Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Franz Bakery Mountain White gluten free bread

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Was in my Local Winco the other day to find they have finally stocked Franz gluten free breads/ HAPPY HAPPY! JOY JOY!!!! Since I've already had the 7 grain, grabbed the white to give it a try. I had grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner two nights running and I was in bliss. The white is as good as the 7 grain for holding up to being made into grilled sandwiches. It also held up wonderfully well as toasted sandwiches;
These weren't wimpy little light sandwiches, I loaded on the cheese and pepperoni and into the toaster oven they went. The bread was wonderfully toasted and held up to the fillings. Some GF breads tend to crumble, but these didn't. While the price still gives me pause, I think the bread is definitely worth it. Hubby can still eat regular bread, so the GF is mine, all mine BWAHAHAHAHA!!! So, between the 7 Grain and the Mountain White I have even more choice for my store bought gluten free bread. I have yet to make a loaf of my own that is as good as this. I however can't decided with one I like better. They are both totally yummy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Whitebox Pies, Bakery and Cafe'

and in specific, their gluten free apple pie!

We've been driving past this little bakery on our way out to North Division in Spokane  but we usually were driving by at times we'd either already had lunch/dinner or were on our way to a specific place for said meals.

So when we were up in Spokane this last weekend visiting my aunt, we were out and about early enough Sunday morning that we wanted a little more coffee and realized we were very near, so we stopped in.

We got there right at opening and went in. A nice little place, very friendly staff and a big display case:

I quickly perused the case and saw:

Gluten free apple pie. They had other gluten free goodies, but it had been so long since I've had apple pie I had to go for it. Besides, what better breakfast, apple pie and coffee LOL!

MMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!! It was delish! Now, I've made my own pies and made pie crusts that were okay, but this is the pie crust I want to aspire to. It was tasty, tender and my brain went "PIE CRUST!!" The filling was quite yummy too, not too sweet and just the right amount of cinnamon.

We grabbed a few of the to go menus to give to friends, I am looking forward to trying their sandwiches and pot pies. If they are as good as their pie, I will be in heaven.

Before we left, I picked up a whole pie to bring home, apple of course. They packed it in a nice box with a pretty ribbon (a nice little touch that makes hubby's and my treat to me extra special)

The ingredients:

The pie in its whole glory:

A slice warmed in the microwave, with a slice or two of cheddar on the side and I have a lovely dessert for this entire week:

I am SOOOO looking forward to going back and sampling their other wares for review :D

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wolf Chili

One thing I have learned since going gluten free and having to read labels, there are a LOT of products that contain wheat in some form or another. Sometimes I have no idea why, except it is used as a filler or a cheap thickener.

Had to give up my favorite brand of canned chili because of that, the side effects just weren't worth it. I've been contemplating a brand that doesn't have any wheat, but at over $2 a can, just not in the budget. So while looking longingly at the canned chili at the grocery store the other day I noticed a brand I hadn't seen before, so I picked it up and read the label.

No wheat listed.

 Looked at all the flavors, no wheat listed.

 Looked at the price, around $1.40 a can. Okay, more then the 88 cents a can of my former favorite, but definitely less the $2+ a can, so I figured, heck, give it a try.

 I picked the original flavor, wasn't up for trying the spicy flavors. Good call, this was just spicy enough for me.
While it wasn't bursting with beans and meat (definitely more sauce then beans & meat) like it is pictured on the can, it was very tasty. A nice thick sauce (personally I like a lot of sauce) and as I mentioned, just spicy enough for me. The chili has a nice mouth feel and the meat (there is also soy listed, probably blended with the beef) tasted like beef and also had a good texture.

Will I buy it again, definitely. While I could probably come up with a good homemade chili of my own (and probably will) it is nice to have a can or two on hand when I don't have any in the freezer or I simply want something a bit different.

ETA: Thanks to a commenter it was pointed out that there is rolled oats in the ingredients. I'd missed seeing those for some reason. Since the oats haven't been certified GF, can't say it is or not. So I've taken off the gluten free tag. Still a yummy chili, flavor and texture are good. Just iffy on if there is gluten contamination or not.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Franz 7 grain gluten free bread

I am forever looking for a good gluten free bread. While I've made some pretty tasty ones at home, for the ultimate sandwich (grilled cheese) I have not found one I truely love.

 While shopping in Lewiston a while back we'd passed the Franz Bakery Outlet and saw they had a sign saying they had gluten free bread. We stopped, but they were out (seems it tends to sell out as fast as they bring it in). So the next time we were there we stopped and they had a few loaves left. It was priced at $4.98 a loaf, so I only grabbed one. The price is a bit more then I would usually pay, esp since I was used to 89 cent a loaf wheat bread, but I decided I had to try it. I hadn't seen any fresh GF in the stores and the ones they do have, while tasty, are found in the freezer section and are rather small for $5 a loaf.

