Food and Drink

The folks at Claridge Natural Foods, whose brands include Ian's, Glutino, and Gluten Free Pantry, recently sent me an assortment of products to sample. Most were products our family hadn't tried before, and boy was I glad we had the opportunity! My box included the following: Gluten Free Pantry Chocolate Chip Cookie and Cake Mix, Gluten Free Pantry French Bread and Pizza Mix, Glutino Gluten Free Breakfast Bars in Cherry and Strawberry, Ian's "Go Bars" in both Apple Pie and Cinnamon Bun flavors, and Ian's Animal Cookies. We must start with my favorite...the Gluten Free Pantry Chocolate Chip Cookie and Cake Mix. I followed the recipe for the cake, and all I can say is, "YUMMY!!!" I really think this is the best gluten-free cake I've ever had, and I've made quite a few in the past 5 years, some from recipes and many from mixes (Betty Crocker, Cherrybrook Kitchen, Namaste, 1-2-3 Gluten Free, Authentic Foods, and Cravings Place, all of which I'd give a very good rating, and various other brands I didn't like as much). But there was something about the Gluten Free Pantry Chocolate Chip Cookie and Cake Mix that was was moister, more flavorful, and... Read more →

Great Gluten-Free Mixes From the Heartland!

I don't usually blog about gluten-free food, per se, unless the focus is on dining out or traveling gluten-free. But recently I was sent some great gluten-free mixes from a company based in Amarillo, Texas, called Mixes From the Heartland. So far my family and I have sampled the Chicken and Rice Soup, Cajun Pastalaya Soup Mix, gluten-free flour mix, strawberry dip, and "Impossible Coconut Pie" mix. We've thoroughly enjoyed them all and still have a few more to try: Texas Sausage and Bean soup, the Spinach and Chives dip mix, and the Green Chili Veggie Dip Mix. The mixes are so easy to make (you usually only need to add 1-3 ingredients to the prepared "dry mix"). For example, tonight I made the Cajun Pastalaya Soup mix which came packaged with gluten-free pasta and a large spice packet. You simply add chicken or sausage (I made it with a little of both), crushed tomatoes, and water. It took less than 30 minutes to make -- start to finish -- and was delicious...a hearty, satisfying, and healthy dish. The Chicken and Rice soup was equally as good (it just needed more water than what the recipe called for). But my... Read more →