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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

 

Gluten-Free Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce August 13, 2010

Pork Chops with Peach BBQ Sauce_Photo by Eating Well Try this yummy gluten-free recipe from Eating Well.com the next time you are in the mood for pork!
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 4 bone-in, center-cut pork chops, 1/2-3/4 inch thick (1 3/4-2 pounds), trimmed
  • 2 ripe but firm peaches, pitted and quartered, or 3 cups frozen sliced peaches
  • 1 medium tomato, quartered and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion, preferably Vidalia
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
*Use organic ingredients whenever possible for a yummier, better-for-you version of this dish!
Preparation
  1. Place 1/4 cup salt and brown sugar in a medium heatproof bowl. Pour in boiling water and stir to dissolve. Add ice cubes and stir to cool. Add pork chops, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  2. Puree peaches, tomato and vinegar in a food processor until smooth.
  3. About 30 minutes before you’re ready to cook the pork chops, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add ginger and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the peach puree, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, honey and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until reduced by about half, 20 to 25 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the sauce for basting the chops; keep the remaining sauce warm in the saucepan until ready to serve.
  4. Preheat grill to medium.
  5. Remove the pork chops from the brine (discard brine), rinse well, and thoroughly dry with paper towels. Season the chops with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and brush both sides with some of the reserved sauce.
  6. Grill the pork chops, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 145°F, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with the warm peach barbecue sauce on the side.
Tips & Notes
  • Make Ahead Tip: Brine the pork chops (Step 1) for up to 4 hours. Refrigerate the peach barbecue sauce (Step 3) for up to 5 days.

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Ridiculously Delicious Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce: Daddy Sam’s August 10, 2010

Daddy Sam's Gluten Free Sawces Now that my pregnancy is over and my beautiful baby boy is finally here, those long 9 months were an exciting, but challenging journey. The first half of my pregnancy, I didn’t seem to have many food cravings (I was so ridiculously sick, that pretty much nothing ever sounded good), but even though I was nauseous until my very last day of pregnancy, it seemed like I craved something new every day in my third trimester when I could handle food better. Here are some of the things I’ve craved:

-Pizza with root beer & cream soda

-Nachos with extra cheese sauce

-Mint chocolate chip ice cream

-Anything Banana (bananas with chocolate, mango sorbet with bananas, chunky monkey- banana- ice cream)

-Fresh Oranges

-Celery with peanut butter and raisins (this was the weirdest craving for me, as it reminded me of snacks provided in kindergarten? haha)

-BBQ sauce

Things I used to LOVE but couldn’t eat while pregnant:

-Too much Garlic

-Eggs

-Indian & Thai curry

-Orange Juice (actual oranges were fine, but the juice would always make me sick)

Weird, huh? At least I never craved dirt, or paint chips… Yikes! One of my friends told me that her cousin craved ice cream with sauerkraut on top. That’s so nasty to me- pregnant or not.

Since most of my cravings were not unusual foods, I had no trouble getting them when I needed them. The only one I seemed to struggle with was the BBQ sauce. Obviously, BBQ sauce is not a rarity, but a gluten-free version? That was a challenge. I went to my local grocery store and must have spent 45 minutes reading every single bottle’s label. Even the more upscale and expensive brands seemed to have wheat or gluten in them! And even if the bottle didn’t mention possible allergens, many of the ingredients looked suspicious.

That’s why I was so relieved when I discovered Daddy Sam’s All Natural Bar-B-Que Sawce. This “sawce” is AWESOME- not only is it gluten-free (which would have sold me right there), but there’s no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors, no artificial thickeners, no corn starch, no MSG, no dairy, no tree nuts, no peanuts, no high fructose corn syrup, no fat, no cholesterol,  no soy… yeah. It’s pretty much PERFECT. 🙂

The Daddy Sam’s Story is so cool too:

Daddy Sam Oglesby wanted to be a cowboy. In 1883, when he was 16, he rode a stagecoach from Virginia to West Texas. He went third class and had to ride on top.

His hat blew off one night while he was sleeping. He got off the stagecoach in Mertzon, Texas to buy a new one. With his last five dollars he bought a cowboy hat from a 14 year old girl at the General store. Two years later they eloped-against her father’s strong and reasonable objections!

He mortgaged his horse to pay for the train tickets to San Angelo Texas. At the courthouse, they interrupted a trial and asked the judge to marry them. The judge stopped the trial and the jury served as witnesses. Then they went home to face the music.

They were married for over 50 years and raised eight children on a ranch with no running water or electricity. Everyone called him Daddy Sam.

