Happy Celiac Awareness Day

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YAY! Happy Celiac Awareness Day everyone!

Happy Celiac Awareness Day

Happy Celiac Awareness Day

I have been gluten free and dairy free for almost 3 years now! It was NOT an easy road to travel down by any means but I did it and I am healthy and happy and what more could you really ask for! (except for an entire wardrobe FILLED with Lilly Pulitzer…but I digress)

I just wanted to put up a quick post about the day and wish everyone happy healthy eating and baking today! And YES it IS Friday the 13th (ooooohhhh isn’t scary voice hear) but eating gluten free and dairy free DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SCARY! I used to think I’ll never find anything that taste good or I’ll never be able to enjoy going out to eat but that is completely false and you can live a very tasty life eating what is good for your body! Like my mom has told me when dealing with my allergies, “It will taste good for 5 minutes but the reaction will last longer so what is better?, the five minute good feeling in your mouth or the lifetime of eating what is good for you?” She’s always right (I hate to admit it but she really is)

I’ll be celebrating Celiac Awareness Day with some baked turkey meat balls, some fried plantain (my all time favorite food…seriously I could eat fried plantain all day everyday – Ghanaian style) and baked sweet potato slices with rosemary. OH and you can’t forget dessert! BROWNIES! If you haven’t tried King Arthur Flours Gluten Free Brownie mix TRY IT! SO GOOD! Top it of with a scoop of Cold-Brewed Cinnamon Coffee Ice Cream from Steve’s Ice Cream (that flavor is gluten free and vegan) and you are set!

Happy Eating!

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Over the weekend for Nick and I’s three year anniversary we decided to make dinner instead of going out. That morning Nick had gotten his daily email from allrecipes.com and it was Baked Coconut Shrimp!

Quick, easy and YUMMY!

Baked Coconut Shrimp

via allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined (FRESH shrimp) You buy get it deveined with the shells on and take the shells off yourself or deveined and peeled but definitely use FRESH shrimp, not the pre-cooked stuff.
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
  • 3 egg whites, beaten until foamy
  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Rinse and dry shrimp with paper towels. Mix cornstarch, salt, and cayenne pepper in a shallow bow; pour coconut flakes in a separate shallow bowl. Working with one shrimp at a time, dredge it in the cornstarch mixture, then dip it in the egg white, and roll it in the coconut, making sure to coat the shrimp well. Place on the prepared baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining shrimp.
  3. Bake the shrimp until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center and the coconut is browned, 15 to 20 minutes, flipping the shrimp halfway through.

These come out perfect! Plump shrimp with sweetened coconut with the hint of cayenne – nomnomnom sign me up!

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Mojito Cake

Yes. Mojito Cake. The refreshing taste of a mojito in cake form?! Sign me up!

A little throwback Thursday story before we get into the recipe. 3 years ago before Nick became my boyfriend and 2 years before going gluten free and dairy free, I went to his graduation party. For dessert was a homemade mojito cake. When I first had a slice of this cake it was amazing. It’s light yellow cake with the crisp flavor of lime and hints of rum throughout make it absolutely delightful. The rum is not an overpowering taste at all and the lime really makes the cake come alive. It’s just delicious.

Fast forward to about 3 weeks ago. Nick and I for a while have been saying “we have to make the mojito cake, we have to make the mojito cake” for months but just never did and FINALLY (after he made it for his co-workers a few times) it my turn to have a gluten free version of this cake. Now we didn’t use the King Arthur Gluten Free flour for this recipe because I can’t find their GF yellow cake to save my life! (If anyone knows were to find it PLEASE let me know!) We opted for our trusty Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix and it was delicious. It’s a Betty Crocker recipe adapted to be gluten free and dairy free. Ok even chatter, let’s make some mojito cake batter!

Gluten Free Mojito Cake

Mojito Cake

Mojito Cake

Adapted from Betty Crocker

Ingredients

For Cake:

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup lemon-lime flavored carbonated water (my boyfriend actually found mojito flavored carbonated water and used that and it was great but lemon-lime will also work!)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup rum (your favorite) we used Bacardi which is gluten-free
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 3 eggs

For Glaze:

  • ½ cup dairy free butter (Earth Balance)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup rum

For Garnish:

  • Powdered sugar
  • 15 fresh mint leaves, if desired – recommended
  • Extra shot of rum, if desired – I recommend it!
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13×9 inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  2. In large bowl, beat cake ingredients (except the carbonated water) with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Slowing stir in the carbonated water, scraping the bowl occasionally until all the water is incorporated into the batter. Pour batter into pan.
  3. Bake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan. Cool 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, mix glaze ingredients.
  5. Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium; continue to boil 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until glaze has thickened slightly.
  6. Poke warm cake every inch with a fork. Pour glaze slowly over cake. Cool completely, about 1 hour. **EXTRA STEP**  My boyfriend’s co-worker suggested that after pouring the glaze over the cake and the cake completely cools, add ANOTHER shot of rum. JUST ONE. If you want a little extra rum kick when you first bite into the cake, definitely add the extra shot – totally up to you!
  7. Garnish cake with powdered sugar, mint leaf and shredded lime peel. Store loosely covered.

