Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix

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Betty Crocker has a bunch of gluten free mixes.  This is the first time we tried this particular Betty Crocker Devil's Food Chocolate mix. Two thumbs up. It earns the name devil's food chocolate. 


Amanda made the cake with the Betty Crocker Whipped cream cheese also labelled gluten free.  The cake was light and fluffy and rich and flavour.  It also had a pretty good counter life because it made a pretty big cake so we ate it all during the week and it did not get hard and dry, or any less fluffy.

We used a bigger pan than it called for, so it wasn't as tall as it could be, so next time we will probably use a small pan.

We definitely recommend the Betty Crocker gluten free Devil's Food Chocolate mix!

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Ben's Meats Revisted - Lots more gluten free!

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David from Ben's Meats keeps tabs on our blog and Facebook page to learn what's new in the gluten free world.  David is the Owner of Ben's Meats located on Stony Plain Rd and is also has Celiac Disease and therefore keeps a lot of gluten free products in store, including all deli meats.

What can you find gluten free at Ben's Meats?  Besides his deli meats, David keeps a freezer full of gluten free pizza crusts, crusts, meat pies, ravioli pastas (yes gf ravioli), perogies and a whole lot more.  David also has a dedicated gluten free fryer where you can buy gluten free chicken strips, chicken nuggets, spring rolls and french fries. Mmm Spring rolls!

Ben's Meats is located at 15726 Stony Plain Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 3Z5










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Prana's Gluten Free Coconut Chip

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Prana Organic sent us some samples of their new coconut chips to try out,  Prana's coconut chips are GF Certified, non-GMO but most of all pretty tasty.  I look coconut to begin within, so they really didn't have to twist my arm to try these out.


I thought these were going to be your standard coconut chip/coconut bacon that everyone has been selling, but these are truly more like a chip, sliced in thin moon shapes, and made crisp.  What makes it even more of a chip is the seasoning they come in, spicy chili, sea salt and pepper, BBQ and original.  I didn't want to spoil them and open all the packages, so I tried the original and sea salt and pepper.  The seas salt and pepper was a nice surprise to an already tasty food.  I can't wait to crack up the BBQ and spicy chili when I get the chance.

You can find Prana products at most natural and organic food stores.  We've also seen Prana products at Costco!

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One tequila, two tequila, three tequila floor! - El Cortez serves up yummy gluten free food!

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We were recently invited to El Cortez Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar to sample their new 2015 winter menu.  Amanda and I always love Mexican food.  Not just because Mexican food uses a lot of corn flour, but because the flavours are bold and beautiful.

We arrived at the event about a half hour into things, so other bloggers and foodies were way ahead of, sampling the delicious flavours El Cortez has to offer.  But we didn't just jump into things, after all, we have to watch what we eat.

It didn't take long for us to find out who was in charge of the event.  After asking one of the smiling servers to speak with someone from the kitchen, Cressida, El Cortez's Marketing Manager came out to speak to us.

We were happy but not to surprised to find out that Cressida has Celiac as well (and that's why we got invited), because she was confident we could enjoy El Cortez's new winter menu.

El Cortez is definitely a happening place to be.  Restaurant upstairs, and bar and lounge downstairs in the cantina.  Very trendy dark yet bright decor that we loved.

Restaurant upstairs. - Very modern, very hip, very trendy
Pretty amazing stairs down to the lounge
We sampled quite a bit of their menu and pretty much enjoyed all of it.  My favourite bite was the cucumber salad and Amanda's favourite bite was the Molten Queso Dip with Chorizo.  Quite frankly, we could have kept on eating if we didn't have a baby sitter waiting for us at home!

The presentation of all the samples were great, and I imagine will be just as beautiful off the menu.  So a little disclaimer for the following photos.  What was served at this party was not complete orders, these were bite size orders for everyone to sample.  If you just want to see what you can order gluten free, scroll right to the bottom.  Cressida was amazing, and within 5 minutes of leaving El Cortez, she emailed us a marked up version of the menu crossing off non-gluten free items, and marketing what can be made gluten free just by asking for their home made corn tortillas.

