Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders

20170816_213427.jpgOne of my favorite chicken recipes ever, were the Buffalo Crispy Chicken I did earlier this year (oh and butter chicken, that may be the best ever).

The trick is to use pork rinds for the coating. I think I took this idea from my father years and years ago (he is a bomb cook).

I like to mix up our eating at home sometimes, because, even though Zach and I both work in the kitchen (he as a private chef and me a a baker), we eat pretty plainly at home.

And he is such a sport of eating with me. I know if he lived by himself he would eat a lot differently. So I sometimes I really strive to make things he’ll enjoy. Granted I should work on my Italian cuisine more, but he lit up when I said I was making chicken tenders.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders

  • 1/2 lbs. chicken, sliced into tenders
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cups pork rinds, ground
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coconut oil for cooking

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Paleo Egg Roll Wrappers

20046529_10101879277759573_3981336752721843949_nThere are certain dishes you remember from your childhood.

We ate dinner together frequently. My father has always enjoyed cooking and my grandmother still suggests he should have been a chef.

There are some dishes from my upbringing that really stand out. Creamed Eggs (think biscuits and gravy, but with toast and hard boiled eggs). There was fruit compote. Donuts. And sometimes we made egg rolls at home. Yum.

Lately my parents have been bringing back the egg roll. Or in the case of my father, a deconstructed one.

I wanted one.

Hmm…

19894613_10101879277879333_7111738673402345932_nI was pretty determined and set since then to make them (I actually tried them three times, before I got one that worked!)

The great thing is. These can freeze. You can make up a larger batch and make some whenever you want.

You can stuff them however you like. Breakfast. Try different vegetables. Different meats. You can even try some sweet ones. Apple or pecan filling maybe. Or a berry and goat cheese.

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Gluten-Free Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

20170714_133253Happy Wednesday All! Monday I posted a recipe for dairy-free chocolate ice cream. Now I am sharing the rest of the stuff. I chose to sandwich the ice cream between two mini pies. Something that has been on my list for about 2 years now. I had to find the right time. Really I think I had to wait for the opportunity to use an actual ice cream maker.

The biggest challenge, actually, was deciding what flavor to make, because I had soooooooooooooo many ideas:

  • Raspberry pies with Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Blueberry with a Lemon Curd Swirl Ice Cream
  • Rhubarb with Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Strawberry with White Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Strawberry with Banana Ice Cream
  • Almond Butter/Chocolate with Banana Ice Cream, rolled in Candied Bacon
  • Cinnamon Chocolate with Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Matcha with Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Peach with Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Cherry pies with Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Key Lime with Vanilla Ice Cream, Rolled in Graham Cracker Crumbles
  • Lemon with Vanilla Ice Cream & a Toasted Meringue siding
  • Jelly Filled with Almond Butter (or Cashew Butter) Ice Cream
  • German Chocolate Pies with Caramel +Toasted Coconut Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Espresso pies with Salted Caramel Ice Cream
  • Pineapple pies with Mango Ice Cream, rolled in Toasted Coconut
  • Apple with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

……………………….and I could keep going.

See how my brain works? Sometimes I suffer with too much creativity and too many ideas. Which is not a bad thing. I am very thankful and blessed to have so much creativity.

When I have to make a choice of what to make it can be a tiny bit overwhelming picking which idea to run with.

So I went into the store not anticipating that I was even going to attempt this recipe. Blackberry were on sale. WINNER. I selected them and ran with it as the pie inspiration. Chocolate seemed to be the natural pairing to me. Granted I did contemplate a Honey Lavender Ice Cream (maybe later). Continue reading “Gluten-Free Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches”

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

20170714_133324.jpgYesterday was National Ice Cream Day. Did you miss it?

So did I.

However……………

On Thursday I was a baking, kitchen experimenting fool. On that day I borrowed my mother-in-laws ice cream maker, and finally made some Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches! I’ve wanted to make them since the last restaurant I worked at (2+ years). Lavender Blackberry Handpies sounded divine. And chocolate seemed to be its natural mate, at least to me.

