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BREAKING NEWS: FDA Defines “Gluten-Free” For Food Labeling

August 2nd, 2013 at 7:39 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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FDA NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: August 2, 2013
Media Inquiries: Shelly Burgess, 301-796-4651shelly.burgess@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA
FDA defines “gluten-free” for food labeling
New rule provides standard definition to protect the health of Americans with celiac disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today published a new regulation defining the term “gluten-free” for voluntary food labeling.  This will provide a uniform standard definition to help the up to 3 million Americans who have celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive condition that can be effectively managed only by eating a gluten free diet.“Adherence to a gluten-free diet is the key to treating celiac disease, which can be very disruptive to everyday life,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA’s new ‘gluten-free’ definition will help people with this condition make food choices with confidence and allow them to better manage their health.”This new federal definition standardizes the meaning of “gluten-free” claims across the food industry. It requires that, in order to use the term “gluten-free” on its label, a food must meet all of the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. The rule also requires foods with the claims “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “without gluten” to meet the definition for “gluten-free.”

The FDA recognizes that many foods currently labeled as “gluten-free” may be able to meet the new federal definition already. Food manufacturers will have a year after the rule is published to bring their labels into compliance with the new requirements.

“We encourage the food industry to come into compliance with the new definition as soon as possible and help us make it as easy as possible for people with celiac disease to identify foods that meet the federal definition of ‘gluten-free’” said Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine.

The term “gluten” refers to proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley and cross-bred hybrids of these grains.  In people with celiac disease, foods that contain gluten trigger production of antibodies that attack and damage the lining of the small intestine. Such damage limits the ability of celiac disease patients to absorb nutrients and puts them at risk of other very serious health problems, including nutritional deficiencies, osteoporosis, growth retardation, infertility, miscarriages, short stature, and intestinal cancers.

The FDA was directed to issue the new regulation by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), which directed FDA to set guidelines for the use of the term “gluten-free” to help people with celiac disease maintain a gluten-free diet.

The regulation was published today in the Federal Register http://www.ofr.gov/(X(1)S(rdn21uray1n5vjjgy2ldbyng))/OFRUpload/OFRData/2013-18813_PI.pdf.

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Gluten Free Summer Vegetable Tian with Zucchini

July 28th, 2013 at 7:05 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am sitting here trying to eat and write at the same time. I know it may sound like bad manners but I want to share this most amazing food with you. My neighbor gave me some “baby patio grown zucchini”. Sara suggested that I make a Gluten Free Zucchini Bread with it but I didn’t think that would do for such a special gift. I wanted something that would bring out the flavor of the young zucchini so ripe and ready to nourish.

So I decided on a Gluten Free Summer Vegetable Tian with Zucchini. Tian is a shallow earthenware casserole as well as the food it contains. The Tian originated in Provence and is traditionally made with a variety of vegetables, herbs and cheeses that are layered and then baked. I adjusted a few things from this recipe from Williams-Sonoma and used my All-Clad Oval Bakers.
Gluten Free Summer Vegetable Tian with Zucchini
1 cup Gluten Free bread crumbs (from homemade GF bread)
3/4 cup of Olive Oil, plus a little more for the pans
1/2 cup of purple onion
1 yellow bell pepper
2 large garlic cloves (or more if you like)
Fluer de Sel sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 baby zucchini (the stars of the meal!)
1 tsp. fresh rosemary & 1 tsp of thyme
1 cup of grape cut tomatoes
1/2 cup of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese or use Vegan Daiya cheese 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat the pans with olive oil.
In a fry pan over medium heat, warm 5 tbs of olive oil. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Add the bell pepper, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft and transfer into the 2 baking pans. Add in the zucchini, tomatoes, rosemary, thyme on top and add the rest of the olive oil. Mix the cheese and the Gluten Free bread crumbs together in a separate dish and then add on top of the vegetables. Bake for 15 minutes and then turn the broiler on and watch it turn golden brown! (Let it stand a few minutes to cool before serving.)
I forgot how much I loved zucchini. Something so simple and naturally gluten free!
Try it tonight or for your next dinner party.
It will be your favorite too.
Salud! 
Lisa

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Kulshan Sockeye Salmon Oven Roasted with Northwest Spices

