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Product Review: Goodie Girl S'Mores Sandwich Cookies & new branding

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 Goodie Girl sent me some boxes of their new S'Mores Sandwich Cookie to try as part of this weekend's virtual Nourished Festival .  I've been a huge fan and unofficial ambassador of Goodie Girl cookies for years and wrote about them back in 2017 as a how-to-not-feel-left-out when Girl Scouts Cookie season approaches. Since then, Goodie Girl has added many new products including breakfast biscuits and a variety of sandwich cookies including an Oreo-like Chocolate Cream Sandwich and ever-so-fun Birthday Cake Sandwich .  Let me tell you, their sandwich cookies are the best out there- even better than gluten varieties like Oreo. The new S'More is also delicious. I'm not sure how they do it but they are full of flavor, not too crispy and the filling is oh-so-satisfying w/o having to make your own "double stuffed" variety. I still like the Glutino sandwich cookies but can't stand the other gluten free brands and if given a choice, will pick Goodie Girl e

Product Review: Mom's Place Gluten Free Soft Pretzel Mix and more...

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  Mom's Place Gluten Free sent me some products to sample and review as part of the upcoming Nourished Festival . I also participated in a blogger event a few weeks ago where a member of Mom's Place Gluten Free answered our questions. During this session I also learned that they had sent custom samples to each participant based on each of our unique dietary restrictions, and that their web site has an Allergen Filter so you can easily find the products that you can consume - so from the get-go I was impressed with this business. Before I go into a long narrative let me summarize to say these products are the real deal. Delicious, high quality, wow.  I don't recall where I first heard about Mom's Place Gluten Free but in 2019 I must have stumbled upon them while reading an article about disaster preparedness. As we have earthquakes out here in Cali, I've been planning to put some emergency food in our shed but just hadn't gotten around to it. Mom's Place Glu

Gluten Free Lasagna-stuffed Chicken Meatloaf

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 I love making lasagna but did not have enough ricotta for a full batch so I started thinking if there were other ways I could use the same ingredients (but less ricotta) to make a similar dish. I decided that  instead of making a chicken bolognese for the base, I'd make a chicken meatloaf. Then I did some googling and sure enough there were already some other people who had a similar idea. This recipe is based on this one: https://twistedfood.co.uk/lasagna-stuffed-meatloaf/ only I used chicken instead of beef and modified the ricotta filling to be my standard lasagna filling. It's less work than my lasagna recipe as well. I hope you enjoy it. Ingredients for meatloaf: 1 lb chicken breast, ground (I grind mine fresh with my Kitchen Aid stand mixer meat grinder attachment) 2 eggs, beaten 2/3 cup seasoned gluten free panko bread crumbs (I used Jeff Nation Creations) 1 tbsp dried parsley 2 shakes garlic powder 1 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp pepper (we love pepper- use less if you're les

Product Review: Homefree mini cookies

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 As part of last week's virtual Nourished Festival, Homefree sent me some samples of their mini cookies to try and review. In addition to being gluten free, Homefree are free of nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, soy (except for soy lecithin), rice, potato and legumes so I think it's safe to say they are pretty allergy friendly. Their lemon and holiday sugar cookies are also corn free. Homefree sent samples of 6 of their flavors, of which I've tried 3 so far: chocolate chip, double chocolate chip and vanilla. Let me start by saying I'm generally a chewy cookie fan, and these cookies are crunchy, but that didn't stop me!  First off was the double chocolate which I had with milk. They had a very deep chocolate flavor which surprised me. They are super crisp and absorb the milk nicely when dipping, while still remaining some crunch along with the milk.  Next up was vanilla which also great flavor. So far vanilla is my favorite - and apparently my daughter's

Product Review: Josie's Best & Metta's Gluten Free Mixes

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 As part of glutenfreetop10's participation in the online Nourished Festival (running through tomorrow- it's free!),  Metta Gluten Free Flour  and  Josie's Best Gluten Free Mixes  sent me some of their products to try.  The recipes I used were from my daughter's Raddish Kids cooking club subscription. She has been a member for nearly 2 years and it has been one of our best investments as she has really expanded her cooking skills and we've gotten to eat some great food too. Raddish provides gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegetarian and vegan  dietary modifications for each recipe in the subscription so we've been able to make each one gluten free. Josie's Best Gluten Free Mixes Josie's Best sent me 2 mixes to try: "The Muffin and More" and "The Pancake". I started with "The Muffin and More" which is an all purpose mix which can be substituted 1:1 with all purpose flour in recipes. This mix is also gmo-free and contains p

Product Review: Flax4Life Brownies & Muffins

As part of participating as a blogger for the @NourishedFestival, Flax4Life   sent me product samples of their muffins and brownies.  I've tried the Flax4Life products a past @NourishedFestival and to be honest, don't recall much about the experience. I was happy to receive samples of 5 brownie and 3 muffin varieties to try at home. Flax4Life products are made with flax which is high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acid (healthy fat) and protein. Folks with egg allergies often use flax as an egg substitute in recipes. Their products are gluten free, dairy free, egg-free, and kosher.  Brownies So far we have tried the chocolate, dark cherry and toasted coconut brownies. I will update this post once we've tasted the cappuccino and mint chocolate flavors (we have been saving these for last as we are most excited about them).  My husband, who is a chocoholic, really likes the chocolate flavor in both the chocolate and toasted coconut varieties. I think all 3 that we've tried so far

Product Review: Grab the Gold

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 As part of participating as a blogger for the @NourishedFestival, Grab the Gold sent me product samples of 2 of their bars: peanut butter & jelly, and peanut butter & chocolate, as well as a protein shake jar and container of Immune Boost Shot drink powder.  Grab The Gold Bars First off, I've tried dozens of gluten free bars and to be honest, most I find pretty vile, and up until now my favorite bar has been homemade honey granola bars. When I've attended past Nourished Festivals, most of the time when I'd see a booth for bars, I'd walk past it. It's possible @GrabTheGold has been at the festival and I missed out - their bars are an exception.  Of all the products I've received thus far with respect to the @NourishedFestival, my family and I cannot stop eating the @GrabTheGold bars. Both are delicious but I must say my favorite are the peanut butter and chocolate bars, as there is a thin layer of creamy peanut butter inside which makes me feel like I&#