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Gluten-Free Summer Lovin’ Swag Giveaway Courtesy of Rudi’s!

By May 7, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

Rudi's sends kids to gluten-free summer camp!

Rudi’s offers kids a chance to go to gluten-free summer camp!

As part of Celiac Awareness Month, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery is holding a “Happy Camper” Facebook contest! Rudi’s fans are encouraged to submit a short essay from their child that explains what attending a gluten-free summer camp would mean to them. I think we can all agree that as a kid with celiac or gluten sensitivity, attending a GF camp means A LOT. It’s a chance to be a worry-free kid and have fun with others their age!

Based on the essays that Rudi’s receives, they will chose ten lucky winners between the ages of 8-17. The winners will enjoy a week long gluten-free camp experience, and Rudi’s will be covering travel for the children!

I am so happy that Rudi’s is holding this contest! In 2010 I volunteered at a gluten-free summer camp for a week and it was so rewarding to see the children have fun, make friends, and not worry about getting a special meal in the mess hall. This is a great opportunity for kids to create memories that will last a lifetime!

But you get to win something, too…

Rudi’s has asked bloggers to help promote their “Happy Camper” contest, and in return, WE get to offer YOU some gluten-free summer swag! So I’m holding a giveaway for a Summer BBQ Picnic set, including a picnic basket and grill, valued at $100! Talk about awesome!

To enter the contest, all you have to do is press a few buttons below and Voila! You’re on your way to gluten-free summer lovin!

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GFAF Expo in Chicago!

By April 18, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

Odds are if you’re gluten free, you’ve heard of the GFAF Expo. Traveling all across the nation, the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo is the hottest spot to be if you’re g-free!

This weekend, April 20 – 21, the GFAF Expo will be making a stop in Chicago, and this girl is going! Luckily Chi-town is only a 4-5 hour drive (depending on traffic of course) from Toledo, Ohio, so I am hopping in my car and making an appearance! With nearly 8,000 attendees expected, and LOTS of amazing vendors, this is sure to be a weekend to remember!

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My GFAF Expo Plans:

I will be arriving Friday evening, and I have the opportunity to attend the Schar party. UMMM, awesome! Then on Saturday I will be spending my day at booth #702, reppin’ Taste Guru, my favorite gluten-free company out there! If you’re in the expo hall, you better stop by and say hello…or else!

I’m not only excited to help Taste Guru throughout the weekend, I am ecstatic to come face-to-face with other bloggers that I’ve come to know via the interwebs! I consider a lot of these people my friends, as weird as that sounds since I’ve never met them, but it’s true! We all know each other on a level that other people don’t, because we have all gone through similar experiences. AND, we’re all passionate about gluten-free living, so obviously we’ll get along (until someone eats the last gluten-free cupcake, then it’s war)!

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Updates from the GFAF Expo:

Follow me via social media this weekend to see what’s happening, both on my personal G-Free Laura accounts, and on Taste Guru’s social media accounts. We’ll be covering the latest gluten-free products available, and we will connect with some of your favorite gluten-free personalities, so you’ll definitely want to be tuned in! It’s going to be a magical couple of days!

Follow along with G-Free Laura: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Follow along with Taste Guru: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Don’t miss out, folks! It’s going to be a wild time! I hope to see your beautiful faces stopping by the Taste Guru booth. We have a special little giveaway that’s probably the cutest gluten-free thing you’ve ever seen!

See you soon!

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Gluten-Free Pesto Fettuccine with Chicken

By March 5, 2013 Gluten-Free Recipes

Since I received the world’s greatest fettuccine noodles in the mail (thank you Cappello’s Gluten-Free), I was determined to make nothing but the classiest sauce to go with them. But, the problem is…I’m not a classy cook. I’m a “that’s too many steps, I’ll probably mess something up” type of cook, which is why this recipe for Pesto Cream Sauce screamed, “I’M YOUR PERFECT MATCH!” during the search my mother and I conducted.

My mom found a wonderful blog, Kevin and Amanda, where homage was being paid to The Pioneer Woman by cooking up the Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce dish found in her new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Food from my Frontier. This pasta dish is topped with rotisserie chicken….YES, rotisserie chicken. Seeing that part of the recipe pretty much sealed the deal for me. Anyone that uses rotisserie chicken in a classy looking dish is my kind of chef!

So off I went to the store with a list of fresh ingredients to buy, along with a hot rotisserie chicken.

**Be sure to check with your local grocer to make sure that their rotisserie chicken is gluten-free before consuming.

The Pioneer Woman’s Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce:

Adapted to be Gluten-Free

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup greated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2  cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 12 oz. gluten-free fettuccine pasta noodles (I use Cappello’s noodles)

Instructions:

Bring 4 quarts of water to boil, adding 1 tbsp salt.

