Gluten Free Foodies
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Gluten Free Foodies will Celebrate Celiac Awareness Month for 31 Days in May.
Be sure to check back daily to learn all sorts of things during this month.
My goodness, I can’t believe it has almost been 10 years since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I can’t believe how much has changed since then. I remember going into my neighborhood grocery store asking about Gluten Free products and was met with many blank faces. There wasn’t a ton of information about Celiac Disease, let alone Gluten Free products that didn’t taste like cardboard packaging. I remember eating a ton of brown rice cakes with peanut butter because it was the only “bread-like” thing that was safe. Little did I know that I was reacting to peanuts as well. I ate a brown rice cake with peanut butter and sometimes jelly for lunch. I would make a brown rice pudding with cinnamon and coconut milk to eat as breakfast or a dessert. For dinner I would steam some vegetables and serve it with – you guessed it … brown rice. Ugh! Just thinking about all of that brown rice is making me ill! I went from eating one thing all the time – wheat – to another – brown rice. My life didn’t get much better for a long, long time. I was so sick at the time and never realized how big a role food allergies and Celiac Disease were affecting my overall health. It took many agonizing years to finally get all of the Gluten out of my body.
Thank goodness those days are over! We are so lucky that we have organizations such as the Gluten Intolerant Group – GIG Certification Program. GIG’s team works very hard for all of us. The GFCO program sets the standard for making sure that the products we enjoy are safe. We know it when we see the symbol - the GF inside the circle – see the picture above and below on the Maninis Gluten Free label.
The Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) program is the world leader in the Gluten Free industry that insures that the people who make Gluten Free products meet the standards for product integrity, quality and purity – all of which are the highest standards.
The Gluten Free Food Service (GFFS) accreditation program trains the people in the food services industry – how to safely serve Gluten Free meals, menu planning, kitchen preparation and serving in our restaurants. The program includes all of the restaurant’s staff by training them in preventing cross-contamination practices.
Now that we have the CGFO symbol, it makes it easier to shop. We have higher quality products that are created from families that have a first hand knowledge of Celiac Disease . The Collins family started - Maninis Gluten Free - because their family suffers with Celiac Disease. They have created Organic Gluten Free Flour Mixes, with Non-GMO ancient grains, that you can use to make your favorite recipes – cup for cup. The flour mixes are made in a dedicated Gluten Free facility and are free of rice, corn, nuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, dairy and eggs. You can make Gluten Free breads, cakes, cookies, pizza crust, pie crust – the list goes on! Maninis Gluten Free also makes fresh Gluten Free Pasta that is out of this world! Trust me when I say … you will not believe it is Gluten Free! You can buy directly from Maninis or look on their site for store locations. If they are not in your favorite grocery store, yet – ask your store manager to order it! Maninis has distributors that can deliver to most locations across the US.
Go ahead, get in the kitchen and get your Gluten Free baking on!
I call this my
Gluten Free Egg-Ham-wich!
Toast your favorite homemade Gluten Free Onion Roll.
Add a little Earth Balance non-dairy buttery spread.
Fry an egg in a ring and add a little sea salt, Aji Amarillo dried spice and black pepper.
Warm up a slice of Boar’s Head Black Forest GF Ham.
Add the ham to the bottom half of the roll, then the egg and the top!
If you can have cheese then go for it! I highly recommend Beecher’s Flagship or Smoked Flagship cheese!
I must say this is my favorite any time of the day or night sammy!
I asked Shealeen about Autism Awareness Month and what is the one thing that she wants the public to know about Autsim. Shealeen said “How kids with Autism may have difficulties with social skills, behaviors & communication but that they have something special about them that they do or love that makes them so much fun to work with.” She mentioned, “One child who knew everything about ships, another who was such a lover she would hug complete strangers, another who collected buttons, another who knew everything about presidents! I learn so much from these kids and I love learning so I am a great audience for them.”
- Do you drive to Silverdale or take the ferry to Seattle to get ABA services for your child with Autism?
- Wouldn’t it be easier to have someone come into your home and be able to watch and learn what a BCBA is doing so that you too can use ABA with your own child?
- Do you want a collaborative team approach for your child?
- Wouldn’t it make life easier having someone who lives on the island and already knows of most of the teachers, OT’s, PT’s, SLP’s, counselors, neurologists, etc who work with your child?
