Friday, March 30, 2018

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan French Fries!

I'll admit this is the first time I made French Fries from scratch. My mandolin only does hash browns so I had to manually chop the potatoes for this, which wasn't that difficult.

2 Baking Potatoes
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon Garlic seasoning
1/4th Cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Peel the potatoes and chop in half width wise. Chop each half into smaller "French Fry size" pieces and toss in a medium size bowl. You will sprinkle with the oil and mix the potatoes well. Coat potatoes with seasoning and cheese, and toss into the air fryer basket. 

I cooked these at 370 degrees in the air fryer for 15 minutes, shake up the basket and set for another 15 minutes. I checked after 8 minutes, shook the basket again and let it finish up the other 7 minutes.

They turned out really good. It was only after this I was reading the cookbook that came with my Air Fryer. (I was to excited to use it I forgot to read the cookbook) I saw that they recommend you soak the potatoes in water for 30 minutes before cooking. I felt like you could skip this step, especially if you like your fries crispy but like steak fries.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Gluten Free Cream Cheese Brownies

Ok Honestly, these are my new favorite brownie recipe! I do love nice crispy brownie edges, don't get me wrong. But these are Too delicious to pass up! I adapted this recipe from Betty Crocker. Though Since I'm not a fan of their gluten free mixes I used a different mix. Worked just as well with this mix. 

Prepare the brownie mix as directed on the back of the package. Though this said use an 8x8 pan, I used a 9x9 pan. These were super tasty brownies and honestly everyone at the party loved them!

Ingredients: (In addition to brownie mix ingredients) ~ 

6 oz. Cream Cheese softened
1/3 Cup of White Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


Mix all ingredients, Cream Cheese, Egg, Sugar and Extract together until creamy and no lumps remain in the mix.  

Pour the brownie batter into a greased 9x9 pan. 
slowly pour the cream cheese mix over the top of the brownies slowly swirling the mix into the top layer of the brownie mix. 
Once the cream cheese is poured over and mixed to your desire, place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Check to make sure the mix looks done, If not add an additional 5-8 minutes. Once done, let them cool and keep in the fridge until ready to serve. They will not disappoint! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks

Let me tell you, this was a trial and error experiment. 3 rounds and I finally almost have got it. I probably would have had it, but I pulled the basket out the last time and could have left it another minute.

1 Package Mozzarella string cheese sticks
1 Egg
1/2 Cup cornstarch
Pinch of Garlic Salt
1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 Cup GF Bread Crumbs


You're going to want to cut the string in half so you can make 2 mozzarella sticks per single wrapped stick. You'll want to have 3 bowls set up 1 with the corn starch and garlic in it, 1 with the egg and 1 with the bread crumbs and Italian Seasoning. You're going to want to dip each stick in the corn starch, then the egg, then the seasoning. If you want you can dip back in the egg, and back into the bread crumbs for a more crunchy texture. Once you've dipped all of them thru the mixture you will want to toss them in the freezer for a bit to firm them up before frying.

Ultimately I made these at 400 degrees for 9 minutes, after 5 minutes I checked on them and turned them over and cooked for 4 more minutes before pulling them out of the fryer. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp

I’ve used this same recipe for both baked Coconut shrimp as well as in the Air Fryer. I used Kikkoman Panko crumbs for the best results on these.


1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined raw
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon Garlic seasoning
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 cup flaked coconut
½ cup panko bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten well
3 small/medium bowls 


Wash, peel and de-vein shrimp and pat dry.

Place cornstarch in a bowl by itself, also put the eggs beaten in their own bowl. In the final bowl mix the bread crumbs, coconut, salt, garlic and onion seasoning.

You’ll need to cover each shrimp with the cornstarch, then dip in the egg, and finally cover in the bread crumb mix. 

For baking, place each shrimp on a baking sheet and spray with a bit of spray oil, (I use Grapeseed oil). And bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

For the Air Fryer place the shrimp on a plate, spray with the oil and place in the deep fryer, I fried mine at 350 degrees for 15 minutes for raw shrimp and only 8 minutes for cooked shrimp

Friday, February 23, 2018

Air Fryer Fun! Gluten Free

I got an Air Fryer!! Ok this was super exciting to me, cause of 2 reasons, having Celiac, fried foods when dining out are off limits, minus those few place that “happen” to have a dedicated fryer, that are far and few in between, and usually pricey. Secondly I have issue with my Gall Bladder being slow, so using a traditional deep fryer is a bit rough, on my gut. Gall bladder attacks are not fun, and have landed me in the hospital twice now.

I’ve learned it’s more than just fried foods you can make in an air fryer, similar to my favorite kitchen gadget, the Pizza Pizzaz, the Air Fryer can make foods you’d normally make in the oven, without firing up the oven and making the house hot! Even items as simple as Ore-Ida French fries, without oil, come out crispy and baked.

