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Allison Hecht

Treat your sweet tooth to some chocolate from Sweet Riot

January 26th, 2010 by Allison Hecht


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With Valentine's Day just a few short weeks away, why not treat your loved one (or yourself for that matter) to some delicious chocolate from Sweet Riot?

sweet-riot-cocoa-nibsSweet Riot is not only tasty chocolate, it's chocolate with a purpose. All of their chocolate "peaces" are made from all-natural ingredients, and the company has a strong commitment to fair trade and ethical business practices. You can learn more about their mission statement here. (more…)


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Anne Steib

Review of Udi’s Gluten-free Sandwich Bread

January 11th, 2010 by Anne Steib

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I kept hearing numerous accolades about Udi's Bakery in Denver, CO and their gluten-free foods. I would hear of people placing large orders with them and claiming their bread was the best of the gluten-free breads. So, I had to try this myself to see if the bread lived up to the hype.

UdiThankfully, I recently discovered they carry Udi's at Woodman's, who have an extremely large gluten-free section, and decided to try a loaf. Udi's bread is handcrafted in their dedicated gluten-free facility in Denver, CO, their gluten-free foods are also dairy-, soy-, and nut-free. (more…)

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It is New Years and the season for top ten lists. Here is a list of the top ten gluten-free items that every gluten intolerant person needs in their pantry.

1. A good general gluten-free flour blend. Highly recommended: Better Batter Flour, Meister's Flour, Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour Blend.

2. Xanthan gum or guar gum for your baked recipes.

3. Quality flavored olive oils and vinegars. Make sure these are gluten-free and you can whip up a marinade or salad dressing in no time.

4. Quinoa. Buy pre-rinsed quinoa from a company such as Ancient Harvest and save yourself a few minutes in the kitchen.

5. Great gluten-free bread such as Udi's or Katz's. Keep it in the freezer for those times when you need to make a sandwich on something that tastes like the "real" thing. (more…)

Amy Fothergill

Bard’s Beer Tastes Great and is Gluten Free

January 5th, 2010 by Amy Fothergill

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Many people think of food when they think of a gluten free (gf) diet. No regular bagels, pizza or pasta. Many may not realize that when on a gluten free diet, you can't have anything with wheat, barley, rye or oats (unless the oats are gf). Unfortunately, most beer is made with barley which means it's on the list of things you can't have.

bards_gfbeerIf you've missed the flavor of beer, you can now try Bard's Beer, described as a craft beer, which is made from sorghum. According to the website, "sorghum is a genus of numerous species of grasses, some of which are raised for grain that can be used in the production of beer. Sorghum has been used in making beer for centuries in other parts of the world and is naturally gluten-free." Sorghum can be made into flour which produces an excellent gf bread. (more…)

Randi Markowitz

Gluten Free Vegetarian Jello: Who Knew?

December 29th, 2009 by Randi Markowitz

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If this product had existed when I was a kid, I would probably be a healthier person today! For all you parents out there who have kids that love the "usual" gelatin snack product, but cringe when you think about the ingredients, fear no more.

cool_cups_orangeYou now have vegan Cool Cups. Cool Cups come in several flavors. At the Whole Foods near my house, I bought the orange, black cherry and peach mango. (more…)

Tiffany Janes

Perfect Shelf Stable Gluten-free Breakfast Item for Travel

December 29th, 2009 by Tiffany Janes

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Most U.S. hotels do not offer gluten-free bread products for breakfast (or other meals). They might have bacon, eggs and potatoes but they are not likely to offer gluten-free muffins or waffles. It's annoying to get a "free" breakfast that offers you only a piece of fruit, or if you're lucky, a hard boiled egg.

sorrela_cinnamon_swirl_bagNow the search for the perfect shelf stable breakfast treat is over. Sorrella Bakery Biscotinnes are handmade gluten-free biscotti type cookies. They are crunchy but not as dense as regular biscotti. There are several flavors but we only tried the "Cinnamon Swirl" which is phenomenal. (more…)

Is turkey gluten-free? Here is a List That Is

November 23rd, 2009 by Kimberly Bouldin

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Turkey2_225x225With Thanksgiving coming up this week, it is important to know which turkeys are gluten-free and safe to eat. The issue with a turkey being gluten-free is usually in the gravy packet, if there is one. Solution? Make your own from scratch. Use the broth from the cooked turkey or canned, gluten-free chicken broth & thicken with cornstarch.

Here is a list of turkeys that are free of gluten: (more…)

Jen Cafferty

Butterball turkey gravy packets are now gluten-free

November 23rd, 2009 by Jen Cafferty

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turkeyThere has been some confusion lately about whether or not Butterball turkey gravy packets are gluten-free. There are six types of Buttterball turkeys that come with a gravy packet. They are listed below and all currently come with a gluten-free gravy packet. The key to understanding if your gravy packet is gluten-free is to READ the label.

Any newly manufactured gravy packet will contain rice flour. According to Butterball (1-800-BUTTERBALL) there are still some older packets of gravy in the stores that contain wheat flour. Therefore, read your packet and make sure it does not contain wheat flour. If it contains wheat flour, you have an older packet and it is therefore not gluten-free. In the future, all of the Butterball gravy packets will be manufactured using rice flour. (more…)

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If you are making gluten-free pumpkin pies and other sweet treats this Thanksgiving, make sure to check out the Nestle gluten-free product list before baking this year (revised August 2009).

The following items are gluten-free and will be helpful for baking this holiday season, especially when making pumpkin pies.

LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin LIBBY’S® Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Milk Chocolate Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Premier White Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Swirled Morsels NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate & Premier White Swirled Morsels NESTLÉ CARNATION® Evaporated Milk NESTLÉ CARNATION® Low Fat Evaporated Milk NESTLÉ CARNATION® Fat Free Evaporated Milk NESTLÉ CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk NESTLÉ CARNATION® Instant Nonfat Dry Milk

PUMPKIN_TARLETTry these 100 calorie pumpkin pie tartlets from the Nestle USA website. (more…)

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Coconut water is becoming a fast-growing favorite beverage. Local grocery stores see it flying off the shelves. Have you tried it yet? It has a fresh, light taste and is a good source of electrolytes. Once just a Brazilian drink, it is now becoming a wide spread favorite right here in the U.S. Brazilians call it "agua de coco" and they consider it a nutritious, yummy staple.

Coconut water is the clear liquid inside a young, green coconut. One serving is higher in potassium than a banana and it is much healthier than sports drinks yet still high in electrolytes. Coconut water is gluten-free, fat free and has no added sugar. It started out being sold only in specialty and natural food stores but since it has been such a success, it is now sold in grocery stores around the United States.

Is this another trendy marketing boom, like bottled water was? (more…)