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Gluten Free Breads… HELP! August 21, 2011

Dear Glamour & Green Gluten Free,

 

When it comes to gluten free bread, do you like getting pre-made bread? Or do you use mixes? And what brand do you like the most?

 

Thanks! I love your Blog!

Sincerely,

Marybeth

 

When I do eat bread, the best GF brand EVERRRRRR is Udi’s bread (not Rudi’s). It’s awesome!!!!! Unfortunately I can only find it at Whole Foods, but I may try just requesting it at my local grocery store and seeing if they will bring it as a specialty item. Udi bread now carries hamburger buns and hotdog buns too! They are really yummy. It’s great stuff, but buying GF bread adds up and can be expensive.

 

I actually don’t make my own bread, but I love to bake desserts. The best baking cookbook EVER is a book called Gluten Free Baking Classics by Annalise Roberts. You MUST get this book!!! The desserts are so ridiculously good, and seriously, no one will even know they are gf! The desserts, like the cupcakes and cakes, have been so moist that it’s made me really want to make the bread recipes she lists in her book too. I’m sure they would turn out even better than the Udi’s bread and I think in the long run, making your own bread would be less expensive too!

 

Good luck 🙂

 

-Glamour and Green Gluten-Free

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Hidden Gluten… HELP! August 16, 2011

Dear Glamour & Green Gluten Free,

 

Do you have any advice when it comes to avoiding foods that seem like they should be gluten free but are not? Pasta sauce should be gluten free, right? Do I have to make sure that pasta sauce is gluten free?

 

Thanks,

Beth

 

Hey there! Good questions.. It can be very confusing to go gluten free in the beginning, because yes, gluten can be hidden in all kinds of foods and items you would just never expect. I tend to go with organic tomato sauces that are very simple and clear about ingredients. I also find that many organic foods will label the item “gluten free” or mention if it contains wheat, etc in it.

 

My best advice? Go for pasta sauces that state “gluten free” on the jar, or go online and look up the nutritional info about that brand and product and see if it is GF before eating it. Tomato sauce SHOULD be gluten free, but the hidden culprits can be weird things like wheat flour added as a filler and anti-caking agent in the spices or some tomato pastes can also contain gluten.

 

I found a great article online that says, ” Some tomato paste is made from 100% tomatoes, while other brands add additional ingredients. If you are buying a jar of spaghetti sauce, the ingredients list ‘tomato paste’ but the manufacturer has not been required to tell you what ingredients may have been added to the tomato paste.”

 

Here is the entire article which is very informative on gluten hidden in foods and products: http://www.celiacsolution.com/hidden-gluten.html

 

-Glamour and Green Gluten Free

 

Ps. Also, on the subject of pasta and sauce… You should try Tinkyada gluten free pasta, if you haven’t tried it already. Breads and pastas seem to be the hardest to get right when going gluten free and this pasta is fanastic. I find Tinkyada at Walmart or Whole Foods. Everyone I serve Tinkyada to has no idea that it is GF pasta… it’s fantastic!! Good luck!

 

Get Gluten Free Easter Egg Pancakes and Scrap them too April 22, 2011

Easter scrapbookingMake Easter morning extra fun by cooking some Gluten Free Easter Egg Pancakes!

My mother made us always eat breakfast before we could see our Easter Baskets loaded with candy.

I think see was smart to have us eat breakfast first, then we didn’t fill up on candy and then be sick the rest of the day.

But just because we want our kids to have breakfast first doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!

How about making Gluten Free Easter Egg Pancakes for Easter breakfast?!

This makes it fun and memorable – yet it can be quick and easy too!

See the step by step directions and recipe here ~Make Gluten Free Easter Egg Pancakes! And a Digital Scrapbooking Recipe Page!

Easter Pancakes on Plate

What kid wouldn’t want to start Easter morning with a fun Gluten FREE Easter Egg pancake?  Make Easter extra fun this year and when you take the time to make memories don’t forget to scrap the fun too!

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Mmmm! Tasty Gluten-Free Granola: Bakery on Main January 25, 2011

Bakery on Main Gluten Free Granola As you know, I’ve been working hard to eat better. But just because I want to eat better, doesn’t mean I want to sacrifice on flavor. I’m just not one of those girls that can be perfectly happy snacking on carrot sticks and lettuce leaves all day (…do those kind of girls really exist?!!). A diet of deprivation is not OK with me. But turn those lettuce leaves and carrots into a tasty salad rich with almonds, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, raisins, some fresh, organic chicken, and lightly drizzled with olive oil?… Ooohhh! I’m SO “that” girl.

I believe that choosing healthy foods that are satisfying are the key to eating well-success. So far, it seems to be true.

