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Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

What is Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? Just because you’re gluten free, does not mean you have to be pie-free. This recipe uses our phenomenal gluten free pie crust mix for a perfectly crisp, delicate gluten free crust. With this recipe, we bet your gluten free guests will worry that they’re eating wheat, so save that package so you can prove to them they really can have it all this Thanksgiving. If you need a gluten free, dairy free and egg free pie recipe, we recommend this one from Minimalist Baker. Get tips for making a dairy-free pie crust with our mix from The Family Chef.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie | Bob's Red Mill

 

Pumpkin Pie
Contributed by: Sarah House for Bob’s Red Mill Test Kitchen

  • 1/2 package Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix, prepared and chilled
  • 15 oz can Pumpkin Puree
  • 12 oz can Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 oz Butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground Allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground Nutmeg
Prep Time: 25 minutes | Cook Time: 50 – 60 minutes| Yield: 8 servings
Remove dough from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature until malleable. Roll chilled dough into a 12-inch circle between two pieces of heavy-duty plastic wrap. Remove top layer of plastic; invert and center dough over a 9-inch nonstick pie pan. Press crust into place, then remove remaining plastic wrap. Trim edges and flute. Freeze for 15 minutes.Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare the filling.Combine pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, sugar and spice. Whisk well until fully incorporated.

Remove pie shell from freezer and fill with prepared pie filling.

Bake at 350°F until set in the center with barely any wobble when gently shook, about 50 – 60 minutes.

Let cool fully before serving.

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100 Best QUICK Gluten-Free Recipes {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free, Recipes

Carol Fenster is at it again with her new book, 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes. It is probably not surprising that we adore Carol and all that she does, after all, she helped us develop many of our gluten free products and has helped shape our gluten free program at Bob’s Red Mill. Her newest book is delightful. It’s small, yet packs in 100 recipes that are quick (and easy) and gluten free, of course.

What I love about Carol’s book (and all of her books, for that matter) is that the recipes are gluten free without compromising flavor. You won’t miss the gluten in these recipes (I mean, just LOOK at that pizza!!). Carol covers all of the essential topics common to her books- which ingredients are best and how to shop for the gluten free ingredients she uses. She’s put together suggested menus and tips for how to store leftovers from each recipe. All of this, packed into a book you could throw in your purse. 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes is a perfect gift for the busy,  gluten-free jet-setter or the harried mom who just needs to get a quick, yet nutritious, meal on the table.

100 Best QUICK Gluten Free Recipes by Carol Fenster

Carol has generously offered us two copies of her book to giveaway to lucky readers. We’ll pair each book with the ingredients needed for Carol’s signature Sorghum Flour Blend (sorghum flour, potato starch, tapioca flour) and a package of our gluten free corn grits so you can make this stellar recipe right away. To enter, simply comment on this post and tell us your go-to quick, gluten free meal. We’ll pick two winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 11/20/14.

Pork Cutlets with Marsala Wine and Mushrooms on Soft Polenta by Carol Fenster | Bob's Red Mill gluten free

Pork Cutlets with Marsala Wine and Mushrooms on Soft Polenta

Makes 4 servings

Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 12 to 15 minutes

Per serving: 475 calories; 24g protein; 15 g total fat; 8g fiber; 57g carbohydrates; 56mg cholesterol; 320mg sodium

Marsala wine, from the Sicilian city of the same name, is often used in Italian cooking. This classic dish is delicious served over soft polenta, with the pan juices drizzled on top. Serve it on weekdays when you’re pressed for time, but it’s also a wonderful weekend dish for guests.

  • 4 Pork Cutlets (4 ounces each)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup dry Marsala Wine
  • 1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 (8-ounce) small can Mushrooms, undrained
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Rosemary
  • 4 cups hot, cooked Soft Polenta (see Easy Soft Polenta, see below)
  1. Pat the cutlets dry and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  2. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the cutlets and cook until lightly browned on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook until other side is browned and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  3. Add the wine, vinegar, mushrooms, garlic, and rosemary. Simmer gently for 3 to 5 minutes or until the cutlets are cooked through and the juices reduce slightly. Transfer the cutlets to a serving platter and pour the reduced juices and mushrooms on top. Serve immediately over hot cooked polenta.

STORAGE: Refrigerate leftovers, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 days.

