Thank you 2014! Hello 2015!

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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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Loving the gluten free BBQ at Smokehouse BBQ

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Smokehouse BBQ is another excellent BBQ house in Edmonton. I have been there about 4 times now and have had not only excellent good but great service and the atmosphere is really 'southern' and fun.

I've had a couple of different meals now, including Wings (awesome), brisket, ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. The brisket is always my favorite. All the BBQ sauces are gluten free and you can actually purchase them in bottles for home too. They do have a dedicated fryer for GF fries, the coleslaw and beans are also safe to eat. Every time I've been there, the waiter staff have been very knowledgable about what I can/can't eat which is nice to know they've been trained on it. (watch out - the cornbread is NOT GF, however they have always told me that so it's never been a problem).
Last time my husband and I were there for lunch, I had a poutine with gravy (GF!) and pulled pork. I chose to skip the cheese as they only have dairy options and I am allergic. None the less, it was a really good meal!

Gluten free pulled pork poutine
They also offer a Turtle Cheesecake for dessert but this has dairy in it so I chose to skip it.

We both love eating here for dinner with friends as the platters are full of a variety of meats and sides and we've always had a great experience.

I definitely recommend it - just make sure to let your server know of your allergies of course!


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Nature's Emporium in Toronto (Vaughan, ON)

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During a recent trip to visit family in the Greater Toronto Area we visited a new store called Nature's Emporium that opened up near my parents place in Vaughan.

The store is on Major Mac Dr just East of Jane Street located in what used to be a Price Choppers grovery story, so this is actually a big location.  As you can imagine, Nature's Emporium caters to the health and wellness crowd and offers a variety of products catering to many diets including organic, vegan and gluten free.

My mom often spoke about the place, and kept on telling me I needed to check it out when I came into town so we can pick stuff up for Amanda when we come into town.  She was certain they would have a lot to offer, and they did!

What I love about Nature's Emporium is the labeling on the shelves.  Very big, bold and clear.  They also have gluten free offerings in their fresh food section.  Which is great.  Even though the foods are prepared in the same kitchen as everything else, it was great to see offerings like gluten free crab cakes made fresh and ready to eat!  We went back twice to buy them because they were so good and not expensive.  We bought 3 for around $4 where we bought 2 frozen ones at Co-op here for $10!

gluten free crab cakes that were so tasty

We were so caught up in the crab cakes we didn't
even try these

Great labeling!

Lots of fresh gluten free breads from various bakers

Great signage and lots of selection

Mmm me love gluten free cookies!

Check this out if you are in need of some gluten free shopping during your next trip to Toronto.


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Gluten Free Coconut Crusted Salmon with Mango Salsa

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I don't know how many people actually look at grocery store magazines, but you should if you are looking for something different to eat.  Amanda often opens the magazines or reads recipes in flyers, or even sometimes industry magazines like for dairy farmers.  We have found some great recipes in the past.  Most recently Amanda found this Coconut Crusted Salmon with Tropical Salad recipe in a Sobey's magazine.

Amanda modified their recipe to be a Coconut Crusted Salmon with Mango Salsa.


You would think this recipe was very sweet but it was a perfect combination of sweet and savoury between the crust with cumin, salt and pepper mixed in with the coconut and the salsa combined with wine vinegar and salt to cut the sweetness.

Ingredients
  • 4 salmon fillet portions (Approx. 5 oz, 150g each)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin1 mL
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper1 mL
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose gluten free flour15 mL (We use Kinnikinnick)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup medium desiccated unsweetened coconut75 mL
  • 3 tbsp pure 100% olive oil, divided30 mL
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar15 mL
  • 1 tbsp pure honey natural liquid15 mL
  • 1 orange in halved wedges
  • 1 large mango, diced (small)
  • 1 red pepper, diced (small)
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1/8 tsp both salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF (190ºC). Season salmon with cumin, salt and pepper. Place coconut on a plate. Dust salmon lightly with flour, then brush with egg, and press egg-side down into coconut to create a crust. Do this on both sides to fully encrust the salmon and keep the salmon moist (This was Amanda's modification).

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Sear salmon on both sides (if you put coconut on both sides, otherwise just sear the coconut side) 1 to 2 minutes, until light golden brown. Gently transfer to oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let rest 3 to 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Add mango, pepper, orange and shallot overtop, and mix to coat evenly. To serve, set Salmon on plate and dress part of the salmon with the salsa.  You can also put the salmon ontop of the salsa in order to keep the coconut crust crisp.  Serve with rice.

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Sabor Divino in Downtown Edmonton

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Sabor Divino is known for its fine dining family style Italian experience.  But did you also know that their chef has Celiac?  So they also do accommodate a gluten free diet.

During the summer we went to an invite at Sabor to sample their menu.  You may remember us posting about our visit on twitter and Facebook.

Some of the delicious we sampled that you can try at Sabor Divino are grilled calamari, piri piri prawns, lobster risotto, sable fish, paella and cheese cake in a jar (no crust).

Check out the storify below to see pictures and tweets from the August tasting.




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