Oct 21

Our House Gluten Free Baking Mixes

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In order to overcome the wariness that some people have about gluten free foods, a new brand of baking mixes has launched with the promise of flavor, texture and quality that no other gluten-free baking mixes can offer.  In fact, Our House brand products come with a “Better Taste Guarantee.” Our House products are not only gluten free but are also made with no other allergens – no milk, eggs, peanuts, or tree nuts.

Our House offers a complete line of baking mix products, including: all-purpose flour, brownie mix, cookie mix, pancake and waffle mix, corn bread mix, bread mix, and an all-purpose baking mix.

Our House offers a money-back guarantee to any consumer that all of Our House gluten-free products offer a superior flavor and texture when compared to any other gluten-free brand. They are confident that their investments in research and development, and the construction of a new plant for milling their own gluten-free products to assure their purity, will taste better than anything else you’ve tried.
Each Our House mix includes two recipes on the box, for both a traditional and a new recipe. “Our research indicated that gluten-free consumers are constantly in search of new ways to use a favorite product, so our packaging, website and other digital marketing will include a healthy offering of recipes and recipe ideas,” Ganey said. I like when baking mixes come with recipes, it helps me come up with ideas of how to use the mix in more creative ways. 

I recently tried the Bread Mix, All Purpose Flour, and Brownie Mix.


The brownies were delicious, fudgy and rich. I topped mine with sea salt before I put them in the oven for a slightly salty and sweet treat. And WOW, we’re these brownies good! The recipe does call for 10 tablespoons of butter (yikes!), but it is worth it once in a while to splurge on something this good. 


Our House products are made in a dedicated gluten free facility and only use premium, quality ingredients. You no longer have to sacrifice taste or texture for your health, instead you can enjoy all of the desserts, breakfast foods and breads you love—just without the gluten! All Our House products are also vegan and non-GMO, and several are even whole-grain.

Purchase $25 or more of Our House products and get FREE SHIPPING! You can purchase mixes online starting at $4.29 and up. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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This entry was posted in Baking, brownies, Product Review, Vegan and tagged , , , on 21 October, 2015.

Oct 20

Introducing Cheryl’s new Gluten Free Cookies & Brownies!


In June I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show where I met ElisabethAllwein, the Food Development Director at Cheryl’s. There, I had the chance to talk to her about Cheryl’s new line of gluten free cookies and brownies, which just hit the market this month! 


The new gluten-free line will feature Cheryl’s famous baked goods including fudge brownies, brownie walnut cookies, snicker doodle cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and buttercream frosted sugar cookies, which is to die for. The new gluten free goodies exceed the FDA regulations for gluten free foods, meaning you can safely eat all the cookies you want! The gluten free line is made in separate, dedicated gluten free facility.


Fudge Brownie

Cheryl’s uses a gluten free bakery in Columbus, OH, owned byARC Industries, an organization that aims to offer employment opportunities to developmentally and intellectually disabled adults. Cheryl’s already employs some people from ARC, and continues to support this community group and their kitchen, as a training ground for seasonal hires in the future. Cheryl’s brought in some of its own gluten-free equipment, sanitation and production processes as well as management to work with ARC employees. 


Cheryl’s cookies are individually wrapped and available for purchase online now. From birthday gifts, to holiday gifts, to thank you gifts, there is something for everyone and every budget. Gluten Free Cookies and Brownies range from $6 – $49.99.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Oct 19

Pitopia Israeli Falafel is Gluten Free // Midtown NYC

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Pitopia is located in the heart of midtown, at 37th & Broadway, and offers authentic Israeli falafel, shawarma, hummas and salad. Both the falael and shawarma are gluten free, as is the hummus and Israeli salad of course.

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 Over the summer Pitopia changed its falafel recipe to cater to the needs of its customers. With more and more people cutting gluten from their diets, for health reasons or for those who think it’s trendy (you know how I feel about them!), the folks over at Pitopia decided to help us out and make a new recipe 100% gluten free. I am told the taste didn’t change and they were impressed at what they were able to make without the flour. I too was impressed with the flavor of the falafel and would order it again in a heart beat. Jeremy also raved about the falafel sandwich I brought home for him. 


Pitopia uses fresh ingredients and fries the falafel in a separate, dedicated gluten free fryer that is only used for the falafel. The non-gluten free items (schnitzel, french fries, fried eggplant) are fried in their own fryer, and this helps prevent cross contamination. But please do note, there is a possibility for cross contamination on the assembly line. While the falafel are in their own container, they are quite near gluten containing items. Although the serves use tongs and other serving utensils, I would suggest that you ask the server to change his/her gloves as an extra precaution. 

The hummus bar includes a few gluten free salads including Israeli salad (cucumber, tomato and onion), chickpea and cumin salad, and the delicious hummus. They also serve shawarma, which is gluten free. But to be honest it wasn’t my favorite. Stick to the falafel and you will be blown away by the flavors and authenticity. And not to mention, it is very very affordable! A side of falafel (1 ball) only costs $0.75, which salads and hummus bowls start at $8.95. 

Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.


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This entry was posted in Israeli, Kosher, Mediterranean, Midtown, New York City, Restaurant Review, Theater District and tagged , , , , , , on 19 October, 2015.

Oct 16

ILight Organic Advanced Brightening & Line Smoothing Eye Treatment


Today I want to introduce you to an organic and natural, healthy skin care line; Sweetsation Therapy. Healthy radiant skin at any age is what we are all after, but many products today contain harmful chemicals and/or irritants. Sweetsation Therapy products are made using organic and natural ingredients from around the world. All products have:

I was recently asked to try Sweetsation Therapy’s I*Light Organic Advanced Brightening & Line Smoothing Eye Treatment. This eye treatment offers quadruple action; Made with a unique blend of natural oils and plant extracts, it instantly smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles, de-congests and lightens the eye area, instantly minimizing visible under eye shadowing and puffiness.

After 4 weeks it visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. Calming and restorative, rich in antioxidants provided by a cocktail of superberries like Goji, Raspberry, Pomegranate, Cranberry and Blueberry and rich in Vitamin C, I*Light fights skin damage and cellular oxidation that causes premature aging, by excessive free radical activity. A combination of Kojic Acid and Milk Thistle repair sun damage and sun spots, hence improve and brighten up overall eye area, while Caffeine, Horse Chestnut, Arnica, and Ginkgo Biloba improve blood circulation acting as decongestants, reducing water retention, shadows and puffiness. Adding astringent properties, they cause constriction of blood vessels, anti-inflammatory, as well as circulation boosting properties. Reishi and Caviar rich in vitamins, CoQ10 and hydrating Hyaluronic Acid help to fight aging, supporting natural skin function the best way possible, improving firmness, elasticity and keeping your eyes looking fresh, bright and forever beautiful.

Sweetsation Therapy containers are 100% recyclable, and with their “Recycle and be Rewarded”  program, you can take a simple step to care for the earth, future of our children and environment, and rely on the fact that the container you are holding won’t end up in a landfill or ocean. 

It is truly disturbing to see how plastic thrown in the ocean affects live organism and animals. So Sweetsation Therapy decided to inspire its customers and other companies by reducing the over-packaging of products not only to care for environment but also to reduce the cost of goods, and the savings can be passed on to the consumer. When you collect 5 empty full size containers from any products, simply place them in a mail for recycling and you will receive $10 credit towards your future purchase! Now is the time for all companies to organic, all natural, and be innovative and not over package products with heavy plastic to generate a big “size impression” which is deceptive. 
You can purchase Sweetsation Therapy products online via Amazon. 

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Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Oct 15

Feather & Bone Face Gems

Feather & Bone is an inventive, fresh and unique personal care company dedicated to the creation of Fresh Product Solutions. At Feather & Bone the mantra is INDIVIDUALITY and AUTHENTICITY.  Authenticity – it’s your inner core, your gravity, it’s the intangible and everything else is noise and constantly changing.  How you look from child to old age will change.  You change yourself through make-up and clothing to fit in, but in reality your inner core, values and authenticity is static.  Feather & Bone believes that the best way to fit in is to be you. At Feather & Bone their goal and mission is for men and women to feel empowered by who they are as individuals and embrace their inner weird and authenticity.  Their products aim to help bring back the authentic you.  

