Friday, December 3, 2010
I'm also going to make our gingerbread house so the kids can decorate it on Sunday but I saw on Gluten Free Mom's blog this alternative to baking it all myself. A & J Bakery sells allergen friendly gingerbread house kits you can order online. They are free of peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, gluten, soy, egg, dairy, and sesame. Check them out, it can be the perfect way to save some time during the busy season but also still get in those fun times and happy memories with the kids.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Seminar about Gluten Free Living on December 7th at 6:00pm. Come in for free food and drink and learn about healthier living through a gluten free diet.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Costco now has Lara Bars, they're a great GF/DF bar made from fruit and nuts. The variety pack includes apple pie, cherry pie, and peanut butter cookie.
Oak Street Natural market is taking orders for Thanksgiving goodies. Here are their gluten free options.
Italian Artichoke & Parmesan dip
Wil Salmon Cream Cheese Dip
Jalapeno Wild Salmon Cream Cheese Dip
Triple Cranberry Sauce
Orange Maple Glazed Cornish Game Hens
They have order forms available at their cash register and the order needs to be placed by November 22nd.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Enjoy a private cooking class in the comfort of your home. Learn techniques and recipes from menus that are customized for you and your family/friends.
Cuisines to choose from:
Gluten free and allergy friendly (baking and cooking)
Flexitarian (adapting for vegetarians and meat eaters)
Indian (southern India and/or vegetarian)
Classes are scheduled on a first come first served basis. A deposit of $15.00 per person to cover food costs is appreciated one week before the agreed upon class date. Any changes, especially to the number of participants or menu items, must be approved by Karen and may incur an additional charge.
Class price is $30.00 per hour per person taking the class, which includes food costs for the meal that is prepared during class, demonstration and hands-on cooking instruction, background information about the cuisine, resources for locating ingredients, and a printed recipe booklet.
For people not participating in the class (family members for friends) who want to join you for the meal, there is a $25.00 per person charge. Maximum class size is usually 6 people, please discuss your preferred class size with Karen when scheduling. If the class location is more than 10 miles from downtown Bozeman a travel charge will be applied to the total fee.
The meals generally consist of: an appetizer, main dish, side dishes, and a dessert. There will be variations depending on the cuisine and menu chosen.
After the meal is prepared everyone sits down together to enjoy the food. Karen provides all food items and the host or hostess is responsible for providing beverages.
Gift Certificates are available.
To discuss options and to schedule classes please call Karen at 406-586-9186 or e-mail email@example.com
Friday, October 29, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
I couldn't wait to try the chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels so that was the kids' snack and I had some, only a few of course. They both are good but I liked the flavor of the yogurt ones best, the salt really popped with those. My boy preferred the chocolate and my girl preferred the yogurt, not quite what I expected.
The cinnamon rolls were breakfast and they were a little on the dry side but very delicious. The kids gobbled them down and really not much for complaints.
We haven't tried the Kinitoos, I'm waiting to open them later when I'm not the main person eating them, I love chocolate too much and can't always contain myself.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Adapted from Tasty Kitchen
2 T rice vinegar
2 T brown sugar
1/2 t red pepper flakes
1/2 t ground ginger
2 t seasame oil
4 T gluten free soy sauce
Olive Oil, I use garlic flavored
4 chicken breasts, cut into bit sized pieces
4 garlic cloves, diced
1/2 C diced onions
1/2 C cashews, chopped
Lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried
Mix the vinegar, sugar, red pepper, ginger, seasame oil, and soy sauce then set aside.
Heat olive oil in a skillet and brown the chicken pieces. Add the garlic and onions toward the end to until tender. Add the cashews and sauce and saute for a few minutes until warm.
Wrap in the lettuce leaves.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
A few weeks ago I was brushing my boy's teeth and I noticed green along the base of his bottom teeth. I panicked and brushed that poor kids teeth like mad, he even asked me if his teeth were alright. We did everything we could for a week to try to get rid of the green to no avail. I had to call the dentist to admit my poor parenting because my son had green teeth. I was so ashamed.
The dentist checked his teeth and gave us the good news that it was only a surface stain and since it's green he believed it was a sign of excess iron. The excess comes out in saliva and can stain the teeth green, the Sonicare toothbrush we bought for him took care of the stain and his teeth look normal again.
I know you're wondering what this has to do with a gluten free blog so I'll back track 3 years. When my boy was 1 they tested his blood to check his iron levels and they were low. We had him on the liquid iron drops for awhile and then moved him to Flintstone's vitamins when he was older because they had iron in them. With the green teeth it's clear he doesn't need the extra iron anymore and I believe this means he is finally fully healed from the damage gluten caused to his body. It only took 18 months of a gluten free diet for him to get there but it's great news to know he's healed.
