Happy National “Eat Dessert First” Month!

Oh my….yummy dessert!

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The thing that everyone waits for at the end of the meal!

It doesn’t matter if it’s chocolate, fruit-filled, or a frozen treat…just as long as it is there to satisfy your taste buds.

We happen to be “chocoholics” in our house so we decided to share our mousse recipe with you to kick off this great dessert month!

It’s relatively easy but needs to made ahead of time in order to set. So that’s the hardest part….remembering to get it made in time for dinner!

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Chocolate Mousse

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup milk (we use Lactaid)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur or rum OR 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cold whipping cream
  • Additional whipped cream and raspberries(optional)

Directions
1. Stir together sugar and gelatin in small saucepan; stir in milk. Let stand 2 minutes to soften gelatin. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just begins to boil.

2. Remove from heat. Immediately add small chocolate chips; stir until melted. Stir in liqueur OR vanilla; cool to room temperature.

3. Beat whipping cream in small bowl until stiff and then gradually add chocolate mixture, folding just until blended.

4. Spoon into two serving dishes. Refrigerate until set (for a few hours).

5. Garnish with additional whipped cream and raspberries, if desired.

 

We rarely make just one recipe of this dessert (honestly, can’t think of even one time). Doubling or tripling it is the way to go….and using ramekins you can fill them to the rim.

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It was the American writer, Ernestine Ulmer, who said, “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”

Needless to say, we most wholeheartedly AGREE!

© 2014, Monica & Daria of glutenfreedoubletalk whisks

Happy birthday to you…and you…and you!

Monica says:

My sisters and I get together for our birthdays every year…just the girls…and we go out for dinner and then have birthday cake at one of our homes. We are fortunate to all live within five miles of each other. At one point in our lives, we lived in different states and towns. But we are getting older now, and it is a comfort to live near one another.

Since two of my sisters are born in July (and only a week apart, date-wise), we usually celebrate their birthdays together. They like it this way, again, now that they are older!

It’s funny when you think of it because when you’re little, you want your VERY OWN birthday. I know my girls were born 10 days apart (3 years apart as well) but didn’t exactly like to “share” their birthday with each other. It was especially troubling for my Claudia, who despite being the older sister, had the birthday later in the month. She couldn’t understand how Daria got to have her birthday first and would exclaim, “But, Mommy, I’m older….I should be first!” Such a sweet memory!

If I make the birthday cake for any one of my sisters, it’s gluten free because my kitchen is gluten free. They certainly don’t seem to mind and actually look forward to what I am going to come up with! I am a recipe-crazy person, so I am always trying something new.

I just so happened to find a recipe for a dark chocolate cake that looked incredible on one of the blogs I follow, so I thought I’d give it a whirl!

Thanks to gfandme for posting this delightful cake recipe….it turned out amazing!

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And even though I didn’t frost this birthday cake, it was so moist and rich. I opted for homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries!

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Needless to say, it was a hit! The girls were perfectly happy with their gluten free birthday cake and so were my brothers-in-law, as the girls were sent home with some for each of them.

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We LOVE to celebrate in our family and make any little event an occasion! Birthdays, on the other hand, are big occasions and should be celebrated with the ones you love!

 

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Happy birthdays, dear sisters!

© 2014, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk

Our salads were a hit!

Monica says:

Just wanted to share a few pictures and links for recipes from our salad offerings yesterday at our picnic! Our main protein was my husband’s famous chicken on the grill which was simply wonderful, too!

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Everyone gave rave reviews for these veggie delights and I was thrilled to be able to boost everyone’s nutritional intake for the day….rather than the traditional picnic fare!

Let’s start with a salad that I saw in Better Homes and Gardens magazine while at the hairdresser’s!

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It was super easy and could even be easier if you used a bag of frozen sweet corn (obviously, thawed); you would eliminate any silk that you tried so hard to remove, but when stirring the salad, you see that some still sneaked in! Oh well….

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http://www.bhg.com/recipe/corn-peach-salad/

Same source for this mouth-watering salad….Better Homes and Gardens…..this time got a link to it in my BHG email newsletter that I receive daily.

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This salad was so refreshing and had a nostalgic taste for me and my sisters. Our grandmother used to make a salad that featured fresh dill, like this one. It had such a lovely taste! And topping it with a little feta just added another dimension!

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http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cucumber-honeydew-salad-with-feta/

We love asparagus in our house and when I caught this recipe on the Leafy Cauldron blog, I had to see if I could replicate it! Oh my….it was so unusual and delicious! A marriage between fresh tarragon and fresh mint made this salad amazing…..

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http://leafycauldron.net/2014/05/28/fresh-asparagus-salad/

Another salad that is a must-have when we get together is your basic (and did I say fabulous?) Italian Tomato salad! This one is just from scratch….from my head you might say!

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I cut about a dozen fresh tomatoes “on the vine” (that’s how they are advertised in the store) into small bite-sized pieces and sprinkled salt and pepper on them. Then I peeled and cut one medium-sized onion into slivers and added it to the tomatoes. I seasoned it with ¼ cup of virgin olive oil, 1 T dried oregano, and fresh basil (about 6 leaves chopped). I marinated it for several hours at room temperature on the counter.

