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How to Cook Gluten Free by Elizabeth Barbone (with a Giveaway!)

How to Cook Gluten-Free

I was recently given the opportunity to try one of the recipes from Elizabeth Barbone’s new cookbook, How to Cook Gluten-Free: Over 150 Recipes That Really Work, and so I thought I would share a sneak peek with you all. 😀

In case you haven’t heard of Elizabeth Barbone, here’s what you should know:

Elizabeth Barbone is the founder of  Elizabeth is an alumna of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park NY and Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI. With her solid professional baking background, Elizabeth is known for creating gluten-free recipes that taste “just like” their wheat counterparts.

To read more about Elizabeth, click here.

While I only saw a snippet of How to Cook Gluten-Free: Over 150 Recipes That Really Work, I do have Elizabeth’s first cookbook, Easy Gluten-Free Baking and I can assure you that the pages are very well worn and covered with smudgy fingerprints after much use early on in my gluten free baking journey.

From the press release:

HOW TO COOK GLUTEN-FREE is full of comforting family favorites, and easy answers for hungry families:

*Essential How-to Lessons: Step-by-step photography illustrates all the basics, from how to make gluten-free substitutions and whipping up the perfect gravy to Elizabethʼs fail-proof recipes for gluten-free baked goods such as sandwich bread, hamburger buns, and pizza crusts.

*Allergy-friendly: Elizabeth hasnʼt forgotten those who suffer from non-gluten food allergies; some recipes are also soy-free and nut-free and Elizabeth has even included a guide to substituting milk, butter, eggs, corn, and cheese.

These classic family-loved recipes will satisfy those who canʼt eat gluten and those who cook for them, too:

*Breakfast: Powdered Sugar Doughnut Muffins, Waffles, Quiche “Cupcakes,” Pancakes

*Easy Dinners and Casseroles: Baked Meatballs, Classic Chicken Parmigiana, Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Chicken Tenders, Cornbread Chili Bake, Meatloaf Burgers, Chicken and Cheesy Biscuit Casserole

*On the Lighter Side: Summer Vegetable Pasta, Oven-Roasted Shrimp, California Club Turkey Burger, Multigrain Sandwich Bread, Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Wraps, Quinoa with Spinach and Black Beans

*Desserts: Rustic Pies and Cobblers, Whoopie Pies, Cheesecake Cups, Brownies, Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes, Peanut Butter Cookies

Dairy-free? Egg-free?

Good news, Elizabeth has guaranteed me that in the book, there are replacements well suited for her recipes!

Upstate Goulash

Elizabeth’s publisher, Lake Isle Press has granted me permission to share the following recipe for “Upstate Goulash.”

Upstate Goulash

Serves: Serves 4

Upstate Goulash

Photo and Recipe Reprinted with permission from How to Cook Gluten-Free: Over 150 Recipes That Really Work. Copyright © 2012 by Elizabeth Barbone, Lake Isle Press


  • Gluten-free nonstick cooking spray
  • Salt
  • 1 pound gluten-free elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or put through a garlic press
  • 1 pound ground sirloin (90 to 92% lean)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (about 11/2 cups)


  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 375oF. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Fill a large (51/2-quart) pot three-quarters full with water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Set a colander in the sink for draining the pasta. When the water reaches a boil, add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta. (Set a timer
  3. for 10 minutes.) Stir with a wooden spoon for about 30 seconds, then stir occasionally while the pasta cooks. (For a how-to on cooking pasta, see page 105.)
  4. In a large (12-inch) nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over high heat until hot and shimmering but not smoking. Add the onion. Cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and aromatic, about 45 seconds.
  5. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the clumps with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula, until thoroughly cooked and browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. If desired, remove
  6. and discard any excess fat. (For a how-to on cooking ground meat, see page 44.)
  7. Stir three-quarters of the tomato sauce into the beef. Lower the heat to low.
  8. After about 10 minutes of boiling, check the pasta for doneness. Drain the pasta in the colander and return it to its pot over very low heat.
  9. Add the meat sauce to the pasta and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining tomato sauce and sprinkle evenly with the cheese.
  10. Bake, uncovered, until the cheese is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling, about 25 minutes.