July 25th, 2013 at 10:50 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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kulshan-sockeye-salmon-recipeI absolutely love Salmon!  Today I received a special delivery from one of my favorite local grocery stores, Haggen Foods and Pharmacy in Bellingham, Washington.  They offer the best Kulshan Sockeye Salmon from Kodiak, Alaska.  What is Kulshan Salmon? Haggen Foods has partnered with Ocean Beauty’s Captain Roddy and their fisherman to catch Kulshan Salmon.   “Kulshan” is the name of Captain Roddy’s boat and it is the Native American word for Mt. Baker. The branded Kulshan Salmon celebrates local sustainable practices and fisherman from the Northwest.  When the crew catches the salmon they immediately put the fish into a chilled tank.  The salmon are then sent on a fast journey to the Bellingham area Haggen stores.

Captain Roddy has been a fisherman for over 40 years.  When he is not fishing he also serves as a board member of the local Bellingham Food Bank.  In celebration, Haggen has asked bloggers to submit recipes to share with their customers.  A donation of $50 will be donated to the Bellingham Food Bank for every recipe submitted.  The top Kulshan Salmon recipes will be shared with customers, fingers crossed my recipe makes it!

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I am so grateful that Haggen stores has asked me to also partner with them.  Today I received this season’s freshest catch and have prepared my recipe especially for Haggen brand Kulshan Sockeye Salmon.  I am even more thrilled that a donation will be made to the local Bellingham Food Bank! I am honored to know that I am part of this celebration, especially because I too have a passion to spread awareness for the need of Gluten Free food donations to support our Washington area Food Banks.  It fills my heart to know that I am part of their dedication to supporting local sustainable companies, the Food Bank and fisherman.  Now you can enjoy the celebration of Kulshan Sockeye Salmon at home too.

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When I think of Kodiak I think of wood burning fires and salty sea air. I was inspired to create my Kulshan Sockeye Salmon recipe by adding my favorite Northwest flavors.   The slight sweetness from the coconut oil blends well with the six spices.  There is a bit of kick from red curry, grassy dill notes, garlic and it finishes with a fiery smoked sea salt and paprika. I enjoy keeping my salmon recipes simple and Gluten Free, by using just a few ingredient to enhance the flavor of the Kulshan Sockeye Salmon.  My first bite made feel as though I was in Kodiak, sitting on a deck, overlooking the fishing boats as my freshly caught and oven roasted Kulshan Salmon was served at our table.

 Kulshan Sockeye Salmon Oven Roasted with Northwest Spices

This recipe is for a one pound cut of salmon and 3 servings. 

1/4 tsp smoked sea salt

1/4 tsp dill

1/4 tsp red curry powder

1/8 tsp smoked paprika

1/8 tsp granulated garlic

1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1 Tbs coconut oil

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Heat the roasting pan and lid in the oven for 10 minutes.

While the oven and the pan are heating,  place the spices into a small bowl to mix the spices and set aside.

Take the pan out and add the coconut oil. Carefully, spread the coconut oil all over the bottom and sides of the pan.  Place the salmon, skin side down, in the middle of the pan.

Sprinkle the spices evenly on top of the salmon.  Put the top on the pan and place the pan in the oven.  Cook 5-8 minutes for a 1 lb. piece of salmon. The salmon is cooked when the color of the salmon turns light pink.  Let the salmon rest for 3-5 minutes with the lid on the pan.

Serve with some fresh chopped chives and your favorite fresh mixed green salad with grape and cherry tomatoes.

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Salud!

Lisa

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Gluten Free Royal Boy Baby Cake

July 22nd, 2013 at 8:51 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

It’s a new Royal Boy Baby!

In honor of this very royally sweet occasion I decided to make a

Gluten Free Royal Boy Baby Cake

bouncing spongey cake with ever sweet red plum jelly, pure vanilla white frosting

and royal boy blueberries! 

Congratulations to Wil and Kate on their new bouncing

Royal Baby Boy – 8 lbs. 6 oz, 4:24 PM on July 22, 2013 !

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Gluten Free Royal Boy Baby Cake
bouncing spongey cake with ever sweet red plum jelly, pure vanilla white frosting
and royal boy blueberries!

 

*As soon as the new heir is announced, I will post a recipe, and not a moment sooner! 

For more Royal fun, you can stroll down memory lane by viewing my Gluten Free Royal Wedding Party Menu. 

 

Salud!

Lisa

 

 

 

 

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Gluten Free Turkey Hot Dogs – Better Than At The Ballpark!

