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: Spiked Seltzer arrived. (thanks, guys –that was fast!) You’ll hear more about it next week — my #realfood50 challenge only included beer/wine and ended last night. I didn’t think a spiked seltzer before work was the way to go, but they are chilled and waiting.

Must BUY: Tessemae’s dressings. I’ve been eyeing these up for years when my superwoman friends have done their Whole30 challenges — very few (real food!) ingredients and no sugar, which is hard to find. The honey mustard is perfectly tangy and just a little sweet!

I do SPY with my little eye: another gluten-free cookbook to add to my list, it’s called Gluten Free Wish List, which fits pretty perfectly here, yes?

One very happy celiac sister is going to want to try these Gluten Free Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies ASAP. (me too!)

Checking off MY list: #realfood50 challenge! I did it. Fifty days with no refined sugar, no refined flours, no fast foods, no fried foods, no packaged/boxed/bagged foods with more than five ingredients. Done! You can read all about how it started over at 100 Days of Real Food…we opted for 50 days, but it’s Day 51 and I’m still real fooding and feeling better than I have in a long time. More energy, no breakouts, no tummy troubles. With my birthday coming up, I know I’ll indulge in some treats (or at least some Tito’s vodka!) but I can honestly say, the less junk you eat, the less you crave it. A good reminder that I can do “in moderation” much better than I have been and my body will thank me — although it wasn’t the goal (and is hard to tell since I started the challenge at my heaviest weight ever, 😕 ) I did drop 10lbs and have more to go to get to a more healthy weight, it’s a (hard!) work in progress. Thanks for all of you cheering me on the last 50 days! Let’s hope Lisa and her team from 100daysofreafood.com just happen to stop by and see all the fun REAL FOOD I’ve been up to and ask me to join their team as the gluten-free guru. *fingers crossed*
This week on Instagram…

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omelet big enough to share with mom


homemade chai


GF Get Together @ Parkside 23


a final visit to Cocina DeLeon (stay tuned!)


real food @ Grill Junkies


breakfast bowlin’ with my mama


homemade tortilla chips


a crafternoon with my soul sister and our mamas


seeking sun


chili Sunday


my style lunchable


melon-grapefruit lacroix with frozen melon cubes and splash of grapefruit juice


Cocina DeLeon enchiladas with brown rice & black beans


real food continues …


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.


Some of the top searches that bring people to this site are:

  • gluten free in Milwaukee
  • gluten free restaurants in Milwaukee
  • gluten free menu in Milwaukee
  • where to eat gluten free in Milwaukee
  • gluten free pizza in Milwaukee

You get the picture — and luckily, Milwaukee is full of gluten-free options.

There’s a whole list of places to dine out in and around Milwaukee HERE, or by clicking on the “Dining Out” tab on the homepage.


Every month, for the past (almost) THREE years, I have hosted a Gluten-Free Get Together dinner, and there have been very few times we have repeated restaurants.

The exceptions:

  • Transfer — THE best gluten-free pizza in Milwaukee. Hands down. Ask for Danielle. She is THE best server. Hands down. 🙂 They host us every year after our Team Gluten-Free 5k in May and for our holiday party with cookie exchange in December. 
  • Cocina DeLeon — You can get take and bake enchiladas, and if you join us, you can experience an after-hours private party, thanks to the lovely Linda. She turns the store into a “restaurant” for us each year for a fiesta you won’t forget. They are hosting our 3rd Anniversary Celebration (GFGT3) in February.

Although the husband and I would prefer sipping Old Fashioneds and dancing around our own kitchen, we do get out and about in Milwaukee for food fun too. And I want to share more of those experiences with you.

Plus, I really want my hashtag to take off — do me a favor? When you post pictures to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or anywhere else, add on #glutenfreeinMKE. Spread the good word and support those businesses that feed us well. (hopefully they’ll start using it too, when they post)

This might mean a full out restaurant review like when we went to Rumpus Room, or maybe it will be short and sweet.

Something like…

Check out the sushi at Whole Foods in Milwaukee. Bring it home, whip up some sriracha mayo, and dig in!


Did you know you can get a cake like THIS from Molly’s Gluten Free bakeryIMAG1642 Please tell me you’ve had the chicken salad at Cocina DeLeon!?!DSC_0776

Really, it’s the best gluten-free pizza in Milwaukee — get.to.Transfer.IMAG2384

Odd Duck is lovely. They have gluten-free options. And a patio to boot. (now if it had just stayed light long enough to get photos of the food)IMAG3495 Need a java jolt? Head to Roast on Maryland, near UWM. Tell Brice I sent you! photo

Simply sharing the gluten-free goodness. More photos. (2013 list — check!) Posting the one photo I snapped at dinner before the lights went down. A new place to find frozen yogurt. My hangouts. Places we should meet up for pizza and a beer. (Transfer. Seriously.)


Sarah #glutenfreeinMKE

*Please remember — it goes without saying, but ANY time you are at a restaurant, ask questions, then ask them again the next time. Be your own advocate. Educate (kindly) servers and staff with a smile. Menus change, management turns over — these are places I have been lucky to eat safely at, but re-check things every.single.time.


