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,



Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Little Things

Farm Fresh Hardboiled Eggs
As Pierre and I are busy preparing for our trip to Whiteface Mountain, it is clear that it is all of the "little things" that can make a trip extra special.

We have many things planned such as when to pick up the race packet, where to stay, what other activities we would like to do, now it is time for our most favorite planning.....what to eat!

We all make many seemingly "little" choices every day, especially when it comes to what we choose to eat. This planning process starts with what I like to call the "must" list. For us our food "must" be completely gluten free, and "must" be delicious.

We have decided to have hard boiled eggs on hand as a quick snack for the big race day. They are packed with protein and a great gluten free finger food to have on the go.

These little eggs have a story all of their own, found of course in the "little" details. Every week Pierre and I drive to a lovely family farm in Vermont, The Larson Farm.  Simply turning up their driveway is a sight to be seen. You can often see the chickens happily roaming free in the fields, the cows grazing on bright green grass with the majestic Vermont mountains as the cinematic backdrop.

The chickens that lay these humble brown eggs eat only the best! The Larson's feed them an impressive diet of gmo free, organic, soy free chicken feed. The chickens also enjoy all the food nature has to offer while roaming in the rolling fields. Ok, back to the eggs. These eggs are healthy and delicious.  We have chickens too, and believe that happy chickens = happy eggs.

A few cool attributes of these eggs are a thicker harder shell, bright deep orange colored yolk, sit higher in a pan, and have a rich delicious taste.

Here is a recipe that we are planning on making on our trip to Whiteface Mountain, we hope you enjoy it too!

Avocado Egg Salad
Copyright 2013 Amy Rota-Poulin

8 hard boiled eggs, peeled
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (we like Hellman's)
1 teaspoon horseradish mustard
1 stalk of organic celery
1/2 small Vidalia onion
1 ripe avocado
ground sea salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and mustard. Grate the celery and the onion into the dressing. Add the peeled hard boiled eggs mix into the dressing by mashing with a potato masher or a large fork. Peel the avocado and remove the pit. Cut the avocado into bite size pieces. Fold into the egg salad. Add ground sea salt and pepper to taste. Our favorite way to serve this delicious recipe is on a toasted gluten free hot dog roll, topped with fresh sliced tomatoes and organic baby greens. Enjoy!!

Remember, to catch all of the action of the GFreeAthletes race up Whiteface and live pictures here are our direct links to twitter: GFREEATHLETE and GLUTENFREEAMY.

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Happy Cooking and Happy Training,

Pierre & Amy

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The GFree Athlete Is In Training!!

The GFree Athlete In Training!

One thing about living a full and happy gluten free lifestyle is there is never a dull moment!

The GFree Athlete, as you might have guessed, is my husband Pierre. He trains all year round for many different athletic events, and loves every moment of it!

His favorite events are called Hill Climbs. It is a road bike race up an incredibly steep mountain. Thankfully my part is to be supportive, drive our car to the top, and pack a delicious nutrient full picnic for us to enjoy after the race.

Pierre and I both support The National Foundation For Celiac Awareness (NFCA) and their cause. He is racing in the Whiteface Mountain Hill Climb on June 15, 2013 to raise awareness for celiac disease, gluten intolerance, the NFCA, and living a healthy happy gluten free lifestyle!

Our family will be there with us, cheering him on as he attacks the great Whiteface Mountain one week from today! If you would like to be there with us, we will be tweeting live from on top of the mountain! To catch all of the action and live pictures here are our direct links to twitter: GFREEATHLETE and GLUTENFREEAMY.

