My Gluten-free Kitchen Recipes for decadent gluten-free desserts & easy family dinners. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:26:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins with Almond Streusel Topping {Gluten-free} Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:15:53 +0000

Gluten-free White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins with Almond Streusel Topping- a yummy mid-morning treat!

I recently asked on Facebook what everyone’s favorite muffin was and a few people mentioned white chocolate raspberry muffins. While I had seen that combo before, I actually had never had them myself. To the kitchen I went, and created these gluten-free white chocolate raspberry muffins with almond streusel topping!

We grow raspberries in our backyard, and this is prime picking time, so I told hubby I needed some for baking. He brought in about 2 cups of fresh red raspberries for me. I used a mounded cupful in this recipe (while I munched on the rest!)

I considered adapting my gluten-free lemon blueberry muffin recipe, but instead decided to try an entirely new muffin recipe. I found this muffin recipe over at the blog Winter Monroe and it looked perfect! I made just a few changes to make it gluten-free and suit some of my preferences. I used Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour and it worked beautifully.


Gluten-free White Chocolate and Raspberry Muffins with Almond Streusel Topping

Walnuts are not my thing at all, so I made an almond streusel topping instead. I really loved this almond streusel topping and plan on using it in other recipes for sure. If you have nut allergies, you could just omit the nuts from the topping and have a plain streusel topping.

Let me know if you give these a try! I think you’ll really enjoy them!

Linking this post up at #glutenfreefridays and gluten-free Wednesdays with gfe and The Gluten-free Homemaker.

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins with Almond Streusel Topping {Gluten-free}
Recipe from:
Serves: 12

Almond Streusel Topping:
  • ¼ cup good all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 2 Tbsp. salted butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped almonds
  • 2 cups (8½ oz.) good all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (tested with Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend)
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend has xanthan in it already)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted (or margarine or mild-flavored oil of your choice)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¾ white chocolate chips
  • 1 mounded cup fresh raspberries

  1. Use paper liners to line a standard 12-cup muffin tin or spray each cavity well with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°.
  1. In a small bowl, use a fork or pastry cutter to mix together flour, butter, sugar and almonds until crumbly. Set aside.
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs, melted butter, and buttermilk together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, using a spatula to stir. Do not overmix- batter will stay lumpy. Use spatula to gently fold in the white chocolate chips and fresh raspberries.
  3. Use a large cookie scoop to scoop batter into 12 equal portions in muffin tin. Sprinkle almond streusel topping evenly over the muffins.
  4. Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs but no wet batter.
  5. Cool in muffin pan for 5-10 minutes, then gently remove to cool completely on wire rack.

*These muffins stuck to the paper liners a bit for me, so you might prefer to use greased pans instead.

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Rio2 Family Movie Night Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:05:46 +0000

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group, Pop Secret and Fox Entertainment, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #PopForRio2

My kids were super excited when I surprised them with a family movie night this weekend! While they were up cleaning their rooms, I got everything ready to go, so this is what they came downstairs to see on our coffee table:

Family Movie Night with Rio2 and Pop Secret. Did you know Pop Secret popcorn is gluten-free?

Not everyone in our family had seen the first Rio movie, so at Wal-mart I actually bought the DVD two-pack with Rio and Rio2. They had a super deal that I couldn’t pass up on the 2-pack. We watched Rio on a weeknight this week, but I didn’t tell them I had bought Rio2 also. Then on Saturday night I surprised them all with the Rio2 movie and Pop Secret popcorn for a family movie night.

It is really rare for me to sit and join them to watch a movie, so my boys kept asking, “Are you really going to watch it with us?” [Enter Mom guilt here!] Let me tell you, I realized I’ve been missing out by not watching movies with my kids more often. My youngest snuggled with me the whole time! My 10 year-old practically stopped breathing several times as he was laughing so hard. I got such a kick out of watching him!

Both Rio and Rio2 were fun family-friendly movies. I definitely recommend seeing them both! I loved the themes of bravery, love and family throughout Rio and Rio2. Watching the movies together was time well spent and convinced me that we need to have more movie and popcorn nights! On a week where both my son and I were sick, this was the a great way to spend a Saturday night together.

I have to include this pic of my kids. Can you tell they liked the movie? Totally enthralled! The only time they tore their gaze away was to get another bowl of popcorn!

Kids enthralled with Rio2

This wouldn’t be a post fit for a food blog without mentioning the food – movie theater popcorn! I don’t know about you, but as a celiac, I’m very wary of ordering popcorn at the movie theater. Even if the ingredients are gluten-free, there is way too much risk of cross-contamination from employees touching hot dogs and pretzels there for me to be willing to take the risk. Why risk it when you can just make popcorn and enjoy a movie at home?

Pop Secret Popcorn is gluten-free

Pop Secret microwave popcorn is gluten-free! Here is what they say on their website: For gluten/soy, all popcorn is free of glutens from wheat, rye, oats and barley. However, all of our products do contain corn gluten (modified corn starch). Our microwave flavor providers have also assured us that our flavorings are gluten-free as well. My readers with nut or peanut allergies will be glad to know that the popcorn is produced and packaged at a facility that is free from tree nuts and peanuts too.

While they had a variety of Pop Secret flavors, I picked the movie theater style for a fun treat. It did not disappoint! We polished off two bags between the 4 of us and that was with me cutting my youngest off after 3 full bowls! I have a feeling my kids will be asking me to pop the other bags of popcorn for snack soon. We also enjoyed munching on plain M&Ms for another safe, and colorful, treat!

If you are heading to Wal-mart to pick up the Rio2 movie and Pop Secret popcorn, look for a display like the one below. I found it back by the movie section at my store. You can also print off a coupon to save $1.00 on any Pop Secret popcorn! (while supplies last)

Rio2 Family Movie Night

Have you had a movie night with your family lately? I’d love to hear what you watched! If you haven’t picked up your own copy of Rio2 yet, I’d recommend it as a great choice for a family movie night.

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3 Bay Area Gluten-free Bakeries you don’t want to miss! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:36:22 +0000

3 must visit Bay Area gluten-free bakeries. If you are planning a trip, make sure you get to these!

I’ve never been so blissfully full as when I visited three incredible gluten-free bakeries in the Bay Area all in one day! Last month, when I was on my way to the CDF Conference, I planned a long layover in San Francisco so I could bakery hop. My partner in crime, Charissa, ended up needing to work at her new job, so she sent her husband to pick me up at the airport and visit the bakeries with me. Patrick & Charissa own and operate Zest Bakery, which I’ll get to later, as it was our final stop on the bakery hop, so enjoying treats at gluten-free bakeries was right up his alley too!

Let’s begin our gluten-free Bay Area bakery tour:

Three Bay Area Bakeries You Shouldn't Miss

Our first stop was Mariposa. I had the pleasure of trying a few of Mariposa’s amazing baked goods last summer during a quick trip to San Fran with my family. That time I visited their little location in the Ferry Building on Pier 1 and was super impressed with their cinnamon rolls and hoagies. I’ve been following them on Facebook for a while, so I knew they had started baking croissants, so those were top on my list to try. My hilarious chauffeur, Patrick, drove us to their main Oakland location.

I loved the huge, open bakery. Check out all the goodies in their long cases. There were also tables and shelves all over with more of their treats all packaged up nicely. I could have poked around there for an hour, but honestly, once I set my eyes on the ham and cheese croissants, I was done browsing. The employees were friendly and helpful, and warmed up my croissant for me. It was SOOOO good! I never thought I would eat a good croissant again since my celiac diagnosis. If I lived near Mariposa, I’m quite sure I’d be stopping in there every week for one!

Check out Mariposa’s website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also order items to be shipped to you!

3 Bay Area gluten-free bakeries you shouldn't miss, including Miglet's

Our second stop was Miglet’s Gluten-free Bakery in Danville, CA. On a previous trip I fell in love with their doughnuts, but alas, on this trip they were almost all out of them. I had one doughnut and then got a variety of cupcakes to go to try later. Charissa and I dug into the cupcakes that evening. The chocolate almond cupcake (upper right in the collage) and the chocolate chip cookie cupcake (middle right in the collage) were my favorites. They were all gorgeous! I loved the added toppings on the cupcakes. If I lived near Miglet’s, this would be our Saturday morning destination for doughnuts, and where I’d pick up a special cupcake for a friend!

