Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box Newsletter: April 1, 2015

 

Dear reader,

Easter is this coming weekend. Whether you're cooking brunch, lunch or dinner; or not cooking at all, there's something for you. I hope you enjoy these new and old recipes. 

Have a happy and healthy spring, Easter, or whatever you celebrate!

~ Carla

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GIVEAWAYS:

Trios Girl Scout Cookies Giveaway

The Girl Scouts are testing a pilot project of gluten free Girl Scout cookies. They are only available in limited quantities, in limited areas. Enter to win 6 packages all to yourself!

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NuStevia Gluten Free Giveaway

Do you have diabetes or just prefer to use sugar-free products to improve your health? Enter this giveaway to be one of four (4) winners to win prize packages totaling $230! 

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RECIPES:

Gluten Free Deviled Avocado Eggs

Question: What is Easter without deviled eggs? Answer: Better, if you serve deviled avocado eggs! Avocado is a healthy fat. You can use it to substitute some of all of the mayonnaise usually used in deviled egg recipes. If you're an avocado lover, you have to try it! For something new and to kick things up a bit, cut the eggs so that they stand vertically instead of horizontally.

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Gluten Free Cupcakes

Why not use one of these gluten free cake recipes and make gluten free cupcakes for Easter. They are wonderful for large groups, and can easily be frozen and then defrosted for frosting. Whatever your delight is, I'm sure you'll find something that tempts your palate. Decorate in color! Add a little food coloring to the fluffy white frosting, and perhaps use a little less fat (shortening or butter) to stiffen it up a bit or leave it fluffy. You can even add food coloring to homemade whipped cream. I like enjoy using natural food coloring made by Seelect Tea. You can find it online.

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Gluten Free Chicken Marsala

A delicious gluten free chicken marsala recipe that has just a touch of sweetness.

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Image: No-Bake Gluten Free Cookies

Spring time weather is nearing summer temperatures in California. These cold chocolate peanut butter clusters are perfect for hot day. The best part about them is there is no baking involved. Therefore, they're ready in no time.

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Gluten Free Apple Bread Bakes - Individual or Baking Dish

As they say, there's more than one way to skin a cat. Oh dear! That's actually a horrible analogy, but what it means is that there is more than one way of doing something or achieving a goal. In this instant, the goal is to have gluten free apple bread. Well, rather than making homemade bread containing apples, here, I added bread cubes, apples, and other ingredients to form an apple bread bake. You can use homemade or store-bought gluten free bread. Just be sure to use one that is absorbent. Drizzle or drown it in additional pure maple syrup for a luscious brunch dessert.

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Gluten Free Hummingbird Cake

Have you ever heard of a hummingbird cake before? Well, it's making a comeback! It's a very old classic that was "boss" (very cool, terrific) back in the day. In 1968, the Jamaican tourist board began sending out press releases to the United States including a couple of their local recipes, one of which was the Doctor Bird Cake, later changed to a …

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Gluten Free Cheese Sauce for Soft Breadsticks and More

This gluten free cheese dip recipe is different than the typical cheese sauce you use for potatoes or broccoli. (However, I do have that recipe, as well.) This new recipe is for dipping. I'm working on a new soft gluten free breadsticks recipe for my cookbook and decided to make a cheese sauce with which to test them out. You can even use for nachos. It's that smooth!

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Chocolate Gluten Free Sugar Free Zucchini Cake

I've been planning to make this recipe with granulated sugar, but I got to thinking. I wondered if NuStevia Cocoa Syrup would make a good sugar-free version. It couldn't have turned out better! In the tips section, I have added suggestions if you wish to make it with granulated sugar. No matter how you make it, I hope you enjoy it. It's not bitter like so many other stevia sweetened recipes. Trying it in this chocolate gluten free sugar free zucchini bread was just smart, if I do say so myself.