Daddy Sam’s Bar-B-Que Sawce was born on his ranch in West Texas. The Oglesby family had a lot of Family picnics and made a lot of Barbeque. Carefully nurtured through the generations, this great sawce is now available to you. We hope you like it.

This sawce story makes me all the more attached to this fabulous GF sawce. I feel like it came from the wild west. Like a cowboy made it for me. Haha. 🙂

And Daddy Sam’s Bar-B-Que Sawce is sooooo good- I’d recommend it to anyone. Gluten-free eaters or not. The Daddy Sam’s Original Bar-B-Que flavor is unbelievably tasty- perfectly sweet & salty with the right amount of tang. It’s $5.50 for a 19 oz jar and the Daddy Sam’s philosophy is: “Good Goods are Never Cheap. Cheap Goods are Never Good.” I couldn’t agree more. This sawce is GOOD and worth every cent.

And they don’t stop at their original sawce flavor. They also offer a Ginger Jalapeño Bar-B-Que (for those that want a little more heat!) and Salmon Glaze flavor. Both fantastic and both gluten-free!!! If you need a gift for a special someone that loves to grill (or just a hungry pregnant lady with hardcore cravings for BBQ sauce), Daddy Sam’s even offers a gift set with all three flavors for $17.95. You can even include some of the recipe ideas they offer on their website using their sawces… Brilliant!

Try Daddy Sam’s ( buy at: www.DaddySams.com ) and use one or all of these delicious gluten-free sawce flavors the next time you decide to use the grill!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Gluten-Free Dinner- Rice August 9, 2010

House Number 0065855F1 I often like to make rice as my starch for dinner. Since regular (gluteness) bread is out of the question, rice serves as a good replacement. It’s inexpensive, filling, and a good side choice to pretty much any meat dish.

But I’ll admit it, rice is kind of boring. That’s why I was super excited to find this super tasty rice dish that turns an ordinary side into a full-on fabulous gluten-free main meal. Try it tonight!

Nonna Luna’s Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, divided, at room temperature
  • 2 cups parboiled long-grain rice
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a medium nonstick saucepan, heat 1/2 of the butter over medium-low heat. Add the rice and cook, stirring frequently, until golden, about 6 to 7 minutes. Add the chicken stock and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer covered for 20 to 25 minutes until the rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat and rest covered for 5 minutes.

In a large skillet, melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes until aromatic. Add the shrimp, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the shrimp is pink and cooked through. Stir in the cream and heat through. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Using a fork, fluff the rice and arrange on a platter. Spoon the shrimp cream sauce over the rice and serve.

 

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…

 

Glamour and Green EXCLUSIVE: Jane Iredale Gluten-Free Lip Fixation Giveaway! June 8, 2010

Jane Iredale_ Lip Fixation I’ve been a huge fan of Jane Iredale cosmetics for a while now. I even used their foundation and lipstick on my wedding day.

Jane Iredale is the epitome of good-for-you cosmetic luxury. Dipped in beautiful gold-colored packaging and available in gorgeous shades, this line is based on minerals and all-natural ingredients. Most of the Jane Iredale products are gluten-free and they are all pretty much fabulous.

I discovered Jane Iredale products a few years ago at a high-end salon & spa and have been hooked ever since. I’m a slave to their Liquid Minerals Foundation. It’s become one of my cosmetic-staple items. All I need is my foundation (and some mascara & gloss) and I’m ready for anything.

I love browsing the Jane Iredale website for all the latest & greatest makeup treats. It seems like they are always adding new and exciting gluten-free makeup goodies to their line.

So what’s new with Jane now? Two words, my fabulous friends: Lip Fixation. Lip Fixation is the brand-new lip stain & gloss duo that leaves your lips gorgeous for hours! I would know. I tried it.

“Do double-beauty duty with two products in one. Each Lip Fixation boasts a lip stain and lip gloss in complimentary colors handpicked for the season. Choose between Desire, Fascination and Craving, or better yet, succumb to all three.

  

Fortified with the natural plumping properties of ginger root extract and the moisturizing power of avocado oil, these ultra-hydrating, long lasting shades can go from the boardroom to the beach boardwalk without losing their intensity.”

I’m a big-time lipstick girl, and there’s nothing worse than having to constantly re-apply lipstick, so I was super-excited about this all-new lipstick stain. I like to talk and eat a lot (duh! hehe), so I’m always having to bust out my regular glosses and re-apply. And that’s annoying. I hate having to re-apply lipstick at a restaurant in front of friends, waiters, and staff. It’s such a bother to “freshen up” your shade when your out and about and it’s not professional to re-apply in front of your co-workers at work. So, having a lip stain that lasts through long hours in meetings, gluten-free munching, or much-needed socializing? Brilliant, Jane!

