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Gluten-Free Baking Shortcuts – Episode 63 Hold The Gluten Podcast

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Episode 63 “Gluten-Free Baking Shortcuts” Features:

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Celiac Awareness Month – Hold The Gluten Podcast Episode 52

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Episode 52 “Celiac Awareness Moth ” Features:hold the gluten podcast

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Sweet Freedom: Philadelphia’s Gluten Free & Vegan Bakery Review

At the 2009 NFCA Appetite for Awareness event, I had the pleasure of meeting Allison Lubert & Heather Esposito also known as the dynamos behind Sweet Freedom Bakery.  After a wondrous sample of their gluten free cupcakes, I anxiously counted the days till their mid-January 2010 opening in Philadelphia, PA.  Sweet Freedom’s baked goods are not only gluten-free (score!), but vegan (dairy-free, casein-free, egg-free) and without corn, peanuts, and soy.  It was overwhelmingly amazing to walk into a bakery and be able to eat every single item on the menu!  Note to self: restraint is key when visiting Sweet Freedom.

Our venture into Philly started off as any typical day in early 2010…with snow.   Undaunted by the forecast of (sigh, yet another) two feet, we loaded Thing 1 and Thing 2 into the car and headed towards the City of  Brotherly Love.  Once on South Street, we easily found metered parking right in front of the bakery (probably due to the impending blizzard barreling our way).  Having obsessively studied the bakery menu, I was prepared to order.  That was until I stood witness to the rows of muffins, cupcakes, and cobblers calling my name.  Our first selection was a Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich.  I’m not sure what excited the children more, the fact that they were eating a “sandwich” that was actually a cookie or the fact that their Mommy Dearest was (willingly) sharing her gluten free goodies with them.  Yes, I admit, I have a tad bit of difficulty sharing.  Keep in mind that my hubby and kiddos can eat gluten, so I feel totally justified in threatening to administer a karate chop if they venture near my gluten free stash.  But I digress…The Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich ($3.50 single/$38.50 dozen) was utterly fabulous!    

We then moved on to the Magic Bars ($2.75 single/$30.75 dozen).  Oooh, these were good. We barely left room for one chocolate and one vanilla cupcake ($3.50 single/$38.50 dozen) iced to perfection.  Unfortunately, Thing 1 and Thing 2 gobbled the cupcakes up in record time, so the photo opportunity was missed.

Pros

  • Delectable vegan baked goods free from gluten, corn, peanuts, and soy.
  • Dedicated gluten-free facility.
  • Fresh baked daily.

Cons

  • Pricing.  While I completely understand that the price point for gluten free baking is higher, I felt that $38.50 for a dozen cupcakes seemed excessive.
  • Unless you are lucky enough to find a metered spot, parking in the adjacent lot was pricey ($10.00).

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Picnic Paranoia

Episode 3 of my Hold The Gluten Podcast is now live!

Episode 3 “Picnic Paranoia” Features:

  • A Celiac’s “Picnic Paranoia”.
  • Food as a social experience.
  • Surviving (gluten free!) summer picnics, pool parties, and various shindigs.
  • Easy Gluten Free dishes to bring to get togethers.
  • Maureen’s 7 Layer Dip Recipe.
  • “Beyond Rice Cakes” – a gluten free cookbook authored by Vanessa Maltin of the NFCA.
  • Enjoying the summer months with an unglutened belly!

Maureen’s 7 Layer Dip Recipe
2 pints of sour cream
2 bags of shredded cheese
1/2 head shredded lettuce
1 jar salsa
1 can sliced black olives
1 can sliced green olives
3 large tomatoes diced
1 bag corn tortilla chips

  1. Spread the sour cream in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch dish.
  2. Layer the shredded cheese to completely cover the sour cream.
  3. Continue adding a layer of shredded lettuce, salsa, black olives, green olives, and diced tomatoes.
  4. The final layer will be the remaining bag of shredded cheese.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips.

*Optional – For more variety, consider adding a layer of taco meat, shredded chicken, black beans or jalapeno peppers.

*PLEASE always double check the ingredients list or, if in doubt, call the manufacturer to confirm.

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