Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Martha Stewarts Allergen-Free Brownies

Allergen-Free Brownies


Babycakes NYC is a bakery in New York City that specializes in allergen-free treats. Cofounder Erin McKenna shows Marth how to make brownies that are wheat-, gluten-, dairy-, casein-, and egg-free. (THe Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2007)


Makes about 5

Dozen mini brownies


½ cup canola oil, plus more for pans.

¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons garbanzo and fava bean flour

¼ cup potato starch

2 tablespoons arrowroot

1 cup unrefined sugar or 10 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons agave nectar

2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon xanthan gum

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup store-bought unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

½ cup brewed coffee or hot water

2 cups vegan gluten-free chocolate chips, such as tropical source.


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush 3 dozen mini-muffin pans with oil; set aside.

2. in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, arrowroot, sugar, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, and unsweetened cocoa powder, set aside. In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, ½ cup canola oil, and vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture, stirring to combine. Stir in coffee until it forms a better. Fold in chocolate chips.

3. Place 1 tablespoon batter into each prepared muffin cup. Transfer muffin pans to oven, and until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack before unmolding.

Friday, July 27, 2012

2012 Novi, MI's Celiac Awareness Tour

“Celiac Awareness Tour” is coming to Novi, MI on Saturday, September 11, 2012. This is promoting celiac awareness and will have many cooking demos, lectures, Gluten-Free samples. The cost for the day is $10.00 (12 & under are free). Check their website at http://www.celiacawarenesstour.com/. Today (7/27/2012 their website is under construction, but keep checking it)

Olmesartan causes Celiac Symptoms

Just a heads up. The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University has shown a possibleassociation between medication called Olmesartan and small bowel disease. They have found that the side effect is similar to Celiac symptoms. They stated if you are taking Olmesartan you should thick about talking to your physician. Olmesartan is used to treat high blood pressure in adults and children 6 years of age or older. This medication blocks the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump more efficiently. Olmesartan is also be used to treat congestive heart failure and diabetic nephropathy. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000215/)

Other names are Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Olmete. For more information their website is www.celiacdiseasecenter.org.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It is Hamburger & Hot Dog Season!

It can not be summer without hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Being gluten-free shouldn’t stop you from enjoying them. If you are invited to a party that is doing some grilling you can bring your own hot dogs or hamburgers and wrap them in foil. By wrapping them in foil you can prevent cross contamination and enjoy the grill taste.

What hot dog brands are Gluten-Free?

Applegate Farm has many different types of hotdogs. According to the company their organic beef, chicken, turkey and pork are considered GF to at least 20ppm, and no gluten is used in the faculty where they are produced. Contact Applegate Farms at 866-587-5858 for any questions.

Ball Park’s hot dogs are gluten free. The company stated that their hot dogs’ labels will reflect the ingredients in the products. You can contact Ball Park with further questions at 800-925-3326

Dietz & Watson products are GF (avoid the scrapple and the bockwurst) The company is certified GF by the Celiac Sprue Association meaning their products contain fewer then 5 parts per million of gluten. The company’s contact number is 215-831-9000.

Gwaltney a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, doesn’t contain gluten ingredients in their hot dogs. Their phone number is 855-411-7675.

Kunzler’s hot dogs, according to the company, is naturally GF ingredients and are made in a separate GF room. Contact them at 888-586-9537 with further questions.

Nathan’s Famous’ hot dogs are gluten free to at least 20ppm. The company stated that their hot dogs are produced them in a GF facility. Contact them at 800-925-3663 for any questions.

Organic Valley’s hot dogs are GF. The company did say that the packaging of some of its meat products might contain corn gluten, so contact them for further information if you are sensitive to corn. 888-444-6455.

Oscar Mayer is part of Kraft Company. They follow the Kraft policy of disclosing any gluten containing ingredients on their product’s label, so GF consumers going to buy any Oscar Mayer’s hot dogs should read the label. You can also contact the company at 877-535-5666 for further question.

Sabrett hot dogs are certified GF by the GF Certification Organization (GFCO), this means they contain less than 10ppm of gluten. Sabrett’s contact information 800-772-7388

Wellshire Farm’s hot dogs are certified by the GFCO. The company strives very hard to avoid any cross contamination. Their contact is 877-467-2331.

Now you have the GF hot dogs & Hamburgers. The next step is the bun.

Here are some company’s that have GF Hot Dogs & Hamburgers:

Katz GF Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns:

They offer a package of 4 hamburger buns and hot dog buns. Their ingredient contains rice, tapioca, corn, arrowroot, potato, soy, eggs and yeast. All of their products are produced in a dedicated GF, dairy-free and tree nut-free facility, and are certified GF by CFCO.

Kinnikinnick Foods Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns:

A favorite of mine. It comes in a package of 4. They are dairy-free and soy-free. Their ingredients are based on tapioca and white rice. They contain eggs, corn and yeast, pea protein. Their products are produced in a gluten-, dairy, and nut free facility.

Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery Hamburger and Hot Dog Rolls:

They have produced multigrain hamburger and hot dog buns. They contain eggs, corn, yeast, rice, potato, sorghum, flax seed and millet. They contain 4 in a package. They are certified by the GF Certification Organization.

Three Bakers Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns:

They come in a package of 4. Their ingredients are brown rice flour, corn starch, tapioca starch, eggs, potato flour and yeast. They contain no soy or dairy. They are certified through GFCO.

Udi’s GF Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns;

These are my favorite. There are 3 different cookout-ready buns: 1. Classic hamburger buns 2. Classic hot dog buns. 2. Whole-Grain hamburger buns. Their ingredients are tapioca, brown rice, eggs, corn, yeast, potatoes and sugarcane. The whole grain buns have teff and flax seed. They are free of dairy and soy. Hamburger bun packages contain 4 and hot dog packages come with 6. They are certified by GFCO and both hamburger and hot dog buns are certified Kosher.

Glutino Bagels work great for hamburger buns:

They have different flavor bagels that work great for buns.

Premium Plain Bagels (contain soy, milk, eggs and traces of sesame), Premium Sesame Bagels(contain soy, milk, eggs, and sesame), Multi Grain Bagels, (contain soy, milk, eggs, sesame seeds), Premium Poppy Seed Bagels: (contains traces of sesame), The bagels ingredients are tapioca starch, corn starch, skim milk, soy margarine, egg whites, yeast, safflower oil . contains soy, milk and eggs and traces of sesame. Each package contain 5 bagels.

Last but not least there is ,
Ener-G Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns:

These buns are not my favorite. Don’t go by my taste because I have some friends that love them. There are two different kinds of hot dog buns. The Seattle-Style whole grain hamburger buns and Seattle-Style hot dog buns, which contain rice, tapioca, yeast, but are dairy free, casein-free, and nut-free. The hamburger & hot dog buns package contain 4.

*A tip I learned for GF hot dog buns is to not got them from the side but cut a “V” on the top. This helps it not fall apart so bad. Plus, it keeps the hotdog in better.

I hope this gives you some ideas to help make grilling during the summer a little easier.

Friday, March 23, 2012

It’s Time for Grand Rapids Gluten-Free Food Fair (May 19th 10:00am-4:00pm)

Mark your calendars!! The Sixth Annual Gluten-Free Food Fair is on Saturday May 19th from 10:00 am- 4:00pm at the Grand Rapids Delta Plex on West River Road.

Do you find yourself wasting a lot of money on new Gluten-Free products because it looks good, but then ends up tasting yucky? This happens to me a lot. I love the Gluten-Free Food Fair because I am able to sample tons of Gluten-Free products which helps saves me money, because I now know which products I like and which products I don’t. Most importantly it is free! There will be a cooking demonstration and conferences you can sign up for. You can also purchase Gluten-Free products at the fair too. I will post more information when it closer to the time. I just wanted you to mark it on your calendar. Website: www.glutenfreegr.com/foodfair

To keep this event free they need volunteers. So if you are passionate on getting the word out about Celiac Disease and eating a GF diet you can donate 2 or more hours of your time to help set-up, distribute samples and breakdown.. Set-up starts at 6:30am. Breakdown starts after 4:00pm. You can volunteer for an hour or two or stay all day. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Any information on the Gluten-Free Food Fair and to volunteer you can email Nancy Spears at foodfair@glutenfreegr.com

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The WHITECAPS Now Have GF Hot Dogs w/ GF Bun!

The Grand Rapids Press had an article about the new WHITECAPS Baseball’s new menu for summer 2012. This year winner menu was designed by Westside Po’ Boy! Their loaded Kielbasa sandwich (NOT GLUTEN-FREE) won the big prize.

The article listed the menu which sadly had a lot of NOT Gluten-Free food, but then I noticed at the end of the article it stated it had a Gluten-Free Hot Dog & Gluten-Free Hot Dog Bun.

Here is the menu items listed in the article:

- Movie Theatre Candy

o Sour Patch Kids (GLUTEN-FREE)

o Skittles (GLUTEN-FREE)

o Starburst (GLUTEN-FREE)

o Airheads (GLUTEN-FREE)


o Peanut M&Ms (GLUTEN-FREE)

o Mike and Ikes (GLUTEN-FREE)

o Milk Duds (GLUTEN-FREE)

o Reese’s Pieces (GLUTEN-FREE),

o Butterfinger Pieces (GLUTEN-FREE),

o Whoppers (NOT GLUTEN FREE),

o Airhead Extremes (GLUTEN-FREE)

o Sour Gummy Worms (GLUTEN-FREE)

- Chicken Sluggers (BBQ Marinated grilled chicken drumsticks NOT GLUTEN-FREE)

- Pierogies (deep fried potato and cheese-filled pasta NOT GLUTEN-FREE)

- Pickle Chips (deep fried battered butter pick chips NOT GLUTEN-FREE)

- Giant Turkey Leg (1.5 pound giant smoked turkey legs from Michigan Turkey Producer. Could be gluten-free as long as it isn’t deep fried, have batter on it, or BBQ sauce, or seasoning. Ask them at the window to make one PLAIN with no seasoning. Again ask!)

