Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Burtons Grill

I have been so excited to blog about my family's trip to Boston, Massachusetts! This is the second time I have really ever been to Boston and I am so happy that I got to go with my whole family. We were there for two days and one night, but that was enough time to check out Burtons Bar and Grill. Since I have not been to the city many times, walking to a restaurant or even taking to the "T" was pretty new to me. So when we decided to walk to Burtons, I was excited to be able to walk to somewhere in general, unlike at home where nothing is in walking distance. (I'm still very into not driving if possible, save gas and pollution). Ohho and did I mention that they have a gluten free menu?... must have slipped my mind!
Interior Design of Burtons Grill
I did not photograph all the gluten free dishes but the burger above is gluten free with a new bun that they just got in that day and my brother was the first one to try them! It was an amazing feeling being out in a new city, eating at a restaurant I had never been to before, knowing that my brother could get a meal that we would not have to worry about contamination with gluten, and enjoy ourselves! Check out their website for more information at: Burtons Grill
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Saturday, September 6, 2008

My Dream of Remodeling Our Kitchen

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For a long time I have been wanting to go visit a Kitchen Appliance Showroom! New shiny stoves and refrigerators make me want to cook up a storm right there in the store. Everything is brand new, its like a new beginning for your kitchen.
Even though I would love to remodel our kitchen, most of the appliances are out of my family's budget. (beauty and shinyness is really expensive). But you can dream right?
I took pictures of some of my favorite stoves and refrigerator and even though I got strange looks from other people in the store, I wanted to show you some of the fancy appliances I would love to have!
My favorite brands (even though I have never used either of them) are Sub-Zero and Wolf. These two companies are actually the same (Maybe that's why I like them so much!). At the bottom of this page I will list some of the brands shown in the pictures and some websites about them to check out.
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~Wolf~
I love this stove because of the six burners and large oven. I love the large chunky red knobs and the push out information screen that sticks out with the nobs. I think it is such a genius idea to have it retract into the stove so it will not get splattered with food and grime.
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~Wolf~
Here is another wolf that does not have the information screen but has a slide out "shelf" right above the oven door. I don't know if I would use it but wouldn't it be fun to say, "yeah my stove has a shelf built right in."
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~Viking~
I love this stove for its two ovens. It is difficult to make dessert when my mom is making dinner since the chance of the oven needing to be at the same temperature is unlikely. This way you can use both if necessary and if you are only heating something small up, you can use the smaller over saving gas and the world. The built in griddle does not do anything special for me, since we have an electric griddle and a large grill pan. But that's not enough to make me not want to buy it!!
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~Viking~
I love the tube shaped handles on this fridge and freezer. Its tall design gives it an elegant feel to your home. I like that the motor is at the top so you don't have to feel the hot air on your feet when you stand in front of it. I like the double doors but it is inconvenient for my house. One side of my fridge is up against a wall not allowing one of the doors to open fully, limiting what you can fit in and easily take out.
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~umm...~
Sorry but I don't remember what kind of fridge this is but I can tell you that I love the handles! They reach all the way to the floor! I also like that it is built into the cabinetry.
~Sub-Zero~
I love this large, glass doored, sophisticated refrigerator and freezer. The right side of the unit is devoted to refrigerating (including the two drawers underneath) and the other side is for freezing (along with the drawers). I love some of the simple things about this unit, from the stainless steel, to the lighting and to the organization. The glass door gives it a deli/commercial look that me and my mom love!
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~Sub-Zero~
This unit is only a refrigerator but has a beautiful, full glass door! And once again there are my long round handles I love so much!
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~TurboChef~
I love this oven for many reasons. The top oven is specially made to cook 15x faster than a normal oven cutting cooking times by a lot! It has a built in computer so you can tell it what you are making and it will cook it at the temperature and time it requires. I love the rounded top oven door and the bright color. You can choose from a few different colors to fit your kitchen. I love the mix between technology and fashion, with the computer screen and the analog clock and timer. To learn more visit the link at the bottom of the page (it's an awesome website)!
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~umm...~

