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Gluten-Free Recipe of the Week

Gluten-Free Nachos

Cheese sauce, beef, and corn... oh my!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Locally, some restaurants have been 'expanding' what they put on nachos. I've had and made nachos with cheese and added cooked bacon, sour cream, olives. I've also been playing around with the 3 cheese queso dip. Yes, queso is cheese in Spanish. There's lots of recipes for this and making them seems to depend on where you live for availability of ingredients.  Many of them quote White American cheese, from both grocery store and restaurant. White American melts wonderfully but it is processed, so not the healthiest cheese. From labels I've read, it has double the sodium of regular cheddars and my mouth was very aware of how salty sauce was. Another recipe had smoked Gouda cheese. Again many versions are processed not regular Gouda and double the sodium as well, but a lovely smoky flavor. Use the cheese sauce for nachos, scalloped potatoes, add to mashed potatoes, a stand alone dip - devoured, I even put it on top of a cheese lasagna.

What I do, vary as you like, what you have, but so easy for a meal anytime with ingredients sitting in the fridge after busy day at work, kids starving and something they can assemble without you. As you can see from list of ingredients, very similar to my Mexican salad, so you can do both for week night rotation. Arrange tortilla chips on jelly roll pan and sprinkle with cheese to melt in oven, or arrange chips on individual plates, sprinkle with cheese and microwave.  Then let everyone choose their own toppings, like a taco bar. 

Gluten-Free Mexican Nachos

Ingredients:

  • Tortilla chips – I like Tostitos original as they're flat and crispy and labeled gf.
  • Mexican cheese, either a mixed blend of cheeses or one of the blocks of Mexican cheese you can crumble.
  • Cheese dip (see below)
  • Cooked beef (see below)
  • Deliberately leftover, fresh corn roasted or bbq'd, niblets cut off
  • Salsa of your choice
  • Tomatoes, cut up
  • Avocado, peeled, deseeded and cut into small cubes.

Cheese Dip

  • 2 cups, 16 oz, 480 ml, half and half, or whole milk
  • 8 oz, 250 g soft cream cheese
  • 8 oz, 2 c, 250 g sharp cheddar shredded
  • 8 oz, 2 c, 250 g  Smoked Gouda, shredded. Cut off any dark outer skin as it doesn't melt well
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed.
  • I like to add an Al Fresco sweet spicy gluten-free chicken sausage, skin removed, 1/4'd lengthwise and cut into small slices
  • some green of green onion thinly sliced
  • chopped cilantro if you want
  • add some pepper flakes or smoked paprika, or substitute pepper jack.  Add salsa, chopped tomatoes or roasted hot peppers to sauce
  • no extra salt

Cheese Dip Directions

1. Gently melt half and half, cheeses and garlic until smooth.  Add rest of ingredients. Add some more milk if very thick.

Beef Topping

  • Make and keep in fridge for nachos, salad, tacos, baked potatoes. Add to chili 
  • 1-1+1/2 lbs (750g) ground beef or ground turkey
  • one medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) smoked paprika or pepper flakes, Tabasco to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Heat a 4 cup (1 ltr)  pan over medium heat.

2. Add meat, onion, garlic and gently fry until meat is browning and producing fat.  I find with ground turkey you often have to add a tablespoon of oil to stop meat sticking.

3. Add spices and 1/4 c (60 ml) water, cover and cook for about 10 minutes over low heat. Watch meat doesn't burn and that it is cooked at end of time. Add salsa or substitute salsa for water.

Then assemble the nachos.

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Mexican Salad

Spice up your lettuce with this delicious gluten-free spicy Mexican Salad...

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

The key to this zesty recipe is the pepper jelly.  There are quite a few varieties of pepper jelly on the market. You can also make your own pepper jelly by following the directions for pepper jelly in a packet of Certo pectin. Obviously there is a difference in both taste and heat between individual brands, so use half the stated quantity of pepper jelly to start with and then add more to your individual taste. Even if you used exactly the same pepper jelly as I did, your taste could want more or less heat. Also realize that the vinaigrette tasted on a spoon will taste far hotter than once it is mixed with a salad. The sweetness of the jelly mellows the vinaigrette and makes a vinaigrette with a sweet spicy but mild kick. Just enough to realize the heat without your nose running and lips tingling madly.

