Sunday, October 4, 2015

Gluten Free Awards

The Gluten Free Awards are under way and voting is now live! 
GF Mom Certified is up for 3 awards this year.  Please vote for GF Mom Certified at #9, #13 and #30
Thank you for voting for GF Mom Certified for the 6th Annual Gluten Free Awards! 

Tell us on  Facebook where you want to see us!  
Thank you for the votes!  Love ya!
- Tiffany

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gluten Free 101 Coming to Indiana!

Gluten Free 101 Class

Saturday, Oct 3rd - 10 AM
Wiseway Foods
10839 Randolph St
Crown Point, IN
Call 815-733-4001 to Register Today and save your spot!

Are you new to Gluten Free? Are you curious? Bring your questions and challenges! 
Tiffany will be teaching Gluten Free 101 beginning at 10am. The 2 hours of education is pack full of tricks and tips for living a healthy gluten free life style. Topics include safe kitchen tips, travel, birthday parties and much more. Come learn how to keep your kids safe and healthy. The afternoon is filled with vendor sampling and demos. For more information call: 219-661-4100
I am excited to be back at one of my favorite store. We will be cooking in the class and sampling the new Organic Pumpkin Mix from Namaste in the afternoon. Mark you calendar and bring a friend. 

Pick up a copy of our newest book Kid Approved and I will personalize the book just for you or your little taster.
Saturday, Oct 3rd - 10 AM
Wiseway Foods
10839 Randolph St
Crown Point, IN
Call 815-733-4001 to Register Today and save your spot!!
- Tiffany

Monday, September 28, 2015

Gluten Free Chili gets a makeover

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My Fully Loaded Chili had a small makeover this past weekend.  I have to say it was just what Fall ordered.  We paired it with Our House cornbread and bacon.  Yum! Then topped it off with Almond Pepper cheese!  

2 lb grass fed ground beef
1/4 cup ground calf liver
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 tbs oil or bacon grease
5 - 7 large organic tomatoes, rough chopped
1 tbs cocoa powder
2 tsp sriracha
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
2 cans kidney beans, drained
2 cans pinto beans, drained
1 lb bacon

Brown the ground beef and liver, drain. In a large soup pot add the oil and onions. Cook on medium until the onions begin to brown. Then mix in browned meat and spices. Stir well add tomatoes and beans. Cook on low for at least 60 minutes. Serve with crispy bacon chopped. 

Here is the original recipe too!  Try them both and tell which one you like better.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Under the Sea Birthday

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Birthdays can be so much fun, although when you introduce a food allergy or celiac into the mix of planning the birthday can be come overwhelming.  I have been there and I have blogged on this topic several times.  Let me tell you that YOU the food allergy mom can do this!  

Today we are going to put together a birthday party any little girl would love for that matter any girl - this Mermaid party was for my girl's Nanny who has celiac.  

Let's get started.  First you need a theme.  Done! We were inspired by our love of Disney's Little Mermaid.  The colors chosen are teal and purple, for a sophisticated and beautiful party set for the older girl.  

Menu: Mermaid Cupcakes, Ursula Marshmallows and Lemonade.

I put this Birthday spread together on a budget and you can too.  The table runner, gallons, purple ball jars, plates and striped teal straws are from Target.  Make sure to check the dollar bins.  The napkins and forks were left over from a previous party.  Make sure you have a bin or plastic tub to store all the birthday decor and items so you can reuse. 

The cupcakes first. Pick up a box of Namaste Foods chocolate cake mix, which is top 8 allergen free.  We used duck eggs when mixing up to keep it say for Josi and myself who are allergic to chicken eggs. 

Grab a pack of Wilton purple cupcake liners to go with the theme when you are at Target. 

Next up the Mermaid Tail Cookies made with gfJules Flour and Neat Egg using our sugar cookie recipe. (Recipe Here) **Remember to use the coupon on the Eclair post this week for 20% off flour! 

The mermaid tail cookie cutter is from Amazon.  I love Amazon maybe even a little too much.  

Ice using our egg free royal icing recipe, which can be found on the sugar cookie recipe post along with instructions on how to ice.  These turned out awesome and we even add some Wilton clear sparkle sugar to look like scales.

Next up are the Ursula Marshmallows. Grab your Enjoy Life chips, vegan marshmallows and coconut oil.  Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together.  Use Glutino pretzels and break them apart.  Then get the kids to stick in the arms and then you can dip them in Chocolate to make the octopus.  How fun!

