A Delicious Mexican Halloween

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I love the “day after” feeling of a dinner party. I always feel so relaxed and satisfied. It turned out to be a really great night. The three days of cooking and preparing paid off. And even though we were missing a few guests that couldn’t make it, we all managed to put a very large dent in all of the dishes I prepared. Everyone left stuffed and happy, just the way I like it!

So, here’s the menu I posted yesterday, with as many pictures and instructions as possible. Some of the dishes I had to prepare right before the dinner party so trying to remember to take food pictures while visiting and cooking was a little hairy. Under each recipe header I’ll let you know if it was something I made ahead of time or if it had to made right before the party.

Halloween – Mexican Style Menu

Starters:

Coconut Shrimp

Stuffed Jalapenos

Tortilla Chips with Homemade Pico & Guacamole

Main Dishes:

Steak, Chicken, and Shrimp Fajitas

Chicken Tamales with Pablano Peppers & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Beef Enchiladas

Side Dishes:

Corn Souffle

Mexican Sweet Potato Hash

Cocktails:

Lime Margaritas On The Rocks

Wine

Sparkling Cider

Desserts:

Coconut Cake

Lime Tart

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Coconut Shrimp

This recipe was adapted from The Complete Mexican, South American & Caribbean Cookbook. No pictures of these, sorry! I prepared the dredging ingredients and put the shrimp in the marinade about an hour prior to the party, put the oil in the pan, and set aside a plate covered with paper towels for draining. Began dredging and frying about 10 minutes prior to the time I wanted to set out the rest of the food.

About 20 Jumbo Shrimp (make sure you use jumbo, I could only find the medium so had to settle with that, and make your life easier by either having them cleaned and deveined at the seafood counter or buying them that way.)

3 Garlic Cloves, crushed and diced (I use organic jarred garlic that is already minced…so easy!)

2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice

About 1 1/2 Cups Dry Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

1 Cup Fresh Chives, minced

About 1/2 Cup Almond Milk

2 Eggs, lightly beaten with fork

Sea Salt & Freshly ground pepper (which I forgot, but they tasted great anyway!)

Oil for “Deep Frying” (I used canola in a large skillet, about an inch and a half of oil)

Lemon wedges and Italian parsley for garnish.

Mix garlic and lemon juice with a little sea salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the shrimp, toss to coat, and marinate for about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, place the coconut on a plate, dice the chives and mix them with coconut. Crack the eggs into a cereal sized bowl and whisk with a fork, set aside. Pour the milk into another cereal sized bowl, set aside.

When shrimp has marinated for 1 hour, heat the oil. I didn’t test the temperature, I heated it on medium-high. When the oil is ready, dip the shrimp in the milk, then the egg, then the coconut and chives. I dipped several and set them aside before putting them into the oil, so I could do several at a time and they would cook evenly. Don’t crowd the pan though, it will lower the oil temp and they won’t cook well and will absorb too much oil.

Flip when they are golden on one side, then remove when they are evenly golden. This only takes a couple of minutes. Don’t overcook them! Overcooked shrimp is rubbery and very unappetizing. Remove to paper towels to drain and then place on platter with lemon wedges and garnish with Italian parsley.

Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos

I made two versions of these. One dairy free and one with dairy. I had never made a dairy-free version and I have to admit, I was shocked at how delicious they were! So good. So good in fact that I can’t wait to make them again for the next gathering we have. For this dish, I made the cheese stuffing and cleaned the peppers two days ahead. One day ahead I stuffed all of the peppers, and then about a half hour prior to the beginning of the party I put them on the grill. I covered half of the grill with tin foil so as they were done I slid them over to the foil to stay warm. Then, turned the grill off, allowed them to sit while I did the shrimp, then removed them to a platter to serve.

About 30 Large Jalapenos

1 Cube of Goat’s Milk Cheese (7 oz.)

1 Small Tub of Dairy Free Cream Cheese

1/2 Cup of Dairy Free Cheddar Cheese (Daiya), heaping

About 2 Heaping Tablespoons of Fresh Cilantro, chopped

About 3 Green Onions, diced

1 Heaping teaspoon garlic, finely chopped

A Couple Grinds of Sea Salt & A Few Grinds of Pepper

Rinse and dry the peppers. Slice just the top quarter off of the pepper with a sharp knife and set aside. I used the tops in some of the other recipes I made. If you have leftovers, which I did, you can freeze them fresh or even grill them and freeze them for future recipes.

