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Gluten Free Hostess Gifts, Holiday Party Must Haves and Special Savings!

December 7th, 2010 at 11:56 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Psst.... I have a special shopping scoop to share with you!
You know how much I love to celebrate the foods from all around the world?!?!
Well, Culinary Collectives and Zocalo Gourmet are my absolute favorite ways to celebrate!
100% Natural - Organic - Fair Trade - Small Producers

Imagine walking into your holiday parties this year with Olivar De La Luna, Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is Certified Organic and imported from Andalusia-Spain! How about some Olivada Dulce, sweet Empeltre Olive Spread  to add on top of some Manchego cheese and you will be a fan too!
Wow, won't that impress everyone! Something different that an bottle of wine that everyone brings to a party.
Organic Chili Paste - Aji Limo, Aji Amarillo, Aji Panca ... ooh the possibilities!
Something for us, Gluten Free Foodies, friends and family? 
How about something from Zocalo Gourmet! Imagine the recipes you could make with Sweet Potato, Purple Corn, Kaniwa, Mesquite, Amaranth, Quinoa flours - all naturally Gluten Free!

My favorite right now is Sweet Potato! I have been creating some recipes recently using Zocalo Gourmet's flours and you will be able to see them on the Zocalo Gourmet web site soon!  

Be sure to become a fan and follower on Facebook and Twitter - Zocalo Gourmet - for the most up to date news.

This is the perfect hostess gift or wish list gift this holiday season! ... and a savings to boot!
You are invited to the Open (Ware) House event to purchase these lovely imported heritage foods from around the world at 40-60% off Retail Prices!
Contact for more info.

This Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 11 AM - 3 PM

Please let them know that you saw it on GLUTEN FREE FOODIES!

Happy Gluten Free Holiday Shopping!

Gluten Free Holiday Must Have Tru Sweets Organic Candy Canes

December 6th, 2010 at 9:32 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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You know that feeling you get when you taste something so pure and simple that you just feel special? Well I must say ... this is it for me! Tru Sweets Organic Candy Canes are on the top of my MUST HAVE FOR THE GLUTEN FREE HOLIDAYS LIST. I love this company because they have created the ultimate Organic Peppermint Candy Cane. The flavor is so pure, creamy peppermint the way it should be. No Artificial Colors or Flavors All Natural Corn Syrup Free Vegan Kosher and Oh YES ... GLUTEN FREE! You can feel great about sharing this as a gift for friends and family.  Your kids will love them and you will remember what sweet should taste like; pure and simple.  I love their tag line ... Tru Sweets Treat Yourself Better. Happy Naturally Sweet Holidays ... Lisa P.S. I saw a lovely display of Tru Sweet Candy canes at Whole Foods Markets.  Check the Tru Sweets website for more details. GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

GLUTEN FREE MENU at Mexico Cantina Y Veracruz Cooking!

December 5th, 2010 at 1:49 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Well it's official Gluten Free Foodies, the restaurants are paying close attention to our requests!  I am so happy to announce that Mexico Cantina Y Veracruz Cooking in Pacific Place, downtown Seattle now has a GLUTEN FREE MENU! A gorgeous colorful, in its own sleeve, full page menu! Take a look for yourself and trust me everything is fresh daily ... absolutamente delicioso!
Chef Fernanda has taken the time to put together this list of Gluten Free suggestions on a menu because she values her Gluten Free and specialty diet customers.  Chef Fernanda said, "Having a separate menu takes a lot of the guess work out of trying to order a Gluten Free meal.  It was easy because most of the suggestions did not have to be altered because it is naturally made the traditional way and without Gluten."  Only the finest, freshest ingredients from the Northwest. It is always best to tell the server that you are Gluten Free even when ordering from the menu so that they can make a special note. 
I have had almost everything on the menu and can say that the Mole is to die for! The BEST MOLE I have ever had! There are over 25 separate ingredients that go into this sauce and it takes 2 days to develop this spicy, sweet yet complex traditional sauce!  I want some now just thinking about it! The flan is the best too!
So much to choose from, even Vegan options as well.  The staff is so wonderful there, so feel free to ask any questions. 
Go shop for the holidays and work up an appetite for some awesome Gluten Free Food! Better yet ... buy a gift card from Mexico or put it on your wish list for the holidays! It is a great way to celebrate any special occasion! It is my favorite way to celebrate the foods that we can eat! GRACIAS!  to all at Mexico Cantina Y Veracruz Cooking. Aquí está a la buena comida! Disfrute! (Here's to good food! Enjoy!) Lisa GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

GIG Event Dec. 4, 2010

November 29th, 2010 at 8:05 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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The Kitsap/Olympic Peninsula GIG Group December Meeting Saturday, December 4, 2010  2 - 4 PM Mike's Four Star BBQ in Port Gamble, WA Gluten Free meals available, No-Host Lunch
Guest Speaker - Cynthia Kupper, Executive Director of GIG Gift Basket Raffle Bring your friends, family. Come meet Nancy Tietje the new Director for the Kitsap/Peninsula GIG Chapter. Last chance to say goodbye and thanks to Sue Eliot for the many years of her hard work and dedication to all of us with Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease. Big Thanks Sue! Lisa GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info!

