World’s Easiest Cookies {Bake Around}

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Elizabeth Barbone (Gluten Free Baking) has done it again, this time with her latest cookbook “The World’s Easiest Paleo Baking” which is loaded with recipes that are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and no refined sugars!

I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth a few years ago at the Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Expo in Secaucus, NJ. She is simply amazing, funny, and beyond talented. When this latest book was released (January 2016), she asked if I would like to be part of the “bake around” for it along with a handful of other bloggers, of course my answer was YES! I am not paleo (however some of my recipes just happen to be paleo), I do have celiac disease and a dairy allergy so these recipes are perfect for me and anything to support Elizabeth.

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(in true “Jenny” fashion, my eyes are closed)

The recipe we were asked to make and share with all of our readers is accurately named “World’s Easiest Cookies”, I kid you not, these are the world’s easiest cookies…except for those that you buy in a package, but why would you do that when you can make these?? They are delicious to top it off. Light and fluffy bites of goodness. I made the batch and Bryan proceeded to eat more than half of them. I was lucky enough to grab a few for myself.

Elizabeth is kindly letting us share this recipe with all of you and is also giving away 5 copies of her new book. So check out the recipe below and be sure to enter Elizabeth’s giveaway here: GIVEAWAY

World’s Easiest Cookies

World's Easiest Cookies _ World's Easiest Palelo Baking _ Elizabeth Barbone
Active Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes per pan
Yield: 16 cookies

170 grams (1 1/2 cups) finely ground almond flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder, homemade (see recipe below) or grain-free
store-bought

100 grams (1/3 cup) dark maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350
degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk the almond flour and baking powder together in a medium mixing
bowl. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the maple syrup and vanilla
extract. Stir until a sticky dough holds together.

Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheet, spaced
about 2 inches apart. For crisp cookies, press down the dough lightly
with the at bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup. (If the glass
sticks to the dough, lightly wet bottom of the glass.) For softer
cookies, don’t press down the dough.

Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 12 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for about 3 minutes, then
transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Allow the baking sheet to cool, and repeat with the remaining dough.

Grain-Free Baking Powder
Most commercial baking powders contain a grain-based starch.
Thankfully it’s easy to make your own!

Active Time: 2 minutes
Yield: about 6 tablespoons

1/4 cup cream of tartar

2 tablespoons baking soda

1 teaspoon tapioca starch

Whisk the cream of tartar, baking soda, and tapioca starch together in
a small bowl.

Store in the pantry in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

See how easy these cookies are? And did I mention DELICIOUS?!? Be sure to check out all the bake around posts on Elizabeth’s website; Gluten Free Baking

*all comments and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you Elizabeth for including me in this “bake around”

Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Expo Official Blogger {Ticket Giveaway: Secacus, NJ}

unnamedIt’s that time of year again…the Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo is coming back to Secacus, NJ.  I am  excited to be invited back as one of the Official Bloggers for the event. Being an official blogger allows me to attend the event (for free), tweet/post/and share all of the awesome products and companies, but it also gives me the opportunity to give some lucky readers a FREE TICKET to one day of the expo. The expo is October 3-4th this year and I hope to see you all there!  Entry will be easy, but there are a few things I want to share about the expo before we get to the giveaway part so keep reading.

Not familiar with the Gluten-Free and Allergy Friendly Expo? Learn more by visiting their website, facebook, twitter, and instagram pages and be sure to follow me on faceook, twitter, and instagram to get live posts from the event!

Here is what you get when you come to the GFAF Expo:

  • Entry into the vendor fair with over 100 brands
  • Valuable coupons at the vendor booths
  • FREE samples from the vendors
  • Discounted products available for purchase
  • Informative classes related to the gluten free and allergen-friendly lifestyle
  • Free reusable bag to carry your goodies
  • Meet your favorite vendors, authors and bloggers

gfaf expo 2This is the third year that the GFAF Expo will be at the Meadowlands in Secacus, NJ and this is my third year attending as official blogger. Below are some of the shots from last year. I promise you, you do not want to miss this! Its fun, the people are great, you get to try many of your favorite products and even try some new items that haven’t hit the shelves just yet. Its a celiac’s (gluten intolerant) dream.

In addition to incredible food and treats the GFAF Expo also offers some great classes…check out the class schedule below for more information on the topics to be discussed but also the presenters.

Class Schedule

Saturday October 3, 2015

11:00-12:00 Jenna Drew

“Essential Oils for Digestive Wellness” Join a fellow Celiac to discover the six most effective essential oils to support digestive wellness and boost immunity – and how to use them!

12:30-1:30 Silvana Nardone

“I’m Gluten-Free, But I Still Don’t Feel Great. Now, What?!” After cooking—and baking—gluten-free for her son, Isaiah, since his diagnosis eight years ago and writing her best-selling cookbooks, Cooking for Isaiah and Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen, Silvana received email after email from readers who even after going gluten-free were still tired and bloated. Other readers couldn’t eat rice or potato. She decided it was time to get back in the kitchen and experiment. Her new mission? To develop a grain-free flour blend and mixes that could deliver great texture and flavor—just like her wildly popular gluten-free flour blend. Silvana will share her insanely addictive grain-free, refined sugar-free chocolate chip cookies along with revealing the powerful health benefits of eating both gluten-free and grain-free.

2:00-3:00 Jen Cafferty

“Gluten Free 101: Get All Your Questions Answered” If you have been gluten free for less than a year, this is the class for you! You will learn all the tips and tricks to having a successful gluten free and allergen friendly life.

Sunday October 4, 2015
 11:00-12:00 Peter Green, MD

“Gluten Related Disorders” Discussion of celiac disease as well as the newly emerging entity of non-celiac gluten sensitivity. What causes these conditions and management issues.

12:30-1:30 Amy Fothergill

“Gluten-Free Pastas and Sauces” If you think making fresh gluten-free pasta or creamy dairy-free sauces is impossible, think again. Amy Fothergill, author of The Warm Kitchen gluten-free cookbook, will share her best tips and tricks for cooking perfect gluten-free pasta. She will provide recipes to teach you how to make gluten-free pasta and gnocchi. She will also discuss how to make super simple and delicious sauces. It will all be “molto bene” (very good)!

