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Thursday
Nov212013

Gluten-Free Pie Crust | Egg-Free & Dairy-Free

Today I stopped into Jax—the outfitter with the mostest in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Need camo? They've got it. Fishing flies? Check. Super cute yoga pants? Yep. 

Today, post squeeze-into-aforementioned-super-cute-yoga-pants attempt, I headed over to Kitchenwares and found something more up my alley—a Mini Pie Baking Kit! 

I may not have cute thighs, but I sure made some cute pies!

In case you missed it, last Friday I announced that I had finished my cookbook, Everyday Classics! It's available for pre-order on Amazon for a low $15.35 right now (price subject to change at any time) and will begin shipping December 3rd. For you locals, today I stocked this totally cool shop—you know the one—with books, so you can pick up a copy there.

Anyway, with Thanksgiving less than a week away, some of you may be on a last-minute hunt for a basic gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free Pie Dough recipe. 

This one is from the book and worked real well with the Mini Pie Baking Kit.

 

Though I'm not crazy about the quality of the pie tins that come with the kit (I'll probably invest in some ceramic ones)—the topper cutter thingamajig is super duper. It looks like I spent hours cutting and weaving that lattice top and crimping the edges just so, huh? Totally impressed myself. And though I've not mastered that Hummingbird pose in my ratty old sweats, I have mastered the making of a super cute gluten-free pie crust. Sigh.

 

 

Tuesday
Nov192013

Stephanie O'Dea's Green Bean Casserole

Rachael Ray was spot-on when she used the word "lovely" to describe two savory Thanksgiving slow cooker dishes my talented friend, Stephanie O'Dea, whipped up on the Rachael Ray Show yesterday.

Stephanie is as delightful in person as she is here on the show. A few years back I shared a room with her at a blogger retreat and seriously, she emits the same positive energy off camera as she does on camera! She is a gluten-free trailblazer and I commend her for proving time and time again that gluten-free can be just as mouth-watering as gluten-full. Stephanie is the gal who set out to use a slow cooker every day for a full year and documented it on her blog.

Stephanie recently released her fourth book 365 Slow Cooker Suppers. I haven't seen it yet but can't wait as every recipe is written with gluten-free options (not sure about the dairy).

For today I just wanted to give Stephanie a shout and tell her that, once again, she's made the gluten-free community proud and to thank her for one drool-worthy green bean casserole recipe!



 

Friday
Nov152013

Everyday Classics Cookbook Release!

It is a happy day my friends!

I don’t know if I am more excited about the release of my first cookbook, Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty & Essential Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free and Soy-Free Recipes or the smokin' deal Amazon.com has it listed for today (subject to change at anytime)!

About the Cookbook

You can bet I am still pinching myself. Everyday Classics—the book I have been piecing together for over four years—is complete, D-O-N-E! And I am pleased to have it ready for you in time for the holidays.

Take a look ...

 

I wrote this cookbook for those on, or beginning, a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and corn-free diet.

It is a cookbook that offers safe and tasty replacements for foods that brought comfort in the past and that can be enjoyed again!

It is a cookbook intended to help the newly diagnosed to transition to a new way of eating.

I have made my best effort to keep the recipes approachable, easy, and tasty—a testament to my belief that when armed with sure fire recipes the entire family will enjoy, the more certain it will be that dietary changes will stick. 

For more details on the book visit this page.

A Smokin’ Pre-Order Price from Amazon.com

Though Everyday Classics officially launches December 3, 2013, today is the time to pre-order from Amazon.com! The $24.95 price has been cut drastically (today, 11/15/13 it is listed for $14.11 or 43% off!!). With Amazon pre-ordering, once you place your pre-order you lock in at that price but do not pay a dime until the item ships (which will be on or around December 3rd).

But I Want the Book Now!

For those who can't wait, you may order your copies today (for the full retail price of $24.95) from the Lexie’s Kitchen Bookstore

Either way, I hope you enjoy this cookbook. It is a reflection of my heart and soul and the kitchen staples, breakfasts, dinners, and desserts I make in my own kitchen. Thank you all for your support! You are the best! xoxoLexie

Monday
Nov112013

Lexie's Kitchen: Favorite Snacks

Some really swell companies have been leaving samples of their product at my front door and I thought I'd better pull my hand out of the chip bag and get to writing a post about them—and trust me, if I don't like a product, I don't write about it. Oh yes, and opinions expressed here are my own. I am not claiming these to be the healthiest snack options, but they sure are convenient (and tasty) for grabbing on the go. Tee hee!

