Aug 21 2014

GF Veggie Soup + Chicken Avocado Quesadillas

Tomato soup and grilled cheese are so old school. Try this new combo to add some excitement to your favorite comfort food.

GF Veggie Soup

1 large head cauliflower – chopped

1 large onion – chopped

2 cups carrots – shredded/chopped

3 red bell peppers – chopped + roasted

3 lbs tomatoes – roasted

2 cups pesto

2 cups half and half

32oz chicken broth

In a large soup pot, sauté the cauliflower and onions with a small amount of oil. Once sautéed, add the remaining veggies and the chicken broth. Allow to simmer for about 30mins, with an immersion blender, blend the soup into a texture that is palatable to you, I enjoy mine very thin with few chunks. Reduce the heat and add the pesto and half + half and mix well.

Best served with quesadillas for dipping! Freezes well.


GF Chicken Avocado Quesadillas

Grilled chicken breast – chopped

Avocado – sliced

Pepper Jack cheese

Cheddar cheese

Green Onions – diced

Rudi’s Fiesta Tortillas are my all time favorite go-to for tortillas. A necessity in any Celiac home. Trust me. Mix all these goodies in together on top of your tortilla and allow the cheese to melt. I suggest dipping into Veggie Soup!


May 4 2014

GF Gouda Mac and Chives

GF Gouda Mac and Chives16oz gf pasta – el dente (I love shells for mac and cheese)
8oz smoked gouda (cubed)
2oz white cheddar (cubed)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup diced sautéed onions
Small handful of diced chives
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a skillet bring the milk to a low boil, add cheeses, mix well until melted, add onions and chives. Toss in the pasta, and enjoy!

Apr 30 2014

ePortfolio: Math 1040 Reflection

Body Measurements – Math 1040 Final Project

Throughout this semester we have been evaluating claims and looking at statistical analysis’ of populations data. For my final project I chose to evaluate data on a population of individuals who participated in a study of their body measurements. There were 507 individuals that participated in the study; from the population I then drew two samples of 33, one being a simple random sample, and the other being a systematic random sample.

Firstly, I examined the populations’ categorical data – male to female ratio, which was 248:259, which was 49% male to 51% female. In sample 1, the simple random sample, the ratio was split 16:17, which was 48% male to 52% female. In sample 2, the systematic random sample, the ratio was split 17:16, which was 52% male to 48% female. Although, the populations were not evenly split between male and female like one would assume, with an uneven sample number it is mathematically impossible to have the samples be evenly split.

The confidence intervals for population proportion, of the categorical data, the ratios of male to females in sample 1. These intervals are 90% (0.372, 0.658), 95% (0.345, 0.686), and 99% (0.291, 0.739). Meaning that in each interval, we are X% confident that the population proportion of females will be included in the confidence interval. In all of our intervals we can be confident that the population proportion of females, which are 51.52% will be between the values (0.372, 0.658). The values all worked, because the sample data did a good job of estimating the population value.

I ran a hypothesis test on categorical data of sample 1, to test and see if the population proportion is equal to 50% (Ho: p=0.50, H1: p≠0.50). With a two-tailed test the p-value is twice the value of the area to the right; the p-value is 0.8650.The calculated p-value is 0.8618, both of the p-values are greater than significance levels of 0.01, 0.05, and 0.1; therefore we fail to reject the null hypothesis. Thus we can conclude that there is not sufficient sample evidence to warrant rejection of the claim that 50% of the population is female.

Secondly, I examined the populations’ quantitative data. I chose to evaluate abdominal measurements, as I am going into the health care field, and abdominal measurements can tell us a lot about the individual. The frequencies within the population were normally distributed, the mean was 85.654cm with a standard deviation of 9.415cm, minimum of the population was 64cm, and the maximum was 121.1cm. The frequencies within sample 1 were skewed to the right, the mean was 84.5cm with a standard deviation of 9.244cm, the minimum of the sample 67cm, and the maximum was 107cm. The frequencies within sample 2 were skewed to the left, the mean was 79.345cm with a standard deviation was 15.175cm, the minimum was 52.4, and the maximum was 107.3cm.

The confidence intervals for population mean, of the quantitative data, abdominal girth of sample 1 where the mean was 84.5, and sample standard deviation was 9.244, and the population standard deviation is “unknown”, three confidence intervals are computed as below. For this sample the confidence intervals are 90% (81.774, 87.226), 95% (81.222, 87.778), and 99% (80.094, 88.904). Meaning that in each interval, we are X% confident that the true mean of abdominal girth for all of the people in the population, will be included in the confidence interval. The population parameters of a population mean 84.5 and a standard deviation of 9.244 is captured by all of the confidence intervals, we can continue to create a narrower confidence interval, however the degree of confidence that will be displayed decreased substantially with every attempt to narrow our interval.

