Stephanie O'dea has a blog & two books, all gluten free!

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Awhile ago I came across a wonderful writer who chose to cook for one full year, entirely using her slow cooker. To me this was completely fascinating and I dealved right in and learned more about Stephanie O'dea, the author of not the blog titled "A Year of Slow Cooking" and two super easy to follow cook books titled "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking and More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: 200 Brand New Recipes for Slow Cooker Meals on a Budget.
To me the most important factors featured in both of these books are that all of Stephanie's recipes are written for gluten free friendly meals (great selling feature for people with Celiac Disease), but also that all of the ingredients listed are easily found in any grocery store here in Edmonton. Stephanie includes in parentheses, explanations of particular brands she used as well as other helpful hints and notes about her findings when creating these recipes.

I recently tried a recipe called Baked Potato Soup from Stephanie's second book "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: 200 Brand New recipes for Slow Cooker Meals on a Budget". I admit I tweaked the recipe ever so slightly (see * for details), but overall I kept it pretty close to the recipe noted in this book.

Baked Potato Soup
Serves 10

5 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced in 1 to 2 inch chunks*
1 small onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 quarts chicken broth (aka 2 boxes of stock in a box)
2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese (to add at the end)*
crumbled bacon, green onions, or chives as garnish (optional)

Use a 6 quart slow cooker. Put the potatoes into your stoneware, and add the onion and garlic. Sprinkle in the seasonings and pour in the chicken broth. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. The potatoes should be fork tender. You can use a potato masher or a handheld stick blender to mash the potatoes into the soup. You want to get rid of all large chunks of potato to make a smooth soup.

After smashing the potatoes, squeeze in both packages of cream cheese and replace the lid of your cooker. Cook on high for about 30 minutes, or until the cream cheese is completely dissolved. Stir a few times during this 30 minutes.

Garnish with crumbled bacon, green onions or chives.

*A few changes that I made when following this recipe. Since there are only 2 of us eating dinner I figured making 10 servings was just way too much. Instead I simply used 4 baking potatoes and then all the same quantities & ingredients. However instead of using cream cheese I opted to use 8 ounces of herbed goat cheese.

This was only one of my favorite recipes found in this cook book and I am sure you'll enjoy many of Stephanie O'dea's recipes for yourself.

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Snikiddy Gluten Free Baked Fries...mmmm

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Just like everyone else out there, we are always looking for new and different snack foods that meet my gluten free needs, are at least seemingly "healthy"and as a personal preference, do not have a million ingredients in them. Here is one of my most recent gluten free friendly snack food finds....

Snikiddy Baked Fries classic ketchup flavor. These crunchy baked fries are just as their name suggests; they look like fries and taste like fries with ketchup.

I found these new gluten free snacks while shopping at Sunterra Market located in Edmonton at:

Lendrum Shopping Centre  5728- 111 Street Edmonton, AB Phone: (780) 434-2610

I must admit that in my pre-gluten free days when I worked downtown I would love to go to Sunterra Market Commerce Place location (2nd floor, 10150 Jasper Avenue Edmonton) for lunch and of course end my yummy gluten filled tuna sandwich on dark rye bread (ahhh reminiscing is dangerous for me) with a sample of their broken cookie pieces. Obviously since this gluten filled meal is no longer an option for me and I don't even work downtown anymore, I tend to stear clear of the bakery section and I even avoid the refrigerated section where they keep those yummy sandwiches. However, when perusing the aisles at the Lendrum Shopping Center Sunterra Market location I always find different and exciting snack & meal ideas and these are Snikiddy Baked Fries are just one example.

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Gluten Free Ice Cream by Chapmans - Cookies n Cream and more

Chapman's does have a line of completely gluten free ice creams.  We notice their ice cream more out East in Ontario where their factory is, but I guess through demand we are seeing more and more of their gluten free line out here in Edmonton, Alberta.

