Tiny Tip Tuesday: 3 Easy Gluten Free Potato Dishes

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Ever end up buying a 10 lbs bag of potatoes when you only wanted 2 or 3 of them because it was only a dollar more?  We have, and I had to think quick of how to start preparing these potatoes.  So I thought of 3 ways to try and use up some of these potatoes during the week.

  1. Make your own fries as a side!  I know most frozen fries are just potato and salt, but there is nothing like making your own french.  I baked mine.  I cut them into thin slices, tossed them in vegetable oil, season with salt and put them in the oven for 20 minutes flipping half way.
  2. Make a hash for breakfast! Dice up the potatoes really small.  Heat up some oil on sauce pan and start to brown.  Chop up some onion and add to pan.  Add some some chopped up sausage, or bacon or any type of fatty meat you have around.
  3. Make a Sheperds Pie! Try out this gluten free shepherds pie recipe.  It will be sure to use up some of those potatoes during the week.
Use these three dishes in a week, and you will be sure to make a dent to that sack of potatoes.

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Does Crave Cupcakes in Edmonton Make Gluten Free Cakes too?

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Yes, yes they do!  I have to admit, we haven't tried them, but Crave Cupcakes did contact us to tell us that they do carry gluten free 6" cakes now as well as their gluten free cupcakes.

Here is what Laura Christensen from Crave Cupcakes had to say:
"We are really excited to have Gluten Free cupcakes on our menu everyday!
I though  would send you a quick update from the bakery – we are now baking full sized 6” chocolate cakes, with the same Gluten Free Friendly chocolate cake recipe from our cupcake menu."
Click here for info on their gluten free cakes.  Please contact Laura at lchristensen@cravecupcakes.ca with any questions

Click here for more info on Crave Cupcakes gluten free cupcakes found in Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon.

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Tiny Tip Tuesday: 5 Things To Know When Cooking Gluten Free for Kids

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It was just last week when I received an email from a parent looking for gluten free recipes that are kid friendly.  I emailed them quite quickly, and they were quite happy with my response.  That got me thinking for this weeks Tiny Tip Tuesday.

5 Things to know when cooking gluten free for kids
  1. Don't panic!  I don't know about you, but I really don't work well when I'm stressed out.
  2. Re-create the the usual.  If your child is a newly diagnosed, refer to #1.  I am a firm believer that you can recreate any recipe gluten free with the proper substitutes.
  3. Don't over think it.  I am by no means an expert with cooking for kids, because mine is only 6 months old.  However, from observing my nephews, kids can eat pretty simple, or complex.  Maybe start with the comfort food.  Make gluten free hamburgers, shepherds pie, gluten free spaghetti, gluten free pizza or even gluten free chicken finger.
  4. Don't single out your child.  Remember not to single out your child because they are eating something different.  No one likes to be singled out.  Your child is not eating "special food", they are eating a meal with you.  Why not eat what they are eating?
  5. Don't be afraid to experiment with gluten free dessert.  Even the best bakers don't always get it right the first time when they are trying something new.  If a gluten free cake you made, or a gluten free brownie you made failed in your eyes, don't panic.  You can always re-purpose it as a crumble or triffle (Adding whip cream and fruit makes almost anything taste better.
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Massive Gluten Free Selection at Meyers Drug Store Winnipeg Manitoba

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As I mentioned the other day, we recently went to visit my family in Winnipeg, MB and took the opportunity to seek out a few gluten free restaurants and places while we were there.

Another place that I always make sure to stop into when I am in Winnipeg is Meyers Drug Store. You are probably think why would Amanda & Abisaac make a point of stopping in at a drug store and more importantly why would they bother sharing this information on their gluten free blog.


Well....for those who have never heard of Meyers drug store or have never been to Winnipeg, I will tell you that Meyers drug store carries a huge variety of gluten free food items. So huge that I would wager a guess that more of the store is filled with gluten free foods than medications, though I will admit that I have only ever bothered to look at the foods and never the medications. They carry a lot of gluten free products that you do not often see elsewhere. I am sure that if you went looking around at a bunch of different stores you could probably come up with these items or at least many of them, but then you would have to go from store to store to store and who wants that!

