Thank you Celiac Association and Kinnikinnick for the Gluten Free Pancakes

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We just wanted to thank the Celiac Association and Kinnikinnick for the amazing week last week of Gluten Free Pancake Breakfasts.

First, was Kinnikinnick stepping up to the plate for the Capital Ex Pancake Breakfast where they served up over 250 gluten free pancakes and Grimms gluten free sausages at Churchill Square.

Capital Ex Gluten Free Pancake Breakfast at Churchill Square
Then thank you to the Edmonton Chapter of the Celiac Association for putting on such a great Gluten Free Pancake Breakfast held at the Kinnikinnick store.

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Holy wow, Green Papaya in Toronto is awesome!

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Gluten free spring roll with fish sauce
So if you are off in Toronto at all, you gotta check out Green Papaya at Yonge and Eglinton.  We had eaten there once before during a visit and really liked it.  This time back, we ate their again, and realized that it was fantastic and certainly the best gluten free menu we have come across.

Their gluten free menu is quite extensive and plenty to choose from.  It was actually hard to choose our meals!  Both Amanda and I ate gluten free their.  The one thing Amanda had to try was their gluten free crispy spring rolls.  They were so good!  I managed to snap a picture before we ate it up.  But I was not so lucky for the rest of the meal, we were so excited by the spring roll that we dove right into our meals and forgot to take a pic!

That whole page is their gluten
free menu
But get this, they offered a 3 course set mail for 16.99 that included a coconut soup for the appetizer and for the main course it was chicken satay, with shrimp, padthai and a mango salad.  Oh and of course mango ice cream for dessert.  Yum!

Click here to view the Green Papaya menu.  Scroll to the bottom for info on the gluten free menu.

Want other ideas of where to go for gluten free in Toronto?  Check out the travel section.

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El Rancho's Fantastic Celiac Friendly Menu

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So it's no secret, once someone knows you have Celiac, they essentially start to 'look out for you'.  A while back I walked into my office with a photo copy of a menu from El Rancho's Spanish Restaurant.  The menu had C's all over it for Celiac friendly menu items.  Was great, lots of C's to indicate gluten free.

2 Amigo Platter
It didn't take long for us to decide to go their.  El Rancho is located in the heart of the 118 Ave. rebuild.  What an effort that area is making, and it was great to see such a great restaurant continuing to operate in that area and have a totally renovated building.

My colleague suggested suggested we try the 2 Amigo's Platter.  It had 2 Flautas, 2 tacos and 2 enchiladas salvadorenas with an El Rancho salad for 16.95.  For an appetizer we each had a pupusa ($2.75/each).  As you can see by the photo, the platter is plenty of food.

The platter also included some salsa for your taco's and a scoop of sour cream for your flautas.  The little bit of salad was just perfect to munch on between each item.

Would we recommend this restaurant with its gluten free options?  Heck ya!  I knew this was going to be a great authentic food, when I saw 'mom' walk out of the kitchen to say hi to some guests from the community.  Always a good sign!

Here are some of the other menu items available:
  1. Appetizers like Tamales, Yuca Frita, Plantanios
  2. All the soups.
  3. Main courses like Pescado Frito, Carne Azada, Biste Encebollado and Pollo Encebollado
Click here for a photo copy of the menu as of July 2011

El Rancho Spanish Restaurant
11810 87 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB
(780) 471-4930

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Gluten Free Pho at Ninh Kieu in Edmonton

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Here is a review from Holly:

I recently had a great gluten free dining experience and I wanted to share with you since I LOVE your blog.  My boyfriend isn’t a celiac, but always dines at: 
Ninh Kieu10708 98 Street NorthwestEdmonton, AB(780) 429-8881 
Anyways, he spoke to the owner, Helen, and she assured him that she makes the broth for the Pho from scratch using several different types of bones, therefore making it gluten free.  She said to not use any of the soy and hoisin sauces on the table, and to avoid the meatballs.  Being a highly sensitive celiac, I was a bit apprehensive to try this, but when we arrived at the restaurant, I spoke with Helen and she had a great understanding of what gluten was, and that any small amount of it would make me sick.  Needless to say, I had the pho with brisket and steak and felt great afterwards. 
...Helen says she will make a gluten free stirfry upon request
Click here for more information about Ninh Kieu.

