Sunday, March 29, 2009

pamela's classic vanilla cake

I first tried Pamela's Classic Vanilla Cake mix a few weeks ago... it was yummy but a bit dry which could be a result of baking at 9,000 feet. This time I added a box of vanilla flavored instant Jello pudding mix, an extra egg and a bit more water. I just sifted the two powder mixes together then added the wet ingredients.
The cake was yuumo! I made two 8" rounds and they took much longer to bake then the directions because of my additions. I believe they were in the oven for almost an hour. I served it to my wheat eating friends and the pudding mix took away the rice flour aftertaste that they usually notice. As usual my cakes were misshapen but this isn't the food network and they still tasted fine.
Jess frosted the cake for me with just normal canned mix. Not sure how gluten free this may be with the addition of the frosting and pudding mix but it was the best wheat free cake I have made yet!
I went to the allergist after a reaction to a smoothie in Moab. It was a yummy Mango Tango smoothie that had mango, peaches, coconut and orange sherbet in it. The allergist didn't have a mango test but we ruled out all other ingredients and determined that that was my last mango smoothie.... this reaction was a swollen tongue and throat. I took some Benadryl but it still caused a damper on the day in Moab. Mango won't be much of a hardship since I never have liked the fresh fruit- just the smoothie versions.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Best pizza without wheat...

During the first wheat free week I tried a frozen pizza and liked it. Tonight I loved a wheat free pizza! Chebe frozen pizza crusts also managed to impress Dave who can still eat the real stuff if he wants. Chebe frozen pizza dough isn't a real dough but like a cheese bread hybrid. It doesn't rise since it has no yeast but I love thin pizza so it works for me. I also love to add my own flair and this base gives me the perfect start to create my masterpiece and it is personal size so Dave and I can each make our own.
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Sunday, March 8, 2009


Who doesn't love cookies? I do but find that a whole batch of my wheat free wonders sometimes go to waste. I was pumped to stumble upon these frozen goodies at the store. I can make one or 12 in the toaster oven or real oven. Dave likes them too which means they do taste good and it is not just me wishing them to be yummy.
Glutenfreeda's real cookies are pretty tasty and according to Dave don't taste wheat free. They are also super easy- just take the desired amount, place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 325 degrees.
There are a few flavours at our grocery store and I can vouch for the sugar cookies and the chocolate minty python. I love that I don't waste any since I only bake what I am ready for.
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Sunday, March 1, 2009

A quiet weekend

I am reading gluten free girl again since I first read it unknowning that I may have any food issue beyond my hatred of seafood. The first time I read it I hoped to learn more about friends with celiac and gluten intolerance and ended up creating a good base of knowledge for my wheat issues. It was powerful to learn that giving up foods like beer and homemade Mac & cheese wouldn't be easy but eventually would be replaceable. I didn't get a photo but made one of Pamela's chocolate cake mixes and loved it! The cake came out moist and fudge packed- I have a hard time remembering what wheat flour cake tasted like!
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