Monday, February 28, 2011


I miss pizza. I really do. I have been "off' pizza for a few years now. I decided to totally eliminate dairy from my diet and then cut out gluten- which basically eliminates 2/3rds of a pizza. Pizza requiers a soft, stretchy dough. This consistency really, really needs gluten and i haven't found anything that can duplicate the texture. I've tried three different kinds of pizza mix: King Arthur, Bob's Red Mill, and Pamela's. I do not recommend any of them.

Here's the Frankenpizza that came from King Arthur

The taste was okay, but it didn't reheat well at all. The texture was the closest to real pizza I've had so far but the dough was really wierd.

I didn't take a photo of the Bob's pizza. it was flat, sour and soggy.

Tonight I tried making Pamela's.

This brand came highly recommended by two non-GF eaters. It was AWFUL. The dough was pretty easy to handle and it looked really good, but it was just terrible. I think the sauce was too thin and soaked the crust, or maybe it just didn't cook through. The crust was sweet at first and ended sour.

The Yankee couldn't really stomach it, poor guy.

He gave it a fair chance and in the end, here was his dinner (looks a lot like Pizza Hut stuffed crust pizza, doesn't it)?

Snow Day

So this post is outdated, but I'm a busy gal so don't heckle!

A few weeks ago we were experiencing out short burst of winter. This is a small span of time in which we can all pull out our coats and scarves and nod in agreement with the rest of the county as they exerience cold. This winter has been noticeably warmer than our already warm winters. And then all of sudden the streams of air aligned over San Antonio and insanity came. In one week we went from near 80s to snow. Overnight we got almost an inch or so- but in San Antonio we don't have snow plows and people don't get much of a chance to learn to drive in the snow. We also have lots and lots of bridges- more bridges than I normally think about until they are all sheet of ice.

The Yankee's employer and my employer both gave us a noon reporting time. We carpooled and left an hour before we had to be to work. It normally takes us both between 20-25 minutes- that day it took about an hour and a half. Halfway to work, the Yankee got a call closing the office for the day. I did not. It was a long drive that led to a very long day. Enjoy two the photos of the light accumulation that closed the city.

Delightful Chocolate Cake

This cake is absolutely and undeniably delicious. Two layers of chocolate, raspberry filling, chocolate frosting. Here are my lessons learned from this gem:

GF can be pretty expensive. This cake has 4 cups of almond flour and a few cups of agave syrup. Those two ingredients, in those amounts, cost over $15. This cake is for special occasions.

Do not buy generic frosting! I used Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines for this cake. A few weeks ago I bought store-brand frosting that had wheat in it and I was sick for about a week.

Cakes this dense should be made into layer cakes. Even in small discs, the middle collapsed- probably because of the liquids that the agave adds.

Take this cake when I really want to impress people. Because it totally does.