Take me out to the ball game!

Monica (mom) says:

If you live near the Philadelphia area and are in the mood to see a ball game, consider attending the contest next Sunday, May 18, 2014, between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds.

Why should you attend?

It’s “Celiac Awareness Day!”

Hundreds of families will be joining the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness at the ballpark to get the latest information about celiac disease into everyone’s hands! And did I mention that there will be gluten-free concessions, too?

And an added bonus…next Sunday just so happens to be the Phillie Phanatic’s birthday!

For more information: http://www.celiaccentral.org/community/upcoming-nfca-events/celiac-awareness-day-philadelphia-phillies-12932/

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Happy Mother’s Day! I just love my mom!

Daria (daughter) writes:

Because I work in an industry that I must work every holiday, I have adapted over the years to celebrate holidays when I can be off work to get home to my family. My family is just wonderful in helping me with this by planning picnics, birthday celebrations, & anything else life has to offer, around my not-so-normal schedule! Lol=)

I decided to celebrate Mother’s Day a few days early this year. I was a little sad that my sister also couldn’t make it home, but she’s off studying bones & collecting data for her dissertation, which is a whole other story in itself!! =)

While I had decided to make dinner with my mom when I got home, I wanted to bring a special dessert to celebrate. So I made Derby Pie, a gluten-free chocolate chip delight (recipe will follow on another post soon).

When dessert time arrived,  I whipped up some homemade cream and threw in some mini chocolate chips for good measure! It was a big hit!

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Meanwhile, trying to get my life on track to further my career, I’ve been on the go non-stop! I needed some time to myself to just clear my head & what’s better way than to jam out to La Bouche Radio on Pandora=) Listening to this brings back such amazing memories of flipping in gymnastics when I was young & it has the best beats to keep me energized & happy=)

I took home the sewing machine that my mom & I purchased together and two years later, I FINALLY took it out of the box & was determined to try to make something for my my mama, Monica, for Mother’s Day! I absolutely LOVE Pinterest, so of course I pinned something a really long time ago & wanted to take it on a test run!

With a lot of determination and some sewing inspiration from my grandmother, I made these two beautiful infinity scarves for us! They both have the same lace material which has a light green coloring on the edges of the leaves and the rest is white. On the other side, I made my mom’s with a beautiful blush pink and mine, with a light chrome gray color. On my own scarf, I decided to add two little flowers made from the pink fabric to tie myself in with her’s!=)

She absolutely loved the scarf & couldn’t believe that I actually made it!! It was so beautiful seeing her face while opening it up! It warmed my heart!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in the world! I hope you enjoy your day with your loved ones & get to relax…..you all deserve this day=)

© 2014, Daria of glutenfreedoubletalk

One pot gluten-free turkey chili….Can you say easy?

Since Daria was driving up to visit yesterday, and I had a return visit with my doctor in Philly, we decided to have an easy supper last night. While we both like chili and it is super quick to make, we decided to elevate its health potential by using lean ground turkey instead of the classic ground chuck. Also, we aren’t fans of red kidney beans which are traditionally used in chili recipes, and being Italian, our choice of bean was clear….Cannellini! Yes, we are “bean eaters” and in Italian we are “mangiafagioli!”

One thing that Daria has taught me in the kitchen is to “mise en place,” a French term that means “putting in place.” We need to gather all of our ingredients BEFORE we get started preparing our meal or dessert making. It actually is the best idea! I cooked for so many years in a dither….opening cupboards here and there to grab some spice, oil, or other ingredient that needed to land in my bowl. Once you put this concept into practice, you’ll wonder how you ever put a meal together in the past!

Anyway, start gathering your items. You will need olive oil, fresh lean ground turkey, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, one onion, Cannellini beans, garlic, and a myriad of spices!

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Heat 1 ½ teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large pan (that has a lid.)

Doesn’t it look like this oil made a funny face in the pan?

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Place one pound ground turkey in pot, spread out evenly, and brown.

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Meanwhile, chop your onion into bite-size pieces.

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When turkey is completely browned, toss in chopped onion and cook until the onion is tender.

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Meanwhile, rinse a 16 oz. can of Cannellini beans in a colander or strainer.

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When turkey and onion are tender, pour one 16 oz. can of tomato sauce into the mixture and stir.

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Next, mix in a 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, and the rinsed Cannellini beans. Mix thoroughly.

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You’re almost there!

