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Eleven Gluten Free Thoughts on 11.11.11

November 11th, 2011 at 11:11 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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So in honor of 11.11.11 - 
I thought I would share my Top 11 Gluten Free thoughts with you ... 
no more and no less!


1. Top 11 - MIS-UNDERSTOOD RUMORS ABOUT LIVING GLUTEN FREE 
  1. Gluten Free Food is a fad.
  2. You will loose tons of weight on a Gluten Free diet.
  3. If you drop a loaf of Gluten Free bread on your foot ... it will hurt!
  4. You will become a movie or celebrity in Hollywood.
  5. Gluten Free food all tastes like cardboard.
  6. You think you are the only one in the world that has to eat like this.
  7. Gluten Free food is flavorless.
  8. All Gluten Free food comes in a package.
  9. You will never eat pizza ... ever again!
  10. Good bye to comfort foods like Mac and Cheese or PASTA
  11. What no BEER?!?! 
2.  Top 11 HIDDEN - NOT GLUTEN FREE INGREDIENTS - 
beyond Wheat, Barley, Rye and sometimes Oats - 
  1. Barley Malt
  2. Brewer's Yeast
  3. Couscous
  4. Dinkle- Spelt
  5. Einkorn 
  6. Emmer
  7. Farina
  8. Farro
  9. Hydrolyzed Wheat - Gluten, Protein, Starch
  10. Kamut
  11. Semolina
3. Top 11 VAGUE INGREDIENT NAMES IN PRODUCTS THAT YOU SHOULD QUESTION THE MANUFACTURE ABOUT THE SOURCE...
IS IT DERIVED FROM WHEAT? 
  1. Baking Powder
  2. Coloring
  3. Dextrins or Dextrimaltose
  4. Fat replacer
  5. Flavor
  6. Modified Food Starch
  7. Pregelatinized Starch
  8. Noodles
  9. Soy Sauce
  10. Stock or broth cubes
  11. Tea bags - the sealing process and bag
4. Top 11 FAVORITE GLUTEN FREE FOODS MOST TALKED ABOUT ON FACEBOOK
  1. pizza
  2. cupcakes
  3. bacon
  4. bread
  5. pie
  6. cake
  7. donuts
  8. waffles
  9. hamburgers
  10. pasta
  11. fried chicken
5. Top 11 FAVORITE DESSERT ITEMS THAT CAN BE MADE GLUTEN FREE
  1. cupcakes
  2. pies
  3. cake
  4. ice cream
  5. (ice cream) cones
  6. s'mores
  7. brownies
  8. cookies
  9. donuts
  10. tarts
  11. tiramisu
6. Top 11 REASONS TO STAY ON A GLUTEN FREE DIET
  1. Because you have Celiac Disease. 
  2. You are Gluten Intolerant.
  3. You believe that wheat gluten is the evil doer of all time.
  4. You don't like how you feel when you eat wheat gluten.
  5. You are tired of feeling sick and tired all the time.
  6. You really don't like to spend that much time in the bathroom.
  7. Because you hate having brain fog all the time and stopping mid sentence because you can't remember ...
  8. You don't like destroying your body. 
  9. Because you want to live a happy and healthy life!
  10. So that you will be able to do all the activities that you like to do.
  11. Because it is not just a fad ...
7. Top 11 SURPRISING PRODUCTS THAT MAY CONTAIN GLUTEN
  1. toothpaste
  2. mouthwash
  3. medications
  4. vitamins 
  5. dental floss
  6. body lotion
  7. hair products
  8. lip balm, lip stick 
  9. envelopes and stamps
  10. candy
  11. cough drops 
8. Top 11 FAVORITE GLUTEN FREE COOKBOOKS
  1. GLUTEN FREE BAKING - Rebecca Reilly
  2. 100 BEST GLUTEN FREE RECIPES - Carol Fenster
  3. EASY GLUTEN FREE BAKING - Elizabeth Barbone
  4. ARTISANAL GLUTEN FREE CUPCAKES - Kelli and Peter Bronski
  5. COOKING GLUTEN FREE - Karen Roberston
  6. THE GLUTEN FREE ALMOND FLOUR COOKBOOK - Elana Amsterdam
  7. THE COOKING LIGHT GLUTEN FREE COOKBOOK- 2011
  8. ARTISAN PIZZA AND FLATBREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY- Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
  9. GLUTEN FREE QUICK AND EASY - Carol Fenster
  10. GLUTEN FREE ITALIAN- Jacqueline Mallorca
  11. GLUTEN FREE EVERYDAY- Robert M. Landolphi
9. Top 11 - FAVORITE GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS 
  1. Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Baking Mix
  2. Pamela's Products - Gluten Free ... all of them!
  3. Garlic Jim's Gluten Free Frozen Pizza
  4. Jones's Gluten Free Breakfast Sausage Patties
  5. Bob's Red Mill - Gluten Free Shortbread Cookie Mix
  6. King Arthur's Gluten Free Baking Mix 
  7. Zocalo Gourmet - Sweet Potato, Mesquite Flour - all Organic and Gluten Free
  8. So Delicious Coconut Milk Gluten Free Soy Free products
  9. Uli's Gluten Free Sausage
  10. Zing Bars - All Gluten Free
  11. Maninis Baking Flours and Pasta - Made in a dedicated Gluten Free Kitchen in Seattle, WA! Yay!
11. Top 11 - REASONS TO FOLLOW THE GLUTEN FREE FOODIES BLOG
  1. Because it is cool.
  2. It makes you hungry!
  3. To get all of the latest info on Gluten Free products.
  4. Find out where to get a good Gluten Free meal at a cafe or restaurant.
  5. Awesome recipe ideas ... who said that?!?!
  6. To read about the latest and greatest news about living a Gluten Free lifestyle.
  7. It makes you want to cook a big meal and invite your friends over for a Gluten Free dinner.
  8. Pics Pics Pics 
  9. To find out where to shop for Gluten Free food.
  10. It reminds you to have fun with your food and why you love being a foodie!
  11. The GFF blog makes you want to get in the kitchen and bake some awesome ... YES ... Awesome Gluten Free treats that make you dance! 
Hope you had fun reading this!
Thank you,
Lisa 

