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August 17, 2012

Highlights of a Glutenfree Girl's Week 8.17.12

All week I have been running around town in preparation for several summer trips I have over the next month, one starting this weekend, one of my best friend's bachelorette party. I can't wait to spend the weekend with my close girlfriends laughing, dancing, eating & maybe a little drinking :) Cheers to the weekend! Here are a few gluten free highlights from my week! What were your gluten free delights this week?

 My favorite way to start the day- Starbucks coffee and Rice Chex cereal topped with fresh berries. They have 6 gluten free Chex flavors now: Rice, Corn, Honey Nut, Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Apple Cinnamon.

Spotted this gluten free display at William Sonoma, I love it! Is it just me, or do you get super excited every time you see the words gluten free somewhere besides your pantry?

Enjoyed a CPK lunch, even though pizza is no longer an option, I still frequent CPK for the Sedona Tortilla Soup (without the tortilla strips) and the Original BBQ chicken chopped salad. View the complete gluten free menu HERE.

Still drooling over the Sprinkles Gluten Free Red Velvet cupcakes that I enjoyed at Mark's sister's wedding. Isn't the pink heart and wedding ring decal the cutest?

Enjoyed one of my favorite Amy's dishes for lunch at the office- Rice Mac & Cheese! You can never be too old to enjoy this childhood favorite!

August 16, 2012

"On The Go" Gluten Free Snacks

Summer is still in full swing! Whether your taking a road trip, flying somewhere, or just heading to the beach for the day below is a list of "On The Go" gluten free snacks that I rely on when packing my suitcase or beach bag. 
  • Dried fruit
  • Veggies- Celery sticks with peanut butter, 
  • Plain nuts- Trader Joe's has a wide selection
  • Dried cereal in bags- Rice Chex
  • Fruits- sliced apples, bananas
  • Hummus (on day trips only)
  • Baby Bel or Laughing Cow cheeses
  • Glutino Pretzels
  • Chips
  • Cookies- anything Pam
  • Crackers- NutThins or CrunchMaster 
  • Rice Cakes with peanut butter or sliced avocado
  • Luna Protein Bars
  • Lara Bars
  • Think Thin- Crunchy Peanut Butter is my favorite
  • A few slices of Udi's or Rudi's bread in my "To-Go" carrier & peanut butter
  • Pastariso Instant Rice Mac & Cheese Meal Cup

Safe Gluten Free Traveling!

August 15, 2012

Restaurant Review- Farmstand 46

This past weekend we spent another hot (but gorgeous) weekend in wine country. About a month ago I received a call from my boyfriend with such great news, Farmstand 46 carries gluten free bread! So you guess where we went this past Saturday?

Farmstand 46 is surrounded by Paso Robles's signature wineries and is nestled between rows of vineyards and rolling hills. It is the ideal "pit-stop" for all wine goers. We had stopped by on a previous trip and purchased wine country snacks: gourmet cheeses, salami, fresh baguette bread (not gluten free), nuts and fig to accompany each glass of wine. 

This past weekend my options for food grew exponentially at Farmstand 46. Check out the full menu HERE and below. They carry fresh, organic, and locally grown vegetables and herbs.  Farmstand 46 can make any of the signature sandwiches gluten free. I FINALLY decided on the Gluten Free "Miss Piggy," if the shoe fits, right? Turkey, Dijon mustard, caramelized onions, green apples and Gruyere cheese. I was surprised when she asked me which gluten free bread would I like, white or multi-grain? I would have loved to see my expression on my face as she relayed the 2 gluten free bread options, I think I looked at her like I had just seen a ghost. 

I couldn't believe it, not only does Farmstand 46 carry and cater to the gluten free diet, but they ALSO give you options as to which type of bread you prefer? I opted for the multi-grain and smiling ear to ear headed to the cashier to pay. 

Among arrival to the check out stand, I thought I saw another ghost, there sitting right in front of me...a beautiful sign that read "Gluten Free Vanilla Salted Carmel Chocolate Cupcakes, $3.75. I immediately shouted out, I will take one of those too!

Check out the "Miss Piggy" or should I say "Miss PERFECT SANDWICH IN THE WORLD"?

Mark should have timed me, I think I would have set a new world record for how quick you can eat a gluten free cupcake :)

Farmstand 46
3750 Highway 46 West
Templeton, CA 93465
Tel: 805-239-3661
Fax: 805-239-3662
email: info@farmstand46.com

**One IMPORTANT note- the owner recommends to call a day before visiting to ensure the gluten free bread is available. 

Farmstand 46 has The Gluten Exchange's stamp of approval!

