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Starting a post about this to exchange ideas regarding favorite gluten &/or dairy free products. I have a son who has been eating gluten/dairy free for the last 6-7 years, and I am always looking for new ideas! So list your favorites, or you can list things that you have found really bad, to warn others (this food ain't cheap!!)

Our Favorites

Pasta: Tinkyada brand - the closest to real stuff in texture, I find it doesn't overcook as easily as the other brands I have tried

Flours: My current favorites are the pre-mixed blends from Authentic Foods (Gold Bag), but I have had good results from just making a blend from flours bought in the bulk bin too (which is the cheapest way to go). Also, if you have a lot of indian/asian markets where you live (I do) - it is a great source for buying things like rice or sorgum flour cheaply.

Pizza Crust - have never been too ambitious to make my own - the one time I tried, it turned out really bad, but I have had very good luck with the Kinnikinik frozen pizza crusts. Take straight from the freezer, top, and cook.

As a working mom, I rely often on convienence foods. They are also great to send along to school with my son in his thermos, as he prefers a hot lunch. Some of our favorites

Ians: Chicken nuggets, fish sticks and fillets, Chicken patties, Kids meals! (similar to kids cuisine style meals), French bread Pizzas

Amy's: A lot of amy's stuff is gluten free, and more and more is dairy free too. My son enjoys the Thai Stir fry and Noodle stir-fry frozen entrees. He wasn't crazy about the kids meal or pasta bowl (too mushy)

Kinnikinnick: In addition to great pizza crusts, they have great muffins, breads for sandwiches or toast or french toast (our favorite is the white sandwich bread), english muffins (which double as hamburger buns, they make a hamburger bun as well, but we prefer the english muffin, as it is sturdier.) I can do a good quick bread, but my attempts at making yeast bread have fallen short, and I just often don't have the time. We have two local bakeries that I also will buy gluten free bread at, but I find the Kinnikinnick to be just as good. Also, if you can't get this brand near you, they have a website and shipping (I have shipped both to MN and FL) is a flat $10.00, no matter what you order, which is a great deal!! They also have good mixes, and cookies (Montana's Choc. chips are our fave). Their ALTA line is also completely dairy free.
http://www.kinnikinnick.com/

We are completely dairy free as well, but for those that are not, I hear that Grandma Ferdon's is supposed to be awesome - I have seen their stuff in health food stores in the Minneapolis area, and it all looks really good - breads, bakery items, pie crusts etc. They are out of Wisconsin.

For dairy free, we generally use Pacific Foods or Harmony Farms rice milk (I will sparingly use soy if I feel that the recipie needs a thicker textured milk).

There is no such thing as a good substitue for cheese in my opinion. Having said that, if you can tolerate soy, my son loves the Toffuti cheese and cream cheese (they do use distilled vinegar, but so do we, and so do many celiacs - it is a personal decision) The Follow Your Heart brand cheese is good to him as well, it comes in blocks, so needs to be shredded. These are the best brands I have found in terms of them melting (at least somewhat).

Would love to hear what others use and like! Thanks!

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  1. I'm unable to eat wheat but I have time to cook (am retired) so can't help with convenience products other than TJ's rice pasta (cheap and decent). I have learned that most celiac cookbooks seem to bend over backward to complicate what can be very simple. I buy most of my non-wheat flours at Asian stores and have found the substitution process to be really easy. My flour-substitute baking mixture is simple: 2 parts rice flour to 1 part corn starch or potato starch + 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum for each 3 cups of mixture. I can bake cakes, scones, biscuits, cookies,and quick breads with this. I use brown rice flour sometimes.. white other times, depending upon the flavor desired. In Indian stores I find corn flour, a very finely milled flour that makes lovely cornbreads and cakes. Mostly I cook Mediterranean , Mexican, or Asian food; but I can negotiate Northern European foods quite well with minor substitutions. TJ's sells a brown rice bread that works well for meatloafs, crumbing, mini-pizzas, French toast, bread puddings, etc.; but only a celiac could love it for sandwiches! I toast it lightly, then slice each piece down through the center to make two thin pieces out of one. Thinner it's much more palatable. I'm unable to eat the tapioca bread, as well as the garbanzo-flour mixtures, so corn and rice are my grains of choice. Quinoa has it's place somewhere.. I'm still exploring its possibilities but my jury is still out. Polenta plays a large part in my diet. I can share recipes and substitution-tips with you if you wish. I have no problem with dairy (was a cheesemaker for many years) but I love to use almond milk when cooking for lactose-intolerant friends..

