Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
Surf Sweets – Organic, Natural, No Corn Syrup or GMO’s- Look for their Sour Worms in the Halloween Packs and other varieties at Whole Foods Markets!
I love their Spooky Spiders and Halloween Bag-O-Bears!
Trick or Treat …
smell my homemade Gluten Free treats …
give me something “good for me” to eat!
I can remember one Fall day in October 2010 when I came across a book called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day, by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François,, more than a half a million copies have sold in print. I remember thumbing through it and thinking I wish I could make some of these recipes Gluten-Free . Then I discovered their second book – Healthy Bread in Five Minutes A Day and then there it was, Chapter 9 Gluten-Free Breads and Pastries with flour substitutes for the recipes, including Gluten-Free Brioche!
Back in 2010 I was dabbling with baking Gluten-Free, mostly easy things; cakes, cookies, muffins, scones and pizza crust, I thought I was happy making the basics. I think I mentioned in my early days of blogging that I am *not really a big fan of measuring. I grew up in the kitchen letting my tastes buds and the aroma guide my cooking. I added a little of this, a pinch of that and who knows how much of other stuff by the time I served the meal. Somehow it always turned out really delicious. My family and friends would always ask for more! So not sure what hit me but suddenly but I had this idea! I think my relationship with real baked goods had come to an impasse. Gluten-Free baked goods were just so-so and It was time for me to look within and create more.
I had never really used yeast but for some reason, on October 15th, 2010, I woke up and decided I just had to do it. I had to conquer my fear of yeast! Little did I realize how *significant this day would be in my Gluten-Free life.
*I had to focus on baking = precise measuring!
I have nightmares of yeast growing out of control and taking over my kitchen. I think it is rooted in my childhood television addiction to I love Lucy – “A Happy Little Loaf” episode. I seriously think it scared me for life, or at least until I decided I had to make Gluten-Free Brioche! Let’s just say this was a great recipe to “conquer my fear”! I really had to pay attention to temperatures, rising times and of course precise measuring. I loved this recipe because you could mix it, which literally took a few minutes and then let it rise. What is so scary about that?! I also love the idea that I could store it, take a few scoops of the dough from the fridge and bake some fresh on an as “craving basis”.
I love feeling spoiled by the fresh warm sweet bread. Oh mama!
Needless to say my first Gluten-Free Brioche turned out amazing! I was so incredibly proud of my accomplishment! The recipe was basic Brioche but I had to add my own twist, as usual. I added orange rind and chocolate chips. I made another batch with a brown sugar, cinnamon and nut topping. I was head-over-heels in love love love! From that moment on I felt like a kitchen rockstar and there was nothing going to stand in my way of baking incredible Gluten-Free treats! I learned so much while baking that one recipe that I started experimenting with my own and the rest is history.
I will forever be grateful to Jeff and Zoë for being my guides.
Fast forward to today, October 2013 almost to the day that I originally made my first Gluten-Free Brioche with Jeff and Zoë’s recipe. My pre-view edition of their new cookbook appears at my door for me to review! Now we have, The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, including Gluten-Free recipes! So of course the first recipe I had to make – Gluten-Free Brioche! At first glance it seemed simplified, faster and easier! How could that be? It was already so easy. I noticed one big difference from the original recipe that will please a large number of Gluten-Free people, they omitted cornstarch. I asked Zoë about this and her response, “We got a lot of feedback from folks who, for many reasons, are not able to eat any products containing corn. We were trying to satisfy their desire for a brioche. We will always have the original recipe for the rest of folks who can tolerate corn.” How great is that? They really listen and do their best to create recipes for as many people as possible. Bravo!
