Uncle Maddios Gluten Free Pizza

Maddios Pizza

A new Uncle Maddios opened near my office and when I visited their website I noticed they offered gluten free pizza dough. Today I decided to give them a try for lunch.  When I walked into the restaurant I smiled because they were playing Frank Sinatra over the speakers, good taste I thought.  I was also met with a nice welcome greeting as I entered (similiar to Welcome to Moes!).  I placed my order and was impressed at how the staff handled the gluten free aspect.  The female employee who took the order immediately announced to her team “Gluten Free.  Changing gloves.”  Everyone on the line communicated they heard the order and then she proceeded to get the crust and make the entire pizza with her fresh gloves.  The pizza was placed in the oven and in about 5-6 minutes I had my gluten free pepperoni, portabella mushroom and extra cheese creation.  What’s interesting about Maddios is that you choose your crust, sauce and toppings so it’ s all custom made to order for you.

Now was it the best gluten-free pizza I’ve ever had?  No, the crust was thin and crispy, but I could definitely tell it was gluten free.  The sauce was a little bland and the toppings were decent.  If you are in the mood for a decent quality gluten-free pizza on the go I would say try out Uncle Maddios.  The service and staff I experienced will definitely bring me back.

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Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint on Urbanspoon

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Let’s Go Against the Grain

Garlic Bread

My Mom recently visited my Aunt out in Colorado and came back with a gift for me.  It was a crusty delicious baguette and get this….it was gluten free!  I had not heard of the company that made this heavenly baguette, but they are called Against The Grain.  These products do not contain wheat, soy, corn yeast or rice.  Against The Grain also has a couple of products that are dairy free too.  They create more than just baguettes.   They have bagels, rolls, pizzas and pizza crusts too.  All of their products come in a variety of flavors and can be found in Whole Foods stores as well as other locations.

I made garlic bread with our package of baguettes and my family couldn’t tell that this product was gluten free.  If you haven’t tried Against The Grain yet I highly recommend checking them out.  You can find a location near you at Against The Grain.

Addicted to Granola

This past weekend I was staying with some friends at a cabin in the mountains and one of the ladies in the group brought some french vanilla yogurt and this gluten-free granola to try out for breakfast.  It was quite yummy!  I had heard of Trader Joes, but I had never frequented their store before.  Today at lunch I got a craving for that yummy yogurt, granola combo again so I found a nearby Trader Joes store and paid them a visit.

This store is loaded with yummy organic and gluten-free goodies.  I grabbed the items I came in for and left with a few more that I didn’t plan on purchasing, but everything looked so good.

This granola is sweet, nutty and packed with fiber.  I highly recommend this gluten-free goodie!

Gluten Free Cupcakes in Roswell, GA

 

When this gluten-free bakery opened several months ago I was thrilled to try one of their cupcake creations.  My Aunt is currently visiting us from out of town and today is her birthday.  She suffers, like many others, from celiac disease so she cannot have anything with gluten in it.  I decided to pay another visit to Gluten Free Cutie and pick up a dozen cupcakes to celebrate her birthday.  I decided on two flavors:  The Devil Went Down to Georgia and Papas Banana Fosters.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia is a chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache center and chocolate frosting.  The Papas Banana Fosters is a vanilla bean rum cake with a carmlized banana center and a vanilla faux buttercream frosting.

This bakery also offers cake pops, round cakes, whoopie pies and some ice box desserts like banana pudding.  Not only is this bakery gluten-free, but they are also peanut, soy, egg and artificial dye free and most items are dairy free and vegan.  For those that have dietary restrictions this bakery gives you lots of yummy options to try. 

They also have a club card so for each $5.00 you spend you get one hole punched and after 10 punches you get two free cake pops or two free cupcakes.

So, what are you waiting for?  Hightail it over to Gluten Free Cutie and grab a cupcake or twelve like I did!

Johnny’s Pizza Goes Gluten-Free

Today was my first opportunity to try Johnny’s new gluten-free pizza.  You can only get one size, medium, which costs about $12 with one topping.  The crust itself is pretty plain tasting and on the thin side.  I wish they would add herbs inside the crust (like I do at home) to give it more flavor.  The texture was good.  It wasn’t grainy like some other crusts I have had.  All in all I thought the pizza was decent, but it didn’t blow me away. 

Maybe someday I’ll get my socks knocked off by a gluten-free pizza crust, but today was not that day.

Johnny's New York Style Pizza on Urbanspoon

Gluten-Free Cutie

One of my coworkers was out at lunch yesterday and happened to notice this little gluten-free bakery that opened 2/14/12 in Roswell, Georgia.    They specialize in gluten-free, dye free, peanut free and soy free baking.  Most of their menu items are also vegan and dairy free.  My coworker was kind enough to bring back a cute pink cupcake for me to try.  It was beautifully packaged in a little box and had a cute paper cupcake liner. 

Now, I will admit that I have never had any baked goods that are dairy free and vegan.  The vanilla cake was more moist than most of the gluten-free baked goods I have tried in the past.  I loved the strawberry filling inside the cupcake.  The frosting had a different taste and texture than what I am used to having, but it was light and not too sweet.  I absolutely hate overly sweet frosting…YUCK!  All in all it was a yummy little treat. 

They have lots of flavors to choose from on their menu like The Southern Bell which is a tea infused lemon cake, lemon zest and lemon faux buttercream frosting.  If you don’t like that one, how about The Devil Went Down to Georgia which is chocolate cake, chocolate ganache center and chocolate frosting.  They also have cake pops and whoopie pies.

If you are in the area please check out Gluten Free Cutie and give them your support.  They will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 2nd at 12:00 p.m.

 

Free Gluten-Free Cupcakes Recipe book on kindle

Do you want to make lighter cupcakes that don’t taste like they are gluten-free?  If you answered yes, pick up a free copy of this kindle book and add it to your kitchen bookshelf.  There are 24 delicious recipes inside including recipes for grasshopper cupcakes, ginger cupcakes and banana and chocolate cupcakes.  Get your copy of this book now!

Johnny’s Pizza….Gluten-Free Pizza

Good news!  Apparently Johnny’s New York Style Pizza is now carrying gluten-free 10″ pizzas at a cost of $8.99.  Bad news is this is only happening at “participating” locations.  After talking to one of the restaurant managers I found out it is up to each restaurant owner as to whether they will carry the gluten-free crust or not.

I called a few of the restaurants located near my office and my home and this was the result:

NO, GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA AT

Acworth, Kennesaw/Barrett Pkwy, Sandy Springs

YES, GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA AT

Dallas/East Paulding, Hiram, Kennesaw Cherokee St, Marietta/Dallas Hwy

They do warn on their website that a small amount of cross contamination can occur in a flour rich environment so if a small amount of gluten can be harmful to you they recommend that you avoid this product. 

Has anyone tried this crust yet and if so what was your opinion of the taste/quality and cross contamination?

Crave Bake Shop

Who watched the 100th episode of Cupcake Wars on Food Network?  It was an amazing episode!  They always have very creative bakers on this show combining lots of yummy cupcake flavors, but this episode was really special because for the first time ever a gluten-free cupcakery took home the prize!

Crave Bake Shop in Portland, Oregon has a reputation for making the best cupcakes, cookies and cinnamon rolls and they are ALL gluten-free.  They ship all items overnight ($42 aprox.) and a dozen will run you about $39 so they are pricey if you have to have them shipped, but I’m dying to try some.  The cupcakes available for shipping are limited, but they also have dinner rolls, garlic knots and scones too.  Check out their website for more info.

So proud of how this cupcakery represented on Cupcake Wars…..way to go!