Thursday, January 31, 2013

Made with love, not gluten bakery

So I found this bakery online while searching around and started following them immediately on FB as I like to support local businesses and they seem to offer a lot INCLUDING delivery J
So I decided to try their Jam Pies (Pop Tart).  While it's a little different than your traditional gluten filled pop tart, I think it's better.  It's light and delicate like a pastry.  So I won't be stuffing it in my bag to go to work, it would never make the trip. But I can delight in its yumminess at home.   I am looking forward to patronizing this business more.  
You should check them out and definitely follow them onFB. 

Frozen food finds

So, I know I reported on this company before, the  Better Bread company is just yummy for frozen pizza. Now, only one of the Giant Food Stores carries these around here so far, and apparently they carry the dough ball, which is out of stock every time I try to get it.  A good sign I say.  But I tried their pepperoni pizza and the margherita pizza.  They were delicious.  Normally with the Gluten Free pizza's, they are small, but large enough that I typically split it into two meals.  The margherita pizza was hoovered.  Completely.  I inhaled that pizza. It was delicious.
Also on the pizza front, I was looking for things to take to work that were microwavable for when I don't have left overs to take for lunch.  I decided to give Ian's French Bread Pizza a try.  Now, I have a friend who recently became dairy free, and the way I described it to her, as it's dairy free too, "Hey Corie, this didn't suck".  LOL.   it didn't.  In fact, I bought it again.  The dairy free cheese is a little weird to me, but it's nice to have a microwave pizza for lunch in a pinch. I also tried Ian's Fish Sticks.  Totally love them.  Sometimes "kids foods" are perfect for dinner.  I am a large child after all.  I really enjoyed these.    

Monday, January 14, 2013

Red Robin

 I think I forgot to mention a few months ago that we went to Red Robin and in addition to the Allergen menu they have :   they actually offer gluten free buns for their sandwiches/burgers.   And you know what?  My burger and salad were good!  
Also of note recently, Better Bread Company has a delightful little gluten free frozen pizza.  I dare say, my favorite so far.   It's as always, on the thin side, but it's got good flavor and could easily be two meals.   Normally with my overpriced, extra small gluten free pizza's I only eat half.  This time I was starving and ate the whole thing.  I could have stopped after half and been perfectly happy.  Instead, I was perfectly stuffed.
I have a new bread machine, and so far, the loafs aren't turning out quite right.  Following the same recipe's to the T as I was using in the old one, and it's not been great.  Going to try a few more things before I give up and send it back.  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Lazzaro's Italian Bistro

My mother passed on a gift card that was given to her to us as the menu had a lot of gluten free items listed, and well, no matter how old you get, your mom still likes to take care of you.   So we decided to go for lunch today. First, I know this used to be a flower shop and apartment building.   I had been in the one of the apartments before and got to tell my friend who has moved away that I had lunch today in her old kitchen.   The place is very cozy and cute.  The menu is great, they offer a lot of gluten free options, including as I was told when we were leaving, a gluten free cupcake with canoli cream topping with cocoa dusting.  Oh .... My......God!!!!  I can't wait to go back and try that alone.  My litmus test, as always, is the pizza.   The crust didn't have much flavor per say, but the texture was great.  And finally, I got a pizza margherita with sauce instead of tomato slices.  I was very happy.  I would get it again.  Ken got a turkey and bacon panini.  He said it was good, could have used a little bit more meat in it, but over all we agreed we will be back and we are planning a family gathering there to introduce more people to it.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sweet Turkey and Quinoa Meatballs

This has got to be one of the best quinoa recipes I ever was given and everyone who has tried them has loved them.

Sweet Turkey & Quinoa Meatballs
Makes 6 Servings (about 4 meatballs per serving)
Toss the cooked meatballs with our tangy sweet & sour sauce, place them on a platter with a frilly toothpick in each one, and you’ve got the makings of a festive and fun party food!
· 1 pound lean ground turkey
· 1 large egg, beaten
· 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
· 1/3 cup golden raisins, coarsely chopped
· 2 tablespoons ketchup
· 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
· 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce (I use GF)
· 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
· 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
· 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil then spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the turkey, egg, quinoa, raisins, ketchup, basil, soy sauce, salt, garlic powder, and pepper until well combined. Using a medium cookie scoop with a release (we used a 1½ tablespoon scoop which made 1¾-inch balls), form into 22 to 24 meatballs. Bake until cooked through and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and toss with the Sweet & Sour sauce (see recipe below).
Tip: For the quinoa, cook 1/4 cup dry quinoa according to package directions. The yield will be 3/4 cup.
Sweet & Sour Sauce (I don’t' toss the meatballs in this, rather use it as a dipping sauce, so I tend to need to either double or triple this recipe)
· 1/2 small can pineapple juice (3 ounces)
· 2 tablespoons ketchup
· 2 tablespoons brown sugar
· 1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
· 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I used 1/4) (Lea & Perrins is GF)
· 2 teaspoons cornstarch (I used 1 tsp)
· 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
· 1/8 teaspoon mustard powder
· 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1. Whisk together the pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch, garlic powder, mustard powder, and ground ginger until well combined. Place in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes. (Recipe adapted from
Nutrition Information per Serving: 220 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated), 440mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 16g protein, 10% vitamin C, 10% iron