Boulder Organic Soup Review

Boulder Organic Soup Review

Perfect for a quick meal, this Boulder Organic Soup Review focuses on two of their delicious flavors!Boulder Organic Soup ReviewProduct was received in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Boulder Organic Soup Review

Boulder Organic offers a gluten free, organic choice for busy families who want delicious soup in a hurry. Founded in Boulder Colorado, they offer 14 different varieties of soup, created with whole food ingredients. When I first looked at the ingredients I was shocked to recognize everything on the label. No preservatives, no words I couldn’t understand, just straight forward, organic ingredients, the kind I would use to make myself, only being able to buy it at the store was definitely much easier! Even though we live in South Florida, we also enjoy a nice bowl of soup, especially with a gluten free sandwich- soup and sandwiches has always been a favorite of mine.

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Tuscan White Bean Soup

When I first received the coupons to try out a few containers of soup, I showed the extensive list of flavors to my husband and chose the White Bean Tuscan. I was really excited when Fresh Market had it in stock. Upon heating the soup smelled delicious and you could see the whole white beans and vegetable pieces. The soup was well seasoned, without being overpowering. Even my toddler loved it. It was wonderful seeing her enjoy such a hearty, good for her soup.

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Red Lentil Dahl Soup

This was my choice. I love lentil soup and this soup was made with yummy spices and coconut milk. It was nice and creamy, with plenty of carrot pieces. It was difficult not to eat the whole bowl and share with the rest of the family. Since I tend to not like as many chunks of veggies (I know I’m weird), I liked the smoothness of it. Next time I have this Red Lenitl Dahl Soup I think I may have to make up some gluten free pita bread to go with it. I think it would be the perfect pair.

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Let’s Eat Soup!

In Miami, Boulder Organic Soups can be found at Fresh Market for around $5.99 a container. To locate in your area, search the database HERE. Each container contains 3 servings which was perfect for my husband, myself, and our toddler. On top of being made from organic ingredients in a certified gluten free environment, they are also made in a peanut free, egg free, soy free, and shellfish free environment.

If you are looking for a delicious, easy meal that you can feel good about feeding your family, Boulder Organic Soup is for you. Find more information at:

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Happy gluten free eating!

 

Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownies with Dulce de Leche

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Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownies with Dulce de Leche, delicious and easy!cheesecake browniesThis post contains affiliate links, as always I only recommend products I love and use myself. Thank you for supporting My Gluten Free Miami!

Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownies

I love brownies, they were one of the first things I learned to make gluten free. I also love cheesecake. I will eat it for breakfast given the opportunity. Right after being diagnosed I had to make a dessert to take to some friends house, and was thrilled when I realized that cheesecake is gluten free, as long as you have a gluten free crust (or you can make it crustless).

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Not that long ago I was craving cheesecake and then started thinking about my brownies and how good they would go together. Turns out combining my two favorites wasn’t that difficult! Brownies and Cheesecake aren’t the only things I love though. I am also a huge fan of caramel. Particularly a Hispanic type made from sweetened condensed milk, called Dulce de Leche.

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Often when I am making a decision between two things to eat, my husband will say, “Por que no los dos?” I started thinking about brownies, cheesecake and dulce de leche, and thought, “Por que no los tres?” Thus, Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownies with Dulce de Leche were born.

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Tips and Tricks

Just a couple of hints for making Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownies.

Brownies

When making the brownie mix, it is best to use eggs that are room temperature. If they are to cold, the coconut oil becomes solid and it’s harder to mix and spread. Using a high quality, non-bean based gluten free flour is also important. My favorite is GF Jules, you can check out all her products HERE.

Cheesecake

Always allow the cream cheese to become soft. If it is not soft enough the mixture will be grainy. It tastes ok, but isn’t very appealing to look at.

Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche is a milk based caramel that is actually really easy to make. It is basically heated sweeten condensed milk. However, while easy, it is time consuming so I just bought mine. If you would like to try making your own, check out this recipe: Homemade Dulce de Leche. If you are like me, buy it pre-made and eat the leftovers on apples :).

