Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy National Oatmeal Day

 

Happy (gluten free) Oatmeal Day! In honor of my ABSOLUTE favorite breakfast, I thought I would give oats a shout out in a top five list!

Top five BEST bowls

1) Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Oats

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2) Carrot Cake Oats

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3) Raw Oatmeal Mess

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4) Strawberry Cheesecake Oats

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5) Creamy Blueberry Oats

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Looking back through my gluten free breakfast archive made me realize…I eat a lot of GF oatmeal!!

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I’m glad you guys like the idea of Gluten Hates Us!! Now…how to make it a reality… :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Who’s Coming to Dinner?

 

One of the many side effects of being super tired, for me, is that I often find myself drifting off in to day dreams. It’s never about anything too interesting…new recipes…my outfit for the day…moving to France for a year. You know, the basics.

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But yesterday after the fundraising event, I found myself thinking about all the dinner parties I’ve thrown in the past. Some that I’ve even thrown for Foodbuzz

First Thanksgiving party

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And then I started thinking. If if could have a party with any other gluten free bloggers, who would it be and what would I want them to bring.

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Random right?

But once I started thinking about it…it started to sound really fun!! I mean wouldn’t you want to come to party with these ladies and taste these dishes?

I would call the party Gluten Hates Us 2010. :)

First, Allie of Sorry, I can’t eat that. Allie’s blog is the first I ever read! And I honestly just love that girl…even though I’ve never met here :) Her dish: Stuffed Acorn Squash

Next, Liz of The Good Eatah. I have been wanting Liz’s fur baby Henry and my fur baby Max to meet forever! So this would be a perfect opportunity. Her dish: Individual Apple Crisps

Next, Jill of Hey, that tastes good. Jill is another blogger that I discovered right after my diagnosis. I honestly wish she would open up a restaurant. I would move so that I could eat there at least twice week. Her dish (tough choice): Eggs Benedict (strange I know, but it looks really good!!)

Newlywed Kate of think outside the breadbox would have to come! And hopefully she would bring her cute doggies too! Her dish: No Bake Cookies

It definitely wouldn’t be a party without Gluten Free Gidget. And she would have to bring Dickens…this is turning in to a GF/Dog Party. Her dish: Cookie Dough Ice Cream!!

I would be so excited to meet Jess of Gluten Freesta. Reading Jess’ blog is like talking to an old friend; we have so much in common! Her dish: GF Buffalo Wings

Sarah from Gluten Free Grazer would definitely be there and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if she would bring anything from her GF dinner party. But since I should choose one…Her dish: stuffed peppers

I’m seriously starting to think we should do this. And all of you could come! And maybe Udi’s could come… :)

What about you guys? Who would you hope would be at Gluten Hates Us 2010, and what would they bring?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gluten and Work

 

I’ve read several blog posts and even gotten a few emails on how to handle being gluten free at work. But being one of a staff of two…I never really gave it any thought. I take my lunch to work everyday, but so does my boss. Once in a blue moon I do find myself in a bind, where I need to eat on the go, but I always have a few food bars in my bag.

Preparation is key in my life. So when I knew I would be organizing and attending a fundraising breakfast for my non-profit this morning, I made a plan. I had to wake up at 5am. I don’t know about you guys, but I am NOT hungry at 5. I’m barely awake before the sun comes up. So I packed a container of Gluten Free Honey Nut Chex and planned to stop for a small container of milk after the event. I placed my container and my food bar for the day on the kitchen counter and then went to brush my teeth.

Remember when I said I’m not awake before the sun. I’m basically asleep with my eyes open. And if I’m asleep…yeah. I forgot my cereal. AND my food bar. But I didn’t even realize until it was WAY too late. Way too late meaning Parrish texted me mid-way through the breakfast to see if I had meant to bring the breakfast with me. :(

I arrived at our event at 6am and helped set up the room, and I was surprised at how quickly we pulled it all together.

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We used paper roses from Bangladesh, recycled bangle vases from India, and artisan partner cards to spruce up the center pieces. It was simple but pretty.

If you follow me on twitter, then you know what the final piece of our table centerpiece was.

Gluten.

I knew the plan was to order a platter of baked goods gluten and fresh fruit. My last ditch effort hope was that the fruit would be on a separate platter. Nope. And so I poured myself a second cup of coffee, and enjoyed our fundraiser sans breakfast.

Afterwards I made a pit stop in to Whole Foods for cereal. By that time I was STARVING!!

But the fundraiser was a HUGE success, and I left feeling replenished in my dedication to fair trade. But I also felt tired. Super tired. So, so tired.

