Friday, August 27, 2010

Sweet Sin Bakery!

A few weeks ago, I tried a gluten free cupcake from Sweet Sin Gourmet Desserts & Bakery.  I had never heard of the company before but the Cookies and Cream cupcake looked tempting so I made the purchase - it was a good decision!  The cupcake was delicious and reminded me of the cookies and cream ice cream I used to enjoy as a child.

Sweet Sin Bakery is based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been making gluten free baked goods since 2005 in a dedicated gluten free bakery.  Throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. their products can be purchased at several Whole Foods and local gourmet shops.  They are also available at select health food locations nationally.

The menu includes a large variety of delicious gluten free items created by pastry chef, Renee D'Souza, such as:

Breads -
  • Herb Focaccia
  • Soft White Sandwich
  • Tomato & Garlic Focaccia
Cakes and Tarts -
  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie
  • Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Pie
  • Cookies & Cream Cake
  • Double Chocolate Mousse Cake
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Lemon Pie
  • Mango Gingerbread Cheesecake
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Signature Carrot Cake
  • Triple Sin Chocolate Cake
  • Vegan Apple Crumble Pie
Mini-Desserts -
  • Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tart
  • Double Chocolate Mousse Cake
  • Key Lime Tart
  • Lemon Meringue Tart
  • Pecan Tart
Cookies -
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Vegan Snickerdoodle
Brownies and Cupcakes -
  • Chocolate Brownies
  • Chocolate Cappuccino Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
  • Vanilla Gingerbread Cupcakes
Muffins -
  • Apple Cinnamon Muffins
  • Blueberry Streusel
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Holiday Pumpkin (Seasonal)
Special Occasion Cakes -
  • Yellow Cake
  • Chocolate Cake
In addition to being gluten free, many of their products are also dairy free, soy free, and egg free.  Also, if you are in the Baltimore area make sure to check out their new retail location at:

Sweet Sin Cupcakes
123 West 27th Street
Baltimore, MD

At Sweet Sin Cupcakes, you can enjoy gluten free cupcakes, muffins and other dessert options along with a cup of coffee or try something from their daily selection of fresh made gluten free soups and entrees.

For more information about Sweet Sin Gourmet Desserts and Bakery, visit their website at

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quick and Easy Baking Mixes!

Pamela's Products has come out with two perfect quick & easy gluten free mixes for the "back to school" season.  Based on their two most popular mixes, they have created single-serve packs of their Gluten Free Baking & Pancake Mix and a Gluten Free Microwavable Brownie Mix!

This is the ideal item for the busy family, the college student, or any of us on-the-go!  Even better is that Pamela's Products uses all natural ingredients!

A single-serve pack of pancakes produces 4 pancakes after simply adding water, oil and an egg and cooking on an oiled griddle or pan.  If you want an egg-free version, try using flax seeds instead.

A single-serve pack of the brownie mix creates 1 brownie after adding water and oil and microwaving for approximately 1 minute in a cup or bowl.

Pamela's Products Baking & Pancake Mix and Microwavable Brownie Mix will be available by early September at natural food retailers, as well as, on Amazon.  They will be retailing for about $1.99 each.

And as always with Pamela's Products, these new items are delicious!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Katz Gluten Free Giveaway!!!

Attention Gluten Free Foodies!

Katz Gluten Free has teamed up with a variety of blogs (including Ms. Celiac Says) for a super new Giveaway Contest!  For your chance to win $25 Katz Dollars - that is $25 to spend on delicious and gluten free Katz products - you will just need to follow a few quick steps.

Winners will be chosen at random and the more entries you have the better your chance of winning or being the runner-up!  The runner-up will receive a free sample pack from Katz!  Each reader will be able to earn up to 3 entries!  The contest ends on Friday, September 10th!

  • For 1 Entry:  Send an email to with "Katz Gluten Free Giveway" in the subject line and your name in the body.
  • For 2 Entries:  In addition to the email, please "like" our Facebook Page by clicking here:  Ms. Celiac's Facebook Page
  • For 3 Entries:  In addition to sending us an email and joining our Facebook page, please follow us on Twitter at

[To obtain an entry for joining us on Facebook and/or following us on Twitter, be sure to include your Facebook and/or Twitter name in the email]

Now, let's talk about their yummy products...