Gluten Free Holiday Shopping at Whole Foods

November 7th, 2011 at 2:08 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am so ready for the holidays, are you?!
If not ... no worries!
Whole Foods Market will help you out!
I was invited to see and taste some of the "Holiday Picks of the Season" the other day at Whole Foods Market - Interbay store in Seattle.  We were treated to a lovely, traditional Thanksgiving meal.  I was thrilled that they featured Vegan and Gluten Free options for us as well.  It was the perfect thing to get me in the mood to get shopping, baking and cooking for the holidays.  It smelled and tasted so good!

Wish you could get some of
Whole Foods Market Taste of Thanksgiving ?
... well you can!
Open-to-the-public “Taste of Thanksgiving”  Thursday, November 10, from 5-8pm at all five Whole Foods locations in the Seattle area. It’s a $5 suggested donation with all proceeds going to Solid Ground. It is a great way to give back for all that you are thankful for as well.


A Taste of Thanksgiving's Menu will include a sample of the following foods that I have listed that are Gluten Free. Please be sure to ask the server when ordering your food - Gluten Free, just in case something is different.


Turkey:
  Holiday Roasted Turkey
  Holiday Brined Turkey
Mashed potatoes:
  Regular: potatoes, milk, butter, sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper
 Health Starts Here: potatoes, cashew cream, salt
Cranberry Sauce:
Regular: cranberries, sugar, orange zest, orange juice
Health Starts Here: cranberries, dates, orange juice, orange zest
Salad:
Sliced Comice pears, Organic spring mix, Crushed walnuts, Balsamic Vinaigrette (vegan and GF without blue cheese)
Pumpkin Tartlets
Health Starts Here:  walnuts, dates, Salba, pumpkin, tofu, coconut, vanilla, sea salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg

For more info about Health Starts Here, please go to the WFM website.


Suggested Wine to pair with the meal you serve: (from the Top 10 Holiday wines list)
Pacific Rim Riesling
Don & Sons Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir


The featured Gluten Free Products -
Maninis Gluten Free flour mixes - I love love love this new company from Seattle and will be posting more exciting info this week! You can make bread, pizza crust, waffles, cookies, cakes, pasta ... and everything you want to make Gluten Free and created in a certified GF kitchen.  How great is that?!? When you use this flour you can use it in equal amounts in all of your favorite recipes.

Finn River Handcrafted Hard Cider and Spirited Fruit Wines - Featuring Black Currant with Apple Brandy- I love love love this too! Such a great treat after a Holiday meal.  The perfect hostess gift for all of your parties this season!  I suggest getting at least a case for you and your family and friends to enjoy around the fireplace.