Pierre and I would like to share one of his favorite smoothies with you:

The Chocolate Power Up Smoothie
Copyright 2013 Pierre Poulin All Rights Reserved

1 frozen banana, peel removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons of organic unsalted creamy peanut butter
1 cup of fresh organic baby spinach (you get the nutrients but not the taste)
3 cups of cold milk ( we use organic 2% milk. You can substitute pure almond milk or coconut milk for a dairy free version)

With the blender off, place all ingredients into a large blender. Place the lid on the blender and turn blender on. Blend on high for approximately for 2 minutes or until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the smoothie is smooth. Turn blender off and Pour into chilled glasses. Enjoy the rich chocolate goodness!

Nutrition Facts based on using 2% organic milk. Makes 4 servings.

If you would like to support The NFCA and the GREAT work they do please visit their website. Donations to them are always welcome, much appreciated, and a great way to show your support.

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Happy Cooking and Happy Training,

Pierre & Amy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Gluten Free Recipes To Kick Off Your SUMMER BBQ!!

Gluten Free Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
The Gluten Free Demo at ShopRite in Slingerlands was cooking with two Ha-Mazing gluten free recipes, Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Tenderloins and Grilled Teriyaki Pineapple Salad.

Both of these delicious recipes are quite versatile. The Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin can also be made with pork tenderloins and turned into fabulous Panini's. For a sweet twist, the Grilled Teriyaki Pineapple can be served warm over ice cold premium vanilla ice cream. Yum!

This Saturday we will be at the ShopRite in Albany, NY featuring two NEW Amazing recipes! The pure gluten free goodness is from 12pm-4pm.

Hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend! Have a Great week everyone!

Click Here To catch up on all of the fun, recipes, and pictures from last Saturday's Demo! Time to fire up the grill!

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Let's Get Cooking!
Recipe in hand, shopping cart in tow.....
a great meal and memories are in the making!

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pierre and I with Dan Bazile Celebrating Mother's Day
the gluten free way on WNYT News Channel 13 NBC Albany
We've been busy celebrating Celiac Awareness Month with the NFCA, ShopRite, Walker's Home Farm and Tack, News Channel 13, CORE Vodka, plus New Planet Gluten Free Beer.  And, we have only just begun!

This Saturday, we'll be at ShopRite with three (3) new and exciting gluten free recipes to get your Summer started!

Stop in, say hello, have a taste, talk with a registered dietician, and learn a new recipe - or three!  All of this while you can even get in your weekend grocery shopping!

Gluten Free Cooking Demo

When: Saturday, May 18, 2013

Where: ShopRite Supermarket
             2333 Nott Street East
             Niskayuna, New York 12309

Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Recipes will be available for you to take and re-create at home.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Celiac Awareness Month Starts Tomorrow

Pierre training for a cycling race in June.
He is an Athlete For Awareness.
Celiac Awareness Month starts tomorrow and we are ready to spread the word!!

Ultimately, it is up to you to look out for you and your loved ones.  Education is our greatest tool for leading a truly gluten free lifestyle. 

So, go ahead and take the time to do the research.  If it means calling the company of a gluten free product, go ahead and do so.  Yes, I have stopped in the middle of the supermarket to make a call to a company while holding a "gluten free" product.  I ask a few key questions while doing my own research to make sure my loved ones are eating truly safe, gluten free food.

Here are a few questions that I like to ask:

1. Is your product certified gluten free?
2. If so, how is it certified?
3. What part per million (ppm) does your company test for?
4. Is the product manufactured in a gluten free facility?
5. Is the product made on shared equipment with other products?

Do you like to eat out on occasion but you're unsure if a restaurant's gluten free menu is truly gluten free?

Here are a few questions that I like to ask restaurants:

1. Have they completed The National Foundation For Celiac Awareness's GREAT Kitchens Course and, if so, have they have achieved "GREAT Kitchens Status?"

2. What is the brand name of the gluten free item?  For example, they're using a gluten free bread or gluten free pasta in a meal, is the particular item certified gluten free?

3. How do you prevent cross contamination in your kitchen with gluten containing ingredients versus gluten free ingredients?

4. Does the restaurant have a separate gluten free area in their kitchen such as a dedicated gluten free prep area, a gluten free toaster, gluten free fryer, etc?

