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I lived alone for many years and didn't seem to have a problem cooking for myself. There were a few things I couldn't do, just because they made so much food! Like the pasta salad with tons of veggies in it. I would just make those things when I was going to a potluck so I would get to eat them once in a while. And with a lot of foods, I don't mind eating them every day for a week. Like chili.

Then I married my husband. Cooking for two then meant no food for me and him scrambling through the kitchen like a starved rat! I soon learned that I had to cook for four if I wanted something for myself. And there were usually no leftovers. Sometimes that wasn't even enough food for him.

Then we had our daughter. I thought she ate a lot until I saw how her friends eat. Nope. I guess she doesn't have a very big appetite! She just turned 11. I found then that I had to cook for 8. Sometimes all of the food would be gone, but occasionally there would be enough left to send her for lunch the next day and sometimes the day after that. It really depended on what it was that I made.

Then my husband got transferred to CA. We live in WA. Long story but basically he is in the military and has 3 years left to go. We own our house here and houses aren't selling. Plus daughter is in a good school and really good dance school. So we opted to stay here while he is in CA. He is working his schedule so that pretty much he will be there for three weeks then back here for a week. Or that's how he plans to do it.

Basically I plan to shop at Costco when he comes home. They have big portions of foods and it will be doable.

But for right now with daughter and me, I am flailing. I have eaten pasta salad for three nights in a row now. And pretty much gagging it down. Wouldn't have been such a problem but I just made it about 2 weeks ago. I generally only make it 2 or 3 times a year, but we had some relatives come in from out of town and my mom asked me to make some. We made 8 quarts. Obviously overkill. My mom kept about a quart and we took home about 4 quarts. The rest did get eaten.

My daughter protested tonight that she just couldn't face any more pasta salad. She has had hotdogs for four days in a row for lunch now. Big package from Costco. Expires in 2 days. I shall have to throw the rest away. I'd freeze them if I could, but I think the freezer is full! She had fruit and cinnamon toast for dinner tonight.

The other day I popped open a package of Carne Deshebrada from Costco. With my husband home it is instantly gone. We ate it for two days in a row, first on corn tortillas and then with potato oven fries. She had sweet and I had regular. I ate the rest of it for a snack so it didn't go to waste.

We stopped at the health food store today. I was thinking of all those corn tortillas I still have. When I mentioned the enchilada sauce they have (it's really good!) she protested. Since he left, I did make an enchilada casserole. I guess I got the proportions off on that because it was all gone in one meal. I had thought we'd have leftovers.

I've also made pasta with meat and red sauce. A favorite meal of hers. I used a pack of Tinkyada pasta (6 servings) and it worked out well. Was enough for 2 meals for us, plus another lunch for her.

I know I can do a tuna casserole for the two of us. Husband hates the way I have to make it now, gluten-free and also dairy free, so after much experimentation, I got the amount right on that.

But the rest of it is going to take some doing! I am used to making giant casseroles and huge pots of soup. I even got a huge crock-pot. I used to do one crock with potatoes and the other with meat. That's how much food got eaten.

I am even having trouble with the shopping. I am used to spending about $300 at a time. Today we went to Albertsons and the amount of food we bought didn't even fill one shopping bag. Then off to the health food store where again, the bag was not nearly full. Normally there I have a heaped bag.

We already threw away a whole black garbage bag full of food that had expired. It was mostly potato chips. She and I don't eat a lot of chips. Husband did. Guess I will have to start buying those things again when he returns home. And that will be fairly soon. But in the meantime...

How do I figure out how much food to buy and not go overboard like I've been doing? Now I must admit this is partially due to already having some of this food when my husband was home. It was very hard for me to judge what he might or might not eat. Even with him home I was sometimes throwing stuff away. He has no food restrictions but daughter and I both do, and ours are not necessarily the same.

Sometimes I find myself buying her a single piece of meat (I'm not a big meat eater) to be eaten with some salad or frozen potatoes, while I open a can of soup for myself. Not the healthiest thing to do on a regular basis, but at least I won't overdo that way.

We used to eat out a couple of times a week, but I've been trying to cut back on that because I thought our expenses would go up with him being in another state. He is currently renting a room but may eventually wind up in the barracks for which there is no charge. At least I think so. And currently taking his meals at the mess hall. So the food expense from him has gone waaaaay down since he got there. I think they charge something like $2-3 per meal. He does have a fridge and microwave in his room but I doubt he will make any food for himself except perhaps eggs in the microwave. He really doesn't know how to cook and doesn't want to do it. Microwave eggs were really the only thing he ever made here.

So have any of you out there suddenly found yourself cooking for two when you were used to cooking for more? If so, how long did it take you to get the kinks worked out of it? I find myself sitting here thinking... Gee... I haven't gone to the store for days! I used to have to go about every 2-3 days because we were always out of something. Or when I do go to the store, thinking long and hard before I buy something now.

I do still plan to buy a few things at Costco. Like Rice Chips, Veggie Chips (daughter eats those), fruit snacks, juice boxes, hummus cups, bottled water, canned vegetables, broth, and even some of their meat. I don't have a separate freezer. I have a somewhat small side by side refrigerator/freezer and daughter has a little one with a little freezer, although her freezer doesn't work so well. We mainly use hers for drinks now. When she was first diagnosed with the food allergies, I found it necessary to separate her food out so that my husband wouldn't accidentally feed her something she was allergic to. But he's not around now and she's old enough to be able to read food labels.

I have to be careful with stuff that is not in cans. We had a rat get into the garage last winter. It got into some cereal I had stored out there and then eventually died in the wall somewhere. What a smell! So I can't buy too much in the way of that stuff extra because we really don't have a place to store it. I did get a shelving unit for my daughter's cereals and other special foods. I do have to mail order some of it, like the Enjoy Life 2 pack cookies, and when I find a good price on gluten-free cereal, I like to stock up.

I worked very hard this past year to try to save money on food. When daughter first went gluten-free, I went hog wild buying her anything and everything that said it was gluten-free. Only to find that she didn't like some of it or that I bought far more than she could eat before it went bad. So I've been trying hard not to do that now. But with my husband gone, it seems more difficult for me .

Thanks!

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A lot of times a recipe makes 4 servings, which works out for 2 people to eat the original and then a leftover meal.

That's what we end up doing a lot.

I grew up cooking automatically for 4 to 6. I am programmed to do this. Then tried to switch to 2 for adult life.

As we get older, our ways have shifted, and my husband is cooking more and he's rather turfie so I try to stay out of his way when he's in the kitchen. It's a pretty small kitchen, so it's like a bad dance routine in there anyway if 2 people and a dog are all in there at the same time. The dog weighs about a 100 lbs but he is a lot easier to maneuver around.

He does do business travel, but I don't like cooking dinner just for myself, so we try to set it up so there's some meat cooked for the week and then I just add sides like veggies. By the time I get the other stuff done I'm tired and I just want to put food on the plate and eat it, but because of how I need to eat, that can't be done carelessly.

Because winter is coming, soon I'll be shopping more for volume, to stock up the pantry, because we can have winter storms that knock out power for days.... I learned a lesson the last time this happened, before I had converted my diet to eating some grains and pre pared foods, to have enough stuff on hand to be able to go a week easily without having to shop for anything that I need to eat. That was when I was eating just fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, eggs,and meat pretty much and a week long winter power outage is not the time to start switching your diet over. What a nuisance that was, as our well also had to be run on a generator at that time and we had to heat the house with the fireplace. I don't keep a big freezer because of this possibility, just a smaller one. The town to the north of me lost power, and when there's no power there's no gas stations or stores open, either.

They are saying that with the possibility of a flu outbreak during this fall/winter, we should all be prepared to stay a week at home, so this might be a good time to look around and start preparing the pantries to handle that with gluten free non perishable items.

