I decided to enlist the help of a good friend Jennifer N.'s for this wonderful review of Elizabeth Hasselbeck's Deliciously G- Free Cookbook. Since Jennifer herself is G-Free, I think you will like what she has to say.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck's "Deliciously G-Free"
I love Elisabeth Hasselbeck. When I started watching the View it happened to come on during my workout time. There is absolutely nothing good about treadmill sprints, but Hasselbeck somehow makes it all more interesting. Turns out, she also makes cooking gluten free more interesting as well. "Deliciously G-Free" has an easy, no-nonsense style to it, though the ingredients are sometimes complicated.
The hardest part of making the two dishes, namely the cupcakes, turned out to be gathering the ingredients. I ended up buying four different types of flour on amazon.com because they are not readily available in stores. However, since I am committed to being gluten-free (and am going to need these flours assuming I continue with Hasselbeck's book), it is a worthwhile investment.
The end product was definitely worth the while! The "chocolate devil's food cupcakes" were delicious! I also made two of the three kinds of cupcake icing Hasselbeck writes about, "the sophisticated chocolate cream cheese" and the "kids choice chocolate buttercream," which were equally amazing. I made them for St. Patrick's day and a friend who just had a baby, then used the leftovers for Easter and Karina's class. On the sugar high of success, I decided I was ready for the main meals section.
The gluten free "macaroni and cheese" overall turned out very well. I made it for a friend who just had her baby and happens to be a vegetarian. I chose it because she requested a child friendly dish, and this is definitely a kid pleaser. My 2 year old boy was quite fascinated with the homemade variety of macaroni and cheese, and proceeded to drink the bowl. I say "drink" because if you follow the initial set of directions, the dish turns out to be very soup-y. The cheese is an extremely liquid consistency, but if you look closely at the picture in the cookbook, you can see this is true of the dish. I ended up making two versions of the macaroni and cheese - the second time I added one cup less of milk - and it turned out to be a much better version, in my opinion. Overall this is a good dish if you are bringing something to a party or pot-luck. I placed it in an aluminum tin and it looked as though it could feed a small, gluten-free, army.
To order your copy of Deliciously G-Free go to Amazon or check out Elizabeth's blog here!
Thanks for your review Jennifer!