More Goodies at Cole’s Fine Foods

Here’s a round-up of some more of the delicious menu that you’ll find at Cole’s Fine Foods. Don’t mind if the photos don’t exactly match the specific items. I’m a little disorganized at the moment! Trust me, it’s all good.

coles-perfect-chocolate-cupcakes-032715German Chocolate Cupcake: If you love chocolate, these cupcakes will knock your socks off. The cake part of this treat is bursting with chocolate flavor. It’s so good, it doesn’t even need icing. But it gets icing, and man, this icing is smooth, decadent, and delicious. The coconut filling adds just a hint of creamy sweetness to the center. Honestly, cut this guy in half; don’t eat it all at once. Just wonderful.

coles-pizza-032715Pesto Pizza: It’s what’s for lunch, or what should be. Wonderful flavor, excellent consistency, and one of the great pleasures of eating this pizza is the amazing aroma that fills your senses before each bite. And it tastes exactly how it smells – which isn’t always the case with food.

coles-fine-foods-lemon-bar-img_20150327_171407221Dairy-free Lemon Bars: Yes, the orgasmic lemon bar now has a dairy-free sibling, and without putting them in a taste-test side-by-side, I couldn’t tell the difference. So all you non-dairy folks, get on over to Cole’s and enjoy one of those.

Cole’s now also has even more vegetarian offerings, and an awesome new take-out freezer where you can buy prepared pizza, desserts, pie crusts, and more, and cook them up in your own house. Personally, I’ll leave the cooking to the talented Jeanine, but either way, you’ll always find something excellent at Cole’s.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Cole’s Fine Foods
521 E. Holland, Suite 20
Spokane, WA 99218
Place an order: 509-419-1739
www.colesfinefoods.com

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daiya Mushroom & Roasted Garlic Gluten- & Dairy-Free Pizza

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After cooking for 15 minutes in a 475 oven.

After tasting the cheese quesadillas daiya offered at the Gluten-free and Allergy Friendly Expo, I had high hopes for their pizza. So, I went out and purchased a Mushroom & Roasted Garlic “with gourmet ingredients” gluten-free pizza. Now, I’m a big fan of dairy, but I have some friends who aren’t, so I figured I’d give this a try to see if it was any good.

At $7.50 for a pizza that, in my humble opinion, offers two servings (they say three on the package, but I beg to differ), I can’t recommend this to people who CAN eat dairy. If you don’t have a dairy restriction, I highly recommend the Sabatasso’s Pizza from Costco. If you don’t have a Costco membership, then I recommend the Freschetta’s Gluten-Free, which you should be able to find anywhere. Trust me, I’ve tried a lot of gluten-free pizza.

So, why do I say this? Continue reading

Udi’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

udis gluten free muffins IMG_20150313_072038474It is a good morning when you wake up to have an Udi’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin. It says on the package “Moist & Tasty” and they really are. They are also dairy, soy, and nut FREE.

These muffins are very light with a very pleasant flavor. There is no need to put butter on them – or even to toast them. I warmed them up from their frozen state – in the microwave – it took less than 30 seconds, and did not rubberize them. They are moist enough that they do not need butter. (And I love any excuse to slather anything in butter, so these must be pretty darn good.)

And here are the stats for one muffin: 270 calories, 10 g fat, 36 carbs, 3 g protein. Learn more at http://udisglutenfree.com. These are not as big as the usual glutenous muffin, and run just over $1.00 per muffin in a four-pack.

Light and fluffy on the inside, with big crunchy sugar crystals on top  makes for a nice, homemade muffin experience. These are great for getting something into an upset stomach. Udi’s, you’ve done it again. Good job.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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 Vegetable Cottage Pie

Here is a quick, easy, and tasty gluten-, MSG-, soy- and dairy-free recipe!  I created this recipe nearly 20 years ago after enjoying something very similar in a small tea-house in New York City.  I thought I would share.  It can be served as a side dish or as a main vegetarian dish.  The flavors are supposed to be very subtle, so if you are looking for something more robust, add your favorite seasonings.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of coarsely chopped Leeks
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups quartered and sliced zucchini
  • 2 cups quartered and sliced summer squash
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon savory
  • Black pepper as desired
  • Mashed potatoes for topping (prepared instant or home-made)
  • Parmesan Cheese for topping if desired

INSTRUCTIONS:

– Preheat oven to 350.

– Steam squash until almost done.

– Mix all ingredients except for mashed potatoes; put into casserole dish.  Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

– Remove from oven; top evenly with potatoes and cheese.  Bake 20 minutes longer.

Makes 4 servings.

©  K. S. Brooks 2009