Thursday, July 29, 2010

Baking with Dowd & Rogers!

The last several times I've visited Whole Foods, I've noticed a box sitting on the shelf in the baking aisle that catches my eye.  It's a baking mix for Gluten Free Dutch Chocolate Cake.

The difference between this baking mix and the many other gluten free chocolate cake baking mixes that line the shelves is that this mix uses imported Italian chestnut flour!

I finally decided to buy a box and try out this chestnut flour!  Instead of baking a Dutch Chocolate Cake, I made a tray of cupcakes.  The mix is extremely easy to put together and takes little time to prepare.  It also comes with 2 pouches:  one with the flour blend and the other containing the organic evaporated cane juice crystals.  This gives you the option of deciding how much sweetener you want to add or if, in fact, you want to substitute it with a non-sugar sweetener.  I chose to use what they provided.

The cupcakes turned out to be absolutely delicious!  They are moist and not thick as many gluten free cupcakes can be.  I definitely plan on using Italian Chestnut Flour in more of my baking.

Dowd & Rogers currently has several products, all gluten-free, including:

*Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix

*Dutch Chocolate Cake Mix

*Dark Vanilla Cake Mix

*Golden Lemon Cake Mix

They also sell specialty gluten free flours including:

*Italian Chestnut Flour (low in fat and has a low glycemic index)

*California Almond Flour

Dowd & Rogers products are available at many health food stores.  You can also purchase them online at Ms. Celiac's Market!

For more information, please visit their website at!

Also, if you want to find out about more gluten free recipes you can make using chestnut and/or almond flour, check out the recipe section of their website at

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy Birthday S'Mac - GF Mac & Cheese for $2 Tomorrow!

S'Mac aka Sarita's Macaroni and Cheese is a restaurant located in the East Village at 345 East 12th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.  They have a wide selection of macaroni and cheese dishes all available with gluten free pasta for an additional cost.

Tomorrow S'Mac celebrates their 4th Birthday!  And to celebrate, they are offering their Gluten Free All-American Nosh for only $2.00 all day (and with regular pasta for $1.00)!

The All-American Nosh is a tasty blend of American and Cheddar cheeses.  If you have never been to S'Mac before now is a great time to try it!  You know where I will be tomorrow...

For more information, please visit

Please note that this offer is limited to one per person and valid for takeout only!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Go Raw!

It is so refreshing in the summer months to enjoy some ice cream when the weather gets unbearably warm! But if you need to avoid dairy or are on a vegan or raw diet than this is not always an option.

In that case, I recommend you try ice cream from the Raw Ice Cream Company!  The Raw Ice Cream Company was one of the vendors at the Fancy Food Show.  Their ice cream is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, rice free, raw, vegan, and contains no thickeners, fillers, preservatives, gums, stabilizers or oils!

Their ice cream is made out of raw cashews, raw coconut, raw cocoa, agave nectar, cocoa butter, water, raw vanilla bean, sea salt, and a few other additional ingredients depending on the flavor.

Currently, the following flavors are available:
  • Chocolate
  • Mint Chip
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate Hazelnut
  • Cinnamon Vanilla
Why do they believe you should eat raw?  Well, they choose to use raw ingredients because heating destroys the natural enzymes found in food.  These raw foods have higher nutrient values than foods which have been cooked!

The Raw Ice Cream Company's Ice Cream is also organic and pareve.  For more information on where to purchase their ice cream near you, visit their website at

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cookie Time!

One of my long time favorite gluten free companies is Jo-Sef's Gluten Free.  They also happened to be at the Fancy Food Show last week in NYC.

One of the great things about their products are that they all have undergone ELISA testing to check for gluten and have been certified gluten free by the CSA.  Their products are processed in a dedicated Gluten Free and Kosher facility.

In addition to their certifications, all of their products are dairy free, casein free, lactose free, egg free, nut free, as well as, being free of trans fats and preservatives.  Their products are also vegan.

Currently their product list includes:

  • Sandwich O's Cookies (Chocolate, Cinnamon and Vanilla varieties)
  • Square Cookies (Chocolate, Cinnamon and Vanilla varieties)
  • Animal Cookies (Chocolate and Vanilla varieties)
I always use their Vanilla Square Cookies when making gluten free s'mores!  They are the perfect graham cracker alternative!

Keep up-to-date with their latest products by following them on Twitter or Facebook or by visiting their Gluten Free Blog.

For more information, please visit their website at

Jo-Sef's gluten free products are available at many health food stores or online at Ms. Celiac's Market!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pirate's Booty!!!

Looking for the perfect gluten free snack to bring with you to the beach or the park?  A snack that everyone will enjoy - not just those on a gluten free diet?  Well, why not bring Pirate's Booty?!

