Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Banza Pasta Giveaway

I just love it when healthy, gluten free and Michigan made all come together. I love it even more when products like this are sent to my door so I can share them with you!

So let me introduce you to Banza pasta.


Banza pasta is made from chickpeas, has 13 grams of protein and 7g of fiber per 2 oz. serving. It has HALF the amount of net carbs and three times the fiber or regular pasta. It's gluten free, grain free, gmo free and manufactured in a facility free of the most common allergens. People everywhere love this stuff, including chef Joe Bastianich and Jenna Wolf from NBC.

That's pretty impressive, AND it's a Michigan made, Detroit based company. Gotta love local! Their rotini pasta is available online and in Meijer stores across Michigan.

One of the neat, but possibly tricky things, about this pasta it that you don't boil it. I've tried making many things with it- pasta salad, soups with noodles, beef stroganoff, and even baked casseroles. Since a 4 minutes "cook" time is not your average pasta prep, it does take a bit of relearning. As a note, I don't think it works well in a pasta salad. It did seem to work well in the casserole as long as it was put in raw.

I have found my biggest success with Banza pasta in putting the noodles in a finished dish and letting them sit. The night that we had beef stroganoff, the texture and flavor of the dish improved as we let the flavors mingle. In all honesty, I think that's the best Banza meal we've eaten!

So the other night was an 8 am to 7 pm work day. (Before you gasp out loud, I do get a 2 hour lunch break) So, I threw all the ingredients for chicken noodle soup into my Crockpot (including my Massel Vegetable stock), MINUS the pasta. When I got home, I turned off the Crockpot, threw in the pasta, and participated in an hour long conference call. (A woman's work is never done!)



The soup was SO wonderful. The pasta was tender but not mushy.And with all that protein and fiber, the soup was so filling.

Now that I've got your taste buds tingling, here's the recipe: (recipe- Curves Complete)

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
8 tsp(s) - Olive Oil
4 clove - Garlic, Raw
2 tsp(s) - Rosemary, Fresh
1 cup chopped Onions, Raw
4 stalk, med (8 inch) - Celery, Raw
2 med (6 inch) - Carrots, Raw
7 oz - Diced Tomatoes, Canned, No Salt Added
16 fl oz - Vegetable Broth, Low Sodium
4 cup 8 fl oz - Water
18 oz - Chicken Breast, Boneless/Skinless, Raw
4 oz - gluten free pasta
4 oz - Spinach, Raw

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Mince garlic and rosemary. Chop onion and celery.
2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
3. Add minced gar;ic to the pot. Stir for 1 minute. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes or until golden. Stir in\rosemary and cover, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent- about 5 minutes.
4. Add carrots and celery to the pot stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.
5. Add tomatoes, broth, water, and chicken and simmer for 20 minutes. If whole chicken breast was used, shred chicken breast once it is cooked through.
6. Turn off  heat and add pasta and  spinach and stir until pasta is tender and spinach is wilted, approximately 8 minutes.

But wait, there's more!

Banza was so generous in what they sent me that I have two boxes of Banza pasta and Massel bouillon to give away to one lucky winner. Just enter the Rafflecopter below and soon you could be on your way to chickpea pasta bliss. Good luck!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 Year Blogiversary AND Giveaway!

So it's hard to believe that two years ago today I wrote my first blog post. I'd like to think that I've come a long way since my first post, as I've learned how to write better, take better pictures, and make my blog better in general, through the advice given from fellow bloggers. A big thank you to Stacy Goldberg of Savorfull for trusting me with her product as a new blogger!

And of course a HUMONGOUS thank you to all of my followers! With almost 30,000 page views, 205 followers on Twitter and 100 followers on Instagram, I feel like I'm connected to a huge family across the world.While most of the people reading my blog are in the United States, I have a surprising following in France, Germany and even Turkey! I also thank you for your patience as I don't always blog frequently. If you're not following me on Instagram, may I suggest doing so? I post on there very frequently. :)



I've also been able to use my blog to bring about Celiac Disease awareness, highlight training for doctors so that more may be diagnosed, and to raise money for FARE and for all those living with food allergies and intolerances. Thanks to my friends and followers, I was one of the top 10 fundraisers at the Lansing FARE Walk! This was such a great way to spend my birthday this year.