Gluten-Free Mexican Salad

Ingredients:

Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp (30ml) gluten-free hot pepper jelly placed in small microwave safe bowl and melted in microwave 10-20 seconds. I like to clean, sterilize and reuse jam jars for these sauces as you can see what’s in them in the fridge. I buy Trappist Hot pepper jelly.
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) honey
  • Zest of 1/4 lime
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh lime juice - about ½ to 1 lime. Half of a lime can produce only about 1+1/2 tablespoons of juice, you need to add more to total 2 tablespoons. The extra little bit of lime does make a difference in taste for me. 
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or more or less to taste)
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (120 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) Koops Arizona heat mustard, labeled gluten-free
  • green of 2 green onions
  • about 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley and/or cilantro

Salad:

  • Deliberately leftover, 2 corn on the cob, roasted or bbq'd and niblets cut from cob
  • Shredded romaine or other lettuce, enough for 4 people
  • Tomatoes, either large cut up, or small grape or cherry
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, depitted and cut into small dice
  • Mexican cheese of your choice, shredded or crumbled
  • Gluten-free salsa of your choice for heat
  • ½ red pepper deseeded and cut into ½” dice - optional
  • ½ c cooked chick peas - optional
  • fresh cilantro chopped - optional
  • Whatever other salad ingredients you personally like
  • Tortillas – I like the crunch of Tostitos, labeled gluten-free, crushed a little
  • I got real lobster salad at the market – that was fabulous, but salad shrimp, cooked chicken, spicy sausage, pulled pork without sauce. Or an egg and it can be vegetarian

Directions:

1. Mix all vinaigrette ingredients together, lightly pulse with immersion blender to chop herbs and also thickens vinaigrette and leave for about 1 hour for flavors to blend together.

2. On individual plates or one large platter, attractively arrange lettuce and top with circles of tomatoes, avocado, red pepper and any other salad ingredients you think would be suitable. Top with crushed chips just before serving.

3. You can also leave shrimp, chicken, in 1/4 c vinaigrette for an hour to absorb flavor. Then pour shrimp, chicken and vinaigrette on top of salad.

Vinaigrette keeps in fridge for several days.  If you used olive oil it will appear solidified, like melted butter chilled.

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Fruit Jell-O aka Fruit Jelly 

Made with fresh ingredients, a gluten-free light version of a classic recipe (adult version with wine included too!)

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Have you taken a good look at what's in the commercial packets of fruit jell-o? They say no artificial sweeteners but also make one that's sugar free. Artificial flavor, color, and lots of sugar. What are those chemicals doing to our bodies and more particularly the kid's bodies? I haven't used one in several years.

This goes back to the basics of fruit juices set with packaged gelatin(e). One of my English cookbooks has fruit set with sweetened wine. It was delicious, but even though I would happily drink a glass of this wine, in a jelly (English name not jam) it was too strong. Make this just with fruit juices, just check that the juices have as many real ingredients as possible on the label and have high fruit content not just flavored water. Think of the various berry juices with berries, peach juice with fresh peaches or nectarines, mango juice (I love 'Best' brand from Egypt with 50% juice) with fresh mangoes (not frozen, I thought they were horrible) and raspberries. If you use wine, you have to use a wine you like the taste of in the glass, a Moscato, Prosecco with bubbles, Reisling, fruit wine, even one of the small bottles of champagne.

Fruit Jell-O

Basic proportions for 4 generous ramekins, custard cups or cocotte dishes:

  • 1 packet of Knox gelatin(e) 7 g packet from orange box in grocery store
  • 1 c (250 ml., 8 fl oz) fruit juice or wine and fruit juice mixed 50/50. You can make it 100% wine, I just thought it too strong.
  • 2 Tbsp ( 1 oz, 30 ml) sugar
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) liqueur to enhance flavor – optional with either wine or fruit juice for Adults.
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 cup fruit of choice – I tend to buy the fresh container of mixed cut strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, but I find you need to make this the day you buy the berries or they taste fermented or go moldy rapidly.

