Talenti gelato and sorbetto (YES! It’s gluten free.)

The high temp is 86 degrees here in Milwaukee today.

In the morning, there is usually a cool breeze near the lake. If you have the windows open, it will cool the house for hours. But not today. When I just stepped outside, I could already feel the heat that is to come later today. Anyone have a pool I can come take a dip in today?

No pool?

No worries. There are other ways to stay cool when the temps rise this summer.

I would love to tell you that the new ice cream maker has been up and running. But it hasn’t. Not yet. Way too many things going on right now. But it will make an appearance soon.

Instead, you can grab some Talenti gelato or sorbetto from the store. It’s amazing. And almost all of their flavors are gluten free. (caramel cookie crunch is a no-go for us)

Thanks to Shelby at Talenti, I was able to try several of their flavors. That may or may not have been the period of time when my jeans stopped fitting right.

Hands down, my top pick was the Mediterranean Mint gelato.

It is rich and creamy with bits of bittersweet chocolate in each bite. Every time I opened the freezer I had to grab a bite or two. There is nothing that says you cannot enjoy this early in the morning. Or if you need a little afternoon snack. Or after dinner.

You get it. It’s that good.

A close second was the Caribbean Coconut gelato.

I’m a big fan of coconut. You remember how I raved in a post about my love for Coconut M&M’s don’t you? Come to think of it, those M&M’s would be perfect with this ice cream. (Shelby… I might need another delivery!)

Because I didn’t think of M&M’s at the time, I paired it with the Double Dark Chocolate gelato.

(the very-chocolatey flavor also goes perfect with the Tahitian Vanilla Bean gelato And the vanilla made delicious ice cream sandwiches when scooped between two Liz Lovely Triple Chocolate Mint cookies.)

You thought I was kidding about the jeans didn’t you?

Not everyone is a gelato fan. And although I find that hard to believe, it is nothing to worry about. They have sorbet too.

Like this Hill Country Peach Champagne sorbetto.

I wish I still had some of this left in the freezer. It was perfect on its own, but also went well with the Blood Orange sorbetto.

My new mission is to try the rest of the flavors this summer. It’s already 78 degrees and it’s not even 9:00.

I will probably start the mission today.

Are you a gelato or sorbet fan? What are your go-to GF treats to stay cool this summer?

{Friday Photos — a girl. her mamasita. both love food. today will travel.}

Today is a good day, isn’t it?

The countdown is on … I leave for Denver on Tuesday! And you guys know how much I heart D-town. This is a super-special trip because my BFF just had a sweet little baby girl — and already has a little “bee” that I just adore, and we just so happen to be celebrating her 2nd birthday while I’m there. T-minus four days!

But before I jet out to the Rockies, the countdown (in hours) is going for a long weekend up north.

I can already hear Jungle Jim’s calling my name — you really should stop in and visit next time you’re in the northwoods.

But before I go, let me recap the week.

You know that smiling face — it’s my Mamasita!

That little trickster showed up at our Team Gluten-Free 5k on Saturday to SURPRISE me. And surprise me she did. (she had been scheming with the husband and my bestie Liesel for quite some time) They were like ninjas and showed up right before the race started — out of no where.

The icing on the cake? My mama got to stay until Tuesday.

She loves food as much as this girl, so we filled up on all kinds of GF goodness while she was here.

A couple smoothie breakfasts, lunch in Cedarburg at Vintage Cafe, and a night of grilling on the balcony — my guy can make a mean steak.

While we were out and about last week, we spotted the new Fresh Market in Fox Point. They stock some GF treats I have never even seen before. And they carry Jovial GF pasta. Get in there and check it out!

Before I sent my mama on her way, I introduced her to one of my all time favorite restaurants, Bunky’s Cafe in Madison. 

We shared the hummus plate, meat lasagna, and chocolate-caramel cheesecake. Go there. As soon as you possibly can.

Oh, and after the 5k last week, we fueled up on some Luna Protein Bars — the folks at Luna were kind enough to send some of every flavor for the group to try. I’ve gotten nothing but rave reviews this week, from those who tried them. (although I wish the ingredient list was just a tad shorter, I love that they pack in the protein — 12g — for each bar, and they keep me full longer)

Like days like today, when I’m camped out at Alterra on the lake for a meeting, catching up on emails, and popping in here before I unplug for the weekend.

(Chocolate Cherry Almond is my new fave) 

But before I go, here are some recipes you could be making this weekend for your Memorial Day picnic.

What are you up to on this long, holiday weekend? Any road trips planned? Or chilling at home?

Friday Photos: my week in review.

Welcome to Friday Photos, a weekly feature here on Celiac in the City — you can read how it all started by clicking HERE.

First things first, they are still serving Lakefront New Grist at Miller Park.

That deserves a head tilting laugh, yes?

Gluten-Free beer at Miller Park rules. (even if they serve it in the flimsy cups)

You know what else rules?

