Monday, December 24, 2012

Gluten Free Breakfast Sausage Bake! Yum!!

Today my family and I spent the day with my eldest daughter's future family!  She is engaged to a wonderful young man and his family invited us to spend the morning with them for Christmas festivities.  We had a wonderful time!  Due to my food allergies, I helped by making some things and wasn't sure what to do so I looked and looked and found something that with a good bit of alternations I would make!  It was a GF bisquick recipe for which I can't use the GF bisquick as it has rice flour!!  So, what do I use instead of bisquick?  I looked up what was in bisquick and it seemed simple enough!  It was a hit!!  NOBODY knew it was gluten free!!  BONUS!!  It is definitely a do again!!  The photo I'm posting is the Bisquick picture and I dxcon't have any left of what we made to take a photo of!  The recipe posted is our recipe that we 'tweaked'!  We made it up last night and put it in the fridge and cooked it in the oven this am as we got ready to go.  It was still hot when we got there and had breakfast!  Enjoy!!

Easy Sausage Breakfast Bake! (Gluten, Rice, and Pork free!)

·         1 package (16 oz) bulk sausage (I used my homemade venison sausage!)
·         1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
·         1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
·         1/2 cup Chopped Mushrooms
·         3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
·         2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
·         1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour Free mix
·         1 tbsp Xantham Gum
·         1 tbsp Baking Soda
·         2 cups milk (I used Goat's Milk!)
·         1/4 teaspoon pepper
·         1 tsp L'Ecuyer's Seasoned Salt
·         6 eggs

Preparation Instructions:
1.     Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage, bell peppers, and mushrooms over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Mix sausage mixture, potatoes and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese in baking dish.
2.     In medium bowl, stir Baking mix, xantham gum, baking soda, milk, pepper, seasoned salt and eggs until blended. Pour over sausage mixture in baking dish.
3.     Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake about 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

They're Ready!! Sulfite Free Soap Bars!!

They're finally ready!  Orange Rosemary Shea Butter Soap!!  Feels so good to finally have a sulfite free soap that I don't itch anymore!!  Yeah!!  My hands feel so incredible after using it the first time.  Just soft and supple.  Get it now while you can!  I will be adding more scents as I go!  $3 a bar can't be beat anywhere!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Local Happiness! A South Carolina Fundraiser!

Today I met with the owner of "Local Happiness, A South Carolina Fundraiser", Ken Carey.  He started this company as he was tired of selling all the 'junk' stuff that his kids' schools were selling.  The premise behind this company was to put products into a catalogue of all items made right here in the state, products that were better, tasted better, and worth the money!  The motto of this organization is to "Buy genuine South Carolina products, keep money in the local economy, and support your favorite organization, all at once."  It caught on!  Local Happiness is booming and L'Ecuyer's Gourmet has just partnered with them!  We are very excited to be partnering with them!

If you live in the Columbia, SC area (or even anywhere in SC!) and have a school that would like to partner with Local Happiness for fundraising, please contact L'Ecuyer's Gourmet or Local Happiness!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dr. Oz's Mis-comments on Food Justice for the 99%

I use to really look up to Dr. Oz.  Now, not so much after what he reported this week.  He use to be all about being organic, eating healthy and staying away from hormones, additives, etc.  Now, not so much.  I saw this article posted today on Facebook and was appalled!  He's now 'favoring' eating the 'mainstream' foods?  Seriously?  How can someone of his stature support using additives, chemicals, hormones, etc. in our foods?  I know exactly how!  They advertise on his show!  He's been bought out!  Yep, he's gone mainstream for sure!  I guess even Dr. Oz has his price, but I know all too well that I will never have that 'price'!  My health has suffered way too much because of these items being in our food and cosmetics and will NEVER go back to eating that junk!   He basically says that 'regular' food is fine and that those of us who 'choose' to eat organic and 'natural' foods are 'elitist'.  Really?  So, because I choose not to have chemicals in my body that I am actually allergic to, I'm an 'elitist'?  I don't think so!  I refuse to contaminate my body with petrol chemicals, hormones, and agricultural pesticides that I know are doing damage to my body.  Not only that, those foods have far less nutrients than organic foods.  Yes, he's been bought out by advertising for sure!

Organic Food: Food Justice for the 99% - Dr. Oz's Comments

I recently even found out that McDonald's uses Soybean Oil in ALL their cooking!  One of the top 8 allergens and they use it in EVERYTHING!!  While I do NOT eat there hardly ever (and it was rarely ever just some fries and now I NEVER will!), I was parousing their website looking at their ingredients for their coffee's (mocha's and latte's) and you get their entire ingredient list (latte's are my one weakness!).  Overall, the ingredients of their coffee's weren't 'bad' per se, what I was stunned by to say the least was to find that in all their oils, their frying is done in soybean oil.  This I do NOT understand at all!  They are risking harm to every person that walks in the store that is allergic to soy as they do NOT warn people of this at all!!  This is NOT legal!!  It is suppose to be labeled on their food!  I wrote to the FDA regarding some of this (lack of labeling) and all I got back was a 'canned response' that I should contact my local congressman to see about having the 'law changed'.  Yes, our government is not really out to protect our health anymore.  But, that is my opinion.  I'm sharing the information.  What you do with it is up to you.

Monday, December 3, 2012

It's Ready!! Seasoned Salt!!


Seasoned Salt! - I don't know about you, but I sure missed seasoned salt!  But every one I have seen on the shelf has had garlic and onions!  Phooey!  Well, no more!  This seasoned salt has all the flavor and no sulfites or alliums!!  Yum! Yum! Yum!!  I searched and searched so, so many recipes and tested and tasted and this is what we have come up with!   Smoked salt, fine sea salt, sugar, mustard powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, thyme, marjoram, dill weed, dill seed, and curry powder. *note, there is very little sugar in this!!  Get it now!!  It is also available in the gift baskets on the Gift Special Tab!!  $5.00 per 4oz bottle or check out the gift specials!!