July 16th, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I just had the best Gluten Free Turkey Hot Dogs! Seriously, it was the best hot dog that I have had in years! I know what you are thinking, how can a hot dog made with Turkey be good? Or the best?!  Jennie-o makes two sizes, regular franks and jumbo franks made with 100% turkey, natural smoke flavor and 40% less fat than beef franks.

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Better than at the Ballpark Gluten Free Turkey Hot Dog! Thanks Jennie-O!

Jennie-O Turkey Store really makes it easy to enjoy all of our favorite fun foods and stay healthy even at a neighborhood picnic! Jennie-O Turkey franks are only 6 g of fat, 1 carb and the Jumbo Turkey franks are 10 g of fat, 2 carbs.  Check out Jennie-O Turkey Store’s list of products that are Gluten Free on their website. 

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Regardless, if the weather is great outside or not, you can enjoy the taste of summer cooked indoors or out.  Jennie-O Turkey franks are so flavorful with the natural smoked flavor everyone will think you cooked them outside on a hot grill.

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Go ahead …dive on in! It is Gluten Free Turkey deliciousness!

Tip – use  your grill pan on your stove top at home to make the marks on your dog.  The eyes will see the grill marks and everyone will think you went to the extra effort to heat up the grill. It will be our little secret!  Let’s just say I fooled a few people.

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Photo courtesy of The Essential Baking Company – New Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns.

Can I tell you another secret?  Please don’t tell anyone but I am not usually a fan of hot dogs! Honestly, I usually will go for a Gluten Free burger or a sandwich before I would go for a Gluten Free hot dog because I have been so disappointed in the past.  I can honestly say that Jennie-O has made me fall head over heels in love with their Turkey hot dogs. It makes me feel great that they are healthier too!

I served my GF turkey hot dogs with all the fix- ins, spicy mustard, ketchup, relish, onions and sides of sweet baby carrots, snow peas from my garden and crunchy Kettle Chips. I paired the hot dogs with Essential Baking Company Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns.  I purchased my GF Essential Baking hot dog buns, $5.99 per bag at Central Market in Poulsbo, WA. Please note the buns come 4 to a package so you will need more to equal a package of Turkey franks. I put some Earth Balance buttery spread on the bun and placed it on the hot grill to heat up for a crisp and soft texture. 

So go … get yourself some “hot dawgs”!

Salud! 

Lisa

Thank you to Jennie-O for sending me a voucher to purchase their Turkey franks. I purchased the other ingredients and it was pure deliciousness! I was not paid for my sincere opinion.

 

 

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Gluten Free Chocolate Ice Cream Browniewich

July 12th, 2013 at 12:57 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Summertime just screams for ice cream but we don’t always want just an ordinary dish, we want fun and easy Gluten Free desserts! Make your favorite Gluten Free brownies with chopped toasted almonds. Bake the brownies in a cupcake pan for this perfectly portioned Gluten Free dessert as a fun family treat.  Now the fun begins – making your Gluten Free Chocolate Ice Cream Browniewich. Slice the brownie in half, add a generous scoop of chocolate GF ice cream the top it with the brownie! Yes it is that easy! Dive in!

My Favorite Gluten Free Double Chocolate Almond Brownies

1 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar or 1 cup Palm Sugar omitting the brown and cane sugar

1 Tbs Pernigotti cocoa powder

1 cup dark chocolate chopped chocolate chunks or chips

1 generous pinch of sea salt

1/2 tsp dried espresso powder

1 Tbs Gluten Free Vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup Maninis Gluten Free Multiuso Flour Mix

3 eggs

1/2 cup toasted almonds chopped

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Use a non-stick cupcake pan.

Stir and melt the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate in a pan on the stove over medium heat. Once all of the ingredients are incorporated add the salt, espresso powder and vanilla.  Mix well and set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl add the GF flour.  Slowly incorporate the chocolate mixture into the flour and mix well.

Beat the eggs and add them to the mixture.  Toss in the almonds and fold in to the mix.

Use a medium spring scoop to add the brownie batter to the cupcake pan.

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

I love my Gluten Free Chocolate Ice Cream Browniewich because it is the perfect way to enjoy a little treat without going overboard.  I like making the brownies in the cupcake pan because it forms the perfect brownie for one large scoop of ice cream to fit inside.  Nothing more!  Besides it looks cute and it is so fun to eat!

I have made my Gluten Free Chocolate (or insert your favorite flavor here) Ice Cream Browniewich with just about every flavor of Gluten Free ice cream. Berry, Caramel, Espresso, Vanilla, Coconut and Dulce de Leche! Trust me you can’t go wrong.  In the picture above, I used a rocky road ice cream with – marshmallows and almonds for added fun! The hardest thing about this dessert is patiently waiting while the brownies bake and cool.

TIP – If you want to make your GF brownies faster use a mix.  I like Pamela’s Products, Trader Joe’s and Namaste.  Just add some GF vanilla and espresso powder for extra flavor. These brownies freeze beautifully in a freezer self sealing bag. Make sure that the brownies cool completely on a rack before putting them in a bag.  To defrost just let them sit on the counter for a few minutes to defrost to room temperature. Slice, assemble, dive in and enjoy your Gluten Free Chocolate Ice Cream Browniewich!

 

Salud!

Lisa

 

 

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Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

July 1st, 2013 at 4:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Gluten Free Sandwich cookies Vanilla Cookies with Mexican Chocolate Cream in the center I love love love my Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Sandwich Cookies that I recently created!

This is the perfect mix of creamy Mexican cinnamon chocolate sandwiched between sweet vanilla sugar cookies.

I started dreaming about these cookies before I made them.  My dream turned into an obsessed craving and I just had to make them.  We used to make these sandwich cookies as kids.  Actually, it is a cookie that my mom used to love when she was growing up in Philly.  Her best friend’s mother, Hilda, used to make them.  We used to make the chocolate cream frosting or filling with crisco shortening and then we would spread a thick layer between 2 graham crackers.  We had to make extra frosting because someone, uh-um,  used to eat all the frosting before we could make the sandwich cookies. Yes, it is that good! 

So I decided to give my favorite childhood cookie a makeover. This is my Gluten Free and non-dairy sandwich cookie. I think I love them even more!

Ironically, my college friend Sheila was coming to town from Philly, I knew we were going to have plenty to gab about all day and night catching up over the good ol’ days.  Of course, there would be plenty of strong Seattle coffee during our chats so I wanted to make a special treat.  Since I was obsessively craving this “old fashioned Philly” cookie I thought …

Why not make it Gluten Free and even more delicious?!

So I decided to make some Gluten Free Vanilla Cookies and a Mexican Chocolate frosting center with cinnamon.   I had to make this quickly because Sheila was arriving early the next morning!

Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

pamela's sugar cookie mix

Make one bag of Pamela’s Products Sugar Cookie Mix. Follow the directions on the back of the bag for the roll and cut sugar cookies – add 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 Tbs of GF Vanilla extract. I made these non-dairy with Earth Balance butter but you can use butter!

When the dough is mixed, put it into a self-sealing bag and into the refrigerator for 1 hour. This will allow the flavors to meld and will stiffen the dough for easier roll out and cutting.

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Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

When the hour has passed, take the GF cookie dough out and roll it out between 2 pieces of parchment paper. The cookie dough should be approximately 1/4 inch thick.  Use your favorite cookie cutter shape.  I like my cutter with the pretty ruffly edges that is about 1 inch across.

Place the cut-out cookies onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.  Bake the cookies for 8-12 minutes until just slightly golden.  Remove the cookies and place them on a cooling rack while you make the Mexican cream frosting.

Mexican Cream Frosting 

3 tsp Pernigotti Cocoa Powder 

1 Tbs cinnamon

1/3 cup or 6 Tbs of palm shortening or coconut oil

1-2 cups confectioners sugar

1 Tbs instant espresso powder

approximately 1/4 cup non-dairy coconut milk or regular milk

In a medium mixing bowl, add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, espresso powder, 1 cup confectioners sugar, shortening and coconut milk.  Mix well with a hand held mixer.  If the mixture is too thick add 1 Tbs of coconut milk and alternate with 1 Tbs of confectioners sugar, until the mixture becomes creamy but still has body or slightly thick. This cream frosting can be a little fussy on a humid day so just play with it until you get a consistency that is spreadable like a nut butter. Use an offset spatula to smear and spread the Mexican cream onto one side of a GF Vanilla Cookie and then gently place the other on top. Repeat the smearing of the cream to make the sandwich cookies until all of the cookies are used.

The batch I made with my cookie cutter made 18 sandwiches. 