An assortment of their dips.  The far right is the Molten Queso that Amanda loved

This was probably my second favourite bite, Snapper Ceviche (Remember that small bit is NOT $12, you get a full order)
My favourite bite, the Cucumber Salad with jcama, charred corn and lime dressing

Tostadas
This pumkin caramel custard was actually the
first thing we tried!  Delicious!
Marked up menu so you can see what is and is not gluten free.

El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Gluten Free Options Available at The Underground Tap and Grill

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The Manager from the The Underground Tap and Grill is located downtown contacted me about their lunch and dinner menus that feature many clearly labelled Celiac friendly options.

Ontop of a gluten free menu options, The Underground Tap and Grill does carry gluten free beer options on their drink menu, and will have added a gluten free dessert to their upcoming 2015-016 winter menu.

Although there is risk for cross contamination, their manager Kristin said they take allergies very seriously when preparing our food. 

A few of the Manager's favourite gluten free options are
  • the cuban stew
  • vegetable pakoras (which are also vegan friendly), 
  • the poutine au canard. 
  • Decadent dessert (a chocolate molten lava cake with homemade vanilla bean ice cream)
The gluten free beers served are from Omission brewing. 

It is important to note though that their ciders on tap can't be guaranteed to be gluten free because their selection of beers rotates a lot and this would risk cross contamination of gluten from previous beers getting into the ciders even with proper line flushing.

You can check out their full menu online that indicates all their gluten free friendly options.

Underground Tap & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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More gluten free from Royal Coach Dining Room at Chateau Louis Hotel

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Executive Chef Lorne Soles for the Royal Coach Dining Room at Chateau Louis Hotel seems to care about his Celiac customers and wanted us to update our post about their gluten free menu to make sure that everyone had the most recent offers available.

She said the last time we updated the Royal Coach Dining Room was in 2013 and its nearly 2016!  So check out their current menu and note that the following are the only items NOT GLUTEN as noted by Lorne:

Appetizers
Lobster Samosa

Salads
Caesar salad with croutons

Entrees
Chicken & Mushroom Fettuccini
Herb Gnocchi

Which leaves a tonne of items on their menu gluten free such as:
  • Shrimp and scallop rissoto
  • madras curried chicken
  • mushroom caps with crab and much more!
Royal Coach Dining Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Club House Gluten Free Poutine

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A few years ago Club House started to label some of their gravy mixes as gluten free, and have continued to label more and more gluten free.  Club House uses the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten Free Certification Program to verify that their mixes are gluten free.

You can see that they have quite a bit of a gluten free selection now beyond just a brown gravy:


The one with the blue boxes are all labelled as gluten free.  I noticed they have a poutine mix so I just had to try it, because I actually had never made poutine before.  Amanda picked up some cheese curds and I picked up the gluten free poutine club house mix and off we went to try it out.


Survey says we have a winner!  It was really tasty and now that I know we can make a good poutine gravy, I can try to experiment in the future with different types of poutines.

Although I typically like a straight up traditional poutine, what's your favourite "gourmet" poutine?

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What's gluten free at Tutti Frutti Breakfast and Lunch?

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In general, we heard mixed reviews about Tutti Frutti.  A soon as we heard they have gluten free options we decided to check it out first hand for lunch.

First things first, what do they have gluten free on their menu?  Plenty!  The great thing is that you are not just limited to eggs and potato.  They not only have gluten free toast available, but they will milk gluten free french toast and crepes.  Not every option can be made gluten free, but you certainly have enough options available.  Check out a picture of their menu.  Menu items that can be made gluten free are clearly marked with a circled wheat husk with a line through it.


Amanda tried one of the crepes with banana, strawberry and whip cream and season fruit on the side. 


Although it tasted good, she was a little disappointed at first because the crepe seemed more like a pancake.  But when our daughter got hers, and it was similar, we figured that is just how they made some of their crepe orders.  The food was certainly tasty and a good portion for the price you pay.  A place that we would go back to for a breakfast or brunch.

