Monday, August 31, 2009

Savor Some Tasty Tomato Sauce!

A few weeks ago, I received a package from Dei Fratelli asking me to try out some of their gluten free products. They sent me 2 cans of crushed tomatoes, 1 can of whole tomatoes, and 1 can of chopped tomatoes.

I have been meaning to make tomato sauce using these products for quite some time and finally got around to it this weekend. I'll get to the recipe I used for the tomato sauce later on in this post. For now, I want to tell you about Dei Fratelli and some of their great products!

First of all, all of Dei Fratelli's products with the exception of their tomato soup, are gluten free. This gluten free product selection includes:

Salsas -
*Chipotle Salsa
*Casera Salsa Mild
*Casera Salsa Medium Hot
*Black Bean n' Corn Salsa Medium
*Original Salsa Medium
*Original Salsa Mild

Tomato Products -

*Chili Ready Diced Tomatoes
*Chopped Italian Tomatoes
*Chopped Mexican Tomatoes & Jalapenos
*Chopped Tomatoes with Onion and Garlic
*Low Sodium Diced Tomatoes

*Petite Diced Tomatoes
*Petite Diced Tomatoes w/ Onion, Celery, & Peppers
*Seasoned Diced Tomatoes
*Stewed Tomatoes
*Whole Tomatoes
*No Salt Whole Tomatoes
*Crushed Tomatoes
*Crushed Tomatoes with Basil and Herbs

*Diced Tomatoes in Hearty Sauce
*Italian Sauce
*Spaghetti Sauce
*Tomato Puree
*Tomato Sauce
*Whole Tomatoes in Puree

Tomato Juices -
*Tasty Tom Spicy Tomato Juice
*Tomato Juice

*Vegetable Juice

Specialty Sauce -
*Pizza Sauce
*Sloppy Joe Sauce
*Presto! Italian Dip
*Presto! Pizza Sauce

Pasta Sauces -
*Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce
*Fire Roasted Vegetable Pasta Sauce
*Three Cheese Pasta Sauce
*Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
*Homestyle Pasta Sauce
*Marinara Sauce
*Mushroom Pasta Sauce

*Traditional Pasta Sauce

Dei Fratelli tomatoes are grown in northwest Ohio, eastern Indiana, and southern Michigan. They are distributed throughout the Midwest, Central, and Southeastern states. To find out where you can purchase them by you, please call 1-877-LYCOPENE.

Their products are all certified kosher with the exception of some of the varieties of pasta sauces. You can purchase Dei Fratelli tomato products online at

Another few of the ingredients that I used to make the tomato sauce were the Simply Organic Spices. They produce a large line of gluten free spices that are available at Whole Foods Market and select health food stores. They are also available at Ms. Celiac's Market! For more information, please visit

Now, for the Tomato Sauce recipe!

28 oz. of crushed tomatoes
6 oz. of tomato paste
1 tsp. sea salt

1 tbs. basil
1 tbs. oregano
1 tsp. garlic
a dash of pepper


1) Combine all ingredients in a large pot.

2) Stir over low heat and let cook for approximately 3 hours.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Why Not Bake A Cake?

As was recently featured in the New York Times, the American Cancer Society asked students at the Culinary Institute of America to reinvent the classic birthday cake using healthier ingredients.

One of the four finalists, Lorraine Tran, chose to bake a gluten free angel food cake filled with a yogurt-berry mousse (as photographed above).

In order to bake this gluten free cake, you will need:

For the Cake -

*1 Cup Gluten Free Flour
*1/4 Tsp. Salt
*1 Tsp. Xanthan Gum
*1 1/2 Cups Sugar
*12 Egg Whites (at room temperature)
*1/2 Tsp. Cream of Tartar
*1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
*1/2 Tsp. Orange Extract
*Zest of Lemon

For the Filling -

*3/4 Cups Sugar
*2 Cups Yogurt
*Juice of 1 1/2 Lemons
*1 1/2 Tsp. Gelatin
*1 1/2 Tsp. Water
*1 Cup Heavy Cream
*1/4 Cup Fresh Pureed Strawberries
*Assorted Fresh Berries

Directions for the cake -

1. Preheat over to 365 degrees. In a medium bowl, sift gluten free flour, salt, xanthan gum, and 3/4 cups of sugar.

2. Beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar. Beat until the egg whites form soft peaks. Beat in the reserved 3/4 cup of sugar gradually. Beat until stiff peaks form.

