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Boar's Head Beechwood Smoked Ham & Arugula Salad

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Courtesy of Boar's Head


Makes 4 servingsBeechwood Smoked Ham and Arugula Salad


  • ½ lb. Boar's Head Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham, sliced thin
  • 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 bunches arugula, thick stems removed
  • ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced 
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries 
  • 1 tangerine, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar 
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt 
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper, coarse


  1. Cut the ham into 2-inch strips. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ham and cook until crisp, approximately 2-4 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, add the arugula, onion, ham, dried cranberries, and tangerine slices. In a separate bowl, combine the vinegar, remaining olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing mixture over the salad and toss to coat. Divide salad mix with tangerine segments evenly and serve.
Tags: Dinner, Side Dishes

Taco Spaghetti Squash

From Cindy Gordon of Vegetarian Mamma and NFCA Blogger Ambassador


Taco Spaghetti Squash



  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 1 oz. package of gluten-free taco seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. of water
  • 1/2 cup of black olives
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 6 oz. sour cream
  • Cheese to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Scrape out seeds and pulp. Place squash face down into a 9x13 dish that is filled with 1/2 inch of water.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife can be placed through the skin of the squash, easily.
  4. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
  5. Sauté onions until soft, combine remaining ingredients except cheese. Stir to mix.
  6. Once squash is cooked, use a fork to gently scrape the inside of the squash. The squash will pull apart from the skin in noodle form.
  7. Mix squash with skillet mixture, stir. Garnish with cheese.
  8. Enjoy!
Tags: Dinner, Vegetarian, For Kids

Taco Dip

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering



  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese (lite is fine)Gluten-Free taco dip with corn tortilla chips
  • 1 cup sour cream (lite is fine)
  • 2 tsp onion soup powder mix (make sure it’s gluten-free)
  • 4 Tbsp salsa - medium strength or stronger to your desire
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 cups (8 oz. bag) shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped small
  • 1 cup finely shredded crisp lettuce, such as iceberg


1. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, onion soup powder, salsa and cumin, and spread in the bottom of a 9” pie plate or equivalent dish. I like to mix the cream cheese mix together 1-2 days in advance in a bowl and leave it covered in the fridge, then give it a good stir before you spread it in serving dish. The flavors are better this way, and the onion soup powder softens.

2. Top with cheddar in one layer, followed by a layer of lettuce and a layer of tomatoes.

3. Serve with tortilla chips.

Tips & Alternatives: I find that, when refrigerated, the cream cheese mixture stiffens up so the tortilla chips break when you try to scoop the dip.  I prefer to leave a spoon with small plates so guests can take a portion onto a plate and then use the chips.

Using this quantity of medium strength salsa only gives a nice flavor and is not hot, so you can use a hotter sauce or more. Everyone likes this proportion.

For a recipe that turns the cream cheese layer into a taco cheese log/ball, visit my website.



Tags: Appetizers/Snacks

Oonagh's Gluten-Free Flour Mix

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

I have tried various recipes for gluten-free flour blends. Many use sorghum flour as the main ingredient, but I find that has a bitter taste and requires a lot of additional sugar. I developed the following mix for gluten-free baking.

For one cup of gluten-free mix:

  • ½ cup potato starch (not potato flour)
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp amaranth or millet flour (Millet is roughly one third the price of amaranth. It is not as nutritious, but is more readily available.)
  • 2 tbsp sorghum flour 

I tend to mix these flours in food processor. The flours do not puff into the air as much, but are still well-blended. The food processor also grinds the flours a bit more and helps eliminate lumps in the potato starch.



Tags: Appetizers/Snacks, Side Dishes

Savory Cheese Bread


From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Enjoy these with your favorite soup or chili. Microwave or toast to bring back the “just-cooked” taste and texture. For variation, substitute a jalapeno cheese and cilantro, some bits of ham or spicy gluten-free sausage, basil and some chopped artichokes. 

Make and freeze in advance for your Super Bowl party.

Makes 6 muffin tops (mini focaccia size)

  Ingredients:gluten-free cheese bread

  • 1 cup Oonagh’s Gluten-Free Flour Mix
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp xanthan gum
  • ½ c fresh, shredded parmesan cheese
  • ½ c shredded Swiss or mozzarella cheese. Using parmesan and mozzarella gives a lovely, gooey interior, using parmesan and Swiss gives a moist but not gooey, stronger cheese-flavored bread.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk, ordinary milk or yogurt
  • ¼ cup green part of green onions, finely scissored.
  • Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, Italian seasoning


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin top pan with spray.

2. Stir together flour mix, almond meal, salt, baking powder, xanthan gum and cheeses in a large bowl.

3. Stir together eggs, oil or butter and milk.

4. Stir wet mix into dry mix and stir well until no dry bits remain. The mix will seem very wet. Wait a few minutes and the mix will thicken.

5. Spray a ¼ cup measure with gluten-free cooking spray and use it to scoop batter into pans. Smooth batter with wet fingers. Sprinkle sesame seeds and poppy seeds on top for a bit of crunch and interest. You can also sprinkle Italian seasoning on top (or even top with caramelized onions).

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Muffin tops will rise, but won’t really dome like a regular muffin. They should be deep golden brown underneath and light gold on top. Rotate pan after 10 minutes for even baking. Once cooked, remove muffins from oven and let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Then remove to a cooling rack. If you leave muffin tops in the pan for too long, the bases will retain steam and go soft. The bottom crust will have a nice crispy edge if you remove it and let them cool.


Tags: Breads

Shrimp Fajita Nachos

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Gluten-free shrimp fajita nachos


  • Gluten-free tortilla chips - enough to spread onto 4 dinner plates
  • 2-4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into thin strips about 2 inches long
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into thin strips about 2 inches long
  • 1 medium onion, peeled, halved and cut into thin slices
  • 12 oz. peeled, raw shrimp (I like smaller shrimp so they look better than cut up large shrimp and you’ll get some shrimp in each mouthful.)
  • 1/2 lb. of sliced white American cheese (You can shred it or leave it in slices. Make sure it's gluten-free!)


1. Heat olive oil in a 10” skillet. Add oil and stir fry onions and peppers over high heat until as tender as you like them. 

2. While onions and peppers are cooking, arrange tortilla chips on microwave-safe plates and top with slices of cheese. Microwave each plate for a few seconds until cheese is melted.

3. When onions and peppers are cooked enough for your taste, add shrimp and stir fry until they are pink and cooked. Scoop this mix evenly onto the warm cheese and tortillas and top with more cheese. Serve immediately.

Tags: Appetizers/Snacks

Chocolate Pecan Indulgence


From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

I changed the recipe to use store bought caramels melted with cream. Making homemade caramel sauce can be extremely dangerous, so take caution if you venture to make your own.

This dessert is extremely rich, but tastes out of this world. It can be made a day or two in advance. You could also add 1-2 tbsp of liqueur to the chocolate truffle mix or even arrange sliced strawberries, fresh pineapple or mango on top of the chocolate, but underneath the caramel topping. In this way, both the chocolate and caramel help the fruit stay looking and tasting fresher. This is best served at room temperature. 

Makes at least 8 portions.

Ingredients:gluten-free chocolate pecan cake


  • 2 cup whole pecans (8oz bag)
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 oz. very soft unsalted butter (you can get away with salted butter)


  • 1/2 cup whipping or heavy cream
  • 12 oz. bag (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • ½ of 14 oz bag of soft caramels, unwrapped (use the kind for making candy apples; the bin kind can be a pain to unwrap).
  • ¼ cup milk or cream.
  • Additional whipped cream and chocolate curls for garnish. To make your own whipped cream, combine one cup of liquid cream with 2 tablespoons sugar and one teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract. Whip until stiff.


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Blend nuts, sugar and cinnamon in processor until nuts are finely ground, but not a paste.

3. Add butter and blend until well combined. Press nut mix onto bottom and about one inch up sides of 9” tart pan/spring form pan with removable bottom. It will also work in 9” pie plate if a spring form pan is unavailable.

