Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
Louis Armsrong is singing “Winter Wonderland” in the background and I am making a pot of Starbucks Christmas coffee and Tazo tea from Starbucks. I’m getting ready for a good ol’ fashioned evening in front of the fireplace, listening to our favorite music and catching up with friends. I can’t think of a better treat to serve with coffee and tea than my newest favorite, Gluten-Free Clementine Chocolate Almond Biscotti made with my Candied Clementine Syrup.
Just think Clementine Chocolate and Almond dunking into your favorite hot beverage and creating the perfect bite in one quick swoop!
makes approximately 2 dozen biscotti
1/3 cup Gluten-Free Multipurpose flour mix, Bob’s Red Mill, Pamela’s Products, or Maninis GF Multiuso *Cup4Cup contains Milk Powder and is not Dairy-Free
1 1/2 teaspoons Gluten-Free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup grape seed oil
1 cup Candied Clementine Syrup
1/2 cup chopped almonds
Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a food processor.
Slowly add the oil, pulse 1-2 times.
Add the Clementine syrup, pulse 1-2 times.
Add the eggs and vanilla, pulse until all incorporated.
Gently incorporate the chopped almonds and chocolate.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Scoop out the dough with a silicone spatula or spoon.
Spread the dough out to make a long loaf approximately three inches wide and almost the length of your baking sheet 13 inches long. Smooth the top with the silicone spatula.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Take it out and let it cool for at least 1 hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut slices 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal with a serrated knife.
Place the slices, standing up, next to each other on the baking sheet with parchment paper. I reuse my previous paper, even if it is slightly messy.
Bake – 15 – 20 minutes until the centers are slightly dry.
Remove from oven and let cool on a baking rack for at least one hour prior to serving.
Let the biscotti sit out to continue to dry. If you have leftovers, place in an airtight container or tall jar.
**Add a few biscotti to a bag with a bow for an easy gift with some coffee beans or specialty tea.
Biscotti = twice baked Italian cookies = bliss
Oh Clementine, Oh Clementine how I love to eat thee!
I absolutely love this time of year because for all of the wonderful flavors that it brings.
Luckily for us ’tis the season for Cuties Clementines!
Do you or someone you know love Cuties Clementines as much as I do? I can’t think of a more wonderful gift than a cute little box filled with Cuties!
Did you know that Cuties Clementines contain 36 mg of vitamin C and that 2 Clementines are 80 calories, 400 mg of potassium?! So the choice is clear, treat yourself, family and friends to a box or two of Cuties Clementines this holiday season. Clementines are only available November – January so make sure you get them at your local store while they are in stock. To find a store near you go to – Find Cuties box by entering your zip code.
So what do you do with your Cuties Clementines when you get them? Well remove the skin and eat each juicy section, one-by-one is the easiest way to enjoy nature’s candy. But you could make them last even longer by making …
Candied Clementine Syrup
makes approximately 3 1/2 cups
6 washed Clementines, cut
1 cup cold filtered water
2 cups Zulka Organic Cane Sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the clementines in a Le Creuset French Oven or a pot with a lid, with the skin side down. Add the water and then sprinkle the sugar on top of the Clementines and put the lid on.
Carefully place the pot in the oven and cook for 2 1/2 – 3 hours.
Carefully take out of the oven and remove the lid, keeping away from the steam.
Let cool, uncovered on a rack for at least 1 hour.
Add mixture to the food processor and pulse to the consistency you desire. I like to keep a few peels visible for a tad bit of texture and extra pretty bites.
Serve with scones, waffles, biscuits or add to recipes to give them a wonderful Clementine flavor. Store in the refrigerator in a tight sealing jar, for 1 week or in a freezer bag for up to 2 months.
Stay tuned to for my special Clementine recipe coming up next …
Oh Clementine … Oh Clementine … how I love to cook and eat thee!
** I received a box of Cuties Clementines from Cuties Citrus. They heard I was a Clementine lover and they asked if they could send me a box and I graciously agreed. I was not influenced to write this post because of the complimentary gift. Nature made me fall in love with Clementines and sometimes you just can’t deny Mother Nature.
Must Have Gluten-Free Stocking Stuffers 2013 that are sure to please everyone!
There is nothing better than taking a mid-day break with a hot cup of coffee and my favorite Gluten-Free, Nut-Free – Chocolate Sun Cups made with sunflower seeds. Even better, this lovely little treat is Non-GMO and Soy-Free as well! All of Sun Cups products are made in a gluten, nut, tree nut free and certified Kosher facility!
