Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy 27th Birthday....to me!!

Chocolate Cake from Flying Apron's Cookbook (gluten free and vegan).

Betty Crocker Chocolate Cupcakes (made gf/df) with df icing.
(Substitute butter with a banana and 1 Tbsp of oil)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Katz Bakery

This new found dairy allergy as me sitting around with my fingers crossed hoping to win the giveaway over at Katz bakery. $100 "Katz Dollars" to celebrate the summer of desserts. Counting down the days until the 13th.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Wholegrain blueberry muffins

I saw this recipe at Hope for Healing and 40 minutes later was enjoying them hot out of the oven.

They are gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free and they rank right at the top of my favorite muffins list! I made a few changes because of a lack of certain ingredients.

* 1 cup oat flour
* 1/2 cup GF oats
* 1/2 cup rice flour
* 1/2 cup sorghum (I used 2 T teff flour and the remaining amount was sorghum)
* 2 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp xanthan gum
* 1/2 cup agave nectar
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 cup oil
* 3/4 cup coconut milk
* 2 cups frozen blueberries
* zest of one lemon
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then add in all the wet ingredients and mix well until everything is combined. Then fold in the blueberries. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until your muffins are golden brown. Make sure to let these cool and settle just a bit before eating because then they will be less crumbly.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Udi's......at last

While in the middle of no where, NC on vacation this summer, I found Udi's in the freezer section of a local grocery store. I have been looking up, down, and sideways for this bread for close to a year now. I have heard rave reviews, and after all the build up, the bread still lived up to its name. It was soft and delicious. No toasting necessary, I couldn't believe it! When I returned home, my local Whole Foods, had begun to carry the bread as well. YAY! Its about $5 a loaf, which is way cheaper than the $10 I was paying for a local gf/df loaf and I couldn't be happier with the product.
Today, while shopping, I came across their Chocolate Muffins and had to give it a try. Since going dairy free, I have been missing chocolate and these sure did hit the spot. For $6 for 4, it is not something I will buy often, but will definitely splurge on occassionally. They had a great texture and taste. Another great product by Udi's. Even though they are "Muffins", these are much more of a cupcake, minus the frosting (in other words, dessert).

I also, just recently heard that Jason's Deli is rolling out a gluten free menu, featuring....you guessed it...Udi's bread. Call your local Jason's deli for availability.

Interested in Udi's? Don't take my word for it. See what others in the gf community have to say...
* Triumph Dining
* Gluten Free Optimist
* Gluten Free Works
* Happily GF Free
* A Life of Sugar and Spice
* The Savvy Celiac
* Glad to be GF
* Mom Cooks GF

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Eating Out GF in Jacksonville, FL

I recently went to Mellow Mushroom to test their new gluten free pizza. I was amazed by the selection of gf toppings. I ordered mine with pepperoni, onions, peppers, and black olives. The pizza came in a medium ($12.50) and was a beautiful sight. The flavor was good, although I still prefer my homemade version with Whole Foods pizza crust. My gluten eating husband wasn't so impressed, but then again, he gets to eat Moonriver Pizza and nothing is as good as that. The downside was when the bill came. I knew going in that each topping was an additional $1.65 (kind of steep) but for some reason they charged $3.30 for the peppers and black olives, making my pizza one very expensive dish. They said they had to charge extra for certain things to be gf, but green bell peppers and olives?!?
Overall, the food was good, but for the price not somewhere I would go very often. However, it is nice to add another restaurant to the GF list.

NEW GF Options
* Mellow Mushroom (@ Tinseltown) now has gluten free pizza!! Check your local Mellow Mushroom for availability.
* Jason's Deli (now uses Udi's bread-call for availibility
* European Street- call ahead, but they do carry Cookie Momster's bread for sandwiches

The Usual Suspects
Bonefish- gluten free menu available
Chick-fil-a look online for their gf menu
Chili's- look online for their gf menu
Chipolte- everything but the flour tortilla
Maggiano's- no gf menu, but their chef will come to your table and help you place a safe order-I had such an amazing experience
Outback- gluten free menu available
PF Changs- gluten free menu available
Tommy's Pizza- gluten free pizza