Friday Photos Take 1: a peek into the pantry

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

Spending night and day on the couch last week, and still trying to recover this week has meant very limited time in the kitchen. Neither of us has had the energy to come up with something creative, let alone cook that creation.
I took a look at my phone this morning and realized I had not taken ANY food photos this week.
Now you know how sick I’ve been!
But I did wake up and snap this picture from our front window.
Hello, winter!
And boy have I been missing my kitchen — such an odd feeling to spend so little time in here this week. To reunite, I set up my laptop and camera at the kitchen table and settled in with a cup of coffee to come up with something to share with you this week.
I thought you might like to peek into our “pantry”. A little shout out to the kitchen area, the place we spend the majority of our time — tunes going, meats searing, Crispin flowing. (I just read on FB that there is a gluten-free kitchen “show and tell” going on with other bloggers as well… so I’m not the only one listing the kitchen as my favorite room in the house.)
I won this hand painted, water color print from The Gluten-Free Illustrator in a giveaway a couple of years ago — just beautiful! Check out her Etsy shop to see more of her talents.
It’s a simple kitchen, where the dishes soak and are then hand washed. (that will be first on our list of priorities for our new house — let the hunting begin!)
We are lacking counter top space here at our rental, but this is our “pantry,” one whole wall of the kitchen.
A look inside — top space is reserved for baking necessities and such and requires a little step stool to giddy up and grab the goods.
Let’s start with the lower level.
Two of our most overworked appliances — both from the KitchenAid family, whether it’s batters or grinding meat, smoothies or margaritas, they’ve got it covered. (and my legs have never looked more slim… would it be weird to use the mixing bowl as a mirror everyday?)
Quinoa is always on hand and I’m working on a new recipe to share with you. (Think pizza.) Popcorn is a snack I couldn’t live without. Are you a popcorn snacker too?
Hot tea pretty much saved my life this week — I carried a mug around to every class at work, trying to keep the cough at bay. Next to the Rishi Tea, is Ginger Lemon Girl’s Almond and Dried Cherry Granola. Another batch is in my near future. Check out that perfectly positioned Carroll Shelby’s White Chicken Chili KitIt really inspired this post. I knew it was going to be for dinner tonight, but I wanted to get started earlier than dinner on this post, (and then I had my GI appointment, so I ended up putting this on pause anyway… more on that later) hence the post on the pantry.
Oats and more oats — instant from Glutenfreeda and rolled oats from GF Harvest. And if we do have sweet treats in the house, they go in the Barnum’s tin. (Did you see our conversation on Facebook today? Any of the M&M’s candies could contain wheat now due to new production processes, so be sure to check every single label!)
Snack-central-station: Peeled Snacks, (wish I had some Pine-4-Pineapple left) Marcona almonds from Trader Joe’s and sour dried cherries make a lovely pair, and Jovial pasta is a staple pantry item now.
What’s up top?
We need to get that fondue pot down — maybe another fondue night at the farm. On the right is THE best waffle maker. Courtesy of some of my very best GFGFs at the surprise shower they threw for me this summer. Every single time we make waffles for friends and family, they have commented on how fantastic they are. It’s all about the waffle iron.
That is one heck of a cupcake carrier. Raise your hand if you love cupcakes like this girl. Oh yeah, I’m in good company!
Speaking of cupcakes, the key to a good cupcake is in the liner — so keep as many on hand as possible.
Flours, flours….
… and more flours.
So there it is. What did you think? What are your gluten-free staples in the pantry?
Stay tuned for Take 2 of Friday photos — coming up just as soon as “Brandon’s Chili” is done simmering — you didn’t think I’d finish off the week without a recipe did you?
See you after dinner!

Friday (was two days ago) Photos: break for breakfast

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

Do you ever hear people say they don’t have time for breakfast? The very thought of skipping breakfast makes my stomach growl. We’ve heard it over and over that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I wouldn’t dream of missing it.

Sometimes you have time for rounding up all the supplies, buying fresh bacon, a long discussion on the best setting for the waffle maker, and more than 15 minutes to eat – instead of standing at the counter.

Other times it’s short and sweet. (or a little tart, if you don’t use sugar)

And most days it is somewhere right in the middle. Just right. (a slice of a “jumbo loaf” bread from Molly’s GF Bakery topped with natural peanut butter and strawberry-rhubarb jam from my Mamasita)

But every once in a while, we take a break from the norm and sweeten up breakfast a little.

I had found this oh-so-very-cute-foodie-craft idea on Pinterest, which is where I spend most of my free time these days. If you aren’t already on Pinterest, head on over there now and get your account set up — I will warn you, it is basically like crack. I apologize in advance for the time this will now take away from your loved ones.

My nephews (ages 8 and 5) were big fans of this “breakfast” idea and we had a blast making them, although they were not fans of waiting for them to set. And when little brother was told to take a break after his sixth one of the weekend, (he really wanted one for breakfast)  he said, “well… it’s bacon and eggs, that IS bweakfast” And I’m not one to argue with a little guy who pronounces it “bweakfast.”

You can make these at home in no time.

“Bacon & Eggs” 

Glutino pretzels

White Chocolate baking morsels (or almond bark – we used Nestle’s white chocolate baking morsels)

Yellow M&M’s (my little “lion” chef was happy to pick them out… and eat the other colors)

wax paper

Melt baking chips in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until completely melted. Spoon or pour small circles of the chocolate onto the wax paper and let set for a moment before adding the M&M’s. Finish off your combo with two “strips of bacon” using the pretzels. Allow to set until firm – this will be tough, and I can report from experience that taste testers do not mind if they are completely set before trying. 


What about you, my friends– what is your go-to breakfast these days? Do you make time in the morning for a hearty, hot meal? Or are you munching on the go? Share your breakfast ideas below in the comments sections to inspire me with some new ideas!

Good night,


gluten-free waffles… worth the wait

Can you believe I haven’t had homemade waffles in almost FOUR years?

That can’t be right.

We needed to fix that problem, so we registered for a new, free-from-crumbs (gave away my old one after going GF) waffle maker.

There are plenty of things to say about this waffle maker:

  • we got it from THE greatest group of ladies — at the last GF Get Together actually… the one that those sneaky little tricksters turned into a surprise shower for me!
  • it pretty much runs itself, light turns on, there’s beeping involved – can’t really mess it up.
  • because of it, I will never have to eat frozen, from-a-box waffles again.
But rather than go on an on… as I ease back into a more regular blogging schedule… I’ll just leave you with these:
(Many thanks again, to all my gluten-free friends, for this perfect gift. You brought waffles back into my life.)