A lot of people wear gloves when dealing with hot peppers. I didn’t, and I was fine. But…you’re taking a chance of having burning hands even if you wash them repeatedly and if you forget and touch your eyes, you won’t be a happy camper…for hours. It kind of depends on how sensitive you are to the oil. I was also careful to let the knife and spoon do the work and avoided the urge to grab anything with my fingers.

Using a small spoon (I used an iced tea spoon) and paring knife, cut out the membrane and scoop out the seeds.

In a medium bowl, combine the goat’s cheese, dairy free cream cheese, dairy free cheddar, cilantro, green onions, garlic, and salt and pepper.

Stuff each pepper generously and refrigerate for at least an hour. Because I stuffed mine a day ahead, I removed them and allowed them to come to room temperature (about an hour) before grilling.

When you’re ready to grill them, set the grill to medium high. Place peppers carefully on grill and cook until they are sizzling, slightly charred on the bottom and the cheese is melted.

Incredibly good and had I not said anything, no one would have ever known they were dairy free!

Homemade Pico De Gallo & Guacamole

I didn’t get a picture of the guacamole but I’ve made it before, you can see what it looks like here. I made the pico the night before the dinner party and the guacamole the morning of. It’s fine to make it ahead of time, but when you cover it to refrigerate, make sure you put the plastic wrap on it so it is touching and covering the entire top surface of the guacamole. This keeps the air out and stops it from browning.

Guacamole:

The amounts very for this recipe depending on how many people will be eating it and whether its a snack party or you’re using it for an hors d’ oeuvre. This recipe made about two full cups.

4 Ripe Avocados

About 1/4 Cup White Onion, diced

About 1/2 Cup Cilantro, roughly chopped

About 5 Sun Dried Tomatoes, diced

2 Jalapenos, diced

1 Heaping teaspoon Minced Garlic

Juice of 2 Large Limes

Sea Salt & Pepper To Taste

Slice avocados in half, remove pits, and place flesh in a large bowl. Smash the avocados with a potato masher until smooth. I like mine smooth with small chunks. Add the onion, sun dried tomatoes, jalapeno, and lime juice. Stir to combine. Season to taste, and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Pico De Gallo:

The amounts in this recipe vary as well. Make it to suit your needs. This recipe made about 4 full cups.

About 4-5 Medium Vine Tomatoes

About 1 Medium Onion

About 3/4 Cup Cilantro, roughly chopped

About 1 teaspoon Garlic, minced

About 2 Jalapenos, minced

Juice of 3 Limes

Sea Salt & Pepper To Taste

Stir to combine and refrigerate.

Steak, Chicken, & Shrimp Fajitas

This picture doesn’t really do them justice. Trying to take pictures during a party is crazy and then figuring out the lighting and the settings on my camera…well, you get the gist anyway. The night before the party I sauteed the chicken, steak, peppers, and onions until the meat was cooked but rare. I refrigerated it over night and then right before the party started, I placed them back in the frying pan on medium high heat to heat through and then added the shrimp to cook.

1 Medium Steak (use a really good cut of meat), sliced thinly

2 Chicken Breasts, sliced thinly

About 20 shrimp, peeled and deveined

(The steak and chicken are much easier to slice thinly if they are partially frozen.)

1 Medium Onion, sliced

3 Bell Peppers, sliced (I used orange and yellow)

Garlic

Cumin

Olive Oil

Drizzle olive oil in  large skillet. Add the chicken and steak slices, season with garlic and cumin. Saute. When the meat is rare, add the onions and peppers. When the onions are beginning to turn translucent add the shrimp and toss until done. Don’t overcook the shrimp, they become rubbery.

Serve with tortillas, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. I served mine with flour tortillas for the gluten eaters and teff tortillas for the gluten free eaters.

