Wednesday
Dec212011

Upside-Down Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

When mom and I get on the phone, inevitably the conversation turns to what Dr. Oz talked about on his latest show or what Martha has been whipping up in the kitchen. I don't have a television, so thankfully she keeps me in the loop! The other week she gave me the mouth-watering play-by-play of Martha and Nora Singley making this Upside-Down Sticky Toffee Pudding. I had never had sticky pudding—much less heard of it. My interest was peaked. I had to investigate.

 

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Tuesday
Dec202011

Maple Macaroons | Gluten-Free, Egg-Free 

Today over at the Williams-Sonoma blog, The Blender, you'll find one of my latest recipes. These gluten-free Maple Macaroons are a safe number for family, friends and co-workers who avoid some or all of the top eight food allergens (if you don't consider coconut a tree nut). In place of eggs, these are bound with maple syrup and coconut butter and are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.

Head on over to The Blender to get the recipe and tell them I sent you :)

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Thursday
Dec152011

Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Sugar & Spritz Cookies

Okay all you health food nuts (of which I am one), this recipe may not be up your alley. For the rest of you (or the nuts like me who indulge on occasion), you can't go wrong with this here sugar cookie. Shoot the dough out of a cookie press or roll it into a log, freeze, slice and bake—either way, this recipe makes a very versatile dough.

 

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Wednesday
Dec142011

The Spunky Coconut Podcast: Episode 5

Kelly and I gab again! Listen in. In this episode we talk about recipe development, biomedical treatments, tuning in to your child's gift, the holidays, and more.

Head on over to The Spunky Coconut to tune in.

xoLexie and Kelly

p.s. Thank you Kelly!!

Sunday
Dec112011

Mochi Garlic Roll Puffs

Satisfy that craving for garlic rolls with these gluten-free garlic "bread" puffs. Ready in 15 minutes or less!The other day my husband and I were reminiscing about our "married without kids" days in Dallas, Texas. We had bought a fixer-upper in one of those neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake. We got a dog. We regularly went to the gym (he still does, I fake it). We ate out ... a lot!

One of the places we'd frequent was Alfonso's Italian Restaurant there on the East side of the lake. Their garlic rolls were the bomb! Gut bombs, but still THE bomb.

 

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters

Simplify your holiday treat making with this easy two-ingredient recipe for Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters.Welcome to Day 10 of Home for the Holidays ... Gluten-Free Style. I have had a blast following this event and being a virtual guest in the homes of 25 food bloggers. Yesterday, over at Cook IT Allergy Free, Kim treated us to a Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Roll Cake and tomorrow the talented Brittany over at Real Sustenance will share one of her favorites—which I am sure will be divine. It has been a pretty tasty event!

If you have just joined us, here are the must-know details:

WHO: 25 gluten-free bloggers and host, Shirley of gluten free easily.
WHAT: Each sharing one recipe that means "home" and "holidays" to them.
WHEN: November 28 – December 23, 2011
WIN: Nearly 100 prizes are being given away—books, apps, magazine subscriptions, a shopping spree and the grand prize ... a Vitamix blender!!

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Low-Sugar & Sugar-Free Chocolate Recipe

I am no chocolatier. I am no pastry chef. I am just a mom who spends a lot of the time in the kitchen experimenting and playing. I'm also a mom who is learning to let go of [some] of her perfectionist ways and say "that's good enough."

And so it was with this attempt at chocolate making. I did some reading up on it; how to temper it, all the technique involved. Bah, too many steps, too complicated."Let's just go melt some cocoa butter, throw in some cocoa powder and some sweetener and run with it," I thought.

 

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Monday
Dec052011

Falafel Republic™ | FREE Samples & More!


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This week we are giving away coupons for FREE Falafel Republic™ falafel
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It's not every day that I do reviews here at Lexie's Kitchen. When I do, it's because I have found a product or service that I can honestly give two thumbs up.

 

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Healing Sugar-Free "Apple Cider" Recipe

I was one of those moms who allowed their kids to get accustomed to drinking juice instead of water. It's been a hard habit to break but we're getting there. Today, naturally decaffeinated, stevia-sweetened teas are one of our favorite alternatives to juice. 

