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October 31, 2011

Fall is Here- Chili, Cornbread & Charger games!

Fall: the air is crisper, the leaves are turning colors, and it is finally time to warm yourself with soups, stews and CHILIS!

Fall is my favorite season because of the food associated with this time of year. With the holidays right around the corner I get anxious to start decorating cookies and planning our Thanksgiving Feast but until then I get to enjoy my FAVORITE C’s- Chili, Cornbread & Charger games!

Being a celiac- I was finally getting use to making my own bread- but with the discovery of El Torito’s Sweet Corn Cake- making cornbread from scratch is not your ONLY option anymore!

El Torito’s Sweet Corn Cake is gluten free and EASY to make! Follow the directions on the back and enjoy with my mom's Chili creation! It is a family tradition at Halloween to cook a pot of chili and hand out candy, oooo ya and this year we get to add one more thing to the list- cheering on the San Diego Chargers!


2 lbs organic ground beef
3 cans chili beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced finely
2 cups chopped onion
4 teaspoons chili powder (McCormick's)
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Brown organic ground beef in a large skillet. Once done add beef, chili beans, kidney beans, stewed tomatoes, garlic, onion, chili powder, salt and pepper together in a large pot. Heat on low for 90 minutes.

Ladle into bowls, top with shredded cheddar cheese and finely chopped green onions. Don't forget the cornbread! Serves 10 to 12

Happy Halloween, Go Chargers and Cheers to a TASTY gluten free fall favorite!

October 27, 2011

Up Up & Away Gluten Free!

This past week I flew on Alaska Airlines. I came prepared with my own “in-flight” snack to enjoy: Luna bars, sliced apples, and trail mix for the 5 hour flight.

Like many of you are familiar- traveling can be a bit difficult, I have learned throughout the years to ALWAYS bring my own food rather than relying on the food options on the plane and the various fast food options in the terminals.

After boarding the plane, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the “in-flight” menu to find a snack pack titled “gluten free!” It was early in the morning and thought am I reading this correctly?

Mediterranean Tapas Picnic Pack is available on all Alaska Airline flights. The pack can be purchased for $6 USD and includes:
Food Should Taste Good® multigrain chips
Mario® snack olives
Wild Garden™ sun-dried tomato hummus dip
Madi K's almonds, Stretch Island Fruit Co. ™ fruit stripgluten
Harry London dark espresso chocolate

I will be booking more flights on Alaska Airlines, thank you Alaska for thinking of us!

Safe Travels!

October 23, 2011

Gluten Free Holiday Cooking Class in La Jolla!

Mark your calendar- Thursday, November 3rd from 6-8pm- Cups in La Jolla is hosting a hands on gluten free cooking class focusing on some holiday favorites including cranberry-apple stuffed turkey breasts, apple pie and the one I am most looking forward to pumpkin bread pudding! Pumpkin anything sounds amazing :)

Cups is the FIRST 3-star Green Certified Organic bakery in California. They are proud to provide cupcakes for various dietary needs- gluten free, vegan, dairy free and low glycemic index. Make sure to check online before stopping in to see what gluten free flavors are available that day. Click HERE for their daily menu. My favorite Limone Ricotta! THE BEST!

So many gluten free flavors to choose from! Guarantee you will love them all!

Bottoms Up, Bunny Love, Choco Libre, Chocolate Decadence, Chocotorte, Coco Cabana, Coconut Cream, Hazed and Confused, Hoo Hoo, Hummingbird, Limone Ricotta, Mozart, Peaches n' Cream, Pumpkin Cardamom, Raspberry, Spiced Pumpkin, &Velours Rouge.

For the gluten free class Cups is proud to feature Culinary Director Chef Jesus Gonzalez the former Creative Chef for Rancho LaPuerta and Golden Door Spas. 

The cooking class is open to kids and adults. Sign up online by clicking HERE.
$45 for solo adult,
$65 for parent & child,
$15 for each additional child

Come early and enjoy a gluten free cupcake before brushing up on your gluten free cooking!

October 4, 2011

Italian Night- Lasagna- Delicious & Gluten Free!!

I would like to introduce the BEST brand of gluten free noodles for making lasagna...Ener G Foods! It only took me 4 years to weed out all the other brands, but this past Saturday was a mile stone! I was able to make a gluten free lasagna dish that the noodles didn't break apart right after I boiled them.

Below is a SIMPLE recipe that is enjoyed by ALL using my favorite- Classico Tomato & Basil Sauce. I use to think a great lasagna took hours to prepare, but after this meal I might even have time to cook it on a work day! No promises though :)

You will be saying "Ancora un pochino, per favore" after your first bite!

È squisito Lasagna!


2 lb. ground beef
4 Italian sausages
1 cup onion
1 clove garlic, minced

32 oz. Classico Tomato & Basil Sauce
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

16 oz. cottage cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1/4 cup parsley

1 box (16 oz.) Ener G Foods Rice Pasta Lasagna noodles

In large skillet cook beef, sausage, onion and garlic till meat is brown. Drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, wine, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a broil; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, about 10 minutes or till desired consistency, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling water just till tender, drain.

Combine eggs, cottage cheese, Parmesan and parsley in separate bowl.

Arrange half of the lasagna noodles in bottom of a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Spread with half of the cheese mixture, half of the meat sauce, and half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat only the layers of pasta, cheese mixture, and meat.

Cover with foil. Bake in 375 F oven for 30 minutes. Uncover; add the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake about 15 minutes longer or till heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Makes 8 to 10 main dish servings.

Buon appetito!

October 3, 2011

Fall Gluten Free Magazines Hit the Newsstand!

Pick up your latest copy of Living Without ($5.95) & Gluten-Free Living ($8.95)!

Featured Articles- Living Without, the magazine for people with allergies and food sensitivities:
  • Autumn Soup Recipes
  • Best Gluten Free Flours- Easy to Use & Taste Great
  • The Inside Scoop on Gluten Free Oats
  • Thanksgiving Feast Recipes
  • Trick or Treat- Gluten Free Style!
Featured Articles- Gluten-Free Living, leading the way to a happy, healthy gluten-free life:
  • Healthy Snacks for All Ages
  • Fall Harvest- from Field to Plate
  • Brewing Up- GF Beer
  • Candy Land- Sweet GF Options
  • Tasty Tailgate Recipes
Both are packed with inspirational stories, in depth Q&A, the latest medical news for people with allergies and food sensitivities, and numerous coupons to save on your favorite products!

Sign up TODAY and have both magazines delivered to your door...

Living Without- Receive 12 issues (two years) for $42! Saves up to 40%!
Gluten-Free Living- Receive 8 Issues (two years) for $54! Save up to 25%!

Although Gluten-Free Living is slightly more expensive, keep in mind that it is 100% focused on a gluten free diet and lifestyle.

Happy Gluten Free Reading!