Adventures in Gluten (and Sugar) Freedom from a southern blogger chick!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Great giveaway

There's a great giveaway at the Leslie Loves Veggies site!

Hop on over and enter.

Much love, Ging

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Soup's ON! (Part One)

Photo from Google Images.

A couple of weeks ago, when I was sick as the proverbial dog and could barely taste anything, I needed a hot, spicy, soup to make me feel better. I'd already worked through all my reserves, so I decided when I went to the grocery store that I'd get the fixins for.....

what? I had no idea. I wanted something hearty, chunky, and spicy.

Then I remembered Ina Garten made a White Chicken Chili -- it was too much white meat and peppers and such, for me, but it gave me an idea.

I came up with this recipe by adding all my favorites to my Crock Pot and cooking them for 8 hours. It's gluten free as written (I checked my brands to be sure), but you can adapt at will.

Now, here's the funny part. It has taken me two weeks to post this, but I swear, Stephanie O'Dea at A Year of Crock Pot Meals has an almost identical recipe posted today. I'm going for the concept that great minds think alike....

But I think this would rock a Super Bowl Party! And it goes without saying that today in Georgia was certainly Chili Weather!

Uncanny Chicken Chili

I package, two pounds, boneless, skinless chicken thighs
I 28 oz. can stewed tomatoes with juice, plus one can water
1 13 oz. (thereabout) canned of chopped tomatoes in juice (can use chili flavor)
One can pinto beans, drained
One can whole kernel corn, drained
I package (GF) Chili mix. I used Wick Fowler's 2 alarm, minus the masa packet. (But it is all GF).
I red onion chopped (I bought the already prepped kind because it was 79 cents marked down)

Put everything in Crock Pot and mix well. Simmer high for six to eight hours.

Serve with.....heck. I put it in a bowl and ate it.

For part two of Soup's ON click and go! I have reviews of two great gluten-free prepackaged soups available on the market!

Much love, and stay warm!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Humbly, for Haiti

(Photo from Google Images)

A week ago, our world changed.

A week ago, the small island country of Haiti was devastated by an earthquake. More than 100,000 people are believed dead. And more are injured. And most in the small capital of Port au Prince were displaced -- possibly forever -- from their home.

Yes, this is a blog about cooking and living gluten free, but I want to put this aside to talk about helping people in Haiti survive this catastrophe.

There were ribbons at the Golden Globes and heartfelt sympathy, but did anyone give any money to the people so devastated?
We wore red today for Haiti, but did we give green?

I'm just one person. What can I do?

Consider the words of Edward Everett Hale:

I am only one, but I am one.
I can't do everything, but I can do something.
The something I ought to do, I can do.
And by the grace of God, I will.

Today, the lovely people at Purely Elizabeth, a gluten-free product I admire and respect, committed to donating 10 percent of their sales this week to Doctors without Borders, in support of the people of Haiti.

Such a genuine, heartfelt move. I urge other gluten-free products to do the same. And glutenly products, too.

So here is my contribution. Today I received my quarterly commission from BlogHer, the sponsor of this blog. Tomorrow, I am donating that to the Haitian Relief Fund collections going on at my campus. And tomorrow, my first contribution to Doctors Without Borders begins for one year, in honor of my Dad's partner, Mary Mallison, but especially timely in this crisis.

It is something. Will you do something? There but by the grace of God.....

Much love, especially to the people of Haiti in this time of need.

A recipe

(Ging's note -- I apologize to Kevin for using his photo, which looked similar to my recipe. I have removed the photo at his request.)

Roasted Rutabaga
Some call the rutabaga the "veggie of last resort." It fits this post, in a way.

A humble dish. Eat a humble meal and give the money you save on food to Haiti.

Peel and cube a medium rutabaga
Place on a sheet pan.
Season with Mrs. Dash garlic and herb, flaked sea salt, freshly ground pepper.
Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake at 375 for 45 minutes, until the veggies are fork tender.
Toss once halfway through.

Add a cup of chopped carrots and sweet potatoes to punch it up.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A super use for leftover greens and peas

I'm superstitious, I have to do the whole blackeyed peas and collard greens thing every year. My Mama did it, even though she was a born-and-bred DAMN yankee (i.e. one who came south and never went back).

I loved that we brough blackeyed peas to my Daddy when he was in the hospital on Jan. 1, 1969. I love that I made them for my own in Germany in 1983 in my tiny apartment for my parents, who were visiting for Christmas with their Gradnson.

And I made them the other night before I went to the Outback Bowl.

It dawned on me that a lot of people are forced to eat collard greens on Jan. 1 and then have a lot leftover. Same true for blackeyed peas, too.

I have the solution to this.

Two GFINGF originals for you to start this blogging year off right!

Creamy Collard Casserole


Texas Caviar Dip

Creamy Collard Casserole

Two cups cooked collards, well seasoned, drained and squeezed dry
Two cups rice (brown rice is especially good)
Two cups light shredded cheddar cheese, divided in half.
One can (12 oz) gluten-free Cream of Mushroom Soup (I used Imagine brand)
1/2 cup light sour cream
I teaspoon dried chopped shallots (or minced onion)

Mix and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Top with last cup of cheese and brown.

Works with mustard greens, turnips and roots, even spinach.

Texas Caviar

Drain peas well. For every cup of drained peas, add:
1/2 cup of salsa of your choice (chunky and hot are my choice)
1/4 chopped red onion (or shallots)
1/4 cup shredded Jalepeno Jack Cheese
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
1 t, chili powder of your choice (I use Penzeys Ancho and Chili 3000)

Mix it up and chill.

Before serving, add I chopped avocado seasoned with one squeezed lime.

YUM. Especially good with Mary's Gone Crackers Onion crackers or RiceWork Crisps

Much love, and Happy New Year