Namaste Biscuit/Piecrust Review

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This is my second Namaste product review, and I really like the company because it has no wheat, dairy, corn, soy, gluten, casein, peanuts, treenuts, and is non-GMO. It has a very short list of products in it. Unfortunately one is xanthan gum. 

I made the biscuits. They were ok. I think I rolled them out too thin because I made two of them too thick because I had extra dough at the end. I really tried to follow the recipe for thickness, but next time I won’t. They ended up in really thin discs that you can’t slice open to put the buttery goodness inside. 

They were SUPER easy to make, I had all the ingredients on hand. My fiance really liked them, I just thought they were ok. Needed to be thicker IMO. I’ll definitely be trying them again as I 1) have a huge bag I have to use and 2) I think they have potential if they were thicker. Especially when I google what other people’s looked like and they look like actual fluffy yummy thick biscuits. 

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(Yes I do eat corn…. just don’t like to have a LOT of it as fillers in my food)

 

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Glutino Wafers Reviews

I love a good wafer cookie. I like to shop at Mom’s Organics and they had free samples of Glutino Wafer cookies covered in chocolate. They are a good snack, however, mine went bad REALLY fast. If I’m the only one eating something, I can’t eat it that fast. I guess I could have put it in more of an airtight container, but it was a little ridiculous how quickly they went stale. They’re only $3.86 at vitacost, so I would give them a try for a nice something sweet that is readily available. 

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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream (Paleo)

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I was very unsure when I made this cake. I made this cake for one of the ladies I work with that is strict paleo. I have a lot of paleo recipe books, however, I always still find myself searching online for recipes. Here is the recipe for this cake: 

http://deliciouslyorganic.net/chocolate-cake-chocolate-buttercream-paleo-grain-free-gluten-free/

When I bought my house, my parents gave me the extra standing mixer that they had gotten my sister, but my brother in law had also gotten my sister one so I got the extra one as my house warming gift. I will say I wasn’t excited with it. It takes up a lot of space, which in my kitchen I don’t have a ton of. However, it has been a life saver in many instances and I am SO SO happy that I have one now. It certainly has earned its spot on my counter.  This recipe calls for whisking eggs for six minutes for the cake. So while the standing mixer was doing that, I was doing other stuff. Then for the icing, it has to be whisked for 8 minutes, so again, thats when I was cutting my pound of butter, etc. 

I normally make cupcakes because I really like to try a baked good before I take it somewhere. It’s very hard to do that with cakes. However, I wanted to make this true to the recipe. Luckily, I made one of the cakes a little bit too high, so while I was leveling it I had a little bite of the extras and boy was it good. It was the perfect amount of richness and bitterness and still very moist. It doesn’t contain any grains at all, no xanthan gum (woohoo!), no corn. And still amazing. It was TIME CONSUMING. It also had an INSANE amount of eggs and butter in it. By no means is this a ‘healthy’ cake. But it is an ‘amazingly yummy’ cake. It will be worth your time. 

Also, for some reason, paleo baked goods (well and gluten free) cook awfully fast… and don’t really ‘brown’ the same way its gluten counterparts do, so make sure you follow recipes and check constantly. I can normally tell when the edges at the bottom are browned, however, with something like this, you really have to go by the recipe and it wasn’t a second longer than it said. I could probably have even taken it out maybe a minute sooner.

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Shrimp and Bacon Risotto Review

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Now that I have your attention… Here’s the original recipe:

Shrimp and Bacon Risotto.

I tend to pretty much follow recipes ‘as is’ as you’ve probably found so far. I added some spinach because I had some and it added some color to the dish. I didn’t really change anything else. It’s naturally gluten free and fantastic. One of my favorite dishes I have ever made. I double the bacon fat in it normally, because it’s amazing. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser. 

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cake for the Dogs

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So it was Wesley’s year birthday in September. I made him a Gluten-Free PB cake with Yogurt Icing. This is what I used:

http://www.amazon.com/Puppy-Cake-Wheat-free-Peanut-Frosting/dp/B0068OWGE0/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381686229&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=peanut+btuter+cake+dog

It was very well liked by my dogs, however, I am blessed with dogs that are not too picky. The box was SO small. This is a 4in pan cake. The icing was not NEARLY enough, as you can see. I really wish I had had extra yogurt laying around the house so I could have iced the entire cake instead of just the top. I crushed up a treat in spice grinder and put a bone shaped cookie cutter on top and sprinkled the treat in there to make the beautiful shape on top to make it look better. It was a nice presentation, although, I think I enjoyed it more than Wesley did. 