Since shrimp was on sale the first weekend I got the Air Fryer, we started with Coconut Shrimp. So good. I’d baked coconut shrimp a few weeks back, (Last time shrimp was on sale) this was better. 

I had some Aleia’s Italian bread crumbs still in the cabinet, but rather low, I’d also bought Kikkoman Panko crumbs also, of the two, we really liked how the panko crumbs turned out. So we’ve gone from NEVER eating seafood, to eating coconut shrimp whenever shrimp is on sale! Like anything there are good and bad recipes that require trial and error here. We also tried a Blooming Onion in the fryer, and that well, fell short. It was not “Outback” worthy, but I’ll keep roaming for new recipes to try for this. Mozzarella sticks, also fell apart on me, and I followed the recipe to a T! So I’ve found another recipe to try out.

Click here to get both Coconut Shrimp Recipes, (Baked Or Air Fried!) and check it out. I do feel which bread crumbs you use is important for consistency and flavor. We used different bread crumbs for the mozzarella stick than the shrimp for consistency. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Spiked Seltzers Gluten Free and some New To Me Ciders

I was excited to see the Spiked Seltzer water trend starting to gain some ground, mostly because a lot of them are gluten free. For once it's an alcoholic canned beverage that is not a malted beverage at heart! They aren't overly sweet and even a bit dry, they make great mixers or even just on their own. Check these out next time you're heading to the bar, or game night at a friends house!

Honestly these come down to flavor preference I've noticed, the all have rather the same taste profile otherwise, there isn't a huge difference, and what's great, They're All Gluten Free!!!

Truly - I haven't found the blood orange yet, but colima lime is tasty!
White Claw - My favorite is the black cherry, but that one fits more in my flavor pallet. 
Shell House Spiked Seltzer Water Trader Joe's - Only two flavors got pomegranate to try, it's ok, and cheaper than the others on the market.
Bravazzi - This was interesting as it's a spiked Italian Soda. It's more fizzy and flavorful, and honestly this one is the flavor winner for me. 

The other one upping their game is the cider manufacturers with new flavors. The Rose trend has hit cider and it makes me happy! Cider for me tends to be sweet and taste like apple juice... I like the flavored ones, and these hit the mark for me. One thing I noticed when I was in Southwest Michigan last year is how many wineries are now making flavored ciders! I was trying as much cider as I was wine. 
2 Fools Cider is "local" to Chicago, being produce in Indiana. 
Blake's Hard Ciders are "local" and from Michigan, they're great cause they too have flavors other than plain apple, and they are unique in flavor and taste. 
Angry Orchard is great cause you're bound to find it in quite a few places and markets. It's the most common to find when dinning out or traveling. I do like them a LOT better than Woodchuck Ciders or even most of the Ace Ciders. But they're all options you can find gluten free!


Keep in mind These are Hard Ciders, Not Cider Beers. Cider Beers like Redd's Apple Ale ARE NOT GLUTEN FREE! Nor or most of the Hard Root Beer or Hard Soda's Like Henry's Hard Soda. They are malted beverages, and not gluten free.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tata's Perogi's Gluten Free Polish Food!

Being mostly Polish we'd indulge on some Perogi's and Paczki's every so often, especially when Lent would roll around each year. Perogi's were the hardest for me to give up, they were so tasty and had so many options, plus it was the strongest connection to my "culture" that I had for Polish Food. I was so excited when I saw an ad for Gluten Free Perogi's. I honestly didn't believe it at first. So I went in specifically to question them on if this was true information. I was so delighted to find out it really was!

Tata's Perogi Opened in 2016 in Elk Grove Village, I discovered them towards the end of the summer 2017. After talking with them about gluten free, what flavors they had, I brought a bag of frozen ones home. You'd have thought I was bringing home a bag of gold, I called my dad to tell him, I called my brother, I posted it on Facebook and told all my local GF friends where I got them, needless to say, I was excited! I made them the way my family always made perogi's fried with a lot of butter. They didn't disappoint! 

A few months went by, and with the hustle and bustle of the holidays and wedding planning we didn't get over there until recently again, when I had a long rough week at work and wanted comfort food, I convinced my fiance we'd go pick up food to go. He got a Gluten-full perogi sampler, and I got a Polish sampler with the perogi's sausage and potato pancakes, and some extra potato pancakes on the side. It was Heaven in a to go container! Not only was it delicious but it made me feel much better and less stressed out. 

For me the great part is we'd always do Perogi's for Friday's in Lent since we're not big "Fish eaters". So I can go back to enjoying Friday's in Lent and get some Potato and Cheese perogi's and some potato pancakes and be happy! The restaurant itself is a small "dive" with about 10 tables, cute decor and lots of Polish food options. I've made my parents curious to check it out. It's hard finding good Polish food, but especially in the suburbs, and Tata's is spot on for me. With flavor options, and menu choices they get 4 dragonflies from me for variety, and amazing food.~