Monday, October 25, 2010

Gluten Free Microwave Mug Cakes!

Author Stacey Miller appeared last year on The Rachel Ray Show to promote her book, 101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes.  Many of her fans contacted her asking for gluten free versions of these recipes, so she has now released a new book entitled, 101 Recipes for GLUTEN-FREE Microwave Mug Cakes.

This is the perfect book for someone who enjoys baking their own snacks but only has 10 minutes or less and just wants a single-serving.  All you need to make these recipes is a microwave oven, a mug, a saucer, a mixing bowl, and a few ingredients!

Here is a sample recipe from the book:

The Great Pumpkin Microwave Mug Cake


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon Grandma's Original Molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Yoplait French Vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Argo baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon guar gum, xanthan gum, or tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons Domino light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons gluten-free sorghum flour
  • 4 tablespoons gluten-free brown or white rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons potato starch


Prepare your microwaveable mug by coating the inside lightly with Pam Original cooking spray

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl.  Beat egg first with a spoon and mix in other liquid ingredients.  Then add dry ingredients and mix until you've removed all the lumps.

Pour the batter into the mug (do not fill more than halfway) and smooth the top with a spoon.  Thump mug firmly on the tabletop six times to remove excess air bubbles.  Place mug on top of a microwaveable small plate or saucer.

Bake for 3-4 minutes.  Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the microwave mug cake and removing the toothpick.  If the toothpick is dry, the MMC is done.

Wait 2 minutes, then run a butter knife along the inside of the mug and tip the cake onto a plate.  Position the mug cake so that the slightly rounded surface is on top.  Your microwave mug cake will now look like a slightly overgrown muffin.


Frost the whole The Great Pumpkin Microwave Mug Cake with whipped cream or split the MMC in half and frost each half individually (in which case you'll end up with two separate MMCs - or you can reassemble the frosted halves to create a layered MMC).  Sprinkle, if you wish, with McCormick ground cinnamon.

To purchase 101 Recipes for GLUTEN-FREE Microwave Mug Cakes, please visit Barnes & Noble or go to  For more information, visit

Friday, October 22, 2010

And The Winner Is...

The winner of the Gluten Free Bisquick Giveaway is Cheryl Free of Fort Wayne, Indiana who says she will be making Gluten Free Cheese Garlic Biscuits with the Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix!

She will be receiving a Bisquick Prize Pack courtesy of Bisquick and MyBlogSpark that includes a box of Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix, a pancake pan, pancake pen and a pancake flipper.

Congratulations to Cheryl and thank you to everyone who entered!  We will be hosting even more contests in the future so stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy Halloween!

As it is getting closer to Halloween, I wanted to provide you all with an updated list of gluten free candies that you are sure to find in your trick-or-treat bags!

2010 Gluten Free Halloween Candy List:

  • Airheads
  • Almond Joy
  • Baby Ruth
  • Bazooka Big Mix
  • Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot
  • Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks
  • Brach's Candy Corn
  • Brach's Mellowcreme Pumpkins
  • Butterfinger fun size
  • Charleston Chew
  • Charms Blow Pops
  • Dots Gumdrops
  • Farley's Candy Corn
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • Hot Tamales
  • Jawbreakers
  • Jelly Belly Candy Corn
  • Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
  • Jolly Rancher Hard Candy
  • Junior Mints fun size
  • Kraft Jet-Puffed Boo Mallows Marshmallows
  • Laffy Taffy by Wonka
  • Lifesavers Hard Candy
  • Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip by Wonka
  • M&M's Plain and Peanut
  • Mike & Ike
  • Milk Duds
  • Milky Way Midnight Bar
  • Mounds Dark Chocolate
  • Mr. Goodbar
  • Nerds by Wonka
  • Now and Later 
  • Peeps
  • Peeps Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Covered Pumpkins
  • Pez Candy
  • Pixy Stix by Wonka
  • Raisinets
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • Runts by Wonka
  • Skittles
  • Smarties
  • Snickers
  • Sno-Caps
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Starburst
  • Swedish Fish
  • Sweetarts by Wonka
  • Three Musketeers
  • Tootsie Pops
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • York Peppermint Patties
This list is by no means exhaustive, so just because your favorite candy isn't included doesn't necessarily mean that it is not gluten free.  This is just a list to get you started.  As always, please double-check with the manufacturer as product ingredients are constantly changing.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!  I will be taking my dog, Monroe, out this year dressed as a candy corn (photographed above).

