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 (
       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.


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.

  • Issue 2- Print collectible Limited Edition is: $15.00
  • Issue 2- PDF Collectible Limited Edition is: $10.00

  • ANNUAL PRINT SUBSCRIPTION is:$50.00 / year
  • ANNUAL PDF SUBSCRIPTION $40.00 for 1 year

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.

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

Grand Rapids Cascade
5570 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
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
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10:00am-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 10:00am-3:00am

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

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

  • 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

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.

5675 Byron Center AVE SW, Wyoming MI 49519. Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00am-2:00am. 616-530-9700

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.


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.


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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