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Foodaplenty is a website dedicated to helping food bloggers. I have been a member for awhile and this challenge caught my eye.
Foodaplenty offers a free blogging calendar (for the whole year). I also enjoy their monthly packet of food days and blogging ideas. I need to spend more time utilizing these resources to aid me in building and growing my blog.
While participating in the Foodaplenty’s August Food Blog Challenge, a fellow blogger posted a Paleo recipe which caught my attention.
I enjoy trying different recipes. Surprised? I am a foodie, food blogger, and cookbook author. I love food!
Yes, my family and I do eat grains (gluten free, of course!) though I am always looking for new recipes to try.
I am adding this recipe to my “Must Try” list to include in my menu planning. I do know I will have to change the meat (I do not eat uncured pork, which is a different story). I think using zucchini ribbons as a substitute for pasta is a great way to use up extra zucchini from the garden if you still have some left.
I hope The Caveman will post a photo of this recipe soon. I love seeing photos of recipes before I make for the first time.
Once I make this recipe, I will post a photo.
For you bloggers, have you done a blogging challenge? If yes, what did you learn? If no, are you considering finding one to join? Or create your own blogging challenge and invite bloggers to join you. If you join a challenge or create your own, please let me know. I would love to check it out.
For our family of six, we used to buy a lot of Gluten-Free flour. I mean a lot. I bake often and have gone through phases where I was baking daily.
Purchasing Gluten-Free flours can be expensive.
The cost of purchasing these flours began adding up especially as food prices increased. We decided it was time to look at grinding our own flours.
Not all Grain Mills are alike. Which one do we purchase?
I researched for months and asked friends who milled their own for mill recommendations. One friend, Jeni, swore by the Country Living Mill she was borrowing. As she and her family live without gluten, she was milling the grains I would be once I had a mill. I had seen their website so went back and read it some more. The detailed explanations of their mill and why they designed it intrigued me.
I had previously shown the mill website to Jonathan. He asked me to keep researching.
Flour mill is high on our priority list.
After our fourth baby was born, we were deciding what on our “wish list” would be purchased with our tax refund. A mill was high on the list for me. I wanted to save money on Gluten-Free flours.
We finally decided to call the company one day. We spoke with Joel, one of the owners of The Country Living Grain Mill, who answered our questions. He said it would be no problem to test the mill with rice instead of wheat (as this option is mentioned on their website). He asked if we were local to him. We were about two hours south. He said he was happy to ship it to us or we could go pick it up and test the mill ourselves.
We drove up right then and there. We tested our mill with rice. We chatted about Gluten-Free grains and how the mill handles them.
We set it up when we got home. We have not looked back or regretted it.
Gluten Free Flours using The Country Living Grain Mill at Home
When specific flours gets low in my Tupperware™ Modular Mates, I grind some more. Usually, I add the grain and Jonathan makes sure it gets milled. He is great about turning on the mill first thing in the morning. The mill is as quiet as one would expect from a mill grinding grain. It is now white noise for me most of the time.
You can taste the difference between freshly milled flours and ones which have sat in a bag on a shelf for months.
Oh, one of the best parts of getting my Gluten Free Flours using The Country Living Grain Mill is I have total control over how fine or how coarse of a grind. I can have coarse cornmeal and then (after cleaning out the mill) can do super fine brown rice flour. (Super fine does take longer to grind due to the finer grind.)
Now, when gluten-eating people mention “I don’t taste any gritty flour – are you sure you used rice flour?”
I just smile and say, “Yes, I did using my Country Living Grain Mill.”
I would love to hear what grain mill you use to grind your own Gluten-Free flours. If you do not have a grain mill, have you considered it?
Since going Gluten Free in 2001, we (my husband and I, specifically) have discussed the Gluten Free lifestyle with hundreds of people. One of the most common questions we are asked is, “How do you cook gluten free?”
We are also asked, “How can you possibly eat anything if you don’t eat gluten?”
Preparing Gluten Free meals may take a bit more planning and time when you are new to the Gluten Free lifestyle. If you are cooking Gluten Free for a family member or friend, these tips are to help you as well. It will get easier to learn how to cook and bake Gluten Free.
Here are my 5 Tips for Preparing Gluten Free Meals
Know which foods and byproducts contain gluten.
Check the label on each item every time you purchase.
Use non-contaminated cookware, utensils, serving ware, and equipment.
Focus on naturally Gluten Free foods like produce which you can eat.
Keep it simple and work your way up to making more difficult dishes like Beef Wellington.
Cooking and baking Gluten Free does not become second nature overnight. At least, it did not for me. It took me a long time to become used to not relying on the gluten-containing foods to make meals taste good.
Gluten Free foods (cooked and baked) can taste just as good – if not better – than their gluten-containing counterparts. It depends upon ingredients and techniques used as to how well Gluten Free foods turn out in your kitchen.
For more details on how my family and I began living the Gluten Free lifestyle, please read my book, The Gluten-Free Way: My Way (available in print and digital from Amazon.com and BN.com).
I would love to know about your experiences preparing Gluten Free meals. Please share below in comments. I answer each comment (except for the spam ones).