What the heck is masa harina?

Last night's supper, including everyone's favorite homemade GF corn tortillas.

This post is going to be about masa harina and how to use it in a gluten free diet. But first I have a story. When we first started traveling full-time we spent several months in the Hill Country northwest of San Antonio. We were in a small town – so small that the grocery […]

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 […]

The Slacker’s Guide To A Gluten Free Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy a good breakfast, and then follow the schedule we made earlier this week to figure out what you need to work on next. Remember to laugh and enjoy the day. You’ve done a lot of the prep work already, so remember to stop and enjoy yourself if things get a bit crazy.If […]

The Slacker’s Guide To A Gluten Free Thanksgiving: The Day Before!!

The Wednesday Before Thanksgiving: It’s the next to last day and preparations kick into high—gear today. If you have the day off from work, you can get a lot of work done today so that you can relax and enjoy your guests on Thanksgiving. If you don’t have the day off, recruit all the helpers […]

The Slacker’s Guide To Thanksgiving: 3 Days Before Thanksgiving

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The Monday Before Thanksgiving: I’ve heard lots of people say, “My gluten free bread didn’t turn out well, so I’ll save it to use as bread crumbs”. That’s not the kind of bread crumbs that we want for our stuffing. We need good bread crumbs – croutons really – made from good gluten free bread. […]

The Slacker’s Guide To Thanksgiving: The Weekend Before Thanksgiving

The Weekend Before Thanksgiving: It’s bread baking weekend! Dried bread is used in both cornbread stuffing and bread stuffing. You may also want to bake an extra loaf of bread and throw it in the freezer, so that you’re all ready for turkey sandwiches. Today’s Assignment: Make as many loaves of bread as you’ll need […]

The Slacker’s Guide To A Gluten Free Thanksgiving: 7 Days Before Thanksgiving

There’s one week left until Thanksgiving, and it’s time to do the last bit of planning. You’ll be cooking a lot of different recipes for Thanksgiving and they all need to be done at the same time. Even experienced cooks know that these is sometimes hard to manage, especially when you’re rather sit around and […]

The Slacker’s Guide To A Gluten Free Thanksgiving: 8 Days Before ThanksgivingGluten Free thanksgiving

We’re back in the kitchen today to do a few more minutes of work that will save us some time on Thanksgiving day. For today’s work you’ll need a food processor, or a cutting board and chef’s knife; a skilled, and your choice of butter or vegetable oil. Figured out what we’re doing yet? That’s […]

The Slacker’s Guide To A Gluten Free Thanksgiving: 9 Days Before Thanksgiving

Let’s do some shopping today. Thanksgiving is one of the few meals each year where I feel free to take advantage of processed foods to make my day a little bit easier. Pie Crusts: While I like to make my own pie crusts now, I’m not at all ashamed to say that I used frozen, […]

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 […]

A Slacker’s Guide To A Gluten Free Thanksgiving: 14 Days Before Thanksgiving

Before you can fully plan for Thanksgiving you need to know three things: 1) where you are eating Thanksgiving 2) who is doing the cooking, and 3) how many people need gluten free Thanksgiving dishes This may be simple…okay, it IS simple. But I’ve still procrastinated about it for a month. Today’s assignment: Write and […]

I Goofed

Last night I stayed up late (again), working on some tasks that have been delayed while we try to launch two new products this week. I checked Facebook and Amazon one last time and went to sleep thingking that all was well in our little world. Little did I know. John woke up at five […]

New Gluten Free Thanksgiving Cookbook Available on Kindle

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Hi friends! I have exciting news! My first cookbook for Kindle is now available on Amazon’s Kindle store! The cookbooks is Thankfully Gluten Free: Recipes For A Delicious Gluten Free Thanksgiving and it contains 17 of my favorite gluten free Thanksgiving recipes. The biggest meal that I cook every year is our gluten free Thanksgiving […]

Case Study: How To Fix Gluten Free Cupcakes That Sink In the Middle


G had a mystery. Her gluten free cupcakes kept sinking in the middle. They were beautiful when they came out of the oven. But, turn your back to get the icing from the refrigerator*, and they’d quickly do their best impression of a dormant volcano. She emailed me to see if I could help her […]