Chicken Tamales with Pablano Peppers & Sun Dried Tomatoes

You can make these at any time and freeze them until you need them. They freezer very well and only need to be thawed and then steamed to serve. I did mine about three days prior to the party. Making tamales is kind of a laborious process so you certainly don’t want to wait until the day you need them. I ran across a recipe on the internet for chicken tamales where the woman used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Ingenious! It saved me about an hour and a half and a lot of work and mess.

This recipe makes about 25 medium sized tamales.

1 Bag Dried Corn Husks (find them in the Mexican food isle in the grocery store)

1 Rotisserie Chicken, skinned, meat removed and shredded

3 Pablano Peppers, grilled until lightly charred and sliced thinly

1 Small Jar Sun Dried Tomatoes, chopped (I used the Mezzetta 8oz. jar)

4 Cups Masa Mix (find it in the Mexican food isle in the grocery store)

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

2 teaspoons Sea Salt

About 4 Cups Chicken Broth, warmed

1 Cup Vegetable Shortening (or lard, if you want to get really traditional)

1 Tablespoon Chili Powder

1 Tablespoon Cumin

1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

Seperate the corn husks carefully and place them in a big roasting or stock pot. Cover with boiling water and allow to sit while you’re getting all of the other ingredients ready. Place a plate or dish on top of them if they keep floating to the top.

Rinse and dry the pablano peppers and place them on a grill at medium-high heat until blistered and slightly charred. You can also place them on a baking sheet and put them under a broiler. When they are blistered and slightly charred, remove them from the oven and place them in a zip lock bag. Usually, this helps to steam them so you can remove the skin, but I like to keep it on and the steaming keeps them moist and supple while they’re cooling.

Meanwhile, shred the chicken and chop the sun dried tomatoes. Place each on a large cutting board or on separate plates creating an assembly line.

Next, make the masa mix using the directions on the bag. I also added the chili powder, cumin, and garlic. Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk.

Stir the shortening with a whisk or wooden spoon to fluff.

Using one hand to mix, slowly add the warmed chicken broth a little at a time until the masa is a smooth, but thick consistency.

Add the shortening and stir until thoroughly combined.

Lay a couple of paper towels out on the counter. Spread a corn husk out with the rough ridged side on the outside. Follow the picture steps below. Place a heaping Tablespoon of masa on the husk and spread.

Place a steamer in the bottom of a large stock pot, fill with water but just to below the rim of the steamer. Fill the pot with the tamales open side up, cover and steam on medium low for an hour and a half. You will need to keep an eye on the water in the pot and refill as necessary. Be careful not to get the water into the top of the tamales.

Once cooled, they can be frozen and then re-heated after thawing.

Beef Enchilada Casserole

This was assembled about an hour and a half before I wanted to serve it. It needs to bake for about 45 minutes or so, depending on what else is sharing the oven. Then, allow to rest and set up for 10 minutes before cutting. You can find the recipe here.

Corn Souffle

I removed this souffle from the oven about 1/2 hour before I put the enchiladas in. But I roasted the squash and sweet potatoes the day before and then set aside in the refrigerator. This is another adapted recipe from The Complete Mexican, South American, and Carribbean Cookbook. It is an impressive dish, light and delicious! Mexican souffles don’t puff way up like most but it is still light and airy. Think I’ll make it again for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

About 8 Tablespoons Dairy Free Butter

About 2  Cups Cubed Sweet Potato, peeled & roasted

About 2 Cups Blue Hubbard Squash, peeled & roasted

4 Cups Corn Kernals, fresh or frozen (if you use frozen, thaw)

6 Green Onions, chopped

About 10 ounces Dairy Free Cheese

8 Eggs

Sea Salt & Pepper

Preheat Oven to 350°

Peel and cube the sweet potato and squash, and roast until tender. Using 1 Tablespoon of the butter, grease a 9 1/2 x 11 baking dish. Put 3 Cups of the corn into a food processor, add the green onions and process until mostly smooth.

Put the remaining butter in a large pan, add the corn and onion mixture and cook on medium low until heated through. Add the sweet potato and squash, cook until heated through, stir in remaining corn.

