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Aug 21 2014

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest Coming to Columbus!

Living Without’s Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is like a huge party celebrating living gluten-free. The nationwide series is well underway for 2014 and will expand to seven cities in 2015. In addition to sampling tons of gluten-free, allergy-friendly foods, you will meet others who live the same way you do and learn from experts in the community.

There are still two events on the schedule for 2014:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana – August 23rd, 24th
  • Portland, Oregon – September 6th, 7th

The following locations are planned for 2015 (subject to change):

  • Austin, Texas
  • Lakeland/Tampa, Florida
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • San Diego, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Indianapolis, Indiana

Living in Columbus, Ohio has many benefits, and now that will include the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest coming to town. More about the Columbus event:

April 25-26, 2015

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Sunday: 10am to 4pm

The plans are still being finalized, but check back often or sign up for updates to make sure you don’t miss anything. To check out what the event will be like, visit a 2 minute video with scenes from one of the other events.

Aug 20 2014

Review: Simple Truth Gluten-Free Animal Crackers

Even though my kids are “too old” for animal crackers, when I found a bag of Simple Truth Gluten-Free Animal Crackers last week at Kroger, I couldn’t help but pick them up. They were on sale, 2 for $4.00, so it was really a no-brainer. I figured at the very least if the kids wouldn’t eat them, I would. I have tried a few other gluten-free items from the Simple Truth gluten-free product line, so I figured these would be pretty darn tasty.

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Ingredients: Gluten-free flour blend (corn flour, soy flour, potato flour, corn starch, rice flour, potato starch, xanthan gum), dehydrated cane sugar, canola oil, arrowroot flour, butter (may contain annatto), corn starch, honey, natural flavor, egg powder, soy lecithin, baking soda, sea salt.

The animal crackers are awesome and have a slight buttery, vanilla taste. The texture is very much like that of non-gluten-free animal crackers and is sure to please even the pickiest child. In addition to being gluten-free, these crackers are also free of artificial preservatives and ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup. Look for Simple Truth products exclusively at the Kroger Company family of stores.

Aug 19 2014

Kinnikinnick Introduces New Products

Kinnikinnick is one of my favorite gluten-free product companies. They have been around for as long as I have been gluten-free and really listen to their consumers. After starting to make gluten-free products upon request in the 1980s, by 1996 Kinnikinnick Foods was supplying the market in Edmonton, B.C. and Saskatchewan. Some of their new products include a childhood favorite, Vanilla Wafers!

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New Products

  • Vanilla Wafers
  • KinniToos Fudge Sandwich Creme Cookies
  • Chocolate KinniKritter Animal Cookies
  • Graham Style KinniKritter Animal Cookies

I love to eat Vanilla Wafers straight out of the box, but I can’t help but want to make Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding now! The recipe can be found below and on the Kinnikinnick blog, along with how to get the new products into a store near you.


  • 1 box Kinnikinnick Vanilla Wafers
  • 1 Recipe Vanilla Custard (below) OR 1 package prepared vanilla pudding mix (gluten free)
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 4 medium bananas sliced in to 1/4″ slices

In 4-6 small dessert dishes or glasses, add a Vanilla Wafer, a Banana slice and a layer of pudding/custard (about 3 tbsp). Repeat until dish is 3/4 full. Top with whipped cream. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. For variety try Chocolate, Banana or Coconut Cream pudding.

Vanilla Custard 

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Place egg yolks in a bowl and whisk until combined, set aside. In a saucepan combine milk, sugar, and salt; whisk over medium heat while slowly adding cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to thicken and comes to a boil (about 12-15 minutes). Remove from heat. Slowly whisk ½ cup hot milk mixture into egg yolks; then gradually pour yolk mixture into the saucepan, stirring constantly. Cook over medium-low heat, slowly stirring, until mixture begins to bubble, approximately 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and add in vanilla.

Like all of the Kinninkinnick products, the new Vanilla Wafers are free of gluten, dairy and nuts. The are also the very first Kinnikinnick product made with non-GMO ingredients!

Are you as excited as I am about the Vanilla Wafers?

Aug 18 2014

Review: Blue Diamond Nut Thins Honey Cinnamon

I stumbled upon a couple of new products from Blue Diamond last week when shopping. The Nut Thins cracker line has always been one of my favorites, so I was thrilled when I saw there were two new varieties in the line-up: Honey Cinnamon and Honey Mustard. I purchased the Honey Cinnamon variety knowing that Jon has a sweet tooth.

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These crackers are addicting! The box says, “irresistible snacking” right on it and it couldn’t be more true. These crackers remind me of the cinnamon sugar graham crackers I used to eat as a child. Yes, the texture is different, but that flavor is spot on. Once Jon tried them, there was no saving the box…he enjoyed them just as much. These will be a frequent purchase in our future.

In addition to the new Honey Nut-Thins, Blue Diamond also added some other Honey products:


  • Honey Roasted
  • Honey Roasted Vanilla
  • Honey Roasted Cinnamon
  • Honey Roasted Chipotle


  • Hint of Honey
  • Hint of Honey Vanilla

Look for Blue Diamond products in your local grocery or natural food store. Have you tried any of the new Blue Diamond Honey products?

Aug 16 2014

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Introduces Two New Breads to Line-Up

Rudi’s Gluten-Free started their gluten-free journey in 2010 and has been adding products to their gluten-free line-up ever since. All of their gluten-free products are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization and are available nationally at mainstream and natural food stores. Now there are two new gluten-free breads joining the gluten-free line-up. 


Double Fiber - Made with stuff you can pronounce and ingredients you recognize: Water, potato extract, tapioca starch, rice flour, inulin, evaporated cane juice (cane sugar), high oleic canola/sunflower oil*, rice starch, sugar cane fiber, psyllium husk, honey, pea fiber, ground flaxseed, egg white, yeast, molasses, sea salt, xanthan gum, sodium bicarbonate, vinegar, natural enzymes.CONTAINS: Egg


Deli-Style with Caraway Seeds -Made with stuff you can pronounce and ingredients you recognize: Water, potato extract, tapioca starch, rice flour, high oleic canola/sunflower oil*, inulin, rice starch, psyllium husk, egg white, yeast, sea salt, caraway seeds, xanthan gum, ground caraway seeds, vinegar, sodium bicarbonate, natural enzymes.CONTAINS: Egg

Both varieties can be found in the freezer section the store. I am looking forward to trying them both, especially the Deli-Style with Caraway Seeds, as I really miss rye bread. Make sure to click here for a $1.00 off any Rudi’s Gluten-Free product before you hit the store.