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Oct 31 2014

Review: HEB Gluten-Free Brownie Mix

My dad, step-mom (Christy) and little sister moved to Austin, TX earlier this year. After grocery shopping, Christy informed me that HEB had a line of their own store brand gluten-free items and was kind enough to send me a care package full of them earlier this week. The package contained all sorts of different mixes, pasta and a protein gel. 

While I was waiting for the Trick or Treaters to come by last night, I preheated the oven and began to make the HEB Gluten-Free Brownie Mix. The directions on the back of the package are very simple, making this a perfect project for kids to help out with. 

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The batter is a little thick, so it took some patience to spread in the pan, but otherwise everything went according to plan. 

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Brownies straight out of the oven and ready to be consumed! We let them cool for 10 -15 minutes and then cut into 12 squares. After they cooled completely, I froze them so Jon can take them back to school with him on Sunday, but I did manage to sneak a small piece so I could make sure they were okay. These are exactly the kind of brownies that I love….dense and fudgy! If you want cake-like brownies, bake a chocolate cake! I am really glad that I stuck these in the freezer or I may have been tempted to have them for breakfast. 

HEB is a grocery store chain located in 150 communities in Texas and Mexico. Have you tried any of the gluten-free mixes from HEB? If so, do you have a favorite? Make sure to watch for our reviews of the other mixes in the coming weeks. 


Oct 30 2014

Review: Nutorious Nut Creations Pumpkin Palooza

When I was at Costco earlier this week I spotted a new-to-me snack called Nutorious Nut Creations Pumpkin Palooza. I was immediately interested, as I love most things pumpkin and ’tis the season, right? Costco sells their products in large or bulk packages, so this is a 20 oz bag (or 19 servings) of yumminess!

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Nut Creations Pumpkin Palooza is gluten-free and is made with almonds, pecans, walnuts and spices.

Ingredients:

Walnuts, almonds, sugar, pecans, egg whites, butter (pasteurized cream, salt), spices, pumpkin powder (pumpkin, maltodextrin, corn flour, sunflower lecithin), salt.

This snack is not only amazing, but very addicting, too! I had hard time keeping my hand out of the bag while I was sitting here writing this review. If you can make the bag last long enough, try the Nut Creations on oatmeal, yogurt, salads or ice cream. It would also make a great stocking stuffer!

Nutorious Nut Creations are also available in the following varieties:

  • Almond Cranberry Orange Nut Crunch
  • Almond Blueberry Lemon Nut Crunch
  • Almond Cherry Vanilla Nut Crunch
  • Cherry Vanilla Va-Voom
  • Blueberry Lemon Meringue
  • Cranberry Orango Tango
  • Oo La La Original

Find Nutorious Nut Creations at Costco stores across the US and a few select other stores.  I plan on looking for some of the other varieties next time I hit Costco. Have you tried Nutorious Nut Creations? If so, which variety?


Oct 29 2014

Review + Recipe Gluten-Free No Bake Cheesecake

Saturday I made Jon a No Bake Cheesecake with the Mi-Del Gluten-Free Graham Style Pie Crust. The recipe came on the backside of the label and was very simple to prepare. I think the hardest part was refrigerating it for four hours before serving! We kept looking in the fridge, checking on it like it was a turkey with a pop-up thingy to let us know when it was done.

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It’s finally ready! Fortunately the four hour mark fell right after dinner, so we wasted no time digging in.

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This pie didn’t disappoint! The filling was flavorful, though not as dense as traditional cheesecake, which I am sure is due to the “no bake” part. The crust held up to the heavy filling and was identical to what I remember regular graham cracker crust being like. Jon polished off the entire thing before he headed back to school on Sunday evening.

No Bake Cheesecake (recipe courtesy of Mi-Del label)

Ingredients:

1 Mi-Del Gluten-Free Graham Style Crust

1 8 oz. package cream cheese at room temperature

1/3 cup sugar

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 oz. heavy cream

1 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, add sugar, mix well. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix well.

2. In a separate bowl, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks begin to form. Beat in confectioners’ sugar until peaks form; do not overheat. Fold whipped cream into prepared mix from large bowl.

3. Spoon into Gluten-Free Graham Style Crust

4. Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.


Oct 28 2014

Review: Matt the Miller’s Tavern Polaris

I had the opportunity to try the new Matt the Miller’s Tavern on Gemini Place (Polaris) this past weekend. I ate at the Dublin location four years ago and didn’t have a great experience, so I was hoping this one would be better. 

The gluten-free menu is pretty extensive and has some unique menu items on it, including flatbread pizzas! I was a little concerned about cross-contamination, but was assured that the kitchen was well-versed. I even asked about the Hot Buffalo Wings on the Matt’s Starters menu. The wings are baked so they are not in contact with gluten-containing food in the fryers. 

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I had a hard time deciding what I wanted, but finally settled on the Wild Mushroom Flatberad Pizza. 

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Outstanding! The crust is made by Around the World Gourmet and brought in by Matt the Miller’s Tavern. The flavor and texture of the crust paired perfectly with the toppings on my flatbread. I also had the Chopped Salad to eat along side of the flatbread and it was delicious. I look forward to dining at Matt the Miller’s again in the near future. 

Matt the Miller’s has three central Ohio locations in Dublin, Grandview and the Polaris area. They also have a location in Carmel, Indiana. Have you dined gluten-free at Matt the Miller’s Tavern?


Oct 27 2014

Recall: Bell & Evans Gluten-Free Breaded Chicken

There has been a recall issued over the weekend for Bell & Evans Gluten-Free Breaded Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Breast. The recall is due to possible staphylococcal contamination, not anything having to do with gluten.

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More about the recall:

The products have a best by date of August 9, 2015.

12-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets.”

10.5-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast.”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-516” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

If you believe you have this product in your freezer, please contact Murry’s customer service, at (717) 273-9361.