Adventures in Gluten (and Sugar) Freedom from a southern blogger chick!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Bittersweet news from @KettleCuisine

I will truly miss my friend Lucinda, but I'm happy for the growth of this line! Congrats to the Shafirs!

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Kettle Cuisine

Founder's Announcement - Discontinuing Our Line of Single Serve Frozen Soups 

To all of our friends


In 2007, when the FDA announced a recommended standard for gluten free foods, I saw an opportunity to give back to a community that has meant so much to me and my family.  As you may know, my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease as an infant over 20 years ago, and at that time there were  virtually no gluten free prepared foods available but there was a strong network of support from other families like ours.  As such, it was a dream come true when in 2008 we were able to launch our line of restaurant quality, gluten free soups and offer a convenient solution to so many previously underserved people.


Since then, we have had the privilege of delivering soups to so many different people from all across the United States and Canada, and we have been humbled by your loyalty to us and to our soups.  Therefore, it is with much heartache that I announce the discontinuation of our consumer line of single serving frozen soups.  Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were not able to successfully build the frozen soup category.  There are many great brands and products vying for space in the frozen food cases of supermarkets, and our products fell a little short of gaining the necessary sales momentum.


I want to personally thank you all for all of your amazing support and advocacy over the years, and I want to assure you that our commitment to serving great tasting gluten free foods remains as strong as ever.  While we will no longer be selling products directly to consumers, we will continue to make premium quality, gluten free soups for restaurants and prepared foods departments in supermarkets.


You will still be able to find our single serving frozen products at select retailers for the next few months, but please call ahead to make sure they still have the varieties you are looking for.


Thank you again for allowing us to be a part of your lives, and if you have any questions I will do my best to respond in a timely manner.  You can reach me directly at


Jerry Shafir

Founder & President  



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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fall Line Farmers Market Newsletter

Food that is good & good for you! Support your local farmers!
210 South Wayne Street, Milledgeville, GA
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At the Market This Week:

-Pour-over Coffee
-Hand-picked flower bouquets
-Fresh  herbs
- Pasture Raised Eggs
- Zucchini
- Cabbage
- Cucumbers
- Scones
- Spinach
- Green Beans

- Homemade Jellies
- Grass Fed Beef
- Heritage Breed Pork
- Homemade Pound Cake
- Fingerling Potatoes
- Vegetable Transplants
- More Summer Vegetables!

 Simple Summer Treat to Beat the Heat!

Tomatoe and Zucchini Salad
Don't want to spend much time in your hot kitchen after a long summer day? Neither do we, which is why we want to share this FAST and simple recipe featuring in-season veggies. This delicious salad will have you going back for seconds!


  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced into small pieces
  • 1 small broccoli head
  • 2 - 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese or feta crumbles
  • Pepper to taste
Ready for the best part? All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and start eating! Enjoy!

This Week at the Corner

Learn how to beat the Summer heat! This Saturday, Lesly will be leading games involving sponge activity to demonstrate how dehydration effects your body's organs. Learning the importance of staying hydrated during the dry, summer heat is a must for every kid, so don't miss out on Kids Corner this week!

Welcome Blackbird Coffee to the Market!

We will be welcoming another member to the family this Saturday, Downtown Milledgeville's premium coffee small batch roaster, Blackbird Coffee! Start your morning by ordering your very own pour-over coffee. A “pour over” involves a barista grinding enough beans for a single cup of coffee and then custom brewing one single serving of coffee by pouring hot water over the beans. We hope you are as excited as we are to try a cup of the freshest coffee in town!