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    1. re: fromagina

      Hi fromagina-

      I shop at TJs all the time and have not seen a GF bread from them. One local TJs carries Ezekiel's--but that is sliced farily thinly already, so I'm thinking you get something else. Could you write again with the name of the bread if you get a moment? I'd like to look for it.

      Thanks a bunch!

      SST

    2. Newmann O's, like oreos only they come gluten and dairy free.

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      1. re: adventuresinbaking

        The Newmann O's I have seen in the stores where I live are WHEAT and dairy free, not gluten free. Big difference to many of us. Just wanted that info out there.

      2. for a milk alternative, my hands-down favorite is almond breeze unsweetened almond milk - as long as no one has a nut allergy. it comes in 3 flavors, and has no added sugar. much lower in calories than rice milk, and i prefer the taste.

        sadly, as far as prepared products go i've found many more misses than hits. for pasta i agree that tinkyada is the only halfway decent brand. i also like pure 100% buckwheat soba noodles as an alternative to rice-based pasta.

        i have yet to find a GF baked good that even comes close to the real thing, so i bake everything myself. i know you said you like kinnickinnick, but i think their stuff is awful. you might want to try some items from "everybody eats" - i haven't had their products myself, but they get good reviews.

        http://www.everybodyeats-inc.com/

        one item that did surprise me [in a positive way] earlier this year was trader joe's GF gingersnaps. they're actually very good. they're not produced in a certified GF facility so if that's an issue i'd stay away...but they don't contain any gluten or dairy.

        but my absolute favorite GF product these days is bob's red mill GF oats. they're much less expensive than the other brands such as nature's gift & lara's.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I too love the almond milk and use it for baking for my lactose intolerant friends. Tasty stuff! I made the mistake of thinking all soba noodles were 100% buckwheat! Many have wheat flour and I have since learned to read the label. A very mouth-pleasing noodle is the fresh fun noodle, if you can find it in a local Asian store. It's sold fresh and you need to know the delivery days to get it because it will sell out fast. Fun noodles look like pure white fresh noodles and they soak up sauces wonderfully and satisfy my deepest noodle cravings!

          1. re: fromagina

            i might have to try fun noodles..i typically use shirataki noodles from the japanese market - the ones made with just yam flour, not tofu - no soy for me.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              have you tried kelp noodles ghg? i think you'd like those as well... they're great for cold salads and stirfries... they've got em at whole foods as well as that heavenly diet store on van nuys. gluten free and a whole bag is like 18 calories, and a whole bag is too much!

              1. re: Emme

                yep, i discovered them at erewhon about 4 years ago, and i've been eating them ever since.

        2. My son has a dairy allergy but we aren't always gluten-free but here are our dairy-free favorites (most are gluten-free):
          Butter sub: Earth Balance tub
          Milk sub: Silk Enhanced Omega-3
          Cheese sub: Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella for pizza, Road's End Organics Kids and Cheddar Chreeze for macaroni (they have gluten-free versions)
          Chocolate: Scharfen Berger Baking Bars (semi-sweet and unsweetened), Tropical Source Toasted Almond Bars (gluten-free), Enjoy-Life chips (for when I don't feel like chopping chocolate), Chocolate Emporium (http://www.choclat.com/) for white chocolate chips, shaped chocolates for holidays (ie Easter bunnies) and chocolate lentils (M&M subs
          )Cream Cheese sub: Tofutti, I love the French Onion in mashed potatoes!
          Yogurt: Whole Soy & Co (blueberry is my son's favorite)
          Ice Cream: Tofutti, Tempations, Purely Decadent
          Frozen treats: Tofutti brand "Marry Me" bars are like dairy-free Dove bars, Tofutti Fudge Pops, Philadephia Swirl Cups
          Best Chicken Tenders: Bell and Evan's brand is the best! (gluten-free versions are good too)

          My son and I love soba noodles and I've found some brands at Asian markets are buckwheat/yam with no wheat.
          Definately not gluten-free but we love Divvies Chocolate Caramel Popcorn http://www.divvies.com/

          1. Mr. Krispers Rice Chips are excellent and addictive GF snack food. They come in several flavors, ar low fat, low cal, and a great healthy sub. for chips. Perfect for packing in lunches.

