Buyer Beware: Chemicals Are Everywhere

Buyer beware!

Buyer beware!

I recently ran into another business in a long line of businesses claiming that all of their products are chemical-free.  Their product line includes many of the products that I make as well, and I know with great confidence that they are not, in fact, chemical-free.

Let’s start this conversation by getting a few facts out in the open.  1) Chemicals are everywhere.  Seriously, everywhere.  Water is a chemical.  Oxygen is a chemical.  Our bodies are made up of chemicals.  2) There are chemicals that are good for our bodies, neutral for our bodies, and bad for our bodies.

Every soap on the market contains chemicals.  From the soaps commonly found in your local supermarket to melt-and-pour soap to hot or cold process soap, they all have chemicals.  Even if you are simply melting a pre-made soap base and pouring it into shapes or molds with colors and fragrances, chemicals were used in the production of that soap and the soap is still made of chemicals.  With a well-made bar of soap, those chemicals are now safe for use on the human body, but they are nonetheless still there.

Likewise, fragrance oils and essential oils contain chemicals.  All of them.  Even your two major multi-level marketing essential oil companies readily admit that they contain chemicals.

Please, don’t fall for the marketing traps used by businesses claiming that their products are chemical-free.  They may be as natural as possible, but they are most certainly not chemical free.

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Gluten free chicken and dumplings

These dumplings will take you back to your childhood

These dumplings will take you back to your childhood

I wasn’t feeling well, and I found myself in major need of some comfort food today. The usual culprits to help with an upset stomach weren’t an option – canned chicken noodle soup or crackers – so I found myself frustrated and craving chicken noodle soup.

Since I haven’t yet found gluten-free egg noodles I decided to make my own chicken and dumplings. Let me preface this by saying that I’ve never had huge success at making my own chicken and dumplings before, so I was guarded but optimistic about this experiment. But you know what? It was a HUGE success! The kids and I absolutely loved it, and hubby thought it was okay.

Here’s how the comfort food goodness went down.

 Ingredients:

  • 3 quarts chicken broth
  • 3 cups chicken, boiled and cut into chunks
  • 3 cups Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk + 1 cup milk

 Instructions:

  1. Put chicken broth into large pot and place uncooked chicken into pot over medium-high heat. Boil until chicken is white throughout and juice runs clear.
  2. Place flour, baking powder and salt into large mixing bowl and combine well.
  3. Add cold butter to dry ingredients and cut in using fork or a pastry mixer until well incorporated.
  4. Add 1 cup of milk to bowl and mix well until dough comes together into a ball.
  5. Flour surface to work with the dough and the rolling pin.
  6. Remove dough to floured surface and roll out until about 1/4″ thick.
  7. Cut into pieces using pizza cutter or knife. I loved the pizza cutter for this – it made it so incredibly quick and easy.
  8. Remove chicken from broth and bring the broth to a rolling boil.
  9. Use spatula to remove the dumplings from work surface and drop into the boiling broth one at a time, stirring between each dumpling. Don’t worry about getting the flour from your work surface in the pot – it makes the soup thicken up nicely.
  10. Once all dumplings are in the pot, cook for 12-15 minutes or until they are no longer doughy.
  11. Add chicken back to pot, and season with salt and pepper if desired.
  12. Add 1 cup of milk to pot and allow to come just to a boil.