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I received some pancake mix in the mail today. To be honest, I’ve never heard of this company. The name confused me a little…..Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake and Waffle Mix. Don’t let the word malted worry you. That is just a name brand. There is no malt flavoring in the mix. This mix is certified gluten free. You can check it out here at

I know this sounds weird, but I was in the mood for savory pancakes, even though there is a touch of vanilla and sugar in the mix. I caramelized some onions and added fresh rosemary and garlic. Oh, Thanksgiving in a pancake! I’ll bet they are equally as good left without the added savory yummies and pour on them syrup. Making them is easy. Add only water, no eggs. They were fluffy and delish!


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Rhythm Chips made from Kale

I have a quick product review to tell you about.  Rhythm chips made from Kale.  They are made by Daily Juice Food in Texas.  I know you are thinking…what?  They are exactly what they sound like….. kale that has been chopped and dried.  They are considered a raw food since the are air dried at a low temperature.  They come several different flavors and are also gluten free, vegan and gmo-free.  I think my favorite was the ranch.  I love kale, so I thought they were really good.  My twenty something kids however, not so much.  They are both kind of picked so I would let that stop you from trying them.   I loved them.  Like I said, I love kale.  I eat it raw in salad and cooked in anything.  They are crispy like a chip so it's really easy to just keep popping them in your mouth, and they are good for you!  I think they would be really yummy in a salad instead of a crouton too.  Check them out here and see what you think! Oh, and great to travel with too.   

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I am so pumped about this!!! No, I haven't tried it yet.  But it's on my to do list!  This is just the beginning.  I think in the future, we are going to have more options all the time.  Thank you to Uno's for being the first!  


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Positive Consumer Response Prompts Earlier Introduction


Boston, MA (January 13, 2009) – Following a highly successful market test, Uno Chicago Grill® will offer its new, gluten-free pizza nationally.  Uno® is the first national casual dining chain to offer a gluten-free pizza and received very positive feedback from guests who suffer from celiac disease, which affects approximately one percent of the population.  


In fact, word-of-mouth reaction from the gluten-free community during the northeastern market test prompted the company to advance the timetable for a national roll-out.


“Food allergies are a very serious, sometimes life-threatening, issue for many Americans,” notes Uno CEO Frank Guidara.  “Pizza is our signature product, and we wanted to offer a gluten-free pizza so all of our guests could enjoy it when dining at Uno.”


“Consumer reaction was so positive, and the chatter so strong on gluten-free blogs and websites, that our restaurants began receiving requests to carry the new pizza,” noted Richard Hendrie, senior vice president, marketing, Uno Chicago Grill.  “Because the demand was so strong, we decided to pull out all the stops to get the gluten-free pizza into our 200 plus locations as quickly as possible.”


Recently lauded as America’s Healthiest Chain Restaurant, Uno has added gluten-free cheese and pepperoni pizzas to what is already one of the most extensive gluten-free menus available for a casual dining chain.  This is good news to the estimated three million Americans diagnosed with celiac disease, as well as an additional seven million Americans who have a wheat intolerance or allergy and rely on gluten-free foods.  While awareness of celiac disease is rising, an estimated 97 percent of those who have it remain undiagnosed.


Guidara explained that it took over a year of research and development to find just the right recipe for a brand that is known for its iconic pizza.  “While we want to meet the needs of guests with allergies, we never forget that we are about great taste and choice, and that means developing new dishes that are healthful without sacrificing great flavor.”


The company that was the first to develop deep-dish pizza in 1943 is still full of innovation.  Uno Chicago Grill works closely with its Nutrition Advisory Board, which meets quarterly to discuss trends and solutions to improve the quality and nutritional value of its menu.  The board includes world-class physicians with expertise in coronary disease, weight management, and other food/health related issues.  Guidara oversees the Advisory Board and brings his expertise as a member of the Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Roundtable.


The gluten-free pizza was originally tested at Uno Chicago Grill locations in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts (excluding Worcester and Springfield/Holyoke). 


