Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
I think together we can make a difference! I really appreciate your support!
If you are in Port Townsend check out her booth and tell her I said that you must try all of it!
If you are out of the area you can order her products online at Livin' Sunshine.
Wild Alaska Silver Salmon - oven roasted and finished with sndried tomato basil butter.
Please note that you can ask for substitutions like no butter or order the roasted garlic mash potatoes. They are happy to do what they can to make sure you have a great meal.
Gluten Intolerance Group
Annual Picnic for the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula
Sunday, August 15th, 2010
11 – 4 PM
Chetzemoka Park – 900 Jackson Street, Port Townsend, WA
Special Guest will be Mari Cleven, GIG Teen Tag Leader
Bring your family, friends and teens are encouraged to come to meet Mari!
GIG is supplying the Gluten Free Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Vegetarian Burgers all with Gluten Free Buns!
RSVP by August 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bring a side dish or a dessert with a written list of the ingredients used to share with the group. Sue will be looking at it to make sure that there are no questionable ingredients and please be aware of cross contamination when cooking or baking in your home.
Sue Eliot says “Drive north through downtown Port Townsend on Water Street until it ends, then turn left and drive on Monroe up the hill to Blaine. Turn right and it will end at the beautiful little gate for the park. There is parking all along Jackson Street so you don’t have to walk far. We have great facilities there and you can either sit in the shade or out in the sun and go down to the beach for some great treasure hunting. If you would like to bring a blanket or chairs that will enable you to also stay after the picnic for the production of Shakespeare’s Tempest which will be performed on the lower hill in the park. Dress warmly for that.”
Don’t for get to please RSVP by August 12, so we know how much
Gluten Free Food to prepare!
Sue Eliot email@example.com
I know I will be there and look forward to meeting y’all there too!
I have been driving by Stella's at 19980 10th Avenue NE in Poulsbo, every time I go to Central Market. I have somewhat of a chant or mantra that goes something like this ...
So I guess the Gluten Free gods were listening and made it happen!
When I walked into the restaurant I was surprised and happy to see such a warm, spacious and tastefully decorated establishment. I felt as if I were walking into someone's home. Fun and creative artwork on the walls, nice lighting and warm rich woods. This is the kind of place where you could hang out with your family and friends for hours and eat really great Gluten Free Pizza!
If there is one thing that living the Gluten Free lifestyle has taught me is that you must always take some Gluten Free treats with you.
I usually carry a small red ice cooler with me in the car but I found this cute new bag that is eco friendly and insulated! There is a new trend for stylish brown baggin' it and I just love it! I found this fun bag in Port Townsend, WA on a recent visit. There are various colors, styles and sizes at The Green Eyeshade swing by or check out the website. This one is really great because it is about the size of a purse and other than the fact that it is bright and festive you might not realize it is a "cooler" or lunch bag. I have used mine to take to local outdoor concerts, picnics or anytime I am running errands in the car. The Green Eyeshade also has a vast variety of kitchen tools and supplies that every chef and baker must have or can't find, all at very good prices. I thought my bag was a good deal at $22.
So now I bet you are wondering what I put inside these totally cute bags for ... Gluten Free on the Go
Pacific Foods now has Coffee Lattes made with Vanilla or not and is sweetened. It is also made with milk, for those that can drink it. A really good non dairy option is the Chocolate Hazelnut drink, great cold or perfect to add to a coffee for a special treat while you are out ... Iced Chocolate Hazelnut Latte ... order the espresso and add your own! GF, DF and SF
Gourmet on the Go are great little ready made meals if you are looking for a little something more for your picnic or road trip. It even comes with a fork!
Gary West - The best Gluten Free jerky! I love the Angus Steak Strips and the Buffalo Strips.
Original Steak Strips (all flavors but Teriyaki)
Certified Angus Beef® Steak Strips (all flavors but Teriyaki)
Silver Fork Natural™ Steak Strips
Buffalo and Elk Strips
Kind bars are a great way to have a little sweet and protein from the nuts. I am hooked on the Almond & Apricot with coconut!
Justin's Nut Butters in squeeze packets are the best way to travel with choice. Ok, most of the time I will choose the nut butters with chocolate but they do offer the nut butters without chocolate as well ... just not pictured because I ate them all on the last picnic.
Fruit leathers are a great way to have a very small, thin snack when you need a pick me up. I also like to make sure that I have a handful of nuts with them as well, usually almonds or walnuts to balance with protein.
The other great thing about this company is that they donate a portion of the sales to food aid programs! Kudos to Kaia Foods! Check out their site to buy these and other great products or to find out where you can get them in your local area.
Off to another outdoor concert ...
Well, I am here to tell you they are really great! It is so easy to look up info and to carry with you. These guides are updated annually with such useful information.
In 2004, Ross and Kay Cohen of Philadelphia came up with a great idea while trying to figure out how Ross could live a happier Gluten Free lifestyle. Ross actually avoided social situations around food because it was just too hard to navigate the strict gluten free guidelines to stay healthy. His wife said, "Let's make dining cards to teach restaurants how to make gluten free foods", so that he and others who are Gluten Free do not avoid a social life. They dove right in and began to meet with chefs and restaurants. They also studied labels and cookbooks to discover pitfalls that may occur in a restaurant kitchens. Each of the cards has 3 translations. The cards are laminated and can be folded up and carried in your wallet or purse for easy spontaneous use! The cards explain the gluten free diet quickly and accurately. The 10 pack of cards has 10 different languages including - American, Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese - ready to travel with locally or internationally.
I know, when I heard Tequila, I thought ... yikes! I do not like Tequila! I use it to cook but I do not like to drink it. I don't even like Margaritas. I actually hate the smell of it!
So the other night, as I was getting dressed, I reminded myself to have an open mind about this special event. I thought, who knows, maybe I might learn something new? When I arrived I gave Fernanda a big hug and we sat down to catch up before the festivities. She also assured me that everything on the menu was Gluten Free, just for me! How sweet is that?! A really handsome and nice waiter, Andrew, came over and introduced himself to me and asked about what type of cocktail we wanted to start the night off. I thought to myself, yikes! how am I going to do this? Both Fernanda and he recommended a refreshing Grapefruit Cocktail with Cazadores Blanco, perfect for the summer. When it arrived I took a small sip and realized this is not the flavor I remembered. This was smooth and floral. I only had a few sips as I ate my favorite freshly made salsa and chips. I get really distracted when this is in front of me. The salsa has roasted tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, onion and I am not sure what peppers. I tried to get the recipe but no luck! The corn chips are perfectly crisp with such flavor. They sprinkle sea salt and squeeze fresh lime juice on them while they are still hot from the fryer. I just about polished off the chips and salsa, the first course arrived. I did notice, however that the combination of the drink with the chips and salsa went really well together. The flavors were fresh and bright.
In between, Tania told us about Reposado, made from 100% Blue Agave, rested for over two months in new small American white oak casks. Rich aroma, floral and slightly sweet. It goes really well with - Oranges sprinkled with Cinnamon! It was so good and I was so shocked that it was sweet and creamy, two words I would not think of using when describing ... Tequila!
Carne Tampiquena - A northern Mexico favorite from Tampico - Grilled Painted Hills steak served with cheese enchiladas topped with the absolute best mole sauce I have ever had! I think the server said it had 24 ingredients! The creamiest rajas (roasted, peeled poblano peppers and onions) and refried beans were on the side.