gluten free turnovers!

gluten free turnoversThe word “turnover” first appeared in print in 1798 (Oxford English Dictionary), but the 1753 edition of The Complete Housewife: or Accomplish’d Gentlewoman’s Companion includes a recipe for an early version called “Pasties.” These were made with apples, ambergris or orange flower water, and puff paste. Our recipe doesn’t have anything as exotic as orange flower water or ambergris, but they are gluten free and taste fabulous! Difficult to make the first time, they get easier once you get the hang of it, and are certainly worth the effort. These are filled with cherry pie filling but you can use any filling you want – including savories if you omit the sugar.

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gluten free cheesy cauliflower soup

gluten free cheesy cauliflower soupThis hearty soup is a great comfort food, perfect for a drizzly fall day. To make it even healthier, use low sodium broth, skim milk and low fat cheese – you’ll hardly notice the difference.

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matrimonial square

gluten free matrimonial squaresThis square has a sweet and sticky date filling sandwiched between two layers of an oat-based crumble. Called a date square in most places, in Western Canada and Northern England it’s also known as a matrimonial square or cake. There are various conjectures as to why including the idea that the crumble and date filling marry together in perfect harmony or the theory that “dates” will lead to matrimony. Our money is on Gastronomica’s account that the cake evolved from ancient Roman traditions around marriage and is part of the evolution of the modern-day wedding cake (Click here for the full article). Either way, here is a gluten free version of an oldie but a goodie. This recipe is a conversion of Jean Paré’s version of Matrimonial Squares.

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gf and me’s crusty bread II

gluten free crusty bread II. gf and me 2013.

Our original crusty bread is one of our most popular posts, so we figured gf and me’s readers might be interested in another artisan bread recipe. This one uses our new favorite flour – tapioca flour – and has a wonderful flavour and good air pockets. Like our original crusty bread, it too has a soft chewy crumb.

For more on tapioca flour see A Taste of Brazil’s post “Tapioca Flour: What Is It Really?” For a raisin bread version of our original crusty bread, see Rural Route Lupiac’s blog. Also see her post on her copycat recipe for Cup4Cup all-purpose gf flour. We haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but it looks fantastic!

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gf and me’s rustic apple tarts – gluten free, as always

gluten free rustic apple tartsMade with the same soft pastry dough as our fireside pastry pockets, these rustic tarts are perfect for a simple fall dessert or informal gathering. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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gluten free apple and raisin stuffing

Our thanksgiving stuffing is based on a traditional family recipe that’s loaded with onions, raisins, and apples. This is a great basic recipe, though, so indulge your inner foodie and make it your own with additional spices, dried fruit, nuts – you get the idea!  gluten free apple raisin stuffing. gf and me 2013.If you already have a favorite non-GF stuffing recipe that you want to convert, use gf sausage and crumbs/cubes and be prepared to add extra moisture to the mix.

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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

gluten free pumpkin pie cheesecakePumpkin pie and cheesecake are two of our favorite desserts, so we figured, why not combine them! This cheesecake makes a great Thanksgiving dessert – both traditional and a bit different. You can make it with a crumb crust (recipe included) or bake it crustless. Either way, the cheesecake is creamy and light with a hint of pumpkin and cinnamon.

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mary’s magnificent pastry – just in time for pie season!

My first pie – ever – and the crust was light, crisp, and flaky! I have never had the need to make pies – my mom, Mary, is known for her pies, gluten free and not, and she delivers a steady stream of these tempting treats: apple, rhubarb, lemon, coconut cream, the list goes on. Last week was chocolate – awesome! Here is her recipe for gluten free pie crust and since I’m posting it, I figured I better give it a try so I know what I’m talking about. It’s not the easiest thing to make, but it’s certainly worth the extra effort!      Mary's Magnificent Pastry. gf and me 2013.

Below is the recipe for Mary’s Magnificent Pastry along with the recipe for peach pie filling, adapted from Bon Appitina.

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a meatloaf even kid president would like – and it’s gluten free

Unlike Kid President, we love meatloaf – especially this one. Tender and moist with a sweet and savory topping, it makes a great weeknight dinner and awesome leftovers.

This is adapted from a recipe we came across years ago in the Hints from Heloise syndicated column in our local newspaper.

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“Gluten Free Living Health Show” in Edmonton

gluten free living health show in Edmonton

For those of you who are local and looking for information on living gluten free, we wanted to let you know about the Gluten Free Living Health Show on Sunday, November 3rd at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton. See the poster above for more information.

For those of you who are not local, apologies for filling up your reader!

We will be back with more recipes this weekend.