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Andaluca You Had Me At … GLUTEN FREE MENU

December 19th, 2012 at 2:03 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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 OH! Chef Sarah Lorenzen, Executive Chef at Andaluca
Mayflower Park Hotel and Oliver's Lounge
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! 
This night will go down in my history book, as one of my best meals and favorite places!



I recently met Chef Sarah and
Stacia Williams, Director of Marketing and Communication - Mayflower Park Hotel.
I had a chance to walk around the hotel with Stacia to take in the beautiful holiday decorations.  It was so fun to see the twinkling lights in Oliver's Lounge as the guests gathered to enjoy their special holiday hot toddies and specialty beverages.

Stacia and I walked next door to meet Executive Chef Sarah Lorenzen.
It was so nice to sit down and have a chat with Chef Sarah and
to get to know her food story and how the Gluten Free menu came to be.

Sarah told me as a child growing up in San Francisco, CA, her passion for gardening and cooking began around, age of 11.  She used to cook dinner for the family when her mother went back to work full time.  Sarah also told me that she had food allergies to eggs and dairy as a child. She eventually outgrew them when she became an adult.  She remembers how hard it was as a child to find the easy foods she could eat.  Sarah said her mother's  "carob s'mores were just not as special as all the other kids thought they were."  She learned how to cook, bake and realized her dream was to become a chef and so she went to culinary school after high school.



She met Chef Wayne Johnson, (formerly of Andaluca) at Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco as an apprentice.  When Chef Wayne moved to Seattle to work for Andaluca, he hired Sarah a year later to join the culinary team. Sarah moved up to Seattle to join the Andaluca team 13 years ago.  Sarah says she has enjoyed working many positions within the company over the years.  Now that she is Executive Chef, as of a year ago, it really has been a dream come true.

Chef Sarah creates all of the menus for the restaurants and food services including catering and room service.  Some employees, including Stacia, shared their Gluten Intolerance and food allergies with the culinary staff in the past few years.  Since Gluten Free food is one of their most requested items, they decided to create a separate Gluten Free menu to assist the guests and service staff by giving a
 printed menu free of guessing and gluten.


I can't tell you the last time I have been so excited to be at an exquisite restaurant, holding a menu that had more choices than just salads.  This Gluten Free meal at Andaluca was by far
the best meal I have had in a long time.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I found out that you can have a meeting, special event or wedding at the hotel and Chef Sarah's kitchen can create the perfect Gluten Free or specific allergy free catering menu for you.

One of the best things about staying at the Mayflower Park Hotel is their room service menu!  Just imagine a full day of shopping or playing tourist with your friends or family. Going back to your room and kicking back while you ponder the menu and decide which Gluten Free menu items, from Andaluca, you want delivered to your room!

That just sounds so decadent and divine to me!

Of course if you would rather go down to Andaluca, for breakfast or dinner, it is a lovely romantic restaurant with warm colorful decor and intimate seating.

Chef Sarah said that the majority of their menu with its Spanish influence was already Gluten Free.  She learned more about Gluten Free ingredients over the years and how to prevent cross-contamination.
Guests at the restaurant request a variety of changes due to their food allergies including shellfish, dairy and nuts.  She says her kitchen is meticulous about cleaning after the preparation of each meal.  Some of her staff has food allergies, so they have a first hand knowledge as to the importance of providing a safe dining experience.

I must say that everyone that I met at the restaurant was so professional and courteous.  The minute I walked in the door they ask me if I would like the Gluten Free menu.  
I love love love holding my own special Gluten Free menu with so many delicious choices 
and that it is hard to decide! 

Let's just say, I couldn't decided so I tried just about everything 
and I am about to share all of the delectable details with you.


The meal started with a small tapas of Marinated Olives - kalmata, oil cured, Sicilian.
I never realize how much I love olives! I was so distracted, I enjoyed them without taking a picture.  
Apologies...but Wow!

Pictured above is the 
Roasted Mussels - baby tomatoes, lemon wedges, sizzling in white wine lemon butter with rosemary
Oh my! I have never had muscles like this! I love muscles but these were simply scrumptious.  The piquant seasoning from the acidy roasted lemon and tomatoes was perfect compliment to the sea salted muscles.  A bountiful portion to share, served steamy hot! 

The very top picture is - Black Peppered Seared Scallops - vanilla brine, cilantro-lime vinaigrette, grapefruit, micro greens, fennel
One word ... luscious! I love scallops and these were absolutely lusciously prepared and seasoned! 