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Must Buy!

For all of you with Celiac Disease or for those of you who know someone with Celiac Disease, Triumph Dining's The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide 5th Edition is an absolute must buy!

This book includes over 6,500 restaurants which is over 1,500 more than in the 4th edition.  Even better is that over 2,800 of the restaurants listed have gluten-free menus or gluten-free specialty items.  In this new 5th edition, they have also added over 40 chain menus so that the book now includes over 120 gluten-free lists and menus from chain restaurants throughout the United States!

Triumph Dining has managed to find gluten free restaurants in all 50 states and in cities and towns both large and small!

This is the perfect guide to bring with you on vacation and is even great to you use in your own town.  I was certain that I knew every gluten free restaurant in my neighborhood, but to my surprise there were several places just around the corner that I never even knew existed!

So, no matter if you were just diagnosed with Celiac Disease or you were diagnosed many years ago, this book makes for an excellent purchase and is almost certain to lead you to find some new gluten free restaurants!  

To purchase, please just click on ad and follow the easy-to-order instructions!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Show Your Support!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to show their support the company, Food Should Taste Good are changing the color of their Multigrain, Olive and Sweet Potato bags in honor of the cause.  Every time that you purchase one of these pink bags, they will donate 5 cents to a participating charity.  Their goal is to raise $75,000.  And since these chips are gluten free, it is something that all of us with Celiac Disease can participate in!

In addition to being gluten free, Food Should Taste Good chips are all natural, kosher, contain no MSG, are low in sodium, trans fat free, lactose free, cholesterol free, contain no preservatives, are not genetically modified and are a good source of dietary fiber.

They are sold at Starbucks and grocery stores throughout the United States.  So, get out there and look for these pink bags to support a good cause!

For more information, please visit

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bisquick Gluten Free Giveaway!!!

Do you ever wish that you could just walk into a mainstream grocery store and pick-up a gluten free baking mix?  Well, now you can!  Bisquick has just released their very own Gluten Free Baking Mix.  You can use it to make pancakes, waffles, biscuits, pizza crusts, cakes, and much more!

If you're not sure what you want to make with it, then just visit for a plethora of gluten free baking ideas such as apple pie, strawberry shortcake or chicken fingers!
Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix is made in a gluten free processing facility and can be found in the baking aisle at your local grocery store.

To receive a $1 off printable coupon, please click here: $1 Off Coupon
And thanks to Bisquick and MyBlogSpark, we are giving away a Bisquick Prize Pack just like the one we received!  This pack includes a box of Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix, a pancake pan, pancake pen and a pancake flipper (see photograph).

To enter, just send me an email at with "Bisquick Contest" in the subject line and your name, address, telephone number, and what you plan on making with the new Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix in the body.  All submissions must be received by midnight on October 21st!

Good Luck!

[Please note:  Products, information and prize packs were provided by Bisquick through MyBlogSpark]

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Gluten Free At The Market!

A few weeks ago, I finally got around to trying Friedman's Lunch at NYC's Chelsea Market.  I had heard so many excellent things about their gluten free offerings that I couldn't wait to try it out and I was definitely not disappointed!

First of all, I learned that they get their gluten free baguettes from Everybody Eat's, their challah rolls from Katz Gluten Free, their sandwich bread from Udi's and their bagels from Joan's.  So, considering those are some of the best gluten free brands out there I was sure the food was going to be delicious.

I ordered the Smoked Salmon Plate which usually comes with smoked salmon on a gluten free bagel.  Unfortunately, they were all out of the bagels when I was there but I did get to enjoy it on some delicious gluten free toast!  For a side, I tried the Herbed French Fries which were amazing!  I definitely recommend ordering them!

Friedman's Lunch is open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.  They offer a variety of gluten free items from pancakes to eggs to soups to salads to sandwiches to pasta to tacos and everything else that you could possibly think up!

In addition to having so many gluten free options available they also use all natural, antibiotic free beef and turkey, organic chicken and eggs, and mostly locally grown produce.

For more information you can visit their website at or visit them at:

Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue