Monday, November 30, 2009

Say hello to...gluten-free candy canes.

She did her research for Halloween candy, and has done it again for Christmas. Gluten Free Mom has carefully done her candy research and has presented her results on gluten-free candy cane companies. Check out her website to see her complete list :P

Friday, November 27, 2009

Say hello to...New Grist Beer.

I'm really not a beer drinker, but wouldn't mind tasting New Grist after all the hype it's received. Lakefront Brewery is a locally-owned microbrewery that specializes in handmade beers in Milwaukee, WI. New Grist is their gluten-free beer brewed from sorghum, hops, water, rice, and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. These ingredients form a crisp and 'session ale' popular to anyone who appreciates homemade beer. New Grist is now also available in LCBO stores in Ontario, Canada.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Say hello to...gluten-free cheat-sheet.

Karina's Kitchen blog has a fantastic gluten-free cheat-sheet that provides basic information for those new to the gluten-free diet. It can also be passed along to family and friends to help them become aware of what you can and cannot eat. My sister recently decided to make gluten-free baking this Christmas and found this website to be most helpful for her!

Photo taken from Flickr Bev (Sugarbloom Cupcake) 's Photostream.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Chex say's goodbye to...gluten :)

This probably isn't anything new if you're a gluten-free blog frequenter, but let me REMIND you of these fantastic gluten-free Chex cereals. Chex has finally said GOODBYE to gluten. So far I've tried Corn Chex, Rice Chex, and Honey Nut Chex. I've already posted on how much I LOVE the latter :P What do you think about these? Check out the gluten-free advertisement by General Mills.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Say hello to...Alba Botanicals.

Alba Botanicals has some great products. Two of my favorite are Facial Sunscreen and Very Emollient Body Lotion. If you're sensitive to fragrance and most lotions, you should definitely try these since they're fragrance-free and feel light on the skin. They're non-greasy and don't make your skin oily. Good for everyday use!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Say hello to...Bob's Red Mill Cookbook.

Check out the newest Bob's Red Mill Cookbook: Whole & Healthy Grains for Every Meal of the Day.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Say hello to...Earl's gluten-free menu.

If you're from Canada, you've most likely heard of the restaurant Earl's. Located in most cities, it has even started to spread within the States. When visiting our hometown, my husband and I just love going for dinner and drinks there. Curious, I wondered if they'd come out with a gf menu. Here was there response:
"All of our chefs are trained to be aware of allergy/gluten needs. If our customers wish to call the head chef of the Earls restaurant in their area, he/she will be happy to answer specific questions about any menu items. Our current Gluten Free Menu Items are: Mixed Field Greens, Chili Chicken, Edamame Beans, 7 oz Top Sirloin, 9 oz Top Sirloin, 10 oz California Cut New York Striploin, Oven Roasted Chicken (depends on sauce used), Cajun Blackened Chicken, and Braised Hickory Back Ribs."
I definitely look forward to visiting Earl's the next time I'm in Canada :P

Friday, November 6, 2009

Say hello to...broccoli cheese quiche.

I'm in the process of recovering from mono. At my worst, I was mostly eating yogurt and scrambled eggs, but as my tonsils have improved I've tried to include other food groups. So I decided to make quiche, since I could add to it whatever I wanted. My recipe is crustless, but you can always add an easy gf pre-mix package, a homemade crust, or crumbled potatoes on the bottom layer. Feel free to adapt veggies of your choice, like adding spinach. Also, I like to use tomato sauce in place of milk to give it a more tomato-ey taste. I've enjoyed this recipe so much that I've made it 3 times this week :P

3 whole eggs
3 egg whites
1 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I use cheddar & mozarella)
1 cup of tomato sauce or 1 cup of milk/soy milk
About 2 broccoli heads, cut to small pieces
4-5 slices of gf ham or turkey sandwich meat, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Sprinkled fresh herbs (thyme, basil, marjoram)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
2. Spray pan or casserole dish with cooking oil. If using a crust or potatoes, cover the bottom layer with it.
3. In a medium bowl mix broccolli, ham, and cheeses. Spread over the bottom of the pan.
4. In a small bowl whisk whole eggs, egg whites, milk or sauce, and spices until well combined. Gently pour mixture over the vegetables and cheeses. Sprinkle the with more nutmeg.
5. Bake 40-50min or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let sit at least 10-15 min so it can set.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Say hello to...Eskal lemon wafers.

Last week I bragged about how great Eskal vanilla tea biscuits are. I've since tried Eskal lemon wafers, and would like to share this tasty product with you too. It also comes in white chocolate...mmm :P

Monday, November 2, 2009

Say hello to...Venice, Italy.

Italy was always a country that I thought would be difficult to travel to since they eat a lot of bread and pasta. But after finding out that they screen every child for Celiac Disease and that the restaurant chefs are more than aware of what Celiac Disease is, It's been my #1 go-to destination. So I was very excited when Gluten Free Portland Oregon posted some fantastic information on eating gluten-free in Venice, Italy.