August 14, 2012

Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty GF Hot Cereal

How could you not like this quick & easy gluten free breakfast after reading the "mighty tasty" label? I had a small portion (still utilizing the free samples from the 2012 CDF Conference and Food Faire) of Bob's Red Mill Hot Cereal and was anxious to try it on a recent trip to Orange County. Fellow celiacs at the CDF conference raved about this yummy breakfast, so I was excited to give it a try.
Side note- a majority of the gluten free samples I pick up while attending various gluten free conventions I regularly stash away for traveling and weekend trips. So this sample size was a perfect breakfast that I threw in my overnight bag.

I simply brought 3 1/4 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a boil. Stirred in 1 cup cereal and immediately turned the heat to low, continued to stir until cereal and water were well blended. I then covered the pot and cooked for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
The package recommended to enjoy the hot cereal with honey, brown sugar and milk, so I tired all 3 additions and was very pleased with my end product. A warm, high fiber breakfast that didn't take all morning to prepare.
whole grain brown rice, corn, sweet white sorghum, buckwheat

Thank you Bob's Red Mill for another sensational gluten free product! Click HERE for other gluten free products by Bob''s Red Mill.

August 13, 2012

Gluten Free Conversion Chart

Excited to pass this along after spotting it on Gluten Free Review's Facebook page. This really takes away the guessing in gluten free baking! Thanks Gluten Free Review for sharing! 

August 10, 2012

Highlights of a Glutenfree Girl's Week 8.9.12

Happy Friday everyone! It has been a hot sizzling week! Here are a few things that have kept me happy while bearing the 90+ degree heat. Happy Friday!

Game Night with Gluten Free snacks from Trader Joe's; Milk Chocolate Covered Toffee Popcorn, Dark Chocolate Mint Creams, Caramelized Nut Trio and Vanilla Meringues!Gotta love the signature label- *g- Click HERE for TJ's complete gluten free product list.

Enjoying a gluten free "protein wrapped" burger at Gordon Bursch, check out that gluten free menu!

3PM afternoon bar break at work- My favorite- Luna Protein- Chocolate Peanut Butter

 Even though it was hot out, its always nice to have a Kettle Cuisine New England Clam Chowder in the office- a creamy, tasty soup!

August 9, 2012

Delight Gluten Free Magazine

This past week there was great news from Delight Gluten Free Magazine! Delight will now be publishing SIX issues a year! That is 2 more issues that arrive in your mailbox every year that are packed with delicious gluten free recipes for every occasion. Wait, that's not all, it gets better!

Delight has just released a new recipe tool the Gluten & Allergen-Free Recipe Database. You can search Delight's delicious database based on your personal preference. The recipes are sorted by Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Rice-Free and Corn-Free. An individual can also base their search on calorie, fat, sodium, carbohydrate, protein and sugar counts. What a great tool! Not only can you access nutrient specific recipes, but one can find recipes that are also nutritious and delicious at the same time! 

I am sure you can relate to this scenario- it's dinner time and your moving back and forth from the refrigerator to the pantry trying to create a meal with the limited ingredients you may have left. With the development of Delight's recipe tool an individual can take whatever may be in their fridge and throw together a healthy meal, without an extra trip to the grocery store. The database allows you to select by 'main ingredients' and 'pantry staples' to create a tasty and flavorful meal. 

Individuals also have several options when sorting recipes some of the categories include Everyday Favorites, Low-Budget Meals, Holidays and Special Occasions. 

I have to credit Delight for several recipes that I have used, loved and made again. This past Christmas I made these delicious Grapefruit Rosemary Daiquiris. For Mother's Day I utilized the Spring 2012's article- to create a Hostess with the Mostess! Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Party!  For the Super Bowl I recreated the classic Salt & Vinegar chips using Delight's recipe from the Winter/Holiday issue. Our family enjoyed the Holly Berry Salad for our Christmas dinner and the Triple Chocolate Cookie Balls for the dessert. 

I can't stress enough how simple, & delightful  :) this magazine is. I use it for every holiday occasion, family get togethers and everyday meals. Just more reasons why I LOVE this magazine, bravo Delight! 

August 8, 2012

Thomas Hill Organics- Wine Bar & Market Bistro

There is nothing better than finding a new restaurant, having an understanding and attentive waiter and not getting sick. For a Celiac the combination is rare. As restaurants are becoming more knowledgeable in the gluten free diet, it is becoming more realistic to experience this combo. What I like to call, the light at the end of the tunnel.

