Saturday, October 1, 2011

gluten free SOUP'S ON!!

the weather outside is just willing me to make soup.  it's all cold-ish and rainy-ish.  it's just kind of yucky outside if you ask me; perfect soup weather.  (i've even got my fuzzy slipper shoes on!)

i've chosen corn chowder for this evening.  i'll be using a "cheat" soup mix: Frontier Soups Illinois Prairie Corn Chowder

i've used this mix once before and it was awesome.  this time i'm using some fresh corn as the recipe on the package suggests as an optional ingredient.

here we go!  i used one container of vegetable stock and the rest water to make up for the 8 cups of chicken broth; only because it was what i had in the house.  it is definitely the end of corn season, because the ears of corn are only as big as the palm of my hand.

brought to a boil and added the soup mix and fresh corn.  it is corn-tastic!!  
...and now for the 45 minute covered simmer (aka time to do the dishes and watch tv).
now time for the heavy cream and another simmer uncovered 30 minute wait...

as an aside:  the heavy cream i'm using is from Mapleline Farm in Hadley, MA.  (i just think it's cool to use local products.)  i also purchased most of my ingredients from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow, MA.  they are an awesome resource for gluten free products and hold several gluten free tasting nights throughout the year.

read for it's close up...
this soup certainly did the trick to make me feel warm and cozy on this kind of yucky day.  
for good measure i added a hunk of gluten free bread.
these rolls are from Italy!!  (they sell them at Randall's also.)  five minutes in the oven to fresh baked crusty bread.  i used them for all kinds of things like sandwiches and homemade garlic bread.

gluten free soup night was a perfect way to beat the yucky day blues.  have a happy gluten free day!

what's your favorite food to make on a yucky day?

doughnuts are a girl's best friend

literally, doughnuts from Chmura's Bakery in Indian Orchard, MA are my kryptonite.  

they are truly my ultimate physical weakness.  my all time favorite are the classic chocolate frosted with rainbow sprinkles.  just the sight and smell of them are enough to brighten my day.  <3

<insert angels singing here.>  

my goal in gluten free life now is to literally only "cheat" on gluten food with these babies.  i can live without a lot of things... but trying to imagine the rest of my natural life without ever having another one of these fresh made tasty beauties is just too much to bare.

have a happy (almost) gluten free day!!  you know i did if it was doughnut day!!  hahaha

Do you have a "cheat" food, that you can't live without?