Now after baking both recipes I can say I love them both for different reasons. The original recipe was my first and it will always have a place in my heart. The new recipe has a few less ingredients and it can also be stored in the refrigerator so that you can make ahead. This is so great because when you have guest staying overnight you can impress them with fresh Gluten-Free Brioche in the morning, after allowing 1 hour to rest at room temperature, loosely covered prior to baking. The new book also uses new Gluten-Free ingredients, allowances to use oil to replace dairy and egg substitutions. There are so many other recipes that I want to try – Gluten-Free Challah, Gluten-Free Whole Grain Seeded Bread and Gluten-Free Baguette – to name a few. Please be sure to go to their website, very easy to remember – BreadIn5.com to see some great videos and get more tips on how to work with Gluten-Free dough. The new book offers so much more and this post is already too long!
“The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” is available to purchase today, October 23, 2013. You can purchase it online at Breadin5.com via Amazon.com or at your favorite local bookstore. Additionally Jeff and Zoë have also written Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day, 2011.
Trust me on this one, put it on your Holiday Wish List! It is top on my list of “Must Give/Get Gifts 2013″!
As I stated above, I received “The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” from the publisher , St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books, as a complimentary review copy. This has not skewed my opinion of this or any of Jeff and Zoë’s cookbooks. I fell in love with them at my local library in 2010. Since then I have encouraged my lovely KRL-Bainbridge Island library to continue to purchase additional copies, including their new book, so that everyone can enjoy!
Wow just think! You could make every “365 Slow Cooker Supper” recipes in this book from beginning to end and not have to come up with one dinner idea for the next year or more! I know this is obvious but if you have a really big family to cook for everyday this is perfect. Ok, just think about taking a night off and not going out to an expensive restaurant. Think about the deliciousness of letting your food meld overnight and waking up the next day knowing you have leftovers. Dinner can be as easy as re-heating. Mmm…How fun is that?!
I have turned every page of this cookbook and I can tell you that this is a fun cookbook to help you make the dinner decision that much easier. It is a great starting place to get ideas. Who knew you could make more than just soup and stew? You can make more, 21 ingredient chili or simplify with 3 bean chili, chicken coconut curry, pork adobo, bacon risotto or chicken parmigiana meatloaf!
Well, let me tell you it was hard to make just one recipe. When I got to Barbacoa Beef it was the one! The one that stopped me and said …YES Make ME! Luckily, I went to Costco and bought a chuck roast at a great price!
It was absolutely delicious and easy. I made it on a very foggy, grey, Fall day and the house smelled amazing. Mac, my Yorkie, kept hanging around in the kitchen sniffing the air wondering when it was going to be ready. Stephanie O’Dea gives a slow-fast time and a slow-slow time for most recipes. I did the slow-fast time. I could not wait to serve it on football Sunday!
I served it with Pumpkin Corn Chips and Guacamole! I had some other fix-ins in the kitchen ready for people if they wanted to do more. I had some shredded cheese, chopped purple onion, lime wedges, tomatoes and lettuce. I enjoyed mine with just a few simple ingredients. The meat was so tender and easy to shred. I must confess, I am not a fan of cumin so I used much less than what was in the recipe. I also added a variety of chili peppers and some roasted garlic. I love the broth and have been enjoying it all week – one night with my Homemade Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas, another night as a stew with some roasted potatoes and broccoli. I just never thought about making Barbacoa Beef in my slow cooker and I am so glad I did! Thanks Stephanie!
365 Slow Cooker Suppers makes a great gift for a newlywed couple or someone getting their first home. Every recipe is so easy with just a few ingredients and a crockpot, you are good to get your slow cooking on!
Stephanie O’Dea has written two additional books that started from her blog – crockpot365.blogspot.com. Stephanie is also Gluten-Free and includes tips to make the recipes GF. You can buy 365 Slow Cooker Suppers on Amazon.com in paperback or kindle. I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook to review. The opinions stated are mine and not influenced by the gift.
Do you want to learn more about living a healthier Gluten-Free lifestyle? Would you like to sample some Gluten-Free food? Well I can’t think of a better way to do all of that and meet your fellow Gluten-Free friends in the Seattle-Tacoma area! Get your tickets today $5 per person for, the Gluten-Free Health and Wellness Experience event on November 9, 2013 in Tacoma.
