Gluten-free pizza at Vaticano Cucina

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This is totally a guest blog post from Kevin! Thanks for sharing!

I just wanted to make you aware of the gluten-free pizza at Vaticano Cucina. My girlfriend is recently gluten sensitive and we've had trouble finding a pizza place that has good gluten free crust. Vaticano's GF pizza crust is incredible, and as someone who doesn't have to eat GF, I really do enjoy their GF crust.

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Thank you for sharing Kevin!

Message us on facebook or email us at info@glutenfreeedmonton.com if you want to hare a guest blog post.

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In a hurry gluten free scallop potato

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Scallop potato is a delicious dish.  Especially if you like creamy cheesiness!

Unfortunately it takes forever to bake a scallop potato.  We should know, we've practically starved our kids waiting for the potatoes to cook on several occasions.

We were in a pinch the other day, and wanted potato, but we had had enough roasted potato for the week and wanted something different, but we couldn't wait an hour.

Amanda went searching the web and found a recipe from Taste of Home to make a scallop potato in the microwave in in a bout 25 minutes.  Yes that sounds crazy, running the microwave for 25 minutes straight.  But don't worry, you run it for 8 minutes at a time, so your potatoes won't become radioactive killer potatoes.



Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose gluten free flour (we use Kinnikinnick)
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups milk
1-1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (we used a mandolin on the thinnest setting)
1/4 cup chopped onion

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in gluten free flour, salt and pepper until smooth. 
  2. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. 
  3. Stir in cheese until melted. 
  4. In a 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish coated with cooking spray, layer a third of the potatoes, onion and cheese sauce. 
  5. Repeat the layers twice. 
  6. Cover and microwave on high for 25-30 minutes, (8 minute intervals) until the potatoes are tender.  You may have to mix the sauce or potato around a bit.

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5 Things you probably didn't know about Gluten Free Edmonton

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Our first post was all the way back on January 6, 2010 and it was on How we prepared for the gluten free diet.  It was a really short post!  Did we even know what we were doing back then?  Heck, do we know what we are doing now?

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I say "our and we" a lot because there is one Celiac, but two people running this blog. My name is Abisaac, and my wife is Amanda.  Amanda was diagnosed Celiac in 2009, a couple weeks before our wedding.  Read Amanda's Celiac Story.

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This will be our 745 post!  That is a lot of information!

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We do what we do because people keep on asking us too.  And they keep on giving us information to share, because we can't do this on our own!  We need you to help us.
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Our all time most viewed post to date is people trying to find out if Manwich is gluten free!  So is it? Edmonton must love their sloppy joe's.



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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin

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This is the lazy mans post because I just can't bring myself to typing out the recipe and I can't find the link on Tip Hero because they have so many Banana Muffin recipes and I don't know which one Amanda used, except for the one she wrote down to adapt for gluten free!  So I took a picture of it!

These muffins turn our so fluffy and freeze and warm up really well!  We love'em and the kids love'em



So here is the recipe!  We use Kinnikinnick's gluten free flour.  We always find their gluten free flour works best for 1:1 substitutes.




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What you didn't know about spring rolls made in Saskatchewan

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We have been attending the CRAFT Beer Market, Gluten Free Brewmaster for several years.  Kerry from Care Bakery has been developing the menu for the event for at least the past two years.

This year she had Saskatchewan spring rolls on the menu.  

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What the heck is a Saskatchewan spring roll?  Well, she told us that in Saskatchewan, restaurants make their spring rolls with rice paper.  All the same fillings.  So they are all naturally gluten free.

Let's jump over to Edmonton now at Nha Trang Restaurant across the street from the Royal Alexandra Hospital.  Amanda decided to grab lunch from their one afternoon, hoping to be able to have a vermicelli bowl.  Well she got that and more.

After speaking with one of the people at the counter, they pointed out that most of the items on the menu are gluten free.  When it was pointed out that the spring rolls were gluten free she naturally questioned it.

Gluten free spring roll from Nha Trang
They said they make their spring rolls with rice paper.  Which makes me like to believe they are bringing a little bit of gf Saskatchewan to Edmonton!

Vermicelli bowl with gf spring rolls 
Amanda said it tasted great, and she was so happy that she was able to order a vermicelli bowl with the spring rolls because every other time she has to omit it in the order but still pay the same price.

You can find Nha Trang on skip the dishes, so you don't have trek across the city if you are not nearby.


Nha Trang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Nichol's Cafe in St. Albert

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Ashley shared a great find in St. Albert.  Ya, that;s right, St. Albert!