Let them cool

When I first made these I was anxious to try them, and they were fabulous. The whole family loved them (just don’t tell them they are gluten free!). I stored them in the refrigerator over night, and discovered that they were even more fabulous chilled. Go ahead and eat one straight out of the oven, but chill the rest and you will be glad you did!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

 

Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownies with Dulce de Leche

Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownies with Dulce de Leche

Ingredients

    Brownies
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coco powder
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cheescake
  • 1 package softened cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • Dulce de Leche
  • 1/3 cup dulce de leche

Instructions

    Brownies
  1. Combine dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add wet ingredients, stir to combine.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Cheesecake
  5. Beat softened cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy and thoroughly combined.
  6. Putting it all together
  7. Spread brownie batter into greased square pan.
  8. Carefully spread cheesecake mixture on top of brownie batter.
  9. Put the dulce de leche in a Ziploc bag and cut off the tip.
  10. Using like a pastry bag, make lines across the cheesecake mixture.
  11. Take a knife and drag it through the lines to create ripples.
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until set.
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10 Gluten Free Bloggers, For All Your Travel Needs

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These 10 Gluten Free Bloggers are in the know about what is gluten free in their city and the rest of the country!

Gluten Free Bloggers for Traveling

Inspiration

When I was first diagnosed with Celiac disease I went through all kinds of emotions fear and anger, but mostly confusion. I did not know where to begin. I found most of my help in gluten free bloggers. Articles like, 8 Steps to Easy Gluten Free Grocery Shopping, helped me learn to navigate the ropes, but then it was time to plan a vacation.

I was filled with dread. I could barely navigate the grocery store, how would I figure out a whole new city. My husband and I based our vacations around food. We honeymooned in New Orleans just so we could eat our way around the city. Where would we go that I could eat and not be stressed about it the whole time?

My husband works for a hotel chain, so we always start looking for vacation spots based on where they had hotels, so I started googling the cities and “gluten free”. I came across a blog, Gluten Free Philly. There were lists and lists of restaurants in different neighborhoods. Never having been to Philadelphia I had no idea what any of it meant, but I emailed Mike, the writer of Gluten Free Philly and he emailed me right back with all kinds of information. I was thrilled. To make it even better, there was even an app. Out trip to Philadelphia, and my first experience traveling gluten free, was a success because of his blog.

It’s been a few years in the making, but Gluten Free Philly is one of the reasons I started My Gluten Free Miami. As much as I love sharing products and recipes (check out our Peruvian page!), I also want to be a source for people who live here and are traveling here to be able to relax when it comes to gluten free dining. My Gluten Free Restaurant Guide is in the works, but if you have questions, I’m just a Facebook message or email away!

The great thing is I’m not the only blogger out there who wants to assist people in navigating their city! There are gluten free bloggers all over the United States, specializing in their city.

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10 Gluten Free Bloggers and the Cities they Love

gluten free phillyGluten Free Philly- Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware

Gluten Free Philly was started in 2009 by Michael. In addition to an extensive list of restaurants, he also has an app that assists in finding gluten free dining locations (I used it when I was in Philadelphia and it was a life saver!). In addition to restaurants, Gluten Free Philly also has great info on all the newest gluten free products.

Follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

fearlessdiningFearless Dining- San Francisco and California Bay Area

Sandi has made it her goal to become your source for gluten free dining in the California Bay Area. She has a comprehensive, searchable database of over 500 restaurants (found HERE!). If you are gluten free and in the California Bay Area this website should be bookmarked! Sandi also has amazing gluten free recipes and product reviews.

Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

celiacinthecityCeliac in the City- Milwaukee and Surrounding Wisconsin Areas

Sarah was diagnosed with Celiac in 2008 and is very involved with the gluten free community in Milwaukee. In addition to a comprehensive list of restaurants to eat in Milwaukee, she also lets you know where not to eat! Sarah also posts recipes, resources, and organizes gluten free get-togethers.

Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

miglutenfreegalMi Gluten Free Gal- Michigan

Marget is a Michigan based blogger with a desire to create awareness about Celiac Disease. MI Gluten Free Gal is an awesome source for all things Gluten Free in Michigan! From product reviews to the best gluten free bakeries, if it is gluten free and in Michigan you will find it here.

Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

gluten free bloggersCeltic Celiac- New York and Travel Destinations

Celtic Celiac is run by Georgiana who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2010. In addition to reviews of restaurants in New York and across the United States (she has a 3 part series of one of my favorite cities- New Orleans!) she also has recipes, product reviews and advice on living the gluten free lifestyle.

Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

glutenfreepearlsGluten Free Pearls-St. Louis and Chicago

Kate was diagnosed with Celiac in 2011 and refused to let being gluten free get in the way of enjoying food. With over 50 restaurant reviews from St. Louis and Chicago, she is a go to source for where to eat gluten free in those areas. Her beautiful pictures will have you planning a trip to St. Louis or Chicago, just to eat!

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter!

glutenfreefollowmeGluten Free Follow Me- New York and Travel Destinations

Jackie has made it her mission to discover as many gluten free eateries in New York (and quite a few other states) as she can. Gluten free since 2011, she has found that New York is very gluten free friendly. Currently there are over 1500 restaurants listed on her site. If you are headed to New York, you need to check out her website!

Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

glutenfreeorlandoGluten Free Orlando

Alexis was diagnosed with Celiac in 2008 and began her blog to help others find gluten free options in Disney World and Orlando. She is the go to for all things gluten free at Disney! Her blog is full of restaurant reviews for all the theme parks, as well as recipes and product reviews, if you are visiting Orlando, you need to check her out!

Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

seattleglutenfreeSeattle Gluten Free

Owen has been gluten free since the age of 24 and runs Seattle Gluten Free, along with writer, Caroline, as a resource for finding gluten free eats in the Seattle area. Broken down by neighborhood, this resource makes visiting Seattle easy for those who require a gluten free diet. One of my favorite features of the site is a gluten free map of Seattle which you can view HERE.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

glutenfreenycGluten Free Boston/NYC Girl

Jessica has been gluten free since 2009 and began her gluten free adventure in Boston. Her site is full of restaurant and product reviews. After her move to New York, she has expanded to writing reviews of Manhattan restaurants. Jessica also has tons of great product reviews!

Follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

These are 10 of my favorite gluten free bloggers, be sure to follow them on facebook, instagram, and twitter to be in the know on all things gluten-free across the country. Have a favorite gluten free city blogger I missed? Add their website in the comments below for Gluten Free Bloggers, Part 2!

 

 

Healthier Dill Dip, Easy, Delicious and Gluten Free

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Healthier Dill Dip is a delicious way to enjoy your veggies!healthier Dill dip

Pure Deliciousness

I was first introduced to this dip by my step-mother. It is a family recipe that they made for every occasion. Super simple, and always a crowd pleaser it is a dip that we had at every family get together. I loved it so much I started keeping it on hand for veggies at my house. Even my friends kids love it! Unfortunately, the original recipe was a bit high in fat and calories, made with sour cream and mayonnaise, it wasn’t exactly figure friendly. With a few simple adjustments I was able to boost the protein and lower the fat, without sacrificing any flavor!

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The Switch for a Healthier Dill Dip

The not so secret ingredient in this dip is Fat Free Greek Yogurt. Greek yogurt is an awesome, healthy substitute for sour cream. Fat free and full of protein, it is doesn’t sacrifice any of the flavor. It also comes in a great pre-measured cup! Personally, I’m not a huge Greek yogurt fan if I’m eating it plain, or even with fruit, but I love to use it for dips. Another switch I make to the original recipe is using a low fat mayonnaise. It helps cut calories a bit, and there is no flavor difference. Add some fresh dill and a bit of onion salt and you have a dip, that will have you buying veggies just to eat it!Healthier Dill Dip

I’ve found that it keeps for quite a few days in the fridge and I love to keep a container of cut up veggies with it for a quick snack whenever the craving hits. I’ve even been known to eat it on gluten free crackers when I ran out of veggies (though this negates the healthy factor).  Next time you need to take an appetizer to an event, whip up this dill dip, you won’t regret it!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Healthier Dill Dip, Easy, Delicious and Gluten Free

Healthier Dill Dip, Easy, Delicious and Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 6 oz cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup light gluten free mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free onion salt

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly together and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
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Gluten Free for Life Expo Recap

Gluten Free for Life Expo

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Gluten Free for Life Expo 2016

The Gluten Free for Life Expo was an amazing experience. When I first planned to attend they were expecting around 500 people. When all was said and done over 1000 people visited the Gluten Free for Life Expo. It was a bit overwhelming, but it was a lot of fun.

