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The Best Gluten Free Bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeno Beer Bread

Every weekend, like most of you, I go to the grocery.
I stand in line at the deli counter and peer out at the vast assortment of breads at the bakery section next to me. Truth be told, I don’t just look…I lust.

I lust for the focaccia, ciabatta, the baguettes, and the french bread. I dream of sandwiches piled high on yeasty dinner rolls and jam spread over English muffins. And the bagels, the bagels nearly bring me to tears.

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Alas, my fate awaits me in the frozen food section with a loaf of Udi’s gluten free bread.

Generally speaking, I have come to terms with this. But sometimes, my longing for a good crusty bread is just beyond my control. This was just the case over the weekend. Now keep in mind I have tried for ages to come up with a good artisan bread. Each and every time it is a waste of time and expensive gluten free flour. However, my inner rebel was not willing to accept defeat so I decided to go a different route with a yeasty beer bread.

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Whyyyyy didn’t I think of this sooner?! It was amazing! I mean look at it! Perfectly thick, chewy and gooey Smoked Gouda and spicy jalapeno!

I served this with chili, and it was perfectly dippable. I can think of so many more flavor variations and soup combinations I want to try for the fall!

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The process was actually super simple. I just added warm water and yeast together and let it sit until it got all bubbly. Then I mixed the yeast, flour, and beer together until a super thick, very sticky dough formed. Then I added the cheese and chopped jalapeno. Covered, and let it sit all day.

When I got ready to bake it I turned the oven to 425 and put my dutch oven inside, so it gets super duper hot. Then I turned the dough out onto a floured surface and made a big ball. I took my dutch oven out of the oven, sprayed it with cooking oil, and added a little olive oil (for good measure) and dumped the ball of dough right in there! I drizzled a little more olive oil on top (why not?!) put the lid back on and baked it for 20 minutes covered, then 10 more minutes uncovered.

No kneading, no wresting with sticky dough. Just mix, rise, dump, and bake!

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The Best Gluten Free Bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeno Beer Bread
Recipe type: Bread, Side Dish
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose gluten free flour (I use cup4cup brand)
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast (one ¾ ounce package)
  • 1 12 ounce gluten free beer (I used Redbridge)
  • 1 cup smoked gouda cheese, cubed
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the warm water and the yeast, mix well and let sit for about 5 minutes until little bubbles form.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, yeast, and beer. Mix well until a thick, sticky dough forms. (This is easiest if using an electric or stand mixer)
  3. Add the cubed cheese and the diced peppers. Stir so they are evenly distributed.
  4. Cover dough and let sit for at least four hours.
  5. When ready to bake place dutch oven with lid in the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Dump dough out onto a well floured sheet of wax paper and form into a ball.
  7. When oven is up to temp remove dutch oven and spray well with cooking spray (bottom and sides) and add one teaspoon of olive oil.
  8. Pick up the sheet of wax paper with the dough and carefully slide it into the dutch oven.
  9. Drizzle last teaspoon of olive oil over the top.
  10. Place lid on oven and bake for 20 minutes covered.
  11. Remove lid and bake for 10 more minutes.

 

As always, I made this using gluten free ingredients. However, if you are not gluten free simply sub regular all purpose flour and regular beer! :)

Kale and Red Pepper Fried Rice

Jasmine rice is fried in toasted sesame seed oil along with freshly chopped onion, kale and diced sweet red pepper. A perfect, healthy meal ready in less than 20 minutes!

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

Technology makes me want to throw things against the wall.

One might think that since I am a blogger, I get it. One would be wrong. One would be super duper wrong.

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

On Tuesday and well into Wednesday my site crashed. Like big time. If you’re a regular reader (I hope you are!) you probably noticed, and just in case you were planning on making one of my recipes for dinner on Tuesday and I ruined it I am so super sorry! I didn’t mean to, I swear!

Somewhere up in the clouds Maebells just got lost for a while. Luckily, it is back up and running now. But it did make me realize how very much I do enjoy this little virtual friendship we have here. I like you guys, like a whole lot, so it kind of threw me off my game to suddenly not be able to share things with you. Super fabulous things like this crazy easy Kale and Red Pepper Fried Rice!

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

Last weekend I wanted something for lunch that was healthy and filling but I wasn’t feeling a salad. Fried rice totally fit the bill (when does fried rice not fit the bill?!) instead of going the normal peas and carrots route I opted for freshly sliced kale and little red sweet peppers. The result was a totally fantastic grown up version of fried rice.

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

This is a great vegetarian meal by itself, or you could throw in shrimp or chicken for a tasty change up. Then of course, if you want to go all out you can make it with this Kung Pao Chicken for the ultimate Asian inspired feast!

Kale and Red Pepper Fried Rice
Recipe type: Main Dish, Side Dish
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Serves: 4
 
Jasmine rice is fried in toasted sesame seed oil along with freshly chopped kale and diced sweet red pepper. A perfect, healthy meal ready in less than 20 minutes!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked jasmine rice (very dry, works best if it is a couple days old)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2½ tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2½ cups chopped kale
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup sweet red pepper or bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet or wok to medium high heat.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in skillet and add minced garlic. Stir garlic approximately 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Add rice to skillet and do not stir, let it cook approximately 1-2 minutes until it begins to lightly brown.
  4. Stir rice, add red pepper and onion, let it cook another minute. Rice should be lightly browned at this point.
  5. Add kale, stirring as you go, kale will shrink up a lot as it cooks, about 30 seconds.
  6. Push rice to one side of the skillet and add the last ½ tablespoon of oil to skillet. Crack egg directly into skillet and scramble it.
  7. Mix egg into fried rice and add soy sauce.

 

Cheddar and Summer Squash Cornmeal Muffins

Cheddar and Summer Squash Cornmeal Muffins

If you have been reading long you know I like to hide as many fruits or vegetables in my recipes as possible. I will eagerly shove some sort of baked good Mr. Maebell’s way and ask with unmasked anticipation “So what do you think?!” when he gives me some sort of approval I blurt out “Guess what’s in it?!” Then he looks at me fearfully until I answer.

This time was no different. When Mr. Maebell got home from work I shoved one of these beauties in his mouth before he even said hello. As he was still chewing his eyes got big and I got a thumbs up. “There are THREE WHOLE SQUASH in there!” I yelled.

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He was way less excited about that then I was.

Three whole squash! I thought that was pretty impressive. Of course, the vegetables are balanced out with some cheese and butter. Magical things happen when cheese and butter are involved, right? :) These are seriously easy and seriously good. It just tastes like good ole comfort food! And a huge plus is that they come together very quickly!

Cheddar and Summer Squash Cornmeal Muffins

Add these to your menu for next week, you won’t be sorry!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Cheddar and Summer Squash Cornmeal Muffins
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup corn meal
  • ½ cup AP flour (I used GF Bisquick)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup packed shredded squash (three small/medium squash)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Shred your squash and drain off as much water as possible by placing it in a small mesh strainer and pressing it against the side. Alternatively, you can just squeeze the water out of the shredded squash one handful at a time.
  3. Mix the flour, corn meal, baking powder, salt and pepper and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined.
  4. Lightly spray a 12 count muffin tin with cooking spray. Scoop batter into muffin tin, filling ¾ full. (I used an ice cream scoop)
  5. Bake 12-15 minutes until they are lightly brown and set.

 

Sweet Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Lime

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Lime

If you follow me on Instagram you know I am a total sucker for the Farmers Market. My Saturday morning ritual is to make the trip downtown, fight someone over a parking spot, circle the whole market twice, scope out what looks good, load my arms as full as I possibly can, then hitting up this little coffee shop on the corner.

I love it. It just seems like such a great way to start the weekend. There is usually a band playing from one of the upper floors of the downtown shops. It is the only time this place we live in now actually reminds me of the town I grew up in. The community, the fellowship, the good food. I love it all.

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Lime

Last week I ended up with a load of sweet corn because I just couldn’t help myself. I knew from the start I wanted to grill it. I just didn’t know what else I wanted to do. Ultimately, I settled on corn salad because the tomatoes I had were absolutely perfect and I knew the combo would be amazing.

It definitely did not disappoint. I grilled the sweet corn, cut it off the cob and threw in some halved cherry tomatoes, a chopped bell pepper, lime juice, cumin, garlic salt, and a little pepper. I topped the salad with a little crumbling cheese and some chopped green onions and cilantro. We ate this with steak, but the leftovers were great with tortilla chips or in a quesadilla.

