Pumpkin Spice Cake, Gluten free Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Well, it’s that time of year, the time to put pumpkin in EVERYTHING…just kidding.  Pumpkin is a very healthy fruit (it is in fact a fruit not a vegetable), so I like to put it in food, deserts etc when I can, especially this time of year.  I decided to make a pumpkin cake rather than the usual pumpkin pie, because I’ve always loved spice cake and why not get the added benefits of pumpkin right? Here are just a few of the added health benefits of pumpkin:

According to Nutrition and You: 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins.

According to Medical News Today: The potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure and the antioxidants and vitamins contained within pumpkins could prevent degenerative damage to the eyes.

That being said, adding lots of butter and sugar can detract from these benefits a bit, but hey might as well feel a bit better about indulging right.  This recipe was also featured by Treetopia last year, it will definitely be a hit.  This recipe can be made with regular wheat flour or 1-to-1 gluten free flour.  … Read Full Post

Holiday Party Signature Cocktail

Holiday Party Signature Cocktail – The Very Berry Cocktail

Choosing a Holiday Party Signature Cocktail can be a hard one.  Should you choose one with mint? Should you garnish with red and green? There are so many options.  Well, I hosted a party last weekend and I had this very conundrum.  It was for my sisters in Lipstick Sisters LA and I knew this group would appreciate a champagne cocktail.  After a few taste tests, I came up with the Very Berry Cocktail, part Ruby Red Grapefruit, Cranberry Pomegranate juice and champagne and garnished with frozen cranberries to keep it chilled, see full recipe below.

The Very Berry Cocktail
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Recipe type: Cocktails
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce ruby red grapefruit vodka
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • 2 ounces cranberry pomegranate juice
  • -frozen cranberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Chill vodka, Champagne, and juice, then mix in a champagne glass. Garnish with 2 or 3 frozen cranberries.

 

Here are a few photos from the party:

 

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Beef Stew

Well, it’s finally getting chilly in Los Angeles….yes that mean a dip into the 60’s.  I can’t believe that I lived in New York City for 10+ years, I’ve lost my ability to handle cooler weather.  Now that we are having this cooler weather, I decided to bring out the slow cooker and this week I made beef stew (I called in Beef Bourguignon in the video, but it’s more like a beef stew ;-)) and just had to share it.  So, I made it live on Periscope on Monday, if you’re on Periscope please follow me so that you can catch my next live endeavor.  You can find me at:  https://www.periscope.tv/GFAvenger  So the Periscope and the recipe are below.


Beef Stew
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lb cubed beef stew meat
  • ½ cup gluten free flour (I used King Arthur all purpose GF flour)
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery, with a few minced leaves
  • 2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 onions, diced
Instructions
  1. Put GF flour, salt and pepper in a large ziploc bag.
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Have You Heard? Some Gluten Free Cheerios Have Been Recalled.

So last week I shared the photo to the right on Instagram of a box of “gluten free” Honey Nut Cheerios (you can see the post here: https://instagram.com/p/8D7b0AKwTE/?taken-by=gfavenger>).  I was very excited because this was my favorite cereal when I was a kid and I haven’t been able to it eat in quite a while.  I had a TON of comments ongluten free cheerios my post, some were excited like me and others were talking about an FDA investigation into a possible contamination of the gluten free cereal.  Well, it looks like General Mills folded under the pressure and issued a voluntary recall on October 5, 2015 of some of their Gluten Free Cheerios products.  UGH…

Here is an excerpt from the General Mills website about the recall of some of their Gluten Fee Cheerios products:

“We are embarrassed & sorry to share an incident that occurred at our production facility in Lodi, California, that allowed wheat flour to enter our gluten-free oat-based system. As a result, original and Honey Nut Cheerios produced on several dates may contain wheat and were wrongly labeled gluten free.”

Sourced from: www.cheerios.com

Well, I don’t have the box anymore because my non-gluten free husband ate most of it, probably a very good thing for me.  … Read Full Post