Happy Not So Turkey Day, Yet Very Thankful

November 25th, 2010 at 12:49 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Today really is more about being thankful
and less about Turkey.  I know what you are thinking ... 
How could Lisa, the Gluten Free Foodie, not be talking about roasting some wonderful turkey, stuffing, potatoes etc. on a grand food holiday such as this?

Well, I am happy and really, really thankful that the power is back on!  I am warm in my home, and everyone that I know is safe and sound.  My body is not happy with cold temps in the single and teen temps that WA state has had the past few days.  Although it is beautiful to look out the window to see the snow, I could look at a picture and get the same fuzzy feeling without all the pain. 

Luckily we prepared a bit for the storm. The plan was to only shop for small food items and non-perishables, batteries, candles and Sterno.  Yes, I said Sterno, for my fondue pots.  They work great when the power is out and you want to heat something like rice and beans, soup or water for coffee.  We also filled a cooler and put it out on the deck so that we had easy access to some food without opening our fridge while the power was off.  It was so cold that most of the items in the cooler froze.  Let's just say that we didn't need to put ice in the "ice chest/cooler".  Yup, that cold!

Today has been more about catching up with neighbors and friends in the area to make sure they survived the first wave of  La Nina 2010. Oh the stories are entertaining and yet a bit too real of people being stranded for 5 -10 hours in freezing temps along the highways.  On a more positive note, it has also been fun catching up with people from all over, talking about putting the turkey in the oven and making all of the fixins' for the big Thanksgiving Day meal! Realizing that I will not have to clean up after all that cooking ... whew!

Well, there will be no turkey served in this house today.  No worries.  I didn't want to buy a turkey knowing the storm was coming and could spoil.  I don't like to waste food.  Besides even if I did buy it, I would have had to put it outside in a cooler and it would still be frozen!  So today I am going to relax and celebrate the day by creating a few small snacks or  meals throughout the day.  Taking inspiration from the Spanish - Tapas - little bites ... with a Pacific Northwest flare ...

Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and a Gluten Free Bagel

Antipasti plate with fruit, veggies, peppers, GF crackers and chevre.

Tomato Soup with Gluten Free White Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Making Espresso over a Sterno flame and improv coffee pot

Wow! what a concept, small bites and not overstuffed on Thanksgiving!?!? Sounds perfect!

Special thanks to all of the people at the power company who worked so hard in miserable weather to get the power back on in WA state.
I am also thankful for all of you that continue to read my blog on a regular basis.  It keeps me motivated and creative.  One funny story to tell you, the traditional meal has not all been pushed aside.  The minute the power went back on I got all of the supplies needed to make Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie.  I set everything up and waited a few extra minutes to make sure the power was going to stay on ... and then it happened ... the withdrawals kicked in ... I had to bake ... a few days without real cooking or baking ... this was serious! Out of my way ... at least we have pie!
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie!
See picture at the beginning of this posting of the Pumpkin Pie, still warm and slightly devoured with a nice hot beverage and of course  ... whipped cream and cinnamon! 

Mini Gluten Free Pumpkin Pies with Graham Cracker Crust

November 24th, 2010 at 3:45 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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The power has been off the past few days because we have had a major snow storm throughout Washington state.  The temps are in the teens right now! The power aka HEATER, STOVE etc. went back on just a few hours ago. I quickly made the most important part of Thanksgiving meal ... Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Pies with Graham Cracker CrustsNot sure that we will have a turkey tomorrow but at least we have pie! I made a Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crust out of homemade Graham Crackers that I made over the summer.  Do you remember when I said, don't throw those away put them in the processor and freezer bag and freeze them for later use?  Well today is the day! Get them out! This will make 6 - 8 Mini Pumpkin Pies 2 cups Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crumbs homemade or Kinnikinnick S'morable (Gluten Free Graham Crackers crumbled up in a food processor) or just get the Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crumbs 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar 1 stick of butter Put the GF Graham Cracker crumbs into a bowl with the dark brown sugar.  Melt the butter in the microwave.  Add the melted butter to the bowl and use a fork to mix well. Spoon out the crust mixture into ramekins approximately 1-2 tablespoon in each.  Put the ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 3 - 4 minutes.  Take them out of the oven and add the Pumpkin Pie mixture. Pumpkin Pie Mixture
1 can Organic Pumpkin 1 can evaporated milk 1 cup sugar 2 medium size eggs 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp clove pinch of dried ginger or if you really like it grate some fresh ginger, approximately 1/4 tsp. Mix together in a bowl with a hand mixer.  Pour evenly into each of the ramekins on top of the GF Graham crusts.  Bake them on the baking sheet and put them in the oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes and the lower to 300 for 25 minutes.  You will also see the custard stand firm away from the edges. Carefully remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.  
 I like my Pumpkin Pie warm, especially on a very cold day like today.  Some people like it chilled.  If you do put it in the fridge after it has cooled on the rack for at least an hour.  Feel free to make some fresh whipping cream and put a big dollop on top ... if you have it!  (I will go without this time because I can't get to the grocery store in this snow storm ...) Either way with or without fresh whipping cream ... trust me it tastes really good and just like the holidays should, even in an early snowy storm! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Lisa GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts – Naturally Gluten Free

