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…

Baked Caramel Corn

This is associated with Christmas for me, because my mother would always make a few batches for us to snack on while we decorated the tree and made other things.  For a twist, add a few drops of apple candy flavoring with the baking soda for candy apple popcorn! Ingredients: 6 quarts of popped corn…

Flourless Cornbread

I grew up on Jiffy cornbread, which is really just corn-flavored bread.  When a lot of folks list cornbread recipes, they go for this classic flavor by adding a mix of gluten-free flours, gums, and sugar.  Turns out, you don’t need any of that.  Classic southern cornbread is simple, slightly crumbly, and naturally gluten-free. Ingredients:…

Banh Mi

Banh mi simply means bread, and you can usually find these Vietnamese sandwiches in the form of a baguette stuffed with all kinds of deliciousness.  At some places, like the Tin Drum chain of restaurants and some food trucks, the banh mi is referred to as a “Vietnamese taco” and is served on flatbread.  While…

Wraps (Roti, Naan, Flour Tortilla, Pita)

When I set out to search for a recipe to substitute for the various flat bread wraps in the world (e.g. roti, naan, four tortillas, pitas, etc.), I had no idea that I already had one.  Many recipes for gluten-free wraps or pitas online use a ridiculous amount of xanthan or guar gum to create…

Perfect Bready Pan Pizza

While a gluten-free thin crust pizza is fairly simple and easy to buy or make from scratch, one of my real challenges has been a perfectly bready, crusty, chewy, thick crust.  They either turn out gummy or crumbly.  But I have finally broken through and created what is close to a perfect crust.  It is…

Pão de Queijo

Traditional Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread) If you’ve ever been to a Fogo de Chão steakhouse, these are a more traditional (and tastier) version of their table rolls.  They use a quick version, like the one here. The quick version takes less time and effort, but isn’t nearly as good! The best part about…

Gluten-Free Norway: Chocolate Tour

Gluten-Free Norway Part 5: A (cheap) Chocolate Tour This is the last post on my series about spending four months in Trondheim, Norway with my Celiac partner.  For the rest of the series, Click Here. If you’re in Norway long enough, you may eventually need some chocolate.  Maybe as a quick energy boost while hiking. …