I don't know what kind of oven this is but I took the picture for the handles. I love them for some reason!
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~Aga~
I love the ranch house, old feeling of this oven. The cream color and the black top are really nice together. The handles are like springs or coiled wire. The outside of the main oven compartment has a built in thermometer. The only down side is that it does not have a glass door so you can't see what is happening inside. But that's nothing new to me because my oven is so dirty that you can't even see inside. The sucky thing is that it can't be cleaned off and has been there since we bought the house!!
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~umm...~
I like this one since it has been covered with wood paneling so it looks like it is part of the cabinetry. I don't know if it is really my style but its cool anyway.
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Websites to visit: (I will add more websites to this list as I find them.)
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gluten Free Dining Card Giveaway to Promote Celiac Awareness

Sorry This Event Already Ended

A few days ago Triumph Dining contacted me telling me about a Challenge they are having this August. Triumph Dining is giving away FREE American Dining Cards until the end of August. There’s absolutely no purchase necessary. http://www.triumphdining.com/freediningcard.aspx to participate and get a free dining card (or click Here). The purpose of this give-away is to raise money for Celiac Disease Awareness. If 15,000 people sign up for free dining cards, Triumph Dining will make a $10,000 donation in support of a national celiac disease awareness campaign. When they hit their goal, they'll ask you and the gluten free community to help us decide which non-profit(s) receives the donation. They're trying to build awareness on two fronts: With 15,000 more dining cards on the street, they'll be educating more restaurants about the gluten free diet faster. And, with $10,000 funding behind a national campaign, they can diagnose and educate more Celiacs. The FREE dining card offer is available at http://www.triumphdining.com/freediningcard.aspx and they'll be posting regular progress reports on their blog at http://blog.triumphdining.com. This is a great opportunity for the Gluten Free world so don't pass it up! Click on the link (or copy and paste the address into your address or URL bar) and get your FREE Gluten Free Dining Card! Send this link to all your Gluten Free Friends and get them to help buy requesting a Dining Card, bringing Triumph Dining one card closer to completing their challenge! Your Fellow Blogger, Dylan

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tilting Three Flavored Cake

For a long long time I have been wanting to make a huge cake, one that my family would not be able to eat in anything less than 4 days. I wanted to make a wedding cake without the wedding! I designed a basic plan and got the layout together, but for some reason I lost interest and was not enthusiastic about creating this monster cake. Just a few days ago I decided that it would be good for me to do some baking. I started that day! I did not even have all the ingredients I needed, thankfully it was "food shopping Monday" so I was in luck! This cake did not turn out as huge as I had anticipated but I am proud of the way it turned out!
This was the first time I have made three different flavors of cake for the one cake. I have not even tested one of these cake recipes before hand.
The cake consisted of (from bottom to top) two layers of yellow vanilla cake with a layer of chocolate frosting between. Then two layers of chocolate cake with a layer of vanilla butter cream frosting between. Last but not least two small strawberry layers of cake with the chocolate frosting between.





I love this picture because you can see all the layers of cake and icing!




Pictures through the days as the cake gets smaller and smaller!


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Recent Cakes

Since I have not blogged in so long, I am going to do a recap of the cakes and crumb orders I have gotten over the past few months.

I got a surprise order for someone for Mother's day. Since it was spring/early summer all the flowers were blooming in our garden giving me the chance to do some heavy decorating. My mom made the funky card from the client wishing her daughter a happy mother's day. This cake turned out really beautiful with the flower decorations and once it was boxed and wrapped with ribbon I attached a bundle of assorted flowers.
This cake was a simple moist vanilla cake with an amazing chocolate frosting!


This cake was not an order but a birthday gift to one of my favorite teachers. I decorated it with spirals in bright pastel colors.
This cake consists of a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, which by the way pipes really well!


