Over the last few days I have had time to make a few gluten free discoveries. Some of which were expected (Pillsbury dough) and others unexpected.
(Editor’s note: since posting this story in July 2013, it was updated January 2014)
Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough
First off, I apologize I don’t have photos of these. We had two opportunities to take them, over the 4th of July my mother-in-law baked a batch and my 11 year old baked the tub that I purchased a few weeks earlier. I wasn’t around during any of the baking session and as a result I am “pictureless”.
Here’s what I know:
My mother-in-law gave me her thoughts on baking them: “They are only as big as the spoonful [of dough] you put on the sheet”. She got 33 small cookies out of a full tub and paid $5.06 for it. We all liked them! Later when my daughter, Grace made them, she made one pan that was slightly undercooked — and I liked those better.
You can find this dough and two other Pillsbury Gluten Free doughs (pizza and pie crusts) in the refrigerator section of your grocery store for $4.50-$5.00.
Erbert and Gerbert’s Gluten Free Sandwiches
I had the opportunity to try their gluten-free sub sandwiches at the shop in downtown St. Paul, MN. I was pleased with the good size of the Udi’s bun they were using. I thought my sandwich was very bready. I think if I had more on it, it probably would have tasted better. The bread seemed a little dry as well.
The other issue I had was that the crew there didn’t get the cross contamination thing. When I asked about fresh, gluten-free ingredients they said since I asked they would get the new ingredients for me but it wasn’t a part of their standard gluten-free protocol. I am not sure if this is the case everywhere.
To compare with Subway, we have tried their gluten-free sandwiches in the Duluth test market and Emma loves those, but they are expensive and half the size of the E & G sandwich. I have not tasted the Subway sandwich so I can’t give the “head to head” comparison regarding taste. But the Subway we have gone to in Cloquet, MN has a clear protocol on management of gluten free sandwiches which I appreciate and trust.
I hope Erbert and Gerbert’s can find a better way of managing this, because I would like to see it grow.
Editor’s note, since this original post, my gluten-free daughter tried the Erbert and Gerbert’s sandwich. Head to head, she liked the Subway sandwich better. But she likes the chips better at E & G’s. In my opinion, Erbert and Gerbert’s did a better job at their Maple Grove location at getting fresh ingredients and assembling the sandwich away from the rest of the bread.
Lisa’s Gluten Free Shop in the Bismarck, North Dakota area
Yup, the Bismarck area has it’s own exclusively gluten-free store! Technically it’s in Mandan, but don’t let that stop you. If you’re on a road trip this summer stop in and pick up fresh bread, goodies or some necessities along the way. This is where I found the Glutino Toaster Pastries I reviewed yesterday.
I was in the area for my uncle’s funeral last week. My parents had stopped by this store many times when in town to visit family. During this trip my brother (pictured shopping at the far end of this photo) and I actually got to check it out too.
From pastas to frozen gluten-free “hot pocket” style food to fresh gluten free bread, Lisa has a great selection! Be sure to check her store out on your next road trip!
Dark Chocolate & Quinoa Crispy candy bar
YUM! Do you like dark chocolate? I happened upon this bar at Lisa’s shop and found this dark chocolate bar with quinoa crispies by Alter Eco. I really like dark chocolate and as I posted on my Facebook page, why not mix the superfood quinoa in there too?? It is like a gluten free, dark chocolate version of a Crunch bar. For folks who don’t like dark chocolate this may not quite be for you…but I thought it was great. Only one little square will satisfy for some time.
Check out their FAQ for details on gluten free products.