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Saturday

Oscar Conversions

Here is nice Epicurious.com article with great Oscar night menu ideas -- ok, so there are a lot of non-gluten free recipes listed -- how to fix that? Follow to my conversions!

If the recipe is not listed, the ingredients are already gluten free!

Black and White Soup -- switch the flour for the gluten free all purpose flour already in your cupboard.
Black and White Cookies -- I have have my own recipe but this one is good too. Switching the flour for your all purpose gluten free should do well. If you are using a BK blend the lighter, cake flour blend is best.

Irish Soda Bread -- you can follow this recipe with your AP GF flour and switch the amounts for the soda and baking powder or you can make the BK version of Irish Soda Bread.

Obviously Budweiser and Guinness are not acceptable GF beverages; for the Chocolate Guinness Goodness try Redbridge in lieu of Budweiser (keep it in the family) and Greens Endeavour for the Guinness.
Brandied Onion Soup with Croque-Monsieur Croutons -- needs some GF croutons wouldn't you say? Ok, you can make your own Baguette, buy some from Schar, Everybody Eats, or your favorite GF bread folks. Or, just buy plain croutons and skip the cutting and start with the flavoring.

Tarte Tatin -- ok so GF puffed pastry is not really available yet, but a pie crust will make a fine tarte tatin. Buy one pre made or make your own -- here's the BK pie crust recipe.
Lattice-Topped Strawberry Rhubarb Pie -- you can replace the flour with your AP GF flour, use the the BK pie crust recipe, or buy a pre-made GF pie shell.

Radish-Chive Tea Sandwiches with Sesame and Ginger -- Ok, you can make your own Baguette, buy some from Schar, Everybody Eats, or your favorite GF bread folks.

Smoked Turkey and Stilton Sandwiches-- make your own bread or buy some from your favorite GF baker. As for the Stilton, you know where you fall on the blue cheese controversy. If you fall into the 'only micro-cheese makers are likely to use wheat' category head to your local market and pick up some Stilton. If you fall into the 'all blue cheeses are off limits' category then switch Stilton for most any semi-hard cheese (try to avoid the French as King George VI might not appreciate that gesture).

Mini Star-Anise Scones -- switch the flour for AP GF flour or try the BK Welsh Cake recipe or use a BK lighter, cake flour flour blend. Or hazelnut meal. :)

Hazelnut Shortbread Sticks -- switch the flour for AP GF flour or try the BK Shortbread recipe or use a BK lighter, cake flour flour blend. As for the scotch, if you fall into the 'no scotch for me' category, you could try whisky or bourbon.

Rio Grande Beef Burritos with Roasted Peppers
-- soft corn tortillas will be fine -- a trick to soften them is to wrap them in a damp cloth and microwave them for about 20 seconds. Then serve!

Granola and Dried Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
-- switch the flour for AP GF flour, use a BK flour blend, or start with the BK Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Black Cod with Miso
-- no changes, just make sure your miso is not made from barley.

Sauteed Baby Eggplants
-- just use tamari, wheat/gluten free soy sauce.

Apple Martinis -- make sure your sweet-and-sour mix is gluten free -- or make your own, that way you skip the crazy chemicals too.
Spicy Cowboy Beans -- make sure your Worcestershire is gluten free.

Bacon Cheddar Quick Bread with Dried Pears -- switch the flour for AP GF flour or use a BK flour blend -- I'd change the milk to buttermilk too.

Teddie's Apple Cake -- Switching the flour for your all purpose gluten free should do well. If you are using a BK blend the lighter, cake flour blend is best.

Meatball Sliders and Spinach Potato Cakes with Roasted Tomato Sauce -- no panko bread crumbs for you GF folks, but any unseasoned GF breadcrumb will do. Try for one lower in sugar. If they are not fine enough pull out your food processor and give 'em a whirl. No food processor? Stick 'em in a zip top bag and have at 'em with a rolling pin or heavy can. Can't find bread crumbs? Semi-stale bread food processed or bag processed will be alright as well.

Mini Brownie Cupcakes
-- you can follow the BK Deep Abyss Chocolate Brownie recipe or Switching the flour for your all purpose gluten free should do well.

Wild Blueberry Pie with Almond Crumble Topping -- Buy a pre-made pie crust or make your own -- here's the BK pie crust recipe. As for the topping, if you're going to use almonds why not use fine almond meal? Or chestnut flour? I certainly would.

Enjoy the Oscars!

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