The Verdict?

Tonight, I made the Upstate Goulash for Mike and the boys.  Only without the cheese.  Granted, the photo is not as enticing as the one with all the ooey, gooey cheddar, but rest assured, my guys didn’t skip a beat.  They all asked for me to make it again.  Next time though, I will probably add some sauteed greens (ya gotta trust me when I say greens go well with dishes like the Upstate Goulash…the “green-ness” is masked by the tomato sauce and garlic).  Just be sure to chop the greens into small pieces – big chunks of wilted greens can be a challenge to anyone’s palate! 😉

So guess what?

Yep, you got that right!

We’ve got a Giveaway!


**This giveaway is now closed**

Lake Isle Press has offered up THREE copies of How to Cook Gluten-Free: Over 150 Recipes That Really Work for a few lucky Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom Readers!

To enter for a chance to win this giveaway:

Leave a comment telling me about your WORST gluten free baking disaster! :mrgreen:

Bonus Entry Opportunities

(strictly optional, but should you choose to complete any of the following tasks, you will need to leave a separate comment below for each completed task you complete as this is how I keep track of entries):

I will announce the THREE winners on Sunday, March 18, 2012…Good Luck (and don’t drink so much on  St. Patty’s Day that you forget to check back to see if you won)! 😉



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  4. We once tried making some teff muffins… haven’t tried anything with teff since. My husband recalls the muffins as tasting like… “sand and dirt and… poop. It was like eating a litter box”. Oddly, I don’t recall it being *quite* as bad as he does, but he really made me laugh with his recollection!!

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  9. My worst baking disaster so far would be when I tried to sub in a flax mush for the gum in my bread and it was way too wet.

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  11. Kristi Kain (Celiac Chick Newburgh on Facebook) says

    The first chocolate chips I made once gluten free…they contained bean flour. Ewww! I know many like it…I don’t!

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  13. My Worst gluten free disaster was when I tried making gluten free cupcakes…they ended up tasting horrible!

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  15. I was making potato rolls. It turns out that the recipe called for potato flour, not potato starch. So I used potato flakes and tapioca flour. I put enough in to make a stiff enough dough to form a roll in my hands (like you do with glutenous rolls). They were like paper weights!!!!! I don’t even know if the chickens could eat them, which is where they ended up.

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  19. Rachel Blom says

    I like you on FB.

  20. Already like Glutten Free Mom on facebook and now like gluten free baking.

  21. I don’t have a lot of baking under my belt yet and I haven’t had any horrible things yet, but I tried making some gluten and dairy free cookies. They were only made with cornmeal and no flour. They weren’t that bad, my daughter loved them, but they were really gritty.

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  26. I love to bake. My favorites to bake are angel food cake and pumpkin pie. They both take extra care and attention to do right…but they always came out oh so good. It was always a reward to eat a homemade pie crust or the perfect cristalization of the sugar on top of the angel food cake.

    I am about 7 months gluten free now, so Thanksgiving was my first attempt at a pie crust the gluten free way. I love working the dough. It makes me feel like I am part of the past when I imagine it was second nature for women to makes pies from scratch. I woke up early this last Thanksgiving so I could work before my children woke up and to give plenty of time to bake the pie and cool it some before we made the trip to my mother’s house.

    I had gotten a printable gluten free recipie online. It was sure to work! I was so excited, I was going to enjoy this process of baking like I did every year. I followed the direction perfectly. I knew not to over work my dough. And then it happened, the dough became this glue like past in my hands. I cried, I threw an internal tantrum, and then I threw the dough out. I was frustraited and crushed that I would not be having pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Well meaning friends told me latter where to buy gluten free pie crusts, but for me I want to have the joy of creating it.

