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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!

Smoked Salmon Chowder Throwdown!

January 26th, 2011 at 1:10 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
I think this might be my favorite thing to make ... Smoked Salmon Chowder! I am having so much fun making this, maybe because I just can't wait to eat it! I am also really excited for the Throwdown with Bobby Flay show on Food Network tonight at 8:30 PM ET/PT.  Bobby Flay and his awesome team were in Seattle a few months ago filming the show with Dan Bugge and Chef Chester Gerl aka "Chet" of Matt's in the Market.

So in honor of everyone that was part of making such a great day and show I decided to make

Smoked Salmon Chowder, Gluten Free and Dairy Free!

2 3/4 lbs of Smoked Salmon -
3 oz prosciutto - Columbus - Gluten Free
4 cups Turtle Mountain Coconut Milk - Unsweetened - Carton
1 can Organic Coconut Milk - this adds the extra creamy and richness
32 oz Organic Vegetable broth - low sodium
2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes - cubed
1 lb carrots - diced
1 lb celery - diced
1 large yellow onion - diced
1 bag frozen organic yellow corn - adds texture, crunch
1 can of organic creamed corn - adds extra thickening
4 tsp condensed lemongrass
1 Tbl crushed garlic
1 Tbl black pepper
1 tsp dill
1 Tbl Italian seasoning
4 Tbl Old Bay Seasoning

Saute the onions, carrots, celery in a dutch oven with olive oil.

Add the prosciutto and continue to saute ... if you want to make it Vegan leave it out.

Add the Yukon Gold potatoes, lemongrass, Old Bay seasoning, Italian seasoning, dried dill, fresh ground black pepper, vegetable broth and simmer for 30 - 45 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Scoop out about 2 cups into a heat safe bowl and use a ricer to mush the chowder to create a natural thickener from the potato starch.  When all of the contents are riced add it back to the pot on the stove and continue to simmer.

Add the Turtle Mountain Coconut milk, the canned coconut milk, creamed corn, frozen corn and simmer for about 5 minutes. Break up the smoked salmon into medium bite size pieces and add it to the pot, simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes before serving. 
I hope you get to try this soon with family and friends for a celebration.  It really is a great way to warm up any day and satisfy the heartiest of appetites.  Thank you to everyone at the Food Network and the Seattle Foodies that were part of the show.  We had such a great time and it was really great to see all that goes into making a Food Network show up close and personal. 
Everyone at Food Network was wonderful!
Congrats to Dan and Chet for a great show ... tune into the Food Network tonight to see who wins -


Gluten Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

January 23rd, 2011 at 10:02 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
This is not your Grandma's Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie!  I decided to give the ever popular Oatmeal Cookie a makeover!  I have been craving a cookie with texture, flavor and chewiness.  I have been experimenting with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats and dreamed this cookie up after many, many years of craving!  I haven't been eating oats, Gluten Free or not for at least 6 years.  Every time I did I would get sick immediately. During the winter time there is nothing better than a warm bowl of oatmeal.  I like to put dried fruit and honey in mine.  I decided to make the cookies and see if I had a reaction.  Lucky for me ... All is well!  It was worth the wait!

I love the flavor of the creamy chocolate chips and the tartness of the cherries!  The sweetness of the cookie has a nice balance of the dark brown sugar's caramel like flavor to balance out the cherries and chocolate.  The honey is the perfect compliment to the oats ... speaking of which ... these are the most beautiful big oats that I have ever seen!  The oats make the cookie's hearty crunch so satisfying that you will be very happy with just one or two cookies.  I decided to add the flaxseed meal to add to the wholesome goodness of the combination of ingredients - antioxidants from the chocolate,
potassium and melatonin from the dried cherries, omegas from the flaxseed meal, fiber from the flaxseed meal and oats. 
So no guilt from these cookies!

Gluten Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
makes approximately 2 dozen small cookies.

Dry Ingredients
2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt

Wet Ingredients
2 large eggs
3/4 cup butter or non-dairy Earth Balance butter - room temperature
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbl Gluten Free Vanilla

1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips -  (Gluten Free, non-dairy, non-soy, nut free)
3/4 cup chopped dried cherries

Mix the wet ingredients - eggs, butter or non-dairy butter, dark brown sugar, honey, vanilla in a standing mixer.

In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients with a fork or whisk to break up any clumps. Incororate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in the standing mixer.

Add the chopped dried cherries and chocolate chips.

Put the dough into a container with a lid and into the refrigerator for 30 minutes, overnight is better if you can wait.  Chilling the dough will help meld the flavors of the ingredients.

