White Box Bakery Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

IMG_1912 white box carrot cakeO.M.G. Talk about an explosion of deliciousness. Three layers of wonderfully thick, spicy, nutty cake with a wonderfully smooth cream cheese icing await you.

Back in the dark ages, when I was a kid, there was a brand of frozen carrot cake loaf that was dense, moist, and delicious. This White Box treat reminds me of that, only better. It’s packed with nuts and a delightful medley of spices. It’s not cakey – it’s hearty and filling. I didn’t taste carrots – but I didn’t care. The cream cheese icing was light – it wasn’t oily or overly tangy. All the flavors complemented each other perfectly. And the icing on the cake (sorry, couldn’t resist that REALLY bad pun) was that the decor on the top was just lovely. Elegant, even. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Pretty much everything at White Box comes highly recommended by me. Super nice people, great food. Learn more about White Box on their website: http://www.whiteboxpiesbakery.com/  And by the way, folks – they ship.

White Box Pies Bakery and Cafe
28 E Sharp Ave.
Spokane, WA 99202

Lazy Gluten-Free Chicken Casserole

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Little effort; lots of yumminess.

Sometimes you just want something hearty, you know? Something like chicken pot pie, but way less complicated. Well, have I got the recipe for you. Fast, easy, and with food that’s already cooked. I just threw this together sort of capriciously, and certainly did not expect this to taste so good. I’m going to try to recreate it below – but you can’t really go wrong no matter how you do this. Add vegetables if you want. I think celery and onion might be good additions without overpowering the flavor too much.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded or broken up  (or parts of your choice)
  • 2 cups g/f cornbread, loosely crumbled (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 container g/f chicken broth or stock (I used Costco’s brand)
  • Italian-style shredded cheese for garnish (mozzarella, Parmesan, etc. blend)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first three ingredients in 9×9 glass baking dish (I’m sure metal is fine, I used Pyrex). Mix well, with hands. Do not flatten or compact. Pour chicken broth just until you can see it come to the top of the mixture. Sprinkle a thin layer of the cheese over the top. Bake for 20 minutes at 350. Turn oven up to 400. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is browning on top. SERVES 4.

The rice and cornbread should have absorbed almost all the chicken broth, making them moist and fluffy. This is hot, hearty comfort food that can be tweaked to your preferred level of moistness. Leftovers can easily be reheated in a bowl – fill bowl with the amount you want, then pour any leftover chicken broth in. Microwave for about 2 minutes on 70%, stir, then an addition 30 – 60 seconds on high for one bowl. It should absorb the additional chicken broth as it sits.

As I said, this recipe was an accident, and was not measured. You may have to experiment a little to get the combination of broth/food that works best for your taste. However – the flavor is just awesome. Enjoy!