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I am always looking for natural skincare brands that make products free of harsh chemicals, dyes, and gluten, so when Feather & Bone sent me their face wash tables to try I was excited. Not only because the face wash is made with 3 ingredients, but also I haven’t used any other product like this – face wash in a tablet form – so I thought I would give it a shot.


How to Use

  • POP one tablet and place in the palm of your hand !

  • DROP Using your hand add 5-10 drops of water as needed and apply pressure on tablet to break to form a paste!

  • WASH: Scoop paste from palm to massage/apply on full face and wash face !
Feather & Bone Face Gems are made from sandalwood, fullers earth, and starch, which work together to be a cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer all in one. 

Sandalwood: Cleanser

  • An antiseptic agent
  • Gives a Natural glow
  • Removes dirt from pores
  • Anti-aging
  • Relaxes the face

Fuller’s Earth: Exfoliator

  • Improves blood circulation
  • Removes black heads and white heads
  • Tones the skin
  • Soothing effect
  • Gives natural oils to the skin

Starch: Moisturizer

  • Natural moisturizer for oily and dry skins
  • Relieves itchy skin
  • Keeps skin fresh
  • Removes dead skin
  • Cools the Face

Feather & Bone Face Gems are super easy and super fun to use. It doesn’t have much of a scent before adding the water but once the water is added, there is a nice fresh scent. The face wash did not irritate my skin at all and I did feel overall refreshed after washing. 

Have you tried the Feather & Bone face gems face wash yet? What did you think? If not, you can learn more and buy Face Gems here. 60 tablets sell for $15. 


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Oct 14

Drew’s Gluten Free Dressinga & Salsa


Salad dressings are one of those foods that are notorious for hidden gluten (used as a thickener in some dressings). It can be tough to find a good gluten free dressing in the supermarket that is not only gluten free, but tasty, healthy, and affordable. Finding a salad dressing to meet all the criteria can be difficult, but it becomes easier when you know where to look. Health food stores like Whole Foods are pretty good about stocking brands with gluten free flavors, but you must always read labels and look for the certified gluten free verification mark. 

One such brand is Drew’s. Chef Drew Starkweather founded Drew’s in 1995.  Drew received his first restaurant job at the age of 12, and during the following eleven years, worked his way through the ranks to become head chef at the prestigious Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts. It was here that people began to discover his all-natural salad dressings and marinades. Before long, customers at the Deerfield Inn started requesting bottles of the dressings to take home. It was from this popular demand for the chef-created salad dressings that Drew’s was formed. Drew designed the labels himself, and produced and packed those first bottles in his own kitchen. Chef Drew’s philosophy from the beginning was to offer products that were chef-created and nature-inspired, using quality natural ingredients.

In 2001, Drew’s sought and achieved organic certification for its production facility. That same year, the company introduced its line of all-natural salsas, including Hot, Medium, and Mild. In 2003, the original salsa varieties became USDA Certified Organic, and Drew’s introduced a fourth variety, Double Roasted salsa. In 2004, Drew’s was awarded registration by NSF International, the prestigious not-for-profit health and safety conformity assessment company, for complying with its stringent Good Manufacturing Practices. In 2012, Drew’s began the process of 3rd-party certification of all of its products by Non-GMO Project.  Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products; they also work to educate consumers and the food industry to help build awareness about GMO’s and their impact on our health and food systems.  ALL of Drew’s products are now Non-GMO Project verified.

All of Drew’s products are free of  artificial flavorings, colors or preservatives, and many of them are gluten free and vegan.  One of the things I like most about Drew’s Dressings, besides the fact that they are non-GMO and all-natural and/or organic, is that they are all versatile and can be used as marinades or dipping sauce. 