Check out Miglet’s website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

3 Bay Area gluten-free bakeries you need to visit, including Zest Bakery.

Our final stop was Zest Bakery. After becoming friends with Charissa this past year, and rooming together at several events, I’ve just been dying to get to her bakery. It did not disappoint! I actually pre-ordered a few items that I was dying to try, like a maple doughnut (I wanted to lick all the icing off that thing- so good)!  Charissa made sure the quiche they made that day didn’t have any onions, so I could enjoy it and boy was it good! The triple berry muffin was without a doubt, the best muffin I’ve had in my life, gluten-free or not!  I wished later that I’d bought a half dozen to take with me! Another favorite treat was their Almond Cake. It was seriously amazing, and if I hadn’t eaten the last one they had, I would have bought more for later. It was simple and sweet and just so good! If I lived near Zest, I’d show up with my laptop and munch on muffins, quiche and almond cake all day while I blogged!

Check out Zest Bakery’s website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also order items to be shipped to you!

If you have a trip to the Bay Area coming up, I highly recommend you hit at least one, preferably ALL of these bakeries! I’m already dreaming about the next time I can get to them!

Special shout-out to my terrific hosts on this Bay Area gluten-free bakery tour! Patrick was an awesome and hilarious foodie to tour with. Charissa was awesome to arrange everything and help me taste test many of the items we bought that evening.

Hosts for my Bay Area gluten-free bakery tour

Disclaimer: Visiting all of these bakeries in one day will probably result in a sugar high and a few pounds of weight gain, though I thought it was so worth it! :)  All opinions are my own. I bought everything on my own dime, none of this was sponsored.


Linking this post up at Gluten-free and DIY Tuesdays and Gluten-free Wednesdays.

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CeliAction Clinical Research Study Looking for Participants Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:29:22 +0000

The following post is sponsored and written by CeliAction. I am sharing it for informational purposes only so that my readers with celiac disease can consider participating.

Celiac Clinical Research Study - Call for Participants

Managing celiac disease may be more than just a gluten-free diet.
A clinical research study called the CeliAction Study is researching if an investigational drug – which would be taken as a supplement to an attempted gluten-free diet – improves any symptoms of celiac disease.
You may qualify for the CeliAction Study if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with celiac disease by a healthcare professional
  • Are attempting to be on a gluten-free diet
  • Have experienced at least one moderate or severe symptom of celiac disease in the past month

If you participate in the CeliAction Study, you:

  • will be able to maintain your current diet restrictions
  • will be provided with study-related care at no cost
  • Do not need medical insurance to take part
  • May be compensated for time and travel
  • Will help advance medical research for celiac disease

To learn more about this research study and see if you qualify, visit or call 1-855-3333-ACT.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Fudge Bars {Gluten-free} Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:07:31 +0000

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Fudge Revel Bars- These are great for potlucks and parties!
This recipe for gluten-free peanut butter oatmeal fudge bars makes a huge pan of treats, which makes it perfect for bringing to potlucks and parties. I always come home with an empty pan! These gooey, fudgy bars are so good, no one will know they are gluten-free.

Have you ever had revel bars? That’s what these are, but I asked around and hardly anyone I knew had ever heard of revel bars, so I left it off the title. I remember having revel bars for the first time when I was a little girl. My best friend Alyson’s mom always made the best desserts, and I remember sampling a revel bar in their kitchen one day. A few years ago, I suddenly remembered them and started looking for recipes. I tried several and ended combining them and then adding my own spin of peanut butter in the filling to get these, which I think are pretty perfect!

You know I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter together in desserts. It really is my favorite dessert combo. When I’m craving this combo, I either make peanut butter brownies, buckeye brownies, Reese’s brownies, swirl cookies, or these peanut butter oatmeal fudge bars.

These bars are really easy to make, using ingredients you probably already have in your well-stocked gluten-free pantry. For the oats, I have several brands that I’ve tried and love. I recommend Gluten Free Prairie Oatmeal (from Montana), or the Wyoming grown GF Harvest Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats or GF Harvest Gluten Free Organic Rolled Oats both available from Amazon.  As always, it is important to use a really good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour blend (not one that contains bean flours)! I’ve tested this recipe successfully with both Gluten Free Mama’s and gfJules and recommend either one.

You’ll drop the dough in little mounds over the peanut butter fudge layer. This is what the finished pan of gooey treats looks like after baking, before you cut them up:

Pan of Gluten-free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Fudge Revel Bars - Perfect for potlucks and parties!

Seriously, make these soon! Your family and friends will thank you!

