Thursday, December 1, 2011

Kettle Cuisine Roasted Vegetable Soup

I love the flavor of roasted vegetables. I guess who doesn't, right? I've seen many roasted veggie soups for sale but they are usually puree soups. Puree soups really gross me out. The only puree I can handle is tomato soup and that's it. It always seems to me when they puree a ton of veggies together the consistency is always a little off and too thick but still somehow too thin - it just never feels like it works,

This is why I was excited to see that Kettle Cuisine partially purees this roasted vegetable soup. You still get lots of chunks of delicious roasted veggies and get a nice thick soup that tastes smooth and yummy. The base is thickened with potatoes and seasoning is tasty and I could really taste the olive oil (which I loved), I almost feel like this could be good cold and used as a dip for tortilla chips or a toasted gluten free baguette.

Verdict? Yummy!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Kettle Cuisine Southwestern Chicken and Corn Chowder

Chicken Corn Chowder has somehow evaded me nearly my entire adult life. It was just never a soup that I had. It wasn't until I was in my mid-late 20's that I had it for the first time. I was working at a hedge fund and we would get this amazing catered lunches everyday. One of the places we ordered from would send chicken corn chowder during the winter months. It was the most delicious soup I ever had. It was rich and creamy and full of chicken and veggies but never felt heavy in my tummy. 

When I saw that Kettle Cuisine made one I knew I had to try it. Kettle Cuisine was awesome enough to send a box my way. I am happy to say I was not disappointed. This is a soup that requires some serious cornbread on the side. You will want to soak up every drop of the luscious broth. It is full flavored with the taste of sweet corn and has a little bit of kick from cayenne pepper. 

Verdict? YUMMY

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Main Line Baking Co Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Well hello there new friend. 

I was on the hunt today for a pre-made gluten free dessert that I could bring to Thanksgiving. I checked out all of Whole Foods offerings and settled on a pecan pie. While rounding the corner I noticed packs of cupcakes and muffins from a vendor I've never heard of before. I stopped to look. 

Chai Tea Cupcakes?


Who says all desserts have to end up at Thanksgiving dinner, amiright?

I picked these bad boys up and brought them home. I tore open the package and pulled out one cupcake. The cupcake felt light and the cake was very moist - no dry, heavy, crumbly crumb here! The flavor is ridiculous. It is so cinnamon-y and tastes just like a snickerdoodle! The icing was a little sweet for me but the cake more than made up for it. The cake was the right balance and not too sweet. 

I'm now going to have to pick up some Chai Tea cupcakes and maybe trek out to the bakery itself to pick up the Margarita flavor (!!!!)

These are not available at all Whole Foods locations. However you can visit their website and order directly. 

Verdict? YUMMY!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kettle Cuisine Tomato Vegetable Soup

As I have mentioned before, I am extremely obsessed with Kettle Cuisine soups. I was having a hard time finding this one and Kettle Cuisine SENT IT TO ME! I was so ridiculously excited. Sure, I love getting free stuff but its even better when its this soup!

I love tomato soup. Always have. There is something so comforting about it. I think that almost everyone can recall warm childhood memories of having tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold winter day. Tomato soup doesn't just warm your belly, it warms your soul.

I usually like smooth and creamy tomato soups. If a tomato soup is going to have chunky tomatoes it better deliver big time. This soup from Kettle Cuisine has big chunks of tomatoes, squash, celery, carrots and green beans. The vegetables taste garden fresh and the soup is amazingly delicious. I also thought it would be amazing tossed with pasta and would be a nice pasta primavera.

OH! I almost forgot there is also little tiny tube gluten free pasta in the soup. At first I wasn't sure what it was and when I realized it was pasta I was even more thrilled with this soup.

I seriously do not understand how this soup tastes so fresh. Kettle Cuisine peeps are geniuses because whatever they are doing is working 100%.

Verdict? YUMMY

FDA's New Dietary Ingredient Guidance

If you are anything like me, you take a boat load of supplements. Most celiacs have to even if they really, really, really hate swallowing pills. Most (if not all) of us have damaged intestinal tracts which means that our bodies don't always absorb all the nutrients from the foods we eat leaving us vulnerable to malnutrition. Which makes supplements mandatory to our daily regimes.

Like a lot of celiacs I also have other medical issues that I choose to treat holistically - I'm just am not a big fan of big pharma. So needless to say I take A LOT of supplements which is why this new I'm very concerned about the FDA's New Dietary Ingredient Guidance.

Basically what this thing say is that all supplements will require pre-approval of any supplement that contains a new ingredient added after 1994.  Yes, you read that right - if any supplement you take changed its formulation in the past 17 years it will be subject to this new hoop jumping  - even if the product has been proven to be 100% safe.

The NDI will:

-Require notification and de-facto pre-approval for all products with even a minor ingredient change
-Reduces or eliminates product choices and suspends research and new product development
-Ignores the proven safety record of dietary supplements and vitamins
-Increases prices due to unnecessary testing and paperwork

Other possible implications:
-Some products becoming available through prescription only at a much higher cost
-Questions the additions of non-active ingredients in products that have no other product changes
-The closing of your favorite health food stores and nutri-product manufacturing companies triggering the loss of thousands of health product industry jobs.

So what can you do?

- Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell your Senators and Representatives that you oppose the FDA's New Dietary Ingredient Guidelines
- Ask for Congressional Oversight on the FDA's attempt to circumvent the law
-Send an action alert to your Congressman

Monday, November 21, 2011

Enjoy Life! Chewy Bars

These tasty little bars and perfect in so many ways. 

First - the flavors are delicious. My two favorites are up above. The caramel apple tastes sweet but isn't overwhelming. Sunbutter Crunch tastes lovely and creamy. There is also Very Berry and Choco Loco flavored bars. The Very Berry is tasty and you get a nice taste of fruit in the bar. The Choco Loco is super rich and very chocolately. 

Second - The bars are perfectly portioned. They are small but pack a mighty punch, It's the perfect size to satisfy a sweet tooth without any guilt!

