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Tuesday
Jun032014

Gluten-Free, Homemade DIY Egg-Free Mayonnaise Recipe

Super Easy Recipe for Egg-Free Mayonnaise|www.celetesbest.com | #glutenfree #gfree #eggfree 

Egg-Free Mayonnaise

I'll start by saying that my husband loves his mayonnaise. I had been making my mayonnaise with flaxeggs - a combination of ground flaxseeds and hot water. Most of the time it worked. Sometimes it broke. That's what they call mayonnaise that starts to thicken up and then breaks back down again and looks more like salad dressing. There was often no rhyme or reason why that happened. 

Chia Seed Mayonnaise

I had heard that flaxseed may not be good for someone with thyroid issues so I started to switch over to chia seed. Chia seed is a terrific substitute in egg-free baking. Unfortunately it doesn't do so well with egg-free mayonnaise. If I thought the flaxseed mayo was at times challenging - the chia was even more difficult.

Mayonnaise without Flax or Chia

I knew I needed a new recipe. But what I didn't know was that what I really needed was an old recipe. When I first wrote Celeste's Best Gluten-Free, Allergen Recipes, I had been working on an egg-free mayonnaise recipe. I couldn't seem to get it just right.

But then I looked at the recipe again recently with fresh eyes and made one small change and it all seemed to come together. Sometimes that's all it takes - a small adjustment to one or two of the ingredients.

Immersion Stick Blender

You will need an immersion stick blender for this recipe. I use them often in my kitchen. They're powerful little kitchen appliances and super quick when it's time to clean up, too.

Konjac Powder vs. Xanthan Gum

I make my mayonnaise with

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Sunday
Jan192014

How to Freeze and Store Fresh Parsley

Parsley

How to Freeze and Store Fresh Parsley - so easy to do! www.celestesbest.comI often use fresh herbs in the recipes in my cookbook Celeste's Best Gluten-Free, Allergen-Free Recipes. Herbs are a great way to season your foods. One of my favorite herbs is parsley.

Parsley can be used in salads, as a garnish and also in cooking. This leafy green herb is a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

Where to Find Fresh Parsley

Parsley is an easy herb to grow. You can grow it outside in your garden in the warmer months or inside in pots during the cooler months.

And if you don't have a green thumb, you can usually find organic parsley in your local grocery store.

How to Freeze and Store Fresh Parsley

Parsley is one of the easiest herbs to store and freeze.

Using kitchen shears, snip an inch off the bottom of the stems and then rinse the parsley very well. 

Place parsley in a bowl or cup with just enough water so that only the bottom two inches of the stems are in in the water. Allow the leaves to dry. (Parsley can stay in the water for a day or two before proceeding to next step. This is also a good way to revive parsley that is very wilted.)

Pinch off leaves with your fingers. It's okay if you get a few pieces of stem, too.

Place in your food processor.

Pulse (turn on briefly) your processor several times, until the parsley is well chopped.

Place the parsley in a plastic freezer bag, label it and store in the freezer. Parsley can be stored in freezer for up to six months. 

 

 

 

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Wednesday
Jan152014

My Favorite Brand of Gluten-Free Flours and My Breadsticks Recipe

My Favorite Brand of Gluten-Free Flours and Breadsticks Recipe | Celeste's Best | Authentic Foods Gluten-Free Flours are very finely milled and the best for gluten-free baking. #glutenfree www.celestesbest.com

Gluten-Free Flours

There are many gluten-free flours on the market. When I first started I was a Mrs. Roben's girl. She was the Allergy Grocer and I ordered all my flours from her company on line, usually in large 5 pound bags.

Then I switched over to Bob's Red Mill when it became more readably available. I used Bob's products for probably close to ten years. Then recently, everyone in our family began to notice we were having issues with it. I write more about it on my blog post here, Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Flours.

Authentic Foods Brand Flours

A few years ago I tried Authentic Foods brand flours. I liked them, but they were a little out of our budget then and hard to find. Thankfully, now they're more affordable. Amazon is carrying their products as well as several online stores and I've started using their flours in all my gluten-free cooking and baking.

Isn't Rice Flour Just Rice Flour? Does It Make a Difference Which Brand I Buy?

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Wednesday
Dec112013

How to Stop GMOs

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$22 Million Dollars

I can think of a lot of things I'd do with $22 million. A lot of things we could change in this world with the right people behind that money. Instead I just read an article that said Monsanto, Coke, Pepsi, Kraft, DuPont and various retail associations spent a whopping $22 million – into the campaign against Referendum 522. A huge number in comparison to the $6 million raised by food labeling advocates. 

