Welcome to Lexie's Kitchen & Living. I'm glad you stopped by and hope you enjoy the five years of recipes and ramblings collected here.

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Sunday
Oct032010

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger | September 2010

Rustic Bread! Gluten-Free (check), Egg-Free (check), Vegan (check).This post is a part of the monthly blog event "Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger" that Sea, at the Book of Yum, started back in February 2008. This is my first "adoption" and I look forward to more!

I am adopting Carrie of Ginger Lemon Girl. Carrie and I met this summer at the International Food Bloggers Conference and have kept in touch since. I appreciate her gentle spirit, her sense of humor and have loved cruising her site for inspiration in the kitchen.

The two recipes of Carrie's I selected were ones perfectly suited for fall—Vegan Gluten Free Crusty Bread and Gluten-Free Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bars.

Ginger Lemon Girl's Vegan Gluten Free Crusty Bread

Let's start with the bread! A few weeks back Carrie and I were all a buzz on Facebook about making vegan, gluten-free bread. That week I had a big bread baking flop and realized as many before me, that gluten-free bread baking can be challenging. Take away eggs and the challenge doubles, triples, quadruples! After lamenting over the failure in my blog, I got an email from Carrie that said she had a victory that very day; a vegan, gluten-free bread recipe that "worked!" Of course I was totally intrigued and as soon as she posted the recipe I took it for a test drive. I will second Carrie's "it worked!". It WORKED! I hope these pictures prove that anyone (even yours truly) can do it. The entire family thought it was the tastiest gluten-free, egg-free bread we'd ever had. My hat is off to Carrie and her Vegan Gluten Free Crusty Bread recipe.

Note: To make this the perfect oil and vinegar dipping bread I might add a tad more salt (hopefully this doesn't affect the "chemistry" of the dough).

Ginger Lemon Girl's Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bars

This weekend I recruited my sister, husband and two toddler sons to help me work some hours on the farm—part of our "CSA working share." The job for the group was picking pie pumpkins and needless to say, pumpkins were on my mind all day. When we got home I fired up the slow cooker and used the Crockpot squash cooking method Amy Green shares on her site Simply Gluten & Sugar Free. In four hours I had cooked pumpkin which I then pureed in the blender. Then it was on to making Carrie's Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bars. One thing I really love about these bars is the crumb crust. I've been feeling the pressure to find the ultimate gluten-free piecrust recipe for the upcoming holidays. But you know what? This press-in crust is so stellar and easy that I will be using it again.

I followed Carrie's recipe as closely as possible, the only modifications I made were 1) I used coconut oil where oil or buttery spread was called for. 2) The only granulated forms of sugar I have in my kitchen are evaporated cane juice and coconut sugar, so I chose to go with the evaporated cane juice wherever the recipe called for "sugar". 3) I added 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to the crust mixture since there's no salt in coconut oil like you find in buttery spread. Please note that this recipe is not egg-free. (Does anyone have recommendations for making it so? I've been hunting high and low for ways to make an egg-less pumpkin pie. I have a husband who can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!)

Thank you Carrie for some fall cooking inspiration! We look forward to more :).

Saturday
Oct022010

Outback Steakhouse Wedge Salad

This wedge salad is one of my favorite menu items at Outback Steakhouse. If you're okay with dairy, top this easy-to-prep salad off with blue cheese crumbles.

Because Outback Steakhouse makes the effort to accommodate diners on special diets, we give them our business. Their food and service is consistent. Like Starbucks, you know what you're going to get. When our boys dine with us (they are 3 and 4), we can get away with splitting an Outback Special GF—a 6-ounce steak accompanied by a naked sweet potato and unseasoned green beans. Ask mom what her favorite menu item is and she'd have to say the Wedge Salad. It's a simple little salad of iceberg lettuce topped with a blue cheese dressing, diced tomatoes, bacon bits, red onion and a drizzle of a sweet balsamic vinegar glaze. The menu suggests that gluten-free and dairy-free diners avoid the blue cheese dressing (both of which I can eat but my son cannot). How can a salad I adore not be enjoyed by everyone!? Using a tasty, dairy-free ranch dressing recipe from my friend Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom and a simple-to-make balsalmic glaze, you, too can have Outback at home—or close to it!

Outback Steakhouse Wedge Salad

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-30
Common Allergens: Soy (trace amount in Veganaise)

Instructions:

In a small saucepan combine, bring to gentle simmer and reduce to a thick syrup:

1/2 cup BALSALMIC VINEGAR
1/8 cup raw HONEY
1/4 teaspoon SEA SALT

Brown, crumble and set aside:

6-8 strips BACON (choose organic or uncured Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon or Turkey Bacon) (optional)

Prepare Heidi's Ranch Dressing (dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan).

Prepare produce and set aside:

1 TOMATO diced
1/4 RED ONION thinly sliced
1 head ICEBERG LETTUCE quartered

Assembly:

On one large plate or on four individual serving dishes, arrange and top lettuce wedges evenly with and in this order, a spoonful (or two) of ranch dressing, tomato, red onion, bacon and a drizzle of the balsamic glaze. If you tolerate dairy, a spoonful of blue cheese crumbles tops this salad off perfectly!