Linking these up at the following round-ups, which are great places to find new recipes: gluten-free & DIY Tuesdaysgluten-free Wednesdays with gluten free easily and The Gluten-free Homemaker; and gluten free Fridays,

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Fudge Revel Bars {Gluten-free}
Peanut Butter + Chocolate + Oatmeal = YUMMY
Recipe from:
Recipe type: Bars & Brownies
Serves: 32-36

  • 2½ cups certified gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2½ cups good gluten-free all-purpose flour*
  • 1¼ tsp. xanthan gum (omit if your flour already has xanthan added)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter or non-dairy alternative
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter (I use Jif Natural)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. You’ll be using an ungreased 15×10″ jelly roll pan.
  2. In a medium/large bowl, stir together gluten-free oats, gluten-free all-purpose flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your electric mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  4. With your mixer on low, add oats/flour mixture and mix until completely combined. Set aside.
  5. In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, condensed milk and peanut butter. Cook, stirring, over low-medium heat until chocolate and peanut butter have melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
To assemble bars:
  1. Pat ⅔ of the dough into an ungreased 15″x10″ jelly roll pan. Tip: To make this easier, either wet your fingers before pressing down on the dough, or use Saran Wrap sprayed with a little cooking spray to press down on the dough.
  2. Spread chocolate/peanut butter mixture evenly over dough.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop small portions of dough scattered over the chocolate layer.
  4. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Chocolate layer will still look moist.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Cut into squares and serve!
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temp or in refrigerator. I also freeze remaining bars for lunchbox treats.

Please use a good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour. Avoid blends with bean flours or mainly rice flour as they yield a gritty or bad-tasting product.
Brands I recommend are Gluten Free Mama and gfJules.

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Guest Post: Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:54:02 +0000

I’d love to introduce you to my blogger friend Sarah. I guest posted on her blog a few months back and am so happy to have her here sharing her favorites here today with you all. The recipe photos that Sarah posts always have me about to drool! She is a wonder in the kitchen and with the camera!
Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats

Thanks for inviting me on over to My Gluten Free Kitchen, Michelle! I just love your heart for baking and for making delicious, homemade gluten free meals for your family. You’re such an encouragement to me as a fellow blogger. So thankful for our friendship!
My name is Sarah and I’m the baker/blogger over at Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats. I have loved baking for as long as I can remember and for the past 3 years, I have been baking 100% gluten free. My husband has celiac disease and both my son and I have a gluten allergy. Most of my baking is also dairy and egg free. It was quite the adventure, learning how to transition over to gluten free baking. I finally created my own gluten free flour blend and use it for all of my baking. Now I have a passion for sharing delicious gluten free recipes with others so that they can also have the confidence to bake again!
Summer, summer, summertime! Today I’m going to share a collection of perfect summertime recipes. These are just a few of my favorites, as well as the most requested from my husband and kids. All of these gluten free treats would be a fantastic addition to your backyard gatherings with friends and family this summer. It’s all about staying cool and eating yummy gluten free treats with those you love!

Gluten-free, Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

Gluten Free Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

Frozen treats are most desired on those hot summer days. My favorite as a kid was ice cream sandwiches. When I first went gluten free, it was one thing I missed most. Now that I’ve made them homemade, they will be stocked in my freezer for sure! Individually wrapped and ready to go. If you can tolerate dairy, feel free to use your favorite vanilla ice cream in the recipe.

Gluten-free, dairy-free Mini Lemon Pancakes

Gluten Free Vegan Mini Lemon Pancakes

School’s out and that means the kids are home. If your kids are like mine, they get so excited when I make them pancakes or waffles for breakfast. It doesn’t happen everyday, so it’s a treat. These mini lemon pancakes are quick, easy, and lovely with fresh berries. Works as a fun in-between-meal snack too!

Gluten-free Frosted Chocolate Cookie Bars

Gluten Free Vegan Frosted Chocolate Cookie Bars

A little bit cookie, a little bit brownie. These soft chocolate cookie bars are covered in the perfect amount of chocolate frosting. I think a little rainbow sprinkles would make them even more fabulous. Bring a plate of these frosted chocolate cookie bars to your next backyard barbecue, birthday bash or summertime celebration!


Gluten-free Strawberry Crispy Treats

Gluten Free Strawberry Rice Crispy Treats

Taking that simple, yet adored, rice crispy treat and making it extraordinary by adding strawberries. Freeze-dried strawberries are mixed in and it was like they were meant to be there all along. Completely hooked! I may never go back to regular rice crispy treats again.