Directions

1. Arrange fruit in ramekins. Don't overfill with fruit or you won't taste wine/juice. Prettiest fruit on the bottom as you'll be turning it out.

2. Sprinkle gelatin on top of water, stir in and it will turn into solid lump. Microwave for about 11 seconds, it will turn to a pale gold, see through liquid with no lumps. Dissolve sugar in 1/4 c of juice/wine in microwave.

3. Combine gelatin mix, wine/juice and sugar mix and plain wine/or juice , stir, taste to see if you want more sugar or teaspoon more liqueur, and then gently divide liquid between 4 dishes.

4. Refrigerate for several hours, then turn out onto plates. I like vanilla Greek yogurt as a sauce.

 

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White Chocolate Almond Raspberry Cake

This delectable gluten-free cake uses almond flour for a wonderful flavor.

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Another variation of my master almond cake that was a 4 page cover wrap for Food and Wine magazine. Substitute different nut flour.

The geraniums are Martha Washington, and so were quite suitable for a July 4th party.
White Chocolate Almond Raspberry Cake

Cake

  • 2 oz (1/2 stick, 56 g) very soft butter or coconut oil
  • 2 oz (1/3 c, 80 ml) gf semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz (1/2 c, 112 g) sugar
  • 4 oz (1 c, 112 g) almond flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp cocoa (30 ml, 1/2 oz)
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) gf baking powder
  • salt
  • 1 tsp almond or vanilla extract

Filling

  • 1/2 c (120 ml) seedless raspberry jam or jelly – add 1-2 tbsp Chambord to jam if you want.
  • Punnet fresh sweet raspberries

White Chocolate Topping 
I like the flavor of Lindt white chocolate but I'm still uncertain about safety. I have made this with Kraft Baker's white chocolate that do say they will tell us if there are ingredients containing gluten. Why can't it just be labeled gluten-free!!

  • 8 oz (224g) cream cheese, softened, I do use lite but it makes a softer frosting
  • 1 x 4 oz (112g) Lindt white chocolate bar or Baker's white chocolate. I don't like most store brand white chocolate chips as they taste waxy.
  • 1/4 c (60 ml) cream to melt white chocolate
  • 1/4 c (60 ml, 1 oz) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c ( 4oz, 120 ml) cream, whipped to 1 c.
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) seedless raspberry jam or jelly

Directions

1.Melt butter with chocolate chips in microwave. Add rest of cake ingredients and beat together until smooth and then beat for 1-2 minutes, until fluffier.

2. Bottom line 9+1/2 " spring form, spray bottom and sides with gluten-free food spray, dust with cocoa

3. Bake for 30 minutes in 350 degree oven

4. Remove from oven, top with seedless raspberry jam, let soften for a few minutes then spread out evenly

5. Once cool, arrange most of raspberries on top, saving a few for decoration.

6. Heat 1/4 c cream in microwave for about 40 seconds, break up white chocolate, add to cream, wait a minute, then stir until smooth.

7. Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.

8. Beat in melted white chocolate cream mix.

9. Gently beat in whipped cream and spoon on top of cooled raspberry topped cake. At this stage the frosting is almost runny, you can let it flow down sides, it will set in fridge. Large raspberries will show through the frosting.

10. Put 2 tablespoons of seedless raspberry jam in microwaveable bowl. Gently heat until runny but not boiling hot. Spoon jam into snack size ziploc, snip off tiny corner and pipe parallel lines across cake, the more lines you make, the fancier the design.

11. Then take small skewer and draw tip of skewer through raspberry lines all in one direction or alternating. Garnish with a few leftover raspberries.

Keeps well in the fridge, but serve at room temperature.

Note, I did try making this with strawberry jam, fresh strawberries and semi sweet chocolate in topping rather than white chocolate but I have a weakness for raspberries and white chocolate.

 

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No-Bake Nut Cake – Tortas Rieŝutėlis

A no-bake gluten-free version of a Lithuanian nut cake.

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

The original wheat version of this recipe came from Darbštuolė - a Lithuanian recipe magazine similar to Pillsbury Monthly. The recipe states it is from Laima Andrijauskaitė.

