Gluten-Free Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m still working on perfecting a recipe. It’s getting better all the time! Chewiness is hard to achieve with gluten-free baking, but these cookies came pretty close. These aren’t low-carb cookies per se, but they’re lower carb than normal cookies. I’d say roughly half the carbs of a standard wheat-flour-and-white-sugar cookie. 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 1/3 cup Splenda 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp coconut flour* 1/4 cup almond flour 1/4. . . Read More!

Gluten-Free Cupcake-Shaped Objects

I prowled around the internets for a gluten-free cupcake recipe, so I could celebrate my birthday with a little baked good or two. Let me tell you, friends and foes, it’s very hard to find a gluten-free cupcake recipe that’s not also vegan. Unacceptable, I say! I demand butter in everything. And egg makes any baking better. So I cobbled together what I could. My first attempt was a small batch, just to see what happened. Here’s what I mixed: 1/3 cup coconut flour 1/3 cup gluten-free baking mix (I. . . Read More!

Meatballs #3 and Review: Ancient Harvest Pasta

I have my meatballs totally dialed in. They’re not only delicious, but they’re also super tender. And gluten-free to boot! Start with the non-meat ingredients: 1/2 cup potato flakes 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/3 cup water (or beef stock) 3 Tbsp dry parsley 3 Tbsp chopped garlic 1 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp thyme 1/4 tsp basil 2 eggs Mix all that together so you get a spicy, gummy paste. Then add 1 pound of ground beef and 1. . . Read More!

Gluten-Free, Lowish-Carb Beefmeat Balls #2

Second attempt, with some recipe adjustments. I made the balls a little smaller, and put them up on a wire rack over a foil-lined cookie sheet so they wouldn’t be swimming in their own released fat. I also used less fatty beef, but that’s primarily because it’s what was on sale this week. And I added another egg. 2 lbs. ground beef (93/7) 1/2 cup potato flakes 1/3 cup water 2 eggs 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 3 Tbsp chopped garlic 3 Tbsp parsley 1 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp. . . Read More!

Review: De Boles Rice Spaghetti-Style Pasta

Whew, that name is a mouthful. Can you not call it spaghetti if it’s not made of wheat? At any rate, I got this gluten-free spaghetti-style pasta hoping to find something that would hit the spot when I was really jonesing for a noodle. There were actually a few choices for GF noodles; some were made from rice, some corn, some quinoa. I chose the De Boles because it was the cheapest by far. Seriously, it was Whole Foods prices at the Publix for most of the other brands. Where. . . Read More!

Low-Carb Gluten-Free Quickie Barbecue Sauce

BBQ sauce is a tougie as far as low-carb goes. There used to be a sugar-free sauce put out by … I’m tempted to say K.C. Masterpiece, but I may be wrong. One of the big names, anyway. It was discontinued probably 2 years ago. It looks like there are a couple of sugar-free BBQ sauces on the market, but I’ve never seen them in any store. Scott’s, Smokin’ Joe, and Nature’s Hollow all come up on a Google search for sugar-free sauce, but I’d have to send away for. . . Read More!

Gluten-Free Low-Carb Meatballs!

Before we get to the recipe, a couple of things. First off, Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat, will be appearing on the Dr. Oz show today. It’s my understanding that Dr. Oz is a big proponent of vegetarian eating and “healthy whole grains”, so it should be a fascinating program. Also, on one of the low-carb blogs I read, today someone posted a recipe without any pictures. I gasped and clutched my pearls. Unbelievable! Onward! The other day, The Gluten-Free Homemaker posted. . . Read More!

Whole Foods, Gluten, Cat’s Eye

In order of importance, I’ll start with the cat. We took Commie to the vet yesterday, where both vets came in to visit us, because they were both completely flabbergasted that his eye is almost back to normal. Shocked, they were! His eye still has a little bit of a cloudy spot on it, which may be permanent damage from the month or so that it was completely hidden by swelling. The vets have no idea what happened. Or why it fixed itself. I believe both of them used the. . . Read More!

Bunless Burger: Five Guys

Previously, I had a bunless burger at Fuddrucker’s as part of our moving weekend feasting. And it was a delightful thing. I’ve had bunless burgers at other places: Burger King puts everything into a little bowl, Red Robin wraps it in lettuce leaves, even the noisy and hideous T-Rex restaurant serves theirs on a plate with decent fixings. So I decided to try going bunless at Five Guys Burgers & Fries. At least I can still have the fries, which are always fantastic. No gluten in those little fellas. What. . . Read More!

The Ides of (Gluten-Free) January

We’re halfway through the month, and I’ve kept it gluten-free. Even when eating out, there’s almost always a viable option or two (or more). And since we moved last week, there were a number of eating-out nights. Logan’s Roadhouse was easy — a nice steak, with grilled veggies and a crouton-free salad. Plus all the free peanuts you can eat. We discovered a brand-new location of the sandwich chain Jimmy John’s near the new place. I’d heard about them before, but there weren’t any in Washington, and the nearest Florida. . . Read More!