Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pizza 73's Gluten Free Pizza

We havenow ordered Pizza 73's pizza several times and it is really good and quite the affordable option at $9.99-$10.99 for a 10" pizza compared to others available.  When we order a gluten free pizza from Panago it usually runs us nearly $20.

My only know on Pizza &3 is that they won't apply the gluten free pizza to the deals and promo's they have, not even with a surcharge.  The Mega Meal is a great deal for a family.  And since it comes with two 12" pizza's, it would be awesome to switch one or both out with a 10" gluten free pizza, even if it was a surcharge would be great.  The wings that come with the mega deal are gluten free but share a fryer.  But the combo does come with Lays potato chips which are certified gluten free.  Sounds like a great combo that can be made into a good gluten free combo for a family that has a family member with Celiac Disease.  Unfortunately I contacted headoffice, and they had no positive outlook to offer.



None the less, when we want Pizza 73 now, we are stuck ordering the Mega Deal + a 10" gluten free pizza and just invite some family over to make sure everything is eaten up.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Great Gluten Free recipe book to check out

It's been awhile since I have written a blog, Our household expanded recently and therefore I have been....let's just say "occupied". In a moment of quiet I decided to give a try to a new Gluten Free cookbook that I recently took out of the library. For anyone who loves cooking shows, food network or any other television show involving cooking, you will certainly know who Emeril Legasse is. Well, his daughters Jilly Legasse and Jessie Legasse Swanson are both Gluten free and they have recently put out a new and exciting cookbook called "The Legasse Girls: Big Flavor, Bold Taste and No Gluten".

In true adventurous form, I went through the book as soon as I could and marked off the pages and recipes that I wanted to try. After all when you take a book from the library you only get so much time with it before it's someone else's turn to have it.

Today I tried my first recipe from this fabulous book. I made the Savory Cheddar Scones with Red Onion Marmalade. Though I admit I did make a couple adjustments and I also did not make the marmalade. Either way they turned out great! I am sure that if I were to remake them again in future I would ensure that their shape was a little more uniform, but for a first try I'd say it was a success! Gluten Free Savor Cheddar Scones from scratch!

Savory Gluten Free Cheddar Scones


Savory Cheddar Scones with Red Onion Marmalade - By The Legasse Girls
Makes 8 (1/4 cup size) scones

Scones Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour (I used Kinniikinnick brand)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut oil (can also use shortening or unsalted butter)
1/2 cup cold milk (any percentage)
1 medium egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup high quality finely shredded cheddar cheese
Kosher salt, for sprinkling (optional)

Marmalade Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced red onion (halve the onion before slicing)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons cooking sherry
2 tablespoons loosely packed light brown sugar

Instructions:

1, Preheat oven to 425 F. Position oven rack in the middle and lightly coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray
2. First make the scones. Sift the flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt into a medium bowl.
3. Add the coconut oil and USING YOUR HANDS, blend the oil into the flour mix as finely as you can until it looks and feels like small breadcrumbs. You want to work out as much of the lumps as possible.
4. Add the milk and the lightly beaten egg to the bowl and mix well using a fork. It will be thick and a bit lumpy, almost resembling thick oatmeal.
5. Add the cheese  (I also added dried dill) to the mixture. Use a wooden spoon and gently fold it in until all is well combined and it forms a big ball of dough.
6. Using your 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out 1/4 cup of the mixture and work each scoop in your hands by gently rolling and patting, as if you were making a hamburger patty. Place on prepared baking sheet, repeat till all 8 scones are formed.
7. Sprinkle a bit of kosher salt on each scone, if desired, before baking in the middle rack. Bake 14-16 minutes, or until the tops of the scones are golden brown and a bit crispy.

8. While the scones are baking, make the marmalade. Warm the olive oil in a small pan over medium-low heat for 1 minute.
9. Add the onions, garlic and a pinch of salt & pepper and cook until soft (about 8-9 minutes, stirring frequently)
10. Once softened, turn the heat down to low. Add the sherry and brown sugar and cook for 4 minutes, or until it starts to reduce and thicken into a syrupy consistency, stir often
11. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Serve on top of warm scones. Any remaining marmalade can be kept in fridge for up to 1 week if sealed in air tight container.


** My verdict is that this was a super easy recipe to follow and the outcome was fantastic. I would however, either not use the kosher salt on top of maybe just not a much as I found it to be abit too salty. I actually dusted the salt off each one before serving them to my family. I look forward to trying many more recipes from The Legasse Girls very soon. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Did you know Jugo Juice has Gluten Free Snacks?

I work downtown and I am often looking for afternoon snacks around 3pm.  Every now and then I want a smoothie so I'll switch between Jugo Juice and Booster Juice.

Some might all hale the mighty kale smoothie, but some others might now all hale Jugo Juice for their gluten free treats.  I recently noticed a few choice snacks from Jugo Juice that the Celiac community will be happy to know about as Jugo Juice tries to cater to the gluten free diet. Some of the products you can see below are Pop Chips, Udi's Cookies and a gluten free brownie!  All single serve snacks great on the go for a quick treat, especially while shopping at the mall.

Here is ther City Centre Jugo Juice location 

Pop Chips, PUR gum, and Udi's cookie
certified gluten free brownie

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Nello's in St. Albert Makes a Great Gluten Free Date Night

Before the new year we cashed in on a Groupon we had to Nello's.  We had heard good things about the restaurant and in the past a reader had submitted a guest blog post.  So we thought, we not get the Groupon and check it out on a date night.

Nello's is a small upscale restaurant in St. Alberta, just outside of Edmonton.  Nello's is Italian cuisine with a small menu that is full of flavour.  We recommend reservations. The meal we ordered at Nello's was tasty and was well worth calling up the grandparents for a baby sitting job!

We shared a very tasty Cesar salad with no croutons that had quite the garlic kick.  Which I didn't mind because I love garlic!


Amanda ordered a lobster dish with gluten free pasta that I am sure she looks forward to having again since she is a creature of habit.


I ordered the beef tenderloin with tiger shrimp.  The steak was cooked to perfection oozing with flavour that has me craving to go back for more.  The only part of my dish that was NOT gluten free was the gnocci.  I had them put it off to the side on a separate dish so if Amanda wanted some of my steak she could.



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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thank you 2014! Hello 2015!

I have to admit, 2014 was a pretty great year for us as a family and a gluten free blog for those living with Celiac Disease.  Out blog reached a couple mile stones and as a family we grew!

We now have over 600 blog posts about gluten free content in Edmonton including restaurants, products, shopping, travelling and a whole lot more!  Yes I'll admit, some of it may not be quite up to date, but heck, we can't go back and re-write everything. However we do our best to keep up and write new stuff as it come along.

Some of our top posts for the year were:

As usual we were sent plenty of samples, some written about, some posted to our Facebook page and some just didn't make the cut.

We also had some give always including gluten free pasta for a year from Catelli!

So now the big news on a personal note.  Those that know us personally know this already, and some others that have written to us know already too through our gratitude, but our family grew another bundle of joy in October. So you may have noticed a little less action on the Facebook and Twitter front but I am trying to keep it up, and I am still committed to at least one blog post a week.

With that being said, we would not be continuing this gluten free blog if it wasn't for you.  It is you, our readers that make our blog the go to place in Edmonton for all the gluten free information you need.  And for that we are grateful.  With our busy hands with our family, we are also grateful for those that write in guest blog posts.  That helps us so much as we physically can't try out every product, every restaurant, and shop at every store.

So THANK YOU ALL for an AMAZING 2014 and lets move on forward to another great year!

--Abisaac, Amanda and family!

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