Thursday, July 14, 2016

Gluten-Free Blueberry-Blackberry Cobbler

Made this yesterday and it was delicious. Even the people who think they will die if they eat GF food thought it was great.

I have a habit of bagging up leftover blueberries and blackberries and throwing then in to the freezer. You know, when no one is eating them and it is time to use them or lose them? Yesterday, when I was cleaning out the freezer, I came across 8 cups of such berries. only about a quarter were blackberries. I doubled the recipe I am giving you below, so my pictures show a large cobbler...much larger than this recipe will make.

This is a recipe I manipulated from several cook books, GF and non-GF, so I guess it is my own. I'm not a fan of cinnamon with my blueberries and blackberries, several recipes called for that. I don't like cooking my filling beforehand because I like the berries to still be berries once the final product hits the table.

For the filling:

4 cups of blueberries and blackberries (whatever you decide--you can even do all of one or the other)
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix the sugar and cornstarch. Pour lemon juice over berries and mix. Add sugar/cornstarch mixture and coat the berries. Place into a baking pan.

GF Topping:

1 cup GF flour (I use Carol's Sorghum blend I make several batches at home and store in a canister)

1/2 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup buttermilk (I use 1/3 cup milk with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice added)

Mix dry ingredients together, then add egg, melted butter and extract. Mix by hand until smooth. Drop by spoonfuls on top of the berries in the pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.  ENJOY!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Blue Hawaii

I first had one of these in Hawaii on my senior trip...... just a month before Hawaii changed it's drinking age.  The original version is GREAT...but I like my version much better.  In 1957, when Harry Yee came up with this fascinating cocktail, infused rums weren't a thing.

The original Blue Hawaii:

3/4 ounce rum
3/4 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce blue curaçao
3 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce sweet & sour mix

My version:

3/4 ounce Cruzan coconut infused rum
3/4 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce blue curaçao
3 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce sweet & sour mix

The coconut rum adds an extra level of flavor. Yum.


King Ranch Chicken

chicken cooked in one jar of salsa
I don't always measure, so today won't have any "recipe".  This is what I made for dinner tonight. A friend taught me how to make Mexican chicken some time back. She uses a slow cooker, and I just cook it on my stovetop. The results are the same.

Today, I added 5 ginormous boneless, skinless chicken breasts to a large pot. Threw in one 16 ounce jar of salsa. Cooked it for several hours and allowed it to cool down. Once warm, I shred it using my hand held mixer. No need to  drain as the juices blend in with the chicken and create the perfect chicken for tacos, enchiladas or any other Mexican dish you may be creating.

I took half of the chicken mixture, added one can of gluten free cream of mushroom soup (if using condensed cream of mushroom, add the milk) and one can of tomatoes with green chiles.  Stir this together and you are one step closer to King Ranch chicken.

My mom made this dish growing up, but used chicken slices/cubes instead of seasoned, shredded chicken.  I add one layer of the chicken, soup, tomato mix to the bottom of the casserole dish, then add cheese and a layer of tortilla chips. Cover the top layer with cheese and bake in 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes before serving.  Super simple.

first layer

chicken after shredding with mixer

Tom Collins

My husband's favorite cocktail is a Tom Collins so I endeavored to make a fantastic one.

First, I made the sweet and sour from scratch using a mixture of regular limes and key limes. You can buy sweet and sour mix, but it's not hard to make from scratch.

Sweet and Sour Cocktail Mix

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh key lime juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup simple syrup

Simple Syrup

2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Bring to a boil over medium heat. Let boil for 1 minute. Cool and store in fridge.

Tom Collins

1 1/4 ounce sweet and sour
1 1/4 ounce gin

Mix in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Pour into glass with ice, add a splash of club soda and stir lightly.

The hubster reports that I make a really good Tom Collins.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Key Lime Pie Martini (Gluten-free, of course)

My youngest two graduated high school ending our 17 years journey of homeschooling. So I'm celebrating by expanding my cocktail recipe repertoire. Tonight I made sweet and sour mix from scratch and made a batch of simple syrup. I made my husband a Tom Collins and I'm now ready to celebrate Independence Day!

I've always loved PF Chang's key lime pie martinis. I finally found a recipe to make them.  Perfection in a glass. It tastes just like a tart key lime pie! YUM! I didn't believe it would turn out until I tasted it. The results are nothing short of amazing. It really tastes like key lime pie!

Simple to make and oh so refreshing for summer. I used Schar gluten-free graham crackers to rim the glass. Of course, if you aren't allergic to wheat or gluten, you can use regular graham crackers.

I bought key limes at the grocery store to make my version, but you can purchase bottled key lime juice, too.  Licor 43, a Spanish liqueur, is the secret ingredient. It's a citrus liqueur made with 43 ingredients, hence the name. It is fairly affordable, which is a bonus. I paid $24 at the ABC store.

Key Lime Pie Martini

1 1/2 ounces Licor 43
1 teaspoon sugar
1 ounce key lime juice
3/4 ounce half-and-half
canned whipped cream

Rim martini glass with crushed graham crackers. I use a slice of lime and roll it around the rim before dipping it in the crushed graham crackers. It adds a bit of tart to each sip.

Fill a shaker with ice, add Licor 43, sugar, key lime juice, and half-and-half. Add 3 -4 swirls of whipped cream to the top. Close shaker, shake and strain into glass.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Rosemary Sugared Strawberries

Need a simple dessert on a hot summer evening? Use the rosemary sugar recipe in my previous blog post on top of fresh strawberries. The result is divine.

I made sure to get my rosemary sugar in this photo. I love the slight green tint the sugar takes on once blended in my Vita Mix.