Finally, add your spices…

½ tsp salt, ½ tsp ground black pepper,  ½ tsp dried oregano,  ½ tsp (or less if you are sensitive) ground cayenne pepper, 2 T chili powder, ½ tsp paprika, and ½ tsp cumin. Bring the chili to a boil and then lower the temperature to Low and cook covered for at least 30 minutes.

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Now, what goes better with turkey chili than cornbread, so since we were on a time crunch, we cheated! We love Pamela’s Baking Mix and we wondered if there was a cornbread recipe on the bag. There wasn’t! So we went online to the Pamela’s site and viola!

Here is the recipe:

1 ¼ cup of Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix

1 cup fine yellow cornmeal

1/3 cup sugar or honey

½ tsp salt

2 eggs, beaten

2 T melted butter

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 8-inch square pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes @ 375°.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our cooking together, baking together, and most of all, eating together!

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Happy chili making!!

 

 

© 2014, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk

 

 

 

I just can’t wait for summer!

Monica (mom) says:

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

This national holiday in Mexico officially commemorates the anniversary of an early victory by Mexican forces over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is a day of great celebration there!

Mexico enjoys a sunny climate and we are dying for great weather here in the Northeast, so today I am celebrating with a mid-morning snack of fresh fruit.

Since I only have one arm to work with since my surgery was one week ago, my “honey” (hubby) cut up all of the fruit before he left for his business trip this week. He is a dear!

The STARS of this fruit cup are:

  • juicy red watermelon which has excellent levels of vitamins A and C and a good level of B6
  • gorgeous green honeydew melon sporting vitamin C and the B vitamins, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, copper and folate
  • yummy yellow pineapple, a fruit that contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain that digests food by breaking down protein as well as an excellent source of vitamin C, small amount of vitamin A and rich in B-complex vitamins
  • beautiful black and blue berries which contain the absolute BEST source of powerful antioxidants including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C which improve your health, protect your skin and hair, and prevent certain diseases

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Wow! Isn’t this a great snack?

And did I mention I placed all of my delicious fruit in a footed sherbert (sherbet) dessert bowl from the Jeanette Glass Company? It is the “Cubist” design circa 1929-1933 that I purchased from a yard sale! I just love Depression glass and am on the lookout for it all the time!

Have a great day! And eat some power-packed fruit!

 

© 2014, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk

 

 

 

Daria meets the Lagasse girls!

Daria (daughter) says:

Enjoying another beautiful day! While on my way to work, I called my mom, like always, to check in and see how her day was going=) We were, of course, discussing what to do next for our blog & chatting about how much fun this is going to be!!

Work was pretty hectic since we switched to a spring menu & are starting to order our ingredients to be able to prep for Mother’s Day next week. I received an AMAZING text from my mom while taking a quick break! It read:

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Pretty speechless…that was about all I could get/type out! Lol

I had the biggest smile on my face for the remainder of the night! I couldn’t wait to get home to tell my husband! (At least try to wait up for him when he got home in the wee hours of the morning from his job=/ )

When I was in 7th grade, I had BEGGED my parents to come pick me up from school early one day to be able to go to our local Barnes & Noble to a book signing where Chef Emeril Lagasse would be! We had waited in line for 5 1/2 hours to meet him for just a moment to sign my cookbook….one of the best moments of my life thus far at that point!

Now, at 26 years old, how amazing it was to be able to meet his two gorgeous daughters in person at the Gluten-Free Living Conference & talk to them just like any other friends! They were so amazing & got to take the time to spend a few hours at a book signing the day after they gave their presentation together. Of course, I had to buy their book & stood in line to get their signatures to add to my cookbook collection=) This time around, I only waited a very short time in line! Lol =) They had such great advice & were inquisitive about our personal journey with gluten-free life & wished us luck along our way! It made us feel so wonderful=)

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I know my mom & I will continue to work hard to keep this going! We greatly appreciate all the help from fellow bloggers & presenters we met at the Gluten-Free Living Conference!

You all inspire us every day to help others to be able to enjoy eating despite being gluten-free. We hope to be able to make a difference like you all have for us=)

Have a wonderful day, always ❤

© 2014, Daria of glutenfreedoubletalk

What’s for breakfast?

Monica (mom) says:

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day….but it could get boring eating the same thing over and over! I am a cereal person but know that I need to add more protein to this meal, so recently I have been eating more oatmeal with either peanut butter swirled into it, or chopped nuts with some kind of fruit.

Look at my yummy oatmeal today with almonds, walnuts and fresh blackberries! And all of it was prepared with one arm….I just had right elbow surgery on Monday!

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© 2014, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk