Trader Joe’s says ‘Bonjour’ to Macarons

Trader Joe says Bonjour to Macarons - Gluten Free

Perhaps you have already discovered Trader Joe’s latest addition to its dessert offerings. Admittedly, it has been a very long time since either of us has consumed any commercially prepared baked goods, especially ones that are not certified gluten free. We can also not vouch for its 100% gluten free status in the sense that there might be some cross-contamination risk due to shared equipment. Trader Joe’s itself has designated them to be gluten free and after checking the ingredients, we definitely concur. Continue reading

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake - Bowl of Strawberries

It is still officially Spring, but who would know amidst the ever rising temperatures – we already surpassed the 90°F mark here in New Mexico. These temperatures are more reminiscent of our typical summer days.

On the upside, the local stores are also carrying more and more strawberries. Now, personally I just enjoy eating strawberries plain and would encourage you to select only the organically grown varieties. Strawberries unfortunately have become a very heavily sprayed crop, in fact, commercially grown, non-organic strawberries rank near the bottom of the safe foods list. If you wish to learn more about this, read about it at this great living foods site,  or check out a complete safety listing of fruit and vegetables at this link. Continue reading

Shabtai Bakery Product Review

Shabtai Bakery Product Review - Shabtai Sampler Plate

Look what came in the mail last week.

A few weeks ago, the wonderful people at Shabtai Bakery approached us with the request to review their gluten free products. After checking out their website and seeing their delicious desserts, we agreed to do an independent review. Who doesn’t love dessert? What excited us about this bakery, however, is the fact that they provide not only gluten and dairy free baked goods, but all of their products are peanut, casein, lactose, corn, soy and preservative free as well. Everything is also prepared in a certified gluten free and kosher facility.

The bakery is named after Shabtai, the owner of the company, who learned the art of baking from his father, and has been honing his craft for over 30 years. His mission is to provide the finest quality baked goods that are free of most allergens, yet provide a familiar culinary experience, one that many in the gluten free community have given up on ever experiencing again.

In reviewing a product, we always look to test any gluten free products on members of the regular ‘gluten eating world’ as well, just to invite a more objective comparison against regular fare. Continue reading