That’s why my latest gluten-free discovery, incredibly-tasty gluten free granola from Bakery on Main is my new must-have item. Bakery on Main is good stuff!! Around 11 am and 2-3 pm every day, my hunger starts to show up and it’s “make or break time.” It’s not quite lunch and it’s not quite dinner. It’s up to me to choose a healthy snack that will help me feel full and satisfied until my next meal. This is also the time that sweets and treats sound so good.

But my yummy gluten-free granola has been helping me keep on track. One of my favorite healthy snacks is making myself a cup of gluten-free organic vanilla yogurt, with 1-2 tbsp of Bakery on Main’s GF granola, and some blueberries. Omg. So awesome. I feel like I am eating ice cream with fruit and a crumbled candy bar on top. And I really mean it! It really takes away my cravings for junk food away and replaces it with a nutrient-rich alternative that is actually satisfying!

So what makes it so satisfying? It’s filled with all-natural, good-for-you ingredients like corn flakes, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, cranberries, almonds, pecans, and much more, it’s impossible to have a few bites without feeling great. Just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean that they have to use weird ingredients or flours to make it. Nope. Just gluten-free oats & corn flakes, delicious, all-natural nuts and fruit. The nuts in this tasty granola fill me up with healthy protein and fat (and don’t be scared of healthy fat, my gluten-free friends! Getting these essential oils from healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, and nuts are what keep us full, satisfied, and are great for our skin, nails, and hair).

Two of my Bakery on Main favorites? First, the Nutty Cranberry Maple Granola. OMG, ridiculously good!!! The Maple Cranberry has the perfect combination of slightly salty from nuts with the hint of sweet maple. It’s absolutely delicious! Every bite is filled with crunch and chewy bits of natural goodness. These satisfying snacks just totally hit the spot.

And second, the Chocolate Almond bar is incredible! When almonds are in their natural state, have you ever noticed that they have slight taste of cherry to them? Well, the fresh almonds in this bar have that ever so slight-cherry taste, and it’s amazing! The bar is the perfect little snack to satisfy my sweet-tooth without blowing my diet, and helps curb my appetite for an hour or two. I like the bars because they’re great for tossing my in purse or car and eating them on the go or when I’m out and about and need a snack.

There are a bunch of delicious different flavors of Bakery on Main GF granola and GF granola bars. They are ALL good. Try them all and decide on your favorites by ordering the Bakery on Main Gift Box for an assortment of flavors, and even get a free eco-friendly tote bag with your purchase!

Whatcha waiting for? Begin eating gluten-free foods that are packed with nutrients and taste good too! Get Bakery on Main’s delcious gluten-free granola products and stock up. Trust me, once you try it, this granola will soon be a must-have item in your pantry too! 🙂

This is the Bakery On Main Story:

It all started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened to his Celiac customers complain about the taste of many of the gluten free options available to them. He thought that no one should have to suffer because of a food allergy or other special dietary need, and made it his mission to create products that were good for them but taste like they aren’t.

Late in 2003, after tasting a granola recipe one of the bakers was working on, Smulders said, “these gluten free people need granola!” He walked through the store and gathered ingredients and baked the first batch that day. It took almost 2 years to find gluten free sources of all the ingredients and find a place where we could make the product without risk of cross-contamination.
Three years and two bakeries later, their gluten free granola is made in a 34,000 square foot manufacturing facility with state of the art quality controls and in-house gluten testing on every batch. Located just a few miles down the road from the original bakery, the plant maintains the small bakery quality by continuing to bake in small batches.

Thank you Mr. Smulders!!!!!!!! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Jeni’s Spendid Gluten-Free Ice Cream- Perfect Any Day of the Year January 13, 2011

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream A lot of things seem to be happening in Columbus, Ohio right now… The homeless man with the “golden voice” is one example of that. And another is Jeni’s Ice Cream.

It might seem a little crazy to be talking about ice cream when 49 states have been experiencing snow lately.. but this ice cream is just too good not to rant and rave about- whether it’s 90 degrees outside or 9…degrees….

Here’s why:

Jeni is re-inventing your typical bowl of ice cream. Her ice creams are incredibly original, and she pulls it off. You may think you’ve tried new flavors with your visits to your local Ben & Jerry’s… but really, you don’t even have the slightest clue. Who wants Cayenne ice cream? Or how about lavender? Goat cheese, anyone? Well, I do if it’s Jeni’s. It’s incredible how good these interesting ice cream flavors can be. Each bite is ridiculously exciting.

My sister sent my husband and I a bunch of flavors as a belated Christmas present and my husband I practically ripped the containers in half trying to get to the next new flavor. It was so fun to explore such wild, different flavors in a little frozen treat that’s usually so good, but predictable. Predictable, Jeni’s is not.

Her motto? Make it less sweet and more flavorful. And it’s a good motto to have. Jam-packed with wonderful new flavors, it has the perfect amount of subtle bit of sweet that totally hits the spot. And this really means a lot, coming from a total sugar-ADDICT. I love sweet. I love desserts. I love sugar in my tea. I love white wines with the most amount of sugar-y aftertaste. Trust me, for a gal like me to love LESS SWEET in an ice cream, something must be right.