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Store the cookies in a tight sealing container.  Trust me when I say they actually get better the next day and the day after! I can’t believe they lasted that long but these lovely little Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Sandwich Cookies are the perfect amount to enjoy just one at a time … if you can resist! 

Needless to say the cookies were a big hit with everyone that tried them.  I had a wonderful weekend of fun with my friend from Philly and our new favorite GF cookie.  I am chuckling while I write this but It seems like this sandwich cookie is the perfect symbol of friends that stick together through thick, thin and all the warm cinnamon-chocolatey goodness in between.

Salud!

Lisa

I use Pernigotti because it is the richest tasting cocoa powder I can find. I buy my Pernigotti cocoa powder in Seattle at Chefshop.com.  You could use traditional Ibarra chocolate and grind it down to a fine powder. Thanks to Pamela’s Products for sending me their Sugar Cookie Mix.

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Celebrating 10 years NFCA

June 25th, 2013 at 9:30 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I always knew that I should listen to my instincts. In December of 2003 I was in an auto accident. It changed my life. I was suddenly in massive pain all over my body, mostly my back. The fatigue was so overwhelming that I felt as if there was a magnet pulling me to the core of the earth. I could not sit, sleep or eat. I was very ill and my doctors could not help me with a diagnosis or cause of the uncontrollable multiple symptoms and pain.  I began to have allergic reactions to the pain medications. This was getting scary and I couldn’t eat. I wanted to find the root of the pain that had become chronic and debilitating after six months. I continued to question everything. Why would I have this odd intense pain on my face, arms, legs, hands and all over my back. My pain was so deep my legs would cramp up so bad that I couldn’t get out of bed and walk into the other room. Migraine headaches would suddenly come on and last for days. I could not get out of bed. I had to do something to feel better and fast. You can read more about my story here.

I remember talking to multiple doctors after I had researched and read books over the year to try to figure out what was wrong with me. I finally asked if I could get a tested for Celiac Disease. The test came back positive and YES I had CELIAC DISEASE.

So what now? What is gluten and why is it in everything? Are you kidding me…it is in PIZZA??!! I loved pizza … my brother and sister used to call me “Lisa Pizza Pie” for goodness sake! I loved to cook, entertain, not follow recipes mind you, but create food that looked, smelled and tasted amazing. I was on a mission to make and enjoy pizza once again! Only now it would be Lisa Gluten Free Pizza Pie!

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Lisa’s first edible GF Pizza 2005

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Lisa’s new and improved GF Pizza Pie 2013

I must admit if it hadn’t been for the internet I am not sure how I would have made it through the hardest of times.  I began to research anything and everything I could to find out about Gluten Free foods and Celiac Disease.  This was 9 years ago, there was very little information about Celiac Disease but there was a glimmer of light, I found the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. I felt comfort reading the information about Alice Blast, the founder and President of NFCA story, GF foods and details about Celiac Disease.  I remember printing pages and putting them into a binder to make my own reference guide to take shopping with me.  It was crazy back then but I felt good knowing that I was not alone.

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Awesome NFCA team picture

It took years for me to finally get to the point of really knowing my body and learning to live a happier Gluten Free lifestyle. I began to look at food as celebration again. I started writing my blog – Gluten Free Foodies – Celebrate the foods that you can eat!  in May of 2009. I wanted to share my newly created Gluten Free recipes and research that I discovered.   To this very day I am thankful that I found out that I had Celiac Disease.  I finally know what was making me so incredibly sick.  Now my blog is my therapy and a way for me to pour my heart and soul into something greater than just me.  I want to be the guide to others on their journey as the NFCA did for me.

nfca-logoToday I am celebrating the 10 years of the NFCANational Foundation for Celiac Awareness  and my birthday by making my Gluten Free Pizza Pie! I can’t think of a better way to share this day!  Now we have more that just one think in common. Bravo Alice and NFCA!

Lisa aka “Lisa Gluten Free Pizza Pie”

 

 

 

 

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Naturally Gluten Free – Rainier Cherries

June 22nd, 2013 at 11:29 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I think that the simple things are a necessity. The summertime is one of my favorite times of the year because it is quite naturally easy to eat Gluten Free. One of my favorite treats that the Pacific Northwest region creates is Rainier Cherries. They are so beautiful with their golden yellow and blush red hue. One of nature’s works of art! The flavor is slightly tart and slightly sweet. I think they are very different than the dark red cherry, excuse me for one minute … yes, ever so slightly sweet and tart with a creaminess to it. Absolutely ahhh-mazing!

