Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger Dec 2011 Roundup

January 21st, 2012 yum Posted in Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger, Gluten Free Blogs 6 Comments »

This month we had a cozy contingent participating in Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger. It is no wonder- it has been so long since it was hosted here that I think people forgot all about it! But never fear, our little event is still trucking. Speaking of which, if you want to host this event some month, just let me know. We’ve been fighting our way through more daycare colds, earaches and the like, while I try to work as much as possible on my dissertation. On a happy note, my little Toddler Yum has adjusted well to her new school and now has a contingent of little friends that run to greet her at the door. She goes to sit down with them after our ritual hug, kiss and high-five, and says “Bye Mommy” without a glint of tears in her eyes. Of course she has some days where she longs for Mommy about half-way through, but overall, except for the sickness thing we’re happy with our new situation. It hasn’t left much time for blogging, though. The only reason this blog post is being written right now is that the whole house has the flu and we’ve spent all day in bed. Bad for productivity, good for catching up on Netflix and writing blog posts. Speaking of blog posts, here’s the roundup! I am debating if I should open sign-ups immediately or postpone the next event until February. Any thoughts?

Paula of Free Life Gluten Free adopted Kalinda from Wheat Free Meat Free and made her Vegetarian Chicken Salad. Paula called the recipe amazing, and told us that “I enjoyed it in so many ways…on Schar crispbread, on lettuce, with my pita bread, and straight out of the bowl.” She found Kalinda’s substitution of chickpeas for chicken to be brilliant, and though that this recipe “the perfect replacement to chicken salad.” After seeing her pictures and hearing about the recipe, I found myself agreeing, especially because Toddler Yum has developed a fondness for the rotund legume and would no doubt gobble it up in a creamy mayonnaise sauce. Not to mention that it sounds absolutely delectable and I’d like it in my own lunchbox! Thank you, Paula, for introducing us to this promising recipe from Wheat-free Meat-free!

Vegetarian Chickpea Un-Chicken Salad Recipe

Wendy of Celiacs in the Hose adopted Johnna of 52 Sweets and made a savory olive “cake” that sounds like something both Toddler Yum and I would find absolutely delightful. I hadn’t heard of Johnna before Wendy introduced her to me, but now I’m quite intrigued. I tend to like baked goods with half “Grain” flour and half almond flour, and I bet this would be no exception. Yummy! I have to explore Johnna’s other recipes now.

Black Olive Cake Recipe

Shirley of Gluten Free Easily adopted Paleo Parents and made their Dark Chocolate Banana Bites. I’m not Paleo but this recipe would appeal to just about anyone. How can you go wrong with dark chocolate and bananas? And although Toddler Yum isn’t huge on bananas, she adores chocolate and I’m pretty sure the mini-muffin presentation would thrill her endlessly, so we’ll have to try them. Besides introducing this recipe and some others by the Paleo Parents, Shirley shares wonderful range of information from suggestions from how to use paleo recipes in a vegetarian diet to introducing their upcoming cookbook, Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids.

Dark Chocolate Banana Bites
*Paleo Parent Photo used with permission

Thomas of the GFCF Experience adopted Cassidy of Cooking Gluten-free and made her Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Thomas found a lot to enjoy at the Cooking Gluten-free Blog, from information on alternative flours (almond and coconut) to dairy substitutions and of course, recipes. He ended up tweaking the recipe a little both to accommodate his larger skillet, flour preferences, as well as his preference for canola mayonnaise over veganaise. However he made it, it looks delicious! We’ve enjoyed pineapple upside down cake at our house, but Toddler Yum ended up picking out the pineapple to eat rather than eating the cake itself. That silly girl. The next time I want pineapple upside down cake I may try her recipe.


Gluten-free Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I adopted Megan and Kim of Welcoming Kitchen and made recipes from their blog as well as their cookbook Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes First I made a apple scone recipe from their blog, and pined after a birthday cupcake. And then I made vegan artichoke fritters and gluten-free biscuits from their cookbook. All of the things i made were delicious! I also did a giveaway of Kim and Megan’s book, and Gloria B. was the lucky recipient!

