Molly’s Gluten Free Bakery – Pewaukee, WI

What started out as a quick trek out to Pewaukee to pick up my bakery order, ended up being one of the coolest experiences of my gluten free adventure. When I placed my order over the phone, I had asked if I could take some pics and do a little feature here on my blog.  I ended up staying for over an hour… touring, tasting, meeting some of the nicest people. The perfect Christmas gift.

The unique building is tucked away on Hwy JK in Pewaukee, just off of Hwy 16.

There was already a line when the doors opened. People were anxiously waiting to pick up bags of goodies for their holiday celebrations. I had ordered the basics: sandwich bread, buns (which I use for everything from pizza burgers to “toast” in the morning and garlic bread to PB&J sandwiches on the go) cinnamon rolls and dinner rolls. I knew they would have some Christmas goodies in their display case, which I took advantage of. Gingerbread men and cut outs. And I spotted their frozen pizza crusts last minute and added that to my bag.

I was lucky enough to have Mary Burgdorff, the owner, ring up my order. She is a gem. I received the warmest welcome. (and you will too when you go to visit!)

My tour guide was Adam, the baker. Master of the breads. 

He was kind enough to show me around. And by show me around I mean he let me try a little at each station.

Their Spritz cookies were amazing. So were the cute little chocolate ones dipped in powdered sugar.

And not a chance of cross contamination. NO gluten of any kind is even allowed through their doors. None of the employees have Celiac Disease, but they are extremely cautious to be sure your items are safe. (they are a nut free bakery as well and also have some dairy free options)You can find their order form here.

Mary hopes to continue expanding, adding more ovens in the future. She would also love to start shipping. (my sister would love this too) Hopefully she calls me when she needs the extra help. Although, how much trouble would I be in at Molly’s? Just a taste here. A sample there…

Adam raved about the staff and what a fun, friendly place it is to work. Although their team is small, they work together to get the orders done. And fill that tempting glass display case. And make many people very happy. Like me. And my g-free teammate, Tom. We heart Molly’s. You will too. Go see them. Visit their website.

Many thanks to Mary for letting me peek inside this wonderful place. And to Adam for showing me around. Don’t be so modest. You’ve got talent. You can brag a little. (especially if you start selling that delish “test” loaf  I tried that day)

The whole crew was warm and welcoming. And even took the time to pose for a photo.

Adam, Vic , Mary and Maureen

On Christmas Eve, the fam raved about the cute little gingerbread men. And Tom was a huge fan of the cut outs. After his first bite he said, “This is good. This is really good. There’s hope.” You guys made his day.

They fit right in with our other holiday goodies. I made sure to give kudos to Molly’s for the fancy ones on the plate.

I even got a treat for the road. These amazing little cinnamon raisin rolls. Slightly crisp on the outside and oh-so-soft-and-delicious on the inside. Like real ones.

I was tearing pieces off of it before I even started the car. My favorite sample of the day.

I wish I still had the other one.

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PS~ Maureen, the sweet lady pictured above has this business called Tiered Treasures. Her website is in progress, but she makes these amazing custom pieces. They are on display right when you walk through the bakery doors. Take a look.

Contact me through the site if you are interested in learning more about them. Or just go pick one out for yourself. What better way to show off your gf goodies than one of these?

Jungle Jim’s- Silver Cliff, WI

I don’t spend all of my time up at the cottage baking and sipping beermosas in the hot tub. We allow plenty of time to hop around to our favorite bar/restaurants too. At the top of our list is Jungle Jim’s in Silver Cliff, just a few minutes from our place. Before going gluten free, we would eat there on every trip up north. The food is delish. But it’s not just typical bar food, their sandwich menu is extensive and their nacho plates are enough to feed a group! The Voo Doo was my default sandwich until I was diagnosed, check it out on the menu. We have started making it ourselves at home on gluten free bread, it’s just as good!

After finding out I have Celiac, Jungle Jim’s food was on hold for a while. I figured it was like every other bar type restaurant, full of fryers and cross contamination. (Don’t worry, we still went there for beverages with the crowd. They have several Smirnoff vodka flavors, which are made from corn,  and gf) In August, we were on our Harley trip and ended up at the cottage for a few days. We stopped in to visit one afternoon and Sharon was working. We started chatting about Celiac and the gf diet, and then next thing you know, we’re back in the kitchen reading labels to figure out what I CAN have! Prior to this day, Allan did whip me up a juicy steak and baked potato combo, but we were hoping for another option. I ended up with The Safari (minus the bread) and potato salad. I was in heaven!

And it gets better. Last month while we were up there, we stopped in for a drink. I had ordered my regular passion fruit Smirnoff with 7 and took a spot at the bar to chat it up with the locals. Guess how excited I was to look over and see a sign featuring this:

GLUTEN FREE BEER AT JUNGLE JIM’S!!! I was ecstatic! I quickly finished my drink and ordered a beer. And it started showing up just because I had asked for it. How great are they?!? Now I can go in and order a beer. Just a beer. Not a long explanation. Just a beer. In one of their tiny beer glasses. It makes the beer taste better.

Thank you to Allan and Carole for doing what you do and to Sharon for taking the time to make sure there is food for me in the kitchen. Stop in to see them when you are up in the Northwoods. Good food. Good company. Great beer.

Snow day…

means Jungle Jim’s for lunch and the Packer game.

It was The Safari with a baked potato. I was too hungry for pictures when it arrived. But it was good.

Restaurant Shout Out: The Bar- Wausau, WI

My original goal for the weekend was to eat myself silly at the WI Gluten Free Expo. Teasing emails arrived in my inbox with promises of a fish fry, beer, pizza, and pastries. And although they did deliver on all of these fabulous treats, I found a hidden treasure generically named The Bar, in Wausau, right next to the center where the expo was hosted.

After making the rounds at the expo, we decided to do “lunch” (not sure what to call that meal on Saturday after stuffing myself full of pizza samples and desserts from Life Beyond Wheat in Antigo, WI. Clearly it was after the lunch hour, but my calorie count was almost too high to call it dinner). Al and Peg joined us. Al is the moderator of THE greatest forum.  We have become expo-friends. They were giving out coupons at the expo for wings, and if you know me, you know I heart wings. Sadly I have not had them in a bar/restaurant since going gluten free. Most restaurants do not have a dedicated fryer = no wings for me. Sadly, most places drop their bar baskets of breaded goodness into the fryer with fries, wings, or anything else on that bar menu. So for those gluten free peeps in the crowd, this was a BIG deal.

Now, you won’t find The Bar gracing the pages of Food and Wine magazine, and it may not have been voted “best bar food” by the Shepherd, but they can hold their own. Visit them here: http://www.meetatthebar.com/pdfs/menu_7.pdf Yes, it seems like only a few items, but to eat bar food, without any explanation or my usual statements of caution, made my day.

The wings. BBQ. Delish. Mark was my partner in crime. Helped me finish off wings and fries. With a pizza to-go. (I think we all know the whole pizza did not make it back to Milwaukee.)

Their pizza crusts are from Sysco, which provides products to restaurants all over Milwaukee. If they can make this happen at their chain, in Wausau, then it should not be a problem here should it? I think I have a new project.