I'm a working mom with 9 years experience raising a celiac kid. I have to eat dairy and gluten free, but my daughter only has to eat GF. I'm by no means an expert, but I'm happy to share a few of my cooking tips, school lunchbox ideas, and recipes with you. I'll be posting something new once a month.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Have Fun Making GF (Pretend) Waffles for Your Dolls

People who know me in my personal life are aware that I make doll clothes. In fact, I have another blog, ChellyWood.com, where I post my free, printable sewing patterns for dolls.

And I'm a big fan of Froggy, from My Froggy Stuff! I recently discovered this video, where Froggy shows us how to make doll waffles.

The cool thing about this video is that all the ingredients are gluten free, so while you're not supposed to eat these waffles, at least we can be sure we won't be getting sick from PlayDough under our fingernails or whatever. So I thought I'd share this under the category of "Food Projects for Kids".


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Eggs Benedict Recipe

This is one of my kids' favorite breakfasts! I usually make them this special treat before they leave for school on a day when they will be taking a test or going on a field trip, because it's a good, solid breakfast with lots of protein.


GF bread or GF English muffins
1 Tbsp. bacon grease, lard, or dairy-free buttery spread
1 1/2 to 2 cups soy milk
2-3 Tbsp. GF flour mix (1 part rice flour, 1 part tapioca starch, 1 part potato starch flour)
salt and pepper
GF ham or Canadian bacon
slice of tomato (optional)
1 Tbsp. vinegar (less if your kids don't like the flavor of vinegar)
2 eggs


  1. Toast the bread or English muffins.
  2. Poach eggs in a water/vinegar fry pan or use an egg poacher.
  3. Mix 1/4 cup of the soy milk with 2 Tbs. of flour mix until all the flour lumps dissolve into the soy milk. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, mix the extra 1 Tbsp. of flour mix with 3 Tbsp. of soy milk. Set the smaller portion aside.
  4. Place your bacon grease, lard, or dairy-free buttery spread in the center of a sauce pan and melt it at medium-high heat. Add the 1/4 cup soy milk/flour mixture while whisking continuously.
  5. When your flour/soy milk mixture thickens, slowly add more soy milk until you have a gravy-like consistency. If you find it becomes too thin, add the 3 Tbsp. soy milk/flour mix, a little at a time, until you've got a gravy.
  6. You can add a little yellow food coloring to make the gravy look pretty, but you don't have to. Salt and pepper the gravy to to taste.

Layer the eggs Benedict in this order:
Bottom => toast
Next => ham
Next => tomato (optional)
Next => eggs
Top => gravy

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Gluten and Dairy-Free Waldorf Salad (No Nuts)

As you can tell by the title of this post, we have food allergies at our house. Some of us are allergic to pecans; some can't eat walnuts; others are lactose and gluten intolerant. So how do I make a gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free Waldorf salad? Here's my recipe:


4 apples -- cored and diced
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
dash of salt


  1. Mix mayonnaise, sugar, and lemon juice in a bowl. Add salt to taste. 
  2. In another bowl, toss apple, celery, and cranberries. 
  3. Fold mayonnaise mixture in with a spatula and stir until apples are well-coated.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ideas for Gluten-Free Lunch Boxes for Back-to-School

School is about to get underway again. We parents of kids with celiac disease struggle, every year, brainstorming new things to put in our kids' lunchboxes. There's only so many times a kid can eat a PB & J with Fritos before they lose their minds!

So this is my list of the many great things you can put in your kid's lunchbox. They're all GF, and many of them are things a working mom can just purchase at a grocery store, so you're not spending a half hour every morning, rushing to get that lunch made:

I post recipes for some of this stuff on this site, so follow me, and you'll get a new recipe once a month. My specialty is the lunchbox-stuffer, but I sometimes offer recipes for other meals and desserts as well.

Happy lunch-boxing!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Summer Salad Recipe: Cucumber Tomato Salad

Those of us who garden start to see the fruits of our labor this time of year (or in August for northerly climates), so I thought it would be a good idea to post my cucumber-tomato salad recipe:

1 medium cucumber, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup red onion (diced)
3 medium roma tomatoes, cubed
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2-3 Tbsp. sugar (to taste)
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and leave them in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, to marinade. Serve cold.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Gluten Free Root Beer Float and Easy Variations

So far, my daughter Annie has been eating GF for 10 years, and in that time, we have not yet run across a brand of root beer with gluten in it. However, it's always a good idea to check with the company, read labels, etc...

However ice cream is a different story. Some ice creams do contain wheat, so be very careful. Another problem that often occurs with ice cream is cross-contamination. People dip into the ice cream, place a scoop on their cake, then go back for more with bits of cake all over the ice cream scoop. So be wary of ice cream that has already been opened.

One of the "trusted companies" which seems to label their ice cream well is Dreyer's brand. Their vanilla is pretty tasty, and it comes in French vanilla, along with the ordinary stuff.

So how do you make a root beer float? It's easy peasy!


  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 can root beer

Put the ice cream in your cup. Fill your cup the rest of the way with root beer. Ingest.



  • For a fruity variation, try adding one of Dryer's sherbets to 7 UP or Sprite.
  • It's also possible to make colorful sodas by adding vanilla ice cream to any of the Shasta flavored sodas, like grape soda, cherry soda, or orange soda. Last time I called the company, Shasta guaranteed that all of their sodas were GF (but that has been more than a year ago, so beware).
In any case, with summer right around the corner, I thought it was time to add root beer floats to my collection of online recipes! :)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Gluten Free Egg Flower Soup Recipe

My whole family will tell you, if there's one thing I'm good at making, it's Asian food. Or, in this case, Asian-American food.

Egg flower soup is easy as... well actually, it's a whole lot easier than pie! And here we go...

1 egg
32 oz. GF chicken broth (check labels -- broth and bullion often contain gluten!)
1/2 tsp. minced ginger root
1 small leek, sliced
Tamari (GF soy sauce) to taste
1/4 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup cabbage or bok choy

1. Bring broth to boil on the stove in a soup pan. Add leek and ginger root. Simmer 5 minutes. This simmer period helps flavor the broth. If you want your egg flower soup to have chicken in it, I'd add pre-cooked chicken along with the leek and ginger root before simmering.
2. Break your egg into a measuring cup with a pour spout and whip it with a wire whisk. Increase the temperature of your broth to medium-high and stir it in a circle while slowly drizzling the egg into the broth. You should see it create "flowers" (eggs that solidify in wisps) as you add the egg. If it doesn't form "flowers" right away, increase the heat a bit before continuing.
3. Add cabbage and frozen peas. Cook three minutes, no more, so the cabbage is still somewhat al dente, and stir periodically.
4. Add soy sauce to taste before serving.

Serves 2-3

Instead of eggs, you can add rice noodles. Cook rice noodles, cabbage, and peas for three minutes. This will require another can of broth. When I make this soup, I usually add pre-cooked chicken as well, and sometimes I add veggies like carrots, celery, squash, and spinach.

If you like your soup thicker, add a tsp. of corn starch to 1/4 cup of cold water, and add this to the broth before adding the egg.