Can I Use Yeast In Gluten Free Bread?

I’ve received a few questions about yeast lately, and as I began to type a response to one in Facebook, I decided that it would be just as easy to put the answer into a quick post, so that all of you could benefit. Here’s the first question: I have a question about yeast. Is […]

Misconceptions About Measuring Flour

Since I started giving away my two newest bread recipes last week, I’ve gotten a few emails asking why the heck the recipes is in grams. (If you haven’t gotten a copy of the recipes, just give me your contact info in the sidebar form, and I’ll send one right to you) It seems like […]

How To Make Sausage At Home (or Not!)

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Breakfast sausage is one of those products that I’m never fully comfortable buying. Most of the ground sausages at the grocery store aren’t labeled gluten free, are not very specific in their labeling. There’s is always a niggling doubt that the sausage is not gluten free I was perusing Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything […]

9 Ways To Get Out of A Cooking Rut

Some days I just Don’t. Want. To. Cook. Anymore. However the hungry people in my house do not go away. That’s a good thing, so I just have to hoist myself out of the cooking rut. In this post are 9 ideas, or levers, that I’ve used to get myself back on to a smooth […]

What You Don’t Need To Be a Great Gluten Free Baker

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An interesting phenomenon happens when someone starts start a gluten free diet. They instantly start shopping for a bread machine and for a stand mixer! Instantly! Why is this? It’s like their brain automatically jumps from, “I need to bake gluten free bread. That’s going to be hard!” to “Therefore I will need hundreds of […]

The Slacker’s Guide To A Gluten Free Thanksgiving: 2 Days Before Thanksgiving

The Tuesday Before Thanksgiving: We made our pie crust dough last week, and now it’s time to roll the crusts out and make the pies. You don’t want to wait until Thanksgiving day to bake your pies. Pies need to cool for hours before they are cut, which would mean an even earlier start for […]

The Slacker’s Guide To A Gluten Free Thanksgiving: 10 Days Before Thanksgiving

I love turkey, I really do. But I love it most the day after Thanksgiving when we have leftover turkey and stuffing sandwiches. What Size Bird Do You Need: The hard part about cooking the Thanksgiving turkey is not roasting that big bird, but calculating how big of a bird that you need. I count […]

The Slacker’s Guide to A Gluten Free Thanksgiving – 2nd Weekend Before Thanksgiving

Today is Saturday. Theoretically people have more free time on weekends and can do some pre-cooking for Thanksgiving. I’m going to assume that you have more free-time this weekend. If you don’t, go ahead and read through this email and the schedule this weekend’s assignment on your calendar for later this week. This Weekend’s Assignment: […]

The Slacker’s Guide to A Gluten Free Thanksgiving – 13 Days Before Thanksgiving

Now that you know who’s coming to Thanksgiving and who’s doing the cooking (here’s that assignment, if you missed it), it’s time to finalize the recipes. If you’re not doing the cooking, but need food to be gluten free, then you’ll need to coordinate recipes with the person doing the cooking. After all, once you […]

The Slacker’s Guide to A Gluten Free Thanksgiving

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I have a confession. I’m a last-minute Thanksgiving planner. Very last minute. And that’s really just not a smart thing to be when you want to have a delicious Thanksgiving meal that is gluten free. Preparation is needed. So, because I need to plan for Thanksgiving and I’m sure there are some fellow Thanksgiving slackers […]

A Gluten Free Bread Case Study: Trust The Process

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Back at the end of June I told you all how excited I was at the prospect of teaching a 300 people how to bake gluten free bread during July.  I have to say, baking with the July 300 students has been even more fun that I imagined!   Today I’d like to share Victoria’s […]

The Hidden Cause Behind GF Bread Failures

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Gluten free bread is more of a science than an art and precision matters. In my gluten free cooking classes we weigh all of the flours to ensure that the we’re using the same amount each time. We use one thermometer to monitor the oven temperature, and a separate thermometer to determine when the bread […]

Why Peanut Butter Cookies Don’t Need Flour

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Here’s a trivia question for you: What are the 4 essential ingredients in a cookie recipe? We’ll get to the answer in a minute – but first let me tell you why this is on my mind. One of our favorite cookies is John’s Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie. It’s simple enough that […]

Three Rules To Effortlessly Maintain A Clean Kitchen

My parents have often joked that they know when I’m visiting because the kitchen is always 10x messier than normal. In fact, my mom’s self-appointed job when I am cooking for all of us is to follow me around and clean up after me. Spoons disappear from the counter 5 seconds after I’ve stirred the […]

Best Places to Buy Bulk Gluten Free Flour

Buying gluten free flour in bulk is convenient and cost-effective. When you’re doing a lot of gluten free baking, it’s lovely to have a 25 lb bag of brown rice flour at hand, so that you’re not constantly running to the store. The price of a large bag of flour, even with shipping costs, is […]