Grilled Hot Dogs On A Hot Summer Day (Review)

We are loving the weather here…not to hot or humid and there is always an amazing breeze!  We truly can’t complain much about the weather here and the fact that we get to eat outside most nights.  We were fortunate enough to have been left a patio set, so we’ve been putting it to use as much as possible. My dad even gave us a small grill which will be put to use very very soon.  Had I cleaned it today, we would have cooked our dinner on it tonight but sadly I didn’t so I used my grill pan instead.

While we were still living in New Jersey, Bryan’s mom found a little store near them that had a huge and I mean huge selection of gluten-free items.  I grabbed a basket and pretty much filled it up, not even thinking about prices.  One thing I was very excited to throw into my basket was some Tapioca Hot Dog Buns from Ener-G Foods.  I’ve been holding on to them until we moved instead of trying them in New Jersey and bringing the remaining buns with us.

Tonight we went to BJ’s to pick up a few things and we found some Kayem Hot Dogs (Which are GLUTEN-FREE!!) in natural casing, which are Bryan’s favorite because they make that “crunch” sound when you bite into them.  Now I finally had my chance to try these Tapioca Hot Dog Buns that I have been holding on to.  I grilled the hot dogs on my grill pan and grabbed two hot dog buns for myself (Bryan got to have real ones) and cut a slice in the side for the hot dog, they smelled good but felt a bit dense/dry. I thought maybe grilling them a little bit might help…it didn’t.  I have to say these were not very good at all.  They weren’t soft, way too hard to close it enough to actually get your mouth around it.  I have no idea how kids would be able to these.  They were so dry I even tried to put on some extra ketchup and spicy mustard, which didn’t help at all.  On the first hot dog I had to keep ripping parts of the bun off just so I could eat it…the second bun was a goner, didn’t even make it one bite before completely falling apart, so I went back to my old stand by, eating my hot dog sands the bun and I honestly I would much rather of had it that way to begin with.

I was very disappointing in these…has anyone else had a better experience?  Are there any suggestions on there for other hot dog buns?

Canyon Bakehouse – Gluten Free Bakery Products (Review)

Some time last week I was asked by Canyon Bakehouse if I would like to sample their products and review them.  Of course I said yes!  I have been reading all of these amazing reviews about them and couldn’t wait to try them for myself.

The past month has been a bit crazy with packing everything up that I need to ship and trying to figure out what to sell/get rid of and the next month is going to be even more intense.  I’ll be living with some friends for my last month in California to save some money (Thanks so much guys!!), so posting may not be as often until we get settled.

With the big move and all the shipping going on money has been tight so I’ve been trying to make meals that can either make good left overs or be turned in to something else.  One thing I don’t normally buy is bread products because fankly the ones that are out there (especially at Trader Joes) stink!  They are like eating bricks, the feel like one, look like one…you get the point.  I try to make my own, but I had to throw out my bread pan recently because it too stinks.

I come home on Friday after work to find a box full of tasty tooking/smelling products from Canyon Bakehouse.  I opened it up and couldn’t resist trying them right away.  The breads are fluffy and squishy (I’m sure plenty of people do this when they shop for bread..they squeeze first, who wants hard bread?).  Not only did it come with a sample of each of their breads: San Juan 7 Grain, Cinnamon Raisin, Mountain White, and Rosemary & Thyme Focaccia but it also comes with a sample of their Cranberry Crunch Muffins! A little surprise was also in the box…a sample of their hamburger buns (not currently on their website, but watch out for them!).

I first dug in to the Focaccia bread, had to try a little sample of it dipped in some nice warm olive oil.  For dinner last night was some cinnamon raisin toast.  Not only was this bread, soft and fluffy but it has the consistency of real bread that you would buy at any normal grocery store.  The flavor and texture is amazing,  you truly can’t tell there is not gluten to this bread. I think the Focaccia bread would bake for an awesome panini sandwich with some mozzarella cheese, basil and prosciutto (roasted red peppers for Bryan).

Today for breakfast I cut one of the muffins in half and grilled it (with just a little bit of butter).  I’m in love with these muffins…they are the perfect size, just the right amount of cranberries with the added crunch from pumpkin, poppy and sunflower seeds!  Cranberry nut muffins have always been my favorite type of muffin and these have stood up to the test and exceeded my expectations.

I’ve spent most of the morning and afternoon packing things up and sorting through everything else and left no time to go grocery shopping, so I’ve been very thankful for this box of goodies.  I looked around and thought oh I can make an egg sandwich for lunch! And so I did…on the San Juan 7 Grain Bread.  Just a lightly fried egg with some shredded/melted cheese on some toast bread.  Again, you can’t tell the difference with the consistency of the bread.  It’s extremely flavorful.

After all the packing the last thing I wanted to do (obviously if you can’t tell by my last few meals I just wrote about) was to cook a meal.  I was planning on sushi but it just didn’t work out tonight so instead I headed down the road to the little pub and ordered a gluten free cheeseburger to go.  I came home and tried out one of the hamburger buns.  These also are fantastic.  The burger from the pub was a little bigger than my sesame bun and when getting towards the end of my burger I noticed that the bread was starting to fall apart a little bit, but over all it was very good.

I would buy all of these products over and over again.  In fact I already told Bryan that I will be trying to get these in the Whole Foods nearest us when we move and if we can’t find them we need to order them online for sure.  When you are out shopping next time look  for these products.  Here is a little blurb from their site if you can’t find them in your stores:

“You can find our products at the following stores. We are working to expand into additional stores in additional states. If you would like to see our products in your community, please send your suggestions and support to”
A very big thank you to Canyon Bakehouse for the samples and the amazing products that you are making…keep it up!  You all are doing an amazing job.  I truly do not miss “real” bread when eating your products.  I truly think this is the best manufactured gluten free bread that I have had.  And yes….all of their products are gluten free!