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New Growth of Gluten Free Products at Grocery Stores

January 20th, 2011 at 10:45 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Have you noticed lately that there are so many new Gluten Free products at the grocery stores?
I am so excited to go grocery shopping these days! I especially love to go to PCC Natural Markets because they are officially the first Certified Gluten Free Retailer by GIGPCC carries about 2000 Gluten Free products in their 9 stores throughout Seattle. They do a great job with signage, specifically the orange shelf tags means it is Gluten Free and special displays emphasizing Gluten Free products throughout their stores.  It took about 18 months for the certification process of training the staff about Gluten Intolerance, product identification and handling.  The PCC website is a great way to shop online prior to going into the store so that you can see what products they offer.  You can create a shopping list and either print it or email it.  I email it to myself and pull it up on my phone. It is really fun! You can also learn more about the local products and companies that they sell and get recipe ideas.

You can see the certification sign on the window at the front door and kiosks displayed throughout of all PCC Natural Markets.

I love that I can find all of my Organic local favorites like Oregon Growers jams and jellies! They make any Gluten Free scone, muffin or toast even more delicious!

Just about all of the grocery stores in my area are adding shelf space for new Gluten Free products such as King Arthur's new Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and mixes.  Another favorite that you can find is Chuckanut Bay Gluten Free Cheesecake in the freezer section and sometimes the deli or to-go areas of the markets. The cheesecakes come in a variety of flavors, I have only found the New York Style, in either single serve or larger for a family or party. If I could make a request to the stores ... please add the other flavors because they are awesome!
Additional stores in my area that have made a big difference are  Central Market, Town & Country Markets, Whole Foods Markets and even Safeway is expanding its shelf and freezer spaces to accommodate all the new Gluten Free products flooding the market .. it's about time!  Even the ethnic food companies are adding Gluten Free products as well as saying it on the labels, such as Thai Kitchen and Indian Kitchen.  You can find these and Boar's Head meats in places such as  Fred Meyer or Kroger Co. I think the biggest surprise has been Costco, which now offers an amazing selection of Gluten Free Columbus Meats in large 2 lb packages great for sandwiches or the salame and other Italian delicacies for anytime celebrations.  Costco also offers large bags of Flaxseed meal which is great to add to most baked goods, use as an egg replacer and in smoothies.  They also carry another favorite of mine,  Lundberg Brown Rice in the large bags which is really great.  I put it in a large container at home and make it at least once a week with vegetables for meatless Mondays.

What are some of your biggest surprises at your favorite grocery stores?
Please share your comments about some great finds in your area.

Finally ... our voices are being heard and we have more great foods to choose from at our grocery stores!  I think all of the grocery stores should follow the example of PCC Natural Markets and take the time to become certified by GIG so that their employees will be trained too!

Bravo to PCC Natural Markets and GIG!

Update - Jan. 27, 2011 - Finally found this article in Supermarket News - on Jan. 17, 2011 about PCC Natural Markets.  Giving Up Gluten by Julie Gallagher

Happy Shopping!

Hot Chocolate with Coconut Milk and Kaniwa

January 6th, 2011 at 8:10 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Chocolate con Leche de Coco y Cañihua
In Peru the Hot Chocolate is thick, rich and creamy with a bit of spice.  When I was thinking about this recipe, I poured out the ingredients onto a plate.  The color palette is amazing isn't it? All of the textures and flavors ... the aromas! I knew this was going to be good ... love at first sight and smell! Oh but the taste ...
Serve it mid-day or anytime you need a boost of energy and a treat. The Kaniwa flour makes thick and nutritious because it is a protein powerhouse so all the joy and no guilt. Perfect on a cold winter day! 2 Tbl Zócalo Kaniwa Flour ¼ tsp Mexican Vanilla extract 2 cups coconut milk, I use Turtle Mountain, unsweetened ¼ cup organic coconut milk, mixed well from a can ¼ cup dark brown sugar 2 Tbl cocoa powder 3 oz bar of Fair Trade 75% cocoa bar chocolate 1 Tbl orange zest ¼ tsp clove ½ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp cinnamon
Heat all ingredients over medium high heat. Continue to stir while all of the ingredients heat and meld together, remove from heat just as the bubbles appear. Use a whisk to froth the hot chocolate for 1-3 minutes and pour into serving mugs for hot beverages. Top with chocolate shavings. Share with loved ones ... Compartir con sus seres queridos ... Enjoy! Lisa P.S. I have had lots of questions about Kaniwa - one of  Zocalo Gourmet's Heritage Flours.  Kaniwa is a species of goosefoot, closely related to Quinoa and is indigenous to the Andes.  Highly sustainable to farmers because it is the most resistant crop resistant to low temperatures and high altitudes.  Kaniwa is a protein powerhouse and is an excellent alternative for Gluten Free baking - breads, muffins, pancakes and waffles.  It has an earthy yet nutty flavor.  You can purchase it at Whole Foods Markets,, Williams-Sonoma and Zocalo Gourmet for more info. I have more recipes in the works with the Heritage flours but in the meantime, try it and let me know what you think! GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Living Healthy

