Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Magical Bakery: BabycakesNYC @ Downtown Disney!

One of the places I was most excited to visit on our trip to Orlando was Babycakes NYC! Their newest location is now open in Downtown Disney! I have been to the NYC location, and own both of their cookbooks. Needless to say I think their gluten-free treats are amazing!

In addition to being gluten-free Babycakes is casein, wheat, soy, and refined sugar free, and is a kosher and vegan bakery. I was beyond excited to see Babycakes new store front sign. My mom said, a smile instantly appeared on my face when I entered the bakery!

The first night I visited the bakery I got a banana loaf slice. The following night I bought a cinnamon sugar donut, chocolate chip cookies, a pumpkin loaf slice and, a blueberry toastie. I may of went a little over board, but it was nice to be able to enjoy their treats throughout the week. All were delicious!

Babycakes is located in the same building as Pollo Campero (park by the T-Rex Family Adventure). The bakery is a great new addition to Disney, and adds to the magical experience for us with food intolerances and allergies. To learn more about BabycakesNYC visit their website, and be sure to Find Babycakes NYC @DTD on Facebook and Twitter!

Traveling Gluten-Free: 101

For so many people summer time means vacations.  While much of America travels in the summer, trips are taken year round. With the Summer weeks coming to an end I thought it would be fun to share some of my own tips (which can be used year round) when traveling on a gluten-free diet!

While I don’t have a ton of experience traveling GF these tips are what has worked for me in the past.

1. Pack Extra: When spending a weekend away from home I often think that I am crazy because majority of my luggage is food. However, I have learned that it is better to take extra then to run into a situation where there is nothing to eat.

2. Find a Local Grocery Store: Whether it’s a weekend away, or a trip by plane, I always look up where a local Whole Foods is. I have learned the hard way that GF bread does not travel well in a suitcase. Knowing that there is a local supermarket near by, makes me feel better. I can get Bread for the week as well as my fresh fruit! Plus, it may allow me to try new g-free products that I can’t get at home!

3. Scout Out G-free Friendly Restaurants: I like to let my fingers do the walking on this one. Search the internet, and go on GIG’s restaurant awareness programs page. Also check out travel sites such as Gluten-Free Travel Site.

4. Always have a safe snack: When I am in a new environment, I never know what to expect. I always like to have a safe snack on hand, just in case I run into a situation where I can’t find something to eat.

5. Vacations are a time to relax: Do what makes you happy, take some time for yourself and allow yourself to sleep that extra hour that you have been needing. What are your GF travel tips? Do you have any places that you have traveled that were G-free friendly?

When you have Lemons, Make Lemon Raspberry Muffins!

The other night my mom looked in the refrigerator and said, “what are we going to do with all these lemons!” Both my mom and I came across Jules’ Lemon Cranberry muffins on her blog Jules Speaks. However we did not have fresh cranberries in the house so I substituted and added raspberries instead!

Before I share this recipe I need to make a disclaimer. I got sick, from a mistake I made! Be sure when you get cornmeal it is specifically GF! Before using my cornmeal I checked the ingredients and it looked safe. However, after I ate a muffin I did not feel right. Soon after I  started to get clammy, bloated belly, headache, (along with all the other unwanted symptoms).

At first I thought it was impossible (I had used it once before, and thankfully I don’t remember getting sick). How the heck could I get sick from something that I made? I went on Bob Red Mill’s site, to only learn that they have a GF and non GF cornmeal. Then I double checked it using my ScanAvert App on my iPhone.  As I suspected this product was not safe.

I can’t begin to tell you how dumb I felt after I learned this. It wasn’t someone else that screwed up and caused me to get sick, it was my own self. So again, I warn you to double check your ingredients!!

Though I unfortunately got sick (probably one of the worst reactions) and have to suffer with the consequences, I have to say, the lemons and the raspberries paired well. While the raspberries were a little tart the muffins were great! I will definitely make these again, however next time I will use GF cornmeal! Below is the recipe with my alterations!

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

(Taken from Jules Speaks and Adapted)]

1/2 c. Evaporated Cane Juice, plus a little to sprinkle on top of the muffins
5 tbsp. Earth Balance Butter
1 egg
3/4 c. of Vanilla SO Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp of lemon zest
1 1/2 c. of Jules GF Flour
1/2 c. GF cornmeal
1 tsbp GF baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup of fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 375*.  Line 12 muffin tins with muffin papers.

Beat together sugar and butter until light. Add egg (or egg substitute), yogurt, lemon juice, vanilla extract and lemon zest, beating until well mixed.  Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated – the batter will be very thick.  Fold in the raspberries. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and smooth tops with a rubber spatula.  Bake for 20- 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and springy to the touch. Let cool on a wire rack.

We still have a  ton of lemons left so since it is my dad’s birthday today, we are making italian sausage and peppers and lemon chicken!! Two wonderful recipes.

Happy Birthday Dad! Thanks for being one of my recipe testers. I know I can always count on you for an honest opinion. May your day be full of joy and happiness. Can’t wait to celebrate with you tonight.

Dairy Free Love: SO Delicious

This Summer has been one of the best summer’s I have had in a long time. Probably one of my favorite experiences was attending Food Fete. One of the companies that I was so excited to meet was SO Delicious! I have enjoyed their coconut milk yogurt on a daily basis, and was excited to hear about the new products they were bringing to the market.

The representatives at SO Delicious were extremely nice and were so excited to tell me about their GF chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, when they found out I was both gluten and dairy free.  While this is exciting, I unlike many people don’t eat cookie dough ice cream. However, what I do miss is cookie’s and cream, so when I spoke with them I was trying to convince them to develop a GF version.

At Food Fete they were sampling their new seasonal milks (Nog and Chocolate Mint)  that will be available this holiday season. I tried the Nog flavor. Ironically, I had never had Egg Nog before, and it was my first time trying coconut milk. It was a totally new experience for me, and I thought the product was good.

Two weeks ago, I was contacted by one of SO delicious representatives asking me if I would like to sample their new Greek Style yogurt that they will be launching in the fall. I jumped on this offer as soon as I got the email. I was very excited to try their Greek style yogurt since Greek yogurt seems like the latest food trend. My mom has just gotten hooked on Greek yogurt. She warned me while she loves it now, it did take her a  little while to get use to the change in texture.

I was sent three flavors of the So Delicious’ Greek Style yogurt (vanilla, raspberry, and blueberry). While I have nothing to compare it to, I thought these yogurts were great. They had the same great taste as their original coconut milk yogurt, however their consistency was thicker. It is too hard to pick a favorite, and I enjoyed adding fresh fruit to the yogurt. I did think that this yogurt was a bit more filling then their original yogurt, but this could very well be due to the fact that they are rich in fiber.

So Delicious’ new Greek style yogurts will be available this fall and will come in 6 flavors ( Blueberry, Chocolate, Plain, Raspberry, Strawberry and Vanilla), $1.99. Each yogurt is rich in fiber and contains 10g of fiber. Like their other Coconut Milk products  their Greek Style yogurt is Certified Gluten Free, in addition to being Soy, and Dairy free, vegan, kosher and cholesterol free.

I started eating Coconut milk after going DF, but had no idea of the health benefits. Here is a quick fact: Coconut Milk  is rich in Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) which are plant based fats that the body processes differently then other fats. The liver breaks them down and converts them into energy as opposed to storing them as fat in the adipose tissue. MCFA’s are slow burning fats that provide energy to the body.

Thanks SO Delicious for allowing me to have a “sneak peek” of one of your products. If you haven’t checked out any of SO Delicious Coconut milk products I would highly recommend it!! Visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter!