As mentioned in my previous post “Oh the places we’ll go” I kind of mapped out some of the Gluten Free places I wanted to try this summer on our little adventures and after being back east for only a week, we’ve gone to three of them. The first place we went was Gluten Free Gloriously. It is a small little place in Central New Jersey that offers gluten-free, wheat free and some dairy free baked goods. Here is a little blurb from their “about section”
“I’m a very lucky woman. I am gluten intolerant. Yep, lucky.With all the serious illness in the world that requires pills, shots or invasive procedures, all I have to do is eat the delicious foods I prepare to stay healthy.Eight years ago I didn’t feel so fortunate when I was told I had Celiac Disease. All I could focus on was what I couldn’t eat, and the substitutes amounted to Styrofoam with an aftertaste. I grieved and cried and then I cooked. I cooked and cooked and cooked some more until I perfected my favorite foods gluten free.My tastebuds weren’t the only thing loving my new diet, so were my legs and other muscles. I was able to put my cane aside and walk without, and actually exercise a little. Even after I found I did not carry the Celiac gene, I found gluten was like a toxin to my body hurting my digestive system, my muscles and my nerves so I remained on my delicious path of health. I shared my treats with friends and before I knew it our customer base outgrew our home and we opened our shop at 267 Main Ave in Stirling.Our food is designed to taste wonderful to those who only worry about gluten. We use eggs, nuts and butter. We never use artficial sweeteners and rarely use soy. We have developed a few products that are dairy free and those may contain soy, but in general we try not to use it. We simply want people who can’t eat gluten to enjoy eating again! Friends and family who don’t need to eat gluten-free will happily eat with you. We see it time and again.Our customers are literally dancing about the store after sampling our goodies and telling us this is the best pizza, bread, carrot cake, apple pie, and so on that they have ever tasted.So please, come in, take a bite and join us in living your life “Gluten Free Gloriously!”
The drive was about twenty minutes, and I would have to say it was well worth it (not like twenty minutes is a long drive) and I’m sure we’ll be going back before we move. I checked out their website when doing research on places to possibly visit. It is a bit hard to judge the size of some of their products based on the website (which includes prices for their products!!) so I thought I would just go and see what they had in stock and purchase from there.
When we arrived we were greeted by their friendly staff and offered samples of different products…I tried the Italian bread and ended up walking out with a loaf! It was the closest I have tasted to Italian bread so far. The loaf was a decent size…think small/medium baguette for $6.00. Normally I wouldn’t spend $6.00 on a loaf of bread, however when living gluten-free you have to come to terms and expect that you will pay more for these items.
I made two meals with this one loaf of bread. The first was a hot Italian sausage sandwich with sauce and mozzarella cheese. I followed the directions on the package of letting it thaw at room temp for one hour…then I lightly warmed it in the oven, added the sausage, sauce and cheese and it was mighty tasty! The bread held up very well to the sauce, didn’t become too soggy. The second half of the loaf was then made into garlic bread- this bread is perfect for garlic bread!!!
If you live in New Jersey I would suggest making your way to Gluten Free Gloriously in Stirling and trying it out for yourself. I think next time we go another loaf of bread is defiantly coming home with us along with a few other things. I’m wanting to try their pizza and also their ravioli!! yummm