CB's Nuts - Pumpkin Seeds with a bit of Sea Salt! How perfect is that!?!?! Yes ... I love love love this too! So tasty and Organic.  Grown in Oregon and roasted in my neighborhood of Kingston, WA ... Woot! This superfood is a good for you snack and packed with flavor. Pumpkin! need I say more?!

This Season's Picks from Whole Foods Market are my favorite picks too! How great is that?!?!

For more info about holiday cooking and finding the perfect ingredients for your meals at Whole Foods Market -  look at this link called Sharing Tradition or pick up the flyer in the store. You will be able to find these Holiday picks of the Season throughout Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, Canada.

Thank you Whole Foods! 
Enjoy! 
Lisa 

Gluten Free Menu NOW at 20 Subway Locations In Western Washington

November 2nd, 2011 at 9:47 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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BREAKING NEWS - November 2, 2011-
Hey Gluten Free Foodies in Western Washington ...
20 Subway locations in Western WA now offer Gluten Free sandwich rolls and brownies!
I am happy to tell you that they were worth the wait and they are good! I enjoyed a complimentary Gluten Free sandwich and GF brownie the other day at a special Gluten Free event to promote the new Gluten Free menu items at the Gig Harbor, WA Subway.

Gluten Free Subway Sandwiches are the new burger! 



I ordered my old favorite Subway... 
Spicy Italian on a Gluten Free roll! 


 Order any of your favorite sub sandwiches off of the menu and be sure to say ... 
GLUTEN FREE first, then the type of meat - Cheese Steak ... (insert your favorite here)
and then your favorite veggies -  lettuce, tomato, peperoncini, red onion ...
 and condiments - mayo, mustard, oil and vinegar ...

THE MEATBALL AND TERIYAKI ARE NOT GLUTEN FREE. 

So if your favorite is BMT, Turkey Club or Philly Cheese Steak ...
so many others to choose ...
GO FOR IT! 

The sandwich prices will be based on the price of a 6 inch sub that you order 
plus $1 extra for the Gluten Free roll.

So are you worried about cross-contamination? 
I knew you were thinking that, well Subway has procedures in place to make sure 
that they do their best to avoid that chance for cross-contamination. 

The roll is made in a Gluten Free facility and individually wrapped.
They use a disposable, wrapped knife to cut the roll. 

Each sandwich is made on a clean piece of parchment paper 
and placed on the counter after it has been cleaned. 

The staff changes their gloves prior to making the sandwich.

The shape of the roll is round, so it is different then the traditional long sub roll.

The sandwich is made with your choice of ingredients including 
Gluten Free meats, cheese, vegetables and condiments. 
The Gluten Free sandwich is then wrapped in a paper bag and 
then a plastic bag so it is ready for you to take with or eat in! 
Just like you remember. 

It has been at least 8 years since I had a Subway sandwich so it was really a great treat to go in and enjoy a Gluten Free sandwich and brownie.  The roll is heated 2 times in the process so it is nice and toasty.  If I had realized that I would have ordered cheese so it would be nice and melty! Regardless, my sandwich was really great just like I remembered.  The bun held up to the modest ingredients and wasn't overly thick. It is a perfect light lunch on the go when you need something fast! The brownie is perfectly moist with rich chocolate flavor to satisfy any dessert craving. 

If you have any questions regarding the Gluten Free procedures please contact the management at the participating Subway location in your area. 


In addition to the sandwiches, the participating Subways will be offering Gluten Free Brownies. 
I love that they are safely individually wrapped! 

Be sure to click on the first picture above to see the new 20 locations in Western WA
 offering the Gluten Free menu items. 

A big THANK YOU to the owners of the Subway locations in Western WA! 
I am so happy that you are now offering Gluten Free.  

If the Subway location near you is not offering Gluten Free sandwiches and brownies, I highly recommend that you talk to the manager at that location and request it.  Show them this posting and suggest that they contact any of these locations to find out how
happy the Gluten Free customers are in Western Washington!


View Subway WA locations Gluten Free Menu in a larger map


Yay! 
Lisa 

Celebrating Foodie Friends

October 18th, 2011 at 10:31 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Happy Anniversary!


