Date Night at the Hart's Table in Edmonton

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We recently had a date night at the Hart's Table in the Edmonton community of Riverbend.  This was our first time eating at the Hart's Table.  We thought to give it a try because it is part of the Century Hospitality Group which typically does really well with gluten free dining.

Hart's Table did not disappoint with plenty of marked options.

The place is pretty small, we recommend making a reservation because it was packed in there.

I took photos of the menu because they clearly mark menu items that can be made gluten free.  Click the photos to enlarge.

But now to the food.  We tried the gluten free sandwiches, although we were really tempted by the Hart's Burger Stack which was also marked as gluten free.  I think we will try that next time we go (Yes we will go back).

We first tried the kettle cooked chips and dip as a starter.  They were really good and stacked really high.  Quite reasonably priced as an appy if you ask me.

The two gluten free sandwiches we tried were the Pig & Fig and the Old School Club.  The Pig & Fig had roasted pork with fig jam, cheese, and greens.  It was tasty.  The Old School Club was what it was, an old school club.  The Fig & Pig certainly had the edge on the club.  The club sandwich was served cold, it would have been nicer I think if it was warmed up a little.  However, I think they worried about the gluten free bread falling apart if they warmed it up, which often happens.  

One of the down sides is that I don't think the waitress knew enough about the gluten free menu options, except for which items were gluten free.  Hart's Table seems to source their bread from Cobs Breads, so when we asked where their gf bread comes from, she says Cobs.  Now maybe, Cobs does bring n a GF bread from somewhere, but we felt like we were probably have slices from a Kinnikinnick gluten free loaf.

Hart's Table & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Making Dessert from Dessert - Gluten Free Edition

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I posted these gluten free cake pops a while ago on Facebook and thought this should be a blog post about making dessert from dessert.  Someone kind of laughed at me when I said my mother'n'law made these pop cakes from left over cake.  Mainly because they couldn't believe there would ever be left over desserts.

But guess what when my mother'n'law puts out a spread she puts out a spread!  Especially for special occasions.  We'd all be waddling out of their house if we ate everything.  She has an intricate system of baking, freezing and re-purposing to give new life.

I know we shouldn't have this problem, but especially when it comes to expensive gluten free baking items, this is an important tip to save you money and stretch out some desserts that might got fully eaten.

These gluten free pop cakes were made with half a left over cake.  All she did was take the leftover cake that was in the freezer and put it in a food processor with two tablespoons of pink icing and ran it until it got the the right consistency that she could mold them into balls.

She then drizzled them with white chocolate and let them settle.

This basically saved a cake that might have been in the freezer too long and dried up. 

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How much did you spend on gluten free foods last year?

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Well that is a wrap to 2017!  But all the shopping and all the eating will continue on n 2018.

Because we do save receipts so Amanda can claim the Celiac Expense for the gluten free foods purchased, it allows us to see how much we are actually spending on gluten free foods and where we are shopping for some of these goods.

We certainly shop at a lot of places during the year!  In total we went to 18 different stores to buy gluten free products, and spent over $1,300 on gluten free foods such as breads, buns, flours, snacks and so on for the year.

Where we spent

Not surprisingly Kinnikinnick Foods is where we spent most of our budget because we buy all of our gluten free all purpose flour, pancake mix and bread crumbs by the case at the Kinnikinnick Fresh store.  We also buy most of our gluten free bread and buns from the store, but those are not as frequent.

It also doesn't surprise me that Costco, Superstore and RioVida Gluten Free Bakery is where we spend more at.  We often buy gluten free pasta and chips at Costco, and most of our pizza crusts, and specialty breads are from RioVida.  Superstore is just where we do most of our general shopping.

Safeway, is next in line because they almost always have the gluten free Bisquick in stock, and we buy that for our waffles and stock up when on sale.

Where do you spend most of your gluten free budget?

What we bought?

This next chart tells a different story and shows what we spent our gluten free budget on.  As you can see a lot of it is on the gluten free pancake mix and all purpose gluten free flours that we purchase at the Kinnikinnick store.  This chart shows how expensive some gluten free products can be.  We bought gluten free breadcrumbs and stuffing once this year, but it shows up as a pretty high dollar value.  Its because it is so expensive in comparison to some of the other items.

What products have you purchased the most?

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Gluten Free Simply Simon Meals

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We always have friends and family looking out for us.  A family member found these Simple Simon gluten free meals at Co-op.  They make meals and pies, and some are made to be gluten free.

Simple Simon is a shop out of Calgary.  The owner of Simple Simon seems highly involved in the Calgary Community, being a co founder of the Calgary Farmers Market that opened up in 2004 in Currie Barracks.  The market has now moved to Blackfoot Trail and Heritage Drive.

Visit a Co-op at Lessard or Millwoods Towncentre and try out one of these meals marked gluten free.

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