Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
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.
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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!)
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I love making my Gluten-Free Pizza with Sweet or Hot Italian Turkey Sausage and making it healthy!
Thanks to Jennie-O Turkey Store and their very tasty, Gluten-Free Sausage. Choose either, Jennie-O – Lean Sweet Italian or Lean Hot Italian Turkey Sausage. Now you can enjoy the flavor of sausage with 65% less fat than pork sausage. I like to pre-cook my sausage in a pan, always to 165 degrees. Once the sausage is done I remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool. I must admit the aroma that wafts throughout my kitchen while I am cooking this sausage makes me extremely hungry. Once it cools, I admit , I have to oversee quality control in my kitchen, no more resistance as I dive in to try a bite or two! So much flavor and very little fat makes me feel confident about using Jennie-O products.
While the sausage is cooking, I heat my pizza stone and my oven to 400 degrees. I bake my Gluten-Free pizza crust. While the crust is baking I get my toppings ready. I cut the sausage into 1/4 inch thick slices. I make my Kale and Marcona Almond Pesto sauce. Once the crust is ready I add the pesto and sausage. I add just a little sprinkle of cheese, a combination of parmesan and mozzarella, then a generous hand of chopped red onion. *This pizza is great without the cheese if you avoid dairy. When I take the pizza out I add fresh minced basil and red chili pepper flakes! The heat from the pizza releases the aroma of the basil, chili peppers and the sausage!
Dive in everyone!
The key to healthy cooking is adding flavor without fat. I also make my Gluten-Free pizzas with my favorite roasted vegetables, Summer squash, sweet Walla-Walla onions and Jennie-O Lean Hot Italian Turkey Sausage. I love the combination of the sweetness from the veggies and the spicy kick from the sausage. Really any of your favorite combinations of vegetables and Jennie-O sausage will do! They even have Bratwurst, Kielbasa and Bacon all made with Turkey and all Gluten-Free! Please go to the Jennie-O website and Facebook page to find out more about their Gluten-Free products.
Thanks to Jennie-O for contacting me, providing me with information about their Gluten-Free products and coupons. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and are not influenced by the coupons. I was not compensated for this post. As I have always said, I am here to share information with everyone about food and products that I like and believe in. If I don’t like it, I don’t write about it.
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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!
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