Tuesday To Do List: what to buy, spy, and try! (or sometimes cry about)

Tuesday To Do List is my newest attempt at bringing you tidbits from the gluten-free world each week. This will continue until my mind-that-doesn’t-rest comes up with another way to entertain you guys. You can read my very first to-do list here. Cross your fingers I am back here next Tuesday with another list.

To try…

I spy…

 

On the shopping list to buy…

  • Would one of each of the ciders on this list be too much?😉  (I haven’t met a cider that’s not gluten free yet, BUT of course always check to make sure before sipping.)
  • The ingredients for THIS amazing looking spring salad! Peas are one of my favorite vegetables. Yes, I know this puts me in the minority.
  • Other spring season salad veggies/combos… what are YOU putting into your salads right now? INSPIRE ME! I can hardly wait to get the garden growing!

I’m going to reboot my real food eating with a month of real food in April — I just do better eating real food, as much as I have been trying to deny that lately and indulge in all the treats. Care to join me? I’m trying to persuade some other GF friends to join me as well, the more the merrier! Update: I’ve set up a “Gluten Free & Good For Me” Facebook page to keep us all on track, go give it a LIKE and get in on the fun!

The week over on Instagram…

  
  
  
  

Follow along: @celiacinthecity and pretty please give a “tap, tap” to my photos and leave a comment when you can — the new algorithms they are using are similar to those on Facebook and they will decide what you see now, but the more you interact with your favorite accounts, the more often you’ll see their posts.

 

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Tuesday To Do List: what to buy, spy, and try! (or sometimes cry about)

Tuesday To Do List is my newest attempt at bringing you tidbits from the gluten-free world each week. This will continue until my mind-that-doesn’t-rest comes up with another way to entertain you guys. You can read my very first to-do list here. Cross your fingers I am back here next Tuesday with another list.

Our Badgers won in the very last second the other night on the court, sending them to the Sweet 16… but the REAL March Madness is March MUFFIN Madness happening right now with “coach” Shirley.😉 Go check out ALL of the recipes (and oh-so-generous prizes!!!) and then try out my coffee cake muffins I entered in the madness last year.

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I spy happy mail from Coors Peak today. They are rolling out a new flavor in their Coors Peak line, the Golden Lager, and I get to try it! (stay tuned for my thoughts on this one, going to try my best to save it until this weekend with the family so the rest of Team GF can try it too!)

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I also may try to save a little for these gluten-free onion rings!

We are trying out 225 South/Mia Famiglia’s new location in Waukesha tomorrow night for our GF Get Together dinner — friends on Facebook have been raving about the plentiful options for the GF crowd and their careful handling/separate prep area to avoid cross contamination.

For once in my life, I was thankful for a delay during my layover — it meant sit down dinner at Root Down in the Denver airport!

You must try when you’re passing through Concourse C. (actually ALL of the restaurants in their group: Root Down, Linger, and Ophelia’s have gluten-free options and I’ve eaten at ALL of them safely. Looks like my dear friend Johnna love Root Down as well, read about her experience here.

Another EVERYthing is gluten-free bakery/restaurant find, this time in Tucson, AZ. We are headed back this fall to celebrate my brother’s retirement from the Air Force (SO proud of him!) and will be going back to Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery & Bistro.

 

After being in summer-like weather all week in Arizona, I had a severe vacation hangover returning to chilly Wisconsin weather. Dreaming of real spring temps… maybe these Springtime Lemon Bars would help?

 

Give me all the lemon desserts — next up is this naturally GF meyer lemon creme brûlée !

As much as I wish I were getting paid big bucks to add these links to my page, I’m not. They are not affiliate links. I’m just sharing to share.

Tuesday To Do List — what to buy, spy, and try! (or sometimes cry about)

Tuesday To Do List is my newest attempt at bringing you tidbits from the gluten-free world each week. This will continue until my mind-that-doesn’t-rest comes up with another way to entertain you guys. You can read my very first to-do list here. Cross your fingers I am back here next Tuesday with another list.
I want to try…

On my list to buy…

  • My friend Johnna is always on the lookout for fun GF items when she’s out and about and posted about these thin, crispy, gluten-free cookies from Trader Joe’s (she’s says they are like Tate’s) that would be perfect for these two ingredient ice cream sandwiches!
  • An Inspiralizer. Yes? No? Do you have one? Tell me everything.

