Sunday, November 17, 2013

Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in our house. I have made many pretty good gluten free and dairy free versions over the last few years but none were exactly like the traditional ones I would make before we were gluten free. I made these yesterday as a test batch and when I got home from food shopping my husband had pretty much finished them! That's how I knew these were real deal chocolate chip cookies. He actually said "no one would know those were gluten free". I almost fainted. He is my toughest critic when it comes to chocolate chip cookies and when he asked if I was testing them out again today I knew he wanted more. I thought this would take a while to perfect, but since they are good enough for my toughest critic then I think you will all love them too. And, with the holidays coming these are the perfect treat!

1/2 cup organic palm shortening
1 1/4 cups of evaporated cane sugar
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
2 large eggs
2 cups Bobs Red Mill gluten free flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the shortening, sugar and molasses.

Add the eggs and stir until incorporated.


Add the flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda and baking powder and stir until fully combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Batter will be very sticky. Scoop out batter with a cookie scoop and place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. These do spread a good amount. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before moving to a plate.

A few notes
When you take these out of the oven they will be a little puffy and will sink within seconds. This is suppose to happen. The end result is a chewy cookie with crisp edges.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A New Recipe and Why I've been MIA

I know I've been missing for the last two months. Aside from some Facebook posts and shares, I haven't posted on here. The reason is that my oldest child started kindergarten! Some people may laugh at me, but this was the hardest thing for me to get used to (and I can't even say I'm used to it, I'm just realizing I can handle it). All of sudden you go from a few hours of pre-k to a full day of kindergarten...6 hours with your little one out of your sight! You have to have faith that she will be OK for the hours she is not with you. This was not easy for me to do, I felt like I never saw her! Getting home late afternoon and some after school activities, homework, dinner and showers and before I knew it days were flying by and my time with her was minimal.

She's growing up :( I know it's only kindergarten and some of you may still be laughing at me but this was a huge eye opener for me. I have enjoyed all the time I have had home with her but still wasn't ready for that next step. I always laughed at the people that would tell me (while shopping in the store with 3 toddlers one who is trying to jump out of the cart, the other trying to take off and the other asking me for something every 10 seconds) to enjoy this time, they grow up so fast! I was like really!?!? Those moments felt overwhelming. But now, during the day while my daughter is in school I realize I do actually miss that chaos! Am I crazy?? Now I feel like one of those people who will say to any of you that have kids not yet in school..."ENJOY THE CHAOS"! It may seem crazy but it is so true!

 Maybe it was harder because my daughter was my oldest and the first one I had to send off (we'll see if I'm any better in the next few years when my sons go...I doubt it). I found myself sitting down to write a post on here and thinking "this is time I could be spending with her". So, I spent most of my spare time in the evenings and on the weekends giving myself the needed catch up time with my daughter and many family movie nights (with me actually sitting for the moving instead of running around and having the laptop open and typing during it). Now that it's been 2 months I feel a little more ok about it and my brain has slightly relaxed enough for me to do some of the other things I enjoy, like cooking and posting on here for all of you!

So I am back to posting and will be sharing new recipes and ideas for the holidays. Leave a comment below and let me know anything you would like to see for the upcoming holiday weeks.

Here is a new recipe for Cauliflower "Alfredo" Sauce.

1 teaspoon butter or non-dairy butter
3 cloves garlic minced
1 head of cauliflower cut into florets
1 cup stock (homemade or store bought, chicken or vegetable)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
dried parsley

Saute the minced garlic in the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Allow to cook for a few minutes, until the garlic is softened (make sure not to brown the garlic it will taste bitter). Add the stock and cauliflower to the pan and bring to a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to low and and cover the pot until the cauliflower is very soft (about 15-20 minutes).

Transfer the entire contents of the pan to a blender and season with salt and pepper. Process until very smooth and creamy (be careful when blending hot liquids, the lid can blow off from the steam).

Pour sauce over your favorite pasta or noodles. You can even serve over spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles if your grain free. Sprinkle with parsley and serve hot.