Whenever I am at Meyers Drug store though it is tempting to go for old faithful and get the items that you know you like, I try to pick up things that I either cannot easily find or have never seen and take the opportunity to try new things.

During this visit we picked up some Namaste Foods Gluten Free Barbecue Coating Mix and Homestyle Coating Mix. We also got some Mrs. Crimbles Cheese Crackers as well as some cookies (sorry they were so tasty that we ate them all and I now cannot remember which company makes them). As we were staying in a hotel that served a continental breakfast and I was uncertain if I would be able to eat much there I picked up some Love Grown Foods Raisin Almond Coconut Crunch cereal, which was excellent.  Lastly, we got some Barkat Sage & Onion Stuffing Mix to try at some point, too late for Thanksgiving unfortunately.

Honestly the biggest problem with this gluten free shopping trip was that I had to limit my purchases due to weight restrictions on the airplane on the way home, otherwise I am certain that I could have come home with even more gluten free items to try. Maybe next time!

If you find yourself in Winnipeg anytime soon, I recommend you check out Meyers Drug Store and their massive variety of gluten free products.

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Tiny Tip Tuesday! Top 5 Celiac Expense Tax Tips

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Well, it's January, so that means it is Tax season.  If you didn't collect your receipts to submit your tax expense, here are 5 tips to get you on track for your gluten free expenses.
  1. Collecting Receipts - We collect receipts that have gluten free products on them through the year and put them in an envelope marked gluten free.
  2. Highlight the gluten free item on the receipt and write what it was (sometimes receipts are not marked well)
  3. Use a spreadsheet -  At the end of the year, use a spread sheet to itemize each product and do your calculation.  Use the sample gluten free expense sheet for Celiacs in the guest post by TurboTax.
  4. Getting the regular prices - To get the regular price, just go to wal-mart, or superstore, and write down the cost of each regular item so you can do the comparison to the gluten free product.  The great thing, is that you typically by Gluten Free Bread, Gluten Free Cookies, Gluten Free breakfast bars etc., so there are not many types of foods you need to capture because you don't need to compare gluten free chocolate chip cookies with gluten free chocolate chip cookies, just gluten free cookies in general.
  5. Doctors note - Make sure you have your doctors note stating that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Keep it for your records just in case you ever get audited.

Here is a link to Revenue Canada with more information about claiming gluten free purchases.

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Gluten Free Bok Choy With Soy Sauce and Garlic

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Great little recipe we tried out for a side dish with a gluten free Thai Coconut Chicken Soup.  This dish probably goes well with any meal you are making with an Asian flare.

Ingredients:

  • Approx 1 dozen baby bok choy halved
  • 2 table spoons of sesame oil
  • 2-3 table spoons of soy sauce (We use VH Soy Sauce since it is gluten free)
  • 2 garlic cloves minces
  • teaspoon of grated ginger
Direction:
  1. Half the bok choy and clean thoroughly.
  2. Heat large sauce pan with oil and add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add baby bok choy and stir in soy sauce.  Toss around to coat bok choy.
  4. Cover and let steam for 3-4 minutes
We served this on some rice with some soup.


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Gluten free, dairy free, Screamin Brothers Ice Cream is Screaming of Flavour

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A lot of people think it is important to #buylocal and #buyalberta.  Did you know there is some great ice cream made right here in Alberta?  Screamin Brothers out of Lethbridge, Alberta gave us some ice cream to try, so we decided to sample it with some friends at our New Years party.

We got to sample their Mocha, Orange Pineapple, Vanilla and Mint Chocolate flavors.  They came in the pint size containers, like a Ben and Gerry's container size. Good thing they were only this size, because those ice creams packed some punch when it came to flavors so you wouldn't want to be eating a whole tub of it at once anyways.  It is a great ice cream to have with some gluten free cookies or gluten free cake.

We were lucky enough to have several dairy free guests/friends at the table too, so we had a good mix of people tasting.  Everyone agreed that the Mocha packed the most punch, and is for the coffee lover in you.  Orange Pineapple seemed to be everyone's favorite and Mint Chocolate chip was a close second.  Two of our vegetarian friends who try to stay dairy free, said that the vanilla ice cream was the closest to "regular" dairy free ice cream has ever come in taste, texture etc. They really enjoyed it.

Here are some interesting facts about Screamin Brothers non-dairy ice creams:
  • 5% of net profits are donated to support children locally and internationally.
  • They use organic coconut milk in their frozen treats.
  • Honey from their farm and other Alberta farms is used to create the unique sweetness in their products. 
  • The maple syrup is Canadian and organic.
  • When available, they source their fruit from local producers.
  • The extracts used in their frozen treats are pure.
  • The raw cacao used to make their chocolate flavors is organic, Fair Trade.
  • Their frozen treat paper cups and lids are recyclable in regions where milk cartons are also recyclable.
  • They are able to compost 100% of the organic materials used to produce their products.
  • The refrigeration on their delivery trucks is powered by electricity, helping reduce their carbon footprint.
Currently Screamin Brothers is not widely distributed across Alberta, so check the Screamin Brothers website for retail locations that you can buy their product.  Also, ask your local retailer to stock their shelves with this local Alberta product!  That will certainly help get this product to a store near you.

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It's Tiny Tip Tuesday! Top 5 Gluten Free Recipes in 2012

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Jamie Oliver's Rustic Smashed Potato
I'm going to try a new segment that seems like a great idea.  We know people like quick lists, top recipes, top restaurants, top tips... etc.  So consider this the first Tiny Tip Tuesday!  I hope to make it a gluten free list mania this year.  So let us know what type of top 5's you want to hear about!

This weeks Tiny Tip Tuesdays is our top 5 recipes for 2012!  We thought it would be neat to share the top 5 recipes that everyone checked out the most in 2012!

  1. Jamie Oliver's Rustic Smashed Potato - Great recipe we found while watching his 20 minute meals show!
  2. Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Apple Muffins - A recipe Amanda tried out from a Allergy Free cook book she found while in Toronto
  3. Mustard and Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon - One of our favourite recipes that we have almost monthly.
  4. Vermicelli and Salad Rolls with Gluten Free Peanut Sauce - Such an easy recipe to make, no wonder it is visited so often.
  5. Gluten Free Shawarma by Haggis and Herring - This is possible our favorite recipe from this list.  We have made this for guests in the past on a number of occasions and we always get asked for the recipe.

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Namaste Gluten Free Product Review

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Abisaac often doesn't understand my out of nowhere desire to bake, especially since I usually (ok only occasionally) only want a piece. As this happens more often than I'd like to admit, I like to keep at least one or two gluten free prepared baking mixes around so that when the mood strikes I can simply grab one of the packages and go.

This time I reached for the Namaste Gluten Free Blondie mix. I had never tried this product before and to be honest, the fact that the package said "makes two 8 x 8 pans" kinda seemed like too much for me. Who needs to have two pans or a full 9 x 13" pan of blondies around? Doesn't that just temp you to eat more than you actually needed to eat? I digress.

This particular day was grey and icky outside and I found myself in the mood to bake and try something new. The Namaste Blondie mix was super easy. All you have to do is add 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of water and 3/4 cup of oil mix and pour into two 8 x 8" pans and bake. I of course could not simply leave the blondies as they were originally designed and I felt I needed to jazz them up a little bit. I added in a few handfuls of semi-sweet chocolate chips and another few handfuls of broken macadamia nuts just to add some crunch.

As you would expect, these desserts were a hit and super tasty. Of course this is likely why the folks at Namaste Gluten Free foods make the package large enough to create two pans of dessert instead of simply one. You'll need the extras for yourself or for another time for sure.

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Ringing in the New Year! Hello 2013!

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Gluten free dessert table at New Years
For this past New Years Eve we invited some friends over to bring in 2013!  We weren't sure if we would all make it to midnight, but we managed.  Of course will a little helpful entertainment from our 5 month old daughter.  She had enough laughs and giggles for everyone that lasted the whole night.  Well, until about 11:30... she rang in her first New Years Eve from the comfort of her own crib while we watched the CityTV countdown live from Calgary and Edmonton's Churchill Square.

Besides our little bundle of joy, we had some good gluten free food to go around.  It actually ended up to be a gluten free, vegetarian and mostly dairy free evening.  We had 8 people over, 4 of which are gluten intolerant and 4 of which are vegetarian.  Once claims to be fake vegetarian because she eats fish, but we don't judge.

Amanda and I supplied the mains, and everyone brought a little gluten free vegetarian something something to go with the meal.

So what was on the menu?  We started with Late July Organic Snack Chips (GF Certified) with Western Family Humus to munch on.  Amanda made her famous "Free Free Free Free meal" which is a coconut curry slow cooker meal that is gluten free, dairy free, soy free and meat free.  This was served with a side of rice.  Another friend brought yummy roasted brussel sprouts and another a nice garden salad.  Then came dessert, which is what everyone was waiting for.  We special ordered gluten free donuts and gluten free jelly filled donuts from RioVida Bakery in the west end.  Our friend also made her family's secret recipe (sorry can't share recipe) for a frozen pineapple dessert that we typically only get during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Amanda also had some extra chocolate almond cookies that are so good!  We also had the opportunity to sample Alberta's own Screamin Brothers gluten free, dairy free ice cream.  Yum!

All in all, great time, with great friends, with great food.

How did you ring in the New Year?  Any recipes to share for our next potluck?

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What 2012 meant to Gluten Free Edmonton!

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What can I say, 2012 was full of excitement for Gluten Free Edmonton.  There were lots of events attended, lots of great nights out at gluten free friendly restaurants in Edmonton, lots of great gluten free shopping and lots of gluten free recipes to be shared.  Personally there was great triumphs and great tragedy.  It certainly was not a boring year.

First, the top 5 posts* of 2012:
  1. Panago Adds Gluten Free Crust - This post has continued to be in the top posts section since it was posted.
  2. The Best Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free Muffins - Lovely recipe Amanda found that uses carrots and zucchini.
  3. Jamie Oliver's Rustic Smashed Potato - We have made this recipe again and again, so no wonder it is a top find!  I am sure people have it book marked to go back for more.
  4. Shop Kinnikinnick for Gluten Free - When Kinnikinnick launched its new fresh bakery section, we decided they needed another write up, because this was huge news.  Obviously, everyone proved it really was by making it one of the top posts.
  5. It's the 2012 Pancake Breakfast Season in Edmonton - Edmonton loves it's pancake breakfasts.  We had to write this when Kinnikinnick decided to participate in several pancake breakfasts across Edmonton to offer gluten free pancakes to those with Celiac Disease.
My top moment would be making it on Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here!  I was in the episode where they visited Tres Carneles!

* These were ranked based on pageviews by Google Analytics.

Who was the talk of the town on Facebook?  Without a question, when I posted on Facebook that Presidents Choice launched a gluten free line of baked goods, you responded!  There was over 100 likes to that Facebook Post, over 15 comments, over 20 shares, and 1430 people saw the post.

What happened with the fight in advocating for those with Celiac in 2012?  Well, there was great news that came out of the Canadian Celiac Association as they worked with Health Canada on new gluten free labelling regulations.  These regulations started in August 2012 and were developed to make shopping easier with much clearer labeling.

Finally personally, Amanda and I celebrated the birth of our first child.  It was such a joyous experience for the both of us.  Our daughter is nearly 6 months old now and we are enjoying her watching her grow with family and friends.  Amanda, myself and my entire family also went through tragedy this year as I lost my brother unexpectantly to a heart attack.

So what is in the plans for 2013?  It is hard to predict the future, but Amanda and I will continue to be active on the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Chapter of the Celiac Association and help drive awareness of Celiac Disease as well as resources here in Edmonton through their programs and our blog.  We will have our first family vacation in March that we will most certainly be blogging about.  We look forward to your continued support by sending in your guest blog posts, ideas and suggestions.  They really help us out.  We had quite a few in 2012, and look to have many more!

All the best to all of you in 2013!  What were some of your highlights in 2012?  And what are you looking forward to in 2013?

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