Easy, Spicy Lemon-Ginger Dip

ginger dip

Easy, Spicy Lemon-Ginger Dip

Gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP friendly

This is ridiculously easy (the only hard part is locating a jar of lemon-ginger spread or marmalade). I love it with halved white rice crackers. If you can have lactose, I bet it would be wonderful poured over a brick of cream cheese like hot-pepper jelly. Remember to check the ingredients on the lemon-ginger spread, and make sure it doesn’t contain forbidden sweeteners.

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Comfortable Comfort Foods Gluten-Free Baking Mix 1

flour blab

Comfortable Comfort Foods Gluten-Free Baking Mix 1

Gluten-free, lactose free, FODMAP friendly

This blend substitutes for white flour in many recipes. I’m listing the ingredients first, so you can get right to baking. But below, you’ll find a bit of the science behind GF baking. If you’d like even more, Gluten-Free Baking for Dummies (Dr. Jean McFadden Layton and Linda Larsen) has a great informational section.

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Hamburger Buns

hamburger buns

Hamburger Buns

Gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP friendly

These gluten-free buns won’t disintegrate before you finish eating your burger. Before you bake them, decide whether you really care if they’re perfectly round (do you use pre-made patties??). If roundness is vital, hurry to your gourmet or hardware store for some English muffin rings – or something else that will help the rising buns retain their shape. Tuna cans will work, if you want your sandwiches slider-size and if you can remove the tops and bottoms from the cans.

Obviously, this batch turned out amusingly non-circular.

This recipe is adapted from Bette Hagman’s excellent reference-and-recipe book, The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread. I still haven’t been able to improve on Bette’s pizza crust recipe, which is why you haven’t seen it on Comfortable Comfort Foods.

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Cranberry-Lime Wedding Punch

cranberry punch

Cranberry-Lime Wedding Punch

Gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP friendly

(Photo credit: Lockie Photography)

Bill and I served this refreshing punch at our wedding. It’s sweet and sparkly but not overly sugary, and the moms appreciated that the grandkids weren’t imbibing caffeinated sodas.

Makes about 1 gallon.

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Walnut Roll Gift Cookies

walnut roll

Walnut Roll Gift Cookies

Gluten-free, very low lactose, FODMAP friendly

These lovely rolls can be clear-wrapped and decorated with ribbons or sprigs of Christmas greenery, then sliced into cookies. Like all gluten-free baked goods, they age more rapidly than conventional products—so freeze or use them within 2-3 days.

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Comfortable Comfort Foods Recipe Hack: Ginger Cat Cookies

cat cookies

Comfortable Comfort Foods Recipe Hack: Ginger Cat Cookies

This recipe hacks “Rice Flour Sugar Cookies” You’ll want a cat-shaped cookie cutter on hand. Or if you’d rather be traditional, a gingerbread-man cookie cutter will work. Follow the recipe for “Rice Flour Sugar Cookies,” with these additions:

Ingredients

To the flours in the small bowl, add:

  • 1 T ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves

To the creamed butter, sugar, and eggs, add:

Instructions

Otherwise, follow the Sugar Cookie directions.

Note: I’ve found that it works well to let the dough rest about 45 minutes, covered and refrigerated. Bring it back out to the counter for 15 minutes before rolling. This gives the rice flours time to absorb moisture, so there’s almost no grittiness in the cookies.

I sprinkled my Ginger Cats with red sugar and used cake-decorating confetti for eyes.