I tried Lip Fixation in the Desire shade ($29) at my baby shower the other day. Desire is a gorgeous natural brown shade with a slight hint of pink. It’s a beautiful color that compliments my skin and makes my lips stand out without being obvious (like a bright red lipstick or coral shade). It went on smooth & matte and even smells slightly like Life Savers in the Butter Rum Flavor (random, I know, but that’s a good thing. Yummm….).

I let it dry for one minute. Then I simply flipped it over and used the gloss (that had beautiful, very subtle sparkles!) for a pretty, complete lip-look. With all the eating, drinking, and baby/labor/birth-talk that went on for three hours at my baby shower, my lips still looked great! I definitely could have re-applied the gloss, but my lips were still stained! It was awesome and it was so nice to not worry about re-doing my lipstick in front of everyone at the shower, so I could just enjoy it, smile for the cameras, and have fun!

Lip Fixation is like the Batman & Robin duo- the perfect team of stain and gloss to keep your lips looking colored & fantastic for the office, out with friends, or anytime you want pretty lip-color without the annoyance of it wiping away soon after using. It’s awesome stuff, worth the price, and may even become one of your cosmetic-staple items too!

Talk, eat, and pout those lips as much as you want, girls… Lip Fixation will let you do it!! 🙂

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-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Non-Alcoholic Gluten-Free Indulgences May 25, 2010

Pink Champagne Body Lotion and Scrub I’m all about a glass of champagne, opening a good bottle of wine, or sipping on a fabulously decadent martini… but when you’re pregnant (like me) that just can’t happen. It’s been close to a year since I’ve enjoyed an adult beverage and I look forward to the day I can have a nice meal alongside a good Riesling once again.

But until then, what’s a gluten-free pregnant lady to do? My sister had the solution. As a (soon-to-be) mother’s day gift, she sent me gluten-free 100% Pure Champagne Body Scrub & Body Lotion! It’s amazing stuff! It really does smell like champagne & grapes!! It has a sweet smell to it, the scent lasts a long time, and I love using it! My husband loves it too. Whenever I wear it he freaks out about how good I smell.

And only a few weeks later, my lotion is completely gone. I’ve slathered it all over my growing belly and feel like I can indulge in my favorite adult “beverages” without getting tipsy and causing my baby any harm! Yay. All the fun of alcohol without any of the yucky side effects. No drowsiness, no hang-overs…  🙂

Another reason I feel good about using this lotion and body scrub? It’s gluten-free, which means I won’t be absorbing gluten into my pores and possibly getting myself or the baby sick, but it’s also organic & chemical-free.

I don’t think I can go back to regular lotions now. Not only because this one smells so good, but it worries me about what I’ve been slathering all over my tummy throughout this pregnancy. What kinds of lotion-chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and affect my baby- even if it’s only in very small amounts? Hmmm…. I think it’s better to be safe then sorry and use products like 100% Pure that leave your skin soft and do so without scary artificial/toxic ingredients.

Victoria Secret has a strawberries and champagne lotion too, but it can’t even compare to 100% Pure’s Pink Champagne lotion. 100% Pure’s smells so much better (and sweeter), but also Victoria Secret’s smells so much like chemicals now… Maybe it’s just my “pregnancy nose,” but I can’t use any of their lotions lately without feeling like I’m slathering on cleaning products.

ORGANIC PINK CHAMPAGNE
NOURISHING BODY CREAM

All Natural, 100% Vegetarian, Gluten free

Rich and decadent body cream will deeply moisturize and nourish your skin with fruit oils, vitamins and antioxidants. This 100% Pure body cream is free of synthetic chemicals artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives and anything else that is not truly, 100% Pure.

Ingredients: Organic Rose Hydrosol1, Organic Rosehip Oil1, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Avocado Butter1, Grape Extract, Organic White Tea1, Organic Beeswax2, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Extracts of Red Wine, Organic Thyme2, Organic Oregano2, Organic Goldenseal3, Organic Lavender2, Organic Rosemary2, Organic Cinnamon2, Organic Grapeseed4 and Japanese Honeysuckle, Citric Acid, Witch Hazel

1 certified organic by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
2 certified organic by QAI
3 certified organic by Maryland Department of Agriculture
4 certified organic by Soil Association Certification Limited

 

Pink Champagne body lotion, scrubs, and bubble bath also make AMAZING girly birthday presents! Try 100% Pure for yourself and give some to your favorite gal pal (or a special pregnant lady that misses happy hour!). 🙂

 

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free