Brazilian Cheesy Bread Recipe

One of my students is from Brazil and gave me her recipe for delicious cheesy bread. I recently posted a picture of my latest batch on Instagram/twitter/facebook an was flooded with requests for the recipe. So here it is! Enjoy!

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Brazilian Cheesy Bread 

-250g tapioca starch

-1/2 cup milk

-1/4 cup olive oil

-1 1/2 tsp salt

-1 egg

-1 cup shredded mozzarella

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Place tapioca starch in a bowl.

3. Place milk, olive oil, and salt in a saucepan and heat until it just comes to a boil. 

4. Pour the milk mixture into the tapioca starch/bowl and stir with a spoon until combined. Add the egg and stir until combined. Add the cheese and stir again until evenly incorporated. The dough will be sticky.

5. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray (or use a nonstick pan). Scoop the dough into the muffin pan (this will make 9 or 10 rolls).

6. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and let cool. 

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The Celiac Project Podcast and Tasty Meditation at Tali Restaurant

(Disclaimer: I was not paid to participate in this podcast. I received a comped meal at Tali Restaurant to enjoy during the recording. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend restaurants, products, and food that I love.)

Did you catch the February 14th episode of the Celiac Project Podcast? I joined Mike at Tali Restaurant in NYC to chat about weddings, the GF restaurant industry, great NYC spots, sourdough, facebook groups and more.

Listen to episode 107 online HERE or find it in the itunes store! 

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Really Great Food Company Review & Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Do you know of a company that makes a gluten free coffee cake mix? I do! And it’s really great. Literally – it’s from The Really Great Food Company.

Founded in 1991, the Really Great Food Company gluten free mixes are free of the top eight allergens and are made in a dedicated gluten free, nut free facility. The owner has Celiac Disease, so safety is a top priority. They offer a wide variety of mixes along with tons of recipes online to keep you happily baking for ages.

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The mixes:

  • Coffee crumb cake
  • Irish soda bread
  • Pizza crust
  • Banana bread
  • Brownie
  • Cornbread muffin
  • Vanilla muffin
  • Pancake & waffle
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Yellow cake
  • Golden cake
  • Chocolate cake
  • All purpose flour
  • Tempura batter

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The mixes are very easy to prepare, and were all the rage at the GFAF Expo in NJ this fall. I loved seeing everyone’s eyes light up, which happened quite frequently when sampling the banana bread and coffee cake. That coffee cake! I am such a huge fan and don’t know of any other GF coffee cake mix on the market. For anyone who loves easy baking projects, it was very easy to make and not intimidating at all. It required a little extra gluten free flour for the topping – I used some brown rice flour and arrowroot starch that I had lying around, but I’m sure any GF flour will do. Kris raved about it, as well, and we devoured it before the week was out. I brought a slice with me to a wedding so I could eat cake with everyone, and Kris commented that my coffee cake was better than the desserts being served. It’s great and impressive treat to whip up for any occasion.

For more information and to order visit www.reallygreatfood.com

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive four mixes from the Really Great Food Company – pumpkin bread, banana bread, coffee crumb cake, and brownie. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Thursday January 11th at 11:59 EST.

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Visit my Instagram for an extra giveaway! A different winner will be chosen there!

Gluten Free Territory Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

I have died and gone to gluten free brownie heaven. And I’m welcoming you to come with me, because next we’re featuring one of my most popular previous giveaways – Gluten Free Territory!

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Gluten Free Territory is a dedicated gluten free and nut free bakery (note: some products do contain coconut) run by an awesome family team. Their products are tested by the Celiac Spruce Association through University of Nebraska to less than 5ppm. Cue my happy dance!

By the way, you saw that brownie picture, right? Have you ever seen a more beautiful brownie? That’s the raspberry cheesecake brownie, and it is the perfect balance and combination of flavors. I hope you have an extra pair of socks handy when you try it – because it’s gonna knock your socks off.