Every year my school has a Maypole*/Grandparent's day which the grandparents of the community and of the school are invited to a celebratory meal. I was asked to make a cake for the event! That night before I boxed up the cake and got it ready for the trip to the school the next morning. The trip worked out fine without any problem and I got the cake to the Kitchen and was not late for class!
The cake is a lemon sheet cake with cream cheese frosting. (I like my cream cheese frosting!)

*Click on the link for a picture of what a Maypole looks like. Its a kind of dance you do while holding onto a string attached to a pole. And no that's not a picture of our school's Maypole.
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Monday, March 24, 2008

The Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Guide

The Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Guide By Triumph Dining is a must for everyone Gluten Free!
The book is filled with thousands of restaurants that have dealt with gluten free customers, have menus, or are good at making accommodations to your gluten free needs. The book is organized by state, so finding a gluten free restaurant is easy. Each restaurant is given one to three $ signs, telling you the price of typical meals. The book is neatly symbol coded so if it says "100% GF" it means the restaurant is a 100% Gluten Free establishment, along with many others. Each restaurant in the book has a phone number and or website for you to visit if you have questions or concerns.
In the beginning of the book it gives you great advice on picking a restaurant, explaining your needs and ordering. It talks about how if you do not feel comfortable at a particular restaurant, leave.
This book will make you want to take a road trip around the US visiting all the great Gluten Free restaurants. Even if you are not traveling a lot, The Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Guide will help you build confidence in yourself, about living gluten free and explaining your needs to other people.
Triumph Dining has done an amazing job of putting together a book that will help millions of Gluten Free people! I would recommend this book to everyone!
Click Triumph Dining, then click 'Resturant Guide' to get your copy of The Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Guide or look at the many other Gluten Free tools Triumph Dining offers!
UPDATE [May 30, 2009]
Triumph Dining has released the fourth edition of The Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Guide and it is on sale now on their website. Click on the "Triumph Dining" link for more info and ordering options.
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Lemon and Lime Citrus Cake

For months this idea of a citrus cake has been floating around in my head. I had ideas but never put it on paper till recently. For this cake I knew I did not want to use Pamela's Baking Mix. I wanted something different and new. So I made my own flour mixture for this cake using coconut flour, white rice flour and tapioca flour! The combination of these flours gives this cake a sweet, moist, dense texture to it but the sour fruit fights back making the cake taste light at the same time. And that's how I came up with this sweet and sour cake.
If you like sour foods you will love this cake!
Pre-heat your oven to: 350
You will need:
1/2 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 cup White Rice Flour
1/3 cup Tapioca Flour
1 cup Sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 medium sized Lemons
2 medium sized Limes
2 Eggs
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 cup Milk
Butter a 9 inch round spring pan (you can use an 8 inch round spring pan if that's all you have).
In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients (Coconut Flour, Rice Flour, Tapioca Flour, Baking Powder and Sugar) together with a fork or whisk.
Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl together
Now take the lemons and limes and cut them into circles (you will get about 4 or 5 circles per lemon or lime). Try to get all the seeds out without killing the fruit. SAVE THE ENDS where there is not enough to get another circle from. You will need to squeeze the juice out of them later.
Cut the rind and white part off of the circles leaving as much of the flesh of the fruit as possible.
Cut each circle into 1/4 or smaller if the rounds are big.
If the center has a lot of white where the small individual pieces connect, cut it off.
Its is fine if the chunks are not even or one piece. They will be going inside the cake so you will not see them.

Take the ends of the lemons and limes and squeeze the juices out of them into a small bowl.

Now you get to mix the dry and wet ingredients together (EXCLUDING the lemon and lime juice). Its normal for the batter to be thick.
Once it is well combined, add the lemon and lime juice mixing well until there are no clumps. By now the batter should be a bit thinner.
Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the lemon and lime pieces on top of the batter.
Pour the rest of the batter on top of the fruit. You may need to use a spatula to move the batter so it covers at least the majority of the fruit.
Cook for 50 minutes until it starts to brown around the edges, is pulling away from the edges and is firm in the center.

Let cool till its at room temperature and enjoy!
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