The lovely folks at Shirley J kindly sent me not only some of their awesome gluten-free Whisk Bliss, but a totally sweet apron and a whisk too. And that was quite a while ago, and then I had a business trip and then I moved and had to re-stock a kitchen and…

What I’m really trying to say is I’m sorry I wasn’t able to tell you about this stuff sooner, because it’s pretty tasty.

Conceptually, Whisk Bliss is a cooking base. This means it’s an easy shortcut for adding flavor, thickness and creaminess to any sort of savory sauce, soup or gravy. It’s also a substitute for recipes calling for condensed soup, which is often off-limits to anyone on a gluten-free diet. Shirley J already makes a gluten-containing variety, and so it was a logical step to swap out the wheat.

Here’s as good a time as any to say: the gluten-free Whisk Bliss does contain corn, milk, and soy. If you have other food sensitivities, you may want to check out the ingredients before purchasing.

I wasn’t quite sure what to do with Whisk Bliss, so the first time I used it I didn’t make much of a recipe. I simply mixed 1 part Whisk Bliss (it’s a white powder) with 4 parts water in a pan on the stovetop, as instructed. And, because I had just pulled some sage and basil leaves from my back porch, I threw those in while the mixture heated up, boiled for a few minutes, and thickened.

The result was a tasty, savory gravy, with the chicken and onions and spices in the mix clearly apparent. I put it on some sauteed veggies, and again in the morning on eggs, and I was a happy camper.

What Whisk Bliss really called out for, though, was pasta. There are a few Alfredo sauce recipes on the site, and it’s easy to see why. This stuff is straight-up comfort food in its plainest form.

I have plenty of Whisk Bliss left, and am planning to try out some of the other recipes on the site; many call for the regular (gluten-containing) variety, but I see no reason why they can’t be swapped out. I’m pretty sure some variety of the Twisted Chili Mac and Cheese will be in my fridge before the weather gets too hot. And maybe a Tater Tot Casserole or some Chicken Pot Pie (with GF pie dough). I better start making friends, so I can have people come over to help me eat all these things.

You can purchase Shirley J products in a handful of stores, many of which are in Utah or thereabouts. Or, regardless of where you live, you can pick up some gluten-free Whisk Bliss on their online store.

Have you used Whisk Bliss? What did you make?