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Gluten Free Foodies at Will Bake For Food Event November 20, 2010

November 7th, 2010 at 9:22 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This month we are going to do things a little different for our Gluten Free Foodies Event.  Instead of going somewhere to indulge ourselves, I am asking you to help support us in one of a few ways to help nourish and stock all of our local food banks. As you know we have been donating Gluten Free foods to eight local food banks in the Kitsap area the past few months for the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition. 

I am going to extend my support throughout Washington State by baking for my friend Jenny Richard's event in Seattle. Jenny is a fellow food blogger, with the most beautiful blog called PurpleHouseDirt.  Jenny Richards is organizing an event with another food 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 bringing their baked treats - regular and Gluten Free to help raise food and funds for Northwest Harvest of Seattle. Come meet some of your favorite food 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.

There are a few ways that you can participate:

1. You can bake and bring your 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.  For your donation, you will get a ticket to exchange for your fresh baked treat.  Added incentive - if you bring Gluten Free non-perishable donations you will get an extra ticket!

3.  If you can not attend the event but would like to make a donation to the  Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition please contact them directly for locations or feel free to contact me,

I look forward to seeing you at Will Bake For Food. 

If you are planning on attending the event please send me an email so I can look out for you or would like to carpool from Kitsap County. 

Thank you!

Gluten Free Spiced Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes with Pancetta

October 31st, 2010 at 11:13 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This is the perfect weekend breakfast that tastes like Fall! The best part is that it is Gluten Free, easy, fast ... and really delicious! Gluten Free Spiced Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes with Pancetta I like to use Pamela's Products Baking Mix for my pancakes.  Follow the directions on the bag for the amount that you need to make for your family and guests.  You will need to add, eggs, oil, water according to the directions.  The pumpkin flavor is easy, just add ... 2 Tbl. of organic pumpkin puree 1 Tbl. of vanilla 1 tsp. of cinnamon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg  1/8 tsp. clove 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts  (add up to 1/2 cup for 12 more pancakes or substitute pecans if you like). Mix well and set aside while the pan is heating. Since it is a special occasion I used butter on the pan while it was warming.  Add about 1/4 cup of batter for small pancakes and up to 1/2 cup for larger ones. Bake for about 2 minutes on each side until you see the bubbles or holes coming through and the sides look crisp.  Remove from the pan and top with butter while they are still hot! I warmed the thin slices of pancetta on the pan when the pancakes were done, for about a minute. I like the contrast of sweet from the pancakes and maple syrup and salty from the pancetta. The nice thing about pancetta is that it is full of flavor and less clean up than bacon!  I also use honey in place of real maple syrup if I don't have it on hand.  Have a safe and Happy Halloween! Boo! Lisa GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Gluten Free Pan de Muerto – Day of the Dead Sweet Bread

October 26th, 2010 at 7:42 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It is that time of year when Dia de los Muertos is almost upon us.  Mexican families celebrate the lives of loved ones that have passed away.  The celebration is on November 2 the day after All Saints Day on November 1.  There are various traditions that include building altars with memorabilia or pictures of the person's life that you are celebrating.  Festive brightly colored flags made of cut out paper, decorated sugar skulls with bright colors and flowers.  People even dress up and paint their faces white and wear traditional Mexican clothes.  One of the most important parts of the celebration is the food and drink.  The celebration is intended to be fun, happy and actually ... lively!

Pan de Muerto, also known as Day of the Dead Bread, is a very traditional item on the menu.  Pan de Muerto is a sweet bread.  I decided to make this bread today by experimenting with a few ideas that have been swirling around in my Gluten Free head!  I wanted a big loaf, round, crusty and sweet.  I decided to add flavors like orange, clove, cinnamon and fennel.  It is amazing how the combination perfumes my house while the bread is rising and baking.  It has taken on a new meaning of fall flavors for me and is definitely something to celebrate. 

There are other foods that you can add to your menu for Dia de los Muertos.  Everything that you or the celebrated like - tamales, tacos with shredded pork or beef, mole, Mexican rice, salsa, queso, beans, flan, candies, sangria, even paella if you want!

So today, while I was baking my Gluten Free Pan de Muerto, I was thinking about a number of people that have made a special place in my heart.  I was also thinking about how happy some of them would be to see me making this bread and sharing it with others.  I know they would be smiling and enjoying it with me, warm just out of the oven ... smothered with butter!