Easy Soft Polenta

Makes 4 servings (about 3 cups; ¾ cup each as a side dish)

Preparation time: 2 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes

Per serving: 235 calories; 15g protein; 5g total fat; 5g fiber; 33g carbohydrates; 12mg cholesterol; 814mg sodium

Polenta is Italian cornmeal, but Bob’s Red Mill brand also calls it corn grits on the label. Most polentas require your total attention, standing over the stovetop while stirring the polenta to keep it from getting lumpy and trying to prevent it from splattering. My easy no-stir method eliminates the mess by cooking the polenta in a very large bowl in the microwave oven—saving you time by freeing you to prepare the rest of the meal.

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Polenta/Yellow Corn Grits
  • 3 ½ cups gluten-free low-sodium Vegetable Broth (or Chicken Broth)
  • 1 tablespoon Butter or Buttery Spread
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese or Soy Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  1. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together. I use an 8-cup glass Pyrex measuring cup—large enough to avoid boil-overs.
  2. Lay a sheet of waxed paper over the bowl and cook in the microwave oven on High power in 10-minute increments, whisking between each increment, to reach the desired consistency. Cooking times may vary depending on your microwave; mine takes two 10-minute periods for this recipe, for a total of 20 minutes. Serve immediately, because it starts to firm up as it cools.

STORAGE: Refrigerate leftovers, tightly sealed, for up to 3 days.

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Baker’s Dozen: Essential Tips and Tricks for Baking Success

by Stephanie Wise in Featured Articles

In my five years of baking and blogging about bread, I’ve acquired a few bits of knowledge on the subject along the way. This doesn’t mean I don’t have oh-so-much more to learn – believe me, I do, as I am often reminded by a recipe fail – but thanks to these handy tips and tricks, I’m much better off than I used to be (sayonara, loaves of bricks!).

Because I want everyone in the whole world to know how to bake a good loaf of bread because there are few better things to bake and eat from scratch, in my opinion, I’m going to share some of those tips and tricks with you – a “baker’s dozen” of handy knowledge, if you will – along with a few delicious recipes from me and other Bob’s Red Mill bloggers that can help you get started!

  1. Know the difference between active dry and instant yeast. Instant yeast can be directly added to the dry ingredients in your recipe, while active dry yeast most often needs to be activated before it can be added to the remaining ingredients. To activate active dry yeast, dissolve the yeast in a bowl of warm water (sometimes with some sugar or honey, too) and let it sit until foamy. The amounts of these ingredients should be indicated in the recipe, for example, in this recipe for Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread with Caramelized Onions from The Roasted Root. Some people like using instant yeast because you can skip a step, but I prefer to use active dry yeast in most of my recipes so I know the yeast is fresh.
  2. Some flours cannot be substituted for another. Sometimes, yes, they can, but when you come across a situation when they can’t, you’ll know it. For instance, in my recipe for Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread, it’s best to use the ratio of all-purpose flour to whole wheat flour called for so you don’t end up with the aforementioned “brick loaf.” Whole wheat flour needs more water to absorb to yield the same result as all-purpose flour with less water, but even with some tweaking of the recipe, it doesn’t always work. That being said, I will sometimes substitute up to 75 percent of the all-purpose flour called for in a recipe with whole wheat flour, but no more. The same goes for bread vs. all-purpose flour – bread flour has a higher gluten content, so when a recipe calls for it, it’s probably because it will give the bread the extra shape and sturdiness it needs. In those cases, I often suggest just sticking with whatever the recipe calls for.

  3. Check the expiration dates. This is a big one, because I think many of our recipe failures can be attributed to it. So be sure you have the freshest ingredients on hand: Baking soda, baking powder, yeast, nuts and even whole wheat flour can all lose their oomph over time. I like to keep my flours in the fridge to extend their shelf lives, and on my jar of yeast (which I also refrigerate) I’ll write the date six months from when I’ve opened it, which is when it tends to lose its freshness.
  4. How to make your own ingredients. You’ve got the oven pre-heating. You’ve got the mixing bowls set out. And then you realize you’re missing a key ingredient. Raise your hand if you’ve been there! Yeah, me too. That’s when knowing how to make your own ingredients comes in handy. Here are a few examples:
  • Buttermilk: Combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice to a scant cup of milk for every cup of buttermilk you need for the recipe. Let it sit for five minutes.
  • Cake Flour: Remove 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour for every cup you need for the recipe and replace it with cornstarch. Sift the ingredients together about four or five times.
  • Bread Flour: Remove 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour for every cup you need for the recipe and replace it with gluten additive. Stir it in.
  • Homemade Butter: Savory Simple has a fantastic tutorial on how to make your own!
  1. How to halve ingredients in a recipe. There are times when a recipe makes a double batch, or I just don’t need all of those muffins or pancakes, so I’ll halve the recipe. That’s when this nifty guide comes in handy.
  2. Keep fruit from sinking to the bottom of baked goods. Easy-peasy: Give the berries or pieces of fruit a good toss in one or two tablespoons of the flour called for in the recipe, then add them to the batter. This isn’t necessary for yeast breads, as the dough is sturdy enough to hold up the fruit. Here’s a great recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal Bread from The Lemon Bowl to give it a try on.