Coming Soon: SNAP!
We are pleased to announce that Fall Line Farmers Market will soon be accepting SNAP (formerly food stamps)!  The market has recieved a free device for processing and now is looking to raise funds for the $700 annual fees.  You can make a tax deductable donation by mailing a check made out to MCGA to 210 South Wayne Street Milledgeville,GA 31061 or hand it directly to the Market Manager on Saturday.  If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

A joint initiative of First Presbyterian Church, Milledgeville Community Garden
Association, and Live Healthy Baldwin

Copyright © 2012 Fall Line Farmers Market, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you have expressed interest in supporting local farmers and buying fresh, naturally grown food!
Our mailing address is:
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Milledgeville, GA 30161

News from @agrafrutti

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About Us:

We are a passionately devoted gluten free Bake House creating healthy, decadent and fresh treats. Many of our delicious foods are also dairy free. There are NO trans fats, artificial flavorings, artificial colorings, or preservatives in any of our foods.

We create these gourmet foods for the Atlanta community and beyond. Our gourmet foods are found in various retail locations and can also be shipped right to your door.



Where to Find Us:


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In order to continue growing and bringing you even more gluten free foods, we are applying for a small business grant through a program called Mission: Small Business℠. To be considered for this grant, we need to gather votes from some of you in our wonderfully supportive online community. The catch is that the program requires voters to have a Facebook account. If you choose to steer clear of Facebook, please disregard the rest of this box and scroll down for more delicious information.


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Top Ten Reasons to Visit our Bake House


10. Come catch a gRabbit and enjoy our twist on an old favorite. (A gRabbit is a chocolate covered handheld treat filled with our vanilla cake and icing.)


9. Relax at our tables while you enjoy a muffin and a complimentary cup of coffee.


8. Play "count the bunnies" as you browse the offerings in the store front. Children love to see how many they can find.


7. Biscuits- Need we say more? These frozen and ready to bake delights are a must have in any household.


6. You never know what will come out of the kitchen for you to sample! Sampling opportunities range from freshly baked foods to a recipe in the early stages- each day holds some surprises.


5. Peachtree Pimento is available in larger 16 ounce containers. Stock up and be ready for pool side snacks, picnic lunches, and more.


4. It is a great place to meet up with other members of the local gluten free community. We have seen online friends meet in person for the first time over our cupcakes.


3. Adopt some Grammies to take home with you. These dunk-able graham treats are just waiting for you to enjoy them. Each package comes with a dipping cup of our frosting. We hear they are also wonderful with nut butters or simply dipped in coffee.


2. Cajun Crunch is available here! Beat the heat by snacking on this spicy snack mix.


And the number one reason to visit us:

1. No one leaves the Bake House hungry. Stop by, say hello, and see what we have cooking. We look forward to welcoming you.



(For those of you outside of the Atlanta area, don't feel taunted by this list! Remember, we are happy to ship foods directly to you. Our muffins, crackers, cookies, and snack mixes all ship very well! We are incredibly grateful to have such a broad support base. Thank you! )



Dedicated and Certified Gluten Free!


We understand the importance of creating safe and delicious gluten free foods. We have baked and prepared our foods in a dedicated gluten free facility since our early days.


We have taken even more steps to ensure that the foods coming out of our kitchen are safe for those of you living with gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease. We worked with the Gluten Free Certification Organization to get our bake house and our foods certified gluten free. We are committed to making "good food for good reasons."


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

no more #Glutenfree extended menu at Outback in Roswell

A celiac friend sent this to me, and I asked permission to reprint. For four years (yes, today is the fifth anniversary) I've been a proponent of this store. And since this a post by me still shows up -- I feel responsible to my friends and especially to those #gluten free friends.

Here is that post....

No more extended gluten free menu. Bye bye #gf blooming onion. Buns. Donuts.

It was the last reason I still went.

> Hi!
> > The Roswell Outback is no longer any shining star for people who must avoid gluten. We knew the owner who started this wonder. We have been going there every two weeks since he started this menu. On June 16, 2012, we asked for a GF menu at the host stand and were told, "we don't have any here. The server will explain it to you." My husband replied, "That's OK she has the GF menu memorized." > He went to the restroom. I waited at the table.
> When the server came over, his only interest was in taking my drink order. As soon as he had it, he turned away from me to leave. I stopped him to request a GF bloomin Onion. > It was only THEN that he informed me that they no longer have "an EXTENDED gluten free menu". He was very rude and acted like I was a total inconceivence to his evening.
> > The owner is still reaping the benefits of this advertising without actually following thru with anything even remotely close to polite treatment of guests.
> > Out of town guests read this blog and still think this resturant is a safe place to eat and are totally disappointed.

