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Gluten Free Popovers for Christmas Morning

December 21st, 2010 at 9:50 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Yes, Santa after all that work overnight you and everyone else on your list must have Gluten Free Popovers on Christmas morning!  I recently tried King Arthur's All Purpose Gluten Free flour and absolutely love it! The funny thing is that the recipe for the Gluten Free Popovers is on the back of the box ... how easy is that?!?! 
I admit things have been a bit crazy with the weather and getting ready for the holidays but the other morning I just had to have something decadent ... a pastry ... a real go to the bakery kind of pastry that makes you swoon!

This did the trick and let me tell you ...
Light ... creamy, almost custard-like ... airy ...
sweet and cinnamony ... get your fingers and face kind of messy, but in a good lip smackin' deliciously decadent sort of way ... Ooh la!

This is the recipe "hors de la boîte" ... "out of the box"
Total time to make and bake is less than an hour and you can stay in your PJ's and Robe!

4 large eggs
3 Tbl. melted butter (I used Earth Balance non-dairy butter)
1 1/4 cups of lukewarm milk (I used coconut milk)
1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. seasalt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 12 cup popover pan. If you don't have a popover pan, no worries, I used a muffin pan and it worked great!

Whisk together the wet ingredients - eggs, butter, milk in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl whisk the dry ingredients - flour, xanthan gum, salt and *I added a tsp. of cinnamon to my dry ingredients because ... I love cinnamon!

Mix the wet ingredients with the dry until smooth.  Pour the batter into the pans about 2/3 full.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, then reduce the oven to 350 degrees and bake an additional 15 minutes until the popovers are golden. Carefully remove from oven and try your best to wait for 5 minutes to cool in the pan. 

While the popovers are baking ... prep  2 bowls -
one bowl with 2 Tbl. cinnamon and 1/2 cup of sugar - mix well.  Melt 3 Tbl of butter or non-dairy butter in the other bowl, I melted it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Another variation would be to add orange zest to sugar or use some homemade vanilla sugar.

When the rolls have finished baking and are cooled to the touch, take them out of the pan.  Brush the melted butter on the and roll the warm rolls and then roll in the cinamon and sugar mixture before serving.

Share and enjoy with those that you absolutely love ... not just like!

Have your self a deliciously decadent Christmas morning!
Joyeux Noël


P.S. You can find King Arthur's flours and mixes at most large grocery store chains or order directly from them online or call 1 800 827 6836. Please let them know that you saw this on Gluten Free Foodies Blog, Thank you!

Gluten Free Frozen Yogurt at Menchie’s

December 14th, 2010 at 1:33 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Hey Gluten Free Foodies, have you heard about the new, totally cool ... (ha ha) frozen yogurt places that are popping up all over called Menchie's?
Seattle has 3 locations and the newest location in Queen Anne opened last week!  So fun and cute, located at 2101 Queen Anne Avenue North - Upper Queen Anne at the corner of Crockett Street.  There are also locations in Federal Way and Vancouver, WA in our area.  The company is based out of California and locations are opening up all across the US.
So you say ... what is Menchie's and why is it sooo cool?
Well, it is a fun atmosphere, self serve and most of the frozen yogurts are Gluten Free -
if it doesn't have the words cake or cookies in the name ... then it is Gluten Free and some of the flavors are even dairy free and no sugar added.  There are 14 flavors on a wall that you can walk up to for self service.  The fun thing is that you can sample the flavors before you buy! The flavors change regularly so you can fall in love with all of them one at a time! There are over a 100 flavors that are offered by the company and the local franchise can make their own seasonal flavors. 
Some of the flavors on the wall while I was there were ... Coffee, Raspberry, Blackberry, Kiwi Strawberry Sorbet, Tart, Pineapple Tart, Peanut Butter, Milk Chocolate, Vanilla Snow.  They also had some seasonal flavors like Pumpkin and Egg Nog.  When I was talking to the Manager, Nathan, I asked what the most popular flavor was and he said that it is Pineapple Dole Whip, just like the one available at Disneyland.  I tried a few while I was there and my favorite was Dulce de Leche! So decadent and just like the real thing! One new flavor coming out next week - Creme Brulee ... can't wait to try it!
So here is how it works, when you go in, you are greeted by one of the sweet Menchie's staff, and they show you how to use the machines.  You fill up your cup and when you have created your perfect mix, they weigh it and you are charged .43 cents per ounce. This is a great way to have a healthy snack break and at a good price. Their yogurt has 1 billion live active cultures so it is a healthy snack alternative to fast food. To learn more about nutritional information, locations, flavors and how Menchie's was created check out the web site!
Please note that there are toppings available in bulk bins but because of cross contamination they are not considered Gluten Free. Menchie's also offers waffle cones that they make on site but they are not Gluten Free.
Be sure to "Like" them on Facebook to get up to date info on new flavors appearing and stores opening near you.
So go shop and then relax with friends and family.  Menchie's is a great way to enjoy a fun, tasty treat that will put a smile on your face.  You will be hooked after the first taste!
For those of you that are already Menchie's fanatics they offer gift cards and punch cards. The gift cards are perfect for the holidays, be sure to put them on your wish list.  The punch cards are really great too, when you buy nine 8oz purchases, the 10th one is free! The also offer pre-packs 32 oz of your favorite flavor for $6.99.
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Gluten Free Gift Ideas For The Holidays

