Saturday, September 13, 2014

Food Should Taste Good Giveaway Winners

My Labor Day Food Should Taste Good Giveaway wrapped up this morning, and the winner and runner up have been picked! There was a grand total of 324 entries!

The Grand Prize Winner is Jeffrey L., 

and the Runner Up is Kailey.

Congratulations again! I've emailed you both for your contact details. Thanks again to everyone who entered and shared their favorite flavor combinations. I'm so happy so many follow along with my blog and love what I have to offer! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Food Should Taste Good Labor Day Giveaway

So, according to the calender summer is winding to a close but you wouldn't think so here on Long Island. The temperature hadn't peaked 90 the entire summer until this week, and what perfect timing for things to FINALLY heat up in celebration of Labor Day. I'm thrilled for it to be warm and to have a three day weekend, and I'm also thrilled to give you another way for you to celebrate:

A Food Should Taste Good (FDTG) Labor Day Giveaway of 8 of their products!
(See Below for Entry Instructions) 

FSTG has always been one of my TOP gluten free brands. I love their chips, specifically their Sweet Potato chips paired with a curried pumpkin soup, and was so thrilled to recently hear that they were expanding their line of products to include Brown Rice Crackers. These come in four flavors: Peppercorn, Sea Salt, Roasted Red Pepper, and Tomato & Basil, and are perfect on their own, or paired with a variety of dips and cheeses. Most recently I tried their Tomato and Basil with Havarti cheese at our Cheese Themed Potluck, and it was a delightful pair. I'm eyeing the Roasted Red Pepper flavor to go with some lovely manchego cheese soon... Mmmmmm.... So, what pairings sound good to you? Enter below for your chance to make some pairings of your own! 

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NOTE: This giveaway is open to US and Canadian Citizens only, and you MUST provide your Email address to be considered. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Potluck Dinner Club: A Cheesy Potluck (with Bonus Gluten Fee Cheddar Bread Recipe)

July's Potluck marked one year of successful Potluck Dinner Club get togethers, each of which held a plethora of gluten free and restrictive diet friendly goodies. This theme was cheese, one of my favorite foods! We had a turn out of approximately 15 people, which was on the bigger side for our events. Here's a run down of the potluck spread:

Good Old Cheese and Cheese Pairings: 
  • Havarti and Honey Goat Cheese Gouda paired with Homemade candied apples, gherkins, olives, an Dijon mustard. 
  • Goat cheese rolled in Mediterranean spices
  • Prosciutto and mozzarella 
  • Prastost (Sweden priest cheese straight from Sweden- a friend's gift to everyone from their recent vacation)
    Main Dishes:
    • Gluten free jalapeƱo and shallot Mac and Cheese
    • Stuffed Mushrooms 
    • Alcohol free Cheddar  fondue with tomatoes, broccoli, gluten free bread, carrots, peppers, and tortilla chips
    • Gluten free cheddar bread 
    • Gluten Free Grilled Cheese with Gouda 
    Dessert and Drinks: Someone successfully came up with a cheese drink, which was my one goal for this event!

    • Chocolate cheesecake cordial 
    • Cheesecake 
    • Tiramisu (gluten free and regular) 
    One of the all around favorite dishes was the Gluten Free Cheddar Bread, recipe from Momtastic. The recipe is below:

    Gluten Free Cheddar Bread from Momtastic
    brown rice flour, plus a bit for dusting the pan: 1-½ cups 
    tapioca flour: ½ cup 
    xanthan gum: ¾ teaspoon 
    baking powder: ½ teaspoon 
    baking soda: ½ teaspoon 
    salt: ½ teaspoon 
    buttermilk: 1-¼ cups 
    plain yogurt: ¼ cup 
    large egg: 1 
    finely minced garlic: 1 teaspoon 
    olive oil, plus a bit for the pan: 3 tablespoons 
    shredded cheddar cheese, divided: 1 cup 
    Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and coat an approximately 8-inch loaf pan with a thin layer of olive oil, and dust it lightly with brown rice flour. 
    Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the middle and set aside. 
    Step 3: In a medium sized mixing bowl, gently whisk buttermilk, yogurt, egg, garlic, and olive oil. Fold in 2/3 cup of the cheese. 
    Step 4: Pour this in the well in the dry ingredients and mix only until combined. 
    Step 5: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup of cheese evenly on top. 
    Step 6: Bake in the preheated oven until the bread becomes solid (it should no longer jiggle if you move the pan), the top is golden brown and slightly cracked, about 35 minutes. 
    Step 7: Let the bread rest in the pan for at least 20 minutes or so. Then use a large plate or baking sheet to invert the bread to remove it from the pan.  Then carefully turn it over, and wait about an hour before attempting to slice the bread. It should be completely cooled. 
    Our August potluck is almost the polar opposite of this cheese potluck, as we'll be putting everyone's cooking skills to the challenge with a Vegan Potluck! Stay tuned! 

