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Jennifer’s Gluten Free Cookies and Cream Ice Cream January 15, 2012

I was in the mood for ice cream the other day, so as I was looking through the ice cream aisle at Whole Foods, I was reminded how I haven’t had Cookies and Cream flavored ice cream in years. I’m so thankful that many, if not most, ice creams are gluten free, but skipping some of my old favorite flavors like cookie dough, brownie chunk, and cookies and cream has been disappointing.

 

Anyway, I bought some French Vanilla ice cream and ended up getting an idea. Why not make my own Cookies and Cream ice cream? And that’s just what I did. It’s FANTASTIC. The next time your in the mood for a yummy bowl of ice cream, you gotta try my super-easy, super-tasty recipe:

 

Jennifer’s Gluten Free Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe:

 

 

Combine all ingredients and fold into the ice cream until distributed as evenly as possible.

 

And there you have it, friends! Gluten Free Cookies and Cream Ice Cream! It tastes JUST like regular, gluten-filled cookies & cream ice cream! I think the combination of cocoa & vanilla cookies are similar in taste to Oreo cookies, and the whipped cream adds the “cream” flavor without changing the ice cream’s texture into soup! It’s fantastic!

 

  Jennifer

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Jeni’s Spendid Gluten-Free Ice Cream- Perfect Any Day of the Year January 13, 2011

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream A lot of things seem to be happening in Columbus, Ohio right now… The homeless man with the “golden voice” is one example of that. And another is Jeni’s Ice Cream.

It might seem a little crazy to be talking about ice cream when 49 states have been experiencing snow lately.. but this ice cream is just too good not to rant and rave about- whether it’s 90 degrees outside or 9…degrees….

Here’s why:

Jeni is re-inventing your typical bowl of ice cream. Her ice creams are incredibly original, and she pulls it off. You may think you’ve tried new flavors with your visits to your local Ben & Jerry’s… but really, you don’t even have the slightest clue. Who wants Cayenne ice cream? Or how about lavender? Goat cheese, anyone? Well, I do if it’s Jeni’s. It’s incredible how good these interesting ice cream flavors can be. Each bite is ridiculously exciting.

My sister sent my husband and I a bunch of flavors as a belated Christmas present and my husband I practically ripped the containers in half trying to get to the next new flavor. It was so fun to explore such wild, different flavors in a little frozen treat that’s usually so good, but predictable. Predictable, Jeni’s is not.

Her motto? Make it less sweet and more flavorful. And it’s a good motto to have. Jam-packed with wonderful new flavors, it has the perfect amount of subtle bit of sweet that totally hits the spot. And this really means a lot, coming from a total sugar-ADDICT. I love sweet. I love desserts. I love sugar in my tea. I love white wines with the most amount of sugar-y aftertaste. Trust me, for a gal like me to love LESS SWEET in an ice cream, something must be right.

Jeni offered a seasonal ice cream flavor of sweet potato with torched marshmellows and it had just the right amount of sweet to it. Sweet potatoes are naturally slightly sweet, and marshmellows are definitely sweet, so why drench a good thing in extra mounds of sugar? Clearly you don’t have to, and Jeni didn’t.  And it was GOOD.

Fresh ingredients; “straight from the cow to the cone.” That’s what it says right on the container. And you can taste that truth. It’s deliciously fresh. 

Two of my favorite flavors? Chocolate Zin (dark chocolate and red zinfadel for the ultimate girly go-to flavor) and Riesling Poached Pear. The Reisling flavor is technically a sorbet, but it’s AMAZING.

So, have a birthday coming up and need a sophisticated ice cream to go with your adult bday cake? Or an ice cream lover and looking for something that will blow you away? It’s Jeni. You gotta try it.

And you don’t have to live in Columbus, OH to get Jeni’s ice cream. I don’t. She ships her fabulous ice creams anywhere in the US. It’s securely packaged and surrounded by dry ice so it’s still fresh and ice cold when it arrives on your doorstep. Visit Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Website to order.

So who is Jeni? Here is her Story:

Jeni Britton Bauer became inspired to make artisan ice creams while working at a French patisserie. Drawing on the practices of a traditional pastry kitchen, Jeni created her own techniques to make American ice creams that are less sweet and more flavorful.

