Sunday, January 31, 2010

Risotteria Pizza Mix

Great pizza mix guys!  Risotteria is a Italian restaurant in the West Village that is gluten-free.  They have been around long before gluten-free became widespread.  Their food is fantastic and it's so good they have a line of mixes!  Risotteria's Pizza mix is awesome!  The outcome tastes so good.

The good thing about mixes is that you can keep them for up to a year.  Many months ago I had gone to Risotteria  in the West Village for dinner, and bought their Pizza dough baking mix.  So when I was designing my menu for last night I was excited that I still had it.  I was also a little nervous.  I have never made a pizza before. 

The recipe was easy.  All I had to do was add in 1 1/2 cups of warm water, 2 tsp. of Olive Oil and 2 tsp. of Cider Vinegar.  Not too hard to follow at all.

I have to say this was cool.  I was completely experimenting in my kitchen with no experience in making pizza. The dough texture was different then cookie dough texture.  It was almost like it had elasticity and would pull and retract, where as cookie dough, you pull but it does not retract.  It was squishy and heavy.  It was different then any dough I have ever dealt with.  So I rolled out half of the dough and this is what it looked like:

This pizza I rolled out thin.  But then I started feeling creative and took the remaining dough, rolled it out and used a Heart shaped cookie cutter and made individual pizza's in the shapes of hearts!  I personally thought I didn't roll the dough thin enough, but my friends loved them.

So I had both the super thin pizza and the thicker heart shaped individual pizza's.

I followed the remaining directions on the back of the package.  It said to bake the pizza's with nothing on them at 350 degree's till crunchy.  For the thin pizza I baked it for 15 minutes, and for the hearts about 20 minutes.  After that I was ready to decorate the pizza, and then cook for a bit longer.  First I dusted the pizza's with a bit of light olive oil with a cooking brush.  Then I added the Marinara Sauce, the fresh Basil, the fresh Mozarella and then the Parmesan Cheese on top.  These babies were ready to go into the oven!

After an additional 15 minutes of baking, my pizza's were ready.  I had to try one as it got out of the oven, and I surprised myself.  They were so good.  My guests fell in love with this pizza recipe!

Last minute I added freshly sliced baby tomato's for that extra tomato zing.  YUM!!

I strongly recommend this pizza mix.  It's the same as what Risotteria serves in their own restaurant!  It's a full-proof mix that everyone will enjoy!  Risotteria also has other baking mixes you can purchase like chocolate cake, carrot cake, breadsticks and more! Check out their website by clicking HERE.

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One of my favorite gluten-free brands is Glutino.  They seem to have some of the greatest products that include Pizza, frozen dinners, breakfast bars, cookies, wafer cookies, pretzels and more.  These pretzels taste so good that my co-workers and younger brother and friends all dig in as if they were regular pretzels.  My brother says you can't taste the difference and my co-workers say they like the consistency and texture better then regular pretzels. Glutino Pretzels come in two sizes: the standard snack size, and the family size which is what you see above.  Not only are they gluten-free, but also wheat-free, casein-free and egg-free!  Glutino Pretzels come in twists as above, sticks sesame twists and chocolate covered both dark and white.  Yum! 

Another one of my fav products from Glutino are their frozen bagels that come in plain, poppy, sesame and cinnamon raisin. These bagels are great toasted and are microwaveable. 

Glutino products can be found at most health stores, Whole Foods, Fairway, Westerly Market, Wegman's Market and various other grocery stores.

To shop on Glutino and Gluten-Free Pantry's website online click HERE

Other Glutino and Gluten-Free Pantry's Products are as follows:  (if there is an asterisk next to it, I have tried it).

Corn Bread
Flax Seed Bread
Cinnamon and Raisin Bread
Fiber Bread
Bagels *Fantastic
English Muffins *Good
Whole grain brown rice bread with prebiotics homestyle
Whole grain brown rice bread with prebiotics
Cheese Bread
Raisin Bread
Cinnamon French Toast
Chocolate Cake Mix
Pancake Mix
Muffin Mix
Chocolate Wafers * Fantastic
Vanilla Wafers * Fantastic
Lemon Wafers *Fantastic
Strawberry Wafers
Dark Chocolate Candy Bars *Fantastic-but takes more like a bar then a candy bar
Milk Chocolate Candy Bars  *Fantastic-but takes more like a bar then a candy bar
Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bars  *Fantastic-but takes more like a bar then a candy bar
Original Crackers  *Very good, but a little dry
Cheddar Crackers
Multi-Grain Crackers
Vegetable Crackers
Apple Breakfast bars
Blueberry Breakfast Bars *I don't love these.  They taste like Nutrigrain bars.
Cranberry Breakfast Bars  *I don't love these.  They taste like Nutrigrain bars.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Organic Bars *Amazing
Chocolate Banana Organic Bars *Amazing
Wildberry Organic Bars *Amazing
Sesame Breadsticks
Pizza Flavor Breadsticks
Strawberry Breakfast Bars
Cherry Breakfast Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookies *Amazing
Vanilla Creme Cookies *Love
Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies *Love
Honey Nut Cereal
Apple and Cinnamon Cereal *Very good
Bread Crumbs


Macaroni n Cheese *Fantastic
Duo Cheese Pizza *Fantastic
Spinach and Feta Pizza *Fantastic
Penne Alfredo *Fantastic
Pomodoro Chicken
Chicken Ranchero
Pad Thai w/ Chicken *Fantastic
Chicken Penne Alfredo
Spinach Soy Cheese Pizza w/ Brown Rice Crust *Fantastic
3 Cheese Pizza w/ Brown Rice Crust *Fantastic
BBQ Chicken Pizza

Gluten Free Pantry products:

Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix
Yankee Cornbread Mix
Old Fashioned Cake and Cookie Mix
Muffin and Scone Mix
Chocolate Chip and Cookie Mix
Beth's All Purpose GF Baking Flour
Perfect Pie Crust mix
Decadent Chocolate Mix
Favorite Sandwich Bread Mix
French Bread and Pizza Mix
Brown Rice Pancake Mix
Olive Oil and Garlic Croutons *Fantastic

As you can see, just from these two brands, there is so much to choose from!  So there you have it.  Just because you are gluten-free does not mean you have to suffer.

xx Julie

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Lilli and Loo & Lili's 57 Chinese Cuisine

Hello my loves!

I'm excited to report that there are two great gluten-free Chinese spots in Manhattan!  Lili's 57 is a Gluten-Free chinese restaurant located in the heart of New York City (57th and 7th ave), it's sister restaurant Lilli and Loo is located on the Upper East Side of New York City near Bloomingdale's on Lexington Avenue between 61st and 62nd Street.  Their gluten-free selection is really diverse, and they even have a separate gluten-free kitchen.  You can feel safe when you dine here.  They are really savvy.

Lili's 57 will deliver, almost anywhere in Manhattan for an extra charge of $5.00.

Lili's 57 Gluten-Free Menu

Above picture shows Gluten-free Chicken Lettuce wraps and Gluten-free boneless Pork Spareribs

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Baked Chicken with Crumbs

Baked Chicken with Crumbs

skinless chicken fillets
olive oil
gluten-free bread crumbs (about one package) 
dried rosemary

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Rinse chicken 
and coat in olive oil mixture (olive oil and dried herbs)
Dip raw chicken into the bread crumb mixture and coat
Add breaded chicken to a greased cookie sheet
Once all pieces are bread crumb coated put into the over and bake for 40 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.

**Tips-foil your baking pan before baking.
**freeze storage-slip a piece of wax paper in-between each chicken layer as pictured below and wrap in foil and freeze for up to 6 months.

                                                         **I used Gillian's Bread crumbs

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Two Cheese Basil Omelette


2-3 organic eggs
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Parmesan cheese
fresh basil leaves
mozzarella cheese


Mix eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork
Add all ingredients into the mixture 
Heat stove on medium heat and add mixture into pan
Make sure the mixture coats the entire pan to give you a perfect pancake shape
heat on both sides till browned
serves 1

Enjoy with a cup of blackberries or strawberries

Friday, January 29, 2010

2 Fabulous Gluten-Free Bread Crumb Brands

There are two brands of gluten-free breadcrumbs that I really enjoy using.  

