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April 30, 2012

2012 CDF Annual Education Conference & Food Faire

This past Saturday was filled with gluten free food, educational speakers, gluten free exhibitors, 700 Celiacs and supporters, and the most important supporter, my boyfriend. 

We started the day off with a breakfast buffet with General Mills Rice Honey Nut Chex cereal, Gorilla Munch cereal, Cranberry Orange muffin tops from GNI Bakery, hard boiled eggs, fresh seasonal fruit and unlimited tea and coffee. 

The first half of the day was filled with speakers; Stefano Guandalini, MD from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, and Peter H.R. Green, MD from the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Both speakers focused on prevention, new treatments, and the connection to other autoimmune diseases.

Mark and I frequented the exhibit hall every chance we got where we tried new gluten free products, some hitting the shelves in the next few months. 

Below are a few newly discovered products & places that I am excited about:
The afternoon was filled with information pertaining to FDA labeling, reading product labels, and daily gluten free living with Shelley Case, Registered Dietitian, BSc, RD and Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN Nutrition Coordinator of the Celiac Center.

Here are a few pictures I took throughout the day. I can't wait to share more posts this week from the conference! Stay tune!

Love Pamela's- one of my favorites!
Need to check out Fresh & Easy- they have a long list of gluten free products
Favorite Beer- Bard's- Mark loved it too!
Van's was sampling their new MINI Waffles- so yummy!
Chicken Noodle Soup- Yummy in my tummy!
President of the Board of Directors- Marc Riches
Enjoying our gluten free beer beverages
Congratulations to Tenaya Custer, CDF Champion for Celiac Disease Awareness 2012
Gluten Free Resource Directory- a one-of-a-kind directory for everything gluten free!
Lentil Vegetable Soup
Chef's George's Cobb Salad with Extra Crunchy Fried Chicken Tenders
Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN "GF Practical Living Specifics"
Ask the Dietitians- my favorite segment!
All my gluten free goodies!
& more goodies!
Our gluten free badges!

April 24, 2012

Yogurtland + Gluten Free


Peanut Butter, fresh strawberries & crushed butter finger pieces  (original flavor) 

It has been heating up over the past week so what better way to treat yourself than a midday trip to Yogurtland? I don't know what it is about frozen yogurt that I love so much, maybe the refreshing taste, endless topping options or the idea that fro yo may be slightly healthier than a bowl of ice cream? Whichever reason one chooses I am excited to announce a reliable gluten free option for this "healthy" treat.

I had always picked Peanut Butter as "my go" because I had read online the entire ingredient list and determined there is no trace of wheat or gluten. Click HERE to access the full ingredient list for each flavor.  Now ALL gluten free flavors at Yogurtland display the below icon in their flavor description posted above each flavor dispenser.



I don't know about you but my summer this year will be filled with Yougrtland stops and carefree fro yo enjoyment! Can't wait!


April 12, 2012

Novo in San Luis Obispo- A Gluten Free Gem

I love San Luis Obispo, CA for so many reasons; it’s a beautiful town with an appreciation for fresh healthy food and a growing list of gluten free options. I am proud to say I enjoyed another gluten free meal without the worry of cross contamination and sickness this past weekend.


My boyfriend and I celebrated Easter with a gourmet brunch at one of our favorite spots, Novo. This Central Coast favorite sits overlooking the Downtown creek with patio seating, fresh local food and an incredible blend of Brazilian, Mediterranean and Asian flavors. 

The restaurant/wait staff has always been very accommodating of my diet and has willingly altered several of their most popular dishes. We have visited Novo several times over the years but I was thrilled to see the newly noted 'gfo' (gluten free on request) present on several of their brunch items. Although I feel I have become very diligent in my food choices, it is always nice to have a little assurance along the way.


We started with a few brunch cocktails, Mark a Bakon Bloody Mary, I, a Bellini. Nibbled on our favorite appetizer the Trio, a gourmet assortment of aged cheeses, fresh fruit, candied nuts and local honeycomb. Indulged in our thoughtfully selected main dishes, Mark enjoyed the Eggs Arnold (can be made gluten free on request, ‘gfo’) and my favorite the Grilled Salmon Salad (can be made gluten free,’gfo’ and vegan on request, ‘vo'. And finished with a classic dessert, creme brulee.

 Click HERE to view the entire Brunch menu.





Novo has always impressed us with the service, atmosphere and gourmet dishes. I recommend this Central Coast eatery for brunch, lunch or dinner for all appetites, especially gluten free ones.


It’s my favorite piece of Downtown San Luis Obispo and Mark and I will forever justify a reason to frequent Novo, a special occasion, celebrating a birthday or just to simply enjoy one of SLO’s gems.  

April 2, 2012

Pizza Party on a Monday


I think one of the main reasons I enjoy watching sports is the snacks, main dishes and food spreads that are associated with all BIG games. Tonight for the NCAA Final game we decided on personal pizzas with every topping imaginable. It brings out the creative side of every pizza maker, the combinations are endless. Pepperoni, sausage, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, diced pancetta... the list goes on. I found this website for a list of sauces, toppings and recommended combinations. Turn the oven on, get your pizza brick ready because this is one meal that is just as fun to make as it is to eat! I used Glutino's Gluten Free Pizza Crusts, they were perfect cooked on a pizza brick.

Enjoy!


April 1, 2012

Gluten Free Banana Bread


One of my new favorite recipe websites is Taste of Home- I simply searched for 'gluten free' and found numerous recipes I can't wait to try. I was in search of a banana bread recipe yesterday since I had about 4 bananas that had seen better days. I stumbled among this recipe and was pleasantly surprised how moist, delicious and easy the recipe was. I think the key ingredient was apple sauce.

I was also able to try a new flour blend I had spotted at the San Diego Gluten Free Food Expo- a San Diego based bakery- Carina's Sweet Boutique- The Sustainable Pantry- Gluten Free All Purpose Flour- a blend of white rice flour, potato starch, corn starch, tapioca starch, coconut flour, flax and xanthan gum.



  Ingredients


2 cups gluten free all purpose baking flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4-5, medium in size)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon  gluten free vanilla extract


Directions

In a large bowl mix flour, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, bananas, sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla extract. Mix in dry ingredients until well blended.



Spray two 8 in x 4 in bread loaf pans with cooking spray, transfer batter evenly into pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.



Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, remove from pans and serve. Yield 12 slices per loaf.

Enjoy!