The Kelly’s New Guest Resident
So the other day I decided to take advantage of the relatively windless day here in New Mexico and tackle some outdoor spring cleaning, starting with my light fixtures (am I the only one who does this?). While I had the top piece inside for cleaning, a beautiful little dove (at least I think that’s what it is, I can really only recognize hummingbirds) promptly took residence, building a nest for her little baby-to-be. I have to keep my porch light off at night for fear of catching the nest (and my house) on fire!
Cookbook Giveaway Winners
The following three people will each receive a free copy of How to Cook Gluten Free by Elizabeth Barbone:
Congratulations ladies, I will send each of you an email for your shipping information. 😀
Heidi’s Weekly Menu Plan: Naturally Gluten Free, Mostly Grain Free and Easily Dairy Free, Egg Free and Soy Free
Monday: Not Beanie Weenies and Salad
Tuesday: Moroccan Chicken Brochettes, Baked Sweet Potatoes and Salad
Saturday: Mark Bittman’s Spicy Grilled Shrimp, Green Bean “Fries” and Salad
Sunday: (I’m hosting an Extended Family BBQ so there will be a few dairy and GF grain filled options for my guests) Barbecue Chicken and Ribs, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw (I will use soy free Vegenaise), Creamy Cucumber Salad, Banana Cream Pie, Cherry Cheesecake and Dairy Free/Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
A Few “Just” Gluten Free Recipe Ideas
Commercial Gluten Free Broths and Stocks
If you are brand new to the gluten free lifestyle, you may be surprised to learn that not all commercial broths and stocks are not gluten free.
I know. WHY in the world do they have to put wheat in chicken broth?! What exact purpose does it serve?
Be cautious of Swanson’s Broths and Stocks
According to Campbell’s, some Swanson Broths are gluten free…but not all of them.
The Swanson Certified Organic Chicken Broth contains wheat in the “flavoring” (see ingredient list here).
The following Swanson broths are listed as gluten free on the Campbell’s website:
Swanson® Gluten Free Broth & Stock (Aseptic)
Natural GoodnessTM Chicken Broth Chicken Stock
Swanson® Gluten Free Broth (Canned)
Natural GoodnessTM Chicken Broth
More on Gluten Free Broths and Stocks
Alison over at Sure Foods Living wrote a comprehensive article on gluten free chicken broth (including a list of brands) and I highly recommend reading it (please note that the article is 3 years old and product ingredients may have since changed. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS check ingredient labels!).
I prefer to use homemade chicken broth/stock and beef broth/stock whenever possible. Not only do they taste better, but they also have some amazing intestinal healing properties!
When I happen to be in short supply of homemade stocks though, I like to use Kitchen Basics, they taste great and are free of: gluten, MSG, eggs, dairy, soy and corn, all ingredients my family needs to avoid.
Have you discovered a product containing a gluten derived ingredient that surprised you? If so, what was it?
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