The original has one making an unsweetened dough, that is chilled, grated (presumably by hand like potato pancakes) and then baked to make a crunchy mix.  I tried this and it was pretty awful, but it did stay very crunchy for several days in the creamy mix. So in my wheat flour days, I used a very neutral shortbread cookie 'Sandies, simply shortbread by Keebler.' They also boiled the can of condensed milk as we used to, to make a caramelized condensed milk. That is now available as Nestle - La Lechera - Dulce de Leche about $3 in the Goya/Mexican food aisle. Make sure you buy the right can, they also do ordinary condensed milk that looks the same but isn’t caramelized. My friend and I agreed that we had to add some rum. And then I used my chocolate ganache of cream and real chocolate melted as a topping, rather than cocoa, milk and sugar. It is very rich, so it could be cut as a small candy rather than sliced as a dessert.

Gluten-Free No-Bake Nut Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 7.25 oz (206g)  packet of Pamela’s gluten-free butter shortbread, broken into large pieces. This is quite a soft shortbread but it doesn’t turn to mush. 
  • 1 x 380g (13.4 oz or thereabouts) of Nestle Dulce de Leche caramelized condensed milk
  • 2 cups, (8 oz, 250g), nuts, coarsely chopped and toasted in 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. I used almonds and pecans. Walnuts would have been more available.
  • ½ stick (2oz, 56g) butter melted
  • 2-4 tbsps (30-60 ml) rum, brandy or chocolate liqueur. Or go for orange or almond liqueur to your own preference. I used 4 tbsp Myers dark rum. 2 tbsps give a nice flavor, 4 tbsps you can notice the alcohol. Plain rum should be naturally gluten-free, it’s the flavors added that are the dangers.

Topping/glaze:

Directions:

1. Open can of dulce de leche and empty into 4-6 c (1-1+1/2 ltr) microwave safe bowl. Add solid butter and microwave for a short time, stirring, until milk softens and butter is melted.

2. Stir in some of alcohol to give a smooth even mix.  

3. Stir in nuts and shortbread. Now taste and decide if you want some more alcohol. Remember strength of flavor develops and you’ll be adding rum to topping/glaze.

4. Spoon mix into 9-10” spring form pan (for a fancy dessert) or 8x8” brownie pan to cut into candy pieces. OR line star, christmas tree or heart shape pan or other designs with plastic wrap and press mix into all the corners so design turns out crisp. The mix is ‘lumpy’ so won’t press into detailed design mold.

Smooth out as much as possible and then take a piece of plastic wrap, press onto surface of cake and press out even more to smooth top and compress mix and prevent too many air bubbles.

5. Refrigerate for several hours until firm enough to cut.  I had originally tried this with cream instead of butter, but butter firms mix up more.

6. While mix is chilling, heat cream and sugar together, add chocolate and stir until chocolate has melted and is smooth and creamy, it should look like a cross between condensed milk and Hershey’s syrup - no lumps.  Stir in alcohol and chill. I usually use an immersion blender to make it smooth.

7. Remove ‘torte’ from fridge, remove from spring form, remove plastic wrap and place on decorative plate. Pour about half of chocolate mix over top of cake and allow to start dribbling down sides.  If the mix is too runny when you stir once you remove from fridge, then beat it slightly with electric mixer so it doesn’t ‘run’ so easily.

8. Beat remainder of chocolate mix with electric mixer until consistency of whipped cream and then pipe around top/bottom of cake. Finish with nuts, or any decoration you want.

This lasts for several days in fridge, easily made in advance of summertime parties, but will soften too much if left out in sun during party. Still delicious, but spoonable not cutable after sun.

 
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My Father's Real Mayonnaise

A simple gluten-free recipe for homemade mayonnaise that can be jazzed up with spices for a variety of dishes!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

My father always made real homemade mayonnaise, in a bowl with a whisk. It was velvety smooth, just as it has been made for centuries. For years I made mayo in food processor using his quantities along with lots of fresh herbs from my garden, then I found this immersion blender version. It's very very quick and an immersion blender is far cheaper and takes up so much less space than a food processor.