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            1. re: ArikaDawn

              oh, i forgot about mr. krispers! best GF chips on the planet.

              that reminds me, if you're not allergic to corn, there are some terrific roasted corn snacks out there for munching. WFM packages their own, and i also like the inka brand. they're both better than corn nuts. and there's also "glad corn," which is basically partially popped popcorn kernels - the stuff is delicious, and seriously addictive...

              http://www.gladcorn.com/

              one last snack favorite - sunridge farms veggie chips. except they're not really chips, they're dehydrated vegetables. i buy them i bulk at natural foods stores, and some locations of WFM carry their own house brand as well, packaged in those plastic flip-top containers.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Never heard of glad corn (kinda like an "alternative" popcorn) - sounds neat. Pop Nots is another one that sounds good but I haven't tried them myself. But I LOVE the semi popped kernels and old maids. There's a company called Chocoley www.chocoley.com that makes allergen and gf chocolate. It's delicious and you can pretty much coat anything with it.

            2. Thanks for starting this. Great topic. In addition to the products listed, I can add to the list a bit. In terms of prepared food, I like two products put out by a company called Tasty Bite which I get at Whole Foods. They are both easy to heat Indian meals, vegan and wheat free. At the end of the day, if I am tired, I can microwave one and have a quick meal. Also, look for products by Gillian's Foods. I use the bread crumbs which are made with rice flour. Their web site is full of information. Also, look for a vegan cheese called Sheese. We had to order it, but it is great. Very good flavors, like blue cheese and gouda. It's best when used in cooking, I felt. Grate it on top of a pasta dish or used in a wrap or a tofu scramble. I also usually have on hand a soy based grated parmesan flavored topping. It's put out by Galaxy Nutritional Foods,

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              1. re: mvi

                i haven't used the galaxy parm sub because i can't have soy, but i love the "parma raw" vegan parm substitute. it's made with nutritional yeast & ground walnuts. it's fantastic - an umami party in your mouth!

                1. re: mvi

                  I forgot about that Galaxy soy "parmesan". Alex, my son goes through phases where he LOVES it and then can't stand it. And last year we had a batch and he said it tasted bad and then a few weeks later that batch was recalled for having dairy contamination!!!

                2. Gluten-free processed/packaged foods that I cannot live without:

                  - Mary's Gone Crackers
                  - Chebe roll mix
                  - Pamela's baking mix (no relation!!)
                  - Sharwood pappadums
                  - AllerEnergy snack bars

                  I am not a big pasta (shredded zuccini or spaghetti squash instead) or bread (rice, potatoes, polenta instead) fan, which is lucky, because most gluten-free pasta/breads are not that great.

                  P

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                  1. re: PamelaD

                    Second the Mary's Gone Crackers and the pappadums (there's some called Tiger as well that are quite nice). Both excellent when you need a salty, crunchy fix.

                    Oh, and throw in Larabars on the energy side and also a second vote for TJ's gf gingersnaps- I'm not the allergic one but I still love them!

                    1. re: chocolatstiletto

                      i wish i liked mary's gone crackers...i've tried many times. they're okay at first, but after a couple of bites they take on a very odd flavor and an aftertaste, regardless of the variety.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Possibly because I view them as a vehicle for things like chutney, that hasn't been a problem...actually I quite like them plain, too. Oh, well, all the more for us! (Haha, plus, given the recipes you post, I'm sure you have a homemade version that's far superior anyway!)

                  2. Agree w/ others' recs for Bob's Red Mill products.

                    I love love love Dixie Diner http://www.dixiediner.com for their selection of gluten free maple krispy cereal as well as an array of other products.

                    TJ's have pretty good gluten free pancakes - they hardly taste any different and been served to gluten folk with no questions asked.

                    1. i saw a GF brownie mix at TJs yesterday. i don't do mixes - anyone who's familiar with my posts knows i do all my own baking, but you might want to look into it or ask around to see if anyone has tried it.

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                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        We've tried them...very good. Also tried the TJ's gluten free peanut cookies in the freezer section--not as well-received as the brownies.

                      2. This is a new brand of crackers that are delicious. Unfortunately, only one flavor is totally dairy free (smokehouse), but all of them are wheat and gluten free. They are Nut Thins from Blue Diamond Almonds. Here is a link with the nutritional info:

                        http://www.bluediamond.com/shop/natur...

