Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
I panicked. I picked up the phone and called my husband. "Have her rinse with salt water", he said very calmly. Why didn't I think of that? It worked. Crisis over.
Now, it's really late.
I shuffle things around in the fridge to see what's left-over from other nights that doesn't have green stuff growing on it.
I see left-over rice, tuna and some veggies.
All of a sudden I remember the beautiful sushi making kit my husband bought me for Christmas. I had picked up nori sheets and sesame seeds several months ago, but was chicken to try it. Tonight, I thought, "why not?"
It also helped that I read how Jenna from Eat-Live-Run had just tried to make sushi. It looked GOOD. Check out her blog. She has a lot of great, healthy food ideas.
So I took the nori sheet and placed it on the bamboo rolling thingy. I put the cooked left-over rice on the sheet. Then I put a row of tuna and carrot strings along the middle of the rice. I started to roll. When I was done rolling, I wet the end of the nori sheet with a little water and voila! I cut the roll into slices...this is where it got tricky. I didn't used "traditional" sticky rice, I used regular Minute Rice, so it didn't hold together too well. Anyway, I think it came out pretty good for my first try!
It tasted pretty good too, even though it was a little messy and I ended up eating the rest with a fork! :)
What did I end up doing with the pork chops? Stay tuned!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
If you are on the Cape, don't miss the Chatham Lobster and Fish Market!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
As fate would have it, my daughter was hungry after shopping, so I opened the box and gave her one for the ride home. I knew right away I was in trouble. These bars are NOT gluten-free. I knew that I wouldn't be able to taste them. I could tell from the smell of the chocolate pretzel breath coming from the back seat that I was going to have to come up with a gf alternative to this yummy treat! I remembered seeing gf Chex cereal bar recipes on their website. I followed the recipe with a few modifications... 4 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal 1/2 cup salted peanuts (instead I used about 1/2 cup crushed Glutino GF Pretzels) 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (since I didn't add peanuts, I used Skippy Natural Extra Chunky PB) 1/4 cup candy-coated chocolate candies (I used one "Tear-n-Share" size bag of M&M's) 1. Butter bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan, or spray with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cereal and pretzels. (To make cutting and clean-up easier, I lined the pan with aluminum foil and sprayed it with cooking spray.) 2. In 1-quart saucepan, heat corn syrup and sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly, just to boiling. Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter until smooth. 3. Pour over cereal mixture in bowl, stirring until evenly coated. Stir in candies. Press firmly in pan. Cool 1 hour. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store loosely covered. (I pressed a little too firmly and some of the M&M's cracked...oops!) Oh My Gosh!!! These are so delicious! Chocolatey, Peanut-buttery with the taste of salty pretzels! Does it get any better than this??? Ok...so, mine didn't turn out as pretty as the ones on the Chex website, but who cares? I think if I were going to make them again, I might add a few more pretzels... Whether you are gluten-free or not, you have to try this recipe. I guarantee, they won't last long! I've been trying to pace myself... :)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Now, aside from the fact that it was crumbled blue cheese and not the dressing, I'm assuming that neither are gluten-free. That was not the only restaurant I had an experience at this month. This past weekend we visited Chili's. Chili's doesn't have a gluten-free menu, but they do have gf "options" listed on their website. Now, I have had other experiences at Chili's, for instance, they brought me a salad with croutons on it and soup with crackers, so I know that this particular Chili's doesn't really get it. Sometimes the family wants to go there, so I suck it up and go. In any case, when we got there, we asked for a gluten-free menu. They pulled a dirty, dusty binder from a little cabinet under the hostess stand. I immediately got a bad feeling about this. The hostess flipped to the "Suggested Menu Items for those with Gluten Allergies" page and plopped the dirty binder on the table in front of me. I ended up ordering the grilled salmon with broccoli and rice. When the plate came. There it was. A huge gluten-laden french fry sitting right on top of my broccoli. Argh! So, we sent it back. The waitress said she would replace the broccoli with fresh, but who knows whether she did or if they just plucked the fry off the plate and returned it to the table. At this point, I really wasn't very comfortable about my gluten-free meal at all. So, I ate the salmon, which was very good and left everything else. To top it off, my daughter got down to the bottom of her mac n' cheese only to discover a huge piece of artichoke heart at the bottom. What the heck were they doing back there in that kitchen??? So, bottom line. Be careful at EVERY restaurant, even the ones with gluten-free menus.Dear Lisa,You should not be having the blue cheese dressing. Sorry. Sincerely hope you did not get sick. We should have known better if you told the server you are ordering from the gluten free menu.Kacey BogueSenior Hospitality RepresentativeMon-Fri 8:30-4:30 EST1-866-600-8667
Friday, June 5, 2009
I haven't had real chocolate cake in quite a while and let me tell you, this one was wonderful! The frosting was very fudgy and there was plenty of it! The chocolate cake was a little drier than I would have liked, but still terrific! I would definitely buy one of these cakes again. From their website, I see that their products are available at our local "Green Grocer" and "Honest Weight Food Co-op". I could have sworn that I picked the cake up at the "Price Chopper" table, but I can't remember, it's all a GF blur! By the way, I didn't see the chocolate cake on their website...maybe it's new? Also worth mentioning, the cake is dairy and peanut free as well!
