As someone who has a passion for celiac awareness, it always makes me feel good when someone I know spots something gluten free and thinks of me. A friend of mine recently picked up a package of gluten free cornbread mix for me while she was at an event.
I like cornbread....a lot. Corn bread, corn muffins, cornbread stuffing- it's all good.
The neat thing about this product is this company isn't just out for profits. They really do exist to make the lives of those in their community better.
The Women's Bean Project "is a social enterprise based in Denver, CO that employs chronically impoverished and unemployed women through a transitional job in gourmet food and handcrafted jewelry manufacturing to receive immediate income, and helps them earn the job readiness, interpersonal and life skills needed to overcome barriers to employment; creating a new future – for themselves, their families, our community and our economy." Now that's a business model that I can get behind.
You can't see it in this picture, but my bag is signed with the name of the woman who spent time putting my product together. Her name is Lydia.
To make my cornbread, I would need to add 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 1 1/3 cups of milk and 1/4 cup of cooking oil. In my opinion, that seemed like a lot of fat to me, so I substituted 2 tablespoons of natural applesauce and 2 tablespoons olive oil for the 1/4 cup of cooking oil. This is a substitution I frequently make in GF baked goods, as the pectin in the applesauce tends to lend extra lift to the final product.
The final product tasted great, and even more importantly, it froze well. My family didn't eat as much of it as I had anticipated during the holidays. (Mom's homemade bread wins out every time.)
I did some research on their website as I was concerned about cross-contamination. There website states "Our Lisa T's Gluten Free Cornbread is produced in a gluten free environment. The other gluten free products on [our webpage] have no ingredients that contain gluten, but are not made in a gluten free environment." Some of their other gluten free products include chili, salsa and soup mixes.
So all in all a good product by a company looking to do good in the lives others.
If you are looking to do something like this in your community, you can order the book written by this company's CEO, titled "The Third Law."