Each batch of Jeni’s ice creams is carefully tended to; each flavor artfully achieved with fresh ingredients found in the Ohio countryside as well as responsibly-raised exotics from around the world. All of Jeni’s ice creams, sauces, pralines and marshmallows are handcrafted in Jeni’s production kitchen in Columbus, Ohio.

Jeni’s is family-owned and operated. Jeni Britton Bauer and her husband Charly Bauer co-founded the company in 2002; Charly’s brother Tom Bauer became a partner one year later. Together with their small team, they make every batch of ice cream that is served in their four (soon to be seven) stores in Columbus or shipped to doorsteps nationwide.

So there you have it. This is what Glamour & Green is all about. Fabulous, must-have foods and products that you just really need to try. And Jeni’s is that kind of an ice cream. I like full-fledge amazing, glamourous products in my life. I want ice cream made with real ingredients that are new and interesting, full of persnality and that will make a great impression on me & guests I have over at my house. Jeni’s is that kind of ice cream that I want to have on hand when I host a dinner at my house and want to offer a decadent dessert without slaving away in the kitchen.

And I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied picking up a pint of ice cream at the grocery store ever again. I’m sure you’ll feel the same way once you try a taste.

MMMM! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Ps. Not all flavors are gluten-free, so you will need to check with Jeni beforehand: contact@jenisicecreams.com

 

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cheesecake August 19, 2010

 

Here is a decadent caramel apple cheesecake recipe from Paula Dean that I have modified below to be gluten-free. It is sure to impress if you have guests over or want to bring something yummy to a neighborhood get-together. No one will suspect that a dessert this tasty could ever be gluten-free.

 
Enjoy!

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Reserve 3/4 cup of the apple filling; set aside. Spoon the remaining filling into the crust. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add the eggs and mix well. Pour this over the pie filling.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the center of the cake is set. Cool to room temperature.

Mix the reserved pie filling and caramel topping in a small saucepan and heat for about 1 minute, or until spreadable. Spoon the apple-caramel mixture over the top of the cheesecake and spread evenly. Decorate the edge of the cake with pecan halves and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

 

Gluten-Free Mini Pineapple Cakes August 17, 2010

 

House Number 0065175F1 I love having tea parties. I am obsessed with gourmet teas, Victorian teaware, and yummy desserts (gluten-free, of course). I love getting a few of my best girlfriends together for afternoon tea at my house to talk, drink, and eat… It’s the best!

I found a fabulous recipe for Pineapple Mini Cakes by Giada De Laurentiis and I have translated below to be gluten-free. It would make an excellent & adorable dessert to serve alongside your favorite tea the next time you want to invite your best friends over for tea time. Enjoy!

Ingredients
  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces* see Cook’s Note
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice plus 2/3 cup
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box gluten free white cake mix

*Use organic ingredients whenever possible for a yummier, better-for-you version of this recipe. 🙂

  • Special Equipment: 6-cup mini Bundt pan

Directions

Place an oven rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour a mini Bundt pan (use all-purpose gluten-free flour to dust your pan).

For the Cakes: Place the pineapple in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped. In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, combine the chopped pineapple, 2 tablespoons pineapple juice, sugar, and butter over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook until the liquid evaporates and the mixture begins to brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Spoon the pineapple mixture into the prepared pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg whites, water, vegetable oil, almond extract, GF cake mix, and 2/3 cup pineapple juice. Using an electric hand mixer, beat the mixture on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour the batter over the cooked pineapple. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes until the cakes begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and the tops are golden. Allow the cakes to cool for 15 minutes. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the cakes. Put a baking sheet, upside-down, on top of the parchment paper. Flip both pans over and allow the cakes to cool completely while still in the Bundt pan, about 1 hour. Unmold the cakes and place on individual serving plates.

Cook’s Note: This recipe will also work using 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in 100 percent pineapple juice, drained and juice reserved.

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Chocolate Gooey Butter Gluten-Free Cookies August 6, 2010

Chocolate Gooey Butter Gluten Free Cookies I woke up this morning with a huge craving for chocolate. Yes, I always like & am in the mood for chocolate, but this morning was different. I would not be OK unless I stuffed my face with something super rich & chocolate-y. But I also wanted to try something new. Regular ol’ GF chocolate cake or brownies just didn’t seem good enough.