Drew’s All Natural Gluten Free Salad Dressings

Drew’s Organic Gluten Free Salad Dressings

  • Organic Creamy Italian Dressing & Quick Marinade (vegan) 
  • Organic Roasted Red Pepper Dressing & Quick Marinade (vegan) 
  • Organic Aged Balsamic Dressing & Quick Marinade (vegan) 
  • Organic Peppercorn Ranch Dressing & Quick Marinade 

All of Drew’s Organic Salsas are Gluten Free and Vegan 

  • Organic Mango Habanero Hot Salsa
  • Organic Pineapple Medium Salsa
  • Organic Southwest Style Black Bean & Corn Medium Salsa
  • Organic Quinoa, Flax & Chia Medium Salsa
  • Organic Thick & Chunky Mild Salsa
  • Organic Thick & Chunky Medium Salsa
  • Organic Thick & Chunky Hot Salsa
  • Organic Double Fire Roasted Medium Salsa
  • Organic Chipotle Lime Medium Salsa

Many of Drew’s products are also free of sweeteners, and dairy, which is good because I can’t eat dairy and I’ve cut out sweeteners from my diet. 

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Today, Drew’s ranks among the top three brands in the natural/organic products industry and is still one of the fastest growing brands in the country.  The company’s top-quality dressings and salsas are available nationally wherever natural and organic products are sold. To find a retail location nearest you, click here

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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This entry was posted in dairy free, organic, Product Review, Sauce, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , on 14 October, 2015.

Oct 13

VerMints Encourages More Kissing, Less Coughing #WishIHadVerMints


The first VerMints were made on a stovetop in a small kitchen in Bellows Falls, Vermont, in 2000. The goal, to make a simple and true mint. Over the next six years, VerMints introduced five more flavors: Cinnamon, Wintergreen, Gingermint, Chai, and Cafe Express. In 2012, it became a certified organic company. Inside every VerMints tin is a headstrong commitment to a 100% all-natural, organic product. Their manufacturing facility is non-GMO, certified gluten free, nut free, and conforms to kosher standards and no animal products are included. 

Fall is underway and it’s the perfect time for snuggling up close to the ones you love — partners, kids, grandparents, and friends. All natural, certified organic, and vegan American mint company VerMints wants people to kiss more.

“We like to keep things simple with clean, better-for-you ingredients,” says CEO Gary Rinkus, who believes that kissing is one of the most important human connections. He’s not the only one; an article in Psychology Today says that kissing — often and long — may actually improve immune resistance to allergens, and resistance to stress.

Rinkus continues: “While most breath mint and chewing gum ingredients include GMO components, carcinogenic sugars, toxic preservatives and artificial flavors and colors, VerMints’ ingredients include organic cane sugar, organic mint leaves, organic maple syrup and natural oils, depending on the flavor.”

Beginning October 1, 2015, VerMints will be encouraging customers to share their awkward kiss stories or photos on social media along with the hashtag #WishIHadVerMints to enter to win a pack of all six VerMints flavors each week. On November 15, 2015, one grand prize winner will be selected to win a year’s supply of VerMints!



Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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This entry was posted in Kosher, nut free, organic, Product Review, Vegan and tagged , , , , on 13 October, 2015.

Oct 12

Pickled Willy’s Gourmet Pickled Seafood


Pickled Willy’s is a specialty seafood processing plant in Kodiak, Alaska, that started out as Alaska’s only pickling plant. Co-owner Bill Alwert, a retired Alaska Commercial Fishermen, started years ago pickling fish and created a long standing family recipe that became so popular with family and friends that he wanted to share it with everyone. The Alwert family still has the family boat, the Buccaneer out of Kodiak, but Bill has since retired to the beach.

The family recipe is undeniably good and there’s certainly no way to get fresher seafood than straight from the vessels of Kodiak Island and other Alaskan Ports.

All Pickled Willy’s seafood is 100% sustainable and found in Alaskan Waters and processed right in Kodiak. Pickled Willy’s products are hand packed, low in fat, high in Omega-3’s, all natural, gluten free and have no preservatives. 