  3. Less is more. If there is nothing else you take from this list, let this be the one mantra you keep with you for baking. It never fails me, especially when it comes to working with dough. The less you play with the dough after it’s fully kneaded, the better. The less flour you add to it to make it a smooth, soft, pliable, elastic, tacky (but not sticky) dough, the better. The less flour you sprinkle on a surface to knead or shape the dough, the better.
  4. Know when bread is fully kneaded. Solution: The windowpane test. Once you’ve kneaded your dough, remove a small piece of it and stretch it out between your fingers to a thin membrane. If the dough breaks, it needs a little more kneading. If it stays thin and translucent, it’s ready.
  5. Make dough rise really well. If it’s the cooler seasons (meaning, it’s sub-70 degrees in your kitchen), I’ve found this trick works well to helping dough proof better: Wrap a heating pad in a thin towel, turn it on low heat and set it on a counter. Place the dough, in a covered bowl or loaf pan, on top of the wrapped heating pad. The little bit of added heat from the pad will help the dough along. Don’t have a heating pad? Place the bowl or loaf pan in the microwave or oven, turned off.
  6. How to test when a dough is doubled. I’m a big fan of eyeballing it, but for extra accuracy, place a strip of tape on the side of the bowl to gauge when the dough is doubled, or, lightly press two fingers into the top of the risen dough. If the indentations remain, the dough has doubled.

  7. How to tell when a loaf is fully baked. Take the loaf out of the oven and give it a tap on the bottom with your fingernails. If it makes a good “thwacking” sound, like it’s almost hollow, it’s probably done. But to be extra sure, insert an instant-read thermometer in the bottom center. For regular yeast breads, 210°F to 220°F is ideal; if it’s an egg or milk-based yeast bread – like this recipe for Apple Honey Challah from The Law Student’s Wife – or has a few extra ingredients in it (like nuts or veggies), aim for 200°F to 210°F. This does not apply to quick breads.
  8. How to store yeast breads. Crusty loaves store well in a paper bag and soft, milk or egg-based enriched breads store well in an airtight container or plastic wrap. Both can be stored at room temperature for a day or two before they get stale, but I like to refrigerate my breads to extend their lives (this is a huge no-no to some because it can alter the flavor of the bread, but I’d rather keep my bread around for longer). If you want to freeze bread, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then foil.
  9. Have great baking resources at the ready. Bob’s Red Mill has oodles of resources, products and articles that will help you along on your baking journey!

StephanieStephanie is the baker/blogger/babbler behind the blog, Girl Versus Dough, where she writes about her adventures in bread baking and other tasty, unique recipes. Her approach is friendly yet inspiring, down-to-earth yet adventurous. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Elliott, her furry child-cat, Percy and a beautiful baby girl, Avery. Keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter

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{Meatless Mondays} Red Lentil Dal

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Dal is simply a term for a split, dried bean, pea or lentil. It’s commonly used to refer to a warm dish made from these pulses, as well. This dish is our version of a traditional dal made using our red lentils. It’s warm, filling and so easy to make. All it takes is a little time and you have a hearty meal perfect for a cold night. Dishes of this sort are typically eaten with flatbread bread such as naan or roti, but you could easily pair this with some warmed pita bread or crusty French bread. Depending on which culture you look to, dal is often served over white rice. We don’t really think that’s necessary, but if you want to bulk up your meal, we recommend serving this over basmati brown rice.