3. Slowly fold in the flour mixture, about 1/3 cup at a time, until combined. Once the flour mixture is combined, fold in the vanilla extract, orange extract, and lemon zest.

4. Pour into 8 inch cake pan. Bake in over for about 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown or until a skewer poked in center comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Directions for the Filling -

1. Combine sugar, yogurt, and lemon juice with whip.

2. Combine gelatin and water, heat until melted.

3. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Fold gelatin into yogurt mixture, then fold in whipped cream.

Combining the cake and the filling -

1. Cut cake into two layers. Hold cake firmly on table and with a cake knife slice slowly through the side to divide it into two.

2. Put a layer of cake into a spring form pan lined with acetate liner. Cover it with berries and then a thick layer of mousse.

3. Add second cake layer and garnish with mousse and extra berries for a fresh look. Refrigerate for at least four hours, until set. Remove from pan.

4. To create topping, use homemade or store-bough whip cream and berries to garnish. Or to accomplish the look in the photo, make sure the top layer of mousse is very thin. Cover the chilled and set cake with fondant and fondant decor.

To read the article in the NY Times, click here: NY Times Gluten Free Cake Article

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Let's Go To Blue Hill!

One of my favorite restaurants in NYC is a place called Blue Hill. In fact, you may have heard of it when in May 2009 President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, went for a "date night" at the establishment.

Although the restaurant does not have a gluten free menu, they are very accommodating to those on a gluten free diet. Each time I have eaten there I have been in awe of all of the delicious flavors I've been able to taste!

Last week, I went to the restaurant and had a delicious meal. Since, I couldn't eat the bread they brought me out a small bowl of cherry tomatoes to start. For my appetizer, I had crabmeat between sliced cucumbers in an avocado salsa. My entree consisted of duck with roast potatoes and broccoli rabe and as compliments the waiter brought out a delicious assortment of coconut covered marshmallows and dark chocolate covered toasted almonds - both gluten free, of course!

The restaurant has another location in Westchester for those of you who are not in NYC. The NYC location is open every night after 5:30 PM for dinner.

For more information:

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Products From Caesar's!

Caesar's Pasta has just added 2 new frozen pasta products to their gluten free line. They are Potato Gnocchi and Spinach Potato Gnocchi! Both new products are also vegan in addition to being gluten free! And they make for a quick dinner - cooking in under 3 minutes!

The other gluten free products that Caesar's Pasta offers are:

*Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce
*Manicotti in Marinara Sauce

*Cheese Lasagna
*Vegetable Lasagna

Their gluten free noodles are rice based and the recently launched gluten free gnocchi is completely free of any animal product!

Caesar's Gluten Free Pasta Products are available at Whole Foods Markets and other health food stores.

For more information, visit their website at

Monday, August 24, 2009

"If It Isn't Fresh, It Isn't Legal!"

Legal Sea Foods has been serving gluten free cuisine for the past several years, however, recently they have revised and updated their gluten free menu and I must say that I am quite impressed with the changes!

The flour that is now used to fry various items on their gluten free menu is chick pea flour instead of the corn flour they previously used. They also just added gluten and dairy free "everything" dinner rolls and french rolls for their hamburgers and lobster rolls to the menu. Both the dinner rolls and french rolls are made by the brand, Gillian's Foods. Below you can see pictures of these 2 new additions:

Legal Sea Foods also goes to a great extent to make sure your food is free of cross-contamination.

Legal Sea Foods has locations in the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Their gluten free menu varies by location but some of the gluten free choices include:

*Grilled Fish
*Fried Fish

*Classic Caesar Salad

*House Salad

*Lite Clam Chowder

*Hot Lump Crab Dip with Seafood Chips
*Lobster Roll

*Seafood Casserole

*Baked Stuffed Lobster
*Fish Sticks

For more information on Legal Sea Foods, please visit their website at and for more information on Gillian's Foods, please visit

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Gluten Free Food Recall - Van's Pancakes!

Van's International Foods are recalling their frozen Wheat Free Homestyle Pancakes because they inadvertently contain wheat, gluten, milk, and eggs. The company is calling this situation a "one-time accident."

The affected lot number is: 200060629B1 / Best If Used By: March 20, 2010

Friday, August 21, 2009

Everybody Eats!

Everybody Eats is a 100% dedicated gluten free and ground and tree nut free facility located in Park Slope, Brooklyn. They make a wide variety of gluten free products including cakes, pizzas, pastas, breads, and sweets.

Their products are available to ship nationwide with the exception of their cakes which are only available to those in the 5 boroughs of New York City or to those who want to pick the cakes up at their Park Slope kitchen.

Their gluten free products include:

*Tomato-Mozzarella Pizza (Corn Free)
*Pizza Shells
*Ravioli (Beef, Chicken, Cheese, and Spinach-Ricotta) - Chicken is Dairy Free
*Lasagna (Beef)

*White Bread (Corn Free)

*Egg Challah (Dairy & Corn Free)
*Dinner Rolls

*Bagels (Corn Free)

*Deli Rolls

*Dairy Free Deli Rolls

*Chocolate Chip Cookies

*Sugar Cookies

*Fudge Brownies (Dairy Free)
*Pound Cake

*Cinnamon Sticky Buns

*Banana Bread (Dairy Free)

*Sausage Cornbread Stuffing
*Patriotic Star Cookies

Their cakes are rather expensive and only available to those living in the 5 boroughs of NYC. The delivery charge is $30 and for a 6'' round cake it is $85, a 9'' round cake $135, and a 12'' round cake is $220. The cakes are available in either yellow or chocolate and with either swiss butter cream or whipped cream. You can choose between a variety of fillings including fresh fruits, pudding, or preserves. The cakes can be made dairy free.

Everybody Eats also sells products at health food stores throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Florida.

For more information, please visit their website at

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Try Some of Gilbert's Gourmet Goodies!

For those of you looking for a cookie that is both gluten free and allergy friendly, why not check out Gilbert's Gourmet Goodies?

In addition to being gluten free they also contain no peanuts, nuts, soy (with the exception of the chocolate chips), preservatives, milk, corn, or trans fats and are low in sodium!

Currently, they sell cookie dough, giant cookies, and bite size cookies. The cookie dough is available in 2 flavors: Sensational Sugar Cookie and Chocolate Chip Paradise.

The giant cookies and bite size cookies are available in 3 flavors: Sensational Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Chip Paradise Cookies, and Super Dooper Snickerdoodle Bite Size Cookies.

For more information, visit their website at

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Go To Telepan!

A great restaurant in New York City that I have now been to twice is amazing at accommodating those on a gluten free diet! The restaurant is called, Telepan, and they serve an extensive menu and are able to make many items gluten free.

The restaurant is located on the upper west side at 72 West 69th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. They are open for brunch on the weekends, lunch (Wednesday - Friday), and Dinner (every night).

The first time I went was for dinner and I enjoyed the following dishes which were all able to be altered around a bit to make them gluten free and they were delicious!

