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June 28, 2012

Blueberry Muffins with Honey Butter

A morning classic with a dash of sweetness! I have been craving a fresh baked muffin in the morning to start my day and was excited to try a new baking mix this past weekend- Gluten Free Pantry Muffin & Scone Mix. Click HERE for other Gluten Free Pantry baking mixes.This delicious line of gluten free mixes is created by Beth Hilson, Food Editor of Living Without and President of the American Celiac Disease Alliance. To top off an already flavorful muffin, I smothered honey butter on each side...perhaps this now qualifies as a dessert? Morning, noon or night, blueberry muffins are delicious, espcailly when gluten free!

INGREDIENTS: White rice flour, sugar, potato starch, corn starch, baking powder (corn), salt, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum.

June 27, 2012

Pecan Chicken Skewers with Pineapple Salsa

These are crispy, crunchy and a perfect appetizer before any summer meal!

Ingredients for Chicken Skewers

¾ cups Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce
3 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
2 ½ cups pecans (walnuts or almonds can be substituted) chopped
½ teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
15-18 bamboo skewers

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a sheet pan in the oven to preheat it.
2. Slice each chicken breast lengthwise into 5 or 6 even-sized strips. Toss chicken pieces with the Sweet Chili Sauce. Marinate for an hour or overnight.

3. Remove each slice of chicken and skewer with the bamboo skewers. Set aside.

4. In a medium bowl, add chop nuts, ground coriander, salt and black pepper and blend well.

5. Coat each chicken skewer with the pecan mixture, press firmly to coat the sides.

6. Place each coated skewers on a parchment lined-sheet pan. Do not overcrowd the pan.

7. Once all skewers have been coated and placed on the parchment paper, lift or slide the parchment and chicken skewers onto the heated sheet pan, carefully adjust skewers that may have slide.

8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
9. Serve warm or at room temperature with Pineapple Salsa.


June 25, 2012

BabyCakes Bakery San Diego

Last weekend one of my best friends from college came to visit. We spent the entire weekend, shopping, eating, relaxing, eating, drinking, & eating. Did I say eating? From early morning coffees, to mid day sushi, to a dinner time fiesta at one of my favorite local restaurants, Fidel’s; we enjoyed every minute of the weekend, or should I say every bite?

We were downtown and craving a sweet treat. She immediately responded BABYCAKES!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when we first walked in, there were 4 gluten free cupcakes to choose from. Vanilla, Chocolate, Vanilla Raspberry and Chocolate Raspberry. Each $4.50. Please note the gluten free flavors are only available on Saturday and Sunday, on a first come first serve basis. I tried the vanilla raspberry and chocolate and was in for a
treat! Both were moist, light in texture and both piled high with sweet and creamy frosting.

Check out their website HERE
4 Flavors to choose from- Vanilla Raspberry, Chocolate, Vanilla, & Chocolate Raspberry

Can't wait to go back and get 4 more!

June 24, 2012

True Food Kitchen

One of my favorite weekend getaway is to Orange County to visit my best friends! It is always refreshing spending a weekend with some of your closest college friends, whether we are just sitting on the couch, out at the bars, or simply enjoying a delicious meal together. The time spent together takes all the stress and worry away after a long work week.

My girlfriend had been raving about True Food Kitchen in Fashion Island. The food was fresh and a majority of their items were labeled gluten free! After a day full of shopping there is nothing better than a re-fuel stop at an exquisite eatery. 
Click HERE to view the Full Lunch Menu

Its gets even better... True Food Kitchen is opening up a location in Fashion Valley, scheduled for July 2nd! I love this place so much I joined their VIP E-Club so I can receive promotional offers, the latest news, birthday gifts and exclusive invitations.

Weather your gluten free or just want to enjoy a fresh meal True Food Kitchen is definitely a place I recommend. Below are the dishes we enjoyed.
Very refreshing!
Local Vegetable Crudites with Tzatziki dip
Shiitake & Tofu Lettuce Cups without Soy Sauce

Asparagus & Artichoke Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella, Sweet Onion & Oregano

From True Food Kitchen's website:

Coming Soon: Fashion Valley

Fashion Valley, San Diego’s beautiful outdoor shopping center, hosts the finest collection of over 200 stores and restaurants in southern California. True Food Kitchen will be located on the west side of Fashion Valley. Wi-fi and valet parking will be available. Coming June 2012.

June 13, 2012

Beach Day Cupcakes

It's summertime!!!! Sand, surf & sun! I found these on Pinterest and had to make them!

I used my favorite cupcake batter, Pamela's Vanilla Cake Mix, Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Smoreables Graham Style Crackers for the sand, vanilla icing with blue dye for the ocean, topped off with a mini umbrella.