Bake at 350 for 13 - 15 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  I used a #70 spring scoop to make a two bite cookie.

This is the perfect cookie with your favorite hot beverage - coffee, tea or milk, even non-dairy in front of the fire sharing good times with family and friends.


New Growth of Gluten Free Products at Grocery Stores

January 20th, 2011 at 10:45 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Have you noticed lately that there are so many new Gluten Free products at the grocery stores?
I am so excited to go grocery shopping these days! I especially love to go to PCC Natural Markets because they are officially the first Certified Gluten Free Retailer by GIGPCC carries about 2000 Gluten Free products in their 9 stores throughout Seattle. They do a great job with signage, specifically the orange shelf tags means it is Gluten Free and special displays emphasizing Gluten Free products throughout their stores.  It took about 18 months for the certification process of training the staff about Gluten Intolerance, product identification and handling.  The PCC website is a great way to shop online prior to going into the store so that you can see what products they offer.  You can create a shopping list and either print it or email it.  I email it to myself and pull it up on my phone. It is really fun! You can also learn more about the local products and companies that they sell and get recipe ideas.

You can see the certification sign on the window at the front door and kiosks displayed throughout of all PCC Natural Markets.

I love that I can find all of my Organic local favorites like Oregon Growers jams and jellies! They make any Gluten Free scone, muffin or toast even more delicious!

Just about all of the grocery stores in my area are adding shelf space for new Gluten Free products such as King Arthur's new Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and mixes.  Another favorite that you can find is Chuckanut Bay Gluten Free Cheesecake in the freezer section and sometimes the deli or to-go areas of the markets. The cheesecakes come in a variety of flavors, I have only found the New York Style, in either single serve or larger for a family or party. If I could make a request to the stores ... please add the other flavors because they are awesome!
Additional stores in my area that have made a big difference are  Central Market, Town & Country Markets, Whole Foods Markets and even Safeway is expanding its shelf and freezer spaces to accommodate all the new Gluten Free products flooding the market .. it's about time!  Even the ethnic food companies are adding Gluten Free products as well as saying it on the labels, such as Thai Kitchen and Indian Kitchen.  You can find these and Boar's Head meats in places such as  Fred Meyer or Kroger Co. I think the biggest surprise has been Costco, which now offers an amazing selection of Gluten Free Columbus Meats in large 2 lb packages great for sandwiches or the salame and other Italian delicacies for anytime celebrations.  Costco also offers large bags of Flaxseed meal which is great to add to most baked goods, use as an egg replacer and in smoothies.  They also carry another favorite of mine,  Lundberg Brown Rice in the large bags which is really great.  I put it in a large container at home and make it at least once a week with vegetables for meatless Mondays.

What are some of your biggest surprises at your favorite grocery stores?
Please share your comments about some great finds in your area.

Finally ... our voices are being heard and we have more great foods to choose from at our grocery stores!  I think all of the grocery stores should follow the example of PCC Natural Markets and take the time to become certified by GIG so that their employees will be trained too!

Bravo to PCC Natural Markets and GIG!

Update - Jan. 27, 2011 - Finally found this article in Supermarket News - on Jan. 17, 2011 about PCC Natural Markets.  Giving Up Gluten by Julie Gallagher

Happy Shopping!

Hot Chocolate with Coconut Milk and Kaniwa

January 6th, 2011 at 8:10 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Chocolate con Leche de Coco y Cañihua
In Peru the Hot Chocolate is thick, rich and creamy with a bit of spice.  When I was thinking about this recipe, I poured out the ingredients onto a plate.  The color palette is amazing isn't it? All of the textures and flavors ... the aromas! I knew this was going to be good ... love at first sight and smell! Oh but the taste ...
Serve it mid-day or anytime you need a boost of energy and a treat. The Kaniwa flour makes thick and nutritious because it is a protein powerhouse so all the joy and no guilt. Perfect on a cold winter day! 2 Tbl Zócalo Kaniwa Flour ¼ tsp Mexican Vanilla extract 2 cups coconut milk, I use Turtle Mountain, unsweetened ¼ cup organic coconut milk, mixed well from a can ¼ cup dark brown sugar 2 Tbl cocoa powder 3 oz bar of Fair Trade 75% cocoa bar chocolate 1 Tbl orange zest ¼ tsp clove ½ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp cinnamon
Heat all ingredients over medium high heat. Continue to stir while all of the ingredients heat and meld together, remove from heat just as the bubbles appear. Use a whisk to froth the hot chocolate for 1-3 minutes and pour into serving mugs for hot beverages. Top with chocolate shavings. Share with loved ones ... Compartir con sus seres queridos ... Enjoy! Lisa P.S. I have had lots of questions about Kaniwa - one of  Zocalo Gourmet's Heritage Flours.  Kaniwa is a species of goosefoot, closely related to Quinoa and is indigenous to the Andes.  Highly sustainable to farmers because it is the most resistant crop resistant to low temperatures and high altitudes.  Kaniwa is a protein powerhouse and is an excellent alternative for Gluten Free baking - breads, muffins, pancakes and waffles.  It has an earthy yet nutty flavor.  You can purchase it at Whole Foods Markets,, Williams-Sonoma and Zocalo Gourmet for more info. I have more recipes in the works with the Heritage flours but in the meantime, try it and let me know what you think! GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Living Healthy

