Monday, August 31, 2009

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread

breadIt is so chilly recently that some of the towns in Wisconsin have already got the first frost! It is only the first day of September!

I have got a bread maker machine for a long time but I always use it to make the dough for some pastry. Recently, I got a new recipe for a yeast bread so I decide to give it a try to make the gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread on using the bread maker. Since gluten is very important to make the bread to rise with the yeast. I was really curious how it would work for the gluten-free version. It turns out great! The bread is much denser than the usual white bread but equally delicious.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Deer At The Parking Lot

Where did the summer go? Hard to believe that it is almost the end of the summer. Have been quite busy with lots of things. I went to the annual Wisconsin state fair last week and was grossed out by all the fry food on the stick. Can you believe that they even had a fry bacon covered by chocolate on the stick this year? Disturbingly bad. Besides that, we finally get some rain. It has been a dry summer and most of the lawn is yellow due to the lack of the rain. Work has been very busy and quite some late night. While I left one of the local hospital for work around 7pm yesterday, we noticed a bunch of deer hanging around the parking lots. There were 3 bucks and 2 does. Each buck was at least a 8-point one. I waved at them and they all just ran away. Guess the summer is coming to an end and the hunting season will start soon! And it will be the volunteer working time for Mexican Fiesta on this coming weekend!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My Kind Of Work Environment Hazard

This is the kind of work environment hazard I have to prepare to encounter all the time...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Gluten Free Raspberry Ganache Pie & Lemon Cheese Cake

Today is my best friend's birthday so I make these 2 delicious desserts for the birthday party. It seems that I am making cakes all the time in the summer! The first one is the gluten free raspberry ganache pie. The filling is made of semi-sweet chocolate, whipped cream and raspberry jam. The gluten free crust is basically gluten free version of crumbled Oreo cookies. The cold and not very sweet chocolate filling is the best during the hot summer.
The second one is the lemon cheesecake. Besides the cream cheese, it has sour cream, instant lemon pudding and French vanilla instant pudding. The crust is made of rice flour mix, finely chopped pecans, sugar and butter. The cheesecake is fluffy, light and very tasty. The vanilla actually make the lemon flavor tastes even more rich. Yummy summer treats!