One year ago today, mom and I met  Dorie Greenspan and Katrina Schonberg-Hamar (aka Kat).  Mom and I are big fans of Dorie's.  We were so excited when we found out she was coming to Seattle. We met Dorie and Kat at the New Day Northwest taping, a local talk show in Seattle.  The show that day featured Dorie Greenspan and her new book - "Around My French Table".  We met Kat as she emerged from her seat in the studio waiting room with her beautiful smile and spunky attitude. Kat was a newbie transplant to Seattle, a foodie and a fellow blogger!
We became instant friends!

We stuck together through the line and sat together on the front row to get the best view of the show.  Dorie was everything we imagined and more! She had her signature apron and French scarf tied around her neck, those cool round specs ... she looked amazing! It was so fun to listen to her during the demo and at the end of the taping she came over to us to chat and sign our books!  Dorie is a lovely woman, so sweet, kindhearted and funny.
Take a look ...






For some reason, the day before I was inspired to attempt Gluten Free Brioche - 
I hadn't used yeast before in a recipe ...
but who knew it could be so thrilling!
I added Chocolate Chips and Orange rind.  
They turned out quite delicious! 
I told Dorie about them and she asked about the Gluten Free flours I used.

I so wished that I had been brave enough to share them with her ... 


Dorie has made and had the best foods from around the world ... this was Gluten Free! 
I just wasn't sure how they were going to hold up during travel time.  You know how the wrong container or packaging can destroy something so divine.  I just couldn't risk it ... 
still to this day I so wish I had

After that we marveled at the morning, had a few laughs and decided to share lunch together.  Kat was new to the area so we thought that something really cool was a must ...
We met at Salumi to find it CLOSED
We were so bummed but famished so we walked around the corner and went into the first place we found It also had to be a place that had the best chance of offering something Gluten Free for me ... a salad as usual. (We have yet to make it to Salumi together ... soon.)

We gazed at our newly signed books and laughed at the day. We were still on our high from our special morning with Dorie ... even if for a few moments we had her all to ourselves while she graciously signed our books and chatted with us! I know we cheered for her quite enthusiastically! 
We love Dorie!
We continued to chat through lunch getting to know each other ... 
who knew what the future would bring?  

So yesterday, we got together for a day in the kitchen to celebrate our Anniversary at my home on Bainbridge Island.  It was a beautiful sunny, crisp Fall day.  As I was drinking my coffee, I couldn't help but think of how special it was to meet Dorie.  I was thumbing through Dorie's cookbooks and was in awe at each recipe ... I wanted to devour each and every page. You see I hadn't really baked anything from her book being Gluten Free. Then an idea popped in my head ... what a better way to celebrate our Friends Anniversary then to bake from Dorie's book and convert something to Gluten Free! I seemed to gaze at one page ... 
Marie Hélène's Apple Cake 

Oh how I wished we could ...

I did have this bag of the new Cup 4 Cup created by Chef Thomas Keller that was begging to be used.

Could we?

Should we?!?

I picked Kit-Kat (my nickname for her) up at the ferry and we dashed off to one of my favorite markets in the area.  As we were shopping, we decided that we should do the Marie Hélène's Apple Cake because 
Kit-Kat had made it last year for French Friday's with Dorie.
Look at Katrina's Cucina blog for her favorite post from last year.



Cheers to Dorie for bringing us together!

 
I am happy to report that we have had a year's worth of fun-filled days in the kitchen, more book signings and long chats! We look forward to more good times ...

Happy Anniversary! 

xo
Lisa

P.S. If you want to make the Gluten Free Marie Hélène's Apple Cake go buy "Around My French Table" by Dorie Greenspan and a bag of Gluten Free Cup4Cup flour by Chef Thomas Keller, exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.  Replace the equal amount of flour in the recipe with the Gluten Free Cup4Cup.  It really is that simple! 

Gluten Free Menu – 5 Spot – Philadelphia Food

October 11th, 2011 at 1:15 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I went all the way ... 

Philly Ballpark BBQ Platter!
GLUTEN FREE HOME RUN!

Meaty and saucy just the way I like it!

I was hungry and I went for it! Perfectly seasoned and roasted fingerling potatoes with a semi-sweet sauce ...  just sticky enough to cling to the smoky ribs and Kielbasa sausage!
Crisp clean slaw to lighten things up and get your veggies in ...
eh' um!

One of my absolute favorite restaurants in Seattle that I used to go to all the time - in my Gluten filled days was 5 Spot - Upper Queen Anne in Seattle.  5 Spot is a fun neighborhood joint to get a kick ass breakfast all day, great lunch, big dinner, drinks, happy hour and always great food! The other thing that they do so well that makes meeting friends at 5 Spot so fun is they have a rotating " American Food Festival Series". Approximately every 3-4 months they change the theme of the restaurant - food, music, decor, drinks ... everything! They really get into it! The employees make the artwork! 