Keeley McGuire, Raising Jack with Celiac, myself, Vegetarian Mamma, and EpiFamily


One of the best things about the having a gluten free blog is the people whom you get to meet and companies whom you get to connect. I'm so blessed to have met the owners of companies large and small, to learn about their passions behind their products, and to be able to support one another. A shout out to Chebe for sharing their products with me and sharing my reviews with their followers!
One of the ways I was able to meet all these wonderful was as a media blogger for the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Chicago. This event was such much fun and it was such an honor to be chosen!
It was there that I met the group of amazing bloggers pictured above!

This was a year that I recognized in the public sector as well. I gave a presentation at University of Michigan- Flint, was highlighted as the Gluten Free Delight Magazine's Blogger of the Week, and was interviewed by The Flint Journal. It is such a privilege to be able to be a voice and face for those living with Celiac Disease!

As I continue to lead our support group and continue to work towards Celiac Disease Awareness, I'm excited about the possibilities that lay ahead. I look forward to learning more through conference and books like Gluten Freedom and The Complete Guide to Living Well Gluten Free, and being able to share that with my followers and support group members. As doctor awareness is still strong in my heart, I will soon be trying to connect with doctors and hospitals both on the local and state level so that 100% of those with Celiac Disease can be diagnosed and no longer have to suffer with their symptoms.

As a thank you for your support through these past two years, I'm giving away a prize pack of some great gluten free items! Items include products from Sunbutter, Lundberg Farms, Massel,Walden Farms, Schar and Nature's Path! Just enter the RaffleCopter giveaway below!


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You can also check other giveaways on my blog going on right now-
Rustic Maka Organic and Vegan Deodorant
Foster Farms Honey Crunchy Gluten Free Corn Dogs  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Foster Farms Gluten Free Honey Crunch Corn Dogs and a GIVEAWAY!

There's just something inherently fun about corn dogs. They make you think of summer carnivals, picnics, and bygone days of your youth. Not to mention that you are intended to eat them with your hands.

I had recently discovered the Foster Farms Gluten Free Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs at my local Kroger store, and was so wanting to try them. But like many gluten free bloggers, I was bidding my time. If I bought everything I saw at the store that I wanted to try I would be broke and wouldn't be able to fit into my clothes any more. So I chose to wait until an opportune time.

And then I received  an email from Foster Farms wanting to know if I would like to review their product, and if so, they would be willing to send me a box for free. Well of course I said yes!
That's such a friendly thing for them to do. :)

Credit: Kid President/ Soul Pancake

Bonus #1- Not only did I receive a box of free corn dogs, they also came shipped in dry ice.
Here's a science equation for you- science geeks + dry ice = fun with sublimation! 



But I digress. Let's get back to what's really important....corn dogs! 



For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Foster Farms, their corn dogs are the #1 selling corn dog in America. Their gluten free corn dogs are certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group, contain less than 10ppm of gluten per serving, and they feature a 100% chicken frank dipped twice in a honey crunchy batter. 
(As my husband's system is apparently intolerant to pork, this last fact was a major bonus!) They are also certified by the American Humane Association for their poultry raising practices. 
They also make gluten free chicken breast nuggets and chicken breast strips. They even have a recipe for lemon glaze for their gluten free chicken breast strips that look DELICIOUS! 

But enough talk. How do the corn dogs taste? 


WONDERFUL! Seriously, they were so good they didn't need ketchup or any other kind of dipping sauce. (Although we did have a second "dog" the day afternoon and they were FANTASTIC dipped in baba ganoush!)  I was really impressed with the breading. It was the perfect thickness and completely in tact. It was firm but not dry and there was a perfect ratio of breading to hot dog.  

So where can you find these amazing hand held delights? They are available nationwide at many retailers including: Safeway (Von's, Randall's. Tom Thumb), Kroger (Fry's, Smith's), Raley's, Lucky, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, Woodman's, Copps/Roundy's, Schnuck's, Food Lion, HyVee and Marsh.  You can also call Foster Farms at 1-800-255-7227 for help finding a retailer near you.

Bonus #2- I get to share these corn dogs with YOU! Corn dog for you, corn dog you....
(Check out #3 at 0:13 seconds...and then watch the rest because it will make your day brighter.)