Friday Photos

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

This week was a whirlwind… where did the time go?

The plan for the weekend was to jet out to Denver, home of my sweet little Valentine. (D-town is kind of a regular on CITC, in case you missed it you can read about gluten-free in Denver here or here.)

But plans changed and it left my weekend pretty wide open, so I’m going to finish up week 6 of the Couch to 5k, run around doing errands for my celiac sister’s shower (all GF of course) next weekend, and head out to the farm tonight for a Pinterest party — just me, Molly and Q. (who has also become a regular around here.)

But before I get moving — here is the week in review.


The mystery of the afternoon snack was finally solved over on Facebook.

Kohlrabi — sprinkled with a little Penzeys seasonings.


Still on a tea kick.

SPORTea — served at The Grind at UWM, Alterra, or on-the-cheap at home.


More recipe testing for Carrie’s (Ginger Lemon Girl) new slow cooker cookbook. (seriously… pre-order it)

Almond & Dried Cherry Granola alongside her Chunky Applesauce


Because of leftovers – like tasty enchiladas from Cocina DeLeon – and my trip to the market for soup, we did more warming up than actual cooking this week, which was a good thing since our week was loaded with hair cuts, dentist appointments, test driving cars and one sick husband. But I still make time for a good breakfast, no matter what.

Fried egg sandwich loaded up with spinach, on Ancient Grain from Molly’s Gluten-Free Bakery


Brown rice cakes are sometimes my vehicle for spreads I love. (like hummus, peanut butter or tuna)

Farm fresh hard boiled egg w/ roasted red pepper hummus rice cake


And sometimes there is dinner at my desk — working until 9:30 one night a week makes for some serious planning to have a hearty lunch and dinner packed.

Zesty Corn Tortilla w/ chiles, cilantro and lime from Wisconsin Soup Company


There you have it — my week. What about yours… any new recipes you tried this week that we should know about? Tell us about it! (after seeing 53 comments over on the FB discussion about kohlrabi — and a great little discussion going on this morning about eating paleo — I’m digging the comments and hoping to see more here on the blog!)

Happy day!


Gluten free at the Milwaukee County Farmers’ Market

After the regular growing season ended in our family garden, produce at the store just didn’t cut it. Luckily, we have the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market.

A hidden treasure we discovered last year. Remember? I even did a post about it. I share with you, it’s what I do.

I’m making the rounds again at the market this year. Bringing friends along to experience meeting the actual farmer who planted, cared for and harvested the foods.

Speaking of friends…

It’s Linda, from Cocina DeLeon. One of the sweetest ladies I know. She’s doing her thing at the market. Handing out samples of her naturally gluten-free enchiladas. (I have some of the spinach and black bean ones in my freezer at all times.)

She was kind enough to pass on my info to a woman from the market. To find out what gluten-free items they might have for us. See? So sweet. A gem.

This is part of the email I received:

...aside from meat, poultry, charcuterie, produce, honey, sorghum, maple syrup, herbs, coffee, artisan cheese, organic milk, wine, hard cider and distilled spirits, we have a broad spectrum of Wisconsin specialty food producers who feature high quality gluten-free products.

Lucky. That’s what we are.

And that’s why I’m doing another post on the winter farmers’ market. So you know what to look for when you go!

Like the happy crew from Wisconsin Soup Company. Making handcrafted soups from local farmers’ produce. Several of their soups are gluten-free.

And two of those marked with a “G” were available to sample. Hot, tasty soup.

The Cream of Mushroom was lovely. Rich with flavor bursting in each spoonful. This was my first time, in three years of being gluten-free, that I tasted a cream of mushroom soup that made me want more.

I’m digging these folks. Fun, friendly and offering safe soups that awaken the taste buds? Yes, please!

You can find them at the winter market for now, then at some outdoor locations in the spring. (go show them some gluten-free love)

Want to know what else you can get at the market?

(none of the beer and pretzel ones though…but you know that)

Don’t you just love samples? Gone are the days when we can cruise through the grocery store and try the pizza samples, but you won’t feel left out at the winter market. All kinds of things to try.

Do me a favor? Try the sea salt ones. You can thank me later.

You don’t see that kind of sign everyday.

  • And then there are the eggs. You guys know how much I love my eggs. I tend to talk about them often. Give them to me poached, fried, scrambled, omletted, (yes, I make up words from time to time, who doesn’t?)  hard boiled, deviled. I’ll take them all.

Especially beautiful, farm-fresh ones like these:

Put them on some Udi’s bread with Usinger’s sausages and some red peppers, and you’re all set.

Or, for dinner, over flank steak and mushroom sauce. (from those very same mushrooms pictured above)

There is something for everyone. And there are plenty of fresh, whole foods that are naturally gluten-free as well.

Go often. Go early. (I recommend an 8:00 arrival for best selection and you can grab coffee from Valentine Coffee, brewed right there in front of you, at the market… amazing coffee, can’t get enough!)

Will I see you there in the morning?