I spy…

  • Two cases of “are you freaking kidding me?!” reported to Gluten Free Watch Dog — I sometimes feel like a crazy person the way I check, double check, and triple check on foods, even those that come in a gluten-free package, to be sure they are safe. I guess I’m not the only one. I won’t lie, I feel more nervous as a celiac eight years in than I ever have before. Shouldn’t things be getting better?

 

I almost cried (tears of JOY!) this weekend when I had fried chicken for the first time since being gluten free. (I just celebrated my EIGHT year GlutenFreeiversary recently!) AND apple fritters! When you are gluten-free in Nashville, be sure to check out AMOT. Their entire menu, minus a couple of beers on their beer menu, (where they distinguish between gluten-free and gluten removed beers, impressive!) is gluten-free! And don’t worry vegetarian friends, that black eyed pea falafel sandwich pictured below is for you! My.kind.of.place.

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We landed late Sunday night from our adventures celebrating Mr. CITC’s #bigbourbonbirthday… and now I’m leaving on a jet plane to meet my Mamasita in Tucson to visit my brother and soak up some rays! (if you have any Tucson, AZ recommendations, let me know in the comments!)

EnJOY your week.

xoxo

As much as I wish I were getting paid big bucks to add these links to my page, I’m not. They are not affiliate links. I’m just sharing to share.

Tuesday To Do List — what to buy, spy, and try! (or sometimes cry about)

Tuesday To Do List is my newest attempt at bringing you tidbits from the gluten-free world each week. This will continue until my mind-that-doesn’t-rest comes up with another way to entertain you guys. You can read my very first to-do list here. Cross your fingers I am back here next Tuesday with another list.

 

 

  • If you’re a local Milwaukee GF friend, be sure to join our private, closed group on Facebook — after years of Facebook deciding who sees what (and usually only serving my posts up to very few people) we started a little group that’s just us, friends in and around Milwaukee that can share recipes, honest restaurant reviews and concerns, and ask ANY questions. Click HERE to join!

 

 

  • Just for fun — I LAVA THIS VIDEO! (first saw it in the theater before Inside Out, just try not to cry!)

 

 

 

  • I haven’t found a gluten-free fish fry in Milwaukee that even comes close to the fish & chips I had in London…but maybe trying a homemade fish fry would be best?


That beautiful plate was from Truscott Arms in London — THE best fish & chips I’ve ever had, gluten-free or otherwise. EVER. (and stay tuned for the day when I finally write more about my 85 days in London!)

That’s all for today, my friends.

I miss you all and hope to get back to a more regular blogging schedule soon.

xoxo

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pizza totchos (tater tots + nachos!)

Some nights, especially when the outside temp is 9 degrees, you just want to cozy up with some comfort food.

If you’ve never had totchos, you are in for a real treat.

It seems that less people are taking the time to actually read blogs these days, so for those who clicked over and want *just* the recipe and you’d like it right now…enJOY!

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PIZZA TOTCHOS

½ bag tater tots (we used Ore Ida mini tots, always be sure they are labeled GF)

¾ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

¼ cup asiago cheese, shaved

½ cup pepperoni slices (Boar’s Head is labeled GF and so tasty, just slice it up!)

¼ cup green olives, chopped

⅛ cup onion, diced

½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced

canned jalapeño pepper slices

1 teaspoon Penzeys pizza seasoning 

½ cup pizza sauce for dipping, in oven safe ramekin

Bake tater tots according to the package directions; this may differ slightly depending on brand and style of tots, any will do!  When they are about 80% cooked, remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle with pizza seasoning, then top with cheeses and all other toppings. Place ramekin dish of pizza sauce on pan and return to oven for remaining cook time or until cheese is melted and tots get crispy and pizza sauce is heated.

Plate up, dip into sauce, enJOY!

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Sarah’s Notes: ANY pizza toppings you would use on a regular pizza would work to top these totchos, we just used up what we had around the house. (those are the best meals in my opinion!) Same goes for the cheeses, we had some extra asiago to use up, but you could also use shaved parmesan, or just extra mozzarella.

Let me know if you try them out and what toppings YOU use!

 

 

cheesy vegetable soup

Today’s Tuesday To Do list is short and sweet because we’re living it up “Pura Vida!” style in Costa Rica: MAKE THIS SOUP!


It’s cheesy. It’s vegetables. It’s all yours.


