Friday, March 21, 2014

Gluten Free Buffet To Be Held April 1, 2014

I am teaming up with The Glens Falls and Saratoga Celiac Support Group and O’Toole's again for the Second Annual Gluten Free Buffet at O’Toole's Restaurant Pub in Queensbury. The buffet will take place at O’Toole's on Tuesday, April 1 at 6pm.
 O’Toole’s was the first restaurant in the area to complete the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) Gluten-Free Resource Education and Awareness Training (GREAT).
A gluten-free diet requires attentive food preparation and handling. O’Toole's is exemplary as their kitchen contains no airborne flour. This program empowers the food industry to provide safe gluten-free options for individuals, businesses, and institutions. I was very happy to work with O’Toole’s and assist them in completing the NFCA GREAT Kitchens Course.
"We’ve recently added Angry Orchard Cider to our draft lineup, and we feature it every Friday as the draft special. We will proudly feature it on April 1st for the Second Annual Gluten Free Buffet!" says Steve Hawkins owner of O'Toole's. "In addition, we have a few new items on our extensive Gluten-Free menu… including shrimp cocktails, shrimp fajitas and thin crust pizzas…. We are proud to team up with The Saratoga & Glens Falls Celiac Support Group & Amy Rota-Poulin for this GREAT event! We look forward to seeing you at O'Toole's!"
O'Toole's offers a gluten free designated area within their restaurant's kitchen with a separate fryer and toaster. This helps to ensure that you can safely enjoy your french fries while your burger is served on a toasty Saratoga Gluten Free Goods Roll. And, don’t forget, their loaded potato skins are served up hot with gluten free Cabot Sour Cream.
The buffet will include a scrumptious appetizer, delicious main entrees, including O'Toole's famous gluten free Chicken Parmesan accompanied by gluten free toast points using NFCA GREAT Kitchen Status Saratoga Gluten Free Good's bread. It will also include coffee or tea.
The cost for the buffet will be $20.00 per person. This does include tax and gratuity. Gluten Free dessert and alcoholic beverages will be available but for an additional cost. Reserve your place as soon as possible as last years event was sold out!! For reservations please call O'Toole's Restaurant and Pub directly, at (518)-793-3389. Click here for the official press release. Come join us and be a part of great food, great friends and great memories!!!!!
Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gluten Free Game Day

 Happy New Year!!

It has been a while friends and we have new news to share with you. We are happy to announce the launch of our Official YouTube Channel:

I am excited to be able to share our new delicious gluten free recipes, "Amy's Quick Tips," techniques, foodie travels, and gluten free reviews with you.

Just in time for "The Big Game," here is a recipe that is sure to please and be the quarterback at any party. These Crunchy Goat Cheese Bites are scrumptiously crunchy on the outside and like biting into a creamy goat cheesy pillow on the inside. This recipe can be partially made ahead of time and stored in your freezer. When company comes over, simply sauté them in olive oil, and they are ready to enjoy.

Wishing you a Happy and Delicious 2014!!!!!

P.S. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to be the first to see our new Quick Tips!!!

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,




Friday, October 18, 2013

Gluten Free Halloween...When Zombies Attack!!

Enjoying a Gluten Free Halloween can be frightfully delicious and scarily simple to make.....just be on the look out for gluten free eating zombies!

To create a creepy looking "egg pod," preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with tinfoil and place 1 stalk of brussell sprouts (sprouts still attached to the stalk) on the tinfoil lined cookie sheet.  Coat all of the brussell sprouts and stalk evenly with 2- 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground sea salt, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, and 1 teaspoon of organic garlic powder. Bake your "egg pod" for 25-35 minutes, or until the edges of the brussel sprouts are a crispy golden brown. Serve on a platter lined with large beet leaves and maybe even a few cooked crustaceans (like crawfish) to set the look! (This recipe may contain shellfish) Maybe even add a few dinosaur eggs.....

You might be wondering how to make dinosaur eggs, here's how. My 9 year old nephew loves to make these with me. Hard boil a dozen white eggs. Cool in ice water and remove from water. Lightly crack the eggs all around on a clean surface, like a cutting board. You want to leave the shells on. Place the "crackled eggs" into a food storage bag with gluten free balsamic vinegar (read the label), just enough to cover the eggs. Place bag in fridge for an hour or over night. My nephew loves to bring these peel and eat "dinosaur eggs" with him to school this time of year.

