Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Grilled Pizza

Move Over Caveman!! Momma's working the Grill tonight!

You know it's so funny how I rule the kitchen in our house and my husband is the Grill Master.
Even when I touch the grill I get a bit nervous and I always have this secret thought in the back of my head. 

I know... your thinking... What secret thought?!

I'll share it with you but you have to promise to keep this under your hat.
My secret thought is a bit scary and comical for me but I have it flash before my eyes every time I fire that BBQ up,
and here goes...
 It always ends in a very strong crispy visual of me standing there holding the tongs with singed hair, no eyebrows and soot kissed skin. 
haha I know it's kinda funny to actually type it, it may be funny to be reading it, but whatever the case that's the secret thought.
And let's keep this between us okay...because in our house if anyone spots or discovers a weakness they use it.
ie pranks, practical jokes, and party humor.

Now back to the grilling experience...
All though I'm cautious and uneasy in front of the grill, on the other hand my husband always seems so relaxed and confident in front of the pit.
Which leads me to believe there's a strong neolithic connection between modern man and his grill. 
Men are just drawn to cooking over an open flame.
I'm guessing here, but I believe it makes them feel like they are 
STRONG BRUTES
when they control fire. lol

My guy thinks our grill is a flaming parking lot for big hunks of meat. 
I think otherwise. 

Which is why I decided to slip out to the grill while the hubby was out and try my hand at grilled pizza.
YES that's right
GRILLED PIZZA.
And guess what??
 If you love crispy crust like I do, you've got to try this!
Plus, this helps to keep your kitchen cool during the hot summer months.

Check out what I learned... from flame ignition to pizza slicing.



Grilling really is a fine art. It takes some practice.





After eating my hubby's grilled foods then trying my hand at it I've learned the grill is not like my stove or oven. There are no short cuts and you need to be patient.
Yes. Patience Grasshopper. Patience.




It's easy to burn food on a grill.
So cooking slow and on low is the best rule of thumb especially for newbies like myself.
Learn from my mistake.
I tried firing my pizza on Medium heat and that was WAY to HOT and my first try ended in...
how do I say this...
Blackened Pizza Crust.
{And just so you know. I NEVER burn anything.}
I like to refer to food with a darker color than normal as BLACKENED. haha

Here is how I grilled this lovely pizza pie.

First, I used the pizza crust recipe I posted a while back with a free modifications.
Here's the recipe I use now for my families favorite pizza crust.

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Here is what you'll need:
tablespoon dry yeast
23; cup brown rice flour
½ cup white rice flour
tablespoons powdered milk {I use Carnation Powdered Milk}
 (Dairy alternative, 2 T tapioca flour or sweet rice flour in place of 2 T dry milk powder or non-dairy) or tablespoons non-dairy powdered coffee creamer (Dairy alternative, 2 T tapioca flour or sweet rice flour in place of 2 T dry milk powder or non-dairy)
teaspoons xanthan gum
½ teaspoon salt
teaspoon unflavored gelatin
23; cup water (110 degrees F)
½ teaspoon sugar or ½ teaspoon honey or ½ teaspoon agave syrup
teaspoon olive oil
teaspoon cider vinegar


Directions:


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In medium bowl using regular beaters (not dough hooks), blend all ingredients on low speed.


Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.


(If mixer bounces around bowl, dough is too stiff. Add water if necessary, one tablespoon at a time, until dough does not resist beaters.) Dough will resemble soft bread dough.


Put mixture on lightly greased 12-inch pizza pan or 11 x 7-inch pan (for deep dish version).


Liberally drizzle olive oil onto dough, then press dough into pan, continuing to drizzle with oil to prevent sticking to hands (you can use rice flour for this instead of oil if you wish)


Make edges slightly thicker to hold toppings.


Bake pizza crust for 10 minutes.


Remove from oven.


{Before I put the toppings on I remove the pizza from pan/foil which ever one your using}


Spread pizza crust with your favorite sauce and toppings.


 For a crispier crust place directly onto oven rack. You can cook longer depending on how crispy you like your crust. :)
  1. Bake another 15 to 20 minutes or until top is nicely browned.

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Then I oiled a piece of tin foil with Olive Oil and rolled out my pizza crust on top of it.
I placed the pizza crust, without the toppings, on the grill and closed the lid.
Checking it often.
{Because I'm totally not a pro. YET!}

 When the crust looked a tad brown I removed it and and pulled it from the foil.  Only because I didn't want to pull it off the foil after I had all the toppings on it.

Then I placed the sauce and toppings atop it and placed it back on the grill to melt the cheeses and toast the crust a little more.

After a few minutes Wha La!  Grilled Pizza!!!

The crust was nice and crispy and I had fun playing with this new way of cooking.


Just a note... I plucked
Fresh Oregano from my herb garden for this pizza which always makes the flavor amazing. :)

Want to start your own Organic Herb Garden??
It's simple and easy to do and saves so much money.
Check out this wonderful site, Seeds Now, for more information.
Look how cool their kits are.


 Hope to hear you are grilling pizza soon!!


  


Friday, July 20, 2012

Inspiration Friday - July 20

 I can't believe it's been seven months. What a great ride.
I'm celebrating every day!
 
If you don't already, I hope I can inspire to you to start,
CeLeBrAtInG.

Celebrate even the smallest gifts in life. 
For example...Some would complain about having to be gluten free. 
I'm Owning It!
Find a reason to celebrate every day no matter how small and remember a celebration can be one person or many, it can be something that is announced or something you hold within yourself. 
No matter what, find your life's celebration moments. 
Cherish them, hold them dear to your heart and truly drink in the beauty of the moment. 

Until next time...
Big Gluten Free Hugs to you All!!
 
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

xoxox

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Easy Summer Salsa's

I make fresh salsa (pico de gallo) all year round.
But there is something about this dish in the summer that makes it a
MEGA FAVORITE
around my house.

Maybe it's the fresh taste, the colors, or getting to use a corn chip to deliver something healthy to your mouth.
I think my favorite quality is in only a few minutes you can have a beautful, flavorful side dish or dip that everyone enjoys without heating up the house.

It's basically a fridge to bowl recipe.
I don't know!
Whatever the draw may be ... this dish is always a hit.

And the beauty is...

 If you can work a knife you can make these dips!
All you need is a nice sharp knife, fresh ingredients, (Ill list them for you below) and about 10-15 minutes!

That's all it takes!

I have two to share so let's take a look.

FRESH ROUGH CHOPPED SALSA


Here is what you will need!

3 Large Tomatoes {I used some huge Tennessee tomatoes}
Fresh Cilantro
Half of a Large Onion
Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes
Chili Powder
1 Jalapeno seeded

Rough chop everything stir together. Then add spices to taste!
And there you have it...
Easy Summer Salsa! 

Serve with some 
Gluten Free Tostitos Blue Corn Chips
{Gluten Free and made with Certified Organic Corn}

FRESH BLACK BEAN AND CORN SALSA


Here is what you'll need...
1 Half a Red Onion coarsely chopped
1 Half Avocado cut into small cubes
2 Large Tomatoes cubed or several Romano Tomatoes cubed
1 Half Jalapeno seeded and minced
Handful of Fresh Cilantro rough chopped
Half a can of Nibblets Corn
Half a can of Black Beans washed and drained
1 Lime fresh squeezed or Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon of Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Bag of Tostitos Scoops or Gluten Free Tortilla Chips

You can add Chili Powder, Fresh Garlic or Cayenne Powder to add an extra punch to your dip. This is a basic floor plan that you can modify and take to new heights. 
We made this a few weeks back and it's great even spooned onto Hot dogs!! mmmmm

My SIL {Sister-In-Law} made this one time and I feel in love with it right away.
I had to replicate it.
 Thank you for the inspiration Jackie!
This salsa is so awesome.

So there you have it. Two savory summer salsa's that won't disappoint.
They are quick and easy to make and will only heat up your mouth during these sizzling hot summer months!

Here are some ways I've served this...
Serve as a side dish and let your family eat this as a side salad.
Use as a topping on Hamburgers and Hotdogs.
Add a little to the top of your black or pinto beans.
Serve with your Tacos.
Place some atop your rice.
Scoop with chips.
Melt cheese on nachos and garnish with salsa and serve during movie night!
Serve along side chips and your favorite gluten free beer!

Now tell me...
Do you have a favorite salsa you make?
 Share it! We would love to see what chips are scooping up at your house.

Until next time may...
Happy summer blue skies be over you and your family!


Monday, July 16, 2012

Deep Discounted Gluten Free Find


I think everyone has a Big Lot's! close by and if you don't you need to protest.

I haven't visited the store often in the past but I'm certainly going to be hitting them up a lot more now since I found this there.


Let me back up a bit and explain how I ended up at Big Lot's! on grocery day.

Last weekend I was in Publix with my 7 year old daughter and she just like myself was lured to the bakery counter to look at all the pretties. We just love to look. Like I have said in the past, I LOVE pretty food!

So after standing there for a few minutes one of the employees asks if we need some help and I had just spotted their crustless mini cheesecakes and so I decided to ask if they were gluten free. 
She checked with the bakery manager and returned saying they honestly couldn't confirm it. 
But then she did something so unexpected and asked if I have Celiac Disease.
I was so shocked to find someone out in the blue who knew about it. LOL
I responded and she continued to tell me that CD runs in her family as well. 
A long and very interesting conversation ended with her telling me to head to Big Lot's!
YES!!! BIG LOT'S!!

She explained that her Publix had just sent a lot of items there that wasn't moving in the store and she said many other stores do that as well. She warned to check the dates but if they are in date they are good-to-go and that nothing is wrong with the product it's just not moving in some stores.

So I kindly thanked her for all her information and made a mental note to hit this store up the next time I was near it.

So a week later I hit it up and I was stunned at all the Bob's Red Mill they had. They had a ton of this stuff with quite a few Gluten Free Products as well. 

