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Gluten-Free Open House

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Don’t forget! Tomorrow is the day!

Gluten-Free Open House
Natural Health Center of Kalamazoo
11:00-3:00

Come check out your favorite vendors and products, eat some samples, enter in some raffles, pick up some great deals and hang out with other gluten-free friends!!

I can’t wait! See you there!

Happy National Coffee Day

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It’s National Coffee Day today!

I love coffee and don’t go a day without it. I’m partial to Starbucks and realize my delicious caffeinated friend can be a bit on the pricey side. While perusing Pinterest recently (oh how I LOVE Pinterest!) I came across a recipe to make your own Starbucks Frappuccino at home – for .32 cents. Say WHAT? Yup, you read that right. Someone figured out how to make their favorite drink at home for pennies. Smart thinking! Take a look and maybe you can start making your own and save some big bucks. I personally love all the pie charts and details this person put into this. They meant business. 🙂

So, have you enjoyed your favorite coffee drink yet today? I decided to treat myself to Starbucks new drink for Fall, the Salted Caramel Mocha. It was just ok. I love the salted caramel, but I guess mochas aren’t my thing. I don’t even want to think about how many calories were in that bad boy – I didn’t allow myself to see the nutrition info on the website when I grabbed the link above – HA! Oh, and not to mention that I completely spaced out and didn’t even stop to think about whether or not it was for sure gluten-free. I feel fine thus far, so I think it’s ok, but duh!

I’ve heard that McDonalds and other restaurants are serving coffee for free today. If you’re needing an afternoon cup of joe, check and see if anywhere near you is serving it up for free today!

Happy coffee drinking!

Pot Roast

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Don’t you just love a good pot roast? The stick to your ribs, comforting, flavorful pot roast. When it’s done right, it’s so satisfying and delicious. It’s a great choice, also, because it’s naturally gluten-free! (Stay clear of pot roast seasoning packets unless you are 100% sure they do not contain gluten)

For the past few years, whenever we’ve wanted pot roast, I’ve done it the easy and convenient way – tossing everything into the crock pot to cook all day and calling it dinner. It’s not bad to do it that way, but can I suggest that making a pot roast the “old fashioned” way, in the oven, is sure to knock your socks off? It really wasn’t more time consuming to do it this way. Yes, I had to have the oven on for a few hours, and I had to be home to get it going, but once I stuck it in to cook, it just did it’s thing until the meat was fall apart tender and the veggies were cooked.

We had pot roast for dinner last night and we all “mmmm-d” and “yummm-d” our way through the meal. It just tasted of Fall and let’s not forget how delicious the entire house smelled. I used The Pioneer Woman’s Prefect Pot Roast recipe as a guide for putting mine together and again, she didn’t disappoint. I didn’t have the fresh herbs on hand, so we opted for the more simple, “country” flavors of letting the meat and veggies shine with kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper and gravy made from all the juices and drippings (and cornstarch – gluten-free!). I didn’t snap any photos of the process, so I highly suggest you use the link above to check out PW’s photos and explanation of the process. She is entertaining as always!

Don’t skip the step of browning the onions and carrots before searing the roast on all sides. FLAVOR! I couldn’t believe the difference in the flavor of the carrots from doing this step. They were fantastic. PW didn’t, but I tossed my potatoes in with everything else. The veggies are so delicious when they all get “happy” in the pot together. My roast did take a bit longer than she said (although I am not totally sure how much mine weighed) and I did turn the heat up to 325 a couple of hours in because it just didn’t seem hot enough and the meat was still really tough. Ok, so I was getting impatient because I wanted to eat right away so we could get on to the apple pie I had on the counter. I may or may not have had said pie for breakfast today.

Here is the recipe with instructions directly from The Pioneer Woman’s site. *I used broth, not red wine. Added 5-6 medium white potatoes peeled and quartered to the pot (on top of everything)

ENJOY!

Ingredients

  • 1 whole (4 To 5 Pounds) Chuck Roast
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 whole Onions
  • 6 whole Carrots (Up To 8 Carrots)
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste
  • 1 cup Red Wine (optional, You Can Use Beef Broth Instead)
  • 2 cups To 3 Cups Beef Stock
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Thyme, or more to taste
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary, or more to taste

Preparation Instructions

First and foremost, choose a nicely marbled piece of meat. This will enhance the flavor of your pot roast like nothing else. Generously salt and pepper your chuck roast.

Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Then add 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil (or you can do a butter/olive oil split).

Cut two onions in half and cut 6 to 8 carrots into 2-inch slices (you can peel them, but you don’t have to). When the oil in the pot is very hot (but not smoking), add in the halved onions, browning them on one side and then the other. Remove the onions to a plate.

Throw the carrots into the same very hot pan and toss them around a bit until slightly browned, about a minute or so.

If needed, add a bit more olive oil to the very hot pan. Place the meat in the pan and sear it for about a minute on all sides until it is nice and brown all over. Remove the roast to a plate.

With the burner still on high, use either red wine or beef broth (about 1 cup) to deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom with a whisk to get all of that wonderful flavor up.

When the bottom of the pan is sufficiently deglazed, place the roast back into the pan and add enough beef stock to cover the meat halfway (about 2 to 3 cups). Add in the onion and the carrots, as well as 3 or 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary and about 3 sprigs of fresh thyme.

Put the lid on, then roast in a 275F oven for 3 hours (for a 3-pound roast). For a 4 to 5-pound roast, plan on 4 hours.