January 4th, 2011 at 8:13 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Fresh Green Organic Salad with Cherries, Almonds and Vinaigrette

Well it is a new year, and it is that time to talk about resolutions
I have hesitated writing this posting because this year my resolution is to ... not have resolutions
I just want to take the pressure off  and who really sticks to "resolutions" anyway.  
I have decided to stay positive and appreciate all that I do every day to manage my health! 
Life is hard enough as it is ... right? 

Every single day I have to manage my health due to Celiac Disease and chronic pain.
So my days and weeks look something like this ...

Eat right - veggies, fruit, protein, healthy no gluten grains

While grocery shopping do not buy products with gluten - must read labels, which takes time and not be tempted by all the junk that is out there.

Exercise - walking at least 30 minutes a day and yoga are my favorites  I just do what I can to move my body and relieve stress.

I take supplements because I am always lacking in a half a dozen or so vitamins ... never thrilled about this but I know I need them and they help.  I use mostly powders and drink them down very quickly so I don't taste them. 

Meditate or take some time out just to observe in a quiet space or with some favorite music.

Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, coconut water and tea.  I try to drink at least a green tea and a black tea each day - herbal tea at night.

Create some tasty, healthy treats to bake and share with family and friends.  Cook and plan meals that are easy, nourishing and that change with the seasons. Take pictures before anyone eats and Blog it all!

Get my sleep which is not easy because my body hurts and does not like to stay still in one place for too long. I am good if I can get 4 hours, better if I can get 6 ... simply delirious if I get 8!

Now that I think about it, I am doing a good job!
Yeah ... who needs resolutions?

So I will give you some additional thoughts about what I am doing to help me manage. My toolbox is for the those times when the motivation is at its lowest and the rainy days are never ending.  I actually have a few baskets with some things to make me feel good.  Some naturally scented lotions to massage my hands and feet, some favorite music, a yoga strap to help me stretch my shoulders and legs.  A balance ball to sit on or to stretch or just bounce on! Bean bags to heat and alleviate my various painful areas on my body. Naturally scented bath salts and arnica gel to get me through the cold winters. I like to use lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus by themselves or in combinations. I also love bergamot, sandalwood and most all of the floral scents. 

One of my favorite things to do is to put on some comfy clothes, wrap up in a blanket and kick back to read.  I like to read about different foods to learn about cultures and traditions around the world. I also like to read just about anything having to do with health.
One new one comes to mind ...
About a month ago I received the book - "Your Best Body Now" by Tosca Reno
The book is nicely organized into sections to help you jump start your body with diet, fitness, health, beauty, inspirations.  The book is written for anyone at any age to look and feel good by "eating clean".  Tosca gives you a list to help you shop (slight modifications needed to replace some Gluten Free grains for Gluten grains like whole wheat and spelt) and make over your kitchen cabinets.  She also talks about creating some new healthy habits like carrying a cooler in your car when you are out so that you are not tempted to eat fast food that is unhealthy.  You know me ... that is my favorite habit and I really enjoy finding little containers and new treats to put in like pumpkin seeds, almond milk, fruit and veggies.

The book is a great guide to get you started, keep you motivated and get results to manage your health. There are even sections that help guide you through the various road blocks that will arise unexpectedly. It is like having a friend to tell you exactly what to do, when and how. I really like the detailed information about why supplements are so important for you and what vitamins do to help us stay healthy.  I have a hard time taking my supplements. I can't stand the big horse pills or the yucky powders but this book reminds me why I really need to take them. We Celiacs know how important that is ... right? Oh, the staying  pretty part is an added incentive too!

