Crustless Cottleston Pie

Winnie the Pooh talked a lot about Cottleston Pie, and now you can eat it. I found a recipe for it in  The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook by Virginia H. Ellison well before Aury was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and it became a family staple. Think of it as a savory-er quiche.

The original recipe, of course, calls for a crust. I made GF pie crusts (which are a pain in the rear, let me tell you) and bought GF pie crusts (which are wicked expensive, let me tell you), until finally I thought — why do I need a crust?

It came out perfectly, and even Buddy, my five-year-old boy who ABHORS eggs, ate two pieces. Cheers to fast family dinners!

Crustless Cottleston Pie

1 5-oz can solid white albacore tuna in water, drained

1/2 cup frozen peas

2-3 eggs (how eggy do you like your pie?)

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 pinches sea salt (smidge less if using salted butter)

ground pepper, to taste

1 pinch nutmeg

1 tablespoon cold butter cut into tiny dots

1/2 cup grated cheese

Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray a 9″ pie pan with oil. Sprinkle tuna and peas on bottom of pie pan. Beat eggs, cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg until mixed and frothy. Pour on top of tuna and peas. Sprinkle top with dots of butter and then top with shredded cheese. Bake 30-40 minutes until golden brown and the middle doesn’t jiggle. (You’ll need to cook it a little longer if you only used two eggs). Cool for 10 minutes, slice, and serve.

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Who Are We?

Hi, we’re Shannon and Jackie, neighbors and friends who cook for fun and function: both Jackie and Shannon’s daughter Aury can’t eat gluten. Aury has Celiac Disease (www.celiac.org) and Jackie has a gluten sensitivity. Both are real gastrointestinal disorders, and their diet is not a weight-loss fad but a necessary way of life.

Both of us were hobby home cooks before the gluten issues: we loved making food. When we found out we’d have to drastically change the way we cook, it was devastating. Shannon was a weekly bread maker, and she had to give that up. Cooking without gluten seemed overwhelming at first, but after a while, both of us learned how to have fun with food despite the changes we had to make.

As we learned how to cook and eat without gluten, we realized a lot of the blogs and free information out there was missing pointers that we had to learn the hard way. We hope to fill in all the holes, so the rest of you don’t have to make the mistakes: we made them for you!

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Gluten free: Where do I begin?

Snacks, Quick-n-Easy Meals, and Packed Lunch Ideas

By Shannon

 

When my daughter was diagnosed at age 6 with Celiac Disease, we decided to go completely gluten-free at home so that she would have one place in the world where she didn’t have to worry if what she was putting in her mouth was going to make her sick.

I sat in my kitchen for a many minutes staring at my pantry that was full of my favorite snacks and baking ingredients. I had an encyclopedia of recipes in my brain that used these ingredients – no cookbook necessary. That collection of recipes in my mind had been hard-won after many hours spent at a counter teaching myself to cook. And now they were all useless. I wouldn’t be making them anymore except on rare occasions while staying with family members for holidays.

I was beyond relieved that we had finally found out what was making my daughter so sick, but I was overwhelmed at the prospect of learning how to cook in a whole new way. Frustrated, I threw out my sauce-splattered recipe binder. I gathered everything in my kitchen with gluten in it – any and all derivitives of wheat, malt, barley, or rye – and took them to my friend’s house. And then I thought: “I have no idea what to feed my family.”

I started researching and, while there are some wicked good gluten-free recipe blogs and lists of great gluten-free restaurant menus out there, I just needed some lists of quick-cook meal and snack ideas. And lunches. My daughter’s school was nut-free and, for her, now gluten-free. What on earth was I going to pack her for lunch?

I couldn’t find what I needed online, so I made myself a list of go-to food ideas. The meals aren’t the healthiest, but for a busy family, everyone once in a while you need to just throw food on the table and go. These ideas are for nights like those.

Snacks

Ants on a log

Apple Butter on a rice cake

Caramel rice cakes

Carrots with Ranch dressing

Chips and salsa

Chocolate-dipped dried apricots

Chocolate-covered nuts

Dried chick peas

Dried fruit

Edamame

Frozen Grapes

Fruit, any and all fruit

Fruit Snacks

Fruit Strips

Golden raisins or Craisins

Guacamole with tortilla chips

Hard boiled eggs

Kind bars

Nuts

Pepperoni or jerky

Pesto on Nut-Thins or rice crackers

Pirate’s Booty or Cheetos

Popcorn

Popsicles

Apples dipped in Nutella

Smoothies

Sorbet

Sweet Potato Fries

Toasted Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds

Tomatoes with rosemary and sea salt

Yogurt or Go-Gurt

 

Quick and Easy Meals

Baked Potatoes with chili and cheese

Corn tortilla quesadillas

Boxed GF macaroni and cheese

GF chicken nuggets

GF frozen pizza

Sliced hot dogs served with freezer fries

Nachos

Scrambled eggs with fruit and freezer sausage

Tacos

Lettuce wraps tuna salad

Black beans and rice

Lettuce-wrapped burgers

 

School Lunches

Go-gurt, whipped berry cream cheese on GF bread, Blue Machine smoothie

 

Sliced turkey wrapped around cheese sticks, fruit cup, potato chips

 

Hummus with tortilla chips and baby carrots for dipping, chocolate milk, dried fruit strips

 

Tuna salad, rice crackers, applesauce, GF cookie

 

These lists are by no means comprehensive, but they’re a good start if you’re feeling as lost as I did right after my daughter’s diagnosis. Good luck, and I promise, it gets easier. Soon you’ll feel as competent making GF pizza dough and cookies as you did making wheat-based versions.