Gluten-free Pizza Craze

The good news is…there are more chain restaurants offering gluten-free pizza! The bad news is, the cross-contamination factor is a big deal that can’t be ignored…it sure would be easy to simply eat gluten-free if the microscopic amounts of gluten did not affect us. Celiacs need gluten content of any item to be below 20 parts per million in order not to have a reaction.

I’ve had great experiences with Mellow Mushroom’s gluten-free pizza. The new crust that they offer is great! They use a separate oven and everything. Their employees are trained well in cross-contamination.

Now, I have tried Domino’s gluten-free pizza twice now. It is delicious and they deliver it right to your door. Doesn’t get better than that, right? I had one in Utah with no reaction. The one I just had in Alabama…another story. I was so sick! Be careful with this pizza. It is great, but the risk for cross-contamination is high and you may want to speak to the manager at your local store and ask specific questions about how they handle their pizzas. Questions like these: 1. are your employees trained in keeping gluten-free pizza separate from regular pizza? 2. Do you use separate counters or separate utensils? 3. Do you use separate pizza cutters?

Honestly, I’m going to stick with Mellow Mushroom, because so far they have a better track record for not “glutening” me and Domino’s just ruined my week. Readers, be careful!

7-Up Biscuits

Here is something new for you to try, this is nice and moist. The ingredients sound a little odd for biscuits, but it is oh so delicious. A big thank you to my sister-in-law, Jo, for sharing this recipe with me!

7-Up Biscuits

4 cups gluten-free Bisquick (One box has about 3 cups, so you will need 2 boxes)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup 7-Up or Sprite
1/2 cup butter

Mix Bisquck, sour cream and 7-Up. Dough will be very soft. Pat dough out and cut with a biscuit cutter (though I cheated and made drop biscuits so I wouldn’t have to cut them out). Preheat oven to 425. Melt butter in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Place biscuits on the melted butter and bake for 12-15 minutes or until brown.

Why this Blog?

There are a lot of gluten-free recipes out there. A ton, in fact. It may be surprising for my readers to learn that I do not love to cook. It seems strange to me still that I enjoy writing this blog, dedicated to gluten-free recipes and information, so much. Before I was diagnosed with Celiac (6yrs ago), I took the easy way out with cooking. I’ve always hated recipes with 10 or 20 ingredients, cooking from scratch, all that. After being diagnosed, I searched through recipe books, got ideas from a friend, checked the internet… I didn’t find what I was looking for exactly. Yes, you can find tons of GF recipes. I wanted ones that made great-tasting food as quickly and easily as possible. Recipes with as few ingredients as possible. I wanted back the days where I could get cream of chicken soup out of a can (you can, in fact, buy that now at the health food store but it’s expensive) and make a quick casserole. Recipes for cream of chicken soup took so long and had more ingredients than I wanted them to. I read through tons of recipes, got ideas and formed the easiest recipe for it I could that would still taste great. This is what makes my blog different. This is a recipe blog for the gluten-free person that wants to eat everything she used to eat, but doesn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen and cook completely from scratch. I do offer some “from-scratch” recipes here. We all have the times when that is necessary or wanted. But the majority of the recipes you will see here are fast and easy. They have all been tried, tasted and certified delicious. I have some wonderful friends who have allowed me to share their recipes and the blog continues to grow. Eating gluten-free normally means you have to cook, but it doesn’t mean it has to take a long time or be difficult. I’ve researched so much about Celiac Disease over the years and learned so much about gluten-free baking, I love to share it! This blog has been an amazing project and I hope you stick around for my future updates! Leave a comment if you wish and tell me what you’d like to see me make next!