Attend educational talks, cooking demonstrations, and visit with your favorite Gluten-Free vendors. Looking forward to seeing everyone including some of the speakers -Cynthia Kupper, RD and Executive Director of GIG – Healthy Gluten-Free Eating, Dr. Kelly Baker – Gluten-Free Kids and Teens and Dr. Jean Layton – Diverse Diagnostics, Classic Solution. Plus more!
Local bakeries will be giving cooking demonstrations - Angela Cough and Trent Banks from Flying Apron will be making Sweet Potato Pie. Jan Duran owner and founder of Haley’s Bakery will be making Pumpkin Cranberry Bars. Just in time for the holidays!
Check out the Gluten Intolerance Group event page to get your tickets today for the Gluten-Free Health and Wellness Experience Event. The event starts at 10 AM – 5:30 PM at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center – directions and parking info.
I fell in love with Beatrix – Chicago well before I experienced the food and the atmosphere. I love it when you see a website with great attention to detail that gets you excited to check it out. I was beyond giddy by the time I actually walked in the door, sat down and took my first bite.
You know when you walk into someplace it just feels right? This was home and beyond. I felt as though it was my everything. My Sunday afternoon hangout, coffee shop, bakery and friend’s really cool loft home. The atmosphere is very inviting with various textures, lighting and spaces. There are great places to sit in cool chairs for a coffee and treat, sipping cocktails and good old fashioned banquets created with real sofas and pillows! Brown tonal woods, brushed metal, glass and fresh greenery hanging from above. The large windows slide open on warm sunny, not too windy days. The light floods the space and makes you feel as if you are sitting on an outdoor roof top deck in the River North neighborhood of Chicago.
This was truly “Ultimate Gluten Free Experience at Beatrix Chicago.” So many choices for Gluten-Free breakfast, brunch, bakery items, lunch, dessert or dinner. Make sure you put this on your list. This is the best Gluten Free Chicago Restaurant! I love chili peppers, dark chocolate, salmon. The salmon was extra moist, the chili chocolate sauce was like a molé. I wanted to take a jar home but nada. The mini corn tortillas were warm, soft and sturdy for just a few bites. I tried everything together and separately. The experience was incredible with every bite. The slaw had citrus, jalapeño, red peppers, radish – slightly sweet yet spicy with a cool, crunch.
I require dark, strong, smooth coffee and it was perfect! They serve locally roasted Intelligentsia and Metropolis. They also offered cream and almond milk as their non-dairy! Yay! Now on to the treats – the bacon was like candy – coated in brown sugar that gave it an extra crunchy-crackleing bite. As if that was not enough… Tall, Dark & Handsome came over to my table to flirt with me. Let’s just say we got along perfectly – dense cake on the bottom, pudding like ganache on top and a side of extra creamy freshly whipped cream. This was the epic closer to an already Ultimate Gluten-Free Experience.
I mentioned this earlier but, the bonus was sitting in a sofa loaded with pillows in the middle of the restaurant so that I could take in everything. Seating is very important to me. I have to be comfortable to enjoy my meal. The pillows were nice to use to support my back and rest after a long morning of walking. There was an outlet close by so I could recharge my iPhone while eating. Love that! It is attention to detail that wins me over every time. Everything was lovely and exciting.
Beatrix opened just recently, the end of June 2013. It is adjoining Aloft Hotel by Starwood. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to check out the hotel but it looked really cool. I know that it is a green hotel. It also offers free Wi-fi, accepts pets, a pool table, workout facility and offers various packages and specials. Next time I think I might just try to stay there because it will make it so easy to go enjoy Beatrix! Beatrix is open daily from 8 AM for breakfast, bakery, coffee, lunch, brunch on the weekends, dinner and bar until midnight. Please go to BeatrixChicago.com for more info. Reserve a table and sign up for their mobile offers for specials.
The staff was so helpful, fun and professional. Bravo! I highly recommend Beatrix Chicago to everyone! You will be so incredibly happy regardless as to what time of day or night you visit.
