Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
I get emails and questions all the time. I thought I would start to share some of the questions that I get with you. This is a very common question that I get all the time …
I am just not interested in my Gluten Free diet anymore. Is it really that bad if I have Gluten every once in awhile?
Well Sara, it isn’t about cheating on a diet. If you have Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance – living Gluten Free is a choice that you have to make. You have to commit to learning everything you can about ingredients, preventing cross-contamination and what questions to ask when you are dining out. The Gluten Free diet is the ONLY way to heal your body and to stop destroying your body when you eat Gluten. Your symptoms should go away once you have been on a strict Gluten Free diet.
I suggest talking to your doctor if you are continuing to have symptoms.
I would like to offer some ideas to kick-start your Gluten Free diet. Luckily for us it is Spring and Farmers Market season is upon us! I highly suggest going to your local Farmers Market and talking to your farmers in your community. Fresh local food is a great way to savor more than just your meal but to connect with your community.
I picked up some fingerling potatoes from Secret Springs Farm and made them tonight for dinner. Wash them and make sure they are completely dry. This will help them crisp up. Add some olive oil to a roasting pan, sprinkle some sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, rosemary, thyme and oregano. I like to add a few shakes of paprika. Put the lid on and place the pan into the preheated oven – 375 degrees. It should take approximately 45 minutes. Carefully take them pan out of the oven – there will be steam when you remove the lid.
Gently toss the potatoes and add 1-2 chopped fresh garlic cloves. Toss a bit more.
Place the pan back into the oven, without the lid for 5 minutes.
Serve with your favorite Farmers Market Vegetables, eggs or meats if you desire.
I went this past weekend and met up with some friends and my favorite new farm on Bainbridge Island.
Please help me welcome – Secret Spring Farm. Be sure to say hello to Maia and her husband Erik when you see them at the market.
I am going to let you in on a little secret. I made some Gluten Free Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies the other day and served them to people that thought they were homemade. Well they were … kinda of … I made them in my home!
Ok, silliness aside, sometimes you just need to make a Gluten Free treat fast and Pamela’s Products are perfect for that. I made it my own by adding a few extra ingredients -
I added 1 tsp of cinnamon
1 TBS GF vanilla
1 cup dried cranberries
(or your favorite dried fruit that you have in your pantry)
1 cup chocolate chips
If you like your Oatmeal cookies to be softer, add an extra egg – 2 eggs total, and just follow the directions on the bag. The Oats in the mix are certified Gluten Free. I can not tolerate Oats even GF certified Oats. So I had the perfect opportunity to have a group of hungry ”taste testers” ready and waiting …
Let’s just say that the cookies were gone in no time!
The ladies were more surprised that the cookies were Gluten Free. The phrases I heard hte most were …
“Ooh so soft and flavorful!”
“Really? Gluten Free?! No way!”
They all wanted the recipe and I said read all about it soon!
Well, ladies if you are reading this …
This mix would also make an amazing crumble on top of a cobbler or ice cream!
I want to thank Pamela’s Products for sending this sample. Although I was not able to actually enjoy the cookies, I know that my taste testers were very, very happy!
UPDATE – Enter Pamela’s Products – Rock Your World Contest – to win a bag full of Pamela’s Products!
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Smoked Salmon Pate is a favorite around our house. So easy to make and it is a perfect snack to serve with Gluten Free crackers or fresh Gluten Free bread. Break up some of your favorite Smoked Salmon and make sure it is Gluten Free. Some Smoked Salmons may use soy sauce as a seasoning, caramel coloring or gluten containing seasonings. Please read the label carefully and when all else fails, call the company and ask! Thank goodness most companies add – Gluten Free right on the label to make it super easy for us to feel safe to eat and serve. You will need just a few ingredients for this very easy recipe.
Smoked Salmon Pate
1 cup Gluten Free Smoked Salmon – broken up, into small pieces and de-boned
1 – 8 ounce package of your favorite cream cheese
1-2 TBS Tabasco sauce – make it as spicy as you like
1 TBS Mayonaise
1 TBS chives dried or fresh
1 TBS lemon juice
1 large clove chopped garlic
1 tsp dill dried or fresh
1 half chopped red onion
Add all of the ingredients to your food processor and pulse until all the ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
Put the Smoked Salmon Pate into a bowl with a tight sealing lid.