  27. “followed” on Pinterest. (I’m new to pinterest, so nice to see that you’re on there).

  28. “Liked” gluten free baking on FB

  29. Christmas morning 2010 I made GF muffins that were like hockey pucks. I had visions of a really nice morning by the tree with muffins and coffee and instead the muffins went in the trash…

  30. My worst gf baking experience was my first Thanksgiving after my diagnosis. I made corn muffins and took one bite and told all my kids and their significant others to throw them away. (: But the pumpkin pie I made was wonderful!

  31. My worst gluten free baking disaster was when I attempted to make rolls for my son. It was when I was new to the gluten free baking experience and didn’t realize how much of an important role xanthan gum plays. Let’s just say I made bricks not rolls!!

  32. I liked GF baking on FB!

  33. I liked Adventures of a GF Mom on FB a LONG time ago : )

  34. I followed you on Pinterest!

  35. My worst GF baking experience was one of my first. I was making scones and I baked them for the time called for in the recipe but they never would brown. They tasted OK but I was discouraged about how GF baking might go after that. Since then, I have found a flour that works really well and browns so nicely when used in baked goods : )

  36. My worst gluten free adventure was probably when I tried to make pasta in the crockpot. It turned into a bowl of mush!

  37. I like you on FB. 🙂

  38. Catherine says

    I haven’t experimented much on my own with baking – mostly following recipes. So, majority of what I’ve made has been pretty good. I did try sugar cookies one time that weren’t the best – I ended up throwing out most of them!

  39. Oh, where to begin? Let’s see, there was the first time I tried baking bread in the oven and ended up with a trapezoidal concoction, or the “butter top” bread using Better Batter that had melted butter running all over the place and an interior that was as far removed from bready perfection as one could get. There was the De Boles spaghetti that ended up looking like couscous or the time I tried a recipe for shortbread substituting an “all purpose” GF flour blend for the wheat flour. The thing disintegrated when I tried getting it out of the pan. Or the time I tried to make an apple pie. Like the shortbread cookies, the crust, disintegrated when I went to cut into it. Plus it tasted like crap. I ended up scraping off the top crust, scooping out the insides and calling it “baked apple”.

  40. My biggest disaster was Bruce Fife’s coconut flour biscuits-turned into spongy pancakes! …but the dogs loved them! ; )

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  44. Liked you on FB! 🙂

  45. I’m pretty new to this “gluten free” lifestyle but my worst baking mistake to date was when I tried to adapt a GF pie crust recipe to make cookies. LOL The taste wasn’t so bad but they were so dry that I couldn’t eat them without practically choking! I wound up tossing them out.

    A GF cookbook would go a long way towards helping me get the hang of this new, healthier GF lifestyle. 🙂


  46. I made the popular crustless pumpkin pie for my first Thanksgiving and my son who was eating it quietly was so happy when I tasted mine and told him he didn’t have to eat it and threw it away. I had used Trader Joe pumpkin by mistake instead of my reliable Libby’s brand and it turned out tough and bitter. I later tried it with Libby’s and it was fine. I read that the TJ recipe for pie uses sweetened condensed milk where Libby’s does not and it made all the difference.

  47. Follow you on Pinterest! 🙂

  48. Try, try, and try again! my experice with gluten free baking, keep at it. It will get better and soon, you will want to wear a crown in the kitchen.

  49. So many cooking disasters. Good one is when a recipe called for potato starch and I used potato flour. Seemed like they should be similar, they’re not!

  50. Liked Gluten Free Baking on Facebook

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  52. I think we had all had our share of bread baking disasters! I also remember one time making a cake that my husband thought tasted like cement!

  53. Not realizing how important something like xanthan gum can be the consistence and overall taste of your baked good…it was not pretty 🙁

  54. I haven’t done much baking yet, that didn’t use a mix.. so really no mishaps. However, I thought I screwed up the first few things, because I tasted the raw dough! Definitely not a good idea! The baked items were good and tasted nothing like the raw dough.