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What I did for my gluten-free dd last year (that didn't live at home) was to make and freeze. Everytime I made something for us (non-gluten-free) I would try to make something I could freeze for her.

Ex: for me, make wheat spaghetti, cook the beef, heat some sauce. Then in another pan cook the gluten-free pasta. I stopped making meatballs b/c of time and ingredients, we just have meat sauce. Make up some baggies, label and freeze. When my dd came to visit (age 20 and a newbie to gluten-free) or I visited her, I always had some entrees just for her to eat. You can still cook however much you want but make things that you can freeze. There is always something on hand that way. Plain pizza crusts in the freezer are nice to have. I made alot of mini pizzas, easy to freeze.

Ex: make a big pot of soup and freeze smaller portions.

Ex: make lasagna and freeze some. I made a pan of wheat, a pan of gluten-free and a pan of dairy free, then froze some of each.

Ex: make a big pan full of plain ground beef, then freeze into smaller portions to use for chili, tacos, enchiladas, etc.

This way you have variety for you and your dd, and its already made.

It takes about the same time to cook a little as to cook alot unless you have to chop all those veggies by hand.

My other dd that is also gluten-free since last year, just moved out tonight :( I will be making entrees for both of them now. And there is just the 2 of us left. I am sure my cooking and shopping will change.

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I am very aware of power outages. The house where I grew up used to have them for a week! And then I was living in NY when we had that huge one that lasted for about a week. We really didn't want to eat much then because it was during the summer and it was sooo hot! I remember opening a can of green beans and passing it around. One can was pretty much our meal for the three of us. We did have some nuts and other canned beans.

Then after the power did come back on, we were warned to eat only canned foods for at least a week. They sent inspectors out to the restaurants and grocery stores to make sure they were throwing out all of their spoiled food. The store where we often shopped was in fact selling spoiled lunch meat! When I saw that, I was horrified. I guess I shouldn't have been.

At the same store, I kept buying milk. I noticed when I poured it for my daughter, it smelled sour. But I don't drink milk so just assumed all milk smelled that way. She wouldn't drink it. Said she did't like it. Again, I thought nothing of it because I myself never liked milk. Didn't find out until I was an adult that I was allergic. And even then, I didn't know. Assumed (as I had been told by my Dr.) that I was lactose intolerant. So I was buying that Lactaid milk. I didn't drink it but did use it occasionally in a recipe or mashed potatoes. I had noticed that the cartons of milk felt warm to the touch in the store. But there was a thermometer in the case showing a safe temperature.

But then I began to notice other things. Like flatbeds of dairy products sitting out of refrigeration. One day I had nothing better to do so I stayed in the store for 2 hours, just slowly walking up and down the aisle and looking at stuff. Now I don't know how long those flatbeds had been sitting there before I began timing them...but after 2 hours they were stilll sitting there in the hot store! If that store had AC, they didn't use it much.

I also noticed that when they had milk on sale, they would do floor stacks of it in front of the refrigerator cases. They would put the milk in the plastic box things. And they would stack the cartons up sooo high that a lot of them were not getting cool.

Then one day my husband said, "You know this milk is spoiled. Don't you?" Well... No! He should have said something sooner. I quit buying it there. And not long after, I saw the health inspectors in there. They shut down that one case until it was fixed! Glad I don't live there any more and don't have to shop at that store! It was the closest one to where I lived so even if I didn't want to shop there, I did have to do it on occasion.

I find it is a bit tougher to do food during a power outage now with daughter's new allergies. Used to be able to pop open a can of Organ pasta but she can't have that now. And she has gone all anti-bean on me except for green beans. Those and black olives are still her favorite foods.

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What I did for my gluten-free dd last year (that didn't live at home) was to make and freeze. Everytime I made something for us (non-gluten-free) I would try to make something I could freeze for her.

