Tarragon Chicken Salad

My garden is overflowing with gorgeous herbs right now.  This is a simple recipe and a great way to use your fresh tarragon.  We have been serving the chicken salad on Udi’s multigrain bread.  I could kiss Udi for making such a delicious loaf of bread!

Serves 2


3/4 cup gluten-free rotisserie chicken (or cooked chicken breasts), chopped or shredded
3 T mayonnaise
2 T sour cream (or soy sour cream)
2 T chopped tarragon
2 T chopped almonds
1 rib celery, diced
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together all ingredients.  Place on multi-grain bread and top with lettuce and tomato.  Enjoy with a cold glass of freshly brewed iced tea.


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Herb Stuffed Rainbow Trout

This is my daughter’s favorite dinner.  I will upload a picture when I can find my camera!  My son seems to have “misplaced it.”  We recently found out that my daughter is not allergic to fish.  She was so excited when the doctor called with the results and energetically asked if I would make her rainbow trout for dinner.  This is an easy and very elegant meal that can be served to company or just hanging out with your family.  We serve it with grilled fennel.

4 rainbow trout (ask the fish monger to remove the heads)
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 lemon, sliced thin
1 lemon, sliced into wedges
2 large cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 teaspoons kosher salt
canola oil for the grill
cooking twine

Preheat grill to 400.

Open up each fish and on the meaty part of the fish sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.  Place the garlic slices on the salt.  Cover the garlic with the lemon slices and top with a big bunch of parsley.  Tie each fish up with cooking twine so the parsley, lemon and garlic does not fall out when grilling.

Oil grill grates with cooking oil so the fish does not stick.  Place each piece on the grill and cook covered for approximately 12 minutes, flipping fish one time (6 minutes per side.)

Remove fish and serve with lemon wedges.

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Top Ten Tips for Living Gluten Free

top tenJen’s top ten tips for living gluten-free include:

1.  Find a local support group that can help when you are newly diagnosed or have questions along your journey.

2.  Find a local grocery or health food store that will allow you to taste the gluten-free products before you buy them.

3.  Start taking classes to learn how to prepare gluten-free foods.

4.  Experiment in the kitchen and don’t be afraid to try new foods and products.

5.  Make sure you have a “safe” kitchen.  Clean your kitchen well and purchase some necessary new items (such as a toaster) to avoid cross-contamination.

6.  Enlist your family and friends in supporting you in your new lifestyle.

7.  Find some great websites and blogs that fit your gluten-free needs.  See my list on the right side of this page.

8.  Locate a safe restaurant where you can eat during times when you don’t feel like cooking.  Eventually, you will be able to educate chefs at more restaurants.  But in the beginning, find a place that you know you can go to and not get sick.

9.  Carry gluten-free snacks with you in case a hunger attack strikes.  You can’t depend on the fact that safe food will be available.

10.  Relax and enjoy your gluten-free journey.  You will learn about great new foods and meet wonderful new people along the way.

For gluten-free support:
www.gluten.net   – The Gluten Intolerance Group 
www.csaceliacs.org  – The Celiac Sprue Association

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Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets for the Gluten Free Cook

lemon graterAs you know, I love my kitchen gadgets.  Here is a list of the items in my kitchen that I can’t live without.

1.  Mandoline – I use it to slice almost everything.  Fennel, carrots, radishes, garlic, pears, you name it, I slice it!

2.  Food Dehydrator – This week we dehydrated pears, apples, straberries, nectarines, beets and sweet potatoes.

3.  Microplane Grater – I use my grater for citrus zest, parmesan cheese and garlic. 

4.  Washable Cutting Boards – My boards ALWAYS go in the dishwasher. 

5.  Comfortable and sharp paring and chef’s knives.  You don’t need expensive knive, just ones that fit your hand well and that are sharp and can be sharpened regularly.

6.  Measuring cups and spoons.  I hate to measure anything.  I am a cook that just throws ingredients together.  But, when baking, I must measure.  I love my measuring cups and spoons that are metal and that I can wash easily in the dishwasher.

7.  Parchment Paper.  This is miracle paper that can be used over and over when baking.  You can line your baking pans or put it on a cookie sheet.  A true miracle!