Thank you Holly for this review. Gluten Free Edmonton always appreciates hearing reviews from fellow gluten free folks.

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How do you handle gluten free errors at restaurants?

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How do you handle gluten free errors made by restaurants in Edmonton?  Do you call them out publicly? or do you contact them to help educate them?  I'm hoping educating vs. calling them out is your method of choice.

I just feel like calling out a restaurant publicly and possibly humiliating them or damaging their reputation may not be the right approach.  After all, these restaurants do not even have to accommodate a gluten free diet, just like they do not have to accommodate other allergens.  Calling out restaurants and restaurant chains may detour other restaurants from wanting to try gluten free meals because they will be afraid of backlash if something goes wrong.

Amanda came across a situation while eating at Joey's.  The wait staff just simply did understand the meaning of Joey's gluten free menu.  She ordered the butter chicken from gluten free menu, and they came back with Naan bread.  When they re-did the meal, it came back with tofu instead of chicken.  I took the time to contact Joey's and let them know of our experience and the staff's understanding.  We did receive an apology, and Joey's head office was happy that we contacted them.  We were told that the locations general manager would be spoken to about their gluten free menu.  We obviously had no way of seeing if that actually happened, but the next time we went our experience was 100% better.

We even have a blog post about Earl's gluten free menu just not getting "it".  But we've contacted them, voiced our opinion with them and let everyone know in the post, that although their gluten free menu may seem whacky, there are options you can have if you happen to be dining at Earl's one evening.

Its up to us as a community to educate not only our friends and families about the gluten free diet and Celiac Disease, but restaurants as well.  Look how far things have come in the past two years?  More restaurants are popping up trying to accommodate the gluten free diet.  We love it!  And we still do our due diligence like you should, and ask questions about their gluten free menu "whats in the sauce?", "is that rice pasta or corn pasta?" etc.  Continued education is key!  The more we educate, the more people learn, the more the restaurants understand and the more their staff will understand how the gluten free diet needs to be accommodated and potentially the more gluten free options will be made for the Celiac Community.

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The 2011 Capital Ex Safeway Family Pancake Breakfast Goes Gluten Free

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This year Capital Ex's Safeway Family Pancake Breakfast has brought in Kinnikinnick to serve up their gluten fee pancakes for those with Celiac Disease, or for those that are just curious to taste a gluten free pancakes.

Kinnikinnick Pancakes
The Safeway Family Pancake Breakfast is at Churchill Square Thursday July 21st, 2011 between 7 and 10am.  The gluten free pancake breakfast will be the same $3 everyone else pays.  This is a great event for the whole family!  After all, not many kids hate pancakes.

Kinnikinnick's Executive Vice President Jay Bigam was excited to express that this is a first for them.

I think this is great exposure for the Celiac Community.  Kinnikinnick makes a fantastic pancake, and hopefully those curious to try it, see that gluten free doesn't mean tasteless.  So although this is a first for Kinnikinnick, hopefully its not the last.

Also, don't forget about the 2011 Celiac Pancake Breakfast at the Kinnikinnick Store this Saturday to support the Celiac Association.

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New Gluten Free Eating Experience at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

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Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse
9929 - 109 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 1H6
T: (780) – 756-7030
http://www.pampasteakhouse.com/

Mark wrote in to tell us about Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse"

They serve a one price dinner which they call “rodizio.”

Basically, you get unlimited cuts of meat, and access to the salad bar. What they do is give you a disc, with a red and a green side on it. If you desire meat, leave the green side up, and it comes until you flip it to red, which signals stop. They serve beef, pork, lamb, chicken, done in different style - basically, if you wish, you can get stuffed to the gills!

Basically that is the only option for dining there is - it's really a one-plate dining experience - which is unusual, but very unique. The servers come around with skewers of meat, and carve you the meat off the skewers right at the table for your plate. Very professional and courteous staff at Pampa as well.

I wish I could tell you a bit more about the salad bar - it was good - some unusual items, but I really went only once to the salad bar, and was taken in by all the delicious skewers of meat coming by us!