Mini Crab Tower - crab, avocado, palm hearts, gazpacho salsa
The perfectly light amuse bouche, creamy and crunchy cool textures combine to make one large bite or 2 smaller ones to share. 

Pickled Beet Salad - baby spinach, roasted pickled beets, goat cheese, spicy candied walnuts.
Not pictured, apologies again but there was so much food! 
This is an excellent salad with all of the flavors of Fall. The beets were amazing! I want Chef Sarah to make me a great big jar of them so I can buy them enjoy them at home! I love the combination of the  sweet beets, spicy walnuts and with the creamy tart goat cheese.  I will have to try this in my kitchen! 


Now I will just take a moment and say my favorite word...
Paella.
 Now is changing to my two favorite words 
Andaluca Paella - prawns, clams, chicken, chorizo, arborio rice, harissa butter, saffron broth

Please put this on the top of your must enjoy list!
Served as a generous portion in a traditional Paella pan to share. 
The rice is cooked perfectly creamy and spiced with the harissa butter, saffron and chorizo slices. The seafood has that wonderful grilled outdoor flavor that makes this so authentic!



Fig and Chorizo Stuffed Pork Chop - sweet potato polenta cake, kale, toasted almonds, saffron ginger served with a demi glace

Warm flavorful Fall all wrapped up in a pork chop! Chef Sarah has mastered this wonderful combination of Fig, Chorizo and Pork. 




Pan Roasted Chicken Breast - idiazabal mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, castelvetrano olives and preserved lemon pan sauce

Honest to goodness comfort food! The best idiazabal mashed potatoes and moist roasted chicken! 
I love the combination of the salty olives with the slightly sweet carrots.  
It just tastes like home, when you are away from home!



Liquid Chocolate Cake - hazelnut gelato, espresso syrup 
Heavenly creaminess when hot meets cold and melds of all the flavors together to bring out the best of chocolate, hazelnut and espresso that made me very, very happy! 


I want to take this time to say thank you to Chef Sarah and Stacia.  I had such a great time meeting and laughing with them as we chatted about our favorite subject - Gluten Free food! 
I can't wait to go back and stay at the Mayflower Hotel for a romantic dinner at Andaluca and order Gluten Free room service so that I can have breakfast in bed! 

There is complimentary valet parking for Andaluca Restaruant guests.  

Maybe Santa will bring you a special gift certificate if you put it on your wish list!

Check out the Mayflower Park Hotel for special packages through the holidays,
 including New Year's Eve! 


Salud! 
Lisa 

Gingery Sweet Potato Yum!

December 8th, 2012 at 12:43 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Gingery Sweet Potato Yum! 
my new love...

I love nothing more than a warm breakfast on a cold morning.  Sometimes I just want something different than eggs. Usually what comes to mind is GF oatmeal but I am one of those that unfortunately can not eat oats even certified Gluten Free oats.  


So I decided to give my morning sweet potato an extra sweet and savory kick!
I love love love Morris Kitchen - Ginger Syrup 
from 



Gingery Sweet Potato Yum!

This mornings treat is so easy to make.
I pre-heated my oven to 400 degrees.
I washed my Organic Sweet Potato and cut 3-4 slits in it 
approximately 1 inch wide, to allow for the steam to release.

I drizzled a little olive oil the bottom of the pot, put the sweet potato in my 
and added a little more olive oil on top of the sweet potato. 

The olive oil helps the sweet potato stay moist and not burn. 
I let it cook in the oven with the lid on 
for 45-50 minutes for my medium size sweet potato.
Please adjust time for the size of your sweet potato.

This was the perfect amount of time to go to my mat and do some gentle yoga.

Carefully remove the Dutch Oven and remove the lid.  
There will be steam so please be careful.
The sweet potato is done when the skin easily slides off with the push of an edge of a spoon.
Slide the skin down and use a large spoon or a spring spoon to scoop out the sweet potato.

Use your favorite bowl.  
This is yummy, comforting bowl food to hold in your hands!

Scoop out approximately 2 tsp and allow it to melt.
Top with your favorite nuts - I love cashews and almonds.

Now here is the best part,
bring your all of your senses together as you do this ....

Notice the beautiful bright orange color of the sweet potato,
 and the textures of the nuts with the tender potato as the buttery spread melts. 
Put your hand around the bowl and feel the warmth as you
 drizzle a little of the Ginger Syrup on top.  
Take a deep breath and inhale the aroma of all of the flavors collide! 

ooohh...