Gluten-free, Dairy-free S'mores cookies

Gluten Free Dairy Free S’mores Cookies

Oh, S’mores, you make my heart happy. I’ve always had a soft spot for this campfire treat. I decided to make them in the form of a cookie, which may or may not have been a bad idea. A gluten free graham style cookie, topped with dark chocolate and a toasted marshmallow. Who could resist?

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Gluten Free Dairy Free Cookies N’ Cream Ice Cream

It’s not really summer in my house until you’ve made homemade ice cream. The most requested flavor…cookies n’ cream! It’s such a classic flavor that is so simple to make and loved by all. My dairy free recipe is made with rich, creamy coconut milk. Those crushed up gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies are really the star of the show. One scoop and you’ll be smitten!

Check out more of my recipes at Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats. You can also follow me on:facebooktwitterpinterest, and instagram. Happy baking!

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CeliAction Study Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:11:43 +0000

The following post is sponsored and written by CeliAction. I am sharing it for informational purposes only.
CeliAction Research Study

Even when you try your best to stay gluten-free, you never know for sure if something you’ve eaten has been cross-contaminated or mislabeled until after the fact. Most people with celiac disease can relate to accidentally ingesting gluten and then paying the price later on.

Well, there is research currently underway to evaluate if an investigational drug can reduce the symptoms of unintentional exposure to gluten. If proven effective, the drug would offer a new way to manage celiac disease and supplement a gluten-free diet by reducing the risk of gluten’s impact on the body. The best part is that you have to stay on your gluten-free diet in order to participate – no gluten challenge!

The clinical research study is called the CeliAction Study and you may qualify if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with celiac disease by a healthcare professional
  • Are attempting to be on a gluten-free diet
  • Have experienced at least one moderate or severe symptom of celiac disease in the past month

If you participate in the CeliAction Study, you:

  • Will be able to maintain your current diet restrictions
  • Will be provided with study-related care at no cost
  • Do not need medical insurance to take part
  • May be compensated for time and travel
  • Will help advance medical research for celiac disease

To learn more about this research study and see if you qualify, visit or call 1-855-3333-ACT.

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CDF Conference and Expo 2014 Recap Part 2 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:43:41 +0000

I already told you how great the Celiac Disease Foundation’s National Conference was, now I get to tell you about the awesome Expo!  The Expo started immediately after the conference on Saturday and continued on Sunday as well. There were so many gluten-free companies represented as well as great speakers. Some highlights: Dr. Fasano at the Celiac Disease Foundation National Conference 2014 - Cooking up Eggplant Parmesan Dr. Fasano gave a very entertaining demo on cooking Eggplant Parmesan. He didn’t have a stove or oven, so he was totally winging it and did a great job. The crowd was laughing throughout his demo. I am looking forward to trying out his tips and making Eggplant Parmesan myself! (If I can get his recipe, I’ll share it!) I was thrilled to get a photo with him later too! Some of my favorite gluten-free companies from Celiac Disease Foundation Expo 2014 I follow so many wonderful people and companies on Instagram and Twitter and finally got to meet some of my favorites in person at CDF! Here are a few:

  1. Sadie from Bread Srsly. Can you tell I was a little excited that Sadie gave me a loaf of her infamous sourdough bread?!! Being a former California girl, I totally miss good San Francisco sourdough bread. I’ve tried several gluten-free varieties but have always been disappointed. This sourdough from Bread Srsly is the real deal – just gluten-free! I will be ordering more!
  2. I finally got to meet the gals behind Bakery on Main! Whitney & Carling always had a big smile and were generous with samples! I’ve included several in the giveaway below! I hope to work with this company later this year too, so you’ll see more of them.
  3. I’ll admit that I went by the Blue Diamond Nut Thins booth a few times! I’ve always loved these crackers – especially the Sea Salt ones. These sweet gals were kind enough to give me a box to take with me to the airport on my way out from the conference when I told them I wouldn’t have time for dinner! With the plane delays we had, I was so glad to have these to munch on.
  4. I’ve heard that the guys from Taste Guru were very cool, but hadn’t met them before last weekend. Andrew & Matt were super cool and they even let me borrow one of their products to use in my talk. Thanks guys! Definitely check out their subscription boxes full of new gluten-free items each month!Companies I loved at Celiac Disease Foundation's Expo 2014
  5. The gals from Sea Salt Candy Company are responsible for my newest craving! I LOVED the toffee samples at their booth, especially the white chocolate coated macadamia nut toffee! Gretchen and Mandi hooked me up with some chocolate covered caramels for the trip home and boy were they amazing! I’ll be working with them this fall on a giveaway and deal. In the meantime, I definitely recommend you order some if you have a sweet tooth like me or have some gifts to buy.
  6. I’ve followed Gluten free Prairie on Facebook for a long time. They’ve had quite the roller coaster of a year with the opening of their storefront location in small town Montana to the tragic flooding of it this winter. I was thrilled to get to meet Deb & Rick, the owners, at the Expo and let them know I’d been following their journey. As a former Montanan, I love supporting them, plus they have great products! This is another company I’ll be working with this year so stay tuned.
  7. Brittany & Meg from Two Moms in the Raw were very fun! I had the pleasure of sitting next to them and visiting during the CDF dinner Saturday night. These two are not only fun, they are passionate about the company they work for! I put some of their products in my giveaway below, and I’ll hopefully have a giveaway just with them later this year as well.
  8. Out of all the speakers I heard this weekend, I found the story of how Lucy started her namesake company to be the most inspirational. It was so interesting and motivating to listen to her story of her motivation to make cookies safe for her son’s allergies and other kids with food allergies so they wouldn’t be left out. Lucy’s cookies are gluten free and made without milk, eggs, peanuts, or tree nuts such as almonds and hazelnuts. (P.S. Did you know you can buy Lucy’s products on Amazon?)

I tried so many new products at the Expo and honestly there were many I didn’t even get to because I was just SO FULL! Here are some of my favorite finds that I wanted to share with you: My Favorite Finds at Celiac Disease Foundation Expo2014

  1. Zojirushi had a booth where they definitely had me drooling over their awesome bread machine. You know I love using my bread machine to make our sandwich bread each week, and while my machine works just great, I sure did like the Zojirushi Virtuoso Breadmaker with its dual mixing blades and more options for programming. This is going on my “someday” wish list! I was impressed with the Zojirushi Micom Rice Cookers too and thought it would be great to program one to cook my rice while a meal is in the crock-pot someday.
  2. I think I’m the last person to get to try Brazi Bites but boy am I glad I finally did. I’ve had other brands before and thought they were just “meh” but I really liked these. Their booth was right next to our “bloggers booth” and I got to smell these all day. I’m definitely going to be purchasing these for our family to have with dinner!
  3. Amy’s came out with some gluten-free candy bars that taste great! I really liked this crispy one with rice crisps, caramel and almonds.
  4. I liked the intense, rich flavor of the Pascha organic chocolate that I tried and am excited that they now carry chocolate chips for baking. I’m looking forward to trying them out! I love that these are made in a facility that is free from peanuts, nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, shellfish and fish.
  5. Mary’s Gone Crackers was sampling a variety of new and coming soon products. Their “everything pretzels” will be available July 1st, while their graham crackers will be for sale next spring. I would love to play with those graham crackers for some pie crusts!
  6. I already mentioned Sea Salt Candy Company, but had to show you these Salted Dark Chocolate Caramels. Really, get some of these! You won’t regret it!

Finally, I just have to mention the speakers and bloggers at the event. It was so much fun to be a part of the team of official bloggers for Celiac Disease Foundation. I already knew Charissa (Zest Bakery), Amy (The Warm Kitchen), and Erica (Celiac and the Beast), so it was great to see them all again. It was great to meet Alison (A Girl Defloured), April (Gluten is my Bitch), Kirsten (Gluten free Gal), and Bailey (Gluten-free Best Friends). It was just so much fun to meet all of them. When you blog as your “job” you don’t get the day to day adult interaction that you get in most other jobs. It was fun to have a whole weekend of conversation and to support each other. I felt like I made friendships that I’ll have for many years. Gluten-free Bloggers at CDF 2014 Several of us also spoke throughout the day at the CDF Expo. Erica of Celiac and the Beast shared “Common Mistakes Celiacs Make”. Charissa from Zest Bakery shared her story of starting her own gluten-free bakery along with lots of helpful tips. Alison from A Girl Defloured shared tips and her favorite pizza crust recipe. I shared some tips on “Converting your family-favorite recipes to gluten-free”. The other bloggers knew I was feeling way out of my element in getting up to speak in front of a crowd (I’m much more comfortable in the kitchen baking or at my computer blogging!) and they all came over to support me during my talk. As I looked out at them smiling at me from the audience or on the sidelines taking pics of me and giving me a thumbs up, I was touched and encouraged by the support. I just really felt such a sense of community with these gals. Thanks, girls!

