This weekend started out like any other, no real fun plans; until I remembered that within walking distance of our new apartment was the annual city carnival.
Funnel cakes! (no!)
Beer tent! (no!)
Corn Dogs! (no!)
But we could ride the ferris wheel…eat kettle corn and have some fresh lemonade, all of which we did. After we walked the (longer than I remembered) walk home, we watched “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” which was interupted by the carnival’s fireworks display that we could view from our balcony. perfect.
This morning I woke up and decided to use up the quart of blueberries I had in the fridge, by making some vanilla-blueberry scones. They were a sweet ending to a delightful weekend. I hope your weekend was just as nice.
I’ve been holed up in my cement tower (aka my 4th floor apartment, which thankfully includes all the air conditioning my little bones can handle) but there’s a rumor going around that it’s hot out. I actually verified this by stepping out onto my balcony to water the plants. Tropical is how I would describe it. Which got me craving coconut drinks…..
Alas, I whipped up some coconut cream scones instead.
They hit the spot. For the moment, anyway.
(available in my shop should you, too, have the craving)
My daughter, who also has a gluten allergy, sent me a text a few weeks ago with many very sad-faced emoticons. She just had to endure the torture of toasting a brown sugar-cinnamon pop tart for the child she is babysitting for. Toast it, and then not be able to eat it. At one point in her life these were a mainstay in her diet; after school, late night, in the car on the way to gymnastics, toasted, un-toasted, on a plate, or straight from the thin foil wrapping. But not for the past year and a half. So I promised her I’d make her some and we’d be able to enjoy the delicious sugary filling wrapped in some (even better and flakier) gluten-free (and dairy free) pastry.
No more sad emoticons after these yummy treats!
(ps. I’ll be offering these in my etsy shop shortly. if you’re interested in ordering from me, or in wholesale ordering please feel free to email me @ twodaisiesbakery (at) gmail.com)
My son graduated from college this month, and in the midst of everything going on we threw together a lovely little party. It was a relaxed, casual gathering with close friends and family and good food.
I served my grandma’s ‘famous’ bbq chicken, which is an oil and vinegar based marinade with lots of pepper and poultry seasoning in it. It was so great to hear the boys comment on the food, and ask “where it came from”, as they had been to many ‘pizza and deli tray’ parties before this one. I think they were rather impressed with the homey goodness before them…which aslo included my mom’s broccoli salad, potato salad, a lentil/arugula salad and a white bean salad.
A big hit was the drinks in mason jars (an idea pinned a billion times on Pinterest, I know) but really a big hit, and super practical, it turned out. We made watermelon/ginger/lime/vodka coolers and then had vodka-free ones for the kiddies. Also, in the house fridge for “special guests” I had a higher end cocktail….but don’t tell anyone.
Of course a party wouldn’t be a party without treats, and I had plenty. In addition to these yummy devils food cupcakes with coconut cream cheese frosting (which no one knew were gluten free) I had three different hand pies; cherry, blueberry and peach. (I think I’ll do a whole separate post on those, they were a lot of work and turned out adorable!)
It was a great night….I didn’t even realize how exhausted I was until it was all over.
Now, on to the summer!
Well, it has been a month.
One of those, “I hope I don’t have to live through that again” months. Packing, moving, unpacking, planning a party for a graduating son, dealing with crazy ex-landlord. You know, “that” kind of month.
But that is all behind me, and now it is time to think about the summer. And that means great food, right? I had a hankering for a corn dog last night, so I pulled out my mini-loaf pan and whipped up these fast, delicious, oven baked corn dogs. They were just the ticket, with a side of pickle and pepper relish and big glass of lemonade.
Summer has begun.
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 cup Gluten-Free Flour Blend
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Nathan’s Original All Beef Gluten Free Hot Dogs
Heat oven to 425°F. Combine butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs; mix well. Stir in sour cream and milk. Reduce speed to low; add all remaining ingredients. Beat just until mixed.
Pour 1/2 of batter evenly into greased mini loaf pans. *I used my 4-loaf pan and it was just the right amount. Cut about a 1/2” off each end of the hot dogs and nestle one per loaf into the batter. Spread remaining batter to cover the dogs.
Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Serve warm; with ketchup, relish, mustard or whatever your heart desires.
I’ve been making this dessert since I was in high school. I imagine the recipe was cut from the inside of the Land O’Lakes butter box, taped to my mom’s recipe book, and then I swiped it when I moved out, and taped it to my well-worn recipe book. do people even use recipe books any more? I remember my grandma’s, in her lovely cursive script, simple delicious recipes that even if you followed her directions they would not yield the same results. there was always something missing. I was told recently that it is the “oil from the chef’s hand” that gives each dish it’s unique taste. and that’s why my grandma’s spaghetti sauce will never taste like grandma’s now that she’s gone.
my mom had her recipe book, given to her by grandma around her wedding day. more hand written recipes that would be handed down. I tried to keep up the tradition, creating my own book after I was married. I would copy recipes that I loved, paste tried and true dishes from magazines into the pages of a spiral bound book that was given to me early in my married life. I still have that book, held together now with a rubberband, bursting with scraps of paper and clippings. but I find myself relying more and more on technology; on my ipad and my laptop for recipes. overloaded bookmarks, Pinterest loaded with recipes and wonderful food blogs.
but, then again, I have to think if one day the internet collapses (hey, it could happen!) I’ll always have that rubberband-bound recipe book filled with delightful meals and treats from years past.
*ps. I make it just as above but substitute a gluten-free flour blend for the AP flour.
this morning I woke up thinking about biscuits. and ham. it’s been a while since I’ve had some hot, fresh buttery biscuits….years, in fact.
today was the day.
and I just happened to have everything I needed. including the ham and eggs to serve with them once they were complete. I made them using a modified recipe from my personal baking hero, Nicole Hunn (seriously, go check her out!) and they turned out just beautifully!
(I have just enough left over to have with left-over vanilla pastry cream and strawberries later….is your mouth watering yet?)
today I spent most of the day cooking because my mom can’t seem to (even after two years) wrap her head around the whole “gluten free cooking” concept. so, for most holiday meals I need to bring “my food”. that is, if I want to eat. and, usually I do.
so today I made a sweet potato gratin (using dairy free milk), bacon wrapped potatoes as an appetizer, assembled a cheese tray (ok, my partner handled that!) and assembled a cake that I baked yesterday.
the cake is a recipe I modified from a Barefoot Contessa recipe that I normally use for my coconut cupcakes. I eliminated that coconut and layered it with a dairy-free* pastry cream and fresh strawberries. Frosted with homemade buttercream. Should be a hit!
*I use lactaid or similar dairy-free milk substitutes in most recipes that call for heavy quantities of milk. I seem to have issues with lactose as well as gluten.
when I was diagnosed almost two years ago with Celiac Disease, crisp, buttery cookies were one of the many things I thought I’d never get to experience again. thankfully, due to perseverance, multiple failed attempts, and the internet I’ve been able to enjoy baking again.
and eating as well.
I hope that my new business venture allows me to share some of my joy with the rest of the world as I start selling my cakes and cookies online shortly.