Thursday, December 4, 2008

things I have never made but want to! (and still can)

I've always loved baking and Dave even got me a sweet Kitchen Aid Mixer this last year. It's sat quiet of late as my cookie baking and failed attempts at anadama bread have died. I'm

my uncle used to make a great "puppy chow" during the holidays and I've been craving it. Just googled the recipe and I still can try this recipe this year. Yeah for RICE Chex and huge props for having a "gluten free" section! (please note that I will still read every ingredient list on every package just to be sure it's safe)

from the website
9 cups Rice Chex® cereal (gluten free)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

I'm going to add some M&M's to mine...

Wheat free pizza

Because I live in a ski town today is my friday. As we walked through the market dave asked what we could eat for dinner. I really wanted pizza (but not the wheat). We found this in frozen food land added peperoni and called it dinner.
Overall I'd give it a 6 out of 10, some of that may be my inherent love for pizza. The rice crust reminded me of a thin crumbly cornbread texture.  Update- I'd no longer consider this... I've found other pizza crusts that I love!
I ran into my neighbor the other day and learned that she is also wheat free. She owns a small Merchanile outside of town and carries wheat free products. She does bulk orders of flours(rice, potato and more) or any products. I hope to drive to the store tomorrow and chat with her some more.
So this is day 6 without wheat and I'm feeling great. My energy level is higher then I remember in a long time~ years even. My brain fuzz is gone and I haven't had a headache in the afternoon all week. While I could cheat and have some wheat I'd only make myself feel horrible.
~Sent from my Verizon Wireless CrackBerry

Monday, December 1, 2008

day three brings good things...

day three is where I start to feel good again after wheat. My energy levels increase and my mood is lighter. When I did my wheat free trial I recall that day three was about the time the fuzziness and fog that clouds my brain begin to lift. I start to feel happier and more aware. I'm still a bit sad that my last bit of wheat was a simple hot dog bun... had I been able to pick I would have gone for Anadama Bread from D'Ellies back at Sugarloaf. I've tried to make the bread since moving to Colorado but haven't been close.

It's phenomenal that one little thing can make a person feel this way.

Thanks to a suggestion from Lindsey, I hit the library today. For a town with 2,000 year round people we have an amazing library. While I didn't see the books Lindsey recommend I did manage to find a handful of books on wheat free/gluten free cooking. I picked them up for chef Dave to go through for some ideas. This is also the place where I stumbled on Gluten Free Girl and read the book by chance long before I even dreamed that I would have a food allergy.