CHEESY VEGETABLE SOUP

1 large package frozen vegetable medley

1 medium onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1-2 cups stock (chicken or veggie)

1 can condensed milk

cheese(s) of choice, shredded

sriracha or other hot sauce

butter or olive oil

salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add 1-2 tablespoons butter to Dutch oven or large pot (I call mine “big blue!”) over medium-high heat.
  2. Add diced onion and stir occasionally while onions soften.
  3. When onions just start to brown, add garlic and stir into onions.
  4. Dump bag of frozen veggies in and one cup of stock. (you may want to add more depending on size of bag — I used a jumbo bag and just added more liquid. You can also wait until veggies have cooked to decide if you want/need the second cup of stock.)
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook until veggies are softened, but not mushy.
  6. Remove from heat. Either use an immersion blender (worth the buy!) to partially blend soup, leaving chunks of veggies OR allow soup to cool a bit then blend in batches until you’ve done about half of the soup and return to chunky veggie mix.
  7. Pour condensed milk into pot and stir — remember you don’t have to use the entire can. It all depends on how thick you like your soup. You can’t really mess this one up!
  8. Add CHEESE. I just grab a few different kinds (cheddar, pepperjack, etc.) and add a handful at a time until it’s as cheeeeeeesy as I’d like it. You can also skip the cheese, up to you.
  9. Season to your liking with salt & pepper, add a little sriracha or other hot sauce, a few drops of lemon juice if you’d like (this really brightens it up!) and top with ANYthing you can think of: bacon, green onions, croutons.
  10. EnJOY.

Sarah’s Notes

  • Use regular milk if you do not have condensed milk — although I have not made it with alternative milks, you could substitute your milk of choice as well.
  • The cheese is up to you, I like to use a couple handfuls, but I’ve also made it with a couple slices of cheddar when I was low, and that worked too.
  • If you don’t have stock, you can use boullion as well, just prepare with water.
  • ANY veggie combo works, but I like the one with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and squash.
  • You can purée part of it like I do and leave some veggies whole for texture, or purée all of it for a smooth, creamy soup. (or purée none!)
  • As with all my recipes, use this as a guide — you may like your soup thicker so you choose to use a bit less stock and/or milk. After you make it a few times, you’ll figure out just how you like it!

Tuesday/Wednesday To Do List: GLUTEN-FREE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

This week’s to do list is super simple. And it’s all about the cookies.

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Our annual holiday party and gluten-free cookie exchange is TONIGHT and we wanted to share all of the cookies on our list with YOU… just click the links for the recipes so you can add them to your to do list!

Snowflakes/Crinkles

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Thumbprints (a family favorite, Mr. CITC asks for them every year!)

gluten free thumbprint cookies

Scotcheroos

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies (no flour!)

Mint Chocolate Cookies (be sure to use gluten-free flour, it’s not GF as written)

Butterfinger BonBons

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies (be sure to use gluten-free flour, it’s not GF as written)

Pumpkin Spice RumChata Rum Balls  (sub GF graham crackers for wafers)

Snickerdoodles  (just sub in Cup4Cup or other GF flour)

Butter Pecan Caramel Cookies

Soft Batch Apple Cider Gingersnap Cookies

And Miss Jessie, a new GFF to our group added her own recipe for Mini Spiced Raw Vegan “Cheesecakes,” inspired by THIS recipe.

And…a BONUS cookie from last year’s cookie exchange that folks were still talking about this year: Lemon Head Cookies!

Don’t you wish you were joining us?

I haven’t dug into this beauty yet, but there are plenty of cookies to try out from Elizabeth Barbone’s new book!

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A special thanks to:

Cheryl’s cookies

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Wausome Wafers Cheese Crisps 

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THANK YOU for sending sweet & savory treats for our event!

  • Please, please, please and pretty please CHECK THE LABELS on your favorite baking ingredients and candies EVERY single time… companies change their information often and it is best to double, triple, quadruple check (and remind your families to do the same if they are cooking/baking for you!) to be sure they are still safe.

 

  • I often use family recipes and just swap in Cup4Cup gluten-free flour mix — it is worth the money for me to have my recipes turn out every time! (and I may or may not have stocked up this year with the 25lb bag!!!)

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EnJOY your cookies. Tell me what YOU end up baking — I’ll be sipping cocktails in the sun or zip lining through the rainforest in COSTA RICA starting this weekend until the week of Christmas. (our baking and shopping are DONE!)

PURA VIDA!

xoxo

 

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