This chocolate cup is all grown up with a fresh new hipper recipe that is safer for everyone to enjoy. I have been a fan of Sun Cups since I found them in 2009. Sun Cups has mastered the chocolate candy cup making by creating deliciousness like I remember but without the gluten and nuts! Such a treat with four combinations. Dark Chocolate Sunflower butter, Dark Chocolate Mint, Milk Chocolate Caramel, Milk Chocolate Sunflower butter.
Don’t ask me to pick a favorite because I love them all. I know, I love dark chocolate with everything, especially sunflower butter because the creamy flavor pairs nicely with the semi-sweetness of the dark chocolate. Oh don’t even get me started on my forever love …. Dark Chocolate Mint! Sun Cups makes their cups with perfectly real fresh peppermint oil.
I will say that I usually stay away from milk chocolate because it is usually too sweet but both of the Sun Cups made with Milk Chocolate cups are just enough sweetness to soften your sweet tooth without sending you into orbit!
I say we all enjoy the new hipper and safer chocolate cup for everyone! Buy a case and take them with you while you travel safely on airplanes, share them with friends and remind Santa to add them to stocking stuffers! Give yourself, your family and friends permission to take a deliciousness break and discover your favorite Sun Cup today. You can find Sun Cups at a variety of stores near you by using the store locator on the Sun Cups site. Additionally you can buy direct from Sun Cups online.
Thanks to Sun Cups for sending me some samples. I was a fan in the beginning and will always be your biggest fan regardless of the freebies.
Luckily for me it is time for my Sun Cups break now …
Oh wait before you go …
Check out this video from Sun Cups, featuring the founder, David Lurie and fans. Help them raise money for the Sun Cup fundraising campaign. They are trying to raise money so that they can provide free Sun Cups to various events and non-profit organizations. #SunCupArmy
My newest addition to my gift list, Must Have Gluten-Free Makeup 2013. Who knew that having Celiac Disease and living a Gluten-Free lifestyle meant we had to make sure our makeup is Gluten-Free? Well I learned the hard way in the very beginning almost 10 years ago. I am one of those people that habitually applies tinted moisturizer to my lips. Well, let’s just say that we definitely digest what we put on our lips. But beyond just our lips, anything we put on our skin is absorbed and I believe in only using products that are Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty Free. I have been searching for years trying to find a full makeup line that I can use, believe in and trust.
Introducing my new favorite,
Must Have Gluten-Free Makeup 2013
I love Au Naturale for their simplicity, passion, generosity and social responsibility products. Au Naturale is Organic, Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free, Bismuth Oxycholride-Free, Non-Toxic, Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Sulfate-Free, Non-Nano, Professional and made it the USA.
Friends Ashley and Alexandra, owners of Au Naturale, created their makeup with a goal to assist women in finding a makeup that embodies their values, without sacrificing their health. All of their products are made fresh and then shipped. They believe in their mantra so much that every package is marked with the 3 words – healthy. pure. glowing.
In a recent chat with Ashely Prange, I asked her about the company philosophy. Ashley said, “Au Natuale’s vision is to empower women, girls and the global community to flourish in a positive, healthy and productive world.” Au Naturale is based in Washington, D.C., and produces “meaningful makeup” which means with every purchase, 10% of sales is donated to support education in a partnership with Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS). Ashley worked closely with ZOCS while attending college and recognized the need for assistance in fundraising to educate the Zambian children.
I was telling Ashley, when I was a little girl all I ever wanted to do was play “makeup”. I remember going over to my friend’s house and playing with her mom’s makeup case that had all sorts of colors in small containers that I thought were so beautiful. I used to try every color for my eyes, cheeks and lips. I never worried about foundation or mascara because I was too young to realize how it really worked. (Now I totally get it!) We would dress up, putting on outfits, high heels, hats, costume jewelry and then the grand finale … a fashion show! Oh what fun! Looking back, I haven’t had that much fun with makeup since then.
I also remember 10 years ago, when I was very sick, from an auto accident. My health was declining rapidly and I had been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I remember one particular day, looking in the mirror and crying because I looked and felt so horrific! I was so sick that I didn’t care how horrible I looked. Wearing makeup was the farthest thing from my mind but I knew I had hit rock bottom. I vowed to get my health and glow back as I picked myself off of the cold bathroom floor.
Well, I can tell you that I am having fun with my makeup once again! When I found Au Naturale this year they were so wonderful when I contacted them. I was so excited that I found a company that had the same standards and philosophy as I did. I couldn’t believe how many different products they had. The beautiful colors for lip gloss and lipsticks! I love love love the eye shadow cremes, blushes, bronzers, powders, foundations and more! My inner giddy girl couldn’t wait to play!
Au Naturale sent me a generous sample makeup package. I absolutely love all of the makeup. I will be honest with you. When I look at the colors that they sent to me, I hesitated. This was not my habitual, comfort zone color palette. I opened the lip gloss first, it was coral?! Wow, I had never seen a prettier, more natural color. I loved it. I am typically a red lip lady. So when I saw this on me I was very surprised and grateful. I realized that by just putting on a new lip color it gave me pep! I continued to try the rest of the makeup on and I have to say I am a new woman! It opened my eyes to new colors that looked really nice and natural on me. Even though I don’t feel great every day because of my Chronic Pain, when I put on a little makeup I feel pretty. It does a world of good for my mind, body and spirit that just lifts and reminds me that I do care about myself. You can see some of the products that were sent to me in the photographic gallery that I created above.
All I can say is that you need to play too. Lucky for us Au Naturale is extending a special Gluten-Free Foodies, holiday discount of 20% on all orders placed until January 1, 2014.
Please use the code = GFF20
in the promo code box at check out.
Additionally, Au Natuale has a couple of Red Cross products – Red Cross Red Lip Gloss and Red Cross Red lipstick, made with Certified Organic Ingredients and will donate 20% of the sales of these products to the Red Cross.
That is a great incentive to continue my signature red lips!
Thank you Au Naturale for making a makeup that we can play with, feel beautiful wearing and not sacrifice our health. When I wear your makeup I feel healthy, pure and glowing!
Please don’t wait another minute, place your order today so that you have time to take advantage of the -Gluten-Free Foodies discount code GFF20 to save 20% on your order until January 1, 2014. I know you will be as happy as I am with Au Naturale.
A reader contacted me today asking for an Easy Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies recipe that his kids could make. He wanted to bring some Gluten-Free cookies to his office for a holiday party for a few people that are Gluten-Free. The reader is not Gluten-Free but lucky for me he still likes to follow my blog. I suggested that they buy one of my favorite cookie mixes so that they didn’t have to buy any extra Gluten-Free ingredients than needed. I love using Pamela’s Products when I need a recipe to be fast and easy. Pamela’s mixes are also great for introducing Gluten-Free baking to new bakers or people that are newly diagnosed to the Gluten-Free lifestyle. Pamela’s Products are found at most major grocery stores across the USA.
I suggested that they make my…
Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and place the rack in the middle of the oven.
8 Tbs butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Using a standing or hand mixer, blend the contents of the cookie mix in a bowl with the butter, egg, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa powder. Cover the mixing bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
Take the dough out and use a spring scoop or two spoons to make balls with the dough. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Use the back of the spring scoop or spoon to gently press the ball down leaving an indentation. *This will hopefully bake with a small indentation that will be the perfect place for the melted chocolate to puddle and sit … Oh my! If the indentation does not stay, use the back of a spoon to gently push the cookie down while they are cooling.
Bake 9-11 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack.
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler while stirring. If you do not have double boiler use a small slow cooker or the microwave. Melting times will vary.
Once the chocolate is all melted use a spoon to scoop the chocolate onto the cookies. Sprinkle the tops with crushed peppermint candies. Let cool before storing in a tight sealing container.
I suggest enjoying these cookies within 1-2 days so they are fresh. I am sure once you start baking them it will not be that hard.
TIP – if you have a candy cane shape cookie cutter or a favorite shape, you could rollout the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper and cut the cookies out. Bake, cool and top with the melted chocolate and peppermint pieces.
Merry Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Christmas!
Come a little closer and I will tell you my favorite beauty secret …
What is the one thing that your mother always told you to do when you were younger?
Take care of your skin, after all it is the largest organ of your body.
I recently met with Karen Ries, owner and creator of HANA Organic Skincare, which started in 2010. It turns out that Karen found her passion while studying to be an herbalist. She originally wanted to make medicines for her family. During the course, the students were required to make skincare products. So by chance she started to make the products and use them on her skin. She used to get eczema every few months so she tried her products on her rashes and they made it go away. Of course she was thrilled with the results but in the process she discovered her passion of making a truly natural skincare product. Karen shared her class project products with her family and friends. Once their products were gone they began to ask her to please make more! She realized that she loved making products and that this could really be a business. Karen realized that it was the process of creating and making wonderfully nourishing products to nurture our bodies. It was fitting that when Karen thought about a name for the company she wanted something to represent that nurturing spirit and decided to call the business – HANA, her daughter’s name.