According to the Gluten Intolerance Group, surveys show that about 15 to 25 percent of consumers report looking for gluten-free products, far more than need to.


Uno boasts a number of healthy firsts, including being the first national restaurant chain to eliminate artificial trans-fats and to increase menu and nutritional transparency via nutrition information centers located in their restaurants.  The company’s gluten-free menu has 20 items ranging from entrées, salads, sides and desserts.  For guest convenience and safety, Uno clearly labels menu items with ingredients that are linked to the most common food allergies, such as fish/shellfish, soy, tree nuts/peanuts, egg, milk and wheat/gluten.  Diners can also preview the menu and nutritional information online via the company’s website at


The company has invested more than $2 million in nutritional advancements since 2005 and, according to Guidara, will continue its commitment to providing delicious, fresh and healthful menu options for its guests.


About Uno Chicago Grill:

Based in Boston, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes more than 200 company-owned and franchised full-service units located in 29 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The company also operates a consumer foods division which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotel restaurants and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and branded Uno products. For more information, visit

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In the spring, I planted some herbs I've never grown before.  Tarragon was one of them.  I don't think I've eaten much tarragon at all.  I was really curious how fresh tarragon would taste and what I could do with it.  Being that my mountain of laundry is getting smaller, I decided tonight was the night to try it!
Here is the tarragon growing in my garden.

 And just picked.

Tarragon is commonly used in French cooking.  If you've had anything with a bearnaise sauce, then you've had tarragon.  I wasn't so sure I would like it.  It smells and tastes a little like licorice or anise.  I'm not a fan of licorice.
I had no clue what to use it in.  So I looked for a recipe on the internet.  I came upon McCormick's website with not only information on tarragon, but a recipe for shrimp salad.  I had all the ingredients on hand so I decided to try it.  You can find the recipe here.

This recipe had a sauce made with sour cream, mayonnaise, tarragon, lemon juice and Old Bay Seasoning.  I was skepitcal, but I have to tell you I really liked it.  Somehow the flavor of the tarragon, together with the lemon complimented each other.  The Old Bay gave it an added zing.  It was so easy to throw together too.  I just happened to have a bag of frozen cooked shrimp.  I usually have raw frozen because I like the flavor better when I cook it myself.  But having the already cooked, it took me minutes to make this dinner.  And on a warm summer evening, this light meal hit the spot.

Now I can't wait to try more things with it.  Please send me your favorite way to use this herb.  I would love to learn different ways to use it.

On to another product review.  I did really well shopping the other day as far as finding new things.  I love to try new gluten free things.  You never know when you will find something you really like.
Glutino has come out with new cracker flavors.  I was so surprised to see a cheddar flavor and a multi grain.

Well, too bad for me, I really like the cheddar.  This could be a problem.  It took me months to work my way out of a Chebe addiction.  Anyone who has read my blog in detail knows how I loved Cheez-it's.  These are not Cheez-it's and not even close.  But, for a gluten free cheese cracker, they are the best I've had so far and it's just been long enough that I totally forget what a real Cheez-it taste like anyway.  They are crispy and have a light cheddar flavor.  This is something I could sit and mindlessly pop in my mouth while watching tv.  Confession, I did that last night.  Let's hope the store constantly runs out of them.

I don't like the multi grain as well.  They are ok.  They have fennel seed in them.  There's that licorice flavor again.  It was good in the tarragon but in a cracker, not so much.  In all fairness, I tried it plain.  It might be better with some cheese on it to off set the fennel seed flavor.  Don't take my word on it.  Try some.  You might really like that flavor in a cracker! And I will try them with some cheese.  They might grow on me.
What I did like about both crackers is, it seems to me they have changed their formula a little.  The cracker shape was a little thinner and crisper.  There were not very many broken ones either.  For those of you who have not bought Glutino in the past, there are usually a lot of broken crackers in the box.  If you've tried them, let me know how you liked them!


