Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tips on Preventing Gluten Contamination When Grilling




It is a huge misconception that gluten can be “killed” if it’s cooked at high temperatures. This isn’t true. Gluten, according celiaccentral.org, is a particle and not a bacteria so it cannot be destroyed with heat. The only way to really remove gluten is by really cleaning the racks on your grill.
You can’t really do this:
Phone Rings. You pick it up. It’s your best friend Susie who has invited you to their Fourth of July party.
You: Hi, Susie.
Susie (a.k.a. Friend): I am so excited you are coming to the party. We are  going to have grilled chicken, hot dogs.
You: Do you grill any breaded stuff on your grill?
Susie: Steve usually toasts the buns on the grill.
You: You need to clean your grill racks completely. It needs to be bleached and really scrubbed.  
Susie: What?
You: After you scrub your grill completely clean you must NOT cook anything with breading or dressings that contain gluten-free otherwise I’m not coming.
Susie: Sorry, but you are uninvited.
Again, you can’t do that so what can you do to make your food a lot safer from contamination:
Frist Thing:
If you have a grill that has two racks always make the top rack the gluten-free rack. This prevents anything containing gluten from dripping on your meat, veggies or whatever food you are cooking.
My family’s grills doesn’t have more than one rack, so we make sure everything that goes on the grill is gluten-free. We only use gluten-free BBQ, dressings and no toasting buns on the grill.
                                                     Second Thing:
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Use aluminum foil.
This is your friend. I always carry a roll of aluminum foil with me in my car at all times. I do this because if I end up spending time a friends house and she makes dinner I have the aluminum to keep my food safe in their oven, grill and more.
Third Thing:
Call you friend or family in advance and really explain in detail how to make gluten-free food.
Have your family/friend cook everything plain.
You need to stress J that not all dressings, dips, and sauces are gluten-free. I will usually have my friend(s) or family cook it plain that way then I can take a look at the dressing or BBQ sauce before they slap it on the food. This will help prevent that awkward moment of them saying “I made this specially for you. This dressing BBQ is mainly made from tomatoes” but then you look at the bottle to find that it has wheat flour in it. So its important to stress them to make it plain and on foil and to have your meat or veggie far from any toasting of bread products.
Fourth Thing : Bring a small traveling grill with you to your event.
Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 9.54.24 AMIf you are going camping I would stress doing this. Even before I was on this gluten-free diet I would bring one because you don’t know what the last person was cooking on that grill.

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Fifth Thing:   Use a separate tongs, forks, brushes, scissors and other utensils.
Bring your own utensils to the party. It’s a pain, but so is a stomachache and damage to you immune system.
Sixth Thing: Use Separate Cutting Boards. 
You are going to what to use a separate cutting board for meat and veggies anyways so what is another cutting board.
Seventh Thing: Don’t ever use the same brush that paints on the BBQ sauce/dressings.
Eighth Thing:
Keep hands cleaned when handling gluten food with gluten free food.
Ninth Thing:
A lot of people don’t think about aprons, but aprons do get dirty to hands whipping on it or plates and food rubbing against it.
Tenth Thing: 
Make sure your plates, bowls, containers and serving trays are clean and don’t touch gluten-free food.
Serving trays is always a nightmare at parties. They put the grilled plain chicken on a platter with the cheese, but then put crackers or some sort of bread on the tray. Then when you tell the host I can’t eat it they ask, “Why. I made sure the chicken is plain and the cheese is cheese.” You have to then say, “ because its touching the GLUTEN French bread.”
You have to treat people who are not on a gluten-free diet like you would explain to a five year old. “You have to do this and that and make sure it like this and that.”
You can check out my DIY grilling tips and tricks vides on my YouTube channel
Entertainment For All Network.
Here is a cheat sheet to give to a friend/family: 
  • - Cutting boards, Kitchen Scissors, Knives, Tongs, Forks, Brushes, and all other utensils must be washed in all natural type bleach and then washed with soap.

  • - Grill & Cook all meats, veggies with no dressings unless spoken to the person with the GF diet.
  • - When grilling use top rack so gluten foods don’t get dripped on.
  • - Stress that Gluten can even be in Ketchup, so make the meats and veggies plain.
  • - Making things plain without any dressings and sauces are perfectly fine. I, the gluten-free person, can add sauces later myself. I don’t mind plain things.
  • - Don’t pepper my things as well. Some Pepper spices can have gluten in it.
  • -Serving Trays :
should NOT contain anything with breading, dressings, sauces, dipping sauces, crackers, cookies, biscuits on the same tray with the meat, veggies and cheeses. Try to keep things separate.
If you are doing a fun design and that serving tray must contain breading or things with gluten then please set a side a separate plate that only contains Gluten-Free items such as plain veggies, plain meats and cheeses
  • - Please cook my food on foil on the grill.
  • - Wash hands or wear gloves when handing gluten-free food.
  • - Gluten-Free BBQ sauces I love are: (Always read the labels because buying)
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Sweet Baby Rays  
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  1. Don’t hesitate to get ahold of me if you have questions on the gluten-free diet                                                                          I hope this was helpful. There are probably a couple of things I am missing on the list, but this is the basics and things that can be forgotten about when grilling meats, veggies and whatever else you put on the grill.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Anna's House Restaurant In Grand Rapids, Michigan has Huge GF Menu

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My weekend kind of starts on Thursday thats because I don't have classes on Thursday and Friday. This weekend I spent Thursday and Friday filming for Entertainment For All Network's Youtube channel, a.k.a. my channel. We filmed a gluten-free peanut butter brownie can't wait to get up for you guys because it tastes amazing and it was really easy.
Anyways, on Thursday, we took a break for lunch and went Anna's House restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has a fun environment. You step into the restaurant and you go back into the 1950s. They have a couple of TVs on the wall playing the old 1950s classic television shows like Bewitch and I Dream of Jeanie.  There is a wall with a variety of old toasters hanging on the wall.
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Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 12.40.39 AMI had a gluten-free Cranberry Turkey Panini sandwich with homemade potato chips. This was so good. It had thick turkey breast, swiss cheese, baby spinach, brown mustard and an amazing cranberry mayo that I ended up asking for extra on the side and ate it without anything it was so yummy.  I added tomato slices to it because I feel a sandwich with turkey meat is naked without tomatoes. The sandwich was $9.00 and then $2.00 added for a GF bread.
Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.46.57 PM   For dessert, I got a slice of GF Pumpkin Pie. The pumpkin pie was fluffy and wasn't too sweet but not sweet enough. It has been a long time since I had a good pumpkin pie, sorry mom. Before I was gluten-free we would always get Costco pumpkin pies because they were cheap and tasted excellent, but then I had to be gluten free so my mom made the pumpkin pies now. They are good but not there not a fluffy pumpkin pie. Instead they are  very rich and thick.  Anna's House pumpkin pie is that fluffy pumpkin.  It wasn't a bad price. It was $5.00 and it was a good size piece.
Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.37.00 AM This isn't the first time I have eaten at Anna's before. Usually I get the Gluten-Free First Class Olive Burger with homemade crunchy fries. Their burger is a 60oz all beef patty.  The burger comes with their homemade olive mayo, lettuce, tomato and cheese on a tasty moist gluten-free bun. It comes with homemade potato chips but if you want fries it is $2.00 more. Price is $8.50 + $2.00 for GF Bun + $2.00 for fries= $12.50. This seems like a lot for a burger and fries but you get a lot and it is so yummy and you don't have to worry about if its gluten-free or not.
It is important to make note that Anna’s House goal is to provide all-natural, fresh, local, quality ingredients in every dish they serve. They also have  dairy-free, vegetarian options as well. All their meats are all-natural, chemical-free. They make their items which are always fresh.
Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.46.05 PMI love getting their candied pecan & banana french toast. It has mascarpone cheese, candied pecans, grilled bananas, and topped with a house made caramel sauce with a choice of meat for $10.75.
I have been dying to try the Chocolate Waffle. So if you are in West Michigan I would highly recommend going to Anna's House Restaurant.
Locations:
  • 2409 East Beltline SE, Grand Rapids‎ MI‎ 49546. Phone #: 616-551-0434
  • 3874 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids‎ MI‎ 49525 Phone #:  (616) 361-8500
  • 3766 Potomac Circle SW, Grandville‎ MI‎ 49418 Phone #: (616) 288-5855
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Second Best Gluten-Free Brownies- Aldi's


I have tried every type of brownies. My favorite brownie is the Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Brownies  but cost around $4.95. I have a second option for brownies. Aldi's Gluten Free Brownies taste amazing and they are somewhat cheaper. These are great it you are going to a church picnic and want to share it with others. These brownies cost around $3.50. If you don't have an Aldi's near you, I'm sorry. I made this video with my mom to show you what it looks like. 




