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Tell the Easter Bunny … Gluten Free Jelly Beans, Bears, Worms … Oh My!

April 2nd, 2010 at 12:45 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Now this is a Gluten Free candy that the Easter Bunny will be happy to hide for the kiddos this Easter. Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans, Gummy Bears and Gummy Worms.

Naturally sweetened with fresh fruit flavors, NO Corn Syrup or GMO's (yippee!), Gluten and Casein Free, Vegetarian and made in a nut free facility... ( yippee yippee yippee!)

I am a big fan of the flavor that these little guys pack! Extra soft and just enough sweet. Check out their web site for more flavors and store locations -look in the upper right side of the web site to click and search for store locations near your zip code. If you are close to a Whole Foods, PCC, Pharmaca you should be able to find them to help out our busy Easter Bunny friend!



Happy Easter!

Lisa
glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com

BLUE Gluten Free Treat for Autism Awareness Month

April 1st, 2010 at 6:34 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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April is Autism Awareness month and I thought that I would make a Gluten Free treat to show my support -
A Blue Autism Speaks puzzle piece
... out of a rice crispy treat!
ok ... a little abstract ...

Did you know that Autism affects
1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys ?

Autism Speaks - Light It Up Blue campaign is raising awareness about Autism all month asking everyone to show their support by wearing BLUE tomorrow, updating their status pages and just being creative and involved in the community. Look at the website for more info for events in your area.

There are events happening all over North America from the Empire State building to the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada on Friday, April 2.

So I thought I would try, key word here is try, to be creative and make a BLUE RICE CRISPY TREAT, Gluten Free of course!

I made the Rice Crispy Treat out of Erewhon Rice Twice cereal, Jet Puffed Cream Marshmallow and some India Tree Vegetable Colorants. It was messy and a lot of fun!

Now it is your turn!
What Blue Food will you make to show your support?
Take a picture and send it to me and I will post it on this blog!



Enjoy!

Lisa
glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com

Gluten Free Getaway – Portland – Corbett Fish House

March 31st, 2010 at 10:10 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Feel the need to change the view and eat some delicious Gluten Free Food?
Time for a road trip to Portland, Oregon. This is the first in a series of places to check out and taste your way throughout the city.

Corbett Fish House is owned by Dana and Greg Boyce located at 5901 SW Corbett -503.246.4434

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They offer a Gluten Free menu with all of your fried seafood favorites coated in Rice Flour.
The sauces, dressing and desserts are also Gluten Free! Yippee!!!

We ordered the Tugboat Combo to have 2 bits of everything -
Walleye, Halibut, Oysters, and Chile-Fried Catfish with awesome french fries and Jalapeno Tarter sauce to dip and devour! I want that sauce! It was cooked to perfection and a nice way to share and sample. We also ordered a cup of soup each - Crab Pepper Cheese and New England Clam Chowder - both were absolutely amazing and makes me want to either move down to Portland or make them move closer to me ... now there's an idea ... after you eat at Corbett's you will say the same thing. I think we should start a petition to get them to open a location in the Seattle area. Hey ... is anyone else offering GLUTEN FREE SEAFOOD FAVORITES??? send them an email at dana@corbettfishhouse.com and let them know that we welcome them in the Seattle area.

Dana and Greg also have an additional location called Hawthorne Fish House - 4343 SE Hawthorne - 503.548.4434
I didn't get a chance to check this location out but I hear it is awesome as well.



More of Gluten Free Getaway - Portland to follow ...

Enjoy!

