#glutenfreeinMKE

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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!

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Did you know you can get a cake like THIS from Molly’s Gluten Free bakery? IMAG1642 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.)

xoxo

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: JOY

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

The past week was filled with joy. (and celebrating)

The joy of meeting a new friend on the farm.

The joy on his face, after creating “T’s Masterpiece,” all by himself. (with grandma at his side)

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Joy in the belly. (as Shauna and Danny would say)

BLT Bites

 bacon – leftover from breakfast (is that even possible?) 

greens/lettuce from your garden or local market

grape or cherry tomatoes

salt/pepper

sriracha mayo for dipping — add a few drops to your mayo

Layer them all up. Keep it all together with a toothpick, if you’d like. Dip. Bite. Repeat.

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Simple joys — breakfast with family. (and my mama sending me home with my Strawberry Shortcake silverware set… that the nephews were arguing over who “had to use the girly ones”)

Pamela’s pancakes with blueberries & raspberries

Bringing joy to a friend — Molly’s Gluten Free Bakery style.

How are you spreading JOY this week? It’s contagious.

Photo source from Pinterest 

gluten-free bruschetta

It’s HOT out there.

Not so hot that I’m complaining about summer though, because we wait and wait for this during winter — it is what it is. It’s hot.

But it is too hot to have the oven going inside, so let’s head out to the grill. (today might be a tad too toasty to whip this up for lunch, but the sun will cave eventually and give us some beautiful grilling weather later tonight)

This makes a filling appetizer, while you are waiting for the rest of your meal to come off the grill, or serve it all at once, like we did with our skewers of clean-out-the-fridge goodness.

 Gluten-Free Bruschetta

1 loaf French-style bread (we used Schar for this, but Molly’s GF Bakery makes a mean French loaf too)

1 clove fresh garlic, peeled

8 roma tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for drizzling over bread

salt/pepper

Combine diced tomatoes, basil, and tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl and salt & pepper to taste. Set aside while you prepare the bread. (this can be made several hours ahead to allow the flavors to become friends)

Slice loaf into thin slices and toast on the grill. (you can also do this in the oven, when it’s not so hot, at 350 degrees)

When it’s toasted just how you like it, transfer to a platter and rub each slice with the fresh garlic clove. Then drizzle lightly with olive oil and top (generously) with your tomato mixture.

As with any recipe you see here on the site – PLAY WITH IT and make it yours! Use more/less basil, add other fresh herbs, skip the bread and spoon it over a grilled chicken breast with fresh mozzarella… whatever makes you happy!

Stay cool. Go eat.


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?