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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 !



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.  

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


avocado slices or guacamole
green onions
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! 


Fresh Gluten Free Artisan Bread – Baked At Home!

February 2nd, 2013 at 8:05 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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You know that amazing aroma when you walk into a bakery? 
That intoxicating wafting aroma of fresh baked artisan bread breezes across your face...

Well! my Gluten Free Foodies friends, you too can have this in your home!
Fresh baked Gluten Free Artisan bread that will keep your family hovering around the kitchen and neighbors coming over to find out when the get a slice! 

Trust me you will not believe your eyes or your tastebuds with - 
Luce's Gluten Free Artisan Bread Mix that you bake at home.
It is so delicious even non GF people will love it!  

It is so easy all you need is warm water, a few minutes to mix and spread on the parchment paper and slide into the bag.  Everything but the water is included you don't need to add a thing!
No kneading or rising!

I made this bread so that it had a low rise like panini bread so that I could make  Gluten Free panini sandwiches.  It turned out perfect.  The only problem is that we ate half the loaf because I also made some homemade marinara sauce.  We started dipping it in and we were elevated to utter bread bliss! 

You can quote me on this ... "Charles Luce is a Genius!"

Charles Luce and his super easy - Luce's Gluten Free Artisan Bread Mixes are available in Sourdough and Italian.  During the holidays he also offers a Holiday Spice.  I know that he is only offering Holiday Spice while supplies last.  Everyone of his mixes that I have made and devoured have been such a joy to make and eat.  I highly suggest making 2 loaves at a time and ordering your mixes by the dozen.  This is so easy to make you will make it all the time! 

The bread is also perfect to dip into some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, served with soups, salads.
You can actually make rolls out of the mixes as well! 
I have used the GF Holiday Spice Mix to make 
Apple Rum Charlotte - GF,
French Toast and Bread Pudding.

Luce's Gluten Free Artisan Bread Mixes are - 
Gluten Free
Egg Free
Dairy Free
Nut Free
Soy Free

All of the breads come out fresh and warm from the oven with a 
crusty crust, chewy air holes and flavorful!

Read about Charles on his site and be sure to sign up for his newsletter so that you can find out about new products and news. 

No matter how you slice it, spread it or dip it you too can be in 
Gluten Free Bread Bliss when you bake some fresh

Please tell Charles that you heard about is amazing GF Artisan bread from 
Gluten Free Foodies! 

I gotta' go the oven timer is about to go off! 
Yay! It's bread bliss time! 


Apple Rum Charlotte Gluten Free & Downton Abbey Style

January 12th, 2013 at 6:56 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Pull your apples out of the cool larder aka pantry 
and let's make some modern day 

Apple Rum Charlotte Gluten Free & Downton Abbey Style 

Just in case you wanted to invite the ladies over for tea, noshing and telly while enjoying 
this weekend.
I couldn't resist updating a recipe that I saw in the 
The article talks about the blog and recently published book 
Pamela's blog - Downton Abbey Cooks
 is quite amusing and filled with everything Downton Abbey!

I say I updated it because I wanted to be able to eat it, of course had to make it extra special with a few splashes of dark rum and Luce's Gluten Free Artisan Holiday Spice Bread.
Since it is seasonal you may only be able to get it for a short time.  
The Holiday Spice bread has a wonderful cinnamon flavor.
No worries, I think the New Italian GF bread from 
Luce's Gluten Free Artisan Bread will work just fine. 
Just use some extra cinnamon!

Follow the directions on the bag.  It is so easy.
Mix it with warm water, place on the paper, then in the bag.
Bake for 85 minutes.
Take out of the oven.
Let cool on a rack.
You will need 1 loaf for this recipe.
This also allows for a little snacking while making the 

Apple Rum Charlotte Gluten Free Downton Abbey Style

3 eggs
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 Granny Smith Apples - peeled, chopped small pieces
1/2 cup room temperature butter, approximately - to spread on bread, cook apples and for ramekins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste (GF)
3 Tbs light brown sugar
1 loaf GF Cinnamon Bread - Luce's GF Artisan Holiday Spice
2 Tbs dark rum
1 Tbs confectioners sugar - optional to sprinkle on top

Serves - 4, well it makes enough for 4 ramekins -
It is up to you if you want to share!

Don't forget the fresh whipped cream or Vanilla Ice Cream, on your shopping list, if you desire!

