Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow with Illustrations by Eric Blegvad
I recently found my 1st cookbook. It was written the year of my birth, 1961. Mother paid 5 cents for it at the "This-n-That" Thrift Store. It contains an endless collection of out door treats for dolls: "Leaves en Brochette", "Roast Rock" and "Dandelions Souffle'" . My favorite, "Hot Dogwood"... Pick a flower from a dogwood tree. Remove the petals and place them on a flat pan or rock. In each petal wrap a long green pine cone and secure with a tooth pick. Broil in the sun. This little book kept me outside for hours and is probably the reason I have such fond memories of cooking some 40 plus years.
♦ Summer Gluten Free Picnics
Here in the mountains of WNC it's hotter than usual. Many of us are having picnics late in the day or early evening. There are many treats that are easy to make and can be completely gluten-free.
All of the following are naturally gluten-free and the bits are available at your local tailgate markets. Many of our local grocery stores carry a wide variety of gluten-free breads, crackers and chips that will go well with these menu items.
- Egg Salad
- Chicken Salad (Cranberry and Walnuts)
- Tuna Salad
- Potato Salad (Red Potaotes with Wasibi mayo)
- Carrot & Raisin Salad
- Fresh Veggies & Dip (Sour Cream and Pesto mixed)
- Deviled Eggs
- Fruit Plate
- Corn or Potato Chips (Food Should Taste Good brand has lots of fun flavor mixes)
- Salsa - fruit, tomato or veggie based
Heat and Mayo do not go well together. Be sure to keep these items in a cooler or nest it in an ice bowl. Be sure and pack extra for yourself. We can all be absent minded and misplace a serving spoon in the wrong dish. Make sure to take more than you think you’ll be able to eat. There is nothing worse than being hungry at a party without a treat when you want one.
Brownies or Blondies are always welcome at a picnic. Betty Crocker, King Author Flours, Namaste, Pamela's, Bob's Red Mill. all have great mixes that you can tweek with your favorite fillers (Almonds, Cranberry, Chocolate drops, Walnut). I alway put Almond milk instead of water. Really makes a smoother taste. They will go fast so set a few aside for yourself.
Blue Ride Food Ventures, which provides commercial kitchen space for rent is being very proactive regarding gluten testing of the kitchen space. Gluten-free cooking and baking can be done from this facility with pre-planning and attention to details while on site. Director Mary Lou Surgi sent this notice recently. BRFV is a commercial kitchen which is rented by True Color Cooking for large catering events.
Gluten Testing. We have done some test baking in the kitchen to see if a good cleaning of all surfaces before baking would result in a product with no detectable gluten and it has been successful. We have purchased ELISA test kits which can be used to test the surface and/or products. We will work with producers to schedule a kitchen which has not had flour used in it for 24 hours with ADVANCE NOTICE. We can purchase the test kits in bulk so they will be a little cheaper. If you wish to purchase them from us for your own use here, they will cost about $10-11 each. More information on the test can be found at http://www.elisa-tek.com/ez%20gluten.htm BRFV DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY CERTIFICATION THAT IT IS A GLUTEN-FREE FACILITY.
My friend Lacy came up with this seasonal favorite.
- Peel and slice several large Vidalia Onion.
- Saute in Olive Oil until golden brown.
- In the mean time, peel (or not) several potatoes (type, your choice) and saute in another frying pan with olive oil until done. Set aside.
- When the onions are done combine with the potatoes plus shredded cheese of choice into a baking pan.
- Season to taste.
- Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
It can be sliced and served like quiche with fruit and salad. If you have dairy issues I suggest using a Romano Parmasian which is easy to digest as the lactose has been removed during processing.
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