Grab a spoon and dive in! 

Just a little drizzle of the Ginger Syrup goes a long way.  
So much flavor and not to sweet, perfectly complimenting the salty nuts.
I haven't tried the Spiced Apple but I am sure I would love it 
as I do with  Ginger and  Preserved Lemon.   



I hope you love this lovely little bowl of 
Gingery Sweet Potato Yum as I do!
It is so easy to make and warms you up.  
This is not only Gluten Free but Vegan too!


Salud!
Lisa

Gluten Free Turkey Bacon Turnover with Balsamic Onion Jam

November 28th, 2012 at 1:57 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Well today turned out to be a great day! 
The doorbell rang and I had an unexpected visitor.  
When I opened the door I was so glad to see him, big hugs followed with ...

"I'm hungry ... what do you have to eat!" 

I had to laugh because he knows me so well.
I love nothing more than standing around the kitchen 
 baking or cooking something deliciously Gluten Free,
 while catching up with friends!
So thank goodness I had a few ingredients in the refrigerator to whip something up! 
Gluten Free savory seasoned dough 
roasted turkey, 
bacon 
and 
balsamic sweet onion jam!

I said to him, how about a 
Savory Meaty Turkey Bacon Turnover?!
The reply came out quicker than I could turn on the oven...
YES PLEASE!

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.  
So we chatted while I rolled out the dough on my pastry board.
Use a GF floured rolling pin to roll the dough out to approximately 1/4 inch.
I used a ruffled edge pastry cutter to cut the dough into a square.  
The size depends on the appetite of the guest.




Place the GF dough on a parchment paper and on a baking sheet.
Begin to fill the one side of the dough with the turkey (you could use chicken too), 
top with the balsamic onion jam.
Be sure to leave approximately 3/4-1 inch around the sides to allow for sealing.



Add the cooked, crumbled bacon.


Make an egg wash and brush it around the inside edge of the dough.
Gently fold the empty side of the dough over the ingredients 
and press lightly with a fork to seal the edges.

Add a little milk or cream to the egg which will allow for the browning.
Sprinkle the top with Matiz Smoked Sea Salt
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Keep and eye on it and turn the pan for even browning.

Serve with fresh homemade guacamole seasoned with chili peppers 
for an extra kick to compliment the sweet onion jam.

Speaking of the sweet onion jam, 
I use Braswell's and it is made with Balsamic and Sweet Vidalia Onions.
It is an amazing jam to have in your kitchen.  
It is the perfect answer to give just about anything a 
perfectly savory sweet flavor on sandwiches, burgers, Gluten Free crackers and cheese! 
Besides it comes in the beautiful European reusable glass! 
This makes a great hostess gift paired with a variety of cheeses, hearty Gluten Free crackers and Wine!



I love love love Braswell's



Let's get down to the Gluten Free dough!
The Maninis Gluten Free Multiuso flour is 
my favorite Gluten Free flour mix that I must always have in my Gluten Free kitchen! 


2 1/4 cups Maninis Gluten Free Multiuso Flour + a little extra for kneading
1/2 cup cold butter, unsalted or Earth Balance Non-Dairy Soy Free GF
1/2 cup palm shortening 
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar 
1/4 cup ice cold water 
1 tsp thyme 
1 tsp Italian seasoning 
1 tsp celery seed
2 pinches of sea salt

Mix all of the ingredients together in the food processor. 
Place the dough on a floured pastry board. 
 Knead the dough into a disc shape. 
 Place the dough into a self sealing bag and chill for at least 1 hour.

You can make so many different things with this dough.
Make it savory or sweet.
Add some imagination and your favorite ingredients to the dough or inside as a filling!





So good to see my handsome young friend! 
I especially loved the look on his face when he took the first bite! 
Priceless ...

