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Gluten Free Fair – Whole Foods Market

May 13th, 2011 at 5:54 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Get your shopping bags ready Gluten Free Foodies!
Whole Foods Market has events planned all month to learn more about living Gluten Free, just in time for Celiac Awareness month.

Go to the Whole Foods Market website to find a store near you and be sure to look at the store's website and calendar of events.  Each store is different and you can usually find a cooking class, store tour or something fun to learn about living healthy and Gluten Free.

Here are just a few events to check out ...
Whole Foods Market in Redmond, WA will be having a Gluten Free Fair on Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 11 AM - 2 PM.
Join us for some great gluten-free treats and stay for our gluten-free BBQ ($5). Meet a local naturopathic doctor who specializes in holistic health and wellness. No need to RSVP -- just come on over!

If you are in the Portland, Oregon area - the Pearl (downtown) Whole Foods Market is having a
Gluten Free Store Tour - Friday, May 20th - 11AM Free
If you want to learn about the Gluten Free products offered this store this is the tour for you! Emilia Biavaschi, Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods, will show you all you need to know about eating a well balanced Gluten Free diet. Go hungry because you will try some samples along the way.  You will even get a reusable green bag and a special Gluten Free product to take home. Space is limited so hurry up already and sign up via email -

Sunday, May 22nd - Gluten Free For Me: A Celebration, Part 2! 2-5pm Free

Whole Foods Market, Tanasbourne 19440 NW Cornell Rd. Hillsboro, Or. 97124

Join us for this unique event that will be fun for one and all!
We’ll have plenty of resources on hand to celebrate your Gluten-Free lifestyle.
  • Goodie bags for the 1st 100 customers who attend
  • Gluten Free Vendors with product Samples
  • Hands-on cooking demonstration
  • Presentations surrounding Gluten-Free topics
  • Live music
  • Activities for kids
Email for more detailed information. Hope to see you there!
Check out the store blog for more info about living Gluten Free.

Celebrate Celiac Awareness Month and please share this posting with someone you care about.

Have fun!

Gluten Free Awareness Night and Gluten Free Menu Update – at Safeco Field

May 9th, 2011 at 7:10 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Here is the menu that we have for
The Natural (located at Section 133)
 at Safeco Field for the 2011 Season.
This is the official list from the Mariners and Safeco.

Gluten Free Mariner Dog
Gluten Free Turkey, Bacon, Swiss & Avocado Sandwich
Gluten Free Vegan Soup - Soup will rotate.
Gluten Free Hummus Platter
Gluten Free Snacks - Variety
Veggie Burger
Veggie Dog
Fruit Smoothies
Naked Juice
Cascade Ice
Redbridge Beer
Redbridge Beer is also sold at the following locations - Good Hops 136, 185, 248, 330.

Don't forget to put this game, Celiac Awareness Night into your calendar now ...
you know how busy the summer gets!

In the meantime, enjoy the GLUTEN FREE FOOD at Safeco Field!
Go Mariners!


Thrilled To Be Blogger For A Day – Celiac Awareness Month

May 8th, 2011 at 10:41 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
I am so honored to be apart of the Celiac Awareness Month - A Blogger A Day campaign for May 2011. The NFCA - National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, is such a great resource for anyone who is trying to get a diagnosis or knows someone who has Celiac Disease. The website has countless lists to help guide you through a list of symptoms, Gluten In Medications, Celiac 60+ and more. There is a printable guide section with special child education section for schools and parenting for kids in grade school through college - must see section!

NFCA has an excellent newsletter to keep us in touch with new health information, statistics and governmental policies that are important to all of us living with Celiac Disease. NFCA was formed as a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization to raise awareness of Celiac Disease among the general public and the health care community, and to facilitate research to better understand the causes, mechanisms, and treatment of Celiac Disease. The main goal is to improve the quality of life for those who have Celiac Disease. The foundation was founded by Alice Blast in 2003.

Bravo! to NFCA for all of their hard work and information that they provide us year after year!
Be sure to sign up for the newsletter and to check out the other bloggers this month on the
"Blogger A Day" section.
Please share this with someone you care about ...
Take care,

1 in 133 – It’s a Big GLUTEN FREE Deal!

May 4th, 2011 at 9:53 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Updates - May 5, 2011
Gluten Free Protests Delayed Gluten Free Label Standard - ABC NEWS

Make sure that you sign the petition and send a letter to the FDA.