Cook the apples in a pan with 2 Tbs of butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and 1 Tbs dark rum.
Cook for 10-12 minutes until well coated, yet still a bit of a bite or a crunch.  
Set aside until ready to assemble.

In a pitcher, mix the heavy cream, eggs and 1 Tbs of dark rum.  
Use a whisk to mix well. 
Mixing this in a pitcher makes it easier to pour into the ramekins.

Cut 6-8 thick slices of the GF bread.
Butter one side of the bread and then cut into chunks approximately 1 inch.
Butter the inside of the 4 ramekins.

Add 4-5 pieces of bread to the bottom of the ramekin.
Pour a little of the egg and cream mixture and let it sit for a minute or 2 to allow the bread to absorb.
Divide the apples up evenly and add the cooked apples on top of each ramekin.
Pour a little more of the cream and egg mixture on top.
Add 3 more pieces of buttered bread chunks on top of each ramekin.
Pour the rest of the egg and cream mixture.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool on rack for 5 minutes before serving.
Loosen with sharp knife or serve in ramekin.
Serve warm with a little confectioners sugar sprinkled on top.


As I said before, if you want to go all the way ...
top with
Vanilla Ice Cream or Fresh Whipped Cream

In the meantime, go bake and enjoy your weekend.

In the words of Lady Grantham, the Dowager Countess, 

"What's a weekend?"


Spanish Huevo Sandwiches

January 6th, 2013 at 11:46 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Nothing like a lazy Sunday morning listening to Pink Martini while lingering over the newspaper online and sipping coffee.  All that excitement sure does get my appetite going.  
Thank goodness I bought some Gluten Free Spanish Rolls 
from my new favorite dedicated Gluten Free bakery in the Pike Place Market

Tonyia makes the best Gluten Free Spanish Rolls 
soft lovely air pockets full of Manchego cheese, peppers, paprika and thyme!

Spanish Huevo (Egg) Sandwiches

You will need 1 egg and a Spanish roll per sandwich.
I use olive oil for the pan and the egg ring.
Butter or Earth Balance non-dairy, non-soy buttery spread for the rolls.

at least one non stick egg ring 
silicone spatula
small sharp knife with a point
small plate to the side
heat safe gloves

Cut the rolls in half and smear the buttery spread on both pieces. 
Heat a non stick pan and drizzle approximately 2 Tbs of olive oil on the pan.  

Use your fingers to spread some olive oil on the inside and bottom 
of the ring even if the ring is non-stick.

Place the ring in the pan and let them both heat for 1-2 minutes.
Crack an egg into the ring. 
Add a pinch of smoked sea salt and the dried aji peppers.
Be sure to wash your hands after using the peppers.

Now here is where you have to make a decision ... 
ooey gooey sandwich aka yolk not broken
not gooey.

If not gooey, use a pointy knife to cut through the yolk.
Let the egg cook for 1 minute.

When you see the egg cook or turning white and rise to the top of the ring, 
slide a silicone spatula under the egg and ring.

Hold the handle of the ring with a heat safe glove and place
 all of it on the dish to the side.

Use the knife
 to loosen the egg from the ring. 
Remove the ring while keeping the egg on the spatula. 

Gently turn the egg over while placing the egg back into the pan to cook the other side.

Place the rolls buttery side down, onto the pan to heat up while the egg continues to cook 1-2 minutes.
Remove the bottom of the roll, place it on a plate, add the egg onto the roll and then the top.

If you have Spanish Chorizo and want to make this a heartier sandwich by all means go for it! 

Happy Three Kings Day! 


Coffee and … "Really Awesome Gluten Free Bakery Treats"!

January 4th, 2013 at 8:42 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I met the most amazing family today! 
Tonyia Smith owner, executive pastry chef and her cousins Jerry Jones and Dedrick Hairston at 
Coffee and Specialty Bakery - 1500 Western Ave in the Pike Place Market! 
The name is actually a fun family story ... Tonyia's grandfather used to go into this cafe in Chicago and everyone at the cafe would order ... coffee and ... 
he used to talk to his family about this place and it just stuck with them.  
So the real insiders name is 

Coffee and ... you fill in the blank ...

My fill in the blank is ...
 Awesome Illy espresso Coffee with awesome Gluten Free Cinnamon rolls, baguettes, madeleines, amaretto cookies, brownies and sandwiches that are different every day of the week!  