Red Lentil Dal | Bob's Red Mill  meatless mondays gluten free vegan

Red Lentil Dal

Prep Time:  20 minutes | Cook Time:  40 minutes |Yield: 4 servings

  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 ½ cups diced Onion (about 1 large)
  • ¼ cup minced Jalapeno (about 1)
  • 1 Tbsp thinly sliced Garlic (about 1 – 2 cloves)
  • 2 tsp minced Ginger (about ½-inch)
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils, sorted and rinsed
  • 2 cups Water
  • 15 oz canned Diced Tomatoes in Juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp whole Cumin Seeds
  • ½ tsp whole Mustard Seeds
  • ½ tsp ground Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Paprika

Step 1

Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a pot over medium heat.  Add onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add jalapeno, garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant, 1 – 2 minutes.

Step 2

Add Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils, water, canned tomatoes with juice and salt.  Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until soft, 30 – 40 minutes.

Step 3

When lentils are soft and have begun to breakdown, mash with a potato masher to create a thick and creamy texture.  Keep lentils warm.

Step 4

In a small sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  When hot, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds and cook, stirring constantly, for 15 seconds.  Add ground turmeric and paprika and continue to cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.  Carefully add oil and spices to the lentils and stir to combine.

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Surviving the Holidays with Dietary Restrictions + Maple Walnut Creme Brulee

by Carolyn Ketchum in Gluten Free, Health

The key to surviving the holidays on any sort of restricted diet comes down to two simple words: be prepared. As with most holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas center heavily around food and plenty of it. And so much of it is laden with sugar, gluten and all the other things you work so hard to avoid. It’s everywhere you turn, from the office cookie platter to the festive parties to the big family feast. A veritable minefield of temptation from the end of November to January 1st.

How are you going to handle that? You could go into hibernation in mid-November, avoiding all friends and family and any associated festivities, only to emerge in early January. But I don’t recommend it. Bears are pretty grumpy after their long winter’s sleep and you would be too, having missed all the fun.

Maple Walnut Creme Brulee low carb

But if you follow the mantra of being prepared, you can not only survive the holidays but enjoy them too. All while sticking to your healthy, restricted diet and not missing out on the festivities OR the great food. Now, the words “be prepared” might be quite simple, but the actual execution is less so. You have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and do a good bit of the work ahead of time. You have to be willing to stock up your freezer and pantry with foods that fit your dietary needs. And you have to be willing to stick to your guns when well-meaning friends and family urge you to “just try a little bit” of something you know you shouldn’t eat.

First steps first. Find recipes that fit your diet, purchase the ingredients and test them out. No matter how restrictive your diet, I guarantee that a quick internet search will bring up many wonderful recipes that fit the bill. Dietary restrictions are so common these days and so many people are creating great recipes and publishing them on the world wide web, so you are bound to find something. There are even many alternative recipes for traditional foods like stuffing, cake and pie. You really don’t need to abstain from these things; you just need to be prepared to make them yourself.

Maple Walnut Creme Brulee low carb

Find a recipe (or two, or three) you like? Great! Make a double batch and sock some away in your freezer for emergencies. The more you can do this, the better prepared you will be and the easier the holidays will be. If it’s something that needs to come out of the oven right before serving, do as much advanced prep work as possible. For example, many alternatives to Thanksgiving stuffing require you to make your own non-wheat-based bread, so that extra step can be time consuming. Making the bread in advance and freezing it until you need it means more free time on the actual day.

Have some quick and easy snacks at the ready at all times. We are all more likely to give into temptation when we are ravenous, so head that hunger off at the pass. Whatever snacks fit your dietary needs, keep some in your car or in your purse so that you are never caught empty-handed when hunger strikes. And eat a little handful before heading to parties and get-togethers so you don’t gravitate straight to the food table upon arrival.

Maple Walnut Creme Brulee low carb

 

Be prepared to stand your ground with well-meaning friends and family. This is a tough one, even for some of us battle-hardened veterans. I find it particularly difficult when I am a guest in someone else’s home and didn’t prepare the food myself. But even close loved ones will often say “but just a taste can’t hurt, right?” Well, sometimes that little taste can actually hurt. Don’t be afraid to politely decline; it’s not rude when your health is at stake. And if you are worried there won’t be anything you can eat at an event, bring some of your own. Bring enough to share and consider it a hostess gift.