Patriotic Party Platter Recipe from Nueva Cocina

I had the opportunity to sample several items from this line and I love it's flavor and authenticity. So here is a July 4 repast!


What’s red, white and blue and delicious too?  It’s Nueva Cocina’s recipe for a Patriotic Party Platter.  Share the spirit of independence Day with these two dip recipes from Nueva Cocina (, the first 100 percentnatural Latin food brand.  You will have a “blast” serving them at your Fourth of July celebrations! 

I've found Nueva Cocina products at Natural Foods Warehouse. The products are healthy, well -priced, and most are gluten free. We really love the Picadillo seasoning! 

Red Salsa:

1 packet of Nueva Cocina Chipotle Taco Seasoning

1 can of diced tomatoes (10 oz.)

4 plum tomatoes

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 whole lime

½ cup chopped red onion

2 Tablespoons of chopped cilantro – optional

Salt to taste

Dice the plum tomatoes.  Add chopped onion, olive oil, seasoning mix and the can of tomatoes.  Mix together.  Add cilantro and salt.

White Bean Dip

Nueva Cocina White Bean Soup Mix

1 packet of Taco Fresco Seasoning

7-8 ounces of grated Queso Blanco cheese (may be substituted for another white cheese of your liking)

1 ½ cup of sour cream

5 tablespoons of olive oil (2 tablespoon for soup preparation and 3 tablespoons for the dip0

Follow the recipe on the soup, but only use two cups of water instead of three indicated on the package.  Once cooled, smash the beans for a smooth consistency.  Add the sour cream, 3 tablespoons of the olive, and the seasoning mix.  Mix together.  Add half of the cheese to the mixture and mix thoroughly.  Top with remaining cheese.

Arrange the dips on  a party platter with blue corn chips.

@Rodelle and @KitchenAid LAUNCH the Great American Ice Cream Challenge

> Ice Cream Fans -- Enter!

> > Nothing screams summer like ice cream. Rodelle and KitchenAid are partnering together to present the first ever ‘Great American Ice Cream Challenge.’ To festively kick off the challenge on July 4, Rodelle and KitchenAid have come together to introduce a NEW flavor of ice cream - Berry Swirl White Chocolate - a red, white and blue delight. It is rich, decadent, light and summery all at the same time. > > Creative foodies are invited to join the Great American Ice Cream Challenge by submitting their most creative ice cream recipe at The freshest recipe will win a KitchenAid® 7-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer in festive Candy Apple Red, and an exclusive gift set of Rodelle Gourmet Ingredients. > > “We are so thrilled to partner with KitchenAid,” says Deb Schlichting, Director of Marketing for Rodelle. “They have been so enthusiastic and excited to spread the word about Rodelle & their KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker Attachment. The attachment simply connects to any size KitchenAid® Stand Mixer and makes a phenomenally rich and creamy ice cream,” she adds. > > [About The Great American Ice Cream Challenge]
> The Great American Ice Cream Challenge is intended to spark some kitchen creativity. With ice cream being such an American summertime staple, it only made sense to have a contest surrounding it! The Challenge is the perfect platform for Rodelle to inspire the best or most creative ice cream flavor imaginable. The contest runs from July 4 – July 31, 2012 and only one entry will be accepted per person. Rodelle and KitchenAid invite all US Residents to participate, and there will be two categories of winners:
> > 1-Blue Ribbon/Grand Prize –KitchenAid® 7-Quart Stand Mixer with Ice Cream Attachment. > 2-Red Ribbon Prize – Rodelle Gourmet Gift Set > > [About Rodelle]
> Responsibly sourced from premier growing regions, Rodelle has been delivering the finest in baking essentials for 75 years. Its pure vanilla, superior extracts and remarkable spice blends have been unrivaled in flavor and quality since 1936. Rodelle’s exclusive collection takes culinary adventure from good to grand. The company believes that choosing premier ingredients is the way for avid chefs to make a difference in their recipes year round. > > Rodelle’s Baking Essentials are available at grocery stores nationwide. For more details on the Great American Ice Cream Challenge, or for more about where to buy, visit: > > ###
> > About Rodelle:
> Rodelle has created premier baking and cooking essentials since 1936. Originating from the south of France, the Rodelle family revolutionized the standard for gourmet flavors when they came to the states, bringing with them, their passion and expertise for the flavor industry. In 1984, Rodelle became part of Custom Blending Inc. where a relentless commitment to high quality continues. Today, Rodelle provides home bakers and culinary professionals alike with the finest ingredients on the market. From Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans to Dutch-processed baking cocoa and Herbs de Provence, quality comes first. The company is wind powered and has consistently given a portion of sales back to its growing regions. > > About KitchenAid: > Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks. Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars. In connection with the Cook for the Cure® program, KitchenAid will donate a minimum of $450,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in 2012. Now in its eleventh year, this partnership has raised over $8 million to help find a cure for breast cancer. To learn why chefs choose KitchenAid for their homes more than any other brand*, visit or join us at > > *Based on a 2012 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Professionals.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fascinating marinade for Father's Day Grilling

I was intrigued with this recipe, so much so that I'm trying it on some sirloin and ribeye steaks this weekend.  I appreciate the vanilla and coffee extract offer -- as Randy loves coffee-flavored food, I think I'll also use it next week to make some ice cream.

I will be making one big change -- I plan to use the delicious locally roasted Sumatra coffee from Blackbird Coffee in Milledgeville for this. 

But I thought this sounded so yummy.  I hope you like it, too.

Celebrate Dad with a Steak Dinner with a Special Twist

Vanilla Adds Depth of Flavor to Father’s Day BBQ

Waukegan, Ill. (May 30, 2012) – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 70.1 million fathers across the nation. That means 70.1 million colorful ties, tool kits, and golf clubs purchased every Father’s Day. This year, try something new: enjoy the summer weather and break out the grill to give dad a personal gift with a tasty twist.

Add flavor to his favorite steak or BBQ meal with Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. Family owned and operated Nielsen-Massey has been creating quality vanilla and pure flavor products since 1907. They are a great addition to a summer BBQ, pairing well with meats, veggies, and even summer cocktails. While vanilla extract may seem like it belongs in mom’s baking cabinet, vanilla can become a go-to ingredient for dad’s BBQ too.

“Vanilla extracts are perfect in savory dishes – especially in marinades and rubs. They add a depth of flavor and actually enhance the natural flavor of the meat,” said Craig Nielsen, chief executive officer of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. “I’ve been known to use the flavors of vanilla for my own summer BBQs.”

Surprise dad this year by adding a unique vanilla twist to his favorite meal. The Kona Rubbed Steak recipe below is a great place to start.

Kona Rubbed Strip Loin
8, 6 oz New York strip steaks
1 qt. Kona coffee, brewed extra strong and chilled
1/4 cup Kona coffee grounds
1/2 cup chipotle peppers
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/8 cup Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract
6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3 shallots, peeled and chopped
4 sprigs of thyme, chopped
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 bunch scallions
1 cup salad oil
Combine all of the solid ingredients in a food processor and blend. Slowly add the coffee and salad oil and blend until all of the ingredients are combined. Cover the steaks in the marinade and cover with plastic wrap so the marinade covers the entire surface area of the meat. Marinate for at least 4 hours. After marinating, remove and dry off the steaks. Season with salt and pepper, and grill to your desired temperature.

About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar and Certified Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Beans.
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas also has a line of Pure Flavors: Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Almond Extract, Pure Orange Extract, Pure Lemon Extract, Pure Coffee Extract, Pure Peppermint Extract, Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water. All Nielsen-Massey products are Allergen-Free and certified Kosher and Gluten-Free. The company is headquartered in Waukegan, Illinois, with production facilities in Waukegan and Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

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