Friday, December 30, 2016

CheeCha Puffs, Sea Salt & Spiced Pepper...Gluten-Free

"Air-Puffed Potato Snacks, carefully puffed in a hot air puffing process to release the potato flavor."
Gluten-Free, Cholesterol Free, Dairy Free, GMO Free, 0 Trans Fat

I love these things!!  I just opened a fresh bag to enjoy.  And that's the problem...once opened these CheeCha Potato Puffs are sooooo difficult to put down.  In fact, I had given a bag to a dear friend of mine who also lives Gluten-Free...just to get her opinion.  A week later she rather shyly confessed to me that she had eaten the whole just one sitting!!  When I started to laugh she weakly defended herself that they were so good she just couldn't stand the thought of them going stale.  Then she wanted to know where she could buy more.  Give me a minute while I stop for a bite.

Ok...I also pulled them out for a potluck gathering at my home.  Whoooosh...they were gone.  Now in truth, I did have one person say they didn't care for them.  She mentioned that she felt they were too salty...and I know she's someone who watches her salt very carefully.  I happen to like the salty/spicey taste of these.  I may even try the Mediterranean Ginger next time.

I also enjoy the fact that CheeCha Puffs have no greasy feeling at all...not even on my hands.  Even my laptop keyboard is still clean.  These potato puffs are light and crispy, with a really great crunch.  In fact, just the right crunch.  I absolutely hate it when something is so crunchy that it hurts my mouth...not these puffs...they have just enough crunch to be very satisfying.  Next week I'll be passing them around at our monthly Gluten Intolerance Support Group Meeting.  I'm certain they will be a great big success!!

CadCan Marketing & Sales
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2G 3C3

Ingredients: potato flour, potato starch, sunflower oil, sea salt, salt, sugar, spice, onion powder, garlic powder, and vegetable oil

CheeCha Potato Puffs Flavours: Original, Sea Salt and Spiced Pepper, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Luscious Lime, Mediterranean Ginger

Carolanne Le Blanc
Email: GlutenFreeInFlorida @
Meeting:  4th Saturday of every month except December
Imperial Palms, East Clubhouse, 101 Imperial Palm Drive, Largo, Florida 33771

Friday, December 23, 2016

GateauOChocolat Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Heaven’s Official Chocolate Cake. Now Available on Online! 

GateauOChocolat flourless chocolate cake is a chocolate lovers dream.  Based on a dessert first discovered in a famous bistro in Paris, our cake is the result of many hours of crafting and has been perfected over 10 years with help from our demanding restaurant patrons and dinner party guests. Our flour-free chocolate cake recipe creates a rich cake with nothing to mask the pure, dark-chocolate flavor enhanced by premium organic butter. A dusting of toasted almonds adds a slight toasty crunch. Light, dense and intensely satisfying.

100% Organic and 100% Gluten-Free

GateauOChocolat Gluten free chocolate cake is made of Rain Forest Alliance Certified 100% single-origin rare Ecuadorian chocolate. We use premium USDA certified organic sugar from Florida and small family farm butter, from cows that live in small herds on real pastures. Our local eggs come from small producers whose chickens are fed a healthy organic diet and live in vast enclosures with real grass where they can roam free. Nothing else: No flour, No gluten, No yeast.  ** While we use 100% certified organic ingredients and bake in an organic, flour free bakery, we are in process for organic certification. **

We believe in and conduct our business in an ethical manner towards the environment, the people who grow or raise the ingredients we use, our suppliers, employees and customers. We hope to offer the best tasting products possible while successfully participate in a more sustainable economy. Our main reward is to bring pleasure wrapped in the feeling that from start to finish we have contributed positively or did no harm

Chef Emmanuel Roux
Chef Emmanuel Roux has been involved with creating, making and enjoying delicious food throughout his life.  He was born and raised in Tunisia on a farm very rich in history. It was built over a Roman villa and was also the site of a major battlefield during the second World War.

His parents, French expatriates, owned the farm. In 1961, the Roux family moved back to France. He studied in France, in England and more specifically hotel management in Switzerland. He sailed the world while serving in the French Navy on the famed helicopter carrier Jeanne d’Arc. Roux also worked for an American oil research company in desolate parts of the Sahara in Algeria, Niger, and Mali in Africa.

In 1975 Roux moved to New York as general manager of the Lotos Club – an exclusive arts and literature private club, one of the oldest in Manhattan. In 1979 he moved to Savannah, Georgia where he founded Gaston Dupre Inc.; the first high-end flavored gourmet pasta company.