- Lobster Roll

- Half Rack of Ribs (Billy Bones smoked St. Louis style ribs. MUST ASK, but the sauce might be gluten-free, you can see if you can get one without any sauce or seasoning. It doesn’t hurt to ask.)


Then it got to the end of the food list stating:

- GLUTEN – FREE HOT DOGS WITH GLUTEN-FREE BUN!!! This made me so excited. Everyone should be able to have a hot dog at a Baseball game!

You can get a Gluten-Free menu opon request.

You can read this article at: http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120314&content_id=27278962&vkey=pr_t582&fext=.jsp&sid=t582

Whitecaps Website is: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t582

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Butterfly Bakery Has Gluten-Free Products and are Yummy in the Tummy!

A couple of days ago I received a package from Butterfly Bakery in the mail. I opened it up to find some Gluten -Free Mini Wild Blueberry Muffins and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chips. It was dinner time, but I just couldn’t wait till after dinner to eat one. I quickly opened the package and ate one of the Wild Blueberry Muffins and then I tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie. They were both delicious. Then my mom saw them, she isn’t Gluten-Free, and she had some. She didn’t believe me that they were Gluten-Free. By the end of the night there was only three cookies left and five muffins left.

The blue berry muffin tasted sweet and smooth. It didn’t taste grainy or dry like most Gluten-Free muffins taste like. The chocolate chip cookie reminded of the Chip-Ahoy Cookies , which I greatly miss. This cookie made me so happy. Actually this cookie tasted better then a Chip Ahoy Cookie.

Butterfly Bakery has many other products that are Gluten-Free.

Here is a list of their Gluten-free Products:

• Wild Blueberry Muffins- Mini or Large size (in picture)

• Banana Walnut Muffins- Mini or Large size

• Lemon Citrus Poppy Muffins- Mini or Large size

• Spiced Apple Raisin Muffins- Large

• Lemon Citrus Crème Cakes – Sliced

• Plain Vanilla Crème Cakes- Sliced (in picture)

• Espresso Crème Cakes- Sliced

• Chocolate Chip Cookies (in picture)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (using gluten-free oatmeal)

• Cranberry Raisin Cookies

• White Chocolate Coconut Cookies

• Golden/Chocolate Cupcakes with Icing- Mini.

Their line of Gluten-Free bake goods are made with the superior artisan whole grain flour- Teff. These bake goods are loaded with Potassium and very high in vitamin B. Teff has 14% more protein than normal wheat flour. Best of all Teff is naturally sweet and bakes with a nice rise. The result? Baked goods that are sweet (yet not full of calories) full of fiber, light and moist.

You don’t have to worry about cross contamination because they have a separate facility within their facility designated gluten-free.

About The Butterfly Bakery:

The Butterfly Bakery started in 1998 when founder and CEO Brenda Isaac began experimenting with sugar-free recipes for her diabetic mother. Those recipes soon became the basis for The Butterfly Bakery which now includes a line of 75 different varieties of baked goods. Whether you are looking for, sugar-free, no sugar added, gluten free, low calorie and heart healthy, or 100% Whole Grain there is something for everyone. Located in the metro New York area of northern New Jersey, The Butterfly Bakery lovingly prepares some of the freshest tasting dietary restrictive goodies on the market today. Check out the entire line of The Butterfly Bakery products at www.thebutterflybakery.com.

The company is very excited to have their products available on Amazon.com because although their moist and tasty gluten-free, no sugar added and sugar-free baked goods are available in stores across the country, having them available online provides easier access to individuals wanting a satisfying treat, Brenda Isaac the CEO of The Butterfly Bakery stated in an article on December 2, 2011.

Their product is colored coded:

• Pink= sugar free

• Blue= no sugar added

• Orange=gluten-free

The Butterfly Bakery uses the finest all natural ingredients and the freshest fruit nectars to sweeten and enhance the flavor of its more than 75 products. Those quality ingredients result in the creamy, rich taste that is The Butterfly Bakery. Moist sugar free cakes, fluffy muffin loaded with goodies and chewy delectable cookies are all available online. You can also find them in many supermarkets near you.

You can find them on Amazon.com. Search for “The Butterfly Bakery” to find their goodies on Amazon.com!

Their contact information is:

Butterfly Bakery Inc. 200 Clifton Boulevard, Clifton, NJ 07013. T: 973-815-1501. F: 973-815-1507. Email: info@thebutterflybakery.com

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