5. Does the establishment have airborne gluten containing flour in their kitchen daily?  If so, is this area or room sealed off from where the gluten free menu items are prepared?  This is a huge question to ask as flour can remain airborne within a room for 24-plus hours. 

If you take the time to educate yourself, your friends, and your loved ones, you can live an amazing gluten free lifestyle. Stay optimistic!  There are many fabulous options to incorporate into your everyday life.

For more information about Celiac Awareness Month, please visit The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website:

Happy Research!  Happy Education!  Happy Celiac Awareness Month!

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Earth Day The Gluten Free Way

Purple Sweet Potatoes
Come to The Fresh Food Market on Saturday April 20, 2013 and join me in celebrating Earth Day!!

I believe in using high quality ingredients and the more "green" the better!

On Saturday I will be at The Fresh Food Market in Latham, NY, cooking up a delicious, fresh, gluten free storm! Stop in, watch the cooking demo, grab a recipe, ask a question and enjoy celebrating Earth Day the gluten free way!
Do you have a new ingredient you would like to turn into a fabulous recipe? Looking for a new product to add a fun twist to your menu? Then this is the event for you! Here are the details:
Earth Day Sampling Event
Date: Saturday April 20, 2013
Time:1:00pm - 6:00pm
Where: Latham, NY Store 664 New Loudon Road
Celebrate Earth Day Everyday! For more information on how you can celebrate Earth Day everyday and to be part of the movement check out EarthDay.Org
Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,

More information: "Earth Day Sampling Event: Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Fresh Market invites customers to enjoy tasty samples and great specials at our Earth Day sampling event! Stop by and enjoy local, regional and organic favorites like: • The Fresh Market Organic coffees • Rhythm Organic Kale Chips • Coco Libre Organic Coconut Water and much more! We’ll also be offering special two-day deals on many of our organic favorites including: • The Fresh Market Organic Nuts and Seeds, The Fresh Market Fair Trade Organic Coffees, Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Theo, The Fresh Market All Natural Soaps, Coco Libre Organic Coconut Water BOGO and Rhythm Organic Kale Chips * Sampling and product availability may vary by store" ~ 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Taste of Spring

April showers bring May flowers, and give the farmer's land a much needed drink. The rainy days that bring in the Spring can be made a bit more welcoming with a bright flavorful meal!

Tonight I am making one of my favorite spring inspired dishes, Roasted Asparagus and Shrimp with Lemon Herb Spaghetti. The recipe is simple, the meal memorable, and the taste inspired by Spring.

Roasted Asparagus and Shrimp with Lemon Herb Spaghetti:

1 pound of gluten free pasta, I use Tinkyada.

1 pound of asparagus

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, diced

8 cloves of garlic, diced

8 ounces of organic grape tomatoes, rinsed 

2 packed cups of organic baby kale

1 pound of shrimp, shelled and cleaned with tails left on (I am using 51/60 count shrimp)

1 organic lemon, juice and zest

Ground Himalayan or Sea Salt and ground pepper to taste 


1 tablespoon fresh thyme

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil. Wash and dry asparagus. Cut 2-3 inches off the ends of the asparagus. Place asparagus on the tinfoil lined baking sheet and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, freshly ground Himalayan salt (or sea salt) and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until the asparagus are tender and the outsides are slightly crispy. Once cooled, cut the roasted asparagus into bite size pieces and set aside.

In a large skillet on medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the large diced onion. Season with sea salt and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the onions are tender and the edges are a light golden brown. Add the grape tomatoes and the garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then gently fold in the baby kale. Add in the raw shrimp, roasted asparagus, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the shrimp is thoroughly cooked. If you need more liquid, add 1/4-1/2 cup of water.

Meanwhile, in a large pot cook the gluten free spaghetti according to the directions on the package.

Drain the pasta and toss the spaghetti, shrimp sauté, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley together. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!!

