Strawberry Popsicles

Growing up, my Mom always made those Jello & Kool-aid popsicles that were so yummy.  As an adult I discovered the Strawberry Frutare bars. But they have more sugar than I like, and are more than I want to pay for a treat. Hubby says these taste just like the real thing, so I’m happy 🙂

Boil together until berries can be mushed:

1cup water

1/3cup sugar (optional if using fresh/sweet berries) (I’m sure you could use the sweetener of your choice here)

3ish cups of strawberries (I used frozen, so put in a generous 3 cups)

Blend/puree in 1pkg of Jello (flavour of choice) until strawberries are as smooth or chunky as desired.

Pour into popsicle molds, insert sticks (I used disposable spoons, since that’s what I had) and freeze. Enjoy 🙂


Sourdough bread

First off you need to make the starter:

Combine in a glass container:

1tsp traditional yeast, 1 tsp sugar, 1 1/4c warm water (use boiled & cooled – must be just warm to touch or you will kill the yeast). Let sit and bubble for about 10 minutes.  Add 1/2cup each of of sorghum and brown rice flour.  Cover with a light towel or cheesecloth. Let sit in a warm corner on the counter.

Daily- stir in 1/4cup of alternating brown rice flour and sorgum flour and 1/4cup warm water. Do this for 4-7 days (until you have the time to bake the bread)

The day before you want to bake bread, add 1/4cup EACH brown rice and sorgum flour, plus 1/2cup warm water.

After you take out the starter you need for the bread, add your usual 1/4cup flour & water

To make the bread

Add 1 1/2tsp yeast, 1Tbsp sugar with 1/2cup warm water. Let sit until bubbly.

Blend in:  1 1/2c starter, 1 egg, 2Tbsp oil.

Beat in 1cup GEMS flour, 1tsp salt, 2tsp xanthan or guar gum, 1/4cup sorgum flour, 1/4cup white rice flour

, 1/4c potato starch and 1/4c tapioca starch. Beat with hand blender if possible until thick and creamy.

Line a 8-9″ round baking tin with parchment paper (or grease the bottom and sprinkle with corn meal)

Smooth dough into a rounded shape, cover with a towel. Let rise for 30 minutes-2 hours, it won’t necessarilydouble, but it will rise about 1/4-1/2 of what it was when you started.

Preheat the oven to 425degrees for 15-20 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 350degrees and bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until it sounds mostly hollow.  Let cool in pan.



Sweet or Savoury biscuits

I tweaked a biscuit recipe I found till I liked it, then discovered I could do sweet or savoury!

1/2cup brown rice flour

1/2cup GEMS flour

1/4cup tapioca flour

1/4cup potato starch

1 Tbsp  baking powder

1/4tsp salt

1/2tsp guar gum

1/4c butter or shortening

2/3cup milk of choice

if sweet – add 1Tbsp sugar,

will also need 2Tbsp melted butter, 1/4c brown sugar & 1 1/2tsp cinnamon for filling

If savoury – Add 1/2cup grated cheese, and/or 1Tbsp each chives & parsley

Preheat oven to 450. Blend flours & dry ingredients, cut in butter. Stir in milk & remaining ingredients so that mixture forms a ball. Pat into 1″ thick on a floured surface (a silicone pastry sheet or parchment paper works great) and cut into biscuit circles using a cookie cutter or drinking glass. For cinnamon rolls, pat into a 1/2″ thickness and spread with melted butter. Sprinkle with 1/4c brown sugar blended with 1 1/2tsp cinnamon. Gently roll up into a roll, and slice into 1″ thick rounds. Place on baking sheet (or for cinnamon buns – in muffin tins) and bake at 450 for 15 minutes. I’ve also made a cinnamon roll log – bake for approx 20 minutes Can also blend in bits of meat with the savoury option and top with a bit of pizza sauce.

Lemon Cakey Brownies?

I found a recipe for lemon brownies that piqued my interest, so decided to try it gluten & dairy free. No problem till I realized it has no rising agent except eggs. Being a little skeptical, and not liking things to be pancake height, I added some and yum! Then I realized I added too much lemon juice – oops. Hubby & I both like how it turned out though 🙂

original recipe here:

Cream together:

3/4cup white sugar

1/2cup shortening

Blend together:

3/4cup gluten free flour blend (i.e. 1/4c each tapioca, potato & rice)

1/2tsp guar or xanthan gum

1/2-3/4tsp baking powder

1/2tsp ground coriander (to boost the lemony flavour)

1/4tsp salt

Beat together until light & fluffy

2 eggs

1tsp lemon flavouring

1/4cup lemon juice (add after eggs are fluffy)

Blend all together and pour into a greased 8×8″ pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Cool ten minutes and pour glaze overtop:


1cup icing sugar

1/2tsp lemon flavouring

1/4cup lemon juice.

whisk till smooth & pour overtop of cake.

Nut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies


I wanted something that would have the flavours of a peanut butter & banana sandwich, so hit google up for a rough idea of a recipe and went from there.