Treat yourself right. You don’t need to go through the holidays denying yourself any and all desserts and goodies. I find it much easier to stick to my low carb diet if I can indulge in some low carb sweets and satisfy that craving. But again, you need to be prepared to make your own. Good recipes can rival even their conventional counterparts (I pride myself that some of mine fit this description) and you won’t miss the old stand-bys. And these can make the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties too!

So, ready to face the holidays in style?

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Maple Walnut Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee:

  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 4 large Egg Yolks
  • 6 Tbsp Swerve Sweetener or other erythritol-based sweetener, divided
  • 1 ½ tsp Maple Extract

Candied Walnuts:

For the creme brulee, preheat oven to 300F.

In a medium saucepan, warm cream over medium heat until steam just rises from the surface. Do not allow to simmer. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks with ¼ cup sweetener until thickened and pale yellow. Add hot cream very slowly, stirring continuously. Stir in maple extract.

Divide custard between 6 small ramekins or a singe 1-quart ceramic or glass baking dish. Set into a larger baking dish and pour hot water to within 1 inch from the top of the ramekins.

Transfer to oven and bake 40 to 45 minutes or until custard is just set but still slightly wobbly in the center. Remove and let cool, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

For the candied walnuts, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sweetener and water, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and then cook until mixture darkens, about 7 minutes. Stir in Walnut Baker’s Pieces and salt, tossing to coat walnut pieces well.

Spread out onto prepared baking sheet and let cool and harden.

Just before serving brulee, divide remaining 2 tbsp sweetener over tops of custards. Heat with a kitchen torch until topping bubbles and browns. Let sit for a few moments to cool and harden. You can also place ramekins a few inches under a preheated broiler, watching carefully and turning cups to ensure even browning.

Divide candied walnut pieces over the tops of each brulee and serve.

Carolyn Ketchum | All Day I Dream About FoodCarolyn Ketchum is the writer, photographer and almond flour wizard behind All Day I Dream About Food, a low carb and gluten-free food blog. Her mission is to prove to the world that special diets need not be boring or restrictive and that healthy dishes can be just as good, or better, than their sugar and gluten-filled counterparts. It’s astonishing what you can do with a bag of almond flour, a stick of butter, and a willingness to experiment. Follow her on FacebookTwitterGoogle Plus and Pinterest for inspiring ideas for the low carb, gluten free lifestyle.

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Gluten Free, Vegan Mung Bean Hummus perfect for Meatless Mondays

{Meatless Mondays} Mung Bean Hummus

by Cassidy Stockton in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

I guess you could say we’ve been on a kick lately, a mung bean kick. These tiny beans are incredibly versatile and nutritious. These green gems are an excellent source of protein, fiber and iron. We love using them in place of garbanzo beans for this hummus. This dish has a slightly different flavor and texture than traditional hummus, but still pairs well with fresh pita bread and veggies. You can even use it as a sandwich spread for a nice break from the ordinary. Personally, I’m saving this one for the onslaught of holiday parties coming down the line. This is so quick to whip up (after you cook the beans, of course) and gives you a great talking point at parties. How cool will you be when you tell your adoring fans that this is fresh mung bean hummus, not that ordinary, store-bought kind?

Gluten Free, Vegan Mung Bean Hummus perfect for Meatless Mondays

Mung Bean Hummus

Prep Time:  15 minutes | Cook Time:  30 minutes | Yield: 8 servings (about 2 cups)

  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Mung Beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 2 cups Water
  • ½ cup Tahini
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp minced Garlic (about 1 clove)
  • ½ tsp Salt

Step 1

Combine Bob’s Red Mill Mung Beans and water in a small pot.  Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until beans are very soft, about 30 minutes.  Drain, reserving cooking liquid.

Step 2

In a food processor, combine cooked mung beans with remaining ingredients and puree until smooth.  Adjust consistency with reserved cooking liquid.

Step 3

Serve with warm pitas, chips, or fresh vegetables.