The biggest news is that 5 Spot, part of Chow Foods Restaurants, recently started offering a Gluten Free menu. Their other restaurants Hi-Life and Endolyne Joe's also offer the Gluten Free menu, each a little different. Check out their website to find out more about it, events and other Chow Foods news.

Let me just say that it feels like going home!  I am back at the 5 Spot ... 
Happily eating Gluten Free food and enjoying the feast for my eyes too!

The best part of all ... not only does 5 Spot offer a regular Gluten Free menu but they now offer some Gluten Free menu items as part of the Festival Food! This is just so much fun for me! I can't imagine a better ... homecoming of sorts for me to go back to one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. The theme " Philadelphia aka Philly" is always in my heart because my mom, grandparents, extended family and friends from college live in Philly. I love Philly food too! This is my kind of comfort food!

Check out ... Philadelphia ... Gluten Free style!
Breakfast
  • Reading Terminal Market Hash - Roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash, rutabaga, parsnips, carrots, red chard, fresh herbs griddles and topped with two eggs any style.
Dinner
  • Independence Hall Salad - Red, white and bleu salad of endive canoes filled with Pt. Reyes bleu cheese and topped with Fuji apple batons tossed in cranberry vinaigrette.
  • Art-illery Shells - Batten down the hatches for jalapeno pepper stuffed with chopped shrimp, cheddar cheese & cream cheese. Served with Art’s cilantro-scallion ranch.
  • Mummer’s Parade Mussels - Bacon kissed Penn Cove mussels marching in lockstep with white wine, roasted garlic and fennel.
You want to go all the way ...
  • Ballpark BBQ Platter - Slow smoked spare ribs teamed up with Kielbasa sausage, roasted fingerling potatoes and home run slaw.
Ball park ice cream for the kiddos -

"Kids Take Me Out to the Ballpark Sundae"
A scoop of peanut butter ice cream with chocolate sauce,
almonds, whipped cream and
 Cracker Jacks (yes ... GF)
served in a Phillies helmet!
(I'll refrain from singing ... but how great is that?!)
A Banana Split is perfect too!
Who doesn't love ice cream?!

To see more of the
 Upper Queen Anne neighborhood
1502 Queen Anne Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
206 285-SPOT (7768)
or to see Chow Foods other restaurants -
Hi-Life - Ballard
Endolyne Joe's - West Seattle


When I'm in Seattle hungry for some great comfort food ...
I'll be at 5 Spot!

Lisa 

Duck Fat Hashbrowns With Poached Eggs Atop Skillet Bacon Jam – Yup! All Gluten Free!

October 1st, 2011 at 8:56 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I'll say it again ... wait for it ...

Duck Fat Hashbrowns with Poached Eggs Atop
 A Smear of Skillet Bacon Jam
(serves 2 really hungry peeps or 4 wanting more!)

Oh Gluten Free Foodies!
This is fast and easy ... 10-15 minutes tops!
Flavor flavor flavor and just a few ingredients ...

1 Tbs Duck Fat - from Paris Grocery
1 bag Alexia Organic - hashed browns gold potatoes, fast and easy
eggs 2-8 (1-2 per person)
1 tsp thyme, dried
1 tsp oregano or Italian seasoning
fresh ground black pepper - season to taste
1 tsp + per person Skillet Bacon Jam
hot sauce - Tapatio


Add the duck fat to a fry pan and heat to medium
Add the hashbrowns and toss to coat all with the duck fat.
Add the seasonings.
Let the hashbrowns cook for 3-5 minutes then turn. 
Remove from heat and cover.

As the hashbrowns are cooking, boil water in a deep pot and add 1 Tbs of white vinegar.
Add 1-2 eggs to the water in a rolling boil.
Use a slotted spoon to gently roll the egg when it rises to the top of the water. Make sure the yolk is covered in white and not clear.  Gently remove the egg with the slotted spoon.

Plate the hashbrowns, add a smear of Skillet Bacon Jam (SBJ) to the top of the hasbrowns, approximately 1 tsp to each.  Please note that the flavor of the SBJ is potent and bold so a little goes a long way. The best part is that you really don't need to add salt to this dish and you don't have to clean a greasy bacon pan! Gently add the poached egg(s) on top of the SBJ smear and ... watch it just melt into the hashbrowns! Grind some black pepper and add your favorite hot sauce!