If you would like my recipe, please send me an email and let me know whose life you will be celebrating this Dia de los Muertos. I would love to hear just a little bit about someone that was special to you.

I look forward to hearing from you.
la paz ...


P.S. The reviews are in on the bread ... half is gone within the first few minutes of taking it out of the oven.  I am not the only person in the house, I requested a few taste testers ... some of the others aren't even Gluten Free! I will be giving the recipe to a limited number of people that share their story and for a limited time.

Review "Real Life With Celiac Disease" – Must Have Book

October 26th, 2010 at 10:57 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am so excited to share this awesome book with you - "Real Life With Celiac Disease", Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free by Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS from The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I truly think this is a book to buy and keep close by to refer back to the detailed information.  It is great to have it on hand when the brain fog kicks in and you are looking for answers.  I have read through this book from cover to cover and will probably read it again and again for that very reason.  There is so much information to learn.  It is comforting to know that the authors have taken the time to research and document this information for all of us.  It is a great book to buy for family members that do not understand what this "new Gluten Free lifestyle" is all about and why it is so important for them to support you and your health by adhering to Gluten Free foods and avoid cross contamination. I have one favor, please ask your local library to order this book so that more people can learn about Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. The book has 3 main Chapter Headings and I have highlighted a few chapters within that I think are key points of information but all of the info is extremely valuable. The Basics: Definitions and Diagnosis - This covers all areas in great details with drawings and charts. Info included about Genetic Testing, DH, Finding Celiac Disease in Children. The Gluten-Free Life: Solutions and Strategies - The Gluten Free Vegetarian, Cheating? Think Again,  Combining Diets for Diabetes and Celiac Disease by Cynthia Kupper, RD, CD and Director of GIG, Infant Feeding and Celiac Disease. The Obstacles: Concerns and Complications - Monitoring Celiac Disease, Non Responsive, Malabsorbtion of Fructose, Lactose and Related Carbohydrates, Cancer Risk and Realities, Skin Manifestations, Neurological Manifestations. I know I am repeating myself but all of the information in the book is so extremely eye opening and reassuring to those who think they are alone.  You will want to read the entire book when you get it so make some hot tea, curl up with a blanket and read! If you can wait, the holidays are so close, I would put this on your "Must Have List"! For more information please go to the website - Real Life With Celiac Disease . Enjoy! Lisa GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Gluten Free Halloween Natural Candy and Organic Treats

October 20th, 2010 at 12:36 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It is that time of year when the pumpkin fields and spiders are busy getting ready for Halloween! I guess this year I can consider myself as a Eco-friendly Halloween decorator if I just let the spiders do what they do ... so no decorations this year because the spiders are extra festive.  Yikes!

I love visiting the pumpkin fields just down the way.  So many varieties, shapes, colors and sizes!  I live on a small island just across the Puget Sound from Seattle.  It is a quaint island of about 20 thousand people and most holidays are celebrated in full costume and decorations. Most holidays we meet "in town" and have some sort of event to celebrate the occasion.  Halloween is especially fun to see the kids young and old, dress up and trick or treat in and out of the shops in town.  It is not the way we used to do it when I was a tot but times have changed.  I actually think it is kind of cool to be in a big group of ghouls and fools to see the creative costumes. 

Because things are done differently these days, I personally don't buy the jumbo bags of candy.  I would much rather make something like a festive. So today I thought I would take my walk through the pumpkin fields to find some extra inspiration.  I couldn't help but think about all the wonderful things that you can make with pumpkins: of course ... pies, scones, muffins, breads, cookies and yes ... candied pumpkin! I really love to roast the pumpkin seeds with olive oil and sea salt in the oven.

I do realize that Halloween isn't the same without ... candy!
So I have put together a short list of my favorite Organic and Natural candies that I like to give as treats on Halloween or anytime of the year. 

One thing to keep in mind ... Yes, it is cool to be natural ...

Surf Sweets - Organic, Natural, No Corn Syrup or GMO's- Look for their Sour Worms in the Halloween Packs and other varieties at Whole Foods Markets!

Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars - click on this link for a discount print out - Free of gluten, dairy, soy, peanut and tree nuts and casein. Crispy Rice, Milk and Dark Chocolate variety.