Purchase Betty Crocker Brownies at:
Betty Crocker Brownie Mix, Gluten Free, 16 Oz

Monday, May 4, 2015

Favorite Cookies

1. Goodie Girl Crunchy Chaos
If you like crunchy sugary cookies these are for you. I am not a huge fan of really crunchy chocolate chips until I had these.



Goodie Girl Cookies - Crunchy Chaos - Gluten Free - 19 oz Family Pack

2.  Kinnikinnick Kinnitoos Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies
These remind me so much of Oreos cookies. They are amazing to dunk in milk. They don't get soggy instantly until it hits your mouth. They are good without dunking them as well. They also don't have an unpleasant aftertaste that some brands such as Walmart's brand has.

I wish they would start coming up with weird filling flavors that Oreos do such as Mint, Strawberry, Birthday Cake, peanut butter, Raspberry, Marshmallow, Double Stuff. This would make me so happy.  I see all these guess what this Oreo filling flavor YouTube videos and wish I could do that.

Kinnikinnick Kinnitoos Sandwich Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Creme -- 8 oz Each / Pack of 2


3. Glutinos Chocolate Chip Cookies
I thought I would never find a cookie that taste like a Chip AHoy cookie until I ran into Glutino's chocolate chip cookies. They taste so close to the real thing. They can be dunked in milk or eaten plain. They have just the right amount of chocolate chips.


Glutino Gluten Free Cookies, Chocolate Chip, 8.6 Ounce

4. WOW Baking Company Chocolate Chip Cookie
WOW Baking Company Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Chip -- 8 oz Each / Pack of 2

These are one of the best soft cookies I have found so far. They don't have a bean aftertaste flavor. These soft cookies are a little on the expensive side. I not only like their chocolate chip ones but their lemon and pecan cookies too. Amazon has the cheapest price for these. You can get 2 for $16.99 whereas when I bought them at my target I spent $8.99 on one.

Amazon has a variety pack.


Wow Baking Company Bagged Cookies, Variety Pack, 8-Ounce

Last but not least:
5. Udi's Coconut Peanut Butter Cookies
These have the right amount of peanut butter and not too much coconut. These are said to be soft and chewy, but they aren't as soft as I thought they would be, which is a good thing when it comes to peanut butter cookies. Out of all the Udi's cookies these would have to be my favorite flavor.