 

Help Me, Help You

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Has it started to look and feel like Fall where you live? I’m enjoying the cooler temps and it’s amazing to see the trees changing. It seems as if one day a tree is still fully green and the next it’s full of oranges and yellows. Since it seems to happen overnight, I’m reminded to take it all in (and to snap some pictures) because before I know it, all the leaves will have fallen and it will be snowing! I really do love Fall and all the deliciousness that comes with it. We enjoyed our first apple pie of the season for dessert tonight to celebrate my hubby’s one year anniversary at his job. Something pumpkin will have to follow soon! What are your favorite Fall treats?

Have I said lately that I am thankful for you stopping by and reading my site? I am thankful and I really hope that what you find here is helpful and interesting to read.

In an attempt to be more helpful and interesting, I need your feedback! There are all sorts of fancy features I can put on this blog and one of them caught my eye the other day – a cool poll feature!I know it’s hard to speak up and leave a comment sometimes, so what better way for you to give me your feedback, but anonymously and with just a click of your mouse! This can be a win-win for all involved. I get to learn what you want to read about and then I’ll do my best to write what you want to read!

My first poll is regarding recipes. What are you looking for? Are you sick of muffins (I know, we went on a streak there for a bit, eh?) and want some Fall main dish ideas? Want naturally gluten-free meals? Now’s your chance! Tell me what you’re looking for. Help me be intentional!

I think the poll will only let you choose one answer, so if you want to give me more feedback, please feel free to leave me a comment. I would LOVE to hear from you.

Ok, here it is – have fun!

Cooking Shows This Week!

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Just a reminder that the cooking shows I previously wrote about are being shown this week and start today. Here is the list of shows and times again:

Mr. Thom Cooks GLUTEN-FREE – 2011 to air as follows on Cable Channel 19:

Monday, 9/26/11 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/27/11 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/28/11 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, 9/29/11 at 10 p.m.

GLUTEN-FREE with “Chef” Thom – 2010 to air as follows on cable Channel 19:

Monday, 9/26/11 at 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, 9/27/11 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 9/28/11 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/29/11 at 7 p.m.

Mmmm Doughnuts

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I’m headed to our favorite apple orchard this morning with my daughter’s 1st grade class. Wonderful way to celebrate the first day of Fall, don’t you think? The orchard has a huge selection of apples, mums, a really great pumpkin patch, fresh apple cider and….doughnuts. It occurred to be yesterday that this year, no doughnuts for me. Awe shucks.

There’s no way around it – I am going to have to give homemade gluten-free doughnuts a try sometime this Fall. Who’s with me? Here’s a bit of a recipe round-up from the web of gluten-free doughnut recipes. My stomach growls just looking at them!

Gluten Free Girl and the Chef – Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut holes
A collection of recipes for doughnuts from celiac.com
The Art of Gluten-Free Baking – Doughnuts (cake-style)
Food Philosopher/Annalise Roberts – Apple Cider Doughnuts
Elana’s Pantry – Jelly Doughnut Cupcakes

So, when you go to your favorite apple orchard or pumpkin patch, maybe you can pack yourself one of these tasty gluten-free doughnuts to enjoy with a fresh cup of cider. Ok, pack yourself two. 🙂

Amazing Deal – Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix

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WOW! I am super excited about the deal I came across.

My favorite pancake mix is Pamela’s Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix. It is fantastic! It has almond flour in it and I absolutely love the nutty flavor it gives pancakes. It can also be used for a ton of other recipes, which are listed on the product page (a few on the packaging itself).

The only downside is that it is NOT cheap. I pay $18.99 plus tax for the large, 4 LB bag at my health store. Wowsers.

BUT! This is the great news of the day! Amazon has Pamela’s Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix on sale!! Right now, you can get 3 bags of the 4 LB size for….drumroll please….$38.25. That’s just $12.75 a bag! But wait! There’s MORE! If you sign up for Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program, which by the way I highly recommend, you get an additional 15% off making 3 bags just $32.51 – $10.85 a bag! Plus, you get free standard shipping! Woo-hoo!!! You can find the deal on Amazon here.

So, a little bit about the Subscribe and Save program that Amazon offers. Here are the details from Amazon:

What is Subscribe and Save? When you order through Subscribe & Save, you’ll automatically receive a new shipment of the item in intervals you select at a discount on our everyday price. All Subscribe & Save orders receive a discount over the regular price of the item. The current discount percentage for each item is posted on the product detail page when you sign up. The discount you receive for each order will be calculated off the Amazon.com price for the item on the day each order is placed. Therefore, if the price of the item increases or decreases, the amount you are charged may also increase or decrease.

Plus, all subscription orders ship free. We’ll notify you before the order ships and charge your credit card for each order only when the item is shipped, and you may cancel at any time.

To start a subscription for this product, choose a quantity and delivery schedule, then click “Subscribe now”. You’ll be asked to provide a delivery address, payment method, and billing address. Once the order has been placed, your first order will be processed and your subscription activated. 

Do Subscribe & Save items qualify for Prime Shipping?
All Subscribe & Save items are shipped for free with standard shipping. 

I have been really happy when I have used this service. It’s so flexible and easy to use. We used the service when our youngest was in diapers and it was awesome to have diapers delivered to our door at the interval we set and they were always cheaper than what I could get in stores. I signed up for the Pamela’s deal with Subscribe and Save for delivery every 3 months. I’ll get an email letting me know that my next shipment will be shipping soon. At that time, I can let it ship or I can sign in and postpone it or cancel. There is no contract or certain amount you have to get this way.  Amazon offers a ton of products this way and this deal is reminding me I need to do a bit of searching for my other favorite gluten free products!

I am super happy about this deal and I hope that you find it helpful too!