Cooking With Ben White — Gluten Free Deep Fried Pickles


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This is Ben White. Some of you know him as Blair and Teri White’s son. A few of you recognize him as the nephew of Bill and Bob White. I know him because he is my neighbour, Joyce White’s grandson. It doesn’t matter how you met him, you should be aware that the High-Schooler is an up and coming triple threat to the Food Network chefs. Ben and his brother Emmett share my Celiac disease, so all Ben’s recipes are gluten-free. His Mother has also set up a Facebook page called Go Gluten Free so everyone can share their gluten free recipes. As he told his father, local plumber, Blair White,

“Dad, you fix peoples pipes, I fix up people’s taste buds!!

Ben loves hockey, and did I mention he really loves hockey?  You can also see him “out and about” with his Dad when his mother, Swirlicious owner, Teri, presents her spectacular fashions at our local events. His vivacious mother just loves coming home and finding Ben making the family a roast beef dinner. Ben, if you get bored with “your people”, you can always come over here, and leftovers are always welcome.

There is no mention of Ben’s age on his Facebook page, only that he was born Sept.23, so ladies, I say it’s ‘open season’ on Ben. Word ‘up the line’ is he also makes his bed in the morning! What do I love about Ben White the most? The fact that he appreciates that he comes from a small town. No matter what you do in life, ‘home’ is always the place you can come back too.

Next Sunday it’s Ben’s recipe for Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cups..


Gluten Free Deep Fried Pickles II
(Photo by Ben White)
Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
20 mins
Another version of gluten-free deep fried pickles – this time I made crunchy fried pickle spears. Yum!
Author: Megan – The Gluten Free Vegan
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Snacks
Serves: 4 as a snack
  • 3 large (and I mean large) dill pickles, cut lengthwise into 4 spears each
  • ¾ cup gluten-free flour, divided
  • ½ cup water (plus more for thinning as needed)
  • ½ cup gluten-free vegan bread crumbs
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Oil for frying
  1. Preheat oil in deep-fryer to about 375°F, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Arrange three shallow dishes with edges in a row. Place ¼ cup of the brown rice flour in the first dish. Whisk the remaining ½ cup of brown rice flour with water in the second dish. Add more water by the tablespoon as needed to thin to a pancake-batter consistency. Mix gluten-free bread crumbs and garlic powder in the third dish.
  3. Roll the pickle spears in the brown rice flour until they’re just lightly coated. Dust off any excess.
  4. Dip in the batter. Don’t let too much drip off as it may come off in big dollops.
  5. Roll gently in seasoned bread crumbs to cover the batter completely.
  6. Place gently in the hot oil. Fry until just lightly browned – about 5-10 minutes depending on your deep fryer.
  7. Remove and let drain on to a paper towel lined plate to soak up any excess oil.
  8. Serve hot.

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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