I have to say that after talking to Toniya, she really has a passion for making delicious Gluten Free baked goods and sandwiches.  She went to Seattle Culinary Academy where she studied specialty breads and desserts.  She had a project that was for Gluten Free baked goods.  She researched, studied, tried some recipes and got a good grade for the project.  After she graduated she realized she was not satisfied and wanted more.  She had a conversation with her mother about her project and baking Gluten Free. Her mother works in the medical industry and explained to Tonyia about Celiac Disease and that there is no cure only a prescribed life long strict Gluten Free diet.  
Tonyia got in the kitchen and started pouring her heart into her Gluten Free baked goods!
From that point on Tonyia knew that she had to make some delicious Gluten Free baked goods that were like traditional bakery treats! 

I can tell you that Tonyia loves what she is doing! You can taste the love that she pours into her food.
Although she is not Gluten Free she has met numerous people including her business mentor, Bernard and his family are Gluten Free.  It was by a serendipitous event that Tonyia and Bernard met when she was in the midst of setting up her new business.  Her bakery has been open since June 2012.

The bakery also offers sandwhiches that are daily specials. 
Today I had a Po'boy Sandwich NW Style - Shrimp coated in a flavorful, yet light GF breading, slaw that was the perfect blend of creaminess, crunchy, sweet and tart all on a freshly made baguette!  

Coffee and Specialty Bakery is open 
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM

Please follow them on Facebook
Coffee and A Specialty Bakery 

I know that you will love this bakery like I do...
another great reason to go to Seattle's Pike Place Market! 
Tonyia ... save me a Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll! 

Please tell Tonyia that you heard about them from this post on the 
Gluten Free Foodies blog! 


Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin and Eggnog French Toast

December 26th, 2012 at 9:47 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Oh my goodness!
I went to make breakfast this morning and realized with all the Christmas baking I am out of eggs!
No worries, I am going to make
Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with Eggnog!
Well just think about it, Eggnog is made with all the ingredients that you need to make French Toast right?!?! Eggs, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and spices. So I tried it and it was perfect!
The best part is that on Christmas Eve I received a very sweet gift from
It was a trio of their new certified Gluten Free breads that they
started baking in a dedicated Gluten Free facility in Seattle.
Seeded Cinnamon Raisin
Sunny Seeded White 
Super Seeded Multi-Grain
The breads are GF, DF, SF, NF and Kosher.
I really like the new colorful packaging.  The breads are sold in a 2 layer bag.
The inner oxygen-free packaging allows the Gluten Free bread
to stay fresh for weeks, if your family doesn't eat it all first!
This recipe is so easy.
Heat the pan to medium high.
Coat the pan with 1 tablespoon of butter.
In a wide dish, pour approximately 1/4 cup of Eggnog - the real stuff made with eggs and dairy.
Place the slices of GF Cinnamon bread in the bowl and allow
the bread to soak it up on both sides.
Carefully place the Eggnoggy bread in the pan.
Reduce the heat to low.
Cook each side for approximately 2-3 minutes.
Serve warm with butter and maple syrup!
Sometimes you just need to use your noggin' to get things done in the kitchen ... literally! 
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Merry Christmas 2012

December 25th, 2012 at 11:42 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I wanted to take this time to reflect on the many gifts that I receive throughout the year. 
The gift that shines the most for me is the opportunity to connect with you in person or online. 
I am thankful and grateful for the people that come into my life regardless if it is for a brief moment,      a day, a few weeks or years. I love nothing more than celebrating and talking about the essence of what connects us - GLUTEN FREE FOOD.

I love creating healthy Gluten Free food that nourishes us and brings us all to the table. 
 It brings me such joy when I create something that brings a smile on your face.  
I love making Gluten Free food that exceeds my expectations.
 I get so excited when I see your feedback and comments about what you are doing in your kitchens. 
It bonds us regardless of the miles that separate us.

I honor what we all bring to the table -
 our traditions, flavors, recipes and warmth to every day meals or special occasions. 
One of my favorite traditions at the dinner table is lighting candles.  
Whenever I light a candle I always think of someone special.
My candles are lit for us today to honor our connection and making life more robust. 
My candles are also lit today to give thanks.
 I am thankful for the motivation that you give me to seek the knowledge about 
Celiac Disease and better ways to create food that is healthier for us. 
I embrace learning about new foods and lifestyles from around the world. 
My hope is to continue my journey to share all that I learn in many new and exciting ways.   

