Best gluten free crepe recipe

I don't make crepes often, but when I do, they are the best!

I've posted in the past about gluten free stuffed french toast that I've made using the America's Test Kitchen cookbook.  Well although, they also have a crepe recipe, I've found using the french toast batter from the french toast for crepe works really well.  On top of that, the stuffing from that recipe works great as a sweet crepe filler.  So basically, you can make the stuffed french toast, and use any left over batter and stuffing to make crepes.



Crepe Batter Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk or 2% milk
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Kinnikinnick gluten free all purpose flour

Directions
First mix all ingredients together except for gluten flour.  Once mixed in, slowly mix in gluten flour to get as smooth as possible.  Let sit for 10 to 20 minutes.

Stuffing Ingredients
8 ounces of cream cheese
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

Directions:
Warm cream cheese in microwave until soft (30 seconds at a time).  Mix all the stuffing ingredients together until smooth.

Cooking Directions:
I'm not the best at this, but what I do is warm up a non-stick man to medium heat.  Make sure you let it warm up for a minute or two.  You want that pan hot when you put the batter on the pan.  Pour a 1/4 cup of banner in the middle of the pan and lift pan from element and tilt the pan to spread batter around thinly to fill the entire pan.  Put back on element to cook batter for 30 seconds and dollop and spread on some filling (either the one listed above or be creative!).  Gently use spatula to folder over edges and plate.


Gluten Free Potato Cheddar Soup by Johnny's

I recently saw this soup at Costco, certified gluten free Potato Cheddar soup from Johnny's.

Lucky for me, Costco was sampling some so I got to try some without having to buy any.  We always buy the Johnny's Dill Ranch dressing which is really tasty and the kids love using it as a veggie dip.  So I was expecting something pretty tasty and it was.  This box of twenty 24 servings is about 11 bucks and worth it to have on hand for a cold winter day.


Someone found gluten free wontons

It was not to long ago when I got a message from someone looking for a gluten free wonton.  They said it is one things that they truly miss!  I didn't have a response for them.  I only know of great gf spring rolls we get from Bens Meats.

One of our readers Susan emailed me this weekend with this great find!  She found gluten free wontons!
On the weekend I was at Lucky Supermarket in Edmonton (13851-127 St) and found GF wontons (wontons are one of the things I miss most since becoming gluten free).

They are very tasty (although the texture of the wrapper is typically odd - I found them very yummy and didn't mind the texture).  --Susan



Burger Priest Answers Your Gluten Free Prayers

One of our friends would talk about this burger joint in Toronto she would visit for a great gluten free burger.  Every visit we made to Toronto, we'd never quite make it down to the joint.  Great news is that The Burger Priest now has a location in Edmoton.  Downtown to be specific at Jasper Ave. and 109 Street, beside the Kyoto Japan.


The Burger Priest has two menus.  It has their regular menu, and their secret menu, which they say is the worst kept secret.  Needless to say their menu is a bit whimsical on religion like the Religious Hypocryte, which is their veggie burger topped with bacon.

Their website also has great information in their FAQ section about their gluten free options to help you make the decision if the burger priest is a place where you want to eat.  To round it off, they full out say they are unable to guarantee no cross contamination. They do say:

  1. They have a dedicated fryer for fries
  2. No filling in their burgers but cooked on the same grill as other contaminated items
  3. Their chili does not contain gluten
  4. They have a gluten free bun (when we visited it was from All But Gluten)
  5. They will also lettuce wrap the burger for you

During our first visit, Amanda decided she wanted to try the Red Sea burger which was topped with their very tasty chili.  We took a second take at the hamburger, because we had never seen the All But Gluten bun.  The bun was larger than their standard bun and looked fluffy, so we thought they put the wrong burger on in the gluten free bun.  But we were certainly mistaken and pleased because the All But Gluten bun was pretty damn awesome and went well with the Red Sea burger.  Their fries were really addictive too, and we were happy they are done in a dedicated fryer.  We basically shared a fry order because they are pretty large, and shared a milk shake as well (not the malted shake).

We will probably visit the Burger Priest again!


The Burger's Priest Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gluten Free Options Available at The Rec Room

The Rec Room opened up a while ago in Edmonton's South Common.  This is not to be mistaken with Ed's Room.  This is The Rec Room, which is actually owned by Cineplex Entertainment.

So total full disclosure, we have not eaten there, but a few people have asked about eating there, so I looked into this further for our readers.

I'll leave you with this picture for a moment.


Now that you are done drewling, I can tell you that The Rec Room has three restaurants in it. When I contact The Rec Room, I got a pretty great response from Kristin Tyreman, Community Marketing Manager.  Kristin supplied me with what I will call a secret gluten free menu.  I say secret, because unfortunately they don't have this on their website yet.

So with that being said, approach this menu with caution, and still ask questions.  Especially about the poutine as they do not indicate if they have a shared fryer or not.

