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Chicago's PIzza Gluten Free Pizza

Chicago’s Pizza Gluten Free Pizza Restaurant Review

Chicago’s Pizza

3114 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL
60657
(773) 477-2777

www.chicagos-pizza.com

So our travels have led us to escape the heat of St Louis and head to Chicago. One thing on my food bucket list has been Chicago style deep dish pizza. I was really afriad that I would not find a gluten free deep dish pizza, but thanks to a little googling and a reccomendation from a friend, I came across the most amazing pizza I have ever had gluten free or otherwise! Chicago’s Pizza has seriously ruined me for any other gluten free restaurant pizza. I want to hitch the restaurant to my rv and take it with me.

When we arrived we were brought bread and dipping oil. I quickly told the server to take it away because we could only eat gluten free. To my surprise she said she would be back with gluten free bread! Free gluten free bread and dipping oil! It was amazingly soft and slightly crunchy on the outside. We went on to order gluten free cheesy garlic bread and a large gluten free deep dish pizza. We chose the Chicago Special with italian sausage, green pepper, onion, and mushroom and we added pepperoni because, why not?

Chicago's Pizza Cheesy Garlic Bread

Chicago’s Pizza Cheesy Garlic Bread

The cheesy garlic bread was out of this world. I was amazed that the bread held its structure while being soaked with garlic butter and topped with gooey stringy delicious cheese. Most gluten free breads don’t hold up well to liquids.We were so excited for our pizza to come out. I was not able to sit still and was practically dancing in my seat.

When it did come out the server plated us up slices of the large hot pie. It was a nice touch. The crust was tall and the toppings were really piled on. Despite being heavily topped the crust was not soggy. It was thick, chewy slightly crispy on the bottom and just perfect! It tasted like real pizza. Most pizza places that offer gluten free pizza go really sparse on the toppings because most crusts can not stand up to all the liquid that toppings produce. This is one aspect of pizza making that Chicago’s Pizza excels in. I believe it helps that chicago style pizza has the sauce on top of the cheese and toppings. The layer of cheese kind of seals the crust off from the toppings helping the crust stay dry. The toppings were fantastic too. I don’t think I’ve ever had tastier or larger chunks of sausage or more flavorful pepperoni in my life. The sauce was stand out as well. It had visible chunks of onion and tomato and a really robust flavor.

Slice of Chicago's Pizza Gluten Free Pizza

Slice of Chicago’s Pizza Gluten Free Pizza

Overall I can’t wait for another chance to go into the city and grab another pie or two. Chicago’s Pizza will half bake a pizza for you to finish in your own oven and they provide instructions on time and temp for best results. Want to know the most amazing thing about Chicago’s Pizza? They deliver gluten free pizza, pasta, sandwiches, calzones, sides, ect until 5 am! They also use a dedicated area and dedicated toppings to make every gluten free pizza as safe as possible. Out of all of the reviews I have read I have not seen mention of anyone having a bad gluten free experience. We travel non stop now and would love to hear recommendations of your favorite gluten free restaurants. Post them in the comments.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 5.0 stars ****

Coconut World Banana Bread Mug Cake

Coconut Flour Baking Guide And Comparison With Nutrition Facts

In September of last year I put together a coconut flour guide highlighting 7 different brands of coconut flour. I tested each brand using my Best Coconut Flour Chocolate Mug Cake Ever. Since then I have had many people email me asking if I had tried their favorite brand. Once I got enough responses like that I knew I just had to do another coconut flour roundup.

I love testing new products and sharing my results with you all. I have been making my Low Calorie Banana Muffins for breakfast most mornings, so I decided that I would test out the new brands using that recipe. These days I only make the chocolate one on occasion for dessert as it is incredibly rich and decadent.

I originally planned to test these flours using my 108 calorie banana mug muffins, but my diet has changed and I have adapted the recipe to fit my new dietary needs.  Over the past few months I have had to cut out all added sugar and sugar substitutes. Sugar has been making my heart race and then making me incredibly sleepy until 20 minutes after consumption I’m out like a light. I believe it may be reactive hypoglycemia. If any of you have experienced this I’d love to here from you in the comments. I’m still looking for answers and gave up on doctors a long time ago.

