Cappello’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

By December 1, 2013 Gluten-Free Products

You all may remember me ranting and raving about this company called Cappello’s that has the best, and I mean THE BEST gluten-free noodles out there. So when I saw their announcement that they were unveiling gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, you can only imagine my excitement.

Cappello’s teamed up with Primate Palate to make the most delicious gluten-free cookies. They are nutrient dense (yes, cookies can have nutrients) and low glycemic. Basically, you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating them because they’re paleo friendly, or at least that’s how I look at it!

The ingredients in Cappello’s gluten-free cookies include Almond Flour, Chocolate Chunks (Evaporated Can Juice, Natural Chocolate Liquor (Non-Alocholic), Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter), Organic Grade B Vermont Maple Syrup, Arrowroot Flour, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract, and Baking Soda. You can check out the full ingredient list and the Nutrition Facts on the Cappello’s website.

Easy-to-Make Gluten-Free Cookies

I received a 1 pound roll of the cookies in a custom reusable eco-cooler (how cool, literally!) from the company. The great thing about these cookies is that they not only taste out of this world, but they’re actually easy to make, which we all know isn’t always the case when you’re in the g-free world.

Cappello's Gluten Free Cookies

To bake the cookies, you just have to slice off 1 inch pieces of the dough and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Then you pop them in the oven for 10 minutes and voila, they’re ready for your taste buds!

cookies on sheet

Just look at these beauties. I know your mouth is watering right now and I don’t blame you.

Cookies Baked

 

cookies on plate

I highly recommend treating yourself to these gourmet gluten-free, paleo friendly treats. While you’re at it, you should also browse their full line of gourmet gluten-free noodles because they, too, are off the chain.

WARNING: Others will want to take your Cappello’s cookies away from you. See below.

sylvia and cookies

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Gluten Free & Jolly at the Holiday Party

By November 12, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

No one likes a Debbie Downer, especially during the holiday season.You’re supposed to be in the spirit, rejoicing with family and friends. Looking like a gluten-free bump on a log certainly won’t get you a kiss under the mistletoe, now will it?!

As part of the NFCA’s Gluten-Free Holiday Blogger How-Tos campaign, I put together four tips that will help you stay jolly this holiday season, no matter what food is put on the buffet.

I decided to provide a little teaser to my post on the NFCA’s site. Below you will find a summary of the four tips, with the full explanations here.

gfree and jolly

Getting Through the Holiday Party

  1. Bring your own dish – I prefer gluten-free meatballs. I eat ‘em like candy.
  2. Communicate – tell your family what’s up! It might be easier for them to provide a gluten-free dish than you think.
  3. Don’t depend on others – give your taste-buds what they want. Don’t wait for someone else to provide you with a dish that may or may not be 100-percent gluten-free.
  4. Stay positive – so what if you can’t eat like a 500-pound man at the holiday party? At least you won’t leave all bloated and sick like years past. Maybe your pants won’t be that tight come New Year’s Eve, either!

Do you agree with my tips? Which tips would you give to the gluten-free community? Comment below! 

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Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe AND Rudi’s Giveaway

By November 6, 2013 Gluten-Free Recipes

Who doesn’t love a holiday that is completely centered on food…and family, of course? One of the great things about Thanksgiving in my family is that it is extremely laid back. Yes, we all eat to the point where we want to unbutton our pants, but we also use it as a day to spend time with each other.

This will be my fifth holiday season eating gluten free. At first I wasn’t sure what I could and could not eat when it came to things like this, so I would play it safe – plain turkey, mashed potatoes, and my own special gluten-free gravy. But now I know my way around the ingredients to look out for and how I can plan ahead with my family to prepare a meal that I can eat.

This year I will be taking things one step further on the gluten-free front by bringing my own stuffing to dinner. Up until now I have just went without, but Rudi’s has helped me to change that.