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Product Review: Nana's Nola Gluten Free Granola Bites

    Being gluten free has allowed me to develop an intimate relationship with the food that nurtures my body, and as a result I've become someone more inclined to seek out local foods. Nana's Nola is a company birthed out of Flying Changes Bed and Breakfast, a B&B located in Oneonta in upstate New York, so as a New Yorker I was pleased to receive free samples of their first product: Gluten Free Granola Bites.

    The bites come in a 2 oz pouch, and are the perfect size for snacking or adding to yogurt. In addition to being gluten free they are also free of soy, artificial additives, and preservatives as well as low in sodium. While they might be lacking in unnatural ingredients they are far from lacking in nutrients as they contain 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, an 2% of your daily value of calcium. Nana's uses organic gluten free oats, and has a gluten free statement that explains their cross contamination procedure: "Nola’s gluten free granola bites are produced under strict Good Manufacturing Practices in an isolated HEPA filtered “Clean Room” environment where extensive procedures are followed to make sure that no gluten is present in their finished products."

    I enjoyed these bites, and thought they were a very simple concept done right. They are sweet, but not unnaturally so like many other granola. The combination of oats, puffed quinoa, and puffed brown rice made for an inviting inconsistency in texture and a great mix of flavors in every bite. This mix of 'grains' certainly sets them apart. They're sweet and simple, and certainly a product I'll eat again. You can buy a 6 pack of the 2oz pouches for just 14$ online, and the line will soon be expanding to include other products such as cookies. 

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Product Review: Glutino Simply Salted and BBQ Crisps

    For those of us that avoid gluten summer get together's are often a good time to chow down on one of the easiest gluten free go to snacks: Chips. Glutino's line of Crisps, which are baked potato chips that come in three flavors (BBQ, Simply Salted, and Sour Cream and Onion), are a reliable gluten free snack that also happens to be lighter in fat that the usual chip. 

    This month I had the chance to share the BBQ and Simple Salted crisps with friend's (both gluten free and non-gluten free) at a pirate themed pool party. Although not all that pirate-y, they were a hit with the party. Both flavors are light and crispy, the perfect texture for a good dip companion. The Simply Salted chips were nothing special flavor wise, but they hold their own as a salted chip because of their crispness. Meanwhile the BBQ crisps were a fine mix of sweet and salty, made perfect by a hint of smoke. Both bags were quickly devoured at this party, and many a friend asked for the brand name to purchase for later. I would say that is a success for the gluten free community. 

    **Please Note: This product was provided to me by Glutino as part of their Very Important Gluten-Free Blogging Community (VIGFB) Campaign. However, the review reflects my own thoughts and tastes and was in no way influenced by this partnership.**

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Product Review: Ian's Gluten Free Fish Sticks and Onion Rings

    Recently, Ian's Natural Foods was gracious enough to send me two of their products to sample including their Fish Sticks and Onion Rings. Both products are not only gluten and wheat free but are also soy, dairy, egg, and nut free so they are an inviting contribution to the food allergy community.

    The fish sticks were a page from my grade school cafeteria years, except with a more refined twist. Coated in cornflake crumbs, they had a crunchy outer layer not softened by dipping sauces. I love my food with a crunch, so this was a welcomed change from my earlier experiences with soggy fish sticks. The fishy goodness on the inside was also far superior to any school fish stick, being made of real fish not some mixture only made of part fish. Bravo Ian's!

    The onion rings were coated with the same batter as the fish sticks, but in this instance I didn't feel the combination played out as well. I felt they were lacking in flavor, although they kept their crunchy texture and did the job as an onion rings and went well with chipotle mayonnaise. I will admit though that I had frozen and thawed this product a few times before eating them.

    Overall, Ian's has a great line for the food allergen community that cook up quick and these products are no exception.

    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Product Review: Glutino Gluten Free Wafer Bites

    For me, summertime calls for lighter meals and refreshing snacks. I want something that packs flavor with less of the weight than my favorite winter treats. That's why I was happy to see samples of Glutino's New Wafer Bites in this month's sampler package.

    These little babies come in three flavors: Chocolate Covered, Hazelnut, and Lemon. The chocolate covered ones are vanilla wafer dipped in milk chocolate, and are the perfect mix of sweet chocolate and dry savory wafer. Their hazelnut wafer bites are simpler, having a subtle nutty flavor that as Goldilocks would put it "is just right." Finally, I found the lemon wafers to be very sugary and powerful in flavor, reminiscent of a powdered lemonade mix. This isn't to say that I didn't enjoy them, but I found myself eating these slower and in smaller handfuls than the other two flavors (which let's face it is probably a good thing).

    So, what's the overall verdict? These new wafer bites are the perfect spectrum of flavor for anyone looking for a light snack that still offers some flavor. Each flavor has a place in the gluten free world, offering it's own variety of taste to your snaking needs.

    **Please Note: This product was provided to me by Glutino as part of their Very Important Gluten-Free Blogging Community (VIGFB) Campaign. However, the review reflects my own thoughts and tastes and was in no way influenced by this partnership.**

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