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Teriyaki Sauce

Great for marinating fish, chicken or beef or for your next stir fry:

Combine these six ingredients in a small skillet. Cook over medium heat until the sauce just begins to boil.

1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
1/8 cup water
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
1/2 teaspoon ground fresh ginger (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon orange marmalade


Gluten-free Vegan Crumb Topping II

I liked the idea of pairing an almond flour crumb topping with a cake made with almond flour so adjusted the original crumb topping to come up with this alternative:

1 cup almond flour

1/2 cup sorghum flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cardamom (optional)

1/2 cup coconut (optional)*

4-5 tablespoons Earth Balance Buttery Spread (cold)


Whisk the first seven ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. If you opt to leave out the cardamom you may want to increase the cinnamon to 3/4 teaspoons.

*Note: I like the idea of adding coconut to the crumb topping. It’s success depends on two things—whether coconut works with the cake or pie you’re making and the heat of and time in the oven because the coconut  browns up pretty quickly.

Using two forks—or your clean hands—mix the shortening into the flour mixture until it’s fully incorporated and forms small marble or pea sized clumps. Drop the mixture over your favorite coffee cake or pie prior to baking. Tent a piece of alumninum foil over the crumbs during the baking cycle if they are browned before the cake or pie is ready to come out of the oven.


Gluten-free Vegan Crumb Topping

I’m always forgetting the recipe for crumb topping because I never write it down. Well, here it is so whenever you (or I) need it we can find it…

3/4 cup sorghum flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

5 to 6 tablespoons Earth Balance Buttery Spread (cold)

Mix the first 4 ingredients together. Drop the Earth Balance into the mixture in chunks. Using a fork or clean hands mix the shortening into the flour mixture until it’s fully dispersed and forms clumps. This makes enough topping for a pie or 9 inch cake. If you like a really thick layer of crumbs increase the amount of the sorghum flour and brown sugar to at least 1 cup each and the other ingredients accordingly.

Note: I made an adjustment to the Earth Balance amount in the recipe because when doubled it required an extra 2 tablespoons. So, if you need an extra tablespoon to make a nice crumb go ahead and add it.


Buffalo Sauce

I’m an avid label reader. And, if the ingredient list is really long I just put the item back on the shelf. Finding the hidden gluten, egg, or dairy can be tiring and I’m just not that good at it.

Making food at home alleviates that issue. And, a nice thing is—after some trial and error—the result is usually better.

This Buffalo Sauce is so easy to make. The bonus—we really like it. It can be spiced up, or if you prefer you can make a milder version. Try it with Buffalo Chicken Wings.

Note: Apparently different brands of cayenne pepper can have different magnitudes of heat. So, add the cayenne last in small amounts and test for your level of desired spiciness! Added 10/28/09

Buffalo Sauce

3 tablespoons oil (1 of olive oil, 2 of grapeseed or other vegetable oil)
1/4 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
1 teaspoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons chile powder
½-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (variable dependent on desired heat)
1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon each paprika and cumin
½ teaspoon salt

Combine all the wet ingredients and stir until fully mixed. Whisk in the spices—holding back on the cayenne pepper if you’re worried about the level of heat. Taste and alter by adding more of the spices to your liking. This recipe produces a medium spicy sauce.

Here’s the link for Frank’s Original Hot Sauce gluten-free information.


Taco Seasoning

There are plenty of homemade Taco Seasoning combinations out there. I tried a few and they just didn’t seem to be as good as the pre-mixed versions of my pre-GF days. So, I kept on merging and adjusting and this one is a keeper.

Use this as the base recipe but have fun with adjustments—it makes the end result interesting.

1 1/2 tablespoons corn flour
3 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons The Spice Hunter Chili Powder Blend
1 1/2 teaspoons dried onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (see update below)

Mix all ingredients together.

This is enough for 1 to 1½ pounds of ground meat (I use ground turkey).

Once the meat is browned, sprinkle the spice mix over top and stir in until it’s fully incorporated. Then add a cup of water and continue to cook over a medium heat until the sauce is reduced and thickened. Serve with your favorite GF taco shells and other toppings.

Adjust the cayenne pepper to achieve your desired level of spiciness.

I love The Spice Hunter Chili Powder Blend. Checked the website and it’s GF. But, here’s the link so you can read for yourself. Also, if you can’t get it omit it entirely or omit it and add ¼ teaspoon each of cocoa powder, cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.