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Jul 22 2015

Review: Lance Gluten-Free Sandwich Crackers

Do you remember eating sandwich crackers as a child? I sure do. My favorites were the kind with cheese in the middle, as I was not a fan of peanut butter as a child (I’ve since come around). While I didn’t really eat these types of crackers on a regular basis, once I began the gluten-free diet and I couldn’t have them, they looked a lot more attractive. 

Lance, best known for their sandwich crackers, recently introduced two different varieties of gluten-free sandwich crackers.

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Cheddar Cheese – Rice Flour, Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil and/or Soybean Oil), Rice Starch, Cheese Powder (Whey, Maltodextrin, Cheddar Cheese [Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Butter [Cream, Salt], Buttermilk, Natural Flavors, Salt, Yeast Extract, Sunflower Oil, Paprika Extract [Color]), Dairy Whey, Sugar, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Potato Starch, Salt, Corn Syrup, Cellulose Gum, Nonfat Dry Milk, Oat Fiber, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Locust Bean Gum.
Allergy Information CONTAINS: MILK, SOY MAY CONTAIN: PEANUT

Peanut Butter – Rice Flour, Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil and/or Soybean Oil), Peanuts, Rice Starch, Sugar, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Cornstarch, Potato Starch, Corn Syrup, Cellulose Gum, Nonfat Dry Milk, Oat Fiber, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Locust Bean Gum.
Allergy InformationCONTAINS: MILK, SOY, PEANUT

Both varieties are certified gluten-free and egg-free and should be on the shelves of grocery stores across the US. I found them for under $4/box at Meijer in Westerville, Ohio. 

I had both Jon and Hannah (not gluten-free) sample these crackers to get opinions from someone who has recently had the regular, non-gluten-free Lance sandwich crackers. Hannah said she could not tell the difference and really enjoyed them. Jon immediately fell in love and may have already finished one of the boxes. 

Have you spotted or tried the new Lance Gluten-Free Sandwich Crackers? Share your thoughts below.  


Jul 20 2015

Review: The Worthington Inn

I had the pleasure of spending a special evening with my mom last week when she was in town. We spent some time sifting through local restaurant recommendations and ended up choosing The Worthington Inn. The Worthington Inn was built in 1831 as a private residence and though it has changed a bit in appearance over the years, the current owners work hard to maintain the traditions, which include offering the finest quality food and service in Central Ohio. I love that they use as many local, natural and sustainable ingredients as possible.

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When we arrived, we knew we wanted to sit on the patio/porch, as we were treated to a gorgeous day weather-wise after a lot of rain. Everyone else had the same idea, so waited at the bar with a glass of wine for a table on the front porch. We didn’t wait long for our table, so we were thankful we didn’t settle for a table inside. 

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The menu had the gluten-free items labeled clearly, though I want to mention that they don’t use a dedicated fryer, so use caution when ordering. Since I also avoid dairy now, I was told the chef would make my meal without gluten or dairy. I asked about a couple of different dishes and settled on the Beef Worthington. 

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Twin filets, salt roasted fingerling potatoes (dairy-free in place of the gruyere potato gratin), sauteed aspragus & oyster mushrooms and Cabernet demi (the chef omitted the blue cheese from the demi). 

This was one of the best meals I have ever had. Ever. The filets were cooked to a perfect medium rare and had a wonderful flavor. The potatoes and vegetables were also cooked perfectly and the Cabernet demi was divine. My mom had the same meal, but she was able to eat the gruyere potato gratin and said it was outstanding! 

The only other time I have dined at The Worthington Inn was in 2001 for a Holiday party. I can’t believe I live so close to such an amazing place and I never take advantage of it! I highly recommend The Worthington Inn and will be making sure to add this to my list of favorite Central Ohio restaurants. 


Jul 17 2015

Review: Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet

I have really missed ice cream since I started eating dairy-free in addition to gluten-free, so when I received a shipment of gourmet sorbet from Sorbabes a few weeks back, I was thrilled! Sorbabes is gourmet sorbet with no gluten, no soy, no dairy, no corn syrup and is also non-GMO and vegan.

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There are seven different flavors in the Sorbabes line:

  • Peanut Banana Sorbet with Chocolate Fudge
  • Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate
  • Pistachio Sorbet with Sea Salted Caramel
  • Coffee Almond Sorbet with Chocolate Bark
  • Juicy Orange Passionfruit with Lychees
  • Creamy Coconut Chai
  • Tart and Juicy Lemon with Candied Zest

We sampled all of the above with the exception of the Creamy Coconut Chai. We had a little tasting party that included lots of spoons and multiple opinions. 

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We all agreed that it is hard to pick a favorite, as there are four flavors that are outstanding! Those flavors are the first four that are listed above. The only flavor we didn’t care for was the Tart and Juicy Lemon with Candied Zest and it wasn’t the flavor itself, that was spectacular, it was the candied zest that we didn’t care for. 

Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet can be found in select stores in the US. It would be great to see them expand across the US and into more grocery and health food stores. 


Jul 15 2015

Lean Cuisine Introduces Gluten-Free Meals

I recently noticed Lean Cuisine is now offering several gluten-free options when I was shopping. The nice thing about Lean Cuisine, is they may be a little less expensive than some of the other comparable gluten-free specialty food items. While I only spotted four different gluten-free Lean Cuisine options, they offer twelve.

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The twelve different varieties are:

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Herb Roasted Chicken
  • Cheddar Bacon Chicken
  • Chicken in Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • Fiesta Grilled Chicken
  • Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry
  • Chicken Fried Rice
  • Chile Lime Chicken
  • Ranchero Braised Beef
  • Pomegranate Chicken
  • Spicy Beef & Bean Enchilada
  • Sweet & Spicy Korean-Style Beef

The meals were priced at $2.99 at our local Meijer grocery store. Check the store locator to see where to find the new gluten-free Lean Cuisine meals near you.

Have you tried the new gluten-free Lean Cuisine meals? If so, what did you think?


Jul 13 2015

Schar Introduces New Artisan Baker Breads

Gluten-free bread has come a long way. I began the gluten-free diet in January 2006 and the choices for gluten-free bread were slim. At the time I was just thankful to have something I could call bread, but now I am so very thankful for the many choices on the market. 

Schar has offered several different gluten-free bread choices, both shelf-stable and frozen, for a while now. I am excited to share with you guys that they have now added Artisan Baker Breads to their line-up. 

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The new breads are crafted from a European recipe with sourdough, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and honey. There are two different varieties of Artisan Baker Breads:

White Bread – Water, rice starch, sourdough (water, rice, flour), corn starch, agave syrup, sunflower oil, soy protein, modified cellulose, psyllium seed husks (vegetable fiber), guar gum, millet flour, yeast, sugar, quinoa flour, salt, citrus fiber, honey, calcium citrate, niacin, iron, thiamine, riboflavin.

Multigrain Bread – Water, rice starch, sourdough (water, rice, flour), corn starch, agave syrup, buckwheat flour, sunflower oil, soy protein, modified cellulose, psyllium seed husk (vegetable fiber), guar gum, apple fiber, yeast, millet flour, sunflower seeds, apple juice concentrate, sugar, quinoa flour, salt, honey.

I haven’t spotted the new Artisan Baker Breads in my stores yet, but I hope to see them soon. Schar products can be found in grocery and health food stores across the US and internationally. Have you spotted or tried the new Schar Artisan Breads? If so, please share your thoughts with us below.