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Favorite Tools In My Gluten Free Kitchen

March 30th, 2011 at 2:53 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
This week Huffington Post posted an article from the
asking the question of 13 Chef's 5 Favorite Kitchen Tools.  It made me think about my tools, my drawers and shelves of tools that I love in my kitchen.  What tools would be on my list?  Well, oddly enough over the weekend I realized what my top 2 favorite things are in my kitchen.  One was almost taken away from me.  I have a deep love for my iphone and my laptop.  I love them because they make my life fun and easy.  I can take notes about recipes or food easily on my iphone or laptop, easy Internet access wherever I go and when I discover something awesome I can take pictures instantly.  Of course, I also write my blog on my laptop and thus the story ...

Well, Saturday morning was not good from the start.  I woke up feeling as if I had been tossed about and beaten. It was a cold, grey ... extra dreary day ... not sure why I got out of bed but I did.  I made my coffee and crawled over to my computer.  I had just a sip or two and BOOM!  I dropped my cup of coffee all over my laptop! I acted quickly and turned the computer over...screamed...and said a few words that a lady should not say in public but since I was in my own home .... $#@+!!!! ... took the battery out ... grabbed towels and coddled it as if it were a screaming baby. 
All I could do was sit in front of it ... looking and wanting to sob but my body hurt too much.  I was in shock and then began to think of everything that was in that laptop ...

When I turned over and placed it in a safe spot away from sun and other elements, I propped it up on a bunch of microfiber extra absorbent towels hoping to draw any moisture out of it ASAP! I called and texted a few people to ask .... What the heck do I do?1? Can it be saved?!?! People suggested putting it in a brown paper bag with rice.  Rice in a Gluten Free kitchen, I've got that! The computer guy said, don't do it because it will make it worse.  I ended up putting a small dish of the rice below the computer,
not touching it, hoping that maybe it would just do something to help draw any last few drops of the coffee out.  It was suggested to me to wait at least 48 hours - Do not touch it or turn it back over!
 ... walk away from the laptop. 

Now ... I am not a patient woman when I want something to happen.  I prefer to say that I am a passionate woman because when I feel connected to something that is so near and dear to my heart I want it NOW... not wait and see what may happen in 48 hours!

Let's just say it was a very hard 48 hours to pass ... but all is sort of well ... the screen has a few blemishes ... the keyboard lost a key ... I had to give it CPR of sorts with compressed air ... the keyboard also got a good swabbing with alcohol  and Q-tips several times while the battery was still out to take away the stickies and stains. Even now as I type I have a sudden urge for a great big cup of coffee ... where is that aroma coming from as the whooshing sound of my fingers hit the keys ... grrr ...
and yet I am thankful that I still have my old friend of exactly one year and twenty two days!

My Gluten Free Kitchen Favorites ...
This list is in no particular order.  Probably more than 5 ... I can't bother to count them because I love them all equally ... all purchased over many years and at various stores across the country.

Offset spatula for decorating cakes, cupcakes, unsticking the sides of cake pans ...

Scoop measures to pour the exact amount - mini, medium or mega muffin. I use them to make waffles or pancakes or anything that has a batter or dough.

A good set of measuring spoons, I also have (not pictured) the rectangular ones that are great to get into spice jars.

Drizzle spoon - not sure if that is the real name but it is the spoon that looks like someone cut off the tip, great for ... drizzling chocolate or sauce on a cake or plate.

Parchment Paper is a MUST in a Gluten Free kitchen because the dough and batters are so sticky ... and it is so much easier to clean up! Toss in the trash, although I use mine a few times if I am making batch of cookies and there isn't a much of crumbs.

Spring scoops! Love them! As many sizes as you can find.  I would suggest at least a small, medium and large.

Microplane - I use it for lemons, limes and oranges.

Juicer with the scoop to catch the seeds!

These are actually Pit Mitts and they are used for outside grilling.  I use them inside because I hate to burn myself and it is so much easier to grab on to pans from the oven with the fingers free to move.  I also really like that they have the gripers on the for extra non-slip action ...
maybe I should have had them on that Saturday when I was drinking my coffee ... UGH!

I really like this handy little hook to hang the mitts off of my cabinet next to the stove for quick action!

I could go on ... kitchen aid standing mixer, whisks .... I love kitchen tools! I love plates, cake stands and the paper cups for cupcakes ... paella pans ... big serving dishes and little forks and knives to eat tapas or for spreading cheese or dips ... I could go on ...
I just love to make Gluten Free food and sharing this with you!

What are some of your favorites?

Thankful ...


Gluten Free Menu For Flavors of Mexico Event at Mexico Cantina 3.27.11

March 24th, 2011 at 1:42 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Located on the top floor of Pacific Place in downtown Seattle.
600 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 


White fish ceviche marinated in fresh squeezed citrus juices served in fresh avocado halves
Citrus watercress salad
Watercress, crisp Jicama, orange and grapefruit wedges, avocado and toasted pepitas tossed in a pomegranate vinaigrette

Paired with Cazadores Silver and sangrita



White corn tortillas cooked in salsa roja, topped with crema, queso fresco, two eggs and cotija cheese.
Huevos Rancheros
Soft white corn tortillas stuffed with aged jack cheese and topped with eggs, ranchero sauce and queso fresco. Served with a side of refried beans.
Carne Tampiqueña
Grilled Painted Hills steak served with cheese enchiladas in mole sauce, rajas and refried beans.
Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos
Tacos filled with roasted sweet potatoes, rajas, a mix of jack cheese, goat cheese and queso fresco, topped with avocado and adovo mushrooms.
Chicken Mole
Fire-grilled chicken breast smothered in house-made mole sauce and topped with sliced avocado and sesame seeds;
served with Mexican rice and black beans

Paired with a refreshing Cazadores Jimador Paloma made with squirt and a splash of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.


Traditional Flan
A creamy traditional Mexican custard topped with caramel and orange confit
Paired with Cazadores Añejo

$25 + tax and tip, for a 3 course meal
parings of

Cazadores Tequila 
Space is limited and you must be a confirmed guest on the list to attend this event.
RSVP by 3.25.11 5 PM

Must be 21 or over to attend this event. Please drink responsibly.

Gluten Free Key Lime Cake Mix by Solterra Foods

March 20th, 2011 at 8:55 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

I am absolutely amazed that this Gluten Free Key Lime Cake is from a mix.  So much flavor, so moist! Unbelieveable! 
I love, love, love this Gluten Free Key Lime Cake!

It took just under two hours to mix, bake and decorate and devour!
Mix the ingredients - 3 minutes - oil (I used coconut), eggs, water and applesauce.
Pour it in a pan - 3 minutes - I used my little square pan for mini cakes.
Bake - 20-30 minutes depending on size of pan you use.
Cool time - one hour on a rack.
Decorate with Glaze or Icing - 3 minutes to make - add oil (I used coconut) and milk (I used coconut milk) to the packet and mix.  I used a bit more coconut milk then the directions suggested.  Approximately 3-5 minutes to drizzle the icing over the cake -  I love that the packet is inside the box so you don't have to buy extra.
Ok, it might have taken a little bit longer, I was distracted with cleaning the bowl and spoons after making the icing ... and enjoyed every last drop!
Solterra Foods has created Gluten Free Mixes including Key Lime, French Vanilla Mini Chip and Happy Body Brownie Mix.  You can order the mixes $6.99 online from their site.  They offer Gluten Free pasta, condiments and pizza, but are still working on a cost effective way to ship it frozen.  They are trying to get into stores across the country, so ask your favorite grocery store manager to start buying Solterra Foods so you and your Gluten Free Foodie friends can get it too!

I love that Solterra Foods are - Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, without the added saturated fats, preservatives and sugars. You will not believe how moist this cake is and the flavor.  Nobody will know it is Gluten Free or that is was made from a box! Our little secret ...
Elaine Valenza-Opdahl started making the products for her son who was diagnosed with a wheat allergy.  Her son has been living Gluten Free and has seen dramatic health improvements without missing his favorite foods thanks to mom!  Lucky for us she is now selling these products and will hopefully be in a store near you soon.

You will love the flavors from these little boxes too! As a matter of fact,
Solterra Foods just won an award at the Expo West Show for Best New Vegan Food!
Bravo! Solterra Foods!



Gluten Free Foodies Flavors of Mexico Event March 27, 2011 1:30 PM

March 3rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Last summer I went to Mexico via the ferry ...
Ok, well sort of ...
So many of my readers have asked me about this meal and I thought ...
I really should share this with you
So I asked my favorite chef and friend - Chef Fernanda to re-create this wonderful experience again!

You don't want to miss this! Mark your calendar ...

MARCH 27, 2011 - 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Mexico Cantina y Veracruz Cocina 600 Pine Street, 4th floor Pacific Place
Gluten Free Brunch 3 course meal with Tequila Pairings - $25 +tax/tip.

This is the perfect afternoon vacation that you need right now so
Space is limited so please RSVP to and join us for a fun afternoon and taste all of the flavors of Mexico!
Must be 21 or over to attend the event.  ID will be checked at Mexico.
Please RSVP by March 25, 2011 at 5 PM.

Chef Fernanda makes the absolute BEST MOLE!

Love King Arthur’s Gluten Free Pancake & Waffle MIx!

March 3rd, 2011 at 12:23 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
If there is one thing that I highly recommend you do this weekend ... make some Gluten Free King Aurthur Pancakes or Waffles!

Ok, I know I say this all the time but ... I love waffles!
I tried the new King Arthur Gluten Free Pancake Mix (same mix and recipe to make waffles) today.  King Arthur sent me a package to try.  I couldn't wait to heat the griddle and mix up the batter! The recipe is very easy for both pancakes and waffles, just follow directions on the back of the box. Please note you will need - 2 large eggs, butter or oil and 2 cups of milk.
 I used grapeseed oil and coconut milk.  Once you mix all ingredients, you set the batter aside for 10 minutes to thicken.  I usually add, vanilla and cinnamon to my batter but this time I wanted to see what the batter tasted like on its own.  I wanted to see if the batter had any flavor, most mixes don't.
All I can say is ...
Wow! I love the flavor of this mix, it doesn't need anything added! They have the perfect amount of sweet creamy vanilla flavor and the edges crisp up nicely. It is so easy to make for your family and guests. They will love them!  (I won't tell them you used a mix if you don't.)

I made small Belgian thick style waffles.  I made the entire batch and put the extra in freezer bags and froze them so that I could use on a whim.  Just put them in your toaster at a low to medium setting and presto ... hot waffles just waiting for your favorite toppings!

You can buy the mix directly from King Arthur or at your local grocery store.  If you can not find the King Arthur mixes in your local grocery store, tell the manager of your store you want the product.

Get some today for the weekend!


Slow Cooked Aji Limo Pork Roast with Gluten Free Beer

February 24th, 2011 at 8:58 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Slow Cooked Aji Limo Pork Roast and Gluten Free Beer! This is so easy and since the winter weather is not giving up it is perfect to warm you up. Make several meals out of it – shredded pork tacos, with rice and beans or just eat it as a hearty shredded pork soup! Ingredients 2 lb pork roast shoulder ¼ cup Spanish Olive Oil 1 large yellow onion 1 Tbl garlic or 2-3 cloves, chopped 1 bottle of Gluten Free Beer ½ cup your favorite peppers – peperocinis, poblano, green or jalapeño ¼ tsp cumin ¼ tsp Matiz Smoked Sea Salt ½ tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp smoked pimenton 1 1/2 cups Lime juice 1 Tbl Aji Limo Paste Coat the bottom of the slow cooker with the Spanish olive oil and turn it on high. Dice the onion, garlic and peppers and start to sauté them in the slow cooker about 10-15 minutes, cover.
Add the Pork Roast to the slow cooker, cover and let it brown for 15 minutes. Use tongs to turn the pork roast over to brown the other side for 15 minutes, move the onions, peppers and garlic around and put some on top of the roast. When both sides of the pork are browned, add the bottle of Gluten Free beer, I love New Grist!          Make sure you like the flavor of the Gluten Free Beer because it will be the base of the flavor of the meal. Add the lime juice and the rest of the spices, the Aji Limo in the sauce and on top of the pork (see picture). Cover and cook on high for one hour then reduce to low for 5 hours. The pork will be done when the juices are clear and the internal temperature of the meat is between 160 -170 degrees. When the pork is done, use 2 large forks to shred the meat to the size that you prefer, large chunks or smaller shreds or pieces. I like a combination of both – large and small pieces! I add a little extra Aji Limo to the mix as it cools and marvel at the aroma, flavor and color! Enjoy! Lisa

Wild About WildeBerryaki – Gluten Free!

February 15th, 2011 at 12:58 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
I recently received an email from a couple, who follow my blog,  in Whidbey Island, WA that told me about their Blackberry Teriyaki Sauce.  They asked if I had heard of it or tried it.  To my surprise I had not.  They asked if they could send me a bottle, I said sure!  I had been secretly craving Teriyaki stir fry but hadn't told anyone ... I tried not to get too excited ... The day the package arrived I immediately grabbed what I had on hand to make stir fry ... some steak, zuchinni, yellow squash, onion and brown rice.  I marinated the meat in the WildeBerryaki for about 15 minutes ... I couldn't wait! I added a little bit of oil to the wok, heated it and put the veggies in.   I cooked them for about 10 minutes and added the meat with the marinade. Lucky for me I had just made some brown rice so it was ready. Once the meat was done I served the brown rice and added the veggies and a bit more WildeBerryaki ...  
Oh my goodness!
WildeBerryaki is so delicious ...
perfect flavors of sweet from the Blackberries, orange, salty from the Gluten Free Soy Sauce, the garlic and ginger ... Oh my ... so good!
  All natural flavors, no MSG. All of the ingredient are from the Pacific Northwest and they support local farmers and producers. You can buy it from the company direct or look at their site for store listings.  WildeBerryaki is also sold on   I can't wait to try it on Barbeque veggies or chicken smoked on the grill!  They have recipes on their web site  I am sure I will come up with a few more soon.    THANKS MISSY and  JOHN for the WildeBerryaki and thanks for following! Love it!     Enjoy! Lisa GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Eat Clean and Live Well – Clean Start Cookbook by Terry Walters

February 14th, 2011 at 9:10 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
I love this book! Clean Start by Terry Walters. It is one of those cookbooks that is so stunning that you feel better just by looking through it and absorbing all of the goodness of the clean foods that Terry talks about.  The photographs are gorgeous and the recipes are amazing too! The cookbook is organized so beautifully in sections, starting with an introduction, the basics, making it work for you and recipes that are by the seasons of the year! I love it ... that Terry has thought about all of the details for each season to inspire us year round.
I was so honored to have met Terry Walters, the author of  "Clean Start", recently when she was here in Seattle.  Terry's passion about clean foods started when she became a Holistic Health Counselor in Connecticut. When she started counseling it was clear to her that she needed to provide some information that was simple.  Terry began teaching cooking classes and then her first cookbook, "Clean Food" was a natural progression of her classes.  Terry reminds us to think about the colors of the rainbow as far as our foods that we eat.  What reds, yellows or greens have you eaten today she asks ... as she shares stories about her children.  Terry believes that you only bring in good clean food into the house and that is what everyone eats.  Terry also believes that packaging is not required for clean food if it is from the farm.  We should think of our food as fuel.  Food should fuel our metabolism, our activity and our community.  She explains that if we eat local from our farms and area producers then we are fueling our community to sustain as a business. Clean Start is the perfect book if you want some guidance to make a transition into eating healthier and closer to the source of your food.  There is so much information about setting up your pantry, tools, grains, legumes - and how to make it work for you.  I have read this book cover to cover and I don't want to put it down on my shelf.  I know I will be referring to this book regularly.
This book is Vegan and Gluten Free! Bravo ... Bravo!
I can't wait to make this Polenta Pizza with Kale and Maitake Mushroom
 and a Chard and Parsley Pesto Sauce!
I am so excited to share this book with you I haven't put it down to make something just yet ...
I will share it all with you as soon as I do ...
A few last words that resonate with me that Terry suggests,
eat all five tastes -
sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent -
that are all naturally in foods and not added.
Thank you for such a lovely book Terry!
GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Gluten Free Menu At Friesenburgers

