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  1. My health class is having a snack food day on Tuesday and every student is supposed to bring in a food. I want to show the class how gluten-free eating doesn't have to be a huge loss. I'm looking for a gluten-free recipe for a snack food or a dessert that is low fat because that's the unit we're in right now. And possibly a fairly easy recipe that's difficult to mess up. Any suggestions? :D

  2. Gluten-free Sugar Cookies

    Even though I advocate finding joy in foods that are naturally gluten-free, it is the holidays. And I still like some traditions. No matter what, I still like roll-out sugar cookies, thick and threaded through with vanilla, cut into Christmas-tree shapes and frosted with buttercream frosting.

    This is a recipe I adapted from Sonya Joseph's gluten-free cooking class I took at the beginning of the month. They work. They'll fill that need.

    2 1/2 cups of your favorite gluten-free flour

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    2 1/2 teaspoons of xanthan gum (omit if your gluten-free flour mix already contains this)

    1 cup sugar

    1/2 cup margarine

    1/2 cup butter

    1 egg

    2 teaspoons vanilla (make sure it's gluten-free. Use only pure vanilla, please.)

    1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

    After you have preheated the oven to 350

  3. Did you leave out the xanthan gum by accident? How did you measure your flour? I always fluff up my flour and spoon it into the measuring cup. If you use the measuring cup to scoop up the flour, you can get way more than the recipe calls for , making the mix too dry and crumbly. I'm not sure what the answer is, mine stayed intact and none were crumbly.

    I did add the xanthan gum. I used the measuring cup to scoop the flour. I've never heard of that being a problem but I can definitely see how that would change the measurements! Thanks for the tip!!! The taste was great with the cookies. =)

  4. Just made these the other day:

    Spritz Cookies TNT from Karen in NewYork

    1 cup butter or margarine

    3/4 cup sugar

    1 egg

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    2 1/4 cups gluten-free flour mix (I use Hagman's gluten-free blend)

    2 teaspoons xanthan gum

    1/4 teaspoon baking powder

    Cream shortening and sugar well. Beat in egg and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add. Fill cookie press and form cookies on ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with coarse colored sugar or sprinkles if desired. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes (at 9 minutes, mine were perfect).

    *Note from Mireille: doubled it, but I made a mistake, I added 2 lb of butter instead of 2 cups, so, I had to re-double the rest of the ingredients to end up with a quadruple recipe.

    But it works and they are very very good at least.

    I have made about the half of my batter and put the rest in my cold solarium, as I was to tired and fed up with cookies.

    I'll warm the batter in the microwave at defrost and continue this morning.

    My battery cookie press is working fine. I had to warm the dough a little in the microwave for it to come out, but it's working pretty well.

    I tried these the other day and they came out very, VERY crumbly. I'm not sure why but most of them fell apart when I tried to take them off the cookie sheet. The ones that did survive fell apart as soon as I took a bite. Does anyone have an idea as to why this happens?

  5. I've had Chili's many times in the past couple weeks and I didn't have a single problem. I've felt perfectly normal each time. I get the Southwestern Cobb Salad with no chicken and no bacon (veg). They charge less because of the lack of meat. It's a delicious salad and I haven't had a problem with it yet! Fingers crossed!!!

  6. I know there have been a couple threads on here about a gluten-free Thanksgiving. I'm looking for a couple recipes and I haven't really found any that are really what I'm looking for.

    I'm looking for:

    a cornbread stuffing recipe-never made cornbread stuffing but I figure it'll be easier for a gluten-free stuffing.

    pumpkin pie

    pie crust

    another kind of Thanksgiving dessert

    gravy-exact measurements?

    I'm completely stuck when it comes to gluten-free rolls. Should I bake some or buy some? I'm the only one in my family that is gluten-free so I don't want to put my family through a ton of trouble. Do you have any brand suggestions for mixes or already made rolls? I'm really worried about Thanksgiving to tell you the truth. I don't think I'll be able to eat much that will be there and I'm not a huge meat eater so I don't want to make myself a whole turkey. I'm just completely dumbstruck. Any help?

  7. If I was able to eat it and feel fine, I would probably eat it. I think it would make my life easier with eating out and eating in general. The gluten-free lifestyle is very expensive as you all know and it's definitely taken a toll on my family. I think I would eat gluten to relieve everyone in my family of a lot of stress.

  8. I've been having gluten dreams too! I guess they're pretty common! In my dreams I'll eat something bad and expect to feel terrible. Then I'll wake up and be so relieved that it was only a dream. Everyone in my family always said you dream about your worries so that's why I have gluten dreams. Just my input. :)

  9. What foods would you suggest eating with the flu? I definitely have something right now and I have no idea what to do. Emergen-C and echinacea? I'll do anything to feel better! I absolutely HATE being sick. I'm achy, have a fever, sore throat, feeling freezing and really sweaty-symptoms like that. Any ideas of how to kick this out of my as quickly as possible and what I should eat?

  10. Thanks for the replies! I do not consider myself disabled. I was just curious because I had heard of Celiac being a part of the ADA. Whenever I would bring that up, someone would ask if you get a handicapped parking spot so I figured I'd ask about it. I never thought I'd get such strong responses!