Month: October 2015

The Teal Pumpkin Project 

If you know me at all you would know that this is the kind of stuff that gets me excited. SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED. If you have not heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project you can read all about it here. It is an initiative by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) that promotes inclusion of all kids on Halloween. You can sign the pledge and get awesome resources on being allergen friendly on Halloween. All you have to do it paint a pumpkin teal and get some allergen friendly treats or non-candy items to pass out on Halloween for kids with restrictive diets. The Celiac Disease Foundation has also joined the project and have posted some great resources on a gluten-free Halloween. Check them out here. My family will be hanging our Teal Pumpkin sign by our front door and placing our teal pumpkin for everyone to see. This is the first year we have participated but I am so excited to spread awareness and continue to do this for years to come. Pictured above …

Udi’s Chicken Alfredo

I’ll start out by saying that I was not expecting the best from this frozen meal option from Udi’s. I haven’t been having the best luck with Udi’s products lately and I was feeling discouraged. However, I was happily surprised. My mom and I were looking for a quick and easy meal one night (most nights) while we were shopping at Target. My dad was out-of-town and we were feeling lazy. We came across this “DIY meal” in the frozen section of our local Target and decided to give it a try. It was $8.99 and serves two. This seemed high for us a first but we weren’t going to get a quality meal for $4.50 a person if we went out to eat so we went for it. This particular meal had chicken, broccoli, and pasta all covered in a yummy alfredo sauce. It was super easy to make, which I will never complain about. Easy to make meals are my favorite. Took about 10 minutes and as you can read below there is not much …

One Redd’s and You’ll Be Dead*

*Maybe not dead but damn near close. Sometimes a celiac just wants to get drunk. Cider, as I have mentioned before, is my go-to alcoholic drink. But I am starting to realize that the world may not completely understand what cider actually is or what other beverages do not classify as cider. I recently proclaimed myself the #CiderQueen on Twitter because an online news source about food published an article titled: The Definitive Ranking of 17 Hard Ciders, According to College Kids. One of the “ciders” that they ranked was Redd’s Apple Ale. Let’s take a second to define Ale: “an alcoholic beverage brewed especially by rapid fermentation from an infusion of malt with the addition of hops” (Merriam-Webster). If you avoid gluten for any reason you will see one word stand out and that word is MALT and malt is ~ b a d ~. I know that the audience of their article was not celiac’s or people who avoid gluten because of medical reasons, however, putting it out there that an ale is a cider can be …

General Mills has issued a recall on Gluten Free Cheerios

   I was so excited when I first heard the news that Cheerios were going gluten free and even more so when I finally found them in stores. However, after my first bowl I started seeing cases all over the Internet of people feeling bad after eating the cereal. This did not happen to me but I was nervous to continue buying this product in fear of getting sick myself.  That being said, General Mills has issued a recall on their regular and Honey Nut Cheerios that were made at their Lodi, California facility. There had been a wheat contamination that affected certain dates from that location. They claim that all boxes before and after comply to FDA standards. To find out more information and to check to see if your box is contaminated please check here.  Other people have said that they have gotten sick from products not included in the recall. If you think that this has happened to you I would suggest you contact General Mills with your concerns. I’m so sorry …

Bisquick Cinnamon Rolls

One of the many perks of living at home when you are 22 years old is waking up to cinnamon rolls made from scratch from your awesome roommom and that is exactly what happened this Saturday morning. Cinnamon rolls are not something that I used to eat a lot before going gluten free so this was the first time I had a cinnamon roll since the summer of 2013 and it did not disappoint. Why don’t I eat more cinnamon rolls??? I was not present during the creation of this culinary masterpiece but my Mom did say “unless you absolutely love them I am not making them again because they were a piece of work.” Sorry Mom, I absolutely loved them. She found the recipe online and when I asked for the recipe for you all she sent me three screen shots from Facebook (she’s tech savvy). I had to do some digging to find the recipe. It is originally from Joan at Chocolate Chocolate and More and was modified to be gluten free by Fave Gluten …