Third- They are all either 110 or 120 calories which is perfect for those who don't want to eat a big snack. 

I love these! I think I have about five of them currently in my purse. There are the perfect thing to grab when you are out running around and realize that you haven't had anytime to eat. They stop me from doing what I normally do which is grab something junky. With these bars I can have a candy bar taste with absolutely no guilt!

Verdict? YUMMY!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rudi's Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I am so crazy happy that I took a roll of the dice on Rudi's products.

I think I felt safe with Rudi's because it seemed so close to Udi's and I think we all know of my obsession love of all things Udi's.

The first time I bought Rudi's bread I noticed the cinnamon raisin but I didn't want to get too invested and have it turn out that the bread totally sucked so I figured I would just wait.

This was definitely worth the wait.

I swear to God that Rudi's is not really gluten-free the bread it is too good! Their frozen bread tastes bakery fresh and has the most amazing consistency. The cinnamon raisin bread is perfectly cinnamon-y and toasts up perfectly.

Verdict? YUMMY!

Sorry for the Delay

Hi Lovely Yummy Readers!

I'm so sorry for the delay in new posts. I was in a pretty hairy car accident a few weeks ago. This is the first week where I was no whiplash pain and sitting at a computer feels okay. I have lots of reviews to write and I'm hoping to get some up this weekend.


GF Yummy

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rigoni di Asiago Nocciolata

I don't know where this has been all of my life. I can't believe all of the years I've wasted not consuming chocolate hazelnut spread on a regular basis. This is hands down, honest to goodness the best tasting thing I have eaten in my entire life. 

I'm trying to think why I never felt compelled to try a spread like this before. I remember as a kid I had a friend whose parents were big time travelers and they always had Nutella in their house. I vaguely recall thinking that it was disgusting and I guess I just carried that opinion throughout my life. 

However, I'm pretty sure that this stuff blows Nutella out of the water. First of all, this stuff takes a full 24 hours to create. This one little jar gets some serious TLC before its ever even packaged and on its way to your friendly local grocer. The ingredients are high quality organic and you can definitely taste the quality. 

I can't repeat this enough - this is the most delicious thing I've ever eaten. I want to find a thousand ways to utilize this spread in baking because I can't imagine that it would do anything other than make everything 1000 times more delicious. 

Verdict? Yummy! Please go out and get this and enjoy the yummy - it is amazing. 

Rigoni di Asiago Organic Fruit Spreads

Gluten is a clever little minx.

It hides in the most innocuous of places.

Following a gluten free diet is much like a weird game of "Where's Waldo?"

Once place I never thought could be a problem was jams, preserves, fruit spreads and jelly.

I typically only eat organic and natural fruit spreads because I don't like all that artificial junk. Rigoni di Asiago takes it all one step further and basically (my theory) shoves exceptionally fresh fruit into a jar and slaps a label on it and calls it a day. Not only are they certified organic but they contain 3 POUNDS OF FRUIT PER JAR.  No sugar - except those that natural occur and since its so super fresh it contains 30% less calories then other spreads.

The freshness and purity of the fruit spreads is unbelievable. I've never tasted a fruit spread that tastes like biting into the fruit that the spread is made of.  The orange tasted like biting into a fresh, sun drenched orange - unbelievable.

I've sampled the blueberry, mixed fruit, orange and peach and was equally impressed with each flavor. The blueberry has whole, tiny blueberries which ups the flavor quotient big time. The peach is fresh and sweet and took me right back to summer. The flavors in all of the fruit spreads is big and bright and really makes a piece of toast a pretty exciting thing to eat.

Verdict? YUMMY!

*Rigoni di Asiago did send me samples to review. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review. As always, my reviews are my opinions. Yummy doesn't sell out :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy GF Halloween!

When I was a kid the only thing I had to worry about was crazed strangers shoving razor blades and/or poison into my Halloween candy. As an adult I have to worry about crazed candy companies shoving gluten into all sorts of candy nooks and crannies.

I've been scouring the web to find a good comprehensive GF candy list. I haven't found one that is super comprehensive - ultimately your best bet is to throughly educate yourself about what's safe BEFORE your little buddy goes out Trick or Treating. Now that the disclosure is out of the way here are the lists I've found:

This one I found a bit confusing - it says things like "fun size only" when I know that the full size bar of that particular candy is totally GF.

I feel like this list is better and seems more comprehensive. It's a good "at a glance" kind of list.

Everyone have a safe and fun Halloween!

Happy Halloween -

xoxox GF Yummy

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kettle Cuisine Soups & Chili

Once I tasted the Three Bean Chili I set myself on a mission to try every single flavor of Kettle Cuisine that I could get my grubby little hands on. 

I seriously do not understand how they do it. How on earth do they make a frozen soup taste as good (and more than likely better) then fresh, homemade soups? What sort of sorcery and matter of magic is being employed in the Kettle Cuisine kitchens? I can only assume that the cooks have some sort of pact with the Devil that allows them to 1) make sure insanely delicious soup 2) make the soup insanely delicious even though its frozen.

Okay so enough insuinuation that the Kettle Cuisine people are some sort of weird wizards onward to the reviews:

Chicken Chili with White Beans:

This smells incredible and I could not wait to shove my spoon in and inhale the entire bowl. The flavor is amazing and complex and it's got a little kick to it too.

Thai Curry Chicken Cuisine

This is my absolute hands down favorite. This is the most delicious soup I have ever eaten - period. It is BETTER than the homemade soup I've eaten at delicious Thai restaurants. I crave this soup.

Chicken Soup with Rice Noodles

I have had several brands of frozen gluten free chicken noodle and every single one of them was utterly disgusting. I've made my fair share of homemade chicken noodle soups and they are always great - but when you're sick or just want something cozy cooking isn't always an activity that rates high. This will be my go to going forward. Its delicious and the noodles don't explode in the soup and make the soup all starchy. The noodles stay firm the soup is just tasty.

Angus Beef Steak Chili with Beans

This was not my favorite. I think the Three Bean Chili is much more flavorful. However this was still really good. Even though I loved the other ones I was still hesitant on this one. Frozen steak just always seems like it will be gross. The meat was fine and tasty and the chili was good - just not as good as the Three Bean.