The corner pieces are the best parts (they soak up all the yummy glaze). The whole cake honestly is scrumptious and you may be craving this cake after it’s finished for a while. I know I was!

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips Cookies

On National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (which is May 15th so mark your calendars!) I wanted to celebrate. Armed with my new found favorite King Arthur Gluten Free Cookie Mix, we (my boyfriend and I) set out to make cookies. Then I said, oooh we should make Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie and Nick said “Sure, I think we can do that”. Nick is REALLY good at baking so he figured out the PERFECT amount of peanut butter to make these cookies just AMAZING! The perfect amount of peanut butter and the perfect amount of chocolate chips makes a very happy cookie! (and a very happy me!)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Box King Arthur Gluten Free Cookie mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 7 – 8 Tbls dairy free butter (Earth Balance is the best)
  • ½ C smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 2 Tsp vanilla (gluten free of course)
  • 1 Tbls water
  • 1 Cup mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life)
  1. Cream together butter and egg as best you can
  2. Add King Arthur Gluten Free Cookie Mix
  3. Cream together butter and egg mixture with the dry as best you can.
  4. Add in water, vanilla, peanut butter, and brown sugar.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. (REMEMBER – they are small, it will only take 10 minutes. Do not over bake!)
  8. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool for 10 – 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy off the rack or a la mode! (HELLO So Delicious Vanilla “ice cream”)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Steve’s Ice Cream in Cold Brewed Coffee Cinnamon!

Fresh on the Rack!

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Warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies with a hint of peanut butter…oh yea! J These are one of my FAVORITE cookies now. If you have been searching for a great GF mix for cookies that is delicious, King Arthur’s Gluten Free mix is perfect for any mix in. Try adding your favorite mix-ins to this recipe. Sweetened shredded coconut? SURE! Nuts, go crazy!

Happy Baking!

King Arthur Goes Gluten Free!

I’m back! It’s been a LONG time since I have posted anything but I am back and ready to rumble! (and BAKE OF COURSE)

I have to talk about my new favorite line of gluten free products from King Arthur Flour! King Arthur Flour is a big name brand in the baking industry so when I came across their gluten free product line I had to try it.

King Arthur Flour's gluten free products

King Arthur Flour’s gluten free products

IF YOU HAVE NOT TRIED THE KING ARTHUR GLUTEN FREE FLOUR LINE GO TRY IT NOW!
Seriously.

Don’t get me wrong. Betty Crocker has a good gluten free line but King Arthur’s line take the cake! (Literally…ahh see, see what I did there 🙂 )

I have tried the cookie mix, brownie mix, chocolate cake mix and pancake mix and love them all. My boyfriend and I make the chocolate cake (paired with a DELICIOUS homemade peanut butter frosting) for his family reunion and until we told people, no one would have guess the cake was both gluten and dairy free. It is that good.

The mixes are very easy to use and the batter tastes good (which my boyfriend always tells me that is very important when it comes to baking).

I have yet to make something with the All-Purpose Gluten Free flour that they have so that is my next challenge.

So if you are looking for a new gluten free line of mixes to try because you are new to the gluten free game, are unhappy with what you are using now or just want to switch it up a little bit, I highly recommend the King Arthur Gluten Free line!

Go forth and bake up some tasty goodies! (see if you can fool your non-gluten free friends and family!)

Peanut Butter Fudge

In honor of National Fudge Day, here is ANOTHER delicious fudge recipe!

Peanut Butter Fudge

Adapted from Food Network.com (Alton Brown recipe)

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces unsalted vegan butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  1. Combine the butter and peanut butter in a 4-quart microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes on high.
  3. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. (Use caution when removing this mixture from the microwave, it will be very hot.)
  4. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
  5. The mixture will become hard to stir and lose its sheen.
  6. Spread into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with parchment paper.
  7. Fold the excess parchment paper so it covers the surface of the fudge and refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours.
  8. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

ENJOY!!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut, a Freelance Social Media Producer at NBC theGrio.com and a Intern Kitchen Writer at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

I’m back! Its been a little crazy but I’m back and I’ve got goodies!! I have been on the hunt for gluten free Rice Krispies since I found out that they even existed and my mom and little brother FINALLY found them! So to celebrate of course I HAD to make Rice Krispie treats. Not just any old ordinary Rice Krispie treats, PEANUT BUTTER Rice Krispie treats!

Thanks Snap, Crackle and Pop!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Marshmallows and Peanut Butter! Hello delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 1 package regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups Gluten Free Rice Krispies cereal
  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in peanut butter until melted.
  4. Add in Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
  5. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. 
  6. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Rice Krispie treats always taste best if served the same day. I’m sure with these, you’ll have no leftovers!