This then posed a new issue for me to find vitamins he could have. Be warned that Costco brand children's vitamins contain milk and wheat. It's in small print and I almost missed it. The Lil Critter's vitamins are GF and DF so those are a safe option and you can get them at Costco.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Bridger Kitchens has two more gluten free cooking classes scheduled, the first is tomorrow so act fast if you're interested.
October 6th, 6:30-8:30 GF Cooking and Baking w/ Karen Ore.
November 18th, 6:30-8:30 GF Holidays w/ Karen Ore.
Both classes will have dairy free and egg free options available.
Dave's Sushi located in downtown Bozeman offers wheat free tamari so if you need a sushi fix, I'm trying to talk Hubby into one, check them out.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
We were in Missoula last weekend and I have some dairy free information for Biga Pizza. They do not have dairy free cheese available but they welcome people bringing in their own cheese and they will put it on the pizza for you. That or you can go cheeseless like we did and the pizza was still good.
I also saw some new items at The Good Food Store including New Grist and Bard's beer. Nice to see they are carrying Bard's again. They also have packaged wheat free items from their bakery, banana bread, brownies, cookies, etc. I get nervous when I see wheat free and not gluten free but the ingredients list was gluten free so we tried their apple bread and it was pretty good. Not all of the items are dairy free but some were GF/DF so be sure to read the label before you buy.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Seize the Deal works by offering great discounts at local businesses but the catch is a certain number of people have to seize the deal in order for it to go through for everyone. So if the number is met everyone gets a deal if not then the deal goes away and you aren't charged for anything.
For this deal the deal has been seized, 86 bought when I bought mine, wow!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
1 package pitted dates
Friday, September 3, 2010
If you want to get some of the Betty Crocker GF mixes with a discount here are two coupon links.
The first is through General Mills directly.
The second coupon is through coupons dot com and on the 8th page.
Thanks Sarah for sharing this with me!
Monday, August 30, 2010
The first booth was located outside and we tried the scones and carrot cake. It was also dairy free and egg free and Hubby loved the carrot cake. I'm not a big carrot cake fan but I thought it was really good too. The scones were a little dense but tasted really good. Her kitchen is not 100% GF but she takes measures to prevent cross contamination.
The second booth was located inside and I would have missed it if my SIL hadn't pointed it out to me. Laughing Lily is a gluten-free patisserie with dairy-free optoins. We bought a couple cookies, all of which were soft and delicious, plus some tasty blueberry muffins. Fantastic food. You can contact them at LaughingLily.BakedGoods@gmail.com.
Olivelle is offering another gluten free cooking class September 24th called Gluten Free Gourmet. Check out the link for details.
Vera Fare is located at 2251 W Kagy in Bozeman. They are open everyday from 8-3 an dyou can contact them at 922-0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Adapted from a recipe I submitted as a child to our Church's Cook Book
2 C granulated sugar
1/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 C milk - I used rice
1/2 C margarine - Dairy free if needed
1 t vanilla
1 pinch salt
1/2 C peanut butter - crunchy or not, it's your preference
3 C gluten free oats
1 C quinoa flakes
In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the sugar, cocoa, milk, and margarine. Bring to a rolling boil stirring constantly. Boil at rolling for 2 minutes then remove from heat and add the vanilla, salt, and peanut butter. Stir thoroughly after each addition. Stir in the oatmeal and quinoa flakes then drop onto greased cookie sheets. Allow to cool and enjoy.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Click on the link to view their class information and schedule. I'm not sure if any spots are open but a GF cooking and baking class is available August 26th from 6:30-8:30. Dairy and egg free options will also be available.
The classes are held at their second location at the Four Corner's area. They are located at 7540 Pioneer Way.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Here's my troopers eating breakfast in the rain, it of course started coming down as soon as breakfast was ready. They had already drank their morning hot chocolate and moved onto juice. My girl stated her hot chocolate was her coffee. I think that's a sign I may drink too much coffee. See me in the background making breakfast and drinking coffee? I think that was my second cup.
Speaking of my coffee addiction the Starbucks Via instant coffee pouches are fantastic. They take up very little space and allow for a "just add water" coffee fix. This was much more compact than bringing along grounds and my French Press. I picked these up at REI and of course you can get them at Starbucks.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Town & Country now has Bard's GF beer. I love this store but never make it there. I need to do a more thorough walk through to see what GF options they have because I know they are scattered throughout.
On The Rise Bakery is working on offering gluten free bread and muffins. I'll keep you posted as I hear more on this.
