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How does a hot … steamy … creamy … cheesy soup sound right about now?
Cool rainy weather, snow or just a festive weekend puts me in the mood for my favorite Creamy Celery Broccoli Gluten Free Beer Cheese Soup!
I would like to give a big shout out to my Gluten Free Foodies in Minnesota for my inspiration. I lived through three of the harshest, snowiest winters in St. Paul, Minnesota many moons ago. Believe it or not, there were many things I loved about Minneapolis-St. Paul – food was one of them! One of the things that I fell head over heels for was beer cheese soup.
I just had to create this Gluten Free version of beer cheese soup after being so chilled and hungry for some real feel good comfort food today. I had such a craving for some steamy goodness. This soup is even better than I remember!
Creamy Celery Broccoli Gluten Free Beer Soup
1 – 12 oz Organic Cream of Celery Condensed Soup – Pacific Natural Foods - NEW
1 medium head of broccoli
1 medium yellow onion
2 Tbs olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bottle Red Bridge Gluten Free Beer – optional
1 1/2 cups Tillamook Vintage White Medium Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Heat the soup in the slow cooker on medium. Cover and let it slowly heat while you prepare the rest of the soup.
Chop the broccoli into small pieces using a little bit of the stem. Chop the onion into small pieces.
Add olive oil to a pan and heat on medium. Add the broccoli and onion to the pan and gently toss to coat all of the pieces with the oil. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add 2 generous pinches of sea salt and coarse black pepper. Chop and add the garlic, mix well. Turn off the heat and add the broccoli, onion and garlic to the soup in the slow cooker. Add the gluten free beer … 3/4 of the bottle and save the rest for the cook! (Just to make sure that everything else goes well) Mix well, cover and heat on high for 30 minutes.
Shred the Tillamook Vintage Medium White Cheddar Cheese to equal approximately 1 1/2 cups. After the soup has heated for 30 minutes, add 1 cup of the shredded white cheddar cheese to the soup. Mix well, cover and let heat or melt for at least 10 minutes. I love love love this velvety smooth bold cheese! It goes really well with apples, pears and nut crackers!
Serve hot in your favorite bowls with a little extra Vintage White Cheddar Cheese and some fresh black pepper! Total time to make this is approximately 1 hour. Serves 4 – 1 cup servings as an appetizer or 2 good size bowls for a meal with some crusty Gluten Free rolls!
More about the Gluten Free rolls soon …
Thank you to Pacific Natural Foods for sending me some samples of their new Organic condensed soups. You could use the condensed creamy chicken or mushroom soup in place of the celery. All of them would add great flavor to this soup. I can’t wait to make more with Pacific Natural Foods.
I purchased the other ingredients at my favorite neighborhood grocery store – Town and Country Market on Bainbridge Island! When you go in to T and C say “Hi” to Jeremy, the manager in the beer and wine department and thank him for getting more GF beer selections!
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What Does Gluten Free Mean? Ask.com is the latest company to get into the Gluten Free game by adding a new commercial this Spring. Two Cowboys in a classic showdown and the big question … What Does Gluten Free Mean?
People who have Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance have a reaction to the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The only thing that can be done is to avoid this reaction and adhere to a strict Gluten Free diet. Although oats are naturally Gluten Free, most are grown or processed with wheat. Please read the label to make sure that your product says Certified Gluten Free oats, or that this is a Certified Gluten Free product.
Products that have the Certified Gluten Free symbol have the highest standard of safety. Some products may claim to be Gluten Free but are processed in a factory containing wheat. For people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Wheat Allergies, please be aware and be cautious of consuming those products.
I love seeing fun, positive commercials highlighting living Gluten Free. It helps to get people talking and create more awareness. Happy Celiac Awareness Month!
The Spring rain is falling and we want warm and spicy comfort food! This is an easy recipe to make for a family or group of hungry friends any day of the week. Gluten Free Baked Potatoes Stuffed with Chorizo can be served alone as a hearty meal with a side salad. If you have a really hungry group serve with your favorite fire grilled steak!
