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CHARBEEGOOD

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#653457 Gluten-Free Pie Crusts

Posted by CHARBEEGOOD on 14 November 2010 - 06:32 PM

Here are a few recipes for crust that aren't your typical "pie" crusts. I've made a version of these with a coconut-pumpkin pie using agava inplace of sugar..it was wonderful..
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Almond Macaroon Crust

1 cup ground almond meal (processed almonds)
3/4 cup light brown or cane sugar
1 medium organic free-range egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
A dash of spice - cinnamon or nutmeg

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and gluten-free-flour a 9-inch glass pie plate; or use a greased and gluten-free-floured tart pan.

In a mixing bowl, mix together the ground almonds, sugar, egg, extract, salt & spice. Spread the almond mixture into the pie plate and press lightly (with moist fingertips) to form a crust.

Bake the crust for 10 minutes, check to see the shape of it, and using a silicone or vinyl spatula, lightly press down any high puffy areas; resume baking for another 2 to 5 minutes, until the crust is firm. Place on a wire rack and again press down the shape to flatten, if needed.

Cool before filling. The crust will get crisper as it cools.

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Quick & Easy Almond Pie Crust

For one 9-inch tart pan:

1 cup almond meal (processed almonds - pecans also work well)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons chilled butter or vegan margarine
1 1/2 tablespoons of cream or non-dairy cream

In a food processor, blend all ingredients until dough clumps together. Chill 15 minutes. Roll out the dough on wax paper dusted with either cornstarch or tapioca flour. Transfer to a 9-inch tart pan and press in lightly. Chill again till firm, and fill. Bake as directed in your pie recipe; keeping an eye on the edges of the crust. If it starts to brown too quickly, cover the edges with strips of foil. Also make sure your oven rack is in the center of the oven, and not close to the top.

Karina's Note:
• To pre-bake for a no-bake filling, I would prick the crust, then bake it at 325 or 350 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes until firm. Cool before filling.
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Almond Pie Crust

I've used this crust for pumpkin pie and cheesecake.

2 cups (heaping) almond meal
1/2 cup butter/vegan stick margarine, melted, or 1/2 cup light olive oil
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
Dash of pie spice or cinnamon, if desired


Combine all of the ingredients to form a sticky dough. With moist fingertips, press the dough into a greased 9x12-inch baking pan or 2 8-inch glass pie plates. Bake the crust at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before filling.

I've done the same with pecans; I've processed them into meal - pecans make a wonderful nut crust. Some cooks add a little rice flour to the mix. Experiment

From GlutenfreeGoddess..
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#620674 Walt Disney World Resort

Posted by CHARBEEGOOD on 30 June 2010 - 03:06 PM

If you want to dine on property don't let you "dietary" needs keep you from doing so, when you call the reservation center just let them know your restrictions and they will note them on the reservations. You can also visit Disney.com and send an email. They will help you link up your needs with any reservations and get you in touch with the Dietary Team.

If you want to go grocery shopping you will have some choices. Just up the road off of I4 at the Sandlake exit there is a Whole Foods and a Walmart. There is also a Publix just a few stop lights up from these 2 on Sandlake (going toward Dr. Philips). Down by Cross Roads (535 I believe) you will find a Goodings and a Winn Dixie or Albertson's. I don't shop in Goodings much but I know that Publix offers a fairly decent selection of gluten-free items in the Greenwise section.

Let me know if this helps or if you need more.
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#620670 Walt Disney World Resort

Posted by CHARBEEGOOD on 30 June 2010 - 02:55 PM

My family along with my parents are going to WDW in Feb. My parents are taking their airstream and we are going to stay in it at the Walt Disney World Resort. It looks and sounds like a great place to stay and the kids will love it. We will be doing most of our own cooking at the campsite in the airstream since my parents don't want to pay the high prices for food at the restaruants. It works out better for me anyway, because I'll be doing the cooking for all of us just like I did last week when I was at their house. So, I'm looking for input from anyone that has stayed there.


I live in the area and can tell you Disney offers a wide selection of gluten-free products at the restaurants. If you make any reservations just let them know your dietary needs and requirements: you can also go to the Disney Web site and send in an email they will forward you some information about dietary restrictions.

If you want to "shop" so that you can cook. There a several "grocery" stores in the immediate area; Whole Foods on Turkey Lake/Sand Lake Rd., a Walmart right across the street; Publix, Goodings, and Winn Dixie (or is it Albertsons) it is right there in the Cross Roads area.

I hope that this is helpful.
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#593386 Anyone Recover From Chronic Insomnia After Going gluten-free?

Posted by CHARBEEGOOD on 17 February 2010 - 04:39 PM

@Jackay, Char and Bluebonnet – wow, it’s really fascinating that so many of us “gluten intolerants” have sleep issues. My insomnia has been so bad that it prevented me from going to grad school and I could only hold a part-time job, so needless to say, I feel for all of you! Thanks so much for your comments and suggestions. Around the same time I went off gluten, I also discovered I’m hypothyroid, as well as melatonin, vitamin d, zinc and b12 deficient, so this might be contributing to the insomnia as well… Just out of curiosity, do any of you have thyroid issues?

Thanks to all of you and sweet dreams!



No thyroid problem as of yet...although with all the testing things can change! LOL Believe I still have 1 MRI to go to see if there is a difference on the grey matter since the B12 levels came up. Hope to wrap up the rest of the testings so that I can look at all the results.

Anyone else given Amitiza or Zelnorm?
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