*Summer Salad
-Greens, Vegetables, & Lemon Vinaigrette

-Fried Eggplant, Eggplant Stew, & Roasted Tomato Oil

*Wild Striped Bass
-Wax Beans, Crushed New Potatoes, & Lobster Mariniere

*Homemade Ice Creams
-Chamomile, Chocolate, and Butter Pecan

The second time I went for my birthday brunch and enjoyed the following items gluten free:

*Vegetable Soup
-Tuscan Virgin Olive Oil & Parmigiano

-Wild Spinach, Mushrooms, and Mushroom Glaze

*Homemade Ice Creams
-Maple Walnut, Vanilla, and Lemon

*Belini Dei Melba
-Peach Puree, Peach Bitters, & Prosecco

To find out some of the latest additions and changes to Telepan's menu you can follow them on Twitter at or you can join their Facebook group at Telepan Restaurant on Facebook.

Also, be sure to check out their website at

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's My Birthday!

Since today is my 23rd Birthday, I won't be posting a very lengthy article. I will show you a picture of my gluten free birthday cake from Sweet Karma Desserts in East Meadow, New York.

It is a chocolate cake with chocolate truffle filling and vanilla buttercream icing and is absolutely delicious.

For more information on Sweet Karma Desserts, please visit their website at

Monday, August 17, 2009

POM Wonderful

I have always been a fan of pomegranates and pomegranate juice, but a few weeks ago POM Wonderful was kind enough to send me samples of their brand of Pomegranate Juice.

POM Wonderful is 100% authentic pomegranate juice and their pomegranates are grown in California. It boasts many health benefits and is packed with polyphenol antioxidants! It is naturally gluten free too!

Their current line of products includes:

*POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
*POM Fresh Pomegranates
*POMx Tea
*POMx Iced Coffee
*POMx Pills
*POMx Shots

POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice is available throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, please visit their website at

Friday, August 14, 2009

Time For Some Italian Ice!

Remember those times as a child eating Italian Ices that came in the little yellow cups with a wooden stick? Well, you're in luck because Marino's Italian Ices are gluten free so you can still enjoy this summertime treat!

Marino's Italian Ices are based in Queens, New York and in addition to being gluten free they are lactose free, fat free, and cholesterol free. They are also certified kosher.

The current list of flavors includes:

*Blue Gelati
*Bubble Gum

Marino's Italian Ices are available at many grocery stores and through and

For more information, please visit their website at

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Want Some Low Carb Cakes???

Although most of us reading this site are on gluten free diets for a variety of reasons, some of us are battling other health conditions that impose dietary restrictions in addition to the gluten free diet. For those of you with diabetes, crohn's disease, and food allergies you may want to check out a company that makes delicious cakes and snacks that are not only gluten free but sugar free and low in carbohydrates!

This company is called The Best Ever Low Carb Cakes and is located in Massapequa, New York. They have an assortment of cakes or can make custom cakes for birthdays or other special occasions.

Their product list includes:

Cheesecakes -

*White Chocolate Amond
*Chocolate Swirl

*Key Lime
*Strawberry NY Style
*Blueberry NY Style
*Mocha Chocolate Chip
*Banana Cream Chocolate Chip
*Orange Chocolate Chip
*Creamy Pumpkin with Pecan Crust (seasonal)

*Cranberry (seasonal)

Layer Cakes -

*Strawberry Shortcake (Vanilla / Chocolate)
*Chocolate Mousee Cake (Vanilla / Chocolate / Mocha)

*Italian Cassatta Cake
*Rich Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling and Mocha Mousse Frosting

Mini Loaves -

*Chocolate Chip
*Banana Nut

*Orange Cranberry Pecan
Mini Muffins (sold by the half dozen) -

*Chocolate Chip
*Brownie Bites

Biscotti -

*Chocolate Chip
*Chocolate Chocolate Chip
Cookies (Dairy Free / Casein Free / Cholesterol Free) -


Donuts (Baked not Fried) -


For more information, please visit their website at:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Stop For Cupcakes!

Great news everyone! The Cupcake Stop now sells gluten free cupcakes on Tuesdays in NYC!

For those of you unfamiliar with the Cupcake Stop, it is a truck that travels throughout NYC selling cupcakes to those on-the-go.