The Farmer's Market in Bozeman on Saturday's has GF goodies. I can't for the life of me remember the name but a woman makes GF oatmeal cookies (certified GF oats), peanut butter, and chocolate chip cookies. The kids loved them but Hubby can't have them because they are not dairy free.
Starky's offers GF options and here the information I received when I e-mailed them. They have a house made GF bread that is available for any sandwich options. It is brown rice and garbanzo flour based. They always carry it and it is available by the loaf with a day's notice. They also carry chocolate macaroons and lemon bars along with a GF dessert every night. For brunch on Sunday's (10-3) they feature a special brunch menu whose French Toast can easily be converted to GF if requested.
They do a lot of standard baking and said there is a risk of cross-contamination however their bakers are well versed in the avoidance of CC and the dangers of gluten allergies. Items are not labelled GF because they want to avoid the unfortunate backlash that sometimes occurs when an individual reads anything healthy as bad tasting, but their staff is fairly well educated on the subject and good enough to ask a manager or baker when they are unsure of an items GF status. They also do not have a separate grill for GF preparation however if you request when ordering they will prepare a meal separate from the other gluten products.
That's it for now, let me know if you try Starky's and how it goes.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Soy-Yer Dough is a scented play dough that is free of egg, gluten, peanut & tree nuts, borax, latex, dairy, and kerosene. The original dough does contain soybean but you can choose a soy-free version of the dough during checkout. All of the dough does contain rice. It looks fantastic so I ordered some and it is shipping today. Is it possible I'm more excited than the kids?
Moon Dough is a hypo-allergenic, gluten free/wheat free molding dough. It never dries out and claims to be very easy to clean up. Basically you can use a big piece of the moon dough to dab up any dough on the counters and the carpet. I did order some of this also, my boy was beyond excited when he saw the commercial and I said it was gluten free, so I'll post a report of what I think once we get it.
Creamy White Frosting GF/DF
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
1 C shortening, I used Spectrum
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t almond extract
4 1/2 C powdered sugar
3-4 T rice milk (regular milk or another DF milk will work also)
Beat the shortening, vanilla, and almond extracts on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add half the sugar and beat well then add 2T milk until incorporated. Add the remaining sugar beating well again then add enough milk to reach your desired spreading consistency. I used all 4 T but start with 3T to ensure you don't over do it.
The cake my girl picked out came from the Hello, Cupcake! book. It's the Big Birthday Cake design. It was easier to put together than I expected and the candies on top made for a nice treat when eating the cupcakes. The bottom layer has 17 cupcakes (I could only get 16 to fit), then 8, 5, 3, and 1 for the remaining layers. I used Skittles and Runts for the candies since I needed to avoid chocolate candies to keep things dairy free. The only thing I omitted was the pirouette cookies the book had for candles. I couldn't find GF pirouette cookies so I made some but I didn't really have room for them once the cake was put together. The layer everyone wanted was the yellow one, if I did this again I think I'd do that layer in the middle so more people could enjoy the banana Runts.
Monday, July 12, 2010
This is the DF Kefir I get, they also have strawberry and plain. It adds a creaminess to the smoothie.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Some of our other favorite hiking snacks are granola bars, crackers and peanutbutter, and fresh fruit. What is your favorite hiking/picnic treat?
Friday, July 9, 2010
Silver Bow Pizza Parlor also has games and a carousel to keep the kids entertained, sorf of like a Chuckee Cheese. It's located at 3500 Harrison Ave in Butte and you can call them at 406-494-2750.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray (make sure it's GF and DF). Melt the "butter" over medium low heat in a saucepan then add the marshmallows and stir until they are melted and blended with the butter. Stir an additional 2 minutes then remove from heat. Add the Koala Krisp and stir until it's evenly mixed with the marshmallow. I like my krispies to be very marshmallowy but if you prefer more cereal then add an additional cup. Spread evenly into the pan, it helps to spray a metal spoon with cooking spray to keep it from sticking to everything.
Allow the krispies to set then use a cookie cutter to cut out star shapes. Sprinkle with colored sugar and decorate with gel.
This would be a great dessert for Valentine's Day, Halloween, St. Patty's Day, etc.
Top view of the cake and the much needed Autobots logo. Sorry the picture isn't horizontal, it wouldn't load properly.
My girl's birthday is a little over a week away so I'll be trying another white cake recipe, not sure which one though. Maybe it will be the perfect one I'm searching for. Do you have a fluffy GF white cake recipe for me to try?
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Shake the can of coconut milk to mix the milk and cream portions then pour 1 1/4 C in a saucepan. Add the agave and salt then cook over medium heat until it simmers. While this is heating mix the remaining coconut milk, corn starch, and cocoa powder.
