Monthly Archives: December 2011

Looking Back on The Year : 2011

A Year in Reflection
The clock struck 12
2011 had begun
“This was going to be my year”
No health problems
Just good health and happiness 

The year began with its rocky moments
3 falls on the ice
A mystery foot injury
Once again, doctor after doctor
receiving test after test

Suddenly something began to feel different
I got answers
But there was a change in mindset too
Things are going to happen
But I couldn’t let this stop me 

a year of strength
My blog
what keeps me going through difficult times
I wrote, I shared, I learned
A year of accomplishment 

Completing 300 hours worth of internships
Being accepted into Grad School
A dream of 5 years finally came true
What will the new year bring?
A graduation in May
But other then that
I don’t know

A year of no expectations
Of course I have goals
But if I hit a bump in the road
I will not become disappointed
I will keep on living
Living a life full of joy

I will surround myself with positivity
Take time for myself
Continue to find gratitude in “the little things”
Laugh often
Enjoy delicious
gluten-free food

Take risks in the kitchen
Be Happy
These are my hopes for 2012

Cheers to a Happy, Healthy & Joyful New Year!


Rich Chocolate Cake!

Christmas Eve we spent the day with my Dad’s family. Though we all live on the Island, it was so nice to spend time together and reconnect. For a short time, I was the only family member (on my dad’s side) to be GF (and now dairy-free), however this is no longer the case. My cousin is also GF and DF.

I am not a big desserts person, but since it was Christmas I wanted to make something special for us. Before my cousin went GF/DF one of her favorite desserts was a chocolate cake that my mom makes. I decided to take a risk and experiment(however, I also brought my homemade cookies just in case it was a flop!).

My brother and I use to swim on a club team. This recipe came from a cookbook that the team made up for a fundraiser. The cake is so good, rich in chocolate, and moist. However there is one big problem, it contains both gluten and dairy! Over the summer I wanted to try out this recipe, but did not know what type of substitute to use in place of sour cream. However, I read plain coconut milk yogurt was a great substitute, and decided to give it a try.

The cake came out great! It was really moist and wasn’t overly rich in chocolate. Both my cousin and I enjoyed the cake. My Aunt and Uncle also tried the cake, and couldn’t tell the difference (I know I did good, when a gluten-eater says that!). Below is the recipe for your enjoyment:

Rich Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli is GF/DF)
1 GF chocolate cake mix (any kind – I used Betty Crocker GF mix)
1 pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix (Jell-O is GF/DF)
4 eggs
½ pt. Plain Coconut Milk Yogurt
½ c. cooking oil

Preheat oven to 350*.Beat all ingredients, except chocolate chips, for four minutes.Let stand 15 minutes.

Grease tube pan while waiting.Put ½ chips on bottom of tube pan. Pour mixture over chips.Put remainder of chips on top of mixture. Bake for about 60 minutes. Sprinkle while hot with powdered sugar. As always it is important to read labels and verify that ingredients did not change.

A Great Addition to Long IsIand: Strictly Gluten-free

Long Island now has a new Gluten-free addition! Strictly Gluten-free, a store dedicated to serving those with celiac and gluten-sensitivity.

The weekend I came home from school my mom and I took a ride to Northport, to check out this new addition. Not only was it the grand opening weekend of Strictly Gluten-free, but ” Glow-Gluten Free was at the store. Glow Cookies have been one of my favorites since the beginning, and I thought it would be awesome to meet the people behind these delicious creations.

Unfortunately,I just missed Jill, but on a positive note my mom tried Glow Cookies for the 1st time, and loved them!

I was really impressed by the product selection that Strictly Gluten-Free had. Everything from bread to snacks. Even gluten-free cosmetics and supplements were sold there. Strictly GF carried many of my favorite gluten-free products including Le Veneziane Pasta, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread and of course Glow cookies! In addition to these products they carried many products that were new to me, including Sharkies – Organic Fruit Snacks, and Kur Organic Superfoods.

I love that Long Island has many Gluten-free stores and love shopping at different stores, because it allows me to be exposed to many different gluten-free products (preventing food bordom). I look forward to going back to Strictly Gluten-free and am excited to try other new products that they have to offer!

Strictly Gluten-Free is located on Larkfield Road in East Northport. For more information on Long Island’s newest addition, visit their website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter!

Pacific Foods: What’s Pho Dinner?

Before I write this post, let me state that it is long over due! As many of you know in June I attended Food Fete, and during this wonderful event I met representatives from Pacific Foods.

At the event they were promoting their newest soup starter creation Pho (inspired by Vietnamese Pho)! After the event I was sent a package from Pacific Foods, which contained their vegetable and chicken Pho starters. I was excited to try this new product, since I love Pacific foods’ broths.


Before I left school, I realized that I had never made the Pho! I didn’t know what to expect, since I had never had Pho, but was excited to try it. After trying the Pho, I have decided that it wasn’t for me, but I am glad I tried it!

Though I didn’t have the pallet for Pho, I love so many of the other products that Pacific foods has to offer. Their chicken broth is always on hand in our house!  We are actually using it tonight, when we make our chicken and vegetable soup for our cookie party.

I love that Pacific foods clearly marks their gluten-free products, and has made a great chart which indicates what allergens are in their products (I love when companies make it that easy!)

Thank you again Pacific Foods for allowing me to try your Pho and for creating delicious gluten-free broths. To learn more about Pacific foods, visit their website and be sure to find them on Facebook and Twitter!