Thursday
Sep302010

Cayenne and Paprika Kohlrabi

Cayenne and Paprika Kohlrabi makes a nice appetizer or side dish.

This week, at our Grant Farms CSA drop point, it saddened me to see a table full of abandoned kohlrabi. As you can see in the picture below, I think the kohlrabi were feeling somewhat dejected as well!

Kohlrabi is new to me and earlier this year I had to hit Google to find out 1) what it was and 2) how to prepare it. Since making friends with this stout little member of cabbage family, I have taken to eating and enjoying it most in the raw. Imagine the delicate taste of broccoli stems and the crunch of the crispest apple you have ever sunk your teeth into. That's kohlrabi. A rather fascinating little cruciferous veggie that retains much of its crispness no matter how long it's cooked!

Rescued kohlrabi.

So back to the produce pick up. The woman helping me bag up my veggies gave me the go ahead to take all the kohlrabi I wanted. And so I did. Well, here it is Thursday night and I have successfully used up the little guys and secretly hope there are more orphans next week! Tuesday I cubed some and tossed it in with our Bison Stew. Wednesday I made this Cayenne and Paprika Kohlrabi for an afternoon snack. And, tonight ... well, that post is coming soon.

 

Cayenne and Paprika Kohlrabi

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Common Allergens: None

Instructions:

With a sharp knife, very carefully cut away the skin of and slice in 1/8-1/4" slices (see notes):

2 medium KOHLRABI

In a large frying pan over medium heat, add:

2-3 tablespoons extra virgin OLIVE OIL (more as needed)

Arrange kohlrabi in a single layer in frying pan. Season to taste with:

SEA SALT
BLACK PEPPER
CAYENNE PEPPER
PAPRIKA

Saute until golden brown and flip. About 5 minutes each side.

Notes:

The skin of a kohlrabi and the flesh just beneath the skin can be quite fibrous. I slice off the skin and a little more.

Saturday
Sep252010

For When You're Outta Bob's (or can't get it)

A number of my recipes call for Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour. If you're out or can't find it at a store near you, this flour mix makes a great substitution.

Readers like Shelley (aka saffron69) have asked what Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour can be substituted with. In Shelley's case, she lives abroad and can't get it. In my mother's case, she's in Hawaii and it is insanely expensive there. So here is the mixture I suggest for those who can't find Bob's GF AP Flour or just need some in a pinch. Give Saturday Pancakes a try and let me know what you think!

Make Your Own Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour

3/4 cup GARBANZO FLOUR
1/2 cup POTATO STARCH
1/4 cup TAPIOCA STARCH/FLOUR
1/4 cup SORGHUM FLOUR
1/4 cup FAVA BEAN FLOUR

Combine well and store in air-tight container (preferably in refrigerator).

Friday
Sep242010

A Friday [Bread] Flop!

"Mom, your bread feels like a rock." - My son Wyatt, 4 years old, referring to this Friday flop. This loaf of gluten-free bread may look good, but it sure was not!

Some people are big on creative visualization. Athletes and artists come to mind. I think the way it works is you hold a thought in your mind and attempt to attract success with mind power. Well, I woke up this morning visualizing bread. I visualized a soft, pliable dough formed into a lovely loaf that would rise to perfection. I imagined the sweet, yeasty smell that would permeate the house. I began salivating dreaming of a luscious, gluten-free bread (is that an oxymoron) I could sink my teeth into.

[Screeching halt]

When it comes to gluten-free baking, let me tell ya, visualization doesn't work. All the visualization and the studying of the recipe I had done the night before were in vain.

I think every gluten-free chef/baker yearns to find that recipe that produces a stunning loaf of gluten-free bread. Well, this recipe was not the one. Now, I could have made an error in the process so I am not going to say which recipe I followed, but my friend Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl had the exact same experience with the exact same recipe. Needless to say, we both were let down.

On that note, I will tell you that I am making it a mission to find a gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free bread recipe that produces results and isn't overly complicated. I have some in mind to try. If you've tried them, please let me know by leaving a comment. If you have other recipes to add to this list, leave a comment and tell me where to find them and I will add them to this post/bread recipe round-up. Here are ones I plan to try:

Shauna James Ahern and the new gluten-free cookbook she co-authored with husband, Daniel

  1. Shauna and Daniel Ahern's bread recipe in their new book Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef. This book was just released and already as many, many rave reviews on Amazon!
  2. Dr. Jean Layton's Basic Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Recipe. Jean put in a lot of time on this one.
  3. Karina's Delicious Gluten Free Bread Recipe. Karina truly is a talented gluten-free goddess!
  4. This one was recommended by Michelle O. Find it at Gluten Free Mommy.
  5. Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl has a vegan recipe I am dying to try. (coming 9-28-10)

As I take on this personal challenge, yeah I will do some visualization, but a whole lot of prayer won't hurt either! Wish me luck.