Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Apple Crisp

6-8 apples, sliced

1 C Better Batter Flour

1 C Sugar

Liberal amount of cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie seasoning

1 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1 Large Egg

1/2 C melted butter


Mix dry ingredients together, add egg to make crumbles.  Mix with hand, you can really squish it in this way.  Spread over the apples, then pour melted butter over top.  Top with additional cinnamon or pumpkin pie seasoning.   7 1/2 X 12 pan or larger.   Bake for 40 mins at 375 degrees.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Gluten free Meatloaf

Meatloaf ingredients

2 lbs. ground beef

2 eggs

1 packet gluten free French onion soup mix (may try two next time)

1 packet gluten free gravy mix

1 cup dried gluten free breadcrumbs

Salt and pepper to taste


Ketchup Mixture

3/4 C brown Sugar

1 1/2 C Ketchup

A couple dashes of hot sauce (I use Tabasco Chipotle for a little smokiness)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the meatloaf ingredients.

Form into a loaf shape and place on a cookie lightly greased cookie sheet.   Top with the ketchup topping mixture.  Add a little water to your cookie sheet.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1 1/2 hrs.   Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is safe.   

Serve with mashed tateys and enjoy

Friday, October 25, 2013

Piazza Sorrento's, Against the Grain, BRCA

So I have fallen for more of the Against the Grain products. 
Most recently the baguette.   It's good plain or toasted, dipped in oils, toasted with cheese.  Good all around!  Also tried their dinner rolls.  Warm them up first.  It makes a difference. They worked great as a replacement for English muffins in my lazy and cheap pizza alternative. 


Totally excited to see that not only is Arooga's changing their menu, but have become gluten free certified.  Woo hoo!  See the article below:




My cousin was in town last weekend to run the Hershey Half Marathon with her sister in law, who has recently gone gluten free.   I was totally excited to take them to Piazza Sorrento's, which I still feel is my all-time fave gluten free place in the area.  Flinchy's comes in second.  They would be tied for first if they had more bread offerings.  Although Flinchy's spinach and artichoke dip is so good, I would down a vat of it in a heartbeat.   But back to Piazza Sorrento's.  The girls seemed to really enjoy not only the gluten free bread, but the tiramisu and dinners.   We had a wonderful time.   Many laughs and full bellies! Just always make reservations on the weekends.  You may still wait just a little, but they try to accommodate everyone and make everything from scratch.  Well worth it !


After the half marathon, my cousin was going up to New York to partake in the P.Ink Day 2013 (P-ink.org) for a tattoo to cover up her mastectomy scars.  For her full story, check out her blog here :http://ponderingprevivor.blogspot.com/p/brca-previvor.html.  She was selected to participate not only in this day, but in a Huffington Post interview with her tattoo artist and the P.Ink founder.   It was a great interview and you will learn more about it here:http://live.huffingtonpost.com/#r/segment/pink-project-tattoos-for-mastectomy-survivors/5252c7c402a76017c50003f.   She has made some rough decisions at a young age, to avoid falling to the same genetic fate as her mother.   I always am impressed with her courage to make that decision, which, having her ovaries removed so young, ended her child bearing years.  Luckily, she has two babes already.  But anytime a woman makes drastic changes to her body, the landscape changes are not without emotional scaring.   I know what I went through just having a breast reduction.  I can't imagine what have a preventive double mastectomy and having your ovaries out would be like.  But she made the choice to save her life and to become and advocate.    She is more than willing to answer questions and try and help others in the same boat.   It's not always easy, but she does it well.  So if you or someone you know is facing some concerns testing positive for BRCA, her blog is a good place to start.  


Ok, that is it for now.  More soon to come, after my WildTree party in two weeks!!!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

catching up

It's been far too long and I know I have a lot to catch up on.   So let's dive in.  I found a new frozen pizza that I really love, and even Ken likes it.  And that is saying something.   Against the grain's regular pizza is pretty close to "normal" pizza.   It was delightful.  It turned out best when I followed their pizza stone instructions.   Good stuff, good stuff.
Made With Love Not Gluten has really expanded their hours and dear lord, is their food tasty.   I tried today doughnuts, brownies and cupcakes.  DELICIOUS!  I wish I lived closer so I could get it more often.  Might have to start asking to work there so I can get my fix!
Now due to some phone issues I am having (I would go into detail, but that would require more wine....) I am missing some of my photos to back up this post, so I will have to include some links.
We were on vacation in Cooperstown, NY this week, to take dad to the baseball hall of fame!   It's been a long time in the making, and with the way things have gone in the past few years, no time like the present to make and enjoy new memories.  You never know what will happen around the corner, so we did get to enjoy one of the places there that has some gluten free options, 3 times!  Two breakfasts and one dinner.  They had some decent options.  The Doubleday Cafe.   I really enjoyed the #6 breakfast (no breads) and the GF chicken quesadillas.  
I plan on getting back on the recipe experimentation track in the next few weeks now that we got some painting done at mom and dads and vacation out of the way.  I will also be continuing my tattoo removal.  Good times all around, lol.