But then I found Paula Dean’s Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookie Recipe and translated it below to be gluten-free. It’s awesome & totally hit the spot. Give it a try, my chocoholic friends:

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Servings: Makes 2 dozen
Ingredients:

  • 1 brick (8 ounces) cream cheese , room temperature
  • 1 stick butter , room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1 box (18 ounces) moist gluten-free chocolate cake mix
  • Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

*Use organic ingredients whenever possible for a yummier, better-for-you version of this recipe.

 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the GF vanilla extract. Beat in the GF cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon-size balls and then roll them in confectioner’s sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and gooey. Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Then keep cookies in the fridge until ready to serve!

Tip: I served this amazing little treats with Mighty Leaf’s Vanilla Bean hot tea… incredible!!!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

Ps. Sorry it’s taken me so long to write. With a big move and a new baby (he’s awesome!), it’s been busy to say the least! But, not to worry, I’m baaaaaaack and have plenty of new & fabulous finds to come…

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Dipped Bananas June 16, 2010

Is it just me, the 39 week pregnant lady, or is it HOT in here?! 🙂

It’s warming up and it’s time to cool off! Instead of eating something traditional, like popsicles, in the summer heat- try something else that’s cold, easy to make, and super-satisfying without having to succumb to the high-fat ice cream in the freezer… chocolate covered bananas!

Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Ingredients

  • 5 bananas
  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • 3 cups good quality GF chocolate bar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut up
Toppings:
  • Chopped nuts
  • Toasted coconut
  • GF Cookie crumbles
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Mini chocolate candies or mini semi sweet chips, for chocoholics

 

Directions

Peel and cut the bananas in half crosswise, so that you have 8 pieces. Place peeled bananas on sticks. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place bananas on the cookie sheet in the freezer, keep them in there as long as possible, at least 10 minutes. Heat chocolate bits with butter in a double boiler over low heat until the chocolate melts and butter is incorporated. Dip the chilled bananas in chocolate and roll with your favorite topping. Chill or freeze until ready to serve.

*Use organic ingredients whenever possible for a better-for-you tastier version of this recipe

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

PS. CONGRATS to Rebekah Yalcinkaya from Columbus, OH who won the GF Jane Iredale Lip Fixation contest! Thanks to everyone who participated & stay tuned for more fabulous G&G discounts & giveaways! 🙂

 

Gluten-Free Vintage Creme Vanilla Soda May 13, 2010

Boylans Vanilla Creme Soda I don’t drink sodas very often, but when I do, it’s because a craving hit and it’s hit me hard.

Certain foods also make me crave other foods or drinks. Like if I’m craving chips and salsa, I might also crave a yummy cheese dip. And whenever I crave pizza (gluten-free of course), for some reason, I always want a root beer or cream soda. It’s become my own little tradition.

You would hope that most (if not all) sodas would be naturally gluten-free (umm, why would anyone feel the need to put wheat or gluten into a carbonated beverage??!! Really.), but you never know. I always read labels before buying or consuming anything, and a lot of times I’m scared away from soda with mentions of ‘caramel color’ and ‘natural flavors.’ Those two questionable ingredients oftentimes mean GLUTEN in regular foods, so why should soda be any exception?

That’s why I am always happy when brands make a point of writing, “Gluten-Free” on their packaging. It’s great to just have that confirmation, without having to take a guess and make a choice you might regret, or bother calling the company directly to ask if it contains gluten (what a pain!).

I’m even happier when the confirmed gluten-free food or drink is delicious, made with all-natural ingredients… and hey, if it’s cute too, that always fun. And Boylan’s All Natural Vintage Creme Vanilla is all of the above!

Boylan Bottling Co

This soda is absolutely delicious and has a lot of positives:

  • No Artificial Colors, No Artificial Flavors, No Preservatives
  • No Fructose, Gluten Free, Sodium Free
  • Kosher Pareve
  • Made with pure cane sugar, Twist-off Crown
  • 100+ year old bottling company
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    It comes in an adorable vintage glass bottle (yay! no plastic or aluminum) and hits the spot on those fun pizza and a movie nights! It’s light, sweet, and super-tasty with real extracts of bourbon vanilla! MMMmmm!

    Try this yummy soda the next time you crave a sweet drink, or like me, crave soda that pairs well with pizza, and enjoy!

    You can find Boylan’s at Whole Food grocery stores, or buy Boylan’s soda online through Amazon or VitaCost,com.

