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Category Archives: Condiments

I received a package of Little Soya Soy Sauce to try.  I have to say, it was pretty good. It has less sodium than other soy sauces, so it didn’t taste as salty as some I have tried. It is also gluten free, which is of major importance to me as I eat a gluten free diet. Little Soya also comes packaged in cute little “fish” packets of individual servings, so it is easy to carry in your purse when you are going out to eat. You can find where to buy Little Soya Soy Sauce here.

To win a package for yourself, see my giveaway here.

The folks over at Fischer & Wieser sent me some of their Mom’s Fresh Garlic & Basil Spaghetti Sauce. My husband and I  tried it out for dinner with some gluten free spaghetti.  To prepare the sauce, I first browned a half pound of ground beef, then added the jar of sauce to the pan, and let it simmer to evaporate some of the liquid. It smelled delicious while cooking, and proved to be quite tasty.

One of the things I noticed about this sauce, is that it had whole cloves of garlic and whole basil leaves in it. Since my husband and I consider garlic to be a vegetable, this was very pleasant for us. However, if you aren’t as big of fans of garlic as we are, you might not appreciate that.  The second thing I noticed was that this sauce was thinner than other sauces I have used, so I did have to simmer a while for it to be the consistency I wanted. The good part about that, though, was that the flavors mingled better.

Bottom line is, we both enjoyed this sauce. It had a hearty garlic flavor that we both love, and needed no addiitonal herbs or spices to perk it up. Because it is a gluten free product, I could eat knowing I wouldn’t get sick.

Here is a recipe they sent me. I am going to be making this soon!

Italian Simmer Steaks

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

4 beef steaks, sliced into 1 inch strips

Salt and pepper to taste

1 24-ounce jar Mom’s Fresh Garlic & Basil Spaghetti Sauce

Melt butter in skillet; add chopped onion, green pepper, and sliced steak. Sauté until onions are translucent and steaks are browned, approximately 10 minutes. Pour Mom’s Fresh Garlic & Basil Spaghetti Sauce over ingredients in skillet. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Add water 1/4 cup at a time as needed. Simmer 2 hours or until steak is tender. Serve over rice with a tossed green salad. Serves 4.


Ingredients: Tomatoes (vine ripened fresh unpeeled tomatoes, extra heavy tomato puree, salt, citric acid), Fresh Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fresh Basil, Sea Salt, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Vitamin E (source soy).

Nutrition Facts: 70 calories per serving, Carbohydrates 7g, Fat 3g

Where to buy:   Fischer & Weiser has many gluten free products from which to choose.  You can purchase their products online at their website, or find a store near you where they are sold.

Wholly Foods Products

Last week I received a cooler full of Wholly Foods products–Guacamole, Salsa, and Queso Dip to try. I have to say that Guacamole is delicious! I love that it is already prepared and packaged in a vacuum sealed plastic bag. To serve it, all you do is snip the corner off and squeeze it into a bowl. It tastes just like the guacamole we used to get in Mexican restaurants in south Texas. It is not entirely smooth–it has a few lumps in it, which is the way I like my guacamole.  My husband and I love guacamole with shrimp and salsa, so that is how I served it:

Guacamole with shrimp

I loved all of the Wholly Foods products, but I have to point out that the Wholly Queso Dips are NOT gluten free. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t read the label before I ate 1/4 of the jar of Queso Blanco. I just assumed that everything they sent me was gluten free, and that is my fault. While it is totally delicious, and has an authentic Mexican taste, it does contain wheat, and says so quite plainly on the label.

The Queso Dips are NOT gluten free

I shared the Wholly Salsa Hot and the Wholly Guacamole Spicy flavors with my friends, Rob and Belinda. They both told me they loved them and would buy them if they find them in the store.

Wholly Guacamole Ingredients: Haas avocados, Jalapeño puree (white vinegar, jalapeño peppers, salt), dehydrated onion, salt, granulated garlic.

Nutrition Facts: Serving size 2 Tablespoons, Calories per serving 60, Totat fat 5 g, Carbohydrate 3 g

To learn more about Wholly Foods Products, you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and at their two websites, Eat Wholly and Get Off The Ranch.