2:00-3:00 Carol Kicinski

“Learn how to successfully live gluten free wherever you are!” Carol Kicinski, founder of Simply Gluten Free, will share her tips and tricks to living gluten free at home, on the road, out to dinner and at parties with friends.

gfaf expo 1As I mentioned above, I will be giving away tickets to three lucky readers – tickets are good for ONE day only of the expo.To enter the giveaway please leave a SEPARATE comment for each item you complete below. Giveaway will end on Wednesday September 13th – each winner will be selected using random.org and will be notified via e-mail. Winners will have 48 hrs to respond and will be sent an online code to claim their tickets (each code can only be used one time!).

GIVEAWAY

  • Why do you want to attend? Have you recently been diagnosed or know someone who has? Share below
  • Read the Class Schedule above and let me know which class(es) you would like to attend…remember there are two days
  • Which day would you attend?
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    • Social media posts can be done daily, just be sure to come back and comment saying you did so and include a link.
  • Who would you take with you?

If you are not one of the lucky winners we can still help you get there by offering you 20% off your tickets simply use this click on the image below and enter the promo code: ADVANCEgfaf expo 20

Gluten Free Classic Snacks {Review + Giveaway}

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Nicole Hunn of Gluten Free on a Shoestring is one of my favorite gluten-free cookbook authors and bloggers. The woman is a genius when it comes to taking your favorite gluten-filled recipes and reformulating them to be gluten-free and she hit the nail on the head again in her latest cookbook, Gluten Free Classic Snacks. With 100 recipes (YES 100!) for everything from cookies, brownies, snack cakes, and pies to buttery crackers, cheese crackers, pretzel rods, candy bars, and licorice–along with helpful tips and tricks for easy prep, extensive information on ingredients and substitutions, and basic recipes for homemade flour blends– Gluten-Free Classic Snacks will help you to bring back all the flavors and fun of the treats you remember. In the last two months I have had to change my diet a bit and am now not only gluten-free but also dairy free. I was please to see that Nicole included easy substitutions for her recipes. I made one recipe from the cookbook without any substitutions and had other try it out…the response DELICIOUS and then we tried a few others with substitutions and again the response was DELICIOUS. Bryan has a handful of his own food intolerance including quite a few FODMAP’s, OAS, and a wheat intolerance. I had him go through this cookbook (like I do with many that I receive in the mail) and had him mark which recipes he wanted to try first…I would say that more than 80% of the book was marked. To me that is always a good sign. I was given a list of recipes to choose from to review and without any hesitation we decided on the Kellog’s frosted strawberry pop-tarts toaster pastries. Probably one of the best decisions we’ve made recently (at least food wise). They were delicious! The only ingredient I didn’t have was gluten-free sprinkles. I can’t wait to make these again, and a bunch of the other recipes in the book. I have a lot of baking to do in the near future and I am okay with that.

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Gluten Free Kellogg’s Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries

Prep time: 1 hour 40 minutes    Cook time: 10 minutes    Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Author: Nicole Hunn from Gluten-Free Classic Snacks    Serves: 12

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose gluten-free flour, plus more for sprinkling
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg at room temperature, beaten
  • 4–6 tablespoons milk, room temperature

For the filling:

  • ¾ cup seedless strawberry jam or jelly

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lukewarm water, plus more by the half-teaspoonful
  • Multicolored gluten-free nonpareils for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar to combine well.
  3. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add the butter, vanilla, egg and milk, mixing to combine after each addition. The dough will be thick. Knead the dough with your hands until it’s smooth, adding more milk by the half-teaspoonful as necessary to bring the dough together.
  4. Place the dough on a lightly-floured surface and dust it lightly with flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin. Roll out the dough to ¼ inches thick and slice it into 3 ½ x 4 ½-inch rectangles (there should be at least twenty four rectangles). If the dough becomes difficult to handle at any point, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer to chill briefly.
  5. Place 1 tablespoon of strawberry jelly on the center of the half rectangles of dough, and spread it into an even layer, leaving a ¾-inch border clean on all sides of the rectangle. Cover with the remaining rectangles of dough and press all around the clean edge to seal. Using a sharp knife, pastry or pasta wheel, cut off about ½ inch of dough around all sides of the pastry. Place the pastries 2 inches apart from one another on the prepared baking sheet. Dock the pastries by piercing them randomly on top with a toothpick or wooden skewer. Place the baking sheet in the center of the preheated oven and bake until the pastries are very lightly golden brown around the edges and just set in the center, about 8 minutes.
  6. Remove the pastries from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to the wire rack to cool completely.
  7. For the glaze: In a medium-sized bowl, mix the confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon of the water until a thick paste forms. Add more water by the half-teaspoonful as necessary to create a thickly pourable glaze. Spread the glaze thickly on top of each cooled pastry and sprinkle them lightly with nonpareils. Allow them to set at room temperature before serving.
  8. The finished pastries can be stored in a sealed glass container at room temperature and should maintain their texture for at least 3 days. For longer storage, wrap them individually in freezer-safe wrap, and freeze them for up to 2 months. Defrost the pastries at room temperature or unwrap and defrost them in the toaster.
IMG_6917From Gluten-Free Classic Snacks by Nicole Hunn. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, 2015

{GIVEAWAY}

In addition to being able to share this recipe with all of you I am also giving away THREE copies of this incredible cookbook – get ready for some childhood food memories to come rushing back. Please read the giveaway instructions carefully! Giveaway is open to both residents of the United States and Canada!! How to enter – please leave a separate comment below for each entry! There is one mandatory post and all others are optional! Giveaway ends on Friday July 24th. Winners will be chosen using random.org and will have 48 hours to respond, if no response is received a new winner will be chosen. Good luck to all who enter!

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Gluten-Free Corn Dogs by Foster Farms {Review & Giveaway}

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Foster Farms, the producer of the nation’s number one selling corn dog product who has been in the chicken business since 1939 has released a certified gluten-free option! Yes, I said certified gluten-free (by the Gluten Intolerance Group/GIG). Their new gluten-free corn dog is made with a chicken hot dog that is dipped twice in a honey corn breading that has a delicious flavor and crunch. They come in boxes of 12 and make a great snack meal for you and your little ones. These would also be perfect for Super Bowl Sunday! My favorite way to enjoy them is baked in the oven (you can also cook them in the microwave, but the crunch is worth the oven baking!), and then dipped in some spicy brown mustard. These new corn dogs join the line of other gluten-free chicken products by Foster Farms including chicken breast nuggets and chicken breast strips. Want to know if these items can be found near you? Send the lovely folks over at Foster Farms an e-mail: questions@fosterfarms.com. Even though we do not have children – Bryan and I enjoyed these quite a bit!