Lisa
Gluten Free Foodie
glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com

Gluten Free Bun Buster Hot Dogs from HEMPLER’S

March 24th, 2010 at 6:09 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It is Spring and time for baseball, hot dogs (aka hot dawgs)... and lots of good grilling!
Our weather has been absolutely gorgeous in the Pacific Northwest.
I couldn't wait any longer ...
I had to treat myself to a good old fashioned .... hot dawg ... Hempler's Bun Buster Hot Dogs
with McClure's Pickle Relish ... Yes, I finally got it after last week's posting ...
Annie's Naturals Organic Ketchup (the best!) and whole grain Dijon Mustard.
At least I was thinking and got a picture of it before I dove in ... I know it isn't the traditional look but it was bun bustin' ... the flavor and softness of the bun ... perfect!
 The shape of the bun may not be hot dog shape but after making a few alterations, I want to tell you this was the best dawg!
The Hot Dogs are MSG and Gluten Free
and even say so on the package!!!
Bravo Hempler's and I can't wait for
Opening Day for the Mariners!!!
Play Ball ...
 
Enjoy!
Lisa

Gluten Free McCLURE’S (Irish) PICKLES

March 17th, 2010 at 8:38 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Well, they are green and they are from the McClure family so ... I think they are Irish! You may also want to kiss someone after you eat them because they will make you pucker!

McClure's Pickles swim in a jar of vinegar with whole cloves of garlic and dill. These Pickles are packed with flavor. They also make relish and Bloody Mary mix. I have only tried the Pickles after finding them at Williams-Sonoma. They are the perfect pairing with any Gluten Free entree - hamburgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches - corned beef or not!

Apparently Ted Allen from the Food Network said that the McClure's Pickles were one of his favorites and has given the McClure boys a bit-o-business. Be patient my friends they will have more soon!

Happy St. Paddy's Day ... eat Irish Pickles today!

Happy GLUTEN FREE Chip Day!

March 14th, 2010 at 8:19 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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In honor of NATIONAL CHIP DAY .... I thought I would share the many, many ways that I love my
GLUTEN FREE CHIPS!

One of my fondest memories of my childhood back in the 70's was the day that we would get our delivery of Charles Chips! YES, I said DELIVERY OF CHARLES CHIPS!!!
I think this is how my passion with chips started. This prized possession that you see here is actually a 1 lb. Charles Chips Tin that the chips were delivered in back in the day. They were one of the original companies that believed in recycling because they would deliver their chips and pretzels in tins. Maybe it was the fact that it protected the chips from breaking but I like to think it was a brilliant idea to market them in tins. They are collectors items now!
The tins were available in various sizes, I think up to 10 lbs. at least. Each delivery time the company would pick up an empty tin and drop off a new one with fresh chips and pretzels, or whatever your order was at that time. Talk about spoiled! I didn't realize how good life was then ... actually I did because every time I opened a fresh delivery ... it was like a prize in the tin ... I would fish out my favorite chips ... I like the folded ones ... but don't tell anyone ... please!

Total and ultimate salty, crunchy bliss!


So how do you like your chips?








Mike's Four Star BBQ Pork on a freshly made Old Mill Chip ... with Carolina Sauce!







A must have with A HOT DOG AND FIXINS'
(all Gluten Free of course ...)




Always with some sort of sandwich ... sometimes inside like a PBJ ... but now I guess I call it a ABJ - almond butter with jelly! Equally satisfying ...











As a healthy (low salt) snack ... anytime ... any place!








Flavor, flavor, flavor .... Line'em up for a long day of bowl games or March Madness!!!












Or just because you have a bad case of Spring Fever and you are dreaming of BACKYARD BARBEQUE!!!



All I know is that I LOVE CHIPS!


HAPPY CHIP DAY!!!

CRUNCH

Lisa



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Full Circle Farm – Organic and Naturally Gluten Free Delivered to You

March 7th, 2010 at 9:16 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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So the "IN" thing right now is to have a garden to grow your own produce and herbs. But what do you do if you are like me and (let's face it), you don't have a green thumb?

No worries!

I have the perfect answer and it is green, sustainable, supports our local farmers
and is organic - Full Circle Farm
in Snoqualmie Valley. They cultivate over 50 crops and over 200 varieties of produce on 400 acres. After 12 years and still growing, Full Circle Farm (aka FCF) is now expanding their Farm to You home delivery program to Alaska and throughout Washington.

