We FOUND Them!
We were out at the new Wal*Mart in North Raleigh, near Triangle Town Center (see Raleigh Cel-Kids Map here) and found the gluten free Kellogg’s Rice Krispies! So excited to finally see them.
Of course the girls wanted to try them right away when we got home. We got our bowls, poured our milk, and they (and we) were surprised to hear the Snap, Crackle, Pop that they would never have heard before the gluten-free version. As far as taste and appearance, they taste and look exactly like the regular Rice Krispies. We will soon make some gf Rice Krispie treats with them, but for now, we are just excited for another gf mainstream cereal.
French Bread Pizza, the GF Way
So you probably have either seen or tried the Stouffer’s French Bread Pizzas. Quick and easy, pop them in the toaster oven, and voila…pizza! Yeah, one big issue though–lots and lots of gluten.
Cue the gf hot dog rolls. Over at the Gluten Hates Me blog, Marlow reviews how she uses Udi’s hot dog buns to make delicious Stouffer’s-style pizzas. Great for kids–as they will love making their own mini-pizzas.
More Fresh, Local, GF Goodies!
We recently found a new local GF bakery: Brigitte’s. http://www.brigittesbakery.com/aboutUs.html
Looks like they run it out of Cary, but go to the North Hills Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 8am-12pm through November. And you definitely want to try–if you visit the website and things taste 1/2 as good as they look there–yum!
Looks like they sell a variety of yummy baked goods. Brownies, cupcakes, muffins, cakes, cookies, and pastries. The cinnamon rolls of course are what I would like to try!
You can reach the bakery at:
919.896.1021 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They will provide delivery to Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh.
GF Rice Cereal
Our girls love the cereal bars from EnviroKids and other companies. I think they could probably live on them. Because of that, we thought they may enjoy making their own, so we decided to try and create a super vitamin rich breakfast bar. We used Erewhon’s brown rice cereal. Maybe a future look at Kellogg’s soon-to-be-released Brown Rice Krispies.
Anyway, the girls enjoyed making the bars, and this is our recipe we created for them:
- 1/4 cup margarine or butter
- 1 pkg regular or 5 cups miniature marshmellows
- 5 cups Erewhon (or any GF rice cereal–the Kelloggs is coming soon!)
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup roasted green pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
In a large saucepan over low heat, melt margarine Add marshmellows. Stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in rice cereal, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds until well coated. Using a lightly buttered rubber spatula, press into a buttered 13×9 inc pan. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/4 cup chocolate morsels; press into surface. Allow to cool. Cut into squares.
**recipe found on Craisins bag
GF Tortilla Chips
Went to BJs recently and found yet another type of tortilla chip marked gluten free. This one, RW Garcia, actually had a certified GF label on the back. I do love the fact we can find something new each trip we make to BJs, or even other grocery stores.
These chips are a little thicker than the previous ones we found (Xochitl: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1433), but just as good. I think these will stand up better to a thicker gluten free dip. As we are coming into the summer picnic season, a good, sturdy chip is necessary.
Fruit--GF By Design!
We have noticed over the years Wal*Mart’s efforts to clearly label their products. We picked up some fruit cups, peaches, and noticed the clearly marked ‘Naturally Gluten-Free Food’ on the package. We said before, and will again, regardless of your feelings of Wal*Mart, you cannot help but be happy with their efforts. When you have the largest retailer in the world labeling things as gluten-free, that will trickle down to the rest of the stores and companies.
No Gluten and No Caffeine!
Nothing cools you off on a hot day like a tall glass of lemonade. Thankfully Country Time does a good job of labeling their Country Time mix nice and clearly. I would think all powder mixes would be gluten free, but you never want to chance it. You want to look for things that you can be confident do not contain gluten. Good job to Kraft for making sure they clearly label this. You should not have any doubt of this with the nice labeling.
So it appears like it is sandwich week! We go through a lot of peanut butter. The girls do eat some meats, like ham lunch meat and rotisserie chicken, but not a lot of other things. So we rely on peanut butter for protein, much like many parents with young children. And thankfully peanut butter, for the most part, comes gluten free. Skippy, pictured, does a good job of clearly labeling their peanut butter. Although I believe they girls are bigger fans of Jif.
Get Your BJs Meats--Gluten Free!
Another week, another BJs post. While I am sure Costco and Sam’s Club do the same, we find LOTS of gluten free things each time we go to BJs. This time it took me by surprise. I waited in line to get some freshly cut American Cheese. I ended up seeing the sticker for Dietz & Watson lunch meat right on the case, and sure enough, right below it, it said ‘Gluten Free Deli.’ Great! How nice to see a large line of turkey, ham, roast beef, cheese, and other lunch meats all gluten free. Of course, you always want to make sure to ask the attendant to clean of the slicer ahead of time. Just because these meats and cheeses are gluten free, some do contain gluten and residue could stay behind on the slicer.
Now if only BJs would begin selling Udis bread in a large batch!
Tell Me That Doesn't Look Good!
**Updated Email Below–6/7/2011**
While we love going to Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and other chains for great goodies, it definitely makes a difference when you can get fresh baked, local products. Plus helping those trying to help us definitely makes winners on both sides! Unfortunately we lost Rosie’s recently in Downtown Raleigh, but we recent found a new local baker. Ragan Emery of Delure Desserts recently spoke at a Raleigh Adult Support Group meeting, and Pat Berger shared some great information with us.
Pat shared some details with us:
Her chocolate chip and macaroon cookies, beautifully decorated cupcakes, and focacia bread were ablsoultely delicious! Actually, prior to the tasting and my meeting Ragan in person, Becky asked me for a recommendation for her son’s communion cake. I recommended Ragan.
We are excited to try out another local baker. The Raleigh Cel-Kids will work with Ragan in the future to see about a tasting at a future Cel-Kids event. We hope you can join us when a date is decided. For now: