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CPK gives it another try, and I am so glad

On a visit to California Pizza Kitchen yesterday with my mother, I was shocked to see a little card on the table announcing the new gluten-free pizza at CPK. Now, if you remember, I did a post on CPK’s recent attempt at gluten-free pizza and I quite liked it. But I was disappointed when it was removed from the menu. On the plus side, I heard from a manager there that it was removed because they could not ensure that it was gluten-free once it came out of the kitchen and they wanted to do it right. I admired that..but I missed the pizza.

Fast forward to yesterday. I asked the server about the pizza and he brought an information card explaining that only four pizzas can be ordered that are guaranteed to be GF. Anything else is iffy. Depending on how severe your allergy/preference is, he said, you can make your choice. (He shared that he was wheat/soy sensitive and understood) I appreciated his interest and when I read the card, it was quite obvious that CPK had done its homework this time.

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We ordered the margarita pizza since all my other options had meat on them. I didn’t want to rock the boat and start modifying anything, I just wanted to try some pizza.

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Whoa! It was so pretty when it came out, and so tasty. The crust is chewy and a bit crunchy. The center needs a bit more cook time, but that can be remedied. What I loved, other than the pizza taste and the fact that I can now eat something other than a salad at one of my favorite restaurants, was that for $14.75, it was big enough for mom and I to have two pieces each and there were still two pieces to bring home for my daughter. Daughter was pleased, and so was I, that there was no soy in the crust, meaning she could come back and have it with me another time.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know my obsession with finding a good GF pizza. This is quite good, although the pizza in New York is still my favorite, this one is quite good.

Head over to CPK right now and you can buy a $25 gift card and get a bonus $5 gift card for free. Then come back for pizza! You’re welcome.



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There’s a New Biscuit in Town!

1403502_679299312114634_1420816459_oIt felt like an early Christmas the other day when a box appeared on my doorstep. Even better-inside I found gluten-free pie crust, gluten-free cinnamon crumb cake and best of all, gluten-free biscuits. That’s right, real biscuits like your mom used to make before you had to start eating those biscuits that don’t taste like biscuits anymore. The box was a gift from Grandma’s House, a gluten-free bakery that only sells in eight mid-western states right now, and online. Although the company’s gluten-free items are not available for sale in AZ right now, they are available online. I hear they are in talks with a certain store in Mesa that we love, but nothing concrete right now so I’m not saying anything.

So, on to the food… I first made biscuits and oh man! these are marvelous. They actually have that biscuit feel, like the kind I used to get in North Carolina when I lived there many years ago. They beg for a bit of butter and honey, although I heard my husband say he wanted some sausage gravy for it. (Since I eat neither sausage nor gravy, he’s on his own there.) But trust me, you won’t be disappointed in the fluffy, deliciousness that comes out of the oven. Nice and crispy on the outside and soft and aromatic on the inside.

The pie crust was just as good. It even looked hand-pinched around the edges. Since I had a few pies to make, we used a GF crust from Whole Foods as well and Grandma’s was definitely the better of the two. And since it’s not too sweet, I’m thinking it would be even better with a Quiche in it. And I haven’t had a good Quiche crust in a long time.

I haven’t made the crumb cake, I’m saving it for Christmas morning. It looks too yummy to waste on an ordinary day. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Thanks again to Grandma’s for sending the goodies my way for review. (Disclosure: I did not purchase the items, but other than the items, I was not compensated for this review.)

Since we all know how hard it’s been to find GF goods, I recommend giving these biscuits a try. Keep a look out for them and hopefully they’ll be in stores in AZ soon. I’ll let you know as soon as I know. Unfortunately, shipping frozen items can be expensive (although right now it’s quite cold out there). But if you really, really want biscuits, definitely get these. I want more in my freezer since I’m already craving them in the morning. The cost is not high for them, and in the gluten-free world, that is a treat.

PS (I would have photos of what I cooked, but it seems it was all eaten first. I have one biscuit left, and once again I am hoarding it. Shhhh I’ll take a photo and post it when I make it.)

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