GF Substitutions

Banana, Apple and Currant Scones, Gluten Free

May 4, 2011
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Wow I cannot believe that we are on to our third ratio rally event already!  This month, Lauren of Celiac Teen challenged us to make gluten free scones – and after my horrible biscuit failure the other week trying to make strawberry shortcake, I have to say I was a little nervous. But we are […]

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Grapefruit Curd Tartelettes, Gluten Free

April 21, 2011
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Grapefruits are seriously underrated. I’ll admit, I too am guilty of not giving them a 2nd glance, because I had always associated them with something tart and bitter where the only possible way to make it the remotest bit palatable was to douse the entire fruit in spoonfuls of sugar. But my husband loves all […]

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Grateful for love and strawberries.

April 13, 2011
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Strawberries aren’t in season en Suisse.  I’d gather they won’t be for at least a month yet.  But when these little red darlings started showing up in le marché, I could hardly resist.  I’ve been going through strawberry withdrawl ever since…. oh wait I couldn’t resist during Valentine’s either when I made my husband sabayon […]

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GF Ratio Rally – Chocolate Chestnut Quickbread

April 6, 2011
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Quick breads were the theme of this month’s Gluten Free Ratio Rally, hosted by the lovely Silvana Nardone. It’s been an exciting month with lots of new participants and great discussions about which ratios worked and didn’t, and how various ingredients affected the needed ratios to create a successful quick bread. This also marked the first baking challenge of the ratio rally – I felt this was a perfect baked good to start with – in general I feel that quick breads tend to be less fussy than other baked goods, and of course the possibilities for flavor combinations are endless.

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Gluten Free Ratio Rally: Hazelnut/Coconut Pancakes

March 2, 2011
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Today starts the rally.

I am so thrilled to announce to you this brand new monthly collaborative blogging event, the Gluten Free Ratio Rally. Our goal? To determine the ratios of ingredients that work together to create successful, flavorful gluten free food.

Ruhlman taught the world the simplicity of ratios in his book – that if you know the ratios of ingredients, you can play with just about any recipe and then make it your own. We need that freedom in gluten free recipes as well. Nothing seems more daunting when switching to gluten free than dealing with feeling stuck by thinking about foods that can no longer be enjoyed. How often have we stood there in our kitchens, staring at our old family cookbook on the counter at a complete loss for how to go about making a dish gluten free? Or even just trying to find the right substitutions because our local grocery store doesn’t happen to sell teff flour or xanthan gum? And yet we do not have to feel limited! I owe a lot to my husband’s gluten intolerance – learning to cook without gluten has truly opened up the entire world of the kitchen to me.

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BBQ Asian Pizza, Gluten Free

February 7, 2011
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What makes pizza, pizza? Is it the marinara sauce? The mozzarella cheese? The thick crust? In my mind, pizza is one of the most adaptable foods on the planet – you can play with just about every major component, which also makes it difficult to define.

This Winter en Suisse, I learned that you can have prosciutto and gruyère on pizza, with hardly any sauce at all. And in Zürich last weekend I went to a place where it’s perfectly ok to call it a tarte flambée instead of a pizza. But really, it’s any flat baked pie with toppings. The sauce, the crust, the toppings, all of them are totally variable options, simply waiting for your creative palate to guide the way.

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