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In the JOK Kitchen with Gluten Free Canteen *Giveaway*


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It is my pleasure to introduce to you all the very talented husband and wife team that put together the Gluten Free Canteen’s Book of Nosh.  Lisa and Tim Horel have been baking gluten free for 10 years and working hard to make all our favorite Jewish treats gluten free so that everyone can enjoy our traditions.  Just in time for the High Holidays, this book will be your lifesaver if you are gluten free or have gluten free guests coming for a visit.  From mandelbrot to rugelach to babka you won’t miss a thing.  Today we talk to Lisa, the master baker behind the book and give you a chance to win your very own copy.

What inspired you to start your blog and write this book?

The truth? I ran out of Post-It Notes. I started the blog as a convenient way to record and organize my recipes and save a tree or two. I archived recipes until one day I hit the publish button and there was no looking back.

I’ve spent years working from childhood memories to recreate our family recipes.  Then over a decade ago we became a gluten-free home because of celiac.  My motto was no recipe left behind. Even the family recipes were going to get recreated gluten-free.  And that became the blog and now the book.

gluten free challah

Quick Challah

Are there any classic Jewish baked goods you have not been able to adapt to gluten free?

I am sure there are many Jewish baked goods I’ve yet to adapt to gluten-free. Undoubtedly, some are easier than others. The challah, for example, is a work in progress. There are five versions in the book and we are working on more. If anyone has a request, we are more than willing to take on the challenge.

How has gluten free baking changed in the 10 years you have been cooking that way?

A decade or so ago there was but one gluten-free flour on the store shelf in our community and it tasted like sand. That more people are also trying their hand at gluten-free cooking and baking has only increased the selection and quality of products. Today, not only have we seen a huge growth in the marketplace for baking supplies that are gluten-free but we now have shelves dedicated to gluten-free foods and baked goods in our local groceries. There are gluten-free bakeries all over the world that are thriving. That there are superfine gluten free flours from places like Authentic Foods in Los Angeles which are almost indistinguishable from regular AP flours is nothing short of a miracle – no more taste or texture challenged baking is the biggest hurdle for gluten-free over that time.

gluten free almond mandelbrot

How and when did you learn to cook?

Here’s a surprise. I don’t really cook, though I know how to cook. Sort of.  Growing up, my family ate the same thing every week and none of it was particularly good.  My mother could bake like no one else, but she had little to offer when it came to cooking.  But my mother-in-law taught me all about the world of food and luckily she taught her son too.  He’s good at it and cleans up, it’s a great trade.

What is your most memorable cooking experience?

When we were starving students with two very small children we had few resources to splurge on buying fancy baking ingredients. But I scrimped and saved all week in order to bake something special every weekend. During that time I made my first choux pastry and it was surprisingly successful. We ate an entire plate of custard filled, chocolate topped cream puffs in one evening (recipe in the Canteen blog). Since then I’ve made plenty of choux pastries but none has ever tasted as good or meant as much as that first batch.

gluten free honey cake

Honey Cake

Why should someone who is not on a gluten free diet buy your book?

Chances are when someone hosts a holiday dinner or get-together there will be someone in the group who will be eating gluten-free. Celiac and gluten intolerance awareness is growing world-wide and is only going to become more prevalent.
Because we developed these recipes using superfine flours from Authentic Foods, they are virtually indistinguishable from their gluten counterparts. That means no more double duty baking which pretty much eliminates the risks of cross-contamination. Not to mention the flour mix we use throughout the book leads with whole grain superfine brown rice flour – it’s good for you. And surprisingly it imparts a neutral taste in baked goods. It’s good to know that even though you may be eating one too many rugelach you are consuming whole grains and fiber without feeling like you’re eating tree bark.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




39 Responses to In the JOK Kitchen with Gluten Free Canteen *Giveaway*

  1. avatar says: dalesusan

    My daughter has colitis and does not eat dairy or gluten. So any recipe that is gluten free and pareve and easy (not hard to find ingredients) is helpful. Obviously gluten free challah would be the most welcome.

  2. any gluten free desserts

  3. avatar says: Chaviva

    I would be interested in a good Glutten free Challah recipe.

  4. avatar says: Adeena

    Would love chocolate muffin (or any muffin/breakfast pastry) recipe!!

  5. avatar says: reeses16

    Gluten free Challah would be great!

  6. avatar says: edeliz

    Desserts, I have a sweet tooth.

  7. I need to learn some recipes because my son has celiac.

  8. avatar says: ruchie

    I would like to see a cinnamon bun recipe

  9. avatar says: Kim

    Braid-able challah!

  10. avatar says: shayndya

    I would like to see a good recipe for chocolate chip cookies – without nuts!

  11. avatar says: Pill

    I would like to see gluten free rugulach.

  12. i agree with the previous poster, rugelach or jelly donuts

  13. avatar says: yadinoe

    I know you can buy gluten free pie crust, but I’d like to know how to make one myself.

  14. I would love to see a recipe for gluten free cherry pie

  15. I would love to win this for my sister and brother with celiac… I think they’d love apple pie…

  16. avatar says: jbolsom

    I would love a foolproof recipe for Brioche – great for making French toast and parev brioche rolls are great with burgers.It’s also pretty similar to American style challah (which is sweeter and eggier than UK challah).

  17. avatar says: jbolsom

    I would also like to see a recipe for a gluten free danish pastry dough and babka recipe

  18. avatar says: hindyg

    I would really love a good gluten free pecan pie!

  19. avatar says: Shirley S

    Gluten free recipes for chocolate chip challah and chocolate chip banana cake would be wonderful!

  20. avatar says: sjs

    Gluten-free bagels.

  21. avatar says: sa

    i would like a gluten free challah to use in
    a challah kugel and for the chagim i would like
    an apple cake

  22. avatar says: dlhaley

    I would like gluten free pizza crust.

  23. avatar says: mannabsn

    Chocolate chip muffins or pancakes

  24. avatar says: suekelin

    As a preschool director, we face challenges with recipe ideas to fit all the needs of our students, this cookbook will help with our children that cannot tollerate wheat products.
    It looks amazing!

  25. I think it would be great to see gluten free hamentashen.

  26. Scones, I love scones!

  27. avatar says: tamarw

    I want GF peanut butter cookies that taste amazing.

  28. avatar says: kirstie

    A good GF bagel recipe would be fantastic!

  29. Thanks, Tamar & Jamie. And thank you, everyone for such a great response. There are GF challah recipes in the book, braided, too. You’ll also find rugelach, babka and tarts. On the glutenfreecateen.com blog there are plenty of pies, cookies, and more. Again, thanks so much.

  30. I would like a GF Bagel Recipe. Thanks!

  31. avatar says: goldie

    muffin side dish for shabbos

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