I now also serve this mayo as a dip with veggies or add garlic to make aioli for beef fondue. Spice it up any way you like!

Gluten-Free Mayonnaise from Scratch

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp (3 ml) salt
  • 50 ground pepper
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dry English gluten-free mustard or jarred mustard
  • Green of 2 green onions, cut small
  • 1/4 c loose fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder or fresh chopped garlic
  • 3/4 c + 2 tbsp (210 ml, 7 fl oz) neutral flavored gluten-free oil, I use avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) genuine white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • Boiling water, if needed
  • 15.5 oz (440 g) empty jar (such as one used for salsa) - you want a jar the head of an immersion blender can fit into

Directions:

  1. Put salt, pepper, sugar, mustard, vinegar and herbs in jar. Add oil. Add egg.
  2. Wait for egg to fall to bottom of jar – room temperature egg, it falls almost immediately.
  3. Insert immersion blender almost to the bottom of jar, you need to leave a space for blender to start pulling up ingredients and blend. It won't work if you have blender at top of jar. Egg needs to be allowed to form an emulsion with oil and egg is at the bottom of jar.
  4. Turn on immersion blender, run slightly above bottom of jar, for about 20 seconds and then very slowly raise the blender up from the bottom. By the time you reach top of jar everything should be nicely blended, all oil blended in. Run blender a little longer if you need to. If it doesn't seem to be thickening push blender to bottom of jar again and run a little longer.
  5. Remove blender, taste and adjust seasoning as needed. It can be difficult to remove blender from jar as there's very little space. If mayo is too thick, add boiling water teaspoon at a time.

Note: herbs will make mayo either completely green or flecked with green. Of course you can make plain mayo and then finely chop herbs and add them on top to keep the white color.

 
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Sweet Sauces - Caramel Sauce, Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate Ganache

This delicious and versatile gluten-free sauces should be a staple in your summer kitchen!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Gluten-Free Caramel Sauce

I have only seen a few brands of caramel sauce actually labeled gluten-free, but with far more ingredients than this recipe.  Too many ice cream/sweet sauces are based on corn syrup and flavorings.

Summertime, parties, BBQ's – what's easier than your favorite brownie, pound cake, sliced with selection of sauces and ice cream or just ice cream sundaes. Everyone loves that!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c sugar (6 oz, 180g)
  • 1/4 c (2 fl oz, 60 ml) water
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml. 1 oz) butter
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) gluten-free vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Put sugar in 8" skillet with water, cover and bring to slow boil while sugar melts. Swirl pan to dissolve all sugar or sugar crystals will form.

2. Once sugar is totally dissolved, remove lid and boil syrup swirling pan as syrup changes color. You want a nice golden brown color, not dark brown. It only takes a few minutes so don't walk away. The syrup browns at different rates so swirling pan gently mixes it all together. If pan starts smoking, it's overcooked. Undercooked is tasteless.

3. Add cream and stand back as caramel will spatter, boil up and solidify in places. Stir to dissolve caramel. Add butter, vanilla and salt and stir all together.

4. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

Dairy-free Option: Make with Asian style coconut milk and add coconut butter.

For Adults: To sauce add 1/4 c toasted chopped pecans and 1-2 tbsp rum or other alcohol. Serve with grilled pineapple rings or grilled halved peaches and ice cream, match made in Heaven.

Warning: Don't make caramel sauce with kids or animals underfoot, sugar burns are really dangerous, plus if you're distracted, sugar over cooks rapidly and burns, so you have to throw it out.


Gluten-Free Raspberry/Berry Sauce

Ingredients: 

  • 1 x 12 oz – 16 oz (375 - 500g) bag of frozen raspberries or bag of frozen mixed berries
  • ½ c (4 oz 125 g) ordinary sugar
  • 1/2 c (120 ml, 4 fl oz) water
  • ½ c (120 ml, 4 fl oz) Seedless raspberry jam or jelly for extra oomph of flavor
  • Raspberry liqueur, Amaretto, brandy, rum for adults.
  • Choose different jams and alcohols that match the fruit

Directions:

1. Melt sugar and water together, add raspberries (or other fruit), and simmer for just a few minutes. Stir in raspberry jam until it melts. Depending on ripeness of raspberries and your personal taste you might want to add more sugar.