Ex: for me, make wheat spaghetti, cook the beef, heat some sauce. Then in another pan cook the gluten-free pasta. I stopped making meatballs b/c of time and ingredients, we just have meat sauce. Make up some baggies, label and freeze. When my dd came to visit (age 20 and a newbie to gluten-free) or I visited her, I always had some entrees just for her to eat. You can still cook however much you want but make things that you can freeze. There is always something on hand that way. Plain pizza crusts in the freezer are nice to have. I made alot of mini pizzas, easy to freeze.

Ex: make a big pot of soup and freeze smaller portions.

Ex: make lasagna and freeze some. I made a pan of wheat, a pan of gluten-free and a pan of dairy free, then froze some of each.

Ex: make a big pan full of plain ground beef, then freeze into smaller portions to use for chili, tacos, enchiladas, etc.

This way you have variety for you and your dd, and its already made.

It takes about the same time to cook a little as to cook alot unless you have to chop all those veggies by hand.

My other dd that is also gluten-free since last year, just moved out tonight :( I will be making entrees for both of them now. And there is just the 2 of us left. I am sure my cooking and shopping will change.

That would work if we had a freezer, but we don't. Just the little one in the side by side and it's always full.

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It is hard to change when you are used to cooking for several & then its just for two! I'm still making /cooking way to much & then we find we overeat! Excuse lets not waste it!.

A bigger freezer would be your best option so your not tossing away food & money.

How about a couple chicken breasts. There is so much you can do with chicken. chili, #1 pkgs of burger-- mini meatloaves, tacos, goulash, burgers, single sreve pot pies.....

Also have you thought of buying some ready made gluten-free foods ie: chicken nuggets, fish nuggets, bagle, eng muffins, pizza that you can take out only what you need & again ( the dreadful freezer) freeze the rest.

I make soups & freeze them....again that F word!

I also process goodies in quart jars but it is loads of work so again the freezer is easier....

Sorry I guess all my suggestions are for a freezer....

blessings

mamaw

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mawmaw touched on some of the things that I do.

DH eats with us only twice a week if that so most of the time I am cooking for two and with me low-carb, I end up having separate food for Ds(11). I try to have shared elements as much as possible. I freeze too and have a small basic fridge/freezer. I just make sure I go through it regularly and use up and re-stock and don't buy more than it can hold. I make sure to use it mostly for foods that we go through regularly. I keep frozen mini meatloaves, hot dogs, breaded chicken strips, pancakes, waffles, muffins and the like for Ds-breakfast carbs and lunch/dinner entrees and frozen veg. packages, sometimes frozen fruit for smoothies or crisps.

I have a few things in my freezer that stay more than a month-baking ingredients but most of it gets used up in not much longer than a month and generally I don't put stuff in unless it can be used up in that time. I try not to put stuff in that we don't use regularly. I just don't have the storage space. I also keep a lid on how much broth/sauce I freeze. That always ends up taking up too much space. So I think of my freezer as just slightly longer storage-not long-term storage. This has helped alot. Having containers that make the best use of space helps-stackable,comapible size and shape.

Since I am low carb, I keep alot of meats. I keep frozen fish and chicken breasts from Costco, salmon burgers, turkey burgers and hamburger patties(not all three at once), and occasional fish potions. Also seasoned ground meat-taco or keema curry flavor. We have a dorm fridge(that we got for free) too, until we get another full size one so we can have more storage. In the dorm size fridge I keep extra packages of bacon and hot dogs-also from Costco-those ones that come with 4 packages taped together. And cheese in various forms and occasionally veg./fruit-like bags of apples.

Dinners are a simply prepared meat that is shared or a meat from the freezer stash for Ds, a veg. for Ds-fresh or frozen and a simple carb like plain pasta or rice for Ds, then a second veg for me.

So our menus look like this:

*Seasoned sauteed chicken breasts, sauteed zucchini for mom, frozen corn for kid, salad for mom, pasta for kid.

