One of my favorite things about having a gluten free blog is that I have the pleasure of reviewing a wide variety of gluten free cookbooks. I recently reviewed a new cookbook entitled Gluten Free on a Shoestring by Nicole Hunn, who authors a gluten free blog by the same name.
Nicole Hunn had my attention when I discovered that her gluten free recipes focused on being cost effective. Like many others, I am trying to follow a budget and as we all know the price of purchasing gluten free foods can add up quickly. Gluten Free on a Shoestring promises family-friendly fare that is made from scratch, for significantly less money than when pricey gluten free mixes and convenience foods are used.
There is a photo of an insanely delicious looking gluten free popover on the cover of Gluten Free on a Shoestring; my family all agreed that we should try this tempting recipe first. I made the filling for a vegetable pot pie, but instead of topping it with gluten free pastry crust or biscuits as I usually do, we split open freshly baked flaky popovers and served them on top of individual bowls of the pot pie filling. The result? My family absolutely loved them... the only problem was that we wished we had doubled the recipe so we could have more!
For my dairy free readers, I substituted the butter in the recipe for Earth Balance Buttery Spread, and used Almond Milk instead of cows milk. The only difference between the appearance of our dairy free popovers and the popovers pictured on the cover of the cookbook is that ours were a very light golden color, not the deep golden brown that is a result of baking with regular dairy-containing butter. The flavor and texture was spot-on though!
"Inside this comprehensive cookbook, you’ll find 125 delicious and inexpensive gluten-free recipes for savory dinners, favorite desserts, comfort foods, and more, plus Nicole’s top money-saving secrets."
• Apple-Cinnamon Toaster Pastries
• Spinach Dip
• Ricotta Gnocchi
• Chicken Pot Pie
• Szechuan Meatballs
• Tortilla Soup
• Baked Eggplant Parmesan
• Never-Fail White Sandwich Bread
• Banana Cream Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
• Banana-Blueberry Muffins
• Cinnamon Rolls
• Perfect Chocolate Birthday Cake
"With advice on the best values and where to find them, meal planning strategies, and pantry-stocking tips, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring is your essential guide. Never fall victim to the overpriced, pre-packaged gluten-free aisle again. Roll on by—happier, healthier, and wealthier."Nicole Hunn is the personality behind the Gluten-Free on a Shoestring blog, featured in the New York Times and on MSN Money. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.""
1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature
1 cup milk (low-fat is fine, nonfat is not), at room temperature
a copy of the Gluten Free on a Shoestring cookbook. (Retail value $19.00)