Kaia Foods Fruit Leathers - raw leathers with flavor combinations like Vanilla Pear, Ginger Lime and many more.

Larabar - Trick or Treat Sweeps by October 22, 2010 to win a pumpkin shaped bucket filled with Larabar mini treats! See site for more info.

Kind bars - Variety of nut and dried fruit bars, 6 new flavors!

Stretch Island Fruit Co. - all natural fruit strips with your favorite fruits.

Bissinger's Naturals Gummy Pandas - Great flavors - Pomegranate White Tea, Blueberry Acai, Apricot Green Tea and many more.
Halloween Treats to make at home

candied pumpkin strips
pumpkin seeds or trail mix with dried fruit,other seeds and nuts
caramel or fudge apples
popcorn balls
festive decorated cupcakes and cookies

My favorite candies ... that I love and enjoy on a rare occasion at the movies ... they actually say Gluten Free!

I started thinking about all the lists that I see floating around on the web for Halloween. I find it hard to suggest some because most of it is so unnatural and filled with preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, soy, etc., and even though they are Gluten Free, I don't eat them anymore. Just in case that is what you are looking for, I have added a link to a list on  for Gluten Free Candies.

Trick or Treat ... smell my homemade Gluten Free treats ... give me something "good for me" to eat!


Gluten Free Treats and Gentle Yoga for Digestive Health Oct. 17, 2010

October 15th, 2010 at 10:18 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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We have space available for Gluten Free Treats and Gentle Yoga for Digestive Health Join Kath Mitchell at Samudra Yoga for a 60-minute yoga class designed for Gluten Free Foodies on October 17, 2010 at 11 AM. In this class we will focus on poses that will aid your immune system, digestion, thyroid, hormone function, and, of course, that all-important piece, stress reduction. We will end the class with some relaxation and mindfulness, both of which have been shown to enhance immunity, general health, and mental health. This class is for all levels, even those new to yoga.
Register for the class, $10 at Samudra Yoga by calling 360 377 4223 and tell them you want to attend the Gluten Free Foodies Yoga Class.
This class is for all ages, shapes and beginners.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class, to pay and fill out a form. Avoid eating or eat lightly 1-2 hours before class. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. We practice Yoga in our bare feet so please remove shoes and socks prior to entering the studio. There will be yoga mats, blocks, bolsters and straps available for you to use during class. If you are new to yoga and have questions or would like more info please contact Kath at 360 377 4223.
Class is at 11 AM and then we will meet downstairs to enjoy some of their delicious Gluten Free Treats from their Coffee and Tea shop. Feel free to just meet us for Coffee, Tea and Treats at noon if you are not able to join us for yoga. Gluten Free treats prices vary from $1.75 - $4.00. Samudra Yoga Coffee Tea & Treats is located in Bremerton, WA along Evergreen Park at 1223 McKenzie Avenue and the phone number for the Yoga Studio is 360 377 4223.
We are also collecting current non-perishables for our Gluten Free Food Drive.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday! Lisa

Gluten Free Menu At Rachel’s On The East Side

October 12th, 2010 at 6:54 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It seems like everyday I am finding a new business that is adding Gluten Free meals to their menu.  I am so excited to share with you, Rachel's On the East Side in Bremerton, WA.  This is a family restaurant that you can go into any day of the week to order Gluten Free Sandwiches, Pizzas and Salads.  They make their soups, dressings, marinara sauce, BBQ sauce and roasted chicken daily.  Rachel Finn, the owner, has been in the restaurant business for 15 years since college - Rachel's On The East Side  is her first business that opened over a year ago on September 9, 2009. 
When I sat down with Rachel to learn a bit more about her and the new addition of the Gluten Free meals to her menu she told me that Mother Kathleen from her church, St. Paul's, asked one day if there was anything that she could eat on the menu that is Gluten Free.  Rachel showed her the salads and realized that she knew other people that were Gluten Free. The more she thought about it, she realized the growing need for people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance and Autism, to be able to eat a healthy Gluten Free meal away from home.  A friend of Rachel's has a son that is Autistic and she learned about a Gluten Free diet from her a few years ago.  Rachel worked with the chef to develop the menu by making a few changes to some of her recipes which are all made fresh daily.  Rachel said, "I really think it is important that everyone get what they want when they eat out."  She is also thinking about adding some Gluten Free cheesecakes and pastas to the menu.  In addition she is hoping to add Gluten Free beer and cider to her beverage menu.  The staff knows the importance of cross contamination and makes every effort to avoid it.  Rachel also caters to Vegans and Vegetarians when they ask about menu items and is able to make adjustments if needed. Rachel just loves making good food for people and also supports local produce and meat companies. 