Add the cheese, stirring until it melts almost all the way. Season generously with sea salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

Separate 5 eggs. Then add the 3 remaining whole eggs to the egg yolk bow. Stir the egg yolk bowl with a fork until the eggs are combined and fold into the warm corn mixture.

Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt to stiff peak. Fold into the souffle mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and place the dish in a large roasting pan. Place the pan into the oven and fill the roasting pan with boiling water to come halfway up the souffle dish.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the souffle no longer jiggles when shaken gently. A little jiggle is OK. I think I had to cook mine for about 4o to 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Sweet Potato Hash with Kale & Chorizo

The original recipe for Sweet Potato Hash comes from EatandRelish.com  with her help and advice, I adapted it to fit a Mexican dinner theme. I roasted the sweet potatoes and jalapenos the day before and then refrigerated until I was ready to saute everything.

8 Cups Sweet Potato, peeled & roasted

2 1/2 Tablespoons Jalapeno, diced and roasted with the sweet potato

2 Cups Spanish Chorizo, chopped

About 2 Cups Lacinato Kale, roughly chopped

3 Cloves of Garlic, minced

Olive Oil

Sea Salt & Pepper To Taste

Peel and cube the sweet potato. Dice the jalapeno, drizzle the sweet potato and jalapeno with olive oil and roast both in a 425 degree oven until the sweet potato is tender. In a large saute pan add the chopped chorizo and garlic. Saute until the chorizo starts to release its oil and the garlic is cooked. Do not drain the oil. Add the sweet potato and jalapeno mixture. Toss until heated through and combined. Add the kale and toss until wilted. Serve warm.

Coconut Cake with Raspberry Filling

 

This cake is gorgeous and delicious and VERY easy. I made it the day before the party. Forgot to get a picture of an actual slice, it was very pretty with the raspberry in the middle.

2 Boxes Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix

Eggs

Water

Dairy Free Butter

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Coconut Extract

100% Fruit

Raspberry Jelly

Powdered Sugar

Almond Milk

Shredded Sweetened Coconut

Prepare and bake the cake mix according to the directions and add 1 teaspoon each vanilla and coconut extract. Set aside to cool. Spread a thin layer of raspberry jelly between on the bottom cake layer. Pour about 4 1/2 Cups Powdered sugar into an electric mixer. Add about 1/2 cup butter, 3 teaspoons coconut extract, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined, adding almond milk a small amount at at a time until the frosting resembles a smooth and fluffy consistency.

Frost the cake and press the coconut over the frosting. Cover and place somewhere cool until ready to serve.

Lime Tart

This is very similar to the lemon tart I made a month or so ago. You can find the recipe here. I used limes instead of lemons, of course and didn’t add the figs. It’s very “tart” and limey, an absolutely perfect ending to a spicy Mexican meal. I made it the day before the party and refrigerated it.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Otherwise known as Pecan Sandies, these cookies are light and go well with a variety of meals. Instead of forming them into traditional balls, I rolled the dough and used a leaf cookie cutter, then sprinkled with powdered sugar. I made these two days prior to the party and stored in a tupperware container. This recipe is adapted from the Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook 1989.

1 1/2 Cups Dairy Free Butter

4 1/2 Cups Mama’s Almond All Purpose Gluten Free Flour

2/3 Cups Sugar

2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

2 Cups Pecans, finely chopped

1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum

1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 325°. In an electric mixer add the dairy free butter and sugar. Beat until thoroughly combined and fluffy, scraping down once. Add about half of the flour and the vanilla, beat until thoroughly combined. Add the remaining flour, xanthan gum, and pecans. Mix until thoroughly combined. Split dough into three discs. Using a little extra flour, roll dough out and cut with leaf shaped cutter. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove to wire cooling rack and using a small mesh strainer, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container.

Halloween Menu- Mexican Style

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It’s interesting how certain gatherings become a tradition in families. I love family traditions and always welcome the beginning of a new one. A few years ago we started “celebrating” Halloween at our house. I put celebrating in quotes because really, none of us are into Halloween, but we do love to eat, have a cocktail, and visit. In fact, pretty much all of our family traditions revolve around those three things. The only thing I typically ask people to bring for this gathering, is a lot of candy. Seriously, we have a ton of trick or treaters. We each take turns answering the door and handing out candy. I never get tired of seeing all the sweet little princesses, ballerinas, angels, pirates, and action heroes showing off their costumes. And then later in the evening, there’s the teenagers trying to eek out just one more candy filled, childhood Halloween.

Now that this day has become a dinner tradition at my house, for some reason, a Mexican theme just stuck. It’s really not that hard to understand why, I suppose. I don’t think I know one person in my life, both friends and family, who doesn’t like Mexican food. Mexican food has comfort and party written all over it. Perfect for a family tradition night. Last year I made enchiladas, home-made tamales, a taco bar, a Mexican style salad, and spicy rice. For dessert I made a coconut cream pie and a death by chocolate tart. This year, I purchased a cook book specifically geared toward our new tradition. The Complete Mexican South American & Caribbean Cookbook (which by the way, has a picture for every single recipe! I love that.)

I really like all of the old Mexican standbys but I also wanted to add a few new things that are authentically Mexican that I’ve never tried. As I type this, ahead of time, because I will be cooking and preparing for the party over the next few days, I already have 11 recipes dog-eared and I haven’t even made it through the entire cook book. These will need to be whittled down of course, but it’s so hard! And then there’s the dessert decisions… Drinks are easy. Tequila of course! And wine… mmm…I’m getting excited to get moving on this!

Well, today is the day. Lots to do! Here’s the menu, gluten-free and dairy-free, of course . Stay tuned for recipes and pictures tomorrow. 

Halloween – Mexican Style Menu

Starters:

Coconut Shrimp

Stuffed Jalapenos

Tortilla Chips with Homemade Pico & Guacamole

Main Dishes:

Steak, Chicken, and Shrimp Fajitas

Chicken Tamales with Pablano Peppers & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Beef Enchiladas

Side Dishes:

Corn Souffle

Mexican Sweet Potato Hash

Cocktails:

Lime Margaritas On The Rocks

Wine

Sparkling Cider

Desserts:

Coconut Cake

Lime Tart

Mexican Wedding Cookies

11 Of My Favorite Cookbooks

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When I first entered into the gluten-free world I thought I was going to be stuck with what was being sold online or in the very small gluten-free isles in our local grocery stores. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I was not going to be OK with a lot of what I was seeing. I did mountains of internet research and spent a lot of time at Barnes & Noble trying to figure out this whole gluten-free thing. I Googled everything I could think of. I read magazine articles. I skimmed through tons of books on living gluten-free. I talked to other people who have food allergies. I tried to absorb as much information as possible because I was unwilling to listen to those negative nellies who told me how hard it is to live gluten-free.

Once I realized that many people before me had obviously been to the grocery store and had a look at what there was being offered in the GF isle and were equally as upset, I started to calm down and settle into this new way of thinking. I experimented with GF mixes and different types of GF flours to see what I was up against. Once I became more familiar with the science of baking gluten-free, then I stepped out and ventured into the world of recipe conversion. Converting gluten-full recipes to gluten-free recipes. It’s so much easier than I would have ever guessed! Once I figured out I could do that, then I was truly inspired and very excited to start creating my own recipes. There are so many things to use for inspiration when baking. Pictures, combinations of recipes, flavors, old family recipes that need a new and exciting twist…the list goes on and on.

I promise you that living allergy free is not nearly as difficult as some people would have you think. Here’s a list of eleven of my favorite cookbooks that I often refer to when I’m looking for ideas and inspiration.

Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

I decided to list this one first, because I absolutely love it. It has every simple, traditional recipe you can think of. Kind of funny that it’s called the “New” cookbook because I’m pretty sure someone gave it to us as a wedding gift…almost 20 years ago. It’s a classic, and perfect for looking through when you have ideas about converting recipes.

Gluten Free Mama’s Best Baking Recipes

This cookbook has more than one hundred recipes that you can try with her almond flour blend and her coconut flour blend. One of my families all time favorite recipes from this book is her Blueberry Yogurt Muffins. To die for. Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend All Purpose Gluten Free Flour is the number one flour I use for the majority of my baking. It is also excellent for recipe conversions. This is her first cookbook, she now has another one on the market as well.

Cooking For Isaiah

I reviewed this cookbook not too long ago. I can’t rave enough about it! Every single recipe I’ve tried is perfect and delicious. You can read the review and see a picture of  her doughnuts that I made here.

250 Gluten-Free Favorites

My husband and son bought me this cookbook for Mother’s Day a couple of years ago. I haven’t even made it past the bread section, they are that good. I also like the fact that I can change flours and other ingredients without having to worry too much about the outcome.

Better Homes & Gardens Old-Fashioned Home Baking

I have had this cookbook for twenty years. There are food stains in it and half of the pages are dog-eared. Definitely a sign of a great cookbook. Beautiful, classic, old-fashioned baking, right at your finger tips just waiting to be converted.

Rose’s Christmas Cookies

Here’s another awesome cookbook I’ve had for twenty years. It’s moved five times with us so you know it’s worth it. Hundreds of cookie recipes, tons of which work wonderfully with gluten-free flour and ingredients.

Farm House Cookbook

This is the neatest cookbook. Filled with farm-house comfort food recipes that have a little story to go along with each one. Fantastic!

 

Fresh Food Fast

This cookbook is packed with fresh, easy recipes from soups and salad, to sandwiches, shellfish, and poultry. They even have a meat-less section. I haven’t run across one thing in this cookbook that can’t be converted to gluten-free.

Salads A Collection of Over 100 Essential Recipes

I grabbed this one at Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago when I was meandering around. It is filled with beautiful, fresh, and delicious salads. Each recipe has its own picture, which I love! If you’re like me and get tired of the same old side dishes, this cookbook is for you.

Easy Vegetarian

I love meat. Plain and simple. But…in an attempt to lighten up on the red meat and enter more veggies and fresh foods into our diets, I purchased this lovely cookbook. Again, this one has a picture to go with every recipe. I’ve only had the chance to try a couple of the recipes but so far, so good. The recipes are so flavorful and the outcome so beautiful, that you won’t even miss the meat.

The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book

Don’t misunderstand the word “diet”. They do claim that if you change over to a Mediterranean diet that you will lose weight. However, that’s not why I bought this book. It’s filled with all kinds of information about eating healthier and living healthier. It has tons of fun and delicious recipes, I would highly recommend it.

A Must Have

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Cooking for Isaiah - Gluten Free & Dairy Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals

Unexpected gifts sometimes turn out to be the best gifts!  My aunt Judy bought me this cook book and surprised me with it several months ago. Some of its pages are dog eared, it is filled with sticky notes, there are food stains on it,I write notes in it next to the recipes I’ve tried…true signs that it is a great cook book. Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about it.  Silvana Nardone owned a bakery for years and was the editor in chief for Everyday With Rachel Ray magazine.  It’s safe to say she knows her stuff. Her son was diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerance and she had to figure out a completely different way of doing things than she was used to.  Sound familiar?

Silvana is a foodie like a lot of us.  So you know that when a mother sets out to find a way to comfort and love her son with food and then write a cook book about it, it’s going to be good. Another cool thing on the long list of things I love about this cook book is that she has 2 simple flour mixtures.  Easy flours to find, nothing fancy or scary. The recipes aren’t too complicated, you don’t need special tools, and best of all, every single recipe I’ve tried has been delicious. Perfect for the newbie. Perfect for the seasoned gluten free/dairy free cook.

I have made numerous recipes out of this cook book and have loved every single thing I’ve made.  I’ve served them to my family, to guests, to neighborhood kids…everyone was impressed and loved what they were eating.  I could post an entire page just on how mouth watering her doughnut recipes are.  By the way, the picture of the doughnuts is my picture. Yep, they came out of my oven and I decorated them.  Fancy, huh?  They are simple…and simply delicious.

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Doughnuts

Her Corn-Shrimp fritters – heavenly. Isaiah’s Pumpkin Muffins with Crumble Topping – scrumptious and soothing. Her Chocolate Mousse Cloud Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust – to die for. And can you believe she came up with all kinds of sweet and savory waffle mixes that allow you to create sandwich breads in your waffle iron? You need this cook book.