So just a few facts about Tutti Frutti; it is just a breakfast and lunch place, so it closes by 3pm every day.  Also the inconsistent review we've heard about them, was never about the food, but the service.  We did experience extremely slow service that we didn't expect.  Made it a bit challenging to fend off two hungry kiddo's while we waited 30 minute for our food.  We are hoping that was just a one time thing.

Tutti Frutti Breakfast and Lunch Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Try Mini Mango for their Vietnamese served up gluten free!

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As always, our lives are made easier when you, our followers write us reviews!  We love that you guys support our blog and help us out!  Here is a review of Mini Mango by Karla B:

If you like Vietnamese food, the place to try is Mini Mango located in Summerside.  A tiny, quaint restaurant.  Their fare is friendly to vegetarians, vegans and celiacs and they note any nuts in their foods.  I've been going there for a number of years and have never been sick.  My favorite is their Pad Thai and Salad Rolls.

Recently I ordered GF Salad Rolls and asked for the BBQ pork.  The gal took the order into the kitchen and it was checked and they immediately came out to say only the shrimp is GF.  Although the one girl didn't know, it didn't get past the kitchen! This makes me feel safe!

I have to share this gem with you.  They are so good and there are a ton of options!

You can check out their menu online which indicates menu items that are gluten free.


Mini Mango Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Gluten Free Products Available at GF Diner Edmonton

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UPDATED MARCH 28 2017 [GF DINER IS NOW CLOSED] VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR FURTHER UPDATES www.gfdiner.com

GF Diner has been a great addition to the Celiac community in Edmonton since it opened.  For anyone not familiar with GF Diner, here is a little bit of back story. Ted & Chris Wolff opened GF Diner located at 10015-82 Avenue Edmonton in order to create a 100% Gluten Free dining experience and adjoining retail store.

They have endeavored to continue adding delicious fresh baked goods and frozen entrees all made in house to their list. They also sell various gluten free pre-packed items from other companies in the retail store. I encourage everyone to check them out. They informed us that they are changing the store front somewhat more into a bakery and Take out retail section.  Which is excellent news, since their bakery and ready to go meals are amazing.

Various flavors of cupcakes are made daily (changing daily) in house and sold in the store including:

  • Raspberry Chocolate with Raspberry Buttercream
  • Celebration Chocolate with Chocolate Buttercream
  • Celebration Chocolate with Vanilla Buttercream
  • Celebration Vanilla with Chocolate Buttercream
  • Celebration Vanilla with Vanilla Buttercream
  • Cherry Chocolate with Cherry Buttercream
  • Lemon Poppy seed with Lemon Buttercream
  • Chocolate with Cookies & Cream Buttercream
  • Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream
  • Key Lime with Key Lime Buttercream
We were told that a specific flavor may be pre ordered in quantities of a ½ dozen or more.

GF Diner offers daily baked breads and buns, which are also available frozen. They typically bake for the day only. They also make Artesian Sourdough style breads & buns that require no toasting as well as country style and multi-seed handcrafted breads, reminiscent of old world sourdoughs contain no dairy or eggs though they do contain soy & corn.

The team at GF Diner is in the process of adding some new specialty breads including pumpernickel, cheese breads, poppy seed rolls, naan bread, focaccia and soft pretzel buns.

They carry cinnamon buns, fritters (varying daily), doughnuts and cookies and they are looking to add pies, tortes, bars and quiches to name a few additions in the works.

As mentioned GF Diner carries a variety of frozen entrees such as:

Beef Lasagna, Meatball stroganoff, Masala butter chicken, Creamy chicken alfredo, Veggie lasagna, Baked mac n’ cheese, Beef & chicken Enchiladas. As well as soups like cream of broccoli, mushroom or creamy potato leek soup.

As some of you may recall, most recently GF Diner introduced their own in house made pizzas; Egg free crust is available. On Fridays & Saturdays from 4:00pm to close (7:30) they are available for take out of eat in. During the rest of the week you can purchase premade frozen pizza in the retail store.


I am certain there must be items that I am missing in this list, so go and check out GF Diner located at 10015-82 Avenue and see for yourself.

Enjoy!