- Would you like this someone who was a teacher for 12 years and could go into the school to observe and teach others how your child learns best?
- Wouldn’t it be great to get rid of challenging behaviors so they can focus on learning?
- Imagine how wonderful it would be to see your child play more effectively on the playground.
- Do you want someone who can attend an IEP meeting with you or review an IEP to help you understand it better?
- Are you considering private school? Ever thought of getting a group of kids together and creating an ABA school just for them?
- Are you homeschooling and would like some ABA added to your program a few hours a week?
Next month we will talk about the increase in recommendations of the Gluten Free lifestyle for children with Autism, ADHD and Behavioral Challenges.
We Want Gluten Free and Non-Dairy Treats – Coffeehouse Challenge
Ah yet again! I try to make plans with a friend to meet up for a chat over coffee. As we discuss where to go, it seems that home is the only place where we can go to get a good cup of Non-Dairy, creamy lusciousness for our coffee or latte and a safe Gluten Free treat … sigh …
I have decided to make a Coffeehouse Challenge.
We want Gluten Free and Non-Dairy treats at our Coffeehouses! It is time that Gluten Free Foodies and Non-Dairy consumers have a seat in the Coffeehouses too!
Let there be Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Hazelnut Milk and Hemp Milk! These are healthier and creamier options than rice and soy. If you are a Coffeehouse owner or manager, mIght I suggest contacting SoDelicious, Pacific Foods or Living Harvest -Tempt ?!
It is a dream for me to go into a coffeehouse and order a freshly brewed drip coffee with Coconut Milk creamer, an Almond Milk Latte, a Vanilla Hemp Macchiato or a Hazelnut Milk Mocha!
It would be lovely to order a specialty – Non-Dairy creamy frozen drink too! You know the fancy ones that most coffee shops make for various seasons.
Heck, an iced coconut or hazelnut milk mocha would send me to the moon!
While we are on the subject, how about adding a wrapped Gluten Free bakery item from a Pacific Northwest Gluten Free and Vegan company such as Jodee’s Desserts in Seattle or Petunias Pie’s and Pastries in Portland, Oregon?!! There are so many small businesses that would love the extra wholesale business! Contact me if you need help finding a Gluten Free bakery in your area.
Did you know that the Gluten Free product market is the fastest growing segment in the food industry? It is expected that the Gluten Free market is going to surpass $4.2 Billion this year!!! That is an enormous segment of the market that coffeehouses are missing out on if they choose to ignore this challenge.
In the meantime, I guess we will meet at my house and enjoy my home brew and favorite homemade Chocolate Almond Cupcakes.
We want Gluten Free and Non-Dairy treats at our Coffeehouses!
If you are up for the Coffeehouse Challenge this is what you need to do
- add Non-Dairy milks – Coconut, Hemp, Almond or Hazelnut to your beverage menu
- add Gluten Free bakery items prepared in a Gluten Free kitchen and wrapped to keep them safe from cross-contamination
- send me the name of your coffeehouse and address or website – across the US is great!
- I will post it on this blog, update it and share the information with everyone
- If you are a reader and you find a Coffeehouse that serves one of these Non-Dairy milk alternatives and/or Gluten Free treats, send me an email and a picture if you have one. I will post it and share it!
Please email Lisa
I look forward to hearing from you!
Ok so I have some updates from the Seattle area.
Coffee and Specialty Bakery – Pike Place Market 1500 Western Ave – everything is Gluten Free and they offer Almond and Hemp milk to make the BEST coffee from Illy!
Better Living Through Coffee aka BLT Coffee – 100 Tyler Street, Port Townsend, WA – Awesome Organic and sustainably grown coffee. Their coffee is so good event the decaf is awesome! They offer a few Gluten Free and Vegan cookies and Tamale pie, Organic coffee and coconut milk and almond milk.
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I decided today that I need a good, hot and hardy breakfast to kick start my day. This weekend breakfast is a well earned treat.
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I get emails and questions all the time. I thought I would start to share some of the questions that I get with you. This is a very common question that I get all the time …
I am just not interested in my Gluten Free diet anymore. Is it really that bad if I have Gluten every once in awhile?
Well Sara, it isn’t about cheating on a diet. If you have Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance – living Gluten Free is a choice that you have to make. You have to commit to learning everything you can about ingredients, preventing cross-contamination and what questions to ask when you are dining out. The Gluten Free diet is the ONLY way to heal your body and to stop destroying your body when you eat Gluten. Your symptoms should go away once you have been on a strict Gluten Free diet.
I suggest talking to your doctor if you are continuing to have symptoms.
I would like to offer some ideas to kick-start your Gluten Free diet. Luckily for us it is Spring and Farmers Market season is upon us! I highly suggest going to your local Farmers Market and talking to your farmers in your community. Fresh local food is a great way to savor more than just your meal but to connect with your community.
I picked up some fingerling potatoes from Secret Springs Farm and made them tonight for dinner. Wash them and make sure they are completely dry. This will help them crisp up. Add some olive oil to a roasting pan, sprinkle some sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, rosemary, thyme and oregano. I like to add a few shakes of paprika. Put the lid on and place the pan into the preheated oven – 375 degrees. It should take approximately 45 minutes. Carefully take them pan out of the oven – there will be steam when you remove the lid.
Gently toss the potatoes and add 1-2 chopped fresh garlic cloves. Toss a bit more.
Place the pan back into the oven, without the lid for 5 minutes.
Serve with your favorite Farmers Market Vegetables, eggs or meats if you desire.
I went this past weekend and met up with some friends and my favorite new farm on Bainbridge Island.
Please help me welcome – Secret Spring Farm. Be sure to say hello to Maia and her husband Erik when you see them at the market.
I am going to let you in on a little secret. I made some Gluten Free Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies the other day and served them to people that thought they were homemade. Well they were … kinda of … I made them in my home!
Ok, silliness aside, sometimes you just need to make a Gluten Free treat fast and Pamela’s Products are perfect for that. I made it my own by adding a few extra ingredients -
I added 1 tsp of cinnamon
1 TBS GF vanilla
1 cup dried cranberries
(or your favorite dried fruit that you have in your pantry)
1 cup chocolate chips
If you like your Oatmeal cookies to be softer, add an extra egg – 2 eggs total, and just follow the directions on the bag. The Oats in the mix are certified Gluten Free. I can not tolerate Oats even GF certified Oats. So I had the perfect opportunity to have a group of hungry ”taste testers” ready and waiting …
Let’s just say that the cookies were gone in no time!
The ladies were more surprised that the cookies were Gluten Free. The phrases I heard hte most were …
“Ooh so soft and flavorful!”
“Really? Gluten Free?! No way!”
They all wanted the recipe and I said read all about it soon!
Well, ladies if you are reading this …
This mix would also make an amazing crumble on top of a cobbler or ice cream!
I want to thank Pamela’s Products for sending this sample. Although I was not able to actually enjoy the cookies, I know that my taste testers were very, very happy!
UPDATE – Enter Pamela’s Products – Rock Your World Contest – to win a bag full of Pamela’s Products!
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Smoked Salmon Pate is a favorite around our house. So easy to make and it is a perfect snack to serve with Gluten Free crackers or fresh Gluten Free bread. Break up some of your favorite Smoked Salmon and make sure it is Gluten Free. Some Smoked Salmons may use soy sauce as a seasoning, caramel coloring or gluten containing seasonings. Please read the label carefully and when all else fails, call the company and ask! Thank goodness most companies add – Gluten Free right on the label to make it super easy for us to feel safe to eat and serve. You will need just a few ingredients for this very easy recipe.
Smoked Salmon Pate
1 cup Gluten Free Smoked Salmon – broken up, into small pieces and de-boned
1 – 8 ounce package of your favorite cream cheese
1-2 TBS Tabasco sauce – make it as spicy as you like
1 TBS Mayonaise
1 TBS chives dried or fresh
1 TBS lemon juice
1 large clove chopped garlic
1 tsp dill dried or fresh
1 half chopped red onion
Add all of the ingredients to your food processor and pulse until all the ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
Put the Smoked Salmon Pate into a bowl with a tight sealing lid.
Chill for 30 minutes to one hour in the refrigerator.
As I always say … let it meld!
Serve Smoked Salmon Pate your favorite vegetables – carrots, celery, snap pea pods or with non-flavored Gluten Free crackers. This is a nice snack to serve in the evening with drinks while dinner is cooking in the oven. It also makes a great snack mid-afternoon with a light salad and a crusty Gluten Free roll. This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator in a bowl with a tight sealing lid for 2-3 days. If you are having a party I highly recommend making it the day before so it has time to meld.
P.S. As soon as I made this everyone ate it before I could get another pretty picture of it served on the bread and crackers. Yes … it is that good! You may want to make extra! As soon as I get more Smoked Salmon and make more I will be sure to take picture before letting anyone gets the first bite. Stay tuned …
BARN Cooking Up A Kitchen – Public Meeting
April 8, 2013 7:00-8:30 PM
Join us for this Public Meeting to learn more about BARN Kitchen.
We are in the planning stages and we want your feedback and ideas. Please come prepared to share your thoughts with us. Are you interested in creating special foods – preserves or jams, catering, teaching or taking cooking classes, making special meals with groups?
What is BARN?
BARN is the Bainbridge Island Artisan Resource Network, a community shared working space for artisans including woodworking, fiber art, jewelry making, metalworking and a commercial kitchen space. The BARN will be a intergenerational place that will serve as a hub for the Bainbridge Island community to create art and experiences in a shared space.
I am proud to say that I am part of the planning committee for the BARN Kitchen. I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that is building a creative space together. A project that values the ideas and needs of the people within the community that will be the melting pot for creating. I can’t wait! - Lisa
We look forward to seeing you at
BARN Cooking Up A Kitchen – Public Meeting
April 8, 2013 7:00-8:30 PM
I am so excited for Maninis Gluten Free – a local Seattle company that has been in business for two years, is nominated for THE BEST OF GLUTEN FREE NOMINATIONS 2013 by Triumph Dining! Maninis Gluten Free has been nominated for their GF Fresh Pastas and GF Flour Mixes. I love all of their products and voted for them!
I am such a fan of Maninis Gluten Free products because it is a local Seattle family. A family that has created wonderfully delicious and nutritious products, developed ten years ago when they found out that their 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Maninis Gluten Free products were developed by a the parents – the mother a mathematician and the father a chemical engineer, of the 5 year old girl. Over the years additional family members realized that they have sensitivities to Gluten as well. It is a family run business with true heart behind everything they do.
Maninis is the only Gluten Free company that creates FRESH GLUTEN FREE PASTA in a dedicated GF facility, no rice, no beans, no dairy, no soy, no peanuts or tree nuts, no fish or shellfish. Made with ancient grains and uses fresh, local, 100% cage free eggs.
You can order their products online or check their website for retail locations. Local chefs love Maninis Gluten Free products they are serving fresh pasta in their restaurants!
If you have not tried Maninis Gluten Free products, trust me when I say this … you will not believe that any of their products are Gluten Free when you taste it. You will look like a rock star in the kitchen when you use Maninis Gluten Free products!
Maninis Gluten Free flour mixes are also nominated! I love all of the mixes and use every day to make Gluten Free pizza dough, bread, rolls, cakes, cookies, pies and more!
It would be really great to see this local
Seattle Family and Company win this award!
Vote Now! Maninis Gluten Free Fresh Pasta and Flour Mixes nominated for Triumph Dining Best of 2013 Awards.
Thank you for taking the time to vote!
Gluten Free Breakfast Cereal is back in my morning routine and in my favorite bowl. I love it with non-dairy milk or yogurt. Want to make it even more satisfying? Add some little extra favorites – fresh or dried fruit, shredded coconut, whatever you like!
I am a big fan of Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Flax Original and Crunchy Flax with Chia cereal. Enjoy Life Foods makes it easy to eat Gluten Free and Allergy Free anytime of the day, especially in the morning! Little crispy balls that make anything crunchy when you add them to your favorite milk. I love it served with coconut milk or hemp milk. Cereal is so fast and easy it only takes a few minutes to put it in a bowl and add your favorite toppings.
I love Crunchy Flax with Chia so much I enjoy it anytime of the day. It really is a great treat to take with me on the ferry. I just add all the fruit or toppings to a container with the non-dairy milk or yogurt and then put the cereal in a separate container. When it is time to eat, I sit back, savor my treat and enjoy the view of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Crunchy Flax Original and Crunchy Flax with Chia is the perfect way to start your day and it is so satisfying. Check out the nutritional facts that makes it a great choice to start your day.