She checked out Nichol's Cafe located in the Riel Business Park.  Ashley says the owner has Celiac Disease and keeps the kitchen mainly gluten free.  I would like to think Ashley takes great care in cross contamination.

Ashley tried out their teriyaki chicken with rice and ginger beef with noodles and said it was delicious!


They also have burgers, that can be lettuce wrapped or in a gluten free bun that was introduced in a recent Facebook post.


You can check out Nichol's Cafe menu on SkipTheDishes.com, or visit their Facebook Page.  I think all Nichol's Cafe is missing is a good website to get you all the gf information you need in one spot.  Apparently they also have gf baked goodies.






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We went to a BBQ, and a friend with Celiac did three things amazingly

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We are well into BBQ season, which can sometimes be tough at family and friends when there are hot dog and hamburger buns all over.  You just worry about cross contamination.


At the birthday BBQ, they were asking who was having what, I was wondering what Amanda was going to say, but instead a friend that has Celiac (and follower of this blog) that we recently met sprung into action.  It was great see the questions happen from at outside perspective. They did three things amazingly:
  1. Asked if the sausages were gluten free
  2. Politely ignored everyone else that started to chime in (and believe me it was hard for me to keep my mouth shut, but I did, because I knew I was watching a pro)
  3. Asked if theirs could be made first
Their approach was awesome, and would make anyone with Celiac proud. The master griller understood everything, was happy to help, and understood who he should be listening too.








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Chicken with Olives and Peppers

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After reading the description of this recipe, we knew it was going to be the perfect dinner to honour my brother. Earlier this month would have been Dan's 42nd birthday. He passed away suddenly in 2012. He is part of the reason why I started Gluten Free Edmonton.

When he passed he left us with a blog full of amazing recipes which we like to pull from to honour his memory. We searched through his Haggis and Herring blog hoping to find this specific recipe which we were not sure existing on his blog.


We only had a memory of an amazing chicken recipe with olives he would make us when we visited him Toronto.  When I read the recipe description, it put us to tears, and we knew it was the recipe we were looking for.
"My Chicken with Olives and Peppers recipe has become a standard for dinner parties and the holidays. I always keep it in my back pocket for occasions when dinner is with a friend or family member who doesn't eat cilantro (one of my favourite flavours for Friday nights)." --Dan
This is exactly when we ate this meal, on a Friday night for shabbat dinner with family and friends.

Dan liked cooking with many flavours, so we knew we were in for a treat.

Check out the Haggis and Herring for the full original recipe, because we halved the recipe and added zucchini.

Ingredients

5 chicken breasts
2 tomatoes, sliced (we used a couple handfuls of cherry tomato)
1 large onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 can pitted olives, drained and rinsed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro or parsley, chopped (we used parlsey)
1 cup chicken stock
1 lemon, sliced
to taste salt and pepper

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 450-degrees.
2. Place all ingredients in a roasting pan and cook uncovered for an hour.

Details
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Yield: 10 servings

This lemon olive chicken recipe is delicious and we hope you try it at www.haggisandherring.com.

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You won't believe what we found inside this gluten free turkey roast

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In the past we've bought Granny's gluten free slow cooker turkey roasts, and have really enjoyed them.  They are marked gluten free and everything!  A while back I picked up another one at Safeway, found in the deli section in the freezer.  Very little shelf space so you have to pay attention closely to the freezer to see them.

Some time after we decided to make it!  So in the morning, I setup the slowcooker, put the turkey in and let it ride.

When Amanda cut into the gluten free turkey roast she was in disbelief when she found stuffing inside!

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She made me recheck the photo, because she thought I picked up the wrong package.  But really, it was gluten free, and it WAS gluten free stuffing inside!  Granny's uses a gluten free corn bread stuffing.  So how bout that?


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10 things you didn't know about your friend that has Celiac Disease

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1. They do not like being told what they can't eat.  However, they may ask some questions for them to determine what is safe for them to eat


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2. No, they can't "just have that table spoon of flour" used in that sauce

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3. They probably keep a bottle of gluten free soy sauce on them at all times


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4. Yes, they think it is outrageous that they have to pay more for gluten free bread, and no they don't want to make their own gluten free bread, because do you bake your own bread every morning? 

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5. They aren't trying to be annoying at a restaurant, they just want to make sure they don't get sick while enjoying an evening with you

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6. When they ask "can I bring anything?" when invited to your home home, it is most importantly because they are being polite.  It is an added bonus that this will ensure that they have something safe to eat without them imposing on you.