Foster Farms wants to share with you! Read below on how to enter for your chance to win 1 of 5 coupons for a FREE box of their new Gluten-Free Honey Crunch Corn Dogs. While these are both gluten-free and dairy free they do however contain soy and egg.

How to Enter:

1. Like Foster Farms on Facebook – leave a comment below saying you did and your Facebook name

2. Tweet about the giveaway using #FFGlutenFree and @Creatively_GF – leave a comment below with the link

3. Like Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Facebook – leave a comment below saying you did and your Facebook name

4. Follow Creatively_GF on Twitter – leave a comment below saying you did so and your Twitter name

Giveaway is open to US residents only. Each winner will receive a coupon (sent directly from Foster Farms) for ONE FREE box of their new Gluten-Free Honey Crunch Corn Dogs. Giveaway begins on Monday December 29th and will end on Sunday January 4th at 11:59pm. Please leave a separate comment for each entry to ensure the maximum number of entries per person. The winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 24 hours to respond, if no response(s) is received another winner(s) will be chosen. Good luck to all who enter!

 

This is a sponsored post – all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you Foster Farms!

Udi’s Gluten Free Eat, Drink, Be Merry!

Over the years, I have worked with Udi’s to promote many of their products and even though the sponsor many of the posts I do for them, I do truly buy their products! They offer such a wide range of products for families including bread items, oatmeal, cookies, tortillas, frozen entrees, and more. This year Udi’s wants to celebrate with not only myself and other bloggers but you as well! Their #EatDrinkBeMerry promotion is a HUGE giveaway with incredible prizes! Look at what I received for being part of this event and helping spread the word:

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Our freezer is full of these awesome products! Bryan and I were torn on what to try first because many of these items were new to us. So We each heated up one of the non-breakfast burritos and then split them. Yummm. Such good flavor and spice in these. We were both impressed. Next up was the baguette – I brought these up to my dad’s house for an early Christmas celebration and made homemade meatballs subs on them (with some delicious Cabot Cheese) – just heat them up in the oven while still frozen and they held up great with the meatballs and sauce (not something you get very often with gluten-free products).

 

Don’t forget to enter HERE for your chance to win a #EatDrinkBeMerry prize pack from Udi’s!

Here are my favorite ways to EAT, DRINK, and BE MERRY:

EAT – Savory items over sweet! Cheese, olives, prosciutto, and warm bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

DRINK – A glass of really good Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, OR

BE MERRY – Taking time to relax and enjoy those around me

What are your favorite ways to EAT, DRINK, and BE MERRY?

Click HERE to enter for your chance to win some awesome prizes from Udi’s Gluten Free! You don’t want to miss out on this!

 

Bread Stuffing {Gluten, Dairy, & Onion Free} & Giveaway from Rudi’s!

IMG_3193One of my favorite holidays is quickly approaching and I am already starting to plan the menu. Last year it was Just Bryan, Penny, and I and I tried my hardest to scale down a “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner, but who doesn’t love Thanksgiving leftovers? I did cut out some of the extra items, and many of the desserts but there are a few things that I just can’t scale down, or not make at all; turkey, my grandmother’s homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potato souffle, green beans, and of course stuffing!

I have always loved stuffing…but not so much when it is in the bird. Stuffing made in a baking dish has both the crunchy and soft textures that I love. Since going gluten-free I have struggled a bit in the stuffing department. I have used pre-packaged mixes and even attempted my own, but mastering the spices, herbs, and meeting both mine and Bryan’s dietary needs is always tricky. Bryan has a whole list of intolerance and allergies in addition to my Celiac, but two of the biggest ones are lactose intolerance and onion allergy. Onion is found is more items than you may think it is. We have recently learned that he can not tolerate honey, high fructose corn syrup, agave, and a few other items as well. These are all in addition to his oral allergy syndrome!

When people learn of all these restrictions the first question that is asked is, “what do you eat?”, and often followed by “oh I could never do that!”. When it comes to either being healthy or being ill all the time, we choose being healthy. Yes, things don’t always go as planned and he will get sick, but thankfully it is not life or death, it is more bloating and uncomfortable. As for what do we eat…a lot. A lot of real foods: meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, etc. We have learned to limit more processed foods to the best of our abilities and make adjustments when needed. Granted it is much easier for him to avoid these items when I am around and able to cook but he does what he can when I am here in NYC.

When I was asked by Rudi’s Gluten Free last week if I would like to be part of a recipe creation project with them using their new Gluten-Free Ciabatta Rolls, I immediately said yes. Rudi’s has yet to disappoint us with their products and they are both gluten & dairy free, and to top it off…ONION Free. I knew right then and there that I would try to make stuffing out of them for Thanksgiving. I did think of making an appetizer with them, but slicing the rolls about 1/4 inch toasting them up and then topping them with a delicious treat but, stuffing kept coming back to me.

The stuffing is pretty simple to make. You can do the first few steps the night before and then assemble and bake the stuffing the next day. It is a traditional bread stuffing (or gravy, however you wish to call it), with carrots and celery in place of the onions, and loaded with flavor!

As I mentioned above, I have made gluten-free stuffing from scratch before, but the ciabatta rolls have hands down the best texture to them for making stuffing. Both Bryan and I agreed on this. He is not 100% gluten-free because he doesn’t have to be, so I value his opinion greatly and take his feedback to heart. For someone who isn’t gluten-free to say that something that is gluten-free is delicious means a lot to me.

The ciabatta rolls are delicious on their on and ready for your family dinner table in about 8-10 minutes, these crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside rolls are a great side dish to any entrée or holiday meal. They are available in two flavors, Plain and in Rosemary Olive Oil, these bake – at – home rolls will make your kitchen smell awesome!