I’ve made quite a bit of ice cream this year: Banana Split, Sweet Potato, Banana Cookies & Cream. My go-to technique has been to freeze the ice cream in a glass bowl, then run it through my food processor to make it creamy.  I have really been wanting to try it with an ice cream maker. Since my mother in-law recently got one, I just had to make the time to make it happen.

As you’ll remember my husband’s stomach is not as fond of dairy as he is. You’ll find him eating cheese and stuff sometimes, but I really try to make him dairy-free treats when I get the chance. And he really loves ice cream. And so do I. Occasionally. Like on Sunday.

This was VERY good. I did put some between pies (recipe tomorrow), but there was quite a bit let just to scoop and eat. It reminds me of a fudgsicle. You know what I’m talking about? Makes me think of my granny, who I grew up next door to. She used to get them in the summer time. My brother and I loved them.

This may be a plain recipe for just chocolate ice cream, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring when you eat. I said, I squeezed it between two pies. Maybe you want to make them into Popsicles. Maybe dip the Popsicle in chocolate. Dipped in crushed nuts. Get creative. This is the foundation. Build the rest of the house.

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Gluten-Free Yeast Donuts

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I grew up in the Midwest, in a nice sized town called Terre Haute. There’s not a whole lot going on. It’s pleasant. We’re known for ISU, land of Larry Bird.

Growing up we didn’t eat out a lot, my father is a bomb cook and we typically ate meals at home. Plus we lived slightly in the country and we didn’t often go into town to eat. Sometimes, we got treated. A hometown favorite for A LOT of people are Square Donuts. They are delicious.

My father grew up down the street from there, so he has many fond memories of eating there as a children. My grandfather too. He has Celiac’s disease, though, now and cannot indulge in Square Donuts. A few years ago he set me on a mission to make donuts. He sent me home with 5+ pages of notes and a fryer. The experience was a little mortifying and a fail to say the least. I did make some good baked donuts. Grandpa wanted the yeast donut, not the cake donuts.

I have kind of steered clear of donuts ever since. They’re tricky. We’re not really friends.

However, lately, I have been feeling a little more adventurous. Why not try again?

Verdict?

I personally thought they were delicious. They had a nice texture and taste. I was very pleased with them. These are best fresh!

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A Polifroni Dinner: Apple Chicken, Collard Greens & Sweet Potato/Parsnip Hash

IMAG4294.jpgI will confess, I love baking. It fuels my creativity. It’s my art. Food is one of the ways I express myself. And I enjoy thinking of new recipes and baking/making delicious new things.

However, this isn’t very representative of real life. I like to post options for treats and desserts (and to make them for the market), but it’s not something I eat or make at home very often. I typically will make bake goods for blogs and give them away or I make them for my husband.

Why?

Because the everyday foods I eat are not nearly as pretty as my baked goods. They are less awe-inspiring. A little less pizzazz. They seem so simple. They’re not as sexy. But they are delicious. They’re what I enjoy eating.

In real life I could eat cabbage everyday. It doesn’t smell good. It doesn’t necessarily look good either. But I love the taste.

I wanted to start this week off with something that my husband and I typically eat for dinner.

It has flavor. This dish had color. It has variety. And it is filling.

It’s not complicated. It’s super easy to make. And it doesn’t take long to make.

Polifroni Dinner Night

(this served 3 people, plus leftovers)

Apple Chicken

  • 1 lbs. chicken breast
  • 1 apple
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • sea salt and pepper

Collard Greens

  • 1/2 bunch collard greens
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp bacon fat, ghee, or coconut oil

Sweet Potato & Parsnip Hash

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 parsnip
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp bacon fat, ghee, or coconut oil

Let’s Make it Happen:

Peel the sweet potato and parsnip. Dice into cubes (I usually like to cube mine pretty small). Heat your fat in a skillet with the garlic on a medium heat. Add the sweet potato and parsnip. Season to taste. Allow them to cook, keep stirring them as prepare the other food. Cook them until they are tender (soft and a fork goes through the center, we put ours in a baking pan to keep warm while we made the other sides and so we could use the skillet).

