Thanksgiving Dinner, Delicious and GLUTEN FREE

November 14th, 2013 by Jean Duane


Many people with Ceilac disease, gluten and dairy intolerance dread preparing (and eating) the Thanksgiving meal, but fret no more! The Complete Idiot’s Guide for Gluten-Free Cooking by Jean Duane, Alternative Cook will show you exactly how to prepare a delicious gluten (and dairy free) dinner for your Thanksgiving guests this year. Make one delicious meal everyone will enjoy. These recipes tastes just like the ‘real thing’ but without gluten and dairy! You and your guests will enjoy a traditional meal that tastes absolutely fantastic.
The menu consists of: Roasted Turkey Breast with Fresh Herbs; Fresh Cranberry Relish; Cornbread Stufing; Roasted Potatoes, Carrots and Onions; Gravy; Creamed Corn; Green Beans with Slivered Almonds; Spinach Salad with Raspberries and Pine Nuts; Dinner Rolls and Pumpkin Custard. This meal is sure to equally please those on special diets, and those who are not. All of the recipes are in The Complete Idiots Guide for Gluten-Free Cooking and are made with a few easy to follow steps. Here are two:
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Sweet Cornbread
¼ cup honey
½ cup rice or almond milk
½ cup sparkling water
¼ cup sunflower oil
1 whole egg
1 ¼ cups brown rice flour
¾ cup yellow corn meal
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk honey, milk, water, oil and egg in a mixing bowl. Add rice flour, yellow corn meal, baking powder and salt. Whisk until incorporated.
2. Pour batter into an 8”x 8” baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until edges pull from the pan and the bread springs back when touched.

Cornbread Stuffing
1 TBS Olive Oil
2 cups chopped celery (about 8 stalks)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 tsp. dried sage
½ tsp. rubbed thyme
1/8 tsp. garlic salt
1 batch Sweet Cornbread

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat an 8-inch baking dish with cooking oil spray.
2. In a skillet over medium high heat, heat olive oil. Add celery and onion and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until onion is translucent.
3. Add dried sage, rubbed thyme, and garlic salt. Remove the pan from heat, and set aside.
4. Into the prepared baking dish, crumble Sweet Cornbread. Add onion mixture, chicken broth, and stir. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a brown crust forms.

The Complete Idiots Guide for Gluten-Free Cooking has over 200 delicious recipes generously covering every meal of the day, especially breakfast, with recipes for pancakes and waffles. It contains numerous breads, buns, biscuits, muffins, and even recipes to make crackers, pizza crust, pasta, noodles, dumplings, and stuffing, all mad with one flour mix to save hours of time. Dessert recipes include cakes, cupcakes, piecrust, brownies, cookies, bars, crepes, and blintzes. The book gives many resources for finding gluten-free off-the-shelf foods. For a pictoral video of some of the great dishes in this book, or to order your copy, please click here: The Complete Idiots Guide for Gluten-Free Cooking.

Jean Duane, Alternative Cook, LLC http://www.alternativecook.com produces instructional DVDs (Chocolate, Mexican, Italian and Kids’ Meals), video streams (alternativecook.com) Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy-Free Cookbook and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Cooking with over 200 recipes. She shows how to cook without gluten, dairy and other food-allergens. Ms. Duane has produced several spots for Comcast’s Video on Demand, made television appearances on PBS and has been a featured speaker at the 2009 and 2010 International Association for Culinary Professionals’ Conferences. She has developed recipes for Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Cooking Cookbook, for Beautiful Sweets bakery and been featured in Better Homes and Gardens special Christmas Cookies 2010. A regular speaker and magazine writer, she won Kiplinger’s “Dream in You” contest in 2006.

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World’s Best Gluten Free Tamales on You Tube

December 22nd, 2012 by Jean Duane


A new video entitled “World’s Best Tamales Gluten Free Vegan” is available on the Alternative Cook Channel on You Tube to show step-by-step how to make them. Tamales are a traditional holiday food and now those with Celiac disease, gluten intolerance and Autism can enjoy this festive food.