Keep reading below the recipe for your chance to win the same package Rudi’s Sent me and more chances to win on Rudi’s Gluten Free’s Facebook Page!!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Onion-Free Traditional Bread Stuffing

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  • 1 package of Rudi’s Gluten Free Plain Ciabatta Rolls (sliced and cut into 1/4 inch cubes)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Bells Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Earth Balance Spread (I used the stick version)
  • 1 Cup sliced Celery
  • 1 Cup Diced Carrots
  • 1 – 1/2 Cups Chicken Stock (Homemade if preparing this onion free)
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Line a large baking sheet with either aluminum foil pr parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl combine the bread crumbs, olive oil, parsley, oregano, bells seasoning, salt, and pepper, toss well to combine.
  4. Transfer seasoned bread crumbs to the baking sheet and bake for about 10 – 15 minutes checking often, and tossing as needed. Make sure that these cubes do not burn. You want them to be nice and crunchy like a crouton though.
  5. Remove from oven, let cool and transfer to a large bowl.
  6. Reduce oven temp to 350°
  7. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the earth balance, celery and carrots – season as needed with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook vegetables for 5-8 minutes until soft.
  9. Transfer cooked vegetables to bowl with seasoned bread cubes.
  10. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  11. Starting with 1 cup of the stock, slowly add it to the bowl of seasoned bread cubes and stir until seasoned bread cubes or moistened.
  12. Transfer stuffing mixture to the prepared baking dish. Baked covered for 30 minutes, remove cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

*Note: if you wish to make this with onions, simply add 1/2 cup small diced onion to the celery and carrot mixture and use store bought or homemade stock with onion. IMG_3200GIVEAWAY!

  • Giveaway is open from 8:00 am EST Tuesday November 4th and ends at 11:59 pm EST on Friday November 14th, 2014.
  • Leave a separate comment for each entry to receive the max entries.
  • Giveaway and prize pack open to US residents 18 years and older.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org
  • Winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 24 hours to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen.

As mentioned above Rudi’s has offered to give one lucky reader the same gift pack that they sent me which includes the following items:

  • One bag of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Rosemary Olive Oil Ciabatta Roll
  • One bag of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Plain Ciabatta Rolls
  • Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Apron
  • John Boos 18-by-12-Inch Reversible Maple Cutting Board
  • Spectrum Organic Mediterranean Olive Oil
  • Spectrum Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Oven Mitt

Ways to Enter – enter by just doing one, or by doing them all, but make sure to leave a separate comment for each one:

Want other ways to win prizes from Rudi’s Gluten Free??

From November 4th-10th, Rudi’s will be celebrating the launch of their new Gluten-Free Ciabatta Rolls through a giveaway on their Facebook page, in which they will be giving away 100 oven mitts every day! To enter visit: http://www.rudisbakery.com/ciabatta-promo/

 

Rudi’s provided me with product to create a recipe using their new cibatta rolls. The recipe and opinions are 100% my own.

GFAF Expo: Official Blogger {Ticket Giveaway: Secaucus, NJ 9/6 & 9/7}

 

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I am very excited and honored to be part of this years Gluten-Free, Allergen-Free Expo (GFAF Expo) Blogger Team in Secaucus, NJ September 6 & 7th. I was selected last year as one of their Official Bloggers and loved every minute of the expo. The GFAF Expo is a two-day event that is held in several cities around the US. Getting to meet the other bloggers and to meet so many of the gluten-free and allergen-free vendors that I have worked with over the years was amazing. I loved finally getting the chance to put a face names and e-mail addresses.

blogger badgeEach of the two days is filled with classes and presenters on various topics of Celiac Disease, Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, and Food Allergies. Last year I sat in on several classes and gained so much information from them. Last year was the first time that GFAF Expo made an appearance on the East Coast, and I am so happy that not only are they back again but have included more cities! This year the GFAF Expo will be in the following cities: Secaucus, NJ (9/6 & 9/7), Springfield, MA (10/25 & 10/26), and Dallas, TX (11/15 & 11/16).

The GFAF Expos are the largest expos that emphasizing on special diets. Over 150 vendors participate in these expos across the country providing attendees with information, coupons, samples, demos, and more. Each attendee will receive a free reusable to carry all of the great goodies that you will receive. In addition to companies there will also be authors and of course, bloggers like myself!

Tickets are limited for each day so be sure to snag one early by clicking the image below and receiving 20% off your ticket!! In addition to this great discount, thanks to the lovely folks over at GFAF Expo I am also giving four lucky winners one (1) ticket to either Saturday or Sunday of the Expo in Secaucus, NJ!! Read how to enter below.

Check out the Class Schedule ♦ Learn about the Presenters ♦ Vendors, Vendors, and More Vendors!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gluten-allergen-free-expo-96-97-2014-9am-3pm-tickets-9364733169?discount=EXPONJ20GIVEAWAY

  • Giveaway will begin on Monday August 11, 2014 and end on Friday August 22, 2014 at 11:59pm.
  • Please leave a separate comment for each entry – this will allow you to receive the maximum number of entries.
  • Four (4) winners will be chosen using Random.org.
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond with required information.
  • Good luck to all who enter and remember if you are not chosen, please take full advantage of the 20% off deal by clicking the image above!

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  1. Why do you want to attend? Have you recently been diagnosed or know someone who has? Share below
  2. Click the Class Schedule link above and let me know which class(es) you would like to attend…remember there are two days
  3. Which day would you attend?
  4. Share this post on your social media sites and be sure to come back here to leave the link. Don’t forget to mention @Creatively_GF (twitter), Creative Cooking Gluten Free (Facebook), @GFAFExpo (twitter), and use the hash-tag #GFAFEXPO —–> This can be done daily!
  5. Who would you take with you?

Veggetti {Review & Giveaway}

VeggettiI know veggie noodles are all the rage right now…trust me I am 100% on board with this food trend. There are many gadgets that you can use to make veggie noodles, some more expensive than others, but they all pretty much achieve the same final product…veggie noodles! When I was contacted by Veggetti® to do a review, I jumped right on that.

Veggetti® is a handheld device that makes for a quick and easy way to turn your veggies into veggie noodles/pasta. Veggie noodles offers a healthier, lower-carb alternative to regular pasta. All you have to do is choose which veggie(s) you want to have and twist away. Some that I love are zucchini, summer squash, carrots, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes! You simply cut off the end of your chosen veg, insert it into either the thick or thin strand side of the Veggetti® and twist away to create strands of delicious veggie pasta or noodles. There are so many delicious recipes for you to make with veggie noodles…you could toss your noodles in a marinara sauce, bolognese sauce, some light salad dressing, or make your own vinaigrette. All you need is to be creative! As I mentioned veggie noodles are a great alternative to regular pasta, especially for those that are gluten-free and/or diabetic!

In addition to the Veggetti® I was also sent a $25 VISA gift card to buy ingredients to be used in the creation of a dish. I decided to create a Greek Salad, using cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, and summer squash. I really wanted to make an extremely colorful dish, as my food mantra is “eat the rainbow”. Below is my recipe and I hope you enjoy it!

This is a great little kitchen gadget to have…the size is perfect, it fits into your kitchen drawer without a problem, and you can easily take it with you (vacation, camping, etc.). I actually took mine with me to my younger cousin’s graduation party and made my own meal, everyone was a bit jealous and looking for more of it. Had I known that people would be so into it, I would have made a big dish of it.  The Veggetti® is sturdy and has two ends that you can choose from: thick and thin.

You can find the Veggetti® on Amazon or at many fine retailers nationwide including Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walgreens, CVS, and more.

Keep reading for your chance to win a Veggetti® and a $25 VISA Gift Card!

Veggetti® Greek Salad

photoServes:  2 as an entrée or 4 as a side dish

Salad Ingredients

  • Cucumber                                      1 small
  • Zucchini                                         1 small
  • Carrot                                            1 large
  • Summer Squash                             1 small
  • Cherry Tomatoes, quartered             1/2 cup
  • Red Onion                                      1/2 cup (1 small onion)
  • Olives, Kalamata, halved                  1/4 cup
  • Feta Cheese                                   2 tablespoons

Dressing Ingredients

  • Lemon Juice, fresh                          1/4 cup
  • Vinegar, white                                 1/4 cup
  • Garlic, grated                                  2 cloves
  • Basil, fresh                                     1/2 tablespoon
  • Mint, fresh                                      1/2 tablespoon
  • Oregano, fresh                                1/2 tablespoon
  • Black Pepper, fresh                         1/4 teaspoon
  • Feta Cheese                                   2 tablespoons
  • Olive Oil                                         3 1/2 tablespoons

Method of Preparation

  1. Wash all vegetables well
  2. One at a time, twist each vegetable at time into a bowl
  3. Quarter the tomatoes and set aside
  4. Thinly slice the red onions and set aside
  5. Halve the kalamata olives and set aside
  6. In a food processor or blender add all of the dressing ingredients blend until smooth
  7. Taste dressing for seasoning and adjust accordingly
  8. Add 3/4 of the dressing to the bowl of veggie noodles, and toss to coat
  9. Top the salad with the cherry tomatoes, onions, and olives, toss well
  10. Sprinkle with feta cheese
  11. Serve with remaining dressing on the side

*Optional – top with grilled chicken breast if serving as an entrée.

GIVEAWAY!

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The Veggetti®, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Ontel – Thank you for this opportunity!

Entry is really simple…

Leave a comment below telling me what you would make first if you won this.

That’s it…one simple entry, is required but if you would like additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:

  1. Like Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Facebook
  2. Share this post and giveaway on social media and be sure to share the link below (you can do this daily)!

Entry is open to US residents only…no P.O. boxes. Giveaway ends on Wednesday August 20th, 201 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck to all who enter!

Gluten-Free Buyers Guide {Review & Giveaway}

indexWhen I was first diagnosed in 2008 I felt completely lost, frustrated, and overwhelmed by trying to find decent products, restaurants, and information in general. Thankfully though, over the years more and more information is available (sadly, not always correct), more products (that thankfully taste much better), and resources in general (both in print and online). Additionally there are some lovely people who will do a lot of the work for you now-a-days…like Josh Schieffer of The Annual Gluten-Free Awards! Every year for the last 4 going on 5 years, Josh, has put together the Annual Gluten-Free Awards to bring you the best of the best  in over 40 categories that sum up this ever-growing gluten-free world. The winners are then compiled into The Gluten-Free Buyers Guide; a compact book that is convenient to take to any store with you! It is not bulky, but straight to the point with all the information you need from The Best Gluten-Free Bagels to the Best Gluten-Free Vacation Destinations! Please understand however, that this guide is not filled with every single gluten-free item, blog, website, magazine, etc. on the planet, as it was not designed for that. It does contain what over 2,500 people voted for their favorites in these categories in the 2014 edition!

Josh, a fellow National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Hero, was kind enough to send me a copy of the 2014 Gluten-Free Buyers guide to review. He was also kind enough to offer two of my readers a chance to win a copy of this great resource. Thank you Josh for taking the time to create such a great resource, especially for those who are newly diagnosed.

GIVEAWAY!!

How to enter:

  • Please leave a separate comment for each entry – this will give you the maximum number of chances to win!
  • Giveaway will run from Friday July 25th – Friday August 8, 2014 (11:59 EST)
  • Two winners will be chosen using Random.Org and will be given 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen
  1. Like “GFREEK.com” on Facebook
  2. Follow “GFREEKcom” on Twitter
  3. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite Gluten-Free Product is
  4. Follow “GFREEKcom” on Pinterest
  5. Tweet about the giveaway – you must include @Creatively_GF and @GFREEKcom

Grilled Fruit Salad {Fresh Fruit Bowl – Review & Giveaway}

photo 1(1)This giveaway is now closed…thank you to all who entered. Our lucky winner is Birdiebee!

Summer has officially hit! I’m not a huge fan of heat and humidity but I love the natural Vitamin D, fresh summer fruits, and of course grilling. So why not combine all three of these into one? This is a quick and delicious fruit salad that you can easily adapt to your liking and perfect for your summer cookouts (or BBQ’s as my California friends say). Each Sunday I make a meal plan for the 21 Day Fix program that I am doing and then head to the grocery store. I have two servings of fruit ever day and I love doing mixed fruit with a bit of plain Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey…just the right amount of sweetness. This week I picked up some champagne mangos (the little yellow ones…my favorites next to the green mangos found in the Philippines), pineapple, watermelon, and nectarines. Fruit is so naturally sweet to begin with, but when you grill them a whole new flavor profile comes out. The Greek yogurt dipping sauce is just lightly sweetened with honey, so it adds a tangyness to the sweet grilled fruit. This is sure to be a summer favorite!