  55. I like you on facebook. 🙂

  56. follow you on pinterest.

  57. Okay, so I’ve be gf for 3 yrs after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I have tried so many different recipes and “failed” – I can’t really see them as failing as much as trying and learning, I guess. The worst though was a gluten free, dairy free quiche. The crust made from rice flour and other gf grains was so crumbly I basically had to piece it together like a puzzle and the dairy free chees (can’t remember name, it’s a relatively new kind i think) melted weird, smelled like vomit and tasted even worse. I gagged on it, and my children looked at me like I was a wicked stepmom or something….
    I liked gluten free baking on facebook, I liked Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Facebook, I am following Elizabeth Barbone on Twitter (at least I think I am – new to twitter, hope I’m doing it all right! lol), I am following Adventures of a Gluten free Mom on Twitter, and I will soon to be following Adventures of a Gluten free mom on Pinterest (again, once I figure that out- i am finding pinterest harder to understand than twitter right now! lol again)

  58. I have had several GF baking flops… mostly when making muffins or bread of some sort. Lots of trial and error and lots of them find their way to the trash unfortunately! Just last night I made some cranberry scones. I brought them to work this morning to eat for a snack – and they turned out terrible. Not sure what went wrong!

  59. I’d have to say a lopsided loaf of bread was pretty bad, as well as the nasty boxed brownies from Trader Joes. Mind you the latter wasn’t really my fault, those brownies are just gross!!

  60. Dana Hamilton says

    Pure buckwheat pancakes–we couldn’t swallow a bite! They looked wonderful, but yuck…

  61. Dana Hamilton says

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  62. I already like AGFM on facebook!

  63. And now I am following you on Pinterest!

  64. I have not had much success making GF bread, so thats something I am yet to try with so many bloggers coming up with good breads.

  65. My worst gf baking disaster was when I tried to make a gf yeast bread. It was totally unedible!

  66. I’m extremely new to this gluten free lifestyle…2.5 months new. Boyfriend really misses pizza, so I thought I’d try one of the premixes, this particular one was mostly garbanzo & fava bean flours. Made the crust and the pizza, came out great….but within 10 minutes of cleaning up, poor Boyfriend was ill and in the bathroom and all night. I was fine! We couldn’t figure out what it was, had the pizza as leftovers and the same thing happened. I learned with a little research that he was one the many that can have an upset system with the bean flours. We have definitely switched flours!

  67. I made cupcaskes and I could have used them as baseballs.

  68. I tried to make nutella cupcakes and I’m not really sure what happened, but the nutella didn’t swirl. It sunk to the bottom of the cupcake while baking, which after they cooled kinda hardened and the cupcake itself was dry. Not good at all but I had been wanted cake so bad I ate them anyway 🙂

  69. When I first had to go gf I was craving banana bread. So I made some following a gf recipe I had found. It was awful! It was soggy in the center and then turned to cement after it cooled! The dog didn’t even want to eat it! Thank the stars things have improved in the gf baking department since then.

  70. I liked Gluten Free Baking on FB.

  71. I liked you on FB! =)

  72. I followed you on Pinterest.

  73. I am sad (or glad) to say that I don’t have a baking disaster yet. I just recently found out I have an intolerance to gluten and I am desperatly looking for cook books because I LOVE to bake and I am missing it so.

  74. I once tried to make GF banana bread, and it turned out hard as a rock. Not even the birds would eat it!

  75. I wanted to make a chicken pot pie. The inside was wonderful (before baking, that is). Then I made an almond flour crust…for some reason, everything turned to liquid. It was a gross mess and I had invited fellow employees of my husbands over for dinner. YIKES! Five Guys and fries are wonderful to gluten free peeps and my hubby’s friends still give me a hard time about my “first gluten free meal” for them. They always ask, “Are we eating in tonight or are you taking us to Five Guys?”