As most of you know I have had to cut out corn products and derivatives as well. I am still learning how corn affects me and what products I can and cannot tolerate. So I eliminated my favorite stevia due to it containing dextrose and eliminated vanilla extract due to possible corn as well. If anyone has a good corn free stevia recommendation I’d love to hear it.

So, I will be making these simplified added sugar free Banana Bread Mug Muffins for this test.

Here are the brands you all asked me to compare in no particular order. Coconut World, My Elixir of Life, Nuts.com, Honeyville, Shiloh Farms, Earth Circle Organics, Yankee Trader, and Mercola. I emailed all of the companies but only got responses from the first three. I didn’t want to wait to get this information out to you guys. Here are the three companies that responded. If I get responses from the other companies I will update the post with their information and a test of their flour as well. If you have a coconut flour you would like me to test, or are interested in a comparison of any other gluten free food or product please please let me know. I love doing these tests for you guys and sharing my results!

I began with a control group muffin using my go to coconut flour Nutiva. You can see my results of my last coconut flour comparison here.

I made two cute mug muffins using the Simple Banana Bread Mug Cake recipe I eat for breakfast every day. It is quick, healthy, added sugar free, and uses few ingredients. For the rest of the testing I decided to make the mug cakes as I do every morning; in a cereal bowl. They may not be as pretty, but they take less time and effort than dirtying two mugs or microwaving two separate cakes.

All of the flours in this test came in close and tasted great. Here’s how they stacked up.

Coconut World Organic Coconut Flour

Coconut World Banana Bread Mug CakeCoconut World Banana Bread Mug Cake

2 tbsp = 14 Grams

Calories: 60

Fat: 1.5 Grams

Carbs: 9 Grams

Protein: 3 Grams

Fiber: 5 Grams

Price: Between 6 and 8 dollars.

Overall out of this test I believe Coconut World Organic Coconut flour to be the best. It has a sweeter flavor than the other brands which I consider a plus for mug cakes and added sugar free baking in general. Alan is not a big coconut flour fan. He says it is gritty. He tolerated this brand well and said it was the least gritty of the  flours in this test. I found Coconut World to have the best texture, rise, and flavor. The recipe worked with no modifications to ingredients or time.

NUTS.COM Organic Coconut Flour

Nuts.com Banana Bread Mug CakeCAM00096 

2 tbsp = 14 Grams (0.5 oz)

Calories: 60

Fat: 1.5 Grams

Carbs: 10 Grams

Protein: 2 Grams

Fiber: 6 Grams

Nuts.com fared well in my testing. In fact all of the other brands came in so close that I will be listing them in no particular ranked order.

Nuts.com was the second sweetest out of the flours I tested. It was slightly gritter than the Coconut World flour but not in a way that would negatively affect baking. The nuts. com coconut flour did not need any adjustments in ingredients although I must note that it did take an additional 30 seconds in the microwave. it was not set at the three minute mark. This flour makes a denser yet still amazingly tasty bread than Coconut World or My Elixir of Life. I can see it working well in brownies or other baked goods that need a denser less fluffy result.

My Elixir Of Life Gluten Free Organic Coconut Flour

CAM00092My Elixir of Life Banana Bread Mug Cake

2 tbsp = 18 Grams

Calories: 45

Fat: 2 Grams

Carbs: 11 Grams

Protein: 4 Grams

Fiber: 8 Grams

Price: About $9

My Elixir of Life Coconut Flour was less sweet that the other brands. It would lend itself fantastically to Coconut Flour Buttermilk Biscuits or other savory coconut flour baked goods where sweetness is not as desirable. This flour produced an edible muffin with good flavor. My Elixir Of Life flour produced a muffin that was lighter in color and did not rise as much as the other flours in this test. Alan thought out of the flours tested that this one was the grittiest. I enjoy the texture of coconut flour. While this may have been slightly grittier I still quite liked it.

Gluten Free Pastas

Best Gluten Free Pasta Brands

Heartland Gluten Free Penne

Heartland Gluten Free Penne

Heartland Gluten Free Penne

A corn and Rice Blend Penne Pasta, which is Gluten Free, Wheat Free, and Dairy Free. Gluten Free Penne pasta can be used in place of standard pasta for dishes such as Penne Pasta Salad, Tomato Basil Penne Pasta, and Garlic Penne Pasta.