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7. Not being able to eat gluten isn't that tough. But you saying "it must be tough" sure doesn't help

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8. Being told by wait staff "oh, a lot of our gluten free customers eat it and it doesn't bother them", is not the same as being told, the chef will prepare something safe for you.

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9. No, they can't just cheat

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10. If your friend sent you this, they are trying to tell you to stop worrying

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Grain of Rice in West Edmonton

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We recently had a stay-cation and tried to eat a few new places to write about.  We managed to find a couple places to try to share with you.

Through recommendation from a friend, we checked out Grain of Rice in the west end on Webber Greens Dr. and Winterburn Rd.  It is an Asian restaurant serving up a variety of tasty dishes.

Their website talks about locally sourcing ingredients and getting back down to the basics.

We shared a couple items on their menu that are marked gluten free.  Be sure to read the menu carefully and ask questions because not all protein options for a menu item are gluten free.  For example we had the vermicelli, but only the pork is gluten free.  We also tried the gai lan with chicken.  That was Amanda's favorite dish, she really loved the gai lan, which is described as a Chinese broccoli.


The vermicelli was just delicious.  Amanda was a bit worried about the pork, because she is not a fan of pork, but loved it.  And the portions were generous.  I love how they cut the pork too.


Finally we shared salad rolls, which were very tasty as well.  They gave us fish sauce, because the regular sauce it comes with is not gluten free.




Grain of Rice Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Grilled romaine, where have you been all my life?

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I've heard friends talk about grilling their romaine.  I thought they were crazy, but I recently tried it because we had a wilting romaine, and I thought, what the heck?

I googled what to do with the romaine, and I found a recipe I liked.  I sold it to my kids as BBQ'd Cesar Salad.

Ingredients

1 romaine
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp Montreal steak spice
2 tbsp parmasean cheese
2 tbsp- 4  tbsp gf croutons (we got our gf croutons during Passover)
2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions

  1. Cut the romaine in half length wise and flip cut side up
  2. Drizzled olive oil and Montreal steak spice over romaine cut side up
  3. Place on BBQ set to medium heat cut side down for 5 minutes, or until nicely charred. I read that the romaine can handle it.  Some pieces might should crisp up like kale chips, some will wilt, and some will char.
  4. When ready, place cut side up.  Drizzle Parmesan cheese, gf croutons and lemon juice.
Cut and serve! Amanda and I eat a whole half each.  We use a steak knife to cut because the lettuce is wilted and doesn't cut well with anything less.

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Blaze Pizza delivers a great ultra thin gluten free crust

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We recently tried Blaze Pizza in Edmonton.  We were not sure what to expect as we were not sure what type of pizza place it was.  Is it a Pizza 73 type pizza place with your standards? or is it like a Love Pizza with unique and creative pizza's?  Or was it like a Famoso with tradional stone oven pizzas?  Well I can tell you it is more of a cross between Famoso and Love Pizza.

The Pizza's are one set price with a $4 gluten free charge.

We went to the Brewer District location, which I think is one of the newer locations.  They have some processes in place to help reduce cross contamination.


  1. They change gloves
  2. They have a separate press to press the gluten free pizza crusts
  3. Separate sauce and ladle to use for gluten free crusts
  4. They have an allergen chart in the store
As always be sure to look over the staff that they are following their guidelines.  Staff are not always trained.

All of the toppings are gluten free except for the meatballs.  All the sauces are gluten free, but not all the dressings.  Be sure to check the chart before ordering.  Amanda loves the Q at Love Pizza, so she tried to build a similar pizza at Blaze for comparison.  Their crust was really thin, and the pizza was pretty good!



Blaze Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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What is in store for Celiac Awareness Month 2017?

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No words needed to explain this post!  Lots going on!  Running an event?  Send me your poster ad to add to this post! info@glutenfreeedmonton.com.

Edmonton Gluten Free Festival


Gluten Free Brewmasters Dinner

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Stellas Gluten Free Perogies Contest!

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Canadian Celiac Association Edmonton Chapter Events

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Gluten Free Zuchinni Noodles - Using a spiralizer to make gluten free noodles

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So last week I decided to do something different with our meal.  We typically have a carb with our meal.  Usually some sort of rice or potato.  If we are having pasta, we usually struggle to get in a veggie.

So I decided to try something different from a spiralizer cook book we borrowed from the library. We made zuchinni noodles!  I knew it was risky with kids, but I know they love the green pea pasta from Costco.  So I thought to try and trick them with another veggie pasta.  


To be kid friendly, I peeled the skin, so the zucchini looked more like a noodle.  Then I used the noodle insert to create long twisty noodles.  I then heated up some oil with garlic and sauteed the noodles for a minute before adding the sauce to cook it more until el dante. I can tell you hiding the fact this was a vegetable did not work as well as the pea pasta, but the kids still liked it.  They knew it wasn't real pasta, but powered through it.  I made sure to have a tasty sauce with it, and served it with a veal parmesan.




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Does Subway Subs have a gluten free bun? Yes!

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We heard a whisper last week of a Subway Subs in Edmonton serving up a gluten free bun.  Well, when we shared that whisper, it turned into a roar, as people began to report which locations they saw the gluten free buns at.

So, we came to the conclusion that we had to try the gluten free bun at Subway ourselves.



Like every restaurant there is high risk of cross contamination. So we took a few steps, to try and reduce, and they took a few steps to try and reduce the risk of cross contamination.
  • The buns are pre baked offsite, and pre packaged and brought into the store
  • We had them change their gloves and cutting knife.
  • We checked the allergen chart on their website to determine what toppings are gluten free
Tip:
You can always ask if the sandwich maker is able to get veggies from new container that maybe has not been exposed to other ingredients or buns.

So about the bun!  It is $1 extra for a 6" sub, which to me isn't that bad, although we all obviously wish there were no extra surcharges for gluten free right?  We had them microwave the bun instead of toasting the bun.  That got the bun warm and soft.


The bun itself was the perfect thickness and had a nice sweet tone to it. The location we went to at Tera Losa, tried to keep the buns fresh, by dating the bun and putting in the fridge to naturally thaw.  The buns are tossed after a certain date to keep freshness.

We also noticed that have a pre packaged gluten brownie, but Amanda had the gluten free chips. 

When I reached out to Subway Canada on Facebook, they informed me by June 1, 2017 all locations will have the gf bun.  They also let me know of their protocols, see below... so you can help yourself by ensuring they follow!


Subway Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Gluten Sensitive Menu at Smitty's in Edmonton

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Smitty's in Edmonton is going beyond the Smitty's gluten sensitive menu.  In a recent tweet they let it be known that they have added gluten free dessets from Wow Desserts in Sherwood Park!

Ontop of of that they have gluten free soup and gluten free toast.

Our typical go to breakfast diner is Denny's, but we may now just have to check out Smitty's.  Check out Smitty's gluten sensitive menu and let us know what you think.




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2017 Edmonton Gluten Free Festival - Conference and Vendor Fair

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We have the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association to thank for this event.  On June 10, 2017 the Edmonton Chapter will be hosting a Edmonton Gluten Free Festival which will include a conference and vendor fair.

See the poster below for Conference and Vendor Fair pricing.


Click here to learn more about the speakers and vendors attending the event!


Bonus for registered guests to the conference! To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Kinnikinnick is offering conference delegates a free tour of their production facility on Friday, June 9th. Spaces limited, so book now to make sure you get a spot!

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What to do when you don't have gluten free breadcrumbs for your dinner?

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It happens sometimes right?  You run out of gluten free bread crumbs, then what?  Or maybe, you just don't want to use the gf breadcrumbs because, well, it is kind of expensive compared to regular breadcrumbs and you just want to find something else to coat your fish.

Well, if you were stuck like us when we made this fish, it is time to get creative.  With what you do have!  Your cupboards or pantry might be full of gf goodies that can be ground up until a crust. 

Initially for this recipe I was going to use the gf Chex cereal.  A whole box of cereal probably cost as much as a small box of gf breadcrumbs, so quite the deal!  But when I went into the cupboard we only had the Chocolate stuff, and I DID NOT want chocolate covered cod.

Next step, snack shelf and BINGO!  I spotted the Quaker Crispy Minis, with smack dab on it labeled gluten free!  And cheesy minis too.  So I grabbed some handfuls of them, and crushed them up to make a breadcrumb.  And these are really inexpensive too.

I dredged the fish in the Johnny's Dill Ranch dressing and then coated in the crushed minis. 

Heated a pan with oil and fried.  This was one TASTY dinner.  We have two kiddo's that just devoured it too.  It was win win all around.  Cheap, tasty and kid friendly!


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Just before bed 3 minute gluten free oats using an Instant Pot.

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We have written in the past about ready to go overnight apple cinnamon gf oats.  Well this week we tried the exact opposite, with what I call just before bed 3 minute oats.

We got a new toy for the kitchen!  We didn't really know what to try first with our new Instant Pot. We heard so many great things about it, especially all the safety features put in place for the pressure cooker function.