In my bag was:
2 pkgs. EnerG Wylde Pretzels
5 pkgs. Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty GF Hot Cereal
1 pkg. Pamela's Chocolate Chunk Pecan Short Bread
1 pkg. Pamela's Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies
2 pkgs. Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix2 Larabars, 1 Pecan Pie and 1 Cinnamon Roll
2 French Meadow Bakery Fudge Brownies3 pkgs. Bakery On Main Extreme Fruit and Nut Granola
2 pkgs. Mary's Gone Crackers, 1 Herb and 1 Caraway3 pkgs. Food Should Taste Good Multigran Tortilla Chips
and the bonus score:
1 French Mountain Bakery Chocolate Cake!
We will be opening this cake tonight for my husband's birthday. Great timing, huh? I will get better pix and a review out as soon as I can.
This doesn't even count the unwrapped, homemade and restaurant goodies I ate while I was there!The support group apparently holds these events once a year and you better believe I will be attending next year's!!!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
OK. So, I'm not a huge chip eater. I'm not one of those people who sit down with a bag of chips to watch TV. I'd much rather have a bag of M&M's. However, these "crisps" are fabulous! I bought two bags. One is "Salsa Fresca" and the other is "Sweet Chili" flavor. I opened the "Salsa Fresca" bag before I even unpacked the other grocery bags. Oh, man. They are tasty. I ate quite a few. This could be trouble. I hurried up and closed the bag before I devoured the whole thing. They are salty, spicy, tangy and very crunchy! They are also make from natural whole grain brown rice with no preservatives or artificial flavors. They are a little pricey, but with the coupon, not so bad. I paid $2.66 for each 5.5oz bag. Of course, things settle and there's not many chips in the bag, but I think they are definitely worth the price!!!
I plan to open the "Sweet Chili" bag tomorrow...if I can hold out that long! I will give you my opinion when I do. Walmart only had these two flavors, but I would love to try the other ones...Sea Salt, Parmesan, Baked Cinnamon. There's also Wasabi...not sure I'd like that one, but I would be willing to give it a go.
Click here if you would like to check out their website. There is a $1 off coupon you can print if you give them your name, address and email address.
Try them out! Enjoy!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday - Stouffer's Frozen Lasagna with Meat Sauce for the family, Gluten-Free Lasagna for me. Tossed Salad for all. KD's Fish Fry, a local restaurant that serves delicious GF fish frys and such, just started carrying home-made GF dinners in their freezer case! The lasagna was a little light on sauce and heavy on pasta for my taste, but it was ok in a pinch. I also picked up a GF Eggplant Parmesan while I was there and will have that another night!
Tuesday - Breakfast for Dinner. Scrambled eggs, bacon, GF bagel for me, toast for the family. Easy and always a big hit.
Wednesday - Beef Tacos with all the fixin's, green salad. Old El Paso Stand 'n Stuff Taco Dinner Kit. Hubby likes soft tacos, so for him, I use flour tortillas. I forgot that my daughter had tacos for lunch in school, so she had her favorite...warm bagel, two slices deli ham, slice of cheese, green salad.
Thursday - Bell & Evans Chicken Nuggets, Oreida Shoestring French Fries, green beans - We have these nuggets quite often and we all love them! They are WAY better than McDonald's and they are Gluten-Free so I can eat them too!
Friday - Summer in Winter! Oscar Meyer hot dogs, deviled potato salad, Lays potato chips. It was a whopping 42 degrees here, so I decided to have an indoor, Winter picnic. The best part was, no bugs!
Saturday - GF Pizza at Uno's! YES!!! We finally got to go and try the new GF pizza at Uno's. I have to say, it was really nice to be able to go out with the family and order a pizza. The pizza was good. The crust was very thin and crispy, but a little bit crumbly. In fact, I couldn't pick up the pieces, I had to eat it with a fork. Nevertheless, I was still in heaven. I ordered the plain cheese pizza, ate three of the six slices and brought the rest home for another meal. It was very tasty and will definitely be going back for more! My hubby had the Buffalo Bites appetizer. My daughter had the Tiny Dinos chicken nuggets with a side of apples and mandarin oranges and ate every bite....Hubby and I both had the House Salad minus the croutons and red onion. Hubby and daughter had dessert (The Brownie Bowl), while I sipped a decaf. I made the comment that they should make their brownie flourless, like Outback Steakhouse. My hubby said something like "You GF freaks can't have everything!" What a guy! All in all, a very nice dinner out!