More updates to follow soon ...

Today is the Day in Washington D.C. - Support Gluten-Free Food Labeling
Day's Events:

11:00 a.m - 4:30 - Cake Building (all are welcome)
We are developing opportunities to brief staffers on Capitol Hill and meet with individual Congressional Representatives - watch for details.
5 p.m. - 8:30 - VIP Reception (donors & invited guests)

With distinguished speakers, including Dr. Alessio Fasano

Finger Foods by chef extraordinaire Aaron Flores and local restaurants serving gluten-free menu items

(Everyone is welcome, donations kindly requested. Please RSVP to First 300 attendees receive a "swag bag" full of gluten-free magazines and goodies provided by our sponsors)

All Day - Individuals are encouraged to make appointments with their Representative and Senators to discuss the need for gluten-free labeling standards. Not sure how to do this? See "Coming to the Summit".

Go to - 1in133 for more info and to see updated photos throughout the day.


Zocalo Gourmet – Kaniwa Grain From Peru – sofi Award Finalist

May 3rd, 2011 at 8:41 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Congratulations to one of my favorite companies - Culinary Collective - three of their heritage food products have been nominated as Silver Finalist in the sofi Silver Awards 2011 - Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.  

Kaniwa Grain from Zocalo Gourmet Peru
Outstanding Pasta, Rice or Grain.
Gluten Free

Puremiel Organic Honey - Lavender from Spain,
Outstanding Jam, Preserve, Honey or Nut Butter.

Castillo de Canena Family Reserve

Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain for Outstanding Oil.

The sofi Awards are the highest honor in the specialty food industry.  NASFT - National Association for Specialty Food Trade had a record 1657 entries across 31 categories. Gold Winners for each award category will be determined in a special judging at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, July 10 and Monday, July 11. Gold winners will be announced July 11 at a red carpet ceremony hosted by noted chef Cat Cora.
Good Luck to Culinary Collective!

 I'm a big fan of Kaniwa Grain from Peru! Mark my words - It is the hottest Gluten Free Grain for 2011!
Check out my recipe for Smoked Kaniwa Salad .
You can find Kaniwa Grain at the Spanish Table in Seattle

Fingers crossed for a triple win in July!

Gluten Free Tapas and Wine Social Club at Paella Bar Tonight!

May 2nd, 2011 at 11:52 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Looking for something fun and Gluten Free to do tonight in Poulsbo,Wa?
The Wine Social Club at the Paella Bar meets tonight Monday, May 2nd, 5:00 - 7:30!
I called and spoke to the owner to make sure that there would be Gluten Free tapas available for the event.  Kim assured me there would be Gluten Free tapas for registered Gluten Free Foodies. Make your reservations by calling 360 930 8446 today, there is still space available.

If you can't make it tonight mark your calendar -
The first Monday of every month is WINE SOCIAL CLUB from 5:00 - 7:30 P.M. at Paella Bar. Wine and Appetizers for $25.00 per person. You'll receive your own etched glass the first time - bring your glass with you on the first Monday each month afterward for 10% discount on your tab.

Make your reservations by calling 360 930 8446 and let them know you are Gluten Free so that you will get some awesome Gluten Free tapas!
Located at 19006 Front Street in downtown Poulsbo next to their other restaurant - Burrata Bistro!


Focus On Gluten Free Food At The Food Banks and Celiac Awareness

May 1st, 2011 at 11:43 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
My how times have changed since I figured out I have Celiac Disease, 7 years ago! I am amazed as to how many new great tasting Gluten Free products are available today in the grocery stores and restaurants.  It seems like every time I turn around I learn about something new.  I think the best part is hearing the story behind the products and why a company is making something Gluten Free. The majority of the products are made because someone has Celiac Disease, a family member or friend.

Yet, there is one thing that continues to gnaw at me, the more product that is available the more I continue to wonder how Celiac Disease is affecting people all over the world.  I continue to worry about the people at our food banks having to make decisions about their food because they can not afford to shop at a grocery store. The high cost of Gluten Free food makes it hard for all of us.  I also think about the fact that there may not be Gluten Free food at the Food Bank for them to eat.