I love love love this Skillet Bacon Jam!


Dive in and enjoy!
x
Lisa

Gluten Free Eats at Mobile Chowdown – Oct. 2, 2011 – West Seattle

September 28th, 2011 at 10:53 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am so excited that I finally ... FINALLY get to go to Mobile Chowdown this Sunday, October 2, 2011.  After missing six events since 2009, I decided to take action ... I was chomping at the bit to figure out if someone like me, who has been living Gluten Free for years could really attend an awesome food event like Mobile Chowdown?!?

Wait no more ...
OK you may have to wait in line ...
but ...
GLUTEN FREE FOODIES ...
GO TO MOBILE CHOWDOWN
and
EAT EAT EAT!

Sunday, October 2, 2011
11 AM - 5 PM
Location - West Seattle Junction -
California Ave SW between SW Oregon and SW Edmunds
FREE entry for all ages!

I have been talking to the people at the Mobile Food Trucks in the Seattle area and have compiled a list that offer Gluten Free menu items.  They will also be in West Seattle for the Mobile Chowdown event this Sunday, October 2, 2011. This is a free admit event, no cost for entry but you will need to pay for the food and drinks.

I also made some time to taste a few of the Gluten Free menu options from some of the food trucks ...
Hey .. I'm here for you ... how could I actually give you my opinion if I didn't actually taste a few ?!?!
So here it goes ... let me tell you Gluten Free Foodies you are in for a treat!

Oh! that freakin' awesome NAKED burger pictured above ...
OK it is worth another clsoe up look!

Yeah! that is from BACON JAM!!!!   Who cares if it doesn't have a bun?!?! You won't miss it because you get all the grass fed beef and smoke grilled flavor with this burger AND THE BACON JAM - salty and sort of creamy!  That is the best part of the burger right ... gooey and messy! I would even eat it with my hands ... I want it again and again ... worth the wait in line for this one! Josh, the owner of Skillet said ... "Just make sure you order your burger NAKED aka without a bun and Gluten Free!"

FYI - the fries are NOT GF... bummer but there is so much more to eat!

Kaosamai Thai -
Douglas Somerville from Kaosamai Thai told me ... "'Thai food, generally the curry is gluten free, we're going to do a curry over noodles for Chowdown. Chu chee Wild Salmon Curry over Noodles!"
As a side note, Kaosamai Thai also has a restaurant to go to and sit to enjoy a meal with family and friends in the Phinney neighborhood.
I tried the Red Curry Chicken and loved, loved, loved it! Not only is it beautifully presented but the aromas and flavors as I dove in and devoured it were perfectly balanced - red curry spice with sweet coconut milk, slightly crunchy bamboo shoots, red peppers and Thai basil over rice ... awesome!
Pai - the owner of Pai's Thai Hawaiian Street Eats explained to me ...
"A majority of our food is actually gluten free.
We use Thai wheat-free soy sauce in all our marinades, which is our chicken and beef. Our tofu uses a concoction of sauces that are gluten free (same soy sauce). Our pork is just pork, salt, smoke, banana leaves.
Our sides, with exception to mac salad (wheat pasta) are also gluten free. Papaya salad dressing is fish sauce, fresh lime juice, sugar, chilies. Our salad dressing is rice vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper, sesame oil and veg oil."

I loved the fresh flavors from Pai's food! I tried most popular
Lemongrass Huli Huli Chicken with Sesame Slaw.

Here is the list ...
Skillet Street Food
Naked Bunless Burger

Kaosamai Thai
curries with meat

Pai Thai-Hawaiian
Most of the menu sans mac and cheese -
Go for the Huli Huli Chicken -YUM!

El Camion - Comida Authentica Mexican
The tacos served with corn tortillas are Gluten Free. The Fish Tacos are AWESOME!
Served with grilled white fish, shredded cabbage,crema agria especial (not mayo!) topped with pico de gallo and lime.




BUTTER TOFFEE CRUNCH ... Yeah! You gotta' get this! Chocolate covered toffee with hazelnut pieces! In a cup is Gluten Free (sans cone).


*I didn't get a chance to try the following food trucks out but the info is also directly from the owners or staff from food trucks.

