Gloriously Gluten-Free Goodies

The older I get the more I appreciate my family of choice. You know the folks I mean? The friends who adopted you with open arms when you were all alone in a new city. The ones you have thanksgiving with when you’re too broke to afford a bus ride home. Who help you carry your obnoxiously large book collection when you decide to move in with your significant other…then help you move them out again 6 months later. Those friends.

So when one of the most incredible ladies in my own FOC has a birthday…a 65th birthday to be exact…I don’t just show up with a bottle of wine. I show up with a basket of goodies tailored specifically to her gluten-free, dairy-free, low sugar dietary needs.

And for a bit of a change up I’m going to do a little link love since these recipes were taken more or less directly from other blogs I love!

Recipe 1: Elena’s Almond Flour filled Cupcakes

You can find the exact recipe in her cookbook which is available for purchase here (I just added apricots  to the filling and swapped eggs for a mix of chia seeds and water to make them vegan) OR you can find a very similar cake recipe here which I’m sure would work very nicely in cupcake form.

Recipe 2: Mama Pea’s Tempeh Tamale Pie

This recipe was delicious and a total crowd pleaser, but be forewarned that its a little more like cornbread and chili than a traditional tamale…Stay tuned for my adventures with masa flour later this week!

And here’s some more photos of the whole spread which included burgers (veggie, beef, bison and turkey) as well as a SERIOUS array of salads (its like they knew I was coming).

 

cutest heirloom tomatoes i ever did see

The only fail of the day was this butterball turkey burger.

Sorry butterball...watch me feign excitement for possibly the saddest looking patty of all time.

 I’d take Sol veggie burgers over THAT nonsense any day of the week, flexitarian or no. 

Back to the deliciousness…what birthday would be complete without made to order…CREME BRULEE!!!

the best part is the moment right before the sugar cracks

or maybe right after...

Look at that sassy redhead enjoying her birthday serenade! She looks absolutely  miserable;) 

What have you done for your FOC lately?

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5 Comments

  1. meg

     /  August 15, 2011

    how were the jam filled cupcakes received? 🙂

    Reply
    • Did you see I called them “mini-cakes” which for some reason seemed more appropriate? They went over like GANGBUSTERS! Even the gluten-loving lot had a field day with them. 🙂

      Reply
      • meg

         /  August 15, 2011

        I did- very cute and perfect. Glad they worked!

  2. livinglearningeating

     /  August 23, 2011

    Oh no! Do you have celiac’s disease?

    Reply
    • Thankfully no, but I have several close friends that do. And since I get so much joy cooking for others I decided to rise to the challenge and bone up on my gluten free baking abilities. I’m definitely still working on it but it feels good to prepare foods they can enjoy also!

      Reply

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