Salud!
Lisa 



Gluten Free Turkey Pot Pie

November 26th, 2012 at 7:05 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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So are you still trying to figure out what to do with the leftover turkey?
Well, I must admit that I made the turkey this year just so I could make leftovers!
This idea of Gluten Free Turkey Pot Pie came to me when the rain was pouring buckets last week.  I thought that we were all in need of some major comfort food. Gluten Free Turkey Pot Pie popped in my head because I was going to have all the important ingredients leftover from Thanksgiving.
Gluten Free Pot Pie Crust Ingredients 2 1/4 cups Maninis Gluten Free Multiuso Flour + a little extra for kneading 1/2 cup cold butter, unsalted 1/2 cup palm shortening 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup ice cold water 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1 tsp celery seed Mix all of the ingredients together in the food processor. Place the dough on a floured pastry board. Knead the dough into a disc shape. Place the dough into a self sealing bag and chill for at least 1 hour.
Gluten Free Turkey Pot Pie Filling
Garlic Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, homemade
Organic Farmers Blend Vegetables - Frozen - corn, peas, carrots, green beans
Roasted Turkey - mix of white and dark meat
Organic Cream of Celery Condensed Soup by Pacific FoodsPre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Please read before you put this together. It is also a great idea to have everything out in line ready to go, mise-en-place, so that it will be easier to assemble. This will assist you in making a non-soggy GF Turkey Pot Pie. Use deep dish bowls or small pie dishes that are safe to use in the oven. assembling the filling ...  Open the soup and place into a glass measuring pitcher. Add 2 Tbs of water, no more and no less. Stir well and set aside. Take the frozen vegetables out and place into a bowl. Cut the turkey into small bite pieces. Take the mashed potatoes out of the refrigerator. Assuming you are using leftovers. Otherwise if you made fresh garlic mashed potatoes let them cool before adding to the pie. It they are a bit dry, no worries because the celery soup/sauce will soften them up. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and out of the bag. Place the dough on the floured pastry board. Cut the disc in half with a pastry cutter. Use a floured rolling pin to roll out the dough into a square shape. Use a pastry cutter, with the ruffle edges, to cut the dough into strips approximately 1 inch wide. Begin to fill the bowls with the layers - potatoes on the bottom turkey frozen vegetables then soup on top Add 2 - 3 strips of dough, then weave in 2 more strips going the other direction to make a basket weave pattern. There should be a little space between the strips to allow the pie to bubble and cook. If there is dough hanging over the sides cut it off or tuck it under along the edge of the dish to make a thicker crust. Place the pie dishes on a baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Take out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving. Please be careful because it will be steamy and hot! Serve on a heat safe trivet. Dive in!
Everyone I know loves pot pies.  I on the other hand am NOT a fan.
So how was I going to make something that I really didn't have a taste for or liked?
I just thought about what I don't like about them - no flavor, gooey and not in a good way. So I did the reverse and decided to add tons of flavor  to the filling and the crust and to make it flaky! 
You could replace the turkey with chicken as well. This could also be a vegetarian pot pie with roasted vegetables. I have to say that I am now a fan of my Gluten Free Turkey Pot Pie!  I hope you are too!
Salud!
Lisa 
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Shop Small – November 24, 2012 – Winslow Bainbridge Island, WA

November 23rd, 2012 at 8:32 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Do you know what sounds like the perfect day tomorrow? 
Participating in Shop Small Business Saturday in my community
on Bainbridge Island.

Tops on my lists tomorrow ...

I know I'm going to swing by 
Hitchcock and say 
Happy Birthday! 
It is so fun to see all the new and exciting things going on at the
Delicatessen and Charcuterie
My how they have grown in one year!
Grab a bite to eat for a snack, lunch or take home some hand cured meat or seafood .
All cappuccino and coffees are $1 all weekend - 
November 24 - 25.


One of my favorite shops along Winslow is Danger.  
I love that they offer local art and designs that are one of a kind - all inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
Say Hello to Dave Meyers and Kelly Asadorian the artists of
Myorian Studio  
Their designs are created from metal and glass for the perfect hand made gifts - big or small.
I love love love this wall piece - candle tree. 
 It will make any color on your wall pop from the dark metal 
and sparkle from the candle light.
Eh um ... Santa are you reading this?!?
The colorful plates are more than just art they are meant to be used.  Kelly makes various sizes for appetizers, dessert and platters.  Hang them on your wall or place them on a stand on your shelf when you aren't using them so you can enjoy the designs.  The plates always make a great gift for housewarmings and the holidays.

Myorian Studio designs are Made in Indianola, WA USA. 



Lighting and tabletop designs from Perhacs Studio
Inspired by nature, 8 laser cut leaves create this contemporary lighting.
I love how the light casts soft shadows around the room.
It makes my dining room and the food on my table look even more impressive!
 This lighting is made of recycled cardboard.
It is also available online in LED black, white and red.
Go to Danger to see some of Perhacs Studio  sustainable designs. Additionally
Brandon Perhacs designs are sold online.
Perhacs Studio - Made on Bainbridge Island, WA USA


There are a variety of special incentives at participating buisnesses along Winslow Way 
within walking distance from the ferry. Ask each shop about their specials this holiday season.
Plan to shop all day and attend the annual Christmas Tree lighting at 5 PM.