February 8th, 2011 at 9:11 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Did someone say Gluten Free Burgers and Hot Dogs with buns? All I can say ... it is worth the drive to Tacoma, WA to devour a Gluten Free Cheesy Onion Burger and fries at Friesenburgers! The owners say they have been in business for almost 4 years and they are doing great! In the short time that I was there enjoying my burger, at least 3 or 4 new customers went in and ordered their first Gluten Free Burger.  It was my first Gluten Free Burger from a restaurant in years! Friesenburgers also offers Gluten Free Steak Fries ... the big thick ones and a special fry sauce to dip them in too! In fact they only offer Gluten Free fries so that they do not get them mixed up and also just use one fryer. The Gluten Free menu includes hot dogs, Bison burgers, Wild Alaskan Salmon burgers, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, salad and Hamburgers with or without cheese.  If you have a really big appetite try  "The Friesenburgers" choose from various sizes of burgers with an egg and bacon on top of the patties! They also offer a kids menu for the little appetites. When I asked what spurred the menu the owner said, awhile back a lady came in and ordered a burger as a lettuce wrap.  They asked why didn't she want the bun.  The lady explained she had Celiac Disease.  The owners decided to look more into what they could do to add Gluten Free menu items and had to find ... Gluten Free hamburger and hot dog buns!  They connected with the Gluten Free community and the Gluten Intolerant Group and became even more educated about the Gluten Free lifestyle. 
Bravo to that lady that walked in to their restaurant and told them about Celiac Disease!
Bravo to the owners of Friesenburgers for taking the time to learn about Celiac Disease and find the products to make such a tasty American meal a thrill again! It is time to celebrate again! Happy Gluten Free Burger eatin' ... mmm... Lisa Now for the important info ... when and where .... Friesnburgers - Hours Monday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 - 7:00 PM Sunday - CLOSED                   Dine in or take out call - 253 444 3562 308 East 26th Street Tacoma, WA 98421 View Larger Map

Gluten Free Valentine Treats From Indie Candy

February 7th, 2011 at 9:36 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
So you say your sweetheart is wild about ... Wild Cherry ?!?
How about some Wild Cherry Gummi Hearts for Valentines from Indie Candy!
Indie Candy is free from the top 8 allergens ... peanuts, treenuts, soy, wheat, dairy, fish and shellfish. Thanks Indie Candy !

I can tell you when my package arrived today from Indie Candy, I was so happy to dive in and share them with you!  The Gummi Hearts are perfectly flavored, not too much or too little and so sweetly soft.

Just in time for Valentines Day!

A Dark Chocolate Teddy Bear - lollipop
 is a sweet gift to any Valentine ... at any age!

How beautiful!
Why just give a card when you can say it with a beautiful hard candy, hand poured lollipop that looks like crystal!
Mmm ... Pineapple flavored! They also come in Red - Wild Cherry and Pink - Watermelon.

You can purchase any of these and more treats like Chocolate Truffles and Dark Chocolate Oranges on the
Indie Candy website and at some Whole Foods Markets in the south. 

All the products from Indie Candy are free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Gluten Free, Casein Free, Feingold, Vegan and Kosher.

Such a treat for your eyes to see everything on their site ... but what a treat to get some Indie Candy from your favorite Valentine!

Happy Valentines!
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About Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

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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