Bread by Gluten Free Houston

Howdy folks!

I ventured to the other side of Houston on Saturday to scope out A Moveable Feast, the cute little hippie health food store/restaurant that sells Gluten Free Houston’s products(if you missed my review of Randi’s muffins, check it out here).

Why is it that I can refrain myself from over-indulging in somthing lke clothes or shoes but I have ZERO restraint when it comes to food, let alone gluten free food?  I ponder.

I couldn’t pass up this loaf of dough, staring at me in the freezer section.  I immediately dreamt of fresh, hot bread from the oven.  A nice diversion from my frozen gluten free bagels that need defrosting in the microwave and toasting in the toaster.

The dough went from the freezer at A Moveable Feast, to my kitchen counter for about 3 hours, to my oven for 30 minutes…..

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to this…….

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to this…….a ham, muenster cheese, spinach, avocado, & mustard sandwich.

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Us gluten freeERs know that most gf breads, in order to be edible,  need toasting.  While I usually fall into that category, I actually preferred this bread un-toasted.  The soft, buttery crumb was enough to hold its own.  I can’t even express to you the excitement. It was deeelish. 

The bread, with its smell and texture, brought back such good memories of my baking days at Eatzi’s….mixing and shaping Pan Au Lait. 

Thanks Randi.  You have done it again!

-eRiN

Monkey Pops

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What started as a kids afternoon activity quickly turned into a mommy only activity.

To Leah and Alex, the arrival of a neighborhood friend sounded much more interesting than dipping bananas into chocolate. 🙂 

Oh well.  I tried.

Despite the lack of child assistants, I enjoyed my twenty minutes of solitude.

Funny how once the food project is over though, little bodies change their mind and come rushing into the kitchen, ready to eat.  

That’s ok.  That’s what moms are for(to the tune of That’s What Friends Are For).  Smile.

For the pop-a-roos….

I simply halved bananas and poked them with a popsicle stick.  I then melted semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave(about 30sec-1min), dipped the bananas in and topped them with toasted coconut and pecans.  Viola, monkey pops!

The pops completely covered with chocolate were too rich for me, which is why I switched to the half-dip and chocolate drizzle methods.  Much better in my opinion.

UPDATE: freezer monkey pops are the way to go!!  After the pops are dipped and topped, place them uncovered, in the freezer for a couple of hours.  They are stinkin’ good.

Eat ’em up monkeys!

-eRiN

Gluten Free Houston

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Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to meet, Randi, a Celiac pioneer, who is working diligently to open a gluten free bakery in Houston.  So exciting!!!

Randi currently operates a gluten free catering business , called Gluten Free Houston, where she supplies items such as muffins, breads, and lasagna to A Moveable Feast.    While she is the supplier of these goodies, it is her hope that she will open a store front in the near future where she will provide gf goodies to go and gluten free breads & pizza dough to restaurants.   You go girl!

She was gracious enough to bring some samples of her blueberry and cinnamon coffee cake muffins  for my eating satisfaction.  OMG! They are wonderful. She has the texture  DOWN, DOWN, DOWN.  She even gave one to the Starbucks barista(who didn’t know what gluten free meant) but who ate the entire thing and commented how good it tasted.   He couldn’t resist that sugary, cinnamon muffin top.

Randi’s blog can be found here.  Spread the word.

P. S. I’m secretly hoping that, in the future, she will need a gluten free baker.  Specifically a gluten free baker by the name of Erin. 🙂  It would be beyond wonderful to return to my baking/bakery roots and also help the Celiac/gluten free community.

Thanks again Randi.  You have 100% of my support.

eRiN

The ABCs of Gluten Free Breadcrumbs

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Amongst two separate bags of chopped pecans, two spiderman popsicles, a half  bag of coconut, a container of blueberries, a bag of cherries, a couple of Mexican paletas, a bag of french baguettes(not gf), an OLD bag of edamame, a package of gf pizza dough,and other things I can’t remember, I came across a loaf of Whole Foods Prairie Bread; buried in the freezer depths.

Lo and behold,  the loaf found its purpose tonight. Utilized for a meal of good ol’ chicken tenders(with sauteed veggies).   Black beans, crumbled Mexican cheese and corn tortillas not shown.

Oh baby, yeah. 

A laid back Chicken Tenders Recipe

  • Chicken, cut into strips
  • One small bowl with a couple of eggs and about 1 cup of milk.
  • Another small bowl filled with breadcrumbs…to which I add ground pepper and Old Bay seasoning(God’s greatest creation)
  • Heat skillet with a couple swirls of olive oil.
  • Dip chicken strips into egg/milk mixture and then coat with breadcrumbs.
  • Once skillet is hot, add tenders and cook until brown and crispy.

While I like bbq sauce, the kids like ketchup and mr. hubby likes salsa(the spicier the better).

As a bonus to today’s post,  I’ve included some step by step photos of the breadcrumb making process. 

If you are bored or you already know how to make breadcrumbs, feel free to skip the commentary and  photo collection.  I won’t be offended.  And…if you haven’t already discovered, I do use sarcasm quite often.

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Yes, you do need some bread.  Any gluten free kind will do.

Break bread slices into cubes and add to processor. 

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Grind away until crumbs form.  Hence the name breadcrumbs.

BTW…husbands LOVE hearing loud food processors while they’re trying to sleep. Ha.

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Add crumbs to a very fancy storage container. Pop into the freezer, until ready to use.