Jeni offered a seasonal ice cream flavor of sweet potato with torched marshmellows and it had just the right amount of sweet to it. Sweet potatoes are naturally slightly sweet, and marshmellows are definitely sweet, so why drench a good thing in extra mounds of sugar? Clearly you don’t have to, and Jeni didn’t.  And it was GOOD.

Fresh ingredients; “straight from the cow to the cone.” That’s what it says right on the container. And you can taste that truth. It’s deliciously fresh. 

Two of my favorite flavors? Chocolate Zin (dark chocolate and red zinfadel for the ultimate girly go-to flavor) and Riesling Poached Pear. The Reisling flavor is technically a sorbet, but it’s AMAZING.

So, have a birthday coming up and need a sophisticated ice cream to go with your adult bday cake? Or an ice cream lover and looking for something that will blow you away? It’s Jeni. You gotta try it.

And you don’t have to live in Columbus, OH to get Jeni’s ice cream. I don’t. She ships her fabulous ice creams anywhere in the US. It’s securely packaged and surrounded by dry ice so it’s still fresh and ice cold when it arrives on your doorstep. Visit Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Website to order.

So who is Jeni? Here is her Story:

Jeni Britton Bauer became inspired to make artisan ice creams while working at a French patisserie. Drawing on the practices of a traditional pastry kitchen, Jeni created her own techniques to make American ice creams that are less sweet and more flavorful.

Each batch of Jeni’s ice creams is carefully tended to; each flavor artfully achieved with fresh ingredients found in the Ohio countryside as well as responsibly-raised exotics from around the world. All of Jeni’s ice creams, sauces, pralines and marshmallows are handcrafted in Jeni’s production kitchen in Columbus, Ohio.

Jeni’s is family-owned and operated. Jeni Britton Bauer and her husband Charly Bauer co-founded the company in 2002; Charly’s brother Tom Bauer became a partner one year later. Together with their small team, they make every batch of ice cream that is served in their four (soon to be seven) stores in Columbus or shipped to doorsteps nationwide.

So there you have it. This is what Glamour & Green is all about. Fabulous, must-have foods and products that you just really need to try. And Jeni’s is that kind of an ice cream. I like full-fledge amazing, glamourous products in my life. I want ice cream made with real ingredients that are new and interesting, full of persnality and that will make a great impression on me & guests I have over at my house. Jeni’s is that kind of ice cream that I want to have on hand when I host a dinner at my house and want to offer a decadent dessert without slaving away in the kitchen.

And I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied picking up a pint of ice cream at the grocery store ever again. I’m sure you’ll feel the same way once you try a taste.

MMMM! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Ps. Not all flavors are gluten-free, so you will need to check with Jeni beforehand: contact@jenisicecreams.com

 

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cheesecake August 19, 2010

 

Here is a decadent caramel apple cheesecake recipe from Paula Dean that I have modified below to be gluten-free. It is sure to impress if you have guests over or want to bring something yummy to a neighborhood get-together. No one will suspect that a dessert this tasty could ever be gluten-free.

 
Enjoy!

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Reserve 3/4 cup of the apple filling; set aside. Spoon the remaining filling into the crust. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add the eggs and mix well. Pour this over the pie filling.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the center of the cake is set. Cool to room temperature.

Mix the reserved pie filling and caramel topping in a small saucepan and heat for about 1 minute, or until spreadable. Spoon the apple-caramel mixture over the top of the cheesecake and spread evenly. Decorate the edge of the cake with pecan halves and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

 

3 Ingredient Gluten-Free Pie Crust August 18, 2010

gluten-free_pie_crust_thumb I found a recipe for cheesecake that sounded soooo good the other day. I thought I could modify it to be gluten free… that is until I got stuck when it came to making the cheesecake crust. Store-bought and gramcracker crusts are obviously out of the question.

But as fate would have it, I stumbled upon Sarah Lukemire’s 3 Ingredient Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe from Celiac.com …and problem solved! With only three ingredients (now that’s my kind of recipe!!), there’s no way you can go wrong! 

And check back for my modified GF cheesecake recipe tomorrow. Yay!

  • 1 1/4 Cup almond meal (or very finely ground almonds, unblanched)
  • 1/3 Cup butter 
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar  
  • *Use organic ingredients whenever possible to make a yummier, better-for-you version of this recipe

  • Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Melt butter and combine with almond meal and sugar, mix well until all butter is absorbed.

    Spread into an 8″ round pie pan, pushing into corners and on edges.

    Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly browned.

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  • -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

    Ps. Keep this recipe on hand for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays when pumpkin, cherry, or apple pie is a must-have!