Upcoming Gluten-Free Classes through Community Colleges of Spokane

glutenfree class cover slide Thinking of going gluten-free? Don’t know how or where to start? Get the help you need from a veteran. Take the guess work out of how to shop, eat, and travel gluten-free in this informative two-hour course. Advanced registration is required to prevent cancellation of class. Register by contacting the Community Colleges of Spokane ACT 2 program at (509) 279-6030.

 

The upcoming class schedule is as follows:

SPOKANE
Magnuson Hall, SFCC, 2917 W Fort George Wright Drive, Spokane, WA 99224
Thursday, August 23, 2018 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Cost: $8.00 (There is a charge for parking at this location.)

COLFAX
Whitman County Library, 110 S. Main Street, Colfax, WA
Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:30PM – 6:30PM
Cost: $8.00

NEWPORT
Newport Center Campus, 1204 W. Fifth St., Newport, WA 99156
Thursday, October 18, 2018 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Cost: $8.00

SPOKANE VALLEY
CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Thursday, October 25, 2018 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Cost: $8.00

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Namaste Foods Gluten-Free Baking Mixes

Howdy all,

Sorry I’ve been scarce.  I’ve been writing articles for Celiac-Disease.com.  If you are looking for product suggestions and/or reviews, that site is extremely thorough.

Meanwhile, I’ve tried the Brownie Mix and Spice Cake Mix by Namaste Foods.  They are awesome:  moist, rich, and great flavor.  I didn’t even think the Spice Cake needed the gluten-free cream cheese icing I made.   Check out their website at www.namastefoods.com

That’s my tip for today…eat well!

Holy Mackerel! Gluten-Free Battered Fish!

What would you say if I told you that affordable, frozen, gluten-free crispy battered fish entrees are available nationwide in your grocer’s freezer case?  Just last night in the grocery store, I, for one, almost fell over when my gluten-mongering husband-type unit blurted “Look Honey, gluten-free!” and held up a box of Oven Ready Gluten-Free Cod by Starfish.  There were also boxes of Haddock and Halibut available.  The cod was priced under $5.00 for a 10 ounce box, so we decided to try that.

Now, you need to understand that in our current apartment, we have an extremely old gas stove, so the results may differ with a newer and/or electric one. 

We raced home and popped them in the oven.  14 minutes later, out they came.  On the box it states there are 3 servings – we felt it was more like 2 – which is what we were expecting anyway, so that is not a criticism by any means.  One side was a golden brown, the other side paler, again, I believe, due to the old gas stove. 

These golden medallions of batter-encased fish were crispy on the outside for certain!  The inside was a little doughy, but no more than a tempura-style batter.  The fish was somewhat flaky – definitely not spongy.  No grit, no strange taste and no mush:  they had a buttery flavor that even the non-Celiac at the table enjoyed.

Gluten-Free Cod by Star-Fish

This product is peanut-free, soy-free, milk-free, egg-free, wheat-free and has 0 grams of trans fats.  I thought the pricing was reasonable – and these products are available nationwide at your Whole Foods store, or at smaller local venues on the West coast.

If you’ve been missing fried foods – here is your fix!  Enjoy.

More information is available about Starfish and their gluten-free fish entrees at www.star-fish.com.

© 2009 K. S. Brooks, Gluten-Free Gusto

White Box Pies Bakery and Café Review

I have two favorite food places in the world:  Lou’s Café on West 52nd Street in New York City, and White Box Pies Bakery and Café in Spokane, Washington.

What constitutes a favorite food place?  Quality of food, knowledge-level and courteousness of the staff, cleanliness and price should all be considerations.  But a favorite food place, just as any favorite anything, should give a person a feeling of comfort and pleasure.  Both restaurants provide those.  However, White Box also provides gluten-free meals and desserts. 

Only a person with food allergies can fully appreciate feeling “safe” in an eatery.  White Box is one of those safe places; everyone on staff knows about gluten.  You won’t find a couple of uninformed, not to mention uncaring, teeny-boppers behind the counter huffing at you when you ask for gluten-free. The staff at White Box is always happy to answer any questions about their creations.