While I was sitting with my friend Cynthia, Rachel and her other new addition ... 3 week old new baby Zoe, so many people came over to say hello and congratulate her! Everyone said how great their meal was ... it just seemed like family.  Rachel loves taking care of people and learned how to cook when she was a newlywed and a new mother.  Yes, this mother of three takes care of everyone and has a business.  I met some of her excellent staff;  Nobel, the head chef, Justin, sous chef and Page server.  The customers seem to really feel at home as well and are a mix of mothers with their babies, business people, young couples and retired couples all in a very casual and warm atmosphere.  The seating is comfortable and there are 2 flat screen TVs to watch the big game or a favorite show.  It just feels like home!

For lunch we had the Gluten Free Chicken and Bacon Club Sandwich with a salad.   Wow ... actually eating a Gluten Free sandwich in a restaurant!  The salad dressing is a homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette that they make daily.  It was so good I wanted to take it home.  Luckily they sell jars of it!  We also had the Gluten Free Prosciutto and Provolone Sandwich with a salad and the same unbelievable dressing.  Cynthia and I split the sandwiches so we could each try both. YUM!  For dessert we had Vanilla Ice Cream and Gluten Free Cookies! How great is that!?!

One very important announcement - Wednesday is Half Price Gluten Free Pizza night from 3 PM to 9 PM.  Everyone must order a drink and it is for dine in customers only.
Please tell your server that you saw this on the Gluten Free Foodies blog!

Rachel says to her customers as they are leaving ... "Come in hungry next time." and they reply .. "We always do!"

Rachel's On The East Side - 1217 NE Sylvan Way, Bremerton, WA 98310 phone 360.813.1624
Open 7 days a week
Monday - Saturday 11:30 AM - 9 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 8 PM

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Please Vote for Gluten Free Foodies Blog … Last Day!

October 10th, 2010 at 11:30 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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We're Competing badge This contest is not about winning for me.  I see this as an opportunity for all of us to gain more awareness about the health reasons, "sans glamour" ... as to why living Gluten Free is so important for people with Celiac Disease or that are Gluten Intolerant.  I have one request of you ... if you or someone you know has Celiac Disease or is living a Gluten Free lifestyle for health reasons, please take a few minutes to vote for Gluten Free Foodies. We only have a few more hours to vote for King 5 the Best of Western WA Best Online Social Media - Food Blog. If you have already voted THANK YOU for your continued support! Gluten Free Foodies - Celebrate the foods that you can eat! © Lisa Gluten Free Foodie GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Gluten Free Menu At Paella Bar In Poulsbo

October 6th, 2010 at 3:16 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Have you been to the Paella Bar in Poulsbo, WA?  I finally had an opportunity to go recently.  It is amazing! As soon as I walked in, I knew this would be a new favorite!  The atmosphere is so intimate, the colors are so warm, you feel like you are in a secret tapas bar in Spain.
We were greeted immediately and sat down in the bar area.  Just as I was getting comfortable and looking around to take it all in, I couldn't help but gaze endlessly at the wall across from me.   The picture below is a gorgeous mural of a bull fighter and bull. The wall it is on is about 12 feet tall by 16 feet (approximately) wide along the seating area next to the bar just as you walk in.  Love it! There are big windows along the main wall along the street, that can slide open to enjoy a warm summer day or night.  My guess is that the space probably seats about 50-60 people.  I do know that they can accommodate large groups of 5 or more with a reservation, please call 360 930 8446.  I am thinking party here for any occasion!

