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Lessons, Tips, & Recipes — Gluten Free


Gluten Free Chocolate “Love” Cakes and intro to new GF Blog– My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Love is in the Air this Valentine’s day!   A great reason to make Chocolate “Love” Cakes, by my gluten free friend Michelle Palin.  As well as a great time to share about her new blog, My Gluten-Free Kitchen. I have had the amazing opportunity to meet friends from all over the country since starting my Gluten Free Mama business and writing my cookbooks. Michelle Palin is one of my favorite gluten free friends that I have had the opportunity to meet.  We first became friends on Facebook, then finally had the wonderful opportunity to meet in person when I taught gluten free baking lessons at a local gluten free store in her neighborhood.  We have shared recipes and tips for several years, and now...

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Mama’s Cookie Mix

* Delicious cookies that are fun to make and a breeze to roll out. * Recipes included on back of bag for Sugar Cookies and Snickerdoodles. * More recipe variations available online, including Mama’s Favorite Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. (See Below) * Makes about 30 medium cookies. Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, White Rice Flour Tapioca Flour, Potato Starch, Almond Meal, Sweet Rice Flour, Aluminum Free Baking Powder (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Vanilla Powder (Vanilla Bean Extractives, Evaporated Cane Juice, Silica, Cellulose) Additional Ingredients Needed: Butter or dairy free margarine, 1-2 eggs, 1-2 Tbsp. milk (dairy, rice, nut or soy) These cookies are the EASY way to make cookies for Holidays, School Parties, other...

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Gluten Free & Corn Free Rich Chocolate Cake with a Twist

This past weekend my baby girl officially became a toddler. I have a 2 year old….how did that happen? As I am sure many of you can relate to, 2 year old’s are quite aware that their birthday is coming up. The week before her party she was constantly asking to practice singing Happy Birthday and blowing out her candles.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles

Sometimes I just don’t know what to make for dinner. At that point my go to is breakfast for dinner. My 2 year loves breakfast food; who doesn’t like fried dough covered in maple syrup right! Recently, she has been switching from pancakes to waffles. Probably because I cut them into little sticks that are easy for dipping.

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Gluten Free Mama’s Green Bean Casserole GF French Fried Onions

Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole, GF French Fried Onions and GF Semi-Condensed Cream Soup And a video tutorial on how to make this traditiona Thanksgiving dish! Green Bean Casserole is a traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday favorite.  Due to the fact that it is full of gluten, gluten free folks have not been able to enjoy this holiday favorite.  Not anymore, Gluten Free Mama not only made a gluten free version of this delicious casserole, she put her own holiday twist on it.  Check out the recipe below and be sure to check out the You Tube Cooking Lesson.  Mama has a video cooking lesson on You Tube making this delicious Green Bean Casserole.  Click Here to watch. Be sure to hit like...

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Share the Joy of Gluten Free Holiday Baking

Gluten Free Mama’s Share the Joy Christmas Baking Event Christmas is a time of giving.  Gluten Free Mama loves to share recipes and we love to see your recipes too! Do you have a favorite gluten free recipe that is yours that uses Gluten Free Mama’s flours or mixes?  Send it to Mama at recipes@glutenfreemama.com  Include a picture of the recipe and your picture if you like and if you have a story behind it tell it to us.  We will post it on Gluten Free Mama’s blog and Facebook page during the month of December.   Everyone who submits an original recipe following the instructions below will receive a gift from Gluten Free Mama plus a 20% off coupon to use...

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Cake with Bittersweet Ganache ~Gluten Free

This cake is so decadent and rich and the texture is amazing, not to mention it is gluten free!!! You will need Dark Chocolate Cocoa, Dark Chocolate Chips and Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Squares.  The best place to buy chocolate is at a Fine Chocolate Specialty Shop.  If you do not have access to a store like this, you can probably find everything you need at your local grocer. 

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Portuguese Sweet Bread ~ Gluten Free

Portuguese Sweet Bread (Gluten Free) Ingredient 1 ¼ cups milk (dairy, rice, nut, soy) ¼ cup butter or dairy free margarine 1 Tbsp. yeast   3 ½ cups Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flour 1 ½ tsp. xanthan gum 1 tsp. salt ¾ cup sugar   3 eggs 1 tsp. cider vinegar   1 egg for basting   Directions Warm milk and butter until melted.  Remove from heat.  Allow to cool until about 115°.   Sprinkle yeast over top of milk mixture.  Set for 3-4 minutes.    In a mixing bowl add flour, xanthan gum, salt and sugar.  With mixer running on low speed, slowly pour in yeast mixture.  Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition.  Add cider vinegar.  Beat...

