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Delicious Gluten Free, Dairy Free Hamantashen with Cranberry-Date-Peach Filling

I know I’ve been negligent about posting recently, but I promise I’m coming back soon.  I’m reposting these Hamantashen because they are so good no one will ever suspect they are gluten free!  Click here for the recipe.

Happy Purim!

 

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Gluten-free Dairy-free Palacsinta – Hungarian Dessert Crepes (not Paleo)

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My friend Natalie had a birthday this week and when we were on the phone I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and her reply was “crepes or croissants.”  Croissants are way too complicated but I’d be glad to make a crepe recipe for her – and for YOU.  So Happy Birthday Natalie – I hope you love these.

Now about Palacsinta (we pronounce then palachinkin), as you may have figured out from previous posts, my background is Hungarian.  On weekends when my grandmother would come to visit, Sunday mornings she would make Palacsinta.  She would stand at the stove using 3 small skillets at a time turning out palachinkin as fast as a machine – but never could she keep up with our almost super human ability to pack them away.  After a while she would give up and add a little flour to the remaining batter, than add cut up apples or bananas and make what she called fritters but in reality was more of a German apple (or banana) pancake.  I don’t think Grandma actually ever got to eat any of it – unless she snuck (is that a word?) one or two while she was at the stove – cause she surely never sat down at the table.  She was a great lady (and fabulous cook), my Grandma.

As you can see from the photos there are 2 ways of making crepes – logs or chevrons.  The logs are the Hungarian presentation, the chevrons which  are French (though they do logs as well) are easier to handle.

You can use this recipe to make savory crepes as well – just omit the sweetener.
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Best Ever Gluten-free Dairy-free Crackers (not Paleo)

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Do you love Wheat Thins®? Do you miss Wheat Thins®?   As a well known cracker-aholic, switching to gluten-free crackers was probably even harder for me than giving up bread (because with the exception of my gluten-free cornbread, I have yet to find a bread I like).  I buy every gluten-free cracker that comes out and none of them have the right consistency for me.  Some are certainly fine, but delicious like Wheat Thins®? Not.  These crackers are remarkably easy to make and are exactly what I was hoping for when I started working on the recipe.

As written, the recipe makes savory, crispy crackers with just a hint of sweetness and no starchiness at all.  You can easily alter the recipe to your tastes:  low sodium?  leave out the salt.  Don’t have zatar aka za’atar?  Use poultry seasoning or any herbs you like – or none at all for a plain cracker.  Want a neutral tasting cracker?  leave out the garlic powder and herbs.  Don’t like seeds?  omit the egg and toppings.  I could go on forever with the possibilities.  You can also vary the shapes, once you’ve rolled out the dough, you can cut them into assorted shapes using cookie cutters or you can make them into larger crackers by just cutting them into rectangles or you can cut the rectangles into squares or diamonds.  I’ve also thought about, but have yet to try, rolling the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and flattening them in a tortilla press, then cutting the resulting circle into wedges.  If you try that, let me know how it works : )
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Gluten-free Dairy-free Apple Galette (not Paleo)

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Tomorrow’s my birthday and I wanted a celebratory dessert.  I know better than to expect or even hope there will be anything on the menu of the restaurant we are going to that I can eat other than sorbet, so I’ve baked my own birthday dessert.  Basically a galette is a free-form pie.  It’s really not hard to make and the result is delicious.  Although I made an apple galette this time, I am also gearing up to try a plum/nectarine and a multi-berry one too.  Keep tuned for the results of the other ones.
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Gluten-free Dairy-free Yummy Meatloaf (not Paleo)

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Meatloaf has always been one of my favorite foods in the world – I think that goes back to my days in public school when Thursday was meatloaf day in the cafeteria and really that was the only decent dish they served all week. I would have it with green beans and mashed potatoes and to this day that is one of my go-to comfort combinations – did I mention that I use canned green beans for this memory meal because that’s what they served in the cafeteria – and nowadays I make Colcannon (mashed potatoes with cabbage) to complete the meal. When I am cooking for myself, I make this into 2 smaller loaves and freeze one raw for a future meal. Each little meatloaf makes 2 not-too-large servings so you don’t have to eat meatloaf too many days in a row or can have a single meal with a friend or loved one. Of course if you are a big eater each loaf serves one.
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Fantastic Gluten-free Dairy-free Cornbread (not Paleo)

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Sometimes I just really want bread.  I know there are several very good gluten-free breads, but for me they all have a strange starchy mouth-feel and a slight off taste.   This cornbread suffers none of those problems.  It is light and moist and has just the right amount of sweetness (unless you like cornbread this is not sweet)…and did I mention it’s really easy to make?  I would imagine you can use this recipe for corn muffins, but I haven’t tried them yet.  I was so excited with the yummy result of this recipe I wanted to post it “hot out of the oven” – almost literally.

Now that I have this fabulous cornbread recipe, you can count on seeing a more savory variation soon or maybe even a bread stuffing.  In the meantime I am going to bed with a big smile on my face knowing that I’m going to have delicious cornbread for breakfast.  Hope you try this one.

Thanksgiving 2014 Update:  I loved this bread so I made it for Thanksgiving, but I was concerned that it was a little too crumbly.  So I added one extra egg and it turned out great – it held together beautifully when sliced – so if you like your cornbread a little drier and crumbly, use 2 eggs.  If you want it to be a little springier and easier to plate, use 3 eggs.  Also: I baked it in a 9 x 9-inch pan so I cut it into about 24 pieces and got more servings but they were a little thinner than the photo above (see photo below) AND I used cashew milk and it was great.

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Gluten-free Dairy-free Vegan Empanadas (not Paleo)

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The beauty of empanadas, as with all turnovers, is that they are great on-the-go meals.  You can easily reheat them in a microwave and they are not sloppy to eat.  No only are they good for lunch, but they are actually nice change of pace breakfast foods.  If you like sweet empanadas, you can use fruit pie filling instead of the fillings here – and if you want them more dessert-y, you can brush the dough with egg (but of course then they would not be vegan) and sprinkle sugar on top before baking.

Monday’s empanadas were a little “doughy” for me.  So I made these empanadas bigger, thereby allowing for a greater filling to dough ratio.  I would probably make the chicken ones this size too.  But for appetizers, the smaller ones would work better. Continue reading Gluten-free Dairy-free Vegan Empanadas (not Paleo)

Gluten-free Dairy-free Empanadas (not Paleo)

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I know I’m a day early, but today is Cinco de Mayo and I was going to post Empanadas this week anyway so I just moved up the post to today.  Don’t worry, you’re going to see empanadas again on Friday.

I wish I had a wonderful story to accompany this recipe, but truely I can’t even remember if I’ve actually ever eaten one before these…I mean, I MUST have at some point, but I don’t remember it.  That doesn’t mean they are not memorable – just that I have a lousy memory.

Let me take a break from these ramblings and tell you how hard writing these posts has become since the-little-one-who-shall- remain-unnamed has come to live with us.  He thinks that running over the keyboard while I sit here is just the greatest game ever invented.  What this means to me is that I am discovering functions that this computer can perform that I never even knew existed, and in some cases find incredibly difficult to undo – not to mention all the copy that just disappears in the blink of an eye (or touch of a paw).

Back to Empanadas…having made them, here are my impressions.  The filling is really delicious and so is the dough (amazingly for gluten-free).  I made little empanadas and found the dough to filling ratio is a little too much for my taste, you can remedy this by making fewer, but bigger empanadas – try making 8 and using 2 tablespoons of filling – but then they are not appetizers.   Baking time should be the same as the little ones. Continue reading Gluten-free Dairy-free Empanadas (not Paleo)

Dairy free Gluten free Creamed Spinach (not Paleo)

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So many of my recipes are from childhood memories. My mom was a fantastic cook but not above using prepared foods (the potato pancakes I get the most compliments on are “my mother’s recipe” which meant buying a box of potato pancake with onions mix and then thinning them out with a little extra water so they cook up thin and crisp). “Her” creamed spinach was Seabrook Farms doctored up with plenty of garlic powder. Alas, Seabrook Farms went out the window when I discovered my “dairy problem” and I have been trying to get a good replacement for it for ages. My breakthrough moment came when I was feeling that my recipe tasted fine but was not creamy enough and so I stirred in the tofutti – voila – perfection! Continue reading Dairy free Gluten free Creamed Spinach (not Paleo)

Gluten-Free and Dairy-free Mini Hamentashen (not paleo)

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I know this does not look like the chicken soup recipe I promised you on Tuesday.  I totally forgot that tomorrow is Purim and Purim without Hamentashen is like Easter without the Easter Bunny, bagels without lox, franks without beans, New Year’s Eve without the Times Square Ball Drop.  If you are not familiar with Purim (or Hamentashen), it is a holiday when the story of Queen Esther (who risked her life to go to Persian king Ahasuerus and inform him that his prime minister Hamen (who wears a 3 cornered hat) is planning on hanging all the Jews in the land..) is retold.  And as you can sum up so many Jewish holidays: They tried to kill us; They failed; Let’s EAT – Hamentashen is what we eat. So I hope you haven’t taken that leftover chicken out of the freezer yet.  Leave it there and you will see chicken soup next week – and aren’t you glad I finally made a dessert? Continue reading Gluten-Free and Dairy-free Mini Hamentashen (not paleo)