Tosca also encourages you to journal so that you can create goals and see the progress that you make with your mind, body and soul.  "Your Best Body Now" is a New York Times best seller and is a great book to keep with you at all times - in your Nook, iPhone, iPad, iBooks, Kindle or softback.

Cheers ... to beautiful, good health! 


New Year’s Day Breakfast – Gluten Free Sweet Potato Waffles and Pancakes

December 31st, 2010 at 10:32 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Well, I can't believe this is the last day of 2010!
What a year ...
I want to thank each and everyone of you who take the time to read my blog, support,comment, follow, tweet, re-tweet, ping, make suggestions, give feedback ...
Oh! and I can't forget the taste testers, you know who you are, y'all have the hardest job!
Thank you for all of your kind words! It means the world to me!
All my love and best wishes for a very happy and healthy Gluten Free New Year!

Let's star the New Year off with some great flavors and a hearty breakfast!
I am not off my obsession with Sweet Potato flour just yet ...
In my house we definitely draw a line "the Waffles" vs "the Pancakes".  Mac, my dog, and I are on "the Waffle team" ...
luckily we win most of  the time because I am making them!

I know why I love these waffles so much, the sweet potato flour flavor is just perfectly complimented with the cinnamon, clove and ginger.  When the butter and maple syrup sneak into the nooks made from the waffle iron, you get all of the flavors in an amazing bite! Mmm ... add the bacon, some fresh grated ginger on top and ... score!
The sweet potato flour is so good for you, so it must be OK to have the butter and bacon if you so desire!  Just sayin' ...

2 parts - the mix then the recipes ... just slight differences on the recipes with the eggs and oil 

I use Carol Fenster's Flour Blend to start off with - make a container of this and label it so that you have it on hand at all times!
1 1/2 cups Sorghum Flour
1 1/2 cups Potato Starch or Corn Starch (I use Potato Starch)
1 cup of Tapioca Flour

Sweet Potato Waffles and Pancakes Mix (SPWPM)

Make this mix up in a large container so it will be ready anytime you have that special craving for your favorite waffles or pancakes.

1 cup Zocalo Sweet Potato Flour
2 cups corn starch
2 cups of Carol's Fenster's Flour Blend
1/2 cup light brown sugar
6 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 Tbl cinnamon
1 tsp clove
1 tsp ground ginger

Mix well and store the SPWPM in a dark space for up to 2 months.  Be sure to put a lable on the container so you know what it is, trust me on this one! Always mix well before using.  I actually shake my container making sure the lid is on tight!

Sweet Potato Waffles

1 cup of Sweet Potato Waffle and Pancake Mix (SPWPM)
2 large eggs
1/3 cup Coconut Milk or milk
2 Tbl Grapeseed oil (this has a high smoking point, a buttery taste without the calories and fat)
1 Tbl Vanilla extract - make sure it is Gluten Free

Mix together well my hand or with a hand mixer.  Heat the waffle iron and add Grapeseed oil to coat and about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of batter to the iron depending on the size of your waffle iron. 

Sometimes I add more fresh grated ginger to the batter or on top of the waffles. Serve warm with butter or Earth Balance and real maple syrup! I like mine with smoked bacon!

Sweet Potato Pancakes
1 cup Sweet Potato Waffle and Pancake Mix (SPWPM)
1 large egg
1/3 cup Coconut Milk or milk
2 1/2 Tbl of Grapeseed oil

Mix together well by hand or with a hand mixer,  Heat the skillet and add Grapeseed oil and about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake.  Heat until you see the bubbles coming through and edges lifting, turn and cook the other side for about a minute or until golden brown.

Serve warm with butter or Earth Balance and real maple syrup! I also like mine with smoked bacon!

If there are leftover, let cool on a rack and them put into a zip freezer bag and freeze them.  When you want to re-heat put them in the toaster!

So what do you think ... Waffles or Pancakes?

Happy Happy New Year!


A big Thank you to all of the companies who make and import Gluten Free products. 
Thank you to the grocery stores who have added more shelf space for Gluten Free products.  Thank you to the restaurants and chefs who have added Gluten Free meals to their menus.  Last but not least ...
Thank you to everyone that has contributed to the Gluten Free Foodies Food Drive Challange!

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Rum Cake – Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2010 at 8:35 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I have so many fond memories of some old family friends, "Uncle Jimmy" and "Uncle Bob".  They were wonderfully sweet old fellas that loved to cook and bake all sorts of things.  They weren't really my uncles but they sure felt like family.  They worked with my mom at a gourmet food store in Dallas, Texas.  Jimmy would teach cooking classes and Bob would do all the prep work in background. The funny thing is that to this day there are a few of Jimmy's recipes that just stick out in my mind as a tradition.

I spent quite a bit of time at the gourmet store in the front and the back learning all sorts of things about food from all over the world.  I knew just about everything you could about candies from Germany to Chocolate Truffles and cordials.  I learned about cheeses, spices, crackers and spreads, even how to put together catering trays.  I think that is how my passion was sparked for cooking and entertaining at home.  I learned so much about the gourmet food industry because of the many years that my mom dedicated herself to working there to support us.  I had the best lunches when we would go on a field trip - box lunches with little containers of goodies - no brown baggin' it for this gal!

The holidays were always a fun time to cook and bake.  One of my absolute favorite recipes from Jimmy is his Rum Cake!  When I finally got the recipe from him, I think he gave it to me as a graduation gift, I memorized it because I used to make it all the time!  Once you take a bite you will be hooked and it will become a tradition in your home as well!

This cake was not originally Gluten Free but I have made some very easy conversions or changes to make it Gluten Free and just as good if not better!  The most important thing to remember about this cake if you have patience to let it sit and absorb it will be ... Perfecto!

It just so happens that mom's birthday is on New Year's Eve ...
Happy Birthday Mom!

This is so easy - 2 parts to making it - cake and glaze - you will need a bundt pan!

This is the bottom of the cake in a bundt pan hot out of the oven!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix - I use Pamela's Products - this makes it fast and easy!
2 Large eggs
1/2 cup of grapeseed oil
1 cup of coconut milk or milk
Dr. Oetker Organic Chocolate Pudding mix 4.5oz box / 4 serving size - Jell-O Brand is Gluten Free also
1 cup chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans - Make a mix of all or one of what you like.
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup of Bacardi Dark Rum

Grease the bundt cake pan with Oil or Butter or Earth Balance non dairy butter.
Dust it with cocoa powder.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl mix together the nuts and coconut. Put 1/2 of the bowl of the chopped nuts and coconut on the bottom of the bundt cake pan.  This will make the top of the cake look nice.

Mix the cake mix, pudding mix and ingredients with a hand mixer.
Pour it into the bundt cake pan.
Add the rest of the nut and coconut mix to the top.  Put the filled bundt pan into the oven to bake.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Use a cake stick to test when it comes out clean, it is done.
Take the cake out of the oven when done and let cool in pan for 1 hour.

Jimmy left his cake in the bundt cake pan and poked the holes and poured the glaze on. He would let it sit for hours absorbing the glaze. He used to cool the bundt cake by poking a glass coke bottle through the middle of the pan to let it cool all around.  I think it was just to taunt us because it would just hang there ... tempting us ... Isn't it funny the things you remember?! I would ask every 15 minutes ... is it ready? Is it ready? When it finally was ... Oh my!  I love this cake!

Use a wooden skewer to poke holes in the cake, about a dozen holes or so.
Now the fun part making the glaze …
1/2 cup of butter or Earth Balance non dairy
1/4 cup water
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup Bacardi Dark Rum

Melt butter or Earth Balance in a pan on the stove at medium-high heat, stir in water, dark brown sugar. Continue to stir until all is melted or dissolved and begins to boil about, 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly add the 1/2 cup of Bacardi Dark Rum. This will cause a bit of steam, so please use caution and be careful. Cool just slightly about 2 minutes. Pour about a quarter of the glaze on the cake. Wait 5 -10 minutes.

Use a baking sheet to turn the bundt cake over on, to release the cake from the pan. Poke more holes and add more glaze to the top. Patiently wait for at least 4 hours before serving, over night would be best. Store the cake in a container with a lid.

