Whole Note Waffle Mix

While I was at the Gluten Free Allergy Free Expo in Dallas this past October, I got to try some of  Whole Note’s products.  One of them was the Waffle Mix and the other was a Pumpkin Bread mix.  I will be honest with you and say, that I am not the biggest waffle fan.  I’m more of a french toast gal. When I think waffles, I think of the ones you get from a box in the freezer, that never seem to cook properly in the toaster, and forget about microwaving those bad boys.  However, I have found a waffle mix that I love!

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Whole Note uses a mixture of seven whole grains in their mixes,  so the textures are great! When I met Paul at the expo, he showed me the different grains.  There were seven different shades of goodness there.  And the pumpkin mix, was better than what I remember a certain coffee companies being, more on that later.

So, the non-gluten-free-boyfriend and I made the waffles on night for “breakfast for dinner” one night recently.  We followed the instructions, and thinking that the first one was going to be the one we gave to the dog (being brunt or undercooked or whatever) I was prepared to have a wait ahead of me. Boy, I was wrong.   These waffles cooked well.  They have a great texture, not to mushy or dense.  They have a great sweet flavor, not bland or over powering sweetness either.

We have ours with apple toppings and whipped cream, and the flavors balanced well.  Then we saved some of the batter to see how it did after a day in the refrigerator.  The packaging said you could keep the unused batter for a couple of days, we also placed a couple of waffles in the frig to see how they reheated as well.

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The waffles that were re-heated: I placed them in my toaster, since I thought that would be best.  The reheated well, were crisp tasted like they were fresh.  The flavor did not change.  I ate one with syrup, and on as the bread for a breakfast sandwich.

The waffles from the batter we refrigerator the batter did not get overly thick after being refrigerated.  It did not take an extra long time to cook either, the flavor was the same delicious flavor that I had had before.   To tell you honestly, I wish I had a few right now while writing this.

So, if you don’t believe me and what to try this for yourself (which you should anyway) they are available on Amazon,  or if you are lucky enough to live in Texas, they are in local stores there.  Here is the link from there site;

http://www.wholenotegf.com/find-us.html

 

Girl Meets… Social Gatherings

I get asked often, “How do you handle social gatherings?  You know, Weddings, parties, events?”

Well, let me tell you.   It has taken a couple of years to develop this simple solution.   I am a little embarrassed to admit it.  However, I have only been gluten free for less than ten years, and it was hard for me to realize that people do not always remember that Sarah can’t eat wheat/gluten/malt/barley/rye.  Its been a bit of a road trip.   So, here it is, the simple way I handle social gatherings like this.

If I can remember, I try to ask ahead.   I know people are busy and I am pretty understanding that my dietary restrictions are not top priority when planning a party, wedding, or whatever.    If there is a Facebook page for the event, I will post there.  If I forget to ask ahead, I try to bring some kind of food.  If I forget to bring food, I try to ask people at the event.

Just the other weekend, one of my cousin’s got married.  I had packed some food incase i could not eat at the wedding.  So, I asked my aunt about the food.  Yes, it was while I was in the line to get my food, and yes it was while she was eating as well.  She was understanding of the fact that I needed to know and her daughter, the bride, has some food restrictions as well.   So I stuck to things that should have been safe.  Yes, I know that it is not always the safest thing to do but I did have back up food incase it was thought to be too risky.

So, when handling social gatherings of any kind it is always good to ask ahead if you can, pack food incase you can not eat at said gathering, and you can always ask if you trust the people you are asking.  I know some restrictions are extremely tricky, and if that is the case you could just for go the asking and pack your own food.

Ardenne Farm’s Sugar Cookie Mix

Front of box One of the products I was given at the Gluten Free Allergy Friendly Expo in Dallas, TX was the Ardenne Farm Sugar Cookie Mix.   I tried their blueberry muffin mix at the expo and it was amazing.  I found out that a can of Maine Blueberries is included with the blueberry muffin mix.  So, you get that fresh taste, not the dried bits that usually come with mixes.

Now on to the Sugar Cookie mix!   First, I started by whipping the melted/soften butter (per box), then added the mix, egg, and water.  I think it made a difference to whip the butter first.  Then when you mix it all together it actually looks like normal cookie dough.


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Once baked, I waited a few minutes until they seemed cool and tried one.  When they are fresh out of the oven they have a rich, buttery taste.  I wasn’t too fond of the buttery flavor that they have while they’re a bit warm. However, after they cooled completely, they were amazing!   The non-gluten-free bf doesn’t like sugar cookies too much but he like them after the 12-24 cooling off period.  I let them cool over night and the non-gf co-workers try them.  They all approved!

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Overall: Ardenne Farm’s sugar cookie mix is very tasty.  Everyone who tried one liked them, even the non-sugar cookie fans!

The texture is like that of a normal gluten filled cookie.  They are soft and will crumble easily.  I can not wait to try some of their other products.

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