Saturday, October 30, 2010

Snicker's? Reese's? Skittles? What's a sweet Sleuth's tooth to do???

I am confident that the little punkin on the left is
crying because of this recent Reese's reveal.
Update: If you already looked at the list, go look again. At the bottom of the post at Gluten Free Recipe Box, she has added some replies to inquiries from specific candy companies.

This gluten-free candy list at Gluten Free Recipe Box has both safe and unsafe candies listed. The author has been doing some calling and three things caught my attention:

1) Snicker's candy bars are on the SAFE list (how that reconciles with the information I shared in my last post is beyond me).
2) Reese's Peanut Butter cups are on the UNSAFE list (ALL varieties!).
3) Original flavor Skittles are on the UNSAFE list.


I had item number two not long ago. Reacted. Didn't attribute it to the PB cup because I had always understood them to be gluten free! I just purchased item number three to give to my kiddos in preschool Sunday school. I chose those because I thought they were gf and I have two gluten free students. 

I am not happy about those last two items, but I would rather know than eat them. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sleuth Snickers

This is my daughter many, many years ago.
I used to call her Punkin.
Check out this updated information concerning candy, candy, candy, its safety or lack thereof on a later post. Don't take my word for it; follow the link to Gluten Free Recipes there.

Not really. This isn't funny. Did anyone else realize that the Mars candy company doesn't include gluten in its allergens list? They don't. I was checking to see if the miniatures are gluten free and found out that they don't make that statement about any of their bars. 

Yet Mars candy bars are on an awful lot of gluten free candy lists out there. How come? I am wondering if there has been some personal interaction with the company and they have a different policy than can be found on this Allergen Info link for Mars.

Sometimes I can get away with a piece of chocolate candy that has milk in it as long as I don't eat a bunch, but I guess Snickers is off of my list until I read/hear something different.

On the other hand, Nestle has a nice gluten free list online on a PDF file. Guess when I get a real hankerin' for chocolate, I will have a Baby Ruth.

In my searching, I ran across this website called Label Watch. They are not specifically for people with allergen issues, but they are specifically for people who eat. We do, so it should be quite helpful for us too.

I also ran across a blog called Home Cooking Rocks! the other day and though it isn't tailored to our needs, there are recipes on there that work! For example, her Rainy Day Cabbage, Pineapple and Strawberry Salad. This is timely. There is rain in the forecast!

That's all for now. Perhaps this should be called a Sleuth Reportlet.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

If your momma opened a restaurant and she cooked all of your favorite dishes...

...yeah. It's like that.

Tonight my husband took me to a MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND IT WAS SAFE FOR ME!!! We traveled to get there. We went all the way to a little town called Jerome, Idaho and made our way up Main Street until we arrived at the El Sombrero. Somebodies' momma didn't raise no dummy...Rosa's momma, to be precise. This lady and probably her husband and definitely her daughter have a great thing going in that little town. The food there is fantastic and I am confident that they have a large following of regular customers. While we were there, I heard many statements to the tune of, "Good food as always," or "What we've come to expect." As we were preparing to leave a couple walked in from the back entrance mentioning "we were here last night" as they made their way to the booth behind ours.

The portions are HUGE and the customers are happy...including me. Before making the trek, I made a phone call to the restaurant and asked to speak with Rosa, who I had been told is the owner. Rosa is a celiac, so she knows what is safe and what is not in her restaurant. She told me which seasonings not to order, but that when I got there the waitresses would be able to guide me. She was right. What they didn't know for sure, they would go back to the kitchen and ask.

Both my husband and I ordered the Pork Carnitas...delicioso!...under their "Sombrero Specialties" on the menu. When you follow the link, you will find that their prices are quite reasonable. When you see the photo (sorry for the low quality, the lighting is subdued and I only had my cell phone with me) you will wish you were eating there now.