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Lime

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Sweet Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Lime
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 ears sweet corn
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup Queso fresco (or other mexican crumbling cheese)
Instructions
  1. Soak the unshucked ears of sweet corn in water for 20 minutes. (This will prevent the corn from burning the outside before it cooks all the way through) After the corn has soaked remove it from the water and lightly pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Heat your grill to medium heat. Place the corn directly on the grill and let cook for 25-30 minutes, rotating every 10 minutes.
  3. Remove corn from grill and let it cool
  4. Meanwhile, chop the tomatoes and bell pepper. Place them in a large bowl.
  5. When corn has cooled enough to handle remove the husk and silk (it should easily come off). Then carefully cut the corn off the cob and place it in the bowl with the tomatoes and bell pepper.
  6. Sprinkle with cumin, pepper, and garlic salt and squeeze a lime over the top. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
  7. Top with green onions and the crumbling cheese. Garnish with cilantro if desired.

 

 

Three Cheese Basil Biscuits

Three Cheese Basil Biscuits, perfectly light and fluffy, you would never guess they are gluten free!

It is kind of a pet peeve of mine when I hear other people talk about a gluten free lifestyle as a fad. I feel like I am always coming across news articles that talk about people jumping on the gluten free bandwagon. Or when someone who isn’t really familiar with our situation will say “Well gluten free isn’t even healthy” or something silly like that.

Let me just kind of put it in perspective, for some people they choose to avoid it because they feel better without it. Some people avoid it because they have to. Both reasons are valid enough for me. But if Mr. Maebell didn’t have celiac, there is no way we would do this. I would order Pizza Hut right now, or crack open a can of cinnamon rolls. Seriously, I am so not kidding. And I can totally guarantee you he would be drinking a beer he doesn’t have to struggle to swallow. We do it because I kinda sorta really like him, and I want to keep him healthy.

Three Cheese Basil Biscuits, perfectly light and fluffy, you would never guess they are gluten free!

Fortunately, we do have to deal with it and I think in a lot of ways it has saved us from making unhealthy choices. I do feel like we have really found a nice balance. I feel like a large portion of our diet is healthy, but another portion is indulgent. Which, in my opinion, is exactly how it should be. Everything in moderation. Thankfully for me, some of the indulgent foods come in the form of bread. We have some sweet breads like this, this, and this little gem, some fantastic buttermilk biscuits, and these Three Cheese Basil Biscuits.

Holy cow. I have no words.

Three Cheese Basil Biscuits, perfectly light and fluffy, you would never guess they are gluten free!

So. Good.

These little guys are packed with ricotta cheese, goat cheese, and fresh basil leaves, and then topped with freshly shaved Parmesan. They baked up into these massive, beautiful, fluffy biscuits that were perfect. Better yet, there isn’t a speck of gluten in them.

So just in case you know someone who is gluten free invite them over and bake up these biscuits. They are a game changer.

Three Cheese Basil Biscuits, perfectly light and fluffy, you would never guess they are gluten free!

Three Cheese Basil Biscuits, perfectly light and fluffy, you would never guess they are gluten free!

Three Cheese Basil Biscuits, perfectly light and fluffy, you would never guess they are gluten free!

Three Cheese Basil Biscuits, perfectly light and fluffy, you would never guess they are gluten free!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Three Cheese Basil Biscuits
Recipe type: Side
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • For the Biscuits
  • 2 cups Bisquick (I used GF Bisquick)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup ricotta
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 ounces of goat cheese
  • ⅛ cup freshly chopped basil
  • For the Topping
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup parmesan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt until blended.
  3. Using a fork, pastry blender, or stand mixer cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is incorporated well. The mixture will be course and crumbly.
  4. Add in the ricotta, beaten eggs and slowly add in milk as you stir.
  5. When the dough seems well incorporated lightly fold in the basil and the goat cheese.
  6. The dough should be soft and slightly fluffy.
  7. Flip dough onto floured work surface. Use a biscuit cutter or the top of a mason jar to cut out biscuits. Place biscuits in a greased cast iron skillet or other oven proof dish. Just be sure to place biscuits close together.
  8. Melt the remaining one tablespoon of butter and combine it with the minced garlic. Lightly brush or spoon the garlic butter over the biscuits.
  9. Top with Parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake 15 minutes until fluffy and golden brown. Garnish with additional basil if desired.