There are several options to support Full Circle Farm - Farmers Markets, Community Pick Up and Home Delivery. The other great thing is that they also work with over a dozen other farmers in the Pacific Northwest to provide us with the freshest organic ingredients to make any Gluten Free Foodie even happier and healthier. They even work with a farm in Hawaii that grows several varieties of ginger which we all know is very good for healthy digestion! FCF also offers additional items besides produce - Grounds for Change Coffee, Theo Chocolates (Yes, one of my favorite soy free Chocolates delivered to me ... bliss!), free range eggs from Steibrs Farm and the newest addition from Port Townsend, WA - Mt. Townsend Creamery and their absolutely deliciously creamy ... Fromage Blanc! I love it on top of a lovely ripe pear or apple ... to die for cheese!

The best news is that they are now adding community pick up sites in Kitsap County and their home delivery program. So if you live in the Bremerton, Silverdale, Indianola, Poulsbo, Kingston and Bainbridge Island area you can now support Full Circle Farm too!

Check them out via the link or the image of the Full Circle Farm Organic produce box on the right sidebar of my blog. FYI - I do not get paid for their link, I just really believe in this farm and their efforts to grow their business, organically!

You can also follow FCF on Facebook for the latest news! Become a Fan! I am!

In the words of my Organic buddy Dave ...
peas out!

Lisa




Update to Garlic Jim’s – Q&A Gluten Free Pizza

March 3rd, 2010 at 4:54 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza

Gluten-Free Pizza Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does Garlic Jim’s protect against cross-contamination?

Garlic Jim’s has specific procedures in place to protect against cross-contamination. We store our gluten-free (GF) crusts in a separate place in our walk-in coolers and sauce them using dedicated spoodles (combination spoon/ladle) and dedicated sauce containers. We place a GF crust on a dedicated GF screen and use GF peels and cutters to remove the pizza from the oven and cut it prior to delivery or pickup. We also use separate towels to clean our GF pizza cutters to ensure that there is no cross-contamination.

Further, we slap our regular pizzas in a GF flour mix so all the flour flying around in our stores is actually GF.

Our staff is trained to wash their hands before beginning the preparation of a GF pizza and to use special care not to bring the GF crusts into contact with anything that might lead to cross-contamination.

2. How important is the Gluten Free Food Service Accreditation from the Gluten Intolerance Group?

The Gluten Free Food Service Accreditation from the Gluten Intolerance Group is very important because it validates our efforts to maintain an environment free from cross-contamination and assures our valuable gluten-free customers that we are a safe place to enjoy pizza.

3. How many pizza chains have obtained this certification?

As of December 2009, Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza was the only pizza chain to receive Gluten Free Food Service Accreditation from the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.

4. What about all the flour I see flying around the store and on aprons, etc.?

All the flour flying around the store and being used to slap our regular pizzas is actually gluten-free. It’s a special mix made for Garlic Jim’s that consists of rice and corn meal.

5. What are the ingredients of Garlic Jim’s gluten-free pizza crust?

Rice flour, tapioca flour, water, potato flour, potato flakes, olive oil, sugar, yeast, salt and seasonings.


6. Is there soy in the gluten-free crust?

There is no soy in our gluten-free pizza crust.

7. Are there dairy products in the gluten-free crust?

There are no dairy products in our gluten-free pizza crust.

8. Are there nuts in the gluten-free crust?

There are no nuts in our gluten-free pizza crust. However, one of our specialty pizzas uses cashew nuts as an ingredient (the Nutty Chipotle).

9. Does Garlic Jim’s maintain a nut-free environment in its stores?

One of our specialty pizzas (the Nutty Chipotle) uses cashew nuts as an ingredient. We try to minimize any cross-contamination but cannot guarantee that there will not be contact with cashew nuts.

10. Is the gluten-free crust vegan?

Garlic Jim’s gluten-free crust is vegan as it contains no animal products or by-products.