Co-workers who go out of their way, every single time there is an event at work, to help a gluten-free girl out. My buddy Jean at UWM is one who never lets me feel like I’m missing out on the fun. And she’s super cool about it too… like no big deal, that whole gluten-free thing? Got it covered.

And not just got it covered like she brought me some fruit, but got it really covered by bringing me my own little Tia’s Strawberry Shortcake. She also donates to our Team Gluten-Free 5k every year — she rocks.

Made with almond flour and coconut too and sweetened with agave, it reminded me of the goodies from Elana’s Pantry. (big fan of both of her books)

And this little nugget of goodness was in my bag from the happy hour party at Nourished, the gluten-free food blogger conference I attended not long ago.

Very few ingredients, which is key as I struggle to keep M&M’s from being a part of my regular diet, and instead grab for something more real food-like. May have to order some from Amazon or get a local store to carry these Simple Squares.

A little friendly fitness-mind-body-wellness challenge is underway with my girl Kristi and a couple of her friends. And I may or may not have told my other sister Laura that I’d stay away from caffeine and cut out the sugar with her for the next 40 days. (40 days is her timing on some habits in her 2012 list) So to keep me on track, I busted out one of my all time favorite treats today.

It just so happens to be in the real food category, with no added sugar. And in case you missed it last time I talked about my one ingredient peach sorbet, here it is again.

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What other real food, no-sugar added snacks to you guys like? Help me stay on track here! 

30 Days of Real Food Challenge

ARE YOU READY???

Tomorrow we kick off 30 Days of Real Food, gluten free style!

I have wrangled up some real food eating friends over on Facebook in a new, “Gluten Free & Good For Me” closed group and you should join us too!

Here’s a little “Real Food 101” so we’re ready to go…

  • Know where we’re headed!
    • Check out the rules for our real food challenge — just remember that Lisa and her family are not gluten-free, so just ignore the “whole wheat” and know that means whole grains for us, like brown rice, sorghum, etc. I have used several of their recipes as ideas and inspiration and any that are not written as gluten-free are easily converted.
  • Plan ahead!
    • Don’t let yourself get hangry. ALWAYS carry snacks.
    • Write out your menu for the week and make a grocery trip.
    • Look at your calendar for any upcoming social events and see if you can choose a restaurant with real food, meet for coffee instead, eat before you go, etc.
  • Try new things!
    • Let this month be an experiment in new-to-you foods.
    • Check out all the real food ideas on Pinterest. (be sure to modify them to be GF)
    • Dig out some of those recipes you’ve tucked away but been meaning to try, then share them with us!

See? You’re set for the first few days!

TO-DO LIST

I know we can do this! (I did over 50 days of real food in the fall and survived, so this will be totally do-able, I promise!)

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{Friday Photos: the view from here}

We’re midway through our road trip to Minnesota, for “Christmas Joy in January” with my family.

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This week…..

I’ve been playing around with my cinnamon bread recipe — made it into muffins, added some glaze, packed ’em up for the weekend.

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(Don’t worry, I’ll share it after some tweaking.)

Speaking of sharing… the husband shared his sorbet. Peach Ginger will make your taste buds dance.

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THE news of the week: my Snowflakes took 3rd pace in the Gluten Free Cookie Swap!

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Take a look at those prizes…so very lucky! There will be much more to come on all this as the sweet prizes start showing up.

But for now, it’s time to go…. Minnesota, here we come!

Coffee. Stat.

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Have a JOYful weekend!

10 Days of Real Food (Take 2)

It’s time for some real food.

As much as I have been loving our anniversary cake, plenty of White Russians, and all the other goodies I’ve indulged in lately… there comes a time when you need to get back on track.

Curb the sugar.

Get back to real food.

(more…)

Recipes

BEVERAGES

Simple Sangria

RumChata Chocolates

4 Ingredient Margaritas

White Russians (dairy-free)

Russian Mudslides

Cinnamon Dolce Lattes

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Morning Mocha Monkey Smoothie

SNACKS & APPETIZERS

Jalapeño Poppers 

Jalawhoppers

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon

Banana Breakfast Sushi

Homemade Croutons

Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Nachos

Pizza Totchos (pizza + tater tots + nachos) 

