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Sauces and Seasonings

You’ll Relish This Summer Relish Tray Made With Ernie’s Salsas

The first thing I noticed about Ernie’s Salsas, besides being gluten-free, was the high quality of the ingredients used, the short list of ingredients and the variety of flavors.

Ernie sent me five flavors to taste: Gourmet Red, Hawaiian Pineapple Heat, Chesapeake Bay Shrimp, Perfect Peach, and Black Bean and Corn….

We tasted some of each flavor plain, and then also with cucumber slices, pepper strips, celery and carrot sticks, and also with some chips.

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Gluten-Free Peach Salsa

I love peaches. I was born in Fredericksburg, Texas…

… Smack-dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country’s many peach orchards!

And, I think peaches are so good that I wondered what they might taste like in a salsa.

So, I decided to whip up a batch to find out.

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Gluten-Free Mini-Meat Loaf with Mushroom Sauce

Here’s an old favorite that’s already easy to make, made a little faster. The smaller individual-size loaves cook faster.

Because they’re smaller, they’re also quick to freeze. They thaw quickly for a meal later, so I often double the recipe and make extra.

When I was converting this recipe to be gluten-free, I discovered several different possibilities…

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Mustard Dill Sauce with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Here’s a quick-to-fix recipe that will satisfy even my hungriest snack attack.

This easy gluten-free snack or appetizer can also easily serve as a side dish for a meal, especially a sandwich or a dinner salad. The sweet flavor of the sweet potatoes contrasts well with the spicy tang of mustard and dill in the creamy sauce.

One serving of these nutrition-packed sweets gives me 4 grams of dietary fiber…

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Spiced Cranberry Pear Sauce Completes the Holiday Dinner

When I lay out a plan to seat my guests at a dinner, I want to balance the personalities at each table. I want each group to have some who are gentle and mature, some who are a little outspoken and some who maybe are energetic with a few good stories to share.

Similarly, when I’m looking for a completing touch to a gluten-free holiday menu, I can add this tangy, saucy, sweet and spicy choice that is already gluten-free — Spiced Cranberry Pear Sauce.

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Creamed Tuna is Easy for a Gluten-Free Diet

A perennial dinner favorite in my house is Creamed Tuna.

It’s good when I’m short on time and I need to go shopping, but we’re hungry right now…so my gluten-free diet also has to satisfy everyone in the family.

The foundation of this easy dinner is a medium white sauce. I learned a long time ago that a basic white sauce or cream sauce is a kitchen standby, and it’s just as useful for a gluten-free diet as it is for gluten-y cooking. It works for a lot of my favorite 30 minute meals!

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Chicken Mushroom Rice Bake with Homemade Gluten-free Mushroom Sauce

This old family favorite is made from scratch, even the sauce, so you know that it’s safe for a gluten-free diet.

Since the chicken is boneless and skinless, it’s easier to serve and clean up than the bone-in version.

You can use your favorite vegetables in it, but our favorites are either green beans, or peas and carrots, or chopped broccoli. You’ll have a complete meal in one dish with this gluten-free casserole. If you want to make it dairy-free, you can use the oil instead of butter or margarine, and also use a dairy-free milk, or mushroom or vegetable stock instead.

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