                        1. My husband has been eating gluten free for about a year. The best baking mixes I've found are from a company called Really Great Food. The vanilla muffins (w/choc chips added!) are great and I buy the banana bread mix and make muffins as well. He loves the sandwich bread from Whole Foods. As for pasta, the best we've found is Notta Pasta. It comes in fettuccini, linguini and spaghettis shaped.

                          1. My husband and I are vegan (no animal products) and I'm gf...
                            Pasta: TJ's rice pasta
                            Bread: Food for Life (rice/pecan or rice/almond) or make our own
                            Mylk: Pacific brand vanilla lowfat almond (cold!), Blue Diamond chocolate almond mylk, (hemp mylk when on sale)

                            Burgers: Sunshine brand Southwest and Garden Herb
                            Pizza dough: make our own from Bette Hagman's Gluten-Free Gourmet cookbook
                            Flours: we use our spice/coffee grinder or VitaMix to make our own brown rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, chickpea, and amaranth flour.
                            crackers: TJ's soy sauce rice crackers, Mary's Gone Crackers (when on sale or when we have a coupon)
                            chips: TJ's blue corn tortilla chips and the Veggie and Flaxseed (tri-color) chips

                            for cheese substitute on homemade pizza: eggplant which has been salted and most of the liquid pressed out...

                            Frozen dessert: (usually only when on sale) http://www.goodkarmafoods.com/
                            We tried the peanut butter chocolate fudge. We also recently tried Cherry Nirvana, Chocolate Obsession, and Pomegranate Chip versions (also on sale) from the following. http://www.turtlemountain.com/product...
                            We had the strawberry from the following.
                            http://www.welovesoy.com/product.php?...
                            Blue Moon Sorbet

                            Cold cereal: Nature's Path corn flakes and Mesa Sunrise
                            frozen waffles: TJ's or (if on sale) Lifestream Blueberry and Buckwheat
                            cookies: Enjoy Life (for breakfast when we were travelling!) or make our own
                            soups: Imagine Foods has a few gf, dairy-free ones, TJ's has a black bean and a lentil soup in cans

                            My husband recently bought "The Gluten-Free Vegan" cookbook by Susan O'Brien for us. We have lots of vegan cookbooks and a few gf cookbooks and modify many recipes from those so they're both gf and vegan.

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                            1. re: lgss

                              WOW - my Trader Joe's does not have all of the GF products mentioned here!!!

                              Agree on Tinkyada for pasta. I also like different types of Asian noodle (mung bean, cellophane, rice vermicelli).

                              I have yet to see all Buckwheat Soba noodles- if anyone can direct me to a source (mail or NYC) I would much appreciate it!!!

                              I also like Glutino Bagels (you have to really toast them well, but they're the best GF bagel I've found).

                              Namaste Foods chocolate cake is great.

                              Van's Buckwheat waffles are great - i like them better than the lifestream, which tend to come out either albino-looking or burnt to me.

                              Pamela's chocolate chip cookies.

                              Agreed on Nature's Path corn flakes or (i think?) Mesa Sunrise Millet Rice cereal.

                              1. re: allieinbklyn

                                The millet rice has oats and barley malt in it, so wheat-free but not GF.
                                http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/nc...
                                Mesa Sunrise is corn, flax, amaranth.

                                http://www.traderjoes.com/Attachments...
                                http://www.traderjoes.com/Attachments...
                                availability may vary by region

                                1. re: allieinbklyn

                                  Eden Selected 100% Buckwheat noodles are available through Amazon.com, but you have to get a dozen. I buy them locally at a natural food store - check if you have one in your area.

                              2. Am in love with Riceworks brown rice "chips"....very much like a tortilla chip but gluten free...and I believe dairy free. Try the chili flavor!

                                1. Trader Joe's now has a great tortilla chip called Tortilla chips w/ an Identity Crisis... gluten free and sooo good.

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                                  1. re: Emme

                                    Sorry to be confusing with the millet rice - there is definitely a millet rice flake that is gluten free - but i usually get it in the bulk section of my natural food store!

                                  2. Also like the omega-3, chocolate chip, and vegan ones of these. Available at TJs among other places.
                                    http://www.organicfoodbar.com/products

                                    1. Bob's Red Mill makes the best GF brownie mix and the best GF pancake mix. Bionature GF pasta is good but tends to be much more expensive than Tinkyada, which is also good.

                                      We just made Gluten Free Girl's GF chocolate chip cookies and I swear--you couldn't tell them apart from regular Toll House cookies. Find them at www.glutenfreegirl.com. You'll be amazed!!