4. Bake until golden brown - about 20 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool.

5. Bring whipping/heavy cream to simmer in microwave. Add chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Heat gently if not smooth enough. Put 2 tbsp chocolate mix in Ziploc snack bag and retain. Pour chocolate into crust. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

6. Put caramels and milk in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until totally smooth.

7. Allow caramel to cool slightly, but pour over set chocolate filling before caramel gets too hard. Warm Ziploc bag containing the 2 tablespoons of reserved chocolate. Snip corner from bag and pipe a continuous circle of chocolate radiating out from the center of the dish. Take a toothpick, knife or skewer, and gently drag tip through chocolate circle from outside to center to form pattern (see photo). Refrigerate to set.

8. To garnish: Spread or pipe whipped cream around edge, or all over top. Place few chocolate chips in cheese grater and grate some on top, or sprinkle with chocolate curls.



Tags: Dessert

Pork Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Mint

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Courtesy of Thai Kitchen


Makes 4 servings

Prep Time:  15 minutesPork Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Mint
Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Thai Kitchen Roasted Red Chili Paste
  • 2 Tbsp. Thai Kitchen Premium Fish Sauce
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 cups asparagus pieces
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 lb. boneless pork loin, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves, coarsely chopped


  1. Heat oil in wok or large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chili paste, fish sauce and sugar; stir fry 1 minute. Add asparagus and onion; stir fry 3 minutes. Cover. Cook 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp.
  2. Add pork and bell pepper; stir fry 2 to 3 minutes or until pork is cooked through. Stir in mint. Serve immediately.
Tags: Dinner

Pamela's Gluten-Free Pound Cake

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Pamela's Gluten-Free Pound Cake



  • 1 bag Pamela's Gluten-Free, Non-Dairy Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 4 eggs, large
  • 12 Tbsp. butter or Earth Balance (see note), softened (not melted)
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly beat eggs. Cut butter into 12 pieces. Combine butter, eggs and water with dry mix and incorporate on low for 30 to 60 seconds. Lumps of butter in batter are normal -- do not continue mixing.
  3. Pour into lightly greased 9" by 5" loaf pan and bake for 60 to 65 minutes. Toothpick should come out clean.
  4. Top with whipped cream, fresh fruit, ice cream, chocolate sauce or your other favorite topping for a refreshing spring treat!

Note: If using Earth Balance in place of butter, baking time may be a few minutes less.

Tags: Dessert, For Kids

Ground Sirloin Chili

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering



  • 1 medium to large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 3 sirloin burgers, thawed, or 1 lb. ground sirloin or 1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely crushedGluten-Free Ground Sirloin Chili
  • ½ green pepper, deseeded and cut into small cubes (optional)
  • ½ red pepper, deseeded and cut into small cubes (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp pureed gluten-free chipotles in adobo sauce (use less if you don’t like heat)
  • 2 x 8 oz. cans tomato sauce, and swish empty cans with water to measure one cup of water total
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1-2 tsp gluten-free chicken base concentrate
  • 11 oz. can sweet corn 
  • 15 oz. can cannellini beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garnishes: cilantro, sour cream, salsa, chopped avocado, crushed tortilla chips, chopped green onions, shredded cheese, etc.


1. Heat oil in pan, add onions and cook over a medium heat until browning. Add crumbled sirloin or ground turkey with garlic and peppers and cook until meat is no longer pink.

2. Add cumin, cinnamon, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir in well and cook for 1-2 minutes.

3. Add mustard and pureed chipotles. Stir, add tomato sauce, ketchup, water, chicken concentrate, corn, beans and bay leaf.

4. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes or until chili is cooked and tasty. Taste and adjust seasoning and remove bay leaf.

Tips & Alternatives: Serve with Oonagh’s cheese toaster breads – Celiac Central January 2011 or corn bread toaster breads Celiac Central November 2011.  Cut the cooked breads into 8’s and pan fry in olive oil and serve as croutons as in photo. 


Tags: Soups/Stews
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