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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Aleia's Gluten Free Introduces a New Cookie!

Aleia's Oatmeal & Golden Raisin Cookie is Here!

Aleia's is ready to launch a new product to market; Aleia's Gluten Free Oatmeal & Golden Raisin Cookies.

The same great qualities you have come to love about  Aleia's products: our all natural ingredients, our handmade quality, the fact that they are made with no preservatives, they are certified gluten-free, kosher, and their delicious taste will all be found in our newest classic cookie: Aleia's Oatmeal & Golden Raisin.

Our oats are certified gluten-free! I am sure many of you have read up on all the controversy surrounding this grain but the bottom line is that numbers don't lie - I am referring to the R5 ELISA test that many gluten-free oat manufactures rely on to prove that there is no gluten proteins within their oats. Someone very wise once said, "Liars always figure, but figures never lie!"

The reason we decided to create this cookie was because of the availability of certified gluten free oats, the benefits of the oat grain in adding fiber to a gluten free diet, and the fact that it is our VP of Sales' favorite cookie!

So it is with great pleasure that we provide a Gluten Free Oatmeal & Golden Raising cookie to the public! Please stay tuned - next week we will be giving away 6 bags to all our lucky followers on Twitter and Facebook who answer our creative questions.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Panzanella Salad! Not your typical Salad!

Have you ever tried a Panzanella Salad?

FYI, I did not even know what it was before I asked Kim, our creator, to help me post a recipe for a spring inspired, crouton utilizing, health/funky salad for our blog. This distinctive Italian dish needs a lesson in being gluten-free; deemed a "bread salad" for its hearty base, our delicious version substitutes the bread with Aleia's Gluten Free Croutons, thus providing a gluten-free foundation for our Panzanella Salad.

Prep time: 15 min.
Inactive Prep Time: 30 min.
Skill Level Needed: Easy!
Serves: 12

3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 bag of Aleia's Gluten Free Croutons 12 oz. (we make two varieties a Classic and a Parmesan)
2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into one inch pieces
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded and cut into one inch pieces
1/2 red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
10 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped

For the Vinaigrette:
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl, and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, yellow pepper, red onion, and basil. Add the croutons and toss with the vinaigrette. Allow the salad to sit for about a half and hour - this will allow your flavors to party in your bowl and get all blended up! Give the salad one more mix before serving.

If you give this recipe a try and send us a picture and we will be happy to post it! Send your pictures to - put Panzanella Salad in the subject line.