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

    Check back soon for a great gluten-free pizza G&G just discovered!!! 🙂

     

    Host a Gluten-Free Tea Party this Mother’s Day May 6, 2010

    Host a Gluten Free Tea Part this Mothers Day There’s nothing better than a tea party. I’m obsessed with high-quality teas, and I’m always in the mood for a sweet, gluten-free treat. Hosting a tea party for that special mom is a great way to show her how much you love and care about her without breaking the bank (Mother’s Day just right around the corner!). Plan an “afternoon date” to enjoy gluten-free tea and dessert with mom and just have fun talking & being girls!

    Here are some gluten-free tea-time tips for this Mother’s Day:

    • Make a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Invitation: Take Digital Scrapbooks and More’s “Making Cards Training” to learn how you can personalize your very own party invitation! Including photos of you & mom, special notes inside, and details on the time and place for Mother’s Day tea will make your invitation much more than a regular card, but a Mother’s Day keepsake that she’ll treasure!

     

    Note: Digital Scrapbooks and More also has training that can help you make place cards (decorate a beautiful table with tea accessories and include two personalized place cards with your names on it) and design your very own gluten-free tea-time menu!

    • Serve high-quality tea: If you haven’t tried Mighty Leaf tea, you have no clue how incredible tea can be! Mighty Leaf only uses the finest of herbs in biodegradable silken tea bags (that are hand-sewn closed). This is tea at it’s finest. Brew a pot of this gourmet tea and pamper a well-deserving mom. Flavors that go well for a special girls-only tea date? The oh-so delicious Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Mint Truffle. Mom will be in heaven! Digital Scrapbooks and More also mentions a special discount on Mighty Leaf tea! Read this blog for more info on saving money and giving this fabulous tea a taste!

     

    • Bake a delicious gluten-free dessert: You don’t have to spend a million bucks to make mom smile. Take your time in making the little details count, and you’ll surely impress mom and make her feel loved. Bake a delicious gluten-free cake that you can splurge on over Mother’s Day tea. Try this Gluten-Free Banana Pound Cake for a tasty treat!

     

     

    Happy Tea Time & Happy (Early) Mother’s Day!

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

     

    Scrumptious Gluten-Free Banana Pound Cake April 29, 2010

    I made the most fabulous gluten-free dessert yesterday… A gluten-free banana pound cake!!! It was ridiculously good and so incredibly moist my husband had a really hard time believing it was gluten-free! Truly, this is one of the best gluten-free desserts I’ve ever made.

    Try this super-fabulous treat the next time your in the mood for a delicious treat. It also makes a great tea-time dessert! Invite a few friends, bust out the tea pot, and serve this yummy cake warm or cold.

    Lee’s Gluten-Free Banana Pound Cake

    Note: I slightly modified the recipe below. For the original recipe, click on the link above.

     

    Ingredients:

    3/4 cups white rice flour (120g)
    1/4 cup sorghum flour (30 g)
    1/4 cup potato starch (48g)
    1/4 cup tapioca flour (30g)
    1 (3.4 oz) box Jell-O Instant Banana Cream Pudding and Pie Filling
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
    1/4 tsp xanthan gum
    2/3 cups Bakers Sugar (extra fine granulated)
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    1 medium banana (3.8 oz)
    1/4 cup butter, room temperature
    2 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
    2 eggs
    2 tsp banana extract
    1/2 cup 2% milk

    Frosting (optional)
    1 cup powdered sugar
    1 Tbs butter , softened
    1 Tbs whole milk or half and half
    1 tsp banana extract

    *You may even want to add chopped pecans on top! 🙂

    * REMEMBER TO USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE FOR A TASTIER & BETTER-FOR-YOU VERSION OF THIS DESSERT

    Directions:

    1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
    2. Stir together all Dry Ingredients in a bag or lidded container. Shake to completely mix.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients(except milk)until completely blended. Gradually add Dry Ingredients, beating at low speed until well mixed (about 2 minutes). Add milk gradually to the mixing bowl, stir until mixed. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
    4. Pour batter into greased 4-cup Bundt or 6-inch tube pan. Bake for 80 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; invert cake pan onto a plate or cake dish. Tap bottom lightly to loosen cake from pan.
    5. Place all frosting ingredients in a small mixing bowl, blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Optionally drizzle with frosting. Refrigerate any leftover frosting in a covered container.

    SO YUMMY!!!! 🙂

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

    PS. More tomorrow about hosting a gluten-free tea party for Mother’s Day!