I bet you never thought you would have gluten free Cookies'n'Cream ice cream did you?  Believe it or not, we purchased some Cookies'n'Cream ice cream by Chapmans at the Wild Earth Store behind the Wild Earth Bakery on 99st.  The gluten free Cookies & Cream flavour uses rice flour instead of wheat flour.

Now you might be asking, what about cross contamination?  Read here about their product information including gluten free, peanut free and dairy free.  Other Chapman gluten free ice cream flavours that you can find (but may have to ask for) are:

  • gluten free tigers tail
  • gluten free blue berry cheese cake ice cream
  • gluten free orange pineapple ice cream
  • gluten free rum and raisin ice cream
Visit for a full list of gluten free flavours.

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Kinnikinnick introduces a Gluten Free Event Schedule for Store #yegfood @gf_insider

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Lets just get straight to the point here, we all already love the fact that we have the Kinnikinnick Store here in Edmonton!  Right now, no one else but Edmonton has that luxury of having fresh gluten free cookies, gluten free cakes, gluten free cupcakes, gluten free breads being sold by one of the best manufacturers in North America.

Well, Kinnikinnick just took their store to the next level by introducing a gluten free event calendar for in store events.  Check it out for the latest scheduled gluten free cooking demos and sampling at their down town Edmonton location.  They introduced the calendar at the beginning of June 2011, and will continue to post more demos and sampling on the calendar throughout the year.  Be sure to check back often.

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Gluten Free Sushi at Sushi Wasabi in Edmonton

Here is a recommended sushi restaurant in Edmonton that accommodates the gluten free diet:

From @chelsswank
Sushi Wasabi was very accommodating. Had gluten free soy sauce. Very knowledgeable. Only problem was they ran out of rice so it took a long time to get our order. I just had sushi, sashimi etc so I'm not sure if their warm food can be modified
Click here for more information on Sushi Wasabi.

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Gluten Free Recipe: Moroccan Tortilla (AKA Spanish Tortilla)

My Auntie Rolly and Cousin Sasha in Spain (Me in the middle).
This is the Cafe where we ate the Spanish Tortilla
Growing up my dad didn't cook all that much.  But when he did, it was typically greasy foods.  My dad was born in Tangier, Morocco, and he, just like my grandmother loved cooking with oil.  I think it was a cultural think influenced by their Spanish heritage.  My favourite dish that my dad made for me was his Moroccan Tortilla.  I always thought that he just made it up, but when I was in Spain many years ago, I ordered a Spanish Tortilla at a cafe.  When the server placed it on the table, I was shocked to see that it was exactly what my dad would make for me!

I made my first attempt at the Moroccan Tortilla and it turned it out great.  It is naturally gluten free, with little ingredients and pretty easy to make.

Cooking in pan

  • 1 baked potato (my dad would just use french fries)
  • Choice of gluten free sausage (my dad would use hot dogs, I used sliced turkey bacon and pepperoni because thats what we had on hand)
  • 4 eggs scrambled
  • Vegetable oil
The finished product.  Yum!
  • Punch holes in potato and microwave until soft enough to cut (or cook it any way you like)
  • Slice or dice sausage and place in frying pan and begin to brown in its own grease
  • Julienne or cube potato place in fry pan
  • Add enough vegetable oil to brown potato
  • You can use a big fry pan to make sure everything browns and crisps up equally.  However you will need a smaller fry pan for the next step
  • Transfer to a fry pan where the potato and meat cover the entire surface of the pan and even creates a second layer.
  • Evenly pour egg over all of the potato and meat.  Let stand fry on low for 5 minutes until bottom is nicely cooked.
  • Flip and repeat.  Note, when I flipped it, I flipped it back into the bigger pan because by that point everything is being held together by the egg.
This serves two, so you can adjust the recipe bigger or smaller all you want.  I hope you enjoy.  

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2011 Taste of Edmonton's Celiac Friendly Menu is Available!

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These guys are awesome!  For the second year in a row Taste of Edmonton has released their Celiac friendly menu.  Be sure to check out the Taste of Edmonton at Churchill Square between July 21 to July 30, 2011.

