Boar’s Head at Kroger

Boar's Head

More GF Lunch Meats and Cheeses!

Not too long ago, we shared that all the Dietz and Watson brand meats and cheeses at BJs were gluten free (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1492).  While at the Strickland Road Kroger recently, we noticed this large sign.  It appears all the Boar’s Head brand meats and cheeses are also gluten free.  Great news for lunches!  Plus, if you recall, this Kroger’s also has a nice gluten free area, along with an Udi’s display nearby.  Kroger’s has really become one of the leaders among traditional grocery stores when looking for gluten free items.

That Girl Video

What a great way to share how kids (and adults!) deal with all the non-physical issues having a auto-immune disease.  Definitely worthy of sharing with your older children!    We worry about the physical issues of Celiac, what to eat, what not to eat, but as our Cel Kids grow older, we definitely need to watch their social and emotional needs…thanks to UC of Berkeley for creating this great video!

Food is social

I make things difficult for the host

I hate when people call me a picky eater

I’m always that girl…and I wish I wasn’t…


Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Enjoy Kwanzaa, and Eat Gluten Free!


Go Forth and Eat Gluten Freely!

Here’s to wishing for a great holiday season.  Be safe!  Be healthy!  Be gluten free!  Be sure to check our Raleigh Cel-Kids in 2012!



Image used under Creative Commons License by Christmas Stock Images.com

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

Yummy Pumpkin Goodness!

Need a quick and easy cookie recipe?  Something a little unique and seasonal?  Betty Crocker has a recipe on their website for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  We found it and tried the recipe out.  What a good cookie for something different, but yet still seasonal.

What we like most, besides their ease of baking, is the yield–it turns out a lot of cookies!  Plus we all liked them–they stay soft and the chocolate chips add a lot to the taste.

Find the recipe at:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies-gluten-free/595356e1-0892-4e9e-944d-f6f3df25cd61#?st=6&term=pumpkin chocolate chip&ps=9&pi=9&fv=AND(HasGridViewImage%3ATrue)

Bottos Italian Sausage

Sausage Patties for Breakfast?

Sausage Patties for Breakfast?

Mmmm...gluten free Italian Sausage!!More gluten free sausage at BJs was recently discovered.  Botto’s brand produces a few varieties, including patties and links.  Great to see, and a good addition to your favorite gluten free pancakes!

Need a Quick Meal for the Holidays?

Yes, that time is here.  Parties, visits, dinners…lots of time with friends and family.  Luckily for those of us in the Triangle, lots of options exist for quick meals, and in this post, we will review some of the gluten free pizzerias in the area.

Milton’s (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1838)-with two convenient locations in Wake Forest and Raleigh, you can’t go wrong taking out or eating in.  Gluten free pizzas and pastas available.

Bella Monica (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1648)- eat-in pizza at their Edward’s Mill location or find their frozen pizzas at Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Kroger’s, and more.  One of the first gf pizzas available to our group.

California Pizza Kitchen (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1585)- since we reviewed them awhile back, they HAVE removed their gf pizza from their menu and are working with Celiac Groups to improve the process.  However, you can still find some gf items on their menu (http://d32fh83nwkznvc.cloudfront.net/documents/gluten_free_menu.pdf).

Mellow Mushroom (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=601)- one of our favorites, whether eating in or taking out.  Gluten free pizza and lots of different options.

zPizza (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=94)-  the original, mainstream pizza restaurant to offer a gluten free pizza, and still our girls’ favorite.  Nice to eat in, but also nice to have a gf pizza delivered!

So that should definitely keep your holidays stuffed, whether inviting everyone over Clark Griswold style, or just having a small, quiet little Christmas.

Harvestland Chicken Sausage and More!

Chicken Sausage

Faux Sausage?Feta Cheese and Spinach Chicken SausageBacon and Cheddar Chicken BurgersChicken Meatballs

We try to get some protein into our girls whenever possible.  Celiac can sometimes make that difficult, as many regular kids go after chicken nuggets and other things to get their protein.  We do live heavily on soybeans, peanut butter, and chicken.  Glad to have many options, including our girls’ favorite-rotisserie Chicken (we reviewed options from BJs here: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=669).

While cruising BJs, we found Harvestland’s (brand of their rotisserie chickens) chicken sausage.  If you ever cook with Italian Sausage, this chicken sausage is in the same shape and size, just made with chicken instead of pork.  Clearly marked gluten free on the label!

One of my favorite meals is hot sausage–sausage cooked with peppers and onions in a tomato sauce.  Now to find some good gluten free hoagie rolls, and we will be ready!


Trader Joe’s Ho-Ho-Holiday Chips


Make Holidays Chippy With Trader Joes!

After a morning of ice skating Downtown, yes, in RALEIGH, outdoors, we stopped by Trader Joe’s (Raleigh Cel-Kids Google Map).  We can always find a wide variety of holiday goodies, with most being gluten free.  For instance, we picked up a couple bags of their Ho-Ho-Holiday Tortilla Chips.  Pretty neat, red and green chips (from beet and spinach extracts) for the holidays.  They marked the bag as gluten free very clearly.  A good thing to have on hand for snacking this holiday season!

French Meadow Frozen Brownies



While at Kroger recently, we found brownies in the freezer section of health foods from a new company, French Meadow Bakery.  In visiting their website (http://www.frenchmeadow.com/), they advertise themselves as the longest continuously operating organic bakery, since 1985.  They make a variety of organic products, and while not all gluten free, they do produce a variety of gluten-free products including breads, tortillas, Italian rolls, cookie dough, pizza crusts, and BROWNIES!  Definitely hope we start seeing more from this bakery in our local stores!

Reed’s Ginger Candy

Reed's Ginger Candy

Ginger Candy Chews

First the Ginger Ale we found at Earth Fare (see review here). Now we found Ginger Candy from Reed’s.  As you see–ginger and spice go into these chewy candies.  Definitely not for everyone, as I mentioned with their ginger ale we recently tried, but encouraging to see yet another company label their products!