Gluten Free Baked Potatoes Stuffed with Chorizo
3-4 medium size Idaho Russet Potatoes
2 1/4 cups Tillamook 4 Cheese Mexican shredded
2 yellow peppers
2 orange peppers
2 red peppers
2 yellow onions
2 Tbs roasted garlic chopped
3 Tbs butter
3 Tbs olive oil
Aji Amarillo pepper dried
1 package Uli’s Famous Sausage – Spanish Chorizo or Chorizo Picante
Wash and pierce the potatoes and bake them in the oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes to one hour. When the potatoes are done, place the potatoes on a rack to cool for 5 minutes. While wearing hot pads or gloves, carefully slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and place them in a baking pan.
While the potatoes are baking, sauté the onions and peppers with some olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Set aside when done. Cook the chorizo in the pan
Use a spoon to scoop out the potato and place it into a medium size bowl. Add butter, sea salt, black pepper, Aji Amarillo pepper, garlic, 1/4 cup of cheese and mix together.
To make this recipe use non-dairy Earth Balance butter and Daiya Non Dairy Pepperjack and Cheddar Cheese.
Scoop out the seasoned potato mixture and place it back into the skins. Add the cooked Spanish Chorizo on top and add the peppers and onions just before serving. I like to make extra and freeze them in self sealing freezer bags. They heat back up perfectly in the microwave or oven fast and delicious! Make some Gluten Free Baked Potatoes Stuffed with Chorizo, you will be glad you did!
I like to use Tillamook products because they are a local company from Tillamook, Oregon. Over 100 years they have been making the freshest, best tasting natural cheeses in the USA. Tillamook has great company values, working with farmers and cleaning up the communities they work within. For more information about Tillamook products that are Gluten Free, please go to their website.
I copied the information posted on the Tillamook site, asking about specific Gluten Free products.
Just a few of our products contain gluten. All of our cheese, yogurt, sour cream and butter products are gluten-free (hooray!).
Most Tillamook Ice Cream is gluten-free, too. HOWEVER, flavors that include ingredients like pie, dough, or cake are NOT GLUTEN FREE. Specifically, THESE TILLAMOOK FLAVORS CONTAIN GLUTEN – Caramel Toffee Crunch, Cookies and Cream, Cookie Dough, German Chocolate Cake, Sweet Centennial, Marionberry Pie, Sticky Bun, and Grandma’s Cake Batter.
PLEASE READ THE LABEL BEFORE BUYING ANY PRODUCTS. INGREDIENTS MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
I hope you enjoy this easy Gluten Free comfort food recipe for Celiac Awareness Month!
Please share this recipe to show how easy it is to make a delicious food that just happens to be Gluten Free.
Do you miss a warm bowl of oatmeal? I hear ya’! I am allergic to oats and miss them terribly. No worries my Gluten Free Foodies friends, Purple Sunrise is a healthy and flavorful way to start your day!
Camano Island Mills makes the dried cereal that you make at home. It is fast and easy to make a bowl of just add water to make it on your stove top or microwave. Warm Purple Sunrise Gluten Free Organic cereal made with almonds, forbidden rice, buckwheat, canahua (baby cousin to quinoa), millet, brown rice, amaranth, chia seeds and flax seeds. All Gluten Free, No GMO’s , Kosher and so easy to make in just a few minutes. This warm bowl of Purple Sunrise is very satisfying and packed with energy making whole grains to get your day started the healthy way.
I made mine on the stove with water. The directions say you can also make it with your favorite non-dairy or dairy milk. All it takes is a few minutes of stirring, letting it rest and it is done! I added a drizzle of my favorite Ginger Syrup by Morris Kitchen with dried cranberries. I made another bowl with a drizzle of Preserved Lemon Syrup and dried blueberries. It would also be lovely with fresh fruit but I wanted to make this and share this as soon as I could. I keep dried fruit in my pantry for this very reason when I am out of fresh fruit!
The texture of the cereal is so great, you can really taste the almond flavor. I like it without the syrup but just a little really enhances the whole grains. I also tried it with a little Coconut Cream and that just made it even more decadent! Whichever way you try it, I like them all! Keep it natural, try maple syrup or a little of your favorite preserves. My guests really like it too!
Barbara Swartz created her company Camano Island Mills and Purple Sunrise cereal for her daughter that had reactions to wheat. Her family has benefited from eating and enjoying the cereal as well. Read more about Barbara, her family and company on their website. Camano Island Mills is completely wheat free, oat free and vegan. You can order Purple Sunrise directly from their website. You can also purchase it at a few locations in Washington state. They are adding stores a quickly as they can. Barbara says she her core values are to care for her family, community and environment. She has created partnerships with suppliers and is excited about sharing healthy education practices.