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What an amazing day at the Gluten Free for Life Expo. It was filled with education on the gluten free life style by several teachers, and 3 amazing speakers including Taylor Miller from Gluten Away and Chandice Probst and Tana Besendorfer, authors of the book Gluten Free on a Budget.

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I had such a great time meeting with fellow bloggers and making new friends. If you are looking for some great new recipes check out Cricket, from Cricket’s Confections. She has a great spin on gluten free!

I also had a great time hanging out with vendors and sampling tons of different items! That’s one of the best part of Expos! Enjoy Life, Bakery on Main, Garden Lites, Udi’s and tons of local vendors were all there. They also had a table where you could pick up sample sized packets for a small donation, my only regret is I didn’t stock up on more!

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The date is already set for next year, Saturday March 25. Make plans to attend, you won’t regret it!

 

Harry’s Pizzeria Coconut Grove, Restaurant Review

Harry's Pizzeria

Harry's PizzeriaHarry’s Wood Oven Fired Chicken Wings

Harry’s Pizzeria

Located in the heart of Coconut Grove, Harry’s offers fine dining in the laid back atmosphere. Don’t let the casual vibe fool you, the food is out of this world. Family friendly, they offer something for everyone.

Finding restaurants that offer gluten free options can be daunting. Luckily, Harry’s Pizzeria in Coconut Grove is more than capable of handling those who require a gluten free diet. I was lucky enough to visit Harry’s last Sunday and I was beyond impressed with the food, the service, and the understanding of the what it means to be gluten free.

Harry's PizzeriaLamb Merguez- Sunday Special

The Meal

Harry’s has gluten free options for appetizers, salads, entrees, and a dessert.

For an appetizer I chose the Wood Oven Fired Wings. It has been so long since I had wings, and these did not disappoint. Coated in a spicy agrodolce glaze, they had just the right amount of heat and tang to keep you going back for more. I would go to Harry’s just for these wings. The rosemary dipping sauce mellowed out the heat and complimented the flavor nicely. I was very impressed that the server knew all of the ingredients and was able to confirm for me that they were in fact gluten free. When you go to Harry’s you must order the wings…maybe even two orders, they are that good.

The entrees was Sunday’s Special- Lamb Merguez. I’ll be honest, when I ordered it, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it was phenomenal. The curried lentils with lamb had a complex flavor profile, reminiscent of Indian food. Yogurt sauce provided a bit of creaminess and the cucumbers offered a nice textural contrast. It was a great dish. I would order it again.

Dessert was a Panna Cotta with a rasberry compote and chopped almonds. The panna cotta was sweet and creamy, the raspberry compote slightly tangy and the almonds nice and crunchy. A light and refreshing end to a delicious lunch.

Harry's PizzeriaPanna Cotta

Gluten Free Options

Harry’s offers quite a variety of gluten free options for those who require a gluten free diet. They also offer homemade flavored sodas, a great wine selection, and Two Brother’s Prairie Path Ale (gluten removed).

Safe gluten free options include:

Appetizers:

Caponata (no bread)
Marinated Olives
Wood Oven Roasted Chicken Wings  agrodolce & crema

Salads:

(add free range chicken breast to any of these)
Warm Brussels Sprouts & Stracciatella:  pears, pistachios, herbs, creamy parmigiano dressing
Kale:  roasted beets, onion, goat cheese, sunflower seed dressing
Orange and Radish:  greens, shaved fennel, green olives, parmigiano
Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella: torn basil & extra virgin olive oil
Harry’s Chopped- romaine, carrot, red onion, white beans, farro, mozzarella, kalamata olives, creamy lemon dressing (eliminate farro)
Escarole: lemon, anchovy, pecorino, breadcrumb (eliminate bread crumbs)

Daily Entrees:

Tuesday – Braised Short Rib:  celery salad and creme fraiche
Wednesday – Slow Roasted Pork:  white beans, kale, fennel, lemon zest
Sunday – Lamb Merguez:  curried lentils, tomato, yogurt, herbs

Desserts:

Panna Cotta

Menu Notes:

Harry’s also offers Polenta Fries (shared fryer) and gluten free pizza (shared preparation area with regular pizza dough) that while unsafe for someone on a medically required gluten free diet, if you are gluten free by choice, or not concerned with cross contamination, I have heard they are both amazing.