I'm now on the mission to find the Southwestern Chicken & Corn Chowder, Roasted Vegetable Soup and the Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables.

Verdict? So far - YUMMY! I'm totally digging on Kettle Cuisine and seriously recommend that everyone try at least one variety!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Not Nuts! Seed & Fruit Mix from Enjoy Life!

Enjoy Life! was amazing enough to send me out their new product Not Nuts! I was really excited because I love any kind of fruit, nut and seed mix. I practically survive off the stuff. I easily clear a bag of mixed stuff a week.

I thought this was a great idea since I know so many people who are allergic to nuts. As much as I might feel that being gluten-free is hard I cannot even imagine being nut-free. Nuts are in almost everything and nut allergies are terrible and immediately life threatening.

Not only are they nut free they are also free of the wheat, dairy, soy, egg, fish & shellfish. And no worries about cross contamination since Enjoy Life! has a dedicated facility - got to love that!

Enjoy Life! has two flavors in their Not Nuts! line:

Mountain Mambo which contains:
Sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, raisins, apples, chocolate chips (allergan free!), and cranberries.

This was by far my favorite. I loved the combination of the little tiny chocolate chips with dried cranberries and dried apples. You get a little sweet taste with a little salty and just enough crunch with the pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Beach Bash which contains:
Sunflower kernels, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and apricots.

I love everything in this mix except the dried pineapple. I love fresh, juicy pineapple but cannot stand dried pineapple. I always feel like dried pineapple loses its sweetness and all thats left is sourness. But that's just me - some people love dried pineapple and if you do then you will enjoy this mix. I did like having the taste of dried apricots and cranberries with the crunchiness of the sunflower & pumpkin seeds.

These mixes are both very tasty and are a great healthy little snack. I love that I can get my sweet fix in a healthy way - okay yes, the Mountain Mambo has chocolate but hey - the rest is healthy so it negates the chocolate!

Verdict: Yummy!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Gluten Free Apple Cider Doughnuts

The bite is supposed to show you how delicious these are but I think it really highlights my lack of self control.

I don't know about you but to me autumn is all about the smells and tastes that typically personify this glorious season. I love smelling fires, hearing crunchy leaves and smelling fresh fried apple cider doughnuts at every single farmers market/farm/outdoor event. It's enough to drive a celiac mad. For crying out loud we are only a few weeks into fall and these doughnuts are everywhere taunting me. 

Doughnut: "ooooh look at how delicious I am.....don't you want to take a bite?"

Me: "Look doughnut, we both know you are delicious and some Amish lady made you fresh but I can't eat you....even if you are warm and covered in cinnamon sugar that appears to be turning into a glaze due to the freshness and heat."

Then I normally run away, cry and die a little on the inside. 

Not this season I thought. This Fall I will figure it out and make some damn doughnuts myself. 

After a particularly festive Fall day apple & pumpkin picking all the while smelling fresh fried apple cider doughnuts in the air. (They must pump it throughout the farm because there is no reason for that smell to waft a mile away.) I left the farm determined to make some delicious gluten free apple cider doughnuts. 

Luckily I had my 5 pound bag of Jules Gluten Free Flour waiting for me at home. I searched and found this easy recipe from The Food Philosopher. 

I was super intimidated. I had never made doughnuts before and figured that this would be time consuming and probably super complicated. I cleared out my day and pulled out my recipe. 

5 minutes later my dough was ready and I was twiddling my thumbs waiting for the oil to get hot enough. 

This was seriously the easiest thing I have ever made in my entire life. Making cookies from scratch is like 50 times more complicated then this doughnut recipe. The best part? You don't have to roll out the dough. This is something I always dread with gluten free dough since it always seems to be problematic. This recipe just has you push out the dough until its 1/2 inch thick. 

My first couple of doughnuts were too thin so I re-rolled the dough and pushed it again and ended up with much thicker doughnuts. I used a biscuit cutter and a water bottle cap to cut out the center. The doughnuts take about a minute on each side and you just take them out of the oil for a moment then dredge them in cinnamon sugar and then shove them in your face. 

This recipe made delicious doughnuts. I couldn't believe how fluffy and cake-y they turned out. I'm not sure if they would have been as awesome with another flour. I find Jules' GF flour to really be the best. It is more expensive but in return you get the most kick ass end product. 

Verdict? Yummy! Don't be scared to try to make them- its so easy and you will be SO happy. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Schar Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

Back in elementary school my mom would occasionally buy wafer cookies and they would end up as my special snack in my lunchbox.

Those were always some happy times. I would break off each layer and eat them separately. I loved them. Left unattended I could polish off almost an entire container.

I feel like I've had gluten free wafer cookies before but nothing that could hold a flame to these bars.

First of all they are like the size of a candy bar. Which was totally unexpected. I figured these would be tiny little cookies - as is usually the case with gluten free stuff. I was very happy to see such a giant cookie! And it's totally covered in chocolate!

The cookie is light as air and it tastes even better than those wafer cookies from my youth. This is like a wafer cookie grown up. The hazelnut flavor is insanely yummy and the chocolate is light - its not too rich or too chocolate-ly. The hazelnut flavor is the real star of this show.

I am completely addicted to these bars. They call to me all the time. So my only warning is that one bite might turn you into a Schar Chocolate Hazelnut Bar junkie - but its clearly the best kind of junkie to be!

Verdict? YUMMY. You will LOVE these!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Kettle Cuisine Three Bean Chili

I'm generally pretty weary of frozen gluten free meals and soups. I've had a few negative experiences so I tend to be pretty cautious. 

The other day I was slowly browsing Whole Foods. I really do love food shopping. I love taking time to look at every thing and see if there is anything I've never eaten before. I love trying new things whether its frozen foods or fruit and vegetables. While in my food shopping reverie I noticed the little square boxes of Kettle Cuisine. I thought I had read something about them and figured what did I have to lose?