If you stuck with me through this whole, long post, you deserve a prize! I’ve put together a box full of samples from many of the companies that were at the Expo, ones I mentioned above and others like Teeccino, Pillsbury, Breton, and Enjoy Life Foods. You’ll get this box full of free samples, along with many coupons too! Just enter in the widget below. I’ll be picking the winner Saturday! (Open to US residents 18 and older. Giveaway not sponsored by anyone but me! Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email before I pick another winner.)
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I received a free press pass to the conference but wasn’t compensated for this post. Some links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here. If you do decide to purchase something at Amazon or another retailer after following my link, I receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you, which I use to pay for web hosting and services for this blog.


Linking up at Gluten-free Wednesdays, hosted by gluten-free easily and The Gluten-free Homemaker.

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CDF Conference and Expo 2014 Recap Part 1 Sun, 15 Jun 2014 03:16:51 +0000

Celiac Disease Foundation National Conference 2014

I was blessed to be one of the official bloggers for the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) National Conference and Expo this past weekend. This is an annual event that I’ve wanted to attend ever since my diagnosis in 2010, but the first year it worked out for me to actually go. I am so glad that I finally got to go. I learned so much at the conference and had a lot of fun meeting people at the expo. I wouldn’t be a food blogger if I didn’t include that fabulous chocolate dessert in my pictures, would I?!  (Seriously, I wanted seconds on dessert!)

The conference line-up on Saturday was excellent. Let me share some highlights from some of my favorite speakers at the conference:

Dr. Alessio Fasano was the first speaker. I’ve long admired and respected Dr. Fasano, but this was my first time seeing him in person. Not only is he a world-renowned expert in celiac disease, he is hilarious! He had us all laughing many times. In describing his new book, Gluten Freedom, he said, “A few people that read my book said it’s like a romance, they can’t put it down!”

Dr. Fasano's speech at CDF Conference 2014

Some takeaways from his talk:

  • The vast majority of people with celiac disease are undiagnosed.
  • We are not born celiacs.
  • During the past 35 years, the true prevalence of celiac disease in the USA has doubled every 15 years.
  • The gluten-free diet for celiacs is like insulin for diabetics.

His live polls were very interesting as well! It was very interesting to see what type of treatment most people would prefer.

Emily Walsh from LabCorp was another speaker at the conference. I had the pleasure of sitting by her at dinner later that day as well and just appreciated how knowledgeable and friendly she was. Emily spoke about celiac genetic testing, something I’ve had done on my children to determine their risk for developing celiac disease. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap any pics of Emily or her slides! I was intently taking notes instead!

Some facts from LabCorp:

  • Fewer than 20% of patients with celiac disease have been formally diagnosed. (This goes along exactly with Fasano’s 1st point.)
  • The average time between onset of symptoms and celiac diagnosis is 11 years.
  • What can you do for celiac testing if you are already on a gluten-free diet? 1) a gluten challenge then antibody testing, or 2) celiac genetic testing.


Pamela Cureton, a clinical and research dietitian from Boston’s Center for Celiac Research spoke on how to “Be prepared for any nutrition challenge that comes your gluten-free way”.

Pam Cureton's speech at CDF Conference 2014 about celiac disease and gluten-free

Some notable points from Pam Cureton, RD:

  • Never start the gluten-free diet before proper testing is completed! Even just one month on the gluten-free diet can change the result of the biopsy.
  • If you are gluten-free and still not feeling better, make sure to follow up with your gastroenterologist after your celiac diagnosis for appropriate follow-up testing.
  • Recheck labels of your favorite everyday foods as ingredients can change.
  • Recheck all over the counter and prescription medications. She recommends the same website that I do.
  • 30-60% of newly diagnosed celiacs also have lactose intolerance, which may resolve after being on the gluten-free diet.


That’s a wrap on the CDF Conference. I definitely recommend that you try to attend next year! I’m planning to!

Check back in the next couple of days for Part 2: The Expo!


I received a free press pass to the conference but wasn’t compensated for this post. Some links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here. If you do decide to purchase something at Amazon or another retailer after following my link, I receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you, which I use to pay for web hosting and services for this blog.

