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Marina Market Offers Unique Gluten-Free Food

September 14th, 2013 at 11:02 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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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.

marina market poulsbo wa norwegian gluten-free food

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! 

tub of lingonberry jam

And now for the drumroll please …..

Marina Market’s Gluten-Free food!

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!

marina market gluten-free products

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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ICDS 2013 Chicago Discount Rates Extended Unitl 9/15

September 8th, 2013 at 12:22 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Do you or someone you know have Celiac Disease or Gluten Related Disorders?



Create a login in account and register today.

Get your discounted tickets to the clinical program now. 




Make sure you sign up for the Social Activities as well to receive discounts to see and tour Chicago while you are at the International Celiac Disease Symposium.



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Gluten-Free Pizza with Sweet or Hot Italian Turkey Sausage

August 25th, 2013 at 1:32 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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gf kale pesto gf pizza with turkey sausage

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

August 21st, 2013 at 3:57 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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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

2 Cups of Cocoa A Day Improves Brainpower

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 

2 servings 

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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15th International Celiac Disease Symposium Chicago September 22-25, 2013

August 18th, 2013 at 11:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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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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Award Winning Gluten-Free Mike’s Four Star BBQ

August 17th, 2013 at 6:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Hey Gluten-Free Foodies!

Award Winning Gluten-Free Mike’s Four Star BBQ is the best darn’ finger lickin’ BBQ when you are in Kitsap County.

Voted Best BBQ in Kitsap County 2010, 2011, 2012!
Port Gamble, WA
Located in the historic service station next to Gamble Bay Coffee
Bring your friends and family for some awesome Carolina style BBQ! Mike makes Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork and Chicken, and he makes his own smoked sausage that is to die for!
Mike and his staff will fry up just about anything in the “special dedicated gluten-free fryer ”       just for us!
I highly suggest the Old Mill Chips with some pulled pork and his Carolina sauce! 
Mike is Gluten Intolerant so he and his staff know how to make sure that you are getting the best Gluten-Free meal in town!
Tell Mike and Stephanie I said hello and save some for me!

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Gluten-Free Gimbal’s All Natural Licorice

August 15th, 2013 at 6:43 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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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.

Gluten Free

Peanut Free and Tree Nut Free

Dairy and Egg Free

Trans Fat Free

Gelatin Free

Soy 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 –

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! 



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Gluten-Free Brunch Sweet Roasted Tomatoes Spicy Potatoes and Poached Eggs

August 11th, 2013 at 11:56 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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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!

TIPRoasting 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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Gluten-Free Gratify Yogurt Pretzels!

August 8th, 2013 at 5:58 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This is a quick post to tell you about one of my new favorite Gluten-Free snacks, Yogurt Pretzels by

Gratify Foods


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 . 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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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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For Immediate Release: August 2, 2013
Media Inquiries: Shelly Burgess,
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

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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 Original blog - After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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