 

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Friday
Nov252011

Making the Switch: Sherri's Story

 

 

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Uncovering a Food Allergy to Wheat
Sherri | 46 | Colonial Heights, Virginia, USA

Hi, my name is Sherri and I am allergic to wheat.

I smile when I type this because it sounds like I’m introducing myself at a 12-step recovery program meeting. But I was an addict, not to drugs or alcohol, to wheat.

I have been on a journey for over 20 years to discover what was “wrong” with me. Years before it all began with a debilitating depression in the 8th grade that kept me from attending school and almost got my Mom arrested. After I graduated, I began noticing more and more stiff, black facial hairs and started piling on more and more pounds.

In my 20’s, I sobbed as I learned I had fertility problem called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. (I was blessed to conceive twins with the help of medication!). I started to suffer from chronic sinus infections and hives after I gave birth. I was exhausted all of the time! I was later diagnosed hypoglycemic.

My diet was atrocious! I loved fast food—Doritos, soda, Little Debbie snack cakes. When I cooked it was pasta of course—and I always wanted more. More of the bad stuff, never more veggies or plain meats!

In the late 1990’s, I remember the nurse calling me with blood test results stressing that I needed to get an Epi-pen because my IG-e levels were extremely high. They didn’t know what I was so allergic to so they sent me to an allergist.

The allergist performed the standard scratch test on my back. I reacted to everything he checked me for. He then asked if he could photograph my skin. He took a blunt instrument that looked like a tongue depressor and lightly rubbed it down my inner arm. The skin kept its “mark” for too long, he said, and wrote dermatographism or "skin writing” on my chart. That doctor signed me up for allergy shots but didn’t do a food allergy test.

Fast forward to 2005. I had gained more weight. My sister was sure that I had sleep apnea because I snored so badly. I decided to low-carb diet AGAIN. I’d had success with it before but my cravings always got the best of me and I’d go back to eating all those high carb foods.

This time something clicked inside me. After a few weeks of eating right and losing weight, I noticed something else. My hives were gone! Thankfully for the internet, I had learned about the elimination diet and how to check to see if you are allergic to a certain food by eliminating it for a month or two and then reintroducing it. I remember the day I reintroduced wheat. I had taken a chicken sandwich to work. I was alone for my lunch break and after a few bites I felt this pressure build in my chest. I started belching and was swallowing a lot. I ran to the bathroom and lost my lunch! My esophagus now had a condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis that I believe was triggered by an allergy to wheat. The hives returned shortly after.

I was scared. I believed I finally had my answer, but how overwhelming it was to think about all of the foods that contained wheat! I didn’t even know, then, that soy sauce had it and so many other foods. Who knew.

I started that day on a path that has changed my life! There weren’t that many gluten-free prepared foods in my local grocery stores. It took me a long time to find acceptable replacements for pasta, bread and desserts.

Today, I am healthy! I’ve lost over 50 pounds but still have a ways to go. I’m grateful that I’ve found almond flour and coconut flour for easy, high-protein breakfasts and desserts. I’m amazed at all of the gluten-free blogs and prepared foods that have cropped up.

Last year, to confirm my allergy to wheat, I reintroduced it back into my diet. Sadly, the hives returned and I will not try it again. I can also report to you that the items I tried smelled bad to me! I can barely stand to walk down the bread aisle in the grocery store. I guess it’s my body's way of reminding me that bread just isn't good for me!

Some of Sherri's favorites!

My life has changed dramatically since 2005. We eat pretty simply now and I believe more healthy. I occasionally get glutened and experience flu like symptoms but it's so rare that it took my husband and me a day or two to figure it out! I haven't had a depressive episode or a sinus infection since being wheat-free, I've remarried (my first husband couldn't deal with my depression) AND I am a grandmother!!! So much to celebrate!