Jean Duane, Alternative Cook shows how to make the World’s Best Tamales featuring the ‘three sister’ filling of pintos, squash and sweet potatoes which combine to make a lovely taste and mouth-feel. She demonstrates how to make (gluten-free) masa harina dough. Step-by-step, Ms. Duane presents how to soak the husks, press the dough into the husk, fill, roll, tie and steam the tamales. Then she demonstrates how to make a vegetable sauce to compliment the tamales. This recipe makes about 24 tamales, which can be served after steaming one hour, or wrapped in an airtight container and frozen for a quick meal. Just microwave 2-3 minutes and top with salsa.

Tamales are a holiday tradition from Latin America and given as gifts. Making them is a fun family activity – someone can make the dough, someone else the filling(s) and everyone can take part in rolling and eating them. “These tamales are easy to make and filled with mouth-watering flavor”, says Ms. Duane. The recipe is embedded in the video, so it is easy to follow along on your portable device.

Taken from the “Mexican DVD”, a beautifully produced full-length cooking instruction video that shows how to make several traditional Mexican foods such as black beans with a cool, refreshing salsa and lime rice, enchiladas stuffed with vegetable and tofu cheese and topped with a warm, authentic red sauce, tostadas with a mushroom and bean base topped with homemade salsa and guacamole, burritos made with a hearty stuffing and a tangy, zesty green sauce and nachos with a cheese topping. Jean Duane, Alternative Cook makes gluten-free, vegan cooking a tasty breeze.

The Alternative Cook Channel on You Tube features numerous video streams for those following special diets including Gluten Free Flour Alternatives, Milk and Egg Substitutions for Baking, Gluten and Dairy Amazing Facts, Cooking Without Gluten and Dairy (GFCF), Ethnic Cooking Without Gluten and Dairy, Thai Fried Rice and Macaroni and Cheese. Subscribe to this channel to be notified when more recipes are added.

Jean Duane, Alternative Cook, LLC produces instructional DVDs (Chocolate, Mexican, Italian and Kids’ Meals), video streams (alternativecook.com) Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free Cookbook and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten Free Cooking with over 200 recipes. She shows how to cook without gluten, dairy and other food-allergens. Ms. Duane has produced several spots for Comcast’s Video on Demand, made television appearances on PBS and has been a featured speaker at the 2009 and 2010 International Association for Culinary Professionals’ Conferences. She has developed recipes for Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cooking Cookbook, for Beautiful Sweets bakery and been featured in Better Homes and Gardens special Christmas Cookies 2010. A regular speaker and magazine writer, she won Kiplinger’s “Dream in You” contest in 2006.

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Gingerbread Muffins

August 7th, 2012 by Jean Duane


Check it out! PBS asked me to do a few segments on their TV show “Life Wise”. Here’s the one on how to make gluten free, dairy free, DELICIOUS Gingerbread Muffins. If you like this, there are plenty more recipes on the Alternative Cook’s Channel on You Tube.

This recipe is easy to make and takes just minutes to whip up and bake. Fill plastic bags with the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients when you want to bake to speed up the process even more. These muffins use teff flour — full of protein, and sucanut — a natural brown sugar. If you don’t have these on hand, no problem. Just substitute the teff flour with another high protein flour like garbanzo bean or gafava (a combination of garbanzo and fava bean flour). You could also substitute with quinoa flour. Substitute brown sugar for the sucanut. It will work out. Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free Cookbook shows how to make all kinds of substitutions — and the recipes turn out! It’s easy to customize recipes for any allergy. Questions? Contact me. I’m happy to help. www.alternativecook.com

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Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cooking

April 30th, 2012 by Jean Duane


Denver-based cookbook author Jean Duane (Alternative Cook) is featured in the new Betty Crocker® Gluten-Free Cooking Cookbook with over 150 simple-to-make, quick and delicious recipes. This book will soon become your ‘go-to’ book for everything gluten-free. With a growing number of Americans correlating health problems with diet, gluten-free, allergy-free cooking is becoming more popular. Betty Crocker® Gluten-Free Cooking makes it easier than ever to make delicious appetizers, snacks, breakfasts, meals and desserts. Color photos of recipes and tips to customize the recipes to accommodate other allergies fill nearly every page. Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cooking