The gluten free cupcakes are baked in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen and are stored in separate tupperware containers from the regular
cupcakes on the truck.

The cupcakes are by the gluten free brand Everybody Eats and are available with vanilla cake and either chocolate or vanilla frosting. I can assure you that you will find them absolutely delicious! They are a bit costly at $3.25 each but it is money well spent.

For more information about Everybody Eats, visit them at

To find out where the Cupcake Stop is at any moment, you can visit their website at or follow them on Twitter at

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

1-2-3 Gluten Free!

In June 2009, when I attended the Fancy Food Fair in NYC I was introduced to so many gluten free products.

A delicious line of gluten free products that I got to sample were by the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company, 1-2-3 Gluten Free. Their products are gluten free, wheat free, peanut free, nut free, egg free, casein free, and dairy free. All but two of their products are corn free and all but one of their products are soy free!

Even better news is that their products are manufactured in an allergen free kosher facility!

Their current product list of baking mixes includes:

*Aaron's Favorite Rolls

*Allie's Awesome Buckwheat Pancakes

*Chewy Chipless Scrumdelicious Cooking Mix

*Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake

*Devil's Food Cake Mix

*Devilishly Decadent Brownies

*Divinely Decadent Brownies (contains soy)

*Lindsay's Lipsmackin' Roll-out & Cut Sugar Cookies

*Meredith's Marvelous Muffin/Quickbread

*Micah's Mouthwatering Corn Bread Mix (contains corn)

*Peri's Perfect Chocolate Bundt Poundcake

*Southern Glory Biscuits (contains corn)

*Sweet Goodness Pan Bars

*Yummy Yellow Cake Mix

For more information and to purchase baking mixes by 1-2-3 Gluten Free, visit their website at

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gluten Free iPhone?

Today is directed at all of you who currently have an iPhone or are looking for a reason to purchase one. Yesterday, I was checking out the Application Store at iTunes and came across several gluten free applications. There were 2, in particular, that I thought seemed great!

Is That Gluten Free? was released on July 29, 2009 and retails for $5.99. It features over 13,500 verified Gluten Free products from over 300 brands. You can search for gluten free items by category, brand, or product name. Even better is that there are frequent free updates with new products and brands and a one-touch link to the company's website to find out more information on the product.

The other application that I love is Gluten Freed - A Gluten Free Dining Guide. This application was released on May 09, 2009 and is FREE. Your iPhone will locate where you are and this application will provide you with a list of the nearest gluten free restaurants around you. The following photograph shows you an example of what you will see on the screen when you click to find the nearest gluten free restaurants.

So, be sure to check out these applications on your iPhone!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Weekend Update

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to check-in and let you all know about some of the amazing success we've been having here at Ms. Celiac Says... thanks to YOU (our readers) since we first hit the internet 7 months ago!

We currently have viewers from 48 states and 32 countries including:


*Hong Kong

*New Zealand
*The Netherlands
*The Philippines
*The United Kingdom

In addition, we are proud to announce that we have 300 followers on Twitter. If you would like to follow Ms. Celiac on Twitter please visit us here: Ms. Celiac on Twitter

Also, if you haven't yet checked out our shop, then you need to go see our great selection of creatively designed merchandise ranging in cost from $14.99 to $23.99. Go show off your gluten free pride at Ms. Celiac's Shop!

And Ms. Celiac's Market now sells gluten free products from over 30 different brands. So, why not do your grocery shopping there?!

Finally, I have some great gluten free posts for you to look forward to this week. Stay tuned!


Friday, August 7, 2009

July Features!

Hey Everyone,

I thought today would be a great time to recap all of the wonderful brands Ms. Celiac Says featured during the month of July. I wanted to send out a special thanks to Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark who supplied us with the products for our 2nd Ever Contest! I also wanted to thank Mary's Gone Crackers, U.S. Mills, and Bakery On Main for all the delicious products they sent our way! Stay tuned this August for more great product and restaurant recommendations!