Next birthday I will make my own cake because it was a waste of money IMO and I could make it myself for much cheaper. It was very easy though, if you don’t want the hassle. On amazon it says it makes 8 cupcakes, which I really don’t think it would unless they are ‘mini cupcakes’. The smell was very lovely as it was baking, I almost tried a little bite myself! 

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This is Wesley in his bandana I made him walk around Petsmart in. He was not amused.

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This is Wesley begging for cake.

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This is Wesley’s post-birthday cake coma. 

 

 

A Great Resource for some GF Chain Restaurants

Here is a good website. Remember that a lot of places do NOT use separate pots/pans/counters for GF items compared to items that have gluten. So please, make sure you are aware of the kitchen situation if you are severely allergic. 

 

75 Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Menus You Need to Know

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Udi’s Copycat Gluten Free Bread

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I got this recipe from :

http://clairecoloredlenses.blogspot.com/2011/05/best-gluten-free-sandwich-bread.html?m=1

It’s a great sandwich bread recipe! I wish you could smell how amazing my house smells when I am baking this bread. You will just have to try it yourself. Like many other people posted, I ALSO really wanted to take the bread out after 45 minutes. I had to literally pry my own fingers off the oven door so that I didn’t do it. I did however cover it with foil, to make myself feel better.

This bread is fluffy and beautiful white inside. I also cried like a lot of other people said they did when they tried this bread. The day I made this bread, I had a grilled cheese sandwich, PB&J, pulled pork sandwich, and tuna fish/avocado sandwich. Given the loaf is quite small, like other GF loaves, it’s made in a smaller loaf pan and I also don’t eat the crust. This is all excuses to make myself feel better for eating four sandwiches in one day.

I made it as is the first time, xanthan gum and all. I was so upset with myself that I bought it but I really wanted this bread. Next time I will use the flax seed trick I talked about in a previous post, and I will let you know.  I also used coconut vinegar instead of apple cider, and it worked out fine.

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You can cry too if you want, I know it’s beautiful.

Dominos Gluten Free Pizza Review

Beware: Dominos has no idea about cross-contamination. They make this pizza on already gluten filled flour floured surfaces. Therefore, You will ingest gluten when you ingest this pizza. If you are not very sensitive, you will be OK. If you are, skip it! I haven’t had it for awhile- like a year- because of this, so this Is not my picture- it’s google’s. But it looks like this.

It’s really freaking good. It’s thin crust, but not too crunchy. I normally eat three of the four slices. When soon to be hubs mentioned splitting I was aghast. What do you mean? I cannot split this pizza, I eat 3/4 of it. And then I can’t have that last piece later in the night. Get your own damn pizza, son! Seriously, he was really offended that I got that mad…over pizza. But do NOT MESS with a gluten intolerants favorite meal for real.

So go get (!!!!) it if you’re not that sensitive. Otherwise, I guess stick to making your own or buying Udi’s. OR going to Gettysburg as I suggested before and trying Deliso’s!

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How to Recover after Getting Glutened by Mind, Body, Green

Dr. Amy Myers wrote an excellent post- how to recover after getting glutened. You should read it. 

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10545/3-steps-to-recover-after-getting-glutened.html

“3 Steps To Recover After Getting Glutened

1. The more quickly you can get the gluten out of your system, the better you’ll feel. 

The three tips below will help you do that promptly and effectively.

Digestive Enzymes. Digestive enzymes help speed up the breakdown and absorption of macronutrients. Be sure to take an enzyme that includes dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP-IV), which helps break down gluten specifically. In fact, I recommend that those with celiac and gluten intolerance take enzymes with DPP-IV when dining out.

Binding agents. Activated charcoal and bentonite clay bind toxins and help reduce gas and bloating. It’s best to increase water intake when taking either of these to avoid constipation, which will only delay healing.

Hydration. Fluids will help flush your system and keep you hydrated if you’re vomiting or have diarrhea. In addition to regular water, you can try coconut water, which contains electrolytes that may have been lost through vomiting or diarrhea.

2. Decrease inflammation.

Inflammation occurs naturally in our body when there has been an insult or injury to it. Decreasing thisinflammation is essential to healing your gut. These three tips will help you reduce inflammation quickly.

Omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oils, flax and chia seeds are full of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. I recommend 1-2 grams of omega-3 oils daily. You can go up to 4 grams a day for a week after accidental gluten ingestion.

Ginger has high levels of gingerol, which gives it a natural spicy flavor and acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body. It also has potent anti-nausea properties and can ease stomach cramping. Drinking warm ginger tea is a great idea.

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family that contains the active ingredient curcumin, which is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. My anti-inflammatory smoothie with turmeric is a great drink to help you quickly recover from getting glutened.

3. Heal your gut.

Nearly 70% of our immune system is in our gut. Having a healthy gut is crucial for optimal health. The six tips below will help you heal your gut.

Probiotics. Routinely, I recommend taking a highly concentrated probiotic (25-100 billion units) a day. I advise my patients to “double-up” on their probiotic dose for a week after a gluten exposure. 

L-Glutamine. Glutamine is an amino acid that is great for repairing damage to the gut, helping the gut lining to regrow and repair, undoing the damage caused by gluten. I recommend 3-5 grams a day for a week after exposure.

Slippery elm. Slippery elm contains mucilage, which stimulates nerve endings in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to increase its secretion of mucus. Mucus forms a barrier in the gut to protect it and promote healing.

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) DGL is an herb that’s been used for more than 3,000 years in the treatment of digestive issues, including ulcers and indigestion. DGL also supports the body’s natural processes for maintaining the mucosal lining of the GI tract.

Marshmallow root is a multipurpose supplement that can be used for respiratory or digestive relief. Like slippery elm, it contains mucilage, which eases the inflammation in the stomach lining, heals ulcers, and treats both diarrhea and constipation by creating a protective lining on the digestive tract.

Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline. The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract that may get disrupted by being glutened.

Once you realize that you have been glutened, implement this three-step approach as soon as possible. If you are not seeing any improvement in your symptoms after three days or you’re getting worse. I would advise you to follow up with your physician”

 

I got glutened yesterday. Not sure what it was! I read every label (before I ate it) and even more thoroughly after I was sick all day yesterday and today. This post came at EXACTLY the right time. 

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Deliso’s Pizza, Foods by George Pizza, and Raw Milk

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This post is only good for you if you live close to me. Deliso’s Pizza in Gettysburg, PA review. It is 45 minutes-ish from my house. I called my mom up on Sunday to go with me.

My dad has celiac’s disease since before it was ‘cool’. I think he was self-diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2000? Maybe earlier. He was having a lot of stomach issues, and we even thought he had colon cancer. He had a lot of doctors visits, scans, etc, but no one could find anything that was wrong. He also had this horrific rash. Sound familiar? We had actually just gotten new couches around the same time the rash started and we got rid of those, thinking that may be the problem and ALMOST got rid of my cat. My mom and I searched all the symptoms online and found that cutting out wheat could help. So he tried it, for six months. He felt almost instantly better, however, as you know, gluten takes so long to get out of the system. The rash took awhile to clear up.

Anyways, my dad has Celiac and my mom loves bread. Every so often, my mom and I will try some new natural food store to find new products. I try to go to Pennsylvania because my soon-to-be-hubs loves raw milk and it is illegal in Maryland.

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Raw milk is not pasteurized and has become sort of an addiction for him. He protects it so well I only hope he does the same for our kids and he even hides it when people come over. The nice thing about raw milk is that it OK for people that are lactose intolerant because during pasteurization is when the enzyme you need to digest lactose is taken out.

So I heard about Deliso’s Pizza from one of my friends who is also GF. The owner of this pizza place has Celiac disease so there is no cross contamination at all. For example, Dominos “gluten free pizza” although it actually is quite good, it is rolled on the same surfaces as the gluten pizza. So anyone with intolerance or celiac disease cannot have it. Not the case with Deliso’s. It is really good, and she also makes ravioli, bread, ziti, lasagna, etc. The nice thing about Deliso’s is its your normal, carry-out mostly pizza joint with the weird built in booths with fake wood, dirty bathrooms, etc. It’s not the gluten free hoity toity pizza place. It has grease…. and it’s simply a good pizza.

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And for those of you who cannot go to this lovely pizza place…. This pizza tastes fairly similar which I have found at Wegman’s. Foods by George.

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