The other day I went to an event for the Seattle area Food Banks' directors.  It was a nutrition fair that provided presentations for more detailed information on Diabetes, Lactose Intolerance, Halal and Gluten Free.  I was asked to speak to the group and represent the Gluten Free portion of the event.
This nutrition fair was sponsored by the Seattle Food Committee, a coalition of 27 food banks and emergency food providers in Seattle. The directors put together a list of topics about which they wanted to learn.  The fair also had tables set up to provide information on various diets including - Vegan and Vegetarian, Aging and Senior Nutrition, Asian and East African Cultural preferences, Infant and Child Nutrition and Chronic Illness and Food Safety.
I really enjoyed listening to the other presenters and talking to everyone. Great questions! I spoke about my experience with Celiac Disease and why I started my blog.  I also talked to the group about my support for the Kitsap Food Bank Coalition and the Gluten Free Food Drive that I started last year.  I made some suggestions as to keeping the specialty foods in a designated area so that only the people that have the medical condition could have access to the Gluten Free foods.

While I was writing this posting today, I received an email from the Bremerton Food Line to pass on some information about "Help Stamp Out Hunger"  - the postal workers will be collecting food on May 14th for area food banks.  Please mark your calendar and please put some food in a bag to be picked up. 
I am asking you to put Gluten Free Food in a Bag marked Gluten Free for donation.  Any food is appreciated but Gluten Free is definitely needed. Suggested Gluten Free donations - brown rice, baking mixes, cereals, shelf stable non-dairy beverages such as almond, rice, coconut, hemp milk.

Thank you!

P.S. May is Celiac Awareness Month - Please pass this posting along to your friends and family to learn more about Celiac Disease.

A Gluten Free Royal Wedding Party Menu

April 27th, 2011 at 1:27 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
It's time to pop open the bubbly
and celebrate a  
Royal Wedding!

Gluten Free Style ...

I remember watching Princess Diana and Prince Charles' Wedding ... am I really that old?!?!
I was living in Texas at the time. 
We were at a friend's house -
The Schultz's - Melinda, Louis and Sherry, in San Antonio. 
All I know is that our eyes were barely open, all in our pj's ...
sitting around the TV ...
waiting ...
and waiting ...
 for the glimpses of Lady Di in her dress.
The other thing I know for sure is that we ate a ton of donuts that day! 
 This was many years prior to Gluten Free days.
Ahh ... memories ....

I actually remember the annoncement that Prince William had been born ...
I can't believe he is a grown man now, my how time flies ...
 Now it is time to stay up all night and celebrate his wedding to 
Miss Catherine "Kate" Middleton
The only difference is that now I will be making
Gluten Free Nibbles and Quenchers
for friends and family to share.
I am still friends with Sherry after all these years and will be watching it with her via
Skype, texting and Facebook!

Dress up the tables with fresh flowers ...

Gluten Free Nibbles and Quenchers
Blueberry and Chocolate Chip

Homemade Meyer Lemon Curd
(picture to be added soon ...)

Toad in a Hole 
Poached Egg with Gluten Free Toast

Yorkshire Pudding
or a sweet similar version
 Cinnamon Popovers
King Arthur's recipe on the box is amazing!
Lots of Tea, Coffee ... to stay awake during the wee hours of the all nighter festivities!
That is 1 AM at my home on the West Coast

Pimms Cup - Meyer Lemon, Club Soda, Cucumber, Mint, Orange

Kir Royale - Cassis and Champagne
(I like Cava because it is easier on the budget and tastes great!)

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Additionally you could serve -

Gluten Free Shortbread
Bob's Red Mill Mix is fast, easy and really great!
Pamela's Products has some already made too!

Mock Bangers and Mash
Bangers are traditionally not GF so please
make sure to use Gluten Free Sausage like Uli's Rosemary Chicken Sausage,
 Aidelles Chicken Apple Sausage
and Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Cucumber and Cream Cheese Finger Sandwiches
Gluten Free bread with the crust cut off and cut into small squares

Ambrosia Creamy Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding

Fish and Chips
Waterfront Bistro Gluten Free Breaded Cod from Safeway
or make your own using potato flakes
serve with homemade fries or make it really easy
OreIda are GF too!
(I won't tell anyone.)

Don't forget the wedding cake or cupcakes!
Simple and elegant works for me ...
did I mention it starts at 1 AM ...

Coconut Orange Cake

I would love to hear from you to see what you will be doing for the wedding ... live tv or not. Please send me an email or catch me online on Facebook.


Eggs-traordinary Easter Eggs!

April 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
The winner so far ...

Local farm fresh chicken eggs ... poached!
Such a beautiful little pillow! 

