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Cherry … Oh Cherry Syrup!

June 26th, 2010 at 9:35 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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So what is one to do when life gives you 20 lbs. of cherries?

Yes, I said 20 lbs. of NW Cherries!

Make lots-o-cherry food and drinks!

This week has been all about pitting cherries, by hand. I started off just cutting the cherries and using my fingers and then got wise to the tool. The first thing I wanted to make is

Cherry Syrup because I thought it would be a great basis for all

sorts of recipes to add a beautiful cherry red color and intense sweet, slightly tart flavor.

It is so easy, once you get past the pitting ...

2 cups pitted NW Cherries
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup cane sugar
2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of Nielsen-Massey pure almond extract
1 tablespoon of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla paste

Heat the water and sugars in a tall sauce pan.

Keep an eye on it an stir so it doesn't burn. Just as it begins to boil
slowly add the cherries. Lower the heat to a simmer. Stir for a few minutes and cover. Reduce the heat to low to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally and recover.

After 10 minutes turn the heat off and add the lemon juice, NM pure almond extract, NM Madagascar Bourbon vanilla paste. Stir well to incorporate all the flavors. Cover and let it meld for 15 minutes.

Take the lid off and let it cool on a rack. Use a funnel to pour into a bottle that has a tight seal. Refrigerate until you are ready to use it.

Great to use to top anything Gluten Free - pancakes, waffles, frosting or use it for drinks.

Stay tuned ...


Gluten Free Birthday Wishes and Eddie Vedder

June 25th, 2010 at 8:28 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Well yes ... another year and ... Oh what a Gluten Free filled year!

I have met so many amazing people this year, virtually and in person. So this morning when I woke up with birthday surprises, besos and bacis (kisses) from Mac (my dog, he's trilingual) and Eddie Vedder ( I heart Eddie) ... I had to share.

Strong cup of coffee in hand and a new little Cherry Bomb cupcake that I just had to make! If you want the recipe send me an email.

Thanks for all the Birthday wishes ... looking forward to a weekend with friends at a Paella Party ... Ole'!

Lisa ... A Very Happy Gluten Free Birthday Foodie!


Giddy for NW Cherry Season … Naturally Gluten Free

June 23rd, 2010 at 7:23 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I recently spent a day in Yakima, WA, to learn all about the life of the NW Cherry. I am amazed to find out that it takes so much just to get these beautiful, sweet little red jewels to our taste buds. The season only lasts 45 days and if you miss it ... oh how sad!

Just a few things to think about while enjoying this season's best of the NW ...

  • Store unwashed cherries in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and wash just before eating.

  • Keep the stems on the cherries to increase shelf life.

  • Bing, Tieton and Chelan Cherries are all available right now. Bing should be available until mid August.

  • Rainier Cherries are a cross between Bing and Van - sweet and tart yet creamy with a golden and blush hue. The Rainier Cherry was named after our Mt. Rainier. 20 brix (sweetness level) or more and no less than 17 these are the best naturally sweet Gluten Free candy you can find this summer. Make sure you get some for outdoor concerts, movies and a day at the beach!

  • Did you know that cherries are naturally low fat, low carb, and are a high fiber super food? They taste so sweet while providing vitamin c, antioxidants (from the dark color) and micro nutrients. Cherries also provide an excellent source of melatonin which is a hormone to help us sleep. One cup of cherries is only 90 calories!

  • Cherries have been proven to fight inflammation and help ease the pain of arthritis, gout and headaches from the abundance of antioxidants, isoqueritrin, queritrin and other compounds. In addition they help fight cancer and heart disease.

  • NW Cherries account for two thirds of the nation's crop and ship to 62 countries which brings $600 million into the Northwest annually. Northwest Cherries are from WA, ID, UT, OR, MT.

What are you waiting for?
Go get your cherries .... and I will show you how to make some fun things to last all season long ...


Yakima Cherry Almond Waffles

June 20th, 2010 at 9:05 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Happy Father's Day to my mother who has always been there in both roles as mother and father to me!

I spent an amazing day yesterday with some fellow foodies in Yakima learning all about one of my absolute favorite foods - cherries!