Sherri and family | Thanksgiving 2011

As a footnote: Since I self-diagnosed my allergy, my doctor re-checked my IG-e levels a couple of years ago after being gluten-free for some time. The levels were in normal range once again! My other health problems, I believe, were brought on by my allergy. Depression, chronic sinus infections and hives are known symptoms. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is often treated nutritionally by eliminating wheat and milk. These conditions have never been confirmed by a doctor as being caused by wheat. My own personal disclaimer.

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Making the Switch, spotlights everyday people journeying on to better health and well-being by choosing pure food over processed. For some, it has been gradual. For others it was a complete about-face. 

Putting the modified diet focus of this blog aside, Making the Switch is open to all. The point being to bring personal stories to light that encourage young and old to get back into the kitchen to cook real food. As Jamie Oliver puts it, “make only a few small changes and magical things will happen.” Whether it’s weight loss, improvements in a child's behavior or the regaining of health, magical things will happen.

WHAT'S YOUR STORY? Consider being featured on Making the SwitchClick here and drop me a line telling me a little about yourself. Someone is waiting to be inspired by YOU!

Thursday
Nov242011

Wishing You a Blessed Day

Monday
Nov212011

The Spunky Coconut Podcast: Episode 2

Kelly and Lexie a year ago at the Gluten-Free Girl's potluck in Boulder.

Last week, sweet Kelly over at The Spunky Coconut invited me to join her for her second Spunky Coconut podcast. It was a hoot! We had fun rambling on about everything from gluten-free dining, dumpster diving, recipes we're working on, and more. Like Kelly says, podcasts are like listening to the radio but only better!

Have a listen! Head on over the The Spunky Coconut.

A big thank you to Kelly's husband, designer and publisher, Andrew for making this happen.

Saturday
Nov192011

For You I Am Thankful

Tonight I got to thinking about the coming week. This whole bit about Thanksgiving is so food-centric—the preparation, the making and the clean-up. Sure, I love the food, but there is something else that makes this holiday my all-time favorite. It is the slowing down, the catching up with family and friends and the counting of blessings that makes it so special.

This month, Lexie's Kitchen was in the running for Top 25 Food Allergy Mom Blogs 2011. When I got the email announcing that it had made it into the top 25, I couldn't contain myself. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Lexie's Kitchen would pull in 1,216 votes! And it was nothing I did (aside from knocking on your door relentlessly :), it was all you! Your votes have put wind in my sails in a big way! For you, I am thankful! You are my friends, you are a blessing. This Thanksgiving you can be sure I will be remembering you.

If we could fit, I would invite you all to our table—a place card with your name would be waiting. Imagine the time we would have! Alas in the past 18 months over 100,000 different people have visited Lexie's Kitchen—I think we'd need a mighty big table!

I wonder who will be joining you at your table? I am sure they are a blessing to you, and that for them, you are thankful.

This week I am attaching a download for some simple place cards we will be using at our table and I thought I would share them with you. A little extra touch to show the ones we love how thankful we are to have them in our life.

DIY Holiday Place Card Download

1. Choose from a folder-over tent-style or card that would insert into a place card holder.
2. Download the version you'd like.
3. Print on decorative cardstock.
4. Trim and fold.
4. Then in your prettiest handwriting, customize each card.

Downloads:

Fold-Over Version
Card Version

Place Card Holder Ideas to Check Out:

Clothespin Place Card Holder over at Centsational Girl
Evergreen Place Card Holders over at Martha Stewart
Pine Cone Place Card Holders over at Do It Yourself Duo

Wednesday
Nov162011

Thanksgiving Recipes

If you are like me, the Thanksgiving menu comes together at the last minute. This year I am so glad that my sister took charge. "Here's what you're making," she wrote me in an email. Weee! I love take-chargers. Here's her plan:

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Cassie & Lexie's Thanksgiving Menu 2011

Brined Rotisserie Turkey
Gravy
Gluten-Free Cornbread Dressing [recipe]
Cranberry Relish
Mom's Mashed Potatoes
[recipe]
Outback Wedge Salad [recipe]
Holiday Green Beans
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
Hot Carob Hemp Milk with Coconut Cream Whipped Topping [recipe]

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How about you? Is your Thanksgiving menu squared away? Need a few recipes to fill in the gaps? Here are some from past posts that you may enjoy—all are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and more.

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Caramelized Carrot & Licorice Soup
Cashew Horchata
Lemony Vinaigrette over Arugula
Outback Steakhouse Wedge Salad
Pan-Fried Croutons
Raw Nacho "Cheese" Sauce / Dip
Gluten-Free Cornbread Dressing
Pumpkin Pie (version 1)
Pumpkin Pie (version 2 - nut-free)

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Now, I wonder what my bachelor brother will be bringing?

Nick?

Happy menu planning!

xoLexie

Sunday
Nov132011

Gluten-Free Cornbread Dressing Recipe

This post is linked to: Gluten-Free Holiday Event over at Cook IT Allergy Free
This recipe featured in: Virtual Thanksgiving Potluck over at Williams-Sonoma

Down South it’s “dressing,” up North it’s “stuffing.” Whatever name you give it, no holiday feast is complete without it. Sidled up next to a scoop of whipped potatoes and smothered in gravy, this gluten-free version of an old classic is sure to be a crowd pleaser. This “cooked outside the bird” cornbread dressing has been modified to be egg-free and dairy-free as well.

This Thanksgiving we will be feasting with family that do not have dietary restrictions so I wanted to make a cornbread dressing that would be just like the "real deal," but agreeable with disagreeable tummies around table.

For the most part, I cook from scratch and stick to basic ingredients. However, there are times when I whip out a mix for the sake of saving time and ease of preparation—birthdays are one, holidays another. In the notes for this recipe I have included the ingredients in the Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix I use. You may want to skim it over to ensure it's a safe one to serve at your table. Folks with a corn sensitivity should obviously avoid it. See notes for gluten-free brands and substitution suggestions.

Grandma Maxine's Cornbread Dressing
Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free

The inspiration for this recipe comes from my friend Heather and her grandmother. Last year we spent the holiday with Heather and her family and she made the BEST cornbread dressing I'd ever had. It was a recipe handed down to her from her grandma Maxine. She handed it on to me, and with a few modfications it is now egg-free and dairy-free. Thank you Heather. And thank you grandma Maxine!

For the Cornbread:
Prepare 1 package (20 oz.) Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix according to package directions using the following substitutions and bake in a 13x9" pan to achieve a drier bread:

1-1/2 cups water or unsweetened NON-DAIRY MILK in place of cow’s milk
1/3 cup GRAPESEED OIL or extra light olive oil in place of butter
2 GEL “EGGS” in place of chicken eggs (see notes)

For the Dressing:
8 cups of 1/2” cubed CORNBREAD
1 tablespoon OLIVE OIL
1 medium ONION, minced
1-1/2 cups gluten-free chicken or vegetable BROTH
1/2 cup Soy-Free Earth Balance Natural BUTTERY SPREAD
1/4 cup FLAX SEED MEAL (or chia meal)
2 teaspoons gluten-free POULTRY SEASONING
1 teaspoon SALT (or to taste ... more if using low-sodium broth)
1 teaspoon PEPPER
1 can WATER CHESTNUTS, 1/4" dice (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.

2. Spread cubed cornbread in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until cubes are dry, but not browned.

3. In medium bowl, whisk broth, melted buttery spread, and flax meal. Set aside 10-15 minutes.

4. Sauté onion in oil until tender.

5. In large bowl, toss cubed cornbread, onion, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add broth mixture and gently toss to combine.

6. Transfer dressing to oiled 13x9” baking dish. Bake 40-50 minutes. For a crispy top, broil on low the final 2-3 minutes.

Notes:

Flax or Chia Meal: Gel “eggs” are commonly used to bind baked goods in egg-free baking. To make one “egg”: Whisk 1 tablespoon flax meal or white chia meal with 1/4 cup water. Set aside 10-15 minutes until a thick gel forms. Flax or chia meal is easily made by grinding the seeds in a coffee/spice grinder. When using chia for baked goods, select white seeds versus black if you prefer your baked good not be speckled with black. You may purchase flax seed already ground such as Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flaxseed Meal.

Non-Dairy Milk: Tempt® Unsweetened Hemp or So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut are good allergy-friendly bets.