Udi's Gluten Free Soft Baked Cookies, Peanut Butter Coconut, 9.1 Ounce


Grand Rapids Gluten Free Food Fair May 16, 2015

May 16, 2015 at 10:00am-4:00pm is the Grand Rapid’s Gluten Free Food Fair. Usually you have to pay to get in, but the Grand Rapids one is free.
My favorite thing about going to a food fair is the samples. I hate it when I spend money on a food and hate it. Food fairs helps save you money. Just be prepared sometimes they run out of samples. Last year they had over 1,000 people come.
Here is a video of last year’s Grand Rapids Gluten-Free Food Fair: 
Food Fair Participants:
  • Aldi’s Foods
  • Arbonne
  • Bake it Best
  • Bit Baking Company
  • Brann’s Sports Grill
  • Caina Tea
  • Full Flavor Foods
  • Gillis Family Chiropractic
  • Glutino Food Group
  • Greater GR Celiac Support
  • **Kitchen Table Bakers
  • iChiro Clinics
  • It Works Global
  • Jamberry Nails
  • Live Gluten Free Bakery & Cafe
  • ** Dr. Praeger
  • Maximized Living
  • Meijer, Inc.
  • Glee’s Foods
  • ** Namaste Foods, LLC
  • Natural Choice Chiropractic
  • ** NoGii
  • Pamela’s Products
  • Red Robin
  • Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery
  • S&F Foods, Inc
  • Schar
  • Selestial Soap
  • Silverberry Kitchen, LLC
  • The Chiropractic Doctors
  • The Gilmore Collection
  • The GlutenFree Bar
  • The Melting Pot
  • The Sugar Bowl Bakery
  • Thirty-One
  • THRIVE Life
  • Uccello’s Ristorante
  • Wealthy/Hall Street Bakery
  • Wildtree
  • Zoup!
  • **Gift Basket or Registration Bag Participation Only Not Attending.
Special Guests: 
Tiffany Hinton- GF Mom Certified
Cindy Gordon- NFCA Blogger Ambassador – Vegetarian Mamma
Conferences:
  • Gluten Free 101- Presenter: Cindy Gordon, Vegetarian Mamma
  • Dealing with Resistance- Presenter: Dr. John Coin, BS, MA, DEdMin (Senior Pastor of Anchor Community Church)
  • Raising a Gluten Free Kid- Presenter: Tiffany Hinton, GF Mom Certified
Cooking Stages:
  • Chef Nick’s Easy Gluten Free- Chef Nick, WMU Catering
  • Easy Family Friendly Gluten Free Cooking- Shari Steinbach, MS RD, Meijer Health and Wellness Manager.
Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and Beans, Blueberry, Chicken Chopped Salad. Shari will demonstrate how to create some easy family pleasing meals with common ingredients. Come and sample Greek pasta with tomatoes and beans, and blueberry, chicken chopped salad.
  • 30 Minute Gluten Free Meals- Cindy Gordon, Vegetarian Mamma
Versatile Salad, One Dish Meal, Chocolaty Dessert. You don’t have to spend hour sin the kitchen preparing extensive meals for your family. With a little planning and by choosing the perfect recipes you can create a budget friendly gluten free dinner that your entire family will love in less than 30 minutes. In this demonstration you will learn how to make a versatile salad, a one-dish meal and a chocolaty dessert. As a bonus, you will learn quick healthy snack ideas as well as money saving kitchen technique you won’t want to miss.
  • Donuts! – Tiffany Hinton, GF Mom Certified
Tiffany will demonstrate how to make gluten free donuts.
Information:
All conferences are held in the Hillside Hall immediately behind West River Hall.
Conferences are scheduled for 1 HOUR followed by 15 min Q&A.
Location: The Delta Plex- 2500 Turner NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Life Never Goes As Plan

I don't know why, but lately I have been just so fustrated with life. Why may you ask? Because I am 29 years old and still going to college. It isn't because of my grades because I have been getting straight As. Its because I keep getting slammed with one health problem after another.  I look at jobs that are opening up that I could get if I had a degree. I am not able to work and go to school. What I am terrified is graduating from college and not being able to find a good paying job that works with my health condition. This is my biggest fear! This is because I have collected six years of interest rate on my Chase loan, Sallie Mae Loan, Firstmark and three others which so far adds up to over $109,000. How the hell am I going to pay this?  I only took out $56,900. I have two more years left before I get my Bachlors degree. Going to film school is great, but its alot of hardwork. I am not saying regular business schools, or other degrees aren't hard, but with film you have to spend 14 hours on set. Plus, it seems like you are constantly having to travel. Tons of set-ups and tear downs. I am mainly a line producer, so I have to follow everyone and make sure they are doing their job right and on time. I can't work and do school, it just doesn't work with my RSD/CRPS.
Okay I have my school loan and then I have to add doctors, prescriptions, nerve block procedures, and my health insurance costs to that. Every month I spend (or should I say my parents) over $800.
Then I have to pay insurance on my car.
I have two cats that also have health problems. Don't you dare say "you could get rid of them."  They are my kids and they help me get through a lot of rough times with my health. 
Being on a gluten-free diet creates more costs. Gluten-Free food is expensive. It is getting better than 15 years ago,  but it is still expensive.
I love my parents dearly, but I don't want to live with them forever. I would like to get my own place, but that cost money.
When I move into an apartment I still need high speed internet for my editing software and uploading my youtube videos. I can't not have Netflix and Cable because when I have RSD/CRPS flares that is the only thing that will keep my mind occupied. There is no way I can watch a dvd over and over again in the same week. Plus you have to get up put the DVD in the player and sit back down. I know what you are thinking, "she is lazy", no when you have RSD/CRPS every little movement causes severe pain. So every 1-2 hours I would have to get up and deal with the DVD player. Plus, I only have so many movies to watch. You can't have Netflix without internet.
To be able to live comfortably I would have to make at least $5,000 a week. Where am I going to get that money? Maybe I could sell my organs, but then I only have so many to give up.
Then things that go through my mind. What if something happens to my parents?  They are my support and helping hand.
I am terrified about getting a job because  I will be going against people who are healthy and younger.  Who will want someone who's inside is of a 90 year old. I guess in a job interview  when the interviewer asks "what will you bring to this position?"  I can answer: I will bring positive attitude, determination and a hard worker."
Life is very hard especially when you have been given the opportunity to possibly be cured of RSD but can't because you don't have $15,000. I will not let my parents use their retirement. They can't afford that. They don't have any money as it is. I would love to see my dad retire. He has a very hard labor job working as a metallurgist.  I am going into a rant: When people who make $75,000 or more a year complain about how they don't have money I want to take a stick and beam them. I know someone who makes well over $200,000 a year and they complain they don't have money. I would love to see them live on less than $30,000 a year because that is what my parents and I live on.
It sucks, but I keep telling myself if I keep thinking postive maybe postive things will happen to me and my family. :)
I am a big believer on just taking it day by day, minute by minute because I am 100% believer that God is there for you and does help take care of you. When it comes down to it, it is important to trust that good things will come to you in the future even though your life just keeps getting worse. So far I will rant, be depressed and fustrated for a few minutes and then breath and make myself write out a list of postive things that are happening in my life. 
My positives:
1. I'm a hard worker
2. I'm really good at organizing and being a line producer. 
3. People may use me all the time, but that, I guess is a good thing because that means they trust me that I will do a good job. 
4. I have amazing parents. 
5. I have two amazing cats
6. I have a some amazing friends that are there for me. 
7. I have a house . 
8. I have a tv, computer and cable.
9. I have food in my kitchen. 
10. I have received a few rewards.
11. I won a $20.00 gift card to New Deals store. 
12. I found a Dicks Gift Card on the ground at Wendy's and it had $12.15 on it. I feel bad for the people who lost it though. I took it in and the woman at the desk said that most likely it will just end up in one of the employees pocket so I should just keep it. I tried calling Dicks to find out if there was a way to figure out who might have bought it. No luck. 
13. I love to save money by cutting coupons and price shopping. 
14. I have an amazing primary care doctor. 
If for some reason you can't think of anything positive, here are some tips I use. First just start with:
Its Spring Time equals pretty flowers and sunny days. 
There is always something that is positive in your life. 
It is very hard not to dwell on the negatives, but I have learned its just a waste of energy and it doesn't make your life any better. 
Keep in mind if you help others even if it is sending a military person a letter or going over to your local nursing home and playing a game with one of the residents. This will sure help you feel better about yourself and your life. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Send Me Gluten-Free Subscription Box Unboxing

I I have totally fallen in love with subscription boxes, espcially gluten-free ones. I ran into Send Me Gluten-Free and got myself one. This box is awesome! It had a lot of cool items in it. Check on the video below to my unboxing off it.

Would I recommand this box? Hell yeah. Did I get my moneys worth? Yes I believe I did.
This video shows you all the products I got inside the box. I hope you enjoy it and subscribe to it. 
Send Me Gluten-Free website is: http://www.sendmeglutenfree.com

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

"Hey Gluten Free" company is Starting a Subscription Box!


Some exciting news has reached my email. Hey Gluten-Free company is launching a monthly subscription box.  I haven't tried it yet, but am very excited to get myself a box when they come out. They said sometime this spring it will launch. Here is a little bit of information on the company.  

When you subscribe you will receive a box of gluten-free products to your doorstep. Each month you will get a different box consisting of 5-12 items that are hand picked by their team.  are Gluten-Free certified. The box will contain products that most of us have never heard before. 

This company is big in promoting small businesses. 