Use a food processor to create the pesto sauce. Add basil, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic cloves, salt and pepper to processor. Slowly drizzle in the 1/3 cup olive oil as you process the ingredients.

Pesto Sauce Ingredients

Combine Pesto Sauce Ingredients

In a small saucepan, add the ½ cup of heavy cream and the 2 tbsp of butter. Place over medium heat and pour in the pesto from the food processor. Stir until combined; let simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Pesto Sauce with Heavy Cream

Turn of the heat under the saucepan, Add the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, stirring until combined.

Once the water is boiling for your noodles, place them in and cook according to the package. Once they are done, drain water from the pan. Add the noodles back into the pan, and pour the pest sauce over top, mixing with the noodles.

Fettuccine Noodles

 

Fettucinne Noodles with Pesto

Once the noodles are coated with the pesto sauce, place on a serving dish. Top with rotisserie chicken.

Rotisserie Chicken

 

Gluten-Free Pesto Chicken Fettuccine

Now would you look at that picture! This is a dish to marvel at! I was stunned when I saw the meal I had created. Absolutely magical.

This dish wouldn’t have come to life without the help of my mother because she’s the one that stumbled across it. I also have a feeling that I will be checking back into the Kevin and Amanda website to find further inspiration in the kitchen.

What’s your favorite website to reference for new recipes? Have you found it easy to adapt dinner recipes to be gluten-free? I definitely think that main-dish recipes are easier than desserts and baked goods! What are your thoughts?

 

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A Gluten-Free Love Story

By February 12, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

If companies REALLY wanted to capitalize on the whole gluten-free thing, they would have come out with this gluten-free themed Valentine’s Day Card.

In my personal opinion, this is the definition of love:

Gluten Free Love

Do you love it, or do you love it?

 

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Homemade Corn Salsa

By January 25, 2013 Gluten-Free Recipes

I already apologize for giving you this recipe, because it is so good, you literally won’t be able to stop eating it. It’s also super easy to make, and will help you to impress any guests that may enjoy it as well (that’s if you are willing to share, of course).

Corn Salsa

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (small) white sweet corn, drained
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 large green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbs sugar

Instructions:

1. Drain and rinse the black beans and place into medium-large bowl. Drain white sweet corn and place into bowl.

2. Chop your red pepper and green onions. Place into bowl with beans and white sweet corn.

3. Mix 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 2 tbs sugar in a separate bowl. After mixed, pour into bowl with all other ingredients. Stir.

4. Let sit overnight (this is the hardest part because you’re going to want to start eating it). Stir.

I find that scoop tortilla chips work best for this salsa so you can scoop up as much of the goodness as possible on each chip. I’m also excited to use this salsa in other dishes with chicken, fish, etc.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for fresh corn salsa! Try to control yourself and not eat it all on your own!

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The Britney Spears Gluten-Free Soundtrack

By January 23, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

I don’t care what you think about her life choices, lack of shoes, or all-around confusing actions, Britney Spears basically made a soundtrack that speaks to my journey with the gluten-free diet.

 

Gluten-Free Soundtrack

 

Annnnnd here we go:

Toxic 

When you have come to the realization that gluten is toxic for your body, but you still have a deep, passionate love for it. It’s like that bad boy you know isn’t good for you, but you can’t help the fact that you are so attracted to it.

Baby One More Time

Within the first few months of the diet you want just one more slice of pizza, one more piece of cake, one more fried chicken wing…

This feeling lasts for a while, and you give into your long for said items.

Oops!…I Did It Again

You gave into your cravings just one more time, but it was a big ‘Oops’ as you suffered the consequences. You are reminded of this mistake for hours, or even days, after it is made. You tell yourself that this definitely won’t happen again.

Stronger

You are getting used to the gluten-free diet and are starting to feel healthier and stronger as a result. You aren’t really THAT sad about not eating gluten anymore because you know the decision to go on a gluten-free diet was a smart one. You’re way better off without it.

Radar

Gluten is always on your radar, and you constantly check out ingredients lists and ask several questions when dining at a restaurant. You notice all of the gluten-free tags at the grocery store, and your ears perk up whenever you hear those two words spoken aloud.

Til The World Ends

The gluten-free diet is a lifelong thing for you, and you will be on it till you’re last dying breath. People that aren’t gluten-free make remarks about the restrictions of the diet, and say how horrible it must be, but you reassure them that you are perfectly happy with your lifestyle. You know you will continue to eat this way up until your last meal…or until the world ends, either one.

Does Britney speak to your gluten-free journey? What song are you currently playing?

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