This is how I make poached eggs
You will need ... patience and ..
deep pot
medium to large slotted spoon
fresh filtered water
2 Tbs white vinegar
farm fresh eggs - chicken or duck

Fill the deep pot just above half way.
Bring the pot of water to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer.
Add the vinegar and carefully
break an egg into a bowl, this way if you break the yolk it won't mess up the water in the pot,
then add the egg, to the hot water.
Let the egg drop to the bottom and as it slowly starts to form the white edges
use a slotted spoon to wrap the whites around the yolk.
The egg should rise as it cooks.  The egg is ready, approximately 1-2 minutes,
when the egg is floating and the whites are not translucent.

You can add an additional egg to the one in the pot
but I would wait until the white starts to form on the first one so they don't stick together.
I don't like to poach more than 2 eggs at a time.

You can put them in cold, iced water in a bowl if you are trying to make a bunch for a family brunch.  If you do this you will just need to warm them in the hot water.
Take the slotted spoon, carefully scoop the egg out of the iced water and gently put into the hot water for 1-2 seconds. Take them out with the slotted spoon and serve!

Toast some of your favorite Gluten Free bread, and butter or non-dairy butter and place the egg on top!
I sprinkle Matiz Smoked Sea Salt on top and some fresh ground black pepper.

Then I pierce the top to make sure that the  ...
egg-splosive gooey mess ...
egg-sactly goes all over every bite ...

That's all ... yolks!
Hoppy Easter!


Eggsperiment – Goose Eggs vs Chicken Eggs

April 18th, 2011 at 8:37 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Last week I talked about how fun it was to meet Patti Dusbabek at the Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market.  Well, I went back over the weekend to pick up my duck eggs and to my surprise Patti was sold out even before the market opened.  It seems that duck eggs are all the rage right now!
Who knew?
I thought I would be brave and go for the big ones this week ...
Goose Eggs!

This line up of eggs ... Goose Eggs
Fun to see the various sizes and weights.  The largest weighing in at ....

Goose vs Chicken

The obvious visual comparisons are color and texture of the shell.  The yolk of the Goose Egg was a bright golden yellow.  The weight is unbelievable when you put them in your hands.  There is a noticeable almost shocking difference, I am almost afraid to see what it is like to crack it open ...

It took quite a whack to crack that shell open.  Suddenly this bright yellow yolk rolled out of the shell, I couldn't believe my eyes.  It was enormous! The eggs reminded me of a field trip, in grade school that we took to see the dinosaur exhibit.  I have to say I feel like an egghead saying this but I was a little concerned that a baby dinosaur was in there and glad that was not the case ...

Let's just say I had to use quite a bit of energy to whip this Goose Egg up with a whisk! It was thick like molasses to get it to incorporate with the whites. Just as I would let it sit for a minute it would separate so be prepared to get a workout. 
 To give you some perspective I decided to measure the amount of the egg ... yolk and all!
Just over 2/3 cup!  
In comparison that is equivalent to approximately 3 grade A large chicken eggs sold at the grocery store.

Goose Egg Frittata
No frills, just a dash of fleur de sel just - wanted to see what the fluff would be like.
When I served it I added, thyme, tarragon and fresh ground black pepper.  I wanted to see what the flavor of the egg was like without adding too many other ingredients.
The Goose Egg ... flavorful yet not as light as a chicken egg. They are a richer egg.  Not sure that I could eat them all the time or a large portion. The aroma as I was cooking it was strong.  I am going to try to cook the Goose Egg in a few other ways but can't imagine what a hard boiled would be like! Easter is around the corner ... might be kinda cool ...

So let's get to the yolk of the comparison ...

Goose Eggs
calories 266
protein 19.97
fat 19.11
calcium 86 mg
iron 5.24 mg
cholesterol  1227
lutein 636 mcg

Chicken Egg - extra large size
calories 80
protein 7.04
fat 5.57
calcium 30 mg
iron 1.02 mg
cholesterol 237
lutein 185 mcg

So the Goose Egg and Chicken Egg are somewhat comparable in nutrition.  Obviously the Goose Egg is three times as much and sometimes more in protein, calcium and cholesterol.

This is a good option for some people that have egg allergies or who may need more protein in their diets.  Please consult your doctor to see if this may be a good eggsperiment for you!

From one good egg to another ...
break out of your egg routine and try something a little ... quacky ... or just local!

More Eggsperiments to follow soon!

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Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at Original blog - After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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