Monday, May 24, 2010

Grand Rapid's Michigan Whitecaps Gluten Free Menu!

I have gone to Whitecaps games and watch my friends and family eat baseball game foods. I always felt left out. I won't be feeling left out any more because the Whitecaps has a gluten free menu!! All you have to do is ask to see the gluten free selections. Now you can cheer and eat just like your family and friends.

Starbucks Has GF Cookies!!

I always go with friends to our local Starbucks and talk. I have always loved going to Starbucks and getting warm milk with french vanilla. My friends always order a cookie or a bagel. They always ask me why I don't like cookies. I have to remind them about me being gluten-free. I wish I could eat Starbucks cookies. I always feel like they think I am weird. But now some locations of Starbucks carry gluten-free cookies. According to the spokesperson, Starbucks will have gluten-free cookies at all corporation locations (freestanding locations). Any Starbucks in malls or stores may or may not carry GF cookies.

Suggestions on Baking Cookies

Gluten-Free cookies can be a pain to make. I had a hard time with regular cookies.  I don't know about you, but my GF cookies come on flat and hard. It spreads all over the pan even when I lessen the butter. I love switching out the butter and putting applesauce in the place. Applesauce is a work of art. You have to play around with it. Here are some suggestions that other gluten-freeers have told me: 
-Bake on a Silpat mat placed onto your cookie sheet – this helps keep the dough from spreading too much.

- For cookies that are rolled out and cut out, place the dough between two Silpat mats, or between two sheets of plastic wrap. The plastic wrap can also be moistened to help it from slipping around on the counter and also water can help spread out the cookie dough.

- Use a small ice-cream scoop with a lever to help release the dough onto your cookie sheet.

- Use an offset spatula, moistened, to help smooth the batter after dropping it onto the cookie sheet.

- Refrigerate, or even freeze the cookie dough before baking.

- Place cookie dough into those paper cupcake paper liners and then place onto the cookie sheet to help keep cookies from spreading too much.
I have learned that you must use a flour blend not just one type of flour say white rice. There are many different blends online. If you are looking for blend you don't have to put together, Kinnkinnick All Purpose Flour. Using a blend of gluten free flour will make it taste and look better. 
Combine some of these gluten- free flours. Experiment with them.: rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour,  Corn flour (Cornstarch), sorghum flour, amaranth flour, potato flour, and sweet potato flour.
My favorite flour is amaranth flour because it is high in fiber and has a great amount of nutrition.
All flour mixes or pre-made mixes should be in the refrigerator because they say it keeps them fresh longer.
I have always bought my rice flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch at my local oriental store because it was a lot cheaper. Just be careful if they are side by side to any of the gluten flours. I am very sensitive and I have no problem. All Oriental stores are different, so listen to your instincts. Try to find a clean, well organized oriental store.
Have fun baking your cookies and experimenting with  gluten-free flour

Ian's Foods Now Has Animal Cookies

Animal cookies have come in handy for children on the go, lunches, snacks, picnics, car rides. It has been very hard to find great tasting gluten free animal cookies that kids and parents like. Ian's Animal Cookies taste great. They taste a lot like the non-gluten free animal cookies.  They are sweet and addicting. These animal cookies are not only good for kid, they are great for young adults and adults. They are handy not only for children, but also for adults on the run too.  Ian's Animal Cookies are my favorite. It also has a sealable bag to keep them fresh. This is a must in your pantry!

Monday, May 17, 2010

New Gluten Free Products!

Gluten Free Pantry has a new look and the same wonderful taste. I have always loved their All Purpose Flour and used it in every recipes I make. Gluten Free Pantry’s  has some more wonderful mixes: the Chocolate Chip Cookie mix is simple and tasty. I love this mix. I am a college student and always busy, so this mix comes in handy for quick cookies. The cookie has no grittiness or weird tastes like some gluten free cookies have. I like them because my non-gluten free friends can’t tell the difference. This product is very nice for anyone who has a busy schedule or that doesn’t like to bake.
Another product that is simply and very tasty is the Gluten Free Pantry Brownie Mix. I have never been a brownie fan until I tried this mix. I like my brownies soft. I put them in a smaller pan then the box said because I like it soft. If I wanted it hard I would stick it into a larger pan. I also added some chocolate chunk chips because I love the melting chocolate. I liked this product because it is fast and easy. These brownies would be great for parties, picnics, or any event.
 The third Gluten Free Pantry mix is the Pancake mix. My family has always did pancakes for dinner because it was quick and easy. When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease pancake night stopped because it wasn't quick anymore. Now with this product cooking pancakes will be quick again. This pancake mix is different then any other pancakes mix because the pancakes are not gritty tasting and are fluffy. I love adding blueberries and even chocolate chips sometimes. IHop was are place for pancakes because of the cool creations they make. Now with this mix you can do the same. I like to take and cream cheese in the middle of the a pancake. Another thing I love to do with pancakes is make a warm turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Yummy!

The Multiseed Crackers are low in fat and good for you. These crackers are the best with melted cheese or for dips such as chicken salad, artichoke dip or just plan salsa. They have a wonderful light salty taste. I had a hard time stopping.

Gluten Free cereals that are healthy are hard to find. Barbara's Puffins Multi Grain Cereal is one of those cereals that call out healthy. The tast and texture reminds me alot of Post Shredded Wheat. I love eating it with strawberries!   Another one of Barbara's cereal is the Brown Rice crisp. This cereal has a nice taste. It is great for making rice crispy treats.

Glutino has always been one of my favorite company because there is not one product I don't like. Glutino's Breakfest bars are great for snacks and great for kids lunches. These bars can also be used as a grab and go. My favorite part is the center. Last but not least is my favorite, Glutino's Chocolate Covered Pretzels. II have always loved their plain pretzels. I had these at a party and no one knew the difference. These pretzels are a must.

More people that know about Celiac Disease brings more gluten free products. It is nice watching new great tasting products coming out that is gluten free. With all these wonderful products out there I am not sad that I am gluten free. Just remember: the more products that you purchase the more new products you will get.

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