A few days ago, I received a huge package from Katz Gluten Free containing Cinnamon Rugelech, a Chocolate Strip, Chocolate Cupcakes, Honey Muffins, Chocolate Dipped Cookies, Apricot Tart Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

All of their products are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, and Kosher and they are manufactured in a dedicated facility!  In addition to these dessert items that they sent me, they also produce several types of challah/bread, cakes, cookies, muffins, rugelech/strip, pizza crust, farfel, bread crumbs, and kishka kugel.

I've already had a chance to sample the Chocolate Dipped Cookies, the Honey Muffins and the Cinnamon Rugelech and they all do not disappoint.  In fact, I may go get another piece of rugelech right now!

For more information about Katz Gluten Free, please check out their website at  Also, make sure to follow them on Twitter @KatzGlutenFree and to become a fan of their Facebook Page by clicking here:  Katz Gluten Free Facebook Page

The Grand Raffle!!

To participate in the Grand Raffle in which the winner will receive $100 Katz Dollars, you can enter here by completing this quick and easy entry form:  Katz Gluten Free Grand Raffle

When entering be sure to mention as the Referral Blog!

This contest ends on September 13th (National Celiac Awareness Day)!  So be sure to enter soon!

Good Luck!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Purely American

Purely American owns several different food brands many of which produce gluten free products.  Both their Urban Pantry Essentials line and their Farmstand Soup Co. line create quick, easy, and healthy gluten-free meal options.  I was recently sent a package containing both the Urban Pantry Essentials Ohio Valley Homestead Midwest Blend and the Farmstand Soup Co.'s Yukon Gold Bean & Beef Stew Mix.

Urban Pantry Essentials' products are 100% USDA organic dried bean blends that are both low in fat and high in fiber.  Their varieties include:

  • *Ohio Valley Homestead Midwest Blend
  • *Cascade Valley Northwest Blend
  • *Mesa at Four Corners Southwest Blend
  • *Delta Blues Deep South Blend
  • *Up North Country Great Lakes Blend
  • *Town Square Social New England Blend

Farmstand Soup Co.'s products are 80 - 90% organic based and are salt free, contain no MSG, are high in fiber and Kosher certified.  Their varieties include:

  • *Harvest Moon 9 Bean Soup Mix
  • *Yukon Gold Bean & Beef Stew Mix
  • *Summer in the Garden Split Pea Soup Mix
  • *Five Pepper Medley Fireside Chili Mix
  • *Celebrate Spring Lentil & Sausage Stew Mix
  • *Summer BBQ Corn & Chicken Stew Mix

For more information and to purchase Purely American products, please visit their website at

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Taste of France in NYC!

One of my favorite gluten free treats are french macarons.  In past years, I have been able to enjoy them in NYC at places such as Payard and Fauchon.  However, since both of these places closed and I have not been to Paris recently to enjoy the delicacies at Ladurée, it has been a long time since I've had a macaron.

Well, here is the good news....the Macaron Cafe has opened in 2 locations in NYC and for those of you not in NYC, they have a website where you can order their macarons.  In fact, the Macaron Cafe reminds me more of Ladurée than Payard or Fauchon with its long list of flavors - more than 50!

The Macaron Cafe confirms that their macarons are both gluten free and kosher certified.  They also state that they can be kept frozen for up to 6 months and kept refrigerated for up to 7 days.

Here is a selection of some of their macaron flavors:
  • Apricot
  • Cappuccino
  • Caramel "Fleur de Sel"
  • Chestnut
  • Coconut
  • Creme Brulee
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Dulce de Leche
  • Espresso
  • Grapefruit
  • Honey Lavender
  • Jasmin
  • Lemon
  • Lychee Rose
  • Mango
  • Matcha Green Tea
  • Mocha
  • Nutella
  • Orange Blossom
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachio
  • Praline
  • Raisin Rum
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Rose
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla
  • Wedding Almond
For more information and to purchase their macarons, please visit them at

Or check them out in NYC at:

625 Madison Avenue [entrance on 59th street]
485 7th Avenue [entrance on 36th street]