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Iced Cinnamon Orange Hot Cocoa
Recently there was a study that was shared on every news channel, news paper and all over social media talking about how
Well since I am an avid chocolate lover and supporter I had to test this theory out.
So of course this study comes out in the middle of the “Hottest Summer on Record” so how the heck are you supposed to really enjoy – Hot Cocoa and test this theory out?
So I decided to come up with my own recipe to share with you,
so that we can all partake in this study.
Iced Cinnamon Orange Hot Cocoa was created with quick thinking and enthusiasm.
My recipe is Gluten-Free, Diary-Free and Sugar-Free
Iced Cinnamon Orange Hot Cocoa
1 rounded TBS Pernigotti Cocoa Powder
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk – SoDelicious
1 Tbs light coconut milk aka cream, Native Forest NON-GMO, can
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3-4 Orange slices, cut into 1/4 inch
2 Mason Jars and straws
2-4 Big Cubes of Ice, slow melting
Add the coconut milk and cream to a pot and heat over medium heat just hot enough to incorporate the ingredients. Add the cocoa and cinnamon. Use a whisk for 2-3 minutes to mix the ingredients and add a little air or froth.
Slice the Oranges and add them to the Mason Jars. Add the large Ice Cubes 1-2 per jar or glass.
Carefully and slowly pour the hot cocoa into the Mason Jars over the big block ice cubes.
Add the straws, top with some Orange rind and sip slowly while you think about all your favorite memories!
I thought I would include a news video about the health topic mentioned – the Harvard Study. Please be patient through the commercial and a few other helpful health tips before they mention the Hot Cocoa Study!
Let’s just say that I have made this a daily habit – 1 Iced Cinnamon Orange Hot Cocoa ever since I heard about this study on August 7, 2013. I haven’t missed a day yet or felt the need for a reminder to put it in my calendar!
It must be working!
If you have Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance this is one of the most important events that you should attend to learn more about your health. The 15th International Celiac Disease Symposium will be held in Chicago, Illinois on September 22-25, 2013. The purpose of the Symposium is to better understand the facts and research for Celiac Disease and Gluten-Related Disorders. 1500+ people from 30+ countries are expected to attend and contribute to the exchange of information, new ideas and more research.
Get all of the latest information on the FDA Gluten-Free labeling standard at less than 20ppm for products in the United States.
Learn more by asking the top experts, researchers and medical professionals by attending this momentous event. Get your questions answered via discussions, debates and panels from over 20 hours of sessions. A welcome reception for networking and Gluten-Free meals are included. Patients and Caregivers are suggested to follow the clinical program.
In addition to the symposium there will be exhibit “The Gluten-Free Marketplace” that will offer additional information from some of the top companies that produce Gluten-Free food, testing information, associations and more.
Buy your tickets now for the event to receive a discounted rated until September 1, 2013. You must create an account to register for the event. Look on the left sidebar of the website and scroll down to – Conference Registration. For more information about the event, hotel accommodations and to answer any additional questions please contact #ICDS2013.
The event is organized and hosted by the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Chicago was recently chosen as one of the top 5 best Gluten-Free Cities for dining out! by GrubHub. Follow the event on twitter and Facebook #ICDS2013.
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Made in the USA! Gluten-Free Gimbal’s All Natural Licorice Scottie Dogs are so soft and cute! I am a big fan of these Licorice Scotties! Let me just say that I bought these for my mother because she loves licorice. Honestly, I usually prefer something else like a hard candy or chocolate bar. When I looked at the bag I was very impressed that they were not only Gluten-Free but Allergen Free. So I bought the bag for her as a treat.
We opened the bag and when I saw the cute Scotties and felt how soft they were I couldn’t resist. One bite and I was hooked! I love love love Gimbal’s Natural Licorice Scottie Dogs! The flavor is good and natural but not too strong. The candy is kinder on your teeth, not too sticky.
Gimbal’s Gourmet Candies has been making candies, for four generations, in San Francisco, CA since 1898. They are so dedicated to their candy making that their motto is -
“Making Gourmet Candy For Everyone Everyday!”
Gluten-Free Gimbal’s All Natural Licorice is made with real licorice root and pure anise.
The Candy Kitchen at Gimbal’s is proud to be Kosher Pareve.
Peanut Free and Tree Nut Free
Dairy and Egg Free
Trans Fat Free
All of their candy is Allergen Free and says so on the packaging. They also offer a variety of Gourmet Jelly Beans, Sour Gourmet Beans and a variety of additional seasonal favorites. You can buy their Gourmet Candies directly online. Check out their site at – www.GimbalsCandy.com
I found my Gimbal’s at a local Specialty Food Store in Poulsbo, WA – Marina Market where you can find more Gluten-Free foods and treats!
Go ahead! Sometimes you just need some Gourmet Gimbal’s Candy to make you feel even sweeter!
I love a lazy Summer Sunday morning drinking coffee, watching CBS Sunday morning and making an easy savory brunch!
Slice your favorite Organic cherry tomatoes. I used my mother’s home-grown sun gold and sweet 100′s. Finely chop some onions and pre-heat the oven 325 degrees. Toss the tomatoes and onions in some olive oil, a pinch of sea salt, black pepper, oregano, and thyme. Place the mixture on a parchment lined baking pan and spread it out. Cook for 1-2 hours until the tomatoes begin to caramelize.
Slice some fingerling potatoes, onions and Summer squash. Roast them in a pan with some olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Add a dash of smoked paprika, Aji Amarillo, and oregano. Cook for 20-25 minutes while turning the mixture to cook evenly. Poach 1-2 eggs per person.
Serve your Gluten-Free Brunch on top of a pile of Sweet Roasted Tomatoes and Spicy Potatoes and Poached Eggs. Add a small pinch of smoked sea salt, black pepper and hot sauce to your desired spiciness. I think this is my new favorite Gluten-Free Brunch!
TIP – Roasting Cherry Tomatoes is a make ahead project but you can do so many things with them once they are done. You will see that it takes just a few minutes to prepare. The hard part is having the patience to let them cook. Make as big of a batch as you can. Your house will smell amazing and people will come to your door wanting a taste of what you are cookin’ up! I like to make appetizers with it and use it as a topping on everything including sandwiches burgers and pizza. One of my favorites is serving it with some Gluten-Free bread or thin pizza crust. This is perfect to smear on some soft creamy cheese and add the tomatoes. In my opinion, the tomatoes are perfect … alone … in the tastebud spotlight! The GF bread just helps the Sweet Roasted Tomatoes get to your tastebuds! This bite really tastes like a warm Summer day!
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This is a quick post to tell you about one of my new favorite Gluten-Free snacks, Yogurt Pretzels by
Gluten-Free Gratify Yogurt Pretzels
When I was growing up in Texas my mom worked at a gourmet food store. They sold yogurt pretzels. Yogurt was not a big thing back then and it was not something that I really liked. The idea that yogurt was dried and on pretzels made me freak out!
… let’s just say that after my first bite I know what it meant to have that
perfect bite of salty sweet.
When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2004 I realized that my love for certain foods, including pretzels, let alone yogurt pretzels, would have to be a past love. The other day when I saw this blue bag of Gluten Free Gratify Yogurt Pretzels, my heart skipped a beat! I bought the bag with low expectations. You see, I had tried some from another company a few years ago, they were horrible and fed to the garbage immediately. I had to completely erase my taste memory from that very, very bad aftertaste of my first try of GF yogurt pretzels.
I took a deep breath, bought the bag and went to the car. Just as I was about to drive away, I opened the bag and took a bite of one. Let me just say, we went back into the store and bought the last 2 bags on the shelf. Gluten Free Gratify Yogurt Pretzels are awesomely addictive. I have to tell you that this bowl was full for a few moments, just enough time so that I could snap the picture to share with you.
Gluten Free Gratify Yogurt Pretzels are a great treat to take with you for a road trip, picnic or a day at the beach!
Find out more about where you can buy them in your neighborhood or online at Amazon.com . Gratify Foods make other snack products but I have not tried them. As soon as I find them and try them I will let you know. In the meantime … happy Gluten-Free snacking!
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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.
I 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!
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.
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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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 !
*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.