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Blueberry Swirl Muffins {Silvana’s Kitchen Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free, Recipes

We are big fans of Silvana’s Kitchen around here, so we were delighted when she told us about her new book, Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen. Silvana and food go way, way back to her days as the founding editor of Every Day with Rachel Ray Magazine and time spent in the Food & Wine test kitchen. When her son, Isaiah was diagnosed with an intolerance to both gluten and dairy, Silvana put her food skills to good use and has developed recipe upon recipe that can easily fool the harshest critics. Now you can make those recipes in your own kitchen and take all of the glory for yourself. It’s hard to argue with a book that promises bagels, English muffins and puffy breadsticks. I admit to getting really excited about the Fake-Out Takeout recipes that include Baked Honey Barbecue Popcorn Chicken and Pretzel-Crusted Mini Crab Cakes with Dijon Dipping Sauce. This book is full of classics like these blueberry muffins and more exotic dishes like Moo Shu Vegetables with Sesame Pancakes. Most recipes are accompanied by beautiful photos and all are broken down into easy-to-follow steps.

Silvana has generously offered a copy of this book for one lucky winner and we’ll pair the book with the ingredients needed to make her gluten free all purpose flour referenced below (white rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch and xanthan gum). To enter, simply follow the prompts below. We’ll select one lucky winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 11/6/14. If you just can’t wait or want to give this gorgeous book as a gift, head over to Amazon and grab a copy for $18.00.

Blueberry Swirl Muffins from Silvana's Kitchen, gluten free, dairy free

Blueberry Swirl Muffins

Makes: 12 muffins • Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes

  • 1¼ cups plus 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 Lemon
  • 2 cups fresh Blueberries, divided
  • 2¼ cups Silvana’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 large Eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup Canola Oil
  • 1 cup Homemade Cashew or Almond Milk or store-bought
  • 2 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
  1. In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup of the sugar and the lemon zest. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 ̊F with a rack in the 
middle. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking 
spray.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 
1 cup of the blueberries and 1 teaspoon of the sugar to a simmer. Cook, mashing occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, beat together the remaining 1 cup sugar, eggs, oil, milk and vanilla until smooth. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Pour the batter into each prepared muffin pan cup until two- thirds full. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the blue- berry compote into each muffin batter center and, using a fork, swirl. Sprinkle generously with the lemon sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool on a rack before serving. 
(The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month.)
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Top it Off for National Oatmeal Day

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

Everyone knows oatmeal is good for you. We’ve touted its health benefits here and here. We’ve walked through all of the different types and how to make the perfect bowl of steel cut oats. We’ve shared loads of recipes, but today we’re celebrating National Oatmeal Day! We often hear that folks don’t like oatmeal. Well, sure, a gloopy mess of oats is rather unappealing. That’s why we want to remind you that we offer many different types of oats- each one with a unique texture sure that is sure to hit the spot.

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

Take your oatmeal of choice and pick one of these toppings, or try them all, and treat yourself to a delicious breakfast. Some of these toppings might seem absurd and some seem downright unhealthy. Take a step back and open your mind. Forget what you know about oatmeal and think about oats as a canvas for all types of flavors. And remember, we don’t suggest eating The Ice Cream Social every day, but once in a while. A little indulgence is good, after all, you are still eating a bowl of oatmeal.

Check out all of the recipes here and download a handy calendar to keep on the fridge for when you need a little extra inspiration. 

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

The Jet Setter: You’ll be ready to take on any day by topping your oats with a shot of espresso, chocolate covered espresso beans and whipped cream, but you’ll probably want to skip this one for the kiddos.

Peaches and Cream: Turn your oats into a Southern favorite with sliced fresh peaches, heavy cream and toasted pecans.

The Gilgamesh: Take a culinary journey by topping your favorite bowl of oatmeal with pistachios, chopped dates, a drizzle of honey, milk and a dash of cardamom (or cinnamon).

The Alaskan: Try smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and fine red onion for a delightful breakfast.

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

Romancing the Bowl: Top your oatmeal with a tablespoon of Nutella® brand hazelnut spread, add some halved strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream to be ultra-decadent.

The Old School: Top your oats with brown sugar, a pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt.

The Truck Stop: You don’t have to be a trucker to eat like one. Top your favorite oatmeal with a fried egg, ham or sausage, shredded cheddar cheese and hot sauce (we like Sriracha).

The Ice Cream Social: For a decadent breakfast (or dessert), add a small scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, chopped peanuts and a maraschino cherry (of course).

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

The Elvis: To your favorite oatmeal, add a tablespoon of Peanut Butter, 1/2 of a sliced banana and two crispy strips of bacon.

The Camper: Smores aren’t reserved for a campfire anymore. Top your hot oats with crumbled graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows.