I like to buy baskets of fresh raspberries in season and freeze them. Somehow they don't break up nearly as much as bought frozen raspberries when they are simmered in sugar and water.

You can sieve the sauce and make it a 'couli,' so there are no seeds.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Ganache

Melt together 1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream and 11 oz bag of Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate or with Sodelicious vanilla or hazelnut creamer mixed with gluten-free chocolate. I use an immersion blender to make sauce totally smooth. Thicken as it cools, very runny when hot. Add some sugar if too 'dark' for kids. 

This can also be used as a dipping sauce for fruit.

 

 

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Chilled Beet Soup

This chilled gluten-free Lithuanian soup, also known as šaltibarščiai (pronounced shaltee-barsh-chay), is ideal for a summer luncheons and garden parties.

Fgluten free beet soup recipe rom Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

I gave Lithuanian cooking classes demos for about 10 years at our local ethnic library and spent July 2005 in a Lithuanian language course at the University of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. And no, I am not of Lithuanian descent, but I was given so many old and new Lithuanian cookbooks, tried the recipes, made them for class and was told they brought back memories of grandmother making them. This particular recipe is a mix of two cold beet soup recipes. One is taken from the Lithuanian Heritage magazine and the other is from ‘Treasures of Lithuanian Cooking.’ The recipes are almost identical as to ingredients. Now I give talks with vibrant photos of Lithuania with history, culture, and a gluten-free Lithuanian buffet to libraries, clubs etc.

Chilled Beet Soup

Makes about 12 half-cup servings

Ingredients:

  • About 1 lb raw beets, cooked, peeled, and shredded in food processor 
  • Half a European cucumber, peeled, quartered lengthwise and finely diced
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled, peeled and finely diced - optional
  • 4 green onions, leaves only finely scissored
  • 2 c buttermilk (I buy Kate's of Maine that is genuine buttermilk, labeled gluten-free, not from a culture)
  • 1 c cold water or beef broth
  • ¼ tsp sugar or honey or more to taste once chilled
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ c sour cream (or more) 
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill – dill is a strong flavor, so don’t add too much at first

Directions:

1.Mix all the ingredients together and chill for 1-2 hours or overnight. The flavor does improve on chilling as everything melds together.

2. Taste after chilling and add more salt, pepper or herbs to taste.

Traditionally this soup is served with a dollop of sour cream (100% of course – Friendship brand is most authentic) in the middle of each bowl and an individual plate of slices of hot, plain boiled potato. You take a spoonful of hot potato from the plate and dip the spoon into the cold soup so you get the contrast of hot and cold in each mouthful.  It tastes really good this way.

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Colby Jack Cheese Quesadilla

From Cindy Gordon of Vegetarian Mamma

When it comes to eating gluten-free, we need to make sure that the food we are putting into our bodies is indeed gluten-free. When it comes to cheese, you do need to be cautious. Love deli cheese? You have to be cautious of cross contamination from the cheese slicer in the deli. If you want to be safe and not worry, you need to search out Boar’s Head Cheese.

Boar’s Head is a family owned business that started in New York City over 110 years ago. Frank Brunckhorst founded the company out of his dissatisfaction with the quality of deli meats available at the time. He set out to create a brand that focused on quality meat, and started the line of deli meats, cheeses, and condiments that we still enjoy today. Boar’s Head prides themselves as being master craftsmen in their industry, and skilled artisans in the art of meat and cheese making. They hold themselves to high standards of quality, use only the finest ingredients, and their entire product line is gluten-free.

Boar’s Head offers 25 varieties of cheese, in styles from all over the world. You can find Vermont cheddar, Danish blue cheese, Swiss cheeses, French goat cheese, and more at your local deli. Boar’s Head has 6 varieties of Gouda cheese, fresh mozzarella, and two varieties of hard Italian cheese as well.

Boar’s Head Cheese is delicious enough to eat as a stand-alone item or on your favorite sandwich. We recently created a delicious and quick lunch option that uses Boar’s Head Cheese.