I had an incredible dining experience at Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles, CA. Another relaxing weekend on the Central Coast, enjoying wine, fresh food and the company of my boyfriend. We spotted a distinguished red brick building and was instantly intrigued with the words on the sign. 'Wine,' 'Organics' and 'Bistro'. We thought what a perfect way to start a day of wine tasting. I was even more excited to find a spacious outdoor covered courtyard with a waterfall and ivy covered walls. A perfect setting for an afternoon meal.

Once we sat down I explained to the server, that I was gluten free and ask for his menu recommendations. He immediately mentioned starting off with a Bristol's Hard Apple Cider and mentioned if I didn't like it he would gladly bring me a glass of wine instead. I choose to be a little adventurous and went with the Cider, boy I'm glad I did. It was the perfect crisp, refreshing beverage on a warm summer day.

After an initial glance of the lunch menu, I noticed there were only a few salads, none of which, at the time, I was craving but I noticed the first sandwich on the list:

Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese Sandwich, Roasted Apples, THO Quince Paste, Toasted Almonds,
THO Arugula, Field Green Salad

This sounded AMAZING minus the bread of course. I told the waiter I was craving the sandwich, and he immediately responded, well I can throw the ingredients over a bed of romaine and drizzle balsamic dressing on top. Let me tell you, I was one happy customer! The salad was delicious and was exactly what I was craving to enjoy with my beverage of choice. The atmosphere, the food and the service combined was exquisite. We will definitely be going back to this little piece of wine country. 

August 7, 2012

Gluten Free Golf Course Cake

Ready for your tee time? No need to bring the golf clubs, a fork will do! A sand trap isn't so bad to maneuver through when it is made out of graham crackers and the rough isn't too hard to attack when its frosting!

This past weekend our family celebrated my Dad's birthday. He is a golf lover, so when I saw this cake on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it for his special day. 

I was excited to give it a gluten free try using Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Yellow Cake mix. I had used this mix before on other recipes and almost got away with no one knowing the dish was gluten free. That is until I gave my self away by taking a bite. This by far is one of my favorite "go-to" gluten free mixes, especially when I'm short on time and want to focus on decorating the cake.


1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake mix
Kinnikinnick Smoreables Graham Style crackers, crushed
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
2 eggs
2/3 cup water
2 teaspoon gluten free vanilla
1 container of white frosting
Blue food coloring
Green food coloring
Golf stickers and tooth picks (I used a golf tee flag, tee, and golf ball sticker)
Dark green ribbon

1. To prepare the cake follow the instructions on the back of the mix box.
2. Once the cake has cooled, flip the cake over and place top side down on platter/serving tray.
3.  Prepare frosting colors: blue frosting, light green frosting dark green frosting
(Depending on the type of green/golf course fairway desired, the more "rough" grass that is needed, the more dark green frosting should be put aside. 
4. Cover entire cake with the light green frosting. For the ponds, layer the blue frosting over the green. 
5. Coat the sand traps with a layer of crushed graham crackers, packing firmly.
6. Use the dark green frosting and apply with a specialty decorating tip from Wilton's, for added texture for the grass. 
7. For each tree, use a toothpick and weave the dark green ribbon back and forth and scrunch for desired tree height.
8. Stick desired stickers to toothpicks and insert into the cake. 

Happy Birthday Dad! We love you and are so thankful for everything you do for all of us! xoxo

August 3, 2012

Highlights of a Glutenfree Girl's Traveling

This week I am reliving some of my delicious meals over the past few months while traveling. Its great to see how many different places around the U.S. cater to a gluten free diet. Its always exciting trying new gluten free dishes in other cities and experiencing new flavors!
Max Brenner- Gluten Free Burger In New York City

Sacred Chow-Vegan Tapas + Gluten Free Desserts in New York City- I enjoyed the  Velvet Triple Chocolate Brownie (gf, wf, ks) $6.25 Held together with chocolate and hope! Contains cocoa, melted chocolate and ganache to give that extra edge of chocolate. W/scoop of ice cream or chocolate sauce, +$2 ! Numerous menu items are labeled (gf)!

Red 8 In Las Vegas Our table enjoyed Chicken with Broccoli and Poached Chicken Served with Ginger Oil

Raku Rose Sushi in San Luis Obispo- They also carry gluten free soy sauce on hand

Turkey Sandwich from New Frontiers in San Luis Obispo, CA- My go to item when we go wine tasting.

Gluten Free in Flight snack on US Airways- Late July Organic Sea Salt Multigrain Chips & Zesty Tomato Salsa for $4!

What are some of your gluten free finds while traveling?