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Appetizers

Kim Stanford and Bill Backhaus University of North Texas Press ePub

APPETIZERS

Now you can serve and enjoy gluten-free appetizers that are really appetizing. We have perfected little bites that are so good we bet they will have your guests requesting recipes. They’ll forget all about gluten-free.

More than just crowd-pleasers, our appetizers are easy to make, and most can be prepared well ahead of time. Don’t let the long ingredient lists fool you. Most go together quickly, whether we’re talking Smoked Gouda-Cheddar Pimento Cheese spread on our Savory Tarragon Biscuits or Mexican Grilled Polenta Bruschetta. (Okay, you do have to make the bruschetta in two steps.)

Bill says, “Face it: Appetizers are party food. I don’t know any families or individuals who serve appetizers before a meal on a regular basis. Kim probably does. The purpose of appetizers is to tempt your guests’ palates, and prevent them from getting ravenously hungry before the meal is served, or getting too carried away with the social beverages.”

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Soups

Kim Stanford and Bill Backhaus University of North Texas Press ePub

SOUPS

Soups are good for the soul and so beneficial for a healthy gluten-free lifestyle. Our mouthwatering soups are filled with fresh vegetables, savory meats, and an array of bold herbs and spices to make them interesting and scrumptious. For a light, refreshing lunch on a warm summer day, chilled Guadalajara Gazpacho, with just a little spicy heat, is perfect.

For recipes that would ordinarily call for wheat flour, like our decadent Potato Leek Soup with Watercress, we’ve substituted gluten-free flours in just the right proportion. You would be shocked to find out how many of the canned soups on the market contain gluten.

Our delicious soups, which liberate you forever from canned mediocrity, are substantial, rich, and tasty. In fact, if we’re going to serve soup, it’s going to be the meal, not an appetizer. After you try these, we think you’ll agree it’s the only way to go.

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Breads

Kim Stanford and Bill Backhaus University of North Texas Press ePub

BREADS

Bread is so elemental to life that it really was hard to imagine living without it. We’ve eaten some lousy gluten-free breads, and a cheeseburger on a corn tortilla is, well, a cheeseburger on a corn tortilla. No more. We love bread. No longer will you have to go without sandwiches, biscuits, your favorite Thanksgiving dressing, blueberry crumb muffins, cheese biscuits, pumpkin walnut bread, or buttermilk pancakes. They’re all here. Kim’s the baker and she adores pizza. Her last meal would be pizza. Our recipe for Pizza Crust is crispy and divine. You would never guess it’s gluten-free. Our recipes are creative and comforting, and they don’t taste like the side of a milk carton.

Remember, recipes that call for flour, bleached white flour, whole wheat, cracked wheat, barley, semolina, spelt, faro, kamut, triticale, or vital wheat gluten are not gluten-free. Don’t even think about eating those ingredients. Also remember that prepackaged bread crumbs, croutons, flour tortillas, pizza crust, piecrust, pretzels, wraps, pita bread, crackers, flatbread, and muffins are not gluten-free unless labeled as such. Our recipes really do allow you not only to maintain a gluten-free diet, but to enjoy it. We offer you one of the most important gifts in a gluten-free life: extraordinarily good-tasting gluten-free breads.

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The Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Kim Stanford and Bill Backhaus University of North Texas Press ePub

THE GLUTEN-FREE LIFESTYLE

Who benefits from the gluten-free lifestyle is a moving target in medical circles.

Celiac disease is “easy” enough. Also known as “white flour disease,” it is both a disease of malabsorption—meaning nutrients are not properly absorbed by the digestive system—and an autoimmune reaction to gluten, a group of related proteins found most commonly in wheat, barley, and rye.

For people with celiac disease, eating gluten-laden foods can cause real damage to the intestinal wall and the inability to absorb certain nutrients. People with celiac disease are also more susceptible to other diseases and health problems. But here’s the thing: Celiac disease has certain clear-cut markers and can be diagnosed with blood tests and confirmed with a biopsy. If you have it, adopting the gluten-free lifestyle isn’t optional. It’s required.

A landmark 2003 epidemiological study by Dr. Alessio Fasano, founder and head of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, is the source of the oft-quoted figure that one in 133 Americans have celiac disease. That number’s thought to be a lot higher now.1

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Vegetables and Savory Accompaniments

Kim Stanford and Bill Backhaus University of North Texas Press ePub

VEGETABLES AND SAVORY ACCOMPANIMENTS

Welcome to our world of fresh, nutritious vegetables. Fresh vegetables are an important part of the healthy gluten-free lifestyle. We’ve learned that there are so many wonderful ways to prepare vegetable dishes. Our Roasted Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots, Blue Cheese and Asparagus tossed with Lemon Vinaigrette is among our favorites, as is Creamed Sweet Corn with Bacon and Jalapeño. And Kim’s Balsamic Herb-Roasted Vegetables? So good and so easy.

We’ve combined many of our vegetables with fruits, cheese, rice, meat, and spices to add variety and excitement. The Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Risotto Cakes are phenomenal, and we think Hatch (New Mexico) green chiles add a robust Southwestern flavor to dishes like our Hoochy-Coo Hatch Green Chile Polenta. Another favorite is Havarti, Gouda, and Cheddar Cheese Grits, and we just can’t get enough of the Gruyère-Jalapeño Scalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Onions.

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