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Pumpkin Maple Custard Recipe

November 11th, 2013 at 4:22 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Trust me when I say this, you will melt into this creamy pillow of Fall flavors and you will not believe that this Pumpkin Maple Custard recipe is Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free.  The fun secret is that only you and I will know it took all of 5-10 minutes of real measuring, whisking and pouring effort in the kitchen. You will look like a “Kitchen-Rock-Star” when your guests take their first bite.

I decided to make this because I wanted something a little different to offer my guests that was flavorful, decadent and super easy this holiday season.  I also wanted a dessert that I could easily make ahead and store it in the refrigerator. This is great because I prefer my custard chilled to help meld and set it.  I like to take it out 10 minutes prior to serving to let the custard warm up to room temperature.  It is up to you and your guest as to the desired preference chilled or not.   I just love the creaminess of my custard and your home will be filled with the aroma of Fall while it bakes!

gluten-free dairy-free pumpkin maple custard

Pumpkin Maple Custard 

Gluten-Free, Non-Dairy

makes 6 small or 4 large ramekins

1 1/2 cups SoDelicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk, Non-Dairy

3/4 Organic  canned pumpkin

3 large eggs

2 Tablespoon Real Maple Syrup

1 Tablespoon Neilsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract – Certified Gluten-Free

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon clove

1/8 teaspoon dried ginger

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons *corn starch or potato starch

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl with a pouring spout, mix all of the ingredients using a whisk.

Pour the mixture evenly into the ramekins.

Heat approximately 3 cups of water in a tea kettle.

Place the ramekins in a 13×9 cake or roasting pan with handles.

Place the ramekins into the pan. Carefully pour the water in the pan, approximately half way up the sides of the ramekins.

Using padded-oven gloves, carefully, place the pan into the oven.  Please note that the pan will be HOT as soon as you pour the HOT water into it.                                                                             This process is called Bain Marie – or a water bath. 

bain marie aka water bath

Bake approximately 40-50 minutes until the custard is thick and jelled.  Carefully open the oven, keeping your face away because there will be steam from the water bath.

Carefully take the pan out of the oven.  There are two ways to know if the custard is done.  First, jiggle the ramekin and if the custard is jelled and it sticks together – done. Secondly, you can also use a knife to pierce the custard in the center and if  it comes out clean, it is done.

Carefully take the ramekins out of the Bain Marie pan, dry them and let them cool on a rack at least 30 minutes.  Place them in a container with a tight sealing lid and put them into the refrigerator.  You can also cover each individual ramekin with tight sealing plastic wrap or foil.

*I used corn starch for this recipe to make the custard a bit more firm.  If you are Paleo you can omit the cornstarch and the custard will be less firm and more pudding-like.  

Think of this custard as Pumpkin Pie without the crust. Serve the Pumpkin Maple Custard with your favorite holiday cinnamon spiced tea, coffee or apple cider.  I like to place my ramekins on a small round plate with a pretty little silver spoon. 

I hope you enjoy this super easy dessert. It is always great to have a can of Organic pumpkin on-hand and my favorite non-dairy SoDelicious Coconut Milk.  My custard recipe would be wonderful with Nog and Maple too! This is the second in a series of recipes that I am creating and having fun making after my surprise complimentary gift from SoDelicious non-dairy.  I will say it again, I was a fan of theirs from the very beginning and am not influenced by their generous gift.



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Top 2013 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

November 8th, 2013 at 7:54 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I thought I would make it easier on everyone this year and do a post of the
Top 2013 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes!
So why not start with dessert first … right?!
gluten free pumpkin rum pie
Can I just tell you I started thinking about this pie a few weeks ago?!
Oh my goodness … I can’t wait!
Homemade flaky Gluten-Free pie crust and creamy,
spiced Organic Pumpkin spiked with Dark Rum!
Make sure you save some for the midnight munchies!
I think one of the most important things that you can do for yourself
or for your guests is to ask them if they have food allergies or intolerances.
I am a big believer of everyone coming to the table
and enjoying a delicious and safe meal.
Great tips on how to celebrate a safe Gluten-Free event at home!
Share this with your friends and family
so they understand how easy it is for everyone to enjoy
the holiday and avoid cross-contamination of gluten or other food allergies.
note cards for safe meals
This is a must in my house and when I go to a potluck!
Write out a sign that says …
The name of the dish including ingredients and spices!
It is always nice to include information such as – Dairy-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan and Sugar-Free as well. Likewise, also add – this dish contains – nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs
Use cut card stock and a felt tip pen if you want to hand write it.
Printing from your computer is nice too if you forgot how to handwrite!
Click on the link below for more tips …
Now on to the food!
Gluten-Free Fried Green Onions
Do you miss the real Green Bean Casserole with the fried onions?
No worries my Gluten-Free Foodies friend!
Just add green beans, Pacific Foods cream of mushroom soup -
mix together and top with
Gluten-Free Fried Green Onions -
heat in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
Gluten-Free Rustic Dinner Rolls 
I love these for dinner but I love love love them to make
The Ultimate Gluten-Free Turkey Sandwich UGFTS
They are the perfect soft flavorful texture.
I like to make them small
to serve “Mini-Slider-UGFTS”.
Mini Gluten-Free Pies
This is the easiest way to make Pumpkin Pie!
Using a Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust and baked in individual ramekins
guarantees that everyone gets an even slice of Pumpkin Pie heaven!
Hey you uneven slicers … I’ve got my eyes on YOU!
You know who you are!
Herbed Kañiwa Dressing - Gluten-Free and Vegan
Great way to make a lighter Dressing for Thanksgiving.
I actually make a variation of this side dish all year.
It stores well and is even better when you make it a day ahead because it has time to meld!
This can also be made with Quinoa in place of the cousin – Kañiwa!
Kañiwa, from Peru, is smaller and even easier to digest.