It is not often that someone with Celiac Disease can go to a festival and know that their are gluten free foods for them to eat.  Edmonton being Festival City has tonnes of festivals, but very few accommodate the Celiac community like Taste of Edmonton so lets give them some support this year.

Out of the 42 vendors this year, just under 50% of them have listed atleast one item as Celiac friendly.  That is such great news and look forward to trying out some of the dishes like cabbage rolls from Taste of Ukraine, Pad Thai from Numchok Wilai Restaurant and seared galliano crusted Ahi Tuna from Lit Italian Wine Bar.

Click here for the full Celiac friendly menu.

Click here for the Events Edmonton website to learn more about Taste of Edmonton.  You can also follow Taste of Edmonton on Twitter @TasteofEdm

Remember it may sometimes be difficult to avoid cross contamination in this type of environment so still ask questions about preparation.  Ask if you can be served a fresh item with clean serving utensils when ordering. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the Celiac friendly items to see what the ingredients are.  Always remember trust your gut, and don't eat it if you think it has been contaminated.

Let us know what you try out.

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Gluten Free Chex has arrived in Edmonton and Canada

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Is Chex gluten free?  General Mills has a gluten free version of Chex Cereal.

So it has been buzzing that gluten free Chex Cereal is coming to Canada.  Everyone has been quite excited about that since Chex in general is not really found in Canada.

Chex does have an official announcement on their website.  Click here for more.

Some good news is that apparently it has already been spotted in Edmonton at Superstore, 17th St and Whitemud.  Thank you Tara for spotting it!

Update:  gluten free Chex also spotted West End Superstore and Wal-Mart

Gotta give a thank you to General Mills for bringing it to Canada.  Now looking to bring in the gluten free Rice Krispies that is being introduced into the states.  Click here for more details.

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Wine and Dine Gluten Free at Lit Italian Wine Bar on Jasper Ave. in Edmonton

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It is tough for Amanda and I to visit every restaurant and discover every gluten free friendly restaurant available in Edmonton.  So we are always happy when people share their reviews:

LIT Italian Wine Bar
10132 - 104 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, CA
Phone: (780) 757-6688

Shared by Dani
I just thought I’d let you know I went to a wonderful little wine bar last night called Lit that serves a few gluten free options. I wasn’t even there for the food, but of course I just had to try the prosciutto wrapped bocconcini cheese with basil (they warm it up so it’s all warm and gooey). They serve it with gluten free bread, although I can’t tell which company it’s from… perhaps it’s made on site (I didn’t ask). Anywho, if you’re ever looking for a relaxing evening sipping wine, I’d recommend Lit Italian Wine Bar located just off Jasper Ave on 104
Thanks Dani for this great find.

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Gluten Free Pizza at Pizzeria Prego in Edmonton

Located in the south end of Edmonton, Pizzeria Prego is quite the hidden gem for pizza in general, let alone their gluten free pizza.

Pizzeria Prego was one of the first restaurants in Edmonton to serve a gluten free pizza.  They originally were serving a Kinnikinnick pizza crust.  However they have now since taken the next step and have began making their own gluten free crust.  This is a fantastic idea because it now gives pizza lovers a different restaurant option that doesn't serve a gluten free crust from Kinnikinnick.  It also allows Pizzeria Prego to not have to charge extra for their gluten free crust.

Click here for their Facebook.

Pizzeria Prego
Lendrum Place Mall
5860 - 111 Street, Edmonton, AB
T6H 3G1
Phone 1: 780-439-7734
Phone 2: 780-436-5050

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Guest Post: Getting proper nutrients on a gluten free diet

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The following guest post is by Loreen Wales, RD of Revive Wellness:

If you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, you already know that you must cut wheat out of your diet. But
did you know that this can put you at risk of a having low levels of iron, B vitamins, vitamin D, calcium and folate?

All wheat flour (also known as "white flour", "enriched flour" or "enriched white flour") sold in Canada must be enriched with the addition of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid and iron. The addition of vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, magnesium and calcium is optional. However, mandatory fortification is not in place for non-wheat based flours.