*The links in this post are NOT affiliate links, just providing some friendly GF info!
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The chill in the air, long rainy days and the sound of the trees swishing around outsides makes me want some good old fashioned comfort food. Luckily for me I found Essential Baking Company’s Gluten-Free Super Seeded Multi-Grain Sliced Bread at Costco the other day. I love Essential Baking Company’s Gluten-Free breads and rolls because they are flavorful, hearty and strong enough to keep your ingredients in-between the bread or bun. (Not like other GF breads that crumble when you try to pick it up.) Such a good deal to buy a 2 pack of bread to have on hand for a hungry crowd when the grilled sandwich craving strikes!
After a morning of shopping for good deals we worked up our appetite so I decided to make the classic Gluten-Free grilled cheese sandwich even better.
Gluten-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Smokey Pork!
I added smokey, shredded pork to a *blend of shredded 4 Mexican cheeses to create an epic smokey, sweet and spicy grilled sandwiches.
Heat a fry pan to medium high.
Smear butter or olive oil on once side of the bread and place it in the pan.
Add a layer of cheese, then pork, a little more *cheese – to make it stick, and spicy brown mustard. Top off with a second slice of GF bread that has been pre-smeared with butter or olive oil on the outside of the bread. Now all you have to do is patiently wait for everything to heat and meld. I make my grilled sandwiches in a pan that I can put a lid on to help heat it all around and through the sandwiches. You could also use a panini pan if you have one.
I added spicy hot mustard to the inside of the Essential Baking GF sliced bread because it just added the perfect peppery compliment to the smokey pork and the creamy flavors of the cheese. The mustard also gets a chance to heat up and ooze into the rest of the sandwich so that you get some in every bite!
Great to make for Football Sunday with a side of hearty chips, raw veggies and sliced tart Fuji apples . Grilled sandwiches are always a nice compliment to a bowl of spicy black bean or traditional tomato soup.
Celebrate Fall with warm gooey, grilled, Gluten-Free sandwiches!
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Pumpkin, Pumpkin everywhere! Tis’ the season for the “it flavor – Pumpkin” to make its grand appearance in your cup or on your plate. It seems like everywhere I turn these days there is something flavored with pumpkin – lattes, donuts, cookies, muffins, waffles, pies!
The other day I found this amazing new tortilla chip at Costco. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips by Mother’s Farms. I couldn’t imagine what they tasted like but all I knew is that I had to try them. Move over boring plain chips, Mother’s Farms has created my new favorite snack chip made with our favorite gourd – Pumpkin!
Mother’s Farms Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips are made with – Non GMO Organic whole grain Corn, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds and spices. You don’t have to wait for pumpkin season, you can enjoy your favorite snack all year long!
I was having such a craving for something crunchy, creamy and spicy but different so I decided to try these and make a big plate of…
Savory Black Bean Nachos with Pumpkin Seed Chips.
I loaded chips on a baking pan with spicy Organic refried black beans that were cooked with jalapeños, added a Mexican four cheese cheese blend. Melted them in a hot oven for 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees. I scooped some homemade guacamole and fire roasted salsa into serving cups and served them to my guests!
All I can say is that we absolutely loved my Savory Black Bean Nachos with Pumpkin Seed Chips!!
I had to make at least 2 more servings because everyone gobbled them up. It pairs well with an oaky chardonnay, apple cider – hard or hot - or tea.
The flavor of the chips is exactly what you expect – savory pumpkin spiced with cinnamon, salt and pepper. I think the flavors taste like an amazing molé. Now that is an idea! I might just have to try that – use these pumpkin seed chips in places of the bread to make a Gluten-Free molé! I love the savory chips with the black beans, cheese and guac – all that creaminess and the smokey salsa just makes it come together like a fiesta in your mouth!
