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Pickles Deli – The Best Gluten Free Sandwiches!

July 7th, 2010 at 11:52 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Eh ... eyes over here please!
I know, I know that sandwich looks absolutely amazing. Forgive me ... that Gluten Free Spicy Italian sandwich looks absolutely amazing! Well it was the best Italian sandwich I have had in like 7 years! Totally stacked so high I could barely take a bite without squishing it down. Actually ... oh! ... that made it even better because all of the juices from the pepperocinis oozed out all over the hot cappicola, pepperoni, hard salami and in with the garlic Parmesan peppercorn dressing ... um ... and the sharp provolone and mozzarella romaine, tomato and red onion! The flavors rolling together like a waves in the ocean ... Oh man ... let's do it again ... more please!

So let's back up and I will tell you how I came across this divine piece of sandwich heaven ...

A few weeks ago I was itchin' to take a short day trip across the water. The weather around here has not been the best and I am so ready for summer sun! On top of it, I just get in these moods where - I just have to go to one of my favorite areas around the Puget Sound to just let the ferry winds blow across my face and through my hair. This trip took 4 ferry rides but well worth it. Anyway, I was looking on line to see what new things were happening on Whidbey Island. I love the little towns - Clinton, Langley and Coupeville on the south end of the Island. So, like I said, I was looking to see if I could find some place cool to eat a special Gluten Free lunch because my birthday was at the end of the week. So I kept looking and then got busy with some other chores. Later that evening I got back on line and opened my email inbox and there was an email from Kim at Pickles Deli in Clinton, WA on Whidbey Island! She very sweetly told me that she had some new Gluten Free bread, meats and cheeses and wondered if I would go out for a visit to try them. I immediately replied with a great big YES please.

I couldn't believe it! I was so excited and so in the mood for a really good loaded sandwich.

So I told her that I would be there on Thursday for a day trip for my birthday. We left early that morning - Mom, Mac and I because it was a family birthday celebration day.

It was very easy to find just a few minutes up the road off the ferry on highway 11042 SR 525, Suite 122 in the Ken's Korner shopping center. 360 341 3940 is the phone number.

Summer hours
Mon. - Wed. 9am-6pm
Thurs. - Sat. 9am - 8pm
Sun. - 11am-5pm

All of the meats and cheeses are Boar's Head and Gluten Free! You can order off the menu and tell them you want the Gluten Free bread. They will take extra care to make sure that the cross contamination is little to none as best as they can. We ordered a side of the potato salad and I am so glad we did. It was almost better than mine.
It was creamy and I think it had cheese and pickles in it, perfectly seasoned. We ended up splitting the sandwiches and also ordered the Classic Turkey and Bacon along side the Spicy Italian. The Turkey Bacon was loaded and a meal in itself. You will walk away very satisfied. The sandwiches also come with a Pickle ... of course!

I was so impressed with Kim and her team. They were all so sweet, calm and fast. Kim said hello to everyone by their name while making their food. She didn't skip a beat! Smiles and all! Kim even was sweet to my mama! One of her friends, Jeff came in to get his daily meal and she introduced me to him. It was a great feeling being there, as if we were family. Pickles Deli has been in business for three years. You can tell by the line that never stopped the entire time I was there. Please contact Kim for more info about her Gluten Free menu, any updates and catering.

While I was in the area I went into the local grocery stores. Star Store in Langley, the other is in Bayview Corner, carry a very nice selection of Gluten Free treats from breads, crackers, meats, chips, cookies and snack bars. The Goose Grocery also has a variety of Gluten Free items in their freezer and snack sections as well. Along the highway in Clinton, the FoodMart also had a great big sign that said "Gluten Free Products ..." so I had to stop and go inside. Great selection of some fun, hard to find things like Pik-Nik Shoestring Potatoes. It actually says GLUTEN FREE on the back of the can!

Go ... have some fun on Whidbey Island and eat at Pickles Deli ...
tell Kim I said ... Hello!

Stay the day, weekend or week with no worries because you can find some good Gluten Free food on Whidbey!


Paella Party – Para Todos Los Gustos

June 28th, 2010 at 5:08 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Have you ever worked so hard for a meal, that by the time you sat down to eat it you were so excited you didn't know where to start? I mean the kind of meal that you just wanted to dive
into - the fire roasted poblano peppers with a bit of smoky tomato, rice, mussels and a big bite of spicy chorizo - all perfectly seasoned by the outdoor fire and glowing with that saffron hue.

Ohhh! well ... let me tell you that my birthday wish came true this year!
My favorite way to celebrate with friends is to cook a really big meal that we can make together. Each guest brought a portion of the ingredients to add to the meal. We arrived at my friend Ana's summer house on Bainbridge Island around 3 pm. Luckily I made a few extra treats to kick start the festivities. More about those later ... but I highly recommend that you feed your guests while making this meal because it will take up to 2 hours. After all this is meal was originally created in Valencia, Spain as a laborer's or poor man's meal cooked over a fire in the middle of the field where they worked.

The name Paella refers to the metal pan that the dish is made in. It has 2 small handles and is somewhat shallow. This type of pan is usually very wide and flat on the bottom which allows for even heating over the fire. I have always wanted a traditional paella pan but do not have one. Luckily for me, my friend Gail let me borrow her two Paella pans. If you don't have one, I would suggest going to The Spanish Table in the Pike Place Market in Seattle. They have everything, I mean absolutely everything that you could ever want or need that has to do with Spanish cooking and Paella. They have Paella pans that range from 22 cm to 115 cm! I can't even imagine making Paella in a 115 cm pan ... but oh how fun would that be?

So we heated up the grill and started to roast the poblano peppers. Once the peppers started to blister on all sides we put them into a paper bag to let them sweat. Then we put the Roma tomatoes on for just a few minutes on all sides. At this point we began to work in shifts, the tomatoes went inside the house with Ana and Cynthia so they could puree them into a smoky sauce. Dave, Marla's husband, helped me with grilling the chicken, just enough to get the flavor started and toget all sides with grill marks. While the chicken was cooking, Sandy was a trooper and cut up 4 big onions - 2 red and 2 white, no tears! When the chicken was done we took it off the grill, put it on a plate, covered it with foil and put it to the side. We added a tad bit more of olive oil, the onions and the chorizo to the pan. I used Isernio's chorizo because it is Gluten Free. I removed the casings and added small pieces, about 1.5 - 2 inch pieces into the pan with the onions. In the meantime, Marla and Gwen took the poblanos from the bag, removed the blistered skin and cut them up. Once the onions were translucent and the chorizo was cooked, we added the poblano peppers. Then the tomato sauce went in and the rice. We used a brown rice but there are various types that you can use. I also added some Pacific Foods Gluten Free Chicken broth to both pans to allow the rice to cook. A traditional Spanish rice for paella is Matiz short grain rice, which you can also purchase at the Spanish Table.

By this time we started to use the other paella pan inside because the big pan was full and took up the space of the grill. Kelly arrived and was put to work with Ana while she was cooking the inside paella. I ran back and forth making sure that both pans were cooking at the same timing. We heated the other pan with some olive oil and added the onions, chorizo, tomato sauce, poblanos and rice and let it simmer. We added the saffron and pimento spices, garlic, sea salt and pepper and covered both pans with foil and waited patiently while the rice cooked. Patience is not one of my virtues ... but the others relaxed and enjoyed the view over the Agate Passage while sipping Cherry Mojitos and chatting. I couldn't wait to dive into the Paella!

About this time, my friend David walked in after running his first marathon in Seattle. Yes, he was actually standing in the doorway and greeted me with a smile after running 26 miles! We got him an icy cold Cherry Mojito and some Cherry Salsa with chips to help him relax and refuel. His timing was perfect because things were just about to heat up!

The time while waiting for the rice to cook is the hardest part for me because as I mentioned it requires patience. Well ... it is the hard part because you want to time it just right to put the chicken, mussels and shrimp in without overcooking or undercooking everything. It's all about timing ... let's just say it worked out!
We added green peas and fresh cilantro to brighten it up. David was the official taste tester and said it was ready. I called everyone to get a plate and paella was served!
It was perfect! As I looked around at everyone eating, I could hear the Spanish music playing and all I could think of is how happy everyone was, especially me. Everyone helped create this beautiful and absolutely delicious meal and had a lot of fun doing it! I think that is what I love about this meal - it is a great way to get your guests involved and chatting about food ... Paella!

We finished the meal off with some Cafe Dulce de Leche Flan that I made. Ana, the sweetheart, brought out a Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Cake with a candle and everyone sang

"Happy Birthday ... to me" ...

I have always wanted to have a Paella Party for my birthday and now I can say that we did it. Thank you to everyone who celebrated with me, espcially Ana, for sharing her home with us. Hopefully it is not the last time that we all get together to make some really great food. I love Paella and I love making it. I love that you can add whatever ingredients you want traditional or not. I love that it is Spanish and Gluten Free with all my favorite ingredients - chorizo, poblanos, mussels shrimp, saffron, rice. The best part is ... para todos los gustos ... there is a little something for everyone!

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!


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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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