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Gluten Free Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

April 18th, 2013 at 1:00 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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GF Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies plate

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 …

GF Oat cranberry chocolate chip cookie up close

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!”

“YUM”

They all wanted the recipe and I said read all about it soon!

Well, ladies if you are reading this …

SURPRISE! 

Pamela's Products Oatmeal GF Cookie MiX

 

This mix would also make an amazing crumble on top of a cobbler or ice cream!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie Mix is one of Pamela’s Products newest baking mixes.

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!

Salud!

Lisa 

UPDATE – Enter Pamela’s Products – Rock Your World Contest – to win a bag full of Pamela’s Products!

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Snack Time – Smoked Salmon Pâté

April 11th, 2013 at 3:51 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Seasoned Smoked Salmon

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.

Making Smoked Salmon Pate

 

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 …

Salud!

Lisa

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BARN Cooking Up A Kitchen – Public Meeting

April 4th, 2013 at 1:43 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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flyer for BARN Kitchen Public Meeting

 BARN Cooking Up A Kitchen – Public Meeting

April 8, 2013 7:00-8:30 PM 

Bainbridge Island Public Library

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 

Bainbridge Island Public Library

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Maninis Gluten Free nominated for Best of 2013

March 28th, 2013 at 12:47 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Maninis Gluten Free nominated for Best of 2013 by Triumph Dining.  Maninis Gluten Free is based in Seattle, nominated for their Fresh GF Pastas Flour Mixes.

Maninis GF Pasta logo

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!

Maninis GF Fresh Pasta Kale Peppers

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! 

 Fettuccini

Linguini

Spaghetti 

Rigatoni

Lasagna Sheets 

Maninis Fresh GF pasta pkg

Maninis GF 5 flour mixes

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! 

VOTE NOW! 

bagf 2013 nom badge

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!

Salud!

Lisa

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Gluten Free Breakfast Cereal is Back!

March 27th, 2013 at 9:30 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This is one of those simple pleasures that I love waking up to in the morning.
Enjoy Life Foods Flax Chia Cereal with Berries

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!

Enjoy Life Flax Original with Bananas berries

ELF Flax Cereal with Yogurt Dried Berries Coconut

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.

Enjoy Life Foods cereal nutritional data

Enjoy Life Foods Flax with Chia cereal

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Gluten Free Jelly Beans, Gummy Bears and Gummy Swirls

March 11th, 2013 at 6:38 pm by Lisa
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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.

Surf Sweets Easter Medley fruity bears, gummy bears, gummy swirls jelly beans Organic Natural

Surf Sweets Easter medley

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.

Spring Mix Organic Jelly Beans

Spring Mix Organic Jelly Beans

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.

Surf Sweets Gummy Bears are an anytime favorite at home or on the go!

Surf Sweets Gummy Bears are an anytime favorite at home or on the go!

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!

Hoppy Easter!

Lisa

 

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Gluten Free Has Gone To The Dogs!

March 2nd, 2013 at 12:20 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Yup! My pup, Mac is officially Gluten Free!
I have discovered some wonderful Gluten Free dog foods at
one of my favorite places on Bainbridge Island, Bay Hay & Feed.
March 1 is Mac’s Birthday so I made him a special
Gluten Free Birthday breakfast using Wellness Simple Dog Food.

 

Follow @Mac_a_Doodlebug on Twitter to send him Birthday wishes!

Let’s just say that Mac has a sophisticated palate and prefers only the finest ingredients.
He is a happier pup-dog living his Gluten Free and chicken and egg free lifestyle.
It turns out that it was the chicken and eggs that made him itchy, upset stomach and messy eyes.
Sound familiar? The symptoms are so similar to our food allergies.
The ladies at Bay Hay & Feed told me about their new products – Wellness and Limited Grain and Mac has been so happy ever since.  He particularly loves the  -
Salmon with Sweet Potato
Duck with Sweet Potato
This is really great for me too because every time I feed him or gave him a treat I had to wash my hands really well because most dog foods and treats contain wheat, barley and oats.  I have also made the switch and ditched buying treats for him.
 When he is a “good boy”… always … I just give him a piece of his food!
It makes us both happy foodies!
Be sure to check out their “people feed” area from local farmers.
Fresh milk, eggs, meat, and vegetables.
You can also add a little Spring to your garden with new blooms and herbs.
Bay Hay & Feed is a lovely place to go, shop and get a little treat for everyone in your family -
including your dog and garden! You can also visit their coffee shop and sip on your coffee while you shop or sit on their deck and take in the beauty of the gardens.  Everyone at Bay Hay & Feed is so sweet and knowledgeable. It is such an island jewel!
Salud!
Lisa
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Gluten Free Has Gone To The Dogs!

