Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
This Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 11 AM - 3 PM
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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|
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!
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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!
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 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!
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
P.S. Please feel free to share this with anyone that would like to participate.