Gluten-Free Matrimonial/Date Squares

It is that time of year again, when all thoughts are about baking Christmas squares and cookies. I, myself, want to be able to make all the great goodies that I grew up with and Matrimonial Squares were always a fav of mine.
Last year I tried a new recipe for a gluten free date square that did not work, and determined from there not to try making them again.
At Safeway the other day I spotted a fresh bag of pitted dates and it rekindled my desire to make a great Matrimonial Square.
This recipe does that.
In fact, I think it is better than the ones I used to have as a kid. That is a statement you do not hear very often about gluten free baking.

Matrimonial/Date Squares


  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 3 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups gf oats(I use Only Oats brand which is non-contaminated)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 cup butter(melted)
  • 1/2 lb(225 g) chopped, pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Mix together the first 8 ingredients fully, then add the melted butter and gently stir until combined.
  • Set aside.
  • Cook dates and water in a pot on the stove, mixing periodically until a gooey paste forms.
  • Spray and line a 8×8 pan (I spray, then line my pan with parchment paper for easier removal of squares).
  • Press ½ of oat mixture on pan.
  • Spread date filling evenly over oat layer.
  • Top with remaining oats and spread out.
  • Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool completely before removing and cutting squares.
  • Enjoy them!!!
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Quick and Easy Hot Beef Sandwiches

Hot beef sandwiches.
Hot beef sandwiches.
Would you like one?
Well, now you can have one my gluten free friends.
This is another easy recipe using beef round steaks. In fact this recipe is even easier than the last one. It uses an ingredient I had never tried before, but have been noticing it mentioned in a lot of the blogs I follow.
Jar of Pepperoncini peppers.
You can find jars of these at your local Safeway store. Basically they are a pickled pepperoncini pepper which have a slightly sweet flavor and can range from medium to medium-hot.
Again, in this recipe I used my La Crueset casserole dish. But you could also do this in a slow cooker. I would brown the steaks first though.

Hot Beef Sandwiches


  • 3-4 beef round steaks
  • 1/2 jar pepperoncini peppers, with juice
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup beef stock
  • Buttered and toasted gluten free hamburger buns (I get mine at gf patisserie bakery in Cochrane)
  • Swiss cheese


  • Combine all ingredients in a heavy pot or dutch oven.
  • Cover and bake in a 300 degree oven for 6 hours.
  • Remove from oven and with 2 forks, completely shred all the meat.
  • Turn oven to broil.
  • Place toasted buns on a cookie sheet.
  • Top with meat and then a slice of cheese.
  • Place under broiler until cheese melts (watch closely) approx 2-3 minutes.
  • Enjoy!
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Gluten Free in Texas

How surprised I was when I arrived at my girlfriends house in Texas, and she showed me that she had made gluten free brownies. She showed me that Betty Crocker now made gluten free baked goods.

Of course, I tried one-and they were DELICIOUS! Absolutely delicious! They were chocolately and gooey soft. YUM! YUM! On the back on the box, it showed that they also made yellow cake, chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies. Haven’t tried them yet (heh, I am still trying to lose weight) but was very impressed and definitely will bring more than a few boxes back to Calgary. Brownies are one of those things that I love to have occasionally-and finding a gluten free box of them is more than okay. Mmmm…good!