I was sent a fantastic box of gluten-free goodness from Rudi’s, including a bag of gluten-free savory herb stuffing, a casserole dish, a Rudi’s wooden spoon, an apron, and this awesome oven mit (I’m seriously obsessed with it). I was asked to create a unique and favorite recipe for gluten-free stuffing to share with you all, so that’s what I did. The recipe that you can use this year for your stuffing is below. I am sure that you will enjoy it!

oven mit

But, before you get into the ingredients and instructions…

I am happy to inform you that YOU have a chance to win the same fantastic box of gluten-free goodness from Rudi’s that I did! All you have to do is enter the raffle below by sending out a quick Tweet or following me on Facebook and voila, you are entered!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Rudi’s Savory Herb Gluten-Free Stuffing
  • 1 Cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 stick butter or margarine
  • 3/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. sage
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Chicken broth
  • 1/2 medium apple

Instructions

Sautee onions and celery in butter until soft

Beat egg into 1/2 cup of the chicken broth

ingredients

Mix above together and add seasonings, Rudi’s Savory Herb Gluten-Free Stuffing, and salt and pepper. Add enough extra broth (approximately 1 ½ cup) until well moistened.

stuffing

Pour into a buttered pan/casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees until the top is golden brown and crunchy; approximately 35-45 minutes.

Stuffing

Stuffing + Spoon

So there you go, folks! I hope you try this recipe this year as part of your Thanksgiving meal! I would like to personally thank Rudi’s for their generosity during this holiday season and I look forward to announcing the winner of the giveaway after November 15th!

You can also visit the Rudi’s Facebook page November 4-15 and enter to win LOTS of cool prizes! You certainly won’t want to miss out on that!

 

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Gluten-Free Savory Stuffing AND Rudi’s Giveaway
Recipe Type: Savory
Author: G-Free Laura
This gluten-free stuffing is sure to make this year’s Thanksgiving feast the best yet!
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. Rudi’s Savory Herb Gluten-Free Stuffing
  • 1 Cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 stick butter or margarine
  • 3/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. sage
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Chicken broth
  • 1/2 medium apple
Instructions
  1. Sautee onions and celery in butter until soft
  2. Beat egg into 1/2 cup of the chicken broth
  3. Mix above together and add seasonings, Rudi’s Savory Herb Gluten-Free Stuffing, and salt and pepper. Add enough extra broth (approximately 1 ½ cup) until well moistened.
  4. Pour into a buttered pan/casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees until the top is golden brown and crunchy; approximately 35-45 minutes.

 

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Fall Favorites: Udi’s Gluten-Free Goodies

By October 29, 2013 Gluten-Free Products

I love fall

Why I love fall = beautiful scenery at the park and pumpkin all up on my taste buds.

I told my mom the other day, “We need to make some pumpkin muffins soon!” and apparently Udi’s heard me. Just a few days later, guess what came in the mail…GLUTEN-FREE PUMPKIN MUFFINS.

Udi’s Fall Goodies

In my Udi’s package, I received four pumpkin muffins that quickly disappeared, (maybe that’s why my pants are tight this week….) and some gluten-free ginger cookies. It was just what the doctor ordered, and by doctor I mean my food cravings.

The pumpkin muffins were fantastic. I warmed mine up in the microwave for about 10 seconds and it was perfect. I ate the muffin sans butter, which attests to how delicious they are (you know how dry some gluten-free products can be).

Pumpkin Muffin

The gluten-free ginger cookies were also the perfect little snack. Since they are a bit smaller, you can get your fix without totally throwing yourself off the wagon. The recommended serving size is 2 cookies, amounting to 180 calories. I’m not saying this is the healthiest thing ever, but it does allow you to live a little. (This is the point where I forget about that one night when I ate five cookies in one sitting…)

GF Ginger Cookies

You can find all of the information you need to know about these delicious fall treats on the Udi’s website. You should also follow them on Facebook and Twitter because they’re always posting fantastic tidbits of information and updates about their products!

I also want to direct you to Jo-Lynne Shane’s review of Udi’s fall treats! In her blog post you’ll find much better photography and equally fantastic taste-bud opinions! It sounds like we are on the same page when it comes to these Udi’s products.

Comment below with any questions you have about these products and I will do my best to answer or direct you to a trusted source! Happy pumpkin’ loving, everyone! Enjoy this beautiful season with these wonderful treats! Thanks, Udi’s!

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The Best Flavored Gluten-Free Popcorn

By October 18, 2013 Gluten Free in Toledo, Gluten-Free Products

There’s a new popcorn sheriff in town and she goes by the name of Rachel Michael.

Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn is the latest and greatest thing to hit the Toledo streets. My co-worker (and awesome foodie), Paula brought in a treat to work one day in the form of Buckeye popcorn…you know, the wonderful peanut butter and chocolate treat us Ohioans go crazy for whenever it’s available. So after sharing this delicious popcorn with the team, I was hooked and HAD to go check it out for myself.

I visited Rachel’s shop last Saturday. It is located on Monroe Street in Toledo, right next to our local Hobby Lobby (so I frequent the area quite often). When I walked in, I smelled the aroma of all things Holy – popcorn, melted chocolate on top of popcorn, pumpkin & caramel all up on popcorn…it was absolutely glorious. Yes, I am a popcorn lover…borderline kernel-obsessed, don’t judge me.  

Gourmet Popcorn Sampler

I already knew I loved the gourmet Buckeye flavored popcorn, so I requested a bag of it to take home (a large bag of course). Then, being the magnificent daughter that I am, I purchased a bag of pumpkin popcorn for my mother (so she keeps doing my laundry for me when I drop it off at home).

Pumpkin Popcorn

If I could have bought every flavor of the popcorn, I would have. Flavored popcorn is a great gluten-free treat because it’s safe, it can be healthy, and it’s fun. Everyone loves popcorn, even the gluten-eaters!

If you’re one of my local readers, I urge you to stop at Rachel’s shop as soon as possible. This weekend is full of Grand Opening festivities, starting Friday, October 18th with a live broadcast from 92.5 KissFM and a ribbon cutting with Toledo Mayor Mike Bell! I am going to stop by on Saturday afternoon for some fun, so maybe we can get a chance to chat!

Rachel Michael's Gourmet Popcorn

Remember, the entire weekend all of Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn is 10% off! And parents, kids get FREE popcorn balls all day long. What’s not to love about that?

Don’t forget to follow Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn on Facebook so you can stay up-to-date with the latest popcorn flavors that are being cooked up! And if any of my admirers are reading this, feel free to buy me buckets and buckets of the Buckeye popcorn!

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The International Celiac Disease Symposium

By September 28, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

The International Celiac Disease Symposium was this week in Chicago, IL and it was pretty much the greatest thing ever for the celiac world. The symposium featured the TOP doctors in celiac disease and attendees flew from ALL over the world to hear about new advancements in research, diagnosis processes, and the treatment of celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity patients.

ICDS 2013: Mother-Daughter Bonding

I signed up for the conference six months ago as part of a mother-daughter trip. Yes, while most people take weekend trips to Chicago to shop and sight-see, my mom and I take trips to sit in “class” and learn all day. We’re nerds. I attended the conference as a blogger (I was pretty much the least medically-qualified person in the crowd) while my mother (diagnosed with celiac) attended as a medical professional/nurse.

ICDS 2013 in Chicago

Mind Blowing Research

The only thing I can tell you about the symposium right now is that there are a BUNCH of things going on in the celiac/gluten-free world. LIKE, A BUNCH. It’s mind blowing, seriously. The symposium touched on everything from the existence and prevalence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, to the degree of damage done in the intestine per different amounts of gluten contamination. I learned how to spell SO many medical terms, you should all be proud of me. And, in my opinion, I should have some sort of medical degree after all of those #ICDS2013 tweets that I sent out!

I’m not going to try to write an all-inclusive summary of the conference right now because I’m still trying to recover from the week of travel + work, but I will say that there are plenty of blog posts coming your way. Check out the websites of the other ICDS bloggers (listed below) who sat in the room tweeting their little g-free hearts out with me. You’re going to find loads of information that will help you better understand celiac disease and everything associated with it.

ICDS 2013 Official Bloggers:

Erica Dermer, Celiac and the Beast, @CeliacBeast

Rebecca Black, Pretty Little Celiac, @PrettyLilCeliac

Amy Leger, The Savvy Celiac, @AmyLeger

Kelly Courson, Celiac Chicks, @CeliacChick

Mad Props to The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

I want to also thank The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center (@CureCeliac) for being amazing hosts this week. We felt at home in the windy city and I’m pretty positive that we all ate one too many gluten-free cookies, brownies, bagels, cinnamon rolls, and muffins.

 

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