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!

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!