November 22nd, 2010 at 4:57 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Just a quick posting today to share one of my favorite treats! I never would have thought I would say this but I love Brussel Sprouts!  I eat them like popcorn ... 1 bag of Brussel Sprouts Olive Oil Sea Salt Black Pepper Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Wash the Brussel Sprouts then put them in a bowl and drizzle Olive Oil on them so they are nicely coated.  Approximately 2 - 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil.  Sprinkle Sea Salt and Black Pepper on them and toss in the bowl. Put some foil on a baking pan and dump the bowl onto the foil, on the baking pan.  This really makes clean up easy.  Spread the Brussel Sprouts out evenly.  Put them into the oven for 15 minutes.  Take them out and turn them over and put them back in for another 15 minutes or until they get slightly dark and caramelized.  Take them out and put them in a bowl to eat with a meal, maybe Thanksgiving or as a snack.  I add a little bit more of Sea Salt. Black Pepper and a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar.
Cheers to Cisco Morris!  I know how much you love Brussel Sprouts too! Can you imagine if movie theaters started to serve Roasted Brussel Sprouts instead of popcorn as a healthy alternative?  I can dream ... yum! Enjoy! Lisa P.S. The good news about Brussel Sprouts: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Gluten Free Foodies at Will Bake For Food in Seattle Sat. Nov. 20

November 19th, 2010 at 9:16 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Gluten Free Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies

Today is baking day and tomorrow is ... Will Bake For Food in Seattle at the University Congregational Church on 4515 16th Avenue NE in the Ostrander Hall.

10 AM - 2 PM (or until the baked goods are gone!)

Bloggers and Bakers from all over the Seattle area - including Gluten Free Foodies - are baking up a storm today getting ready for the big day tomorrow. 

What could be better?  Bring food to donate, get tickets for the donation then use the tickets to get fresh baked goods, including Gluten Free treats and we all are happy!

The real bonus is that you will get an extra ticket if you bring much needed diapers or Gluten Free food.  I was at Trader Joe's earlier this week and they have brown rice pasta for less than $2 a bag! There are sales all around for the holidays so it is a great time to buy extra non-perishable foods to donate.
Be sure to put the Gluten Free food in a bag and mark the bag GLUTEN FREE so that Northwest Harvest knows this is special dietary food.

Looking forward to seeing you there ... it is a great way to stock up on some treats before the holiday and the big snow storm!

I am making Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies! (I changed my mind from an earlier posting ...)

Looking forward to seeing you at WILL BAKE FOR FOOD!

Fast and Easy Gluten Free Brownies

November 14th, 2010 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Yes, Gluten Free Brownies can be fast and easy!
I recently had a chat with a mother that is newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  She told me that she likes to bake simple things but is a bit intimidated by trying to bake Gluten Free. 
Her other worry was that she just really misses having a treat in the afternoon when her girls come home from school. 

So I shared this little secret with her.  I will share it with you too but please ... promise me you will not share it with anyone!

Pamela's Products makes an awesome Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix! 

I know this is not new information to most of you but it is to those that are new to living a Gluten Free lifestyle.
The thing that I love about this mix is that you can make it so many ways and each way it turns out absolutely delicious!
The back of the package gives you recipes to make the brownies - cake like, fudgiest, egg free, dairy free, oil free, or the classic original with butter! 

So the other day, as the storms started to roll in, I had a hankering for something ... and there it was front in center in my Gluten Free Pantry ... my emergency Pamela's Products Chocolate Brownie Mix.

I mixed up the fudgiest recipe - just add 1/2 cup of oil and 1/3 cup of water to the mix in a bowl. That took all of 3 minutes to do!  I added walnuts to mine to get a little extra protein and omegas. The mix is great and has big chocolate chunks in it for that extra chocolaty goodness!
I decided to use my baking pan that I use to make square cupcakes.  It is by Calphalon Classic Bakeware and is non-stick.  I thought it would be fun to have the cupcakes made separately. 18 minutes later, they were done!  I let them cool for a few minutes on a rack in the pan.  They came out so easily.  The best part, no clean up! I love this pan and by the way ... I do not get paid for talking about any of this ...