The Fresh Fruit Bowl (available from Bed Bath and Beyond) is awesome for any salad…fruit or not!. It is a three-piece set (bowl, strainer bowl, and cover) which helps to keep the juices away from the fruit so they keep fresh longer. This bowl is HUGE. It is 7 quarts, so make sure you’ve got some room in that fridge of yours and load it up with lots of fresh fruit. It also offers an easy pour spout to help drain the juices that have collected at the bottom of the bowl.

Be sure to check out below how to enter for your chance to win one of these Fresh Fruit Bowls!

Grilled Fruit Salad with Greek Yogurt Dip

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Ingredients

  • 1                                 Medium Pineapple
  • 1                                 Small Watermelon
  • 2                                Champagne Mangos
  • 2                                Nectarines
  • 1/2 cup                     Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp.                 Raw Honey
  • 1/8 tsp.                    Ground Cinnamon

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat Grill to medium-high heat
  2. Remove the rind from the watermelon and slice into “steaks”, place into fresh fruit bowl
  3. Remove the rind from the pineapple and slice to remove the core, and slice into long “steaks”, place into fresh fruit bowl
  4. Keeping the skin on the mangos, slice along either side of the pit, and place the halves into the fresh fruit bowl and discard the pit
  5. Cut nectarines in half, remove and discard the pit, and place halves into the fresh fruit bowl
  6. In a small bowl combine the plain Greek yogurt, honey, and cinnamon, mix well. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to use
  7. Place the fruit on the preheated grill and grill until desired doneness
  8. Remove from grill and place back into the fresh fruit bowl
  9. Serve the fruit pieces whole or cut up and top with yogurt dip and fresh mint leaf

 Want to win a Fresh Fruit Bowl?

Entry is simple…There are several different options, just be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry so you can be entered in the appropriate number of times!

One (1) winner will be chosen at random using random.org. Winner must live within the continental United States. Winner will also be given 48 hours after notification to respond or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway begins on June 23rd and will end on July 30th at 11:59pm EST.

Ways to Enter:

1. Leave a comment below telling me why you want to win this Fresh Fruit Bowl

2. Follow Good Cook on Facebook (leave a comment below with your FB name)

3. Follow Good Cook on Twitter (leave a comment below with your twitter handle)

4. Follow Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Facebook (leave a comment below with your FB name)

5. Follow Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Twitter (leave a comment below with your twitter handle)

6. Share this post on your social media sites – you must include  #freshfruitbowl and #BBBProduct (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.) and be sure to share the link to that post!

Good Cook Contest Rules:

  • One prize per household for each Good Cook event. For example, if someone wins on 2 or more blogs, they – or their family members – will only receive one prize from that event.
  • If a household has won a prize in a previous Good Cook event, they are not eligible win again for 6 months.
  • If a household has won more than one prize in a previous Good Cook event (prior to the one-win-in-six-months rule), they aren’t eligible win again for 12 months.
    Good Cook Bloggers and Good Cook Kitchen Experts are not eligible to win prizes in Good Cook sponsored events, whether or not they participated in the event or not.
  • Good Cook will confirm that winners are eligible and will disqualify anyone who has won more than once.
  • Prizes ship from Good Cook and can take 8-10 weeks after the contest ends, unless otherwise stated. You must be 18 or older to win. US shipping addresses only.
  • Good Cook reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value if sufficient inventory is not available.

Check out what the other Good Cook Bloggers are up to with their Fresh Fruit Bowls:

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*I was provided the Fresh Fruit Bowl from Good Cook and Bed Bath and Beyond for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Olio d’oliva Pagnotta Senza Glutine {Sweet Creations}

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I’m loving the Nonstick Mini Loaf Pan from Good Cook! You can do so much with this pan, and I know this will come in handy next Easter as I continue to work on converting my Grandmother’s Easter bread recipe (it is not Easter without this bread!). For now however I was asked to “Be a Sweetie” and make a Sweet Creation with this pan. I was a bit indecisive on what to make because there are so many options…did I want to make meatloaf? Something sweet? Savory?  I finally decided on a combination of sweet and savory…a take on an Italian classic; Olio d’oliva Pagnotta – Olive Oil Loaf. Most recipes I have seen or made in the past are made with lemons, however substituted organic Valencia oranges instead and added a nice little crunch of pine nuts (another Italian classic).

The pan is great – you can make four mini loaves of whatever your heart desires which is perfect for any holiday because these little loaves make awesome presents! I’ll be bringing my extra loves into work to share.

 Olio d’oliva Pagnotta Senza Glutine  (Gluten Free Olive Oil Loaf)

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Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs (large)
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar + 2 Tablespoons (divided)
  • Zest of 1 large Valencia Orange (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Orange Juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 3/4 Cup Olive Oil (make sure its a good one)
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Flour (I use Cup4Cup)
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts

Glaze (Optional)

  • 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400•F
  2. In a large bowl add eggs and 1/2 cup of sugar – beat with a wire whisk until pale and you see a bit of foam.
  3. Add orange zest, , salt, orange juice, and olive oil.
  4. Beat with wire whisk until well combined.
  5. Add baking powder and gluten-free flour, mix with a rubber spatula to combine all ingredients well.
  6. Add 1/3 cup of mixture into each of the four wells of the pan.
  7. Top each loaf well with even amounts of sugar and pine nuts.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes – turning 1/2 way through to ensure even browning.
  9. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. If using a glaze – prepare it now: in a small bowl add powdered sugar and orange juice, mix until well combined and drizzle over warm loaves.
  11. Enjoy!

IMG_8295_7876(Check out the super cute White Snow Flake parchment paper – also included in the giveaway below!)

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review – I was provided products for review from Good Cook. Please note that the opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced by outside sources of any kind. Good Cook has kindly offered one Creative Cooking Gluten Free reader the chance to win one Nonstick Mini Loaf Pan and Decorate Parchment Paper (great for wrapping up the loaves!). Winner will be chosen using random.org and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, another winner will be chosen.

Conscious Box {Giveaway}

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The giveaway is now closed – Sara A. is our lucky winner! Thanks to all who entered and don’t forget all Creative Cooking Gluten Free readers can receive 25% off by using the code LOVELIFE!

There are so many wonderful subscription boxes out there that cater to various diet restrictions, healthy eating, and eco-friendly products. Have you heard about Conscious Box? They combine all three of those ideas and more into one awesome box that is delivered to your doorstep each month.

I had not heard of them until the other day when I received an e-mail saying that they now offer Vegan & Gluten-Free boxes (Just select your dietary preferences). In the e-mail they informed me that the founder also has Celiac Disease! To celebrate their new gluten-free and vegan boxes they have offered a giveaway to one of my readers…a 3-month Conscious Box subscription – that’s a $59 value! AND we’d also like to offer your readers a 25% OFF discount for any Conscious Box subscription. Use code: LOVELIFE (giveaway entry rules are below…)

Below is a little bit of information on how Conscious Box works and what they include in each box.

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How Does Conscious Box work?

Conscious Box is the best way to discover the most ethical and sustainable products on the planet! Focusing on strict tenets of organic, fair trade, and pure and natural products, each month Conscious Box will introduce you to healthy and honest alternatives for every aspect of your life and for every member of your family. Discover the best natural products, earn points for leaving feedback and reviews, and buy your favorites at incredible discounts!

  • Get a variety of unique pure & natural products every month!
  • From organic food to vegan beauty products, you’re sure to find new favorites!
  • Discover ethical and purpose-driven businesses of all sizes!
  • Get content on daily living tips, exciting monthly themes, and creative ways to use your box!
  • Easily earn points you can apply to full size products for unbeatable discounts!

Want to win a 3-month Conscious Box Subscription? Follow these simple rules below. Do not forget they are also offering all readers a 25% OFF discount for any Conscious Box subscription. Simply use code: LOVELIFE when checking out.

  1. Head to ConsciousBox.com and create a profile! This is totally free!
  2. Like Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Facebook
  3. Head to their Facebook Page and like it! While you are there tell them that you have entered the giveaway on @Creative Cooking Gluten Free (you can do this daily)
  4. Share on Facebook – you must tag @Creative Cooking Gluten Free or share Creative Cooking Gluten Free’s post about this giveaway on Facebook
  5. Follow Conscious Box on Twitter
  6. Follow Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Twitter (@Creatively_GF)
  7. Tweet about the giveaway (use the little twitter button below) be sure to mention @Creatively_GF

Be sure to leave a separate comment below for each of the above entries!

Giveaway starts on Thursday March 28th and ends on Friday April 5th at 11:59 pm EST.

Disclosure: I received an e-mail from Conscious Box regarding their new gluten-free and vegan options. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own.

National Peanut Butter Day : KIND Bar {Review & Giveaway}

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This giveaway is now closed! The lucky winner was Rachel – please check your e-mail. Congratulations!

I don’t normally write posts about national such and such day for a few reasons but mostly because there are just too darn many of them and I wouldn’t be able to keep up. However, when KIND Healthy Snacks e-mailed me asking if I would like to do a review for them for their peanut butter line, I couldn’t say no! I will admit I am a sucker for KIND Healthy Snacks bars in general but I have a deep love for peanut butter. My grandfather and I used to eat it on slices of granny smith apples (still my favorite way to eat it). I could probably eat peanut butter by the spoonful (okay maybe I have once or twice).

I know many people who are gluten-free and miss those delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (I know I get a craving for them every now and again). Many brands of peanut butter and jelly are naturally gluten free, but  KIND Healthy Snacks came up with a brilliant way to get these fixes and to give people (especially those gluten-free) a great alternative to the traditional ways of enjoying peanut butter!

They have two delicious bars:  Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein a healthy, satisfying blend of peanuts and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and Peanut Butter & Strawberry, If you don’t have time to make a PB&J sandwich, this bar tastes strikingly the same, and is just as good! No lie, at first it was kind of weird because it tasted so much like at PB&J made with crunchy peanut butter and without the bread, but weird in a good way! Both of these bars are delicious, and I will be buying them again in the future!

They also have a peanut butter granola, Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters which is made with 100% whole grains like amaranth and quinoa. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet, but I can’t wait to dig into it this weekend.

So in celebration of National Peanut Butter Day and these delicious bars and granola – the wonderful people over at KIND Healthy Snacks has offered the following prize pack to one lucky reader! Entry is easy – one mandatory entry and a few extra optional ones to help boost your chances. Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

GIVEAWAY!!

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Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters (2 Pouches)

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein   (4 bars)

Peanut Butter & Strawberry (4 bars)

Rules: Must at least complete the mandatory entry to qualify for the giveaway. Each person has a chance to enter 6 (six) times. Giveaway begins at 8:00am (EST) on Thursday January 24th and will end at 11:59pm (EST) on Thursday January 31st. Winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by e-mail. Winner will have 24 hours to respond – if no response is received a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is open to all those living in within the United States.

Entries – leave a separate comment below for each entry! Good luck to all who enter.

  • Mandatory Entry: Which product in the above mentioned cube are you most excited to try?
  • Optional Entry: “Like” KIND Healthy Snacks on Facebook
  • Optional Entry: Follow KIND Healthy Snacks on Twitter
  • Optional Entry: Tweet about this entry (and be sure to include the link to the tweet in the comments below, must mention @Creatively_GF and @KINDSnacks)
  • Optional Entry: “Like” Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Facebook
  • Optional Entry: Follow Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Twitter

Good Luck!!

Also you should check out their store for more great KIND items! I just saw this on their site and I have a “wish list”:)

*Disclosure: I was sent the above products for review from KIND Healthy Snacks, I was not paid for the review and all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Soft & Fluffy – Rudi’s Gluten Free Contest & a Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now closed – a winner has been chosen using random.org and e-mailed. Thank you to all who entered!

Have you been feeling like you are missing out on something? Have you been feeling like you are missing out on Soft & Fluffy bread? I bet if you were to check your freezer you’ll see that Soft & Fluffy is nowhere to be found…until now! Yep, that is right!

Rudi’s Gluten-Free has launched a new line of softer and fluffier Gluten-Free Sandwich Breads and now needs your help in finding the bread through a Missing Soft & Fluffy $1,000 Reward sweepstakes and Lost & Found Facebook campaign.

