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Wicked Fresh Craft Burgers

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Over the summer, my family and I ventured to North conway for a mini vacation. I had been looking forward to visiting the Santa’s village, and checking out local places to eat. As per usual our plans, never go according to plan. On the last day of our vacation, before heading home though, I found a place that seemed to have really great reviews. In fact it had a 98% rating for celiac safety. This place is called Wicked Fresh Craft Burgers, just located next door to the Settlers Green outlets and the North Conway Grand hotel!

Let me tell you! I wish this place wasn’t three hours from my house, because it truly was the best burger and roll I have ever had in my years since being diagnosed gluten free! The roll didn’t fall apart and was that greasy/buttery grilled kind! They cooked it unfortunately on the same grill as everything else but they assured me they clean it as well as they possibly can, plus they try to cook it on a separate section of the grill that isn’t used by other things containing gluten/wheat. They have so many varieties of burgers to choose from. The fries were also cooked in a dedicated fryolator as well. I did test it both the bun and burger and fries with my Nima Sensor. It came back with a smiley face for all three!

The establishment has outdoor seating but is rather small on the inside. I would say it has about 12 small tables that seat 2 people each, which for us we ended up putting together since we had 10 of us that took up almost the entire room. As for the pricing it cost us about $52 for the 5 of us, just my family which included one meal being gluten free.

I highly recommend stopping by this place if you’re ever in the area. I give it a 9/10. I wish there were more seating as many people came and left because there wasn’t enough room inside.

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Cheddar Sausage

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Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

8 oz of ground sweet italian sausage
½ cup of cheddar cheese
¼ cup of milk
¼ Tablespoons of garlic powder
¼ Cup of Parmesan Cheese
Dash of pepper
2 Tablespoons of Parsley

Mix all together

Once mixed, add ¾ cups of gluten free bisquick. ( I usually try to go a little less than ¾ cup of bisquick)

Cook for 22-26 minutes

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Weddings and a Celiac

Having celiac disease is hard enough let alone when you get that beautiful wedding invitation in the mail and your first thought is “ How will I be able to navigate this?”

I know it is incredibly hard at social events, parties, vacations, weddings etc. Trust me, been there, done that! What you need to know is yes it can be hard, but yes you can work around it.

I have never wanted to be the person that is seen as the issue all because of having celiac. Between this past weekend, and this coming November, my husband and I have been invited to 6 weddings and to tell the truth, I am having a bit of anxiety over it. So what do i do? What should you do?

The first thing that I suggest, is once you receive that invitation, check over the meal options provided on the card. Our first invitation, I actually felt close enough to the bride to bring up my celiac disease. I reached out apologizing in advance that I was a bother, but wanted to ask her permission if I could personally contact the venue to go over my dietary issue. I told her how excited I was to attend the wedding, but wanted to double check to make sure nothing gets cross contaminated. I know everyone is different on how they would approach such a thing, but it does depend on how close you are to the couple.

Luckily for me, the bride was very receptive. She said she would reach out to the venue and talk about my options. As the wedding approached, I found out that it was going to be stations in different corners of the room. The bride assured me that someone would come to my table that night, and go over my options. Once the wedding arrived, I obviously was unable to eat any hor d’oeuvres. As we sat down a lady came and told me what I could and could not have at the stations. Well the salad station I could have the salad, but the dressing was not gluten free! Who really wants to eat a plate of dry lettuce. (Lesson learned…. Pack a tiny travel cup of your own dressing for things like this!)

I had to steer clear of the pasta station and boy did it smell amazing! I was able to have the roasted veggies with the meat at the carving station. I brought along my Nima sensor, that I purchased solely for travel and occasions like this. I am happy to report that Nima came back happy for the meat and veggies! I loved the added reassurance just for that reason!

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For the weddings that are coming up, I did reach out to some of those couples as well. I let them know about my husband’s shellfish allergy, but also my celiac as well. I said there are many things that I can indeed eat, the issue is everything for myself has to be made in a separate prep area to avoid cross contamination. I am still waiting to hear back from a few, but most of the couples are happy that I reached out, because let’s face it…no one wants anyone getting sick at their wedding!

So here is my little tidbit of advice: If your very close with the couple or one of them I say be honest and reach out. Let them know that you are excited to attend but nervous about the food. I wouldn’t get into a full speech about celiac, but just explain a lot of items contain gluten and wheat like dressings or sauces or gravies. Ask if there is anyway your food could be made in a separate area and not the same pans to avoid cross contamination. If for any reason they can not accommodate or guarantee a gluten free celiac safe meal, I do suggest eating before hand.

Until Next Time
XOXO
Alicia
The Celiac Corner

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Baked chicken, broccoli, cheese and bacon casserole

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3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
2 cups broccoli florets
Hickory Hardwood smoked bacon
Grape seed oil

Could the bacon in a skillet with about a teaspoon of grape seed oil.
Once the bacon is cooked, set aside in the fridge to cool.

Meanwhile, cook the broccoli florets either by boiling in water and then blanching or cook in the same skillet as the bacon to make it crunchy.

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees

Pour on the broccoli, chopped bacon, and cheeses. Cook for 35 minutes or until thermometer reads the desired temperature.

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Gluten free chicken and quinoa Mac and Cheese

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Who misses a good gluten free mac and cheese?

Serving size for this recipe feeds 4

2 cups Organic Gluten free Quinoa
Gluten free Italian style bread crumbs (I use either 4C breadcrumbs or Ian’s panko crumbs. Whatever I have on hand is what I will use!)
Thin boneless, skinless chicken breasts (modify to how many people you are serving. I will cook 2 chicken breasts for 4 people)
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Garlic powder
Paprika
1/2 cup Milk (Whatever you prefer) I use 1 percent
2 eggs

Bring a sauce pan to a boil.
Measure out 2 cups of the organic gluten free quinoa. I like to wash it in a bowl and soak for a few minutes then drain back into the cup.
Pour the quinoa into the sauce pan and cover, simmer for about 13 minutes or until water is soaked up and quinoa becomes fluffy.

In a skillet dice up and saute chicken breasts to bite sized pieces.
Set aside once done.

In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup of milk, Garlic powder and paprika in a bowl with 2 eggs. I usually like to add more than a tablespoon of each spice to add in more flavor. Add in a little more milk if you want the mixture to be creamier.

Drain what’s left of the water from the quinoa and add in the mixed bowl of ingredients. Add in and mix 1.5 cups of sharp cheddar cheese and let melt. Once melted add in the chicken.

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking dish with non stick spray or any gluten free alternative so the food doesn’t stick to the pan.

Scoop everything out evenly into the baking dish. Top with extra sharp cheddar cheese followed by bread crumbs if desired. Bake for 30 minutes!

This is a great comfort meal on those cold days! It really fills you up and hits the spot!

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Cast Iron Gluten Free Chicken Parm

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Meal for 2 adults

Ingredients:

2-3 boneless chicken breast
4C seasoning crumbs – gluten free
1 egg
Gluten free pasta sauce
Shredded Mozzarella cheese
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Prepare the cast iron skillet with a little bit of oil. I use extra virgin olive oil but feel free to use coconut oil or grapeseed oil. I use about a teaspoon of oil to grease the skillet.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and heat the skillet for 10 minutes.

While the skillet is heating up in the oven, take each chicken breast dunk in the egg and then in the gluten free 4C seasoning and crumbs. This seasoning was found at my local Wegmans.

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Once the skillet is preheated, place each chicken breast in the pan and sear each side for about 6 minutes to get it nice and crispy.

Place the skillet back in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Make sure to keep track of the time. The last ten minutes left on the timer add the sauce to the skillet and the mozzarella.

Additional options: adding fresh basil and parsley

I know this is a really simple meal, and most people already know how to make chicken parmesan, but I really wanted to share this recipe anyway especially for newcomers. I just love using the cast iron skillet. It adds so much more flavor to the dish.