I cannot wait to make other delicious rice krispie goodies!

ENJOY!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut, a Freelance Social Media Producer at NBC theGrio.com and a Intern Kitchen Writer at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Bars

Chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter 🙂 Delicious combination perfect for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Bars

Ingredients

For the Cookie Base:
  • 1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Butter, pure vanilla extract and egg called for on cookie mix box (I use Earth Balance Vegan Butter)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I add more chocolate chips to the cookie mix for some extra chocolate but you do not have to)
For the Filling:
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter, softened (Earth Balance)
  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
For the Caramel Layer:
  • 1 bag caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups dry-roasted peanuts
For the Topping:
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips (2 cups)
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Make cookie dough as directed on box, using vegan butter, vanilla, egg, sugar and extra chocolate chips.
  2. In ungreased 13 x 9-inch pan, press dough evenly. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool about 30 minutes.
  3. In large bowl, beat all filling ingredients except powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until well blended (filling will be thick).
  4. Press filling over cookie base.
  5. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and 2 tablespoons water uncovered on High 2 to 4 minutes, stirring twice, until caramels are melted. Stir in peanuts.
  6. Spread evenly over filling. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until caramel layer is firm.
  7. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once, until melted.
  8. Spread evenly over caramel layer. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chocolate is set.
  9. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.
  10. Store any leftovers covered at room temperature.
ENJOY!!

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. It is ALSO Founder’s Day for my sorority Alpha Delta Pi! 161 years of being the first and the finest sorority! How fun that on our founders day is also a perfect day to bake delicious chocolate chip goodies! I’ve already posted a few chocolate chip goodies in the past. So today, I decided to get creative with the classic chocolate chip cookie!

First up, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes! (now there’s a mouthful!)

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes 

Adapted from Java Cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Cookie Dough Filling:
  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted vegan butter, melted (Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or rice milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
For the Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Cookie Dough Frosting:
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut or rice milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Garnish 

  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate chip cookies (optional)
Let’s get baking!! First make your cookie dough filling.
  1. In a small bowl, sift together the gluten free flour, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, sugars, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Whisk in the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips until smooth.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes or until firm.
  5. Scoop out dough into 12 balls. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  6. While your cookie dough balls are in the freezer, make your cupcakes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a cupcake pan with 12 liners.
  8. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  9. Add the water, oil, egg and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are combined.
  10. Fill each cupcake liner 1/2-2/3 full.
  11. Take your cookie dough balls out of the freezer and gently press a one ball into the center of each cupcake, only submerging the ball 1/2 way.
  12. Bake the cupcakes for 19-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake portion of the cupcake (not tested through the center where the dough is), comes out fairly dry. Chunks/pieces of cake are okay, just not moist batter.
  13. Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.
  14. To make your frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth and creamy.
  15. Add the flour, milk and vanilla and beat on high until well combined.

Assembly Time!!

  1. Pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  2. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top!

ENJOY this cupcake take with a classic cookie!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Sweet and Spicy Honey Grilled Shrimp

It’s almost that time of year. Grilling season. Well technically, the weather has been so nice lately that some of you may have been grilling already. Some of you may have indoor grills (I definitely need one) Shrimp is a fabulous food to grill. Small, perfect for skewers and tons of flavor!

Sweet and Spicy Honey Grilled Shrimp

You know how much I like a little heat in a lot of my food and this is just the right amount of kick! You can always add a little more kick!

Ingredients

  • 2-2 1/2 lb. raw, shelled, de-veined shrimp. (Tiger Shrimp are great).
  • 1 tablespoon minced or pressed garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup hot chili garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili garlic paste
  • 1 cup  honey
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • Skewers to thread shrimp
  1. Rinse shrimp in cold water and place in a large Ziploc bag.
  2. Combine garlic, ginger, both chili pastes, honey, lime juice, salt, pepper, and oil in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly. Set aside 1 cup of the marinade.
  3. Pour remaining mixture over shrimp and refrigerate for at least 24 hours and up to 48 hours.
  4. When ready to cook, thread shrimp onto skewers.
  5. Preheat outdoor grill. This should really should be done outside because they get VERY smokey! When grill is hot, reduce heat to low and quickly place all skewers over the heat. Brush with reserved marinade. When they’ve cooked for 1 1/2-2 minutes, quickly flip them over and brush or drizzle with remaining marinade. Cook for another 1 1/2-2 minutes, or until opaque and pink.
  6. Remember, shrimp cook QUICKLY. You want to be careful not to overcook them.
  7. Remove skewers from grill and remove shrimp from skewers. Pile them on a plate, drizzle with any remaining reserved marinade, and squeeze the juice from a lime all over them.
  8. Serve with rice or french fries any of your other favorite sides!