Quick Potato Soup

Potato soup is a perfect comfort food meal for a cold winter day, but I don’t usually have time to make it the long way, with a long-simmered ham bone and a homemade roux.  So this version whips up in about half an hour after you’ve made it the first time, making it workable for…

Tomatillo Chicken and Salsa Verde

It’s tomatillo time!  This distant green relative of the tomato with the papery husk has a sweet and sour citrusy flavor that really pops fresh, and mellows on cooking.  That’s why this recipe uses both cooked tomatillo sauce and fresh salsa verde to round out the flavor profile. We served these with good corn chips to…

Chicken Waldorf Salad

This is a classic summer mix you can stuff into sandwiches, serve on crackers or potato chips, or toss on a mixed-green salad.  My favorite gluten-free delivery system is barbecue or cheddar flavored potato chips, which makes this picnic-perfect.  It is also a great way to use up leftover roasted chicken.  I also prefer pecans…

Chicken Pot Pizza

For the crust, use the pizza and flatbread dough recipe HERE.  I list one version using rice flour and one using sorghum; either will work for this recipe. Toppings: 2 cups chicken pot pie vegetables (I used carrots, broccoli, garlic and corn, but use up whatever leftovers you have)  cut into small pieces.  These can…

Sugar Cookies

This is adapted from my Grandma Harris’s recipe, which was a staple in our household every Christmas.  The kids would get to decorate the shapes any way we liked and we always burned a batch for dad (who still insists that he likes them better that way). Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups superfine white rice flour…

Baked Rice Pudding

This is a rich, custard-style pudding as opposed to the lighter kheer or payasam.  It’s a perfect way to use up leftover rice, and makes a warm and filling winter dessert. This is my mom’s recipe to feed a gathering.  You can absolutely halve it, but it makes really good leftovers. Ingredients: 4 cups milk…

Meringue Cookies

These are gluten-free, very cheap to make, and are great if you need something to keep fresh for a long while before the potluck. You will need an electric mixer. Whipping egg whites by hand is a test of endurance. Even one of the $20 hand-held mixers from Wal-mart will work, even if it takes…

Homemade Boba for Bubble Tea

I’m from a little town in Southwest Michigan.  When I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, I was very excited to have my horizons opened up to a wide range of new foods.  One thing I became quickly enamored of was bubble tea. For those of you who don’t know, bubble tea is a Taiwanese drink made…

Chocolate Truffles

I don’t know how much of an introduction this really needs, except to say “omnomnomnom” Makes about 3 dozen.  They store well in the freezer, but let them thaw to really get the full flavor.  You can leave out the Grand Marnier of course, or substitute any alcohol or flavored syrup that sounds tasty. If…

Homemade Lip Balm

Lip balm was a pitfall we missed when going gluten-free, until my partner ran out of what he had been using and suddenly felt a little better (being scientists, of course, we re-introduced a few times at intervals to make sure it was the culprit).  We spent endless time searching for something that was reasonably…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

An extremely rich, dark chocolate concoction with the consistency and taste of a truffle. It sounds (and tastes!) much more complex than it is, and the result is something that will wow the crowd. This is best served with a topping to offset the intensity of the chocolate. Fresh whipping cream is my choice, but…

Balsamic Vinegar and Sea Salt Caramels

If you haven’t tried one yet, I highly recommend looking up one of the new oil and vinegar bars in your area.  The ones I’ve visited tend to be fairly similar. Usually, everything they have is gluten-free, and they stock other gluten-free items, such as pastas and candies, elsewhere in the store. If you love…