 The loaf was a hefty 1 lb 2 oz and felt substantial. I couldn't wait to get home to give it a try. Since it was brutally hot that day we opted for dinner of cold cut and cheese sandwiches.

MMMMM! Still had that slightly not moist enough texture that a lot of GF breads that aren't heavy on the liquid component have, but the flavor was yummy. The 7 grains gave it a nice nutty flavor that went nicely with ham, cheese and Miracle Whip. I had to refrain myself from making sandwiches with the whole loaf and eating it all that night.

I then took some of the bread and some cheese to wok and made my toasted cheese sandwiches in the toaster oven for work.

Again, YUM!!! The bread held up to the cheese and toaster over nicely and was very good toasted (another time while at home I broke out the toaster, butter and cinnamon and sugar. Oooooooooo toast! I missed you so!).

But the ulitmate test was still ahead. Grilled cheese sandwiches, but that had to wait until the weather got cool enough that I wanted to stand over the electric griddle. But the day came and I was ready.

Out came the bread, sliced American cheese and shredded extra sharp cheddar. Plugged in the griddle and set the temp. Buttered the bread and onto the griddle it went. Then the cheeses and the top slice, buttered of course. And I watched.

I flipped the sandwiches and MMMMMMMMMM! A lovely golden brown color was appearing on the bread. I waited, flipped again and it was even better. A couple more flips and the sandwiches were done.

The taste test awaited! Onto the plate and the sandwiches were cut. A moment to snap the pic and then.....

OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have found the bread that has given me back my beloved grilled cheese sandwiches. I will be buying this as often as I can, in fact, if the budget allows it next time I will buy several loaves to stash in the deep freeze to keep on hand.

Franz does not list gluten free bread on their website and says in their FAQ that they do not have it. From the looks of it tho their website needs to be updated as their company news items are not current. I haven't seen the GF bread in regular stores, but since we shop in Lewiston often it won't be out of my way to pick it up when I can.

ETA 10/22/12: Found the Mountain White GF bread at Rosauers on Monroe in Spokane WA. Didn't pick one up as the price point, even on sale, was a bit OUCH! on our budget at the moment. But the product is getting out there and once more people find it and start buying it, the price should hopefully come down.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Betty Lou's Gluten Free Fruit Bars

Shopping at Winco the other day, wandering by the bulk section the hubby noticed some fruit bars we hadn't noticed before. What caught his eye were the words "gluten free" in big letters on the colorful boxes. So of course we stopped.

 The products were Betty Lou's Gluten Free Fruit Bars and came in strawberry, cherry and blueberry. They were also priced at 98 cents each. Not a bad price, so decided to give one a try. Picked out the Strawberry as that is my favorite flavor.

 Finished shopping and headed home to fix dinner. After a nice dinner, I decided that the fruit bar would be a nice. Grabbed the bar and double checked the ingredients. I loved that there wasn't one ingredient I couldn't pronounce or required a chemistry degree to figure out.

 For a little 2 ounce bar, if felt very substantial. Opened the wrapper, took a sniff. MMMMMMMM! Fruity!

Took a bit, YUM! Nice flavor of strawberry and a nice texture overall. The filling wasn't overly sweet, just sweet enough. The outside was moist and slightly nutty flavored. The whole thing was very satisfying. Gave hubby a bite and while he isn't a big strawberry fan, liked it.

A few days later I was back in Winco when I realized I'd hadn't had anything to eat that day besides coffee, so I grabbed a blueberry flavored on to snarf in the car. Oh my! Very blueberry and again, not sickly sweet like some fruit bars can be.

For less the a buck I will definitely be buying these to keep on hand for times I need a quick pick me up or just because :D

An even better because? They are out of McMinnville Oregon, so they are a Pacific Northwest company and I love being able to support businesses that are fairly local to me.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Udi's gluten free pizza crusts

The problem with having to go gluten free is you can't simply pick up a pizza or even a frozen pizza for dinner. I really like the recipes I have come up with for gluten free pizza crusts, but there are times when I want some thing quick and easy. Thank you Udi's Gluten Free Foods!

While I prefer a thick, soft crust, these are a nice cracker style that isn't too thin.  I top them with either a store bought sauce or my own homemade and the top with all my favorite toppings and then bake.

One think I like to do is brush the crusts with a little olive oil before adding the rest of the ingredients. It gives it a very nice flavor. I haven't tried cooking these yet on a pizza stone, so will be interested to see what the crust texture is like when I do.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New Planet GF Off Grid Pale Ale

I picked up and tried New Planet Beer's Off the Grid Pale Ale and Oh MY!!! If I didn't know any better I would have said this was a regular wheat beer. A little sweeter perhaps, but the taste and mouth feel was very good.

I have been missing beer of late and I am glad to have the option of picking up a bottle or two to enjoy on a hot day.