New Adventures in Food-Part 2

Discovered a local cup-cakery that was apparently apart of food network’s cupcake wars. I don’t know if they won or not, but those cupcakes were the best!! To make it even better was they sell gluten-free cupcakes 🙂 Since the last time I posted I’ve tried to make a gluten-free Quiche crust. That didn’t turn out so well 😦 so I made a crustless Quiche which turned out great!

I have been reading more and learning a lot. So here is the kicker…I need to start eating gluten again! I am finally starting to feel better. I’m still run down, but I no longer feel like my head is foggy. The problem is that I have learned some more things that have given me cause to be concerned that perhaps I may potentially have celiac disease. I’m not really concerned with it, because I will be going gluten-free no matter what, it just means that I will have to be even more vigilant about gluten. So what is celiac disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten. Unfortunately all too often people do not know that they have it, even if they try to get help it often gets misdiagnosed. Then they are fed a bunch of medicine that treats the symptoms, not the actual problem. This can lead to more serious diseases. So due to family history (and my history) I feel I definitely need to find out if it is an intolerance or celiac. Unfortunately the testing won’t give accurate results if I am not eating gluten. So back to the gluten until I can get in and have my blood drawn. For more information about celiac disease or gluten free cooking check out my new links!

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Chocolate Covered Apricots and Almonds

Last year I took my daughter for a “date” to the mall. In the mall there is a Godiva store, which sold chocolate covered apricots. I find myself dreaming of this tasty treat now that it is Christmas time again. Unfortunately I am not willing to splurge on the hefty price tag that came with it. So here is my recipe of how to make this. Please note that the salt is optional, however if you use the sauce for almonds I highly recommend it. The salt gives it a nice sweet and savory balance that compliments the nuts. Hope you enjoy!

1 cup of semi sweet chocolate
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract (the real stuff)
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup of apricots or almonds

1. In a double boiler melt chocolate with vanilla, salt, and butter over medium heat. Stirring frequently to keep chocolate from separating or becoming scorched.

2. When the chocolate becomes smooth and glossy remove from heat. Keep stirring gently while dipping the ends of apricots into the chocolate.

3. Lay apricots on a wax paper lined baking sheet and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes so the chocolate can set.

*If using almonds, dump all the almonds in the chocolate stir until coated. Then drop them by the spoonful onto the baking sheet to make clusters. It will take almost the entire 10 minutes for them to harden.

Enjoy!!!!