On our Zombielicious Gluten Free Halloween Menu this year also features crispy and delicious loaded "Mummy Potatoes," spookily scrumptious "Pumpkin Fries," "Creepy Cookies" that you can scare up in 15 minutes or less, and my "Spooky Hollow Cocktail" for adults only! For these printable recipes and to watch the live cooking segment on NBC WNYT Albany check out:

Jason Caterina, Dan Levy, Hoover, Amy & Pierre
We wish you a Happy, Delicious & Safe Halloween!!

Ps. This weekend will be blogging, tweeting, and face-booking live from the ShopRite Booth at The New York Food & Wine Festival!! Be sure to stay tuned!

A Special Thank You to The Six Flags Great Escape Fright Fest Zombies for partaking in our frightful feast! Visit The Fright Fest Zombies.....If You Dare!

*Please Drink Responsibly* Cocktail is for adults over age 21 only.*

*Always Read the ingredient labels of each individual ingredient you are using to make sure that, that particular brand is completely gluten free. If you are unsure call the manufacturer or visit their web site, they are usually more than happy to answer your questions.

These recipes were created by Amy Rota-Poulin author of Cooking Gluten Free With Amy.  Enjoy!  For more recipes please visit us on:

Zombie Attack in The Let's Eat Kitchen!! Only on 13!

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,





Friday, August 2, 2013

Gluten Free On The Go!

 Have you ever wanted to go through a drive through and get a truly safe gluten free treat with your latte? Now, Tim Hortons is turning dream into reality!

Did I mention they are budget friendly too? No, I am not joking. Seriously! Only $1.29 per package (2 per package).

These delicious macaroons are bursting with flavor and the are a fabulous compliment to your morning cup of coffee, latte, and/or cappuccino.

They boast a delicious taste, moist texture, a truly gluten free label, excellent price, are packaged in their very own barrier wrapper, and you can get them on the go!  Please click this link for more information about these amazing little cookies:

I did what I do with all new gluten free products, I gave them to unsuspecting non-gluten free family members, after all aren't they the most honest about taste, they loved them!

Find a Tim Hortons near you and give their new gluten free macaroons your own taste test. Let me know your taste test results on my Facebook Page and you could win a Tim Horton's gift card!

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,


Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer Fireworks

Click Here to See the Live Cooking Segment and Gluten Free
recipes on NBC Albany NY WNYT
It was an bright and sunny day when the shipment from ShopRite arrived. I eagerly opened my first box of new products to try. To my surprise there were three varieties of ShopRite’s Italian Imported Sodas.
The first one to catch my eye was the Blood Orange Imported Italian Soda. My mind started racing with recipe ideas. It was incredibly hot out and we had a BBQ planned for that evening. The obvious choice in my mind was a cocktail.

 The inspiration hit as soon as I tasted the crisp and refreshing soda. The blood orange flavor  really came through and what I really enjoyed about it is that the soda is not too sweet.

 I pulled a few pint size mason jars from the pantry, then started the hunt for ingredients. 

My husband Pierre, filled the jars with ice and bite size pieces of freshly picked strawberries, ripe mangos, and raspberries. I came back with premium orange juice from the refrigerator, the ShopRite Imported Italian Blood Orange Soda, and some Core Black Raspberry Vodka. This is what I call team work!

A quick stir and pure ice cold gluten free refreshing goodness! It was a huge hit at the BBQ that evening!

Quick Tip: To make this drink virgin or a “mocktail” simply omit the vodka. 
Stay tuned for  Italian Pomegranate Popsicles…..yum!! Coming up next.

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,


Thursday, June 20, 2013

An Evening Of Gluten Free Burgers and Brew

It has been two days since the amazing dinner and New Planet Beer tasting at Kim Klopstock's 50 South Restaurant in Ballston Spa.

Now, let's discuss soul food for a moment. Soul food nourishes your body and mind all the way to your soul. Soul food feels like home, comfort, and pure contentment.

On Tuesday we experienced the full meaning of soul food and much more. The dinner was in an intimate setting. When we walked through the doors of 50 South, we were greeted with a smiling hostess, and taken to the bar area. Here, we greeted our friends, as fabulous hors d' oeuvres, including dates stuffed with chevre wrapped with bacon and parmesan toast made on a potato crisp, were passed about. A very nice gentleman handed us a tasting glass of New Planet Beer's Blonde Ale. The New Planet Blonde Ale was light, cold and crisp, the perfect compliment to the sweet and savory bacon wrapped dates. Kim's in house Sheldon Farm potato chips and her Solively tapenade were awaiting us at each table as we took our seats.