Take feeling safe and add to it amazingly delicious desserts, many of which non-allergic people did not realize were gluten-free, and you’ve got a winning combination.  Cream pies, sugar cookies, brownies, pineapple coconut cake, cheesecakes, chocolate pecan cake, hazelnut cake, cream puffs…and the list goes on.  They are all heavenly.

But that’s not all!  White Box also features gluten-free sandwiches, soups, salads, quiches, and my favorite:  pot pies.  You can eat in or take out, and all these foods are reasonably priced.

Not only is the staff at White Box knowledgeable about gluten-free foods, they are friendly, courteous and all around nice.  It’s a small, family-run business and you can tell they take pride in everything they do.  The ambiance is bright and cheery, with the hum of satisfied patrons at their café-style tables.  And their bathrooms are super clean, too.

Not a Celiac?  Don’t worry, there are plenty of goodies at White Box for you as well.  Pretty much everything they make gluten-free is also available for wheat-eaters.

To top it off, their foods travel and store well.  I am always freezing their cakes and slicing off bits and pieces for snacks or dessert. 

The only problem with White Box Bakery and Café foods is that they are so good, that I usually take a bite out of them before I can get a photo.  When I ate lunch there last week, I did it again; I dove right into the bacon broccoli cheddar quiche without thinking!

And it was during that lunch last Wednesday that I sat at a table in the Café, savoring the piping hot piece of quiche, that the feeling of safety, comfort and pleasure came over me.  I realized I was in a favorite food place.  White Box Bakery and Café is truly one in a million.  Try it out and see if it doesn’t become one of your favorite food places, too.  You can find them at the corner of East Sharp Avenue and Ruby, Spokane, Washington, or on the web at http://www.whiteboxpiesbakery.com.  Check their site for coupons and specials. 

 © 2009  K. S. Brooks

Easy Gluten-Free Sausage Skillet with Rice Recipe

sausage rice skilletHere is a quick, easy, and tasty gluten-, MSG-, soy- and dairy-free dinner recipe!  It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 30 to 50 minutes to cook, depending on what kind of rice you use.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Links of Aidells Chicken & Apple Smoked Chicken Sausages (2 per person)
  • ½ cup of Brown Rice (you can use white if you want, but I prefer brown)
  • Broccoli (approx 1 cup of florets, fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ of an Onion

INSTRUCTIONS:

Start the water to boil for the rice – add salt and/or butter or olive oil if desired.  Meanwhile, slice up the sausage, chop the onion and cut up the broccoli to the size(s) you desire.

Once the water is boiling, add the rice and turn it down.  Cook to the package directions which are usually from 30 to 50 minutes.  With 20 minutes of cooking time left on the rice, warm up a large skillet; add the sausage and onion.  Stir as needed.  10 minutes before the rice is done, put broccoli in the steamer (or your preferred method of cooking).

About 5 minutes before the rice is done, turn up the heat to brown the sausage.  This chicken sausage is lean and should not need to be drained.  Once the slices are browned to your satisfaction, add the broccoli and the rice into the skillet.  Stir.

Garnish with slices of cheese or grated parmesan if desired.

Serves 2 people.

NOTE:  you can make a cream-based sauce with the sausage juices if desired.  The sausage has a subtle and tasty flavor that I didn’t want to overpower with a sauce.  Its flavor definitely supports this dish without issue.

CHEF BRUCE AIDELLS Fully Cooked Chicken & Apple Smoked Chicken Sausage – Made with chicken that contains no artificial ingredients and is minimally processed and was raised without hormones.  No Gluten – No MSG.  Ingredients:  Chicken, dried apple, salt, fruit juice concentrate (apple, pineapple, pear & peach), vinegar, spices and celery powder, in a pork casing.  www.aidells.com

©  K. S. Brooks 2009

Easy Gluten-Free Sausage Skillet with Pasta Recipe

Easy Gluten-Free Sausage and Pasta Skillet Recipe Photo Here is a quick, easy, and tasty gluten-, MSG-, soy- and dairy-free dinner recipe!  It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook, depending on what kind of pasta you use.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 links of Aidells Chicken & Apple Smoked Chicken Sausage (2 per person)
  • Tinkyada Spaghetti Style Brown Rice Pasta
  • Broccoli
  • Cheese (if desired)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Start the water to boil for the pasta – add salt and/or butter or olive oil if desired.  Meanwhile, slice up the sausage and cut up the broccoli to the size(s) you desire.  Warm up a large skillet; add the sausage.

Once the pasta water is boiling, add the pasta and turn it down.  Cook to the package directions which are usually from 16 to 20 minutes.  Stir sausage as needed; stir pasta as well.  Put broccoli in steamer (or your preferred method of cooking).

About 5 minutes before the pasta is done, turn up the heat to brown the sausage.  This chicken sausage is lean and should not need to be drained.  Once the slices are browned to your satisfaction, add the cooked broccoli into the skillet.  Stir.

Check the pasta.  If it’s done, strain it, rinse it and serve onto plates.  Then serve the sausage and broccoli on top of the pasta.  Garnish with slices of cheese or grated parmesan if desired.

Serves 2 people.

NOTE:  you can make a cream-based sauce with the sausage juices if desired.  The sausage has a subtle and tasty flavor that I didn’t want to mute with a sauce.  Its flavor definitely supports this dish without issue.

TINKYADA Pasta Joy Brown Rice Pasta – Wheat Free/Gluten-Free, Cholesterol free, Low Fat, Trans Fat Free, Kosher Certified, and is manufactured in a WHEAT-FREE factory.  Ingredients:  Stone-ground brown rice, rice bran and water.  www.tinkyada.com

CHEF BRUCE AIDELLS Fully Cooked Chicken & Apple Smoked Chicken Sausage – Made with chicken that contains no artificial ingredients and is minimally processed and was raised without hormones.  No Gluten – No MSG.  Ingredients:  Chicken, dried apple, salt, fruit juice concentrate (apple, pineapple, pear & peach), vinegar, spices and celery powder, in a pork casing.  www.aidells.com

©  K. S. Brooks 2009

Gluten-Free Tangy Cashew Chicken Recipe

 

There are a few choice things that I truly miss since being diagnosed wheat-intolerant:  deep fried foods and Chinese food are at the top of that list.  So when I accidentally made this dish that ended up tasting like restaurant Chinese food – well you better believe we make it a couple of times a month.  Even my non-allergic spouse thoroughly enjoys this one!

One of the great things about this recipe is that you have a lot of flexibility.  If you want to add red peppers, go for it.  The same goes for other Asian-type ingredients like:  water chestnuts, bean sprouts, baby corn, and the like.  Fresh pineapple is a great addition as well.

My kitchen is not a produce stand – I am on a budget.  I use ingredients I tend to keep on hand.  This recipe is great for leftover chicken.  You can use raw if you want.  I find the already cooked chicken absorbs the flavor very well and ends up extremely tender.  This dish is gluten-, wheat- and soy-free.

Tangy Cashew Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 broccoli crown
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 tsp garlic ginger stirfry
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins is gluten-free)
  • 1 squirt of lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup cashews, broken
  • 2 cups cubed (leftover) chicken
  • Brown or white rice

Start the rice.

Cut the broccoli into bite size pieces and put on to steam.

Chop onion.  Melt 1 tbsp butter on medium/low in large frying pan, put onion in.  Cut chicken into bite-size cubes.  As the onions begin to brown, add 2 more tbsp of butter.  Melt.

Add garlic ginger, stir.  Add brown sugar; stir until it’s melted.  Add Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice.  Mix well.

Add chicken, stir until coated.  Add coconut and cashew.  Drain broccoli, add to chicken mixture.  Stir.  Turn off burner.

Dish rice onto plates.  Serve chicken atop the rice.  Enjoy!

Makes 2 hefty servings.

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