March 2nd, 2013 at 11:02 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Yup! My pup, Mac is officially Gluten Free!
I have discovered some wonderful Gluten Free dog foods at
one of my favorite places on Bainbridge Island, Bay Hay & Feed


March 1 is Mac's Birthday so I made him a special 
Gluten Free Birthday breakfast using Wellness Simple Dog Food.




Let's just say that Mac has a sophisticated palate and prefers only the finest ingredients.
He is a happier pup-dog living his Gluten Free and chicken and egg free lifestyle. 
It turns out that it was the chicken and eggs that made him itchy, upset stomach and messy eyes.
Sound familiar? The symptoms are so similar to our food allergies.

The ladies at Bay Hay & Feed told me about their new products - Wellness and Limited Grain and Mac has been so happy ever since.  He particularly loves the  -
Salmon with Sweet Potato 
Duck with Sweet Potato

This is really great for me too because every time I feed him or gave him a treat I had to wash my hands really well because most dog foods and treats contain wheat, barley and oats.  I have also made the switch and ditched buying treats for him. 
 When he is a "good boy"... always ... I just give him a piece of his food!
It makes us both happy foodies!


Be sure to check out their "people feed" area from local farmers. 
Fresh milk, eggs, meat, and vegetables. 
You can also add a little Spring to your garden with new blooms and herbs.




Bay Hay & Feed is a lovely place to go, shop and get a little treat for everyone in your family - 
including your dog and garden! You can also visit their coffee shop and sip on your coffee while you shop or sit on their deck and take in the beauty of the gardens.  Everyone at Bay Hay & Feed is so sweet and knowledgeable. It is such an island jewel! 


Salud!
Lisa






Organic Kale and Marcona Almond Pesto – Let it meld!

February 15th, 2013 at 1:49 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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GF No Dairy Organic Kale & Marcona Pesto

 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.

Easy to make Kale Marcona Pesto in a blender!.

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 !

Salud!

Lisa

Savory and Spicy Tortilla Black Bean Soup

February 8th, 2013 at 12:41 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Warm me up and make it spicy just the way I like it! 
I love Tortilla Soup and this is the perfect soup to warm you up when the weather outside is misbehaving! Rain or Snow, Pacific Foods Organic Soup Starters  are the perfect way to get your soup off to a tasty easy start.  
I call it slow cooking, at medium speed, without the can ... in 2 hours!

It was really was easy to make this soup with just a few fresh 
 ingredients and dried spices that I already had at home.

Let me just remind you that I am from Texas and I like a kick in most things that I eat, especially if I want my food to warm me up! So please adjust your pepper spices accordingly to your taste.

I usually soak black beans or some sort of beans at least once a week.  After a sunny but cold, brisk walk, I came home with an appetite for something flavorful and warm! I was hungry and chilled and looked in my GF pantry - Tortilla Black Bean Soup! It just so happens I soaked some black beans overnight. 
After a quick rinse, I placed the beans in my 5 quart Le Creuset. 
I pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees.


The Pacific Foods Organic Tortilla Soup base is made with tomato, green peppers, onion, chili powder, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, coriander and a hint of lime.

Add all of the ingredients to the pot, cover with a lid and let it cook for 2 hours.

I added the following ingredients - 
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 Tbs Olive Oil 
1 tsp Oregano or Italian Seasoning, dried
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp smoked sea salt 
fresh ground black pepper
2-3 pinches Red Pepper flakes
1 dried Aji Limo Pepper 


1 1/2 cups Organic frozen corn - add at the end


  
Carefully take the pot out of the oven.  There will be steam when you remove the lid, so please stand back.  Add the frozen corn and stir it into the soup.  Let it sit approximately 10 minutes while the corn heats up in the soup.  This will help keep the corn flavorful and crunchy by not over cooking it.
The Organic corn gives the soup the perfect sweetness to counter the spicy peppers.  
The texture is nice with the black beans which make it a little heartier.  
YUM!

Serve in your favorite deep soup bowl with a dish underneath to hold 
your additional tortilla chips and top with your favorite ...

Toppings 

avocado slices or guacamole
green onions
jalapeños
cilantro, chopped

roasted chicken, shredded or chopped - optional
pepper jack shredded cheese - optional

Pacific Foods sent me some of their Organic Soup Starters to try. 
I am so glad they did! 
The also make Beef Pho, Chicken Pho, Vegetarian Pho and Tom Yum!
The soup bases are approximately $3.49-$3.69 for a 32 fl. oz. carton.
Look for the QR code on the carton for recipes or make your own!



I opted for the soup sans cheese and meat! 

It is so satisfying you just may "not" have leftovers to share the next day! 
I highly recommend stashing a serving in a tightly sealed, inconspicuous spot in the back of the fridge. One blissful thought - just knowing that you have a soup waiting for you the next day, so you can curl up in front of the fireplace with a blanket and a good book! 
As I always say, letting it meld makes it that much more magnifico! 


Salud!
Lisa 




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