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Easy Gluten Free Easter Appetizers - Vegetables and Boiled Eggs

Stuffed hard boiled eggs can become boring to serve. This Easter, try this recipe for gluten free vegetable canapes. Though eggs and vegetables are natural gluten free foods, be sure to use gluten free ingredients for the sauce. You don't need to wait for Easter. Get your gal pals together and celebrate Easter a little early. Invite the kids, too, or not.

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Braided Gluten Free Easter Bread Dough

It is an Italian tradition to make an Easter bread, which is usually on the sweet side. This gluten free Easter bread recipe is slightly sweet, but not very. Feel free to add additional sugar, if desired. I provide with the instructions on how to color your eggs using simple food coloring to the choices of braiding or twisting the dough. Make one large loaf to use as center piece or make mini versions for several tables, if you have a large group to feed. Either way, I hope you and your family enjoy this festive treat! I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cheesecake

If you're making a gluten free cheesecake for Easter or Passover, give this easy gluten free recipe decorating idea a try. It may be applied to any gluten free cheesecake recipe or regular cheesecake for that matter. It brings a little color to the table! Kids love it! You can even let them help.

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Image: Gluten Free Breakfast Casserole

I love this gluten free breakfast casserole because it so versatile! And my guests have raved about it, especially when made with bacon. You can skip adding meat altogether or replace the gluten-free sausage with gluten-free bacon or gluten-free ham. You can also skip the onion, add bell pepper or add more cheese. I have made a single recipe in a 7" deep dish pie pan and a 9x9" glass casserole dish. I have also 1.5 times the recipe in a 9x13" glass baking dish. This makes a great brunch dish. Be creative with this one and enjoy!

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Green Scrambled Eggs Surrounding a Soft Boiled Egg

Whether you're having a large crowd or an intimate gathering for Easter or Passover brunch, or Mother's Day or Valentine's Day served in bed, you can create a wonderful presentation by using this recipe for soft boiled or hard boiled eggs, placed mid green colored scrambled eggs, for your gluten free meal. However, for Passover, you may wish to serve boiled eggs as an appetizer. Whether hard boiled or soft boiled this presentation should be a big hit!

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Gluten Free Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Caramelized brussels sprouts with bacon is the ideal way to serve brussels sprouts. If you don't usually enjoy them, I believe you'll be pleasantly surprised. The bacon not only adds flavor but when braised in a heavy skillet, that also add pleasantly of flavor. These are an elegant vegetable to serve to guests.

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Easter Gluten Free Cupcakes with Green Grass Frosting

Easter is a month away, but I wanted to provide you with this frosting recipe and instructions on how to make grass frosting ahead of time. I'm in the Easter spirit already. This way, you have plenty of time to have your supplies on hand when Easter arrives. You can even practice beforehand. Be sure to check out the video from Wilton below the recipe. I hope you have fun!

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Image: Gluten Free Glazed Ham

If you've tried other gluten free recipes for glazed ham and were not satisfied, you may find this gluten free ham glaze recipe just up your alley. It is a bit different than others, as it contains apple cider vinegar for a slightly tangier zing. However, it contains plenty of honey for sweetness, and a tab of butter to brown your ham well. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter holiday! ~ Carla

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ARTICLES:

Attempting to find a gluten free ham may be a chore; however, you may find that that this list will be helpful to you this holiday season. Listed, you will find a few grocery store gluten free ham brands, as well as other brands, and gluten free hams sold online. Be sure to read ingredient labels and check with manufacturers. Some brands may contain fillers and seasonings that contain gluten, especially glazed hams.

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NEW - Gluten Free Cheerios

Are you wondering what cereals are gluten free? Well, gluten free cereals are now available in a multitude of shapes, sizes, textures, and flavors. From Mom & Pop brands to major manufacturers, you'll find in almost any grocery store you visit. They have gluten free cereals for adults as well as children. Some are certified gluten free, while others just avoid any gluten ingredients. There's something for every diet, as well.

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