Marination Mobile
Roz Edison, the owner says - Our gluten free deliciousness is "aloha tacos without the sauce." So, two corn tortillas, our homemade kalua pork, and our signature slaw. Serve with a lime wedge and our homemade pickled jalapenos.  It's not on our menu, but if your GF peeps just ask for gluten free tacos we'll get them the right stuff.
Maximus/Minimus - The really big BIG PIG!
Lance Marlow, the General Manager says
" Our marinated and grilled chicken sandwich is our best gluten free option.  We take a whole chicken thigh and marinate it for 45 minutes in a lime garlic marinade for 45 minutes then grill it right there on the truck.  Our gluten free customers will obviously want to skip the bun, but they have their choice of either chipotle or pesto mayo and it's topped with fresh cilantro. 

You can add a side of either Maximus or Minimus coleslaw.
Maximus is a mixture of cabbage, radish and cilantro dressed with a zesty chipotle vinaigrette. Minimus version has mint, and sweet onions speckled with dried cranberries and topped with a honey mustard vinaigrette."

Fusion on the Run
Cassandra, from Fusion on the Run says, "Our chicken and pork tacos are gluten free. The other items have soy sauce that contains gluten. Hope to see you at the Chowdown! We have a few regular gluten free customers that come every week!

That is it for now! If I get responses from other Food Trucks participating in the Mobile Chowdown VI this Sunday, October 2, 2011 I will update this list.  Please bookmark this post and share with your GLUTEN FREE FOODIES so they can have fun at the event too!

Gotta' run ... walk ... yoga ... to get my appetite going until I chow at MOBILE CHOWDOWN 2011!
See you soon, rain or shine I am always in the mood for some really awesome Gluten Free eats from some really awesome peeps!
xo
Lisa

DISCLAIMER - As always, please make sure when you order your food that you say GLUTEN FREE PLEASE! Please also check with staff when you pick up your food to make sure that it is the correct GF order.  I am providing this information to you as a service and the info I received is from each of the food trucks. If you have further questions on a specific food truck please contact them directly.  I have provided links.

Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese with Chorizo

September 26th, 2011 at 4:04 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This isn't your mama's ... Mac and Cheese!

Gluten Free
Baked Mac and Cheese with Chorizo ...
Garlic, Crushed Red Peppers and crusty topping!


Wow it is Fall! It is cold and rainy outside and it is time for some comfort food! This is so easy to make it to your liking ... spicy or not! Serve with your favorite fresh green salad and it is a hearty meal to chase away the chills.

Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese with Chorizo
serves 4

2 cups Tinkyada Elbow Brown Rice Pasta with Rice Bran
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2  - Aidells chorizo (GF) links
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs crushed garlic
1 Tbs crushed red pepper flakes - adjust to your heat level
1/2 cup Gluten Free bread crumbs
1 cup Asadero or mozzarella cheese, shredded
black pepper
sea salt

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Boil 4 cups of water then add the pasta.  Let the pasta boil for 2 minutes then cover and take off heat.
Let it sit for 12 minutes.

Slice up the chorizo and saute it in a pan with olive oil and red onion.  Just enough to get some good caramelization or browning 5 - 10 minutes. Set aside when done.

When the pasta is done drain it and put it back into the pot.
Add the chorizo, onions, tomato sauce, garlic, red pepper flakes and mix well.
Add 1/2 cup of the cheese and mix well.

Divide the pasta and chorizo into 4 oven safe bowls ... evenly ... no over-sized or gypped servings now! Add the cheese and homemade Gluten Free breadcrumbs to the tops. Add black pepper, sea salt to the top.  Place the filled oven safe bowls on a baking sheet and bake on the top rack for 8 minutes.  Turn on the broiler and watch the topping turn a beautiful golden brown ... be sure to open your oven door while the broiler is on.  The time varies to your desired crispy browness liking but I would say 2-3 minutes should do the trick! Be careful moving the bowls from the baking pan and serve them on heat safe coasters or wooden trivets.




Spoon or fork?!?
Go for it!

Wondering where I got the Gluten Free Breadcrumbs ?!?  I always make them! So much better and you can add your own seasonings to create your favorite flavors.
This is so easy ... save all of the ends of the breads that you make or buy and store in the freezer in freezer bags.  Pull out a few slices, 4 - 5 and toast them in the toaster.  Break up the pieces and put them into you food processor.  Add black pepper, salt, fresh parsley, oregano  or dried if you don't have fresh. Grind it down and ... done! If you do want to make extra store the breadcrumbs in a freezer bag in the freezer.