Foster Farms is allowing me to pick 5 separate lucky readers to win a voucher for a free box of their gluten free corn dogs. Just enter the RaffleCopter below for your chance to try these yourself. You can do it!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sunbutter

It's amazing what can happen when you are diagnosed with a food allergy or intolerance. You become part of a group of people, a family, that have a unified goal and purpose. While I may not have allergies to peanuts, eggs, or shellfish, my Celiac Disease has made me more compassionate to their needs. With the increase of food allergies and food allergy bullying, young kids with food allergies are close to my heart. Because of this and other reasons, in 2014 I gladly participated in the FARE Walk and took part in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

When I think of companies that are supporting food allergy families, SunButter comes to mind. They are a big supporter of the FARE Walk and their products just taste great. While I don't have to eat peanut free, there are times when I just crave the delicious taste of SunButter. Actually, I had mentioned that recently on Instagram and SunButter sent me a message stating they would like to send me some! Of course I gladly said yes.


I was so happy when the box arrived on my door step. I honestly loved the sticker on top so much that I took it off very carefully so I could save it. (I think it's still on my refrigerator!) Inside was two full size containers of SunButter and a bunch of individual 1 oz packets.


There are so many uses for SunButter. You can just eat it by the spoonful, spread it on toast, or use it as a dip for your apples. I've used it in hummus, used it as part of an Asian satay sauce, and used it to make cookies.



One of my new favorites is "banana" ice cream. Slice bananas, freeze them until they are hard, them place them in a food processor and process until almost creamy. I usually add cocoa powder and peanut butter, but this time I used up some remaining chocolate frosting and Organic SunButter. Talk about tasty! 

 
 
The individual packets are a big life saver when traveling. Recently I stayed at my in-laws and brought my own bread and SunButter for breakfast. When eating in a non-gf home, you can almost guarantee any container of peanut butter has been cross-contaminated with bread crumbs. I've never been so glad for SunButter in all my life!




So a big thanks to Elizabeth, SunButter, and all of those that are working so diligently to keep us all safe!

Delight Gluten Free Cookbook Review

This year I was humbled and honored to be highlighted as the Delight Gluten Free's blogger of the week. This magazine provides a great source to the gluten free and Celiac Disease community. Their magazines are full of research, new product highlights, and recipes that are simple to make and can usually be made with things that you can find in your house. They have an extensive, searchable recipe database on their website.

For those of you who may not already receive their magazine or have internet capabilities, Delight Gluten Free Magazine recently came out with a cookbook. They were generous enough to send me a copy to review. It contains over 150 recipes with everything from gluten free baking basics to baked goods to main entrees to cocktails. Each recipe gives a time from prep to table, an easy allergen indicator, and nutrition facts.



I had also recently been sent some samples from Sunbutter, so I was eager to try the Nut Butter Sandwich cookies on the front cover as well as the Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce. While I know that this would change some of the ingredients listed in the recipes, I wanted to show that making a small change would not change the integrity of the dish.

The added blessing was that I was able to share these two items in a meal with some of my neighborhood kids and their mom. The ten-year old boy was eager to help me in the kitchen, taking great care in measuring liquids and following direction step-by-step. He tried coconut milk for the first time, without fear, and was proud of himself that he had tried something new. The best part was his excitement in telling his mom that he helped to make such an interesting and delicious dinner.

And delicious it was. As it turned out, I didn't have any chicken but substituted beef instead and it was a huge hit. It tasted like an Asian inspired beef stroganoff, and the older teenage brother actually asked for seconds. While I didn't have seconds, I did have cookies for dessert. Again, the younger child helped me in spreading the frosting between the two cookies and served them to the table with pride. Because we were short on time, I actually chose to use Betty Crocker Vanilla frosting that I had in the cupboard. All persons trying the cookie sandwiches agreed that they preferred a vanilla frosting to the proposed chocolate frosting, stating that they would have thought it would have been too rich that way.It was honestly one of the most memorable dinners of my lifetime.




The third dish that I tried was the Creamy Macaroni & Cheese with Turkey Sausage and Mushrooms. Again, I had the pleasure of making a gluten free dish for company that was coming over. I did substitute chicken sausage, as it was what I had in the house. I made three small ramekin sized servings, as some of my guests were children under the age of 5, plus one for my husband's lunch the next day. The remainder I baked in a 9x9 square casserole dish, which my adult friend and I enjoyed with much gusto. She especially liked the crushed pretzel topping, so much so that she stated she might have to start using it when she makes baked macaroni and cheese in her own home.