My gamble was totally worth it. This three bean chili is flavorful and utterly delicious. The chili is spicy and actually tastes homemade. Nothing about this chili tastes like its something out of a cardboard box in the freezer section. 

I cannot wait to try all of the other Kettle Cuisine flavors. If they are anywhere as good as this I can't wait!

Verdict? Yummy!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Jovial Fig Fruit Filled Cookies

I can't think of one person I know who doesn't love Fig Newton cookies.

I have always had a serious fondness of that soft cookie shell and that lovely chewy fig filled center.


So yummy and so gluten full.

PCD days I would chow down on Fig Newtons on a fairly regular basis. There was a time in the 90's when they even had other flavors like apricot & strawberry which were equally loved by me.

After my diagnosis I kissed those Fig Newtons goodbye until today.

I was poking around my health food store. I always slowly scan each aisle because they ALWAYS have new stuff in stock - they easily have the biggest selection of gluten free food - when I came across these cookies.

My health food store had the fig fruit filled and vanilla creme filled I naturally gravitated to the fig fruit filled. I had a good feeling.

When I brought my purchases up to the counter the check out girl gasped "these are AMAZING....they taste even better than Fig Newtons!" This was very exciting. Everytime one of the employees at the health food store recommends something it is always perfect and delicious and this time was no different.

As soon as I got home I opened the box. The cookies are perfect little round spheres the cookie is a little stiff but still a little soft - just perfect. The cookie doesn't get crumbly and gross and the fig filling is delicious! The checkout girl was right they are BETTER than Fig Newtons!

Verdict? YUMMY!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Russo's Gluten Free Gourmet Mozzarella Sticks


This is something I have been waiting for since my celiac diagnosis.

I LOVE mozzarella sticks. Always have and can't ever imagine a time when I haven't totally loved them.

When I got diagnosed with celiac I kissed mozzarella sticks good bye. Sure, I could've made them from scratch but its just not the same. I wanted to go out somewhere and order mozzarella sticks or simply pop them in the over and enjoy after 6 minutes.

My dreams came true at the health food store today. I was browsing the back refrigerated section which I normally totally forget exists and I glanced a box that said "mozzarella sticks." I instantly figured that they were probably vegan or organic - there was no way someone was smart and kind and loving enough to create a frozen gluten free mozzarella stick.  I scanned the package and say "Russo's Gluten Free Gourmet" I was in heaven. I ripped open the freezer case and yanked those bad boys out.

The second I got home I ripped open the box. I figured that the mozzarella sticks would be about 2 inches long but nope. These are standard mozzarella stick size. I popped them into the oven. I anxiously awaited 8 minutes. I pulled out crispy, ooey, gooey mozzarella sticks. The coating was crunchy and awesome. They were difficult to pick up so I used a fork. But they are still amazing.

Verdict? YUMMY!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Wholes Foods Gluten Free Banana Bread

Is there anything more appealing than the smell of banana bread baking?

I absolutely love banana bread. I know shocking right? It's not like this whole blog is dedicated to my love of all things sugary & sweet or anything. Someone had tipped me off and said that I absolutely had to try the Gluten Free Carrot Cake (yeah, no thanks) and the Gluten Free Banana Bread at Whole Foods.

What really drove this home? The person is NOT Gluten Free.

This definitely demanded an investigation.

On a recent trip to Whole Foods I swung by their refrigerated gluten-free section and picked myself up a loaf. The first thing I noticed was that the bread has that same sticky-cake like outer layer of gluten-full banana bread and the smell was amazing.

I sliced off a piece and popped it in the toaster oven for a minute.


This tasted EXACTLY like gluten-full banana bread.

I proceeded to inhale half of the loaf in one sitting. Not my proudest moment, but definitely one of the yummiest!

Verdict? YUMMY and hopefully you'll have significantly more self control then me.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Simple Squares

I picked these babies up from a deal on Gluten Free Deals. For $7 how could I lose?

These are absolutely unlike anything I've ever had in my entire life. They are sweet and savory and somehow or another taste like sweet bread dough but in a really fabulous and amazing way. I realize that is probably the crappiest way to describe the taste of something but trust me its hard to describe the taste of Simple Squares!

They come in three flavors, Rosemary, Sage & Coconut. The squares are made with nuts, honey and loads of natural healthy ingredients. All of the squares are free of gluten, dairy & soy they are also kosher and totally organic.

The first one I ate was the coconut. Honestly, I was a little terrified at the notion of eating a sweet treat flavored with sage or rosemary. I thought they would be slightly sweet and very overpowered with the primary flavor. Fortunately this was not the case. All the flavors play well together and nothing is overpowering. The rosemary, sage & coconut are like whispers in the bar not loud shouts.

Verdict? Yummy!

You can find them here :

Friday, September 30, 2011

Mrs. Crimbles Chocolate Macaroons *UPDATED*

Macaroons dipped in chocolate?

If that's the question then the answer is always a resounding YES.

I love macaroons.

Unfortunately, I cannot make them. Every time I have tried to make them they come out terribly and they exponentially suck. This has stunk for me since I have been totally unable to find gluten free macaroons.

So you can imagine my joy & excitement (joycitement?) when I came across these babies. I couldn't wait to get them home and try them out.

They are dense - like a good macaroon should be. The first few bites were fantastic but by the end of the cookie I wasn't as excited. I'm not sure if its because I compare every chocolate dipped macaroon to the ones at Wegman's, which are made by the hands of angels, or if there was truly something not 100% with the cookie.

I'm totally keeping the package and will definitely try them again and see what I think the second time around.

Verdict? Okay - definitely worth a try!


I tried them again and yeah, I was WRONG. The whole cookie was delicious! Sometimes I just know that something needs a second chance.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies

I have always really enjoyed Enjoy Life's soft baked cookies. They always reminded me of something from my childhood lunchbox. They were soft and lovely and I especially loved the apple ones.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that Enjoy Life decided to branch out and create a line of crunchy cookies! Best of all there were flavors that I haven't even seen in a pre-packaged gluten free cookie.

Sugar Cookies?


Thin, crispy, vanilla graham?


