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November 26, 2012

Banana Sunrise Muffins

One of my favorite memories growing up was waking up to the fresh smell of breakfast. My mom has always been an early riser, taking advantage of the quite hours and whipping up some of our favorite breakfast bites. From fresh pumpkin bread (gluten free version HERE), blueberry muffins (gluten free version HERE), and one of my favorites banana muffins, the delectable smell was always a pleasant way to start the day. 

I recently found a recipe for banana muffins on Gluten Free on a Shoestring website, click HERE, and appreciated the basic ingredients and detailed instructions.  Last week I woke up unusually early, so early the sun wasn't even up! So I decided to recreate the delicious morning smell and determined this recipe not only created the same great smell but a better taste. I really liked the two textures of bananas used, smashed and diced. As you can see from the pictures, the sun literally rose as I measured, mixed and baked, so I had to give them the appropriate name of Banana Sunrise Muffins. :)

Enjoying a fresh baked pastry in the morning may seem like a simple treat to most, but finding a gluten free one is certainly something to celebrate. Thank you Nicole for creating a light, fluffy and sweet muffin that is the perfect way to start the day.  

November 20, 2012

Mini Pumpkin Pies

The holiday season has officially started and its time to indulge in just about everything food related! In an attempt to "cut back" (a little), I decided to make one of my favorite Thanksgiving treats in a mini, guiltless portion. Using Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour & the recipe on the Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin can label (also HERE) and I made mini pumpkin pies!

I have always used/relied on Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse Pie Crust when baking full size pies (post HERE). Although, since I wanted to use my NEW mini pie pan dish (purchased at Target for $11.99), I had to make gluten free crust from scratch, a scary  task, might I add. For some reason rolling out gluten free flour dough always intimates me no matter how many times I have done it. I am always nervous the dough will become too tough as I am adding more flour to the rolling pin so the dough does not stick. For some reason last Sunday I was up for this baking challenge. 

I found a gluten free crust recipe on Bob's Red Mill website- Easy As Pie Crust and from the positive customer reviews thought I CAN DO THIS! I especially loved the tip for rolling our the dough- 

Using wax paper, place dough onto one sheet, flatten with palm, place another sheet on top and roll out to desired size. I was not struggling 

This recipe makes a single pie crust that can fit an 8-inch to 10-inch pie pan OR 4 mini crusts. From the below pictures you can see how easy and flour less the dough rolling process was.
No added flour here!
I used a tupper ware bowl to cut out the perfect circle before placing the dough gently into the pie dish.
Once the dough fell into place, I pinched the sides of the dough to add a finishing touch.
These may not be bite size, but they're a perfect several bite(S) size dessert!

November 16, 2012

Gluten Free Finds at Costco (Part 1)

Updated 3/13/13- Part 2 click HERE
Updated 8/1/13- Part 3 click HERE

We made our routine Costco trip last Saturday to pick up a few items that I can't live without during the week, mainly their fresh fruit, vegetables and 12 pack of FAGE Greek Yogurt. As we made our way to the frozen food and bulk dry product isles I was shocked to see so many products labeled Gluten Free. In the past I have also posted other gluten free product finds at Costco, Del Real Rice and Beans and Del Real Pork Tamales.

All of the below items were found at the Costco in San Marcos, CA. Even though all Costco locations do not carry the same products, it is great to see that Costco understands the importance and NEED to carry nutrient specific products. If there is a Costco Warehouse in your area, I strongly recommend filling out a "Product Request form" if one of the below items is not at your local store. I am curious to hear what gluten free items other Costco locations carry across the US...please share!

Please note even though a product is labeled gluten free on the front I still recommend reading the entire list of ingredients to be 100% certain there are no hidden traces of gluten.

Full Circle Italian Stuffed Red Peppers $4.99/lb.
Morton's of Omaha Steakhouse Classic Tri-Tip $6.39/lb.
Sabatino's Smoked Mozzarella with Artichokes & Garlic Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage
Casual Gourmet Chicken Sausage- Roasted Red Pepper & Spinach- $12.99 for 3 lbs.
Meatballs By Amylu Kickin' Cranberry Chicken Meatballs with Jalapeno Peppers- $12.99 for 42 oz.
Rudi's Gluten Free Multigrain Sandwich Bread- 2  18oz. frozen loafs for $6.99
Maple Leaf Maple Bacon Naturally Wood Smoked 2- 2lb packages for $12.79
Kirkland Signature Honey Shaved Ham 3- 14oz. trays for $8.99
Kirkland Signature Oven Roasted Sliced Turkey Breast 3-14oz. trays for $9.89
Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips 1- 24oz bag for $5.99
Eat Pastry Premade Gluten Free Dairy Free Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 1- 5lb tub for $6.99
Lundberg Organic Short Grain Brown Rice 1-12lb bag for $12.89
Minsley Organic Brown Rice Bowls- 6- .4oz bowls for $6.99
Amy's Organic Soup Lentil & Lentil Vegetable 8-14.5 oz cans for $11.99
Popcornopolis Nearly Naked 1 12oz. bag for $4.99
Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Cracker 4- 7oz bags for $7.49- on sale this week- regular $9.49
Crunchmaster Rice Crackers Artisan Four Cheese & Toasted Sesame 6-3.5oz bags for $7.99
Mary's Gone Crackers Double Chocolate Cookies 18oz box for $6.97

Happy Costco Shopping!