GF Diner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Gluten Free Kugel using Catelli's Newly Launched Gluten Free Lasagne Noodle

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For those not familiar, a kugel is the Jewish term for a bread pudding.  Except kugel traditionally uses an egg noodle.  But it is often hard to find gluten free egg noodle all year round.


With the launch of Catelli's new gluten free ready to bake lasagne noodle, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to put Catelli's noodles to the test. Catelli's gluten free pastas are made from a unique four-grain blend of white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa.  Catelli's gluten free pastas are available in Spaghetti, Fusilli, Penne and Macaroni, and new Lasagne and Linguine.  Catelli's Fusilli gluten free pasta has already become one of our favourite pasta's to use because its been easy to make and has been able to hold up well for lunches the next day.  You can learn more about Catelli at www.catelli.ca.

So, why a lasagne noodle in place of an egg noodles?  Egg noodles are usually wide, and a lasagne noodle can pretty much be cut to any width.  So off I went experimenting with a family recipe to make a sweet kugel.

Sweet Cheese Kugel - Serves 8-10 (because you don't have kugel alone)

Ingredients
  • 2 packages of Catelli Gluten Free Lasagne
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 margarine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs or gluten free corn flake crumbs
  • Cinnamon
Directions

Noodles preparation
Ignore the instructions on the box, because we aren't going to cook these like we would a lasagne. After all, we are innovating here.  Fill a pot up with hot water and lay the noodles down to soak for 10 minutes or so to get a little soft so you can cut them.  To be sure the noodles don't clump together to much, stir them around every couple minutes.

Cheese mix preparation
  • Grate cheese
  • Blend the cream cheese and egg together using a food processor for about 20 seconds util smooth
  • Mix in the rest of the ingredients except for the bread crumbs and cinnamon.
After the mix is complete, it should be time to get the noodles ready.  The noodles will be starchy, but that's okay.  Take the noodles out and cut them the best you can into strips.  You don't have to be perfect, because this is a pudding style meal anyways.  You can grab a bunch of noodles and slice them all at once if it makes it easier.  Just be sure to separate the stacked noodles.

Mix the cut up noodles, and cheese mix together, ensuring the noodles are drowning in the mix.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees to get ready for baking.

Cooking the kugel
This meal can be prepared two ways.  In ramekins or in a large baking dish.  We tested both successfully.  This meal can also be prepared then frozen for a later date because the gluten free Catelli noodles hold up really well for this recipe.


Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish or ramekin's.  If using a ramekin, pull noodle out of mix and place in ramekin, then poor mix over covering the noodle in the ramekin.  It's okay to have some of the noodle exposed.  If using baking dish, poor the entire mix in and evenly spread the noodles.


Top with bread crumbs and cinnamon.  Place in oven for 1 hour or until golden brown.

Serve with sour cream!

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Gluten Free Tortellini by PC

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PC has got into the gluten free pasta business.  They actually have gotten into the gluten free fresh pasta business making three kinds, including a tortellini.  This would be the first gluten free tortellini we have found.


Athough on the expensive side, the pasta holds up really well, and tastes really good too.  We really recommend this tasty creation!

You can find these at super store locations where they sell their fresh pastas.

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Browns Socialhouse Gluten Free Menu in Edmonton

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Browns Socialhouse is a modern pub style restaurant with a couple locations in Edmonton including one in Windermere at the Currents of Windermere and one in the west on Weber Ave. just west of West Edmonton Mall over the Henday.

We've only tried three gluten free options off their gluten free menu to date and have really enjoyed it.  Browns does welcome families, however because the meals are not exactly kid friendly pricing, we recommend this as a date night.

Item #1 - Street Taco's! - So delicious and a great shareable menu item.  This taco was just bursting in flavour. 


#2 - Potato crusted halibut - This is a delicious pan seared halibut with a crispy potato crust.  What you see in the picture below is one order split into two because we shared this dish.  The servers just split the portion for us, which was kind of nice.  It is served with their cowgirl salad and rice.


Item #3 - On a second visit back, Amanda tried the pad thai, which was a generous portion that was really tasty and full of flavour.  Something I will probably order next time we go.  


What's your favourite item off their gluten free menu?

