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Whole Foods Gluten-free Bakehouse


If you live near a Whole Foods, take advantage of their special Gluten-free Bakehouse section, which offers amazing products including breads, muffins, pie crusts (for pies or quiche!), pizza crusts (my favorite), desserts, biscuits, hamburger buns (can’t wait to try these!), and granola.  They are usually in the freezer section of the store.  They aren’t cheap, but they are delicious, and they just might save you in a pinch when you can’t or don’t want to bake your own treats.

If you go to this website, you will find a list of all their products with a link at the bottom for nutritional information for all of them.

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Traveling Gluten-Free

Traveling takes a little more forethought and planning when you’re eating gluten-free.  You can’t just stop at any old restaurant along the way or even assume that there will a place to eat in the airport.  There are many places that will work, but just in case, I always keep a good stash of food with us.  In fact, having safe food at hand is so important that I pack food before clothes, because we all know that it’s never good to see Mommy the kids in a full-blown hunger melt down.

It’s helpful to carry along food that can pack and keep well.  For car rides, I pack lots of apples, Nature Valley Almond Crunch bars, several types of trail mix, cheddar rice cakes with Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese Spread (and plastic knives), chocolate rice cakes with a jar of peanut butter, and Honey Rice Chex.

For plane trips, I bring an entire food carry-on with Almond Crunch bars, apples, rice cakes, a package of Hormel Naturals deli meat packed inside a large Ziploc bag with an ice pack in it, and trail mix.  Be careful of anything “liquid”.  This includes peanut butter in a jar, and I know from experience that airport security has no sympathy for under-privileged gluten-free eaters.  They’ll take that peanut butter right out of your bag, no matter how much you beg.  Usually you can find fruit and Lay’s chips in an airport if you need it too.  And, most hamburger places can accomodate you if needed.

I plan enough food to last us the trip, then if we do find a restaurant where we can eat, it’s a bonus.  If not, we’re still set.

If we’re in the car, I’ll even pack food for our stay.  We traveled 5 hours away a few weeks ago to visit friends for 2 days, and I had more food sacks than suitcases.

If we’re flying somewhere, I visit the grocery store once we get there to stock up.  You can buy a cooler there, fill it up, and eat most meals that way.  We’ve even brought an electric skillet and a crock pot with us to cook in hotel rooms, and most rooms have microwaves now.  That means you could eat cereal, microwave eggs, or gluten-free oatmeal for breakfast.  Lunch could be microwave quesadillas or rice cakes with meat and cheese, chips and fruit.  And dinner could be your restaurant meals.  Dinner could also be canned chili with Fritos, quesadillas, Taco Salad with canned beans, or Baked Potatoes.

Even though it seems daunting, planning is the key.  You just have to get used to putting food into your agenda.  And, you have to prepare yourself to be a traveling grocery store, which means you may need an extra suitcase just for food.  In the end though, it’s cheaper than eating out, usually healthier anyway, and much more peaceful knowing you’re prepared.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest

DSC_0785And now…. the bake-off we’ve all been waiting for……the quest for the best……Chocolate Chip Cookies!

The 3 competitors:

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Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

a homemade recipe similar to the one on the Toll House Cookie bags.

DSC_0787According to the scientific opinions of 5 adults and 2 kids, all of whom eat gluten, the winner is………….

Betty Crocker’s Normal Cookie Mix.

However, according to the gluten-free tasters and my husband, who has his tastes set as high as his Grandma’s famous cookies, the homemade recipe won, so that’s what I’ll be making most of the time.  I have to give Betty Crocker a huge, thankful cheer though, b/c her version is very easy, especially if you don’t want to mess with special flours like potato flour.  So, I’ll always have a couple of boxes of her mix to make in a pinch.  It’s so easy, that my 7-year-old could make these cookies all by himself too, and I’m all about boosting his self-esteem so I can have some cookies.

The Homemade version and the BC Gluten Free version were very closely tied, depending on which you like better, taste or texture.  The Betty Crocker GF cookies had a great taste, but they were a little grainy and about as flat as a cookie can get without being a crepe.  That could be the baker’s error.  The homemade version had a very normal texture, but had a hint of the potato flour taste.

The bottom line (and since doing all these taste tests, mine had gotten larger), is that either gluten-free option will give you a very good cookie.  Try them both to see which you prefer.  And, don’t forget to make a lot and freeze them.  30 seconds in the microwave, and it’s like they’re just out of the oven.  Or, you can eat them frozen right out of the bag several times a day.  And, if you’re like me, you’ll be justified in eating 2 of the Betty Crocker ones at once, since they’re so thin.

Here’s the recipe for the “Troll House Cookies”

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Ode to Rice Cakes

DSC_0493Rice cakes, oh rice cakes

what a wonderful treat.

You’re always there when there is nothing else to eat.

I can find you anywhere and pack you along.

With so many flavors, I can’t go wrong.

Topped with peanut butter and banana or jelly too,

Lunchmeat, cheese, or something new.

A chocolate rice cake with strawberries and cream

makes my stomach so happy and my taste buds beam.

White Cheddar rice cakes with cottage cheese

Give rice cakes a chance

Pretty please?

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