Do you guys have issues with gluten at your work?

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Tomorrow night I will be redoing the Home Page of Gluten Hates Me! Hopefully it won’t take too long, because I have a super fun post planned!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Review That Wasn’t

 

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a company that wanted me to review their new gluten free pasta. I was hesitant at first, because I already have my standby pasta: Tinkyada, but their pasta is available at Walmart and so I thought it might be helpful to those with less access to other retailers.

The pasta is

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Heartland Gluten Free Wheat Free Spaghetti

So I added it to the menu for the week, and even picked up my favorite Alfredo sauce:

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Classico Roasted Garlic Alfredo which is absolutely

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gluten free.

So I sautéed half an onion and cherry tomatoes with fresh spinach. Once the spinach was wilted, I poured in the Alfredo sauce and let it simmer on low so the flavors could meld.

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At this point I was excited about my sauce and the water was boiling for the pasta. I grabbed my camera to snap a shot of the pasta for my review and then read the back of the package.

Uh Uh.

Not happy.

Right there on the back of a package that says gluten free was this:

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Heartland Gluten Free Wheat Free Pasta is processed in a facility that uses wheat? Huh?

No Way.

Not Happening.

Cross contamination is a real thing my friends, and I have discovered that first hand. Remember the corn grits episode? Gluten Hates Me, and I’m not about to eat anything that could have been contaminated with wheat or gluten.

Boo.

So I didn’t cook it. I didn’t eat it. I won’t. So that’s my review.

Luckily, I always keep Tinkyada on hand. And on the back of their package:

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Yep. That’s gluten free. Good thing I had it too, because that Alfredo sauce turned out REALLY tasty!

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I added a sprinkling of fresh parmesan for zest!

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I love Tinkyada. And this comfort dish really hit the spot.

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What’s your opinion of foods that the ingredient list excludes gluten and wheat but their facilities don’t?

Any personal experiences??

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gluten Free Yogurt Pancakes

When my bestie sister told me that she was going to make me her very special yogurt pancakes this past Sunday, it would be an understatement to say that I was excited.

Only a foodie would be positively tickled pink at the thought of yogurt pancakes. Something new! Healthy! And made with my fave 0% fat FAGE Greek Yogurt!

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Gluten Free Yogurt Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cup yogurt (I use 0% fat FAGE Greek)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Gluten Free all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Dump the above ingredients into a medium sized bowl and whisk together! Spray a fry pan with non-stick and heat over medium. Pour the batter in to form smallish pancakes. Flip once the pancake is set. Cook until lightly golden.

Serve with powdered sugar :) –which Ella calls “cheese”

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Bestie Sister Tip: Make silver dollar sized pancakes. If they’re too big, the center will not cook all the way through.

I LOOOOVE the consistency of these pancakes! <3

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Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. And in all honesty…it tasted JUST like a funnel cake. All day I couldn’t put my finger on what the taste reminded of, but that’s exactly it. Funnel cakes.

I can’t wait to make these tomorrow morning!

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I get the Triumph Dining e-newsletter, and this week they had an awesome link to a list of Gluten Free Halloween Candy!

Be safe this Halloween with this list! I was SO excited to see Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins. Hint Hint Great Pumpkin!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

 

Being at the ripe old age of 27… :) I guess you could say that I definitely feel like I’ve gotten things figured out. For example:

I know that two of the ingredients to a great date night are, #1-

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my handsome husband, and #2-

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a very dry cider.

And by trial and error, I have figured out that at The Federal in Durham

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you ALWAYS throw caution to the wind and order your meal with fries and a side of poblano mayo.

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Period. And you always order a side of poblano mayo for your date, otherwise they will eat all of yours.

But this past weekend when Parrish and I went to Clemson and to Lil’ Gluten Loves Me : Ella’s birthday party, I actually learned a lot.

I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. :)

I learned that given the choice between a juice pouch (which Ella enjoyed for the first time EVER)

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and cake, Ella will happily choose

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cake. The juice pouch is tempting, but not as tempting as that sweet, sweet frosting.

I also learned that balloons make the best accessory to an outfit.

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No matter how big the bunch.

I learned that the secret ingredient to the PERFECT football game is:

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Family.

And that same handsome husband…

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…and when your team wins.

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I learned that everything is WAY MORE FUN with Ella.

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But I already knew that.

And she didn’t fail to remind me of how she earned her nickname.

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She loves the gluten. One WHOLE hot dog and half a pretzel. Baby loves the carbs.

My bestie sister taught me TWO very important lessons this past weekend.

The first being that you don’t only check the ingredient list for gluten.

You also check the nutrition facts.

