Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Susie Cakes... great cakes for everyone!

On Saturday, November 5, I walked into a new bakery that I thought was only going to be for those who can eat gluten. Happily, I was mistaken.

This bakery is a wonderful place that makes cakes, cupcakes, and cookies in flavors that offer something for everyone with readily available gluten free goodies.

WELCOME TO WEST PLANO, SUSIE CAKES!

Here is their website: http://susiecakes.com/  Check it all for all their locations and treats! They are eager to take, bake, and make your special orders.

I tried their naturally gluten free 'Flourless Chocolate Cupcake'... decadent, dense, moist dark chocolate cake is topped by luscious buttercream with tasty (high-quality) sprinkles.  It's the best gluten free cupcake I've eaten in North Texas to date. And, you can serve it to your whole family or bring a half-dozen as an amazing hostess gift.

There is so much more to tell... but here are a few pictures (and I'll save the thousand words.)






Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween candy checklist for gluten free treats

It's the start of candy eating (and giving... and baking...) season! 

Here's a terrific list for reference to check out some fancy gluten free candies - and even better - mainstream, supermarket chocolate and non-chocolate candies that are AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN GLUTEN FREE :) !

Happy Halloween! Happy Fall!

http://www.livestrong.com/article/310329-what-candy-bars-are-gluten-free/


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pizza... gluten free and "skinny" is coming to Addison Texas!

Everyone who must eat gluten free knows that it is of the utmost importance to keep every bite full of good nutrition (because it's to easy to get caught up in a cloud of empty calories and sugars with mainstream gf products).

Enter Skinny Pizza!  Ok, not yet - but soon! 


"CultureMap reports that the brand new concept will open its doors at 4970 Addison Circle Dr. in a space that formerly housed Patrizio’s. The new concept will bring quick-fired thin crust pies that can be made with gluten-free or whole wheat crusts for those who are really trying to keep things healthy.
Also on offer are “egg- and cholesterol-free, low in sodium, and high in fiber” pastas that can be served with a variety of Italian sauces and jazzed up with a massive selection of veggies. Organic salads and “100% natural drinks” will round out the menu," as reported by Amy McCarthy of Eater Dallas.


I can't wait to patronize this establishment with my entire family - #FoodForEveryone!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The business of gluten free products

Far be it from me to tell people how to spend their money.  And yes, it is true that many gf products are much more expensive than 'regular' products of the same kind.  

But here's the good news for those of us that have to eat gf... it has never been easier to do so in restaurants and shopping in stores.  Keep in mind that one of the best shopping experiences for variety and value prices is: https://www.walmart.com/browse/food/gluten-free-foods/976759_1228023

Here's what Bloomberg News Agency has to say about the business-side of gluten free living for those who do not have to eat gf for their healthhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-14/you-can-eat-gluten-again-america?bcomANews=true

Sad to say, Bloomberg fails to point out how good it is for those of us that do.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

What's not on a label can hurt you.

Here's a link to a great article that gives insight to a very typical problem for people who must eat gluten free: not all products without a gluten ingredient are 'gluten free'.

In other words - DON'T ASSUME a product is gluten free unless the label says so.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/09/30/labels-dont-always-guarantee-foods-are-free-gluten.html

Friday, September 23, 2016

It's Trader Joe's pumpkin mania time (and it's gluten free, too!)

If you cook gluten free food, you know there is no higher compliment than, "Wow, this doesn't taste gluten free."  Here are just a few of the easiest and best ways to get your fall feast on gluten free.

1) Get a jar (or 12) of Trader Joe's pumpkin butter. Sure, you can spread it on toast.  And you can also spread it on their gluten free Maple-Blueberry muffins.
> slice a muffin in half.
> slather each half with pumpkin butter
> then top with a dollop of whipped cream.
Everyone's going to want what is on your plate.

2) Buy a box (or 24, like I did) of TJ's gluten free Pumpkin pancake mix. Using the whole box and the recipe on the side of it:
> substitute 1/2 almond milk and 1/2 plain yogurt in place of all the water
> use butter or Earth Balance not oil
> add in 1 more egg.
This will yield 12 jumbo muffins or 24 small ones. Using cooking spray on your muffin pans (baking cups are even better). Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.  Test with a toothpick until it comes out clean. Cool 'til warm, then stuff your face.

3) Buy a bag of TJ's honey roasted peanuts. Buy a box of TJ's Pumpkin O's (they're gluten free). Empty both into a large bowl and mix.  Portion out in 1/2 cup scoops into plastic, ziplock snack-size baggies.  Delicious munchies for everyone.

Happy Fall!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Do you or don't you have celiac?

It's simple.  Get a blood test.  Yes, there is an easy way to find out if you need to be eating gluten free for your health because you cannot digest gluten in foods.

There is also a genetic test that can be done - however, it may not be as exact in the results.

Take a look at the Celiac Disease Foundation's website for all the correct answers and insights.

https://celiac.org/celiac-disease/understanding-celiac-disease-2/diagnosing-celiac-disease/screening/