Gluten-Free Baking Mix

I've been cooking and baking gluten-free for five years now, and this mix from Pamela's Products is my most reliable secret weapon. It makes the best pancakes that I've ever had, with a subtly-sweet nutty flavor and a surprisingly fluffy body. Even my gluten-eating friends and relatives have taken to making their pancakes with Pamela's after eating them with me for Sunday brunch. Chocolate chip cookies made with Pamela's mix are similarly revolutionary: the way butter and sugar caramelizes with this special blend of rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, and almond meal is confectionary magic. It also works in quick breads and coffee cakes.

Pamela's Ultimate Gluten-Free Baking and Pancake Mix, $5.97 for a 24 oz. bag at Amazon.com