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Jan 19 2015

Coors Goes Gluten-Free

Next month Coors Brewing Company, located in Golden, Colorado, will introduce its very first gluten-free beer. The new gluten-free beer, called Coors Peak Copper Lager, debuts in Seattle and Portland.

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Coors Peak Copper Lager, made separately from gluten-containing beers, will be made with brown rice, malted brown rice and protein from peas. There are 170 calories per bottle (12 ounces). It appears that for the time being this beer will only be sold in Seattle and Portland. Let’s hope that changes and it soon becomes available across the country. 

Coors Peak Coppery Lager joins Anheuser-Busch’s Redbridge, New Grist, Bard’s, New Planet and Green’s in the gluten-free beer market. There are others that are technically considered gluten-free, but are actually “gluten-removed”. They check-in at under 20ppm gluten, but this girl steers clear of them.

Jan 16 2015

Among Friends Gluten-Free Baking Mixes

I found a new-to-me gluten-free baking mix when I was shopping at Costco last week. It caught my eye because of the unique packaging and ingredients. AmongFriends Hand-Crafted Baking Mixes are certified gluten-free and non-GMO. When I got home and began to research, I learned AmongFriends offers a nice variety of gluten-free mixes.

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Those different varieties include:

  • ‘Liv it up Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Shane’s Molasses Ginger Cookie Mix
  • Trish the dish Fruit Crisp Mix
  • CJ’s Double Chocolate Cookie Mix
  • Phil’em up Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Mix

More about AmongFriends Gluten-Free Mixes:

With our gluten-free mixes, you can haveyour cake—and eat it too. Yes, our mixes are absolutely delicious. But they’re also certified gluten-free, non-gmo, and whole grain. No white starches, gums or fillers. One bite will convince even the most ardent skeptics. That’s our gluten free promise: the best taste and texture AND the best nutrition.

Costco carries the Phil’em up Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Mix, which sounds absolutely divine! The mixes are sold 3 to a package for $9.89 at Costco. They can also be purchased from the AmongFriends website or various other grocery and health food stores in addition to Costco. 

Have you tried the AmongFriends Gluten-Free Mixes? 

Jan 14 2015

Review: Glutino New Flavored Pretzels

Pretzels are one of my favorite snack foods. I am thrilled with all of the different gluten-free pretzel options on the market, and love that we are starting to see a variety of shapes and flavors.

Glutino has been making gluten-free pretzels for a while now, in fact, I do believe they were one of the first to do so. Now Glutino has added a couple of new flavors to their already impressive snack line-up:

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  • Buffalo Style Pretzels
  • Honey Mustard Pretzels

Both of these varieties of pretzels are very good. I especially like the Buffalo Style dipped in ranch dressing! So good! If eating pretzels straight out of the bag isn’t your thing, consider using crushed pretzels (pretzel crumbs) in a recipe. I love the sounds of this one…Eggplant Stacks with Buffalo Style Pretzel Crumbs.

Glutino Pretzels and other products can be purchased online or in your local mainstream or health food grocery stores.

Do you like pretzels? Do you prefer plain or flavored? Have you tried either of the new Glutino flavors? 

*The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and haven’t been influenced by anyone or anything. 

Lastly, don’t forget to enter our gfJules giveaway!

Jan 12 2015

gfJules Giveaway

We can go through life feeling sorry for ourselves because we can’t eat the foods we once loved, or we can take advantage of some of the amazing gluten-free products available to us and make those beloved food items. gfJules is one of my favorite gluten-free baking product companies. Jules really gets it and has put a lot of work into helping those following the gluten-free diet feel like they aren’t missing a thing. 

gfJules Gluten Free Flour is one of my favorite products. It can be used cup for cup in those beloved recipes that you want to enjoy now that you are gluten-free. One of my favorite ways to use gfJues Gluten Free Flour is in Carrot Cake. 

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Carrot Cake might just be my favorite dessert. I simply sub gfJules Gluten Free Flour for the all-purpose flour in this recipe from my mom’s Betty Crocker Cookbook.

Carrot Cake

**Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook, modified to be gluten-free by me

1.5 cups sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup applesauce

1 large egg, 4 egg whites

2 cups gfJules Gluten Free Flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

3 cups shredded carrots (5-6 medium)

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup raisins

Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe to follow)


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 2 8 or 9-inch pans with Pam.  **You could use a 13 x 9 inch pan if you like.

2.  Shred the carrots in a food processor

3.  Mix sugar, oil, applesauce and eggs in a large bowl until blended and then beat for 1 minute.

4.  Mix in remaining ingredients, except the raisins & nuts.  Beat for 1 minute.

5.  Stir in carrots & nuts and pour into pan or pans.

6.  Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or the round pans or 40 – 45 minutes for the rectangle.

7.  Frost and enjoy!

Cream Cheese Frosting

*****recipe courtesy of the same Betty Crocker cookbook

1 package low-fat cream cheese

1/4 cup of butter (1/2 stick)

2 tsps skim milk

1 tsp vanilla

4 cups powdered sugar

1.  Beat the first 4 ingredients together until smooth.

2.  Start to mix in the powdered sugar a little at a time.  The frosting is ready when it is smooth & spreadable.

gf Jules has graciously offered to give two lucky readers each a gfJules Gluten Free Flour mix. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment telling me what you will make with the flour mix. Comments will be left open until 11:59 PM on Saturday, January 17, 2015. The winners will be randomly selected on Sunday, January 18, 2015. 

Good luck! 

*The products mentioned in this post and offered for the giveaway are being given courtesy of gfJules. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced in any way. 

Jan 9 2015

Cottage Inn Offering Gluten-Free Pizza and Sandwiches

Cottage Inn, the first restaurant to serve pizza in Ann Arbor in 1948, is now offering gluten-free sandwiches in addition to gluten-free pizza. Cottage Inn began offering gluten-free pizza because they wanted to give those who have to follow the gluten-free diet options. It is hard to eat gluten-free in a gluten-filled world, especially if restaurants don’t take into consideration the potential for cross-contamination. Cottage Inn has a list of procedures for preparing their gluten-free menu items to help keep the risk to a minimum. 

There are many options available for gluten-free pizza and gluten-free sandwiches. Some of the most popular choices include:

  • Classic Pepperoni
  • Meat Lovers
  • Hawaiian (ham, pineapple and bacon)
  • Deluxe (pepperoni, Italian sausage, onions, green peppers and mushrooms)
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Vegetarian (mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black olives and tomatoes)

The gluten-free pizza crust is also used to make the gluten-free sandwiches by simply folding the crust over and then baking.

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The crust ingredients are:

Water, Rice Flour, Modified Rice Starch, Potato Starch, Olive Oil, Evaporated Cane Sugar, Tapioca Flour, Fresh Yeast, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Sulfate 

There are over 40 Cottage Inn stores and franchises in Michigan and Ohio. Orders can be placed by phone or online.

Have you tried Cottage Inn Gluten-Free Pizza or Sandwiches? I see this in our near future!