11. Are Garlic Jim’s toppings all gluten-free?

All of Garlic Jim’s toppings are gluten-free.

12. Are Garlic Jim’s sauces all gluten-free?

Garlic Jim’s sauces are gluten-free with one exception. Our Garlic Basil sauce DOES contain gluten and therefore our Jim’s Garlic Chicken Pizza is not gluten-free unless it is made without the Garlic Basil sauce.

13. What other Garlic Jim’s menu items are gluten-free?

Garlic Jim’s BBQ wings, Ribs, Gourmet Cheesecake and certain flavors of Haagen-Dazs ice cream are all gluten-free.

14. Is there a coating on the BBQ wings and if so, what is used instead of wheat?

Our BBQ wings are glazed with: pepper sauce (aged cayenne pepper, vinegar, salt), soybean oil, water, nonfat dry milk, xanthan gum and propylene glycol alginate. They do contain SOY and MILK.

15. Are there plans for more gluten-free products?

We are always looking for gluten-free products to add to our menu and welcome suggestions from our customers.


This was sent to me by one of my local Gluten Free Foodies. She had some specific concerns, questions and contacted the company. She forwarded the information above from the company.

Thanks,

Lisa

Gluten Free Pizza at Garlic Jim’s

March 2nd, 2010 at 8:59 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Have you ever taken a bite of something and it about brought tears to your eyes? Happy tears, from past memories of a herbs, crispy thin crust and real Italian sausage. Yes, you know me by now I am talking PIZZA ... GLUTEN FREE PIZZA!!!

















Garlic Jim's Pizza is located throughout 12 locations in the Seattle area so check them out.




This sign greeted me as I drove into the parking lot.
I guess the "S" blew down to the next row as I was taking a picture. It was kind of windy that day ... I just noticed it ... how funny but you get the picture -

Now Serving Gluten Free Pizza!!!

My favorite words ...






One thing to keep in mind, I went to the location in Edmonds, WA - awesome staff, but this location is a pick up and delivery only. There was a small tall table along the window that I used while standing because I couldn't wait to devour my pizza. The aroma was amazing - I had to dive in! You could taste all of the flavors from the sauce, to the Italian Sausage and the herbs in the crust! YUM!


Some locations are dine in like the one in West Seattle, so call ahead and find out.


Good to the last slice ...
Hands off!








Great sign too!



This posting of pictures says it all so I will leave you now to just admire and drool ... hopefully not over your keyboard.


Happy 6 years to Garlic Jim's Pizza ... I can't believe it took this long for me to fall for you! I am head over heels for your pizza! Enter to win their contest online to win FREE PIZZA!

Gluten Free Food Labeling in Peru

February 27th, 2010 at 8:44 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It has been such an interesting week. Peru has been on my mind for some reason, either in conversations or finding wonderful Gluten Free food. I find myself spending more time lately looking at food labels from around the world and am amazed to see my favorite image -

GLUTEN FREE.
Ironically I received this email from a follower today that lives in Peru. (The information below is a literal translation from Nino.)

Celiacs and friends of the celiac: The newspaper El Peruano reported a few days ago that the parliamentary group Fujimori has passed a bill that labels for products to have a sign indicating if they have gluten or not. A very good initiative for a healthy and unhealthy. Dread political grouping. I'll have them aware of the fate of the project. Celiac USA! Greetings, Nino

I wanted to share this with you because I think it gives us hope that we are becoming the majority and our voices are being heard for the need of better communication about our food! I really wish there was a global symbol for GLUTEN FREE FOODS.

Bravo! to Nino and his efforts to connect Celiacs around the globe!

Prayers for our friends in Chile ... as I am writing this, the news about the 8.8 earthquake in Chile was just announced. There are also Tsunami warnings for a large area from Chile to the Hawaiian Islands and advisories reaching all the way up to my area in Washington State. I am in awe of the ripple affect of Mother Nature!

Peace to all ...
Lisa
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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 glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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