Delight Gluten-Free Magazine is Truly Delightful!

all_three_coversDelight Gluten-Free magazine is the Vogue of gluten-free magazines. Though I don’t understand the low subscription price (only $14.50 a year / 4 issues) considering the size of the publication, I’m thrilled to be able to take advantage of the incredible value. No other gluten-free print publication offers so much information for less than $3.75 an issue!

In the most recent issue of the magazine, you’ll find over 60 recipes – many both gluten and dairy free. Some are also egg free! Need to make tasty gluten-free meals that won’t break the bank? No problem – Gluten-free On A Budget has you covered.

Fall brings thoughts of yummy soups to warm the soul and seasonal desserts. Speaking of seasons, the magazine includes some timely recipes in Fall flavors. This is just a partial list of them!

  • Skillet Caramel Apple Torte
  • Easy Caramel Sauce
  • Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup
  • Spinach Stuffed Zucchini
  • Pop’s Famous Split Pea Soup
  • Autumn Shepard’s Pie
  • Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin
  • Chicken Green Chili
  • Cornbread Muffins with honey butter
  • Gingersnap-Crusted Sweet Potato Pie

Flour Power will tell you where you can find gluten-free cupcakes at bakeries around the country and how much they all cost. Tips for a Gluten-free Halloween offers advice about what candy your gluten-free Trick-or-Treaters can indulge in. Years of Hope includes information about the interesting work at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Celiac Research, headed by Dr. Alessio Fasano.

The travel section articles include Gluten-Free Dining in the Holy Land, Gluten-Free Maui and Gluten-Free Dinner Clubs. The latter is my article and since so many people have asked me about the photos, I’m listing them in left to right order below. Please note: many of these dishes are only available during special gluten-free dinner club events.

  • Spinach Dip with home made chips at Paper Mill Grill in Marietta, GA
  • Gluten-free Beignets at Outback Steakhouse in Roswell, GA
  • Sesame Chicken at Lavender Asian Bistro in Lawrenceville, GA
  • Barbecue Pizza at Pepperoni’s in Duluth, GA
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake at Ritters in Marietta, GA
  • Chicken Fried Rice at Lavender Asian Bistro in Lawrenceville, GA

The most inspiring story to me, in the current issue of the magazine is No Limits. It highlights Phyllis Kessler’s mission to provide gluten-free foods to those in need. She founded GFFAP (Gluten-Free Food Assistance Program) and has raised around $20,000 to help people who can’t eat gluten enjoy the gluten-free foods they can’t afford. Her program serves the South Florida area, but I can envision it being a nationwide program eventually. If anyone can make that  happen, I believe Phyllis can!

Let us know if you have seen Delight Gluten-Free at a newsstand near you. If you can’t find it in your area, you can sign up for a subscription on the the magazine’s website.

Frozen Entrees from Gluten-free Cafe

gfcafe_sidebottomGluten-free Cafe frozen entrees by Hain Celestial are now available in most health food stores and also many mainstream grocery stores. The meals are somewhat pricey, as are many gluten items in the convenience foods category. The Gluten-free Cafe meals I’ve tried are very good but my favorite is the Lemon Basil Chicken. The simple delicious meal is comprised primarily of rice, basil, lemon and chicken and it’s really quite delicious!

Other flavors are Asian Noodles, Pasta Primavera and Fettuccine Alfredo. These frozen meals come in super handy whether you need a quick meal for one, or easy meals when visiting friends or family. All you need is a microwave and a fork and you have a tasty gluten-free meal in five minutes flat!

Hain Celestial makes the wonderful line of Imagine soups. My favorite flavors are the Creamy Potato Leek and the Butternut Squash – both are very tasty! The company also offers several excellent soups that do not contain gluten ingredients, that are not marked gluten-free. The company will not label them until the FDA agrees on a law regarding exactly what that means. At least that is what the company told me the last time I called to check the gluten-free status of my favorite mushroom soup from them –  Walnut Acres Organic Portobello Mushroom.

Hain Celestial “no gluten ingredients” products include, but are not limited to, the Healthy Choice soup flavors : Cream of Celery, Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken. All flavors work great for casseroles but since the soups are not condensed, I often use sour cream to thicken them. If a sour cream flavor isn’t appropriate for the dish I’m making, I use cornstarch (mixed in a little water) to thicken but it does take time to get the consistency I like for casseroles using that method.

It will be great when FDA makes a definite ruling regarding exactly what gluten-free labeling means in the U.S. Hain Celestial is not the only company waiting on the FDA ruling before adding “gluten-free” to their “no gluten ingredients” product labels – no doubt.

Check out what Hain Celestial is doing for the environment:

  • Green Buildings: Every facility, from our corporate offices to our manufacturing and warehousing sites, is adopting procedures to evaluate and maximize our recycling practices, reduce waste, and improve energy efficiency.
  • Green Packaging: We are committed to reducing product packaging (versus using more material than absolutely necessary), in combination with sustainable, ethical sourcing of raw material.
  • Green Awareness: We are bringing environmental concerns to the forefront by integrating such messages into our various brand marketing campaigns. Our goal is to increase support and awareness for the need to take action and do as much as we can to protect our environment now.

Have you tried these new frozen meals from Gluten-Free Cafe yet?

Note: Please read the ingredient labels of all products that are not labeled gluten-free as ingredients change often. Something that is gluten-free today might not be tomorrow.

Review of Joan's GF Greatbakes Gluten-free Products

Photo courtesy of Joan's GF Greatbakes
Photo courtesy of Joan's GF Greatbakes

Bagels are not just a breakfast staple for New Yorkers. The rest of us love a good bagel as well, though many transplanted New Yorkers say that one can not find a decent bagel in Atlanta, GA. I beg to differ as Panera Bread makes a pretty good (gluten) bagel – though it’s not as good those from H&H in the “Big Apple”.

Over a year after my celiac diagnosis, I came across a review of Joan’s GF Greatbakes bagels online. By then I’d tried every frozen gluten-free bagel I could buy locally but I never finished one bagel before throwing them out.  I’ve probably never read a more glowing review of anything gluten-free than the review of Joan’s bagels. When I found another such review – and yet another – I immediately placed my order and hoped for the best.

One of the differences (besides the taste and texture) between Joan’s gluten-free bagels and others on the market is that you have to bake them yourself. As they rise in the oven and the smell of baking bread wafts through the kitchen, the anticipation builds about how they’ll actually taste.

Everyone who knows anything about gluten-free baking understands that smells and looks can be very deceiving. In the case of Joan’s bagels however, the taste and texture exceeded my wildest expectations. I started worrying that maybe somehow the company made gluten products and sent me the wrong item. I checked the plastic container (they did not come in a bag back then) but the label indicated the bagels were gluten-free. They also happened to be the best bagels I’d ever had, regardless of ingredients!

Joan’s GF Greatbakes also offers incredible Sandwich Rolls, English Muffins and Pizza Crusts. The folks at Joan’s were kind enough to send me their brand new – and quite excellent – Italian Bread to try recently. It’s so exciting to see the bread rising on the counter and then in the oven. The smell alone will make you think you’re walking by an Italian Trattoria in NYC!

It drives me nuts to pay to ship food in but Joan’s products are worth the splurge. I treat them like gold and eat them sparingly. I also order with friends to save on the freight charge. But I must have my Joan’s Everything Bagels when a bagel craving hits – absolutely nothing else will do!

The way Joan’s company came to be is very interesting. She found out she could not eat gluten many years ago. To say there were not many gluten-free “replacement” foods back then is quite the understatement. Joan acclimated to her gluten-free diet and got used to doing without her bagels and her favorite Brooklyn style pizza. But when Joan’s grandchildren had to go gluten-free, Joan decided that unlike her, they would not do without anything.

Joan got busy and created some of the best gluten-free products on the market anywhere.  These days we are lucky to be able to enjoy the wonderful gluten-free products that she painstakingly created with love for her grandchildren! If you have not tried Joan’s products yet, you can take advantage of their online sale through 9-25-09.

Special thanks to Kathleen at BeFreeForMe for letting us know about this fabulous 15% off discount offer. Sale prices are reflected on the website now. Click here to find out more about Joan’s GF Greatbakes products and where they are sold. They’re so good that  that you’ll be proud to serve them to the gluten eaters in your life. If you’re like me however, you might not feel like sharing!

If you can buy Joan’s GF Greatbakes products near you, please let us know where you found them.

Gluten-free Cornbread Mixes and Recipes

cornbread_front_ou_miniOne of our readers recently asked for help making gluten-free cornbread so we set out to find some of the best recipes for it, in the gluten-free blogosphere and beyond. This time of year is perfect for making old fashioned cornbread. It goes perfectly with gluten-free chili – also a Fall favorite around our house.

We love the cornbread mix from Gluten-Free Naturals and the new one from Pamela’s as well. Both products offer outstanding taste and texture and are super easy to make. And that is all I’m looking for a in a cornbread.

For those that don’t like – or can’t find – gluten-free cornbread mixes, here are some tasty looking recipes to try when you have a hankering for cornbread:

Whether you use a mix or make cornbread from scratch, a cast iron skillet is the best pan to use if you have it. Not only does it give you extra iron – it yeilds a perfect golden crunch for your cornbread!

I checked The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide and Arrowhead Mills Yellow Corn Meal seems to be the most widely available gluten-free corn meal available in the U.S. The company makes gluten products so remember to look for the gluten-free marking on the package.

Let us know if you have a favorite gluten-free cornbread mix or recipe we should know about!

Gluten-free Cornbread Mixes and Recipes

cornbread_front_ou_miniOne of our readers recently asked for help making gluten free cornbread so we set out to find some of the best recipes for it, in the gluten-free blogosphere and beyond. This time of year is perfect for making old fashioned cornbread. It goes perfectly with gluten-free chili – also a Fall favorite around our house.

We love the cornbread mix from Gluten-Free Naturals and the new one from Pamela’s as well. Both products offer outstanding taste and texture and are super easy to make. And that is all I’m looking for a in a cornbread.

For those that don’t like – or can’t find – gluten-free cornbread mixes, here are some tasty looking recipes to try when you have a hankering for cornbread:

Whether you use a mix or make cornbread from scratch, a cast iron skillet is the best pan to use if you have it. Not only does it give you extra iron – it yeilds a perfect golden crunch for your cornbread!

I checked The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide and Arrowhead Mills Yellow Corn Meal seems to be the most widely available gluten-free corn meal available in the U.S. The company makes gluten products so remember to look for the gluten-free marking on the package.

Let us know if you have a favorite gluten free cornbread recipe we should know about!