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Gluten Free Samoas

It broke my heart when we walked by the Girl Scouts selling cookies this year. It has never been an issue in the past, but now that Lexie is almost 7, I see the disappointment in her eyes when sherealizes that they are not gluten free. The sweet little girl she is says, “Mom, we should get some for Cassie, because she really likes them.” I respond, “Lexie, that probably wouldn’t be fair since you can’t eat them too.” Lexie in her sweet little voice, “That’s okay mom, you can just make me some that are gluten free.” Being the sucker I am, oh, I mean the good mom that I am, I told her I would.

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Hot Spinach Cheese Dip

Make your parties a success this season by making up some hot Spinach Cheese Dip.  Dips are known as the “social food” because everyone gathers around food and visits during the holidays.  If your dip is an extra cheesy one you are sure to keep the conversation going for a long time! 

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Gluten Free Lefse Another Holiday Tradition!

Lefse is a holiday tradition I was introduced to when I married into the Carlyle family. Both of my husband Chris’ parents are 50% Norwegian. Therefore, my oldest two children are 25% Norwegian. Grandma Bette has been making Lefse for our family for years at Christmas time. Lefse is a traditional Norwegian

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Gluten Free Sausage Balls — Party Appetizer

Make the with Italian Sausage or Turkey Sausage, Easy to Make and a Fan Favorite! Well this is my first “New” recipe that I have created since my brain surgery in November. This was a modified recipe, based off a sausage roll my mom made using Bisquick growing up. I made a few changes, using Mama’s Pancake Mix instead (to be gluten free), using an Italian Sausage verses the pork breakfast sausage, made a turkey version with added spices for those who don’t like pork sausage, (like my kids), and added green onions. Make your favorite dipping sauce to go with them or use Honey BBQ sauce for the Pork Italian Sausage version and for the Turkey Version add 1...

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Cottage Dill Bread

Cottage Dill Bread, another classic bread recipe that is perfect anytime of day. This is a perfect bread to serve at breakfast or brunch, or make sandwiches with it for lunch. Typically, Cottage Dill Bread is made in a round shape. To achieve the round shape for gluten free breads, bake in a 7 or 8 inch round casserole dish.  A 8 inch round Corningware Dish works great or you could used a round springform pan, or deep sided pie pan.  

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Gluten and Egg Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is Mama’s favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie!  What’s great about it too, not only is it easy to make, it’s moist, has oatmeal for added nutrition and texture and it’s EGG FREE!  I am always getting asked about egg free cookies or recipes.  I make this and bring it to most of my GF Trade Shows and it is always a hit

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Raw Apple Dessert with Brown Butter Frosting

Apples are in season and fall is the perfect time for baked apple desserts.  I love this time of year having my home filled with the aroma of apples and cinnamon.  This is another great family recipe converted for a Gluten Free Mama and G-Free Foodie Fan.  Enjoy! Raw Apple Dessert with Brown Butter Frosting Ingredients: 6 Tbsp. butter1 cup sugar2 eggs1 Tbsp. Pure Maple syrup or 1 tsp. maple flavoring 1 cup Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flour ½ tsp. xanthan gum½ tsp. cinnamon1½ tsp. baking powder½ tsp. baking soda½ tsp. salt 2 cups tart apples, diced½ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped Brown Butter Frosting Ingredients: ½ cup butter2 cups powdered sugar2 tsp. vanilla2-4 Tbsp. hot water Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 8 x...

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Sausage and Onion Frittata

I was at the store today and a lady was sampling some pork sausage. She overcooked it a little and boy did it taste good. I walked down a couple of isles and went back and bought some. My taste buds got the best of me. I just love crispy sausage.

