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Ten Things I Love About "How to Cook Gluten-Free" and a Giveaway

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March 14, 2012



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Can I tell you how excited I am right now? If I were a little kid, I'd be bouncing up and down in my seat. Why? This week--Friday to be exact--my new book, How to Cook Gluten-Free, is released. This book (aka "my baby") has been about three years in the making. The fact that I finally get to share it with you? Thrilling!

Please indulge me for a second! For months I've wanted to talk to you about this book and I finally, finally can!

Here are ten things I love about How to Cook Gluten-Free (and hope you will too!)


1. The binding! It seems like such a little thing, doesn't it? But don't you hate it when you're cooking and you can't keep your cookbook open? I do too! So I love (love, love) that the binding of my new book lays flat on your counter! Thanks to Lake Isle Press for doing this! 




2. Step-by-Step Photographs. Want to know  how to cook an onion? Make gluten-fre gravy? I took pictures (in my own kitchen!) of the process! (And I owe a huge thanks to my husband Greg for helping me capture the step-by-step photographs.)



3. Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Sandwich Bread. The new bread works for folks who need to exclude more than just gluten from their diet. It's gluten-free, dairy-free AND corn-free? Plus, it's super easy to make.  



4. Casseroles. I know some folks scoff at casseroles. I'm not one of them! From Mac and Cheese to Chili Cornbread Bake, the book has lots of "one pot" dinners. (And if you don't love casseroles? There's plenty of other main dishes for you!) 



5. Powdered Sugar Doughnut Muffins. What can I say? I love a good doughnut. This recipe makes light airy doughnut muffins. No need to get out the deep-fryer for this one! And, if the mood stikes you, the muffins can be turned into jelly doughnut muffins with just a little squeeze of jam!



6. Make Your Pasta Dish Chart. While I have lots of delicious (If I do say so myself!) recipes for pasta dishes, I love this little chart. It helps you create fabulous recipes that will become your signature pasta dish!



7. Cheesy Broccoli Soup. A few years ago, before I needed to go gluten-free, my mom had major surgery. During her recovery, we'd go out once a week to Panera. I'd always order a bowl of their Cheddar Broccoli Soup. This is that soup--made gluten-free.  



8. Substitution Guide. In addition to gluten, I also need to avoid soy, sesame, and tree nuts (along with a few odd foods like raw carrots). So I understand that you might need to avoid more than just gluten! This chart helps you to make successful substitutions for common allergens.  



9. Roasted Vegetable Chicken Chipotle Wraps. You know how some things hide in plain sight (like the mustard when you are looking for it in the fridge)? I feel this way about these wraps. They're made from ingredients I usually have in the kitchen--chicken, zucchini, peppers, provolone. When combined with a spicy chipotle mayonnaise, they turn into something really special. My only question with this recipe: Why didn't I think of this combination before? 

And, honestly, it's what we had for dinner last night! 



10. No-Rise Pizza Crust. While writing this book, I wanted to create a pizza crust that you could make on your busiest night. The result is a "no-rise" (yeast-free) crust that comes together in minutes. It's crisp, dairy-free, and holds up really well to the heartiest of toppings. 


Today several bloggers are doing a "cook along" with the book! Tomorrow I'll post a list of all the blogs who participated!

Until then, I'm giving away two (2) signed copies of the book. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment with your favorite food!

For "bonus" entries, "like" on FaceBook or follow me on Twitter. Be sure to leave separate comments for the bonus comments--for example, "I followed you on Twitter." or "I liked" on Facebook. This is how I'll keep track of the entries.

Giveaway ends March 20, 2012.

Thanks! And good luck!


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