TWD: Arborio Rice Pudding



Today I bring you Arborio Rice Pudding(or as it is known at our house, Leche con Arroz).

Isabelle at Les gourmandises d’Isa chose this week’s TWD.

Me, excited…why? Because this pick is naturally Gluten Free…no adaptations or substitutions. Pamela’s Baking mix stayed in the cupboard.

You may be thinking….rice, sugar , and milk…. together? For dessert?

Trust me.  Whether you choose to drink/eat it warm or cold, your tastebuds will thank you.

A big round of applause to my wonderful hubby, who puts me to shame and makes Leche con Arroz without a recipe, suggested I steep the milk and sugar with cinnamon sticks. What a great suggestion, as it really “upped” the flavor.  Those Mexican roots come in handy.

The recipe states that the rice should only take about 30minutes.  However, when I reached the 30 minute mark, my rice was still undercooked and there was a ton of unabsorbed liquid.  So…my baking intuition stepped in and told me to keep the rice simmering.  At about 45min, I tasted the rice and it was definitely cooked so I pulled it off the burner, with hopes that the liquid would absorb overnight. No such luck.  This morning it still didn’t have a pudding consistancy. I think the recipe calls for too much milk. Next time I will try reducing the milk by ~1/2-1cup and see if that helps. Tasty nonetheless.

Bake on!



I’m in love(but I still love Angel more)



A Pomegrante….DELISH!!

Have you tried this fruit? I hadn’t, until this weekend, and it is my new favorito.

I bought this at Central Market, which I must add, has such an amazing display of fruits and veggies. It was a little pricey(~$2.50 per pomegrante) but I rationalized that my digestive system needed the reward.

I prefer to eat these little red jewels by themselves but you might be daring and try something like Pomegrante BBQ Sauce. Interesting.

Pomegranate BBQ Sauce(found at Hey, That Tastes Good)
1/2 c onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c brown sugar
2-3 T pomegranate molasses (found at Greek groceries or online)
1 t liquid smoke
2 t Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins is GF)
1 t salt
1/2 t cayenne
1/3 c cider vinegar
1/4 c water
1 t dry mustard
1 t chili flakes (more or less, to taste)
Combine everything in a saucepan, cook for 15-20 minutes until slightly thickened. Sauce will thicken more as it cools, and a lot once it’s cold! Serve over meats or whatever you eat BBQ sauce with!

GF Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Yep, no TWD this week.

I have to be honest here.  I actually forgot to buy the ingredients for this week’s pick, Kugelhopf. It was choosen by Yolanda @ The All-Purpose Girl.  Check out her blog for the recipe and photos.

Note to self :  I will redeem myself and make this cake on a future day, especially since I worked at Guglhupf Bakery.

Sooo….with that being said,  these GF Oatmeal Raisin cookies, not only substituted for a TWD post but also fulfilled my sweet craving.

Slightly crisp edges  with soft & chewy centers.  Cinnamon, nutmeg, golden raisins and oats.  Oh, and of course a glass of milk. My tummy was sassified!

I think you will enjoy them too.

Bake on!


GF Oatmeal Raisin Cookies(adapted from Joy of Cooking)


  • 1 3/4 cups GF flour mix(I used Pamela’s and eliminated the baking soda & baking powder)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking  soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 lb butter, soft
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 3 1/2 cups GF oats


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sift (sifting is important!) flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg  into a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with a handmixer at medium speed.
  4. Pour flour mixture into butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Fold in raisins (or chocolate chips or craisins) and oats.
  6. Spoon 1.5 inch balls onto non-stick cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 F for 10-14 minutes, rotating half way through baking. (Should be lightly firm in the center when done) Be carefull — oatmeal raisin cookies don’t look done when they are, so they are very easy to over cook (unless you want then to be crispy) .

A Special Gift from Mom



Moms know best.

Thanks to my mom, I acquired this FABULOUS book.

I highly recommend that EVERYONE who has been diagnosed with Celiac, or even those who are just curious about the disease, buy this book. You won’t regret the purchase.

This book truly lives up to its Bible name and my worshipping has begun.

Everything you need to know about living Gluten Free is inside this book;  recipes, product reviews, eating out tips, hurricane preparedness(if only I would have had these suggestions during Ike)..just to name a few.

The Gluten Free Bible is anything but a chore to read.

The writer adds humor and a positive attitude to her outlook on living with Celiac and encourages the reader to do the same.

A 530 page reminder that I can create normalcy within my GF world.



Definitely not Gluten Free or Tuesday’s with Dorie related, but you MUST vote today!!!!