I highly recommend buying a few bags from them online. I found that one bag serves 3 bowls. Bring the empty bag into your favorite grocery store. Ask the manager to start selling Purple Sunrise at their store so you can buy it from them. This way you to can share your favorite breakfast – Warm Purple Sunrise Gluten Free Organic Cereal with you community.
Happy Celiac Awareness Month!
Today is Food Revolution Day, a day that is committed to learning about where our food is sourced. I thought it was a perfect day to share a recent visit to my new favorite farm on Bainbridge Island, Secret Spring Farm. It was a great day to get together for a Secret Spring Farm Field Trip for all ages. This small farming family has been back on their homestead for almost 2 years working hard revamping this land that their Great Grandfather, Frank Williams, purchased in 1912. Erik and Felix are cousins and this is where their family history started on Bainbridge Island. Erik is married to Maia and they met at Felix’s wedding to Sola, Maia’s sister. So Erik, Maia, Felix, Sola and their baby Aine all live on the farm. Did you get that?!?!
I met Erik and Maia a few months ago at a community meeting. When I told them about my blog, I asked if it would be ok to visit them with some friends at their farm. So last week, we decided that we needed a field trip to see what this small farm life is all about. I asked a friend of mine, Shealeen Stabelfeldt (owner of Building Blocks NW) and her 2 adorable children – Maia and Luke to join us for the field trip. Shealeen home schools her children, so this was a perfect lesson on the farm. I invited my mother, Ginger as well. So we put our boots on, grabbed our cameras and went out for our little farm adventure a few miles down the road.
We were greeted by the roosters crowing as they played king of the hill.
Secret Spring Farm has approximately 50 hens and 30 baby chickens. Their flock is a variety of Golden Stars, Black Stars, Rhode Island Red, Astralorpe, Ameraucana. They also have horses and mules to help plow the land. Maia says, “the animals are more environmentally friendly than tractors. She said, “I know how to handle a horse or mule. I don’t know how to run or fix a tractor.” The farm cats don’t get to nap all day. They work on the farm as the special task force on rodent “re-direction” work.
Secret Spring Farm is 6 acres of cleared land where their Great Grandfather planted a dozen apple trees in 1920. They have terraced garden beds where they grow a variety of kale, potatoes, lettuce, fenugreek, asparagus and more. They kept some of the raspberry bushes and grapevines growing nearby. Additionally they have young and old Apple, Cherry and Pear trees. Their hope is that their pear trees will grow tall in 3-5 years so they can make some cider. They are also hoping that the BARN Commercial Kitchen will be built and ready to share the space and equipment with other farmers and artisans to make their cider.
Erik was telling us that their great grandparents lived on the farm and orchard in 1920. They live in the same house. Erik is now in the room that his Grandmother grew up in while she lived in the house. He says that he is amazed to think about it when he has time to go in the room to rest. They recently updated the house to allow for current wiring and technology. Felix works from home and is also the webmaster for their beautiful web site. When he is done with the computer work for the day he steps outside and helps out on the farm.
While we were talking it was quite fun to hear all of the animals in the area. It was a melody of coyotes howling in the forest nearby, the roosters crowing every few minutes and the birds and eagles swooshing by from above. I asked them about unwanted visitors and if they have problems with the animals taking freebies. They said that the coyotes will try to get a “free lunch” when they take a break to go inside. The farmers have installed electric fencing to help deter prey but it is usually on at night time while they are not working. The deer roam and take nibbles or samples and are a bit easier to scare away. The eagles are perched high in the trees surrounding, keeping an eye on the perfect moment to swoop in and grab a feast to bring back to their nest. I asked them, “how do you stop that?” Maia said, “you run about, make tons of noise and move your arms about. It’s a group effort but that is about the most you can do. It is farm life!”
I guess I never really thought about having to protect and secure the goods in that way. Today we talk so much about technology security that this just really brings it back to nature and protecting their life’s work and investment.
As we toured the farm the hens, chickens and roosters were all around us. I couldn’t believe how beautiful they were, so many beautiful colors. The golden and black ones are Ameraucana. The black and white striped ones are Barred. They also have some Astralorpe, which lay their eggs the fastest.