Once the milk mixture simmers turn the heat to medium-low and slowly add the cocoa powder mixture while whisking the whole time. Continue whisking until it thickens a bit, I went for 5 min though the original recipe called for about 1 minute. If you go with 1 minute it may not turn out quite as thick if that's what you'd prefer.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk an additional minute to let it cool a bit. Add the chocolate chips and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Pour into serving bowls then chill in the refrigerator.
If you are looking for coconut milk don't wander around like an idiot, like I did, wondering where the heck it's kept. It will be in the Asian section at any grocery store.
My girl couldn't get enough of this and I'm pretty sure she liked it better than the Jello pudding because she finished the whole thing, usually there are a few bites left.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
It took me a few tries to get it as close in taste as it's dairy version, the last version was way too tangy and my boy was not happy. With some tweaks I made it again last night and the boy cleaned his plate, I took that as a thumbs up on getting it correct. So here it is, our favorite caserole gluten and dairy free.
Cheeseburger Skillet Dinner
1 pkg GF & DF Mac & "Cheese"*
1/2 to 1 lb ground beef or buffalo
1/2 C chopped onion
2 C frozen corn
2/3 C ketchup
1/4 C water
1/4 t garlic powder
1 C shredded dairy free cheddar cheese**
Prepare the mac & cheese as directed on the package. In a large skillet brown the meat, onion, and garlic powder then stir in the corn, ketchup, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8-10 minutes or until the corn the crisp tender. Reduce heat to low and stir in the cheese. Add the mac & cheese to the meat mixture and mix well, cook another couple minutes or until it's heated through.
*The best GF/DF mac & cheese (according to my tastes) is Namaste Foods Say Cheez. It has a bit of a tang to it so I've omitted the mustard from this version of the casserole. You can find it at Rosauer's and Oak Street.
**I haven't been too impressed with the dairy free cheese I've found in the area, I hate that it doesn't melt. I used Daiya vegan "cheese" for this recipe and it's fantastic, I'm so thankful to all the bloggers out there that have raved about it. The Daiya cheese melts wonderfully (with quesadilla's, pizza, etc) and I'm glad I ordered it. Yup I had to order it. I can't find it in our area and Daiya's store locater states it's only sold at ZPizza in Billings for the state of Montana. I did order in bulk through Vegan Essentials and it wasn't cheap but it was worth the money. I froze it in 2 C bags and I don't have to use a lot in the recipes to get the cheesiness I want. It reminds both Hubby and I of nacho cheese with the flavor, yum!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins
Adapted from Fine Cooking
2 C gluten free flour (I used Gluten Free Mama's Almond Blend)
2 t xanthan gum
3/4 C granulated sugar
2 1/2 t baking powder
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 C sour cream (for DF use Tofutti Sour Supreme)*
8 T butter softened (for DF use Earth Balance Natural Buttery Sticks)
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 -2 C diced rhubarb
For the topping
3 T granulated sugar
1/2 t ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl mix the flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl mix the sour cream, butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined. It will be very dry at this point but that's OK the rhubarb is next. Add the rhubarb and mix thoroughly.
Split the mixture between 12 muffin tins. Use the back of a spoon dipped in water to smooth the tops.Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon for the topping and cover the tops with 1t of the mixture. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Yum!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I can't wait to give them a try, if you beat me to it let me know what you think.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Gluten Free Italian
Monday, June 28th 6-8 PM
Gain confidence in the kitchen with a gluten free lifestyle while not feeling deprived. Even gluten tolerant people are going to be jealous of the dishes we create. Grilled Polenta Bruschetta, Homemade Pasta (gluten free of course) with a Vodka Cream Sauce, Summer Berry Galette. $35 per person.
An update on Udi's bread, can you tell I love this stuff :) Bonanza in Billings has it and they will sell it by the case, 8 loaves per case, for a cheaper price. Lee & Dad's IGA in Belgrade will also sell the bread by the case for a cheaper price, just ask for Sheila if you have any problems. ETA, You will need to order it and can do it at any cashier checkout. They place the orders on Monday and the breads arrive on Wednesday.
Put the EZ Gluten test strip in the solution and walk away for 10 minutes.
You can see from the test strip for the Trix Swirls they are gluten free, woot!
I didn't know what else to test so Hubby suggested his Extra gum. I was pretty sure it was GF and didn't know if testing gum would work but I gave it a try.
I felt like a pro at this point so I decided to test a Post cereal and grabbed the Fruity Pebbles.
You can see from this picture that the test results came back negative for gluten, another win!
Even though these test strips aren't cheap I'm glad I bought them and was able to put my mind at ease. That alone is worth the cost.