But Then A Crazy Idea Hit Me

Well maybe, not so crazy, really just semi-crazy. All the while I was thinking we were losing this campaign on some fronts against this big conglomerates and their millions. But maybe we're not losing the battle at all. Those companies spent $22 million to try to stop Ref. 522 and before that nearly $23 million to stop Prop 37. And you know what - that means

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Celeste's Best Gluten-Free Breadsticks Recipe

Celeste's Best Gluten-Free Breadsticks

Celeste's Best Gluten-Free, Allergen-Free Cookbook | www.celestesbest.com | #glutenfree #gfreeThe gluten-free breadsticks recipe is a quick and easy recipe in my cookbook, Celeste's Best Gluten-Free, Allergen-Free Recipes. In under a half hour from start to finish, you can put an end to your hunger for bread. We enjoy these gluten-free breadsticks alongside a bowl of hot soup or they're terrific to accompany any meal. 

Recipe Update

The breadstick recipe has recently been modified and updated. I love sweet potato flour and used it in many of my bread recipes, including the original breadsticks recipe. It really is a fabulous flour. And in case you haven't tried it yet, it's  a white flour that doesn't impart any taste on your baked goods. It's very light and that's wonderful for breads because it helps them rise much higher!

But I'm working on removing the sweet potato flour from all my bread recipes. Why? Because it's a hard flour to obtain. And I have no idea why that is. It seems everyone is trying to jump on the gluten-free band wagon and create flours out of all sorts of things - the craziest one I heard of lately was green bananas.

Sweet potato flour is a tried and much desired flour, but unfortunately there's only one real source for the flour that I know of here in the US. Other countries carry sweet potato flour,but its consistency is more of a flour and gritty and not like the fine, starchy flour I've been using in my gluten-free bread recipes.

The Breadstick Recipe

If you haven't had a chance to try any of my recipes, this is a great one to try. It will give you a chance

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Friday
Nov152013

Cooking Gluten-Free Meals for Guests

Updated on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 8:21AM by Registered CommenterCeleste Clevenger - Celeste's Best

What Makes Me Cringe?

I'll start this post by saying when someone invites me over to their house for dinner, I don't mean to do it, but I know I must cringe. The thought of someone trying to prepare a gluten-free meal for our family scares the begibbies out of me. I'm not going to lie or sugarcoat it.

You may think that wouldn't be true, that somehow I'm different maybe. That because I wrote the cookbook it's easier on our family, but it isn't.

There are few people I trust enough to plan a safe gluten-free, allergen-free meal for me. I don't know if I even trust my own family to cook for me and some of them have celiac. But remember, too, we also have other food intolerances and the rest of my celiac family is not as sensitive as our family is. My own mother tried cooking for me recently and I was sick as a dog.

Cooking Safely for a Guest Following a Gluten-Free or Allergen-Free Diet

In order to cook safely for us, you really have to understand and do your homework on what are safe foods and safe practices for preparing food for someone on a gluten-free diet. Not everyone is willing to do this. I understand that. It's a lot to ask.

But please also understand that I don't think I want to spend the

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Lemon Herb Chicken - Great Gluten-Free Recipe - Easy to Prepare

Lemon Herb Chicken

The wonderful thing about this gluten-free meal is that it’s easy to prepare as well as delicious.  The best part is you can pop it in the oven and enjoy time spent with family or friends while it cooks.  This recipes produces an incredibly moist chicken.

 

Serves 4 – 6 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the following herb mix in a small bowl:

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped 

1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat parsley

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

½ teaspoon sea salt

2 bowls of herbs with rosemary, thyme and parsley

Rinse the cavity several times and remove the giblets if included of a:

3 – 4 pound whole chicken

Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with olive oil.  Place chicken in baking dish, breast side up.  Place inside cavity of chicken: 

organic chicken in a glass dish 

1½ teaspoons of prepared herb mix

½ lemon, cut in half

½ small onion, halved

2 cloves of garlic, sliced

fresh chicken stuffed with garlic, onion and lemon in a glass dish

Briskly whisk together:

¼ cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

Spread oil mixture over top of chicken.  Sprinkle remaining herbs over the skin of the chicken.

Add to liquid in pan:

1 cup water

Place in oven and bake for 1½ - 2 hours or until cooked through and no longer pink inside. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees when tested with a meat thermometer.

2 baked gluten-free lemon herb chicken in glass dish

Slice and serve the chicken. Spoon some of the broth from pan over each serving. 

slices of gluten-free lemon herb chicken recipe on a white plate with vegetables

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