I asked, how many eggs will the hens lay? On average the 3 hens will give you 2 eggs every a day. Roosters just eat, eat, eat!
Maia, grew up with chickens in Rosemeade, CA until she was 8 years old. Her family has had a flock of chickens all their life. When they moved to Arcadia, CA ,they lived on a farm with roosters. Maia’s sister, Sola also learned about chickens from a young age. They brought the Ameraucana from their mom’s flock in California. I was very curious, I had to ask how they all met. Secret Spring Farm is the perfect small family farm. They all work very well together and each of them have their strengths and special knowledge that make it the perfect mix.
They feed the chickens Organic food. Their plans are to grow Quinoa and other GF grains to feed the chickens to produce GF eggs. You can tell by the color of the earlobes in general. A white lobed hen will lay white eggs, while a red lobed hen will lay brown eggs. Ameraucana lay eggs with colors ranging from khaki green to sky blue. Maia was so great in teaching the children about the animals and how to communicate with them safely. The kids had a chance to hold the chickens, pet the horses and mules.
Eventually the farmers would like to get the farm in better shape to have more people visit the farm. They want to connect with the community by having Secret Spring Farm Field Trip for all ages, so that people can see, learn and experience how their food is grown.
The farm was covered in blackberries when they moved in. They said it took a ton of work to clear it. Their great grandparents had a farm and orchard with big trees that are still there and are 50-80 years old. When they had kids, they stopped the farm and let it grow over. The trees grew big and tall while they raised their family. They would clear cut the trees to sell for lumber. Now that the great grandchildren are back on the homestead, the family roots continue to grow with the farm and some of the original trees.
For now you can find Secret Spring Farm produce, eggs and honey (soon), at the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market and at the Farm Stand at Bay Hay and Feed. For more information about Secret Spring Farm, please go to www.secretspringfarm.com
Later that day I received a very nice treat! An email with the project that little Maia Stabelfeldt wrote about her day on the farm. She also drew a picture. Lovely!
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There are 26 Haggen and Top Food stores located in western Washington, with headquarters in the Bellingham, WA area. The chain has started the count down for the coveted Copper River Salmon Season 2013 to begin. Haggen and Top Food Stores offer the freshest, exceptional quality and variety of Pacific Salmon from Mid-May through October. The past 15 years, the grocery chain has partnered with Ocean Beauty Seafoods, based in Seattle.
Our seafood buyers expertise, experience and commitment to source local, sustainable products have also developed a relationship with the Alaskan fisheries. “There is no better place on Earth to buy fresh Pacific salmon than at Haggen!” said Amber Thunder Eagle, seafood buyer at Haggen. “We personally know many of the fishermen that pull these prized fish from pristine Alaskan waters. These deep relationships guarantee that we can offer our customers the best seafood in the Northwest.” Amber recently visited Cordova and is sharing part of her journey with us on the video below.
The Copper River Fishery is based in Cordova, Alaska – a small fishing town, just off of the Copper River. The season starts in Mid-May with Chinook (King) salmon and ends in September with Sockeye salmon, and winds down with Coho salmon.
Did you know that the Copper River is nearly 300 miles long, flows powerfully from glaciers high in the Chugach and St. Elias-Wrangell Mountains? This massive body of water has 13 major tributaries, is a mile wide and runs at 7 miles per hour. Dropping an average of 12 feet per mile and draining 24,000 square miles, it is the 10th largest river in the United States. The copper deposits found along the river give it it’s name Copper River.
What makes the Copper River salmon so delectably delicious? When the salmon swim upstream to the spawning grounds, it requires tremendous exertion up an extremely intense river system. The salmon stop eating once they re-enter the chilly, fresh water. The salmon have to rely on huge reserves of Omega-3 fatty acids to fuel their efforts. The high amounts of the Omega-3 fatty acids are found in the layer between the skin and underside of the filet. This is what gives the salmon the natural, extra buttery flavor and are what makes the Copper River Salmon the most prized and flavorful salmon in the world. Omega-3 are great for improving heart health, autoimmune disorders and reducing inflammation.
The Haggen and Top Foods stores are so excited they have a
”Enter the Salmon Pool Contest”
Haggen has invited customers to guess the weight of the first salmon to arrive in a Haggen store this year. Customers can enter the Salmon Pool contest at any Haggen or Top Food store from now through May 16.