Do you have a wine lover on your list?
There are several locations to walk to for a wine tasting and finding the perfect bottled gift.

Knitters and want-to-be knitters on your list?
Another must visit is Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.
The most beautiful yarns, classes, gift certificates all make perfect gifts.

Book lovers? 
Eagle Harbor Bookstore is offering
 Kobo mini special prices.  Talk to them to learn more about setting up your Kobo account.
Traditionalist on your list that like the feel
of the book and pages in your hands, they have real books too!

Another one of my favorite shops is
The Berry Patch.
Everyone loves kitchen shops right!
Talk to Jane to find out the latest new kitchen tool that everyone needs
and is great for stuffing in a stocking.
The Berry Patch - kitchen tools! Yay!

Several new shops have also opened this year. 

Foodies!?! I am so excited about this! 
One of the newest shops opening tomorrow is 
An intimate food and wine table inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
Learn more about their events and classes when you visit their new shop.
124 Madrone Lane

 Lark Bainbridge
tableware, gifts and home decor store
104 Madison Ave

Petit and Olson
home furnishings, jewelry and clothing


All of the shops are so wonderful!
Spend the day and stay for the holiday festivities.



So now that you have some ideas for your gifts on your list.

Let the Holiday Shopping Season begin!
Put your heart and dollars back into our 
community this 
Saturday, November 24th.

Shop locally this holiday season for chances to win! 
 Pick up a complimentary Passport beginning 
November 24 from any participating retailer. 
Collect a stamp when you spend $10 at a participating 
retailer between November 24 - December 24. 
Collect stamps from 50% of the participating businesses 
and enter to win one of four Downtown Shopping Sprees, 
each worth $1,200! 
participating shop for more information.


Salud!
Lisa 

Happy Gluten Free Thanksgiving 2012

November 22nd, 2012 at 4:54 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I wanted to take this time to say 
Thank You! 

Thank you to all of my new and long time friends Gluten Free or not.

Thank you for reading my blog when you find the time in your busy day.

Thank you for sending me emails and sharing your stories with me.

Thank you to all of my very special taste testers for their continued support over the years. 

Thank you to the many doctors that are out there that have a new awareness 
about Celiac Disease and are testing their patients when they 
start to hear the pattern of symptoms. 

Thank you to the many small businesses that are making amazing 
Gluten Free foods 
healthier and safer for us by making their 
products in dedicated Gluten Free facilities. 

Thank you to everyone that shares my blog with someone 
they know.

Thank you to all of the chefs in restaurants around the world 
that create a Gluten Free menu that is safe from cross-contamination.

Thank you to all of the restaurant service staff that are 
knowledgeable, pleasant and patient with people that have Celiac Disease.  

Thank you to my friends that eat Gluten Free food with me even when they aren't GF. 
Your support means the world to me! 

Thank you for motivating me every day to do the best that I can.

Thank you for the thumbs up, pins, chats, IMs, pics and sharing our love of 
Gluten Free foods. 

Thank you for your kind words.

Thank you to my family for supporting me daily.


I am also Thankful for my delicious meal that I am about to eat, the extra help in the kitchen with cleaning up and lifting the heavy things.
I could go on but my Gluten Free Turkey, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, garlic mashed potatoes, and gravy are calling me.  
Oh and my Gluten Free Pumpkin Rum Pie!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Salud!
Lisa 


Gluten Free Foodies "Must Have Holiday Gifts" 2012

November 18th, 2012 at 6:53 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I have had so much fun thinking about my selections for my

Gluten Free Foodies Must Have Holiday Gifts 2012! 

I know we all say this every year but how can 365 days go by so quickly? 
What I can tell you is that I think I have found some real gems this year.  I am so excited to share them with you.  My hope is that this post will make your finding the right gift easier.

As for your gift recipient - well let's just say you will probably score major points! 
The gift recipient will be so happy by your choice of celebrating the the joy of food.  
Whether it is in a jar, book, box - no matter how you bake it, slice it or "not" fry it - 
any of these gifts are sure to produce happy faces and tummies!

Let's get started ...

I found Kaufmann Mercantile, an online store that celebrates the finer details of craftsmanship and well designed goods for the everyday living. I especially love the home, kitchen and grocery selections that are filled with old school finds with an modern update that make me want to use everything because it is so cool! The hand forged fry pans are just beautiful I can only dream of the dishes that would make in them! I would hang mine on my wall because I love to look at it too! The Black Walnut cutting board and the Reclaimed Oak Sandwich board are on my wish list too!

Kaufmann Mercantile -  A few of my favorites from their grocery section.

Sorghum Syrup made in Monterey, Tennessee
Great for baking, on top of pancakes and waffles, a little in your tea! 
The flavor is very similar to molasses but Sorghum Syrup is sweeter and lighter.
Great sweetener to replace sugar! Look for my recipes soon using this Sorghum Syrup! 



I really love Morris Kitchen products! 
The side of the bottle gives simple recipes for spritzers, teas and cocktails using their syrups. 
I use their syrups in my recipes to add a little burst of sweetness to top off or finish the dessert.  
Look for my recipes soon.


I have always wanted to learn more about Ayurveda and now I can.
I absolutely love this book by Amrita Sondhi -The Tastes of Ayurveda.

I have wanted to have a better understanding of Ayurveda for years. 
Every time I try to learn about it I get really mixed up because it seems complicated. 
Luckily I have found the ultimate solution! 

I am so happy to tell you that this modern book - The Tastes of Ayurveda is an easy and clearly laid out book with tons of information.  Amrita will guide you through finding your doshas - your body constitutions - with a simple test.  The book guides you through the seasons to find the best recipes for balancing your dosha.  There is also a section to show you how start your pantry, spice cabinet and a guide for balancing your dosha with Yoga.

Look for more posts when I review this book in more detail,  
make her recipes and more about my conversation with Amrita. 

Not only was this book a gift but just having the opportunity 
to meet Amrita made my gift even more special!  
She is an amazing woman.  



Chocolopolis - Seattle, WA
I recently meet the owner, Lauren Adler,
such a wonderful lady that really knows all about
finding the best chocolate from around the world.  
Thank goodness Lauren's passion for good quality chocolate
is something we can all benefit from and enjoy!

I think Chocolate is the perfect gift for every occasion so my
favorites that I highly recommend  -





The next 2 suggestions are wonderful by themselves but if you are wanting to be very generous it really makes sense to give both of them.  The Smart Slice makes the perfectly, carefully sliced potatoes and vegetables that you will want to cook in your T-Fal Acti-fry.
What is the Smart Slice Mandoline? 
It is an all-in-one mandoline tool that allows you to 
julienne, slice, grate and shred your vegetables, fruit and cheese.
It is so easy to use and clean and I feel safer using it! 
I love it and make excuses to find ways to use in for every meal.

Kent, WA company




I mentioned in an earlier post this year about how smitten I am with this newest appliance from T-Fal.
It is the perfect way to cook all of your favorite veggies so that they get crispy but not greasy - 
makes the best french fries with your favorite potatoes russet, new, Irish or Sweet.  I have tried them all and love them all. Brussels sprouts, kale, green beans and even peas and carrots! 
It makes a delicious side dish, meal or treat in just a matter of minutes.  For most of the recipes I make the cooking time is between 15-30 minutes.  It is really great because you can cook the rest of your meal and the T-Fal Acti-fry with its pulsating heating system and circulating paddle that moves the food around so it cooks evenly and no watching - there's a timer.  I know you will love this as much as I do! 




I purchased this when I decided to buy my CSA this year.  I wanted to make sure that my produce was being stored safely in the freshest way possible.  I absolutely love this so much I want more to store all my produce.  I find that since my produce is lasting longer it makes it easier to eat more local fresh  produce.



Speaking of CSA - Community Supported Agriculture is a great way to help support your local farmer and to buy into shares of the crop for the season.  Most farms have various sizes and seasons when they sell their CSAs.  Contact your favorite farmer today ask them if they sell gift certificates that can be used towards the CSA or when they are at the Farmers Market.  



Speaking of healthier eating ... Real Snacks!


For those of you who are crying over Hostess Brands recent closing, I suggest buying 
Real Snacks by Lara Ferroni - all recipes include Vegan and Gluten Free recipes of your favorite childhood treats including mine ... Ding Dongs
I can't even remember the last time I had one 
because I had to break up with them many, many moons ago 
when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. 

These treats really are new and improved! 
Although Lara has new names for her recipes and 
her ingredients are much better than the aforementioned.
I suggest you dig deep into this book 
and you will find all of your favorites and more.  
Vanilla Snack Cakes 
Chocolate Snack Cakes
Chocolate Mint W
Moon Pies
and 
Toaster Tarts

Unfortunately, I have to take my book back to the library but maybe Santa will see this and get the great big nudge in the ribs that I am giving him right now.  I really love this book! So fun! Bravo Lara!



