Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Williams Sonoma Gingerbread Spice Quick Bread

At Christmas I saw someone post about Williams Sonoma Gingerbread Spice Quick Bread and I was determined to obtain a bag. Off we went to King of Prussia Mall and lo and behold there is a Williams Sonoma there. After being told they didn’t carry the gluten free version but then finding it all over its own shelving unit, I was purchasing my bag.

The original cost of this mix is $14.95. I was quite sticker shocked but I was determined. When I finally got to the register I was pleasantly surprised to find out the cost that day was $5.95!! I won’t lie that made me so happy. To pay $14.95 for something I have never tried and knew little about, was quite daunting. But $5.95... much better.

Now the best part!

We had a snow day today and I was wanting to bake something. I pulled out the mix and just happened to have all the ingredients! So I was making the bread.

So was it worth $5.95??

It was worth $14.95!!!

Oh my goodness, it is soooo good. Just opening the package, it smelled soooo good. It whipped up quickly and easily. It baked perfectly and exactly per the instructions. It was soft, full bodied, so tasty and best of all it didn’t have that harsh gingerbread spice flavor that some products have. It is smooth and soft and really just tastes so good. I will easily spend $14.95 for this in the future but I will always hope it will end up being $5.95.

I highly recommend this mix.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Caruso’s Souderton PA

I have been wanting to go back to Caruso’s Brick Oven Trattoria in Souderton PA for a little bit now. Last Saturday finally presented the opportunity. We almost couldn’t get a seat, so I suggest making a reservation if you are indeed going to go there for dinner... especially before a show at Montgomery Theater.

It took a little while for our server to come to our table but once she did, she was attentive and helpful when it came to gluten free options and offering her thoughts on different foods to try. We started with the nightly appetizer special that was naturally gluten free... if you order the up charged gluten free bread (worth every penny). It was a smoked mozzarella ball over broccoli rabe and pea sauce (which was incredible) with capicola and the gluten free bread. I was grateful they put the capicola on its own plate as I am not a fan of it. The gluten free bread also came out on its own plate and it was basically a pizza crust. It was de.lic.ous! Writing about this appetizer right now is making my mouth water. It was so good that I don’t even have a photo except of the left overs we took home (sorry).

Then I chose to get the gluten free version of their chicken parmesan. It is grilled chicken with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce with a side of very interesting gluten free pasta. There were two breasts of chicken and no joke the meal turned into 3 servings for me and it was only $15!! There is no up charge for gluten free meals, just the bread. This is the only place where I have had that experience of not paying more for gluten free pasta, etc. A nice change.

My husband chose to get a gluten free pizza. It was the same “bread” that we had for the appetizer and it was topped with so many things. It tasted good but it was a little “soggy” and not easily eaten like a pizza. I think just sauce and cheese would work best for the crust and maybe not all the toppings he had.

Then for dessert they only have creme brûlée as the gluten free option, lucky me that I LOVE it and am trying to become an expert at trying it every where I go. It was more like a thick pudding but it was excellent. They even topped it with powered sugar which enhanced the sweetness and was a great ending to an excellent meal.

I can not vouch for if this is a celiac friendly place as I did not inquire about how all the food was made but I can tell you I did not get ill or for that matter even get a little tummy upset from the onions or garlic which is pretty common for me. I can’t wait to go back and after writing this post, I am ready to go back right now.

I highly recommend this place but please inquire for your specific needs for gluten free. Also remember to make a reservation to insure you get in and do not have to wait or even worse be turned away.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Krusteaz Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Mix

Yum, yum, yum

My wonderful sister sent me this box for my 18th wedding anniversary. She knew I wanted to try their products and had this waiting for the right time to send it along. I am so glad she did.

I was thrown by the statement on the box “Includes wild blueberries can”! It did indeed include a can of blueberries!! I was in awe and they smelled when I opened them.

Following the instructions exactly on the back, I quickly whipped up the mix. Not only did the blueberries smell delicious, the mix itself smelled so sweet and exactly like a blueberry muffin. I was hopeful and excited.

I baked them first to 14 minutes but they did need 2 more minutes in my oven. I let them sit longer than stated but that did not cause any issues that I could determine.

The muffins were perfect. Golden, soft, and again they smelled amazing. I took the smallest one, bit into it and oh my goodness it was delicious. Soft, warm, blueberry, sweet and exactly as I wanted it to taste. Thank you sister for sending this along to me!

I say run out and buy this mix. I do not know the cost but personally I would spend what it costs. These reminded me of gluten muffins of long ago and they were so easy to make. This will become a staple in my house for sure.

Sorry for the squished box but recall I did state me sister sent the box to me in the mail. Thank you again, sister!! Yum1