Hopefully now that the planning and execution of the 7th annual Lansing Gluten Free Fair is over, I can spend more time in the kitchen using this cookbook. I'm eager to try the Bacon Cheddar Scones, Roasted Seasoned Chickpeas, Sweet Potato, Apple & Brie Gratin and S'mores Cupcakes.

But don't take my word for it. As someone recently noted, there's approximately 50 days until Christmas. This cookbook could make a great Christmas gift for the gluten free foodie in your life. You can find the book online from multiple retailers, including Amazon.

Fluffy Cornbread with Bob's Red Mill products

I don't think there's any better fall dish than a warm bowl of chili. And nothing compliments chili better than a warm, fresh batch of cornbread.

Since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease over a year ago, Bob's Red Mill products have been a staple in my house. They understand that providing a gluten free product means taking every precaution to prevent cross-contamination. All of their products that are made in their dedicated gluten free facility have a special logo so you know you can consume it safely. Because of this, I've started buying their gluten free Corn Polenta (and other products) from Big Lots frequently. I have concerns about the true gluten free status of regular corn meal, so I use my spice grinder to grind the polenta into cornmeal. 

As most gluten free foodies do, I found a recipe for cornbread and then substituted gluten free grains for the flours listed in the cookbook. I created a blend of of 1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Garbanzo (Chickpea) flour, 1/3 cup of Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice flour and 1/3 cup of Ener-G Potato Starch Flour. I tried this blend after using a recent garbanzo bean flour and cornstarch blend in a brownie recipe that turned out wonderful. 



The end result rose beautifully, was very fluffy, and my husband thought it was delicious. He said it might very well be the best tasting gluten free cornbread I've ever made. For my preference I would have liked a stronger corn flavor, so next time I might try roasting the polenta before grinding it, and I might substitute corn flour in place of the rice flour. 

Either way, you can't go wrong by using Bob's Red Mill products. 

Corn Bread recipe (adapted from Betty Crocker 
1 cup Bob's Red Mill gluten free Corn Polenta, ground fine into cornmeal
1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Garbanzo bean flour
1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill gluten free Brown Rice Flour
1/3 cup Ener-G Potato Starch Flour (you can probably substitute corn starch if needed)
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
4 tsp. baking powder (I use Clabber Girl, as it is marked gluten free) 
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1/4 softened butter
1 egg

Saturday, November 1, 2014

"The Complete Guide to Living Well Gluten Free" by Beth Hillson

I remember what is was like when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I went to a dietitian, she handed me some papers about what I could and could not eat, and I never saw her again. No follow up, no suggestions on how to deal with it in social situations. While I was able to connect to a support group, I wish there had been a definitive book that I could have sat down and read that could walk me through everything, especially the things I wouldn't even begin to think of until years later. 

Image taken from Amazon.com

Beth Hillson has just written the book that every person eating a gluten free diet should have as their guide. This book is for those with Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Wheat Allergy, and those who are simply choosing to eliminate gluten free their diet for their own personal preferences.

The longer you live with Celiac Disease, try new products and interact with others with this disease, there are certain names that you begin to hear over and over, names that you can trust  as someone with expertise. With over 30 years of living with Celiac Disease, creating a gluten free mix line, advocating for Celiac Disease awareness in the political realm and working with one of the longest running gluten free magazines, Bath Hillson has more than earned my trust and respect.

She was kind enough to send me a copy of her book to read and share with my support group. While I honestly haven't had a chance to read it cover, the bits I've read have been so informative. Even after living with this disease for over a decade, her book is still teaching me things that I've overlooked or maybe didn't fully understand.

In this book Beth covers everything from medical diagnosis, how to find the best doctor and recipes to dining out, traveling and gluten in medication. She also writes about issues that we deal with but don't always talk about, like social issues, passing gas and even sex. I don't think I've ever read anything that's dealt with how to be intimate with someone who isn't gluten free and the precautions you may need to take.

And Beth has great humor. This book is not a clinical medical book that is a boring, dry read. You will find as you are reading this book that you'll be nodding your head, smiling, and probably even laughing out loud.

With Christmas coming up, this is a great book to buy for someone following a gluten free diet, someone caring for someone else who is living gluten free, or even to buy a copy for your local library. You can order it on Amazon in paperback or for Kindle.

