Friday, June 24, 2011

The Latest From Enjoy Life!

Enjoy Life has long been one of my favorite brands - I am absolutely addicted to their gluten free and dairy free chocolate products!  They have always sold an assortment of gluten free soft baked cookies but now they are releasing a line of gluten free CRUNCHY cookies!

These new crunchy cookies come in 4 varieties including:
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Double Chocolate (MY FAVORITE!)
  • Sugar Crisp
  • Vanilla Honey Graham
They recently sent me samples of each variety and I can assure you that they are all delicious!

In addition to being gluten free, they are allergen-friendly and are free of the top 8 allergens (wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish).  They are also made without any artificial ingredients and contain no trans fats!

Enjoy Life products are available in natural food stores and conventional grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada.  You may also purchase them at Ms. Celiac's Market!

Monday, June 20, 2011

And The Winner Is...

Congratulations to Jennifer Ryalls of Chandler, Arizona!  She is the winner of our Betty Crocker Giveaway!  She will be receiving all of the Betty Crocker baking mixes (Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate Brownie, Yellow Cake and Devil's Food Cake Mix) plus the Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix.

Thanks again to Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark for providing us with this product, prize pack, information and giveaway!

Stay tuned for more contests!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Still Time To Enter Our Latest Contest!

Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark was generous enough to provide me with a prize pack that included:

  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix
If you would like a chance to win this prize pack, please send an email to  

Make sure to write "Betty Crocker Giveaway" in the subject line and to include your name and address in the body of the email.  All entries must be received by Monday, June 20th at 9 am EST.  One winner will be chosen to receive the above prize pack.

This product, prize pack, information, and giveaway have all been provided by Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

The TrueBar Has Nothing To Hide!

Bakery on Main, the gluten free company that has brought us excellent gluten free granola, is debuting a new line of products.

This new item is a gluten free nutrition bar called the "TrueBar."  These new bars will be available soon in the following catchy-titled varieties including:

  • I'm a Hazelnut Chocolate Cherry Bar with Nothing to Hide
  • I'm a Walnut Cappucino Bar with Nothing to Hide
  • I'm a Fruit & Nut Bar with Nothing to Hide
  • I'm a Raspberry Chocolate Almond Bar with Nothing to Hide
  • I'm a Coconut Cashew Bar with Nothing to Hide
  • I'm an Apricot Almond Chai Bar with Nothing to Hide
These delicious new bars contain omega 3s (from Chia), are a good source of fiber, are certified gluten free and are made using many low-GI ingredients!

They are also dairy and casein free, non GMO, low sodium, kosher, contain no transfats or cholesterol and are low in saturated fat.

For more information, stay tuned to their website at

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Betty Crocker Contest + Giveaway!!!

For those of you who haven't heard, Betty Crocker is hosting a "Baker's Challenge Gluten Free Recipe Contest."

Now through June 30th, 2011 you can submit an original gluten free holiday-themed appetizer, bread, or dessert recipe that you created using any Betty Crocker Gluten Free Baking Mix or Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix.

To enter, visit their website at

If you are one of the 10 selected finalists you will receive a Betty Crocker Gluten Free Baking Gift Package that is filled with baking items and Betty Crocker gluten free baking mixes.  Your recipe will also be featured on their site at and voted on by the Gluten Freely community to determine the Grand Prize Winner.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $5,000.  They will also have the chance to be featured on a Betty Crocker Gluten Free Dessert Mix or Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix and/or be featured in a Betty Crocker publication!

All entrants will be judged on 5 categories:  taste, creativity, ease of preparation, consumer appeal and appearance.

In addition to this great contest, you can save 20% on your purchase of any Betty Crocker Gluten Free Mix at!

Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark was generous enough to provide me with a prize pack that included:

  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix
I have tried each of these products several times and they are all great!  I especially love making cupcakes with the Yellow Cake Mix and the Devil's Food Cake Mix!

If you would like to enter our giveaway, please send an email to with "Betty Crocker Giveaway" in the subject line and your name and address in the body of the email by Monday, June 20th at 9 am EST.  One winner will be selected to receive the above prize pack!

The product, prize pack, information, and giveaway have all been provided by Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Another Great Recipe!

I came across a recipe for a Gluten Free Quinoa Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing a while ago in the New York Times Health Section.  I finally got around to making it last week!  It's a perfect cold dish to make on a hot summer day when you want to eat light!

The ingredients you will need for the dressing include:

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • a dash of salt
  • a pinch of cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
For the salad you will need:
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa (3/4 cup uncooked)
  • 4 scallions (white and light green parts sliced thin)
  • 1 small cucumber, halved, seeded, and thinly sliced on the diagonal (leave skin on)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 12 to 16 cooked medium shrimp, peeled
Now for the directions...
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the "dressing ingredients" including the lime juice, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, salt, cayenne, sesame oil, canola oil and buttermilk.
  2. In a salad bowl, combine the quinoa, scallions, cucumber, and cilantro.
  3. Toss with the dressing and divide among salad plates.
  4. Top each portion with 3 to 4 shrimp.
  5. Serve!  (It serves 4)
If you are short for time, you can make the quinoa up to 4 days in advance and store in the refrigerator and you can make the dressing a few hours ahead.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Here's a Gluten Free Pasta Recipe!

Not too long ago, I came across this recipe for Pappardelle with Baby Spinach, Herbs, and Ricotta.  It was featured on the cover of the April 2011 issue of Cooking Light Magazine.  It looked easy enough to convert to a gluten free recipe (I just had to substitute gluten free pasta), so I tried it out.