May this holiday seasons bring you the sweet and savory bites that you crave.  
My greatest wish for you is that you have the joy in your heart that you desire.

I celebrate peace, love, and all of us from around the world this holiday season.

God jul
Bon Nadal 
Feliz Natal
Buon Natale 
Sretan Božić
 Joyeux Noël
 Nollaig Shona 
Veselé Vánoce
¡Feliz Navidad!
Nadolig Llawen 
Feliĉa Kristnasko
Maligayang Pasko 
Geseënde Kersfees 
Frohe Weihnachten
Gelukkig kerstfeest 
Καλά Χριστούγεννα
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Merry Christmas


Blueberry and Preserved Lemon Syrup Waffles – Gluten Free, Dairy Free

December 23rd, 2012 at 1:55 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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 Nothing beats a lazy morning hanging out with your family and friends drinking
 unlimited cups of hot coffee and enjoying
 Blueberry and Preserved Lemon Syrup Waffles - GF and DF!

Come close and I will share my secret with you ...

One of my absolute favorite things  - Morris Kitchen - Preserved Lemon Syrup.
They make a variety of syrups that I absolutely love love love.  
I must admit, I have only tried the Preserved Lemon and the *Ginger.  
I'm really excited to try the *Spiced Apple soon! 
I am hooked! 
I find myself thinking of all sorts of ways that I can use this amazing syrup.  
So today this was the perfect secret answer in place of sugar.
*Please note any of these syrups would be wonderful with this recipe.

I found the syrups via Kaufmann- Mercantile, an online store that has it all! 
If you are one of those people with a strong desire for well designed 
 products for yourself, your home or kitchen then you must check them out.
If they sound familiar, they made my 

So you want the recipe? 
Here we go ...

Oh by the way, I made it dairy free and trust me you don't miss it. 
If you can have dairy by all means, go for it - add butter instead! 

Wet Ingredients

2 large eggs
1 tsp GF vanilla 
1 Tbs maple syrup
2 Tbs Morris-Kitchen Preserved Lemon Syrup + more for on top!
1 3/4 cup Coconut Milk - SoDelicious, unsweetened - room temperature
1 cup frozen blueberries - set aside and allow to come to room temp

approximately 2-3 Tbs for the waffle iron Organic Coconut Spread - Earth Balance 

Dry Ingredients

2 pinches of sea salt
1 1/2 tsp GF baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a medium bowl, add the eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, lemon syrup.

Slowly add the Trovato flour a large spoonful at a time.  Mix well with a large silicone flat spoon.
Add some of the coconut milk and then more of the flour, until both are completely added.

Add the cinnamon, baking powder and sea salt and mix well.

Please note that there may be some lumps and that is ok. 

Let the batter sit and meld for 10 minutes while you heat up your waffle iron.

I like to place my waffle iron on a heat safe board.  
Add some of the Organic Coconut Spread to the bottom of the waffle iron 
and close it while it is heating.

Set the heat to medium.

Once the 10 minutes has passed, gently incorporate the blueberries by folding them into the batter.

Use a medium scoop to place the batter onto the waffle iron.  
Cook according to your waffle iron settings. 

This recipe makes 6 large round waffles. 

Serve with non-dairy buttery spread and Preserved Lemon Syrup 
and/or Maple Syrup for a lovely combination!

If you want to make extra to freeze, cook the waffles just under so that when you put them in the toaster they will be perfectly toasty.  Make sure the waffles are completely cooled on a rack to prevent moisture build up, aka ice crystals. I put the waffles in a large freezer bag. I use a sharpie to mark GF DF Blueberry Preserved Lemon Syrup and date I made them on the outside of the bag.  I have a defrost setting on my toaster, I use defrost setting once. Then I set it to medium to toast the waffles! If you do not have a defrost setting, take the waffles out of the freezer bag and place on a rack for 3-5 minutes while you make your coffee or tea.

** I used the GF Maninis Trovato flour - Pasta Mix because it is a lighter flour mix.  It is a great mix when you need to make recipes that are light and fluffy. I love love love Maninis Gluten Free Products and am thankful for them sharing their products with me! 

Salud! y Feliz Navidad!

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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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