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Mar 4 2015

Review: Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix

We are huge brownie connoisseurs in this house…so much so that I am not sure we have ever met a brownie we didn’t like. I found Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix on my last trip to Trader Joe’s and I didn’t think twice about picking it up to give it a try. Brownies can have a cake-like texture or a more dense, fudgy texture. Personally I am “team fudgy”…the more dense and fudgy, the better.

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One of the best things about this mix is how easy it is to prepare. It took me less than 5 minutes and didn’t require more than a bowl, a couple of measuring cups and a spoon/spatula to mix the ingredients. Once mixed, I spooned the batter into an 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan and then baked according to the instructions on the box.

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The brownies took a little longer than the package directions specified, but that may be due in part to our new oven and my not being familiar with it. The hardest part was waiting for them to cool, but they were well worth the wait. Each bite was full of intense, chocolate flavor and they were a nice cross between a cake-like and fudgy texture. The kids thoroughly enjoyed them and asked for a repeat performance. Soon.

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As you can see above, the mix does contain soy and may contain traces of milk and egg.

Do you have a favorite gluten-free brownie mix or recipe? Are you “Team Cakey” or Team Fudgy”?

Mar 2 2015

Food Should Taste Good Introduces Gluten-Free Crackers

Food Should Taste Good Chips have always been one of my favorite crunchy snacks. They come in a wide variety of flavors, but the Sweet Potato has to be my favorite. The company prides themselves on using simple, non-GMO ingredients. Recently Food Should Taste Good introduced a line of gluten-free crackers that come in four different flavors. 

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Sea Salt -Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour, Brown Sugar, Sesame Seeds, Rice Flour, High Oleic Canola Oil, Flax Seeds, Corn Starch, Quinoa, Amaranth, Dried Tamari Soy Sauce (Soybeans, Salt, Maltodextrin), Sea Salt, Rosemary Extract.

Roasted Red Pepper -Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour, Brown Sugar, Rice Flour, High Oleic Canola Oil, Sesame Seed, Dried Red Bell Peppers, Corn Starch, Quinoa Seeds, Amaranth Seeds, Onion Powder, Dried Garlic, Sea Salt, Rosemary Extract.

Peppercorn Blend -Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour, Brown Sugar, Rice Flour, Canola Oil, Sesame Seed, Corn Starch, Quinoa Seeds, Amaranth Seeds, Sea Salt, Pink Peppercorns, Onion Powder, Dried Garlic, Rosemary Extract, White Peppercorns, Black Peppercorns, Green Peppercorns.

Tomato & Basil -Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour, Brown Sugar, Rice Flour, High Oleic Canola Oil, Sesame Seeds, Corn Starch, Dried Tomatoes, Quinoa Seeds, Amaranth Seeds, Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Tomato Powder, Basil, Parsley Flakes, Dried Garlic, Rosemary Extract, Black Pepper.

It is important to note that Food Should Taste Good does make Pita Puffs that are not gluten-free, but the rest of their products are. Look for those products in grocery and health food stores across the US and online. 

Have you tried any of the new Food Should Taste Good cracker varieties? If so, what did you think?

Feb 27 2015

NFCA Webinar: Gluten-Free Travel: Making Your Own Rules for the Road

Does traveling gluten-free make you nervous? Do you pack your own food or do you depend on restaurants for gluten-free meals? I know I get very nervous when I travel and have to depend on unfamiliar restaurants, even if they are part of a national chain. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is hosting an upcoming webinar that talks specifically about traveling gluten-free. 

More about the upcoming webinar:

Gluten-Free Travel: Making Your Own Rules for the Road

Thursday, March 19, 2015

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST 

Traveling is stressful enough as it is, but add in the extra worry of safely eating gluten-free away from home, and travel can seem downright impossible. Here at NFCA, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, and that includes travel! Anna Sonnenberg, of the blog Gluten-Free Jet Set, and Erin Smith, of the blog Gluten-Free Globetrotter, will join us on March 19th to give their best tips for gluten-free travel. Learn what to pack in case you find yourself in a pinch, how to work with hotels and airlines to get gluten-free accommodations, and much more! Whether you’re someone who likes to plan out every detail or wing it, this free webinar is for you! Tune in, and see what adventures await.

All webinars are free of charge. The only requirement is a working internet connection. Register for the webinar here and follow the instructions you receive via email. If you aren’t able to attend, archived webinars are posted online within 72 hours and can be viewed here

Feb 25 2015

Review: Eggo Gluten-Free Waffles

There are lots of new gluten-free products hitting the shelves these days. One in particular that both Jon and I were excited about were the Eggo Gluten-Free Waffles I first learned about in December. After checking my local grocery store weekly, I finally found the new Eggo Gluten-Free Waffles. They were right with the regular waffles in the frozen aisle of my Meijer grocery store and were priced at $3.49 for a box of 8 waffles. 

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These waffles are some of the best frozen gluten-free waffles we have tried. They don’t taste “gluten-free” and they have a wonderful texture. I was able to snap a quick photo before Jon inhaled his breakfast.

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It is important to note that these do contain oat flour. It is not specified on the box if the oats themselves are certified gluten-free, but according to the FDA ruling, foods that carry the “gluten-free” claim must contain below 20ppm of gluten. There have been a lot of questions about some of these newer mainstream products that are labeled gluten-free and use oats that may not be from a certified pure source. You can read more about the use of oats in foods on the Gluten-Free Watchdog Blog (scroll down towards the middle of the page and you will find several entries). Each individual must decide what is best for their own personal needs and whether or not they choose to eat products that contain oats. Jon and I had no issues with the Eggo Gluten-Free Waffles and we both tend to be on the sensitive side when it comes to gluten. 

Have you spotted or tried the new Eggo Gluten-Free Waffles? 

Feb 23 2015

Review: Girl Scouts Toffee-Tastic Gluten-Free Cookies

Ever since I heard about the Girls Scouts debuting a new gluten-free cookie in December, I have been excited to sample them. Last week we received our Girl Scout cookie order complete with two boxes of the new Toffee-Tastic Cookies. I don’t think the front door was even shut all the way when I dug into the box, which just happened to be as I finished dinner. 

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While these cookies cost the same as the regular Girl Scout Cookies, they only have one sleeve per box, so you get about half of the amount of cookies. The cookies are phenomenal, though, so I really don’t care about the number of cookies. They remind me of Pecan Sandies, but with toffee pieces in place of the pecans. Jon agreed that these cookies were fantastic and asked me to find some more. 

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As you can see above, the cookies do contain milk and soy ingredients. 

I have heard that these cookies are no longer available, as in they are sold out, so I hope that sends a message to the Girl Scouts to bring them back on an even bigger scale next year. In addition to bringing them back, I would love to see them in every market and have all varieties of the gluten-free cookies available in every market. We didn’t have access to the other gluten-free variety here in Columbus this year. 

Did you have the opportunity to try either of the Girl Scouts gluten-free cookie varieties? What did you think?