Browns Socialhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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As the summer season winds down and the fall creeps in, many of us find ourselves with certain vegetables that simply are not holding their own quite as they did during those hot summer months. For me, zucchini is the main culprit in this department. I love love love zucchini, green, yellow I don't care. I love them all. My first and foremost favorite way to eat them is to simply cut them into wedges (lengthwise) and liberally sprinkle them with salt and pepper then throw them on the BBQ for a grill.

During a recent trip the St. Albert farmers market I came across a giant (in my opinion) yellow zucchini squash. Now, compared to others I realize this one was more like "really big" but to me, it was giant! The point is that I paid $1 for it and it sat around for quite some time before I figured out what to do with it. It was too big to be grilling the way we usually did, and all of my recipes for gluten free zucchini bread had some form of nut flour in them. Since one of our kiddos has a nut allergy and we do not use nuts in our baking, this simply would not work.

I have always loved the blog (and cookbooks) by Nicole Hunn of Gluten Free on a Shoestring. Well, she came through for me once again. Here's the recipe that I made twice to use up all of that giant yellow zucchini squash. And let me tell you, it was delicious!

Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

I have actually cut & pasted the entire recipe direct from the glutenfreeonashoestring.com website.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (210 g) all-purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup (4 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips (use dairy free chips to keep the recipe dairy free, if necessary)
1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (109 g) packed light brown sugar
2 1/8 cups (215 g) grated zucchini
2 eggs (100 g, weighed out of shell) at room temperature
1/4 cup (56 g) neutral oil (like grape seed, canola or vegetable oil)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325°F. Grease a standard 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan and set it aside.

In a large bowl, place flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon, and whisk to combine well. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl, add about 1 teaspoon of the dry ingredients to the chips and toss to combine. Set the chips aside. To the flour mixture, add the granulated sugar and light brown sugar, and whisk to combine (working out any lumps in the brown sugar). Add 1 1/4 cups (125 g) of the grated zucchini to the dry ingredients, and mix gently to combine. Set aside the dry ingredients.


Place the remaining 7/8 cup (88 g) of grated zucchini, the eggs, oil and vanilla in a blender, and pulse until well-blended and beginning to emulsify. Create a well in the center of the bowl of dry ingredients, and add the wet ingredient mixture. The batter will be very wet. Add about 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and reserved dry ingredients to the batter and mix until the chips are evenly distributed throughout the batter. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and smooth the top with a wet spatula. Scatter the remaining chocolate chips on top and press down lightly to adhere.

Place the loaf pan in the center of the preheated oven. Bake, rotating once, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of each loaf comes out with a few moist crumbs attached (about 50 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes in the loaf pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

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I made Dafina! A Morrocan stew for Shabbat - In memory of my brother Dan.

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September 14, 2015 marked the 3rd anniversary of the passing of my brother Daniel.  Daniel loved his family and loved cooking for his family and friends.  That's why he started Haggis and the Herring.

Every year I have been posting one recipe to honour him.

This is what it takes to make Dafina
I was recently in Toronto for a family wedding.  My sister'n'law Brianne was getting married.  During one of the post wedding celebration meals, her husbands aunt made a Moroccan dish that I had not had in a long time.  Dafina is a Moroccan stew made on the Sabbath because the cooking is started before shabbat begins, and finishes after it ends, so your meal is ready to be eaten.

Read my full post on Haggis and Herring. (This recipe is gluten free!)

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Daiya's Gluten Free Mac & Cheese and Greek Yogurt

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Our friend RL is always seeking gluten free, vegan, kosher foods.  Doesn't always find stuff available in Canada, but likes to share what she finds, and how you can get it.  Here is the latest:

Once in a while I get lucky and find a product that is EASY to make that is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan/vegetarian and kosher. Daiya's new line of Cheesy Mac certainly delivers.  As far as I know this product is currently available in the US only.  I was able to order it from vegansupply.ca

I ordered both the cheddar version and the white cheddar veggie. I recently tried the white cheddar veggie and loved it.  First of all, it's incredibly easy to make- just like all your favourite boxed macaroni and cheeses. Boil water, add noodles, cook then add packet of "cheese". The taste and texture of the noodles and cheese was great.  The 'cheese' tastes like other Daiya cheese products.  So if like that taste you won't have any surprises here. I'm hoping that this product will be available in Canadian stores soon. I'm also waiting on Daiya's Greek yogurt to make an appearance in Canada

Have you tried Daiya Cheesy Mac yet? What did you think?

-Guest Blogger RL

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Wal-Mart Hits Its Stride in the Gluten Free World

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It is without a doubt that Wal-Mart is a family brand.  What proves this point best is their great value brand which has now started to come out with many gluten free products including these really tasty gluten free chocolate vanilla cookies, vanilla creme cookies and lemon flavoured white chocolate chip cookies.  These cookies are certified through the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten Free Certification Program.


But what truly makes Great value a family friendly brand?  Not that just that these are cookies that the kiddo's will love, but that these cookies are all nut free as well!  Way to go Wal-Mart!  So just in case your kid has a nut allergy, you can dig into these cookies as well.  

Why is this important to us?  We have one child that has a nut allergy, and there are so many delicious cookies that may contain nuts that we can't eat.  Not only that there are many gluten free cookies that contain nuts and may contain nuts.  So this is a great option that Amanda can share with our kiddo for a treat.

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Celebrate, Gluten Free now has a store!

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Have you tried Celebrate, Gluten Free at the farmers across Edmonton in the past?  Ever want to have their goodies during in the week, inside, with comfortable places to eat?

The all gluten free cafe is located in the west end at 15213 Stony Plain Rd. and offers gluten free goodies like muffins, cinnamon buns and cookies with some comfort.

They still go to the St. Albert farmers market, along with their brick and mortar store and like any cafe, menu will always be changing.

Follow Celebrate, Gluten-Free on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on what is being freshly baked.


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A different kind of celebration

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For anyone who has been reading this blog for awhile, you will know that I not only have Celiac disease but I also have Type 1 diabetes. Today marks a celebration of sorts for me that I felt the need to share with the blog world. I will warn you that this is not directly related to gluten free foods, gluten free living or gluten free anything specifically for that matter. Today marks a very different and special celebration for me....

On August 24, 1989 I was with my family in Winnipeg, celebrating my grandmothers 65th birthday and I was just not myself. I will spare you the details, but the end result was that I was diagnosed that day with Type 1 diabetes. Today marks 25 years (completed) of managing and living with type 1 diabetes for me!

Now to some this is not a reason to celebrate and to others I should be celebrating even more than I am. But to me, it is important to share with people that I (and my family and friends) have been through many experiences directly related to my diabetes and I am so very thankful for my family and friends who have been there with me every step of the way. 

I recall as if it was just yesterday that after finding out about my diagnosis, one of my oldest friends in the world, who at the time was living very far away, decided that because I couldn't eat Halloween candy she too was abstaining from eating Halloween candy. Now, when you're 11 years old this is really a huge deal. Only a true friend would give up their Halloween candy because they love me that much. Other friends & family (Including Abisaac), have been there when I have experienced low blood sugars.  These friends and family have helped me through the minor lows where they just grabbed me a simple glass of juice to major lows where they've had to call 911 and be at my side.  Even my old dog, Cookie, would even sense when my blood sugars where heading downwards and would stay by my side till someone noticed to help me out. 

Over the years, I've fought the misconceptions of having type-1 diabetes.  People have asked "It must be hard to travel with your diabetes and live away from home".  I have been able to travel abroad, I have lived away to attend University and then lived away long after that.  When I was first diagnosed, I even had sleepovers at friends houses, and started to manage diabetes on my own because I didn't want me parents coming over to the sleepover to make sure I take my insulin.

People have commented about having children "Are you allowed to have kids?" asked one nurse during my first pregnancy which surprised me the most.  With lots of diligence, exercise, and tight management of my diabetes, I have two beautiful children that are the joys of my life.

I remember everyday where I started on this diabetes related journey and just how far I have come.   I also know how much farther I still have to go.  

Thank you all for your support and appreciation for everything we do here at Gluten Free Edmonton.

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Gluten Free finds at Sobey's

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On a recent trip to Sobey's in the west end of Edmonton in an effort to fill my cart with foods that would help get me to the $75 mark in order to get the 75 bonus air miles (yes I am a sucker for these deals and try to cash in on them whenever possible). I was just shy of reaching my $75 and I didn't really want to purchase anything that wouldn't be used or wasn't actually needed or useful to our family just for the sake of getting the air miles. I like my air miles, but I do not like to throw money away or waste food. 


First I was in the gluten free section located near the front of this particular store. Beside the gluten free section is a small Kosher section (there's also Kosher meat located in the meat department in this store for those who didn't know this already. I was pleased to find that they had one of my old favorites Garden Lites in Broccoli & Cheese, The company also makes a variety of other products that are gluten free and kosher. They are all basically a single serving meal or addition to a meal. This one is my long time favorite. I hardly ever buy these types of things anymore, but as I said I needed to get those air miles, right. I think this item costs about $5 but I truly cannot remember. I enjoyed it for lunch that very same day, though I will share that my little one ate most of it and she loved it.



I was later walking through the bakery section, which you would think would not be where you would likely find a gluten free shopper. However, I was in search of the Our Compliments bread as I have not yet tried it. It seems that every time to go looking for it, they are always out. When I turned around I saw this new product on the shelf that caught my attention. I admit it mostly caught my attention because it was only $2.99. The product is called Broghies. I would describe these as puffed corn shaped similarly to a pita or shell. They are so light and filled with air. The company is a Canadian company and who doesn't like to support fellow Canadians? Right. This product does not say Gluten Free on the package and I know that the only ingredients listed are corn flour, masa (corn) and salt. These make a nice light snack and have a great crunch that makes them great when you are looking for just a little something to tide you over.



I am pleased to say that my shopping trip was a success, I found a few new gluten free items and of course I got my other groceries as well. Now, if only I can actually find that Our Compliments gluten free bread to try out...hmmm

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An old favorite....Gluten Free Corn muffins

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Have you ever looked in your cupboards and just hoped that something, anything would simply jump out and say "I'm healthy, choose me!" Well that is what happened to me this past week. I was feeling snacky (yes it's a made up word) and did not want anything that I could actually see in front of me when I stared into the fridge, freezer or even cupboard. So, instead of reaching for something wholly unhealthy and filled with calories, fat and sugar (yum) I chose to use up a box of muffin mix I had in the cupboard and had always been meaning to use. 

Enter in Heartland Gourmet Gluten Free cornbread mix (purchased at Winners).




Heartland Gourmet Gluten Free Cornbread mix
I decided to make this super easy mix into muffins and since I added a few things to jazz it up a bit, I was able to get not only 12 full sized muffins but also 12 mini muffins. I must say that those mini muffins make for a great after school/daycare snack for little ones! I added some fresh thyme, old cheddar cheese, a touch of garlic powder and a handful of frozen corn kernels tossed in at the last moment.

They freeze well and taste excellent, which reminds me I need to keep an eye out for this stuff the next time I am at Winners.




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Red Robin has Gluten Free Buns and Gluten Free Beer!

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We are always bouncing around with which burger joint to try out.  Everyone has its advantages and disadvantages.  Some have gluten free buns, some have bed of lettuces, or lettuce wraps, some have dedicated fryer for fries, and some do not.

When it come to Red Robin, they seem to have a few good things to take advantage of:
  1. They have a gluten free bun that is pretty good.  Amanda usually elects for the lettuce wrap, but the last time we went, she decided she wanted the gluten free bun.
  2. To my knowledge (but you should always ask every visit), they have a dedicated fryer for french fries.  This is probably because they are always being made since they are bottomless fries.
  3. During our last visit we noticed (and this is kind of the clincher at being one of the best options for adults to go), is that they have gluten free beer on their menu.
Not that we by any means drink beer (gluten free or not), but we know lots of people like a cold one.  They have two gluten free beers and a cider ready to order and marked off on their drink menu.


During our last visit (we went for a lunch time date), Amanda tried something different.  She not only had the gluten free bun instead of a lettuce wrap, but she went for a chicken burger that they had on special.  Mmmmm.


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