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Amy’s Chunky Tomato Bisque Product Review


I'm sure you've noticed that it's really hard to find very many gluten free canned soups.  I have never been a fan of canned soup.  I consider it an emergency staple.  Not eaten because it tastes good, but because you have to eat something.  I always kept some on hand for those days I needed a quick lunch or if I was sick.  If someone else in the house got sick, I could make homemade chicken noodle soup in the blink of an eye.  Do you think someone would make mom homemade noodle soup?  Only if home made came in a can!
I also kept the traditional cream of mushroom and cream of tomato soup on hand for those certain recipes that called for those soups.  It's funny how you can learn to live without them.   
Every once in a while I would eat cream of tomato just as soup.  I could never eat it plain though.  I always had to add either crumbled Ritz crackers or rice or something to it.
This soup is different though.  This soup I eat just because it's good.  It's chunky and has a very robust tomato flavor.  There is also little hint of sweetness like fresh homegrown garden tomatoes have.  My mom introduced me to it on New Years day when she made lunch for us.  It was so good I went out and bought some.  Then I gave it to hubby one day for lunch.  He is not a fan of any soup with no meat or a soup without large pieces of something in it.  And he definitely does not care for tomato soup.  Every time I give him this for lunch he can't stop talking about how good it is.  "I really haven't ever liked tomato soup, but this is so good!", he says. 

Serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich and you've got a good lunch.  I have also used this in place of Campbell's Cream of tomato in recipes that had called for it.  It is not condensed but has such a better flavor.  This could be used in many recipes that have a tomato base.
It comes in both regular and a low sodium variety if you are watching your salt intake.  Best of all, it says gluten free right on the label!  Be warned however, it does contain dairy products.  If that is not a problem for you then, enjoy!


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Glutano Cracker’s

From time to time I will be doing product reviews.  The hardest thing about going gluten free is finding replacements for food I used to eat.  Even when I did see things, I just didn't know what to buy or what was good.  It's just so overwhelming in the beginning.  This weekend I will be approaching my one year anniversary!  I have tried many things in the last year.  Some are not worth trying again and some I will. 

This is a product I will be buying again.  I found them on Amazon last week.  I was looking for some Dr. Schar crackers.  I have tried one package of those and loved them.  The place I got them from charged and arm and leg for shipping so until I find a reasonable place to buy them from, I will do without them.  But while shopping for the Dr. Schar, I found these crackers from Glutano.  There were a couple reviews that were pretty good so I figured they were worth a shot. 

On Amazon, you get 12 packages.  Each package contains 3 individually wrapped packages.  Each individual package is 1.76 oz. so you get a total of 5.28 oz. in a three pack.  It looks like you are not getting very many crackers, but a box of Blue Diamond Nut Thins are only 4.25 oz. in a package.  So there are more than you think.  The packaging is more efficient.  

Currently, Amazon is sold out of them, but I know they will get them back in stock.
What I like about the packaging is the fact the crackers are in three individual packages.  You get 8 crackers in each package.  This is great if you need to grab a pack of crackers to keep in your purse or put in a child's lunch.  You also don't have a whole box open and go stale on you.  They will stay wrapped and fresh until they are ready to use.
I also really like how they taste.  They are not like a rice cracker.  I like rice crackers but get sick of them.  I want something that tastes like a cracker and this does.  These are more like a Keebler Club Cracker.  Now I won't say they taste exactly like that because nothing does.  But they are a good replacement for Club Crackers if you used to like them. 

Keep in mind that gluten free things are never going to taste like gluten filled things so you really can't compare.  You can only find a replacement for what you used to enjoy and learn to appreciate that product on it's own merit.
They are not gritty and they also do not fall apart just by looking at them.  Several brands of gluten free crackers I've tried fall apart very easy.  These will stand up to a spreading of peanut butter.  They would also be good crumbled in soup or with a slice of cheese.  Even my two men of the house who can eat gluten, like these crackers. 

I believe Glutano is made in Denmark.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.  They contain corn and potato starch, soya flour, vegetable oil, rice flour, sugar, salt and yeast.  There is a warning on the label that they could contain traces of nuts, milk and eggs.  I give them two thumbs up and will order them again!


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