, I usually know right away.

Or….

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do I?

What if I’ve already killed off my tiny friends in my gut? What if it’s only enough gluten to cause a mild reaction, meaning I don’t feel it but it is doing damage.

So back to those fries.

I stopped ordering them. Fries are bad for me anyway. And I got stricter. I don’t eat anything that is processed in a shared facility, and I try to only eat foods that are certified gluten free.

However, a processed food product can still have less than 10 ppm of gluten and still be certified.

There are even a few beers out on the market now that claim to be brewed using gluten ingredients but they are processed in a way to remove gluten free. However, they aren’t “legally” allowed to put that gluten free on the label. Would you drink it?

I don’t eat a ton of processed gluten free foods, but I do have a few favorites. So does this mean… I mean…

Am I gluten free? Really?

Am I limited to fresh fruit, veggies, and local meats?

Can I truly ever be 100% gluten free, and if I wasn’t – would I know?

What do you think? How much gluten can still be gluten free?

Monday, March 11, 2013

From Pin to Plate: Gluten Free Crispy Onion Rings

I was wrong. Daylight Savings ending isn’t great. Daylight Savings beginning is the best!

You know what else is the best?

Not having a norovirus.

Eesh. Friends. That was rough!

I mean…it was basically food poisoning right? Except I contracted it from my handsome husband…not a plate of food.

The crazy thing is that I went from feeling perfectly fine to down right miserable within 30 minutes. Then I thought I might die for about 14 hours; then I started to feel better. Tired but better. I laid low for a few days; I had zero appetite and zero energy.

But Saturday I started to feel a little bit hungry. And don’t you know, I started to feel hungry while perusing Pinterest.

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Lucky thing too….

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Oven Baked – Gluten Free – SUPER CRISPY – Onion Rings

Y’all….

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so good!

I followed Kevin’s recipe from Closet Cooking found here, except I substituted Trader Joe’s Gluten Free All-Purpose flour and Glutino Gluten Free bread crumbs.

They turned out perfectly!

I baked the onion rings on a baking sheet hybrid and gave them a quick spritz of cooking spray to help them brown.

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Parrish and I were both surprised by how well the “batter” stuck to the onion rings. It really didn’t fall off at all, meaning, they weren’t nearly as fragile as most baked onion rings.

I will definitely be making these again!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Let’s Make it EASY–Gluten Free

It’s my third day pinning for Perdue, and I am loving it! I already spend more than my fair share of time on Pinterest…. don’t judge! So it’s nice to Pin with a purpose.

And what greater purpose than showing how you can take recipes and easily make them gluten free?

In fact, transforming recipes is what I’ve always done. I don’t typically search out gluten free recipes. Instead, I search out any recipe, with the idea that I will make it gluten free.

Like…

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Taco Cups! And…

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Zucchini Fries with Bloomin’ Onion Dip!

And of course,

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The BEST Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets ever!

All three of these recipes were inspired by posts on Pinterest that were not gluten free.

But when made at home, you can easily make all three of these recipes gluten free. In fact, I think you can make them better!

Just a friendly reminder to us all, including me, that being gluten free is not the worst. In fact, it’s not a bad thing. It’s a good thing, in that it helps us feel better and be healthier. It is not something anyone needs to be “sorry” about, and it is not something that any of us should apologize for.

It’s just a different way of eating!

Happy Wednesday!

We’re having wacky weather here in North Carolina!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Recipes Made EASY with Perdue Gluten Free Chicken Tenders

I think I’ve made it clear, I LOVE Perdue’s Gluten Free Chicken Tenders.

The flavor is hands down THE BEST! Plus you get SO MANY tenders in a bag and I can buy them at Target. What’s not to love?

Well this week, I’m taking my love to a whole new level!

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This week I’ve joined up with Perdue to show just how easy it can be to transform ANY recipe into a gluten free recipe! I’ll be pinning recipes all week, that can easily (and quickly) be prepared gluten free with Perdue Gluten Free Chicken Tenders.

No fancy flours or list of ingredients needed!

And I’m pinning recipes that would be great side items or dipping sauces – compliments to my beloved tenders!

You can follow the Perdue Gluten Free Board – Make it Gluten Free here!

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And I hope you like the recipes I pin, I know I’m excited to try the Quinoa Zucchini Chips!

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And if you have a recipe you’ve prepared with Perdue’s Gluten Free Chicken Tenders, link up in the comments!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Gluten Free Health in a Glass

Sunday morning I once again woke up with a sore throat.

I’m fairly certain it’s allergies, but after a weekend of not the best eating..(umm I may have had gluten free pizza three times) I can’t help but think a little bit of healthy eating may be in order!

Of course I’m chugging Umcka, but I also made myself a few fresh juices to jumpstart my health.

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My favorite juice of all time:

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It’s sweet, tart, and has a little bit of heat from the ginger. I am ADDICTED to this combo. I rarely stray. (And yes. It turns my pee pink)

To be honest with you, I would rather buy freshly made juices than make them at home. It’s so easy to pay $6 for a large juice and be on your way. But I don’t have a place in Durham where I have quick access, and….it’s way more economical to make them at home.

PLUS it really doesn’t take that long to clean my machine. I bought the Breville Compact Juicer in 2011 and I still love it.

If you’re thinking about buying a juicer, I highly recommend this one. You can read more about my juicer HERE.

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I guess what I hate the most is prepping the beets. I peel them in an effort to keep the “dirt” flavor to a minimum in my juice. I think it helps, but peeling an awkward shaped veggie is tough!

Convenience and laziness often win out, so I guess I’m lucky that I don’t have a local place to buy one! Keeps my laziness in check.

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Happy Monday!

Friday, March 1, 2013

My Second Stitch Fix

After my first Stitch Fix, I couldn’t wait to see what my personal stylist could come up with next! So I scheduled my next fix quickly after I sent back the clothes I didn’t keep from that first fix.

My second box did not disappoint!

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My first item was this hot pink, jersey knit blazer! As soon as I lifted it out of the box, my co-worker Katie exclaimed that I had to keep it. She fell in love.

After trying it on, I’ll admit that I’m on the fence. I do like the fun 3/4 sleeves and the jersey material, but I’m not sold 100% on the fit.

My second top was…

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a little too revealing for the blog! I loved the fit and feel of this top, but ultimately I felt like the pink color in the print was too close to my actual skin tone. This one is definitely a no.

My third item is another one where I’m on the fence…

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I feel like overall, it isn’t a WOW piece. But it’s SUPER comfortable and the print is fun. This top is one of the reasons I LOVE Stitch Fix, because once I tried it on I could tell that it’s incredibly well made. It just feels and fits like quality clothing. And…

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it looks great with the pink blazer!

My fourth item was a keeper the moment I tried it on.

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It’s a sort-of-sheer cardigan with sparkly silver detailing on the border and cuffs. I love the feel and look of it (without my work t-shirt on underneath) and think it will be perfect for spring, summer, and fall!

My last item was very pretty..

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and clearly shows that my stylist knows me! But, since I work for a Fair Trade non-profit, I couldn’t see myself wearing something where I didn’t know the artisan. These are definitely a no.

So there you have it! My second Stitch Fix box and I love it EVEN more than I did the first time.

BUT I NEED YOUR HELP!!

Pink Blazer – yes or no?

Black and white top – yes or no?

What do you guys think?

Happy Friday!

I’m traveling this weekend, and feel SO LUCKY

that my trip is going to involve seeing Lil’ Gluten Loves Me and a Baby Miles!