I ran a hypothesis test for the abdominal girth in the sample 1, we tested the claim that the population mean is greater than 1st Quartile of the population (Ho: mµ=78.8, H1: mµ>78.8). The sample is right-tailed; therefore the critical region is everything right of the critical value (everything greater than 1.694). The test statistic 3.542 is greater than 1.694, it is in the critical region, so we reject the null hypothesis. There is sufficient evidence to support the claim that the population mean is greater than 78.8cm.

This project helped me understand the concepts of statistical analysis, and testing. Throughout the statistical projects of this class I have learned a lot about how Math, and Statistics relates to treatment in the health care world. I asked around while working on projects for this class “how many times have you used statistics since learning it in class” and was slightly depressed (just kidding) when I heard a resounding, “we use it everyday, even if we are not the ones doing the math or data collection – medicine relies on statistical analysis.” Through this project it helped me get a first hand experience of forming a hypothesis, sample selection, analyzing said data, interpret the data, and in turn being able to reject or approve our hypothesis.

Jan 27 2014

Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes

GF buttermilk pancakes{recipe adapted}

1 cup Pamela’s Gluten Free Pancake Mix

1 cup buttermilk

1 large egg

1 tbsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients and allow to set for about 10 minutes while you prepare some other amazing side dish, I personally recommend Jimmy Dean plain sausage flattened into patties, and a Mimosa … or two. In a small skillet (I use a 6 inch skillet), heat to medium high, and add a dash of oil (I LOVE coconut oil!) and a ladle full of batter to the skillet. Once bubbles have began to form at the top of the pancake flip over and allow the other side to cook for approx. 3-5 minutes.

Best served with Almond butter and a dash of pure maple syrup… And another mimosa!

Dec 3 2013

Gluten Free Asian Night

Having issues with gluten makes going out for {safe} Asian food nearly impossible, as everything, is doused in gluten filled soy sauce. Celiac disease once again rears is angry little head, and makes life difficult. I wish I could just blindly drop my finger on a menu item and order it without worrying about how its prepared, every darn ingredient in it, and whether or not it will send me aching, propped over the porcelain throne for a few days.

Now, yes you can go to a fancy gluten free store and pay $8 for 6 certified gluten free Gyozas {potstickers}, and a $5 packet of dry Hot and Sour Soup mix, but who wants to eat reconstituted soup? Not me, not when for the same price, you can make 3x the amount of goodies?

1459948_993564816271_938028760_nGluten Free Hot and Sour Soup

64 ounces beef broth {reduced sodium is best}

1 small can bamboo shoots (thinly sliced)

1 box medium firm tofu (diced finely)

1/2 lb cooked ground pork

1 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced green onion

1/2 cup rice vinegar

1/2 cup tamari sauce

2 tbsp chili oil

2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper

2 tbsp siracha sauce

4 tbsp cornstarch

2 eggs

In a large soup pot, boil the beef broth. In a skillet sauté, the vegetables and meat, with a small amount of chili oil and tamari sauce. Add the meat, vegetables and tofu to the broth, and return to a boil. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch with a small amount of hot water, until dissolved, then add to the soup mixture, stir well. Add the vinegar, chili oil, tamari sauce and siracha {taste before adding the full amounts!}. In in small bowl, mix the eggs, and SLOWLY add to the soup, this will create an egg drop like pattern {If you add to fast it will become a large egg blob that you will need to break up}.  Serve Hot, and enjoy!

Gluten Free Chicken Fried Rice

3 cups cooked rice, cooled

2 cooked and diced chicken breasts

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup diced scallions

1 cup diced carrots

2 tbsp minced garlic

4 tbsp butter/margarine

4 tbsp sesame seeds

3 eggs

Tamari Sauce to taste (gluten free soy sauce)

In a large skillet, scramble the eggs, then add all of the vegetables and butter. Saute together. Add the chicken, rice and sesame seeds, fold together until entirely mixed. Drizzle the tamari sauce over the rice as desired.

Gluten Free Pork Gyozas


1 1/4 cup rice flour {I used brown}

1 cup tapioca flour/starch

1 cup boiling water

2 tbsp oil

pinch of salt


1/4 lb ground pork

4 tbsp diced onion

4 tbsp diced carrots

2 tsp ginger

2 tbsp minced garlic

2 tsp tamari sauce

In a large bowl mix all of the items for the filling together. With a dough handle on your mixer, mix the items for the dough together. On a clean counter, roll the dough into a thin log, and slice into 1 inch segments {mine made 15 segments}. If the dough is too sticky, powder it with more flour, either rice or tapioca. Using the palm of your hand flatten each dough segment out into a circle. Place a spoonful of filling in the center of each dough segment. Fold over each segment, and press the dough firmly together. Pan fry with a little bit of oil on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Serve warm, with tamari sauce mixed with a dash of chili oil and diced ginger.