All set on a plate with Raw Sugar to look like sand.  The key to making the party is to use real dishes and pull out the fancy stuff too. You can even find great pieces at yard sales or auctions to use for parties.  Believe me the less you pay for a beautiful piece of glassware the more you will use it.  I honestly use my white buffet dishes from Pamper Chef all the time.  This is the large square serving plate the goes to my 3 tier display.

Add some balloons to the floor to create fun environment and quick way to decorate with no mess to clean up later.  I love crete paper as much as the next, but balloons are just super easy.

Time to put the Cupcakes together.  I made a Earth Balance buttercream frosting. Recipe in Kid Approved. Pipe on the cupcakes use Wilton pearls to looks just like under the sea pearls, then stick in your dry mermaid tails.  Note: Cookies need to dry at least 6 hours or overnight in the open air. 

Just look at these awesome Cupcakes!  I could eat another one.  

Grab you glass ware for the lemonade.  I choose to use the celebration purple ball jars with striped paper straws.  Straws were in the dollar bin at Target.  We wrapped a few of the lids with washie tape to match our theme.  

Time to lay out the table scape.  Grab your cake stand for the cupcakes.  This one is a milk glass copycat by Martha Stewart. Add some shells and fish net to complete the theme.  Your girl will love this party and no one will even miss the gluten or dairy.  

You got this Allergy Moms!  Make your girl smile and invite a few friends over to celebrate! 

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lemon Chiffon Cupcakes

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The cupcake for the perfect occasion?  Do you have a go to that is sophisticated and beautiful? A cupcake that is simple yet delicious. This new lemon chiffon recipe is the perfect mix. Not overly sweet and not super lemon either.  This one is topped with the perfect white chocolate buttercream and finished with only a few Wilton sprinkles.  Did you now Wilton makes gluten free sugar decorations?  They are a favorite in our house.  

Bake up a batch of lemon chiffon cupcakes and prepare to WOW your guests.


3/4 cup sugar
1 tbs lemon zest (from a fresh lemon, of course)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil (I used sunflower)
3 duck egg yolks (you can use chicken eggs too)
1/3 cup + 1 tbs water
1 tsp lemon extract
2/3 cup duck egg whites (approx. 5 whites, again use chicken eggs if you prefer)
1/4 tsp cream tartar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare your cupcake pan with liners.  This will make approximately 30 cupcakes.

Separate the eggs. 

Place the egg whites in a large mixing bowl ceramic or metal (do not use plastic). I prefer to use my stand mixer fitted with the whisk. Add the cream of tartar and beat on medium speed until the whites hold a soft peak. Slowly add 1/4 cup sugar and beat on medium high speed until the whites hold firm and shiny peaks.  While these are beating you can start the yolk and flour mixture. 

Sift together gfJules flour and baking powder in a large ceramic or metal bowl. (again, do not use plastic) Add 1 1/4 cups of sugar, lemon zest and salt. Whisk together till well mixed. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, egg yolks, water and lemon zest. Make a hole in the middle of the flour mixture and add the yolk mixture. Whisk together for 1 minute, until it is very smooth.

Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, scoop 1/3  of the egg whites onto the yolk mixture and fold in gently to lighten the batter. Gently fold in the remaining whites just until combined. 

Spoon 3 tablespoons of cake batter into each prepared cupcake liner. 

Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 25- 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack. 

The little taster approved! 

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Winning Eclairs and a gfJules Party!

Eclairs that one special treat that is the perfect blend of a creamy gooey filled pillow of dough topped with the most perfect chocolate.  You know what I mean right? Can you taste just the perfect hint of vanilla in the cream filled center?  When was the last time you got to eat an eclair?  A really good gluten free eclair just the way you remember?  Just like the little French baker made fresh, OK the French baker really wasn't that little. He had a belly that jiggled just like the jolly guy from winter.

The good news is your can have eclairs just like you remember and that actually taste REAL.  I have your secret recipe and with real gfJules flour you have the perfect combo. It really is that simple when you use the gfJules gluten free flour.

Just like these here!

