Monthly Archives: November 2013

Simply Organic Cocoa Cayenne Cake

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Warning: Do not ingest any of the mix when you open it. It will cause a horrendous coughing fit. After trying the mix and seeing how spicy it was, I was VERY hesitant to even make them. I was making them for bookclub and hate to take anything that tastes bad. The aroma of them cooking was also a little unpleasant to the nostrils. I tried a cupcake out of the oven and I wasn’t a huge fan. SO I made a pizza also just in case (Stonewall Kitchen Herbed Pizza Crust). My bookclub has 3 of us that are GF so we all make GF snacks to be accommodate which is awesome. 

After I let them sit for a day and iced them with milk chocolate icing, it cut the spice down and they were well received. However, the full pizza I made also was completely gone. I would definitely make them again because although they look and taste like a normal chocolate cupcake, they have a little spice at the end. 

 

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Zoodles

This will be a very short post. Zucchini noodles > spaghetti squash. They may even be better than most of the GF variety of noodles. They’re good, not processed, and quicker to make than pasta. 

I got this lovely contraption for my bridal shower. It does take up a good bit of space in my cabinets however I made room for it. I hope I get it out as much as I would like since its put away, but I think I will. 

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There are already a few other recipes I want to try with it. Thinly sliced apples with sausage… Curly fries… Yummo. 

 

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Van’s Cinnamon Heaven Review

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I got this picture from google. My bowl NEVER lasts this long untouched because they are SO GOOD. 

The ingredients I am actually pretty happy with:

Van’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Blend (Oat, Brown Rice, Millet, Quinoa and Amaranth Flours), Cane Sugar, Oat Fiber, Inulin, Invert Cane Sugar, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Cinnamon, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Mixed Tocopherols for Freshness.

The tocopherals can be gluten, but I am assuming a company like this with the gluten free label, knows to not use the ones that contain gluten.
 
Get of box of this stuff, it is heaven.  Cinnamon heaven. 
 
P.S. I must go pour myself a bowl now. 

 

 

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Stonewall Kitchen Herbed Pizza Crust Review

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I have been having a really hard time lately being gluten free. I was never even a huge pizza fan before being gluten free but after I became gluten free, it is literally what I want for dinner every night. I have tried so many different kinds of gluten free pizza… Udis, Little Georges, homemade Paleo crust, Moms Organic pre-made dough, Pillsbury GF dough, Deliso pizza in Gettysburg, Mediteraneos pizza in Westminster, Dominos…. and some are good…. but just not THE SAME. 

Hubs to be gets to eat pizza whenever he wants and the smell of Tostinos pizza (yuck) the other day made me cry. I just want a really good pizza. I caved and we ordered pizza the next night from my favorite pizza place and I ate it, gluten and all. And paid for it the rest of the week. Not only was I sick, but I wanted EVERYTHING gluten because I had already had it and gotten sick, why not just keep going with everything I want to eat and can never have? It was such a slippery slope. 

I was complaining to one of my patients at work about it whose daughter is GF. He mentioned Stonewall Kitchen crust is very good. I ordered it that night and it’s been sitting in my kitchen cabinet until today. This mix is about $8… so its pricey, but it made a really big pizza. I put it on a cookie sheet and made a rectangular pizza. It says you can cut the mix in half and freeze half of it which is probably what I will do next time. I made sure to press it very thin because a lot of times what happens with my pizza is the inside is very doughy, because it just never has time to cook because I make it too thick. 

It was SO good. Really, really good. Go on amazon and get it now. (Except its on that stupid add-on program, so you’ll have to order 15$ of other stuff to just order it- and if you do- their brownie mix is really good too!) I was so pleasantly surprised because I just assumed it would suck like the rest of the doughs and mixes I have tried. It doesn’t. 

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Simply Organics Chai Scone Review

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These are divine. I love Chai Tea and was a huge fan of chai lattes before I became gluten free. (Almost EVERYTHING at Starbucks has gluten in it, so I just don’t even bother going in). You shouldn’t eaten raw mix because of eggs, but I had to try it because it smelled fabulous. And it was amazing. 

The chai spice is really good. Not overpowering but just enough. I added some blueberries to it because I have five bags in my freezer from my granny. (Thanks Granny!). 

Not being a huge scone fan, just a huge chai spice fan, these scones are just fabulous. 

Therefore, when it came to my attention when I went to order more and realized they seem to be DISCONTINUED. I looked on all my normal websites- amazon.com, vitacost, iherb, and then went to simply organics. Amazon has some for sale from an external website but they are charging 5.30 a box then 4$ PER box for shipping. No thank you. 

I am going to go to Saubels, the store I originally got them from and see if they have anymore … and buy all they have. In the meantime I am scouring the web for gluten free chai scone recipes. If you have one let me know! I have bookmarked a few. Image Image

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Schar Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

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These were bad. Really bad. I ordered them from amazon.com and they came in a very small bag for the price. They also tasted horrible. My fiance makes excellent fried chicken and used these for mine and I could hardly eat it. They got soggy, tasted really odd, and just were not good. Hate to throw the bag away, but I can’ t eat them. 

 

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Pumpkin Spice Cake (Namaste Spice Cake Review)

There is no season I love more than the fall. The foliage, the flavors, the weather. I love spice cakes. And I love pumpkin flavoring. And I love love love penuche frosting ever since one of my patients made me a spice cake with penuche frosting. So when pinterest told me about a pumpkin spice cake using a gluten free spice cake mix, I was in heaven. It is simple and yummy, and the mix is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, Soy Free, Casein Free, Potato Free, Tree nut free, and Peanut free. Matt could tell you, I got pretty obsessed with finding this mix. I ordered it online from vitacost.com (where it was cheapest- for about $5). But I SO wanted to make it for bookclub in two days, so I also had to find it in a store. The closest store was in Shrewsbury, PA. I live in Westminster, so about 40 minutes away.  (They also carry them in some Giants, Food Lions, etc, but none near me). I call Saubel’s before I go, just to make sure it isn’t a wasted trip. They also had a lot of other mixes, so I was glad I went, more reviews on those later. It was about $7 in store. 

Here we go: 

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It makes a lot of cake, more than most GF mixes. 

Here is the final product:

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 Here is the recipe: http://whatsfordinner-momwhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/2012/11/pumpkin-spice-cupcakes-and-giveaway.html

I used a different icing recipe than she recommends, a penuche frosting from pinterest. 

http://piesandplots.net/pumpkin-cake-with-penuche-frosting/

The cupcakes were fabulous, very well liked by all. Almost everyone said, “wow these are really good and moist, and what a good spice flavor.” They were the right amount of pumpkin and spice for me, and many others. The icing did something very weird though the next day… Not sure what happened. The cupcakes may have been still warm from baking, or it may have been the icing was too thin, but got very runny the next day. It didn’t ruin the cupcakes thank God, but the appearance was far from perfect the next day, however, quite delicious still. 

I would ice only RIGHT before I serve them next time. I see this being a repeat recipe for Thanksgiving!! 

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