To enter to win the $1,000 Reward sweepstakes and Lost & Found Facebook campaign all you detectives out there who stumble across Soft & Fluffy can text “FOUND” to 304-52-RUDIS (be sure to type out all the numbers!). To help spread the word, Rudi’s Gluten-Free fans can share Missing Soft & Fluffy notices on their Facebook wall or download a poster to share in their neighborhood. To prove they’re assisting in the search, fans can share photos on the whereabouts of Soft & Fluffy on Rudi’s facebook page to be entered for that weeks prize! So where is Soft & Fluffy hiding? Is it in the toaster? Your freezer? The grocery store freezer? Weekly prizes include: a Garmin GPS, Nikon CoolPix camera, soft and fluffy bathrobes or a Rudi’s Gluten-Free T-Shirt. Don’t worry, NO detective goes unnoticed, Rudi’s Gluten-Free will show appreciation by awarding everyone with a $2 off coupon good for the new “Soft and Fluffy” Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread products.

So head on over to their Facebook page for more details, and to see how the other detectives are posting their photos! Don’t forget to give them a like and enter for your chance to win these great prizes. The contest ends on February 8, 2013, so don’t waste anymore time.

But keep reading…there is more, including a giveaway!!

Here is what Doug Radi, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Rudi’s Organic Bakery has to say about the new Soft & Fluffy bread:

“Our gluten-free fans deserve great-tasting, soft and fluffy breads that don’t leave them feeling like they’ve missed out on the good stuff. We’re excited to announce that we used our baking expertise to improve our Rudi’s Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread recipe so it’s now softer and fluffier. These sweepstakes give our fans a fun way to discover they now have a better choice when they’re looking for bread that tastes, looks and feels like the real thing. Fans can see, taste and feel the difference in the full line of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Sandwich Breads, including Rudi’s Gluten-Free Original, Multigrain, and Cinnamon Raisin. Always free of artificial chemicals, preservatives and GMOs, the revamped recipe was selected as the favorite bread against a top competitor when it came to flavor, aftertaste, texture, appearance and everyday usability. The new Sandwich Breads are quickly become a fan favorite for their yummy taste, longer shelf life, double the fiber content with 2g per serving, and the presence of the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) seal.”

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Giveaway!!

Rudi’s is one of my favorite brands out there! I love their products, the textures, quality, and flavors. I am very excited about the new Soft & Fluffy and can’t wait to go on my own detective journey!

Thanks to Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery, one lucky Creative Cooking Gluten Free reader will win the following prize package which is valued at $100.00!! (You do not have to enter the Rudi’s sweepstakes to enter the following giveaway) Tools for finding soft & fluffy GIVEAWAY

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Giveaway is open to United States residents only!

To enter the giveaway please read below. For each entry you must leave a separate comment for each one!

1) Tell me what will you use the new Soft & Fluffy bread for first? (Mandatory)

2) Like Rudi’s Gluten Free on Facebook

3) Follow Rudi’s Gluten Free on Twitter

4) Like Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Facebook

5) Follow Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Twitter

6) Share this post on any social media site and leave a comment below saying you did so with a link.

Best of luck to all who enter!!

Giveaway begins today Saturday January 19, 2013 and will end on 11:59 (EST) on Saturday January 26. Again this is open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen by using Random.org and will be notified by e-mail. Winner will have 24 hours to respond, if no response is received a new winner will be chosen.

{Review & Giveaway} The WHOLE Gang 2013 Desk Calendar!

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[Giveaway is now closed! The lucky winner has been notified by e-mail. If there is no response within 24 hours a new winner will be chosen..check your e-mails!]

I can’t believe it is already December! Which means the holiday season is in full swing and just around the corner is 2013! How did this year fly by so quickly?!

I know most of you have already started your holiday shopping but I have the perfect stocking stuffer idea for those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or those who just love tasty food in your lives. Diane of The WHOLE Gang came up with an amazing idea this year…a desk calendar with gorgeous color photos of each of the 12 recipes (which you will find on the back of each month). All the recipes are gluten and dairy free! You will also find directions on how to prepare the dishes vegetarian, vegan, and paleo! As an added bonus there is a secret access code for a hidden page full of insider tips, tools, resources and 28 additional recipes on her website!

The desk calendar comes in a clear CD case specially made to stand-up on your desk to display the beautiful calendar. I already have mine on my desk! Each calendar costs $14.95 plus S&H and you can order them at: http://www.thewholegang.org/2013-cookbook-desk-calendar/ 

Hidden Page Features:

  • 9 new additional recipes & links to 19 more recipes

  • cooking tips and tricks

  • additional suggestions for the recipes along with instructional photos

  • information on ingredients & tools- resources to find items they might not have

  • instructional cooking videos

About the Author:

  Diane is the founder a2b87bca55e64ec9e102870ff6e41ce0a_biggernd creator of The WHOLE Gang website where she shares easy, healthy,     gluten-free living through recipes, coaching and resources.  She is a Gluten-Free Specialist, Certified Health Coach, Chef and Professional Recipe Developer. She has cooked for over 40 years and lived gluten-free for 5 of those years.

Want to win your own 2013 Cookbook Desk Calendar? Diane has been generous enough to offer one of my readers a chance to win their own desk calendar which can be kept by you or given as a gift! A winner will be chosen at random using random.org. The winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 24 hours to respond. If no response is received a new winner will be chosen. Best of luck to all who enter…you are going to love this!

To enter complete one or all of the entries below. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each one!

  1. Leave a comment below telling me why you want to win this and if you would keep it or gift it? (Mandatory)
  2. Like The WHOLE Gang on Facebook (Optional)
  3. Follow The WHOLE Gang on Twitter (Optional)
  4. Like Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Facebook (Optional)
  5. Follow Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Twitter (Optional)
  6. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. and leave a comment for each separate share. (Optional)

Giveaway begins today, Sunday December 2, 2012 and will end at 11:59 EST on Wednesday  December 12, 2012. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada!

[Full disclosure: I was sent a calendar, free of charge, from Diane Eblin of The WHOLE Gang for this review and giveaway. All opinions expressed here are my own. – Again, thank you Diane it is beautiful and I hope you make another one next year as well!]