Reading Food Labels

By | 2017-08-12T10:08:03+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , |

This is a revised post of one published on June 25, 2014 Raise your hands if all of the food labels on produce and ingredient lists at the grocery store is becoming more confusing? HAND UP for me! The stories my grandmother told me of going to pick up fresh veggies at the market is not my experience. My frustration builds when I have to rummage through the mounds of produce just trying to know which one is local, organic, [...]

Top 10 Resources for Food Allergies

By | 2017-08-12T11:32:01+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Food Education|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever had a panic attack? Like the kind where you can’t breathe and need a paper bag? This has only happened once or twice in my life, but the feeling is not something that I will soon forget. My body was out of my control. This feeling was similar to when I first tried to figure out the food allergy world. If you are connected to someone with food allergies, you can probably relate! So, in that case, I [...]

5 Tips for Setting up a Gluten-Free Kitchen

By | 2018-02-25T20:57:23+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

You may have already read the post on pantry must-haves when starting to live gluten free or corn free. If you haven’t, I highly suggest it, because one of the hardest parts about beginning to eat in a new way is changing your lifestyle and relationship with food. As people, we begin our food habits as infants and toddlers. Those ways of thinking about food are deeply ingrained, and discovering as an adult that you are allergic to something you [...]

Food Allergy Awareness + GF Mini Blueberry Muffins

By | 2016-05-23T16:32:11+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , |

This month is food allergy awareness month. A whole month dedicated to helping raise more understanding of food allergies and how to find food for people who have food allergies. As you may know, we have a gluten-free cookie product line -- which makes for a perfect pairing with food allergy awareness month. And there has not been a single event that someone doesn’t approach the table and criticize the cookies for being gluten free and remarks about how they [...]

Five Tips for Stocking a Gluten-Free Pantry

By | 2018-03-04T17:20:55+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , |

A line from the sound of music came to me as I prepared to write this post: "let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start." And when it comes to cooking or baking gluten free, I completely agree. You can master all of the skills of cooking, baking, or substituting, but if you don't have the ingredients, it's going to be more than a little challenging to make the food. Below is a basic pantry guide [...]

Challenges of Owning a Business pt. 2

By | 2016-04-19T12:35:11+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , |

This is the second (and final) post about the challenge of owning a business. Please read the first post here Beginning a business is long hours and hard work. There is also a lot of advice out there, but this advice is what I wish I had paid more attention to. Network. When I first began my company, I set up meetings almost daily. These meetings were for me to know who was in the field and if I needed [...]

Easy Rice Pilaf

By | 2017-08-12T11:55:02+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Food Education, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

What is rice pilaf? Rice pilaf simply means that rice was cooked with broth, not water. It is different than a risotto for few different reasons, although both of them use broth in the preparation. In this easy rice pilaf, we add some common spices to give the pilaf extra flavor. As with most basic dishes, it is the perfect accompaniment to a meat or hearty vegetable dish. Sometimes, we just eat it plain. If you are like us, you [...]

Avoiding Hidden Corn Ingredients

By | 2017-08-12T12:13:52+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , |

After I got diagnosed with food allergies, Celiac Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I enrolled in a certificate program for nutrition and health to learn how to eat and understand what is happening in my body. This was also around the time that I discovered that I am not alone; many people are affected by the food that we consume. One of the largest hidden components of the food we eat is corn--something that I am allergic to. Since [...]

The Challenge of Owning a Company + Groundnut Sauce

By | 2016-03-19T21:50:05+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is the first of a two part blog series. Do you have a hard time figuring out who you are or what defines you? I do. I think we all do. I am a person who believes in sustainability, but I will buy a plastic food container. I try to eat locally, but sometimes I crave mangoes. The challenge of balancing all of my feeling plagues me daily. One of the largest challenges I face is owning a business. [...]

Food On Level Ground

By | 2016-05-17T10:02:45+00:00 November 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes|Tags: , , |

*disclaimer: This piece is an opinion piece and has a different of a format than most of our pieces. There is a recipe below. This butternut squash recipe can be found after the article. I spent the afternoon talking with the Executive Director of Level Ground, Samantha Curley, a non-profit in Los Angeles that “creates safe space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality through the arts.” We talked about how her non-profit was once again in the [...]