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Sep 12 2014

Celebrate Celiac Awareness Day with Three Jerks Memphis BBQ Jerky

Celiac Awareness Day is tomorrow, September 13th. What better way to celebrate than with a fun gluten-free snack like Three Jerks Memphis BBQ Jerky? To be honest, I am getting tired of protein bars and this protein-filled snack sounds much more appetizing to me!

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Three Jerks has four different varieties of jerky, but the Memphis BBQ is the only variety that is gluten-free. More about Three Jerks Memphis BBQ Jerky:

Superlative BBQ made unique for jerky. Using a quintessentially Memphis style blend of natural spices, we created a dry rub that starts off sweet. But beware, just when the seasoning happily layers your taste buds, the cayenne kicks you in the back of the mouth! With sweet heat, the meat is rubbed by hand with an array of seasonings, transporting you to the south. Treat yo self! We may be jerks, but this southern gentleman jerky is a little fiery, yet refined.

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Three Jerks is made from 100% filet mignon with all natural ingredients and spices. Why filet mignon? Read below:

Lean yet succulent, filet mignon is the finest steak from the most precious part of the cow. Tender and buttery, the filet puts other beef to shame. Simply put, shouldn’t the best cut of meat produce the best piece of beef jerky?  We know so.

This is truly a wonderful on-the-go snack and is available for purchase online and in select retailers nationwide. 


Sep 11 2014

Milton’s Gluten-Free Crackers

It’s a good thing Costco is right around the corner from my house because I seem to spend an awful lot of time there. I went in the other day to get a rotisserie chicken and organic strawberry preserves when I ran across some new crackers: Milton’s Gluten-Free Crackers. Sometimes I get frustrated when I find an awesome gluten-free product and then it disappears from Costco, but on the flip side, it allows for new gluten-free products to come in.

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Milton’s Gluten-Free Crackers come in four different varieties:

  • Crispy Sea Salt
  • Multigrain
  • Everything
  • Cheddar

All of the crackers are:

  • Certified gluten-free
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • Orthodox Union Kosher
  • rBST free
  • Xanthan gum free
  • Peanut and nut free
  • Certified vegetarian
  • No trans fat
  • Baked, not fried

The Everything Crackers are the crackers I spotted in my Costco store, but I didn’t see any of the other varieties. They were priced at $7.69 for a 20 ounce bag. According to the blog on the Milton’s Craft Bakers website, the crackers should be rolling out to retail and club stores across the country.


Sep 10 2014

Recipe: Butterscotch “Amazeballs”

About a week ago I shared news of a new product called “This Bar Saves Lives”. The company gives a packet of life saving food to a child in need for each bar you buy. The following recipe, created by Chef Nyesha, is made using This Bar Saves Lives vanilla bars.

Butterscotch ”Amazeballs”

By: Chef Nyesha J Arrington

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart popped corn (3 T. unpopped)
  • 2  ea. Vanilla This Bar Saves Lives, chopped
  • 1/2c. Toasted, chopped Marcona Almonds
  • 1/4c. Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tbl. Flax seed
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. light corn syrup
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1/3 c. condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

In buttered shallow baking dish, combine popped corn, Almonds, coconut, flaxseed and chopped granola bar.In small saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Stir well. Bring to a boil – stir in condensed milk. Boil gently, stirring occasionally until soft-ball stage (234 – 238º). Stir in vanilla. Pour over corn mix, stirring to coat. Form into 15-20 balls, depending on size.

More about Chef Nyesha:

After graduating from the Culinary School at the Art Institute of California in Los Angeles, Nyesha became the Executive Chef at Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica from 2011-2013, and was named a Rising Star by then Angeleno Magazine restaurant critic Brad Johnson. She’s been featured in Restaurant Hospitality, on StarChefs.com and was a guest chef at the popular Test Kitchen restaurant in 2011. That same year, she was a “cheftestant” on two top cooking shows: Bravo’s “Top Chef” and Food Network’s series, “Chef Hunter,” and won both.In 2012, Arrington was recognized by Zagat.com as one of the “30 Under 30 – LA’s Hottest Up-And-Comers,” and profiled in LA Weekly’s People issue as one of the most 69 interesting people to watch that year. She has also appeared on KTLA and on KCRW’s “Good Food” on Public Television. In 2013 she won the cooking competition show “Knife Fight” on Esquire Network and this year returned to the show as a Guest Chef Judge.

Whole Foods stores nationwide will begin carrying these bars this month in addition to many other stores that are already carrying the bars. The bars can also be purchased directly from the website.


Sep 9 2014

Gluten-Free College #2: A Peek Inside the Ohio University Gluten-Free Program

Hi, it’s Jon again from Ohio University. For my second review post I will be writing about Grilled Chicken and Potatoes with Mixed Vegetables. This was one of the first meals that I had and I was quite impressed.

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I got this meal for carry-out on thursday night so I could study while I ate. An hour or so before i was ready to eat I called ahead to put my order in. They asked me what I wanted and I said anything, so I had absolutely no idea what I was going to get. The only thing I really knew is that it would be gluten-free. I have not been glutened yet while being here at school. The potatoes were by far my favorite part as they were very good and very well cooked. The chicken was okay, but it was a little bit plain and dry. Overall I would give this meal a 7/10.
 
Note from Kim: I want to address an earlier comment on this post about the food served at Ohio University. There was a voiced concern on the previous college post (Facebook Page) about the quality of the meal served, indicating it was nothing but sugar and not healthy at all. It is true that the meal Jon was served was pasta, sauce and a dessert. However these meals are prepared from a list of likes and dislikes that Jon has given the college. Some of those meals may be healthier than others and that is okay. The important thing is that Jon can get 100% gluten-free meals served to him while he is away from home at college. Ohio University happens to be one of NFCA’s GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps, meaning they have completed courses and implemented protocols to meet the needs of students with Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity. There are only five colleges on this list, so we feel very lucky.

Sep 8 2014

Carol Fenster’s 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes

Carol Fenster, author of 11 gluten-free cookbooks, is releasing her newest cookbook geared to help you make healthy meals in no time at all. Many of us tend to eat out or pick up take-out because we may not have the time to make dinner at home. Unfortunately that isn’t just expensive, but it can be risky, too. I know that I have accidentally ingested gluten on more than one occasion either dining out or picking up take-out.

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Fenster starts off by sharing information about the gluten-free diet and tips on how to best use your time so that the meals in this book take no longer than 30 minutes to make. The book is divided into five chapters:

  • Breakfast and Breads
  • Soups, Salads, Sandwiches and Snacks
  • Grains, Beans and Pasta
  • Main Dishes
  • Desserts

The book also has a page and a half of menus so that there is really no work other than shopping and cooking left to do on your part; no trying to figure out what to serve with what, it is all spelled out for you. As I was browsing through the book I was thrilled to see some of my childhood favorites included:

  • Linguine with Red Clam Sauce
  • Chicken Cacciatore
  • Chicken Fried Steak
  • Chicken Parmesan

And some new recipes that I have bookmarked to make soon:

  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts with Apricot-Teriyaki Glaze
  • Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Mousse

I love how each recipe tells you right at the top how long the prep and cooking time will take. It is helpful when short on time and trying to figure out if there is time to make a specific dish on a specific day, or if it is better to plan that recipe for another night.

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Fenster’s new book, 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes, is priced at $16.99 and can be purchased from several different media outlets.