The Power Lift: Power up for your day with 5 egg whites, steamed spinach and toasted hemp seed

The Texan: Make your oats with a Texan-flair by adding crumbled chorizo, black beans, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, a drizzle of BBQ Sauce and top it off with a fried egg.

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

Carrot Cake:  Make your oatmeal reminiscent of carrot cake with shredded carrots, walnuts, raisins and brown sugar.  Top with a scoop of cream cheese frosting, if you have it for a true carrot cake experience.

Doctor’s Orders: Oatmeal topped with blueberries, a big dollop of gut-lovin’ non-fat Greek yogurt, and two tablespoons of ground flaxseed.

Get Your Goat: Goat cheese, sliced pear, walnuts and honey are a decadent and decidedly healthy addition to your favorite oatmeal.

The Crunchy Granola: Start your day off right by topping your oatmeal with chia seed, goji berries and a drizzle of agave nectar.

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

The Hang Loose: Turn your bowl of oats tropical by adding coconut flakes, pineapple chunks and chopped macadamia nuts.

Oat Couture: Make breakfast classy by adding dried cherries, crème fraiche and abalsamic reduction to your favorite bowl of oats.

Thai-Me-Up Oats:  All the flavors you love from Thai food come together for a sweet and spicy breakfast- sprinkle red pepper flakes over a dollop of peanut butter and a healthy helping of shredded coconut.

Oats-Over-Parma: Take a trip to Italy with prosciutto, Parmesan and sun dried tomatoes.

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GF Chocolate Chip Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten Free}

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

I’m kind of a traditionalist when it comes to cookies and chocolate chip are my hands-down favorite. It’s a simple cookie, but it’s a classic for a reason. When I make boxes of cookies at the holidays for my loved ones, chocolate chip cookies are always included. What’s not to love? A good one, in my book, is buttery and soft with a hint of salt and a crispness to its edges. Needless to say, I was skeptical when the first batch of these came out of the oven made using our new Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. There was no way they would be as good as wheat-based cookies. I was wrong. They were absolutely wonderful. I bet you could place a batch of these next to a conventional batch and people would be none-the-wiser.

Don’t believe me? Sally from Yakima, WA, recently told us, “I am a happy woman!!! I made chocolate chip cookies using your gluten free 1-to-1 baking mix and they were fantastic! They tasted every bit like a toll house choc chip cookie, if not better. I actually had to hide the cookies from my 16 year old son or they would have been gone in a flash. I woke up to lights on in the middle of the night in our kitchen and storage room. I found my son rooting through things, when I asked him what he was doing he said “trying to find the choc chip cookies!””

Make a batch of these for your loved ones and show them just how good gluten free can be.

GF Chocolate Chip Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2-1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup chopped Walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Mix flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Set aside.

Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until well-blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Roll dough into balls, about two tablespoons each. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 36 cookies.

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Gluten Free and Vegan Mung Bean and Spinach Stew | Bob's Red Mill

{Meatless Mondays} Mongo Beans with Spinach

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

This soup is simple and oh-so-delicious. From the moment I tasted it in our test kitchen, I knew, this one was a keeper and one that I would make again and again this fall. Featuring mung beans, coconut milk and silky spinach, this soup is inspired by a traditional Filipino mung bean stew made with coconut milk and greens. While mung beans may be most commonly known for their ability to sprout, these green little gems are incredibly versatile and delicious. If you can’t find them locally, I’ve had success making this recipe with Red Lentils. The texture is different, but the flavors are still wonderfully warming and cheering, something we need more of around these soggy Oregon parts. I like this soup served with some crusty bread, but it really doesn’t need anything extra to be a filling, nutritious meal.

Mung Bean and Spinach Stew 2

Mongo Beans with Spinach

Prep Time:  20 minutes | Cook Time:  30 – 40 minutes | Yield: 8 servings

  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 ½ cups diced Onion (about 1 large)
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp grated Ginger (about 2-inches)
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Mung Beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 6 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 13.5 oz can Coconut Milk
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 5 oz fresh Baby Spinach (about 5 cups)

Step 1

Heat oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat.  Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant, 1 – 2 minutes.

Step 2

Add Bob’s Red Mill Mung Beans and vegetable broth.  Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender, about 30 minutes.

Step 3

Once beans are soft, stir in coconut milk and salt.

Step 4

Add fresh spinach a handful at a time, stirring in each handful until it is soft before adding the next batch.

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