The customer that guesses the exact weight of the first salmon delivered will receive 3 pounds of fresh Copper River salmon filets, plus a $25 Haggen or TOP Food gift certificate to complete their salmon dinner.
New starting this June, Kulshan Salmon – the next large run from the waters of Kodiak Island. The Sockeye from this run will be delivered to Haggen through the Ocean Beauty partnership. Haggen works directly with Kodiak fisherman like Captain Robert “Roddy” McDonnell, a Bellingham native who has been fishing for more than 40 years. McDonnell captains the Kulshan, named after Mt. Baker, and recruits students from Western Washington University to help crew the vessel.
When Ocean Beauty fishermen like Capt. Roddy and his crew catch the Sockeye, the fish go straight into a fish hold full of refrigerated seawater. Tenders pick up the catch and deliver it to the Ocean Beauty Cannery in Alitak, Alaska. From there, the fish are promptly delivered to the distribution center in Seattle, and then to Haggen.
Amber Thunder Eagle adds, “Ocean Beauty helps fishermen like Captain Roddy stay productive and make sure the fish gets back to the plant quickly. Today, the level of quality and care in handling the fish is amazing. Ocean Beauty still uses respected old-fashioned techniques while also using state-of-the-art equipment to streamline the process.”
McDonnell said, “It makes me feel good that when I go to Haggen and see that a shopper could have conceivably gotten a fish from my boat—that this lucky person will get my salmon on their dinner table. It’s all about being local.”
Stay up to date on the latest news about the first catch of Copper River Salmon Season 2013 to arrive at Haggen and Top Foods click here. You can also find recipes and more information about the stores on this link.
I wanted to extend a special thank you to Haggen and Top Foods for sharing their story with me about their passion to provide the healthiest and freshest salmon to us here in the Pacific Northwest.
I can’t wait for my first Copper River Salmon Season 2013 bite!
I’m guessing 56.8 pounds this year!
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We are fast approaching our mid-month of
Celebrate Celiac Awareness Month for 31 Days in May.
There are 2 things that I want you to know more than anything.
Celiac Disease – How and Why Is Diagnosis Important
1- How Do I get Diagnosed of Celiac Disease?
As I mentioned in my previous posts, there are over 300 symptoms associated with Celiac Disease and may be overlooked as subtle or linked to other illnesses.
According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center (UCCDC)
- Only 10% of people with Celiac Disease are diagnosed.
- Approximately 20% of the patients are older than 55 at the time that they are diagnosed even though it is harder to clearly link the symptoms to the disease.
- Celiac Disease affects 3 million Americans
- 97% are undiagnosed.
The UCCDC recommends that if you suspect that you have Celiac Disease, the first step is to get the antibody blood testing. Once you get the blood test results, you may need to have an endoscopic biopsy to further your diagnosis process. .
Please note, according to the Gluten Intolerance Group, you MUST NOT BE ON A GLTUEN FREE DIET prior to testing for Celiac Disease. Removing Gluten from your diet prior to testing may alter your testing results because your body will not be actively responding to the Gluten reaction in your system. The UCCDC also says that you will need to be consuming Gluten for several weeks prior to testing. The following tests may be used to help diagnose Celiac Disease.
**Please consult your physician for testing, diagnosis and further testing information.**
- Anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTG)
- Anti-endomysium (EMA)
- Anti-deamindated gliadin peptides (DGP)
Celiac Disease is a genetic disease which means that you need to have the genes in order to develop CD. The tests listed below can be done, to confirm that you have the genes.
2 – Why is getting a diagnosis of Celiac Disease so important?
Celiac Disease is an inherited disease, genetically we may or may not pass the disease on to our future family. Early diagnosing and proper testing is very important to you and your family’s health in the future. Once you know that you have Celiac Disease and you adhere to a strict lifelong Gluten Free diet you can avoid various complications due to malnutrition, cancer and additional health complications.
I hope that you find this post about Celiac Disease – How and Why Is Diagnosis Important helpful. Please share this with your family and friends because it is highly likely that they know someone that might need help with getting diagnosed.
I truly want you to live a happy and healthy life with your family and friends. Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mothers and motherly people out there that are taking care of all of us. Thank you!
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