No Gluten, No Dairy, No Eggs, No Soy, No Kidding!
They use canola oil in the kitchen. They do have eggs,
but you don't have to order them. ;)
As you can see, they have corn tortillas and salsa that they serve when you arrive, and the little bowl in the middle held their own refried beans with cheese. I refrained from eating them of course, but the ones on my plate had no cheese and I enjoyed them very much.

That pork on the left? Tender. Juicy. Amazing. Add the rice, lettuce, tomatoes and the soft, moist corn tortillas and I was very, very happy. If you are wondering — no, I didn't clean up my plate. I have leftovers and I plan to make the most of them. We also bought an order of two tamales to go; one as a surprise for my mom and the other tucked away in the fridge for this gluten free girl on another day. 

If you decide to check them out, expect your eyes to be delighted with the bright colors of the place, your taste buds to be delighted with the succulent flavors and your tummy to be delighted with the safety factor.

El Sombrero
143 W. Main
Jerome, Idaho

Tell them the Gluten Free Sleuth sent you. Hopefully by then they will remember me...I know I won't be forgetting them any time soon; I need to try some of their fajitas...

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Sleuthist sleuths out recipes

Gooey Recipes from around the web
Banana-cue - No Gluten, No Dairy, No Eggs, No Soy, No Kidding - The banana base of this recipe is fine, but I need to come up with different accompaniments. Ice cream and whipped cream won't do.
Seriously Addictive Gluten Free Yummyness - No Gluten, No Dairy, No Soy, No Kidding and making it No Eggs should be easy
Brownie Bites - No Gluten, No Dairy, No Eggs, No Soy, No Kidding
Yummly - This is a recipe data base. On the left there are a number of allergens listed and you click on the ones that apply. The link is to what recipes they have that have No Gluten, No Dairy, No Eggs, No Soy, No Kidding and there are several pages listed. I will be spending some time here, believe me!
Simply Sugar and Gluten Free is just what the name says, but resourceful free-ers can adapt lots of different kinds of recipes!
Coconut Whipped Cream - No Gluten, No Dairy, No Eggs, No Soy, No Kidding

White Olive Soup

I came up with this recipe long before I couldn't have gluten. I wanted some yummy beans, but I didn't want to use ham. Years ago, I had a friend who made chili with olives in it and he included the liquid, so I decided to try it. I have always made this soup with navy beans, but I was out of them the other day, so I went with limas instead and they worked really well.

Navy beans
I enjoy the name of this recipe, because it always gets interesting responses from people when they hear it. This time around, my friend Judy said that when she heard the name she envisioned a creamy soup, but she didn't see how that could be since I can't have dairy. The White part is from the beans, the Olive part is from the olives. :)

Just looking at the picture makes me hungry!
White Olive Soup
No Gluten, No Dairy, No Eggs, 
No Soy, No Kidding
2 cups of dry navy or lima beans, 
   soaked in water overnight &   
1 pound of stew meat, thawed & 
   cooked through
1 - 16 ounce can of black olives, 
   chopped, reserve liquid
1 medium to large yellow onion, 
2-3 stalks of celery, sliced
Dried parsley, garlic powder, salt, 
   & paprika, all to taste

Place the pre-soaked, drained beans in a kettle.  Add the pre-cooked stew meat, the olives, the liquid from the olives, the chopped onions and the celery slices. Add enough water to come above the ingredients about an inch and a half. Season to taste. Over a medium to medium-high heat (depending on the heat your kettle can handle) bring to a strong boil, cover pan, and reduce heat enough to keep it boiling, but not boiling over,

Concerning the seasonings, if you have read my blog for long, you know that I cook using the Aunt Lorena method. Start out with a few shakes or so, and then before you are ready to serve the dish, taste some to see if it has enough seasoning and if it doesn't, add more. Your confidence with this method will increase as you use it. Just remember to start out with smaller amounts so you don't have to add more beans, or whatever, to lessen the affect of overdoing it.  And speaking of overdoing it. I ate two bowls the other night and it was too much food. Proceed with caution...