Jules Shepard Gluten-Free Cooking Demo

Tonight I attended a Gluten-Free Cooking demo class by Jules Shepard.  It was sponsored and organized by the State College Celiac Support Group.  The turnout was pretty good; I think there were like 30 people at the event, many familiar faces as well as many new faces.  One woman made the trip in from Pittsburgh for the demo!

Jules did a great job and showed how easy it can be to make great tasting gluten free foods.  Jules brought already made items (day before) and also showed how to make each of these items live during the demo.  This was great because we could sample each item a day after it was made… as many celiacs know, most baked goods don’t taste that great the day after you make them.  Her items were all very delicious that she had made he day before.

Jules Shepard Demonstration

Jules Shepard Demonstration

So you are probably asking yourself, what did she prepare / demo?  Well she demonstrated how to make bread in a bread machine, pierogies, graham (like)  crackers, and finally a two-layer birthday cake.  All of which were very good.  The graham crackers were the best gluten-free ones I had ever had, light and crisp!

It was also nice to hear her talk about how you could vary the recipes to get different results… like how to make ravioli using almost the same recipe as the pierogies(for the dough).  I also enjoyed hearing about bread machines and makes me want to bust mine out of the closet again to start making breads.

At the end of the evening, she had a raffle and the group attendees could win one of three items: cake batter, graham cracker dough, or pierogi dough.  I won the cake batter, so I will be making that tomorrow night!  I also bought one her books: Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten-Free Eating.  I definitely enjoyed the demonstration and encourage those of you that are near one of Jules’ demonstration locations to attend!

Thanks to Natures Pantry for providing water and the space for the demonstration.  Thanks to Karen from the State College Celiac Support Group for initiating and organizing this event.

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Gluten-Free Banana Bread

This past weekend I was woken up by my daughter Hailey telling me that mommy cooked a surprise for me.  When I entered the kitchen, I saw something that I haven’t seen for breakfast since before Casey was diagnosed with Celiac disease… banana bread… and it looked and smelled wonderful.

Casey made the bread from a recipe on the back of a Pamela’s Products Baking and Pancake Mix.  She said it was so  easy and the results were definitely the same as everything we have made with this mix, super yummy.  Below are some photos for you to enjoy.

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Celiac Support Group Meeting

Tonight was my first time attending the State College Celiac Support Group.  I am just so excited to see a local group is now present because the next closest group is in Harrisburg, PA and that is just too far to drive.

Heidi Watson is the group organizer / contact person.  Kudos to her for getting the local support group started!  I enjoyed the meeting agenda.  I especially enjoyed the meeting’s inclusion of two local business owners: Natures Pantry Owner and Corrinado’s Pizza Owner. Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Chicken Cheese Steaks

One of my favorite meals to make for Casey is GF Chicken Cheese Steaks.

Gluten-Free Chicken Cheese Steak

I used the recipe from my favorite gluten-free cookbook (“Gluten-Free Baking Classic”) to make the roll.  I thought I would post the photo for now just so people could see what the recipe from this book actually looks like when baked.  Enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Chicken Alfredo and French Bread

Tonight Casey requested her favorite pasta dish, Chicken Roasted Garlic Alfredo w/ broccoli.  Casey also requested some kind of bread to accompany the pasta dish.  Hmm, I pulled out my favorite gluten-free cookbook (“Gluten-Free Baking Classic”) and made the French Bread recipe.  This took awhile (10 mins prep time and 25-30 mins cook time.  This was my first time making this recipe.  I didn’t let the bread rise as much as the recipe called for, but that sure didn’t affect the end result, yummy.   Continue reading

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