Saturday, February 25, 2012

Perfect Vanilla Cupcake

I have been gluten free for about 5 years now, so I'm fairly accustomed to this lifestyle.

But, I must say, whenever other people get to eat desserts, and I don't, I get jealous.

I've made red velvet cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes, and chocolate cupcakes with great success, but I wanted just a basic vanilla cupcake.

I found what I was looking for...

Not only was this a delicious gluten free cupcake, but it might have been the best cupcake I have ever had!

Recipe from A Gluten-Free Guide

Please try it. Yall will thank me.

You'll need

  • 1 package Gluten Free Pantry Old Fashioned cake mix (don't follow the directions on the package)
  • 1 package Jello vanilla instant pudding
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 extra large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 C orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons good vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the wet ingredients in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients and beat on high speed for two minutes.

Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Fill liners 2/3 to ¾ of the way full.

Bake for about 18 minutes, or until the cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

These cupcakes are perfection.

I gave some cupcakes to 5 people (who are not on a gluten free diet) for Valentines Day and 3 of them asked for the recipe!


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

My friends finally convinced me to make a pinterest account!

I saw this recipe and I instantly wanted to make it because

1) I love Chinese food
2) I have a minor obsession with the slow cooker

It’s okay, we all have our quirks.

I looked at the directions, and then went off into the kitchen without checking them again. I made some mistakes, but they were delicious ones!

Here's my first pinterest recipe!

I found the recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff

This is the recipe the way I made it :)
  • 2 lbs chicken cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour (obviously, I used gluten free flour)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil (you can use vegetable/canola)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of minced ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon (heaping) of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup of cashews

Combine flour and pepper in resealable food storage bag. Add chicken. Shake to coat with flour mixture. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken about 2 minutes on each side. Place chicken in slow cooker. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes in small bowl; pour over chicken. Cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours. Add cashews and stir. Serve over rice. Makes 4-6 servings.

It was good! I'll enjoy finding more recipes off of pinterest!

Yall enjoy!