It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  10+ days is a long time for me.  I was on vacation and my other jobs have pulled me away a bit.  But I’m back and kicking it all off with a few interesting nuggets of gluten-free news, including gluten-free samples, a yummy corn bread mix, a little restaurant info and more.

Gluten-Free Restaurant Finds

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is the busiest in the world, serving approximately 250,000 passengers every day! So naturally there must be some gluten-free people who walk through there…hint to ATL folks — likely more than just a few.  During my recent lay over there, I had a chance to snoop around on the gluten-free front.

My hubby and I ate at Cafe Intermezzo in Concourse B.  I would describe it as an upscale restaurant with a book store inside.  It also has a view of the planes coming in and out.  Anyway, they have a greek salad that’s labeled gluten-free on their menu as well as a salmon dish.  I am not sure I’d bring the kids here for gluten-free food, but if either of these dishes are to your liking, you should stop by. The service was good.  As a back up there’s a McDonald’s there plus a few Chili’s and Houlihan’s.

Donatelli’s in White Bear Lake

Donatelli’s in White Bear Lake, Minnesota sure looks like it has a great selection of gluten-free pasta goodies!  Its gluten-free menu includes Gluten-Free Italian Fries (cheese on a gf crust and dip in sauce)– Emma would love that, plus pizza, ravioli and stuffed shells. Sounds yummy!!

Twisted Bakery's Corn Bread Mix

Twisted Bakery's Corn Bread Mix

Twisted Bakery Gluten-Free Corn Bread

Recently I had the opportunity to make up a batch of gluten-free corn bread from the Twisted Bakery, a gluten-free company based in North Dakota.  The folks at the Linden Hills Co-op gave one for me to try and review.

I make corn bread from scratch using regular corn meal and my gluten-free flour mix.  Mine is good, but the Twisted Bakery’s was MUCH better!  It’s soft and fluffy and sweeter than what I’ve managed to make from scratch (despite adding honey instead of oil).  There were very few ingredients — I did have to run out and get sour cream for the occasion. I don’t usually have that around.

Overall the mix was easy to make.  It was quite thick which made me concerned it would be dry, but it was not. In fact, we cut up pieces, froze it and ate the rest a week later, and my husband asked me which one it was because he really liked it.  I’m pretty sure he just picked this mix over my home made corn bread.  (Sigh)  Oh well.  I think I did too.

You can find this and other Twisted Bakery items at the  Linden Hills Co-op in Minneapolis.

Free Celiac/Gluten-Free Event

It is always great to find an event that is very accessible to people with celiac disease or who have gluten-free issues.  There is a free event in Duluth, Minnesota this week.  Registered Dietician Heather Pitschka will talk about what celiac disease and the gluten-free diet are, plus there will be free samples.  It’s all happening at the Duluth YMCA on St. Patrick’s Day! Click here for more information.

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