I hate it when you buy an expensive gluten-free product and you hate it. This subscription box allows you to try product without emptying your wallet.  

The product they put it in are 
• Gluten - Free
• Non GMO
• Low/No Sugar
• GF certified 
• Low in sodium 
Coming soon. Check out their Facebook page to get more information on when you can order the subscription. https://www.facebook.com/heyglutenfree

Or their pre-launch page: http://prelaunch.heyglutenfree.com/


Monday, February 2, 2015

Jennifer Esposito's Battle w/ Celiac Disease

I was searching things for a school project and ran into a Katie Couric interviewing Jennifer Esposito about Celiac DIsease. You might Jennifer Esposito from Samatha Who?. 

Click Here to see the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae7wjpp7MIk

I love how she really stressed this is an auto-immune disease and not some fade diet to loose weight. Yes some do loose weight from going on a Gluten-Free diet, but the reason why they are loosing weight is because of being on gluten-free diet. isn't a fade diet.

She also explained how you don't have to have the stomach symptoms to have Celiac Disease.

This video is about 8 minutes and twenty seconds. Its short video, but does a great job at really explaining Celiac Disease.


She has a book out called: Jennifer Esposito's Journey with Celiac Disease. You can order it on Amazon.com. Click below. 







Sunday, January 18, 2015

GFF (Good Food Forever) Gluten-Free Magazine

GFF (Good Food Forever)Gluten-Free MAGAZINE

I thought the only Gluten-Free magazines were Living Without MagazineGluten-Free Living, and Delight Gluten-Free Magazine, but then I came across GFF Magazine when looking for a Gluten-Free recipe.
GFF is a quarterly magazine for food lovers.

There information on their site (http://gffmag.com):
       GFF celebrates uncompromisingly Good Food (Forever), drinks, and destinations, and the joy of creating and sharing them with others. And, oh yes: it's Gluten-Free (Forever), too, although you'll never taste the difference.
        Each issue features recipes from top chefs, cookbook authors, and bloggers; tutorials for mastering gluten-free cooking; trends, products, people, and places worth knowing about; deliciously indulgent travel; lifestyle extras that will elevate your everyday; and a whole lot of fun.

I got myself a copy and have decided this magazine is now my favorite Gluten-Free magazine of all time. Why? you may be asking. The reasons are:

Reason 1: There is 51 pages of information and recipes.
    The Living without Magazine, Gluten-Free Living  and Delight Gluten-Free Magazine are usually only 25 to 35 pages depending on the time of year.

Reason 2: 98% of it is actual content and not ads.
unlike The Living Without Magazine, Gluten-Free Living and Delight Gluten-Free Magazine are all just ads.

Reason 3: Tons of recipes.
      I believe I counted to be 34 recipes. Compared to the three magazines they would only have 10-15 recipes if you are lucky.

Reason 4:  Has a variety of recipes-
     GFF Magazine has pasta, meat, salads, drinks, desserts, bread, and so on.

Reason 4: It has a variety of information type articles.

Reason 5: Beautiful photos.
     Not that the other magazines didn't because they do.


Please keep in mind I still and will always love reading The Living without Magazine, Gluten-Free Living and Gluten-Free Magazine.









I love the traveling section as well because it not only lists restaurants that serve 100% gluten-free, but also where to stay and where to visit.












SAMPLE RECIPE:   




What is in the Fall 2014 Issue? Here is the Contents:  