As soon as we sat down the waiter/bartender came over to greet us.  His name was Ryan and he began to tell us that they make all of their mixes for their drinks fresh daily, including Sangria - White Pear Sangria is a signature drink.  They also have Potato Vodka, and it is Gluten Free! So he began to pour us our filtered water and  I asked Ryan,  Do you have a Gluten Free menu?
His reply ... YES we do! and with a smile!
I was beside myself ... I love it when you get that kind of reaction when asking a restaurant about Gluten Free ... love it!
So he brought me the Gluten Free Menu and there are about 20 tapas and Paella with all Seafood or Seafood and Chicken. Actually as you look at the menu most of the items on a Tapas menu are Gluten Free without making changes or effort.  I suggest that you look for a Tapas Bar in your neighborhood or while you are traveling because they will most likely be a great way to enjoy a Gluten Free meal safely in its own cazuela or authtentic clay dish. Prices range from $3.50 - $10 and the Paella is $16.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates, Bacon Wrapped with Balsamic Reduction
Perfection ... I make these at home and love them!

This was a special for the day
Sauteed Artichokes with Manchego Cheese

Garlic Prawns ...
need I say more?

Seabass Skewers with Salsa Verde and Roasted Pepper Coulis
Signature top ... Tapas

Sauteed Spinach with Golden Raisins and Pinenuts

Potato Tortilla with Chorizo and Spinach

Seafood Paella
(made in 16 minutes that works for me!)

Chocolate Truffle Torte with Caramel Sauce and Grey Salt
Yes, it was big, divine and I actually shared it but I really wanted all of it! 

Ok, so I know what you are thinking ... did she really eat all of that? Well yes and no ... you see when I started writing this posting, I was looking at the menu and started to get so hungry that I called my friend Ana, to meet me there.  I just had to go back to make sure that the food and service were as awesome as I remembered and I am so happy to report .... Excelente! 
Believe it or not there are so many Tapas and the Flan that I still want to try so I will have to go back ... and will do this happily because they are open 7 days a week! 11:30 AM - 11 PM.

I highly recommend that you go to the Paella Bar in Poulsbo for Tapas, Paella and Drinks! It is worth a ferry ride from Seattle and you will be so happy you experienced it!


Gluten Free Foodies Event – Yoga For Digestive Health October 17, 2010

October 4th, 2010 at 10:18 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Gluten Free Foodies October Event is going to the mat ... the Yoga mat at Samudra Yoga in Bremerton!

Join Kath Mitchell at Samudra Yoga for a 60-minute yoga class designed for  Gluten Free Foodies on October 17, 2010 at 11 AM.  In this class we will focus on poses that will aid your immune system, digestion,  thyroid, hormone function, and, of course, that all-important piece, stress reduction.  We will end the class with some relaxation and mindfulness, both of which have been shown to enhance immunity, general health, and mental health.  This class is for all levels, even those new to yoga.
Register for the class, $10 by calling Samudra Yoga  at 360 377 4223 and tell them you want to attend the Gluten Free Foodies Yoga Class.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class, to pay and fill out forms. Avoid eating or eat lightly 1-2 hours before class.  Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.  We practice Yoga in our bare feet so please remove shoes and socks prior to entering the studio.  There will be yoga mats, blocks, bolsters and straps available for you to use during class.  If you are new to yoga and have questions or would like more info please contact Kath at 360 377 4223. 

Class is at 11 AM and then we will meet downstairs to enjoy some of their delicious Gluten Free Treats from their Coffee and Tea shop. Feel free to just meet us for Coffee, Tea and Treats at noon if you are not able to join us for yoga.  Gluten Free treats prices vary from $1.75 - $4.00. Samudra Yoga Coffee Tea & Treats is located in Bremerton, WA along Evergreen Park at 1223 McKenzie Avenue and the phone number for the Yoga Studio is 360 377 4223.

Samudra Yoga is also nominated for King5 Best of Western Washington and there is one more week to vote. So please vote for them! The really are the Best!

Gluten Free Foodies will be collecting non-perishable Gluten Free Food for the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition at this event.
I am looking forward to sharing one of my favorite places and practices with you - Samudra Yoga!
Oh ... and of course ... really awesome Gluten Free Treats!

RSVP- Please send me an email to let me know if you are planning to attend this event.  It is so helpful to know how many people will be attending and to help Samudra know how much food to prepare.  Please also let me know if you will be attending the yoga class and GF treats or just the GF treats portion of the event. I really appreciate this info.


P.S.  A vote for Gluten Free Foodies blog on King 5 Best of W. WA would be great too! Votes will be taken through October 10, 2010.
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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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