Pirate's Booty is an all-natural snack made out of baked rice and corn puffs.  It is gluten free and trans fat free!

Even better is that Pirate's Booty is widely available.  You can find it in the natural food aisle at your grocery store or at your local health food store.  Or you can choose to order it online at Ms. Celiac's Market!

Pirate's Booty is available in the following flavors:

  • Salt & Vinegar
  • Barbeque
  • Veggie
  • New York Pizza
  • Sour Cream & Onion
  • Aged White Cheddar
For more information, visit their website at or become a fan of their Facebook Page at:  Pirate's Booty Facebook Page

While on Facebook, why not become a fan of Ms. Celiac's Facebook Page too so that you can stay up-to-date on all of the latest gluten free happenings!  Just click here:  Ms. Celiac's Facebook Page.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

You're In For A Treat...

At the Fancy Food Show, I was able to sample a delicious gluten free artisan toffee by CocoMira.  In fact, this product was a 2010 sofi award silver finalist for Outstanding Confection!

CocoMira's artisan toffee uses all natural ingredients and is free of gluten, egg, artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and additives and contains no hydrogenated oils.

It is available in the following delicious flavors:

  • Dark Chocolate Crunch
  • Hazelnut Crunch
  • Maple Crunch
  • Espresso Crunch
  • Pistachio Crunch
I sampled the Dark Chocolate Crunch and it was extremely flavorsome.  For information on where to purchase CocoMira products near you, please visit their website at

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cinque e Cinque

One of the many delicious foods I was able to sample at the Fancy Food Show in NYC was called Cinque e Cinque by the company Lucini.

Cinque e Cinque is a custom milled chickpea flour based mix that is originally from Livorno, Italy.  It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and once ready it makes for a yummy chickpea frittata that is crispy on top and soft underneath.

There are many wonderful health benefits to Cinque e Cinque.  In addition to being gluten free, it is dairy free, nut free, and vegan!  It is also high in fiber, has a low glycemic index, contains zero grams of trans fats, is high in protein, and contains no sugar or additives!

And there are many ways to enjoy this all-natural treat.  You can top it with fresh arugula and balsamic vinegar for a nice appetizer or serve with fresh tomato sauce and cheese for a meal or even drizzle with extra virgin olive oil for a snack!

Cinque e Cinque is currently available in the following flavors:

*Tuscan Fiery Chili
*Savory Rosemary
*Traditional Italian

For more information or to purchase Cinque e Cinque, please visit their website at!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Beat The Heat With Bubbie's!

Looking for a refreshing summer snack or dessert?  Then I recommend trying Bubbie's Mochi Ice Cream! 
I was able to sample this gluten free treat at the Fancy Food Show in NYC last week!  It comes in a wide variety of flavors including the chocolate espresso that I enjoyed!

Bubbie's Mochi Ice Cream is all natural, gluten free, and kosher plus it is made in the USA!  
It is available all year long in the following flavors:

*Azuki Bean
*Green Tea
*Passion Fruit
*Li Hing Mango
*Raspberry White Chocolate
*Strawberry Dark Chocolate Chip
*Chocolate Peanut Butter
*Chocolate Espresso
*Chocolate Vanilla
*Chocolate Coconut
*Chocolate Mint

Bubbie's also has seasonal flavors including:  Pumpkin, Peppermint Candy Cane, Chocolate Egg Nog, Mint Oreo, Honeydew and Cantaloupe.

Bubbie's Mochi Ice Cream is available at Whole Foods stores throughout the United States.  It has been featured on the "O" list in Oprah Magazine!

For more information, please visit

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Let's Bake Banana Bread!

The other day I decided to bake a gluten free banana walnut bread!  It turned out to be rather easy to put together and ended up tasting quite delicious!

All you need are the following ingredients:

*2/3 cup soy milk
*1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
*1 cup brown rice flour
*3/4 cup potato starch
*1/4 cup tapioca flour
*1 tsp baking powder
*3/4 tsp salt
*1/2 tsp baking soda
*1 stick unsalted butter, softened
*2/3 cup sugar
*2 large eggs
*2 very ripe bananas
*1 cup chopped walnuts

To prepare:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2) Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

3) Mix together soy milk and lemon juice and let stand.

4) Whisk together flours/starches, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.

5) Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer at high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

6) Add 1 egg at a time, beating until combined.  Then add bananas and beat until combined.

7) Now add the flour mixture alternately with the soy milk mixture and mix at low speed until batter is smooth.

8) Stir in walnuts.

9) Pour into loaf pan and bake for approximately 1 hour.

10) Cool bread in pan on rack for 20 minutes.  Invert bread onto rack and then turn bread right side up on rack to cool completely.