The set price for dinner was $45 per person, so after drinks and a tip, it came to about $150 for the two of us.  This probably does seem pricey, but for me at least, I've not had such good cuts of meat for a long time, and now when we go to a regular restaurant that serves steak, it's purely second-rate for me in comparison.

Their website can give you far more information in general than I could, it's here:
http://www.pampasteakhouse.com/

Personally, though, I'd recommend it to anyone as being gluten friendly (my wife was able to eat all the cuts of meat with no ill effects afterwards) and I really enjoyed it. To me, the only flaw I found with Pampa is that most other steak places are just pale in comparison!

Well, just to add to the salad bar, I had asked Pampa about that as well and here was their response on Twitter:
@gfreeYEG You bet! All our meat is gluten free and there are only 2 or 3 (out of about 40) items on our salad bar that contain gluten :)
You can follow Pampa on twitter at www.twitter.com/yegPampa

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Kettle Cuisine Gluten Free Chicken Soup

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Kettle Cuisine New England Clam Chowder
Update June 2012
Kettle Cuisine has discontinued  their individual frozen soups sold to consumers and will only be managing their gluten free soups for the food services industry.  Click here to read more about from Kettle Cuisine.

I was just at Ed's gluten free in south Edmonton and like always while my intention was to pick up just a few things I walked out with some extras. I cannot complain though about what I purchased, it's awesome! This brand of frozen gluten free soups comes in a variety of different flavors. They are individually packaged and if the others are anything like the Chicken Soup one....Watch out Campbell's your slogan is being borrowed "mmmm mmmm good!"

The company is called Kettle Cuisine. Based on the information written on the side of the box
"In 1986, Jerry Shafir founded Kettle Cuisine with the vision of creating great tasting soups for top quality restaurants. When Jerry learned that his daughter, Kate, needed to maintain a gluten free diet, he began to look for ways to cook wholesome, delicious soups that people on a gluten free diet could enjoy and feel good about eating. Today, we are proud to offer some of Kate's favorite Kettle Cuisine recipes, cooked with no compromise in taste and no gluten"
The first thing I said when I took my first bite was "holy, that's awesome. It tastes just like my moms chicken soup!" It was truly that good. I told Abisaac that if I had a bigger bowl of it it would be even better. While I appreciate the convenience of the individual serving size, I could have easily eaten a few bowls (or just a bigger bowlful). The chicken soup is full of flavor, loaded with pieces of obviously fresh not formed chicken and loads of carrots & celery. I found it to be the perfect blend of spices and seasoning. I often find that packaged soups are either way over spiced (particularly salt, ick) or they are lacking all spices and you end up spending extra time adding your own salt & spices and never get it just right.

Way to go Kettle Cuisine, I love your Chicken soup. Thank you.

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Gluten Free Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Crusted Salmon

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Club House has some great tasting spices.  We like to use their roasted red pepper seasoning on salmon.  Such a great taste.  When I bring left overs to lunch, I always get "what smells so great?".  They are always surprised its salmon, since most people think fish can be pretty smelly.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup Club House roasted red pepper seasoning.  (You may need more if you have the skin off and need to coat both sides)
  • 3 tbs of vegetable oil
  • Salmon (We use skin on because I like to BBQ it) 

Directions

  • Mix red pepper seasoning in with vegetable oil.  The seasoning should absorb the oil and turn pasty.  Add some more oil if you want it more liquidy.
  • Baste on Salmon
  • Warm up BBQ to medium
  • Put on BBQ for 15-20 minutes or when the salmon becomes flaky.

I put the salmon directly on the grill and leave straight for 15 minutes.  Skin gets nice and crispy, edges do typically dry out, but I like that crunch.  You can also wrap in foil and place on the BBQ or in the oven.  The salmon will definitely be more moist that way.

NOTE:  Always be sure to check the labels of all the products used in a recipe.  Manufacturers do occasionally change ingredients.

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The 2011 Gluten Free Pancake Breakfast in Edmonton is July 23!

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A feast from the 2010 breakfast.
Its been a yearly tradition for the Celiac Community in Edmonton for the Celiac Association and Kinnikinnick to host a gluten free pancake breakfast using their amazing gluten free pancake mix.  The 2011 pancake breakfast is only a couple weeks away and I can't wait!  Mark your calendars for July 23, 2011!  Bring the kids, bring the entire family!