December 9th, 2010 at 1:21 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I know how busy it can be this time of year. I thought I would offer you some Gluten Free Holiday Shopping ideas for your favorite Gluten Free Foodies in your lives!
Most of the suggestions are informative, Fair Trade, Organic, will be used everyday, tasty and ... all are GLUTEN FREE!
Any one of these gifts would be great but a combination of them ... Wow!

Here we go Gluten Free Must Haves or a few of my favorite things ... in no particular order ...

Oregon Growers makes the most amazing jams, sauces, honeys, Pendleton BBQ Sauce and Hazelnuts! All absolutely Organic and will compliment any chef's hard work in the kitchen or from the grill!
Such great gifts to choose from their site.  I love everything from this company!

Roasted with Sea Salt, Roasted, Diced or Raw ... all so good straight from the bag or to add to so many recipes!  ... Oregon Growers

One more thing ... Pendleton BBQ Sauce

Karen Robertson's "Cooking Gluten-Free" on CD, it is a beautiful, well thought out and such a variety of recipes to help you make any meal extra special.

Smith Teas Specialty handcrafted teas from around the world - White, Green, Oolong, Black and Herbal.  Each box is stamped with a batch number to learn about the origin of each tea.  Flavors such as Cardamon, Elderflower and Indian Sarsaparilla Root are just a few of the ingredients used in the teas. I love to enjoy a cup of this tea, with my feet up in front of the fireplace chatting with friends ... also waiting for the timer to go off for a fresh baked Gluten Free treat! This tea is very special and is a great gift to be enjoyed over time ... relaxing!

"Fannie's Last Supper" by Chris Kimball, Host of America's Test Kitchen. I love this book! It was a fun, educational, historical read about Fannie Farmer the original Test Cook, Entertainer, Author and Teacher. If you are a foodie ( I am assuming your are if you are reading my blog) pour a cup of tea and snuggle up because this is a MUST READ! 

You know this is near and dear to my heart ... please remember to pick up some extra Gluten Free Foods while you are grocery shopping.  Please be sure to put the Gluten Free items in a bag and mark it with big letters GLUTEN FREE FOOD and drop at your nearest FOOD BANK LOCATION.   Suggested non-perishables - pasta, brown rice, baking mixes, crackers, broth, and canned soups.

Carol Fenster's newest cookbook "100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes" is a great gift to give anyone that needs a little help with ideas in their Gluten Free kitchen.  All of the recipes are simple and explained very well to make even a novice chef look like a pro! I love this book and all of Carol's recipes delicious! 

 Tru Sweets - Organic Candy Canes, natural flavors, natural colors and no corn syrups ... creamy peppermint the way the holidays should be! GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN AND KOSHER
"Real Life With Celiac Disease" by Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and Daniel Leffler, MD, have created perfect book to explain everything you ever wanted to learn about Celiac Disease or needed to remind yourself about - what you can and can't eat, difference between Gluten Intolerance and Celiac and Why is there a connection between people with Diabetes and Celiac Disease ... and so much more!  I highly recommend everyone had a copy of this book on their shelf to share with family as well or anyone that needs to understand the importance of living a Gluten Free lifestyle.

Anything that is from small producers, Fair Trade, Organic, from Latin America or Spain is always a hit with me! I also enjoy knowing the story behind a product so that I can connect with it.  Check out the variety of specialty foods from  Culinary Collectives   I love the foods from Culinary Collectives - Matiz Espana and Zocalo Gourmet. The special attention of selecting and providing  authentic  traditional foods that makes me feel good about sharing with friends and family to celebrate every occasion!   

How about a CSA?  I know it is one of those things on you to do list but you just haven't looked into it?  Terra Organics, can bring the best of the harvest to you! This is a great gift that will be enjoyed all year!

The Triumph Dining Guides and Cards are a perfect gift for someone who is newly diagnosed or a traveler.  The Grocery Guide is a great way to familiarize yourself with products that are Gluten Free in our favorite grocery stores nationwide.  The Dining Guide helps you plan a day out in town or while you are traveling.

This is just one that I have to sneak in for Christmas morning ... Chocolate Covered donuts ...    
 No Baking just warming ... Need I say more?

Happy GLUTEN FREE HOlidays!


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

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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.
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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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