gluten-free Ho-Hos

gluten-free Ho-Hos

Do you remember begging your mom to put these in your lunch? Hostess Snack Cakes? Maybe you wanted Twinkies or Ding Dongs or Tiger Tails... but they're really all the same thing, right? Tons of preservatives, almost sickeningly sweet, can survive a nuclear war... but oh-so delicious. According to Hostess, Ho-Hos are "so sweet, we had to name them twice."

Well, I do remember really wanting these rolls of goodness, but my son doesn't. He's never had them before. Ever. Last I checked, Hostess hadn't really cashed in on the big gluten-free food trend. Sooooo, challenge accepted!

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bakke family rocky road

bakke family rocky road

Rocky Road was my grandfather's favorite dessert and family history has it that his mother Marion would make it to lure him back home after he had run away. My grandpa Jack was pretty smart, so my guess is he figured this out fairly quickly and would run away just to get more Rocky Road. 

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gluten-free apple crisp ice cream

gluten-free apple crisp ice cream

Great food comes with the fall-- apple cider, pumpkin-flavored everything, soups and, really, just buckets of apple cider. I have a great recipe for a gluten-free skillet apple crisp which I'll hopefully post soon. We make it every year. Multiple times.

Anyways, this year, I began to wonder if I could combine the yumminess of the skillet apple crisp with my ice cream making obsession. Since I have not fallen in love with making ice creams (or custards, to be specific) with egg yolks, I decided to go with Jeni's ice cream base. Her cookbook "Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home" has a baked apple sorbet recipe, but I wanted to make an ice cream. Something about the apple flavor mixed with the creaminess of ice cream drove me to the successful kitchen experiment I call "Apple Crisp Ice Cream!"

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gluten-free italian plum torte

gluten-free italian plum torte

This is a treat I look forward to making every year. And, apparently, I'm not the only one. I adapted this recipe from a NYTimes recipe, a recipe that the paper has published every year since 1983. It is an easy recipe to convert to gluten-free since it really doesn't use all that much flour-- only a cup. Bake it and enjoy. And, please, don't be shy about eating this for breakfast. It includes fruit after all. It's practically healthy!

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