                                      1. At my job we ordered some brownies for coworker who is GF from Mariposa Bakery. They were some of the best brownies I've ever had. Not "good for gluten free," but just plain terrific. The texture was wonderful, I would have never guessed they weren't weren't regular brownies.

                                        http://www.mariposabaking.com/

                                        1. Hi autmommy,
                                          I just noticed your name. I have a nephew with autism (but who is not gfcf), participate on a very busy yahoogroup, and work in the field. Another product we buy and eat is the black bean and corn enchiladas from TJs.

                                          1. My niece was diagnosed with Celiacs earlier this year. She hates not eating her old favorites foods, but even worse, hates feeling "different" from everyone else. We had a family dinner last week and I wanted dessert not to be an issue for her, so I looked online and found this recipe for a chocolate cake:

                                            http://www.associatedcontent.com/arti...

                                            It was pretty easy to make and she was thrilled to be able to have what everyone else was having.

                                            1. my favorite product list
                                              noodles: TJ's rice noodles 1.99 and the best texture i've found, tinkyada comes in second.
                                              crackers: glutino cheese taste like goldfish - almost. soy crisps from TJ's are excellent.
                                              bread: i like the Wedge bread (in minneapolis)
                                              cookies: ginger snaps Mel-O
                                              Pizza Crust: Orgran (find on Amazon)

                                              bake most of my own, don't have a big problem with texture and taste in baked goods.

                                              1. Seeing this thread again- need to add Liz Lovely cookies, which are all vegan. SOME of them are gluten free. They are so delicious even my dairy eating family members crave them. While I buy them at my local co-op, they are also available on line.

                                                1. I'll join the fun...

                                                  Pasta: Dr. Schar's fan here. Hands down favorite in our house and the only one my non-Celiac husband will willingly eat.

                                                  Flours: I just mix by hand. I recently tried Jules and Better Batter and just haven't seen that much improvement in my baked goods using them. Jules really didn't work well for shortcakes - too tough. I get a lot of flours at Asian and Indian as well, and grind my own white bean flour so it is fresh and not bitter (using a Vitamix dry blade). I do like Dr. Schar's blends for some pastries, but it isn't widely available in the US.

                                                  Pizza Crust: Experimenting with recipes. Udi's was the best premade I tried, but I prefer my own - I think more because I can make it the thickness I want. I premake a bunch of dough, and parbake and keep in the freezer.

                                                  Other premade food: my son likes TJs Indian frozen food, tamales, etc. for premade. Those are nationally available.

                                                  Bread: We actually just did a blind sandwich bread tasting with my ROCK group (think cook's illustrated style). The details of which are on my blog

                                                  http://breakingbreadwithdavies.blogsp...

                                                  Anyway, Udi's won and I have to agree. Although the texture is a bit light in some cases, I would love to figure out their recipe. But nutritionally it is terrible, so we make our own, aging the batter sometimes for better flavor. I just don't eat that much bread.

                                                  I find Kinnikinnick to be too sweet.

                                                  For oats I am a Lara's fan - I have tried 3-4 GF oats brand and consistently go back to Lara's.

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                                                  1. re: jsaimd

                                                    thanks for the reviews! i keep getting e-mail offers from Jules (i must have filled out some web from back when the company was just launching), and i've been curious about the behavior of blends that contain Expandex ever since i met the reps at a food technology show a few years ago....but now i won't bother. i was considering Better Batter too, but it looks like you saved me quite a bit of money and hassle!

                                                    i like Lara's oats too - i just wish they were more widely distributed, and priced more competitively. i tend to default to Bob's Red Mill because they're more cost effective, but the texture isn't as good as Lara's. a word of advice - *steer clear* of Legacy Valley GF oat products - i was really unhappy with both the oats and the oat bran. they have a very unpleasant barnyard odor, and an oddly sweet flavor...and they're not sifted very well. i found many sharp, inedible slivers of what i assume were hulls in the oat bran.

                                                    since you mentioned Udi's bread, have you tried their new GF granola? i just spotted it at Whole Foods the other day. i opted not to buy it because i'm not crazy about canola oil, but it looked pretty good. Bakery on Main just rolled one out as well that actually contains GF oats - their initial product is made from corn, which to me isn't granola :) i've read about it, but haven't found it in the stores yet.