I couldn't wait to rip the boxes open and taste all of my new acquisitions.

All of the cookies have this fantastic thin, crispy action.

Chocolate Chip:

These were not my favorite. The crunch was great but there was something lacking in the flavor. Like maybe they needed more vanilla extract?

Crunchy Double Chocolate:

I'm so shocked that the chocolate cookies were not my favs! I've always been a big time chocolate cookie girl. But these just didn't do it for me. Maybe they were too chocolate-y?

Sugar Crisp:

Oooooohhhh...these were yummy. They reminded me of a slightly over-cooked sugar cookie - which is absolutely a fantastic thing! The flavor was delicious and the thin crispiness was just heaven.

Vanilla Graham:

These were the by far my favorite. They had real graham cracker taste not like every other gluten free graham cookie on the market. The vanilla taste was subtle and combined amazingly with the graham taste. I even think you could do a s'more with these and be pretty excited about it.

Verdict? Half Yummy, Half Okay

Enjoy Life! did send me chocolate mega chunks to review. However, I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Let's Do Gluten Free Sugar Cones

I can't even really remember the last time I had ice cream in a cone.

In my PCD days I always ordered my ice cream on a cone. I never order it in a cup or any other way. If I had the option I would get that huge ass waffle cone.

After my celiac diagnosis all of that changed. It was always ice cream in a cup and that's it.

I've seen GF ice cream cones before but they were always super expensive and I just figured they would taste crappy so I never bought them.

These were bought for me as a "gift."

And what I mean by "gift" is that family members often see something GF and buy it for me and surprise me with it at a family meal. "LOOK I BOUGHT YOU SOMETHING RANDOM GLUTEN FREE!"

Everyone is always really excited.


These were a gift and they are awesome.

They taste like gluten full sugar cones. They are only a tiny bit smaller then a traditional sugar cone.

Stuff like this just makes me super happy. It helps me feel nearly normal and like I can enjoy everything that everyone else does.

Verdict? YUMMY!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Gluten Freeda Ice Cream Sandwiches

I got a glimpse of these in the frozen foods case at my local health food store a few weeks ago. At the time I was in picking up non-perishables and didn't have time to run home and drop these babies off.

Next time, I gently whispered to them.

Because? Um, ICE CREAM SANDWICHES? Yeah thats always on my list.

I went back last weekend and picked these bad boys up.

I do absolutely zero research on them and just trust that even if they aren't great its still an ice cream sandwich.

The second I took my first bite I knew this was the best decision I ever made in regards to an ice cream sandwich in my entire life.

The cookie is delicious. It actually reminds me of an Oreo but a little heavier which is perfect to hold in all that yummy ice cream.

These are amazing! I only had the vanilla but I think they come in other flavors.

Verdict! YUMMY!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rudi's Sandwich Bread

I've been hearing about Rudi's for a at least year. For a really long time I thought that people were just confusing Udi's and adding an R to it. Due to me thinking that everyone else was too stupid to remember Udi's I never thought to look for Rudi's bread. Eventually I did realize that Rudi's was its very own separate company with fantastic reviews and plenty of people calling it "best GF bread EVER!"

Best GF bread ever?


This I HAD to try.

The texture of the bread is lovely. It is reminiscent of those yummy honey wheat breads I used to get PCD.

I LOVED those.

They were always amazingly delicious with this little touch of sweetness.

Rudi's has that lovely bit of sweetness but I don't think that its from honey, It has more of a molasses taste and the bread is delicious with honey ham or honey turkey.

The bread is perfect from the package and needs no toasting to taste amazing!

Verdict? YUMMY

Monday, August 22, 2011

Oops I Got Glutened Again.....

When I was first diagnosed I got glutened constantly.

I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't understand how gluten can lurk in dangerous, random places. You know, like some restaurant makes chili with a roux or the waitress forgets to leave the croutons off your salad and you get some banging cross contamination.

I think we've all been there.

But now? Now? I know better. I know all the scientific terms for gluten ingredients, I know the questions to ask and generally what is safe and what has got danger zone written all over it.

I, clearly, have gotten cocky.

Saturday night I went out to a new restaurant. I order a side salad instead of fries with my burger. Asked if the burger meat contained any fillers or was it all burger - all the responsible things. I told the waitress I was allergic to wheat (this is a place where it was pretty obvious the staff was hired for being pretty not smart.)

My meal was fine - no bun on the burger, no croutons on the salad. I figured I was all good.

My burger tasted a little odd but I thought maybe it was the cheese so I yanked that off. Nope, burger still tastes odd. I grab the waitress and ask "is there anything added to meat?" Again she tells me no - OH but we do but beer in with the burger meat.

Crap and I just ate half of this burger. I would've gotten into it with her but it just didn't seem worth it. What I learned was that I'm never eating there again and that I absolutely cannot assume that the server knows anything ever.

This whole situation got me thinking about food labeling.

The foods we purchase in the grocery store are supposed to list the "big allergans" on their labels. Why aren't restaurants required to do this? Is it an idea of hiding behind proprietary information? Is it because their wholesalers won't tell them whats in stuff and they don't ask - or is it too hard to check out everything on their menu?

It just seems to me that the effort that it would take for a restaurant to list out allergans on its menu would go along way with good will. It's not like I'm the only celiac in my town and I'm sure I'm not the only celiac who has been to that restaurant and gotten sick.

It's just seems that its time for things to change. The overabundance of items in our diets have turned simple foods into death traps. And the food industry as a whole should be responding appropriately. .

Friday, August 19, 2011

Enjoy Life! Semi Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks

There is a high level of skepticism in my family whenever I announce that something is "dairy free."

I'm not sure what they think its going to taste like but I'm guessing they think it will taste like dirt or garbage or something. So when I announced I have made gluten free cookies dairy free - no one wanted any part of it. 

Until I started forcing people to eat them - mostly with severe guilt trips. 

Then you would hear "OH YUM! THIS IS DAIRY FREE???"

These chocolate chunks are no joke. They are large and in charge - they are like four chocolate chips lumped together. They melt great and taste awesome!

