Easy Independence Day Dessert

This involves more rhubarb, I know too much, but I promise you will love this; it’s rhubarb dump cake, and most likely you will already have all the ingredients stashed in you pantry. This recipe will work especially well if you need to bring a dish to a backyard BBQ, and you’re low on time. It’s simple, delicious, and semi-homemade.

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RHUBARB DUMP CAKE

1 pound rhubarb, cut into 1/4 inch pieces (between 3 and 4 cups)
1 cup white sugar
1 (3 ounce package) strawberry jell-o
1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup water
1/4 cup butter, meltedPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Spread the rhubarb evenly in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle the sugar over the rhubarb, followed by the jell-o, and finally the cake mix. Pour the water and melted butter over the top. Do not stir. Bake for 45 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender.

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 As you can see, I added a few blueberries on top before baking; I had them lying around and I thought they went well with the red, white, and blue theme. If the rhubarb cake looks to involved for you, please, please make this one. You won’t regret it.

Gluten-Free Pizza Made at Home

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If you suffer from Celiac Disease, have a sensitivity to gluten, or you just want to try out something new, I’d recommend giving Namaste Foods a try. I first came across the company’s wide array of products due to my aunt who lives in a small, north Idaho town, and who is friends with one of the women who started the company in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. My aunt mentioned to her friend that I was a college student with a gluten sensitivity, and her friend graciously loaded up boxes of Namaste’s products for my aunt to pass along to me. I was thrilled; not only was it free food, but it tasted great, and I could be confident that the food would not leave me feeling sick to my stomach. So far, I’ve tried just about everything they have to offer, and I’d have to say their chocolate cake is by far my favorite. I make it all the time and people are surprised to hear it is dairy, egg, and gluten-free.

The reason why I wanted to focus on this company is not only their generosity and concern for their customers, but because I finally got around to trying the Namaste pizza mix.

The mix itself is fairly easy to make, especially compared to making pizza dough from scratch. The directions are on the back, but just so you can get a feel for what you might be getting yourself into, you blend together about 1 part mix, 1 part water, and 1 teaspoon of oil for 3 minutes with a hand-held mixer–and that’s it! You bake it like a normal crust, put on your toppings, re-bake, and enjoy.

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For my toppings, I used chicken, sausage, olives, red and yellow bell peppers, chives, tomatoes, and a variety of cheeses. To add my own personal flair, I sprinkled everything with finely chopped herbs from my garden, including basil, oregano, rosemary, and parsley. I also added this mix to the sauce, along with a healthy spoonful of minced garlic.

Overall, I am very pleased with my creation. The only thing I would change is to have a bit crunchier crust. Next time I will flip my crust before adding my toppings and baking the pizza for the final time.

How does gluten-free pizza made at home sound to you? Have you had any luck with making gluten-free pizza on your own? If so, what brands would you recommend for me to try out?