Gluten Free Favs and Giveaway

I am meeting more and more people who can't tolerate gluten or are simply cutting it out for health reasons.  The quality of our grain in the United States has really taken a nose dive in the last 10 years. I try to cook gluten-free once or twice a week just for our health and I thought I'd share some of my favorite GFree sites as well as this fun goodie basket giveaway!
 Luckily, there are ton of great gluten-free products and resources out there.  Schar is one of the best and we're giving away a basket of their goodies as seen above (Retail Value: $83).

Simply leave a comment on this post. Easy!
(I want you to spend your time cooking fabulous GFree foods:)).  We will choose one winner via random.org on 9/4. Open to US Residents.

For the Gourmet has lots of other great Gluten Free products available and they will ship right to your home. I also love that you can call them (1-888-845-FOOD) and talk to professional chefs!

Even though I've tried many Gluten Free products, I wanted a professional's opinion on this gift basket so I turned to my sweet friend, Miss R.  She has dealt with diabetes most of her life and a couple years ago was also diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  I cannot imagine changing an already complicated lifestyle by removing all gluten from your diet but she accepts her life with an insane amount of grace and even humor.  I have never heard her once complain about "missing out" on something.  I also love her fun, creative personality and how she seems to reach out give everyone a little bit of her sunshine.  I could easily hang out with her all day.
...Did I mention that she's 9?
Yep, she is one insanely awesome kid.  The fabulous Miss R tried the products in this gift basket, she said everything was top notch and especially LOVED the rolls.  Other favorites were the table crackers and the chocolate sandwich cookies.  She said that she also loves the Schar little cheese crackers that weren't included in the basket but available at various retailers. 
To win a basket of your own, simply leave a comment on this post!
Also, I've compiled a list of my personal favorite Gluten Free recipe resources, if you have one you want to share, please leave it in the comments!
I also love the cookbook Cooking for Isaiah.  I got it when it was first published and have found a ton of favorite recipes in this book!

Disclosure: I was provided the gift basket from For the Gourmet.  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions, as always, are my own.


Blooming Berry Cakes

To give some inspiration on ways to use Philadelphia Indulgence, my girls and I whipped up these Blooming Berry Cakes.  They are so incredibly easy and would be a great little treat to make as an after-school snack.  I love how each person can make their own combo of Indulgence and fresh berries!  Don't I have the cutest sous chefs ever?!...Way to go, girls!


Blooming Berry Cakes

1 package store-bought pound cake
2 cups blueberries, raspberries and/or sliced strawberries
Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and/or White Chocolate Philadelphia Indulgence
Cookie Cutters
  1. Slice pound cake lengthwise, then use cookie cutters to cut out different shapes.
  2. Spread your favorite Philadelphia Indulgence flavors onto the cutouts.
  3. Top with an assortment of sliced strawberries, raspberries and blueberries


KitchenAid & Dream Kitchen Giveaway, over $45,000!

I had so much fun helping Real Women of Philadelphia give someone their Dream Kitchen!  I'm so excited and can't wait to see who the winner is! I also had a blast with former Bachelorette star, Jillian Harris, she's a super fun person:
Second, I am so exctied  about this giveaway that I want to also have a little one of my own...I'm giving away the gorgeous pink KitchenAid stand mixer we used in all the promo videos! 
To enter to win the Dream Kitchen Makeover, GO HERE.

To win the pink KitchenAid stand mixer, do any of the following: Time's up!
We have a winner!

A&Qort who said...
"You are an inspiration to us aspiring cooks! I don't have a KitchenAid and that pink one is fabulous!!"

We will pick one winner for the KitchenAid Stand Mixer on August 19th.  Open to US Residents.  Dream Kitchen Makover giveaway ends August 19th, official rules are here.  I was provided the KitchenAid mixer for this giveaway.  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions, as always, are my own.

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