The longer you wait the more heavenly the flavor and the cake will be the absolute moistest you have ever had!

Happy New Year! Feliz Año Nuevo!

... So looking forward to 2011!


Hidden Gluten Free Gifts in Neighborhood Stores

December 22nd, 2010 at 7:41 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I have discovered some amazing boutique stores in the neighborhoods of Seattle this holiday season.  I made a conscious decision to support local small stores for my local friends and family's gifts. Seattle has some amazing little neighborhoods with the most environmentally conscious, eclectic and tastiest of treats for everyone! A few of my new favorite stores and suggestions for local Seattleites ...
Upper Queen Anne
 Chocolopolis - 1527 Queen Anne Ave. N - beautiful handmade truffles, packaged chocolates from around the world, chocolate bars to chocolate for drinking ... speaking of cocoa ... I bought this amazing hot cocoa as a gift for a "close friend" ... eh um ...Cocoa Casbah - Kama Sutra a chocolate potion with coconut, cardamom and clove ... Oh my!                                        
Let's just say ... you will not be able to resist this ... in the raw out of the can!
  Anyway ... Chocolopolis offers a frequent bar club - for every different bar that you buy you will get a stamp, after the 10th you will get a bar of equal or lesser value for free! Hey I think a Gift Certificate, a new stamp card with a stamp and a chocolate bar make a great easy gift for someone ... don't you think? 
 You can order some treats for yourself while you are there too! There is a second location in Bellevue at the Bravern.

Look Charles! They are little chocolate mushrooms!

Wink Cupcakes  - 1817 Queen Anne Ave N - is a Boutique Catering Company and bakery.  Monday is the day to walk in an get a Gluten Free cupcake either chocolate or vanilla.  If you would like more than one for a special occasion, please call them at 206 856 1600 to place a special order by the dozen.  It is a perfect gift to bring to a party because there is always more than one Gluten Free Foodie at a party!
Bitters Co - 513 N 36th Street - This not so typical general store is a gem offering well crafted, unique gifts from around the world! This is a family owned and operated business.  All items are Fair Trade.  A few of my favorite finds ... Cork Wine Bottle stoppers with the bark still on for easy grabbing and a Cinnamon Wood box! This Asian Cinnamon box is naturally scented and will energize your mind ... enhance your creative powers!  It even says so in writing on a nice little paper included inside the box!         The aroma is absolutely amazing! It makes a great sugar enhancer ... I put my palm sugar in it to absorb the flavor. I am also going to put some bath salts in another one ... yes, I love cinnamon that much!  The lovely little round box is made from the bark of a cinnamon tree! I got one for my mom ... shh! I wanted to buy the whole display because I love these so much.  I thought it was best to leave them so you can love and give them too!
This is my favorite unique find of the season!
Bark Natural Pet Care - 5338 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 - I bought Mac a new soft, sporty style harness and a few treats for his stocking ... shh ...   he still believes in Santa!
Call them for more info 206 633 BARK - for your Gluten Free furry friend! They offer allergy free pet treats - Wheat Free, Corn Free and Soy Free!
Please let these shops know that you heard about their stores from Gluten Free Foodies blog, Thanks!
Happy Holiday Shopping!
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Gluten Free Gourmet Indie Candy

December 22nd, 2010 at 5:58 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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You will not believe it until you try them! Indie Candy is Gluten Free, Organic, All Natural, Allergen Free, Dairy/Casein Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Kosher, Corn Free ... and full of flavor! Indie Candy makes the cutest lollipops!
Christmas Lights - $1.99 - Mango, Key Lime and Strawberry. Chocolate Dancing Santa - $2.99 Christmas Tree - Gummy Candies - $2.39 -  Key Lime, Pineapple, Strawberry Look at their website as soon as possible for the best selection and to order today for over night delivery by the holiday.
They also have handmade caramels, cotton candy, decorating sugars, tarts, hard candies, truffles and gift baskets! Everyone will be happy to see Indie Candy in their stockings this year! You can still order their holiday candies online while supplies last.  For more details contact Indie Candy 73 Church Street Mountain Brook, AL 35213 phone 205 835 0094 You can also find them or "like" them on Facebook for more up to date info! Happy Holidays and enjoy your Indie Candy! Lisa GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

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!

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About Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

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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