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Sep 23 2014

Gluten-Free Grocery News

Yesterday I made the rounds to a few different grocery stores to pick up some gluten-free staples. I hit three different stores, Trader Joe’s, Costco and Aldi, mainly because they each carry individual products that are only sold in that specific chain. I want to share my finds with you guys so that you can be on the lookout if the products may be something you or your family likes.

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s has always carried a good variety of gluten-free products, but they seemed to have really stepped it up a notch over the past six months. The newest product I came across yesterday is one I plan on trying this weekend after my 20 mile training run.

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I am a huge pumpkin fan, so this is right up my alley! I’ll be posting a review next week, so stay tuned!

Costco

I ran into Costco just to get my Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread (they sell the commercial size loaf for $6.99) and was very pleased to see this right next to the bread in the freezer:

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Udi’s Gluten-Free Plain Bagels – two four packs for $5.99. <—That is a steal!

Aldi

I haven’t been into Aldi since I heard their Live Gfree line was back for good, so I added the store to my list of errands. I was please to see this sign when I walked in the front door.

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While I didn’t spot everything pictured on the poster in the store, I did find lots of yummy goodness.

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Crackers

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Cookies

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Cereal bars

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Not Live Gfree, but gluten-free nonetheless by Millville

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Granola

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Baking mixes

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Wraps ($3.99) – Not made from soy flour

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Bread ($3.99) – White and Whole Grain

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Frozen pizza

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Frozen stuffed sandwiches (Hot Pocket-like)

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Chicken nuggets

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Macaroni & Cheese

We have tried many of the Aldi Live Gfree products, but not all of them yet. I will make sure to share our thoughts in a review over the next few weeks or months as we work through the product line.


Sep 22 2014

gfJules Now Offering Gluten-Free Cookie, Pancake & Waffle and Bread Mixes

I am excited to share the great news that gfJules is now offering Gluten-Free Cookie, Pancake & Waffle and Bread Mixes on the website. The beauty of these mixes, in addition to being quality products that make awesome gluten-free treats, is they are offered in more than one size. If you prefer a value size so you can make the product on a regular basis, it is available! More from gfJules:

Size Choices! All gfJules mixes–and my gluten free flour–are available in 2 sizes.

  • a “Regular” size – not too different than before
  • a “Value Box” size – we’ve printed a great, fun box, and we pack it with as many bags of one mix or flour as we can fit–it’s a great way to save!

Honest Pricing. Ever wonder why some companies’ products are all priced about the same? Do you really think their actual product costs are that similar? They aren’t. So:

  • We’ve priced each product based on its cost, not what we think we can convince people to pay.
  • A cornbread mix lover, for example, won’t grossly over-pay for that less-expensive mix than, say, a pizza crust buyer.
  • We’ve added as many shipping options as possible, so use the drop down menu as you check out to see your options.
  • Remember, it’ll always cost less per pound/product the more you put in the box being shipped.

The new products available and now shipping are:

In other gfJules news, Jules changed her Twitter name to avoid confusion. Her Twitter handle has been changed to “THEgfJules”. If you are looking for inspiration or are unsure what to do with the mixes or flour from gfJules, follow the Twitter account or check out the recipes page on the website.


Sep 20 2014

Evol Foods Introduces Gluten-Free Street Tacos

Evol Foods has a number of gluten-free frozen food items. I especially like their gluten-free bowls, like the Teriyaki Bowl. The food always tastes high quality, which is something you many not associate with a frozen meal.

Evol has been consistently adding foods to their gluten-free line-up over the past couple of years. Their newest products are Gluten-Free Street Tacos.

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The Gluten-Free Street Tacos come in three different varieties:

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Goat Cheese – Sweet potatoes, black beans, goat cheese, roasted corn, cilantro and jalapeños–All combined together in an insanely tasty corn tortilla. Served with a pouch of salsa verde. (Vegetarian)

Uncured Bacon, Potato and Poblano -Uncured Bacon, roasted potatoes, poblano peppers, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, cilantro, jalapeños and cheddar cheese–All combined together in an insanely tasty corn tortilla. Served with a pouch of chipotle crema.

Shredded Chicken and Caramelized Onion -Tender guajillo chicken, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and roasted corn–All combined together in an insanely tasty corn tortilla. Served with a pouch of ancho crema.

More about Evol:

No Gluten? No Worries! At EVOL we didn’t set out to create a “gluten free company”, we just make delicious food. Some of our meals simply don’t include gluten – that’s just our recipes. Other items (like multi-grain tortillas & pastas) required the amazing craft of gluten free baking. Whichever you choose, we think you’ll enjoy all our gluten free goodness!

Evol products can be found in many grocery and health food stores across the US. Have you tried any of the new Evol Gluten-Free Street Tacos?


Sep 19 2014

Online Gluten-Free Baking Class

If you are new to the gluten-free diet, or find gluten-free baking a challenge, you will certainly be interested in this “Secrets of Gluten-Free Baking” video series. The series is a set of seven HD videos that can be viewed when convenient for you and at your pace. The series is on sale for $29.99 (25% off) today, though I am not sure how long the sale price is good. More about the instructor:

Richard Coppedge Jr. is a certified master baker, author and baking professor. He has held positions with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Walt Disney World and the Narragansett Bay Baking Company, and he currently teaches Advanced Baking Principles at the Culinary Institute of America. Richard has won numerous international awards for his bread, including the coveted Sarrazin Trophy, the grand prize of the Société Culinaire Philanthropique’s New York Culinary Salon. He is also the author of Gluten-Free Baking with the Culinary Institute of America.

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The seven video lessons include:

  • Gluten Basics
  • Custom Flour Blends
  • Pancakes
  • Cookies
  • Quick Breads
  • Dreaded Doughs: Pies
  • Yeast-Raised Breads

One of the best things about Craftsy and the classes offered is that you can do this all on your own time. The classes never expire and there is a 100% money back guarantee. There is a list of supplies needed for the class that can be viewed before purchasing the class. I really wish this would have been around when I began the gluten-free diet in 2006.


Sep 18 2014

Holiday Baking Company Adds New Fall Treats

Holiday Baking Company began in the apartment kitchen of proprietor, Lisa, in 2002. Lisa grew up watching and learning from her mother and grandmother as they always baked from scratch. In 2008, Lisa opened a bakery in Worthington, Ohio, but that bakery was not 100% gluten-free. It wasn’t until July of 2009 that they bakery became a dedicated gluten-free facility.

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With fall officially beginning on Monday, there is no better time to roll out a new pumpkin menu. Holiday Baking Company is now offering the following pumpkin items:

  • Bread
  • Muffins
  • Whoopie pies
  • Cookies
  • Scones
  • Cupcakes

Friday they will also be offering Apple Fritters with a Bourbon Bacon Glaze and Saturday they will be celebrating National Biscuit Month with their new flavors of biscuits, as well as Sausage Gravy. Holiday Baking Company is located at 1000 High Street, Suite C, Worthington, Ohio 43035. Make sure to check out the rest of the awesome baked goods on the menu and prepare to stock up!