Restaurant: THREE10
Social Plates
Wood fired olives
Smoked bacon caramel corn
Smoked meat deviled eggs
Wood grilled asparagus
Applewood smoked bacon-maple jam  (modified with no crostini)
Mussels (modified with no crostini)
Crab and artichoke dip (modified with no crostini)

Salads
Roasted beet salad
Market greens
Grilled organic salmon salad
Chopped chicken salad

Personal Plates
Wood-oven half chicken
Skillet mac and cheese (will be available with gluten free free penne soon)
Steak frites
Organic salmon  (modified with no onion straws)
Wood grilled pork chop
310 burger (gluten free bun coming soon)
Organic BC salmon BLT sandwich (gluten free bun coming soon)

Restaurant: The Loft
Bites
Burrata jar (no crostini)

Field
Rocket Salad
Warm roasted vegetables

Pizza's
All pizzas (gluten free dough coming soon)

Build your own sundaes
Soft serve ice cream (no brownies or donut holes)
Rec Room Sundae

Restaurant: The Shed
All poutines are gluten free if ordered with chicken jus gravy

I will update this as soon as the Rec Room confirms all the coming soon items are available.

Woodvale Community Facility and Millwoods Golf Centre

We recently attended a wedding at the Woodvale Community Facility at the Millwoods Golf Centre.  We were not sure what to expect catering wise.  When I RSVP'd I asked my friend if there would be a gluten free meal option for Amanda, and if not, that would be okay.  We were prepared to make due.  My friend got back to us saying the Chef will have something ready for her, and to just check in with him upon arrival.

The buffet was gorgeous and made up of several different salads, potatoes, veggies, chicken and a carving station for roast beef.

As tables were preparing to get their dinners, Amanda went to speak with the Chef.  He asked her to hold on a moment and that he personally prepared her meal.  We were very impressed.  To Amanda's delight she got nothing different that was at the buffet, minus a few things like a pasta salad and perogies.


Before the food was put out, the Chef prepared Amanda's movie.  He made sure her meal was uncontaminated, and made some adjustment where needed.  She got a plate off all the salads except for the pasta salad and a package of Litehouse gluten free dressing.  We assume the dressing prepared in the tossed salad was not gluten free.  He also prepared the roast beef for her, with a different gravy as the gravy at the table was once again probably not gluten free.  And finally, below, a gluten free cake slice with fruit!  YES!


It as an honour to be invited to our friends wedding, and celebrate her special day, and just a bonus that Amanda had a delicious meal.

Woodvale Clubhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Teal for Allergy Free Halloween

Halloween project we can get behind.  Have you heard of the #tealpumpkinproject ? Put out a teal pumpkin to show that you have candy and non food treats available to give out. Enjoy Life sent us some amazing gluten free nut free, gluten free, dairy free treats to give out for Halloween. Learn more at foodallergycanada.ca.


The website says that mainly you need to have non-food treats available for the teal pumpkin, but as a parent of a child with a nut allergy and the husband of a wife with Celiac, I don't want only non food treats available for those with allergies.  So I a printing out a different poster, and saying we have nut free and gluten free treats available on it.

No kid should go without candy on Halloween!

Find Gluten Free at Amaranth Whole Foods in St Albert.

Amaranth Whole Foods in St Albert is a grocery store with organic produce and many other food items as well as a Health and Wellness department with supplements and personal care and a large bulk section and frozen section.

They started in Calgary 20 years ago and focus on organic foods and gluten free.  The store has a red dot program that marks gluten free products on their shelves for easy recognition of products and we can provide receipts for customers to help with claiming for your taxes.

Amaranth Whole Foods is located in the Enjoy Center in St Albert which has 10 different business under one glass roof on two levels. It is a great place to come out and wander thru the greenhouse, visit the spa, explore our other business partners and dine at our glass house restaurant.

Many customers that come to the Enjoy Center are not aware they have been there for over 5 years and recently celebrated their fifth birthday with a huge birthday party with delicious gluten free cake, pizza and over fifty free giveaways.

Enjoy Centre
101 Riel Drive
St. Albert, AB T8N 3X4
780-651-7367
www.amaranthfoods.ca

Kinnikinnick is geared up for the 2016 Halloween Season

Halloween is around the corner and the Kinnikinnick Fresh Store is ready to help make your Halloween a little more gluten free.  We went recently and picked up there witches fingers cookies and say (didn't buy), these gluten free treat packs for Halloween.



On top of these goodies that are available Chef Lori from Kinnikinnick is having some free demo's October 27th and 28th, 2016.  Check out the poster below for details.



Gluten Free Tahini Cookies

Amanda loves baking, especially with the kids.  So when she came across a tahini cookie recipe in Today's Parent magazine, she jumped at the opportunity to adapt the recipe to be gluten free, because lets face it, tahini in a cookie?  Who would of thunk it, she had to try it and a great opportunity to bake with the kids. Also, I love tahini, especially as a dip.  I never thought of using it in a cookie.  So she had to try it.

What is great about this cookie is that in the magazine, it talks about it as being a great nut free cookie to make for kids.  When we tried it, we found out why, it doesn't taste like a peanut butter cookie, but the tahini really does add a nutty flavour to the cookie.  Lets just say, these cookies didn't last the week!


Ingredients:

1/2 cup usalted butter
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1.25 cups Kinnikinnick All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
Optional: Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and lightly sprinkle with sesame seeds before putting in the oven

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl cream butter, tahini and sugars together with a mixer on medium until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).  
  4. Scrape down side of bowls and add eggs and vanilla and mix on medium for another 5 minutes
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.  Add to tahini mix, mixing by hand util incorporated.
  6. Drop 1 tbsp balls onto baking sheets leaving at least 2 inches between cookies.  
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until corners are turn golden brown.
  8. Transfer to cooling rack.