Chill for 30 minutes to one hour in the refrigerator.
As I always say … let it meld!
Serve Smoked Salmon Pate your favorite vegetables – carrots, celery, snap pea pods or with non-flavored Gluten Free crackers. This is a nice snack to serve in the evening with drinks while dinner is cooking in the oven. It also makes a great snack mid-afternoon with a light salad and a crusty Gluten Free roll. This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator in a bowl with a tight sealing lid for 2-3 days. If you are having a party I highly recommend making it the day before so it has time to meld.
P.S. As soon as I made this everyone ate it before I could get another pretty picture of it served on the bread and crackers. Yes … it is that good! You may want to make extra! As soon as I get more Smoked Salmon and make more I will be sure to take picture before letting anyone gets the first bite. Stay tuned …
BARN Cooking Up A Kitchen – Public Meeting
April 8, 2013 7:00-8:30 PM
Join us for this Public Meeting to learn more about BARN Kitchen.
We are in the planning stages and we want your feedback and ideas. Please come prepared to share your thoughts with us. Are you interested in creating special foods – preserves or jams, catering, teaching or taking cooking classes, making special meals with groups?
What is BARN?
BARN is the Bainbridge Island Artisan Resource Network, a community shared working space for artisans including woodworking, fiber art, jewelry making, metalworking and a commercial kitchen space. The BARN will be a intergenerational place that will serve as a hub for the Bainbridge Island community to create art and experiences in a shared space.
I am proud to say that I am part of the planning committee for the BARN Kitchen. I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that is building a creative space together. A project that values the ideas and needs of the people within the community that will be the melting pot for creating. I can’t wait! - Lisa
We look forward to seeing you at
BARN Cooking Up A Kitchen – Public Meeting
April 8, 2013 7:00-8:30 PM
I am so excited for Maninis Gluten Free – a local Seattle company that has been in business for two years, is nominated for THE BEST OF GLUTEN FREE NOMINATIONS 2013 by Triumph Dining! Maninis Gluten Free has been nominated for their GF Fresh Pastas and GF Flour Mixes. I love all of their products and voted for them!
I am such a fan of Maninis Gluten Free products because it is a local Seattle family. A family that has created wonderfully delicious and nutritious products, developed ten years ago when they found out that their 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Maninis Gluten Free products were developed by a the parents – the mother a mathematician and the father a chemical engineer, of the 5 year old girl. Over the years additional family members realized that they have sensitivities to Gluten as well. It is a family run business with true heart behind everything they do.
Maninis is the only Gluten Free company that creates FRESH GLUTEN FREE PASTA in a dedicated GF facility, no rice, no beans, no dairy, no soy, no peanuts or tree nuts, no fish or shellfish. Made with ancient grains and uses fresh, local, 100% cage free eggs.
You can order their products online or check their website for retail locations. Local chefs love Maninis Gluten Free products they are serving fresh pasta in their restaurants!
If you have not tried Maninis Gluten Free products, trust me when I say this … you will not believe that any of their products are Gluten Free when you taste it. You will look like a rock star in the kitchen when you use Maninis Gluten Free products!
Maninis Gluten Free flour mixes are also nominated! I love all of the mixes and use every day to make Gluten Free pizza dough, bread, rolls, cakes, cookies, pies and more!
It would be really great to see this local
Seattle Family and Company win this award!
Vote Now! Maninis Gluten Free Fresh Pasta and Flour Mixes nominated for Triumph Dining Best of 2013 Awards.
Thank you for taking the time to vote!
Gluten Free Breakfast Cereal is back in my morning routine and in my favorite bowl. I love it with non-dairy milk or yogurt. Want to make it even more satisfying? Add some little extra favorites – fresh or dried fruit, shredded coconut, whatever you like!