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Gluten Free Biscuits and Gravy

Ingredients: 1 batch Mama’s Buttermilk Biscuits Page 55 of GFM’s Best Baking Recipes Cookbookor Mama’s Easy Buttermilk Biscuits Below 1 lb. package gluten free sausage (mild)4 Tbsp. Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flour3 cups Milk (dairy or rice)Salt and Pepper to taste Make a batch of GF Biscuits. Meanwhile brown sausage in frying pan. I like to cut it into small bite size pieces. You can also brown it like you would hamburger. Push sausage to the side of frying pan. Add one Tbsp. at a time of GF Flour. Mixing well with the grease to combine. Once all flour is mixed into the grease (may be thick and pasty like a roux) then add milk. Mix sausage and milk into the...

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Better than Milk Dairy Free Alternative

Better Than Milk Rice Beverage Mix — A great alternative for those living dairy free! A good friend of mine, also a celiac, recommended this great product to me. She has been using this as an alternative for milk since finding out her son needs to be dairy free as well as gluten free. Intrigued by the possibilities with this product, I had to give it a try.

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Gluten Free Mama’s Tater Tot Casserole and Instant Cream Soup

Every once in a while you just need something easy to make with a pound of hamburger and something the kids will eat too. Tater Tot Casserole is one of those old time favorites. A lot of people think they cannot enjoy this casserole and many others like it because it uses Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup. Well with Mama’s Instant Cream Soup mix you can as well as all those other favorite casseroles calling for cream of mushroom soup. The soup mix is easy to prepare and tastes great. See recipe below. I made this tonight and it took less than 30 minutes to throw together. I actually browned the meat while mopping the kitchen floor and then cleaned...

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Gluten Free Cheddar Chive Biscuits

Hungry for biscuits? Gluten Free Mama’s Cheddar Chive Biscuits are A-mazing with a capital A. The combination of the flaxseed and cheddar cheese make these biscuits burst with flavor. I ate 3 of them myself! You can make these without eggs if you are egg free. Roll out slightly thicker. I am thinking tomorrow, I will slice in half and add sliced turkey, hummus and red pepper for a tasty sandwich. I hope you enjoy these delightful gluten free biscuits as much as I am. Ingredients: 1½ cups Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flour½ cup ground golden flaxseed1 Tbsp. baking powder½ tsp. salt¾ tsp. xanthan gum1 Tbsp. sugar (optional)2 Tbsp. fresh or dried chives¼ tsp. dried mustard¾ cheddar cheese 6 Tbsp....

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Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes

Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes Did you know that Buckwheat is gluten free? Yes, it is true. Even though wheat is in the name don’t let that fool you. Buckwheat is very high in protien and a good source of iron. It has a slight nutty flavor. It will give your baked goods a light brown color similar to baking with whole wheat. It is generally mixed with other flours for best results. My employee, Dean, brought me a bag of buckwheat this week to experiment with. I often make my employees lunch, but today decided to make them breakfast. I made incredible tasting Buckwheat Pancakes. I added even more nutrition by adding chia seeds for my daily dose of Omega...

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Gluten Free Pita Bread

Gluten Free Pita Bread 1 pkg. Mama’s Pizza Crust (Remove ¼ cup of mix and set aside) 1¼ cups warm water1 Tbsp. yeast (or use yeast packet included with mix)1 tsp. sugar or honey 1 egg2 Tbsp. olive oil Directions: In a mixing bowl, add Mama’s Pizza Mix. Remove ¼ cup of mix and set aside.In a liquid measuring cup measure out warm water, add yeast packet and sugar. Mix together and set aside until foamy.With mixer running on low speed, pour in yeast mixture. Add egg and olive oil. Mix on high speed for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl and remove from mixer. Spray large pizza pan or baking sheet with cooking spray. Using a 2 inch scoop...

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Gluten Free Waffles

At our house, breakfast is the most favorite meal. In fact, we like breakfast so much, we often have it for dinner! No breakfast is complete without a great tasting gluten free Belgian waffle. You can also make gluten free waffles using Mama’s Pancake Mix and the recipe is on the back of the bag.

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Gluten Free Grilled Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Grilled Monte Cristo Sandwiches~Gluten Free The very first time I sunk my taste buds into a Monte Cristo Sandwich, well even the first time I heard of a Monte Cristo Sandwich, was on the Seattle, WA Dinner Train during the Saturday Morning Brunch Ride.  It was a special treat, as I had won the trip along with my co-workers at Sea-First Bank for meeting a sales goal for the bank.  It was my first time on the famous dinner train.  I was 18, young, inexperienced in fine dining, and was a bit out of my comfort zone on this fun and special day.  Being the youngest of my co-workers, just out of high school and living on my own for...