Ok, I know if you are a traditionalist then check out my recipe -
Gluten-Free Dressing with Fennel and Rosemary Sausage
Everyone begs for this one every year! It really is a meal all by itself!

Add natural decorations around the house.
Pumpkins are always great because it is an incentive to make more Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie!
Well hopefully this post has inspired you,
made the holiday a little easier
made you very hungry for your
Thanksgiving meal!
I want to take this time to say 
for reading, cooking and baking along with me over the years.
It is my ultimate joy that I pour into my blog. You keep me happily motivated and distracted.
I love every email that I get from you and ask you to please keep them coming. 
Happy Thanksgiving! May your bellies be full of all your holiday favorites – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan and filled with love! Safe travels everyone.

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Ultimate Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Waffles

November 3rd, 2013 at 10:03 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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The leaves are blowing off the trees and swirling around on the streets.  We are full into FALL and all we can think about is PUMPKIN PUMPKIN PUMPKIN!  So why not make our favorite weekend breakfast even better! This Gluten-Free and Non-Dairy recipe is sure to please and trust me when I say these waffles are flavorful … nothing will be missed!  Your family and friends will beg for more!  
I have tried a variety of my waffle recipes to create all sorts of flavors and this one is another favorite! I love using So Delicious Pumpkin Spice, Non-dairy Coconut Milk because it adds the best flavor and consistency to my waffles to keep them light, airy and crispy, just like we love them! So Delicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk is certified Gluten-Free and Non-GMO, I love that!   It is no secret I use their products all the time because I love them and buy them.
It just so happens, this week I received a gift package from So Delicious including their holiday beverages – Pumpkin Spice, Nog and Chocolate Mint Coconut Milk and their new Culinary Coconut Milk.  Thank you to So Delicious and you will see more recipes from me using their products this holiday season. My opinion was not influenced by this gift. I was actually just about to go to the grocery store to buy some So Delicious when the package arrived! Great timing!
pumpkin spice gf vegan waffles
Ultimate Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Wet Ingredients
2 large eggs
3 Tbs melted non-dairy, non-soy buttery spread – Earth Balance - melted & cooled
1 tsp GF vanilla
1 Tbs maple syrup
2 Tbs Morris-Kitchen Ginger Syrup + more for on top!
1 3/4 cup non-dairy Pumpkin Coconut Milk – SoDelicious room temperature
approximately 1-2 Tbs for the waffle iron Organic Coconut Spread – Earth Balance
Dry Ingredients
2 pinches of sea salt
1 1/2 tsp GF baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
In a medium bowl, add the eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, ginger syrup.
Slowly add the Trovato flour a large spoonful at a time.  Mix well with a large silicone flat spoon.
Add some of the pumpkin spice coconut milk and then more of the flour, until both are completely added.
Add the cinnamon, baking powder and sea salt and mix well.
Please note that there may be some lumps and that is ok.
Let the batter sit and meld for 10 minutes while you heat up your waffle iron.
I like to place my waffle iron on a heat safe board.
Add some of the Organic Coconut Spread to the bottom of the waffle iron
and close it while it is heating.
Set the heat to medium-high to heat up for 10-15 minutes then reduce to medium to make the waffles.
Use a medium scoop to place the batter onto the waffle iron.
Cook according to your waffle iron settings.
This recipe makes 6 large round waffles.
Serve with non-dairy buttery spread and Maple and Ginger Syrup
for a lovely combination!


I am so excited to use all of the So Delicious Coconut Milk products this season because I have so many fun recipes to share with you.  One easy one, replace the Pumpkin Spice for the Nog Coconut Milk and make Holiday Nog Waffles! Deliciously Festive! So stay tuned for more of my flavorful Gluten-Free/Vegan recipes this holiday season!

Want another great holiday tip?! I love to pour myself a glass of any of the So Delicious seasonal flavors, put my feet up by the fire, snuggle up in a blankie and listen to some music while I take a break.  After all, the baker needs to relax and enjoy this holiday season too! So Delicious Coconut milk is the perfect way to savor the flavor of the holidays, one creamy sip at a time, by the glass or in your coffee!

Make sure to buy your favorite So Delicious seasonal coconut milk while supplies last through the end of the year at your favorite grocery store.  I am so happy they are available now …      let the holidays begin!