“I am thrilled to work again with the team at Betty Crocker® and to contribute so many gluten-free recipes to this fabulous book” says Jean Duane, Alternative Cook. Betty Crocker® Gluten Free Cooking includes mouth-watering favorites such as Gluten Free Quick Bread Mix, Sesame Crackers, Orange Cranberry Cinnamon Chex® Breakfast Bars, Waffles, Cheesy Vegetable Pizza with Fresh Basil, Gluten-Free Quick Bread Mix, Cinnamon Raison Bread, Applesauce Quick Bread, Gingerbread Molasses Flax Muffins, Chocolate Chip Muffins, Apricot Muffins with Almond Streusel Topping, Cinnamon Scones. Sandwich Bread, Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns, Poppy Seed Crackers, Cornbread, Dinner Rolls, Best Ever Banana Bread, Glazed Lemon Pecan Bread, Soft Pretzels, Gravy, Delicious Chocolate Cake with White Frosting, Chocolate Snack Cake with Creamy Butterscotch Frosting, Spicy Pumpkin Cake, Lemon Poppy Seed Cup Cakes with Lemon Buttery Frosting, Apple Pie, Luscious Meringue Lemon Pie, Strawberry Pie, Apple-Cranberry Crisp, Double Peanut Butter Cookies, Jean’s Snickerdoodles, Nutty Chocolate- Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Lemon Wedding Cookies, Peppermint Frosted Brownies and much more.

Working with the Betty Crocker® team was a terrific experience, says Jean Duane. Their professionals triple test every recipe, and then present the finished product to a five-person taste panel. Only the most delicious, easy-to-make, satisfying recipes make the cookbook cut. I am honored to have so many recipes in this book!

Those with gluten intolerance often have other allergies to dairy and/or soy as well. Substitutions are a breeze with this cookbook. Allergic to dairy? Just substitute almond, rice, soy or hemp seed milk for cow’s milk. Instead of dairy-based cheddar or Swiss, use a substitute such as the products made by Follow Your Heart for cheese. Can’t tolerate corn? Simply substitute any other grain-flour. The recipes will still taste great – without the allergens. Still need help with substitutions to fit your dietary needs? Please feel free to contact Jean Duane at www.alternativecook.com.

Betty Crocker® teamed with Jean Duane, Alternative Cook and Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine editor Sylvia Nardone to offer an array of recipes that will excite even the veteran gluten-free cook with creative new ideas for meals, snacks and baked treats. It is a ‘must-have’ addition to your recipe collection.

Jean Duane, Alternative Cook, LLC produces full-length instructional DVDs (Chocolate, Mexican, Italian and Kids’ Meals), video streams (alternativecook.com) and Bake Deliciously! Gluten & Dairy Free Cookbook (available in paperback and ebook); and The Complete Idiot’s Guide for Gluten Free Cooking. Ms. Duane has produced several spots for Comcast’s Video on Demand, made television appearances on PBS and has been a featured speaker at the 2009 and 2010 International Association for Culinary Professionals’ Conferences. Jean has developed recipes for Betty Crocker®, for Beautiful Sweets bakery and been featured in Better Homes and Gardens special Christmas Cookies 2010. Ms. Duane an instructor at Denver-based Seasoned Chef Cooking School. A regular speaker and magazine writer, she won Kiplinger’s “Dream in You” contest in 2006.

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Macaroni and Cheese Video on You Tube

June 10th, 2011 by Jean Duane


A new video entitled “Macaroni and Cheese GFCF” is available on the Alternative Cook Channel on You Tube to show how to make it. Finally, a recipe that tastes just like the ‘real thing’ but without gluten, dairy and casein! People with Celiac disease, gluten intolerance and Autism avoid these ingredients.

This recipe features a lovely combination of flavors using umeboshi plum vinegar, a salty condiment made from pickled plums. It calls for nutritional yeast which is grown on molasses and pasteurized to ‘kill’ the yeast. It is full of B vitamins and adds a ‘cheesy’ taste. Raw cashews as the base for the cheese sauce. It is remarkable how much this tastes like the real thing. The recipe is embedded in the video, so it is easy to follow along on your portable device, or for a written version of the recipe, please visit Ask Jean blog.

The Macaroni and Cheese recipe is from the Kids’ Meals DVD which has lots of great, easy gluten and dairy free recipes, demonstrations and helpful hints on living “without”. Here’s the recipe written out:

Macaroni and “Cheese”
Boil 10 oz. Macaroni according to the directions on the manufacturer’s package.
Recommendation: Tinkyada whole grain rice macaroni with rice bran and Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Soy “Cheddar” style Cheese

Blanch Almonds:
1 cup water
1/4 cup almonds
Place almonds in boiling water and boil one minute.
Strain almonds and place on a paper towel. Pop off skins.

