Monthly Archives: March 2013

Coming Up: Restaurant Review, Interview With A Young Celiac, & A Day In A Gluten Free Household

Hey everyone! Thank you all for visiting The Gluten Free Guru. I hope everyone is enjoying my blogging. Over the next few weeks I will be posting a few new things that you can look out for.

By April 7th, I will be posting an audio post of an interview I did with 16-year-old Danielle Kitzinger. She will speak about what it is like being gluten free at such a young age.

A week after that I will be reviewing another gluten free restaurant, Uno Chicago Grill. I just recently found out they have a gluten free menu, which includes gluten free pizza and burgers (with gluten free buns!). It will be my first time going there, so it should be interesting.

Finally, by April 21st I will be posting a video with Paul McKean. He is a recent college grad who changed his own life when he moved in with his girlfriend, who lives a gluten free life. I plan on following him throughout a day to see how he adjusts to her lifestyle and how he helps her.

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Gluten Free Restaurant Review: Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse is probably one of my favorite restaurants of all time. My family and I used to go there quite frequently when I was younger. We would always start off with the delicious pumpernickel bread and Bloomin Onion, which was my absolute favorite part of going there. However, when I went gluten free we stopped eating there completely. My parents and the rest of my family felt it wouldn’t be fair for me to go and sit and watch them eat the things I missed most, while I waited for my plain grilled chicken and vegetables.

But that all changed about two years ago, when we discovered that Outback had a gluten free menu. Their gluten free menu has actually been around for more than two years but I had just not known about it. I was a little skeptical to try it, thinking it would just be very bland like other restaurants, but I was way off. The first item I tried on the gluten free menu was the Alice Springs Chicken, which was grilled chicken with cheese, bacon, and onions on top. It was amazing. After that, I was hooked.

The menu also has other numerous appetizing gluten free dishes, including Grilled Porkchops, Babyback Ribs, many different types of steaks, and my personal favorite- Filet and Lobster Tail. I only recently tried the filet and lobster a few weeks ago when my boyfriend took me to Outback for our anniversary. I usually don’t order things so decadent, but since it was a special occasion, I splurged a little. Anyone who has ever had lobster knows how tasty it is, and paired with the steak made it even better. The flavor on the two things was so obvious and mouth-watering, I could not believe it was gluten free.

Here's a picture of the Filet and Lobster Tail. Taken by me.
Here’s a picture of the Filet and Lobster Tail. Taken by me.

I have yet to try everything on Outback’s gluten free menu, but I am pretty close. I enjoy everything I eat there and look forward to trying everything else. If any of my readers know any other gluten free restaurants I should try, let me know!

 

 

The Cake Mix Doctor Heals Your Stomach Cravings

Desserts. They are a part of everyday life. Most of the time when someone sees a baked good he or she will ask ‘Should I eat this?’ or ‘Is it worth the calories?’ before diving in. But those of us who eat gluten free have to ask ‘What exactly is this made with?’ We do not have the pleasure of just taking cookies or cupcakes when offered without thinking twice. However, there are a lot of gluten free recipes and cookbooks out there, like The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free, that can help you bake a gluten free dessert, and actually make it taste good.

The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free, by Anne Bryn, is a gluten free cookbook filled with recipes for many different desserts, including cakes, brownies, cookies, and bars. My mother actually discovered this book online when I first went gluten free a few years ago. And since then, we have been using it nonstop. Every birthday or holiday there is we whip the book out and pick a new recipe to try. And they are always a hit.

What I like most about the book (besides the delicious recipes) is how easy it is to use. Before I found out I had to go gluten free, I secretly wanted to be a pastry chef. I loved to bake and decorate cakes, and not to brag, but I was pretty good at it. However, when I went gluten free baking became more difficult because of the difference in ingredients I had to use. But this book has such specific directions that I just couldn’t mess up when I was following it.

There are a few desserts featured in the book that I frequently make. One in particular is the classic carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting. I was never a big fan of carrot cakes before I went gluten free, but for some reason I am just addicted to this one! The page in the book is so worn down from use I can barely read it anymore, but luckily I have the recipe memorized by now.

The next cake I like to bake often is the Boston cream pie cake. It is two layers of vanilla cake with a Boston cream filling in between and chocolate frosting on top. It is just delicious and one of the easiest cakes to make. If you decide to buy this book (which you should!) you should definitely try to make this cake first.

Finally, there is my favorite recipe in the book- the strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting. This one is also mouth watering and delicious. It is two layers of strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting between the layers and on top. Just like the Boston cream pie cake, it is very easy to make. Bryn even gives you directions on how to make the frosting!

If you would like to try any of these cakes I’ve mentioned and more, you can purchase the book on The Cake Mix Doctor’s website. Thanks for stopping by and good luck baking!

A Gluten Free Grocery Shopping Trip

Gluten free grocery shopping can be tough- and very expensive. Most would think to go to speciality stores like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. However, many local grocery stores, like the Glassboro ShopRite I went to, are building up their gluten free sections more and more. And of course, to eat gluten free you do not have to buy foods labeled ‘gluten free.’ You can just shop for things that are natural, like fruits, vegetables, and meats. Below is a slideshow of my shopping trip!

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