Archive for December, 2007

Home Baking Mixes

Cara's CafeI just ran across a new site that has some gluten-free baking mixes and thought you might be interested.  Cara’s Cafe has coffees, teas, and cocoas in addition to her gluten-free and/or sugar-free baking mixes.  Another source for us!  Yippee!

Forest Hills Foods Gluten Free Food Fest!

We had a great time out Monday evening; we were able to sample some new (brand new!) products from fatgiraffebakery that were fabulous!, and the mixes for cakes and brownies and pancakes from CherryBrook Kitchen were a real treat, GF or not!, the Full Flavor Foods table had Beef Burgundy, Turkey with gravy, and an Alfredo that will blow you away!…Can you tell I am excited with the new GF options that are out there now all of a sudden?

FHF will also be carrying very soon a couple of additional new products from an old favorite GF supplier, Bob’s Red Mill…Rolled and Steel Cut Oats! Cindy (from FHF) said that they are just waiting on the suppliers now the orders have been placed. I don’t have any pricing info on the new products but having the availability at a relatively local grocery will be fantasic.

Let me back up to the fatgiraffe for a moment…these folks were so COOL! Peiter has been living wheat free (not celiac, but he’s been eating gluten free for a while now) and wanted there to be something a little more “fun” available and has developed cookie mixes that are so yummy I may be in diet trouble very soon 🙂 All in all, the “tasting event” went off beautifully.

Paul Swanson, of FFF mentioned that the traffic through the store was quite steady throughout the day which is always good to hear when something is held open for a number of hours. It was quite busy while we were there and I thought we were hitting the tail end but people just kept coming. I really think the GF food industry is about to bloom into full force…there are so many of us out there now and more on the way, no doubt as people become more aware.

Paul Swanson ~ Full Flavor Foods

From Paul Swanson:

“I wanted to let you know that I recently spoke to Tom Otto (at Otto’s Turkey Farm in Middleville) and he wants to put Full Flavor Foods products on his store shelves.  He will be offering a few of my other products (not currently available at Forest Hills) and they will be easier for you to acquire. The “other products” will include FFF Cream Soup Mix, Mushroom Sauce and Cheese Sauce.  These items will probably be brought in by Forest Hills soon.”

Turkey Gravy

So, we have another location which it seems some or most of the group was at least familiar with the Otto farm anyway.  Paul is very anxious to have all of us have access to these mixes which are really great tasting too.  We had one for lunch today when Bill brought home one of the sales reps who was in town for some meetings and he was not only happy for a home cooked meal he was clueless as to the fact that it was GF!

P.S.~We hope to have Paul as a guest at our January meeting!

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Reviews

Hey, we tried the Spinach Parmesan Risotto and used the Lundberg Wild Rice in place of barley in a homemade soup this last week and the entire family loved them both!

I did find a new chocolate cake mix at Meijer this last week as well. It is put out by Bob’s Red Mill and I will let you know how it bakes up because if it is good, which I have every confidence that it will be, it is about HALF the cost of the chocolate cake I’ve used the last 4 or 5 years. I’m anxious to try it just to save the money. Eating gluten free feels a lot better to the gut but not necessarily to the pocketbook as we all know.

I did notice, but didn’t take the opportunity to read yet(sigh), the article in RD that mentions Celiac Disease as a reason for stomach troubles. It is great to see CD coming more and more to the forefront of the minds of those who can help and being suggested as a possible resolution once identified.

Thanks again, Kim, for all of the great samples you handed out. I have seen several of the products on the shelves since we picked those up and it is great to now know for sure that some items that aren’t shelved specifically in the GF section are indeed gluten free!

I’m looking forwad to the next meeting on the 17th and hoping to see everyone out for the guest speaker and getting ready for the Christmas rush. See you all there!

Chicken Spaghetti Pie

I’ve been sampling some of the Full Flavor Foods mixes, and I have to say that I have been very impressed. The brown and turkey gravies were both very good and the only real difference that I noticed was that they formed a skin on top as they cooled down (faster than non-gluten versions). Once you stirred it again, that disappeared and it was fine again.

The other “experiment” that I tried turned out really well. I used a packet of the cream soup and a packet of the cheese sauce together. Here’s the recipe:

Chicken Spaghetti Pie

  • Cut up cooked chicken breasts into small cubes
  • Cook Tinkyada rice penne, per directions, and drain
  • Prepare FFF Cheese Sauce and Cream Soup mixes together, as directed

Mix penne, sauce mixes, and chicken together. Add shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar and mozzarella) and stir. Put in baking dish/pan and cover top with more cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is thoroughly melted (we even like ours a little browned on top), approximately 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

I think this has been the biggest GF hit that I’ve made yet. My husband and teenage boys are anxious to have me make this again!

There are more tips and ideas for FFF mixes on their website.  You can purchase these mixes at Otto’s Turkey Store and they are coming soon to Meijer!  We are anxious to have Paul Swanson (owner of FFF) with us in January!