Congratulations, Gloria. And I hope those of you who were interested will check it out at a local library or maybe pick up a copy from Amazon. I think you’ll find it a good purchase!

Gluten-free Dairy-free Apple Scones

*Not officially an entry but I couldn’t leave out Debbi’s adoption post:

Also check out Debbi’s adoption featuring Easy to be Gluten-free’s Corn Casserole recipe.

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Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger: Hero Beth and Tasty Yummies

December 9th, 2011 yum Posted in Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger, Gluten Free Blogs 13 Comments »

This month the Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger Event was hosted by Kalinda of Wheat-free Meat-free. I adopted Hero Beth from the deliciously entitled blog, Tasty Yummies, after her entry in my gluten-free vegetarian thanksgiving event brought her blog to my attention. She had so many recipes that I had a hard time picking and ended up making a Pinterest board of my favorite Tasty Yummies. Things have been a tad stressful at the House of Yum, with me trying to start Toddler Yum at daycare and get some serious work done on my dissertation. I needed to spend a little time in the kitchen to expend some nervous energy, and I started by making her Gluten-free Butternut Squash Enchiladas. I was intrigued by Hero Beth’s frequent usage of butternut squash in her recipes, and I loved the idea of the simple but homemade accompanying tomatillo sauce.
I served the enchiladas as one of the first sit-down-at-the-table meals we’d had in ages. We all enjoyed it, and the DH gave it a thumbs up. I made a dairy-free version for my mom, and a plain cheese quesadilla for toddler yum, who found the tomatillo “spicy.” I’d make this recipe again. The only thing I would change would be my poor choice of tortilla. I accidentally bought extra-thin mission corn tortillas, and found extra-thin was code for extra-likely-to-fall-apart. It looks like Hero Beth picked a far better tortilla for her version, and my usual Sonoma organic corn tortillas would be a good choice as well.
My favorite recipe that i found at Hero Beth’s site has to be this one for Spicy Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Pine Nuts Recipe. Of the recipes that I selected, I found this to be one of the her most original, taking two ordinary favorites and combining them with a very special addition. I also loved the Indian flavor of the spices added. I could eat this dish every day for a month and not get tired of it!

I must have been in the mood for beans, because that same night I also made her White Bean and Chive Veggie Patty Recipe. I loved the chives and crunchy cornmeal. But I wished I knew what kind of white bean Hero Beth used. I had both white kidney and small white beans in my pantry and didn’t know which would go better. The patties were tasty but needed a little something, so I added a dab of mayonnaise and it complimented them perfectly.

I also made a pumpkin pasta casserole with gobs of cheese and fresh pumpkin puree. I liked it, but I was out of parmesan regianno and could only use the gruyere, which made it a little more plain than the original. I added srirachi hot sauce to mine to kick it up a notch, and added generous servings of pepper and it was pretty tasty. The DH said it was his favorite of all the recipes from the Tasty Yummies blog that I tried. The pasta pictured here is brown rice penne, but I also made some batches with the new gluten-free corn pasta at (west coast) Trader Joe’s. I really like this new jumbo-sized corn penne, but brown rice pasta does look prettier for this recipe.

This was a very fun adoption month and I really enjoyed trying the recipes at Tasty Yummies. The next time I have some brussels sprouts I might have to try Hero Beth’s Shredded Brussels Sprouts with toasted walnuts and dried currants or serve a Gluten-free Vegan Apple Cobbler. Why don’t you check out the amazing recipes and great photos at her site?

This month Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger will be hosted back here at the Book of Yum. It has been a very relaxing two month vacation, and I really appreciate my friends who stepped in to help host for me.* This month, I’ll hope to see you all back here to adopt your own gluten-free blogger.

*If you have a gluten-free blog and would like to host Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger, just let me know in the comments and we can schedule you in!

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