Rustic Maka Organic Beauty Products and a Giveaway!

I have a dirty secret. I am a woman and I sweat.

Ground breaking stuff, I know.

Thank goodness for Rustic Maka "Made-In-Nature, Organic & Vegan" heath care products. They are also aluminum and paraben free, contain no toxic chemicals, and have never been tested on animals.


I met Kasia, the creator and owner of Rustic Maka at a recent grand opening of a local health food store. She told me the story behind her company, about her concerns of all the toxins in "regular" deodorant, and how she was on a mission to live healthier and, honestly, smell better.

When I asked her to summarize why she created Rustic Maka, this is what she said-

"We've created Rustic Maka out of a need for a pure, simple and organic deodorant that provides around the clock odor-protection. Our philosophy comes from the phrase “less is more.” Bypassing the unnecessary and harsh industry-standards, we
wanted to create a formula with only made-in-nature, organic and vegan ingredients. It is with the notion of simplicity, our quality skincare products stand in the forefront.

At Rustic Maka we don’t believe in shortcuts and taking an easy way out. We are continuously committed to maintain our purpose—reclaim the well-being of our customers by offering simple and effective skincare solutions. We truly care what we put inside our products and we stand behind them 100%.'

And she as so down to earth. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate that in a person. After talking to her for 5 minutes I felt like she and I could go across the street to Starbucks for a cup of coffee and shoot the breeze. I'm a consumer that places high value on personal connection and trustworthiness with a manufacturer.

(If you would like to meet Kasia yourself, you can visit their booth at the upcoming "Making It In Michigan" Marketplace Trade Show on November 12th, 2014 at the Lansing Center from 12:30pm-4pm. Admission is free to general attendees. )

She offered to send me some of her deodorants to try and review. Especially as someone who has had difficulty with excessive sweat most of her life, I'm always eager to try something that may help me smell more like a rose and less like a skunk. :)

So when they arrived, I put her "Naughty Butter" fragrance to the test. I wore it to work for my shift at Curves wherein I taught not one but THREE Jillian Michael's classes that day. And I can honestly say I AMAZED at how well the product worked. Not only did I stay smelling great, but I think this deodorant was better at absorbing my sweat and making me feel dry all throughout my 10 hour work day.

Speaking of smells, I want to say that these products smell great. I have a sensitivity to fragrances, both in the air and on my skin. These products are made with essential oils that don't give me a headache and make me feel better.

I have been a faithful Degree user most of my adult life, mainly because it's in my price range and it tends to keep me dry. Even though a tube of Rustic Maka costs a bit more, I think I've been made a believer and will be a return customer. The regular 3.2 oz deodorant size is $11.95. A 5 trial size sampler of all of their scents, including one for men, is $9.95.

As an additional promotion to my readers, Rustic Maka is offering an additional 15% off your purchase when you order online through the Rustic Maka website. Simply select the items you want to order, put in your customer information, and when you reach the "Shipping & Payment tab, enter the code "migfgal" for 15% off of your order. This code is good through the end of December, so it's a great way to buy stocking stuffers for Christmas!

But wait, there's more!

Kasia is allowing me to run a giveaway for one 3.2 oz full product with your choice of fragrance. Simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Good luck!

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**While I was sent free product to try, I was not paid for this review. My views and comments are 100% completely my own.**

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Moo.Cluck.Moo Dining Experience


I received the most interesting email a few weeks ago. A restaurant named Moo Cluck Moo in the greater Detroit area was making a bold change in their menu.

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING was now going to be made GLUTEN FREE!

What's that you say? A 100% gluten free kitchen? Gluten Free fried chicken? What?!??!?!?!?!
I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. OUCH. Nope, not dreaming.

And then I was looking at Groupon the other day and found a great offer - 2 fried chicken sandwiches, 2 fries and 2 drinks for $14. Major score!

And THEN the president of the Celiac support group in Farmington Hills emailed me saying that they were being offered a tour of the kitchen and restaurant in a few days. You better believe we hopped in our mini-van and made the hour drive for such a great opportunity.