Broth: There are number of gluten-free options. Here are a few. When in doubt, only buy products labeled “gluten-free.”

Poultry Seasoning: Brands known to be gluten-free are Penzey’s Poultry Seasoning and McCormick’s Poultry Seasoning.

Bob’s Red Mill: Most Bob’s Red Mill products are manufactured in a facility that also use tree nuts and soy. If tree nut and soy are a concern select an alternative product(s). Ingredients in Bob’s Red Mill Cornbread Mix – whole grain cornmeal, potato starch, whole grain sorghum flour, evaporated cane juice, whole grain corn flour, tapioca flour, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), sea salt, xanthan gum.

Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread: Ingredients in the soy-free version; Expeller-pressed natural oil blend (palm fruit, canola, safflower and olive), water, contains less than 2% salt, sunflower lecithin, pea protein, natural flavor (derived from corn, no msg, no alcohol, no gluten), lactic acid (non-dairy source), naturally extracted annatto for color.

An Allergy-Friendly Reminder. A food allergy can be a serious matter. If you are dealing with severe allergies or intolerances, always read labels or check with the manufacturer prior to consumption of any food product. Ingredients and processes are subject to change at anytime, which means a once “safe” product or ingredient may not be “safe” the next time. For the sensitive guests, establish an “allergy-safe” zone in the kitchen with dedicated utensils and cutting boards. Keep this area free of gluten, nuts and/or other potential allergen(s).

More Dressing & Stuffing Recipes to Try

Rosemary Sage Stuffing Paleo Style over at Real Sustenance
Surprise Dressing over at Gluten-Free Easily
Gluten-Free Stuffing over at Cook IT Allergy Free
Cranberry Apple Dressing over at Elana's Pantry (not egg-free)
Wild Rice Stuffing over at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
Gluten-Free Sage Dressing over at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom
Perfect Homemade Stuffing Crockpot Recipe over at A Year of Slow Cooking
Cornbread Stuffing over at And Love it Too!
Gluten-Free Stuffing with Pancetta Sage Sausage over at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang
Cornbread Dressing over at The Sensitive Pantry

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Friday
Nov112011

A Letter to Martha

Image from www.sonofthesouth.net

Today I diverge. I am not sharing a recipe, but rather a letter from a devoted husband, father and countryman to his wife, Martha.

A couple of years ago, leafing through the "Wars and Battles" chapter of our family history book, I came across the name and story of a man that has never left me.

The name was Micajah Autry and this letter reveals some of his story.

 

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Thursday
Nov102011

Making the Switch: Sarah's Story

Friday's Making the Switch Story is posting a day early. Please welcome Sarah—one inspiring and perservering young woman and mother who has finally found answers and a return to health. Thank you for sharing your story, Sarah!

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Tuesday
Nov082011

Apple Cider Syrup Recipe

 

For the past two months, I have been creating my weekly meal plans with the help of the gluten-free meal planning service Gfree (read all about it here). Each week, in addition to 10 entrees and sides, Gfree offers up two "sweet" recipes you can opt to make. This week one of the recipes was for Boiled Apple Cider Syrup.

 

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Monday
Nov072011

The Mommy Bowl

 ©The Mommy Bowl

I love guest posts. Someone else does all the work and I get to sit back and kick my heels up. Brilliant! I should do this more often. The other thing I love about guests posts is that I get to promote the efforts of bloggers I admire and with who I share similar tastes. Very early on I began following Deanna of The Mommy Bowl for that very reason. I am excited to have her visiting today!

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Thursday
Nov032011

The Best Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Nog EVER!

This post linked to: October 2011 Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Round-up

I have been waiting all year to write this post.

Two reasons:

#1 I finally got to adopt the coveted Ricki Heller for the Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Event.
#2 It's eggnog season and that means more of Ricki's Holiday Nog.

As I write this, I am sipping on a second glass of Ricki's rich and decadent "adult beverage." I took the pictures while sipping on the first. So if the photo is slightly out of focus, if this post is riddled with tydpos, and if I start rambling about eggnog and am a little hard to follow, well ...

 

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