Tip - I keep the bread whole because sometimes I make croutons out of this bread too!
I make what I need when I need it so I don't waste anything.

Gotta go ... I'm diving into some hot and steamy ... awesomeness!

 Lisa

Kañiwa Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 17th, 2011 at 9:32 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I can’t think of a better way to make the classic chocolate chip cookie better than this! The real secret is Kañiwa flour, an ancient grain grown high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Kañiwa is similar to Quinoa from the goosefoot family of grains. This protein powerhouse is Gluten Free, high in fiber and will make your cookies extra delicious and nutritious. Kañiwa’s naturally nutty flavor is a great compliment to chocolate, without adding nuts.  These soft, Gluten Free cookies are sure to be a favorite in your house!
Kañiwa Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes approximately 3 dozen

Dry Ingredients
1 cup white rice flour
½ cup sweet rice flour
¼ cup corn starch
¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp Matiz - Flor de Sal - sea salt
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients 

½ cup unsalted butter – 1 stick, room temp
3 large eggs, room temp
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 Tbs vanilla extract
In a medium size bowl, add the dry ingredients to the bowl. 
Use a whisk to break up any clumps.  Set aside. 

In a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.  Add the eggs and vanilla. 
Slowly add in the flour mixture. Be sure to scrape down the sides and mix well. Mix in the chocolate chips.  Chill the dough in a tight sealing container for one hour before baking.  This is key to allow the cookies to meld in flavor and to let the dough stiffen just a bit.  Please note that the dough will be soft and smooth.

Bake at 350 degrees on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Use a medium size spring scoop to make even sized cookie balls.  No need to press the dough down on the pan the cookies will melt into shape.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack.

Tip - Store any leftovers in a self sealing bag to retain freshness, better than container.

Enjoy with your favorite hot or cold beverage.  Perfect to dunk into your drink as well!
My favorite is with - Caffe con Leche Caliente! Hot coffee with hot milk!

Salud!

Lisa

Easy Gluten Free Comfort Food!

September 15th, 2011 at 11:56 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Today is a happy belly day! I have been craving this combo comfort food for a few days.  The weather has changed to Fall so quickly.  Sunday it was 86 degrees and this week the highs are in the 60's! Wow! I think it is time for some good old fashioned comfort food, so I just had to make it ... fast and simple!

Gluten Free Grilled Cheese with Pepper Jack Cheese and Organic Creamy Tomato Soup with Fresh Basil and Red Pepper Flakes

I found Canyon Bakehouse - 7 grain Gluten Free bread this week at my local grocery store - Central Market in Poulsbo, WA.  They also sell it at Town and Country Markets on Bainbridge Island, Wa.  For more store locations locations go to the website for more info. You can also buy their products online from them direct. 

I must say the bread is soft, slightly sweet and flavorful.  I don't feel like I have to toast it.  I have had it a few days on my counter and it is still soft and fresh.  I try not to eat bread every day so I am going to put it in the freezer.  It will be easy to toast it and use it later. It makes great Gluten Free Grilled Cheese!

I sliced up some Tillamook Pepper Jack Cheese from the block, and spread some Earth Balance  -Soy Free (EBSF) buttery spread on the bread.  I like Earth Balance because it is soft and goes on easily. I put it on on one side of 2 pieces of bread.  I heated my pan on medium heat, added one slice, EBSF spread side down, then the cheese and the other slice of bread with the EBSF spread side up.  I covered it with a lid for 2 minutes.  I carefully flipped the sandwich over and put the lid back on.  I have a gas stove so my burner keeps the heat for awhile.  I turned the heat off (to save gas) and let it sit in the pan on the burner for 1-2 minutes.  I removed the sandwich and put it on a cutting board and sliced it as the gooey melted cheese oozed out! Perfecto!

While my grilled cheese was cooking, I heated up my favorite Organic Creamy Tomato Soup - Pacific Natural Foods!
I also found this at Central Market. Be sure to look at their Gluten Free shopping guide so that you can find all of their Gluten Free products! You can find it online and in the store at customer care in the Natural Section in the center of the store. I heated my soup up in the microwave in the bowl, with a microwave safe cover and by using my re-heat setting.  I chopped up some fresh basil from my garden and added an extra kick of red pepper flakes and a pinch of smoked sea salt by Matiz.
Make some today! It is sure to put a smile on your Gluten Free Foodies faces in your family!
Enjoy!
Lisa
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