Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Trader Joe’s Gorditas

Brandie and I love shopping at Trader Joe’s and seeing all the new GF goodies that they have to offer. I found these and thought I’d give them the old college try. They were pretty good. A little bland to eat by themselves, but with some salsa, cheese, and/or taco meat, they would make an excellent meal.

Gluten Free Bisquick

The last time I had biscuits and gravy was kinda disappointing. I had just been diagnosed with Celiac, and Brandie tried to make some GF biscuits and sausage gravy. She did well with the gravy, but the biscuits left a lot to be desired. I saw a lot of buzz about the GF Bisquick on the Gluten Free Indy news group, and we just had to try it. Good job, GF Indy folks! We tried biscuits and gravy again (twice now, actually), and it was like the stuff I’d eaten BEFORE going GF. My hat’s off to Betty Crocker and her GF Bisquick. If I weren’t already married, Betty, I’d propose to you in a heartbeat.

Kinnikinnick GF product spotlight

Personal Pizza Crusts
These crusts were very delicious and just the right size for a single serving. Brandie was afraid that I’d eat 2 pizzas at a time (I have a large appetite sometimes), but the only time I felt hungry after eating one of these pizzas, a small salad was enough to finish off the meal. Kinnikinnick is a great company for GF products. I can’t think of anything of theirs that I’ve tried and didn’t like.
My in-laws were hosting a Labor Day party, and my sister-in-law was going to bring all the makings for S’mores. I didn’t want to miss out on the fun, so I stopped by G’town Market and picked these up. Let me say that it was one of the best purchases I’ve made. These crackers are delicious and taste like I remember graham crackers tasting. They made excellent S’mores, and the leftover crackers went very well with some fudgy chocolate frosting. Mmmm mmmm!

Namaste Spice Cake Mix

Brandie and I found this cake mix on sale, and we decided to try it. When we got it home to make it, Brandie noticed that there were instructions for a gingerbread variation. Man, am I glad that Brandie talked me into that. It was delicious. We made a basic glaze to drizzle on top, and my only complaint was that we didn’t put enough glaze on. The cake itself remained moist and delicious even almost a week after baking them. We’ve tried Namaste in the past and haven’t been too impressed, especially since it is a little pricey – however, this cake mix has motivated us to give Namaste another try.

Emsa Original Traditional Beef Goulash

Brandie and I love to shop at Saraga International Market near Lafayette Square. We like to walk up and down the aisles and see all the great international foods. While we were in the frozen section, I noticed this goulash, and the Hungarian in me had to try it. I’m glad that I did. I prepared it and poured it over some brown rice. I didn’t want to stop eating it even after I’d finished the last bite. If I hadn’t been at a friend’s house while eating it, I probably would’ve licked the bowl clean. Hopefully, we can make it to Saraga again and pick up some more of this delicious meal.
I looked for Emsa’s website, but no luck. As a matter of fact, the only site I found was and it only listed the Emsa’s products you could buy from their site.