So in honor of my mom and Yakima Cherries I made Gluten Free waffles with almonds and perfectly ripe Bing Cherries ... just a little bit of syrup and non-dairy earth balance butter ...

This is a first, albeit short posting, in a series all about the "Life of a Cherry" from Yakima, WA.

Happy Father's Day! and thanks Mom!


Gluten Free Custom Choice Cereal

June 15th, 2010 at 7:01 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am really into cereal these days. Maybe it has to do with the change of the season or the fact that it is so quick and easy to make. If you are like me, a good Gluten Free cereal is hard to find. I like my cereal to have good nutritional value, good protein, fiber, low fat and above all flavor.

No worries, I recently found a cereal that allows you to pick and choose the ingredients to create your own special mix. The company is called Custom Choice Cereal and it is made in a dedicated Gluten Free facility. The really fun thing is that when you go to the website you literally pick the base of the cereal, add the ingredients like dried fruit, nuts or seeds. Then just before you wrap up your order you get to name your Custom Choice Cereal! - I was really creative with my name ... I selected Cinnamon Granola made with brown rice, I added goji berries, cherries, almonds and organic coconut chips. I almost had a hard time choosing because I wanted it all. If you add more than 3 ingredients it really starts to turn into a granola or trail mix. So order one cereal breakfast mix and another that is loaded up for a trail mix. I like mine with coconut milk or dry out of the bag. It is a great way to make sure that you are getting ingredients from a dedicated gluten free facility and that is tested with the EZ Gluten testing strips. The website also has nutritional label info that updates as you add each ingredient. How cool is that?

I had a really great conversation with Hajo Engelke, the founder of the company and was thrilled to hear that he decided to start this company for a friend from college that was Gluten Intolerant and had a hard time finding good, healthy cereal. The company is based out of Durham, North Carolina.

I love to hear the stories of companies that realize there is a need for better quality Gluten Free food for a friend or family member. I love to hear that there is support for us Gluten Free Foodies, that is why I support those companies.

When I purchased my cereal, I was amazed as to how quick I received it. I got it within 3 days - NC to WA! not bad! It was also fun to see your label and the sturdy resealable packaging. Very special!

Be sure to go to there web page to find out more about the company and to create your Custom Choice Cereal today. Become a fan on Facebook to get updated info on specials.

Receive a 10% discount through June 30, 2010 by using this special Gluten Free Foodies coupon code - gffoodie



Favorite Creamy & Crunchy Blueberry Breakfast

June 5th, 2010 at 7:31 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I used to love Grape Nuts and yogurt for breakfast.
Didn't you?
Well my friends, I have found that wonderfully creamy
and crunchy Gluten Free and dairy free combo again!


Wow! I think it is a better combo than what I remember and longed for ... little crunchy round pieces that keep their crunch until the very last bite. They have a very similar flavor to grape nuts, but no nuts. Perky's Crunchy Flax is made with sorghum, ground flax seed and sweetened with fruit juice and honey! I have tried it with various non-dairy alternatives like coconut milk, hemp milk and chocolate hazelnut milk - all very good ... but the combo with the yogurt is the perfect blend of creamy and crunchy!

So Delicious Yogurt is available in a variety of flavors including blueberry, my favorite, raspberry, vanilla and more. Look at the website for more info Turtle Mountain So Delicious.

Look for both products at your favorite Gluten Free Market or grocery store.

Light, fast and easy ... now I am ready for this sunny day but just had to quickly share this with you!



Happy National Gluten Free Donut Day!

June 4th, 2010 at 8:03 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Yes my fellow Gluten Free Foodies we have something to be happy about today ...
National Gluten Free Donut Day!
My favorite is chocolate dipped by Kinnikinnick especially when I have them ready to go in the freezer and just don't have time to make them.
They also have them in cinnamon sugar, maple glaze and vanilla glaze. My suggestion is to grab whatever flavor you can find because they go quickly. 30 seconds in my microwave and ahhhh ... soft, melty and oh so good ... make sure you have a good strong cup of coffee ready at the same time.
Look for them in the freezer section of your favorite Gluten Free market or grocery store.
Go eat ... Gluten Free Donuts !