  76. I have only been gluten free for about 2 weeks, and my biggest disaster has been banana doughnuts, I am cooking for my daugther who is also corn free, dairy free, egg free and soy free, so making things that she loves are a challenge. I found a recipe for banana doughnuts and followed all the directions, however my doughnuts didn’t really rise. They tasted great but they are so thin, I made a sedon batch thinking that maybe I needed more baking powder than the recipe called for, so tried again and the second time I had an issue with the doughnuts fully cooking, they still didn’t rise either though, so I put more batter in the doughnut pan and just ended up with some doughnuts that wouldn’t fully cook, once they cooled they were firm and my daughter loves them, but they just look strange.

  77. I have only been gluten free for about 2 weeks, and my biggest disaster has been banana doughnuts, I am cooking for my daugther who is also corn free, dairy free, egg free and soy free, so making things that she loves are a challenge. I found a recipe for banana doughnuts and followed all the directions, however my doughnuts didn’t really rise. They tasted great but they are so thin, I made a second batch thinking that maybe I needed more baking powder than the recipe called for, so tried again and the second time I had an issue with the doughnuts fully cooking, they still didn’t rise either though, so I put more batter in the doughnut pan and just ended up with some doughnuts that wouldn’t fully cook, once they cooled they were firm and my daughter loves them, but they just look strange.

  78. My worst gf disaster was definitely my first experiment with gf baking–it’s amazing I tried again! I tried the gluten free bread recipe that came with my bread machine and it came out like a brick–the ingredients didn’t mix, the egg wasn’t fully incorporated either, and when I threw it away, it made such a loud THUD that my dog ran out of the room, terrified. Thankfully, each experience has been at least slightly better since then. 🙂

  79. Just tonight actually. I made pancakes for the kids subbing chia eggs for the two the recipe called for. I gave the kids theirs, then had one myself. Chia gel squished out all over! I can handle lots, but this was really gross. The kids didn’t say anything, bless their little hearts!

  80. Kathy in Idaho says

    My worst gluten-free baking time was when I tried to adapt one of my favorite cookie recipes to gluten free. I didn’t know much about gluten-free cooking at the time and I didn’t’ add any kind of gum to the brown rice flour. The cookies wouldn’t hold together they were just crumbs.

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  84. I tried to make a GF cake (from a recipe!) for a birthday party, but it kept coming out flat and gooey. I made it three times before I gave up and served fruit & sorbet.

  85. I just found this site and want to say how wonderful it is with a lot of great recipes and ideas. Not new to GF but new to GF baking. My worst baking disasters lets see that would be a toss up between the door stop biscuits I tried to make that came out hard and crumbled apart into huge chunks. Or the fall apart egg rolls I tried to make. I saw an egg noodle recipe that I thought could be easily adapted to GF but I couldn’t get the dough to hold together. I worked so hard to measure everything carefully and rolled it thin between parchment paper. I made the filling sauteing everything just right. I was so excited…GF egg rolls yaaaa….lol when I tried to roll them the dough ripped and fell apart. I was so mad and resigned to rice paper rolls.

  86. Meghan haughney says

    I recently made gluten free brownies that at some point during baking all of the ingredients seperated- it ended up being a slimy cocoa makeup sponge with 1/2 cup of oil sloshing across the top! So unappealing and disappointing!

  87. Meghan haughney says

    I am now following you on twitter!

  88. Liked Gluten Free Baking on FB.


  89. Liked you on FB 🙂


  90. Oh my worst GF baking was in the beginning. I don’t even remember what in the world I was trying to make but I had a whole month of failures off and on. I think I would have one good recipe out of 7 that was actually edible. I was so discouraged. I thought I’d never be able to eat anything good again. Then I discovered the pre-made GF foods and I was encouraged. I bought those for a while till I could make GF food that was tasty. I still buy some packaged items for extra help but now I can cook yummy GF foods.


  91. This is really a delicious recipe and as a mother I need to learn it to have a new taste for my family… Gluten Free, great!


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