Aleia's and Gillians.  Both equally delicious but made differently.

Aleia's bread crumbs are very fine and contain white rice flour, corn starch, tapioca flour, brown sugar, potato flour, brown rice flour, eggs, salt, canola oil, nonfat dry milk, garlic powder, yeast, whey, guar gum and herbs.  Her bread crumbs are gluten and wheat free and made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.  She has two delicious versions: Italian and Plain.  

I love using the plain version because I then add my own herbs and spices.  

The packaging looks like this:

The second brand I really enjoy is called Gillian's Bread Crumbs and her products are Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free AND Lactose-Free. She makes her products in a Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Peanut Free and Nut-Free kitchen.  These breadcrumbs have a lot of great flavor.  Her breadcrumbs are coarser looking, with a yellowish coloring, and have larger granules.  Gillian's breadcrumb ingredients are: white rice flour, water, yeast, salt and raw sugarcane.

As you can see from this picture her crumbs are very different then Aleia's.  They are more coarse.

Gillian's Bread Crumbs come in these mouth watering flavors:

You really can't go wrong with either brand, as they are both delicious.

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Roasted Asparagus with Browned Butter



cooking spray
1 bundle of Asparagus spears
Pepper and salt to taste
2 tsp. gluten-free soy sauce
1 tsp. Balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. unsalted butter or ghee

Brown Butter Sauce:
2 tsp. Gluten-Free soy sauce
1 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
2 tsp. Butter

Preheat oven to 400 degree's

Rinse Asparagus and trim stems
line on a foiled greased baking tray

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
Bake in oven for 12 minutes at 400 degrees.  


Heat 2 Tablespoons of butter or ghee in a sauté pan on low/medium heat
Stir occasionally letting butter get slightly browned aprox. 2-3 minutes 
Remove from heat.

In a separate dish mix together 2 tsp. soy sauce and 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar and add mixture into the sauce pan with the butter.  This will cause an immediate spark and splash.  This is normal.  Once it calms down remove from heat and pour onto asparagus spears.

This is what butter mixture will look like once Balsamic and Soy sauces are added

Serve immediately.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Alcohol and Beer: What is Gluten-Free?

I have been posting a lot of feedback on the zillion Celiac fan pages and group pages on Facebook, and one of the many questions I come across is regarding GF alcohol.  Which mixes are gluten-free, which hard liquors are gluten-free, what beer is GF and what is not.  There seems to be many articles and lists online, so I am here to blog about it.

Of course I love to blog about recipes and food products, but this is definitely a common topic that is worth discussing.

Here are a few links that I have found from the internet on GF alcohol lists that may be of help to those in question:


There are some on these lists that I don't agree with.  For example in many dessert liquors there is caramel coloring and caramel coloring has under 20ppm gluten according to the FDA.  Though the FDA states that this is suitable in being considered Gluten-Free, it is in fact not.  Even that small amount can effect some with Celiac Disease or a gluten-intolerance.  I for one, cannot have anything that has caramel coloring. This goes for Irish Cream, Kahlua, Sweet Tea Infused Vodka, Firefly, Chocolate Van Gogh vodka, Expresso Van Gogh Vodka and other various alcoholic beverages.

I also don't think that Whisky and Scotch are okay.  I have heard many people say that they steer clear of this altogether and there are some that say okay.  So you have to be the judge of your own body.  Just beware, if you feel symptoms this is probably why.



GF BEER LISTS:  (RedBridge GF Beer)          (New Grist GF Beer)         (Bards Tale GF Beer)   (Green's Ale GF Beer)  (GF Beer recipe)  (Twin Cities-GF Beer /which stores carry)

Hope this helps!!

xoxo Julie

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly Jelly beans (all flavors) are safe for Celiacs.  All flavors are gluten-free, all types.  Each bag is stamped in bold as gluten-free.