Moo.Cluck.Moo wasn't always 100% gluten free. They used to serve regular buns, regular fried chicken, and regular desserts. So why the change? Their chef, Jim Schmidt, saw the demand and requests and started to work on a strictly gluten free bun almost a year ago. Being a James Beard award winner, he was up for the challenge. After nine months he finally, he came up with a bun that was not only gluten free, but also high fiber, high protein and low carb and contains NO YEAST. So he and Moo.Cluck.Moo owner Harry Moorhouse discussed it and decided the restaurant would go with his new gluten free buns and make a total change in their menu. They made sure to call all manufacturers that were providing their ingredients to guarantee that they were gluten free. They even threw away ingredients they had on hand in case any cross-contamination had taken place. Also, while their employees do not have Celiac Disease, they are not allowed to bring any gluten containing items into the restaurant. #Awesome

Why? Gluten Free is one of the largest growing trends in the food industry. With 1% of the population suffering with Celiac Disease and another 6%+ living with gluten free sensitivity, it was a no brainer.

So on September 19th they changed everything. While us gluten free foodies are ecstatic, their original customers have been slow to warm up to it. But as amazing as the food tastes, they're starting to warm up to it and they're starting to come back.

And the food is amazing. After receiving a tour of their kitchen and heard about all the steps they are taking to make their as healthy as possible made with the finest ingredients, we were ready to order.


 





While our Groupon included two Notorious Cluck sandwiches, we also had to purchase an additional sandwich. We choose the "baa burger," a lamb burger topped with onions and Feta cheese.  In all honesty, I could have ordered one of everything it all sounded so good. They have a "Craveables" menu that changes every month, and this month they had a steak burger and burger on a gluten free Celiac Specialties donut.




And when our sandwiches came out, we were definitely not disappointed. Hands down, this is the best fried chicken I've ever had IN MY LIFE. The breading was crisp, the chicken was juicy, and the homemade slaw created a perfect marriage of savory & sweet. I literally said OH. MY. GOD when I took the first bite. 





And my husband Brad LOVED the french fries. He had the garlic fries while I had the regular sea salt. 

So want to get a moo burger for yourself? They have two locations, one in Dearborn Heights and one in Canton. If you're looking to pick up a quick meal and head out the door, the Dearborn Heights has a quick pick up window. If you' re looking to sit down with family or friends, definitely go to the Canton location which has much more seating. 

A few things of note. This store doesn't believe in highly refined sugars or high fructose corn syrup. You won't find it in their breads, their soda or even their ketchup. The small amount of sweetener you find in their buns is from Stevia, they proudly serve Michigan-made Northwoods soda that's made with cane sugar, and Simply Heinz ketchup on all of their tables.




Friday, October 3, 2014

King Arthur Gluten Free Muffin Tops

I LOVE King Arthur Flour. 

And no, they're not paying me to say that. Almost every one of their gluten free mixes that I have tried has turned out perfectly. Their gluten free pancake mix makes the best waffles and I made the most amazing chocolate trifle for Christmas with their gluten free chocolate cake mix. And then there were the amazing cookie bars I made. So good!



 Well, on my quest to make my own gluten free buns, I bought a whoopie pie pan. Upon getting it home, I decided that the wells would not be big enough to make ample sized buns. I seriously considered returning it.

Then I had one of those days when you just want to get creative in the kitchen and dirty every pan in the house. I remembered that I still had a box of King Arthur Gluten Free Muffin Mix in my cupboard and I was down towards the last of the hand picked blueberries from Montrose Orchard. I decided to try my hand at muffin tops.

Have you ever made something SO good that you even amaze yourself? Yeah, that's what these blueberry muffin tops are- amazing. In all honesty I was writing another blog post and saw these pictures in my file and I wanted to eat one right then. Lucky for me I froze the leftovers and still had one of these that I could devour at my leisure. And they warmed up perfectly in the microwave and lost none of their original flavor.




                     And looking at this lovely pile of baked good bliss, I may need to go eat another one.


As an aside, I ended up liking how these turned out so well that I decided to buy another Wilton 12 Cavity Whoopie Pie pan. And a little trick for greasing these pans? A stainless steel mesh tea infuser ball with a handle. It makes the perfect little sifter. Kicking myself for not mentioning this in my interview with Delight Gluten Free Magazine.

So what King Arthur gluten free products have you tried that you've fallen in love with lately? Also, what creative things have you made with a whoopie pie pan? Now that I'll have two, I need some ideas! (I did see a recipe for baking pancakes in the oven - that's next on my list!