Rainier Cherry

Naturally Gluten Free - Rainier Cherries only make a brief appearance late June and into July provided that the orchards have nursed them and have been patient. We all must wait for the perfect weather conditions to ripen the cherries so that they can be picked and delivered to us. I hope you realize that I am doing extensive research on the subject and have a bowl filled with them for inspiration as I write. I just learned that Rainier Cherries are a cross between a Bing and a Van (I am not sure what a Van is or if I have had a Van Cherry soI will get back to you on that one.) Harold Fogle was the director of the cherry breeding program at WSU extension in Prosser , WA made the cross in 1952. The first Rainier Cherries were released in 1960. Word on the street is that the mother tree still exists in that area and receives royalties and is trademarked!

I like to take cherries with me wherever I go during the summer. I usually pack them in a container with a few ice cubes just to keep them chilled. There isn’t any thinking involved, they are naturally gluten free. Naturally Gluten Free - Rainier Cherries don’t need to “go with anything” because they are perfect by themselves while you read agood book at the beach (or while you write). They are also the perfect “house cooling” gift at a BBQ in a nice bowl. Just watch everyone’s face light up when you walk in with Rainiers. It will be as if you have a fine prized bottle of wine! I do have to caution you that the Rainier Cherries have pits just like any other cherry. So please be aware that this is one time will I will say “don’t forget to spit” because of the pit and not because they are not good. You might also want to be aware that they may cause unprovoked competition between house guests and party goers as each “cherry pit spitter” tries to out do the other. Have fun, enjoy and as we say here …

Life is but a bowl of Rainier Cherries!

Salud! 

Lisa

 

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Mott Green, Founder of Grenada Chocolate Company Tragic Accident

June 3rd, 2013 at 11:00 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I was shocked and saddened to hear the news this morning of Mott Green, founder of Grenada Chocolate Company tragic accident on June 1, 2013. Grenada Chocolate Company creates pure Organic Chocolate in a factory that is located in the lush cocoa groves of the rainforest in Grenada. Grenada Chocolate Company is an Organic Cocoa Farmers and Chocolate-Makers’ Cooperative.

Mott Green Grenada Chocolate

I met Mott Green at the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA last year. During the presentation I remember hearing Mott say that they are a small scale, small batch chocolate maker concerned for the environment.  They have over 200 acres and grow their cocoa without pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides. Grenada Chocolate Company uses their own cocoa butter to process their chocolate.  Additionally to protect the environment they made their own equipment to process the chocolate.  As soon as the cacao is picked from the farmers, it is processed on site.  This helps to keep the entire business process within the chocolate-farming community so that everyone benefits financially.  The machines they used were also refurbished antiques some of which  they converted to use solar-electric power.  Mott was repairing some equipment at the Belmont Estate, St. Patrick,  storehouse at the time of the accident according to police. 

Grenada Chocolate Company

Mott’s wish and legacy to allow the cocoa farmers to benefit together with the Chocolate-makers will hopefully continue to live on as Grenada Chocolate Company.

To learn more about Grenada Chocolate Company and where you can buy their purely decadent chocolate, website - http://www.grenadachocolate.com

Listen to Mott on the video below as he describes his vision and why he started Grenada Chocolate Company http://www.nothinglikechocolate.com

Mott Green, Grenada Chocolate Company and farmers are featured in the award winning film – Nothing Like Chocolate. 

I feel very lucky to have met Mott last year at the Seattle Chocolate Festival.  We watched the award winning film- Nothing Like Chocolate, that he was featured in.  We sat in the back of the room as he gave me little bits and bites of commentary while it was showing.  We had a nice long chat about chocolate. He told me that he saw the future of Organic chocolate growing as more people become educated about the sustainability practices of companies like his. Mott was a very hard working man that had never ending energy and pure Organic passion for his craft of bringing quality chocolate to the people around the world. He had such a light in his eyes when he spoke about his company, his friends and farmers. Click here to see Mott’s last blog post talking about shipping 18,000 bars to Holland, delivered by bicyclist, that would have included Mott, to stores all over Holland. I will cherish his stories and will honor and remember him with every melting square of Grenada Chocolate that touches my palate.

Rest in peace Mott …

 

Lisa

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About Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

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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