8.  Good tongs.  My tongs are invaluable.  I use them to stir things, to lift things, as an extra oven mitt when I don’t have one handy.  I love my tongs!

9.  A gas grill.  When you need to cook in a hurry, there is nothing better than a gas grill.  It heats up fast and is easy to clean.  You don’t have a lot of messy dishes and everything always tastes great.

10.  Waffle maker.  There is something decadent about making really good gluten-free waffles on the weekend.  Try Pamela’s Products Pancake Mix on the Villaware Flower Waffle Iron for a great treat!

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Don’t Miss The Gluten Free Cooking Expo

Were you planning on registering for the Gluten Free Cooking Expo and you haven’t done it yet?  Now is the time!  The Expo is August 15-16 in Lisle, IL.  We have people flying in from around the country and Canada.  Don’t miss out!

With less than five weeks away, don’t miss this once a year event.  You will learn how to prepare gluten-free foods from top chefs from around the country.   You will understand how to attain a healthy diet while eating gluten-free (we never get enough fiber!) and you will attend our large vendor fair.

Advanced registration is required.  You can learn more and register at www.glutenfreeclasses.com.

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Berry Peach Bars

Picture from www.enjoylifefoods.com

Photo by Susan Voison blog.fatfreevegan.com



Here is a delicious and easy recipe from Enjoy Life Foods.  Serve these warm with vanilla icecream on top.

Ingredients:For fruit filling:
1 can (15 ounce) sliced peaches (in juice)
¼ cup raw sugar or packed brown sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch (or tapioca starch)
1 cup blueberries
1 cup blackberries


For crust and topping:
1 package Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle cookies
1 tbsp Spectrum organic shortening
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350°

2. To make the fruit filling: In a large bowl, mix together juice from peaches, sugar and starch. Stir in fruit. Place in a saucepan and cook over low heat until mixture thickens. Set aside.

3. To make the crust and topping: Combine crust ingredients in food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles flax meal. Press half of the crust mixture into a greased 8-inch square baking pan. Reserve the other half of the crust mixture for the topping. Pour the fruit mixture over the crust. Take the reserved crust mixture and sprinkle over the fruit mixture.

4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the topping is golden and the fruit mixture is dark purple and thick. Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting into bars.

Yield: About 2 dozen


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Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

The cupcake shown is not the one in the recipe.

The cupcake shown is not the one in the recipe.

This is a great recipe for very moist chocolate cupcakes.  Who would have thought of putting avocado in your dessert?  And read on to find out how these cupcakes can increase your energy and libido! 

Avocados are very rich in vitamin E and researchers credit their unique other nutrient combo of folate and vitamin C with killing or stopping the growth of precancerous cells that lead to oral cancer and may have similar effect on other cancers.   They can protect your vision as they are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants found in the retina that keep eyes healthy. They also may prevent age-related problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Historically avocados had a long-standing stigma as a sexual stimulant and are known by the Aztecs as the “fertility fruit.” Due to their high monounsaturated fat content and vitamin B6, both are needed to keep energy and libido up.  (Imagine eating your chocolate/avocado cupcake and increasing your energy and libido!)

Chocolate-Avocado Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe
Modified from Summer June 2009 Issue of Delicious Living Magazine (found at Whole Foods Market)

1 1/2 half cups gluten free flour blend
1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum 
3/4 cups of organic powdered cocoa
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1 avocado (pitted and skin removed)
1 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup of milk (other options include rice, hemp, almond or coconut milk)
1/3 cup of coconut oil
2 tsp of gluten-free vanilla
1/2 cups gluten-free chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients.  Set aside.

In a separate bowl, puree the avocado, syrup, milk, oil and vanilla together until smooth.  Stir in the chocolate chips.   

Mix the puree with the dry ingredients and mix until firm. Place into muffin cups, bake 25-minutes or until done.  Top with peanut butter glaze (Recipe below.)

Peanut Butter Glaze:
1/2 cup peanut butter (preferably smooth)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup milk (rice, coconut, soy, etc…)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp cream cheese

Whisk together ingredients until smooth with no lumps.  If necessary, add more milk to thin out glaze.

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