Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Hiatus

Well, after the birth of our second child one year ago, and my return to work recently, something had to fall by the wayside. I love blogging and sharing what I've learned about the gluten free world with you, but as many other moms say, there are just not enough hours in the day. I'm still sampling products, trying out new cookbooks, and guinea pigging myself around town, to find the best eats for my family, but I just don't have the time to devote to the writing follow up on the blog like I feel that I should. I'm disappointed that there aren't 25 hours in a day, but I feel that this is the best decision for me and my family. I would like to give a quick shout out to the people that I feel are the masters of gluten free recipe invention out there right now, Jeanne at www.artofglutenfreebaking.com, Nicole at www.glutenfreeonashoestring.com, and Jeanine at www.thebakingbeauties.com. Follow the great work they are doing on their blogs, or like them on facebook. Give one of their recipes a try tonight! Your family will thank you! I'll leave up the blog so you can use it as a reference if you like. Thanks for reading for the past 3 years!! xoxo

Monday, February 18, 2013

Dominoes Pizza

It seems that everyone is taking a crack at gluten free pizza these days. Most attempts have been, well, disappointing. I was pleasantly surprised when my friend ordered lunch, and ordered a gluten free pizza for my son and I. "Where is it from?", I asked, hoping it was not from one of the cardboard crust places I've tried. "Dominoes" was the reply. I didn't even know Dominoes had a gluten free crust. I had pretty much given up on having good delivery pizza. I was very impressed with the Dominoes version. I had always loved their pizza the best in my former gluten eating life. The gluten free crust was not too thin or crunchy, nor too thick or doughy. Yes Goldilocks, Dominoes seems to have gotten it just right. Now I can put them back on speed dial:) Celiacs, as usual, take care with cross contamination. Domino's Pizza on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pumpkin White Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Cheesecake Bars

I follow a lot of food blogs. You could say I'm obsessed with food, and food photography. Most of the blogs on my list are gluten free, and I get some great inspiration and recipes. One of the few gluten-full blogs I follow is Eat the Love. Irvin's original food creations and amazing photography make me drool with every post. When he put up the recipe for these cheesecake bars a while back, I just knew I had to attempt them for the holiday season.
With a few adaptations, this treat was easily made gluten free. I used gfree graham cracker crumbs in place of gingersnap cookies for the crust, Bob's Red Mill gfree all-purpose flour in place of wheat flour, and added 1/4 tsp of zanthan gum for added oomph. They turned out amazing! My husband's new favourite. Oh, and please check out Irvin's site, where his photos do a much better job of doing these bars justice. Your waistline can curse me later. http://www.eatthelove.com/2012/11/pumpkin-white-chocolate-vanilla-cheesecake-bars/

Happy Holidays!!

Merry gluten free Christmas everyone from Gluten Free Guinea Pig! I hope you took advantage of some of the fantastic blogs and products out there to make some incredible dishes for your family. Here were some of our favourites:
1) A gingerbread house from El Peto. We ordered straight from their website: www.elpeto.com. We used gfree ice cream cones for trees, and my son loved decorating, and eating his house for once:)
2)Gingerbread cookies from a Kinnikinnick mix. Another Canadian company that delivers to your door: www.kinnikinnick.com
3)M and M cookies courtesy of Gluten Free on a Shoestring. You can make these in literally 12 minutes, start to finish. 4 ingredients in this particular recipe. Check out her blog, or her 2 cookbooks. www.glutenfreeonashoestring.com
4) Brownie Christmas trees. I got this idea straight off of Pinterest. I used Betty Crocker brownie mix, and decorated the trees with M and Ms and icing from a tube. Quick, easy, delicious!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pancakes to die for!

I've been a fan of King Arthur flour for a while now. Their line of gluten free mixes is a must have for you gluten avoiders. I've reviewed both their pizza crust mix, and their white cake mix in the past, and was amazed by the results. Now for one mix that I've been just astounded by: their pancake mix. Now, I am a huge fan of pancakes. Next to pizza, pancakes are one of the things I miss most. I've tried many a mix, and all of them fall short in some way. Either the results were too soggy, too dry, too grainy, too crunchy, too aftertasty (okay, not a word), or all of the above. This mix outperforms them all. It is reminiscent of the pancakes you used to have as a child. Simple perfection. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. I'd include photos, but my family always eats them too fast to get any documentation:) To celebrate Thanksgiving, they are offering my readers a free shipping day this Thursday. (note: Canadians have an $18 surcharge)
www.kingarthurflour.com P.S. They also have some great baking products on their site, so while you're stocking up, grab an extra large silpat for all your gluten free baking needs. I couldn't live without mine.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Panago

I was excited upon hearing that Panago, one of the most popular pizza delivery joints in Canada, has a new gluten free crust. I promptly placed an order for ham and pineapple, my son's new favourite, and was ready for greatness. Oh, the possibilities!! You mean, I don't have to cook from scratch 6 nights a week? I can have my food actually delivered? Cue the angels singing!!! Unfortunately, it was a major disappointment. I had forgotten how much I disliked Panago back when I was able to eat their regular pizza.
The toppings were...ugh...the crust was...another ugh. It tasted like old cheese on cardboard. Huge failure. I do give Panago props for making the effort to join the world of gluten free, as well as for their sticker on the outside of the box, warning about possible cross contamination. However, I think they need to go back to the drawing board. Won't be ordering that again. I remain a slave to the kitchen:)
Panago Pizza on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gluten Free Addictions

My husband's co-worker, Melodie, is really onto something. Since being diagnosed with celiac 4 years ago, she has worked on perfecting some amazing mixes, that are interchangeable with their gluten full counterparts. She has named her company "Gluten Free Addictions", and the name couldn't be more bang-on. Melodie's cupcakes are so mouth watering, that several friends (gluten-eaters) have asked for seconds and thirds, whenever I bring them to parties. She currently has an all-purpose flour mix, a to-die-for pancake and waffle mix, and a white cake/cupcake mix that will blow you away. I find her cupcake mix preferable to that one in the stores, not to name names, but it rhymes with Teddy Rocker:) Not only are her mixes easy to use, they are reasonably priced, which is refreshing in this world of over charging us gluten avoiders.
Melodie dabbles in cake and cupcake decorating, and has also developed a doughnut recipe which she let me sample, and it was amazing as well.
Gluten Free Addiction mixes can be found at IGA stores in the lower mainland, and hopefully soon, at all IGA stores. I sense more great things to come from this girl! Check out her website: www.gfaddictions.com