Thursday, November 13, 2014

Product Review of Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax with Chia

It seemed like a good idea to buy Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax with Chia.  I have no doubt that it is a healthy choice for a breakfast cereal.  However, I can't stand it.  It tastes terrible to me. :\ I tried adding it to my other gluten-free cereal to tone down the taste.  Nope.  Then I tried melting chocolate chips and adding some granola with it to enhance the taste.  It kind of ruined the good taste of the chocolate.  I am rating it at 2 out of 10.  I will just add flax to my smoothies and call it good. :)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recipe for Red Pepper Noodles

I am grateful for family!  Even though there are difficult days with parenting--and the trials that come with it--life is good.  It is nice that life includes happy days to offset the hard days.  Having one son get married in August and another in October has brought great joy!  Plus, we now have two more awesome daughters-in-law!

In August, our oldest son, his wife, and their 3-year-old daughter came to visit due to the wedding.  It was awesome to have them here!  My daughter-in-law knew I was busy with wedding preparations, and volunteered to make some of the meals.  I was happy to let her do this, especially since she is a great cook!  Here is the recipe for the Red Pepper Noodles she made for us.  Delicious!



Red Pepper Noodles*

1/2 lb. gluten-free spaghetti noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 diced red bell pepper (or orange bell pepper)
1/2 cup diced onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Soy sauce, to taste

1.  Cook the noodles according to package directions.  Drain noodles.
2.  Dice the red bell pepper and onion.  Heat olive oil in a wok or large skillet.
3.  Saute the diced red pepper, diced onion, and minced garlic for 7-10 minutes.
4.  Stir in the cooked noodles, lemon juice, and sugar.  Add soy sauce, to taste.

*I also added sliced zucchini.  Yum!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Product Review of Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Dough; My Pizza Recipe

I was making pizza for a large group a few weeks ago and I needed more than our two large crusts that I make with my pizza recipe.  I decided to supplement with one more small to medium-sized-pizza and to give Pillsbury dough a whirl.  I like my recipe for pizza crust better (a subliminal hint to buy my cookbook).  :)



The Pillsbury pizza crust caused my eyes to light up, however, since it is great to see companies like Pillsbury joining the gluten-free product wagon.  I am rating the crust at 7, since the flavor was quite good, but it was chewy and dense and had a slight after-taste. See my blog post at this link for my pizza crust recipe, and hopefully you will like it so much you will buy my cookbook. :)

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Review of Arrowhead Mills vs. King Arthur Chocolate Cake Mix

Our son recently got married and we wanted to have gluten-free cake at the wedding luncheon for those in our immediate and extended family who have celiac disease.  Our 12-year-old daughter loves art and so we decided to let her decorate the gluten-free cake.  We tested two brands of gluten-free cakes.  The Arrowhead Mills chocolate cake was very dry and didn't have great flavor.  Rating:  3.

Photo source:  http://www.arrowheadmills.com/product/gluten-free-chocolate-cake-mix

The King Arthur chocolate cake was delicious and moist.  Rating:  9.

Photo Source:  http://www.amazon.com/King-Arthur-Flour-Chocolate-22-Ounce/dp/B00473U3BM


We also used the following recipe from my cookbook, and we all LOVED the substitution of raspberry flavoring we used (we ran out of lemon flavoring).  Necessity is the mother of invention, right?

Cake Decorating Frosting

2½ cups powdered sugar
¼ cup shortening
⅛ cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons egg white
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon lemon (or raspberry) flavoring
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
2½ tablespoons milk

Combine all ingredients and whip for 4-5 minutes on medium speed.


We had a hard time finding the pearl centers for the flowers.  Every craft store we checked carried the Wilton brand, and they are not gluten free.  Happily, my older daughter eventually found this brand and they are gluten free. :)

Photo source:  http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/celebration-silver-pearls-candy-812917/





Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My First E-Book!!!

I am soooo excited!  My first e-book is on amazon.com!  It is priced at $3.99.  Check it out!  :)

http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Cooking-Delicious-Breakfasts-Breads-ebook/dp/B00MFXXZG6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407901183&sr=8-1&keywords=susan+bell+breakfast+and+breads

I love the work of my graphic designer and photographer, who both did a spectacular job!




Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Those Spunky Six Sisters and Their Yummy Biscuits

I was doing a book signing at a Deseret Book, and a friend told me I should sign up for the free drawing going on that night.  Wonder of wonders...I won!  And...I won a really fun cookbook called Six Sisters' Stuff.  The only challenge is that most of the recipes are not gluten free.  My daughter was undaunted by this, however, and used Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix as a substitute for the baking mix called for in their biscuit recipe.  It is a great recipe, and the 7-Up in the recipe gives the biscuits a delightful flavor.

Adaptation of Six Sisters Easy 7-Up Biscuits

1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix
1/2 cup 7-Up
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Cut sour cream into Pamela's mix with a fork.  Add 7-Up and stir just until combined.  Add melted butter.  It makes a very soft dough.  Drop by the spoonful onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hummus with an Italian Flair; Our Most Important Work

Since we found out my husband's triglyceride levels are high, we have been trying to figure out healthy snacks.  He loves chocolate almond milk, and some of the Bolthouse juices, like Blueberry Goodness and carrot juice.  We also found some Popcorn Indiana chips at Sam's Club and on amazon.com that have far less fat than regular chips.  My husband likes to dip these chips in hummus, and I wanted to make a homemade recipe for hummus that would contain olive oil, instead of soybean oil.   He also doesn't care for the taste of cumin, which seems to be a prevalent ingredient for hummus recipes. So, I have been trying out different combinations of spices...and I came up with this one.  I hope you enjoy it. :)

Basil-Oregano Hummus

1 can garbanzo beans (15.5 oz.)
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons tahini (ground-up sesame seeds in a creamy mixture)
4 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 - 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder

Blend all ingredients for several minutes in a high-powered blender.



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We have had a whirlwind of activity at our home.  One of our sons returned from Mexico, another son got engaged to be married, we had a family reunion at our home, and we decided to paint several rooms in our house.  Whew!  One thing I know about all of this, I love FAMILY!!  I am impressed with this quote from Harold B. Lee:

“The most important... work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes.”
–Harold B. Lee
The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, sel. Clyde J. Williams (1996), 280