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A couple days ago, I happened to catch part of Dr Oz while flipping thru channels, and they shared this recipe:
I thought, 'ohhh that sounds good, I can probably adjust it to gluten-free'-- i mean, it's *only* the crust that needs to be changed (never having made pot pie before, didn't realize they use broth & worstershire sauce).
i went to Winco for most of my Thanksgiving shopping today, and found gluten-free chicken broth (Pacific brand).
(shopping today-- i went, thinking i'm going to have to *try*- get a few extra's- to get to 50$ to get the turkey deal... i spent over 80$$$... lol... plus, the deal on Jennie- o turkeys was .68 c/ lb... on norbest it was .38 (if you buy 50$ worth of groceries (incluidng the turkey)... with it just bing the two of us, i was looking for a small turkey... the smallest I could find was a 18.51 lb Norbest... with the .38 c/ lb deal, it was like 7.02 for a big ole turkey...I went & looked at the turkey breasts (i have gotten a turkey breast before the two of us for T- day & had leftovers)... the cheapest one i could find was 12$... let me just say, as long as i am diligent & put the leftovers in the freezer, we will have Turkey for not only thanksgiving, but also Christmas & New Years (ie, I got the Norbest. snd since some of the turkey farmers in central Utah where I went to junior college were with Norbest, i feel like I was supporting the economy of a place i love:) ).
anyway, so i attemmpted this recipe this evening, with adjustments for gluten-free.
i didn't have onions, so didn't use any (i would have bought some at the store, but didn't know the dried ones i had were all moldy until this evening...)
For the 1/2 cup flour in the pot pie mixture, i used brown rice flour... i suspect that is why the whole mixture turned brown. Next time, i will use a whiter flour, if I want the white color.
worcestershire sauce is gluten-free, according to posts on this site :).
Good heavens the list of ingredients is long... took me a while to get everything together & cooking (also had to defrost & cook the chicken)
I didn't read the directions completely through before starting... i put the whole tsp of pepper IN the pot pie mixture, instead of saving 1/2 for the crust.
I didn't use salt in the pot pie mixture...i figured the broth (which wasn't labeled low sodium) would make up for that
For the crust:
i am currently dairy- free as well, so used some homemade brown rice milk.
for the flour, I used Hodgson Mills All purpose flour. I had never used it before.
i sibbed everything 1:1
The batter was very thick... i had to dig it off the spoon. But never having made a pot pie before, i didn't know what the texture should really be like. i think it needed more water or less flour.
i cooked it for the 30 mins. the crust wasn't brown, but was hard on the outside. it wasn't until i had started dishing it up & cut into the middle that I realized the crust wasn't cooked all the way through :(.
Of course it wasn't perfect or great. thankfully my Dh is a good victim, oopps i mean good sport :). it was okay. a little too peppery for us, Dh ate as much as he could before the pepper started making him cough. Next time, we'll probably use half as much pepper.
it's a filling meal all in itself, and once i get the kinks worked out i think we'll like it.
i have to admit, I'm trying to not feel frustrated and anxious about cooking to Thanksgiving... yes, last year i did gluten-free (only to find out a few things weren't gluten-free), but this will be my first year seriously gluten-free, and dariy free as well. Added to my other intolerances. Each of the last 3 things i've made gluten-free lately didn't turn out as i wanted (pumpkin pancakes about a month ago, some chicken/ cabbage thing, and now this). would've been nice to know/ feel i have something turn out good :). But oh well. i hope to have some time this weekend to at least try out making some gluten-free/ df cornbread, and pumpkin pie.
and the apple pie cheesecake recipe i found & want to make for Dh's b- day on monday 9okay, so that one's not dairy- free, but I think i can manage it)
I drive for a friend who is visually impaired. Today, on the way to her work, she needed to go to the bank. After the bank, she wanted to walk across to the doughnut shop next door & pick up a couple doughnuts... can you where this is going??...
She can walk from the bank to the doughnut shop okay...normally when she needs to go to the bank, I don't need to, so I stay in the car- if she wants to go to the doughnut shop from there, she can & will... but this time, i needed to cash some checks at the bank, so was with her- it just made sense/ seemed easier to walk w/ her to the doughnut shop.
i have been in there before... but that doesn't make it any easier :(... especailly when you see your favorite things there!!
I love the BIG apple fritters, and BIG bear claws... the bigger, the better! And OMG, they had some HUGE fritters, bear claws, cinnamon rolls (like 2x the size of a normal one!), and, even HUGE twists- with chocoalte frosting & chocolate chips on top! MAN!!! I swear, when we have been in there before, they didn't have those... but we were there earlier than usual today.
What gets me (along with them being soo very tempting) is that when i was doing my gluten challenge a couple months ago (before i decided not to do the testing) is that i tried to find the BIg fritters & bear claws 9as well as other things like maple bars), but all i could find were the measly ones at grocery stores :(. i never looked for them at this doughnut place because, as i said earlier, i hadn't ever seen them before.
Good thing that after 4 years of trying to loose weight, I'm kinda used to not buying much, if anything. Plus my pocket book is happy i didn't buy anything today :)
i'm gonna hafta try finding a gluten-free fritter & bear claw recipe sometime.
But i did enjoy the smell- the smell of a doughnut shop always brings back memories of when i was a girl & we would go to a bakery in the Rose Park area near Salt Lake... my parents had lived there, my brothers when to the Catholic school nearby for a year or two 9just about the only mormon boys at a catholic school...lol...), then about 2 years before i was born, they moved across the Valley (to where i grew up, my parents still live there)... but anyways, every once in a while, we would end up in that area (mostly to go to the dentist...how ironic we would go to a bake shop after visiting the dentist...lol...). But anywho, that place was an old building, and of course the smell of doughnuts baking; This bakery we went to today reminds me a lot of the one from my childhood :). I can enjoy the smell, and the old building, and the walk down memory lane... and thankfully I can do it gluten- free, and guilt- free!
Hi, I'm Becky, I'm 34 years old. I live in Western Idaho.
The main parts of my story are in my siggy, but thought i'd share here, too :).
Spring 2004 i was dx'd w/ hypothyroidism (at age 27. (i remember going online after that & reading that some Drs wouldn't even test a person under 30... I'm sooo glad the dr i had at that time didn't buy into that crap!)). Some of my symptoms went away, the constipation, weight gain, tiredness did not.
Fast forward to oct 2006--- i had heard that weight loss programs such as South Beach Diet are good for people w/ thyroid issues, so started that diet. Ph1 of that diet is no fruit/ grains. You can do Ph1 for up to 2 weeks. you can also re-visit P1 at any time, if needed (I sometimes did after the holidays). I also joined Sparkpeople .com around that time (so hi to anyone who recognizes my story from there!). I will say here that i lost 70 lbs since starting 4 years ago, am struggling to loose the last 37...
October 2008 I was dx'd w/ Sleep Apnea. (Have used my mask/ CPAP machine faithfully since!). Oct 2009 i had to have have another sleep study done, and had my air pressure raised. Both times, before having the sleep study done, I had to blood test done to check iron & Vit B (not sure if they checked Vit D or anything else), but both times it all came out good :)
Dec 2009 I was having problems w/ chronic bloating. Also, in looking back, i realized that when i had done Ph1, the time between my monthly periods was 26 days, much better than 21- 24 while eating wheat.
I suspsected i had endometriosis (I no longer think I have it), wheat is one of the things that aggravates it. I decided to cut out most wheat (in other words, i was gluten- lite).
Summer of last year, i realized i probably have a mild case of Interstitial Cystiitis(aka painful bladder syndrome). Ic is yet another autoimmune condition. Eliminating tomatoes, bananas, & most anything acidic has helped me greatly. (Not that is hasn't been a challenge...).