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It’s Pumpkin Season! Gluten free Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

It’s almost officially fall!  The weather here in Seattle is now becoming overcast, cloudy and rainy.  I’ve only been here in Seattle for a year and a half but am already in love with having a real fall season.  We came from Arizona.  If you’ve ever lived there, visited there, or done anything there… it stays pretty much the same color all year round.

I love fall.  I love rainy, cloudy, orange weather.  I love leaves falling.  More importantly, I love hot chocolate and fall flavors… like pumpkin.  So using my pregnancy as an excuse to feed my craving ideas, I decided we needed a Pumpkin Cheesecake in the house.  I adapted from a gluten filled Betty Crocker recipe to make this pretty gal.  Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t share the same love for pumpkin… oh well.  More for me!

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Recovery Bread – Pamela’s Sweet Honey Bread

As a nurse, recovery from a gluten exposure is not naturally intuitive.  Proper care of any stomach bug, stomach issue, et cetera, includes these steps: Bowel rest –> clear liquids –> full liquids –> BRAT diet.  If you’ve heard of the BRAT diet, for the celiac… it’s an expensive one — if you focus on the T in Brat. The T is often the easiest for non-celiacs.  BRAT breaks down to: Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast.  These are high starchy foods that are more readily digestible in an angry environment.  “If you’re nauseated, try saltines!”  Where the heck do you get saltines without hitting every single grocery store looking for them?  Gluten free saltines?  Medically, we don’t think about our recovering celiacs when we think BRAT diet.

During this pregnancy, I’ve craved starches.  Bread, pizza (basically bread with toppings on it), potatoes, and rice.  So it seems even more natural that, after being exposed to gluten on Monday, that I would just crave starches.  Unfortunately, the last few the mornings – I’m not tolerating food.  Bread, however? As a nurse, I know that’s a go to… so when I started craving bread last night I decided I was going to do something about it — and not run to the store to do so.

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Gluten Free Pillsbury Funfetti – Cream Cheese Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting!

When you get diagnosed with celiac disease or find that you have other gluten intolerances, one of the first thing that goes out the window is the fun of ready made cake mixes suitable for children’s parties.  Like Pillsbury Funfettis.  You lose the ability to quickly run to the store, grab a box, and put together something moist, juicy, decadent simply.  That isn’t to say that you can’t do those things… it’s merely to say that doing so gets harder.

When you bake gluten free, you worry about the texture.  Is it going to fall apart when I bake it?  Is it going to make it more than 2 hours without getting hard?  Is it going to be like eating cotton balls?  And most of the time, you can count on it not making it to the next day (my Apple Cake makes it several days…). 

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Gluten Free Apple Cake

Confession:  I had never had apple cake before.  My husband, being the import from Germany, has plenty of memories of his mother and grandmothers making Apple cake.  We were channel surfing and saw this gluten recipe go by and he immediately decided he had to have it.  We’ve been baking gluten free for a little while so it didn’t take much to see that there wasn’t a ton of substitutions needed for this recipe.  We love using Schar’s Universal Mix It flour blend.  It comes out perfectly and keeps getting better every day!  We’re still eating a piece a day three days later!  A gluten free feat to keep so well, I think.  Here’s what he did to make a yummy gluten free apple cake.

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Gluten free Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Pie style

I have a confession.  I’ve never made cheesecake before.  Not once.  In fact, last week was the first time I had even ever made a Key Lime Pie (and that actually came out pretty tasty).  But when I found this recipe for lemon blueberry cheesecake bars on Only Taste Matters… I got excited.  I got excited but I’m also pregnant…

So as I started on her recipe, I went on autopilot.  I started building myself a pie crust using my Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crumbs.  In a pie pan.  Her recipe is for beautiful yummy bars.  Well, then it was too late and I had to adapt. 

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Quick, easy, and tasty! Gluten Free Raspberry Coconut Macaroons.

Here’s a quick, easy, light summer recipe with lots of flavor!  I was surprised how well this one turned out —  My husband doesn’t love coconut and certainly won’t normally take a macaroon and even he was sneaking them from the kitchen counter on me. These are also easy to get creative with – add some lemon, add chocolate, add/take away other flavors pretty safely.  These stayed soft for us for several days – but be sure to bag them or put them in a container!  Gluten free products don’t keep in the air quite the same way as their gluten filled counterparts.

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Raspberry Lemon Morning Yogurt Muffins – Gluten free, of course!

I am always looking for an excuse to bake something.  My husband will eat one or two pieces or items at most and I’ll balloon up too fast if I eat a whole batch.  This recipe was simple, quick, tasty, and enough that I can save a few and send him to work with the rest.  I also think these make perfect breakfast muffins and can be heated up in the morning for 15-20 seconds to get a nice soft out of them.  Hope you enjoy!

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It’s part of dinner! Naturally Gluten Free Homemade French Fries.

We love these fries!  We put together this recipe after doing some research on how to make french fries on a budget; without spending the cash on a pre-packaged bag and in how to get the flavors that we wanted.  I love the french fries at Five Guys Burger & Fries but can no longer do the peanut / peanut oil that it is cooked in — so while we have been able to safely get burgers there, I can’t justify the aftermath of the peanut oil on the fries.  These come as close as I can imagine getting to the texture / taste of their french fries with some new flavor in the seasoning.  They’re baked, and since most of us will have these seasonings and the olive oil already in home – it’s super cost effective!  A 10lb bag of russet potatoes costs us less than $2 at Fred Meyer here in Seattle.

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Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread – Baking Tips from Experience

Gluten free baking isn’t easy.  Recipes are often dry, crumbly, and even not tasty.  In our last two years, we’ve thrown away our fair share of baking experiments.  Here’s a recipe that my husband recently did and modified slightly.  First you’ll find the Original recipe below and (and can find it on Taste of Home).  Keep reading – I’ll share some of his cheats.

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