Blend:
1/4 cup almonds (blanched)
2 cups water
2.5 oz soy cheddar cheese (with no casein*)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
1/4 cup brown rice flour
2 tablespoons ume plum vinegar

Place ingredients in a blender. Add water, cheese, yeast, rice flour and vinegar.
Blend until smooth (several minutes). Pour cheese mixture in a sauce pan and heat.
Whisk constantly until mixture thickens.

Strain macaroni and spray with oil to prevent clumping. Pour thicken mixture over macaroni, and serve.

*Please read ingredient labels carefully. Many “dairy free” cheeses contain casein.

The Alternative Cook Channel on You Tube features many helpful video streams for people following a gluten or dairy free (GFCF) diet including Gluten Free Flour Alternatives, Milk and Egg Substitutions for Baking, Gluten and Dairy Amazing Facts, Cooking Without Gluten and Dairy (GFCF), Ethnic Cooking Without Gluten and Dairy, Thai Fried Rice and Macaroni and Cheese. Subscribe to this channel to be notified when more recipes are added.

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Thank You To Oprah

May 26th, 2011 by Jean Duane


After watching the final Oprah show and hearing her talk about her accumulated knowledge through interviewing over 30,000 people, I am inspired to write this. Her speech was moving and empowering.

Years ago, when Oprah discussed living your ‘best life’, I decided to personalize my definition. It means learning as much as possible, helping others, doing my best, and being kind. An ideal day includes working on an ‘it’ that matters, playing music, studying, spending time with family and friends, exercising, reading, writing and meditation. Problem was, my “it” wasn’t clear.

For two years, from 2003-2005, I suffered with a miserable, itchy rash. When finally diagnosed with an autoimmune reaction to gluten, my “it” was defined. I attended cooking school and my mission became to develop media to show how to cook without gluten, dairy and other allergens. Alternative Cook was born from Oprah’s consistent message of being my “authentic self” and “following my calling”.

Launched from winning Kiplinger’s “Dream In You” contest, years since have been spent developing instructional cooking DVDs, writing cookbooks; building a website and blog; writing articles and newsletters; creating a channel on You Tube; giving demonstrations on TV and in other venues; speaking; and having booths at national conferences. Two years in a row, I spoke at the International Association for Culinary Professionals on gluten free baking and self-publishing. Soon after, Penguin/Avery engaged me to write The Complete Idiot’s Guide for Gluten Free Cooking. On the heels of that, Betty Crocker featured the Alternative Cook in a gluten-free nation-wide ‘bookozine’ on newsstands from December until February this year. Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free Cookbook was reviewed in over 170 periodicals. Oprah talks about utilizing your platform. These outlets are my platform for reaching the millions who suffer from maladies associated with gluten or dairy consumption and to hopefully save someone from going through what I did to find out gluten was the culprit.

These years have been filled with the serendipity of having the right person come into my life at the exact moment I need them. Friends formed a Circle of Love around me to reach out with their contacts. Their help enabled attracted seven distributors to sell Bake Deliciously!, introduced me to PBS’s “Life Wise” producer to give cooking demonstrations in several episodes, and to have segments on Comcast’s VOD. Though financial awards are scarce, service awards are abundant. I am grateful for the opportunity to help thousands who attend presentations and who write questions through my website.

Inspired by Oprah to give more, this letter will be published to offer a free Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free Cookbook to the first 25 readers to give it to someone they know who is struggling with a gluten-free and/or dairy free diet. (Offer ends June 30, 2011). Perhaps receiving the book will change someone’s life for the better. Just Contact Us above.

The definition of love is letting someone follow their heart – even if means that you will miss them. Thank you Oprah, for your positive influence and inspiration.