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      Please keep us posted if you find the new Bakery on Main granola. We do the one in the green bag--apple raisin walnut--but I agree, it's not really granola! I've never seen Udi's bread. Where is it available and does it come frozen?

                                                      1. re: mom22tots

                                                        i've never seen the Udi's bread either - that was jsaimd. then again, i just don't eat bread anymore because they all suck and i don't have the time or patience to bake my own right now! but i Googled it for you, and you can order it online:
                                                        http://udisglutenfree.elsstore.com/vi...
                                                        http://www.glutenfreemall.com/catalog...
                                                        http://www.lindasdietdelites.com/glut...

                                                        i'm on a mission to find the Bakery on Main granola. so far none of the local markets that carry the original variety have it yet, but if i don't see it soon i'll ask someone.

                                                        1. re: mom22tots

                                                          Bakery on Main and Udi's are both available at Whole Foods in our area.

                                                          Udi's is the best Sandwich bread, but not enough to convert me to eating GF sandwiches - however it is pretty impressive what they do. It is just a bit fluffy for me to like often.

                                                          1. re: jsaimd

                                                            but does your WFM have the NEW Bakery on Main granola that's made with GF oats? the stores here in San Diego don't have it yet - just the original corn formula (ick).

                                                            1. re: jsaimd

                                                              My husband is the GF eater and he's a big lover of sandwiches (at least he was pre-celiac). Right now the best bread we can find is by Schar--how do you think Udi's compares? And do you order it online?

                                                              1. re: mom22tots

                                                                We had Schars in France and i like Udi's better. Udi's is more American Sandwich bread style and moister - better bread flavor.

                                                                I usually make bread for my son b/c the Udi's isn't very nutritious. But we have it in 3 of the 4 closest grocery stores here - gotta love northern California...

                                                                1. re: jsaimd

                                                                  Called the nearest Whole Foods to me-I'm in NJ--and they said they carry Udi products in their bakery. Has anyone tried anything other than their bread? I understand they make muffins and pizza crust as well.

                                                                  1. re: mom22tots

                                                                    Pizza crusts are decent, but i like my easy homemade stuff better. If you don't bake though they are better than Kinnikinnick or the Whole Foods crust. IMO

                                                                    1. re: jsaimd

                                                                      Thanks. And would love your recipe for GF pizza crust if you don't mind!

                                                                      1. re: mom22tots

                                                                        I am actually doing an experimental pizza night on Friday with our local celiac kids group. I will post the recipes and such on my blog and put info here...probably won't have time to do it before then, but I promise i will.

                                                                        1. re: mom22tots

                                                                          I saw this and thought I'd post what I do-- I use this recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... but I tweak it. Sub millet for the bean flour, and superfine brown rice flour (Authentic brand) for the white rice flour. I got a nice crust by preheating the heck out of my 12 inch cast iron skillet upside down. I then just slid the pizza on parchment paper right onto that hot skillet, and wow, that's good crust!

                                                                          1. re: mom22tots

                                                                            Posted the recipe for the winning crust on the homecooking page, or you can see on the blog;

                                                                            http://breakingbreadwithdavies.blogsp...

                                                                            1. re: jsaimd

                                                                              that was some experiment! i love you for including weight measurements :) one of these days i'll have to tackle your thin-crust & American crust recipes...

                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                Actually the weight measurements are how I bake, so I highly recommend those for best results.

                                                                2. re: mom22tots

                                                                  ok, i just tracked down the granola at my local gourmet market - i had a feeling i might find it there because they're actually one of the most GF-friendly independent stores i've ever seen.

                                                                  i actually decided not to buy it for several reasons - they use canola oil, which i really try to avoid; the berries are freeze-dried, which i hate; and they pump up the fiber content by adding inulin, which does NOT play well with my digestive tract. i'll just have to keep baking my own!

                                                                  for the record, the grocery guy at the store was raving about this new GF bread they just got in that he said was the best they've ever found - lo and behold he was talking about Udi's. of course, they were out of it!

                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                    Ordered Udi's bread, muffins and pizza crust online for my hubby to try out and it just arrived tonight! Haven't had a chance to really sample yet, but he grabbed a slice of the whole grain bread and was very happy. Can't believe how soft this bread is! Will update once we've really tested it all out.

                                                                    1. re: mom22tots

                                                                      great, thanks! if it's that good i may buy some.

