Category Archives: mixes

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

You cannot easily buy gluten-free dried onion soup mix….so of course, I made my own!!  You must make sure that your bouillon powder is gluten free. Herb Ox is one such brand.

Homemade gluten-free onion soup mix

Homemade Onion Soup Mix
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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup dried chopped onions
  • ¼ cup beef bouillon powder (Herb Ox brand)
  • 4 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp crushed celery seed
  • ½ tsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Store in an air tight container.

 

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Coconut Cream Cheese Bars

Coconut Cream Cheese BarsI had plans to make mustard for today’s post.  I bought mustard seeds.  I soaked them in vinegar for a day.  I followed adapted a recipe.  I thought I was going to be the new Queen of Mustard.  Then I tasted it and almost had to call 911.   For now, I will be happy to buy mustard made and flavored by someone who knows what they are doing.   So I am punting today.  I hope you are not too disappointed. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Magic Bars

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Peanut Butter Marshmallow Magic Bars

I have climbed on the bandwagon.  I am following the crowd.  I am doing something because “everyone else is doing it.”  Where is the cliff, so I can jump off it like my friends are?

I have finally made Magic Bars.  And I don’t care if it is the latest thing and completely not original.  These things are amazing! Continue reading

Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies made from BisquickI thought I would throw in a few goodies made from mixes in this month of “make your own’s.”  What is the point of making a bunch of homemade mixes if all you do with them is make biscuits?  B-o-r-i-n-g.   My recipes for homemade regular Bisquick can be found here.  You can use homemade mix to make pancakes, biscuits and waffles or you could branch out…and make cookies!! Continue reading

Homemade Gluten Free Biscuit and Pancake Mix

Yes, there are many mixes you can buy that are gluten-free.  I just like the option of making it myself.  It may be a control issue….Homemade Gluten Free Pancake and Biscuit Mix

Homemade Gluten Free Biscuit and Pancake Mix
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Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup arrowroot powder
  • ¾ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Store in a large plastic container.
  3. Refrigerate for freshness.
  4. To make biscuits: combine 1¼ cups mix with 3 Tbsp butter, shortening or cold coconut oil, 1 egg and 2-4 Tbsp cold water. Drop on greased sheet at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  5. To make pancakes: combine 1 cup mix with 1 egg and ¾-1 cup milk (can use non-dairy), cook on greased griddle or fry pan.

 

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Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix

 

Homemade Gluten Free Yellow Cake MixGluten-free cake mix made without refined sugars.  It’s hard to find desserts that are free of more than one thing like sugar, gluten, dairy etc.  This is one option. I topped it with a mix of natural peanut butter and honey.

Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • ¼ cup millet flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • ¼ cup tapioca powder
  • ½ cup erythritol
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
Instructions
  1. Feel free to double or triple this mix.
  2. Whisk together all the ingredients and store in an air tight container.
  3. To make mix, add ¼ coconut oil, ¾ cup dairy or non-dairy milk, 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla. Bake 350 degrees 25-30 minutes in a 8" round pan.

 

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Homemade Gluten Free Brownie Mix

Although more and more often it’s possible to find great gluten free mixes, rarely are they refined sugar free, too.   I love convenience, but not at the cost of nutrition. Note: I reuse jars that contain nuts and rice. They are perfect for mixes and other bulk ingredients I buy.

Gluten Free Brownie Mix

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Homemade Gluten Free Brownie Mix
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Ingredients
  • ¾ millet flour
  • 4½ Tbsp tapioca flour
  • 4½ Tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 3 Tbsp almond flour
  • 1½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 2¼ cup coconut palm sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients with a whisk.
  2. Store in an air tight jar.
  3. To make: add ½ cup coconut oil, 1½ tsp vanilla, 2 eggs and 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans to 1½ cups mix.

