Friday, August 30, 2013

Fall Is Coming - Gluten-Free Soup

It may still be August, but every day Mother Nature finds a way to remind me that fall is coming; frost on my windshield, ripening squashes, red leaves slowly emerging, and dropping temperatures during Will's last walk in the evening. 

Yesterday was a particularly chilly day and so while at the grocery store I couldn't decide what I wanted to eat. I finally settled on soup! Usually not August appropriate but I was feeling it so I picked out a gluten-free brand I hadn't tried before. 

Gluten-free soup isn't usually readily available in normal grocery stores as gluten-free stock is somewhat rare. In Whole Foods they had a few different kinda but this one looked promising. 

I like Progresso's vegetable soup but it's hard to find so I was happy to discover that this was similar, just better! There are tons of vegetables and they are distinctly real. There are also a few types of beans for added protein. Next time your in a Fall-ish mood give this one a try!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

BEYOUtiful

You cannot discover new oceans unless you are willing to lose sight of the {south} shore.




Five years ago this weekend, I left home bound for Boston University. I had no idea how much of an effect it would have on my life in five years. This past weekend, my sister Jill left for the same adventure. She is outgoing, gregarious, and a total people person. She is going to majorly kill it at BU and I can't wait to watch her enjoy the ride.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Eating Gluten-Free in Trexlertown, PA

In my ever constant quest for gluten-free food options, I came across this gem in Trexlertown, PA. Joe's Pizza is a pizza shop in Trexlertown, PA a short drive from Allentown, PA. They offer many pizza options, including gluten-free and wheat crust.

I ordered this pizza after a recommendation from a friend for their gluten-full pizza. We decided to give the gluten-free a shot! Not only was it delicious, but it was the first time I have come across obvious efforts to keep the pizza gluten-free. Joe's bakes the pizza in personal sizes, that includes a pan! This decreased the concern about the surface the pizza bakes on. They also include a personal pizza cutter, that actually works great! This is something that I honestly haven't even thought about before. I assume that most places have a dedicated pizza cutter, but this showed that they were making every effort to reduce cross-contamination.

In addition, their pizza is very reasonably priced! We ordered one personal gluten-free pizza with pepperoni (gluten-free pepperoni of course) and one large with two toppings. The total was a little over $24 which is pretty good for two pizzas with toppings.





Are you in the Trexlertown, PA area? If so go check out Joe's gluten-free pizza!

Again, none of my posts are sponsored advertisements! I am just sharing information for those of you looking for great gluten-free options.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Eating Gluten-Free on the Cape - Cape Cod, MA

Every year I make a pilgrimage trip to the cape specifically to go to Chatham Fish and Lobster Co in Chatham for their unbelievable, 100% gluten-free fried seafood. My trip this year was extra wonderful as they now carry miniature gluten-free cheesecakes. They have also expanded their shop to include a great selection of wines and other gluten-free items.

I always get the fisherman's platter to split as you get a little bit of everything! If you have gone too long without delicious fried seafood, I highly recommend Chatham Fish and Lobster Co.




We also stopped by The Chatham Bars Inn for a fantastic view!





Chatham Fish and Lobster Co. did not sponsor this post in any way shape or form. They have no idea who I am, I just LOVE their food!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Bread

The same weekend that I made my apple pie (last fall!) I received a recipe for Apple Cinnamon Bread that despite all of the other apple things I was making, I had to try. The recipe is originally not gluten-free but it a cup-for-cup replacement with gluten-free flour (if your flour mix has xanthan gum in it). The bread itself if very similar to a coffeecake in that the good stuff goes in the middle.









Thursday, August 15, 2013

Gluten-Free Cookies

Cookies are probably the most versatile of all baked goods. They can be sweet or savory, light or dense, crunchy or chewy, and can easily be made gluten-free. Even though cookies can be made gluten-free super simply sometimes I just don't feel like baking or not in a situation when you can. This is most pronounced during the summer months when it is hot or when I may be away visiting friends. Times like these call for a super delicious store-bought cookie.

This past weekend was the perfect opportunity to try out one of many gluten-free cookie options. I receive emails from Enjoy Life foods but had yet to actually try a product. So while at Harvest Barn Natural Foods, in Franklin, NH (a fantastic health foods store in the lakes/White Mountains region) I decided to give Enjoy Life Crunchy Double Chocolate cookies a try.

I am so glad I bought these cookies! They are the perfect size, the same size I would make a cookie at home and delicious. There is no mealy flour mixture and the chocolate chips get a little melt-y in the sun, unlike some faux-chocolate chips I've seen.  They also come with enough cookies to last a few servings! They are also free of 8 of the major allergens which is fantastic for families with multiple different allergies.


After my great experience with the crunchy double chocolate cookie I decided to try the crunchy chocolate chip and they are equally as delicious. These cookies are very reminiscent of Chips Ahoy Crunchy cookies for all of you later-life gluten-free converts looking for comparable foods. 


