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.
Friday, May 21, 2010
I think this is great news and deserves a lot of support from the beer drinking GF community. If you happen to try a glass of it please let me know what you think of the beer and if you have any reactions.
The Kettlehouse Brewery is located at 602 Myrtle Street in Missoula.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Our house is 100% gluten free and I felt like I had this under control, until now. I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out where he's getting it and purchased some EZ Gluten kits to test some questionable items in our house. My main worry is projected at the Trix Swirls and my boy is not happy about this stating that he's been fine when he eats them. I also want to test the items that are GF but made in a facility that also processes wheat, it may be a small amount but enough to affect Hubby. These tests aren't cheap and since I thought the shipping was expensive (especially when topped with a handling fee) I wasn't willing to pay for quick shipping so it will be about a week before we get them.
I did a little bit of searching online and found a forum where people that were GF stated they had been GF for 10+ months and still showed high levels of IgA. Hubby did eat gluten for his blood test the end of last summer so that put me on another internet search. I looked up more info and found this chart showing the correlation of a GF diet and Anti-gliadin antibody (AGA) levels. The longer an individual was on a GF diet the lower the AGA levels went. So it could take months to years for these levels to drop even with a GF diet. I could be way off base on this but I'm hoping his levels just haven't had enough time to drop but will over time. This would be a relief because then I can feel confident that our house is GF.
Anyone have experience with this?
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Gluten free pastas
Gluten free pizza dough mix
Gluten free bread mix
WOW cookies (The WOW brand is also carried at Bonanza in Billings)
The prices were comparable so if you haven't been in awhile, or ever, stop by. It's a nice local gem. I had to peel myself away from the spice and sauce area, too tempting.
I also wanted to note that Rosauer's Huckleberry Market now carries the Udi's bread and pizza crusts in the frozen section. Hubby and I tried their blueberry muffins and they were good, so good we both ate two instead of the planned one. Their webpage states that The Co-op carries their stuff along with Rosauer's in Missoula and Good Earth Market in Billings.
Monday, May 17, 2010
48 GF pretzel twists
1 package of Hershey's Kisses (chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, hugs, or peppermint)
1 package of M&M's (chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter, peanut, or almond)
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Once these babies came out of the oven we were all in heaven. They were so good and the best part was the little chunks of ginger that were scattered in the cookies, mmm. I'll have to give that a try with some homemade cookies one of these days. We devoured these and my son couldn't get enough.
I haven't seen the dough in Montana but I did see that Oak Street Natural Market carries pre-baked WOW cookies in their freezer section. I'll just cross my fingers and hope we see the dough in our area soon.
Blue Mountain Cherry Hard Cider
This is a delicious cider that has a nice sweetness to it but not overly sweet. You can find this in Missoula at The Good Food Store and at The Coop in Bozeman.
Henney's Still Cider
I believe we found this in Missoula at The Good Food Store and it's a good cider with a medium sweetness. The bottle is a little bland but the important part isn't.
Sam Smith Organic Cider
This is a gluten free cider that is not on the sweet side. There is tartness to it at first and Hubby thinks it has more of a beer after taste. I didn’t mind it but it’s not my favorite, I guess I prefer the sweeter ciders. I found this at Lee & Dad’s IGA and it’s also in Missoula at The Good Food Store.
Woodchuck Draft Cider – Amber
This is my favorite cider, it’s the sweetest one out of this group and is very smooth. You can get this at Albertson’s in Belgrade so I would think it’s at most Albertson’s in the area. It's also at Lee & Dad's and Rosauer's.
HardCore Crisp Hard Cider
This is in the middle on sweetness, it’s not as sweet as the Woodchuck but still sweet and definitely sweeter than the Sam Smith Cider. I like that it’s a little lower in calories than the Woodchuck. I found this at Lee & Dad’s IGA and Rosauer's.
Hornsby’s Crisp Apple Hard Cider
This is a tasty cider and has a good sweetness but not overly sweet. I assumed I wasn’t going to like it for some reason but found that I actually enjoyed it. It goes down easily and doesn’t have a tart after taste. This is available at most grocery stores and gas stations.
When we were in Portland we found some pear cider that was really good so if you ever spot that be sure to grab a pack.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Their downtown Billings location is opening later this month at 116 North Broadway. It's refreshing to know that they take GF needs seriously and I highly recommend them for a GF pizza fix.