Friday, October 29, 2010

GF Cook Books

Recently I have had some friends come to me for gluten-free recipes. I have't dabbled much into cooking and baking gluten free foods from scratch (I tend to just use boxed GF cake mixes if I'm baking), but I purchased a new cook book that I think will be great! I'm really looking forward to making and tasting some of the recipes in this book. It's called "A Cook's Bible, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes" by Grace Cheetham. You can find it online at amazon.com, but I found my copy at Whole Foods Market. Either way it looks like a great collection of recipes. I'll be sure to post any that I make and taste test.

Have a happy gluten-free day!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Jefferson Opens Celiac Center

Follow this link for the full story:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Check out this Blog!


To all my GF Followers, I came across this blog a few weeks ago and if you live in the Philadelphia area you must check it out! Gluten Free Philly is an informative and awesome resource to those with a gluten allergy or Celiac's Disease. It tells all of us Philadelphians where to shop, eat, get the best baked goods and more! You can also find coupons for many websites or locations that sell gluten free products.


Here is a link... so check it out!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tis the Season for GF Foods...

As the holidays quickly approach, so does all the treats filled with gluten and other not so allergen friendly ingredients. Since my gluten allergy is still fairly new, I have quickly learned what I can and cannot eat. I have also learned how to substitute certain ingredients when baking and cooking for gluten free alternatives. The first big holiday for this season that I was partaking in was Rosh Hashanah.

One of my dear friends invited me to her family's Rosh Hashanah celebration. We started out our day by going to the orchard to pick apples, then by stopping by the market for ingredients for our dinner. Since kugal is one of my favorite dishes to eat when going to my Jewish friend's celebrations, I knew this was one part of the meal I really wanted to be able to enjoy. My friend Aimee told me the ingredients...which the main ingredient is egg noodles. Well there's a big no no for someone with gluten intolerance. So I decided to try to substitute the egg noodles with GF corn noodles. Well, to my surprise it tastes amazing! As I continue the next few months of holiday celebrations I will post new recipes using GF ingredients for you all to try!

Here is Aimee's GF Kugal Recipe:

1 bag of GF corn noodles (any brand you prefer)
3 tbsp butter
3/4 cup sugar
5 eggs beaten
One 16 ounces Sour Cream
One 16 ounces Cottage Cheese
Cinnamon (to taste)

Cook noodles 5 to 6 minutes, then drain. In separate mixing bowl combine sugar, eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese. Grease pan, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix noodles with wet ingredients. Pour in pan. Place 3 tbsp of the butter in pads over the mixture and dash top of kugal with cinnamon. Bake for 25 minutes.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Super Yummy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Most of the gluten-free cookies I have bought at the grocery store have been hard, crunchy and have not been satisfying my cravings for the "just baked" taste I desire. Until... I found these! Glenny's Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. They are amazing! I found them last night at my local supermarket food chain in the organic section. I was a bit weary at first, but in the name of research I had to try them. They were soft, moist and chewy just as advertised. As well as the perfect sweet snack. They also came in Oatmeal Chocolate Chip; which I did not purchase (as of yet.) But, once I do I'll be sure to purchase a box and report back!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A sweet article posted by philly.com

I was reading the Philadelphia Inquirer online a few weeks back (posted August 12, 2010 to be exact) and came across an article about a pastry chef with a Celiac's. The title of the article is "A sweet job, with or without wheat." You can read the article by following this link:

http://www.philly.com/philly/restaurants/100458224.html

Gluten Free...for me?


The other day while shopping at Whole Foods for some gluten free items I came across a basket of cookies. They were all different cute shapes, and had icing and sugar sprinkles and looked amazing! I was so excited and have been searching for a yummy treat that I quickly picked up the pink piggy shaped cookie. I took it into work the next day took one bite and I'm hooked! It's a delicious gluten free sugar cookie...for me! Cookies....for me? is a gluten free based bakery located in the Philadelphia area. You can find out more about the company at www.cookiesforme.com

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gluten Free Philly

Finding great gluten free treats can be a bit of a challenge, so as I come across great treats and eats I will post them up on Smell the Flour. Here is one I found the other day while walking toward center city Philadelphia on South Street. Although I have not had the privilege of trying any of their delectable goodies, the store front is super cute and everything on their website looks divine! The bakery is called Sweet Freedom and it's located at 1424 South Street in Philadelphia. You can go to their website at: http://www.sweetfreedombakery.com/ for more information.

Bon Appetite!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Smell the Rice - Potato - Gluten Free Flour!

Well it sure has been a looooonnnnng time since I have posted anything on this blog! A lot has happened in the past year as well. Including my sensitivity or allergy to wheat, rye and barley. My doctor's and I are still not 100% or not if I have Celiac's but after months of abdominal pain; which led to several blood tests, CT scans, ultrasounds etc... I cut gluten out of my diet. Two weeks after going gluten-free (gf) I woke up pain free! So therefore I'm convinced that my pain was from what I was eating.

Since my new-found pain free, gluten-free life, I have learned a lot about what goes into my body and how it makes me feel. Going gluten free has had it's ups and downs and I'm not going to lie, it's been tough at times. But, if I feel better that is was matters the most!

The biggest challenge for me thus far was my craving for white bread with peanut butter on it. I have never been a huge fan of white bread, I used to go for whole grain or whole wheat, but when it's something you know you can't have it make the cravings even worse. My mission was to find a gf bread that I didn't need to toast to taste good. But instead, one that I could take right out of the package and eat as is. Well I finally found one that I LOVE! And here it is...

Udi's Gluten-Free White Sandwich Bread...


I have also tried Udi's Gluten Free Bagels, which are amazing! One, they don't weigh 50 pounds like most of the gf brand out there and two, they taste awesome!

If anyone else out there has any gluten-free suggestions feel free to comment or email me! I would love to hear from you!

I'm going to try to be more active on this blog and post more gluten-free items on a regular basis.

Cheers for now!