*bunless salmon burger patties for both, salad with avacado for mom, pasta for kid and frozen peas and carrots for kid

*chicken sausages for both(sometimes different flavors), roasted veg.(eggplant, zucchini, onion, peppers, etc.) for mom, steamed broccoli for kid, salad for mom, pasta w/ parmesan cheese for kid

Often these days I'll cook an extra link or burger or two in the day or two after we buy our meats. That way I don't have to worry about them spoiling(If I have to eat meat,I'm picky about freshness) Plus that way I can grab and heat to throw in DS'd lunchbox or save myself cooking lunch in the next day or two. I sautee or steam an extra portion of veg, too to save myself cooking time. But only one extra portion per person. I fry up a whole package of bacon at once and store the cooked bacon in a container in the fridge-saves it from spoiling faster than we use it. And save me time in the long run.

Simple foods, simple cooking methods, constantly rotating freezer stash. Sometimes we have to suck it up and eat stuff that's not exactly what we feel like. And I try not to buy or allow others to buy more than we can manage. I am always tempted to buy gluten-free goodies for DS, it's fun, but I tell myself to "put the packages back on the shelf and walk away!" "how much can/should one kid eat of that kind of stuff". I bought a big container of popcorn and said that that would be one of his main snacks this year-in part to save money, also to simplify.

Good Luck!

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We just bought 38 2lb. packages of farm raised ground beef (only $2 per lb.! and I hadn't bought beef for several years b/c we had lots of elk except last year hubby didn't get one so yay for good beef!!). If you were to buy 1 package of ground beef you can do like I have been. Thaw it out/or use fresh, unfrozen. I make patties for 2 nights then use the remainder for something else the third night like tacos or nachos. That can serve at least 3-4 dinners. Then I wait for 2 weeks and do it again. If they were only 1 lb. packages it would be easier but we couldn't pass up the deal. You can do the same thing for chicken. I buy a 3lb. bag of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Then decide what to make. Stir fry, chicken and rice, grilled chicken, chicken sandwiches, tacos, etc. Enough to last several days. No need to freeze this way. If our tomatoes would get ripe, we would have a BLT :P

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It is hard to change when you are used to cooking for several & then its just for two! I'm still making /cooking way to much & then we find we overeat! Excuse lets not waste it!.

A bigger freezer would be your best option so your not tossing away food & money.

How about a couple chicken breasts. There is so much you can do with chicken. chili, #1 pkgs of burger-- mini meatloaves, tacos, goulash, burgers, single sreve pot pies.....

Also have you thought of buying some ready made gluten-free foods ie: chicken nuggets, fish nuggets, bagle, eng muffins, pizza that you can take out only what you need & again ( the dreadful freezer) freeze the rest.

I make soups & freeze them....again that F word!

I also process goodies in quart jars but it is loads of work so again the freezer is easier....

Sorry I guess all my suggestions are for a freezer....

blessings

mamaw

I used to eat a lot of Ian's chicken nuggets. Daughter doesn't like them, but will eat them once in a while. Same for the fish sticks. AFAIK there aren't any others we can eat due to other allergies. There are some expensive breaded fish pieces I get for her once in a while, but I don't like fish.

Can't eat pizza because of my allergies. I don't know of any English muffins that are gluten-free that we can eat, other than the Ener-G and she doesn't like those. I do have some bagels or I did. Not sure if I still do. They were not a favorite.

We really don'ty have a place for a big freezer. Kitchen is very small.

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mawmaw touched on some of the things that I do.

DH eats with us only twice a week if that so most of the time I am cooking for two and with me low-carb, I end up having separate food for Ds(11). I try to have shared elements as much as possible. I freeze too and have a small basic fridge/freezer. I just make sure I go through it regularly and use up and re-stock and don't buy more than it can hold. I make sure to use it mostly for foods that we go through regularly. I keep frozen mini meatloaves, hot dogs, breaded chicken strips, pancakes, waffles, muffins and the like for Ds-breakfast carbs and lunch/dinner entrees and frozen veg. packages, sometimes frozen fruit for smoothies or crisps.