Cut chicken into strips. Season with sea salt, pepper, and basil. Cook in a skillet on medium heat in another skillet. While it is cooking, dice the apples (we left the skin on). When it is almost done cooking (no longer pink in the center), drain it, and add the apples. Drizzle honey over the top. Turn to low, until the collard greens are done.

For the collard greens, remove the veins. Roll up the leaves. Thinly slice. Dice the onion. Saute the onion in a skillet with the fat until translucent. Add the collard greens. Salt. Cook until soft.

Serve it all up on a plate (props to my husband for plating this beautifully for me), eat and enjoy!

Pavlovas: Mango + Coconut & Caramel Banana

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Lesson yesterday: don’t make assumptions or let anticipation hold you back.

My lesson of course comes from food, it’s part of my self-expression.

I’ve told myself for a long time I don’t like meringue. And although I was excited to make these pavlovas today, it was not because I wanted to eat one but because I thought they were beautiful.

My anticipation was that I wasn’t going to like them. How often do we do this? Judge something/someone/an experience before we try it? I can think of countless instances in my life where I’ve done this, where I have held off on something because of my anticaption of how something was going to taste or feel or how a conversation may go. It is very often self inflicted and limiting.

Because these were delicious and my anticipating thoughts would have denied me of trying and enjoying this. Just as anticipating thoughts can hold us back from our dreams and potential. Or we deny ourselves friendships and connections because we are quick to judge or have a pre-conceived notion of how someone might be.

Sometimes we just have to stop anticipating and step fully into and embrace what is happening.

What made these so good?

I think the texture, I can’t even fully describe it, plus the flavor of the maple sugar, it all was just amazing.

IMAG4118Have fun. Play around. Try out different flavor profiles. Like:

Lemon Curd + Fresh Blueberries

Chocolate Ganache + Raspberries

Cherries + Toasted Almond Slivers

Caramel Apple

Lavender Blackberry

Get Creative!

Paleo Pavlovas

Pavlovas

  • 5 oz. egg whites (about 4 eggs)
  • 1 cup maple sugar
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Whipped Cream: 

  • 1 can coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Topping: 

  • Mango Curd (click the link for recipe) +
  • Toasted Coconut Flakes (bake @ 350 for 5 to 10 minutes)
  • Honey Fried Bananas (cook in a skillet, drizzle with honey, brown) +
  • Paleo Caramel

IMAG4114Let’s Make it happen: 

Separate eggs while cold, then allow them to hang out until they reach room temperature.

Preheat oven to 300.

Beat the egg whites on high. Once peaks start to form, slowly add in the maple sugar, a little at a time. Keep beating until it is glossy and the meringue doesn’t feel gritty to the touch. Add the vanilla and tapioca flour. Mix briefly, just until incorporated.

Lay a piece of parchment down on a baking sheet. I used an angled spatula to make four different meringues. I smoothed each into a circle. Then put another layer on top and smooth it out, as well as building it up on the sides to make a well in the center (so the topping could fit in). I repeated this with all four.

Place in the oven and bake at 225 for an hour and a half. Turn the oven off. Leave the pavlovas in the oven to cool down.

While they were baking I made the whip. Simply remove the solids from the coconut milk and beat with vanilla and honey.

Make the mango curd. Toast some coconut.

Fry up the bananas. Make caramel.

Now you are ready to assemble!

Dollop whip cream into the center of each. On two of them, smear mango curd and sprinkle on some toasted coconut. On the remaining two, drizzle caramel, layer on bananas, drizzle a little more caramel.

Just like that you’re ready! Eat and enjoy! Have fun

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