                                                                      edit: just looked at the ingredients on the Udi's website - between the canola oil & xanthan gum i'll probably have to skip it...but i'm not surprised it's so soft - it's mostly starch (tapioca, potato & corn) - there's not much flour in there. but i'm glad hubby seems to like it so far - we celiac CHers are so difficult to please! ;)

                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                        Yep, like I said ziltch nutritional value and the multigrain isn't much better nutritionally. So, my son will just have to deal with mommy's homemade not so fluffy bread. And yes, my non-celiac son has to eat 100% whole grain bread not the white buttertop with the crust cut off stuff his friends get to eat. I am sooooo mean.

                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                          ghg, just curious, does xanthan gum destroy you too?

                                                                          1. re: Emme

                                                                            my issue with xanthan is two-fold. i don't like what it does to my stomach, and i don't like where it comes from/how it's produced.

                                                                            i'm ok with guar (in small doses), carob bean or acacia gum, and seaweed derivatives like agar-agar and carrageenan.

                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                              i have to avoid both xanthan and guar, so i'm curious how carob or acacia would sit with me.. i of course have the yeast/fermentation and dairy/casein issues on top of the gluten (oh and not to mention coconut)...

                                                                          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                            At this point we are feeling like beggers can't be chosers...finding gluten free bread that a) really tastes good and b) is actually good for you too seems to be impossible!

                                                                            1. re: mom22tots

                                                                              i know. sad, isn't it?

                                                                              1. re: mom22tots

                                                                                That's one of the reasons I'm always surprised more people don't use Montina flour in their GF baking. It's so gnarly. Tastes great, too.

                                                                                1. re: Vetter

                                                                                  people don't use Montina flour because they've never heard of it. depending on where you live it can be extremely hard to find. here in San Diego we're fortunate that the chain of Henry's Farmers' Markets carries it, but even in LA it's scarce. and when i was back East for 18 months, i never once saw it on a shelf in NJ or NY.

                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                    Figures that I'm just spoiled. There are perks to living in an old hippie town.

                                                                                    Now if the Montina people could just make a finer-milled version. I put it in my chocolate chip cookies, and while the flavor is fab, you get hulls in your teeth.

                                                                                  2. re: Vetter

                                                                                    I love baking with alternative flours but I thin many are too expensive for commercial bakeries to use. I had a fantastic 100% buckwheat bread in France - but the flavor was very strong. Not for everyone.

                                                                                    We rarely see montina on the shelf here. I am a big mesquite fan, not as much of a nutritional power horse, but super yummy...

                                                                                    1. re: jsaimd

                                                                                      i've been raving about mesquite for a couple of years now, and people never know what it is! i'm always happy when i find someone else who loves it. unfortunately it's another expensive, hard-to-find ingredient.

                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                        Yep. I still pick it up and point it down about once every two months. I just need to bite the bullet!

                                                                    2. I recently tasted some products from http://www.mrsmadewell.com/ and they were excellent

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                                                                      1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                        What did you try and are they sold nationally?

                                                                        1. re: mom22tots

                                                                          I tried a few of their cookies which were brought to a family function. I had never tried any gluten free products and was really surprised how good they were. According to their website they only ship in Florida but may soon ship nationally.

                                                                      2. I picked up a Honey Baked Ham and my husband (w/CD) really wanted to make a sandwich. He's only been gluten free for about 10 weeks and still craves decent bread. I was lucky to find UDI's at a health food store nearby- all the others he's tried have left him unsatisfied. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he likes it. I've had good luck with Chebe roll mixes, I add some sesame seeds, garlic powder and romano cheese on top of the rolls before baking. I've been using Quinoa pasta, but he just confessed that he doesn't like it (didn't want to hurt my feelings). Chicken strips from Bell & Evans are pretty good and handy to keep in the freeezer for a quick meal. I just tried Southern Homestyle GF Corn Flake Crumbs on some boneless chicken breasts and it satisfied his fried chicken craving. I'm still learning and experimenting with GF cooking. Thank goodness rice was one of his favorite foods even before he was diagnosed with Celiac (just invested in a rice cooker and use it often).

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                                                                        1. re: gfcolette

                                                                          Another option for GF bread that I just tasted is Natural Food Works, which is available in northern california. It is sweeter, and I think I still like Udi's but it is soft and not as "holey" as Udi's.

                                                                          Here is a post on it.
                                                                          http://www.breakingbreadblog.com/2010...

                                                                          For pasta - order some Dr. Schar's from Amazon. Seriously better than anything else I have tried.