Gluten Free Pizza Delivery by Jet City

May 28th, 2010 at 1:52 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I know it is that time of year for the annual ... soaking we get for Memorial Weekend!
It is what I like to call "SoakFest" aka Folklife Festival in downtown Seattle. Nothing like being in a mosh pit in the rain for 3 days!

Look at it this way ... when the sun finally comes out and warms up it will be so worth it! Right?

Well, in the meantime I have an idea that will help ease the cold winter blues at the end of May ...

Gluten Free Pizza delivered to your door from Jet City Pizza.

I went to the newest location in Bremerton and picked up my own. I didn't realize that it is not a dine in location, so please plan to pick it up and eat elsewhere if you are like me and not in the delivery area. The delivery area is within 15 minutes of their 6 locations including Bremerton, Wedgewood, Newcastle, Meadowdale, Kenmore and Everett.

The pizza was actually really good! The crust is thin and crispy with a buttery herb flavor. The sauce is real Italian marinara. I usually get Italian Sausage and red onion on all of my pizzas to do a fair comparison. I must say that they do not put a ton of toppings on, so if you like a lot ask for double! (Not that light toppings is a bad thing, but it is good to know.) I went back a second time to see if there was a difference of my overall experience.
Hey ... I am so there for you and want to make sure I give you good info!

Guess what? the pizza was exactly the same! I think that is so great - every time you know what to expect ... right?

When you call in be sure to say Gluten Free Pizza first and then they will explain which toppings are good for GFF. The range is $15 -$25 for a medium to large pizza.
I think the price is reasonable, I spent around $17 for a 2 topping medium pizza.
Call 360 377 4488 for the Bremerton location.
1554 NE Fairgrounds Road, Suite 1B

Better yet tell them that
Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie sent you and get
$3 off your pizza!


Gluten Free Ginger Lemon Grass Fish Tacos

May 22nd, 2010 at 6:15 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Love love this easy healthy meal!

The key ingredient is the Ginger Lemon Grass Sauce!

I use it for everything
and tonight I definitely want flavor, good healthy food that is easy and 12 minutes ... tops!

Just a few more ingredients is all you need for this meal ...

Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas

Romaine lettuce cut in thin shreds

Dr. Prager's Gluten Free fish fillets.

Heat the fish fillets on top of a baking rack in a baking pan at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, turn over after 5 minutes. This allows the fish to be heated all around the fillet and to get crispy edges.

Clean, dry and cut the Romaine lettuce.

Heat the tortilla in large pan on medium heat and turn the tortilla over after 1-2 minutes until warm to the touch.

Place the tortilla on a large plate and put the shredded lettuce in the center. Add 1-2 fish fillets and top with Ginger Lemon Grass Sauce and fresh ground black pepper.



Real Chocolate Hazelnut Beverage – Gluten and Soy Free

May 10th, 2010 at 6:39 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I just discovered a new product that is Gluten Free and Soy Free from Pacific Foods that I absolutely love! All Natural Oregon Hazelnut non-dairy beverage made with real chocolate. It is an excellent source of Calcium, Vitamin D and Riboflavin, all really important to pay attention to when you are Celiac or Gluten Intolerant. It is the perfect blend of real smooth rich chocolate and the full flavor of the hazelnut, kind of like a Nuttella drink but without the soy. Pacific uses Sunflower lecithin instead of soy! Bravo Pacific Natural Foods! They also have the orginal just Hazelnut Beverage, but I have to confess, I haven't had it yet because I just opened the Chocolate Hazelnut and I only put it down to write this and tell you about it! I couldn't wait ... I am sure that if you love Hazelnuts like I do, you will love the orginal flavor too!

I am thinking about using it for all sorts of baking like a pudding or an non dairy ice cream, it would also be great to make a real Iced Coffee with Chocolate Hazelnut instead of artificial flavors ... yum! I am going to try it right now! This is a great Gluten, Casein, Soy Free option to drink by itself or to enhance your baking treats.


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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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