gluten free chili

Gluten Free Chili aka Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili

This gluten free chili also goes by the name of "Claire's Cocoa Loco Chili" in my house.  Both my husband and I went to the University of Texas at Austin and every year they have the Annual Texas Chili Showdown.  We went to the one in 2015 and I was very sad to find out that most of the chili recipes had gluten in them, in the form of beer, soy sauce and flour.  I have been on a quest ever since to perfect my chili recipe.  There was one chili that I voted for, 1) because it was one of two that were actually gluten free and 2) because it had an amazingly different flavor, which I learned was cocoa powder.  I then modified my recipe with cocoa powder too, hence how "Claire's Cocoa Loco Chili" got it's name. Now if you're freaking out right now because I said there is cocoa powder in my recipe, calm down....you don't taste chocolate, it just adds a richer full-bodied flavor to the chili that enhances the other spices and ingredients.  I do put beans in my chili, so this wouldn't qualify as Texas chili which doesn't have beans and I use Lysander's Original Chili...Read More
What to serve this thanksgiving

Pumpkin Creme Brulee in Time for Thanksgiving

This week on the blog and on YouTube I am making pumpkin creme brulee. I had never had creme brulee until I moved to New York City and I went on a date with my now husband and he suggested I get the creme brulee because he thought I would like it.  Super creamy desserts were never something I was attracted to, I always liked cookies and cupcakes and things like that.  So I decided to give it a try and I fell in love. I proclaimed at that moment that creme brulee was now my favorite dessert of all time. When I later became gluten-free I was so happy to know that I could still have creme brulee.  Funny enough, I never actually made it at home until very recently. There’s not that much hands on preparation needed but there is a lot of waiting. What makes it so great though, is if you have guests coming over you can make it beforehand and then just caramelize the sugar when you’re ready to serve.   [caption id="attachment_2496" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Using the kitchen torch to caramelize the top.[/caption]   I always have trouble with my gluten-free crust for my pumpkin pie,...Read More
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Fabulously Decadent Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies have always been a favorite cookie of mine.  They remind me of childhood and my mother teaching me how to make the crisscross pattern with the fork.  According to Wikipedia: The peanut butter cookie originated in the United States....The early peanut butter cookies were rolled thin and cut into shapes. They were also dropped and made into balls. They did not have fork marks. The first reference to the famous criss-cross marks created with fork tines was published in the Schenectady Gazette on July 1, 1932.  When I started my gluten free journey in 2007, finding a good gluten free flour was very difficult.  This lead me to forgo flour all together when I could.  That's exactly what I did with this recipe for gluten free peanut butter cookies, making it more decadent take on the traditional peanut butter cookie. This is such a simple recipe, that you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.  When you're preparing them, they are very thick and remind me of the consistency of fudge.  Because they don't use flour, they are more dense and concentrated, much like a flourless chocolate cake. Enjoy!   Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies This gluten-free...Read More
Banana Cake

Claire’s Amazing Banana Cake

I'm getting back to my baking roots with this Banana Cake recipe.  You can make it with regular wheat flour, or with Authentic Foods Steve's Gluten Free Cake Flour Blend like I do.  I usually make Banana Cake on a whim because I have lots of ripe bananas around and I'm not feeling like making banana bread.  It's a full on layer cake, so it can be time intensive, but the results are outstanding (if I do say so myself).  One trick I do (since it's just me and my husband at home), is get single serve containers and cut the cake to fit the containers and put them in the freezer.  The frozen cake can last up to 2 months, just thaw it at room temperature for about 30 minutes before eating.  I learned this trick from my cousin who used to bake wedding cakes. Several of my friends are always down to try out my recipes.  Recently I meet two friends for dinner and I decided to bring each of them some frozen cake.  I think they thought is was weird that I gave them frozen cake, until they tried it.  Both texted me later about how delicious the cake was.  When...Read More
gluten free spritz cookies

Gluten Free Spritz Cookies- Valentine’s Day Edition

This post was originally posted in February of 2015 and was my first post on this blog as my old moniker "Gluten Free Avenger".  In celebration of my blog turning 2 and because this is just a kick-ass recipe, I thought I would share it again.  I love to make spritz cookies for many holidays because you can make them into fun, holiday appropriate shapes and it happens to be my husband's all time favorite cookie.  These cookies will disappear quickly with guests, so I usually make 2 batches (at the very least).  I remember when I brought a huge bucket of about 100+ of these cookies to my sister-in-law's house for a holiday party and my step daughter and her friend snuck off with all the cookies.  By the time we finally found them, there were only about 10 cookies left.  They're addicting....you have been warned. I started making the regular gluten-full version of these when I was about 13.  Now that there are so many good 1-to-1 gluten free flours on the market, I can now share my original family recipe.  You can use a 1-to-1 gluten free flour or if you're not gluten free you can use regular flour.  I...Read More