January 15, 2011

PASTA! Who doesnt like Pasta?


I cant believe that I have never posted anything in regards to pasta. I am a pasta LOVER! There are several different brands of Gluten Free pasta on the market, but one dominates ALL the competition. It dominates so much, my family and friends cant even tell its Gluten Free. When your in the search for pasta when you first become gluten free you vividly remember the taste of the glutenous version. You remember just how wonderful it is.

Let me introduce you to a few less superior pastas first...

When I found I was gluten free, that first day, I wanted pasta. Crying, I went to Trader Joes because that was the only place I knew that had gluten free anything. I bought a few boxes of their pasta to make for dinner. All I have to say is, I kept crying when I ate it. It was HORRIBLE! I thought maybe its just this first experience and tried it again. Cried again at how horrible it was. WARNING! Stay away from Trader Joes Gluten Free pasta!!! I give this pasta 0 (zero) stars. Good effort Trader Joes, but try harder PLEASE!
The next pasta I tried was Bionaturae (pronounced bee-oh-na-too-ray). I have to say I felt much better when tasting this pasta. It was definately better than the Trader Joes brand, but still wasn't the taste I wanted. It was definitely edible is all I can say. I give this pasta 3 1/2 stars.
Glutino... made with brown rice. You don't put marinara on rice. I still wasn't pleased, still taste gluten free, but it was a bit better than Trader Joes. I give this pasta 3 stars.
If your looking to make an Asian dish that's gluten free you found your pasta. No really this is another brown rice pasta. It does cook well, but not the taste of REAL pasta. I give this pasta 3 stars.
Now we're getting somewhere. A mixture of flours they have corn and rice pastas available. They cook up nice and actually taste decent with marinara sauce. DeBoles got close, but not close enough. I give them 4 stars.

And now what you have been waiting for! My far SUPERIOR pasta reveal...

Schar (can you hear the horns?) The taste you miss of glutenous pasta exists!

I cant say enough good things about Schar pasta. My friend, Karen Fine, gave me a bag of this pasta to try. That night, of course, we had pasta for dinner. As I was boiling the water and cooking the pasta I took a noodle to my husband to see if its cooked to his liking. He said it was perfect. I went back to the stove, took a noodle out of the pot and as I was about to eat it he yelled at me! He started yelling, "Don't eat it! Its cooked perfect! STOP!" Of course I ate it! He thought it wasn't gluten free. He literally had to come over and look at the package before he believed me. That was proof enough that this would be the pasta we would stick with.

Marinara sauce? FABULOUS! Other sauces? FABULOUS! The thing with Schar pasta is you have to cook it exactly like the directions tell you. Boil the water first... cook and stir... all that. Yes, they do use rice flour in their pasta's and unlike other manufacturers with 2 or 3 types of rice flour they taste nothing like rice. This pasta... I give it 5+ stars!

If you have a gluten free pasta, I didn't mention, that you like... fill me in please. I would love to hear about it.

Mangia bene, vivi felice! Buon appetito!

Happy eating (gluten free pasta), learning and living! Gluten Free...

January 14, 2011

Subway tests gluten-free sandwiches


Happy days are coming to us anti-glutites! I know you read the subject! Can you believe it? I will, when I see it in my local Subway. How exciting it this for people in Texas!

Here is an excerpt from the CNN article...

Subway is testing a bun made of egg whites, corn starch and tapioca starches for customers with gluten sensitivities at 700 outlets in Dallas and East Texas. The sandwich chain is also offering a gluten-free brownie for dessert. The brownie is made of potato starch, cocoa and sugar.

“Gluten-free is something on the radar,” said Les Winograd, Subway spokesman. “There are number of people at Subway who are particularly interested in gluten-free items for their own particular digestive needs. It’s not something that’s unusual to us.”

With Subway exploring a wheat-free alternative, is this a sign that major food chains are paying more attention to gluten sensitivities such as celiac disease?

I wish I could scream from the top of the world how excited I am. I guess my blog post will have do for now!

Here is a link to the actual CNN article by Madison Park: Subway tests gluten-free sandwiches

Happy eating, learning and living! Gluten Free...

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year


Well the new year is upon us again. I have to say, I am truly thankful for so many friends, family and blogs out there who have helped me with my journey as an anti-glutite. My goal this year is to decide what type of culinary school would be useful. Baking & Pastry school seems to be the one I feel the strongest about yet I like the idea of cooking with general nutrition to help other anti-glutites.

What is it that you miss the most about being Gluten Free? I miss the yummy breads. Gluten Free bread tastes like cardboard and only when I truly crave bread will I eat it. I have tried bakeries in the area that have Gluten Free bread, frozen bread, making my own bread, and NOTHING is even remotely close to the delectable texture and taste of REAL GLUTENOUS bread. Sourdough, boy do I miss sourdough bread.

I guess I would love to open my own FULLY Gluten-Free Bakery. Think about it... Gluten free cakes, tarts, cupcakes, cheesecakes, brownies, lemon bars, shortbread cookies, eclairs, creme puffs, cookies... my eyes are getting big and my mouth is watering! I would let it be known the bakery is Gluten Free, but I wouldn't produce and sell any baked items unless it was better than the glutenous version so that non anti-glutites would be interested in the product.

Oh, I guess its good to be a dreamer. Maybe I'm just hopeful.


Happy eating, learning and living! Gluten Free...

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a disease of the small intestine. The small intestine is a 22 foot long tube that begins at the stomach and ends at the large intestine (colon). The first 1-1/2 feet of the small intestine (the part that is attached to the stomach) is called the duodenum, the middle part is called the jejunum, and the last part (the part that is attached to the colon) is called the ileum. Food empties from the stomach into the small intestine where it is digested and absorbed into the body. While food is being digested and absorbed, it is transported by the small intestine to the colon. What enters the colon is primarily undigested food. In celiac disease, there is an immunological (allergic) reaction within the inner lining of the small intestine to (gluten) that are present in wheat, rye, barley and, to a lesser extent, in oats. The immunological reaction causes inflammation that destroys the lining of the small intestine. This reduces the absorption of dietary nutrients and can lead to symptoms and signs of nutritional, vitamin, and mineral deficiencies.

I found this information at the link below.

BTW I dont claim to be an expert or doctor. This is information I have found or what has worked for me.