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Mama’s Sesame French Bread ~ Gluten & Egg Free

  1¼ cups warm water 1 Tbsp. yeast 1 tsp. sugar or honey   3 cups Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flour 1¾ tsp. xanthan gum 1 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. sugar   ¼ cup light olive oil or melted butter  2 Tbsp. ground flax seed and ½ cup water simmered for 5 minutes.  OR 2 eggs 1 tsp.  cider vinegar 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, optional   Directions  Preheat oven to 400°.   In a mixing bowl, combine flour, xanthan gum, salt and sugar.    Mix together warm water, yeast and sugar and set aside until foamy.    With mixer on low speed pour in yeast mixture, add melted butter, flax mixture and cider vinegar.  Mix on high speed for 2-3 minutes.    Spread into desired pan.  Run your spatula or...

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Mama’s Gluten Free Donuts

Hungry for a donuts? Try these gluten free donuts. These donuts remind me of some special memories I had as a kid. When me, my brother, or my sister would have sleepovers for birthday parties or special occasions, my mom would make these for me. You may have had them. She would take a can of buttermilk biscuits out of the fridge. She cut a hole out of the center. 

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Gluten Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies~Using Mama’s Cookie Mix Ingredients1 PKG Mama’s Sugar Cookie Mix ¾ cup butter or dairy free margarine½ tsp. almond extract 1 egg white1-2 Tbsp milk (dairy, rice, nut, soy)Raspberry Jam (Simply fruit by Smuckers recommended)  Glaze:1 cup powdered sugar ½ tsp. almond extract1-2 Tbsp. milk (dairy, rice, nut, soy) or waterDirectionsPreheat oven to 350°.Cream butter or margarine with almond extract. Add Mama’s Cookie Mix and egg white.  Mix on low for 1-2 minutes.  Scrape down sides of bowl. Add milk and mix on medium speed for 1-3 minutes or until a large ball of dough forms. Form ¾ inch – 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Gently press on the top of the cookie to form and indent with...

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Mama’s Deep Dish Pasta Bake

Mama’s Deep Dish Pasta Bake a new staple for your kitchen recipe repertoire.  They say an average family rotates about 7-10 recipes every month.  This recipe is sure to be added to that list.  Plus it has Mama’s secret weapon…hidden vegetables that will assure that no one will be complaining at  the dinner table and everyone will getting their daily dose of nutrition!  

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Amazing Apple Crumb Coffee Cake ~ Gluten Free

Fall is a wonderful season to enjoy coffee cake.  With apples in harvest, I created this delicious recipe for Gluten Free Apple Crumb Coffee Cake. However, anytime of year you can enjoy this delicious cake! My favorite part of this coffee cake is that you get to enjoy the delicious combination of apple cake on the bottom half and the yummy goodness of the apple crumb baked into the top part

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Gluten Free Cottage Dill Popovers

Popovers are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snack! They are easy to make and they appease even the pickiest of eaters. I have had some extra fresh dill in my house all week and decided I needed to use it up before it went bad. My favorite ingredient paired with dill is small curd cottage cheese. It may not sound appetizing when you hear it…but believe me, it is GOOD!

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Savory Gluten Free Monkey Bread ~ Italian Style

Monkey Bread, is also known as Pinch Me Off Bread, Sticky Bread, African Coffee Cake, Pluck-It Cake, and Bubbleloaf is a traditional sticky, gooey and sweet coffee cake served in the United States, usually for breakfast, however can be enjoyed anytime of day.  I remember distinctively growing up my mother would make it for her Tupperware parties, Sunday School, and many of our play dates.  It is really easy to make.

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Mama’s Tomato Basil Soup and Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Biscuits

Tomato Soup is the Traditional Comfort Food.  This is Mama’s take on Tomato Basil soup that is quick to make, delicious and a little more on the gourmet side versus the Campbell’s Tomato Soup we grew up on.  This is delicious served with Gluten Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  Or try it with Mama’s Tomato Basil Biscuits. Both are a hit for families and crowds and pair nicely together. There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup and biscuits hot out of the oven to warm up your house and bodies on cold winter days.

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Mama’s Gluten Free Flax Pancakes

Who doesn’t like breakfast, and who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner.  Better yet, who doesn’t like Pancakes?  I know my family and I can have pancakes anytime of day or night.  Did you know you can do all kinds of variations of pancakes with Mama’s Pancake Mix?  You could add chocolate chips, blueberries, or how about 1 tsp. cinnamon with 1 cup diced and peeled apples.  My kids love m&m’s in theirs.  Add 1/4 cup of cocoa with 1 Tbsp. of Instant Espresso and you have Mocha Pancakes.  Or you just keep it simple add some ground flax and whole flax for a healthy start to your day.

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Sweet Pepper Monterey Quiche

I love sweet peppers!  I love quiche.  Quiche doesn’t have to be just for breakfast.  Make it for dinner and make your family very happy!  It is great served with bacon or sausage or a side of fresh fruit and gluten free toast.Ingredients Mama’s Pie Crust Mix Or 1 single GF pie crust½ cup each, red pepper, orange pepper, yellow pepper1 Tbsp. butter4 eggs¾ cup heavy cream¾ cup milk⅛ tsp. pepperPinch of salt⅓ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped3 green onions, chopped1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese or Monterey Cheese BlendOptional:  Fresh salsa for garnish Directions  Preheat oven to 400°. Saute peppers with butter until soft, about 4-5 minutes.  Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, milk, pepper and salt. ...

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Gluten Free Gnudi ~ G-free Video Cooking Lessons

KC, founder of G-free Foodie, has so graciously partnered with Gluten Free Mama to make a series of online gluten free video lessons using Mama’s Flour blends and mixes.  KC founded G-free Foodie to provide a main resource for the gluten free community which includes, but not limited, to a flavorful gluten free living guide that includes information on the tastiest gluten free products

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Herbs De Provence Tomato Mozzarella Appetizer

Mama’s Herbs De Provence Mozzarella Appetizer, is easy to make, appetizing to look at and we can’t forget delicious! When I need an appetizer to bring to a party or want to have something out for guests to munch on before dinner parties, this is my go to appetizer. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare and less than 15 minutes before it is eaten by your guests! It only takes four ingredients which includes, fresh mozzarella, roma or caprise tomatoes, Herbs De Provence, and extra virgin olive oil. I often will set out gluten free crackers to eat with it. And confession time…this is my oldest daughters favorite snack. When I have fresh mozzarella in the fridge, I will...

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Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Bread and Grilled Chicken and Pesto Sandwich ~ Gluten free, dairy free, egg free

Chicken Pesto Sandwich 4Mama’s Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Bread ~ Gluten/Dairy/Egg Free   & Mama’s Grilled Chicken and Pesto Sandwich     It’s Dairy Free and Egg Free week at Gluten Free Mama, so we decided it would be fitting to create a Dairy/Egg/Gluten Free recipe for you.  In fact, you get two in one today!  Summer is on my mind, and it makes me think of summer friendly recipes.  I created this delicious Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Bread and yes, it’s Egg and Dairy Free!  I like to think outside the box.  I am not a big fan of baking my breads in the traditional 4×8 bread pan, because  I don’t feel that the breads hold their rise like they should...

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Gluten Free Berry Crostata made with Gluten Free Mama’s Pie Crust Mix

I was walking through the grocery store one day and saw this amazing Mixed Berry Crostata on the front of a Better Homes and Gardens Special Issue Magazine called Cooks Secret. The picture of the Crostata looked so delicious that of course I bought the magazine. I thought to myself, I wonder if this would work using Mama’s Pie Crust Mix.

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Strawberry Shortcakes made with Mama’s Gluten Free Sweet Cream Biscuits or Mama’s Scone Mix

Spring and Summer are here and my daughter is already asking for strawberry shortcake, her all time favorite dessert.  With Memorial Day around the corner, Fourth Of July, Family gatherings, family reunions, friends getting together, whatever the event, you an be sure that Strawberry Shortcake on the Menu will be a sure fire winner!  This is a great go-to dessert idea to use all summer long!  

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Mama’s Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters

Got Zucchini growing out of your ears in your garden?  Or Gluten Free Mama’ Zucchini Fritters”.  Do you ever wonder what is Mama’s Favorite recipe?  Well if so, this is definitely in the top 5.  Not only is it Mama’s Favorite, Mama’s 6 children love it too and I always being asked for more.  So I recommend making double or even triple batch.

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