Monthly Archives: August 2010

Gluten-Free Baseball Night – TOMORROW in Seattle!

crowd_225x300If you’re in Seattle and a baseball fan, get pumped. We’ve been hearing a lot of talk recently about MLB stadiums serving gluten-free concessions – there’s the Mets’ CitiField in New York, Nationals Park in DC, and a handful of other ballparks now catering to their gluten-free fans. Tomorrow, for one night only, add the Seattle Mariners to the list of gluten-free friendly major league baseball teams.

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On Top of Gluten-Free Spaghetti? First, Let’s Just Get on Top of Gluten-Free Meatballs!

Image Courtesy of http://annmah.net/2007/12/07/five-items-porcupine-meatballs/, where you can find another GF meatball recipe.

Image Courtesy of http://annmah.net/2007/12/07/five-items-porcupine-meatballs/, where you can find another GF meatball recipe.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of gluten-free meatballs is gluten-free spaghetti. And, after thinking really hard for something clever to say about spaghetti, all I can come up with is that horrible camp song, “On top of spaaaagheeeetti, all covered with cheeeeeese/I lost my poor meeeeaaatbaaaall…” The song where every stretch of vowels is as long as your list of symptoms before you started your gluten-free diet. Gluten-free spaghetti is a funny food: it’s slimy and dangly, and supposedly you can squirt it out your nose. Gluten-free meatballs are not as funny, but then again, I’ve never seen that movie…Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (I know, I’ve failed my inner child).

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Gluten-Free Microwave Meals: Your Guide to An Evening Spent NOT Cooking

microwaveOh, the delicious face of modern America: TV, maybe a Playstation, kids running around, just back from hockey practice or piano lessons, and of course, the time crunch. Too much to do in too little time. A possible, partial solution, as offered by 1950s post-war culture? The microwavable meal. All I can say is, my stomach’s not exactly grumbling for a soggy peas-and-carrots mixture. But there is something to be said for microwavable meals, even if it’s only, “They’re so eeeasy. And quick.” We don’t always have time to cook start-to-finish meals. (So sue us! We’re busy!) And, to be fair, many microwavable meals are now reasonably healthy and flavorful. Of course, the problem with brands like Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice is that many of them also contain gluten or cannot be guaranteed to be gluten-free because of the high risk of cross-contamination.

But!

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Product Review: Moore’s (Gluten-Free) Marinades and Sauces

The website slogan for Moore’s Marinades & Sauces is “Meat Lovers Love Moore’s,” which makes me their target audience. What can I say, I enjoy my proteins way more than I should. So when Moore’s sent us some free samples of their gluten-free marinades and sauces, I took it as the perfect excuse to cook up some steak, chicken, and wings (but not all on the same night!). How did Moore’s gluten-free products fare with this meat lover?

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A Little Gluten-Free Revolution for Your Kitchen

Courtesy of www.history.org.

Courtesy of www.history.org.

Everybody likes a little bit of history with their dinner…sometimes.

And sometimes, it seems that Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia is filled with actors speaking in dubious colonial accents and tourists asking directions from the College of William & Mary’s freshmen (mistake, may I say, especially in August), but it is nevertheless one of America’s most beautiful towns. Springtime is my favorite season in Williamsburg because foxgloves and tulips constantly bloom along white picket fences, but the end of summer and fall are just as beautiful, with colorfully blossomed trees and late-burning lanterns. A living monument, Colonial Williamsburg boasts museums, performances, and, of course, tavern fare.

Interest in Colonial Williamsburg has picked up in the past couple months due to an increased interest in revolutionary history (believe it or not!). Your kitchen can take a tip from history and Williamsburg’s firebrand flavor, too. To demonstrate, I’ve assembled this 3-course supper from 1981’s The Williamsburg Cookbook, published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. For most authentic (and quaint) results, serve your meal with a mug of warm apple cider.

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Need Some More Convincing? Here are 5 More Reasons to Buy the 5th Edition of The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide.

5thEdRestaurantGuideTo those of you who bought our new gluten-free restaurant guide, thank you. And I hope it’s treating you well. Are you drowning in options? Are you blissfully distracted by shiny flashy visions of 6,800 gluten-free restaurants and 120 gluten-free lists and menus from major chain restaurants? Have you found the courage yet to branch out, live a little further toward the edge, eat somewhere new? Do tell us – how do you like your experience?

If we didn’t convince you last week that this tool will change your gluten-free life (for the better, the much better, for the best), well, I do apologize for not being clear. This tool will change your gluten-free life (for the best). And if numbers (numbers like 6,800 and 120) don’t convince you, here are five (oops…some) more reasons to try it out:

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Gluten-Free Chips: Where to Find Them and What to Buy

potatochipsJust the name “potato chips” is a beacon of hope for those with Celiac who constantly crave salty snack foods. Made of crunchy fried goodness, potato chips were invented in 1853 by chef George Crum, who made them one day to spite a customer’s complaints about being served soggy potatoes. Today, chips are one food that, thankfully, come in many easy-to-find, gluten-free iterations. And almost all of them are available at your local grocery store (yes, even if its not a Whole Foods or other specialty store)! Here are a few of the best brands of readily available gluten-free chips around (keep in mind that there are many more where these came from in the gluten-free grocery guide):

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Some Thoughts on the Recent Trendiness of the Gluten-Free Diet

Suddenly, the phrase “gluten-free” is all over the place. Chelsea Clinton’s 500-pound gluten-free wedding cake seemed to spark the fire, because in the weeks following her New York wedding, there have been two segments about gluten-free on the Today show, a discussion of the Old Spice Man’s gluten-free vegan diet on Jay Leno, and article after article on the gluten-free “diet craze” in the news. Hollywood seems to be heralding gluten-free eating as the hot new detox and weight-loss diet. Which is great, right? It’s raising awareness of what gluten is and the fact that some people avoid eating it. It’s making manufacturers perk up their ears, wanting to get in on the profits that come with new markets. For all we know, this craze might lead to more bakeries, restaurants, and pizzerias offering gluten-free dishes galore.

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Triumph Dining’s New Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide is Here!

And, if you order by August 25th, you can get free shipping, too! Just use coupon code MK958BL when ordering.

Whether you’ve already owned The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide or not, now’s your chance to buy the biggest, best version yet. We’ve added just a slew of restaurants located all over the country, and we’ve even added 50% more chain menus.

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Top 6 Gluten-Free Supplies to Keep In Your Car

These days, a person’s car is a second home. Whether you’re in it for long commutes, road trips, or constant taxi-ing between school, soccer practice, and the grocery store, your car should be prepared for any gluten-free needs or roadside emergencies. Here are a few ideas for keeping your car gluten-free-ready, come what may:

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