Heartland Gluten Free Fusilli

 

Heartland Gluten Free Fusilli

Heartland Gluten Free Fusilli

This corn and rice blend Fusilli pasta is Wheat Free, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free. Now you can again enjoy Fusilli with Spinach and Asiago Cheese and Fusilli with Bacon, Onions, and Mushrooms – all gluten free!

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Mac and Cheese

 

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Usually, Mac & Cheese is all you need to hear; but, with Gluten Free, not every brand steps up like Ancient Harvest. This Gluten Free Mac & Cheese is one of our favorites.

Heartland Gluten Free Spaghetti

Heartland Gluten Free Spaghetti

Heartland Gluten Free Spaghetti

Everyone loves spaghetti! Now, you can have it Gluten Free too.

Exas Fettuccine, Mung Bean

Mung Bean Fettuccine

Mung Bean Fettuccine

A new twist on Fettuccine. Mung Bean Fettuccine is Gluten Free and Vegan.

Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Spaghetti

Schar Spaghetti

Schar Spaghetti

Spaghetti options – the more the merrier, and that’s why you’ll be glad to see so many available!

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Sweet Debbies Cook Book Review

Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Cookbook Review and Giveaway

A few weeks ago I was offered my first cookbook for review. I told myself if I was offered a review I would only accept if the product was something I really thought you guys would enjoy.  When I found out that Debbie Adler’s Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Cookbook  was full of healthy whole foods recipes containing no gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, or nuts I was on board and super excited to share it with you all.

The first thing I noticed about this cookbook was how scrumptious the cover looked. The photography throughout the whole book is just gorgeous. You will want to eat every page. The book also contains a ton of great information. I really enjoy how Debbie goes into detail about each specialty flour, ingredient, and tool needed to make her recipes work.

Debbie has plenty of experience in baking luscious treats. She started out trying to bake sugar free sweets at home and once she got it right moved on to having her own bakery. Once she realized her son had severe food allergies she revamped all of her recipes to make them allergen free and better than ever. She converted her bakery over to allergen free only baking as well. I would love to pop in for a visit but she’s clear across the county from me. That is one of the reasons this book is so great. Now I can make some of her fantastic goodies in my own kitchen. If you enter my giveaway you can too!

Due to Old Man Winter keeping me from the store lately, I have not had a chance to try any of these recipes so far. My local grocery stores do not carry items like teff flour and coconut nectar. Many of them stand out as must try as soon as a trip to Whole Foods can be made.

Here are some of the recipes that are begging me to make them.

Sweet Debbie’s Salted Caramel Apple Muffins sound divine. I had Alan go through the book with me and he agrees these are at the top of our must make list.

When I saw Debbie Adler’s recipe for Lemon Parsnipannies I added them to my list of fantastic treats to try. I have recently fallen in love with parsnips and I had never thought to use them in such a way before.

The third recipe that really stood out to me was her Caramel Glazed Fakin’ Bacon Brownies. She uses an awesome secret ingredient to make vegan faux bacon that sounds so amazing!

Lastly I know I will have to try her Coconut Crunch Donut Holes. Everyone knows about my insane addiction to all things coconut.

This book is really packed with awesome healthy sweets. I really can’t wait to try them all. Debbie Adler is a super genius for figuring out how to make all of these everyday treats vegan and allergen free without sacrificing taste.

Skyy Vodka Airplane Bottle

Skyy Vodka – Gluten Free

Skyy Vodka

Second only to Rain Organic, this would be our next favorite vodka. It is, at least, gluten free.
Note: This alcohol is distilled from wheat grains. This Vodka is gluten free. The gluten is distilled out during the distillation process.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 4.0 stars
****

Pinnacle Salted Caramel

Pinnacle Salted Caramel – Gluten Free

Pinnacle Salted Caramel

Pinnacle vodka and flavorings are gluten free. Of all of the Pinnacle flavors I have sampled so far this is my favorite. The caramel flavoring is rich and the salted notes are a nice touch. I kept going back to this one for just one more taste. It is truly addicting. If you are trying to decide on one Pinnacle over another and you are a caramel fan you should pick up a bottle of Salted Caramel Pinnacle Vodka.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 5.0 stars
*****