Often I dreamt of a gluten-free bakery, filled with yummy pastries and tasty bread. And it seems that someone else too was also dreaming up the same thing.

New Cascadia Traditional – The Gluten-Free Artisan Bakery opened recently in the heart of NW Portland on 21st and Glisan sandwiched in between Trader Joe’s and Urban Fondue.

I’ve sampled their French Bread, apple galette and chocolate peanut butter cookie. YUM! The French bread is pretty hard, but once you saw it into slices, it’s a great addition to soup and salad, or dipped in hummus. And get this – it actually tastes like real French bread. Imagine that!
One tip: get there early or place advanced orders for bread and such. They sell out early and I’ve visited twice only to find they were out of virtually everything. Apparently, gluten-free goods are in HIGH demand. πŸ™‚

Happy Eating!

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I love baking this bread for get together’s with friends. It also goes fabulously well with hot tea. Enjoy!

2.5 c quinoa
1 1/3 c no sugar applesauce
1/2 c Smart Balance butter
1 c Splenda
3 cage-free eggs
3 small zucchini, grated
2t baking soda
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t salt
1 T cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar. Beat eggs in, one at a time. Stir in applesauce, zucchini and vanilla. In separate bowl, stir in remaining dry ingredients. Add dry mixture to wet, and stir until completely combined. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.

Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

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Here’s the scoop — you don’t want to miss this!

Gluten Free Food Fair & 1- or 3-mile Awareness Walk
When: Saturday, May 17, 2008
Venue: All Saints Catholic Church
3847 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, Or.

Registration: 9:00am-9:45am
Walk: 10:00am-11:30am
Food Fair: 11:00am-1:30pm

Walk registration and info here.

Hope to see you there!
If you go, please let us know what you loved the most, as well as any new discoveries.

Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

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Make this tasty wheat-free, dairy-free dish on Monday and eat all week long. Or prepare it when you have guests over for dinner. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this delish enchilada recipe. Top with salsa.

1-pkg. organic corn tortillas
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 can mild enchilada sauce
1 can hot enchilada sauce
2 c grated soy cheese
1 c refried beans
3 T green chilies
1 bunch green onions, set aside a handful
13×9 baking dish

Preheat oven 350 degrees. In skillet, cook ground turkey until brown. Drain and set aside. Heat refried beans on stovetop. Heat enchilada sauce on stovetop. Spoon enchilada sauce on corn tortilla. Add a spoonful of ground turkey, refried beans, handful of cheese, green onions, and green chilies. Roll up and place in baking dish. Repeat until baking dish is full. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over top of the tortillas. Sprinkle remaining soy cheese over tortillas. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil, add set aside green onions and bake 5 more minutes.

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Okay ladies, finally we have an option for jewelry left over from our ex-boyfriends (or girlfriends). ExBoyFriendJewelry.com allows women to put past loves jewelry up for sale. Then, other women (or men) can purchase the jewelry online. Genius!

The New York Times recently wrote an article about this fabulous site that helps women unload their past and make some cash. Sounds like a plan to me! If only I had boyfriend’s who gave me jewelry… πŸ™‚

But, it does beat the pawn shop. Right now the site is being upgraded to handle the recent rise in traffic (once the NY Times covers you, traffic tends to increase). Bookmark the page and check back.


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Coffee shops are the worst! Biscotti, scones and pastries, but rarely gluten-free treats. Today, while having tea at Vivace Cafe in NW Portland, I made a new discovery–Angeline’s Nutty Crunch Bars. Gluten-free, organic and dairy-free–it’s a perfect compliment to an iced peppermint tea (just tell the barista to brew a cup of peppermint tea and then pour over ice-yum!).

Have you tried these bars? Have another favorite cafe treat? Leave your tips here!
-Heather πŸ™‚

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Inspiration comes in a variety of forms. So imagine my surprise when, while watching the Waitress (for a class on Domestic Violence), I became inspired to make a quiche. I heart quiche, but typically it’s loaded with dairy and made on a thick Bisquick kind of crust. Well, not this one. It’s delicious! Even my super picky (and processed food lovin’ sister) loved it!

1 Wholly Wholesome spelt 9″ pie crust
4 cage-free eggs
1 c soy cheese (or Lisanatti almond pepperjack)
1 c unsweetened soy milk
1/2 package of frozen spinach
1.5 c chopped asparagus spears
1 small onion
1 T garlic salt
1 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 350. Mix eggs, cheese and soy milk in medium-size bowl. Set aside. Saute spinach, asparagus, onion, garlic salt and olive oil until cooked through. (Roughly 5 minutes.) Pour veggies into egg mixture and stir well. Pour combined mixture into pie crust. Bake for 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center of quiche. Season to taste. Enjoy!

P.S. You can eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Pair with a green salad or soup for lunch/dinner.

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For my recent 30th birthday bash, everyone ate cake.

Cupcakes that is.
They were moist, rich and decadent. To top it off, they were wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Use the Cherrybrook Kitchen chocolate cake recipe to make yummy cupcakes. Maximize the recipe (and consume less calories) by making them in mini-muffin tins. OR make gi-normous cupcakes (like the one on top in the picture) for a big special occasion indulgence.

If you’re okay with indulging in some sugar – for special occasions only! – try out the Cherrybrook frosting. I can’t say it’s good for you, but for a once-a-year treat, it’s not bad.

I loved these cupcakes – and so did everyone else, even those who don’t eat wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar.

Do you have a good wheat-free, dairy-free, low sugar cupcake recipe? Tried other Cherrybrook products? Leave a comment here.

Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

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Eat something sista! Food is GOOD.

France just passed a body image law that forbids anorexic models to be featured in print/television advertising or on the runways. How freakin’ cool is that?!

Maybe someday, we’ll be as cool as France. Until then, I’m even more excited for my trip there in September. Want to move to France? Check out the French Alliance in Portland.

Let’s rally so that the United States will pass this law as well.
No more super skinny models – yay!

Happy Writing!

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Breakfast is one of those meals that I have to change up routinely. I get burnt out on the same granola or eggs and toast meals. But, one breakfast I never burn out on is Barbara’s Bakery Wheat-Free Peanut Butter Puffins. Puffins rock!

Slice an organic banana and pour vanilla (unsweetened Blue Diamond) almond milk over top. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite wheat-free cereal?
Leave a comment here.

Happy Eating!

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