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Gluten-Free Restaurants FRANCE

I am a member of Gluten-Free Faces.  This is a website that is simular to Facebook dedicated to those with Celiac or a Gluten-Intolerance.  They have forums and groups you can join.  Most recently I posted a question if anyone knew of some great GF restaurants in Paris and Nice.  I am going there with my mom (who is Celiac) and my sister in May.  So far I got a few great suggestions that I would like to share for those who are traveling.  I got most of this info from the website attached to this post:
Celiac Handbook France, but there are so many of us who don't want to float from website to website, so I have done the work for you.  You can scroll down below and find the info or you can click away.

One woman responded:
Here is a list for Paris. It is mostly shops, but there are some restaurants as well, hope it helps:  I checked this list, and there are about 57 options with many restaurants.  This is worth checking out.  And it's not only France.  You can search by Country!! This rocks!

Another woman responded:
I was in Paris during the summer last year and found this great place, Des si & Des mets located in Montmartre. It was a bit pricy, but if you do the 3 course meal it is well worth it. I ate there twice it was so delicious. I highly recommend the pistachio mousse for dessert and making a reservation at least 24 hrs in advance. Be ready for some hiking because its on a massive hill.  Located on 63 Rue lepic, 75018 Paris Metro Abbesses ou Blanche Tel: 01 42 55 19 61

Here is another link that will be helpful.  This is the Celiac Handbook France Guide to restaurants:


A deux pas du trois
101 rue Vieille du Temple
75003 Paris
Téléphone: 01 42 77 10 52
View Website »
Ask for assistance

Café Barge
5 Port de la Rapée
75012 Paris
Téléphone: 01 40 02 09 09
View Website »
Ask for assistance

Des si & Des mets
63 rue lepic
75018 Paris
Téléphone: 01 42 55 19 61
View Website »
Gluten-free menu available

Le Bombardier (British Style Pub)
2 Place du Panthéon
75005 Paris
Téléphone: 01 43 54 79 22
Ask for assistance

Le Charlain
23 rue Clauzel
75009 Paris
Téléphone: 01 48 78 74 40
View Website »
Ask for assistance

Miss Betsy
23 rue Guillaume Tell
75017 Paris
Téléphone: 01 42 67 12 67
Ask for assistance

168 rue Montmartre
75002 Paris
Téléphone: 01 40 13 08 80
Ask for assistance

Willi’s Wine Bar
13 rue des petits champs
75001 Paris
Téléphone: 01 42 61 05 09
View Website »
Ask for assistance


La Buissonniere & Le Moulin a Poivre

210 Rue Neuve
62100 Calais
Téléphone: 03 21 96 22 32
View Website »
Ask for assistance


Restaurant Chez Fred

31, bd Omer-Sarrault
11000 Carcassonne
Téléphone: 04 68 72 02 23
View Website »
Ask for assistance


Mas des Faïsses
07110 Chassiers
Téléphone: 04 75 88 34 51
View Website »
Ask for assistance


Auberge de Germ

65240 Germ
Téléphone: 05 62 99 90 86
View Website »
Ask for assistance


La Belle Demeure
5 rue Virecourt
16200 Jarnac
Telephone: 0033 545326849
View Website »
Gluten-free menu available


Hotel La Solitude

Passage St. Louis,
Avenue Bernadette Soubirous, BP83
65103 Lourdes Cedex
Téléphone: 05 62 42 71 71
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Gluten-free menu available


Toutes les Couleurs
26 rue Imbert Colomès
69001 Lyon
Téléphone: 04 72 00 03 95
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Ask for assistance


The Venetian Bar
29 Julien courses
13001 Marseilles
Téléphone: 04 91 47 34 34
Ask for assistance


Hotel La Maison Blanche
1796 Avenue de la Pompignane
34000 Montpellier
Téléphone: 04 99 58 20 70
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Ask for assistance


Ferme de Cupelin
198 route du Chateau
74170 Saint Gervais les bains
Téléphone: 04 50 93 47 30
View Website »
Ask for assistance


Creperie de L'Ecluse
7 Allées de Brienne
Téléphone: 05 61 12 46 45
Ask for assistance


Pascale Merle  
Parc St-James, Route de Grasse
06270 Villeneuve-Loubet
Téléphone: 06 74 94 58 45
Ask for assistance

Enjoy!  xoxo Julie