So it took 21 or so minutes ... plus a few minutes to actually consume!  How fast and easy is that? 
So no worries, it is OK to use a mix.  Just do it and I won't tell anyone! 


P.S. If you put on some really great music and dance while you are eating the Gluten Free brownies ... you don't have to count the calories ... maybe eat the brownies then dance and most of the calories won't count!  I put on some Pink Martini ... so fun!

Gluten Free Foodies Gluten Free Food Drive Challenge

November 8th, 2010 at 8:16 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I have learned so much about my community by reaching out to the Kitsap County Food Banks and asking questions.  Yes, believe it or not there are families in our community that need to be on a Gluten Free diet and can't afford food let alone expensive Gluten Free food.  Most of the food banks do not get Gluten Free food donations or understand the need for it.  The past few months we have been collecting Gluten Free Food for the Kitsap County Food Banks at our monthly events.  We have made contributions to eight food banks within the Kitsap area. 

It seems that the month of November, when we celebrate Thanksgiving - the holiday about food and grace, it's appropriate we support others with just that ... food and grace. Food that is savory, satisfying and good for us to eat.  Grace by supporting others in their time of need.

There is nothing that I love more than to get emails from my followers.  I love to hear their stories and to learn about their life experiences.  The one common thing that seems to happen when I post information about our monthly events is that people contact me from all over the globe wishing the could attend our events. This month we are going to do things a little differently for our Gluten Free Foodies Event
I am asking you to be apart of a Global Event -
Gluten Free Foodies Gluten Free Food Drive Challenge.

You can help support your local community in one of many ways to help nourish and stock all of our local food banks.  This includes everyone outside of the Seattle area to put you to the Gluten Foodies Gluten Free Food Drive Challenge to help raise awareness about the need for Gluten Free Foods in our Food Banks

As I mentioned in my previous post, Gluten Free Foodies is extending our support to the Washington State Food Banks by baking for my friend Jenny Richard's event in Seattle. Jenny is a fellow blogger, with the most beautiful blog called PurpleHouseDirt.  Jenny Richards is organizing an event with another blogger, Jenny Miller of Rainy Day Gal.  The event is called "Will Bake For Food".   So, two food bloggers organizing a group of food bloggers and bakers from all over the Seattle area will be baking treats - regular and Gluten Free to help raise food and funds for Northwest Harvest of Seattle. Come meet some of your favorite bloggers that you have been following in person.

Will Bake For Food
November 20, 2010 - 10:00 AM 2:00 PM (or until they run out)
University Congregational Church - Ostrander Hall
4515 16th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98105

I am going to make some Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (pictured above) and Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies with Peppermint Crunch for Will Bake For Food .  I already have a few Gluten Free Foodies excited to attend the event with me and hope you will join us. I am also going to help continue to raise food and awareness for the need for Gluten Free food in the Kitsap County Food Banks. 

There are many ways that you can participate in the
Gluten Free Foodies Food Drive Challenge
to help raise awareness about the need for Gluten Free Foods in our Food Banks.

1.  You can bring your baked Gluten Free treats to the Will Bake For Food event in Seattle, to give away to attendees that make donations.  Please contact WBFF to sign up, look on the lower right side of the page to fill out the form. Please give them your info and what you would like to bake.  Please be sure to tell them that you are a part of the Gluten Free Foodies Group that is baking to support the event.

2.  You can attend the event, bring non-perishable foods - regular and Gluten Free, supplies like diapers or monetary donation.  In exchange you will get a ticket to then use to go exchange it for your fresh baked treat.  Added incentive - if you bring Gluten Free non-perishable donations you will get an extra ticket!

3.  If you are OUTSIDE OF THE SEATTLE AREA - You can put some non-perishable Gluten Free Food into a bag, mark the outside of the bag GLUTEN FREE FOODIES GLUTEN FREE FOOD.  Drop the bag off at your local Food Bank ... in your community! 
Around the US go to Feeding America to find a food bank in your area.
Want a more global way to help, go to Global Giving to find out more.

4.  If you live in Kitsap County and would like to make a donation to the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition  click the link to find locations or more information. 

5.  I would love to get some feedback or stories about how you are supporting the Gluten Free Foodies Gluten Free Food Drive Challenge in your community.  Please send me pictures, stories ideas in an email at and I will share them with your fellow Gluten Free Foodies!

6.  If you are a company with a Gluten Free product and would like to participate please contact me at for more info.

Let's all enjoy the holiday season together and celebrate the foods that we can eat!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you!

P.S. Please feel free to share this with anyone that would like to participate.
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Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at Original blog - After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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