How can I end my list without sharing some very exciting news for those of you who love real Sour Dough Rolls or real Italian Bread with a soft chewy inside and a crunch on the outside?  
Let me just tell you Luce's Gluten Free Artisan Bread -  is the easiest, best tasting bread that you make at home by just adding water! 
The breads mixes are - Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free and Soy Free.
No kneading or rising! 
It is the absolute best tasting bread mix I have ever baked and eaten. 
Made in Berkley Heights, NJ and manufactured in a dedicated Gluten Free facility.







 I originally hoped that all of my selections would be MADE IN THE USA.  Most of them are but the overall message that is a must with all of my choices is that they are individuals, entrepreneurs, small local companies that are trying to make a difference in this world by offering the best quality products that they find or create.  I am so thrilled that I found them and excited to share this information with you. 

Happiest of Holiday Shopping Season to you! Thank you for reading along and supporting our small, local businesses!

Salud!
Lisa 



My disclosure statement for the products that I received. If I did not mention them here than I paid for the above items.  I received the Sorghum, Ginger and Lemon Syrups from Kaufaman Mercantile as a gift.  I also received The Taste of Ayurveda as a gift from the publisher. I also received a sample of Luce's GF Artisan Bread Mixes.  In no way did these gifts influence my selections, nor was I compensated. I chose these gifts for my list. 






Just Say Razzi’s Code Words – Gluten Free Foodies for Special Deals!

November 17th, 2012 at 11:19 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I have to say how much 
I love love love
in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle!

Amir and his family discovered they all suffered from various food allergies.  
So what did Amir do?
 He started making Organic Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan food 
from his dedicated GF kitchen in his restaurant.
Amir tells me all the time how much fun he has making new recipes for people who go to his restaurant that are Vegetarian,Vegan, Yeast Free and Gluten Free.
He has the largest 
in Seattle.

Amir says that his customers go to Razzi's for his food that is 
made fresh daily with Organic ingredients and specialty diet menus.
You can order everything Gluten Free from
 Gyros, Grinders, Paninis, Calzones, Sliders, Lasagna,  to Pasta, and Pizza!

He also offers the most amazing Vegan and Gluten Free desserts from 
Jodee's Desserts  just down the street! 

Because Amir is so generous 
and 
loves Gluten Free Foodies 
as much as we love him -

he is offering us 3 amazing special discount.  
Say the magic words ...

GLUTEN FREE FOODIES
and you see what special things happen ....

Deal # 1
15% OFF Your bill in the restaurant when you use the code
GLUTEN FREE FOODIES
Not Valid with any other offer.

Deal #2
Just in time for the holidays!
Why not give something that every
Gluten Free Foodies 
fan loves ...
15% OFF of Gift Certificates 
when you say ...
GLUTEN FREE FOODIES

Deal #3
15% off Event Room Reservation
Not Valid with any other offer.
MUST use the code
GLUTEN FREE FOODIES

Special Deal only valid with the special code words 
 and may not be combined with any other offer.
The 
GLUTEN FREE FOODIES 
Special Deals start today
 on all 3 Deals 
11/17/2012 UNTIL 12/31/2013
Yes, you read that correctly - for over a year! 
NICE! 








Razzi's Pizzeria is now Certified GF by GIG! 



A great big THANK YOU to Amir and his amazing staff for making dining out fun and delicious  for all of us GLUTEN FREE FOODIES!


Salud!
Lisa



Best of Gluten Free Foodies Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

November 16th, 2012 at 10:43 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I thought I would make it easier on everyone this year and do a post of the 

Best of Gluten Free Foodies Gluten Free Thanksgiving!

Wow! What a "mouth-full" of a title! 
I guess it is appropriate for the holiday!

So why not start with dessert first ... right?!



Can I just tell you I started thinking about this pie a few weeks ago?!
Oh my goodness ... I can't wait!

Homemade flaky Gluten Free pie crust and creamy, 
spiced Organic Pumpkin spiked with Dark Rum! 
Make sure you save some for the midnight munchies!

I think one of the most important things that you can do for yourself
or for your guests is to ask them if they have food allergies or intolerances.  

I am a big believer of everyone coming to the table 
and enjoying a delicious and safe meal.  