Kim greeted everyone with such love and happiness. She made everyone feel as if they were part of the family. On a quick side note, it is obvious that everyone who was working there that evening was happy to be there and is part of Kim's 50 South Family. Kim is one of the most authentic, passionate people I have ever met. She genuinely cares about her guests, transforming ingredients into soul food, where she sources her ingredients from, local farmers, the planet, and sustainability.

Where to begin with New Planet Beer. Every course was paired with a different New Planet Beer. All of the appetizers were paired with New Planet's Raspberry Ale. My Dad and I enjoyed the Spicy Calamari topped with Shaved Parmesan Cheese with a Sweet and Spicy Asian dipping sauce. The heat of the Calamari paired beautifully with the smooth and slightly sweet finish of the New Planet Raspberry Ale. Pierre loved the Raspberry Ale Poached Pear Salad and my Mom raved about the  Cold Strawberry Soup with Raspberry Ale. 

Jeanne & Maryanna
From Saratoga Gluten Free Goods
Brian, was great! You could not have asked for a more attentive, knowledgeable, charismatic waiter. When the main courses arrived with a glass of ice cold New Planet Pale Ale it was time to dig in. Kim's menu was inspired to say the least. Pierre ordered the Long Lesson Farm Grass Fed Beef Burger topped with Beer Battered Onion Straws, Local Cheddar Cheese, Local Bacon, Grace Cheese, and House Made BBQ Sauce.  All of this burger goodness was served atop a toasted Saratoga Gluten Free Goods Multigrain Roll! DELICIOUS! I ordered the Pan Seared Line Caught Tuna Burger with an Asian Slaw and an Asian inspired Brown Rice! BRILLIANT! One of our friends, Robin, ordered the Portobello Mushroom Burger stuffed with Chevre served with a side of loaded potato skins. Robin, who is very much a "foodie," said her dinner was absolutely fabulous. The combination of rich and bold notes of New Planet Beer's Pale Ale paired seamlessly with all of Kim's burgers.

Now for the big finale, all I can say is that I am still thinking about that dessert course! Brian delivered to our table the decedent Espresso Bombe with a  Fresh Light Whip Cream and the first glasses on the entire East Coast of New Planet's BRAND NEW Brown Ale! The Brown Ale was rich, with notes of cocoa and coffee which highlighted the rich chocolate and espresso bombe. When I tasted the fresh whip cream, then sipped the beer, I almost detected a hint of vanilla in the Brown Ale.

Everyone went home wanting to know when the next exclusively gluten free dinner and beer tasting will happen at 50 South featuring New Planet Beer.  All I can say is, not soon enough!

For more pictures and to see the full menu please go to my Facebook Page.

Robin and Marty enjoying the evening.
Thank You to everyone who made this event possible, and to everyone who supported all of us. We are looking forward to the next time we all get together again over a special meal.

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Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,


Friday, June 14, 2013

Burgers & Beer with a Gluten Free Twist!

 This Tuesday, June 18th, Kim Klopstock, the owner and chef of 50 South Restaurant, New Planet Beer, The Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs Celiac Support Groups, and I are teaming up for one GREAT event!

We are bringing the gluten free community a Burgers and Beers culinary adventure! Juicy burgers paired with a selection of craft New Planet Beers that are all amazingly gluten free!

Since June is national beer month, 50 South is achieving GREAT Kitchens Status with the NFCA, New Planet Beer makes superb gluten free craft beers, and I love fabulous food and fantastic people..... Burgers and Beers it is!

The menu is Outstanding! Please click here to read the entire press release and full menu *including three courses, and three different gourmet burgers (featuring a grass fed beef burger, a wild line caught tuna, and stuffed portabella mushroom burger) with delicious gluten free beer pairings with every course, even dessert!*

Be sure to RSVP as space is limited, Kim's menu is outstanding and the beer is cold!!!!!

To RSVP, ASAP by calling 50 South Restaurant at 518-884-2926 or by email. For more information on Kim Klopstock's 50 South please visit their website and Facebook pages.

We hope to see you there! For more gluten free tips, fun ideas, and delicious recipes log on to , like us on FaceBook, and follow us on Twitter.

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,