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May 2014 Favorites Sun, 01 Jun 2014 03:15:15 +0000

My Gluten-free Kitchen's May 2014 Favorites

Some highlights from May:

  1. I was featured over at The Savvy Celiac. I loved sharing my story over there, along with some tips!
  2. My hubby and I spent the majority of our spare time this month researching and test driving vehicles. Last weekend, we finally settled on a 2008 Toyota Highlander! I’m still missing my minivan a bit, but I’m glad to be done car shopping!
  3. I’ve been busy preparing for my role next weekend as an official blogger at the Celiac Disease Foundation’s National Conference and Expo. Please do let me know if you are going to be there. I’d love to meet you!
  4. My kids just have 2 1/2 more days at school… aka 2 1/2 more days of peace and quiet at my house during the day! I’ve been busy making plans for camps, VBS, and vacations.
  5. I have to admit that I didn’t do much reading this month. I usually read while in the pick-up area at my son’s school, but lately, I’ve been, ahem, playing Candy Crush and trying to pass some super hard levels. Lame!

5 gluten-free recipes I drooled over this month: + a bonus

  1. If you’ve ever been to Legoland, you know that one of their best gluten-free options are their Apple Fries with sweet whipped cream. I loved them when I was there and can’t wait to make this copycat version of Apple Fries from Around My Family Table.
  2. This gluten-free raspberry breakfast casserole from Vegetarian Mamma will be perfect when our backyard raspberries are plentiful next month!
  3. If you have a brunch, baby or wedding shower coming up, I can’t think of a prettier dish to bring than this gluten-free, vegan fresh fruit tart from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats.
  4. I’m still trying to create the perfect gluten-free chocolate chip cookie. These gluten-free copycat New York Times chocolate chip cookies from Gluten-free on a Shoestring look perfect to me!
  5. They say that it doesn’t get more American than apple pie, but I think this Star-studded Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from Gluten free Mama is as patriotic as it gets! I’m sure it is delicious too!
  6. These gluten-free Cherry Chip Cupcakes from the Baking Beauties look beautiful! I want to lick that fluffy white frosting off the top!

5 favorite things I bought this month:

  1. Years back, a friend told me about taking extra Pantothenic Acid (vitamin b-5) to help with seasonal allergies. For me, it really does help. I buy Country Life Pantothenic Acid because it is certified gluten-free.
  2. Another supplement that I truly believe helps me is Acidophilus. I don’t get bladder infections anymore during/after traveling if I take Acidophilus. Again, I take Country Life Natural Acidophilus because it is certified gluten-free.
  3. I finally had to replace my cell phone case, but was so incredibly happy with my Speck Cell Phone Case that I bought the same one again. I kid you know, I drop my phone EVERY SINGLE DAY, and yet my phone has never cracked or broken. This case is amazing. Finally after a year’s worth of drops, one piece of the case had broken off, so I decided to replace. If you are looking for a good case for your cell, I totally recommend this one!
  4. Even though it is the end of the school year, I went ahead and replaced my Easy Lunchboxes . The ones we used all year had finally been dropped and ran through the dishwasher enough times that they had cracked. These have really been the best purchase for school lunches that I’ve made though!
  5. I joined the Style Me Pretty Summer Challenge. I participated in the spring challenge last month and LOVED it! It is like having a personal shopper, but so much cheaper. This is so great for the fashion challenged person like me! Let me know if you join too!

5 favorite things I read this month:

  1. If you have celiac and your family members haven’t gotten tested, you’ll relate to this article from Gluten Dude, “How Do You Convince a Loved One to Get Tested for Celiac?
  2. I found this article from A Sprue Story very interesting: “Why Do We Get Celiac Disease?” This is definitely an interesting topic to think about and discuss, though we may never know for sure!
  3. I’ve had quite a few friends and acquaintances that have “quit Facebook” so I was interested to read this article “Could Quitting Facebook be a Mistake?
  4. I loved this article from Jen Hatmaker, My Wish List for Teachers  I wish these same things for my boys’ teachers! Teachers rock!
  5. um, like I said, too much Candy Crush this month. :)

If you have any favorites from May to share with me, I’d love if you would comment so I can check them out!

Note: Some links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here. If you do decide to purchase something at Amazon or another retailer after following my link, I receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you, which I use to pay for web hosting and services for this blog.

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