Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
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!
A Senate resolution calling for the commemoration gained unanimous approval on Aug. 3, 2010. In making the awareness day, the Senate "recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of Celiac Disease," the resolution stated. - National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.
In honor of this day, I will make a special and favorite meal - Gluten Free Hamburgers and fries! I don't have them very often so when I do it is a real treat!
Just a few facts to chew on while you celebrate the day to better health and sharing information with your family, friends and others who may not know about Celiac Disease!
Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disease that damages the digestive system and villi in the small intestine when Gluten is consumed. When the villi are damaged a person with Celiac Disease can not absorb their nutrients.
- The Gluten to avoid is found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, farro, triticale, wheat germ, bran, emmer and sometimes oats.
- 1 in 133 people have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
- There is not a cure for Celiac Disease only a strict Gluten Free diet.
- Wheat flour dust can remain in the air for up to 24 hours after use.
- Reading labels for food and beverages is a must!
- You should also read all labels and look at the ingredients in skin care products, lip care, lipstick, lip balm, makeup, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, medicines, vitamins and candies.
- Cross contamination can happen at home using shared toasters, pots, pans, waffle irons and cutting boards.
- An example of typical cross-contamination that can happen in the home or while you are dining out - using a knife that was used on Gluten bread then dipped in shared condiments i.e. butter, jelly, salsa and then on to a Gluten Free bread or plate.
- It is best to have dedicated Gluten Free condiments such as butter, jelly, nut butters, salsa, mustard, etc. if you are living with people that are not Gluten Free. Mark the products with a GF symbol by using a bright colored marker on masking tape and put it on the product to prevent cross-contamination.
- Create a designated space to store your Gluten Free products and baking ingredients to prevent cross contamination as well.
- Living a Gluten Free lifestyle takes a little extra planning but it is well worth it to take your snacks and foods with you to make sure you always have something healthy to eat.
- Food Banks need Gluten Free product donations all year, not just during the holidays.
- Reading and sharing the Gluten Free Foodies blog info is a great way to learn about new Gluten Free products, restaurants, events, news and stories about other Gluten Free people.
Great links to look at and share for more info about Celiac Disease -
Gluten Intolerant Group
NFCA - National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
P.S. plate by Missoni for Target! Woof! if you can get it online or in the store!
Do you love potatoes as much as I do?!?
Well this is an event you won't want to miss!
Guinness Book of World Records
Largest Potatoes Au Gratin
Eight tons of potatoes and one really big pan!
Spirit of the Spud
Mount Vernon, WA - Saturday, September 24, 2011
10 AM until all the World Record Potatoes Au Gratin are eaten!
Join the Mount Vernon Downtown Association as they celebrate their local farming community. Be there to witness the handcrafted pan measuring 80 feet long - 8 feet wide - 8 inches deep, while teams of volunteers simmer 15,000 pounds of potatoes as they double ...
YES double the current world record!
So you want the recipe ...
15,000 lbs of potatoes
400 lbs of cheese
200 gallons of cream
100 lbs of onions
50 lbs of garlic grown by 500 5th graders at the local school
One very large pan as described above and a community of fun lovin' spud eatin' hungry peeps!
Most importantly ... time and patience while it cooks!
Trumpeter Public House, over a year ago. Karin wanted to bring the community together and celebrate the agricultural heritage of Skagit Valley. (Trumpeter Public House offers an awesome Gluten Free menu!) Karin Springer will oversee the cooking of the perfect and hopefully winning - Guinness World Record - Largest Potatoes Au Gratin! Karin says, "the community really came together to make this all happen - the volunteers, the potatoes donated by the Red Potato Growers of Skagit Valley, the Dairy Women's Association donated the cheese, the garlic cloves were donated by Joe's Garden and grown
by the 5th graders of Mount Vernon."