1 Candice Foods sent a sample of each of their bars and for being gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, corn-free and nut-free—they were quite tasty. The base of Candice Foods bars is a mixture of sunflower seeds and crispy rice—agave being one of the ingredients (not my first choice in sweeteners but ...). The bars come in 7 flavors—my favorites were Mocha Java and Mint Chocolate. The founder of Candice Foods is the mother of three children with life-threatening allergies to tree nuts, so you can bet she takes food allergies, and her product, very seriously. Candice Foods Protein Bars are available for purchase from their online store.

2 Cave Man Bars. This grab-and-go, nut and seed-packed snack is one my husband recently discovered at our local King Soopers/Kroger store (BTW I admire this mega chain for embracing gluten-free and organic foods). The Maple Nut bar packs 7 grams of sugar—I try to keep my snacks under 5—but I'm not going to fret it because, after all, the bars are certified gluten-free (not always easy to find). Cave Man Bars are manufactured in a facility that also processes tree nuts, soy, peanut, milk, and egg. Oddly they make the claim to be "Paleo Friendly" but use evaporated cane syrup and brown rice syrup as sweeteners. Hmmmm ... not sure if that counts as "Paleo." But the Paleo bandwagon seems to be the one to be on right now and Cave Man Bars don't want to miss out on the action.

3 Pomegranates. We love pomegranates! They are a pure, unadulterated food—and are in season. Here's an easy way to de-seed a pomegranate and whip up a festive "candy" using the arils.

4 Real Foods Rice Thins. Okay gang, I think I am speaking for 97.5% of the population when I say rice cakes are for the birds. Seriously, they're akin to cardboard! These thinner rice cakes are no exception, but here's why I like them … they are much easier to munch on than the thicker rice cakes AND they actually make a good PB&J (or Sunbutter&J) sandwich. I made one this morning, tucked it into my purse, and by noon the moisture from the jelly had softened the cake a tad and rocked it as a "bread" free PB&J sandwich. These skinny boys (about 1/3 the thickness of regular rice cakes) are gluten-free and non-GMO. They're rather tasteless and like a black dress, it's all in how you dress 'em up.

5 Way Better Tortilla Chips. Saving the best for last, you must try these! I especially loved Sweet Chili. Eating them I thought "healthier Doritos!" The seasonal offering of Punkin Cranberry was pretty yummy, too. I preferred the Black Bean Tortilla Chips to the Multi-Grain—they packed more flavor. Way Better chips are different in that the grains and seeds (broccoli, daikon radish, chia, etc) used to make the chips are sprouted—increasing their nutrients and allowing the body to better absorb them (but hey, we’re talkin’ snack food here not green smoothie, so does it really matter?). I will be serving these over the holidays for sure! Way Better chips are certified gluten free, non-GMO, kosher and vegan. Oh and a tip for ensuring you don't eat the entire bag—toss a handful of chips into a bowl along with some nuts. The nuts offer way more nutrition and will satiate.

So there you have it. You know what we've been snackin' on. How about you?

Thursday
Nov072013

Potluck Peace of Mind

The holiday season is swiftly approaching. There will be office parties, dinners with friends, and family potlucks.

To ensure you, your family, and your friends are dipping into dishes that are safe, it is always a good idea to label what your contribution is "free of."

One way to identify "safe" foods is to dish them up using clearly marked food allergy serving spoons! This little measure goes a long way in helping to prevent cross-contamination, which for many, can be a very serious matter.

From the moment I grasped it in my hand, I was in love with my "Gluten-Free" spoon. It goes with me to every potluck, and I can't tell you how many people have commented on how beautiful and, more importantly, how helpful it is. 

The folks behind The Food Allergy Kitchenware Company understand food allergies, as they live with them everyday in their own home. Their aim is to help make meals and family time the warm and loving experience it should be—without the extra worry.

These serving spoons are:

  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Solid Stainless Steel
  • Come in Gluten-Free and Peanut-Free Designs
  • Great for Everyday and Holidays
  • Super for Gift Giving

Now through the end of December receive 10% off your order when you use the code SPOON. SHIPPING IS FREE on orders of 2 or more spoons. Holiday gift wrapping is available for $3.

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