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Wednesday Wisdom: Making Your Own Gluten-Free Flours

One thing is true about living gluten-free, it can get expensive. Especially if you’re a baker. You can easily pick up a store bought cake mix or whip up some cookies out of a box (which will set you back $5 per package, at least), but sometimes it’s fun to play, to experiment, to create from scratch.

But gluten-free, specialty flours are also costly. Luckily, with one, cheap little kitchen appliance, you can whip up your own gluten-free flours in no time. All you need is a (clean) coffee grinder.

It’s true that some flours are best store bought (or milled using a grain mill for a finer texture – think brown rice, sorghum, coconut), but for others, you can simply grind them up in a coffee grinder and bam, you’ve got flour. My favorite homemade flours are: quinoa, millet and amaranth.

The process is simple. Add these grains (or seeds in quinoa’s case), either raw or toasted (which I highly recommend for quinoa to remove its bitter taste) to your coffee grinder, grinding until you have a fine, flour like powder. Now, depending on your grinder, you may need to sift the flour to remove the coarse grains, but the result will be an effortlessly, light, homemade gluten-free flour. Easy-peasy and budget friendly!

Alyssa is the quinoa-obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, Queen of Quinoa. Check her out at: www.queenofquinoa.me or connect with her on: Facebook | Twitter | | Pinterest

Strawberry Salad in a bowl

Strawberry Feta Salad

Strawberry Salad in a bowlI had a craving for fresh fruit this weekend. It was especially strong when I realized that the farmer’s market in town had started and that I had slept through almost all of it on Saturday morning.

Disappointed, I went to Meijer instead. I didn’t need much in the way of food, just a few things (you know cereal fit for a 5 year old and some milk to have it with and that fruit that I was craving).

Today, while putting together recipes to post this week (I am going to be out of town and on local television, so I need to put these posts together in advance), I got hungry.

Faced with more strawberries than I needed for tomorrow’s quick bread, I saved some for myself to eat. I dressed them up with big-girl accompaniments (unlike my love of strangely colored food, shaped pasta and infantile cereal might lead you to believe, I have excellent taste in food).

Without further ado, a summer salad that can be a side, an appetizer or even a dessert.

Strawberry Feta Salad
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Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Mary Fran Wiley
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 oz crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  1. Toss salad ingredients and then drizzle with vinegar to taste immediately before serving.
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