Oct/Nov 2009

So Good

Winning Gluten-Free Bread Recipes

As the owner of a gluten-free, dairy-free bakery, the request I hear most from new customers is for a tasty gluten-free bread like they once enjoyed—one with texture, taste and flexibility. A loaf that doesn’t immediately crumble at the touch of a knife. Cakes and cookies are wonderful treats but when someone is diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, the first thought is bound to be: How will I survive without bread? I have celiac disease, so I speak from experience. Called the staff of life, bread is a significant part of the American diet. It’s the go-to food, a staple on the table. Toast for breakfast. Sandwich for lunch. Croutons on your salad. Rolls with your dinner.   More...

Homemade Dairy Free Yogurt

My husband, a man who dearly loves dairy, recently developed a milk intolerance. His sensitive stomach reacts to lactose, forcing him to cut back on his favorite foods—milk, cream, cheese, and most difficult for him, yogurt at breakfast. He didn’t give them up without a fight. Attempting to satisfy his dairy craving one day, he guzzled down some lactose-free milk and happily discovered he could drink it without the usual ill effects. Good news for him, which got me to wondering: Could I make a tasty yogurt from lactose-free milk? What about coconut milk, goat's milk or soy milk? With my husband’s encouragement, I decided to give it a try. The results were delicious. The fresh yogurt I produced was on par with flavorful Greek and Turkish varieties. My better half was delighted.   More...

Gluten-Free - Dairy-Free Bagel Recipes

Subscribers Only — Before food sensitivities turned my kitchen into a gluten-free zone, I was a superb bread maker, regularly concocting homemade yeasty delights from scratch. My bread-making skills went out the door, however, when I was faced with having to go gluten free. So I went back to the basics—simple ingredients and the elemental process of mixing and letting the dough rise. With patience and a little help from my friends, I mastered the challenge. When I first tried to make a good gluten-free bagel, it was an ordeal. After some culinary trial and error, I finally perfected the recipe. Now I enjoy preparing (and eating!) these bagels and showing others how easy they are to make.   More...

Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

As a a Type 1 diabetic and a celiac who’s been living gluten free for over ten years, I’m painfully aware of the special-diet frustration surrounding Thanksgiving’s traditional fare. Years of saying “No, thank you” to aromatic breads and stuffing, gravy and pies prompted my mother, my sister and me to create delicious replacements. The effort took considerable trial and error in the kitchen but we finally struck gold and got it right. My mother altered my grandmother’s stuffing recipe and adapted the turkey gravy. My sister Rosie (her daughter is a celiac and her son, who has autism, is following a gluten-free, casein-free diet) selected and roasted the turkey.   More...

Choose The Right Bird

Subscribers Only — Selecting a bird that is gluten free is a matter of carefully checking labels and making certain your turkey contains no additives and is not packaged in a wheat-based broth.   More...

Love Your Gluten-Free Loaf

Subscribers Only — To create a moist, warm place for dough to rise, heat a glass measuring cup of water in the microwave on high for 4 minutes or until water begins to boil. Remove water and place bread pans in the microwave. Close the door and let the dough rise.   More...

Top It Off

Subscribers Only — After you boil the bagels, brush them with a wash of 1 egg white, if tolerated, and 2 tablespoons cold water beaten together. Then sprinkle each bagel lightly with the topping of your choice—poppy, sesame or caraway seeds, toasted onion, raw garlic bits, salt, etc. Bake as directed.   More...

Cow-Free Milk Powders

Subscribers Only — Alternative powdered milk is available in natural food stores or online. For recipes that call for powdered milk, try finely ground almonds (almond meal), if tolerated, or check out these websites for other cow-free alternatives.   More...