Don't miss out on this years goods.  The breakfast is scheduled to run from 9 to 12.  5 bucks gets you your meal and of course all proceeds go to a great cause!

Kinnikinnick also has an active show kitchen that will be featuring gluten free mini lemon tarts with a blueberry compote.

Also look out for some great deals that day in the store.

Pancake Breakfast Location:
Kinnikinnick
10940-120 Street
Edmonton, Ab T5h 3P7

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Quick and easy gluten free croutons

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I haven't seen gluten free croutons yet anywhere, but Kinnikinnick's gluten free bread cubes are pretty close with a few minor alterations.

Gluten Free Croutons Ingredients

  1. Hand full of Kinnikinnick gluten free bread cubes
  2. Sprinkle of Italian seasoning
  3. 1tsp of Olive Oil / spray form of olive oil works best
  4. 1/2 clove of garlic minced
Directions
  1. Heat up the smallest fry pan you got.
  2. Add bread cubes
  3. sprinkle seasoning over bread cubes
  4. spray with olive oil or drizzle from bottle and toss
  5. sprinkle more Italian seasoning and toss.  Add more olive oil if required.  It helps the seasoning to stick.
  6. Add some minced garlic
  7. Pan fry until cubes are golden brown
  8. Serve on salad


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Looking for gluten free vegetarian? Check out Padmanadi

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www.padmanadi.com
Padmanadi is a popular all vegetarian restaurant located in downtown Edmonton.  Orginally their gluten free menu options were low.  However they have since worked on being more gluten free friendly for their customers with Celiac disease.

Click here for the Padmanadi dinner menu.  There are limited gluten free dishes listed, but the ones that are, are listed as 'wheat free'.  A Tweet from Padmanadi further explains:
Click here for the Padmanadi brunch menu.  A Tweet from Padmanadi explains:
Visit Padmanadi and let us know what you liked best.

Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant
10740 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB T5H 2S3
(780) 428-8899 ‎

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Who doesn't love Peanut Butter and Chocolate?

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looks a little well done and messy, but sooo tasty
Well the short answer to the titled question is....DUH, everyone loves peanut butter and chocolate together! While I guess there might be a few out there who don't like peanut butter and possibly some who don't even like chocolate, but sheesh man, why not? It's the best! Of course I know that this post is not going to appeal to everyone out there and I am sorry that so many people are unable to eat these two favorites of mine due to allergies.

As mention in previous posts, I recently found some great recipes for slow cooker cooking and they're all gluten free! Today I tried to make dessert in the slow cooker. I'd like to say it was my first time trying to make dessert in the slow cooker, but admittedly it wasn't. However, the recipe I'm going to share with you simply called to me as it has two of my favorite tasty dessert ingredients combined. It was created by Stephanie O'dea's book titled "More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow". Stephanie also hosts and posts recipes on her blog titled A Year of Slow Cooking.

*For those fellow diabetics out there who are interested, at the end of the recipe you will see my carbohydrate calculations per serving, based on the ingredients used in my attempt at this tasty treasure.

Peanut Butter Cup Cake
Serves 8

Ingredients
cooking spray
1 cup all purpose flour (I used Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour)
1 cup sugar (divided)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup boiling water

Directions
Use a 4 quart slow cooker coated with cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, the baking powder and the salt. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, and add to the mix with milk, oil and vanilla. Stir well to combine. Spread the peanut butter batter into the slow cooker

In another mixing bowl, combine the cocoa powder, the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, and the boiling water. Mix well and pour evenly over the batter in the slow cooker.

Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours, or until the top has set  and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake sit uncovered in the unplugged slow cooker for about 20 minutes, then serve in warm dessert bowls.

The Verdict
If you like peanut butter with your chocolate, or chocolate with your peanut butter (one of the best ad campaigns ever...) you will absolutely like this cake. The peanut butter flavored cake floats to the top, leaving a layer of molten chocolate gooeyness underneath.

* Carbohydrate calculation: Please keep in mind that my calculations are based on the brands & ingredients that I used and different brands might have different carbohydrate counts.
Carbohydrate count for 1 serving = 34 carbs (net)

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