Verdict? Yummy!

Enjoy Life! did send me chocolate mega chunks to review. However, I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review - these really are awesome!!!

Enjoy Life! Double Chocolate Crunch Granola

I really haven't touched granola since my diagnosis.

There was all this back and forth about oats and are they okay or not?

Then came the line of gluten free oats - which turned out to not really be gluten free....

So yeah - granola - kind of a danger zone.

But this right here - no oats at all.

The little crispy, crunchy bits are made from brown rice. Totally 100% safe!!

When I was first tried this I was taken aback because it didn't have the kind of taste I've come to associated with granola. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. The taste is more like if someone let cocoa pebbles bake a little bit longer and then rolled them up with luscious chocolate chips.

These definitely satisfy that deep chocolate craving and I think these would be amazing as marshmallow treats.

Verdict? Yummy

I have to disclose that Enjoy Life! did send me this granola to review - however I am under no obligation to provide a favorable review I really did think this was tasty :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Grainless Baker Hoagie Rolls

I come from the land of hoagies. Every deli & pizza place around here boasts the "Best Hoagies in South Jersey" or "The Best Hoagies Outside of Philly" I typically just pout and order my "Best Hoagie" with no bread on a bed of lettuce - and could you change your gloves first please? And put down some wax paper? Thanks, you guys are the best!

PCD I loved ordering Italian Hoagies with lots of oil & vinegar & extra spice. There was this amazing Italian Deli across the street from my high school (I think it has since moved) and it made the best hoagies I've ever had. Interestingly enough they never self-proclaimed themselves the best of anything. Everything was fresh and the had the most yummiest hoagies rolls I've ever had. I've been able to accept that the chances of me every having a chewy perfect roll again are very slim (unless a genius food scientist who loves bread gets diagnosed with celiac then all bets are off) but I'd still love to be able to bite into a good hoagie roll. 

I'm happy to say that The Grainless Baker has not disappointed yet again. These buns are delicious once dethawed and do not need to be toasted. Which means you could grab one and go to your favorite sandwich joint and enjoy a tasty hoagie on a roll! Nothing bad about that!

Verdict? Yummy - and I'm ready to go so far to say that if you see a product by The Grainless Baker it will absolutely be fabulous. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Grainless Baker Hot Dog Buns

There is nothing that screams summer like cookouts - especially grilled burgers & hot dogs. Nothing makes me happier or makes my mouth water more then the smell of a grill. Since I was diagnosed with celiac summer cookouts just don't have the same excitement. While burgers & hot dogs can be good without a bun there is just something wrong with eating grilled meat sans bun. 

For years I've struggled with cookout goodies. This year I've found the joy that is Udi's Hamburger Buns
but have been extremely unlucky in acquiring their hot dog buns. I've always really enjoyed The Grainless Bakers baguettes so when I came across these guys I figured they were worth a shot.

Until I came across these buns I had no idea that The Grainless Baker even made hot dog buns. A few years back I had tried another brands hot bog buns (for the life I cannot remember who made them) but they were terrible. They were like three times the size of a typical hot dog bun - it was just WAY too much bread and it just made me sad.

These are unbelievable. The best part? NO TOASTING! They are delicious straight after thawing. It seems that more and more companies are now getting on this bandwagon of letting us actually enjoy bread products like a normal person.

Verdict? Yummy!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour

Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour, 44-Ounce Units (Pack of 4)

When I was first diagnosed I had a really hard time finding all purpose flours. There were a handful available at my local health food store but I wasn't necessarily all excited about the prospect of gluten free baking. On the rare occasion that I ventured into gluten free baking the end results would be such a crumbly, messy disaster that it just didn't seem worth it. 

For many years I just lived out my existence without any hand baked goods. As gluten free flours started to become more prolific I gave Bob's a shot. 

What I've always like about Bob's is that it does create a decent end product. The baked good doesn't fall apart and it never weighed 25 pounds. My only issue with Bob's was the garbanzo bean flour. The rub with bean flours is that they provide the protein necessary to give a plump chewy product but the aftertaste is heinous. 

I've since stopped using Bob's for any sweet baked goods. I find its fine for making breads and the like but is a definite no-no for sweeties. 

Verdict? Okay for breads not so much for sweeties

Monday, August 1, 2011

Conte's Gluten Free Gnocchi

I came from an area where pasta flows like water and in any given mile you will pass by at least 5 Italian restaurants. Being GF around here can be dicey - especially when you miss things like raviolis and gnocchi.

PCD I didn't eat a copious amount of gnocchi. I had a casual relationship with this type of pasta. We would occasionally see each other and I would coat it in vodka sauce and peas and go to town. When I was diagnosed I made a lot of assumptions about my diet going forward. My first assumption was that all good tasting pasta, bread & pizza was out the door and my second was that my food would only be fresh fruits & vegetables.  My days of going out for large dishes of pasta, crispy garlic bread and lots of red wine were over.

This little bag of love up there told me different. It's not just a bag of gnocchis - its a bag of possibilities. Contes has done something pretty amazing. The gnocchi is light and the pasta is chewy without being rubbery, too dense or gross. These little puffs are heaven sent.

Verdict? Yummy!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sunstart Quality Bakers Caramel & Chocolate Dessert Delights / Rocky Road Bars

These tasty looking guys were recently on sale at my friendly neighborhood Shop Rite. I had never seen them before and broke my "gluten-free rule" - which is I don't buy new GF stuff without some sort of coupon. I took a gamble and the cookies looked all delicious. I mean who doesn't like caramel and anything Rocky Road flavored? Plus they boasted that they were from Europe and hey Schar is European and they kick so much GF ass!

You know how sometimes in movies they show a gambling scene and the protagonist (who really needs things to go right for them) pushes all of their chips onto black. The scene gets all slo-mo'd as we all wait with baited breath for the tiny roulette marble to drop. All of a sudden it looks like its going to go on black! We all suck in air in anticipation and then BAM its on red.

That's what this was like.