Great tips on how to celebrate a safe Gluten Free event at home! 
Share this with your friends and family
so they understand how easy it is for everyone to enjoy
the holiday and avoid cross-contamination of gluten or other food allergies. 

This is a must in my house and when I go to a potluck! 

Write out a sign that says ...
Gluten Free
The name of the dish including ingredients and spices! 

It is always nice to include information such as Vegan and Sugar Free as well.

Use cut card stock and a felt tip pen if you want to hand write it.
Printing from your computer is nice too if you forgot how to handwrite!

Click on the link below for more tips ...


Now on to the food!

GF Fried Green Onions
Do you miss the real Green Bean Casserole with the fried onions?  
No worries my GF Foodie friend!
Just add green beans, Pacific Foods cream of mushroom soup -
 mix together and top with
GF Fried Green Onions -
heat in the oven for 10-15 minutes. 



Gluten Free Dinner Rolls and Bread
I love these for dinner but I love love love them to make
The Ultimate Gluten Free Turkey Sandwich UGFTS
They are the perfect soft flavorful texture.
I like to make them small
to serve "Mini-Slider-UGFTS".



Mini Gluten Free Pies
This is the easiest way to make Pumpkin Pie!
Using a GF Graham Cracker Crust and baked in individual ramekins
guarantees that everyone gets an even slice of Pumpkin Pie heaven!
Hey you uneven slicers ... I've got my eyes on YOU!
You know who you are!


Herbed Kañiwa Dressing - GF and Vegan
Great way to make a lighter Dressing for Thanksgiving.
I actually make a variation of this side dish all year.
It stores well and is even better when you make it a day ahead because it has time to meld!
This can also be made with Quinoa in place of the cousin - Kañiwa!
Kañiwa, from Peru, is smaller and even easier to digest.

Ok, I know if you are a traditionalist then check out my recipe -
Gluten Free Dressing with Fennel and Rosemary Sausage
Everyone begs for this one every year! It really is a meal all by itself!



Add natural decorations around the house. 
Pumpkins are always great because it is an incentive to make more GF Pumpkin Pie! 


Well hopefully this post has inspired you, 
made the holiday a little easier 
and  
made you very hungry for your
Thanksgiving meal! 

If there is something special for your GF holiday meal 
that you are looking for, please email me.  
I will do my best to assist you.


I want to take this time to say 
THANK YOU
for reading, cooking and baking along with me over the years.

It is my ultimate joy that I pour into my blog. You keep me happily motivated and distracted.
I love every email that I get from you and ask you to please keep them coming. 

I wish you have a safe, delicious Gluten Free Thanksgiving with your friends and family! 
xoxo




"Gotta Have It" from New Day Northwest’s Favorite Chefs!

November 15th, 2012 at 1:46 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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So Christmas arrived early for me the other day! 
My mother had a chance to go to the taping of 
the awesome morning show on King 5 TV - 11 AM weekdays.

This was a great day to go because 
it was 

Gotta Have Picks from New Day Northwest's Favorite Chefs

I must admit, great minds think alike because I 
love love love everything on the list!

I met Hak's BBQ Sauce Chef Sharone Hakman last year! 
Great guy and love love love this Chipotle Bourbon Sauce! 
Awesome sauce and a great gift anytime!



Lekue Citrus Spritzer
I can't wait to try this! 
Perfect excuse to make sure I have citrus in my kitchen 
all the time because this is so fun to use!




Just in time for the holiday cooking season! 



Can I just tell you ...
I have so much Organic Garlic just waiting to be peeled! 
Love it!
Oh!... my love for OXO  is beyond obsession! 

My dream kitchen would have every product from OXO
Using OXO products makes 
it so easy and fun to do the tedious tasks in the kitchen like 
peeling garlic, cutting onions and skimming fat from the Turkey really cool!




I think the thing I love most about this 
is that it says GLUTEN FREE! 
and I can enjoy the taste of Etta's Salmon at home with friends and family!



I love this Butter Bell! 
It is so nice to have chilled butter sitting on the counter that is soft and ready to spread 
on warm Gluten Free Bread fresh from the oven ...


This Fidalgo Bay Coffee - Yuletide Roast 
The name alone just makes me want to cozy up to the fireplace, put my feet up and relax! 
Peruvian beans roasted in small batches - love love love! 


Bravo to everyone at 
New Day Northwest - Margaret Larson, Suzie and the team for another great year! 

Thanks mom for all the "early Christmas gifts"! 


Salud!
Lisa



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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 glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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