I am a big fan of Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Flax Original and Crunchy Flax with Chia cereal. Enjoy Life Foods makes it easy to eat Gluten Free and Allergy Free anytime of the day, especially in the morning! Little crispy balls that make anything crunchy when you add them to your favorite milk. I love it served with coconut milk or hemp milk. Cereal is so fast and easy it only takes a few minutes to put it in a bowl and add your favorite toppings.
I love Crunchy Flax with Chia so much I enjoy it anytime of the day. It really is a great treat to take with me on the ferry. I just add all the fruit or toppings to a container with the non-dairy milk or yogurt and then put the cereal in a separate container. When it is time to eat, I sit back, savor my treat and enjoy the view of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Crunchy Flax Original and Crunchy Flax with Chia is the perfect way to start your day and it is so satisfying. Check out the nutritional facts that makes it a great choice to start your day.
Gluten Free Jelly Beans, Gummy Bears and Gummy Swirls, OH MY!
Easter is just around the corner and nothing is more perfect in the Easter Basket than something Organic and natural from Surf Sweets.
These are the best Organic and natural candies that are made with natural colors and flavors from fruit juices. Surf Sweet candies are made in a dedicated Nut-Free facility and are Gluten Free, Dairy/ Casein Free, No Corn Syrup and No GMOs. You can feel good about giving your children (and yourself) Surf Sweets anytime. Kids like to eat candy, so when they just want to be a kid, feel good that you choose Surf Sweets because they also have 100% RDA of Vitamin C. Surf Sweets are actually good for them. We won’t tell them if you don’t.
I love Surf Sweets Spring Mix Organic Jelly Beans especially around Easter. I love to put them in little serving dishes when guests come over to the house. They look like a pretty little edible bouquet of fresh blossoms! The Spring Mix comes in 6 flavors – Tropical Punch, Lemonade, Mixed Berry, Pineapple, Tangerine and Watermelon! Not only are these Organic Jelly Beans Gluten Free but they are Vegetarian as well.
I’ll bet you have fond memories of gummy bears as a kid! I know I do. We used to lick the back and stick them on our collar and wear them all day around school. It was what the “cool kids” did! I remember bringing a bag of gummy bears on field trip days and sharing my bag with everyone. I loved all of the flavors but especially the red ones! The bag never lasted past the bus ride to our destination that morning but we all sure had fun with our gobbling up our gummy bears. Such a fun kid memory. I think that is why I pick up a bag when I see them at the store every now and then. I like to have them around to put in my picnic bag or for a road trip. I make sure to buy the Surf Sweets because they are Gluten Free, Organic and natural. I want the best, no guilt treat and maybe I just want to feel like a kid for awhile too!
Tell the Easter Bunny to check out the Surf Sweet website to find the closest store to buy them locally or contact them to ship directly to your home. I buy mine Whole Foods Market, PCC and natural food stores. I am a real customer.
Thank you to Surf Sweets for sending me a Spring package of treats pictured in this post. The opinions expressed are solely mine. Thank you to Surf Sweets for following my blog all these years!
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Just a few simple ingredients to make a new kind of pesto that will make your taste buds dance with joy! Use as a topping on your home made Gluten Free Pizza, Gluten Free Pasta or on top of crusty bread or crackers.
This new pesto is sure to be your favorite and is good for you.
The Lacinato Kale is packed with vitamin C, K, beta carotene and calcium.
Organic Kale & Marcona Almond Pesto
5-6 Organic Lacinato Kale leaves
1/2 cup Marcona Almonds
2-3 Organic garlic cloves
1 green onion
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Spanish Olive Oil
pinch Matiz Espana flor de sal
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Add all of the ingredients, chop and blend in a food blender/mixer or processor.
Pour into a jar and place into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours prior to serving to let it meld!
The acid from the lemon juice will help to break down the kale and the saltiness will compliment the sweeter side of the Lacinato Kale aka Dinosaur Kale.
I am going to add this to my homemade GF Pizza tonight and add dry roasted tomatoes, artichokes and peppers.
I know it will be amazing with fresh GF pasta and I have already had several tasting samples on my favorite crusty GF bread and crackers.
Great way to get your super greens into your weekly menus at home.
This one gets my GF Fav vote !