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The sweets:

  • Brownies (vegan option available)
  • Raspberry cheesecake brownie 
  • Pumpkin cheesecake brownie (seasonal)
  • Mint brownie (vegan option available)
  • Pound cake
  • Lemon pound cake
  • Chocolate chip cookie
  • Coconut macaroon sandwich cookie
  • Orange craisin white chocolate cookie

(Note: I am only featuring their oat free cookies. While the oats GF Territory uses are gluten free, they are not purity protocol oats. Currently, I am only eating/recommending purity protocol GF oats)

All of their desserts are amazing, but I can’t stop thinking about that raspberry cheesecake brownie…..Try it. Best gluten free brownies you’ll ever taste, and you’ll be proud to support a small, family run business. 

Gluten Free Territory is based in New Hampshire, and they ship and do local deliveries! Their products are also available at select shops in NH and neighboring states. For more info visit www.glutenfreeterritory.com

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a gluten free brownie and cookie prize from Gluten Free Territory. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Tuesday January 9th at 11:59 EST.
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Gluten Free Prairie Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

People are finally starting to talk more about purity protocol gluten free oats, and I’m so excited!

“Jessica, what is the purity protocol?” – Oats that are grown in a dedicated gluten free field, then harvested/packaged in a gluten free facility.

“Are all gluten free oats purity protocol?” – Nope, most GF oats are regular oats that are mechanically/optically sorted to remove the gluten-containing grains (that’s what Cheerios does).

“But certified gluten free oats are purity protocol oats, right?” – NOPE! At least not necessarily. Certified is not synonymous with purity protocol. Many certified GF products use GF oats that are mechanically/optically sorted. 

“How can I find out which oats are purity protocol and which aren’t?” Gluten Free Watchdog has a great page about it. 

“Okay, what’s your favorite purity protocol oat supplier?” – Gluten Free Prairie, of course!

Gluten Free Prairie is run by Deb Wheaton. Among her notable accomplishments, she is on the Celiac Disease Foundation Board of Directors and was awarded the CDF’s highest honor, the Blue Butterfly Award, for her years of service. A portion of the proceeds from Gluten Free Prairie go to the Celiac Disease Foundation for their programs to raise awareness.

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Important facts about the Gluten Free Prairie:

  • Supports the purity protocol – oats are grown in glutenfree fields then harvested/packaged in a designated glutenfree facility 
  • Certified gluten free by the Celiac Spruce Association 
  • Tests to less than 5ppm
  • Non GMO and Certified Kosher
  • High in fiber
  • Higher in protein than most traditional oats (17-22% compared to 13%)

Products include:

  • Oat Groats
  • Oat Flour
  • Oatmeal
  • Montana Mornings Granola
  • Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Hunger Buster Cookies

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I love, love, love Gluten Free Prairie. The taste, quality, safety, the awesome owner – Gluten Free Prairie is the way to go if you’re an oat lover. The brownie mix is amazing! I especially love using the all purpose flour and pancake/waffle mix to make crepes. I recently attempted to make pancakes using the suggested recipe on the back of the pancake/waffle mix. My current nonstick pan is slightly warped (aka it’s no longer perfectly flat), so the pancake batter spread out a bit too much (yay more crepes!). Easy fix if you’ve got a similar uneven pan – decrease the amount of milk and add 1/4 tsp xanthan gum. Perfect pancakes! Also, as an oatmeal lover in my pre-celiac days, I am so happy to now have a gluten free oatmeal that I can finally trust.

Find GlutenFree Prairie products in stores nationwide and on amazon.com For more information visit www.glutenfreeprairie.com

GIVEAWAY! Two winners will receive a Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, Pancake & Waffle Mix, Hunger Buster Cookie, a Montana Mornings Granola, Oatmeal, and Simply Wholesome All Purpose Flour Blend – that’s almost all of their products! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Thursday January 4th at 11:59 EST.

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Visit my Instagram for an extra giveaway! 2 more winners will be chosen there!

Namaste Review & Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

What happens when it’s 1999, and a friend desperately asks for you help to find a gluten free/allergen free food for herself and her young son? Why, you make your own gluten free mixes! At least that’s what Daphne Taylor did, and Namaste Foods was born. 

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Things I love about Namaste Foods:

  • Made in a dedicated allergen free facility
  • Certified gluten free
  • Soy free
  • Potato free
  • Dairy free
  • Casein free
  • Peanuts/tree nuts free
  • Kosher certified 
  • Most are approved through the Whole Grain Council and Non-GMO Project
  • USDA Organic options
  • Woman owned!
  • Staff is made up almost entirely of mothers working from home all across the country

So much to love! The products are almost too many to name. They include:

  • Devil’s food cake mix
  • Dark chocolate brownie mix
  • Quick bread & muffin mix
  • All purpose baking mix
  • Various individual flours for those who love to bake from scratch (such as organic quinoa flour, sorghum flour, millet flour)
  • Muffin & scone mix 
  • Blondie mix
  • Pizza crust mix
  • Spice cake mix
  • Vanilla cake mix
  • Cookie mix
  • Pasta/macaroni & cheese 
  • Seasoned coating mixes
  • Vegan instant soups
  • And so much more!

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Namaste graciously sent me a few mixes to try. The Spice Cake and Pizza mixes were calling to me. First, I made carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The spice cake was bursting with flavorful spices. I imagine it would make an excellent pumpkin cake, as well. Incredibly easy – combine the recommended ingredients along with a handful of chopped carrots and raisins. Lesser quality mixes come out rather gummy, but not Namaste – fabulous texture. The pizza crust was also easy to make and came out wonderfully chewy. Kris (a gluten eater) gave his approval. 

Mixes are easy and convenient, but I also really enjoy baking from scratch. I recently made pizza dough (yes, more pizza) and used a variety of gluten free flours including Namaste’s quinoa flour, which is super high in nutrients. So far I’m loving their high quality mixes and flours, and I will certainly be back for more. 

For more information visit www.namastefoods.com

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GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a Namaste tote bag with pasta meal, baking mix, coating mix, soup cup, recipe cards, and coupons. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US and Canada only, no PO Boxes. Giveaway ends Tuesday January 2nd at 11:59 EST.

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Eclair Naturals Giveaway

Disclaimer: I’ve received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Winter is coming. No, wait – winter is here! This season makes me miserable, and my skin is really feeling it. Thank goodness I constantly have Eclair Naturals body butter and lotion on hand.

Eclair Naturals is:

  • Certified gluten free (tests to less than 5ppm)
  • 100% soy free
  • 100% vegan
  • Made with food grade ingredients
  • No animal testing/certified cruelty free
  • Non GMO
  • Handcrafted in small batches
  • Sustainably sourced and responsibly produced
  • Promotes no waste
  • Donates to charities
  • Made in the USA

What Eclair Naturals does NOT contain:

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I’m always so grateful to have Eclair Naturals as a clear and safe gluten free option. It’s often difficult to get a straight answer out of other big companies because they have so many suppliers. And have you ever had someone laugh at you because you asked if their shampoo was gluten free? Utilizing companies that are 100% gluten free like Eclair Naturals makes everything so much easier. 

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My current Eclair Naturals skin care routine – the liquid hand soap and bar are in my bathroom. I have a hand sanitizer and all over lotion bottle in my purse to use throughout the day. I use the body butter at night – it’s quite thick and really gets the job done. My skin feels much softer and healthier in the morning. I invite you to take extra good care of yourself and your loved ones this winter with an Eclair Naturals hand care set.

I always try to make holiday shopping easier – Eclair Naturals is available at Rite Aid (nation wide – great sales!), www.target.com and on www.eclairnaturals.com.

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive the gluten free hand care set featured above. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday December 29th at 11:59 EST.

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Visit my Instagram tomorrow (Saturday 12/16) for an extra giveaway! A different winner will be chosen there!