“We do care what you put on your body and what goes into your skin. Your skin is just as important to me as mine. We make small batches. I test everything on myself.” Karen is so dedicated that she is thinking about buying a farm to grow as many of her own ingredients that she can. Currently she only buys the best Organic ingredients to meet her shared high quality standards. Karen makes small batches of her products because they are meant to be used within a timely manner and not sit around. If a product sits on a shelf, it needs preservatives and chemicals and that is what she avoids.
We talked more about skin conditions and I explained to her that during the diagnosing process, people with Celiac Disease can have skin irritation symptoms or Celiac of the Skin called Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH). DH is extremely itchy, chronic conditions that requires medication and a strict Gluten-Free diet. DH often looks like eczema. I asked her if she had anything that would help quell symptoms of DH or other irritations. Karen says that her Lavender Grains are very gentle and nourishing. In fact this product contains certified Gluten-Free oats. Karen says the combination of the lavender and oats is one of the best things to help quell skin irritations.
HANA Organic Skincare makes six products - Lavender Grains, Gentle Cleanser, Gentle Toner, Renew, Luxe Serum and Eye Oil. She wants to focus her full attention on these products because they are the most popular. Karen assures me that when she is ready there will be other products added in the future. (Trust me I put in many requests for various products to be created. When you find something you love you just want more! Right?!! )
I am absolutely in love with all of the products but a must for me is Renew and Eye Oil to keep people guessing my real generation. I have been told that my skin has a healthy glow and that makes me feel really good. I care about the ingredients – I eat foods that nourish my body internally so why not my skin? I like to make my skin incredibly happy. All of the products are 100% toxin and cruelty free, no sulfates, parabens, phthalates or perfumes. I actually think the natural fragrances from the lavender, rose, frankincense and others give me the added aroma therapy benefit as well. I can’t wait to wash my face or to use the toner so that I can take a few long deep breaths and feel refreshed.
All of the products are Gluten-Free (certified GF Oats) and Non-GMO Project. Please go to the HANA Organic Skincare site for more information. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter as well to receive updates for new products and special announcements. Karen is happy to ship to you, if you are not local to the island or Seattle.
As a special bonus to my readers,
Karen is extending a
holiday discount for Gluten-Free Foodies readers.
Shop now and use the special code
GFF15 to save – 15%
at check out in the special code section.
HANA Organic Skincare accepts returns please see her site for the return policy. Karen says that the best place to spot check a new skincare product is the crook of the arm, or décolletage.
“Think of our products as food for your skin. This is precious, we make small quantities of our products with natural preservatives to be used daily and be replenished frequently.” - Karen Ries
Karen’s sister makes the beautifully lined make-up bag, shown in the picture, by hand. The bag will hopefully be available to purchase soon.
So let’s just keep this as our beauty secret … okay? When I see that extra glow on your face, I will know where it came from.
I absolutely love to fill my house with family and friends and entertain, especially during the holidays. I look forward to making my home beautiful with my homemade Gluten-Free food and displaying it on the most lovely entertaining accessories. I have found the absolute Must Have Entertaining Accessories of 2013 and I can’t wait to share them with you.
The trick to entertaining is having the perfect platters, cake stands and serving pieces to showcase your meal and party food. I always say you can never have enough serving pieces! You never know if someone is going to walk in with a surprise treat to share, so you always need extra stands and platters. Every serving piece should be looked at as a frame that makes your food the center of attention. I love having various heights or layers on my buffet display all sorts of foods and make the best use of small spaces. Everything looks so pretty on a porcelain or glass plate or platter. Don’t you agree?! I like to keep with traditional neutral colors white, black and glass for my main serving pieces to show off my sweet and savory treats best. I also love using special holiday mugs and dishes that are not my everyday collection. I think it is fun to mix patterns with the same color tones.
Okay … enough chit chat … please take a look at my – Must Have Holiday Entertaining Accessories for 2013
One of my absolutely favorite sites is Layla Grayce, that features Rosanna, my favorite handcrafted entertaining accessories. The Rosanna style is traditional with a modern twist. The table top pieces and trinkets offer so many wonderful treasures including cake stands in black, white, pastels and textures. You can make a 2 or 3 high tier display by carefully stacking the graduated sizes on top of each other. Imagine your homemade Gluten-Free cupcakes, truffles or tea sandwiches on them! Please note that you will need to purchase the various sizes of the cake stands separately to create the configuration shown in the picture.
I love seeing a special cake under a glass dome. I think because it reflects the light , it just adds that professional touch and puts a spotlight on it. It speaks to me and says … pick me! Luckily Rosanna thought of the glass domes in various shapes and sizes, which are must haves!
Want to know the real bonus? Right now if you spend $75 or more you will get free shipping, excluding sale items. When I found this amazing site this year I fell head over heels in love with everything that they offer.
I absolutely love Layla Grayce, so much that I have added them to my site as an affiliate link. You know me if I love something I write about and share it first hand. Please use my affiliate link ads so that I can enjoy a little holiday treat as well. Thank you in advance.
Make sure to place your order as soon as possible so that you get what you want while quantities are available. Have fun looking at the site. You can find some wonderful clothing and accessories as well! So go ahead, pour yourself a big cup of coffee and enjoy your holiday shopping from the warmth and comfort of your home. Baby it’s cold outside!
To good health and fun shopping!
Yay! Way to go HAWKS! Did you see the Seahawks game last night?! 34 – 7 win over the New Orleans Saints. Now the Seahawks are 11-1 and going to the playoffs! The extra big bonus for us is today is Tuesday and you know what that means?!
SEAHAWKS RED ROBIN FREE TAVERN DOUBLE TUESDAY
Enjoy a FREE Tavern Double Burger served with Bottomless Steak Fries, with a purchase of a burger, sandwich, entrée or entrée salad and 2 beverages! Including their Gluten-Free Tavern Double with a Gluten-Free bun. Ask your server for more details or check out the details here.
So grab your favorite Seahawks fan friend and get a free burger and fries! Including their Gluten-Free burger bun at participating locations! I suggest calling the location nearest you to make sure they have Gluten-Free buns on hand.
For more information about the menu at Red Robin, please go to their website to see the interactive allergen menu guide.
Be sure to post your favorite pics at the game in your Seahawks gear and from the restaurant on their Facebook page and on Twitter with the #RedRobinFan #GoHawks
Woot! Go Hawks!
When you think of Amaranth you might think of an ingredient in your Gluten-Free flours. Not so fast, Amaranth is an Ancient seed! Yes, a SEED not a grain! So if you are on a grain-free diet you can enjoy this naturally Gluten-Free seed. The bonus is you will get all the benefits of this seed because it is a complete protein with high amino acids including lysine. We need lysine, which is not produced in our body, to help our collagen formation, skin, bones and connective tissue. The only way for us to get lysine is via our food.
Amaranth Seed has a grassy, earthy flavor to it. I discovered it years ago and find that my body does not react to it like other seeds and grains that are Gluten-Free. (I react to quinoa and certified oats, even if they are certified Gluten-Free.) I decided to make my Slow Cooked Savory Herbed Amaranth in my slow cooker the other day and it worked out beautifully. It is the perfect Gluten-Free dish to go with everything or by itself. I think this is my new favorite warm meal or side dish for cold mornings and nights. I think Amaranth is equally a sweet or savory treat.
This is the basic recipe – if you want it more **versatile or as a vegan dish, I suggest using vegetable broth. Otherwise if you are making it as a savory or side dish feel free to use your favorite chicken, turkey or beef broth.
Slow Cooked Savory Herbed Amaranth
1 tsp smoked sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup diced yellow onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp smoked pimento
Put all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and mix well. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6-8. As the Amaranth cooks it will become gelatinous. Remove from heat and let cool. Serve with your favorite meal or as a side dish and top with fresh or dried herbs.
**You could also make a roasted vegetable casserole - add Brussels sprouts, onions, carrots, celery and make a casserole with the Amaranth on top. Put it in a casserole pan and into a prey-heated 350 degree oven. Let it cook for 20-25 minutes. The amaranth will act as a lid and create moisture for the vegetables to cook. Top with fresh parsley before serving.
**If you want it as a sweet warm bowl for breakfast to replace oatmeal- add maple syrup, dried or fresh fruit and your favorite nuts. I absolutely love it because I can’t eat oats and it is nice to cozy up to a warm bowl for breakfast on a cold morning.