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,


Thursday, April 4, 2013


On April 2, 2013 at 6:00pm the crowd started flowing through the doors of O'Tooles Restaurant and Pub in Queensbury, NY. People of all ages came out for a one of a kind event, The first ever Gluten Free Buffet in our area open to the public!                                              
The event was our April meeting for the Glens Falls Regional and Saratoga Springs Celiac Support Groups and to celebrate O'Tooles distinction of completing and implementing the National Foundation For Celiac Awareness GREAT Kitchens Course. This landmark event was enjoyed with the entire community.
Michael Moynihan is the General Manager of O'Tooles. Mike is an outstanding professional and person who genuinely cares about his customers and their safety. He is always eager to continue learning about the latest and safest gluten free products to offer his customers.
Now, back to the event, it was GREAT!! The food was absolutely fabulous: cheesy loaded potato skins, crispy wings with a tangy ranch dipping sauce, a bold garden salad, a creamy broccoli alfredo tossed over penne pasta, Saratoga Gluten Free Goods bread, turned into delicious toast points, perfect for soaking up the delicious marinara sauce from, my favorite dish, chicken parmesan over penne pasta. Yes all of the food was pure gluten free goodness!
Mike also made sure that the O'Tooles bar was fully stocked with gluten free libations, O'Tooles is a pub after all! Everyone who came enjoyed the food, the friendly casual atmosphere, fun conversations, and so much more.
The response was outstanding, and the gluten free buffet was sold out! Everyone went home with full bellies and happy memories.
Stay Tuned! We have more fabulous upcoming events and there's more exciting things to come!
All of news stories and pictures from the gluten free buffet are on our Facebook page Cook Gluten Free With Amy.
Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,
For more pictures click here.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Busy Days

 It all started a few days ago, getting ready for Easter Sunday on News Channel 13.

It was a GREAT start to three days of living in the fast lane.

This morning Michael Moynihan, of O'Tooles Restaurant in Queensbury NY, and I had the privilege of being interviewed by Benita Zahn from News Channel 13 WNYT. We were very excited to talk about the first ever gluten free buffet in the area. The buffet will take place on April 2, 2013.

O'Tooles is the first restaurant in our area to complete the National Foundation For Celiac Awareness GREAT Kitchens Course. The Gluten Free Buffet is also The Glens Falls Regional and Saratoga Springs Celiac Support Group April meeting.

Mike took Benita on a VIP tour of the O'Tooles kitchen as she interviewed him. Mike and his staff even prepared their famous gluten free chicken parmesan from their gluten free menu.

Here is Benita Zahn's Health Report from tonight's 5:00pm news cast: Click Gluten Free Buffet

On a side note, Benita is absolutely lovely and truly a sweet person. I thoroughly enjoyed her company.

Next, it was off for a quick cup of coffee on the way to the LOOKTV Studios to meet with David Storey.

It was great to see David again! David and I talked about the Gluten Free Buffet at O'Tooles too! He is genuinely excited about the event. You might even catch him at the bar, enjoying a gluten free beer and a bite tomorrow night.

Here is the interview with David Storey on LOOKTV 5:30pm News:

As Benita reported the April 2, 2013, 6:00pm seating at O'Tooles Restaurant for the first Gluten Free Buffet has been sold out.

GOOD NEWS: We are holding a second seating for the Gluten Free Buffet at 7:15pm on April 2, 2013. Please RSVP by calling O'Tooles Restaurant      directly at (518)-793-3389 or by emailing

We hope to see you there tomorrow evening!!

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Brunch on News Channel 13

Thank you to everyone at News Channel 13 WNYT for your hospitality today! I thoroughly enjoyed cooking with Subrina Dhammi and Tim Drawbridge! My Mother, Pierre, and I had a lovely Easter, and we were happy that we spent the morning with you.

Subrina you were Fabulous today! Tim it is always a joy to see your smiling face, and you always make us laugh!