     

     

    Oh-la-la! Little Bites of Gluten-Free Bliss: Melange Sucre Macaron Petits April 21, 2010

    Melange Sucre Macaron Petits- Gluten-Free Bites of Bliss! When going gluten-free, one of the hardest things to find is great-tasting desserts. So often gluten-free sweets are too dense and don’t have that light, fluffy, or moist texture that gluten-filled goodies have. So when I find a gluten-free dessert that’s FABULOUS, I need to share it with the world.

    And that is why, my friends, you NEED to know about this super-glamorous, completely delicious little treat: Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits! (Yes, they really are as luxurious as they sound).

    These delicate cookies have nothing in common with the dense coconut confections that Americans know as “macaroons.”

     

    Mélange Sucre macarons are prepared in the traditional Parisian style, sandwiching two light cookies together with a flavored cream or marmalade. Each macaron is made by hand and skillfully baked to achieve the perfect blend of natural ingredients to produce an authentic French macaron. Mélange Sucre macarons are crafted to be lighter and more petit than the traditional macaron. The chewy and crunchy cookies surprise you with each bite.

     

    Now as much as I love my gluten-free bakeries, I have to say, it’s great when you find a dessert that’s gluten-free JUST BECAUSE IT TASTES GREAT WITHOUT GLUTEN. And that’s how it works with Mélange Sucre. They made these incredible little treats using fresh, delicious, all-natural ingredients and without seeing the need for gluten.

    So, what are these little bites of pure bliss made from? Mélange Sucre macarons are made with egg whites, sugar, natural almond flour, milk, cream, and butter.

    Sweet… literally. 🙂

    These cookies are totally high-maintenance (kinda like me- haha!), and that’s just another thing that I love about them. When you receive your package of Mélange Sucre cookies, you know it’s something special… and that this isn’t your average gluten-free treat:

    Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits are shipped frozen, so to ensure freshness, and to maintain the quality the Chefs intended for the macarons, these perishable items are shipped via overnight or 2 day express.

     

    For optimal flavor, Mélange Sucre macarons are best if consumed within 1-2 days. Store in refrigeration up to 7 days at 41 degrees F; before consuming, remove the macarons from refrigeration and allow them to reach room temperature. (Approximately 30 minutes). See… this gluten-free delicacy is a treat to be treasured; not something you can just pick up at your local grocery store any ol’ boring day. 

     

    Raspberry Macaron Petits from Melange Sucre Each box includes 12 macarons with two of each flavor. Flavors include: Chocolate, Raspberry, Pistachio, Pecan Caramel, Cinnamon and Coffee. 

    I melted over the chocolate and raspberry flavors, but all of them are absolutely delicious!! Light, airy, flaky, creamy, and chewy all the same time. They are almost impossible to describe how fabulous they really are… Just a must-have goodie for any dessert-loving gal that wants to try something extra special.

    These gourmet cookies pair nicely with gourmet teas or a delicious, frothy cappuccino. They’d work well with a little tea party or an afternoon get-together with your favorite gal-pals. Another occasion that would suit Macaron Petits perfectly? Mother’s Day. Their beautiful presentation (the box the macarons come in is long, gorgeous and made from environmentally-friendly materials that’s also reusable as storage for other special things!!) and phenomenal taste makes them a fabulous gift to give to that special mom of yours. And with only 130 calories for 2 cookies, they’re a treat she won’t feel bad indulging in!!

    You can buy a box of 12 Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits on the Mélange Sucre website for $28.00 (though you should read on for more info about the fabulous discount that they are extending to you, loyal Glamour & Green Gluten-Free readers!), and are more than worth it. They are the kind of shi-shi cookies you’ll want to have on hand 24-7 for guests, they’re so classy and impressive. Ooh-la-la!

    So, give them a try this spring! Host afternoon tea and serve this delicate little cookies as your tea-time treat. And give them to mom as a Mother’s Day surprise. You really don’t need a special occasion to indulge in these amazing cookies. Simply buy them for yourself and try one of the best gluten-free/non-gluten-free treats you’ll ever eat! MMMMMMmmmm!!!

     

    Mélange Sucre has also given YOU, our fabulous Glamour & Green Gluten-Free readers, an EXCLUSIVE discount! Enter the coupon code: GGREEN for 15% off your next purchase of Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits! 🙂

    Bon Appétit!

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free