Experts estimate 28-38% of our daily folic acid and iron come from fortified grains. By not eating these products, you increase your risk for being deficient in these nutrients. The solution is to pay attention to a few nutrients when planning your menu, and make sure you follow a balanced diet.

Iron: Heme iron which is easier for your body to absorb can be found naturally in meat, fish, seafood and poultry. Non-heme iron can be found in swiss chard, spinach, legumes, tofu, quinoa and molasses. To enhance the absorption of non-heme iron, add in some red pepper or some orange segments to your spinach salad. The high content of vitamin C will help increase the absorption.

B vitamins: The best sources of natural B vitamins include: meat, fish, chicken, dairy, eggs, legumes (beans and lentils), nuts, bananas (vitamin B6) and green leafy vegetables (Riboflavin-vitamin B2).

Vitamin D: can be found naturally in eggs and organ meats. Milk in Canada is also fortified with vitamin D. The best source of vitamin D comes 100% naturally from the sun. At the latitude we live, we are exposed to the proper UVB sunrays between March/April to October. When we are exposed to UVB sunrays outside without sun screen on we can synthesize vitamin D but during the winter months we need to rely on our diet and a supplement to meet our daily needs.

Folic acid: can be found in green leafy vegetables, nuts and bananas.

Calcium: dairy products or fortified soy, rice or almond milk are key sources of calcium.  Another great source of calcium is from canned salmon or sardines with bones. So next time you open up a can of salmon mash the bones up instead of throwing them away, you won’t even know they are there!

Fibre: Psyllium husks are a great source of soluble fibre which can help with lowering your bad (LDL) cholesterol, make you feel full longer, help regulate your blood sugar level as well as keep your bowels moving regularly. You can buy the husks in their raw form at the grocery store, often in the bulk section. I add it to homemade muffins, smoothies or sprinkle it on my yogurt or cereal. You will also find it in Metamucil®.

Here is an example of what a balanced diet can look like for someone with celiac disease.

◦ Gluten free (GF) muffin, peanut butter, yogurt, banana
◦ GF cold cereal sprinkled with psyllium husks, blueberries, almonds, milk
◦ GF crackers, hummus, raw vegetables, apple
◦ GF pasta with bolognaise sauce, salad
◦ Garden salad, Chili, cornbread, glass of milk, strawberries
◦ Spinach salad, Stir-fry beef, pork, chicken or tofu with vegetables, GF soy sauce, quinoa and toasted sesame seeds, glass of milk

I always tell anyone diagnosed with a disease that your greatest resource is a knowledgeable team of health care professionals. Seek out dietitians, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals with experience in dealing with celiac disease.

Together they can help support you in living healthy the celiac way. Please contact Revive Wellness Inc. if you need help planning your gluten-free diet or any other concern related to the disease.

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Gluten Free at Marble Slab in Edmonton

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[Allergen info updated March 27, 2017]

It looks like they are listing their flavours now as may contain traces of due to cross contamination.

Click here for Marble Slabs nutritional info page.


Ice scream, ice scream, we all scream for ice cream!

A recent trip to a Marble Slab here in Edmonton sparked this post.  I always like to report on restaurants that really take an allergies seriously, and I laughed at how serious they took Amanda's request for "allergy" to gluten.

We both ordered with allergies so we could share our ice screams.  When someone at Marble Slab orders gluten free or an allergy, the staff go to the back to get fresh utensils, and silicon bowls to mix your ice cream in order to avoid contamination on the frozen marble slab.  I chuckled when my server went to grab Amanda's servers utensils, and the server told him to go to the back and get fresh ones.  It was just nice to see them try.

Obviously there is no guarantee, but they sure do earn an "A" for effort.

Marble Slab has an allergen list for their ice cream flavours on their website.  Their allergen chart follows the US "Big 8" that includes wheat.  Click here for Marble Slabs nutritional info page.

Marble Slab makes a great gluten free friendly kids option for a dessert!

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