I normally do not review two products in one column but I had the same complaints with both and figured instead of you reading the same review twice I'd just put it all here.

The cookies start out super promising. They look just delicious and smell all chocolately. When you first bite in that top layer is super great but then you hit the cookie bottom and it just ruins everything. It almost seems like the baker was in the middle of making cookies and was like "oh crap I seem to be out of sugar, vanilla and butter - oh well I'll just improvise." And then he improvised with nothing and just made a really horrible cookie and was satisfied with it.

Verdict? Don't be fooled by the attractive display on the box - the cookie is all sorts of fail and Sunstart needs to invest in butter & sugar & vanilla and fire their baker.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Schar Baguette

Schar Baquettes Gluten Free, 12.3-Ounces

It always amazes me that I can now get gluten free bread that tastes amazing and is actually craveable. when I was diagnosed I truly, deeply believed that I would never have a delicious piece of bread again for the rest of my life.  Bye-bye crusty french loaves, chewy Italian bread and lovely Artisanal varieties. 

The past few years I've been lucky to stumble across The Grainless Baker and now Schar's Baguettes. I truly believed that no one else on the market was making anything close to what The Grainless Baker was doing. I actually had no clue that Schar even made freaking baguettes. 

That's is totally frustrating and it sometimes make me want to set fire to random people in the street. I would love if stores could carry a vast array of products from each retailer. Schar has an obscenely vast array of products and I'm going to say that in order to sample maybe half of them I'd have to hit it up like 5 different grocery & health food stores. 

Ugh - okay I know I don't need to get ranty all the time. But seriously there are like so many people who are celiacs or gluten intolerant and everyone wants to chow down. 

Back to the Schar goodness. 

I've been seriously craving some yummy garlic bread. I probably only make garlic bread a few times a year - as opposed to PCD when I would make it weekly. Go me and my waning addiction to carbs! 

I dug Narnia deep into my health food stores freezer and could find no Grainless Baker baguettes. So I did what I normally do when I feel despondent at the health food store I walk around until something else distracts me. That was when I ran across these guys. 

This was some supreme garlic bread. The bread is soft like a baby (does not taste like a baby), chewy and toasted up amazingly. Flat out this bread rocks. 

Verdict? YUMMY

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

And Once Again Humor Makes My Point Thusly

Not too long I "ranted" about jackasses calling celiac a fad and then today I open up (America's Only Humor Site since 1958) and see this beautiful article:

6 Real Diseases That Have Somehow Become Trendy

Take a stab at what #4 is.....

I love this humor piece and think it so perfectly paints a picture (check out that alliteration bitches!) of why people 1) want a disease and 2) why people glom onto a serious condition

Conte's Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli

There was this little Italian restaurant near where I went to college. The food was amazing, plentiful and inexpensive - the perfect combination for poor college students. Once a month myself and my friends would hit up one of the local eateries and eat until our hearts were content. Once a month was all we could really afford and it always seemed to tide us over for another month of eating crappy cafeteria fare. 

This Italian restaurant had this great dish - I called it Cheesy Meaty Raviolis. I'm sure it had a real name that wasn't ridiculous but we don't have time for that right now. It was my favorite dish there. It was cheesy raviolis in this yummy cheesy meat sauce. I would only eat my favorite meal a few times a year but it was something I always looked forward to. 

As I got older and stopped visiting my favorite little Italian restaurant those Cheesy Meaty Ravioli's left my food memories. I swear it felt like the moment I was diagnosed with celiac all of my gluten filled food memories came flooding back into my brain like some sort of weird sci-fi deal. Those raviolis were shoved into the front of my food desires and there was nothing I could do about it. Which is infuriating. There is nothing worse then having a complete inability to satisfy a food craving due to an auto-immune condition. 

This was the first Conte's Gluten Free product that I ever tried. I was having a hardcore ravioli craving and it needed to be satisfied. I brought these guys home and attempted to recreate my Cheesy Meaty Raviolis. 

I was shocked at how decent these actually were. I was expecting a super gummy and weird tasting ravioli. While I had good GF pasta I just wasn't sure if GF ravioli could be equally as good. The pasta was dense in a good way and the cheese filling was really tasty. 

Verdict? Tasty!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Udi's Snickerdoodles

How out of the Udi' loop am I?

When the crap did Udi's start making cookies????????

It's so hard to stay made at you Udi's. You're always so good to me and I know our love is true. I know you didn't mean to not tell me about all of the exciting happenings in your life. Afterall - you're so popular and so much in your life is going so well.....but Udi's I'm so hurt that I'm just now learning about your cookie deliciousness. 

My heart stopped a tiny bit when I saw these Snickerdoodles at the health food store today. Why am I always the last to know?

I can forgive, after all these are chewy, light, and oh so cinnamon-y. I had to use every ounce of self control to not inhale the entire container in 3 seconds. 

Oh Udi's - you minx! I'll always come running back!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta Pagodas, Wheat Free, 8 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)

One of my fabulous, gorgeous and supermodel-esque readers Christine recommended that I try quinoa pasta when I complained about how regular pasta falls apart.

I've seen this brand and its hard to miss turquoise box for years but it never occurred to me to actually, you know, try it.

Today was a day of discovery my dear friends. I was like Magellan working down uncharted waters and making amazing discoveries of things that have been there forever but putting my big, fat stupid slap of approval all over it. Ancient Harvest is my Guam (read a book people!)

I made a tasty GF pasta bake today (no recipe cook pasta, dump in garlic pasta sauce, cover in mozzarella and bake) with this quinoa pasta. I'm really starting to get on board with this whole corn flour thing. Jules banging cookie mix boast corn flour and this qunioa pasta's first ingredient is corn flour.

Let's jump on this corn flour revolution GF food makers.

The pasta cooked up perfectly al dente and really held up under lots of sauce and cheese in a baked pasta dish. Best of all? I don't think anyone would think that this pasta wasn't a gluten pasta. No funky after taste, no gumminess - it was just perfection.

