When I first started preparing gluten free meals for my gluten-loving family, I wasn't quite sure how the recipes would be received. I had raised my children, and my husband of nearly 18 years, on Southern comfort food recipes, all from a hand-written cookbook given to me as a wedding gift from my mama.
The gf recipes I was finding to try to replace family's favorites would definitely not be crowd pleasers in the Eldred home--and if I had served those meals, the family would have revolted. Over the past few years, I have adapted many of my mom's recipes to make them safe and suitable for the gluten intolerant, and now, those recipes are winners with the pickiest of eaters!
But eating the same things week after week gets old! In an effort to spice up the menu and seek new ideas, our family attended the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly (GFAF) Expo in Atlanta last weekend where I met Tiffany Hinton (aka GF Mom Certified), a gluten free blogger, speaker and author of several best-selling gluten free cookbooks. I decided to try a couple of her recipes to see if they would be accepted by my "tough crowd."
Tiffany sent me her e-cookbook, Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage Gluten Free, ($9.99 available by clicking here). Y'all, this cookbook is way more than a cookbook! Tiffany inspires readers with not only easy-to-follow recipes, but also by the way she poured her heart and soul into this book by sharing her story and the struggles that brought her to where she is today. I was truly inspired and after reading it from cover to cover, I felt like I had known her forever.
In the beginning, I instantly noticed that Tiffany had a soul food section in this cookbook and my first thought as a native Southerner was, "What does this girl from Chicago know about cooking soul food?" It turns out that she actually knows a lot about it!
Tiffany's husband, Will, is from Winston, Miss. Believe me-you can't get much more Southern than that! She shares his family's recipes that feature his Southern heritage. This cookbook celebrates the heritage of her diverse family's history from Will's Southern roots to her childhood in Indiana, rural Illinois, Chicago, and the French heritage of her ancestors. It is a great read, even without the recipes.
I decided to make rump roast and biscuits (one of our favorites that we have been denied for way too long). The rump roast recipe was very easy to follow and within minutes, my beloved slow cooker was filled and dinner was cooking while we went to the soccer fields. Too easy!! I had every ingredient in the kitchen already except for gluten free chicken broth base, which I found in my local grocery store.
The biscuit recipe was a little more involved, and it didn't turn out quite the way I'd hoped, but this Southern girl has extremely high expectations for biscuits. Nobody can make them like my mama can--but hers are not gluten free. This recipe, while delicious, did not produce a moist, fluffy, "Southern" biscuit, but Nathan (aka Genius, Jr.) was quite pleased with them. Since they were thinner than most biscuits, he actually took two biscuits and put jelly in between them to make a jelly biscuit--something he has missed for a couple of years! He said, "I love you, mom. Thank you for baking these," twice while he was eating them. That warmed my heart, so the extra time and effort was worth it! I'll call that a success!
When we returned from soccer way past dinner time, our kitchen smelled divine! We enjoyed a hearty meal of roast with potatoes and carrots served with peas and fresh biscuits. They ate so much, nobody asked for dessert! Thomas and I enjoyed leftover roast for our lunch and I honestly believe it was even better today than it was last night! Delicious!
I can't wait to try GF Mom Certified's recipes for banana pudding, corn bread and ice cream cones very soon! The Mom Celebrates Heritage Gluten Free cookbook is a great addition to any gf family's collection! I can see why it is a best seller! I can't wait to try more recipes from this and other gf cookbooks by Tiffany Hinton, GF Mom Certified.