The menu at Harry’s does change seasonally and ingredients can change at any time so be sure to talk to your server or the manager, let them know if you have Celiac or gluten sensitivity, and confirm that what you are ordering is gluten free before placing your order.

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I loved my experience at Harry’s. Next time I go, I will definitely order the wings again, and depending on the day, I hope to try another one of their great entrees! If you are in Coconut Grove (or they also have a location in the Design District), stop by Harry’s Pizzeria and tell them that My Gluten Free Miami sent you!

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Peruvian Deviled Eggs, A Delicious Twist

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Peruvian Deviled Eggs, give your deviled eggs a kick!Peruvian Deviled Eggs

Spring Time

Yesterday was the first official day of spring, and nothing says spring like a plate of deviled eggs. They are the perfect addition to any brunch, lunch, or dinner. With Easter coming up, it is more than likely that you will have an abundance of hard boiled eggs lying around. Everyone loves to color them, but what do you do with them after that? One of the great things about eggs is that they are naturally gluten free. As long as you are careful with what you add to them, they are a dish that most people can enjoy!

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Peruvian Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are one of those classic foods that everyone puts their own spin on. If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you know that I have a love affair with Peruvian food (and the Peruvian who introduced me to it!). One of the traditional Peruvian spices we use the most is aji amarillo. My husband likes to say,

You can make anything a Peruvian Dish if you add Aji Amarillo!

It’s true, you can. I did it with these deviled eggs.

Peruvian Deviled Eggs

I spiced them up a bit with the aji amarillo, then added a bit of smokiness with dried aji panca, and finally a crumble of queso fresco for a salty bite. They are amazing.

This combination of ingredients is a match made in heaven. The flavors are similar to what you would find Papas a la Huancaina. If you are looking for a traditional dish with a fresh take, this is it. Another great thing is that you can easily control the spice level. I used a little less of the aji amarillo so that it could be eaten by more people. If you like things really spicy you can definitely kick it up a notch by adding more.

Peruvian Ingredients

I know that aji amarillo and aji panca may not be something you keep in your pantry, but you can find them at most grocery stores in the Hispanic section, or on Amazon. Spiciness can vary, so always taste as you go. There are several other recipes on this blog that you can use the rest of the aji amarillo for!

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My Deviled Egg Trick

Honestly, I don’t know if it’s a trick or not, but it seems to work. I read somewhere long ago that if you add salt to the water when hard boiling eggs it makes them easier to peel. I don’t know for sure it is true, but I always do it and I never have any problems peeling my eggs. Also, as a reminder, never use fresh eggs for hard boiled eggs. You want eggs that have been sitting for a few days.

Allow yourself to hone in on your Peruvian side this Spring. Pick up some of these ingredients and try out these Peruvian Deviled Eggs. You will be glad you did!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Peruvian Deviled Eggs

Yield: 12 eggs

Peruvian Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayo (gluten free)
  • 1 tsp aji amarillo (add more to taste)
  • 1 tsp aji panca
  • 1 ounce queso fresco cheese crumbled
  • 1 TBS chopped cilantro (optional)

Instructions

    Boil Eggs
  1. Place eggs in sauce pan covered by an inch of cool water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and cover. Wait 15 minutes. Place eggs in colander and rinse with cool water. Peel.
  2. Peruvian Deviled Eggs
  3. Cut eggs in half.
  4. Scoop out yellow part and place in bowl.
  5. Add mayo and aji amarillo. Mix well.
  6. Place in plastic bag and cut out tip. Pipe into egg whites.
  7. Sprinkle with aji panca, queso fresco and cilantro

I did not add salt to the deviled egg mixture. It did not need it.Taste before piping into egg whites to ensure yours does not need salt.

Always double check ingredients to ensure they are gluten free.

