Archive for August, 2010

P.F. Changs Releases Home Menu Frozen Entrees

August 21st, 2010

I was so excited to see that PF Changs is releasing a selection of frozen entrees that mimic meals that you can order at their fabulous restaurant, that I jumped on the Internet to find out more information. Sadly you won’t be able to find any gluten free selections in the freezer section of your local grocery store yet.

I went ahead and sent them an email expressing my interest in purchasing their gluten free entrees. Maybe if enough of us write to PF Changs that will encourage them to release a gluten free line.

Find out more about the P.F. Changs Home Menu Frozen Entrees

Email P.F. Changs about a GFree Line

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Glutino GF Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

August 21st, 2010

So I was out shopping at my favorite health food store on Friday and walked past the GF pretzels. To what did my wandering eyes appeared a special new chocolate sensation, and it was even on sale for three bucks and some change!

The new Gluten Free Chocolate-Covered Pretzels are a dream come true for people like me that crave sweet and salty snacks to tantalize their taste buds. They were every bit as delicious as I remember Nestle Flipz being. I use to snack on Flipz while studying in college. There is just something about the saltiness of the pretzel combined by the sweetness of the chocolate that makes this snack food one of my most craved culinary comforts. Still nowhere near as good as the chocolate covered pretzels my mom makes for Christmas that are covered in sprinkles, but still pretty darn good for coming out of a bag.

If you have multiple allergies, they do unfortunately contain soy and milk. They might also contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts and sesame. Even though I have been avoiding soy lecithin since I had a horrible reaction to Nutella, I couldn’t resist these tasty morsels. Surprisingly I only ended up with a mild headache and runny nose. Maybe it was the hazelnuts that I had such a horrible reaction to from eating Nutella back in June.

If you can tolerate soy, milk and nuts I highly recommend this new scrumptious treat. Even if you can’t find them on sale, I think they are worth the $5.99 price tag. Yummy!

Buy them online at search for “Chocolate Covered Pretzels”. Enjoy!

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Chelsea Clinton Serves Gluten-Free Bread at Wedding Reception

August 7th, 2010

The Chelsea Clinton – Marc Mezvinsky wedding reception was catered by the St. Regis Hotel in New York with a menu of locally raised grass-fed beef (short ribs) or grilled Atlantic char, risotto, salad, and dinner rolls. All the bread served was gluten-free.1

The wedding cake was an eleven-tier chocolate cake was also gluten-free. Apparently Chelsea Clinton has a gluten allergy! The cake was created by La Tulipe Desserts in Mt. Kisco, NY with a price tag of $11,000. What does it take to make this huge gluten-free cake? 45 pounds of gluten-free flour, 360 organic eggs, 50 pounds of sugar,  30 pounds of butter and bittersweet chocolate, and about 1000 sugar flowers.2

That would have been a wedding reception I would have been able to eat dinner and the cake too! I wonder what the cost was per plate of food.

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Gluten Free Sensations Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

August 7th, 2010

Since I have had a feeling I am soy intolerant, it has been difficult to find any cookies store-bought or even mixes that I can eat. While shopping at Meijer yesterday, I came across Gluten Free Sensations Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. This mix does not include the chocolate chips, you must purchase your own. Although this makes it more expensive, you have the option of using carob chips or my personal new favorite, Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.

I followed the directions on the box for mixing the batter. There is also a suggestion for making peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I think I also might have a peanut intolerance, so I added a 1/2 cup of almond butter to the butter. This made some awesome chewy chocolate chip cookies. By far the best Gluten-Free cookies I have had since going Gluten-Free. My son has disliked any of the GFree cookies I have made to date, but he loved these. Other cookies I have made, he has taken only one bite, but  he even asked for a second helping of these!

So what makes these so special. I’m not really sure. The ingredients are very basic. Granulated Cane Juice (sugar), Potato Starch, Sorghum Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Corn Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Xanthan Gum. You have to add your own Chocolate Chips, so I’m not sure why this is so expensive. It cost me about $10 to make this one batch of cookies. Is it worth it? My son thinks so. They were pretty delicious.

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