Quelcy Kogel: Author of The Gluten Free Grains Cookbook

Quelcy Kogel cookbook author


Our guest today is Quelcy Kogel. She is a food and prop stylist, photographer, and cookbook author. Her recipes have been featured in Bon Appetit, BuzzFeed, and HuffPost Taste among others. She talks with us about her Gluten Free Grains Cookbook, which features numerous baked goods and desserts. Her professional website, Quelcy.com, like her cookbook radiates passion, skill and a dedication to the art and craft of food that few possess.

Click here for a link to this episode on Apple Podcasts.


I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Quelcy for being a guest on the show! You can learn more about her on her blog, With the Grains, where she shares her recipes and writing.

Quelcy Kogel The gluten free grains cookbook


  1. Quelcy’s Fried Pancake Horns recipe (photo below, it’s the one that looks like empanadas)

  2. A classic fudgy Brownies Recipe I posted a while ago (features teff flour)

How to Reduce Food Waste

  • Here’s a tip on how to reduce food waste. I compost during the warmer months but something I’ve started doing is saving old vegetables, ends, and peels and then steaming them for my dogs (dogs are omnivores so they need vegetables too). It helps make them healthier and reduces food waste. Although there are a few items that are poisonous to dogs so watch out for those (like grapes, walnuts, or onions to name a few).

  • Another option is to compost during the warmer months (or compost indoors year round using vermiculture or an electric composter if you have renewable energy)


There are two criticisms of irradiation. One is that along with destroying harmful microorganisms it also destroys ones that are good for us. The second, and perhaps more important criticism, is that irradiation does not fix the core problem. Food often becomes contaminated because the growing methods or processing plants aren’t up to par. Some people fear that food processing plants use irradiation as a crutch rather than ensuring that facilities (or growing methods for that matter) have processes in place to ensure minimal risk of food borne illness.

As of 2018, here is a list of the foods that the FDA allows to be irradiated:

Beef and Pork
Crustaceans (e.g., lobster, shrimp, and crab)
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Lettuce and Spinach
Seeds for Sprouting (e.g., for alfalfa sprouts)
Shell Eggs
Shellfish - Molluscan (e.g., oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops)
Spices and Seasonings

Vote With Your Dollar

Also, if you want to vote with your dollar as we inevitably do, and if you’re new to eating organic, here is a list of foods that are especially important to eat organic because of their high pesticide use:

The Dirty Dozen

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Kale
4. Nectarines
5. Apples
6. Grapes
7. Peaches
8. Cherries
9. Pears
10. Tomatoes
11. Celery
12. Potatoes

Quelcy Kogel gluten free fried pancake horns recipe

Reem Kassis: The Palestinian Table

gluten free dairy free flatbread dinner recipe


Reem Kassis is best known for her cookbook, The Palestinian Table. In the book she tells stories about her childhood—growing up in Palestine and she shares some fabulous recipes. She never expected to end up cooking professionally. She left Palestine to pursue a degree in business and worked in the industry for years before she decided to take cooking to the next level, which she definitely did. Her cookbook was the Winner of the Guild of Food Writers First Book Award and a James Beard nominee for Best International Cookbook. I should note here that Reem’s cookbook is not gluten free but many recipes are naturally gluten free or can be adapted to be gluten free. I often use quinoa or millet in place of wheat grains.

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reem-kassis-the-palestinian-table/id1441338206?i=1000444556789

Herbs & Spices: 6:33

Taboon flatbread 10:44

Elements of good cooking 13:37

Desserts 16:59



  1. 3-Ingredient Za-atar Spice Mix: a blend of sesame seeds, lemony sumac, and oregano (or substitute thyme). It makes a great topping on salads, meat, grains, eggs, etc.

  2. Here is an excellent flatbread recipe for Pita Bread from Authentic Foods. It calls for their bread flour mix but that same mix also makes excellent brioche and French bread.

    Here are two additional Dairy Free and Gluten Free Flatbread recipes I would like to try. Honestly, most gluten free bread/flatbread recipes don’t measured up. If your’e interested, volunteer to test these! Or share your favorite flatbread recipe 🙂



gluten free dairy free flatbread recipe

Socca Flatbread, Alegria & A Spectacular Muffin

gluten free dairy free socca recipe


In this episode we talk about an unusual but well-loved flatbread that is common in parts of France and Italy. Then I will share an awesome quickbread/muffin recipe that has almost no sugar and we will finish off with a paleo and vegan Mexican candy.

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/socca-flatbread-alegria-a-spectacular-muffin/id1441338206?i=1000441539028


-Socca Flatbread or Chickpea Crepes (vegan) - coming soon

-Chocolate Coconut Walnut Bread

-Two Hikers on Horseback - Chocolate Amaranth Bars (vegan & paleo)



  1. Socca Flatbread or Chickpea Crepes (vegan) - coming soon

  2. Chocolate Coconut Walnut Bread

  3. Two Hikers on Horseback - Chocolate Amaranth Alegría Bars (vegan & paleo)

I also mentioned a powder called Maca powder that I’d like to experiment with more. Many people claim that it has numerous health benefits.

Coconut Chocolate Walnut Bread (below).

gluten free dairy free chocolate coconut amaranth bread recipe

Alegría - A Mexican Popped Amaranth Candy (picture below)

Alegria bars are a mexican dessert made with popped amaranth (paleo)

Alegria bars are a mexican dessert made with popped amaranth (paleo)

Amaranth “Polenta” Cakes, an Easy-To-Prepare Boozy Dessert, and More

Gluten Free dairy free amaranth polenta cakes recipe paleo vegan


Join us this week for adventures with crepes, protein-rich “polenta” cakes (vegan and paleo), and a dessert that (when made correctly) is absolutely amazing.


-Crepes - some new takes on an old recipe

-Amaranth “Polenta” Cakes 6:32

-Bread Pudding with Caramel Cognac Sauce 11:40



  1. The Best Crepe Recipe (made with Cashew flour) or Teff Crepes

  2. Amaranth “Polenta" Cakes

  3. Bread Pudding with Caramel Cognac Sauce

A Popped Amaranth Alegría Bar recipe is coming soon!


Health benefits according to Dr. Axe.

Here are some photos of amaranth flowers (below). The genius, Amaranthus, includes at least 70 species of amaranth and immense diversity. Only certain varieties are used for their “grains" (seeds, actually) and leafy greens. In fact, many varieties are considered weeds. However, many species offer colorful foliage and beautiful unique flowers, so if you live in a climate where the plant is not invasive it might be a great, robust one to add to the garden.

Alegría - A Mexican Popped Amaranth Candy. It’s actually a bar and here is a recipe if you are interested. I look forward to trying this recipe as well!

Alegria bars are a mexican dessert made with popped amaranth (paleo)

Alegria bars are a mexican dessert made with popped amaranth (paleo)