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Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe Mixes Review

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Get the deliciousness of Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe at home!Jewel's BakeryI was provided product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Jewel’s Bakery

If you are lucky enough to live in Phoenix, Arizona, then perhaps you have had the luxury of visiting Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe, an all gluten free restaurant. I have spent more time than I care to admit drooling over their pictures on Instagram. Everything from gluten free waffles and fried chicken, to donuts and eclairs, I dream of one day eating there.

I haven’t yet made it out to Arizona, but fortunately I didn’t have to. Jewel’s has now taken some of their most popular baked goods and turned them into easy to make at home mixes. I was beyond excited to try them out. In addition to the chocolate chip cookie, cornbread, brownie, pancake, and all purpose flour mixes, I was also sent this cookie:

Jewel's Bakery

This cookie was almost enough to make me visit Arizona. White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut. It was to die for. After trying the cookie, I couldn’t wait to try the mixes. For this review I’m going to be covering the chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and cornbread. I’m saving the pancake mix and all purpose flour for a special post, so stay tuned!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jewel's BakeryJewel's BakeryWe are chocolate chip cookie lovers at this house. I love them fresh out of the oven, my hubby likes them frozen, but we can both agree that chocolate chip cookies are one of our favorite! These chocolate chip cookies are one of the best I have had. The mix was so easy to use, the only issue I had was when I tried to pull out the chocolate chips I accidentally opened the package, but they held up well to being mixed. The cookies were amazing, perfect balance between crisp and chewy. Nice amount of chocolate chips. I took them with me to the Gluten Free South Florida Support Group and the received rave reviews. These cookies are a winner.

Brownies

Jewel's BakeryJewel's BakeryBrownies are a dessert that we eat a lot. I have my own recipe (found HERE), that I love, but these were different than mine. Thick, slightly fudgy and made with dark chocolate, not so much sweet as they were rich. The brownies begged to be the foundation of a Brownie Sunday, so of course I made a trip to the grocery store for some ice cream. I had one very happy husband. I shared some with my parents and they were thoroughly impressed. Absolutely no way anyone could tell that these are gluten free.

Cornbread

Jewel's BakeryJewel's BakeryThe cornbread is definitely more of a traditional southern cornbread. It reminded me of the one my great-grandmother used to make. Slight sweetness, and a bit on the denser side. If you are looking for northern cornbread (or corn cake as we like to refer to it in the south), this is not it. However, it was pretty tasty and it paired well with the lentil stew we had for dinner.  Next time I think I will cook it in my cast iron skillet so it is a bit thinner.

Of these three products, the cornbread was my least favorite. While I really enjoyed it, the cookies and brownies were absolutely amazing.

In Closing

Overall I am really impressed with the quality of Jewel’s Bakery Products. I’m looking forward to trying the Pancake Mix in an upcoming Gluten Free Pancake Bake Off and really excited to try out the all purpose flour next time I make a batch of Banana Bread. If you are in Phoenix, definitely swing by and check out Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe, if your not, find out more about Jewel’s and how you can their products here:

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The Piping Gourmets, Whoopie Pie Review

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The Piping Gourmets make delicious gluten free, vegan and kosher Whoopie Pies!

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The Piping Gourmets

Founders Leslie and Carolyn began The Piping Gourmets and production of their delicious Whoopie Pies to fill a void that they saw in the gluten free dessert market. Locally based out of Miami, the desserts are not only gluten free (yay!), but also vegan, kosher, and non-gmo. With a variety of flavors, these individually wrapped whoopie pies are a game changer.

The Whoopie Pies

Piping GourmetsThese snack sized desserts come in a variety of delicious flavors. For this review I sampled the Chocolate Cakes filled with Raspberry Icing, Chocolate Cakes filled with Vanilla Icing, and the Vanilla Cake filled with Vanilla Icing.

All of the cakes come frozen and you take one out to thaw when you are ready to eat it. I highly recommend letting it thaw completely. I was a bit impatient waiting to taste these and though it was yummy while it was still a bit frozen, it was definitely better thawed out.

Piping GourmetsIt was amazing how the little cakes kept their moistness and the icing stayed nice and creamy.

My personal favorite is the classic, chocolate and vanilla icing. Nothing beats that brownie like cake and sweet icing. The vanilla cake was a bit sweet for me, and while I did enjoy the raspberry filling, I loved the classic Whoopie Pie.