It turned out really flavorful with all of the fresh herbs and was very easy and quick to make. The ingredients that you will need are:

  • 8 ounces of gluten free pappardelle pasta (I actually used fusilli instead)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
To prepare:
  1. Cook gluten free pasta as per directions on label adding 1 tablespoon kosher salt.  Drain.  Save 1 cup of pasta water and put aside.
  2. Combine 1/2 cup pasta water and ricotta cheese in a blender.
  3. Now mix together the hot pasta, cheese mixture, spinach and remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Add additional pasta water to moisten if needed.
Since everything has to be put together quickly once the pasta is ready, I recommend having all of the herbs chopped up ahead of time.


Monday, June 6, 2011


I recently received a package from GoPicnic, a company that produces ready-to-eat meals.

They cater to those on special diets including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and kosher diets.

Their current list of gluten free options includes:

  • Hummus and Crackers
  • Steak Nuggets and Cheese
  • Turkey Stick and Crunch
  • Tuna and Crackers
  • Turkey Pepperoni and Cheese
  • Parmesan Peppercorn Cheese Spread
  • Asiago Cheese Spread
  • St. Dalfour Wild Salmon with Vegetables
  • St. Dalfour Three Beans with Sweetcorn
They also put together a variety of care packages which are great to send someone on a gluten free diet.  These care packages include the themes:  Kids Fun Food, Endurance, and Energy Boost.

I was sent a package that included:
  • St. Dalfour Three Beans Sweetcorn
  • GoPicnic Turkey Stick and Crunch
  • Tasty Brand Organic Fruit Snacks
  • Cinnabon Cinnamon Almonds
  • Annie's Gluten Free Bunny Cookies (Cocoa & Vanilla)
  • Joseph Banks Original Sea Salt Cassava Root Vegetable Chips
I was previously unfamiliar with the Joseph Banks brand of cassava chips but they turned out to be delicious!  I also loved the Tasty Brand organic fruit snacks!  However, everything was quite good!

For more information, please visit their site at or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Monthly Round-Up!

Let's start off this "Monthly Round-Up" with the winners of our Mi-Del Giveaway and the product they are most likely to purchase with their prize...

  • Shelley Orenstein - Gingersnap Cookies
  • Janice Wei - Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  • Cara Goedecke - Chocolate Caramel or S'more Cookies
Congratulations to the 3 winners!  You will each be receiving a free product coupon from Mi-Del!

This past month, the Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit took place in Washington, D.C.  To check out photos from the meeting along with the photo of the world's largest gluten free cake, click here:  World's Largest Gluten Free Cake

However, there is still more work to be done in order to make gluten free food labeling a reality!  Here are some things you can do...
For more information, visit or visit the link in the upper right hand corner of this webpage.

We shared with you 2 great gluten free recipes this month including:
We also shared with you some great new gluten free products including:
In addition to all of the great products and recipes, we told you about Ms. Michelle who hosted a gluten free "Brew & Chew" at The Cortland in Bay Shore, New York and who also last weekend opened her own store in Bayport, New York called Ms. Michelle's Urban Gourmet.  For more information, check out her Facebook page.

I've also told you about a delicious gluten free bakery in Huntington, New York called Wild Flours Bake Shop!  I really recommend you check it out soon!

And if you are in the NYC area, you should check out Crespella which serves gluten free crepes and is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn!  Read more here:

As for this month, we have several more great gluten free products to share with you along with some delicious gluten free summertime recipes!  Next month, we will be sharing with you some great restaurants and bakeries in San Francisco that cater to a gluten free audience! 

One last thing...if you are looking to save money on some delicious gluten free products (and who isn't?) then I strongly recommend you sign up for Gluten Free Deals!  Each week they feature a different gluten free product with discounts from 50% - 70% off!  They will also be launching local Gluten Free Deals in select cities such as Austin, Chicago, and New York.  Sign-up now by clicking here:  Gluten Free Deals

Enjoy the month of June!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wild Flours Bake Shop!

I recently discovered a 100% gluten free bakery in the town of Huntington on Long Island called Wild Flours Bake Shop.  They sell a large variety of gluten free baked goods including cookies, scones, muffins, brownies, cupcakes, pies, breads, cakes and other delicious desserts.  In addition, they have some seating so you can enjoy a scone with a cup of tea right in their store.

In their baked goods, they tend to use a bunch of different gluten free flours - hence, the name "wild" flours instead of just using the most common gluten free flours (rice, corn, etc.).  The flours they work with include: arrowroot, brown rice, cabernet, fava bean, garbanzo, mesquite, millet, potato, sorghum, sweet rice, teff, tapioca and quinoa.

Many of their products are vegan and select products are available for shipping!

In addition, they serve organic, fair trade, and/or socially responsible coffee, unrefined sugar and chocolate.  Their baked goods are made with filtered water and they rarely use a microwave.  All of their plates, cups and utensils are made from corn and, therefore, are biodegradable.  The bakery boxes are made from 100% recycled materials and they only use unbleached products including parchment paper.  Upon request, they can bake and serve you pies in a stainless steel plate instead of aluminum.  Non-toxic cleaning agents are used in the kitchen, as well as, in the customer service area.  And in addition to all of these great features, eco-friendly stain and natural wood building materials were used in the renovation of the space.

I've sampled several items from their bakery so far including a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, an apple muffin, a blueberry muffin, and a chocolate espresso scone.  Although, each item was delicious my favorite was the blueberry muffin!

For more information on Wild Flours Bake Shop, please visit their website at or visit them at their store:

Wild Flours Bake Shop
11 New Street
Huntington, NY 11743