We have a young family so didn't want to risk messing up dinner while trying how to figure things out, so we tried simply adapting a 3 minute oatmeal recipe that comes with the Instant Pot by crossing it with our ready to go apple cinnamon gf oats.

Ingredients:
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup water
1 cup uncontaminated gluten free steel cut oats (We use Only Oats found at Bulk Barn)
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
2-3 apples peeled and cubed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 raisins (optional)

Only Oats gluten free oats

Directions
Put everything in the instant pot and seal
Use manual setting, set for 3 minutes
After 3 minutes use natural depressurize method by hitting cancel and letting sit for 20 or so minutes before safely opening the lid using the Instant Pot guide.

You can basically mess around with the recipe and put what you want.  What I liked about the Instant Pot method is that it was more moist than the slow cooker recipe we had.  When the recipe was complete, we put a container of it in the fridge and had it for breakfast in the morning.  I didn't need to add any extra water for warming up.

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If you haven't tried Earth's General Store Downtown or original Whyte Ave location, you should!

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Like the title says, if you haven't been to Earth's General Store Downtown or original Whyte location, you should!

A couple great things about Earth's General Store.

ONE

They carry gluten free products!  And lots of great products!

TWO

They support local small Edmonton businesses.  After all they are one themselves!  Check out this recent tweet about bringing in Alisha's breads from La Oliva Gluten Free Bakery.


THREE

The downtown location serves lunches!  And often gluten free lunches.  Check out this recent post about a gluten free lunch they served.  Looks yum eh?


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Chef Lorne Soles @ the Royal Coach Dining Room

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I will try not to ramble on to much here but we FINALLY made it to the Royal Coach Dining Room at the Chateau Louis Hotel for the Saturday night gluten free prime rib buffet.

Yes, if you haven't heard, currently (as of Feb 2017),  Chef Lorne Soles makes his prime rib buffet 100% gluten free.  Everything from gluten free croutons for a ceasar salad to the most amazing gluten free dessert table.  I took some pictures, and even did a Facebook Live video because I was so excited to share with everyone.

The star of the show, the prime rib, cooked to a perfect medium
So, why a special gluten free buffet day?  Chef Lorne Soles saw the demand and tried it out for one Saturday.  It was successful.  Afterall a gluten free dessert table like this is worth the price of admission:
The co-star a full gluten free dessert table, cakes, tarts, puddings
and everything else you would expect.
After he had his first successful gluten free buffet he decided to make the last Saturday of each month his gluten free prime rub buffet.  I was more than happy to help him promote this!  But too busy to try it out.
Lemon grass and ginger pork medallions
The gluten free buffet was so successful in 2016, that at the beginning of 2017, Chef Lorne decided to make every Saturday the gluten free prime rib buffet night!
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Chef Lorne Soles was kind enough to send us an invite because of all the help we have done promoting the Saturday evenings.  We finally were able to take him up on his offer.  We really didn't know what to expect, however we knew we weren't going to be disappointed because we only have heard good thing from others on Facebook.
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day and a cesaer salad station.
Our experience was beyond expectations.  We couldn't believe the level of details Chef put into the gluten free buffet and how much of the he made in house that I thought may have been brought in.  When I looked at the dessert bar, I was sure he brought it in from Wow Factor or maybe one of the boutique gf shops, but he told me he made the whole dessert table.  Which was amazing on it own and worth every penny.

Shrimp and lobster risotto
Below (although hard to see), is a plate I put together with the prime rib au ju and in house made horse raddish with some olives, mushroom salad and tasty mash potatoes.  So basically what I'm trying to say, is you need to go Saturday evening to be sure that Chef Lorne Soles doesn't stop making Saturdays gluten free.
My full entree plate put together.
The other best part is that Chef doesn't keep a static menu week after week, the buffet changes every Saturday!  The only thing that stays the same is the prime rib!  So you can return many times over and possibly experience something different.

Royal Coach Dining Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Gluten Free Soy and Teriyaki Sauces

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This week on Facebook, there were a couple shared posts about gluten free soy sauces and teriyaki sauces.  We usually stick with VH  sauces.  We love it, and we know all of VH's sauces are gluten free!

But we also know VH is not for everyone.  I think sometimes it can have a strong taste, especially their soya sauce.  But I think I balance their flavours well.

The first post was a Lee Kum Lee soy sauce available.  Deisis was the one who shared this on our Facebook page.


Second, check out the Kikkoman Teriyaki sauce that is available. Lisa posted about the Kikkoman product.  They also do have a gf soya sauce.

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