The Whoopie Pies also come Chocolate/Chocolate, Chocolate/Mint, and Vanilla/Lemon. I think next time I may try the Vanilla/Lemon. I’m a sucker for anything lemon.

On top of being the perfect treat to keep around (individually packed so you can just grab one on the go!) they also can be turned into fun treats for birthdays or other events. You can check out The Piping Gourmets photo gallery: HERE.

The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies can be purchased at Whole Foods, as well as several other retailers. Check out them out:

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Gluten Free Chicken Piccata with Lemon and Capers

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata: Crispy, chicken cooked in a lemony, buttery, wine sauce. Perfection at it’s best.

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

The First Time

They say you always remember your first time, and I definitely remember the first time I delved into a plate of chicken piccata. I was in Chicago at a conference on Master Scheduling for Elementary Schools. Yes, I had a life before blogging. It was full of teaching, administrating and wiping noses. It was a fun, but now I get to spend my time educating about celiac and gluten intolerance, as well as with my precious daughter. I think it has been a more than fair trade, but I digress.

Succulent chicken in a lemon, butter, wine sauce. Perfection at its best. #glutenfree… Click To Tweet

I’m a sucker for anything in a sauce. My first chicken piccata experiance was before my celiac diagnoses, and I greatly enjoyed the crispy chicken drenched in lemon butter sauce. Immediately upon returning I set out to make it myself, and through trial and error, came up with my own version. Since being diagnosed, I had to make some minor adjustments to make it gluten free, but it is still just as good. If I give my husband the option of choosing dinner, 9 times out of 10 he will say this gluten free chicken piccata. He has stopped ordering it at restaurants, because he thinks mine is better (plus I can make dinner for 4 people, for the cost of one meal at a restaurant, this recipe is very budget friendly).

If you are looking for the perfect meal, you can stop googling, this is it.

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

I can go on and on about how delicious this is, but I’m sure you don’t want to just hear about how awesome it is, you want to make it, and for that you need the recipe, plus a few bonus tips.

  1. Make sure your chicken is really thin.  A pound of chicken should be about 6-8 pieces depending on the size. I often buy chicken cutlets (if I can find them on sale) because they are already cut thin for me.
  2. Keep your heat on medium to medium-low. It is tempting to raise it to heat your oil faster, but don’t. Gluten free flour burns more quickly. If you somehow manage to burn it, you can make your sauce in a different pan. It isn’t quite as good, but it won’t ruin your whole dish.
  3. Use a good gluten free flour. I say this all the time, but it is important. For this dish, be sure it is not a bean based flour.
  4. Mise en Place- This is French for get everything ready before you start cooking. The dish is simple, fry chicken, dump sauce ingredients in pan, add chicken. Cook for 5 minutes. Problems arise when you forgot to squeeze your lemon or all of a sudden you need to pour the wine and you can’t get the cork out (which has happened to me on many occasions, it is why I know this is so important). Do yourself a favor and have everything ready so that you can enjoy your dish when it is ready.
  5. Don’t leave out the capers. I personally don’t care for biting into them, and I eat around them, but they are needed. They add a lot of flavor.
  6. Buy an extra lemon. On more than one occasion I have spilled my lemon juice. Worse case scenario you have an extra lemon, use it for garnish and make your plate look all fancy :).

This is one of my families favorite dishes and I’m sure it will become one of yours as well. It is so simple, yet looks and tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata with Lemon and Capers

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata with Lemon and Capers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast cutlets (thinly sliced chicken)
  • 1/2 cup good quality gluten free flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup lemon juice (1 large juicy lemon)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup rinsed capers
  • chopped parsley for decoration

Instructions

  1. Liberally salt and pepper chicken cutlets.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter in pan. Use a pan with high sides.
  3. Dredge chicken in flour.
  4. Brown first batch of chicken for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove and add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  5. Brown second batch of chicken for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove.
  6. Deglaze pan with wine. Allow to simmer while continuously scraping bottom for 1 minute.
  7. Whisk in lemon juice, chicken stock and capers. Check seasoning.
  8. Add all the chicken back to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove chicken and place in serving dish.
  10. Whisk in remaining 4 tablespoons of butter.
  11. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.
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