So I sprung and got the Wonderful Bread Mix that was marked $4.00 a bag but when I got to the register they applied an additional 20% off on my order of 3 bags so they came out to $3.20 each. 
As I walked out of the store I had no idea how much these even sell for at Publix but I was headed there any way to get groceries so decided to see if they had any there.

And sure enough they did!!!
I was stunned at the $2.99 savings per bag!!
so loving this tip.

Now keep in mind you do have to really look for the gluten free foods at Big Lot's. They are peppered through out all the isles but the Bob's Red Mill Section is pretty dedicated at my store.
And as always this will vary from store to store.
If you are in an area where GF sells good then your store may have limited supplies.
But in any case CHECK it out!!

Best of luck to you in your GF bargain hunts and if you find a great deal let me know!!!

Wonderful Monday to you all!



Sunday, July 15, 2012

Easy DIY Recycled Funnel

While making one of my lovely summer salsas this weekend I found I needed to refill my pepper mill.
This is always a nightmare at my house!!

I don't know about you but a funnel is something I don't have in my kitchen and I make a mental note to get one every time I'm out and ALWAYS forget. 
UG!!

So this weekend when I needed to fill my pepper mill again I grunted in agony thinking about the mess I was about to make and having to clean up all those little black peppercorns that spill over onto my counter top and ultimately end up in my floor. 
and yes...
No matter how careful this always happens.

This time I decided to make a change and recycle something I already had into a useful funnel that not only works but is GREEN. Yes that's right, GREEN. Meaning it's one less piece of plastic that is going into a landfill and its perfect for my use right here at home. 
{Trust me this will get a lot of use}

So take a look and my how too using a plastic vinegar bottle. I
f you're ever in a situation, like I find myself in quite a bit, you'll look at other ways to make the situation work in a green friendly kinda way. :)


If you liked this post and would love to read more about green living 
check out my very good friend Shane at

Friday, July 13, 2012

Gluten Free Princess

Today's image is simple yet powerful. It's about accepting who you are and owning it!
I am a GLUTEN FREE PRINCESS!


You know the old saying "If life gives you lemons make lemonade!" 
I believe this message 100%. Even though sometimes in life it can be hard to see the good in the situation we must Make the best of it! ALWAYS!

Today I proudly proclaim I' am a GLUTEN FREE PRINCESS and I reign over Gluten in my world!
My booty of treasure... is my Mind, Body and Spirit.
And this Kingdom extends much further than my family and home. 
It extends through YOU!
My friends, my loyal readers and supporters, you broaden my REACH.
By reading my blog, following me on Twitter or liking me on Facebook you too are a member of this awesome gluten free community as well.

For without you, there would be no Gluten Free Booty!

I am so thankful for YOU, my Family, Friends, and Followers!

You INSPIRE me.

Have a wonderful weekend all!









Monday, July 9, 2012

Tea Time Moroccan Style


 My youngest daughter recently attended a birthday party of a classmate.

The party was very well planned with beautiful food and lots of wonderful activities for the kids. 
 The guests were incredibly interesting and we all really had a wonderful time chatting while the little ones played. Besides the great conversation the one tidbit I walked away loving was the ...


It was simply divine.
Even on one of the hottest days here in Florida the hot tea was still so delicious and refreshing.


There were two carafes of tea one sweetened and one a-la-natural.

You can sweeten it if you like but I am telling you either way
sweet or not, cold or hot.
It's delicious.


Not only is this tea a wonderful addition to your recipe box it is also fantastic for your digestive health! Green tea is full of antioxidants and mint is fantastic at stimulating digestion and relieving stomach upset. 


And if you are a runner like myself check this out!
Another fascinating fact about this tea from a cultural stand point is ...


I loved it.
 And when I inquired about the recipe the mother responded with how easy it is to make.
{E-A-S-Y is really all I needed to hear :)} 
She mentioned all I needed was fresh Mint and loose Green Tea Leaves from any specialty market.


So you know me
I decided to give it a try and see if my tea could taste just as lovely. 


Check out the recipe...
it really is quite 
E-A-S-Y


Here's all you'll need...





{By the way I doubled the recipe}

Boil the water. 

Pull aside after boiling and add tea bags and fresh mint.
Let steep for 3 minutes.
Remove mint and tea bags.
Add sugar.


Transfer back and forth from the pot to a pitcher to mix the sugar.
I transferred back and fourth about 6 times until the sugar was completely mixed.
And you even get the foam on top you read about when making the traditional Moraccan Tea!!
You can serve right away hot or place in a pitcher and chill for later.


You can even go all out and serve in traditional Moroccan Tea glasses.
{They are around 4 inches tall and hold 4 ounces.}
Aren't these just gorgeous!!
I may have to get a set of these. 


They come in so many different colors and styles and all are so beautifully crafted.


 
However you drink your tea, prop your feet up and enjoy. 
I promise it will bring a smile.


Hope you enjoy!