  • Edible Art- a sweet still life, photographer Maren Carus
  • Editor's Letter- Erika Lenkert on what we're all about. 
  • Contributors- just a few of the talents in this issue. 
  • Where It's -- all the news that's fit to RT
  • Good Stuff-- Gear we covet for the home, body, and mouth. Curated by Bonnie Cohen
  • GFF Faves- our recs for the best grocery store crackers by Amy Copperman
  • Weeknight Warriors- Five recipes that bring new (and tastier!) meaning to the workday "grind" 
  • Chef's Table- A holiday feast worth recreating, by the culinary greats behind San Francisco's Delfina Foreign Cinema, and Recchiuti Confections. 
  • Destination San Francisco- How to live it up like a food-loving local in the City by the Bay by Marcia Gagliardi, Erkia Lenkert, Maren Caruso, and Catherine Jacobes. 
  • Skill It- Everything you need to know to make the ultimate GF pie crust by Jeffrey Larsen.
  • Game On!- A playful reprieve for the bus, bath, or bedside table.
  • Recipe Index- the who, what, and where on this issue's tasty vittles. 
  • Happy Ending- Butterscotch pudding so good you'll want to lick the glass clean by Scott Warner.
  • Oh Niki, You're So Fine! 
  • Spread the Love- Cheese expert Laura Werlin's tips for off-the-hook cheese plates. 
  • Sourdough's Rising Star- Baker Sadie Scheffer and her obsession-worthy allergen-free bread. 
  • Gut Instincts- Best-selling journalist Aimee Lee Ball on the state of GF affairs. 
  • Paella: The Instant Party! - The one dish extravaganza done right. 
  • Why Drinking Spanish is Fly- Amy Copperman's primer to grabbing a good bottle of wine tonight. 
  • Head Trip- Victoria Granof's mind blowing ways to roast whole cauliflower
  • 3 Cheers for Party Season!- Easy cocktail recipes that raise the bar and the glass by Jeff Burkhart
  • Grate Expectations- Eily Garland's vibrant latkes for breakfast, holidays, and cocktail parties. 
  • Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking- Gluten-Free Girl Shauna Ahern on cooking and celiac disease. 
  • Gifts of Good Taste- Three tasty treats to make, give, and gobble up this season. 



GFF Magazine Cost:
This magazine is worth every penny. http://gffmag.com/shop-gff/
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pizza Time!




I love pizza. A lot of restaurants and fast food pizza places are now caring a Gluten Free pizza. It is very exciting to see so many restaurants and pizza places serving Gluten Free pizza.  These types of pizza restaurants have a huge risk of being contaminated. The restaurants pushes people with Celiac Disease or severe gluten sensitivity should not order a pizza. I know that just a size of a tiny head of pin can cause a lot of damage, but I am not too scared. To me I look at it no different then my kitchen. My family isn’t gluten free so my kitchen and condiments runs into the risk of contamination.  It is up to you if you want to risk it or not. 



           
            I have had two Georgio’s Gluten Free Gourmet Pizza now and have had no problems.  Keep in mind everyone is different. Just because I didn’t get any symptoms doesn’t mean you will. Georgio’s Gluten Free Pizza is so good. I would give it 5 stars out of 5.

Locations:
Grand Rapids Downtown
15 Ionia, Suite 140
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-356-4600
Hours: Sun-Tues 11:00am-10:00pm, Wednesday-Saturday 11:00am-3:00am

Grand Rapids Cascade
5570 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-608-8000
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:00am-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm

East Lansing; Grand River Street
1010 E. Grand River. East Lansing, MI 48823
517-351-1000
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10:00am-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 10:00am-3:00am

East Lansing: Charles Street
120 Charles St, East Lansing MI 48823
517-333-9990
Hours: Sun-Mon 10:00am-10:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm

Brick Road Pizza
Location:
1017 wealthy Street Grand Rapids MI. 616-719-2409

Menu:
  • GF Cheesy Bread with Marinara Sauce. 
  • Build your own Gluten Free Pizza

Gluten Free Cheese… 1 Item- $13.50/each additional item $.75
Gluten Free/Vegan Pizza Crusts are 10 ½”.. All of their specialty pizzas are on a GF/V crust.. add $2.50 to 12” hand tossed price. Some vegan faux meats also contain gluten as well as black bean burgers. Their Gluten free pizza crusts are 100% GF and are baked in their own pan so they will not touch any surfaces where gluten is present. The pizzas are prepared in areas where other items containing gluten are prepared.
Thought they take the utmost caution as to not cross with gluten contains items, the possibility is still present. If you have a severe allergy please keep this in mind, as they are not liable for any reactions.


Green Restaurant
2289 East Beltline Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.
(616) 447-8294

Have homemade Chicken fingers, Mozzarella Sticks, Gluten free veggie pizza (With hummus, feta cheese, spinach, tomatoes, olives, basil, and olive oil)
Gluten Free Chili. GF buns, GF bread loaves.


Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders
13040 U.S. 31, Grand Haven, MI 49417
616-844-5566

Gluten Free Pizza, Gluten Free Grinders, Gluten Free Penne Pasta, GF Garlic Cheese Bread, GF potato skins.
Gluten free has never been so good. Any of our gluten free products can be pre-made and frozen in larger quantities that are ready to cook in your oven at a later date. Inquire for details. Great taste and texture are what sets our gluten free products apart from the rest. Dry and crumbly is a thing of the past. All our gluten free products have documentation regarding their Gluten free status.


Monelli’s
5675 Byron Center AVE SW, Wyoming MI 49519. Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00am-2:00am. 616-530-9700
http://monellis.com/gluten-free-menu/#32

Has a 10” Gluten Free Pizza Crust. Their cheese pizza is $10.00 and extra toppings are $1.25.

They also have a many GF salads, sandwiches (sadly they don’t have a GF bun), and many entrees that are GF.

Mangiamo


Pizza Hut
While all care is taken, Pizza Hut Gluten Free bases are prepared in an environment that contain gluten and we cannot guarantee all Gluten Free bases will be 100% free from gluten. Most toppings contains gluten.


Papa Murphy’s Take N’ Bake Pizza
Gluten Free Crust Pizza. They use Udi’s pizza crust.
Text GF to 90421 and Get $2.00 off pizza on Gluten Free Crust.
Available at participating US locations only. Certified Gluten Free Crust is topped in shared kitchen that also handles gluten-containing ingredients. Additional ingredient information can be found by viewing our allergen info. Available in Medium size only.

One offer per subscriber. By texting ‘GF’ to 90421, user agrees and consents to receiving text messages to their mobile phone number from Papa Murphy’s for coupons and special offers. User will receive up to 8 messages per month. Msg & Data rates may apply. Consent to receive a text message is not a condition of purchasing a good or service.


Dominos:

Domino’s Crust Ingredients: Water, Modified Rice Starch, Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Olive Oil, Potato Flour, Evaporated Cane Sugar, Fresh Yeast, Honey, Avicel, Salt, Calcium Propionate. Note: Avicel functions as a fat replacer in Gluten Free crusts. It is used primarily to help retain moisture so the crust is not too dry and tough.

On their website they have a warning saying not for people with Celiac Disease or people who suffer from gluten sensitivity because of contamination.   They do answer the question: Is the Gluten Free Crust prepared—BEFORE going to the store—in a gluten free environment? They replied: Domino's® Gluten Free Crust is manufactured by a supplier who runs its Gluten Free products on a certified, clean production line in a gluten free facility. To ensure compliance to our standards of less than 20ppm gluten in Domino's® Gluten Free Crust, the manufacturing facility and the Gluten Free Crusts produced there are regularly tested, prior to arriving to our stores.

What is Gluten Exposure? They replied: Gluten is present in Domino's® Hand Tossed Dough. After stretching the dough, small gluten particles could remain on the pizza maker's hands, which then touch the cheese and toppings and could transfer to these ingredients. Due to the handcrafted nature of Domino's® products and because stores do not have a separate gluten free area in the kitchen, a possibility for gluten exposure can occur. As such, pizza made with Domino's® Gluten Free Crust is not recommended for customers with celiac disease. However, because the risk for exposure is low, this pizza made with Domino's® Gluten Free Crust is an option for individuals with mild gluten sensitivities.

Always call the restaurants and pizza delivery service before going just incase they decide they aren't carrying Gluten Free products. 

My rant: Pizza restaurants with the contamination warning makes me a little annoyed because why offer GF pizza if you aren’t going to make it in a safer area of your restaurant. I know there are people who just eat gluten-free because of all of the health benefits, but if I were on gluten-free diet just for the health benefits I would just splurge and have a regular wheat pizza. 
Plus, people who eat gluten-free to loose weight or to just be healthier would most likely not eat pizza anyways. Instead, they would be eating salad with raspberry salad dressing and not a high greasy pizza.  So these restaurants should really think about having a small safe area where the wheat flour isn’t flying in the air and a few pans that are dedicated gluten free.  Right now these gluten free pizza are only teasing people with Celiac Disease and severe gluten free sensitivity.

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