My favorite thing to do with cookies is dunk them in milk so I loved the crunchy ones, but Enjoy Life also has chewy varieties! I definitely would recommend giving these a try, especially as school lunch time is just around the corner!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Quote of the Day

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
--C.S. Lewis

"Let's Do" Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones Review

Recently while on a trip to Pennsylvania I made my requisite trip to the local Wegman's. Wegman's has the best gluten-free section of any other store I've visited. This is where I first found "Let's Do" Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones. I was so excited I bought two boxes of sugar cones, one to share! 

The sugar cones are delicious and exactly like the gluten-full version. I quickly ate my way through my first box, but with no trips to PA in my near future I was a little bummed. A few weeks ago, I was very excited to find that Stop & Shop now carries these ice cream cones too! They even have the wafer cone variety that you usually get with soft serve.

I tried the wafer cone tonight for the first time and it was great! Very similar texture and taste to the regular cone. I brought it with me to Dairy Queen and requested some fresh jimmies and voila a "normal" trip for ice cream! I definitely recommend giving these a try. Check your local Wegman's or Stop & Shop.




Looking to make your own cones? Check out my post on homemade cones here: Homemade Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Quote of the Day


I have found that, rather than dwelling on the negative, if we will take a step back and consider the blessings in our lives, including seemingly small, sometimes overlooked blessings, we can find greater happiness.
--Thomas S. Monson

This Weekend in a Picture


I spent this weekend on Winnipesauke. It was wonderful. In other news, I finally learned how to spell Winnipesauke!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Best Corn Muffins *Gluten-Free*

Corn muffins are the most utilitarian of all muffins. You can eat sweet corn muffins for breakfast, or a snack, or you can a more savory muffin with your fried chicken or chili. The options are really endless. I prefer my corn muffins, or bread, on the sweeter side, what some people call New England Corn Bread or Yankee Corn Bread. Name aside, I also like mine slathered with plenty of real butter and a little toasty.


Have you been missing corn bread or corn muffins after going gluten-free too? I've made a thousand different versions with nearly as many odd ingredients and they've always been just okay. I think I hit the nail on the head with this recipe though.




Substitutions: I use Jule's Gluten-Free Flour as the base; white corn meal instead of yellow; Lactaid milk in place of cow's milk. 

Additional possible substitutions: Plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream? 



You may notice I do not have a temperature listed. I keep forgetting to write it down and just wing it. I'd try 375 or 400 for the 20 min I did write. 



Recently I purchased the BIG muffin tins and I am so glad I finally did it. THey make a sizable muffin but not too large. I also use muffin liners because they make them look much professional. The liners, however, are still the standard muffin size and they work fine! Scoop the muffins with an ice cream scoop or melon baller and you'll get perfectly uniformly-sized muffins!



Don't they look so good?



Honorable mention: Wegman's makes a killer gluten-free corn bread mix. I would make these weekly if there was one actually close by! Cost efficient too.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Eating Gluten-Free in Tilton, NH

One of my favorite things about living in New England is the fact that, if I wanted to, I could drive from the sandy beaches of Cape Cod to the snow-topped White Mountains of New Hampshire in a matter of hours. 

I've written about my favorite gluten-free stops down the cape, Chatham Fish and Lobster Co. and Sundae School to name a couple, but I haven't yet written about the best gluten-free pizza right off of I-93 in Tilton, NH. 

My first experience with Tilton House of Pizza was BGF, before gluten-free, and it involved their supreme pizza. Their supreme pizza is everything that is right in the world. It has the perfect combination of peppers, mushrooms, onions, sausage, hamburger, and cheese on a delicious, chewy crust. It is substantial but not so thick you can't eat it, and it is oh so good the next day after a brief stint in the toaster oven.

Tilton House of Pizza (or T-House or T-HOP) is the kind of place where they greet you by name. It is owned by a local family who are some of the nicest people around. They use many local ingredients and have the kind of customer service other companies dream about. Seriously, check out their Yelp page, here, how many places have all 5 star reviews?

After going gluten-free this was one of the places I seriously mourned. I still was visiting Tilton on a fairly regularly basis and this is the place we always went to. They have some awesome gluten-free options, salads, subs with no rolls etc, but the smell of their pizza always brought the the thoughts of eating a bite or two!

Luckily for me, before my will power could completely break down they introduced a gluten-free pizza! I have experienced a lot of gluten-free pizza and this is hands-down the best one. Its crust is delicious, savory, and chewy. I highly recommend going to try it! My favorite toppings are peppers, onions, hamburger, and mushrooms. If you are also dairy free just ask for it with no cheese! Still so delicious.

Are you interested in visiting? Tilton House of Pizza is located conveniently in downtown Tilton about 5 minutes off of exit 20 on I-93. Pictures to come!

In addition a member of the THOP family, Tim, has recently opened up a natural foods store! I will be visiting this weekend and I can't wait to share all about it!

You can find Harvest Barn Natural Foods on facebook here: Harvest Barn Natural Foods.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

#growbig2013

This is one of 7 baby watermelons growing in my backyard. So far they have been incredibly easy to care for but I'm not sure if I should put anything under them to prevent rot. Any opinions on this out there? I am so excited to see how they'll turn out!