I have a few things in my freezer that stay more than a month-baking ingredients but most of it gets used up in not much longer than a month and generally I don't put stuff in unless it can be used up in that time. I try not to put stuff in that we don't use regularly. I just don't have the storage space. I also keep a lid on how much broth/sauce I freeze. That always ends up taking up too much space. So I think of my freezer as just slightly longer storage-not long-term storage. This has helped alot. Having containers that make the best use of space helps-stackable,comapible size and shape.

Since I am low carb, I keep alot of meats. I keep frozen fish and chicken breasts from Costco, salmon burgers, turkey burgers and hamburger patties(not all three at once), and occasional fish potions. Also seasoned ground meat-taco or keema curry flavor. We have a dorm fridge(that we got for free) too, until we get another full size one so we can have more storage. In the dorm size fridge I keep extra packages of bacon and hot dogs-also from Costco-those ones that come with 4 packages taped together. And cheese in various forms and occasionally veg./fruit-like bags of apples.

Dinners are a simply prepared meat that is shared or a meat from the freezer stash for Ds, a veg. for Ds-fresh or frozen and a simple carb like plain pasta or rice for Ds, then a second veg for me.

So our menus look like this:

*Seasoned sauteed chicken breasts, sauteed zucchini for mom, frozen corn for kid, salad for mom, pasta for kid.

*bunless salmon burger patties for both, salad with avacado for mom, pasta for kid and frozen peas and carrots for kid

*chicken sausages for both(sometimes different flavors), roasted veg.(eggplant, zucchini, onion, peppers, etc.) for mom, steamed broccoli for kid, salad for mom, pasta w/ parmesan cheese for kid

Often these days I'll cook an extra link or burger or two in the day or two after we buy our meats. That way I don't have to worry about them spoiling(If I have to eat meat,I'm picky about freshness) Plus that way I can grab and heat to throw in DS'd lunchbox or save myself cooking lunch in the next day or two. I sautee or steam an extra portion of veg, too to save myself cooking time. But only one extra portion per person. I fry up a whole package of bacon at once and store the cooked bacon in a container in the fridge-saves it from spoiling faster than we use it. And save me time in the long run.

Simple foods, simple cooking methods, constantly rotating freezer stash. Sometimes we have to suck it up and eat stuff that's not exactly what we feel like. And I try not to buy or allow others to buy more than we can manage. I am always tempted to buy gluten-free goodies for DS, it's fun, but I tell myself to "put the packages back on the shelf and walk away!" "how much can/should one kid eat of that kind of stuff". I bought a big container of popcorn and said that that would be one of his main snacks this year-in part to save money, also to simplify.

Good Luck!

Because of my gastroparesis, I can't eat much meat. I can do hamburger and technically I can do chicken although I can't much stand to eat it. Only if it is in tiny pieces and mixed into something. This is why so often I buy a single piece of meat for my daughter.

I do get the packs of ground beef at Costco that come 3, 1 pound packs together. That size is doable. Occasionally I have bought the 5 pound packs. I cook it up and freeze it but then it fills my freezer.

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We just bought 38 2lb. packages of farm raised ground beef (only $2 per lb.! and I hadn't bought beef for several years b/c we had lots of elk except last year hubby didn't get one so yay for good beef!!). If you were to buy 1 package of ground beef you can do like I have been. Thaw it out/or use fresh, unfrozen. I make patties for 2 nights then use the remainder for something else the third night like tacos or nachos. That can serve at least 3-4 dinners. Then I wait for 2 weeks and do it again. If they were only 1 lb. packages it would be easier but we couldn't pass up the deal. You can do the same thing for chicken. I buy a 3lb. bag of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Then decide what to make. Stir fry, chicken and rice, grilled chicken, chicken sandwiches, tacos, etc. Enough to last several days. No need to freeze this way. If our tomatoes would get ripe, we would have a BLT :P

We do eat a lot of hamburger. Daughter won't eat patties, perhaps because it is the one food she can almost always get a restaurant so perhaps is sick of it.