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Betty Crocker Goes Gluten Free

January 3rd, 2011 by Jean Duane


Whether you have Celiac disease, gluten intolerance or just know that living gluten free is a healthier lifestyle these quick and easy recipes will make this diet a delight. Betty Crocker Gluten Free Recipe Collection will be on newsstands across the country on December 29, 2010. Gluten free expert, Jean Duane, Alternative Cook teamed up with the Betty Crocker test kitchen to develop fast and foolproof recipes such as: Best-Ever Banana Bread, Dinner Rolls, Homemade Pizza (featured on the cover), Apple Pie, Apricot Muffins with Almond Streusel Topping, Cornbread, Sugar Cookies, Waffles, Cinnamon Scones and Gravy. The Sandwich Bread is sure to become a regular in every gluten free household.BCBlog

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Recipe Collection is chock full of delicious gluten free recipes from Appetizers & Snacks to Best Breakfasts, Satisfying Meals, Breads & Sides, Desserts and More. It has a special section on Nutrition and Recipe Testing Guidelines and an ingredient guide in a section entitled Living Gluten Freely. One of the testers on the panel who has three family embers who follow a gluten free diet said, “My family would love these.” Senior Editor Diane Carlson states “Our mission is simple: To help you live a better life gluten free”.
Betty Crocker Most Requested Recipes is on newsstands across the country. With over 280 recipes, it is one to have on hand to make fool-proof, nutritious meals for gluten free guests or family members all through the year. According to a recent study by the National Commission on Digestive Diseases, 60-70 million Americans are negatively affected by the foods they eat – and gluten and dairy top the list of implicated foods. Symptoms of gluten and dairy intolerance are systemic and can affect virtually all of the systems in the body – from migraines, to arthritis, to digestive maladies. Celiac Disease is 100% curable with adherence to a gluten-free diet, and children on the Autism spectrum often improve on a gluten-free, dairy-free (GFCF) diet.
(c) Alternative Cook, LLC 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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Converting a Recipe

December 8th, 2010 by Jean Duane


Easy Steps to Convert Favorite Recipes to be Gluten (and Dairy) Free

Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookies 2010 edition hit the newsstands and features a recipe by gluten-free, dairy-free (GFCF) expert Jean Duane, Alternative Cook. If you’re on a special diet, you might feel deprived when flipping through these mouth-watering pages with only one gluten-free recipe. Why stop at one when you can easily convert every one of those recipes? Jean shares her tips on how to convert recipes to be gluten and dairy free. BetterHomesCookies

Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications – Christmas Cookies contains 101 holiday treats with beautiful photos and easy-to-make recipes. One of the recipes, Snickerdoodles is from Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free Cookbook by Jean Duane, Alternative Cook. “I am pleased to offer a gluten-free recipe for this publication, says Jean, but why limit yourself with one recipe when converting is so easy”. Below in this excerpt from Bake Deliciously!, Jean shares her secrets gleaned from years of trials and learning from (many) errors. What follows are general guidelines to convert a traditional wheat-flour recipe into gluten-free.

How to Convert a Traditional Recipe to Gluten and/or Dairy Free

1. Start with a combination of flours in these ratios: 50% grain flour (brown rice or sorghum), 25% starch (cornstarch, tapioca or potato starch) and 25% protein flour (navy, fava, garbanzo, soy, gafava flour) or a different grain flour. One cup of wheat flour translates into 1/2 cup of grain flour, 1/4 cup of bean flour and 1/4 cup of starch.

2. Add 25-50% more leavening (baking powder, baking soda or yeast).

3. Add 1/2 to 1 tsp. acid (vinegar, citric acid, ascorbic acid dough enhancer, cream of tartar or citrus juice).

4. Add 1/2 tsp. of either xanthan gum to the dry ingredients or guar gum to the wet ingredients for every cup of flour, or 1/4 tsp. of each. For smaller baked items, gums can be omitted.

5. Substitute butter with oil or ghee, cow’s milk with nut or rice milk (ideally with the same fat content).

6. Let the batter sit for a few minutes to absorb liquids before baking.

Sound easy? It really is, after you get the hang of it. Here’s an example:

Brownies

Original Recipe
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. coffee crystals

GFCF Adaptation
1/2 cup sunflower oil
3 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. guar gum
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sorghum flour
2 TBS starch
2 TBS protein flour
1/4 plus 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. coffee crystals

Beat together the wet ingredients. Whisk together the dry ingredients and mix with wet ingredients. Divide into an oiled muffin pan and bake at 350° for 25 minutes.

Need more help? Have a treasured or family-favorite recipe that you just can’t get right using GFCF ingredients? We’ll convert your recipe for you for a nominal fee. Go to www.alternativecook.com and click on “Convert a Recipe.”
(c)Alternative Cook, LLC 2010, All Rights Reserved.

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Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten Free Cooking

October 13th, 2010 by Jean Duane


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In The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Gluten-Free Cooking, readers will find:
* Over 220 delicious recipes generously covering every meal of the day
* Breakfast with waffles and pancakes, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks
* Numerous breads, buns, biscuits, muffins, and even cracker recipes
* Recipes for pizza crust, pasta, noodles, dumplings, and stuffing
* One flour mix used for all recipes – to save hours of time
* Dessert recipes, including cakes, cupcakes, pies, brownies, cookies,
* Recipes for crepes, and blintzes
* Resources for finding gluten-free off-the-shelf foods
* Dairy-free alternatives, because gluten and dairy intolerance often go hand in hand
* Menu plans for all occasions including Thanksgiving Dinner, Holidays and Brunches

Gluten is associated with numerous illnesses, and for those who need or want to eat gluten-free, preparing one’s favorite foods has been difficult, until now. The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Gluten-Free Cooking makes it easy to prepare delicious gluten-free meals and to make substitutions in one’s favorite recipes. Also included are tips for baking gluten-free, arguably the most difficult part of going gluten-free. Most recipes contain five steps or fewer.

About the Author:
Jean Duane, Alternative Cook, LLC (Centennial, Colo.) produces instructional DVDs and video streams for her extensive website (alternativecook.com) in which she shows how to cook without gluten, dairy, and other food-allergens. She has written and published Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free cookbook. She has also produced several spots for Comcast’s Video on Demand, made television appearances on PBS and on “Bringing It Home.” A regular speaker and magazine writer, she won
Kiplinger’s “Dream in You” contest 2006.

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Great Culinary News for Individuals with Autism

August 2nd, 2010 by Jean Duane


Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free Cookbook has been reviewed by many national magazines and newspapers. Here’s a recent review in Autism Asperger’s Digest.

Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free is a cookbook that will “tingle your taste buds and inspire you to set off on a culinary baking journey” A review of Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free appears in the July-August 2010 edition of Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine, giving culinary hope for those following the gluten-free, dairy-free (GFCF) diet that days of “baking without” have come to an end.

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‘Cakes don’t rise as they should and their texture is somehow off… Breads crumble in your fingers into a heap of morsels that might work to coat a chicken breast, but certainly aren’t what you need for that sandwich you wanted to take to work. The mock cheese doesn’t melt, and the crust on your pizza is more like cardboard. And, just what the heck is that funky bean taste in the middle of that freshly baked brownie?

If you’ve ever attempted to bake gluten and dairy free, you may chuckle (or not!) over these and other baking disaster stories of your own. While the benefits of this dietary program may be obvious to you or your child, the reality of it is that sometimes you feel like you’re living ‘without’ – not just gluten and dairy, but an entire recipe box of beloved foods that seem to have faded from life. Sigh – you’d sell a year of your gym membership for one creamy slice of the decadent chocolate layer cake you once so enjoyed.
Turn those frowns upside down and grab your spatula. There’s help to be found in the form of a delightfully instructive cookbook full of delicious GFCF baked goods, most completed in five easy steps. “Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free will make you reevaluate what you thought you knew about GFCF diets! ” Author Jean Duane’s innovative ideas will tingle your taste buds and inspire you to set off on a culinary baking journey that ranges from cheesecake to cheese crackers, brownies to breakfast muffins, and apple pie to pizza. Just as the title says, you’ll soon bake deliciously again!’

About Autism Asperger’s Digest: Multiple-award winning national magazine on autism spectrum disorders focuses on real life information for meeting the real life challenges of autism spectrum disorders. Addresses traditional, alternative and emerging thought, with contributions from parents, individuals on the spectrum, and noted experts in the field. Exclusive column by Temple Grandin, whose HBO released movie on her life recently captured 15 Emmy nominations. Autism Asperger’s Digest.

About Jean Duane, Alternative Cook: Author and entrepreneur, Jean loves cooking deliciously ‘without.’ Embarking on this journey when she was diagnosed with gluten and dairy allergies, Jean has harnessed her creativity and passion for cooking into fun, practical and easy to master instruction media that include a series of full-length cooking DVDs (Chocolate, Mexican, Italian and Kids’ Meals), video streams and the Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free cookbook. Alternative Cook.
(c)Alternative Cook, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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