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Nov 26 2014

Review: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

I picked up my mom from the airport yesterday morning for the Thanksgiving holiday. She was here to spend the next four days with us, including a special dinner out with just the two of us. I can’t remember the last time that just she and I were able to spend an evening with just the two of us. I had my eye on Firebirds Wood Fired Grill since it first opened earlier this fall, so we planned on having our special dinner there.

The gluten-free menu offers a wide range of options.

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We both had a hard time deciding what to order, so we settled on each choosing an entree from the gluten-free menu and then splitting them.

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Baby Back Ribs with Java BBQ Sauce, Parmesan Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes and Cider Slaw

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Wood Grilled Salmon, Parmesan Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes and Spiced Pecan Green Beans.

Both meals were out of this world delicious! The ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender and the sauce was by far the best I have ever tasted. The salmon was cooked perfectly (medium), tender and had a great flavor. The mashed potatoes were spectacular and the green beans were perfect. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about our meal (or the service). We enjoyed this meal so much that we are planning on going back for lunch on Friday!

Have you tried Firebirds Wood Fired Grill? If so, what did you have and how did you like it?


Nov 25 2014

Review: Bare Chocolate Bliss Crunchy Coconut Chips

I only discovered my love of coconut after I started following the gluten-free diet. I know our tastes evolve as we age, but if you would have told me 15 years ago that I would even eat coconut, I would have said you were crazy. It started with macaroons, but I don’t think I have come across anything coconut that I don’t like now. 

Bare Snacks recently introduced a new variety to their line of coconut chips and offered to send me some samples to review. The new variety, Chocolate Bliss Crunchy Coconut Chips joins four other tantalizing varieties:

  • Simply Toasted
  • Show Me the Honey
  • Sweet ’N Heat
  • Sea Salt Caramel

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More about the coconut chips:

Crafted from top quality Nam Hom coconuts from Thailand, the new bare Chocolate Bliss Crunchy Coconut Chips are baked, not fried and are made with seven ingredients or less (that you can actually pronounce) and nothing artificial ever. Like all Bare Snacks, these Coconut Chips are gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, kosher, vegan (except Show Me the Honey flavor), a good source of dietary fiber, and are free of refined sugar, preservatives, cholesterol and trans fats.

I didn’t waste any time digging into this bag of coconut chips. They have a great chocolate/coconut flavor and a crispy, delicate texture. I love the chocolate variety, but I bet some of the others, like the Sea Salt Caramel are delicious, too!

Bare Coconut Chips can be purchased online or in select stores across the US. Have you tried Bare Coconut Chips? If so, what did you think?


Nov 24 2014

Katz Gluten Free Introduces Two New Donut Varieties

Katz Gluten Free began making gluten-free donuts a little over two years ago. We quickly fell in love with the donuts, so we were excited when we saw there were a couple of new varieties in the line-up

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The new donut varieties are:

Triple Chocolate Donut - Ingredients: Gluten Free Flour (Tapioca Starch, White Rice Flour, Corn Starch), Water, Palm oil, Sugar, Eggs, Chocolate Chips,Confection Sugar, Cocoa, Canola Oil, Baking Powder, Natural Vanilla Extract, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Agar, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Sulfate.

Chocolate Glazed Donut - Ingredients: Gluten Free Flour (Tapioca Starch, White Rice Flour, Corn Starch), Water, Palm Oil, Sugar, Eggs, Confection Sugar, Canola oil, Cocoa, Baking Powder, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Natural Vanilla Extract, Agar, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Sulfate

Both of the new donut varieties are free of dairy, soy and nuts in addition to being certified gluten-free. Katz Gluten-Free products can be purchased online or found in select stores across the US. Shipping is a $7.99 flat rate on orders under $50 and free on orders over $50. 


Nov 22 2014

Trader Joe’s Now Offering Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix

Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to shop. Not only do they always have samples (often times gluten-free), but they are consistently introducing new, often unique, products. Shopping Trader Joe’s is like going on an adventure each time you go to the grocery store.

In the Thanksgiving edition of Trader Joe’s “Fearless Flyer” newsletter, I spotted a new, gluten-free product just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Gluten-free Stuffing Mix

More about the stuffing:

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Stuffing Mix was crafted for cooks who want their stuffing to have stellar character sans gluten. It stars gluten-free bread cubes (croutons, really) made with rice and potato flour that are married (during preparations) with a well wrought seasoning blend, featuring celery, button mushrooms, onions, sage, oregano, parsley, garlic, and turmeric. Similar to its cornbread cousin, it’s easy to prepare. Simmer the seasoning in broth or water & butter, fold in the breadcrumbs; it quickly morphs into a moist mound of stuffing with savory depths. Personalize it according to your traditions. Speaking of personal traditions, our Gluten Free Stuffing Mix presents outstanding value at $5.99 for a 12.4 ounce package.

While you are at Trader Joe’s, pick up the rest of your Thanksgiving groceries, including an all natural turkey for as low as $1.99/pound (until they are gone), sparkling cider and cranberry drink and cranberry sauce.

Trader Joe’s has locations across the US and maintains a gluten-free shopping list that will help make your shopping trip a little easier.


Nov 21 2014

Jennie-O Oven Ready Whole Turkey

Only six days until Thanksgiving. Do you have your turkey yet? If you are going to be short on time, consider this new, gluten-free option from Jennie-O: Oven Ready Whole Turkey. More about the turkey:

No time for thawing? Jennie-O® OVEN READY™ Turkey can go directly from your freezer to your oven, no thawing needed. 

Product Features:

  • Gluten Free
  • Preseasoned
  • Comes sealed in our Fool-Proof® cooking bag
  • With Gravy Packet

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SOLUTION INGREDIENTS: WATER, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, SALT, SUGAR. RUBBED WITH: SALT, MALTODEXTRIN, SUGAR, DEXTROSE, ONION POWDER, SPICES, CARROT POWDER, GARLIC POWDER, PAPRIKA (COLOR), EXTRACTIVE OF. TURMERIC (COLOR). GRAVY INGREDIENTS: WATER, SEASONING (MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, SWEET WHEY SOLIDS (MILK), CORN STARCH, AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, SALT, CARAMEL COLOR, CALCIUM CASEINATE (MILK), ONION POWDER, PAPRIKA, XANTHAN GUM, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, FLAVORING), CONTAINS MILK. NO GLUTEN.

While this turkey does come with a gravy packet, if you prefer to make your own gravy, you can. It is nice to know that the gravy packet is gluten-free, as many aren’t. The cooking directions can be found on the Jennie-O website, along with a recipe for Roasted Vegetables to go along with the turkey. Look for Jennie-O Oven Ready Whole Turkey in Walmart stores near you.