I do have a huge package of chicen in the freezer. I am saving it for when husband comes home. I don't like chicken very much and can't see eating it for days on end. I think I will just cook it up in the crockpot, maybe with a little broth and an onion or something. Then I can refreeze the leftovers.

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I used to eat a lot of Ian's chicken nuggets. Daughter doesn't like them, but will eat them once in a while. Same for the fish sticks. AFAIK there aren't any others we can eat due to other allergies. There are some expensive breaded fish pieces I get for her once in a while, but I don't like fish.

Can't eat pizza because of my allergies. I don't know of any English muffins that are gluten-free that we can eat, other than the Ener-G and she doesn't like those. I do have some bagels or I did. Not sure if I still do. They were not a favorite.

We really don'ty have a place for a big freezer. Kitchen is very small.

Here is a really good and easy english muffin recipe Wonka passed on to me:

http://www.foodphilosopher.com/assets/docs/090107gluten.cfm

My dd likes cinnamon and raisins in hers. I make them plain for her "buns". You can make rings from foil. Egg free, dairy free and gluten free. I spray the tops lightly with cooking spray before baking.

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Here is a really good and easy english muffin recipe Wonka passed on to me:

http://www.foodphilosopher.com/assets/docs/090107gluten.cfm

My dd likes cinnamon and raisins in hers. I make them plain for her "buns". You can make rings from foil. Egg free, dairy free and gluten free. I spray the tops lightly with cooking spray before baking.

Thanks! Looks like a pain to make though as I don't typically keep those flours in the house and the flour mix I have isn't like that. Daughter won't eat anything with raisins in it and really I don't even know if she likes English muffins. They are not something I bought very often. If I found them on sale, I used to get them and make pizzas out of them. This was before I knew of our food allergies. That was not really a favorite meal but a cheap one.

She loves her Ener-G Rice Starch bread. Likes to toast it and eat it with faux butter, cinnamon and sugar or even ripped into pieces, warmed and topped with real maple syrup.

I gather her tastes are not the norm for this place. Ener-G bread doesn't get very high ratings. It's really the only gluten-free one I've found that she will eat. Of course a lot of the others have egg and/or milk in them. She is no longer allergic to eggs and milk but is allowed to have them only twice a week and not on subsequent days so she won't even try anything with those in there.

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I don't really have anything to add, other than that we got a big chest freezer so I could keep my bottomless pit of a boyfriend fed. We have it down in our laundry room, it doesn't really have to go in the kitchen.

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I don't really have anything to add, other than that we got a big chest freezer so I could keep my bottomless pit of a boyfriend fed. We have it down in our laundry room, it doesn't really have to go in the kitchen.

Ha...that's right and neither does the fridge???!!! :lol: Our house was built many years ago and the utility room has the W and D, the upright freezer and the FRIDGE. I guess they didn't want it in the kitchen :blink: And neither the fridge nor the freezer work correctly. But we have an extra fridge outside on the back porch for all the main things like milk and meats. Weird but we deal with it daily. Oh ya the washer broke and needs fixed and so does the oven...lol ! I have yet to make a full size gluten-free loaf of bread!

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Ha...that's right and neither does the fridge???!!! :lol: Our house was built many years ago and the utility room has the W and D, the upright freezer and the FRIDGE. I guess they didn't want it in the kitchen :blink: And neither the fridge nor the freezer work correctly. But we have an extra fridge outside on the back porch for all the main things like milk and meats. Weird but we deal with it daily. Oh ya the washer broke and needs fixed and so does the oven...lol ! I have yet to make a full size gluten-free loaf of bread!

I'd be afraid to have something on my back porch. For one thing, it would be so heavy it might bust through the old boards! For another, someone would probably steal the food. Nothing seems safe here!

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I'd be afraid to have something on my back porch. For one thing, it would be so heavy it might bust through the old boards! For another, someone would probably steal the food. Nothing seems safe here!

Those *amn squirrels!!!

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