Lunch time on the weekends is hectic around my house. There always seems to be something going on. We rely on Boar’s Head to provide us with delicious tasting gluten-free cheese. Our latest creation was a quesadilla.

For this quesadilla we used the Colby Jack cheese from Boar’s Head. Colby Jack is a tasty mixture of Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses. It is a semi soft cheese that is sold in many shapes. For our quesadilla, we used the Coby Jack cheese slices.

Boar's Head Colby Jack Cheese Quesadilla 

Ingredients:

  • 1 gluten-free soft tortilla shell
  • ½ cup pinto beans, smashed
  • 2 slices of Boar’s Head Colby Jack Cheese
  • optional garnish: Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa, Cilantro, Green Onions

Directions:

  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, warm the soft tortilla shell.
  2. Place one slice of Boar’s Head Colby Jack cheese on half of the tortilla.
  3. Next, layer the smashed beans on top of the cheese slice.
  4. Place the remaining Colby Jack cheese slice on top of the smashed beans.
  5. Fold the tortilla in half. Warm each side to a golden brown or until the cheese melts.
  6. Garnish with your favorite extras such as sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cilantro or green onions.

ENJOY!

Boar’s Head Cheese is a great option for my family. We love that the cheese slices come in resealable containers. This works out very well for my family. The cheese stays fresh and protected in the containers.

Check out the full selection on their website, you’re sure to find your favorite.

Guest Author, Cindy Gordon, is the owner and writer behind VegetarianMamma.com  Cindy shares recipes that are gluten-free and vegetarian on her site.  Her site also shares insight to her gluten-free travel experiences and provides tips on where to safely travel while gluten-free.

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Pork with Orange Sauce

A dynamic gluten-free recipe that  can be shaken up by using chicken, salmon or even scallops in place of pork!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

This recipe is great because it can be made with a wide variety of proteins, including strips or scallops of chicken breast or whole chicken thighs, or strips of pork sirloin rather than pork tenderloin. Just adjust cooking time according to size of meat used. It's an easy meal for dinner, or a brunch, girl’s night, bridal shower, graduation party and more!

Gluten-Free Pork with Orange Sauce

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1+1/4 lb pork tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely crushed
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free orange liqueur
  • 1 c orange juice
  • 1 c gluten-free chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp gluten-free orange marmalade – preferably a marmalade with small, thin pieces of orange peel
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary tied up in a coffee filter bag or I also just cut 2 x 3 “ stems of fresh rosemary and add to liquid
  • 1 orange, zest grated and orange segmented
  • 2 tsp gluten-free cornflour mixed with 1 tbsp water
  • 1/3 c  cream - optional

Directions:

1.  Trim all fat and gristle from pork tenderloin and cut into 1/2” slices – you should get between 12-16 slices. 

2.  Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add oil. When hot, add the pork a slice at a time. 

3.  Cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat until starting to brown, then flip meat and cook for another 3 minutes.

4.  Add onion and garlic and stir in well, cook for further 3 minutes until starting to soften.

5. Pull skillet to one side of the flame, add brandy and orange liqueur and flame. The safest way to do this if you are not used to setting fire to a pan is to use the gas gun for the grill. Don’t just use an ordinary match. And don’t bend your face over the pan. Shake the pan gently until flames die down. Make sure the kids and animals aren’t nearby.

6.  Add orange juice, orange zest, stock, rosemary bag and marmalade and simmer covered for about 15 minutes until tender.

7. Thicken with cornstarch and water mix. If the skillet lid doesn’t fit well, then a lot of liquid might have evaporated, then the salt flavor will increase. Top up with more orange juice. Allow cornstarch mix to cook for additional 2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning and add cream if you want.

8.  Serve on top of linguini or rice with green beans, broccoli or carrots. Or with tiny Yukon gold potatoes. Garnish with orange segments.

Variations:

  • Some spicy pepper with cilantro for Mexican flavors instead of Rosemary.
  • Basil instead of Rosemary.
  • I make an orange and mint stuffing so add some mint instead of Rosemary, perhaps with some artichokes.
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