Lemongrass, ginger, and a bit of red pepper give this Chicken Soup a warmth that will keep you coming back for more.
Becoming gluten-free is work.
When I first became gluten-free, I did a lot of research. I attempted to go about the gluten-free lifestyle by just replacing items with their gluten-free counterparts, and for the most part, it worked. That is, until I came to the flour. Baking and cooking are things I have always enjoyed, and didn’t really want to give up, but when I began looking online I found a bunch of gluten-free all-purpose flour recipes, that seemed to do a good job, but required purchasing all kinds of different flours. Lots of them. White rice flour, brown rice flour, chickpea flour, corn flour, potato starch, tapioca flour and the list goes on an on.
Really, how many types of flours do you need to make a gluten-free flour?
I was super excited when I received a package from Schar!
They had sent two loaves of their new artisan sandwich bread, a white bread and a multi-grain. It was so nice of them to send us a product to review! At our house we are a lovers of all things Schar. Many of the recipes we used to make before going gluten-free, such as Papas a la Huancaina or Aji de Gallina (recipe coming soon), we have found that we can use their products as replacements for their gluten counterparts and they work perfectly. In the past I had purchased their sandwich bread and it was good, but I had yet to try this new recipe.Schar's new artisan sandwich bread makes being gluten-free easy! Click To Tweet
I know what you are thinking:
“Who made that amazing pumpkin?”
It was my amazing husband. He is so awesome and so supportive. Remember when he wrote Confessions From the Husband of a Celiac? He is just so great. Having celiac disease is not always easy, but when you have a great support system it definitely helps!
Halloween is now just a few days away, and I know what you are thinking, “Can I eat the candy?” Halloween is about more than little kids dressing up in cute costumes (my daughter is going to be a captain from StarTrek, if you don’t already follow me on Instagram you should, there will be pictures! @myglutenfreemiami) it is about seeing how much candy you can eat without getting sick.
I got a text from my brother the other day. He was sitting at a bar in Wisconsin (land of micro-breweries) when he heard someone ask if they had any gluten-free beers. He immediately thought of me and asked why I hadn’t done a post on gluten-free beer for Oktoberfest. It was a great idea. I immediately called up my dad, the beer connoisseur of the family and invited him over for a gluten-free beer taste test. After a few more phone calls and trip to Total Wine and More we were set for a gluten-free beer tasting. All beer prices are what was paid at Total Wine and More and may vary from store to store. These are all honest opinions and I was in no way compensated for any reviews.
Ever since my daughter was born, going out to eat has been a rarity. If we do go out, we are usually grabbing something while I’m in a rush to get to somewhere else. It happens so frequently that I even wrote a post about 7 places you can eat when you are in a rush. Even though it doesn’t happen often, the rare occasion does exist when my husband and I get a babysitter and get to go out for some alone time. One of the few pluses to having Celiac Disease is that I always get to choose the restaurant.
Check out 7 gluten free friendly fast food places, links to allergy menus are included!
Upon going gluten-free, eating out can become a nightmare. It can be like playing Russian Roulette. Unless the place is 100% gluten-free, you are never going to be 100% sure that what you are eating does not have traces of gluten. No matter how hard you try to plan ahead, and bring your own lunch, it is going to happen. One day, you are going to be out running errands, and all of a sudden it is lunch time. You need to pick up something, but you really don’t have time to sit down. I’m going to be honest with you. There really are not a whole lot of choices. No one has come up with a gluten-free fast food restaurant….yet. Don’t dismay, there may not be a lot of choices, but I have found a few where you can pick up a gluten free friendly fast food meal without it taking a lot of time.
Many people have a love/hate relationship with grocery shopping. They love having food in the house, yet the whole process of going to the grocery store can be daunting. Couple that with restrictions on what you can and cannot eat, most would rather visit the dentist for a root canal.
Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping doesn’t have to be hard.
Normally, I am a person who LOVES grocery shopping. Yes, it is weird, but I do. When we visit new cities, one of my favorite things to do is check out the market. It is amazing the differences in food based on the area you are in. But I remember those first few times I went grocery shopping after going gluten-free. I was confused. I felt lost. I cried (I seem to do that quite a bit). No one was there to hold my hand, and honestly the information I had received from the nutritionist at my GI Doctors office didn’t really help much. After the tears subsided, I proceeded to buy anything that said gluten-free. I had not clue what I was buying and spent a fortune in the process. Since those days the process of buying groceries has become much simpler, no longer are there tears, but normal, fun (at least for me) shopping trips. As I think through what has made the experience easier, I have come up with 8 tips to help anyone who is going gluten-free.
My wife and I are big on food. How big you may ask? Well, for our honeymoon we decided to go to New Orleans. We planned our trip based on the places we were going to eat. If you haven’t gone to New Orleans, stop reading now and just go book your trip, and make your restaurant reservations, I will wait…
Here are some links to help.
I absolutely love finding new gluten-free bakeries.
Sweet Love Bakery, located in Hollywood, Florida off Stirling (near the Hard Rock) is fantastic. Not only are they gluten-free, but they are free of many common allergies as well. 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and peanut-free, with many of their products being vegan and grain-free. I know what you must be thinking,
How can it possibly be good if it is free of so many things? Where’s all the good stuff?
Well, let me tell you, their baked goods may be free of a lot of things, but the flavor is not missing.
My husband stumbled upon Sweet Love Bakery while looking for a gluten-free bakery so he could surprise me with birthday cupcakes. While he didn’t make it there the day of my actual birthday, he took me the next to pick up cupcakes to take to our families house for a birthday lunch. When I walked in, the first thing I noticed was the adorable, decorated cupcakes. It is obvious that Sweet Love takes time to make their products look fantastic!