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Gluten Free Halloween Candy 2013

October 23rd, 2013 at 8:13 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It is that time of year when the pumpkin fields and spiders are busy getting ready for Halloween! I guess this year I can consider myself as a Eco-friendly Halloween decorator if I just let the spiders do what they do … so no decorations this year because the spiders are extra festive.  Yikes!
I love visiting the pumpkin fields just down the way.  So many varieties, shapes, colors and sizes!  I live on a small island just across the Puget Sound from Seattle.  It is a quaint island of about 20 thousand people and most holidays are celebrated in full costume and decorations. Most holidays we meet “in town” and have some sort of event to celebrate the occasion.  Halloween is especially fun to see the kids young and old, dress up and trick or treat in and out of the shops in town.  It is not the way we used to do it when I was a tot but times have changed.  I actually think it is kind of cool to be in a big group of ghouls and fools to see the creative costumes.
Because things are done differently these days, I personally don’t buy the jumbo bags of candy.  I would much rather make something like a festive. So today I thought I would take my walk through the pumpkin fields to find some extra inspiration.  I couldn’t help but think about all the wonderful things that you can make with pumpkins: of course … pies, scones, muffins, breads, cookies and yes … candied pumpkin! I really love to roast the pumpkin seeds with olive oil and sea salt in the oven.
I realize that Halloween isn’t the same without candy!
Gluten Free Halloween Candy 2013
is the best list of my favorite
Allergen Free, Organic and Natural candies
that I like to enjoy as treats or give on Halloween.
One thing to keep in mind … Yes, it is cool to be natural !
We want Gluten Free Halloween Candy! 
surf sweets halloween bag

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!

boom choco boom bar elf

Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars - click on this link for a discount print out – Free of gluten, dairy, soy, peanut and tree nuts and casein. Crispy Rice, Milk and Dark Chocolate variety.
elf boom choco boom milk rice
Kaia Foods Fruit Leathers – raw leathers with flavor combinations like Vanilla Pear, Ginger Lime and many more.
pumpkin pie larabar
snickerdoodle larabar
Larabar - variety of flavors using nuts – mini bars and full size bars – NEW Pumpkin Pie and Snickerdoodle are super awesome!
Kind bars - Variety of nut and dried fruit bars, 6 new flavors!
Stretch Island Fruit Co. – all natural fruit strips with your favorite fruits.
sun cups variety gf no nuts
I love love love Sun Cups made in Dark or Milk Chocolate with Sunflower seed butter, mint or caramel!
Bissinger’s Naturals Gummy PandasGreat flavors – Pomegranate White Tea, Blueberry Acai, Apricot Green Tea and many more.
Gimbal’s Candies - Licorice Scotties, Sour Jelly Beans, Lavaballs and more! Always Gluten-Free, Allergen Free
gimbals candies
Halloween Treats to make at home
candied pumpkin strips
pumpkin seeds or trail mix with dried fruit,other seeds and nuts
caramel or fudge apples
popcorn balls
festive decorated cupcakes and cookies
Non-Food Fun
temporary tattoos
big rings
fut hats
glow in the dark necklace and sticks
My favorite candies from my childhood, I will admit I will enjoy on a rare occasion at the movies actually say Gluten Free!
Just to be sure I found this allergen statement on the Pez Site!
I started thinking about all the lists that I see floating around on the web for Halloween. I find it hard to suggest some because most of it is so unnatural and filled with preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, soy, etc., and even though they are Gluten-Free, I don’t eat them anymore. Ok, OK … here is the good old fashioned junk candy list, that is long and updated regularly from Jane Anderson at  It includes everything from Nestle-USA, Mars, Smarties, Tootsie Roll, Hershey’s, Wrigley, Jelly Belly, Necco and more.  Please be sure to read the list carefully.  She has a list that is Gluten-Free and NOT Gluten-Free.

Trick or Treat …

smell my homemade Gluten Free treats …

give me something “good for me” to eat!



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The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

October 23rd, 2013 at 8:31 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a DayI 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.

my first yeast rise brown sugar cinnamon gf brioche ready-to-rise-brioche-2013 Look at that rise and those lovely air pockets! chocolate-chip-gf-brioche chocolate-cinnamon-gf-brioche

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 – 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 via 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!

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365 Slow Cooker Suppers Cookbook

October 22nd, 2013 at 2:46 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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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!

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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!

barbacoa-eat-upI 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 –  Stephanie is also Gluten-Free and includes tips to make the recipes GF. You can buy 365 Slow Cooker Suppers on 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. 



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Gluten-Free Health and Wellness Experience Event

October 15th, 2013 at 8:56 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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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!

Make sure to get your tickets today and get there early so you do not miss anything!

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 Centerdirections and parking info.

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Ultimate Gluten Free Experience at Beatrix Chicago

October 8th, 2013 at 1:43 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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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.

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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 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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Gluten-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Smokey Pork

October 4th, 2013 at 10:19 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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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!

essential baking gf bread

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.  

gluten free grilled cheese with smokey pork

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!

up close gf grilled cheese pork

 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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Savory Black Bean Nachos with Pumpkin Seed Chips

October 1st, 2013 at 7:45 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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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. 

pumpkin chip black bean nachos

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!

pumpkin seed chips


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!



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