Have you ever invited people over for dinner only to find out, after the fact, that your guests have weird food allergies and preferences? 😬I hate to admit it but, I'm THAT dinner guest. I don't like to eat beef or pork. In recent years, I developed a sensitivity to dairy (mostly milk) and I try and avoid eating any fried foods. Yup, I'm that "hard to plan a menu for" dinner guest. 🤷🏻♀️ I know it and I'm sorry.
People also assume that because I'm a food blogger, I'm oozing with culinary knowledge and Gordon Ramsey like cooking skills. 🔪 Truth is, I'm just a girl who learned to cook from her mom and her grandmother. I have a food blog but that doesn't give me any more credibility than people who put cooking videos on tic tock. It's just an avenue to share my passion for food.
It's hard to believe that with my title of food blogger and my less than typical food habits working against me, that I've ever been invited to dinner. I feel guilty when I do get a dinner invite because I don't want anyone to have to try and plan a menu around my weird eating habits. The truth is I don't even plan my OWN dinner menu around myself. We have steak nights and hamburgers on the grill. I cook pork chops and fried fish and I have no problem serving that to my family while I eat the side dishes for dinner. A big plate of grilled vegetables, a green salad and a slice of crusty bread is a perfect meal for this vegetable loving girl.
With every birthday, I feel like I add more foods to the list of things that I can't seem to tolerate anymore. 😅 Lucky for me, gluten is not on that list YET. 🤣 I know a lot of people who are gluten intolerant though. If this is you - or you know someone who has celiac disease, I've got just the perfect recipe. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bread is made with coconut flour and it's a nice addition to any brunch or lunch menu.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bread
18 Tablespoons butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup coconut flour
1 cup chocolate chips
Allow to cool before slicing.
This year, I've gotten more requests for gluten free foods than I ever have before. I'm not a big fan of the 1:1 gluten flour substitutes because I can detect a weird after taste when I bake with them. I much prefer to use coconut or almond flour as a substitute for wheat flour. It's not as simple as a one to one substitution but with a little trial and error (mostly error) I can create something that's delicious AND gluten free. Hope you enjoy.
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