Category Archives: Prepared foods

Really Good Cookies

Usually I enter information about packaged gluten free products only on the “Packaged and Frozen Foods” page, but I thought these cookies were so good that I wanted to highlight them with a post.  Tate’s Bake Shop has several great cookie flavors (Coconut Crisp, Oatmeal Raisin, Ginger Zinger, Chocolate Chip, and Double Chocolate Chip), plus some cookie-related products (glass or ceramic cookie jars, and a gift cube).

The cookies are wonderfully crisp, and would please any cookie-lover, whether gluten free or not.

I found them at the Heinen’s in Barrington, but if they aren’t available in your local grocery store, you can order them directly from the company or buy them on Amazon.
Their gift baskets are packaged with other yummies. These would make a wonderful holiday gift to a business friend, a housewarming or a hostess gift.

Seldom do gluten free products satisfy to the same degree that non-gluten equivalents do, but you’ll be sacrificing none of the taste or texture with Tate’s cookies.  I love them

Let’s Give a Shout-out to Trader Joe’s

I’ve been gluten free for about five years now.  Early on, I was trying  different products, and found a number of them very disappointing.  Case in point, gluten free bagels.  The ones that I tried several years ago were so disappointing.  It’s a bit trite to say they tasted like cardboard, but that’s a pretty good description.

I hadn’t tried another GF bagel until just a few days ago.  Encouraged by the description of their bagels in the recent Fearless Flyer, I put bagels on my shopping list and made a trip to Trader Joe’s.  I bought the bagels, cream cheese and lox so I could satisfy a desire that had been unfilled for such a long time.  I also bought avocados, thinking I’d use the bagels for some avocado toast.  (I love avocados.)  54288-gluten-free-plain-bagels.jpg

I lightly toasted the bagel halves and had bagels with lox and cream cheese, and I loved it.   Very satisfying.  So – thank you Trader Joe’s.  You really delivered.


Really Good Potstickers, Gluten Free

Certainly, selection of gluten free foods is getting better and better.  While the offering of frozen prepared meals still seems to lean heavily on ethnic recipes, some of the products are quite successful.  Recently, I have purchased several gluten free “feel good foods” packages, and I am particularly happy with the dumplings – otherwise known as potstickers.  These are available in chicken, pork or vegetable versions.  I have tried both the chicken and the vegetable and would happily buy them again.  They taste like you expect potstickers to taste.   No disappointment.fullsizeoutput_e36

The microwave preparation is quite easy – just pour a half-cup of water into a microwave-safe container, add the dumplings, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave for 4-5 minutes.  The result is really excellent.
My only criticism of this company’s offerings is that there isn’t a broader selection.  If they do such a good job with potstickers, I wish there were more options.  As it is, they also offer egg rolls, empanadas, taquitos, and Asian meals.
Try them, you’ll like them.