Friday, March 19, 2010

Guido's Premium Pizza's Working on Gluten Free Pizza

The owner, Steven Pollard, from Guido's Premuim Pizza are working on making the best gluten-free pizza in all of Michigan. He owns the franchise location in Okemos/Haslett, MI.  He has a personal connection to this cause. Steven is very passionate and committed to provideing safe and exceptional dining experience for people with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerence, and food allergies. He wants to make sure that the gluten-free community can have wonderful tasty pizzas. 
          “I started my gluten free business by making a gluten-free pizza for my mom. After a year of failed        attempts and hundreds of hours of research, I finally created the best gluten-free pizza that I sell to the public.”

Guido’s Pizza of Okemos/Haslett, MI a gluten-free menu that features pizzas, pastas, salads, and even gluten-free garlic breadsticks! Guido’s Pizza also completed NFCA’s GREAT training in an effort to safeguard their gluten-free options by adopting safe serving practices.

By the many wonderful reactions from his customers, it’s safe to say Steven’s hard work has paid off!

“I was amazed at how good this pizza was, but I was more amazed at Steve's commitment to providing a quality product and knowing/researching everything gluten-free - You've done a great job, and again, this is hands-down the best gluten-free pizza ever (and I have searched!). I highly recommend to all!"

Decadent Gluten Free Brownies

3 sticks butter, sliced

24 ounces semisweet gf chocolate

6 eggs

2-1/4 cups sugar

1 Tablespoon gf vanilla

3/4 cup gf flour

3 cups walnuts, roasted & chopped

Powdered sugar as needed

Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Bring a large pan of water to boil and reduce heat to low.
Place butter in a large bowl.
Put the bowl over the hot water but do not allow it to touch the water. Add the chocolate chips to the butter.
Heat the chocolate until it begins to look glossy.
Work the mixture with a rubber spatula. Remove the bowl from the hot water when the mixture is about half-way melted.
Continue to work the chocolate while off the heat until smooth and glossy.
In the large bowl, beat the eggs at high speed until slightly thickened. Gradually add the sugar to the eggs and beat until mixture is pale and thick, about 5 minutes.
On medium speed, add the cooled chocolate and vanilla to the eggs.
Reduce mixture speed to low and gradually add flour by spoonfuls.
Blend briefly and stir in the nuts.
Pour the batter into a buttered jelly roll pan and distribute it evenly using a rubber spatula.
Place pan on the middle rack of oven. Reduce heat to 375ºF.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes (for a soft to firm texture) or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center. Watch the brownies carefully towards the end of baking time to avoid burning edges.
Place the baking sheet over a wire rack to cool brownies.
Sprinkle them generously with powdered sugar. Cut and serve. Or, when cool, you may cover the brownies with plastic wrap and store them overnight.
Storing them overnight will result in a more chewy texture.

These brownies are wonderfully rich and moist. You can divide the batter in half and spread the batter into a 9x9" baking pan. This results in 9 large, thick brownies.
They will keep a couple of days covered with saran wrap

Gluten Free Baking Tips

Baking with gluten-free flours is another matter – a bit more complicated. There are some good basic gluten-free flour mixes on the market (Bob’s Red Mill, Hodson Mills,).
In order to substitute gluten-free flours for the wheat flour, you will need to have a good mix or variety of flours, such as Bette Hagman’s flour mix or any premixed Gluten Free All Purpose Mixes. This would be a mix consisting of perhaps rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch flour as a basic mix. Then you can expand on that depending on what type of item you are making.

Millet flour: can make breads lighter,
sorghum flour: can add a bit of sweetness,
amaranth: holds moisture – which is good for quick breads like date bread.
Bean flours: add protein.

You can purchase Rice flour at your local Oriental Food Market. Orenital Flour is much finer, which makes it better for recipes. It is also a lot cheaper.

When you bake (cookies, breads, cakes, etc...) you will always need to put Xanthan Gum. For baking, the gum is of used to replace gluten. It can be used to replace gluten in wheat flour but you’ve got to mix the gum in a right amount to form a proportionate flour blend.

There is kind of a general guide as follows:

For 1 cup of flour mix, xanthan gum addition would be approximately:
Scant 1 teaspoon in breads,
½ teaspoon for cakes,
¼ teaspoon for cookies
¾ teaspoon for muffins
2 teaspoon for pizza
(You have to play with it)

You can also add an extra egg to your mix, or ½ to 1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin. Or even a small package of instant vanilla pudding mix to your recipe.

And “bake with a pencil”. Write down what ingredient and what quantity you used in that particular recipe conversion, and then after you will know if it is OK as is, or needs to be tweaked a bit yet.

There will be baked goods that fail - - it has happened to all of us! Don’t let those discourage you - - keep trying and you’ll become a Gluten Free Baker!

O'Charleys Restaurant

O’Charley’s now has a gluten-free menu also, and you can check out their website at They do show their allergen information on their website. O’Charley’s is located at 1600 E. Beltline, N.E.

Hungry? Good Food and Good Times. Whether you live in, or are just passing through, one of the twenty states with O'Charley's fun restaurants, your fantastic dining adventure awaits.

The steaks that we grill to perfection, seafood, chicken, salads, desserts and more. And on Sundays, O'Charley's is the brunch restaurant that starts your day full of flavor and lets you linger as long as you please. In a hurry? Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner to-go. Don’t pass by without stopping in, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Facebook Site, but for Celiac

This is a new fun site that is like Facebook, but for people who are suffering from Celiac Disease, Gluten Allergy or have just decided to stay away from gluten.

Sign up, start your profile on

Join and have fun. I love it.

Halloween Fun and History

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