I recently had the chance to work with Pickled Willy’s and tried three of their pickled seafood products. The full line of pickled seafoods includes: Pickled Alaska Halibut, Pickled Alaska Ling Cod, Pickled King Crab, Pickled Sockeye Salmon. 

Each 16 oz jar contains a mix of Organic Vinegar, Cane Sugar, Water, Pickling Spice, Onion, Salt and fish/seafood, and has a shelf life of 5 months.
The Pickled Alaska Halibut, is boneless and skinless, with a pure snow white flesh and firm texture has a sweet smooth flavor and is perfect for ceviche. 
Pickled Willy’s Halibut Ceviche
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Prep Time
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  1. 1 Jar Pickled Willys Halibut
  2. ½ cup chopped Cilantro
  3. ½ cup chopped Cucumber
  1. In a medium size bowl combine complete jar of Pickled Willy’s Halibut, cilantro, and cucumber.
  2. Place in refrigerator, wait 30 minutes or until cold before serving.
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The Pickled Sockeye Salmon has a bright red hue and a much firmer texture than the halibut. I’m not sured to eating salmon this way but after getting used the texture, I quite enjoyed it and didn’t find it as vinegar-y as the Halibut. I paired it with edamame and tomatoes and served it over mixed greens from my CSA, for a delicious lunch.  
Pickled Willy’s ships through UPS, Alaska Air Cargo, and ACE Air Cargo and can be at your door in two days or less. 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Oct 09

Attention Chocoholics! Annie B’s Chocolate Caramels are Now Even Better

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 6.30.13 PMAnnie B’s Caramel Company Has Taken Their Famous, Handcrafted Caramels to a Whole New Level with New and Improved Chocolate Caramel. They just released a new and improved chocolate caramel made with cocoa instead of flavoring that is taking their chocolate, chocolate raspberry, and chocolate sea salt caramels to a whole new level of heavenly chocolate delight!

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Annie B’s family-owned caramel company has been handcrafting delicious caramel for over 30 years. Each individually wrapped caramel is made using simple, local ingredients like brown sugar, water, corn starch, butter, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, inverted sugar and natural flavor. The result is absolutely scrumptious caramels. Annie B’s caramel is slow cooked in copper pots through small-batch cooking. Each piece is made by hand with the exception of cutting and wrapping of the caramels. 

The improved chocolate caramels boast a much deeper chocolate flavor, closely resembling dark chocolate, making it a true chocolate lover’s delight! And the best part, all Annie B’s products are all natural and gluten free!

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You can purchase Annie B’s caramels online and in retail locations nationwide. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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This entry was posted in chocolate, Product Review and tagged , on 9 October, 2015.

Oct 08

Barbara’s Launches Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins

image001-1 My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin! But when it comes to beloved fall flavored foods – apple cider donuts, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie- those of us with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity tend to get the short end of the stick. In an effort to provide a product that is both gluten free and packed with delicious autumnal taste, Barbara’s launched their all-new, seasonal Pumpkin Puffins. Made with real pumpkin and spiced with all of the classic pumpkin pie flavors, this low-sugar and non-GMO treat is nothing short of irresistible. In addition to being celiac-friendly, Pumpkin Puffins are extremely versatile and can be incorporated into an endless amount of gluten free recipes. IMG_3767-1024x611 This corn, certified gluten-free oat, and brown rice-based cereal is also vegan, and sweetened with cane sugar. Each bite of cereal has a nice, satisfying “puff” and crunchy texture. With just the right amount of pumpkin flavor, this new cereal is not too sweet nor does the pumpkin taste artificial.  A harmonious blend of healthy and scrumptious, this is a gluten-free treat you’re sure to fall in love with. So get them while they last! Fall only lasts for a couple of months and so will Pumpkin Puffins. To find a retail location nearest you, click here.  Note: Puffins are made in a shared facility with milk, hazelnuts, almonds, coconut and wheat. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.



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This entry was posted in cereal, dairy free, Product Review, pumpkin, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , on 8 October, 2015.