Recently I was in a baking challenge with Tracy from Nutrimom - Food Allergy Liaison in Raleigh, NC.  If you haven't read all about it already, just hop over to twitter and you can find all the fun and details.  The great news is GF Mom Certified had the winning Eclair recipe and I want to share it with you.  I have paired up with gfJules to bring you a bakers dream combo!

We are offering you savings off both a box of gfJules Real Flour and the cookbook Three Days to Perfection which contains the winning eclair recipe and so much more. Then just use the gfJules all purpose flour in the eclair recipe, instead of mixing your own.  Truthfully it is so much simpler and you'll be eating eclairs in no time. These are so good you will want to hide in the closet to eat them and not share, but trust me it is more fun to share. Check out these details!

SAVE 20% off Three Days to Perfection and SAVE 20% off gfJules Flour!!


All you have to do is use GFeclair when checking out!  Save 20% off Three Days to Perfection and  20% off your gfJules flour purchase. All this is just because we love you and we know you will love the eclairs! Remember that is 20% off regular boxes of gfJules All Purpose Flour that you used to make the winning eclairs! The coupon code is also GFeclair. It expires Sept. 30.

Now for the party details!  Can you image one special night with gfJules, Nutrimom - Food Allergy Liaison and your favorite person me! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 15th and read all the details below!  We can't wait to chat all about eclairs and gfree baking.

We will be giving away free ebooks during the twitter party and one winner could win a free box gfJules all purpose flour.

Winning Eclair TWITTER PARTY with special guest Jules from GfJules 9/15 7:30PM CST

DATE: Tuesday September 215th 7:30pm CST/8:30pm EDT
HOST: @GFMomCertified
HASHTAG: #gfEclairs
Here’s what you have to do…
1) RSVP to the Twitter Party here

2) Follow @GFMomCertified
3) Follow @THEgfJules
4) Post a Tweet containing the following hashtag #gfEclairs during Party Period
Come chat with gluten-free bloggers and authors Tiffany Hinton (hey that’s me!) and Tracy Bush as we talk about Gluten Free Baking and More with gluten free expert Jules Shepard from gfJules.
RSVP for your chance to win GFree goodies as well as a special grand prize to help you bake up a batch of gluten free winning eclairs too!
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That’s right – win GFree products and more at this Twitter Party! All you have to do is RSVP below and attend the party on 9/15 on Twitter using the hashtag #gfEclairs – it’s that simple! (Register Below)
The Twitter party will use via Rafflecopter for the random prize drawing. Winners will be notified within 24 hours of the event on the @gfmomcertified Twitter page and via DM and/or email.

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2) Follow @gfmomcertified
3) Follow @thegfJules
4) Post a Tweet containing the following hashtag #gfEclairs during Party Period
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Doughnuts or Donuts?

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Doughnuts or donuts?  What is the difference I really could not tell you.  They both taste great and they both are a winner in my book for breakfast.  What a perfect way to spend your Saturday morning?  Making up a quick batch of allergy safe doughnut holes.  Because you know we really only like the holes. 

I have the recipe for you today and to make it even easier just grab some gfJules flour. Click on the link on the sidebar to pick have gfJules sent directly to your home.  


1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
4 tbs almond or coconut vanilla milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

doughnut holes
5 cups grape seed or sunflower oil, for frying
1 cup almond milk
1 large duck egg
2 cups gfJules all-purpose flour 
2 tbs sugar
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp pink salt
1/4 cup Earth Balance, melted

Make the glaze: Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Set it aside while you make the doughnut holes.

Make the doughnut holes: Add the oil to a large, heavy-bottomed pot. (There should be at least 2 inches of oil in the pot and at least 2 inches between the top of the oil and the top of the pot.) Heating the oil over medium heat to 350ºF.

Line a baking sheet with paper towels.

In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk and the duck egg. (Oh, yes Duck Eggs Rock!)

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the gfJules flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir the milk-egg mixture into the dry ingredients, then stir in the melted Earth Balance, mixing until a soft dough forms.

Once the oil has reached 350ºF, use a small ice cream scoop to drop about 1 tablespoon scoops of dough into the oil, careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the doughnut holes, flipping them in the oil, for about 2 minutes or until they're golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the doughnut holes to the paper towel-lined baking sheet.

Allow the doughnut holes to cool slightly. Place a cooling rack atop a baking sheet, then one by one, dip the doughnut holes into the glaze and transfer them to the rack to allow the excess glaze to drip off. Serve immediately.

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