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This tiny little bottle of PET Pumpkin Spice Nog may seem harmless, but that little baby is packing a punch. A whopping 200 calories per serving, which may make you think, ehhh…no big deal. Until you realize that that tiny bottle is FOUR SERVINGS. FOUR SERVINGS my friends. 800 calories. 36 grams of fat.

WOAH.

On a healthier note, my sister also taught me a brand new way to use greek yogurt!

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PANCAKES!!

And I will teach you how to make these babies tomorrow! :)

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Speaking of learning, maybe you guys can help me find a solution to a BIG problem.

I woke up this morning with a GIANT “crick in my neck” and I’m honestly at a loss. I’ve never had one last an entire day, and this one is actually getting worse. I can only hold my head in a slight tilt to the left with no pain. Any other position is not even possible.

Any pointers?

I’ve tried heat, and I’m afraid that made it more tight.

Help!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Quick like Cheetah

Last night, I was on my own for supper and so I FINALLY used a box of thin rice noodles that I had picked up at Whole Foods forever ago.

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I had never cooked with these before but I knew what I wanted them to taste like.

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P.F. Chang’s gluten free Singapore Street Noodles. So I diced some veggies and sautéed them in a quick sauce.

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Very quick.

And I prepared the noodles according to the directions on the box. Once cooked, I tossed the noodles with the veggies and

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Voila!

It didn’t taste exactly like P.F. Chang’s, but it was pretty darn close!

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I loved the consistency of the noodles. A lot like what I remember angel hair pasta to be like, but even lighter. And it was pan to table in about 15 minutes.

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I also really liked the sauce (which I also found at Whole Foods). The sweetness in the tomatoes complimented the smokiness in the sauce.

For more filler, you could add cabbage and carrots to the sautee and even toss it with cooked chicken or tofu.

But for quickness and ease, I loved this noodle dish as is.

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In other news I FINALLY bought new running shoes!

If you follow me on twitter, then you know that I’ve been on “rest” due to medial shin splints all week. One more day to go, and I will be taking these babies out on the road!

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Thanks to everyone for their suggestions on shoes. Having not bought new runners in four years, I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for. I was really leaning towards a pair of Asics, but ultimately I decided to go for a pair that was American Made.

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I’m not super crazy about the colors, but this pair felt the best around my ankle. Hopefully having a new pair will help me

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than I already do! And fingers crossed the pain in my right leg doesn’t creep back.

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Parrish and I are off to Clemson this weekend for a game and then it’s Lil’ Gluten Loves Me ‘s birthday party!!

I can’t wait to see that rascal and my bestie sister! :) She’s making gluten free pumpkin sugar cookies for the tail gate AND gluten free yogurt pancakes on Sunday!! I’ll be sure to share ;)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Five Things – Version 3.0

Well, it was bound to happen. Not even 24 hours after declaring my love for being a food blogger, I suffer a casualty.

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That dear friends, is my pointer finger. The pointer! I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say that Parrish will be slicing the tomatoes for a while.

SO, in honor of my finger, I thought I would skip the food for one night and share 5 things I’m lovin’ right now. Because it’s not all about food…right? :)

1. Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter

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Author Jaime Morrison Curtis presents 500 mini-lessons that not only educate but entertain! Each entry has a statement, and then a little blip that bring the truth nugget home. I won’t share much, but I’ll entice you with a few of my favorite statements:

219. Everyone is a hypocrite.

264. People can change but you can’t change them.

8. A dog is a loyal friend from whom you will learn the nature of love and devotion.

85. If you’re asking yourself if you should have one more drink, the answer is no.

Some are funny BUT ALL are true!! I’m pretty much going to buy one for every single woman I know!! (from my local bookstore)

2. The Daybook: A lifestyle blog

Blogger Sydney is possibly one of the sweetest girls out there in the blogosphere, and after one post you’ll fall in love! I love her personal style:

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and that she lets her personality shin through in her writing.

Top three favorite posts:

1. I heart you.

2. Things I Never Appreciated Until I Met You. Love, Husband

3. A couple of things

3. Wednesday Nights

On our honeymoon, Parrish and I started a Wednesday night ritual.

Middle/ModernFamily/Cougartown + One bottle of wine = HAPPINESS

4. Eco Recycled Leather Handbag by Waterstone

Eco Recycled Leather Floral Handbag by Waterstone

I knew that when I owned my own little piece of Lori’s creations, that I would be jones-ing for more…and I am! I want a bigger one!! Hint Hint Parrish.

5. Zoya Nail Polish in Nina

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It’s like hot chocolate for fingers. So maybe it is always about food :)