Best Gluten Free Coffee Cake Ever

April22

The secret to the Best Gluten Free Coffee Cake Ever is the coffee and chocolate combo that adds a delicious depth of flavor.  Mama's High Strung

When I was a kid, I wouldn’t eat coffee cake because I thought it was made from coffee… (what kid likes coffee?)

Kind of makes sense, doesn’t it?The secret to the Best Gluten Free Coffee Cake Ever is the coffee and chocolate combo that adds a delicious depth of flavor. Mama's High Strung

Well, after 17 years as a journalist, five kids and too many late nights, you’ve got to believe I love coffee. And to drive home the point, here’s a recipe for coffee cake actually MADE with coffee.

And it is amazing.

The coffee and chocolate combo offers a delicious depth of flavor. I also used sour cream in this recipe, which makes for a rich, dense cake, perfect for holding the pecan and brown sugar swirl in the middle.

Even better… this is a totally gluten free recipe, made with Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour. I also tested it using All-Purpose flour, so you’ll get the same perfect results with either type of flour.

Hamilton Beach® FlexBrew® 2-Way CoffemakerOne other thing… this recipe calls for a ½ cup of brewed coffee, so I used the Single-Serve side of my Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffeemaker. When I was ready to serve the cake, I brewed a large pot of coffee on the Carafe Side. My pals at Hamilton Beach sent me the FlexBrew® Coffeemaker to try out… I’ll be posting my review next week along with a Giveaway (yes!).

So here’s my recipe for the Best Gluten Free Coffee Cake Ever… made with coffee. Funny how things sometimes come full circle.


 

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Super Easy Chef’s Salad Recipe

April14

I forgot how deliciously rewarding it is to prepare and eat a Chef’s Salad.

Here's a Super Easy Chef's Salad Recipe... protein-rich and full of flavor, and looks beautiful on the table, too!

 

You get your protein. You get your cheese. You get your veggies. You get your crunchy little croutons. You get a healthy, easy-to-make meal that is tied together with a bouncy light vinaigrette.Here's a Super Easy Chef's Salad Recipe... protein-rich and full of flavor, and looks beautiful on the table, too!

Traditionally a Chef’s Salad is made with smoked ox tongue, fresh roasted ham and chicken or turkey cut off the bone and carefully sliced “julienne” style. I’m fine with the ham and chicken or turkey, but the smoked ox tongue is definitely NOT happening in my salad bowl. You go right ahead, and thank you very much.

But what do you do if you don’t have a roasted ham or chicken or turkey hanging out in your refrigerator? You follow my recipe for Super Easy Chef’s Salad.

Buy the meat and cheese at the supermarket deli and ask (nicely) for them to cut into ¼-inch thick slices. You’ll still need to cut the meat and cheese into strips, aka julienne, but that doesn’t take much time. Just stack the slices and cut them all at once. Boiled eggs are easy (and you may already have some in your fridge).

How to Make a Chef's Salad Mama's High StrungYou can use romaine lettuce, but I like to mix it up with iceberg and whatever other leaf lettuce looks good. In this recipe, I used only cucumbers and tomatoes, but you can add whatever veggies you like because, after all, this is a CHEF’S Salad… and you’re the CHEF!

 


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Bloom Giveaway

April10

Spring is here… wouldn’t it be fun to have a little extra cash to welcome in the change of season?

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$220 in PayPal Cash and a Bloom Gift package from Katherine ($30 value)

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Easy Sheet Pan Greek Chicken + Tutorial!

April1

Ahh, Greece… sunbaked sandy beaches, lapis blue ocean waters and the air subtly scented with wild oregano. Yes, I’m dreaming right now…

Corfu, Greece

I’ve always wanted to visit Greece, but until I can make that magical trip, I’m happily making do with this delicious and easy to make Sheet Pan Greek Chicken.

I shared my recipe for Sheet Pan Moroccan Chicken earlier this year, so you know that dinner can be ready in a little more than 30 minutes. Sheet Pan Dinners are especially wonderful because everything is blended together in one pan, so cleanup is a quick and easy.

This Sheet Pan Greek Chicken is loaded with the flavors of the Mediterranean, like oregano, lemons, artichokes and pine nuts. The red bell pepper adds color and crunch and the feta adds a subtle tangy saltiness. You can print the gluten-free recipe… and scroll down for the tutorial.

I threw in some pitted Kalamata olives because they’ve got an interesting (but mild!) umami taste… but you can always leave them out.

If you can’t actually get to Greece…this dish will carry you there. It’s the next best thing to being in Santorini… (well, kinda!).

 

 

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Sheet Pan Greek Chicken Tutorial

1. you’ll need… 1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs; 1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts (can be halved or quartered), drained; 1 cup chopped onion; 1 cup diced red pepper; 2 lemons cut in quarters or slices; ¼ cup pine nuts (optional); 4 cloves garlic minced; 2 tablespoons olive oil; 2 tablespoons dried oregano; 1 teaspoon ground black pepper; ½ cup Kalamata olives (optional); 8 ounces feta cheese; ½ cup fresh oregano or mint leaves (optional); salt to taste.

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2. Move oven rack to center. Heat oven to 425°F. Place chicken, drained artichoke hearts, onion, red pepper, lemons, pine nuts (if using) and garlic on a large, rimmed sheet pan or baking sheet.

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3. Drizzle olive oil over meat and vegetables.

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4. Sprinkle with oregano and black pepper. Toss gently with a spatula to combine. Add Kalamata olives (if using).

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5. Roast for 20 minutes, stir and add the feta cheese. Roast for another 5 to 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven and garnish with fresh oregano or mint leaves if desired.

 


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Hi…
I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mama@mamashighstrung.com.