 

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Homemade Bisquick: Make Your Own Monday #14

Homemade Bisquick

Preparing for this post was interesting.  Do you know how many different recipes there are for an “all-purpose” mix?  Each one has a slight twist; a little more of this or a little less of that.  Really, I think one would have to try them all to see which adjustment actually makes a difference.

There are two major differences in the recipes (all of which I will give you in just a minute).  One type has fat in it and is a complete mix.  The other is more of a dry mix and contains no fat.  All need eggs and liquids as you make them into whatever it is you had planned.

Here is the list of ingredients in a purchased “all-purpose” mix: Bleached wheat flour, vegetable shortening (partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oils), salt, dextrose, anhydrous monocalcium phosphate, baking soda, whey, soy protein, calcium caseinate, dicalcium phosphte, and some added B vitamins.  I Googled “anhydrous monocalcium phosphate” and couldn’t find much.  I am not sure why I’d want it in my biscuits.

Here is the list of possible ingredients in a homemade mix: flour (can use whole wheat), sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, dry milk or dry buttermilk, and a fat (lard, butter or oil).    FYI: If you decide to use oil, use one-third less than a solid fat.Homemade Bisquick

So here are the combinations I found: (Note: I have only made the Gigantic mix, but assume, reading the ingredients that all would work)

Homemade Bisquick: Make Your Own Monday #14
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Ingredients
  • No Fat Added Mix:
  • 2 cups dry buttermilk
  • 8 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • (It is by far the sweetest of the mixes)
  • Fat Added Mixes:
  • No Sugar Mix
  • 8½ cups flour
  • 3 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2¼ cups fat (lard, butter, shortening) ⅔ + 1½ Tbsp less if using oil
  • 1½ cups dry milk
  • Gigantic No Sugar Mix:
  • 18 cups flour
  • ⅔ cup baking powder
  • 2¼ cups powdered milk
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 3½ cups fat
  • No Sugar, No Milk Mix
  • 9 cups flour
  • ¼ cup baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 cups fat (see above)
  • No Milk Mix
  • 9 cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup baking powder
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups fat
  • Buttermilk Mix (full fat, full milk, full sugar)
  • 1½ cups dry buttermilk powder
  • 8 cups flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2⅓ cups fat
  • Milk Mix (full fat, full sugar, full milk)
  • 8 cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 cups fat
  • 2 cups dry milk
Instructions
  1. Instructions for all:
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a very large bowl.
  3. If making a mix with fat, cut the fat in with a pastry blender until crumbly.
  4. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator because without those strange sounding foreign ingredients found in store bought mixes, you don't have any preservatives or anti-clumping agents.
  5. Use the mixes with fat just like you'd use Bisquick.
  6. The fat free mix would be more of a pancake/waffle mix and would still need some added fat when you made it.

 

 

So.  How many of you make your own “all-purpose”  mix?  Was your recipe in the list?  If not, what do you do differently?

 



Cake Mix Cookies plus Variations

Cake Mix Cookies with tons of variation ideas!

I want you to know that I have never read any of those cake mix cookbooks. I don’t usually use mixes enough to want to turn one into 100 different desserts. That being said, I have had a run of inspiration tonight. I started out to make these cake mix cookies and decided that seeings I had just made chocolate zucchini bread for snacks yesterday, the gang didn’t need another chocolate food. Continue reading

KFC Eleven Herbs and Spices for Fried Chicken Copycat

KFC Eleven Herb and Spices Copycat Mix
Note: this recipe came from a newspaper clipping claiming to be a KFC 11 Herbs and Spices Clone.  I did not develop this recipe and I know that it is not an exact match. 

My husband grew up eating fried chicken often.  His mom made it about once a week.  She always made mashed potatoes and the most amazing milk gravy to go with it.  I learned after a few years of marriage that the gravy was so good because she would drain most of the oil out of the frying pan in which she had cooked the chicken and then she’d make the gravy there, with the little bits of meat and fried outer stuff from the chicken.  It was so good, I can almost still taste it. Continue reading