This giveaway has now closed with 67 comments. There were two winners, both picked using the Random Number Generator. Madwoman Doing Cartwheels with comment #26 and Denise B with comment #7 were the winners, and they have both been notified by email. Thank you to everyone who entered!

country bobs all purpose sauce

Country Bob's Sauce

Ever since I started eating a gluten free diet, I have scoured the store shelves, looking for any kind of sauce that I can have that is safe for me to eat.  Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce is made with all gluten free ingredients. When I tried it out last week with my pork chops, it was delicious. It has a sweet and tangy flavor that went great with pork and chicken. I can hardly wait for time to get out the grill!

From their website:

“In 1968 Country Bob perfected the sauce of his dreams. After years of giving the sauce to friends and family he began to sell it in 1977. The reaction was overwhelming just as it is today. Almost everyone who tries Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce becomes a lifelong user. And why not, it is the perfect complement to practically any meal set on your table.”

In addition to The Original All Purpose Sauce, Country Bob’s makes Spicy  and Barbecue Sauces and Seasoning Salt. You can grill, cook, and marinate with it, or put it in your soups, stews, baked beans, and your other favorite dishes.  I really liked the taste of it, and knowing it is gluten free lets me use it with confidence. I am really glad I found this product.

Ingredients: Tomato concentrate (tomato paste and water) high fructose corn syrup, vinegar, corn syrup, sugar, molasses, salt, onion powder, caramel color, garlic powder, tamarind, corn, starch, natural flavors, and other spices.

A 1 tablespoon serving has 25 calories and 6 grams of carbohydrate.

BUY IT: You can purchase Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce on their website, or at, or check the website store locator for a store near you.

WIN IT:  Two lucky readers will each win 2 bottles of Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce. Just leave a comment telling my what your favorite thing to cook on the grill is.

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The giveaway ends on 2/28/2011. Two winners will be picked at random using a random number generator to pick comment numbers. Winners will be notified by email, so be sure to enter your email address when you leave your comment. The prize is (2) bottles of Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce to each of (2) winners. The prizes are the responsibility of and will be shipped by the sponsor. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Truvia all natural sweetener

I received a month’s supply of Truvia so I could participate in the Swap Out Your Sweetner Challenge. I have diabetes, so I have to watch my intake of sugar. I have been using Splenda for a number of years, but I have been reading bad stuff about it for a while now. When I was asked to Swap Out My Sweetner and try Truvia, I didn’t think about it twice.

Truvia is made from the stevia plant. It is all natural, and tastes sweet without leaving an aftertaste and without being overly sweet. It mixes well into my hot coffee and tea, and is also good on my oatmeal in the mornings.

At the site, anyone can sign up to get a free sample of Truvia simply by sharing any Truvia-related content they’ve found online and linking it to “Get a Free Truvía Sample!” page.  So, if you want to sign up to get a free sample, you can link this post there as your Truvia related content.

I received Truvia for free, but it does not reflect my opinions in any way. I had already bought a box of the Truvia packets before I was asked to join the challenge, so it was a plus for me. I am really enjoying the Truvia, and would recommend it to anyone who is now using another sweetener.

The Truvia folks also sent me three sample packs to share with my friends, which I promptly lost. But to make it up to you, I am going to be giving away that stainless steel coffee mug along with 10 of the individual serving packets of Truvia so you can get started on your own Swap Out Your Sweetener Challenge. Just leave me a comment, telling me what you are using now, and why you would be motivated to swap out your sweetener.  I’ll pick one winner on November 19 by random number generator. One entry per person, please.

Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix

I received a taco nigh tpack from Old El Paso and My Blogspark in the mail. It included a package of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix, three chili pepper plastic plates, a cactus chip and dip tray and a $10 Visa gift card to use when purchasing the rest of the items to make my taco nigh tmeal.

These cute dishes made dinner fun!

I had used Old El Paso Taco Seasoning in the past, but had not thought about it lately. I was glad to learn that it is gluten free–it makes a safe, quick meal for us. Our taco night was the night before we packed up the RV and left the North Rim for the long trek back to Alabama. I wanted something that would be good, filling, quick to make and easy to clean up. Tacos was just right for that.

1 Lb Ground Beef

All it takes to make 12 tacos is a pound of ground beef, some water, and the Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix. While you are browning the ground beef, you can either chop up some tomatoes, lettuce, and onions, or do what I did and just set out some premade Pico de Gallo from the grocery store.

Pico de Gallo, sliced tomato, chopped jalapeno, and shredded cheese.

I chopped a jalapeno pepper, opened a package of shredded cheese, and sliced our last yellow tomato from the farmers market. Heat up a can of Old El Paso Refried Beans and your dinner is complete.

Old El Paso Taco Shells

Open the box of Old El Paso Taco Shells, arrange them on a plate, and heat them up in the microwave. Dinner is served!

dinner is served

If you’d like to win a prize pack like the one I received, just leave a comment telling me what night you would do taco night at your house. I’ll pick a winner at random from the comment entries on November 7, 2010. Be sure to include an email address so I can notify you if you are the winner.  And, to get a coupon for 60 cents off any two Old El Paso products, click here.

The Manischewitz Company sent me samples of their Chicken Broth to try out. I have seen their products in the grocery store for as long as I can remember, but I have never bought them. I was surprised to learn that they have quite a few gluten free items in their product line. As a matter of fact, there are over 60 items on their gluten free list!

The chicken broth comes in both regular and low sodium varieties in 32 oz shelf stable boxes; and condensed in 10.5 oz cans. It tasted very good in the southern style chicken and dumplings I made with it. Since I normally boil a chicken to make homemade broth for my dumplings, I was quite pleased to find a broth that tasted good enough to use out of the box–it will be a real time saver for me.

Manischewitz Chicken Broth is all natural, kosher, and contains no MSG or gluten. On the back of the box, they say “…The soothing aroma and rich flavor of Chicken Noodle Soup will always bring back fond memories of Mom lovingly nursing you back to health when you had a cold. Some moms even call it “Jewish Pencillin”.  Manischiwetz has been helping moms create their signature soup recipes for over 50 years…”.

Ingredients: Chicken stock (water, chicken), salt, flavorings, chicken fat, yeast extract, evaporated cane juice sugar, carrot juice concentrate, celery juice concentrate, and onion juice concentrate.

Calories: 15 per one cup serving  Carbohydrate: 1 gram per one cup serving.

Manischewitz Beef Broth was the first beef broth I have ever used.  I have used chicken broth in many things, but never beef. The broth added a great beefy flavor to the dish I made, and wasn’t too salty tasting.

I used my sample to make a one dish meal (I forgot to take a picture!):

1 bell pepper, slice
1 onion, cut in quarters and sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
¾ lb gr meat (I use 1/3 beef, 1/3 gr turkey, and 1/3 gr pork)
1 cup uncooked rice
2 ½ cups Manischewitz Beef Broth

Sautee the vegetables in olive oil until done, set aside. Crumble the ground meat in the same pan and cook until browned. Drain off grease. Add the cooked vegetables, rice and broth to the pan and stir. Simmer on medium low heat, covered, for 25 minutes.

Manichewitz Beef Broth is all natural, kosher, has no msg and is gluten free. It comes in a 32 oz resealable box and is shelf stable for up to a year unopened. Refrigerate after opening.

Ingredients:Beef stock (water, salt, beef), yastr extract, canola oil, caramel color, evaporated cane juice sugar, vegetable concentrate (carrot, celery, and onions), natural flavorings.

Calories:  15 per cup            Carbohydrates: 1 gram per cup.

Earth Balance is made by the same people who make Smart Balance, a line I was more familiar with. While I haven’t tried either of them, I have seen Smart Balance products in grocery stores. Here in the middle of no where in Alabama, I had to search around to find Earth Balance.  I did find it at the local Publix, but only the Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread Original.

The first taste of Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread Original was a spread on a slice of gluten free bread. Both FabGrandpa and I were surprised that it really did taste like butter. A lot like butter. He asked for a second slice of bread. That was a great compliment to this product.

The second taste test was in some scrambled eggs we had for breakfast. I was afraid that it  wouldn’t hold up to the heat of cooking, like some margarines I have used in the past. This product didn’t separate out and get watery in cooking, and I was happy with that. The eggs tasted just like they had been cooked in butter.

This morning, we used it on our pancakes:
Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread Original is gluten free, lactose free, vegan, and non-GMO.  I was happy to see on their website that they also make a soy free version, as I am trying to eliminate as much soy from our diet as possible.
Ingredients in Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread Original: (Certified Non-GMO) Expeller –pressed natural oil blend (soybean, palm fruit, canola, and olive), filtered water, pure salt, natural flavor (derived from corn, no msg, no alcohol, no gluten), soy protein, soy lecithin, lactic acid (non-dairy, derived from sugar beets), and naturally extracted annatto for color.