4 Ingredient Hummus

Quinoa Cakes — Pizza Style

Easy Artichoke Dip

Gluten-Free Beer Dip

Easy-Peasy Taco Dip

Thanksgiving Chex Mix

Apple Streusel Chex Mix 

Celiac Sista’s Slow Cooker Applesauce

I Miss Almond Joy Bars

BLT Bites

Bruschetta 

Bird Seed Snack Mix

Grandma’s Cooked Rice

Scalloped Corn

Cranberry Salad

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Family Flatbread

MAIN MEALS

Italian Chili with Garlic Parmesan Biscuits

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: Lasagna Style

Anything Goes Egg Cups

Mexican Lasagna

Pumpkin Pie Waffles

Overnight Oatmeal Delight

Maple Nut Zucchini French Toast

Satisfying Salads

Brandon’s Chicken Chili

Simple Shrimp Skillet with Smashed Chive Potatoes

Zucchini Planks 

Pan Toast with an Iced Cafe au Lait

Tortilla Pizzas

SOUPS

Zesty Corn Tortilla Soup

Potato Leek Soup aka Tayden’s Mashed Potato Soup

Spicy Tomato Dill Soup

BAKING & DESSERTS

Coffee Cake Muffins

Bread in the Bread Machine

Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars

Chai Banana Nut Muffins

Powdered Sugar Doughnut Muffins from Elizabeth Barbone

Grandma G’s Monster Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Banana Nut Breakfast Bites (breakfast cookies!)

Pumpkin Spice Granola 

Crazy Cake

Thumbprint Cookies

Snowflakes (aka Crinkles aka Pixies) 

“Bacon & Egg” Bites

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with RumChata Cream Cheese Frosting

Springtime Lemon Bars

Cinnamon & Sugar Pretzels 

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Berry Good Crispy Rice Treats

Coconut Cake with Berries 

Cherry Crisp

Grandma Audrey’s Rhubarb Bars

Grandma EdithAnn’s Banana Bread

Peach “Sorbet” 

Chocolate-Banana-Peanut-Butter Mock Ice Cream

2 Ingredient Ice Cream Sandwiches

SALAD DRESSINGS

Simple Vinaigrette Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Overnight Oatmeal Delight

We spent Mother’s Day in Minnesota this year — first time we have celebrated on the actual day with my mamasita in years!

And boy was she happy we were there. (it filled my heart with joy)

I helped in the garden, bounced on the trampoline with the nephews until my legs begged me to stop, planted marigolds to honor my grandpa, and tried with all my might to keep us there as late as I could.

Eventually we had to pack up the car and go — it’s over eight hours back to Milwaukee, but she was sure to fill us up before we left.

She had been talking about this overnight oatmeal-in-a-jar thing for a while, and asked me to bring home some gluten-free oats so my sister and I could try it out. Of course she got the idea for it on Pinterest. (you can follow my food obsessions here) And she doesn’t joke around when she pins things, she actually makes them. I know, impressive huh?

There are variations galore that can go into this yogurt-oatmeal dish — anything you can imagine putting in a smoothie or your bowl of oatmeal, you could add into this breakfast.

And if you’re like me, as summer shows her sunshiney smile, I tire of hot oats in the morning. This cool and creamy morning (or anytime) delight will keep you on the oats train all summer long.

Overnight Oatmeal Delight

¼ cup certified gluten-free oats (I use GF Harvest oats)

¼ cup Greek yogurt (plain, honey or any flavor that compliments your tastes)

¼ cup milk of your choice

¼ cup fruit (or just fill the jar to the top like I do)

sprinkle of ground flax seed (optional)

In a small canning jar (6oz works well) add oats, Greek yogurt and milk. Tighten the lid and shake to combine ingredients. Remove lid and add fruit to fill jar, stir to combine and replace lid and stick it in the fridge overnight.

Wake up hungry. Breakfast is served.

Other add in ideas:

  • peanut butter, banana and chocolate chips
  • applesauce, cinnamon and raisins
  • pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and raisins
  • frozen strawberries, bananas and flax
  • top with GF granola for a crunch

*Note: You may prefer less liquid in yours, and that’s okay too. I did not add sweetener to mine, but if you use plain Greek yogurt, you may want a little honey or agave. If you use flavored yogurt, you probably won’t need the extra sweetness. After you make it a few times, you can get into the overnight oatmeal groove and modify it to fit your tastes. Play around with it to make it yours — as with any recipe on the site, use it as a guide and then find what works for you!

Saturday night quickie — one ingredient gluten-free/dairy-free/no sugar added dessert

What’s with me and the late Saturday night posts lately?

 

Last time I stayed up past my bedtime and decided to do a post, I was filling my bowl with another frozen treat — my chocolate-banana-peanut butter mock ice cream. 

Tonight I was feeling fruity.

And I thought you might be too, so I logged on to share this little ditty with you right quick.

Ready for the recipe?

Peach “Sorbet”

1 can peaches in pear juice (this is the only time I do fruit from a can…it’s better with the juice than heavy, sugary syrup)

Stick the whole can in your freezer and let it get nice and solid. When you’re ready for your treat, take it out of the freezer and let it sit on the counter for a while, or run it under warm water to loosen things up a little. Open the can and use a knife to slice through the semi-frozen peaches and dump into blender.

Blend on puree/high setting until smooth.

Boom. Done. Dessert.

Really, that’s it. And it’s real food, real easy, real good. 🙂

Good night!