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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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Gluten Free Summer Vegetable Tian with Zucchini

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

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

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Kulshan Sockeye Salmon Oven Roasted with Northwest Spices

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

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


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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Gluten Free Royal Boy Baby Cake

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

It’s a new Royal Boy Baby!

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

Gluten Free Royal Boy Baby Cake

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

and royal boy blueberries! 

Congratulations to Wil and Kate on their new bouncing

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


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


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

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








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

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

very flavorful turkey gluten free hot dog

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

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

jennie-o turkey franks gluten free

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

jennie-o turkey dog in essential baking bun

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

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

essential baking gluten free hotdog buns in bag and on counter

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

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

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

So go … get yourself some “hot dawgs”!



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



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Gluten Free Chocolate Ice Cream Browniewich

July 12th, 2013 at 12:57 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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gluten free chocolate ice cream brownie-wich

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

My Favorite Gluten Free Double Chocolate Almond Brownies

1 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar

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

1 Tbs Pernigotti cocoa powder

1 cup dark chocolate chopped chocolate chunks or chips

1 generous pinch of sea salt

1/2 tsp dried espresso powder

1 Tbs Gluten Free Vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup Maninis Gluten Free Multiuso Flour Mix

3 eggs

1/2 cup toasted almonds chopped


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Use a non-stick cupcake pan.

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

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

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

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

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

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

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

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






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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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