Anyone can be "the family chef". You just need good recipes and techniques! Chef Amy Fothergill shares her best recipes with you for quick and easy dishes with an emphasis on gluten-free.

Get information here about her cookbook, The Warm Kitchen: Gluten-Free Recipes Anyone Can Make and Everyone Will Love.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Roasted Red Cabbage

This is in the category of "things you should not assume your kids won't like". A friend of mine (thank you Kristen!) served it at dinner a few years ago and I was amazed that my then 5 year old daughter loved it. I really was shocked! However, my then 7 year old ate it but I'm not sure he loved it. I'm okay with that.

There's really no recipe; it's more of a method. Here you go:
Preheat oven to 375F. If you have convection, use it for this dish.
I use about 1/2 of a cabbage for our family of 4. Many grocery stores will cut a cabbage in half for you if you don't think you will use the rest.
Remove the white core from the middle. Cut the cabbage into wedges. 
Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. 
Roast about 12-15 minutes or until you can smell the cabbage. Cabbage should be tender with a little browning. Serve as is.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Muffins (gluten-free and regular)

There's not much to say about these delicious muffins! This recipe will be in my cookbook. One of the testers said "My daughter said they tasted like pumpkin pie. And my little guy couldn’t help himself from stealing fistfuls of the ones we were trying to save for his daddy."

You can easily call them a cupcake if you add buttercream or cream cheese frosting (as seen above). Since many of my recipes started out "regular" and then I converted them to gluten-free, I thought it would be easiest to provide options for either.

Here are a few more tips:

  • Gather your ingredients on the counter first. Eggs are best if used at room temperature.
  • Use one bowl for dry ingredients and one bowl for wet. Measure the dry ingredients first.
  • Invest in a good 12-cup muffin tin that won't burn the bottom of your muffins. It will be worth it.
  • For easy and consistent portioning, when making muffins, use a hinged-type ice cream scoop (also known as a scooper). These can be found at restaurant supply stores in different sizes.

Pumpkin Pie Muffins (regular and gluten-free)

Dry Ingredients
2 cups Amy’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend or regular all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp xanthan gum (omit if not making gluten-free)
1 rounded tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Wet Ingredients
2 large eggs
1 can (15 to 16 ounces) pumpkin puree
1/3 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk or milk substitute
1/2 -3/4 cup organic sugar or other natural sweetener
1 tsp vanilla
Optional: 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pecans and/or raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Line muffin pans with paper cups or grease tins generously.
2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
3. In another medium bowl, mix the eggs. Add the pumpkin, butter or oil, milk, sugar, and vanilla.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix gently. Add nuts if using.
5. Portion out regular or mini muffins into the cups, filling 2/3 full. Bake regular muffins for 20-25 minutes or mini muffins for 12-16 minutes.

Tip: Always test muffins 1-2 minutes before the recommended time in case your oven is hotter than normal. For regular muffins, insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin. When it comes out dry with some crumbs, it is done.
For gluten-free muffins, instead of using a toothpick to test for doneness, press your finger into the muffin. When it springs back, it’s done. If it leaves an indentation, continue to bake and test in 1-2 minute intervals.

6. Once done, allow muffins to cool for about 2-3 minutes and then remove from the pan.