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Sweet Seasons Orchard gluten free bread – Lansing, MI

I love that more and more gluten free products and specialty shops are making their way to my home state of Michigan. When I was home for Christmas, in addition to finding a new gluten free beer at Horrock’s, I found a freezer full of gluten free baked goods at City Market in Lansing.

I nabbed up a loaf of this Amish made gluten free bread from Sweet Season’s Orchard. They also had pies, cinnamon rolls, pizza crusts, etc.

The bread was sweet and eggy, with a beautiful golden brown crust. I think that the potato flakes in this bread made it extra dense and helped it stay moist.

It was used to make french toast for breakfast.

With strawberry syrup and pecans.

And a grilled cheese.

Since I don’t travel with my bread maker, it’s awesome to be able to find quality gluten free baked goods at home! Plus, at $6.50 a loaf it’s actually less expensive than buying a mix.



Mushroom, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing

When I was thinking about what to make for Thanksgiving, it dawned on me that I haven’t eaten stuffing since I was diagnosed in 2007. Something had to be done.

Luckily I had a great bread base to work with from WOW Gluten Free in Okemos, MI. When I went in it seemed like they were still getting off the ground, and didn’t have a lot of product out. I did get a chocolate chip cookie, which was really tasty.

After a few slices of toast for breakfast, I had about 2/3 of the loaf left for stuffing. It had sat out for a couple of days, so it was at the perfect slightly-stale state it needs to be in.

Mushroom, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing


About 6 cups of gluten free bread cubes (mine filled a large bowl)
1 1/2 eggs, beaten
2 cups vegetable stock
2 T. butter
3/4 cup apple, diced (I used Granny Smith)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup mushrooms
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onion
1-2 t. sage
1-2 t. thyme
1 clove garlic, minced


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, butter baking dish (I used two loaf pans).
2. Melt butter in large pan. Add in onions, celery, garlic, and herbs. Saute until translucent. Add in apples, mushrooms, cranberries, and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Heat broth (I microwaved for about 2 minutes). While broth is heating, beat eggs and pour over bread to coat.
4. Toss vegetable mixture in with bread/egg mixture. Slowly add in broth, stirring until bread is moist but not soggy.
5. Divide into pans and bake for 20-25 minutes covered in aluminum foil, then an additional 20 minutes uncovered.

6. Eat your Thanksgiving dinner and know that your stuffing is way better than Stouffer’s.

Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Shopping Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Style

Trader Joe’s has to be one of my favorite places.  Not even favorite grocery store, just a favorite place of all places.  I love the distinct smell of TJ’s (kind of like sawdust?), the friendly staff, the unique products, and how gluten-free friendly they are.  They even provide a list of all of the gluten free products they have for easy shopping.  Oh yeah, and it’s five pages long.

The store itself can be a bit overwhelming…the one in Manhattan on 14th Street is basically like a small underground bunker, filled with food, and stuffed with hundreds of people trying to loot it and get out as fast as possible. (See below)

So I decided to document what a typical trip to Trader Joe’s looks like for me, which is usually grabbing a few specialty gf items, things that are cheaper there than anywhere else, things that are unique to TJ’s, and then getting the heck outta there.

1.  Wasabi Mayonnaise – great on sandwiches and in tuna salad

2. Onion and Chive Corn Crackers – amazing with cheese, or just plain out of the box.  They’re kind of like really fancy fritos, and everyone who tries them loves them.

Speaking of cheese…

3.  Sharp cheddar and rosemary asiago cheese – Forget whatever grocery store cheese you buy, TJ’s cheddar is way better and comparably priced.  And the rosemary asiago is my secret cheese BFF.  I love him.

4.  Almond butter and Better n’ Peanut Butter – Yes, that is almond butter for $4.99.  I refuse to buy it anywhere else (plus it seems like Whole Foods prices are going up for almond butter? Might just be my imagination…).  And Better n’ Peanut Butter is perfect for those of us who like to eat peanut butter out of the jar, but feel regret after consuming a full meal’s worth of calories on nut butter alone.

5.  Granola – I can’t choose which one I like more between the Cranberry maple, loaded fruit and nut, or tropical. This oat-less granola is a perfect out-of-the-cupboard snack, and is chock full of toppings.

6.  Ginger snaps – these are great for making crusts for desserts (like in Pretzel Strawberry Jello , I’ve also used it as a crust to a pumpkin pie) or just right out of the bag.  They’re crunchy and very gingery, but are also good when they’re a little stale and chewy (is that gross? oh well.)

6. Frozen pancakes – these are a staple at my dad’s house in Michigan and they make for a super simple breakfast.  Just pop them in the toaster, spread on a topping (bananas and Better n’ Peanut Butter for me).  They’re not as good as homemade gf pancakes, but they’re very convenient.

7.  Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal – this is absurdly cheap at TJ’s.  $3.69 is a crazy price for flax meal – I put a tablespoon in my oatmeal and cereal.

And something I don’t buy, but I figured I’d include, are Udi’s products (usually on the bottom shelf in the bread section).  I don’t typically buy gf bread, but helpful and cheap to buy at TJ’s if that’s your thing.

So, that’s my must have list.  There are so many great gf products at Trader Joe’s (including those not pictured here like their brownie mix, chocolate-covered cherries, ice cream, Think Thin bars, etc.) and they keep expanding their line. For more groceries, check out my grocery cart.

Do you have any other favorite gluten free products that can be found at Trader Joe’s?  Or anything that’s just dirt cheap?

Cheese Rocks and Rolls


Big Booty Bread Co. on 23rd St.


Friday over lunch I walked over to Big Booty Bread Company in Chelsea.  I don’t know why, but they don’t really advertise themselves as a go-to gluten-free spot – but they have one of my favorite finds in the city.  Their cheese rocks and cheese rolls are masterful – so chewy, satisfying, and hearty that you can’t tell the difference between their rolls and an artisan one.  

Cheese rocks, rolls, and corn pancakes

Big Booty Dictionary:

Cheese rocks (lower left of display): light in color, really moist on the inside, perfect to dip in soup or make into a burger bun

Cheese rolls (to the right of the rocks): more eggy dough, sweet, with a big air pocket on the inside, warm and slathered with butter is the best way to eat (if you can get it home without eating it on the subway, like someone I may know…)

Corn pancakes: like arepas, but no filling.  They have a plain and cheese variety, and both are great.  Like an ultimate cheesy breadstick.  I’m currently plotting to buy a couple of these and dip them in ranch dressing.

So what did we do with them?

My boyfriend, Nick, made his cheese rock into a bun for his bacon jalapeno cheeseburger.  We picked up some McClure’s spicy pickles at Sweet Afton in Astoria, and put those on the side.

Nick's bacon cheeseburger and McClure's pickles

I had my cheese roll with egg salad the next day for lunch (no pickles for me, they’re far too spicy).

Two egg whites, one yolk

Please excuse the dying house plant in the background.  

Big Booty Bread Co. is at 261 West 23rd Street, between 7th and 8th Ave.

Cheese rocks and rolls are $1.75, and they have a large selection of breads and cupcakes for your gluten-eating friends.  (I also saw they have homemade meringue, but didn’t ask if it’s gluten-free…).  

Beware: I came here around noon and they were almost out of cheese rolls, so try to come in early in the day.

Rock and roll, baby.