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This tomato salad was served with fresh Italian bread to sop up the goodness! Of course, I didn’t eat the bread, as it was for “regular people” as we refer to them!

Finally, as promised, here is a picture of our gluten-free blueberry cobbler with homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries….what a way to end the day and make your tummy so happy when viewing fireworks!

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Hope everyone enjoyed their Independence Day celebrations!

© 2014, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk

Happy birthday, America!

Monica and Daria say:

We just love to celebrate the Fourth of July! How about you?

Red, white, and blue abounds all around the house and neighborhood….everyone is in the spirit! And we are gearing up to see some great fireworks tonight!

Since every dessert recipe seems to be red, white, and blue, we decided to share a great recipe for blueberry cobbler. Okay, so we have the blue and white….where’s the red?

We are going to top it with some homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries. And we’re good!

This recipe was developed by a fellow Culinary Institute of America graduate of Daria’s, Elizabeth Barbone. She is the author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking (©2008) and we have tried quite a few of her recipes over the years!

We changed it slightly to suit our taste and it is a keeper!

 

Gluten-Free Blueberry Cobbler

Filling:

4 pints of fresh blueberries, washed, dried and all stems removed

¾ c granulated sugar

1 T cornstarch or arrow root flour

2 tsp ground cinnamon (original recipe omits this ingredient)

 

Biscuits:

Dry ingredients

1 c tapioca starch flour

1 c brown rice flour (original recipe uses 2/3 c white rice flour and 1/3 c cornstarch)

¼ c granulated sugar

1 T baking powder

½ tsp salt

Wet ingredients

6 T butter, cold and cut into pieces

¾ c heavy whipping cream, chilled + several T more if necessary

 

Preheat your oven to 425˚ (our oven baked this @ 375˚).

Butter a 9” x 13” baking dish (we used a glass Pyrex dish).

In a large bowl, mix blueberries with granulated sugar and cornstarch (or arrow root flour). Add cinnamon, and stir well. Place berries into the prepared dish. Set aside for now.

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Now whisk together all of your dry ingredients for the biscuits.

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Add the cold butter pieces and cut it into the dry ingredients. You can use your fingers or a pastry cutter until no big pieces remain. We prefer fingers!

Now add ¾ c heavy whipping cream. Stir it into the dry mixture with a wooden spoon until you see a dough form. You can add an additional tablespoon or two of cream to form the dough. It should eventually form a dough ball.

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Pinch the dough into small balls. Place each ball on top of the berry mixture using all of the dough.

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Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown and the berry mixture is boiling.

Remove the cobbler from the oven and cool it on a wire rack.

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It will smell amazing….trust us! Now comes the hard part….waiting for it to cool!

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It will be so yummy for our guests….let’s get this party started!

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Happy Independence Day and thanks to all who keep us free….we really appreciate their sacrifices!

© 2014, Monica & Daria of glutenfreedoubletalk

Happy Mother’s Day! I just love my mom!

Daria (daughter) writes:

Because I work in an industry that I must work every holiday, I have adapted over the years to celebrate holidays when I can be off work to get home to my family. My family is just wonderful in helping me with this by planning picnics, birthday celebrations, & anything else life has to offer, around my not-so-normal schedule! Lol=)

I decided to celebrate Mother’s Day a few days early this year. I was a little sad that my sister also couldn’t make it home, but she’s off studying bones & collecting data for her dissertation, which is a whole other story in itself!! =)

While I had decided to make dinner with my mom when I got home, I wanted to bring a special dessert to celebrate. So I made Derby Pie, a gluten-free chocolate chip delight (recipe will follow on another post soon).

When dessert time arrived,  I whipped up some homemade cream and threw in some mini chocolate chips for good measure! It was a big hit!

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Meanwhile, trying to get my life on track to further my career, I’ve been on the go non-stop! I needed some time to myself to just clear my head & what’s better way than to jam out to La Bouche Radio on Pandora=) Listening to this brings back such amazing memories of flipping in gymnastics when I was young & it has the best beats to keep me energized & happy=)

I took home the sewing machine that my mom & I purchased together and two years later, I FINALLY took it out of the box & was determined to try to make something for my my mama, Monica, for Mother’s Day! I absolutely LOVE Pinterest, so of course I pinned something a really long time ago & wanted to take it on a test run!

With a lot of determination and some sewing inspiration from my grandmother, I made these two beautiful infinity scarves for us! They both have the same lace material which has a light green coloring on the edges of the leaves and the rest is white. On the other side, I made my mom’s with a beautiful blush pink and mine, with a light chrome gray color. On my own scarf, I decided to add two little flowers made from the pink fabric to tie myself in with her’s!=)

She absolutely loved the scarf & couldn’t believe that I actually made it!! It was so beautiful seeing her face while opening it up! It warmed my heart!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in the world! I hope you enjoy your day with your loved ones & get to relax…..you all deserve this day=)

© 2014, Daria of glutenfreedoubletalk