The Guinness World Record Judge will be present to measure and weigh the dish and then the party will begin! There will be live music, a beer garden, children's activities, an expanded Farmers Market, an antique car and truck show, crafts and other food vendors. The Spirit of the Spud event will be happening simultaneously with the Mount Vernon Downtown Association's Fifth Annual Fall Festival.
Come hungry and be ready to eat locally grown and made, Potatoes Au Gratin because all of it has to be eaten to qualify for the win! Servings will be available around 3 PM on 9.24.11 for $5 a plate at the event. Advance tickets are available at the Mount Vernon Downtown Association and the Trumpeter Public House located at 416 Myrtle Street. Want to say you were there and got the T-shirt! Well you can buy one for $17.
It is highly recommended that you carpool to the event. Look for event signs off of 1st Ave and
street parking is free all day on Saturdays. There will be a shuttle service from the south end at the Riverside Park parking lot as well.
Who holds the current World Record for Largest Potato Au Gratin?
Tourism Board - Alpe d'Huez, France as of January 2010.
Good Luck to the Mount Vernon community!
See you on Saturday, September 24, 2011.
So I decided that I just had to dig in ... no more chatting ... do you see the light crispy flakes! Awesome! Artichoke Hearts dipped into homemade Gluten Free Tempura batter with Lemon Chive Aioli - $ 7 This is a MUST!
Oh - the Crab Cakes are pan seared and served with Sriracha Aioli $11 - if you like crab these are very good! Nicely seasoned and moist!
Wait, there was more! Yes, I did have a friend there with me and we walked around the block a few times. We had traveled just to go to the Trumpeter so I couldn't pass up dessert ... especially ... chocolate! We went back about an hour and a half later to get the ...
Some of the other menu items that I will try next time I am there:
Blackened Cod Sandwich on a Gluten Free bun $12.50
Alaskan Cod Hand Dipped in Tempura Batter served with fries and tartar sauce $12
Hot Crab Dip with Gluten Free crostini $11.50
Calamari with cayenne seasoning and tartar sauce $9
Any of their burgers on a Gluten Free bun ... all sound awesome! $12.50
Please note that I paid for everything that I ordered. I was charged for some extra fees, splitting dishes $2 and a $1.50 for Gluten Free bread and pasta. Always good to know about extra charges.
Last Saturday, Greg Atkinson of Marche (opening Winter 2011), made Grilled Northwest Albacore Nicoise. Greg's newest book - At The Kitchen Table,
will be available October 15th. Please look at his website for more info about his cooking classes and book events.
Um ... I had full intentions of actually taking a picture of the creamy caramel balls but I ... um ... well .... gone!
Anyway ... I had so much fun shopping at Trader Joe's in Silverdale, WA today for all my GLUTEN FREE FOODS!
So thrilled to see a sea of "NO GLUTEN HERE" signs at this Trader Joe's.
BRAVO! TO THE SILVERDALE, WA STORE!
o Gluten Free Club Sandwich w/ Bacon, Turkey, Avocado
o Gluten Free Cookies
o Gluten Free Beer (Redbridge)
Concession Map at Safeco Field
Seattle Mariners vs Chicago White Sox
August 26, 2011 7:10 PM
The special Celiac Awareness Night seats are located in section 318 in right field.
The Backdoor Kitchen - Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA
Come a little closer
Isn't this the perfect bite!?!
You will beg for more after you actually devour this great big bite ....
I found Garlic Jim's Gluten Free Pepperoni and Cheese Pizzas in the freezer section. Luckily there was a sign on the door that said GLUTEN FREE PIZZA because the pizza is wrapped in clear shrink wrap amidst the tidal wave of the other gluten filled pizzas!
I made this pizza on my pre-heated pizza pan and the crust turned out nice and crispy. The directions say to put it on the oven rack. I really hate the clean up and highly recommend that you buy a pizza pan or get a pizza stone to bake all of your pizzas on from this day forward!
Oh ... but I do think that the best duet is this