New Finds at Costco!

We visited Costco Bayers Lake for a change this weekend and picked up a couple of great certified gluten-free finds that we wanted to share with you.

The first item was a two-pack of Essential Baking Company gluten-free bread. We paid $8.99 for two loaves of their Super Seeded Multi-Grain bread. The best part is that each loaf is in its own vacuum-sealed bag, and they don’t have to be frozen (or even refrigerated) until opened, or January 2015!

Essential Baking Co bread

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Another Burger Place to Krave!

For several months, Halifax has been waiting for Krave Burger, its newest gourmet burger joint, to open its doors. Last month, they released a sneak peek of their menu. It included an icon for many gluten-free options, including French fries. We all know what that usually means: cross-contaminated and not suitable for Celiacs.

Still, I was curious, so I tweeted them to ask if they would have a dedicated fryer. Their response was amazing:

 

 

We couldn’t ask for much more than that!

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Taste Testing O’Doughs Bagel Thins!

The Product

Bagels are one of the few things that I really miss. Over the past five years, I’ve tried almost every brand on the market. Udi’s bagels are OK, but the nutritional information is horrific: add peanut butter to your morning bagel and you’re basically consuming a Big Mac. Other brands taste like wet cardboard, or just bread in a weird shape.

Luckily, over a year ago I heard about O’Doughs Bagel Thins. I did see them at Jane’s Gluten Free in Moncton this spring, but I didn’t pick any up and have been kicking myself ever since. Luckily, we spotted them at Pete’s Frootique in Halifax last weekend thanks to a sampling event!

 

The Test

At Pete’s Frootique, we got to try the sprouted whole grain flax and apple cranberry flavours, toasted and with ghee on top. I also purchased a six-pack of the sprouted whole grain flax bagel thins for $6.99. Here’s what my breakfast looked like the next day:

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Going Vegan at Envie

Let’s face it: Michael and I are about as far away from vegetarians as you can imagine. A vegan diet, where cheese is off the menu too, would be completely out of the question. However, we’ve heard great things about enVie and we finally got a chance to check it out.

We arrived at the restaurant early on a Thursday evening and took a seat inside, where we were the only customers. (The patio outside was full.) The atmosphere was very quiet, soothing, and relaxing – perfect for the end of a long week. We started off with drinks (a Boxing Rock Temptation Red ale for Michael and a glass of Blomidon L’Acadie Blanc for me). The enVie menu is very allergen-friendly and easy to understand. Gluten, soy, and nut free options are all marked with either an indicator of no allergen as-is, or an explanation of what modifications need to be made. There is also a handy booklet at the table describing various ingredients and terms as well as a list of the restaurant’s local suppliers.

We decided on an order of buffalo risotto cakes (two for $8) for an appetizer. For the main course, I chose the Filet-o-Fresh (tofu burger with tartar sauce, greens, and a “cheese slice” made from cashews, $13 + $1.50 for a gluten-free bun from Odell’s) and upgraded to a poutine for the side dish (additional $2). Michael ordered the Moroccan Chickpea Bowl ($14) on our server’s recommendation.

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What’s For Dinner? Gluten-Free Beer Can Chicken!

Why We Love It

Nothing says summer like a chicken roasted on the barbeque! This summer staple can easily be made gluten-free with the right beer.

Ingredients

  • One can of Glutenberg Blonde Ale
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 whole chicken (4 to 4 ½ lb.)
  • Several tablespoons of your favourite gluten-free barbeque sauce

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What’s For Dinner? Parmesan-Lemon Fettuccine with Squash!

Why We Love It

Fresh pasta is such a delicious treat, especially for Celiacs who often are limited to dried pasta. Spinach fettuccine ups the ante by offering something a little bit different. This recipe makes enough pasta for about four people.

Ingredients

  • 1 package RP’S Pasta Spinach Fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 medium yellow squash, diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated lemon zest (plus a bit extra for garnish)
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¾ cup gluten-free chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. Cook fettuccine according to package directions.
  2. Drain the pasta, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid, and return the pasta to the pot.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the onion and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the yellow squash and sauté until almost tender.
  6. Add the lemon zest and continue cooking for 1 more minute.
  7. Add the white wine to deglaze the pan.
  8. Add the chicken stock, heavy cream, lemon juice, and reserved cooking liquid.
  9. Bring to a simmer and continue cooking until the sauce is creamy and coats the back of a spoon.
  10. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Toss the pasta with the sauce and serve. Garnish with additional lemon zest and enjoy!

Tips

(Source: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/kelsey-nixon/fettuccine-with-yellow-squash-and-parmesan-lemon-cream-sauce.html)

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Taste Testing Pillsbury Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!

The Product

Last summer, Pillsbury announced that they were adding gluten-free products to their lineup. Last month, the chocolate chip cookie dough and pie dough were brought to Canada! We picked up some of the cookie dough at Sobeys:

The tub you see here cost $5.49, which is double the price of their regular cookie dough (ouch!).

The Test

The first, and most important test, was how it tasted right out of the tub. (Isn’t that the best part of making cookies?)

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