Easy Gluten Free Brown Gravy & Mashed Potatoes

Today’s post isn’t exactly a recipe, it’s more of a tip or trick to easy gluten free brown gravy!

Ingredients:

Small or baby golden or red potatoes- peeled
1 quart of beef bone broth
1-2 cups of water
1 tbsp butter
1 garlic clove minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Put your potatoes in a sauce pan or small pot and cover them in the bone broth, add the 1/2 cups if necessary to cover the potatoes in liquid. Be careful not to add an excessive amount of water, or it will yield a thin gravy. Add a sprinkle of salt.

Heat to boil and simmer until the potatoes are soft and easily smashed with a fork. 20-30 mins approx. depending on size of potatoes. The softer the better…

Remove potatoes from liquid and place in a bowl, add butter, salt and pepper and smash into mashed potatoes or whip with mixer if you prefer.

Observe your broth, it should be thick now. The starch from the potatoes will have turned it into gravy! Taste! Season with salt and pepper or anything else you like!

* if the broth is not quite thick enough, due to adding too much water, add tapioca, corn or arrowroot starch/ water mixture to thicken to your liking.

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Here’s My Bag of Chicken Feet!

We had our monthly co-op gathering and this time I picked up a whole bag of chicken feet!

Why chicken feet?

For broth! Now you don’t have to use chicken feet in your broth if you do not wish, but I have heard from many that chicken feet make for a delicious rich broth.

This will be my first time using them in my homemade chicken stock so wish me luck and I will keep you posted as to the results!

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My Husbands Favorite Salsa

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Ingredients:

10 Roma tomatoes
1 yellow onion
1 red or yellow bell pepper
2 jalapeños
2 cloves garlic minced
1 bunch cilantro
1 lime
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chile powder

Optional
1 dried ancho chile reconstituted

Directions:

Finely chop all ingredients and mix in a large bowl. Add lime, vinegar, and spices at the end! Enjoy!

Tip: The manual food processor from pampered chef makes this super easy and fast to make.

Alternate preparation:

Take 1/2 of the bell pepper, 1 jalapeño, 1/2 of the onion and the garlic (husk on) and roast for 20-25 mins in oven at 350 and then chop and add the roasted mixture to the fresh mixture.

Alternate version shown in picture above.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Azure Standard Is Here!

Azure Standard Is Here In Baton Rouge!

I am so excited to be writing this post today about Azure Standard and Covenant Ranch Trucking. If you have never heard of this company, let me take a moment to explain to you what Azure is/does. Azure Standard is a company providing quality natural foods to communities by making drops in specified areas straight to the customers. Basically, everyone in an area places an order for their groceries by a specified deadline, and then those people all gather on a specific drop day and unload the truck of groceries together. Roughly two months ago this opportunity was made available to our community (Baton Rouge) and I am fortunate enough to participate in the last two drops.

Covenant Ranch Trucking is the trucking company that delivers the food from Azure straight to the customer. The driver helps unload the products, takes cash for COD orders and provides a friendly face for the company. Check out this YouTube video about Covenant Ranch Trucking.

YouTube Video About CRT

There are two products that I have ordered on both previous drops and I am totally in LOVE!

#1. Portlandia Ketchup

This is the most delicious ketchup that I have ever eaten! And I hate to say it but, I am kind of a ketchup snob. Its not too vinegary or too sweet, perfectly balanced and stored in a GLASS jar instead of plastic! Its perfect!

#2. SnoPac Organic Crinkle Cut French Fries

If you know me at all, you know that I love french fries! Its definitely not a healthy food but nonetheless, I cannot part with them. These organic french fries cook up crispy and golden without any harmful preservatives or artificial additives.

Portlandia Ketchup+ SnoPac Organic Crinkle Cut Fries= PERFECTION!

If you are in the Baton Rouge area and want to get started ordering, join the Baton Rouge Azure Standard drop Facebook page and read the getting started with Azure document. If you are not in the Baton Rouge area but want to find a drop near you call Azure at (541)223-5640 and talk to a customer service representative.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

Covenant Ranch Trucking and Azure Standard are giving away 1 FREE product to ONE of my readers and followers. The winner may choose their free product under these restrictions, product must be $10.00 or under, not perishable or frozen and must not be a bulk dry good over 5 lbs.