Since 1993, Emmanuel Roux has owned several restaurants in St Petersburg, Florida. It was in these restaurants where he refined his version of the classic French flour-less chocolate cake. After numerous requests from his regulars and friends, Emmanuel began selling his cake directly to chocolate lovers.

Food has been a life-passion and he has an extensive knowledge of agriculture, food production, distribution and cooking and enjoying the fruit of his labors. He particularly enjoys entertaining and sharing a good glass of wine with new and old friends. You can read some of his blog postings on this site.

Emmanuel spends his free time cultivating two organic community gardens which he was instrumental in developing and where he is raising small flocks of urban chickens. He is a vocal advocate of permaculture and urban agriculture. He also serves on the board of the Tampa Bay Slow Food chapter. He continues to lives in St. Petersburg with his wife Jennifer. Both, appropriately, care for a chocolate lab named Maxx.

The Cake and Serving Suggestions
The intensity of the dark chocolate, and its rich-but-light texture, make this cake an easy finishing touch to elegant dinners and buffets. It a perfect gift for gourmets, gourmands including those sensitive to gluten.

For full flavor and best texture, the cake should be served at room tempature.

9 inch – 12 to 16 servings – $44.95
6 inch – 8 to 10 servings – $32.95

We also suggest serving it on a buffet in bite size portions on forks or Chinese spoons. One 9 inch cake will make 70 to 80 bite size pieces.

Special Occasions: Larger size cakes can be ordered for special occasions such as weddings birthdays or any other celebration requiring a special cake. Please let us know how we can help you by using our contact form.

Ingredients: Certified organic eggs, premium sweet certified organic butter, certified organic premium 100% Ecuadorian Rio Arriba chocolate, certified organic sugar, toasted almonds, and sea salt.

Nothing else. No flour. No gluten. No yeast.

Accompaniments:  We suggest serving it with fresh raspberries or strawberries, accompanied by homemade whipped cream. It may also be accompanied by a little Port wine or Banyuls or Maury (Delicious French fortified wines from the Rousillon area on the Spanish Mediterranean border)

Serving temperature:  GateauOChocolat is best served at room temperature. We suggest removing it from the refrigerator two hours before serving. Please do not expose to direct sun, do not warm in an oven or microwave or place on a heater.
Shelf life:  7 days refrigerated or 3 months frozen.

Carolanne Le Blanc
Meeting:  4th Saturday of every month except December
Imperial Palms, East Clubhouse, 101 Imperial Palm Drive, Largo, Florida 33771

Friday, December 16, 2016

Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Guide

Cecelia's Marketplace * 2011/2012 Edition * 
Dr Mara Matison & Dainis Matison

Thousands of Gluten-Free products at your fingertips!  Over 37,000 Gluten-Free Products!

This is my Grocery Shopping Bible.  I just love this book.  I recently purchased this latest update...and passed my old used one on to a good friend.  I had to apologize for it's tattered, stained and torn appearance...but she didn't care.  You'd think I'd just handed her the map to the pot of gold hidden at the end of the  I keep mine in the car all the time...taking it in whenever I do a big shop and might end up trying something new.  This great book is so easy to use.  If I find something I want I can just look it up because someone else has done all the research for me.  And it never fails...I go to a friends house they always ask...can I eat something they have decided to serve.  A quick check in my book and I can tell them whether or not it's safe.  I love that if I have a craving for something that might be doubtful I can look it up and there may be an alternative brand that is safe. 

I still take responsibility for myself and the choices that I make...but having someone else doing the research is just soooooo much easier and takes me a lot less time in making my decisions.  I also enjoy the fact that I can check the website at any time to catch any corrections, updates or changes that manufacturers may have made.  I will continue to purchase updated editions each time they come out because I've come to love the feeling of confidence I gain in knowing that I can shop with a bit of intelligence and a lot less work.

Cecelia’s Marketplace was established by both Dr. Mara Matison and Mr. Dainis Matison in 2006, soon after Mara was diagnosed with celiac disease.

What is the difference between the NEW 2011/2012 Edition and last year's edition?
- All products have been reverified gluten-free.
- Over 10,000 new products have been added.
- The guide is printed on slightly thinner paper to keep our small compact size.
- New symbols highlighting products that have been manufactured in the same facility with gluten and symbols highlighting those products manufactured on the same lines with gluten.

Kal-Haven Publishing
P O Box 20383
Kalamazoo, MI   49019

Carolanne Le Blanc
Email: GlutenFreeInFlorida @
Meeting:  4th Saturday of every month except December
Imperial Palms, East Clubhouse, 101 Imperial Palm Drive, Largo, Florida 33771