Kernel Season's

AAP Brands

Aunt Gussies's

Bakery On Main

Red Mango

In-N-Out Burger

Jamba Juice


The Beverly Hills Hotel

Betty Crocker

Pizza Fusion

Locanda Veneta

The Sensitive Baker


U.S. Mills

Mary's Gone Crackers

Caesar's Pasta Products

GoGo Squeez

Pamela's Products

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas


Udi's Gluten Free Foods

Flamous Brands

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Join The Tribe!

One of my favorite spreads to enjoy in the summer is hummus! It is great to enjoy with sliced vegetable sticks or by dipping Trader Joe's Gluten Free Rice and Bean Chips into it! It makes for a great snack or a light meal.

One of my favorite brands of hummus, is by Tribe Mediterranean Foods. They have recently introduced a line of organic hummus that is certified organic by the USDA.

In addition to being organic and gluten free, it also contains no artificial preservatives, saturated fats, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, or cholesterol. It is also non-dairy and vegan and certified kosher!

The current line of organic varieties include:

*Tribe Organic Hummus Classic
*Tribe Organic Hummus with Mediterranean Spices
*Tribe Organic Hummus with Roasted Garlic

*Tribe Organic Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers

Tribe Organic Hummus is available at supermarkets throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

For more information, please visit their website at

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Be back tomorrow with more great gluten free products!


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Time For Some Healthy Meals!

If you don't have much time to chop up vegetables and prepare a home-cooked dinner but still want to eat healthy, you should try Whole Life Meals from Organic Bistro.

These prepared frozen meals are gluten free, low fat, low sodium, a good source of fiber, have a low Glycemic Index and are, of course, organic!

Their delicious selection of meals include:

*Wild Salmon (with whole grain cranberry walnut rice pilaf and broccoli)

*Savory Turkey (with green beans and French green lentil-quinoa pilaf with walnuts and herbs)

*Chicken Citron (with thyme scented quinoa pilaf and edamame-sundried tomato salad)

*Pasta Puttanesca (with gluten free penne pasta and broccoli)

*Ginger Chicken (with whole grain edamame-almond rice pilaf and vegetables seasoned with a green tea glaze)

*Sockeye Salmon Cake (with edamame, sugar snap peas, green beans, and whole grain rice pilaf made with carrots, coriander, and orange)

*Spiced Chicken Morocco (with chickpea-apricot-almond pilaf and carrots and green beans)

*Jamaican Shrimp Cake (with mango-black bean pilaf and red bell pepper-green bean salad)

Organic Bistro Whole Life Meals are available at Whole Foods Markets or at The Organic Bistro's website.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Delicious Nutritious Bars!

Back in June at the Fancy Food Fair in NYC, I discovered a gluten free nutrition bar that I loved! It's by a brand called NuGo Nutrition.

They make several different varieties of nutrition bars with 2 lines of gluten free products.
NuGo Free's Gluten Free Bars were the products that I was able to sample. They are available in 3 different flavors including:

*NuGo Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Crunch (made with real dark chocolate) [MY FAVORITE]
*NuGo Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Trail Mix (made with real dark chocolate, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and almonds)
*NuGo Gluten Free Carrot Cake (made with cinnamon spice)

In addition to being certified gluten free, these nutrition bars are soy free, dairy free, vegan, and Kosher along with containing 5 grams of fiber!

If you want to try a tasty candy bar that is also healthy, check out their Crispy Cat Candy Bars. These are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, Non-GMO, and USDA certified organic. They are available in the following varieties:

*Crispy Cat Mint Coconut
*Crispy Cat Chocolate Sundae

*Crispy Cat Toasted Almond

NuGo Nutrition's NuGo Free Bars and Crisy Cat Candy Bars are available to purchase at supermarkets throughout the United States. You may also purchase the Crispy Cat Candy Bars at Ms. Celiac's Market.

For more information, please visit: NuGo Nutrition