Happy January, 2012! Does anyone else remember back in the last century wondering how the names of those Y2K years were even going to be pronounced, let alone lived in? I did, but it didn’t take long to settle into saying those 01-09’s. And now we are in the second decade! Clearly, I am finding this well into the new century thing to be hard to swallow, but then, I am a twentieth century baby (my sister, my dad, and me…in my kangaroo pajamas).
Speaking of hard to swallow…
Label frauds hurt our bods
(I can’t believe I just said that.)
I haven’t tried gluten free beer. I used to like beer years ago, but I have found too many gluten free products just don’t live up to the glutenish original, and I have a hard time thinking barley-free beer would be worth it; however, not everyone feels that way. I have heard of many who really enjoy having a gluten-free beer with their gluten-free pizza, for example, but beware, beware, and beware again. Is anyone else weary of label liars Health.com reports that NOT ALL GLUTEN FREE BEERS ARE GLUTEN FREE.
Living Without published an article that asks, Is There Gluten in Your Meds? I don’t think this is a matter of lying; however, it does point to the desperate need for accurate, detailed labels with laws to enforce their use.
I contacted Wilton® Industries a while back to see if they have any gluten free products. This was their response…
- Thank you for your interest in our products. To insure that we are providing accurate information for our products, please have a list of item numbers for the product you are seeking gluten free information for. You can reach us at 800-794-5866 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am until 4:30 pm cst. We will be happy to provide you with the information you are requesting. Look to hear from you soon.
This is better than a faulty label, but in a perfect world, there would be honest labels. (In a perfect world we wouldn’t need them, we would be able to eat gluten. It isn’t perfect though. It is fallen, and we are sinners. That is why Jesus had to die.)
Kinnikinnick® has a promotion going right now called Toss Your Toaster. They are giving away sample packs of four new products. They are doing 20 weekly draws! You can enter on facebook or Twitter, and you can find more information at the link below. The fun part about this contest is that I already won! Someone else who did and has already received her sample pack posted a photo of what she got. It looks like two loaves of bread, and packages of hotdog and hamburger buns. The reviews coming in on Twitter (possibly facebook too, but I haven’t noticed them) are very positive. I am pretty excited to get mine! I won through my facebook entry rather than on Twitter. I know because when entering there you give your email address. If you win through Twitter they just Tweet that you won. I got an email. :) You can enter once a day on Twitter, not sure on facebook. Go. Enter. Hopefully you will win too! I don’t know for sure when this ends, but they are still going at this point, so don’t procrastinate!
Simply Gluten Free is throwing a contest too! This one is for $60 worth of pickled products (gluten-free, of course!), so you should go enter that one as well. You can enter right there and on Facebook and Twitter as well.
Their website: http://simplygluten-free.com/giveaways/2012/01/12/tillen-farms-giveaway/
The links for Facebook and Twitter are on that page. Clicking on them is kind of like getting fast food. The work is already done for you.
I don’t know how long these will be available, so again, don’t let moss grow under your fingers, get clicking!
One dollar off of any one Udi’s® product: http://udisglutenfree.com/special-offers
One dollar off of any one 4.25 oz bag Blue Diamond® Nut Chips http://www.bluediamond.com/index.cfm?navid=8
Recipe FAIL, starring Condensed Milk
I know what you are thinking, and you are right (if you are old as me, you may have to go back and re-read that, this time with Magnum’s voice in your head). That is not a picture of condensed milk; it is clearly four types of Jell-O, mixed, set, and painstakingly chopped into tiny cubes.
“Mr. Schell, doesn’t that look delicious?”
It certainly did. And then came the recipe (if you are as old as me, you might go back and re-read that, this time with the voice of either of the Baldwin sisters from the Waltons in your head).
Last year I found this beautiful recipe for Glass Block Holiday Jell-O at Our Best Bites and thought I would want to make it sometime using the dairy-free, sweetened, condensed milk that I used in my fudge so successfully last year.
Well. Don’t try this recipe at home. It failed miserably! It didn’t set up; it was waaay too sweet, and it looked terrible. See what I mean? We threw it out. You know it was bad if I was willing to waste all of the ingredients that went into that dish. It was a pitiful thing indeed.