Drawing will be held 7/26/13 at 12 Noon CST.

THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS MUST BE MET TO ENTER:

1. Be a follower of Jacks Crunchy Mama

2. Like Covenant Ranch Trucking on Facebook

3. Comment below confirming the above 2 requirements and state which free item you would like to try

***Additional entries given to those who pin Covenant Ranch Trucking on Pinterest or Follow on Twitter. Make sure to add these in your comment upon completion***

Visit Covenant Ranch Trucking On Facebook!

Follow Covenant Ranch Trucking On Twitter!

Pin Covenant Ranch Trucking On Pinterest!

You can read the easy ordering guide by clicking here!

To join the Baton Rouge Azure Standard Drop group on Facebook click here!

To request an Azure Standard Catalog click here!

If you would like to know more about the history of Azure click here to read the story behind this awesome company!

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Here is a picture from our first drop in Baton Rouge.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Gluten Free Mama Pumpkin Brownies

Recently I ordered some gluten free all purpose flour from Azure Standard. This was a new brand for me, Gluten Free Mama- Almond Blend. They make a coconut blend that I also intend to try later on.

To try out this flour I decided to make Pumpkin Brownies from the Gluten Free Mama web page.

These brownies are super moist and have an almost pudding like center even when totally cooked. The texture is not of a typical brownie at all so don’t don’t expect a chewy cake consistency. These were simple to make and delicious.

The Recipe

Original Recipe Yield 16 squares

Ingredients

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup butter or dairy free margarine
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
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¾ cup Mama’s Almond Blend or Coconut Blend Flour
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking power
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. xanthan gum
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Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1-3 Tbsp. milk (dairy, rice, nut, soy)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease and flour 8×8 inch cake pan.
Using a double boiler, slowly melt chocolate chips and butter.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and xanthan gum.

In large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, sugars and vanilla. Mix well. Pour melted chocolate mixture into bowl. Mix well. Slowly add flour mixture until combined. Mix well.

Spread batter into pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool completely. Remove brownies from pan by placing a plate over the top of pan and flipping the pan upside down. Then place a serving plate on the top of the brownies and flip again to have brownies right side up.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until frosting reaches a spreadable and creamy consistency. Spread frosting generously over top of brownies. Cut into squares and serve.

To view the Gluten Free Mama web page and this amazing recipe click here!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Is Here!

Look what came in the mail!!!! Tropical Traditions has graciously provided a quart of their GOLD label Virgin coconut oil to review! Following the review, there will also be a giveaway! Stay tuned to Jacks Crunchy Mama for the results and drawing! I can’t wait to try this!

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Green Sprouts Baby Food Mill Review

Green Sprouts Food Mill Review

Okay so we have already talked about baby led weaning and how wonderful it is… But this is for the moms who like to feed their babes puréed food or a version of BLW.

We do some puréed food but Jack really doesn’t care for them. He would rather feed himself even when it’s something that requires a spoon. Right away he could feed himself yogurt with a spoon, providing I dip the spoon first and hand it to him.

I purchased a baby food mill for those few occasions that I would steam and purée a few foods. I decided on the one made by Green Sprouts.

The device is comprised of 3 parts and is fairly easy to assemble and use. I did notice that when filling the device with food, sometimes it can leak from the bottom if there is excess juice. A towel placed underneath while in use helps with this issue.

In these pictures, I have a steamed Mango chunked that I am running through the mill.

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So all you do is place the bottom plunger part (dark green in middle of 1st picture) just inside the bowl leaving room to continue pushing later (light green to the left) and fill tube with soft fruits or veggies. Next attach the metal mill piece in top of bowl and push down on the plunger while turning the handle of the mill. The purée will come up through the metal mill holes and you can serve right out of the mill bowl or transfer into another dish.

Overall this is a nice Eco friendly product and at around $14 online, I would say that this is a great deal. I rate this product 4/5 (would’ve been 5/5 except for the slight leak I had)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”