I am a nacho freak! I love nachos because they are so easy to make. I also make a nacho or taco salad with chips, lettuce, roasted veggies and whole black beans, etc. All I can say is that the pumpkin, bean and chipotle flavors work really well together! IF you want to add meat, I highly recommend shredded smoked pork! The smokey sweet flavor is perfectly brilliant with the spiced pumpkin!
Now it is your turn! Go find the last remaining bags of Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips at Costco or just go online to their site directly – Mother’s Farms - to buy Gluten-Free, Whole Grain and Kosher snacks. I am happy to say that their products are Certified Gluten-Free by GIG. The only reason I say the last is because I have been telling everyone about my new favorite chips. You can buy them directly from the company’s website as well. Better yet ask your neighborhood grocery store to sell them!
If there is one thing that I can tell you about Razzi’s Pizzeria is that they know how to make delicious Gluten-Free, Organic, fresh made to order food for specifically for you!
The personalized service by Razzi’s dedicated Gluten-Free kitchen is key. I don’t know of any other restaurant that has gone to such efforts to create 2 kitchens – 1 that is dedicated and Certified Gluten-Free.
Amir Razzaghi, owner of Razzis Pizzeria knows how easily cross-contamination can happen. Amir knows because he and his family suffer from multiple food allergies. ”We have a separate GIG-certified kitchen for baking our Gluten-Free breads and pizza dough. We also have separate baking pans, utensils, and equipment that is only used for Gluten-Free products. All of our Gluten-Free ingredients are stored in the dedicated GF kitchen area, far away and separate from all gluten-containing ingredients.”
Just as the Razzis Pizzeria logo says … “Savor Without Sacrifice”
He also takes it a step further!
Razzi’s Pizzeria in Greenwood has the largest Gluten-Free menu that I have ever held in my hands! It is so big it is double sided! Check it out!
It is also so hard to decide what to have because they offer so many of our favorites that are made fresh daily with Organic, Gluten-Free ingredients. I love everything on the Gluten-Free menu – lasagna, spaghetti, gyros, garlic bread, pizza and more! They also have a Gluten-Free/Vegan, Vegan and a traditional menu as well. The menus also offer lunch specials, kids portions, desserts, GF beer and wine. You can also purchase the Gluten-Free pitas, pizza crusts and bread to take home with you, all made in their dedicated Gluten-Free kitchen.
Trust me after just one visit you will be a big fan just like me!
Amir has taken his dedication to serving specially made delicious authentic Italian food just for you one step further. Razzis Pizzeria has recently started a Personal Pizza Profile system.
Amir said, “When our customers fill out their personal pizza profile at RAZZíS, we store their preferences in our computer data system so there won’t be any confusion when placing orders in person or over the phone for delivery. For example, if we see that someone’s order doesn’t match up with his/her preferences, we will ask or call to clarify before sending the wrong dish. This is especially important with our Food Allergy and Gluten-Free customers.”
There are also additional incentives to fill out your Personal Pizza Profile card, all of Razzis Personal Pizza Profile customers will get private invitations to events and tastings, special discounts, information about new menu items that they think you will love and free dessert on your birthdays. Rest assured that Razzi’s will only send things that pertain to the customer’s preferences. Razzi’s is really about personalization and accommodating to individual needs. Amir says, “the system is working out really great with lots of positive feedback, with Personal Pizza Profiles, we can take that a step further.”
Check out a sample of the card below. Just a few questions to help make sure you are completely satisfied and that you can
“Savor Without Sacrifice”
I look forward to seeing you at Razzis!
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Want gourmet Mexican food at home but don’t think you have the time or the energy? Well, have I got a deliciously easy tip for you! Rick Bayless’s Frontera Sauces and Marinades.
Gluten-Free Fiesta In As Little as 20 Minutes!
Rick Bayless has created some of the tastiest Seasoning Sauces and Marinades and the best part is that most are created without Gluten. Marinade some steak or use the Seasoning Sauces for chicken, pork tenderloin or seafood. The Seasoning Sauces infuse the authentic flavors of Mexico into the meat while keeping it tender and juicy. Even if you do not have a grill, Frontera sauces will taste as if you have been “putting in the hours” over a hot grill. The little packets are filled with Smokey chillies, vegetables and citrus flavors that create various flavor profiles specifically for the meat that you choose to eat. Put Tacos, Enchiladas, and Carnitas on your menu for your fiesta! Not a meat eater, no problema! I think any of the sauces would be great on roasted veggie and bean tacos in corn tortillas too!
I love that the seasonings are wet. I think that it keeps the taco meat moist and saucy! The packets are great and provide clear information as to ingredients used, be sure to look for the ”no gluten ingredients used”. For more information, cooking demonstration videos of Rick Bayless and product info please go to the website – www.fronterafiesta.com
Please note that the Mole and Fajita Sauces contain wheat.
Now you have a fiesta in as little as 20 minutes!
I really appreciate that Frontera Foods adds Gluten-Free information on their products. Rick’s daughter, Lanie, has been on a Gluten-Free diet since a young age. Rick has been creating Frontera Foods specialty products since 1996. I have been a big fan of his cookbooks and television shows since the beginning. I love that he is so passionate about the flavors of Mexico that I love too. Even better is the idea that I can create fast – gluten-free food with authentic flavors by using Frontera Flavor seasonings and products. It just so happens that when I see his show I have an incredible craving for real Mexican food! Hmm…I wonder why?! Another good reason to keep your GF pantry stocked with Frontera Foods. (FYI- this is not a paid advertisement.) Check your local grocery or specialty market. You can also buy online directly from Frontera Foods. I received my packets as a gift from Andrea at Marina Market in Poulsbo, WA a really fun specialty shop in my community that also offers online shopping.
Come close if you want to know the best kept secret in Washington. If you love licorice, lingonberries and lutefisk I have the place for you! Marina Market offers a truly unique selection of Gluten-Free food. Yes, I said licorice and yes they have a selection of Gluten-Free licorice too! Remember my post on Gluten-Free Gimbals All Natural Licorice, they sell at least a dozen or so of different types of GF licorice and anise flavored candies from around the world.
Yes, you lingonberry lovers there is quite the selection for you too! Everything from jams, syrups, to sparklers and a tub-o-lingonberry jam! Never had a lingonberry, they taste similar to cranberries only a tad sweeter and they make everything prettier with a vibrant red color. I hear that lingonberry jam goes with everything from biscuits, Swedish meatballs to pudding! I am quickly becoming a lingonberry lover too!
And now for the drumroll please …..
I have so much fun every time I go into Marina Market to see what Andrea and Jonathan Rowe, the owners, have added! Andrea and I share a love for Frontera Foods and Rick Bayless’s new sauces and marinades that are Gluten-Free. Rick’s daughter, Lanie began eating a Gluten-Free diet at a young age. Luckily for Gluten-Free Foodies, Rick realizes the need for delicious Gluten-Free foods. Andrea gave me some samples (thanks) of the new Frontera sauces and marinades and I absolutely love them! It makes any meal fast, easy, Gluten-Free and flavorful!
In addition the Market offers – Gluten-Free snacks, chips, crackers, baking products, candies and breads. They have grouped most of the selection together and have marked the products with Gluten-Free tags. There is a wonderful selection of Asian and Indian sauces as well, that are naturally GF too!
So the next time you travel to Bainbridge Island or are in Kitsap County, make sure you stop by historic downtown Poulsbo and visit Marina Market. This Norwegian market offers the best variety of Gluten-Free foods from around the world. Most customers will say that they haven’t found these products since childhood. My mom is one of them and she just loves it when I bring her some marzipan candies, Swedish meatballs and a lutefisk TV dinner. (Ok ,the lutefisk TV dinner is a story for another time, please don’t get me started!)
Go shop and have fun! Please tell Andrea and Jonathan hello for me and that you saw this post. (I don’t get paid for it but it is fun to know that we are spreading the GF food love!)