Here is a link to all of the recipes featured this morning and you can even watch our cooking segment! Subrina and Tim even created their own Yukon Gold Potato Nests!

Be sure to tune into LOOK NEWS to catch David Storey and I talking about the first gluten free buffet at the NFCA GREAT Kitchens Certified O'Tooles Restaurant in Queensbury, NY. Tune in tomorrow evening at 5:30pm to Channel 8 in the North Country and Channel 508 in Saratoga County.

Happy Easter and Passover Everyone!!

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,





Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Brunch On WNYT NBC Albany

Gluten Free
Look at those beautiful, juicy, red, dressed for Easter, strawberries!

Tim Drawbridge, Subrina Dhammi and I will be cooking a deliciously gluten free Easter Brunch and you are invited!!

Tune in tomorrow morning to see how it all comes together.

This Easter Brunch will be featuring Oscar's Smokehouse Ham, farm fresh eggs, roasted asparagus, an Easter Sunrise Cocktail and that's just the tip of the strawberry!

 The full recipes will be posted on  and on my facebook page.

Happy Easter and Happy Passover Everyone!!!!!

When: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Where: The Morning Today Show on WNYT News Channel 13 NBC Albany and
Time:  8:00am-9:00am

See you in the morning! Here are a few clues. 

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,





Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Affordably Gluten Free

"Affordably gluten free?" I know this is sounds like an oxymoron. However, Yes, you can make meals that are healthy, delicious, gluten free and that will fit into your budget!

This morning I was at my local Stewarts Shop, when hunger hit. Immediately options started flashing through my mind. I wanted something delicious, substantial and I only had a $5.00 bill on me.

I grabbed a dozen brown eggs, walked past the frozen food section and Ah Ha! Jones sausage patties! Perfect, delicious, certified gluten free and only $2.49. I cashed out and headed home.

I placed a small pot of water on high heat, added a touch of sea salt, and covered the pot.

A great product to keep on hand are frozen asparagus spears. I took out 4 frozen asparagus spears and placed in a dry stainless steel pan on medium heat. Add just a touch of water and one frozen Jones sausage patty.

Once the little pot of water was boiling, I quickly added a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a raw egg. Almost immediately, I gently used a spoon to release the egg from the bottom of the pot. I cook a large egg for about 2 minutes.

If you indulge in this simple delicious meal, place the piping hot sausage patty and asparagus on your plate. Using a slotted spoon to remove the egg from the boiling water, and place on top of the sausage. Sprinkle dill on top and viola! Breakfast is served!

The total cost per person for this dish is just under $1.00! How does it all add up?

1 egg:                                        $0.19
1 Jones Sausage:                       $0.42
4 frozen asparagus spears:        $0.08
   sprinkle of dill                        $0.05

Total food cost per person:     $0.71         

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

You Are Invited!!

To The First Gluten Free Buffet!!!

You Are Invited to the First Ever Gluten Free Buffet at the NFCA Gluten Free GREAT Certified O'Tooles Restaurant!

The Glens Falls and  Saratoga Celiac Support Group, O'Tooles and I are teaming up for our April meeting on April 2nd at 6:00pm

The buffet will offer a scrumptious appetizer, delicious main entrees, including O'Tooles famous gluten free Chicken Parmesan accompanied by gluten free toast points using NFCA GREAT Certified Saratoga Gluten Free Good's bread, and soda, coffee or tea. Come and enjoy GREAT gluten free food and lively conversation in a fun atmosphere.

The cost will be $20.00 per person which includes tax and gratuity. Dessert or alcoholic beverages will be available for an additional costs.

Be sure to reserve your place: RSVP by March 31, 2013. Please RSVP to
See you there!!

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,

Amy Rota-Poulin
Restaurant Liaison
Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs Regional Celiac Support Groups

O'Tooles Restaurant and Saratoga Gluten Free Goods
have completed the NFCA GREAT KITCHENS Course!