Monthly Archives: January 2011

Nothing Like Mom’s Meatloaf!

Before it’s time to head back to school I always have a list of meals lined up to cook. Mom’s meatloaf is one of those meals. Only this time I made it! We did have to make some modifications from the original, since the recipe calls for breadcrumbs. My mom also likes to add some oatmeal, so we now use certified gluten free oats. ( If you avoid oats – the recipe is still delicious without.)

This recipe originally came from the Crockery Cookery, and has been a favorite of both my brother and I since we were little.

Mom’s Meatloaf

2 beaten eggs
3/4 c. milk ( regular or non-dairy)
2/3 c. fine dry bread crumbs ( I use Gillians)
1/4 c. gluten free oats ( I use Bob Red Mill)
2 tbsp. grated onion
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground sage
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef

Sauce:
1/4 cup Ketchup ( Heinz and Annie’s Natural are GF)
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Combine eggs with milk, bread crumbs, oatmeal, onions, salt, sage, and meat. Mix well and shape into 9×5 rectangle or oval. Carefully place in  crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Combine sauce ingredients in small bowl; pour over meat. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes longer. Slice and serve warm.This meatloaf is also great cold the next day onsandwich bread!

Follow Up: Martha Stewart’s Flourless Double-Chocolate Pecan Cookies

I really enjoyed watching the Martha Stewart show yesterday. I especially enjoyed watching the show with my mom, since she had a snow day! My mom loves cookies and chocolate ( I am so not my mother’s daughter in this sense), so as soon as she saw the cookies that Martha and Elizabeth were making she wanted to make them.The cookies seemed very easy to make, so since we had all the ingredients in the house I decided to whip them up!

I haven’t tried these cookies yet, but both my mom and dad had them (not GF) and loved them. If you are looking to make a cookie thats quick and easy  this weekend (whether you are GF or not), this is the recipe for you!

Oh, The Things That Get Me Excited!

Just when I was jumping on the GF band wagon, Celiac awareness and the gluten free diet was on the rise. Elizabeth Hasselbeck came out with her new book, Chex released their GF cereals and more and more companies were developing GF products. During this GF boom BabycakesNYC released their first cookbook.

BabycakesNYC was started by Erin McKenna, who after being diagnosed with a wheat and dairy allergy, decided to start experimenting. The outcome, a vegan bakery free of refined sugar, gluten, wheat, soy, casein,  and eggs, which is also kosher. Note: there are some products that are made with spelt flour (not G-free).

I tried Babycakes the day after I was diagnosed. ( My mom picked up some treats after my test and surprised me, since I was sleeping in the car)! Wow, is all I can say. Everything from their donuts to their cookies are delicious!! I love that BCNYC is not only gluten free and dairy free, but they use nutritious ingredients. Making these bake goods as healthy as a baked good can be.

When I was around 14, my mom started me on a cookbook collection, since we both share a passion for baking. On my first Christmas being G-free I received the BabycakesNYC cookbook, so I could bake and enjoy BCNYC treats without having to travel to the city. Some items that I have baked from this cookbook, are the banana and corn bread, apple cinnamon toastie, as well as, the vanilla cake. (Something went wrong when I baked the yellow cake and was NOT as good as the vanilla cupcake that I enjoyed at BCNYC). The apple cinnamon toastie was by far my favorite!!

The only down side about this cookbook is that the recipes require A LOT of ingredients and some recipes have many steps, but the outcome is well worth it!!

Well, I have some exciting news for you all!! Babycakes is releasing their newest cookbook in 53 DAYS!! I was on twitter ( of course I follow BCNYC ) and saw that you were able to pre-order this cookbook. Guess who jumped on the opportunity…ME!! April 12th I will have Babycakes “Covers the Classics” in my hands!!  I can’t wait. I hear that they will be including their donut recipe in the book (they bake them). Without a doubt that will be the first recipe I try. I need to go out and by a donut pan

You can pre-order your copy on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.comEnjoy Babycakes in NYC, LA and their newest location Disney World, Orlando, FL. They also ship for your enjoyment!!