January 4th, 2011 at 8:13 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Fresh Green Organic Salad with Cherries, Almonds and Vinaigrette

Well it is a new year, and it is that time to talk about resolutions
I have hesitated writing this posting because this year my resolution is to ... not have resolutions
I just want to take the pressure off  and who really sticks to "resolutions" anyway.  
I have decided to stay positive and appreciate all that I do every day to manage my health! 
Life is hard enough as it is ... right? 

Every single day I have to manage my health due to Celiac Disease and chronic pain.
So my days and weeks look something like this ...

Eat right - veggies, fruit, protein, healthy no gluten grains

While grocery shopping do not buy products with gluten - must read labels, which takes time and not be tempted by all the junk that is out there.

Exercise - walking at least 30 minutes a day and yoga are my favorites  I just do what I can to move my body and relieve stress.

I take supplements because I am always lacking in a half a dozen or so vitamins ... never thrilled about this but I know I need them and they help.  I use mostly powders and drink them down very quickly so I don't taste them. 

Meditate or take some time out just to observe in a quiet space or with some favorite music.

Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, coconut water and tea.  I try to drink at least a green tea and a black tea each day - herbal tea at night.

Create some tasty, healthy treats to bake and share with family and friends.  Cook and plan meals that are easy, nourishing and that change with the seasons. Take pictures before anyone eats and Blog it all!

Get my sleep which is not easy because my body hurts and does not like to stay still in one place for too long. I am good if I can get 4 hours, better if I can get 6 ... simply delirious if I get 8!

Now that I think about it, I am doing a good job!
Yeah ... who needs resolutions?

So I will give you some additional thoughts about what I am doing to help me manage. My toolbox is for the those times when the motivation is at its lowest and the rainy days are never ending.  I actually have a few baskets with some things to make me feel good.  Some naturally scented lotions to massage my hands and feet, some favorite music, a yoga strap to help me stretch my shoulders and legs.  A balance ball to sit on or to stretch or just bounce on! Bean bags to heat and alleviate my various painful areas on my body. Naturally scented bath salts and arnica gel to get me through the cold winters. I like to use lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus by themselves or in combinations. I also love bergamot, sandalwood and most all of the floral scents. 

One of my favorite things to do is to put on some comfy clothes, wrap up in a blanket and kick back to read.  I like to read about different foods to learn about cultures and traditions around the world. I also like to read just about anything having to do with health.
One new one comes to mind ...
About a month ago I received the book - "Your Best Body Now" by Tosca Reno
The book is nicely organized into sections to help you jump start your body with diet, fitness, health, beauty, inspirations.  The book is written for anyone at any age to look and feel good by "eating clean".  Tosca gives you a list to help you shop (slight modifications needed to replace some Gluten Free grains for Gluten grains like whole wheat and spelt) and make over your kitchen cabinets.  She also talks about creating some new healthy habits like carrying a cooler in your car when you are out so that you are not tempted to eat fast food that is unhealthy.  You know me ... that is my favorite habit and I really enjoy finding little containers and new treats to put in like pumpkin seeds, almond milk, fruit and veggies.

The book is a great guide to get you started, keep you motivated and get results to manage your health. There are even sections that help guide you through the various road blocks that will arise unexpectedly. It is like having a friend to tell you exactly what to do, when and how. I really like the detailed information about why supplements are so important for you and what vitamins do to help us stay healthy.  I have a hard time taking my supplements. I can't stand the big horse pills or the yucky powders but this book reminds me why I really need to take them. We Celiacs know how important that is ... right? Oh, the staying  pretty part is an added incentive too!

Tosca also encourages you to journal so that you can create goals and see the progress that you make with your mind, body and soul.  "Your Best Body Now" is a New York Times best seller and is a great book to keep with you at all times - in your Nook, iPhone, iPad, iBooks, Kindle or softback.

Cheers ... to beautiful, good health! 

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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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