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What’s in your freezer?  Kind of like asking, what’s under your bed? 

Scary to think what lies under my bed.

-eRiN

A lot about nothing

Please excuse the lack of food pictures and gluten free talk.

Instead, I bring you a post that has A LOT about nothing.  Reminiscent of Seinfeld, right?  Man, I love that show.  

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First of all, how have I gone this long without  Google Reader?   I discovered the 100% gloriousness of this application today.  It truly makes my blog addiction easier.  It’s ok, you can call me a  technology grandma.

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Second of all, what is happening to the soles of my shoes? Granted these are old but it seems pretty weird that both pairs, along with one pair of Angel’s shoes(which we threw away), all have the same sole issue. Can 100+ degree weather and humidity cause this?  I’m in awe.  As you can see, the black one is literally about to split in half and the brown one isn’t too far behind. Also, the brown one’s sole is peeling away in parts. Has this happened to anyone else? 

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Third of all, I’m such a sucker for these “get to know you” type games/posts/whatever you want to call them.  When I saw this on Kim’s blog, I just had to participate.  A definite, fill the boredom at work, get to know you activity.  Smile.

I Am – Erin
I Want -a dog
I Have -a wonderful husband and 2 beautiful children
I Wish -I could work part-time
I Hate -materialism
I Fear -being separated from my family
I Hear -lots of co-workers talking
I Search -blogs daily
I Wonder -how many people have Celiac and don’t know it
I Regret -the way I’ve handled some things in my past
I Love -family
I Ache -when children or animals are mistreated
I Always -check my email
I Usually -don’t sleep late
I Am Not – a leader
I Dance -when I hear a good song
I Sing -in my car
I Never -drive without my seatbelt
I Rarely -answer my phone
I Cry -when I’m mad
I Am Not Always -the healthiest eater
I Lose -my mind when the kids don’t obey
I’m Confused -about technology
I Need -an IPod
I Should -be working
I Dream -about moving out of the city
I hope-my children will find their niche in life
I feel-bloated
I appreciate-the opportunities in my life

What lessons have you learned this year? 

  • to never take one’s health for granted;
  • blogs are my saving grace
  • if you don’t have family & friends, you have nothing

chao,

eRiN

Tuesdays with Dorie-Gluten Free Applesauce Spice Bars

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who baked these and immediately thought of Fall, caramel apples and State Fairs.

I can’t even express to you how much I am ready for the heat of summer to pass.  Unfortantely, here in Houston, we have a couple more months of 100 degree weather. UGHHH.  At least these bars put me in a temporary, cool weather frame of mind.

Karen at Something Sweet chose this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. You can find the recipe for Applesauce Spice Bars here.

These bars, along with the French Yogurt Cake & Fresh Ginger/Chocolate Gingerbread, rank up there as one of my favorite Dorie recipes so far.  Soooo moist.

Although the picture shows a caramel topping, I actually prefer the bars sans icing.  I prefer the cakey part full of cinnamon, allspice, grated granny smith apple, pecans and golden raisins.

To make the bars gluten free I simply replaced the AP flour with Pamela’s baking mix(I still haven’t replaced my gluten free flour stash i.e. brown rice flour).  Note: I did eliminate the baking powder, baking soda and salt in the recipe, as the Pamela’s mix contains these ingredients. Pamela’s prevailed again and left me with zero complaints. 

I can sum up this post pretty easily…..mAKE tHESE bARS!!!!

See you next Tuesday for the Creamiest Lime Cream Meringue Pie.  Oh la la.

-Erin

Gluten Free La Tortilla Factory Pizza Wrap

Amazing how God works.  Amazing how friends are brought into our lives.

Back in May, Kim at Gluten Free is Life, gave me a blogger award. From that point on, we discovered many similarities about each other, and a friendship began. 

We have not met in person but funny how you can just tell through reading each other’s blogs and exchanging emails that she is a friend.  I just know.

As Oprah once said, “I don’t believe in accidents…I know for sure that everything in life happens to help us live.”

Anyways a couple of weeks ago Kim and I got on a discussion about tortilla wraps, deli wraps, etc.  She asked if I had tried the La Tortilla Factory Teff  Wraps in which I said “no”. A trip to the local Kroger later, I  told her I was having trouble finding the wraps. Solution? Kim sends me a package in the mail(along with my Mary’s Gone Crackers/coupon I won on her blog).  Everybody say awwwww.

THANKS again Kim!!!

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Now the food.  🙂

The La Tortilla Factory Ivory Teff wraps are huge compared to my usual corn tortillas.  The size  instantly reminded me of a large flour tortilla.  When I opened the bag, the smell of honey struck me.  Although honey is indeed one of the ingredients, the flavor didn’t dominate and the wrap didn’t taste sweet.

Not really sure how to “cook” the wrap, I decided to heat it up like I would a tortilla.  As you’ve already guessed, I made a pizza wrap; tomato sauce,  sliced red peppers,  Hormel’s bite sized pepperoni and monterrey jack cheese.  Carrots on the side.

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Kim warned me that I may get addicted to these wraps and she is right.  They are MARAVILLOSO!!!  So, so, so good. 

As you can imagine the filling choices are endless. A perfect sandwich alternative.  One day I will make Kim’s suggestion,  a turkey, provolone, basil, pear, spinach, mustard wrap.  Creative huh?

Back to my “real” job,

Erin