Thursday, May 21, 2015

Local Grocery Store Embraces Gluten Free Eating

Recently I was invited to attend a Gluten Free Fair at a Chicagoland Jewel Osco in Naperville, IL on May 7, 2015. I am excited to share Jewel Osco is expanding their healthy eating solutions along with bringing dietitians in house to help the customer make smarter shopping choices. You can schedule a free appointment with a Jewel Osco dietitian by contacting your local store. I have met the local Chicagoland dietitians and can tell you they are not just trained and knowledgable, these ladies are fun and easy to talk to.  If you are just going gluten free because of a new diagnosis or even need help with another health struggle, I encourage you to make an appointment. You will learn how to shop for your health and be introduced to all the options your local Jewel Osco has to offer. 

I am truly excited Jewel Osco is providing the community the chance to meet with a dietitian to help with the challenges faced when trying to go gluten free.  Beside the emotional struggle of dealing with a newly diagnosed disease, the challenge of relearning how to shop for safe food can be over whelming. The time spent with a professional who is able to help you get a new plan and provide you easy to follow shopping ideas, is a win-win.

To learn more about the Jewel Osco dietian program or to make an appointment contact Melissa or Samantha at Jewel Osco. 

Jewel Osco's Gluten free section is expanded and they even have my favorite brands!  Big win in the Gfree world.  Honestly not having to shop at 2 or 3 grocery stores is a huge savings.  Savings is not just in time but with the great everyday prices, Jewel Osco can help you save money too.

Here are a few of the photos I took during the event.

My table at the Gluten Free Fair - Signing books and answering gluten free cooking questions.

My favorite baking mix! 

Jewel Osco's new expanded produce area! 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

GF101 and Cooking Class

Gluten Free 101 Cooking Class

May 23, 2015
3 pm - 5 pm

Location: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
325 Ogden Ave
Downers Grove, IL

I am excited to be cooking up for you this Saturday at one of my favorite grocery stores Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. Come out and learn from 3 pm - 5 pm in Downers Grove.

Bring your gluten free cooking questions too!  Kid Friendly cooking and tasting is a bonus.

See you Saturday!

- Tiffany

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tasty Vegan Confetti Cake

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Our Mother's Day was truly an adventure.  We had my sister's baby shower on Saturday. Then celebrated with my parents for supper. Went flower shopping for the yard, traveled South, got glutened and then made my own Mother's Day cake with a little help. By the time we got home Sunday afternoon I was ready for a fabulous gluten free and vegan cake I could eat.

I sat down with my laptop and surfed Pinterest for an idea.  I got one! This cake was about perfect, I just had to exchange a few ingredients.

We got to mixing with our GF Jules gluten free flour. (I hate to see the mess and waste of flour, if only I could scoop it back in the box)

All ready for the oven.  Look GF Jules Flour even has a canister on our counter.  We are loving the all purpose flour blend from the Real GF Jules.  It has the perfect consistency and is soft like talc. No grit here! 

Lillie got involved once I started to mix up the icing.  I think she really only want to taste it, what do you think?


Lillie is know for her tasting and smelling skills in the kitchen. Once it passes the Lillie test we know it is Kid Approved.

Here is the finished cake frosted by Lillie and sprinkles by Franki.

    For the Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups Silk Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups GF Jules all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 1/2 sticks Earth Balance Buttery
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup Silk Vanilla Almond milk

  • Instructions
    For the Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour 2 - 8 inch square pans.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond milk and vinegar. Let stand for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla extract, and whisk together until the mixture becomes frothy.
  5. Sift together the GF Jules flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk together until the flour mixture disappears.
  7. Divide the batter evenly between the 2 pans and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Cool the pans on wire racks for about 15 minutes. Then turn the cakes out of the pans onto the wire racks and cool completely before frosting.
  9. For the Frosting:
  10. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and coconut oil together on medium high speed (or medium if using a stand mixer) for about 2-3 minutes, until light and creamy.
  11. Add the powdered sugar and beat on low to combine.
  12. Turn the mixer up to medium high and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  13. Add the vanilla extract and salt and beat to combine.
  14. Add the almond milk in one tablespoon at a time until the frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.

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See you in Michigan

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This Saturday is the LARGEST Gluten Free Fair in Michigan.  I am excited to announce GF Mom Certified will be participating. 

I will be conducting a seminar on How to Raise a Child Gluten Free at 1:30 make sure to join me to learn how to keep your child safe and healthy.

Our big event will be a live donut cooking class in the afternoon.  Come to the cooking class and can go home with a recipe and coupons for gluten free flour from Namaste. My special treat for you.

See you Saturday! 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Gluten Free Food Fair at Jewel Osco

Gluten Free Food Fair Today & Book Signing

Join me Thursday, May 7th at Naperville Jewel Osco for a meet & greet.  

Bring your gluten free cooking questions and find your solutions!

Bring the kids there will be samples too! 

See you in a few hours,

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Trick or Treat #GFAF Expo Style

The Girls at the Expo!  We had so much fun.

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I am going to give you a view of what the girls loved at the expo.  If you bring your kids I suggest doing so either later in the day or really early on Sunday, so the crowds are not to large and the kids get a chance to interact too.  This also allows you to ensure the samples are safe for you child.

Ready? Here we go with our photo tour of the Chicago GFAF Expo

Our favorite pizza! Smart Flour

This is our favorite grocery store Fresh Thyme.  Can you find the tractor when you shop?  

Lillie's weekly dance sandwich.  Sunbutter we love you and VegetarianMamma & Keeley McGuire it was great to see you! 

Jewel was giving out card for free fruit cards!  Yeah for a free apple or banana, the girls were happy! 

We had to go back! 

Thank you Marc the girls loved there Massel Soups and the extra large soup cups!  They even enjoyed the bubbles. 

Have you tried Allie's GF Goodies from Long Island.  They are fast becoming my favorite. 

And you got a dairy free push up too! 

The girls got some loot!

Join us in Grand Rapids on May 16th

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Gluten Free Community Event in Deerfield

Join us at one of our favorite grocery stores for a Book Signing from 12 pm - 3 pm. I will be signing books and discussing gluten free cooking for our book Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage.

May 6, 2015
12 noon - 3 PM

Location: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
35 Waukegan Rd
Deerfield, IL

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