Blend together:

3/4cup natural nut butter of choice (I used almond)

1/2cup shortening

1tsp vanilla

1/2cup white sugar

1/2cup brown sugar


Add & beat until light & fluffy

1 egg

1 1/2cup mashed banana


Stir in:

1/4tsp salt

1tsp baking soda

1 1/2cups gf flour (I used 1/2cup GEMS, then a 1 cup blend of potato starch, white rice & tapioca flour)

1/2tsp guar gum

chocolate chips until it “looks” right 🙂


Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. cool on a wire rack.



Cinnamon Coffee Ring

This recipe was one I discovered in one of my Mom’s Taste of Home cookbooks and loved. Now I can eat it gluten/dairy free!

1cup butter or butter substitute. (I use df margarine or palmfruit shortening)

2cups white sugar

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups GEMS flour

1/2cup EACH tapioca, white rice flour & potato starch

1tsp xanthan or guar gum

2tsp baking powder

1tsp baking soda

1tsp salt

2cups sour cream (or coconut or almond yogurt, or 1 3/4cup soured milk of choice)

2Tbsp cinnamon

1cup brown sugar

chopped apples (optional)


Blend 1cup brown sugar with 2Tbsp cinnamon

Cream butter and white sugar. Add vanilla & eggs, beating after each addition.  Blend dry ingredients together, and add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream.

Grease & flour (use gf flour!) a tube pan. Spoon 1/3 of the batter in and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (and a good layer of chopped apples if desired). Repeat 2x, ending with a layer of cinnamon sugar.

Bake at 350 for 65-70 minutes (or more if using apples) until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.




Drunken Mushroom Kale Chicken

Since yesterday was St. Patrick’s day, and I’m 1/4th Irish, I’d meant to cook a nice Irish Stew for supper. But, since my fridge conspired against me by not thawing the meat, I decided to make a “let’s see what’s in the fridge’ meal. Hubby isn’t fond of mushrooms, but he quite enjoyed this meal, as did Baby Boo (10 months).

Slice a handful of mushrooms and saute in butter/oil (I used my Earth Balance spread and some olive oil.) Season with salt & pepper and cook until a nice fried smell appears.Season with dried chives, parsley and poultry seasoning to taste. Sprinkle with about 1/4c of gluten free flour and saute for a moment more. Add approx 2-3 cups of milk (I used coconut milk) and stir frequently, until it simmers and thickens.

Meanwhile, chop 2 large chicken breasts and place in a greased 8×8″ baking pan. Cover with chopped kale, and about 1cup of gluten free light beer (or white wine). Could leave this for a couple of hours in the fridge to marinade.

Once sauce is ready, pour overtop of chicken mixture. Cover and bake at 350 for 45 -60 minutes. Serve over pasta, rice, or gf gnocchi.

Quinoa Rice Sausage Stuffing

I love stuffing, but gluten free bread isn’t always tasty or cheap. Hubby doesn’t like classic stuffing, so this recipe came around so I could have stuffing and he’d like it too 🙂

1 1/2 pounds lean ground pork – season with 1/2tsp sage, 1/4tsp thyme, 1/2tsp pepper, 3/4tsp parsley, 3/4tsp salt, 2 tsp sugar & 1/8tsp nutmeg Mix well and let sit in fridge overnight.

Fry sausage until onions are transparent:

2Tbsp oil

2 stalks finely chopped celery

1/2 an onion, finely chopped

2Tbsp poultry seasoning.

Rinse with water and add:

1 cup wild or brown rice

2cups quinoa

Fry for about 5minutes or until fragrant.

Place in slow cooker on high with 7 cups liquid. I used 2cups homemade broth concentrate & 5 cups water.

Add salt & pepper to taste, cook on low for 4 hours – enjoy

Katie’s Cranberry Turkey Rolls

My friend’s recipe that is just too tasty not to share!

1 recipe of pastry…

Chill pie crust for 1-2 hours. Roll into a 10×8″ (or so) rectangle, about 1/8″ thick.

Sprinkle with grated ‘cheese’ (i.e. Daiya mozza, jack or swiss cheese). Spread with slices of cooked turkey (or maybe cubed turkey) and then a thin layer of cranberry sauce. Carefully roll into a log. Chill for 1 hour. Slice into 1″ thick rolls, and bake at 425 for 15minutes or until golden. Enjoy!

Chocolate Shortbread

a classic family recipe that who knows where I got it – all I know it’s been in the family for 10+ years, and I just tweaked it so I could enjoy it gluten & dairy free.

Cream 1c. palmfruit shortening plus 2Tbsp water & 1/2tsp. butter extract (or dairy free margarine) with 1c. icing sugar & 1tsp vanilla

Lightly measure:

3/4cup white rice flour

1/2cup tapioca flour

1/2cup potato starch

1/2cup cocoa

Dough should be mildly crumbly, but not dry. If too dry, add a bit of water.

Shape into logs & wrap in wax paper. Chill for a couple hours, then slice into rounds & bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes.

Mix well.