Verdict? YUMMY and I can't wait to make Mc n Cheese with this

Friday, July 22, 2011

Conte's Margherita Pizza

I'm not really sure how far reaching the Conte's brand is - its made locally and is sold at nearly every single grocery store around here. They are a "regular" Italian foods maker and recently added in a lovely selection of gluten-free items. 

One of the annoyances (among many, many irritating things) is the lack of decent gluten free pizza. PCD I could eat any pizza I wanted, anywhere at any time. I could eat pizza all day everyday if I felt like it. I would happily skip from pizza joint to pizza joint whenever the craving for a warm, crispy slice of pizza hit me. 

Those were the days. 

Now finding delicious gluten free pizza is like finding the Holy Grail - its mission impossible and there is a large chance you will be eaten by a troll. 

I've tried a lot of frozen gluten free pizzas as well as several fresh (non homemade) pizzas and haven't really found one that tasted truly G-Full or even really super delicious for GF. Until I had Conte's. 

Even those this is a frozen pizza it tastes fresh and the crust is really tasty. 

Verdict? Yummy! If this is available in your area scoop this bad boy up. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

SO Delicious Coconut Almond Ice Cream Bars

I knew I was lactose intolerant long before I was ever diagnosed with celiac. In my early 20's I avoided dairy for over 2 years and I found that when I reintroduced it I didn't have issues anymore. For years I've drank lactose-free milk and avoided most cheeses and ice cream. Recently, I was having a lot of issues with lactose-free milk and figured that I've gone from intolerant to down right prejudiced - my body wanted nothing to do with milk and I had to do some scrambling.

As I believe I have firmly established - I love junk food and ice cream is no exception. The only dairy I've been able to tolerate is yogurt. So during the first part of this scorching summer I've been cooling off with fro-yo but it just hasn't been doing it for me. I've been seeing all of these "So Delicious" products everywhere and figured I'd try the ice cream. I was totally sold when I saw that they had ice cream bars. I couldn't even remember the last time I ate an ice cream novelty.

The coconut almond bars were so delicious (har-har right?) really! The ice cream is smooth and creamy and does not have a coconut taste at all - it taste like vanilla ice cream! The chocolate coating is yummy and it is the perfect little treat!

Verdict? Yummy! You will not be disappointed!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Zico Coconut Water

ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, Natural, 14-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, Pomberry, 14-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, Pineapple, 14-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)

I never gave a lot of thought to coconut water or any drink that replenished my electrolytes. It wasn't necessary. I didn't sweat so much during my workouts that I needed to concern myself with mutilating my thirst Brawndo style. That is until I start doing Bikram Yoga.

For those who don't know Bikram is yoga done in a room heated to 105 degrees - you sweat until you feel like you might die from sweating so much. I was obviously sweating enough to require some sort of electrolyte replacement. I saw that some electrolyte drinks were gluten-free but I didn't like seeing 40 things I couldn't say and unnatural colors in the bottles. I had heard about coconut water and saw that the ingredients tend to be "100% coconut water" instead of "red dye #40."

I bought the Pomberry and Tropical Pineapple ones to try first. It takes some time to get used to the taste of coconut water its a little salty tasting but after a few sips all you taste is yumminess. With the second bottle I didn't even notice the salty taste. I've since tried all the flavors - including the chocolate which I was highly skeptical of - and they are all really good. Plus I don't get as tired in Bikram when I drink my Zico during class.

Verdict? Yummy!

Mama's Got a Brand New Bag

Sorry peeps for being quiet for a few days - I had a serious virus attack on my computer and it went to the giant PC God in the Sky.

However - good news everybody! I have a new computer and I'm working on reviews as we speak! Expect lots more snark and honest to goodness reviews of all sorts of gluten free goodies!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

For The Nay-Sayers Out There

I constantly hear from some.....uh, let's call a spade a spade...jackass about how Celiac is what all the cool doctors are diagnosing so now everyone wants in on the game. People actually believe its a "fad" diagnosis- which makes no sense to me. How can a medical condition be a fad?  Apparently being a Celiac gives you the keys to some super secret, ultra swanky and glamorous club that everyone is clamoring to join.

I, for one, am pissed because not once in 7 years has someone whispered "hey you buying that Gluten Free" and then slipped me an envelope filled with cash and rubies.(I will expect said envelope to arrive in a weeks time thankyouverymuch)

Anyway - here is a great article from that discusses why all of a sudden gluten is making everyone's immune system go crazy:

Mediterrnean Snack Food Co Baked Lentil Chips

The Mediterranean Snack Food Baked Lentil Chips, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, 4.5-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)

The first time I came across these chips was at Marshall's.

Yeah, I know.

But I buy tea there all the time. They have this brand from England that has cute packaging and the tea is super tasty. So while I was on my tea buying spree I saw these and against all better judgment purchased them. 

I think it wasn't too long ago that the food at TJ Maxx & Marshall's wasn't fresh but that all seems to have changed. These were a long way away from expiring plus they said gluten free! 

I wasn't sure how a lentil chip would taste. I knew I liked lentils but I wasn't sure if it would correlate into a crunchy snack. 

Guess what? It works! These are super delicious, really light and low in fat and calories. They are delicious with hummus or right out of the bag. Fortunately you don't have to go to Marshall's to buy them since I see that they are now being carried at my grocery store. 

Verdict? Yummy

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mrs. Crimble's Caramel Rice Cakes

Mrs Crimble's Caramel Rice Cakes, 4.9-Ounce (Pack of 6)

One thing that has always irritated me was that traditional rice cakes are not gluten free. PCD I loved rice cakes. They were my favorite guilt free snack - especially when they started coming in potato chip flavors. I can still taste the Quaker Sour Cream and Onion rice crackers - delicious. 

For years I bemoaned the lack of GF rice cakes until I found Mrs. Crimbles. 

Oh Mrs. Crimbles you minx you. These caramel flavored cakes are divine. They are sticky, sweet and super crunchy. If you live or have ever visited a New Jersey ocean town boardwalk and had Johnson's popcorn then you know what a serious situation these rice cakes are bringing. They taste very similar to Johnson's caramel popcorn and I love them. 

Verdict? Yummy!