Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday offerings from Sally's Bakery in Atlanta

Back in November, I posted the holiday offerings from Sally's Bakery in Sandy Springs. I personally ordered the newly reformulated hamburger buns, yeast rolls and sweet potato bread for Thanksgiving. The buns are wonderful and the yeast rolls are like nothing else I've found for gluten-free rolls....they are out-of-this-world delicious! There are many dinner rolls I've tried and enjoyed very much. But something about the new rolls from Sally's takes me back in time - to a simpler way of life. One I find myself longing for during the overly busy holiday season. What an absolute treat!   

The sweet potato quick bread is hands down my husband's favorite item from Sally's. I've had very little of the mini loaves, but what I've had has been incredible! Below is the most recent newsletter from Sally's Bakery. There are more holiday offerings now available for special order at the 100% gluten-free bakery. I picked up more dinner rolls (and yes, sweet potato bread) for Christmas this week. Whatever you order from Sally's - ENJOY!

We hope this newsletter finds everyone staying warm!  With the winter holidays coming up, we are pleased to announce the following additions to our menu:

Pound Cake (8" x 4" loaf) - $9.99 - Just like the classic you've always loved, enjoy this treat plain, toasted, with chocolate sauce, the possibilities are endless for this decadent dessert! - Our pound cake is gluten free and soy free. Contains dairy and eggs.

9" Red Velvet Cake - $17.99 - This southern holiday favorite, available in a single layer version, is a delicate chocolate flavored cake topped with cream cheese icing. - Our red velvet cake is gluten free and soy free. Contains dairy and eggs.

9” Pumpkin Pie – $14.99 – As a holiday staple, this favorite will round out your holiday meal or make a great breakfast the next day...if it lasts! – Our pumpkin pie is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

9” Pecan Pie – $16.99 – Our best ever pecan pie is a must have in our house.  No one will ever know it's gluten free.  We're using fresh south Georgia pecans to top this pleasantly sweet southern favorite. – Our pecan pie is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

8" Apple Buckle Cake – $14.99  – Our apple buckle is very similar to an apple coffee cake.  With the perfect balance of brown sugar and cinnamon this treat will be gone before you know it! – Our apple buckle cake is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

Yeast Dinner Rolls (pack of 6) – $5.99 – These classic yeast dinner rolls will be a great addition to your holiday menu and are sure to melt in your mouth. – Our dinner rolls are free of gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs.

9" Chocolate Cake - $14.99 - This is our classic chocolate cake recipe many of you have had just in a smaller version.  You can trick your gluten-eating family and friends; they won't be able to tell it's gluten free! - Our chocolate cake is free of gluten, soy, and eggs.  Contains dairy (butter only).  Dairy free version available upon request.

Let us help you save some time this holiday season!  These additional offerings will be available from Friday, December 16th through Friday, December 23th by special order.  Special orders may be picked up after 12pm.  Some items will be frozen. Place your order by phone, via email, using the contact form, or in person!  Also, to make Christmas week easier we will be open on Monday, December 19th with regular weekday hours.  Keep in mind we also sell gift cards!

Our holiday schedule is as follows:

Open from Monday, December 19th - Friday, December 23th: 10:00am - 5:30pm.
Closed on Christmas Eve and all of the following week.
We will reopen with our normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Happy Holidays!

Sally, Bonnie, Taylor, and Davis Owings

Sally's Bakery - A Gluten Free Place
5920 Roswell Road, Suite 108A
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Bakery: 404-847-0211

Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Kettle Cuisine gluten-free soups

Ever since I discovered Kettle Cuisine frozen soups, I've been enjoying them and telling everyone I know (gluten eaters included) about how great they are. First and foremost the entire line of soups is gluten-free.  There are several flavors that are also dairy-free and some low fat and vegetarian options.  Even though I've written about the line many times, I was just recently offered the chance to do a review in exchange for some free soup.  The weather in Atlanta was pretty dreadful recently (for us wimpy Southerners), so it was perfect timing that the sample box arrived just in time for winter temps!

I've not tried all the flavors of Kettle Cuisine soups, but of those I've had, the Chicken Chili with White Beans is my absolute favorite!  Next in line is the Angus Beef Steak chili with Beans. Each of those are very thick, almost stew-like soups, with strong and perfectly blended flavors.  They are both incredibly delicious!

The Three Bean Chili and Southwestern Chicken and Corn Chowder are both extremely tasty soups as well.  The latter is quite spicy and the flavors in it are strong, but not overpowering.  Most of the soups I eat from Kettle Cuisine contain a serving of vegetables which makes them both delicious and healthy.

One flavor of the soup, Thai Curry Chicken Soup, actually surprised me because I've never liked anything with curry in the name.  So, imagine my surprise when I tasted this soup from Kettle Cuisine and thought it was fantastic.  Maybe I now like curry...not quite sure what's going on.  Maybe the curry flavor is very subtle in this soup.  Whatever is going on, I'm so glad I found another great soup from Kettle Cuisine to enjoy!  Find out where to purchase Kettle Cuisine soups near you by clicking HERE.

*Some, but not all of the soups reviewed above were sent to me free of charge.  As always, my opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.     

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wonderful Ingles commercial

There is an absolutely fantastic TV commercial that Ingles (grocery chain) is running in our market.  In the spot, a mom is talking about her child, who is also in the commercial, having celiac disease and how great it is that they can find gluten-free products at Ingles.  I never tire of watching it - it's as uplifting as can be!

Back in October, I ran into the Ingles Dietitian, Leah McGrath, at a gluten-free event in Atlanta.  She explained that the mom and child in the commercial are real customers.  They are not actors, but normal folks Leah helped find in the community to make the commercial.  Isn't that amazing?!  That is certainly not common these days - a real family representing themselves in a TV commercial.  It's simply wonderful!

Ingles is the only grocer in our market that has done any commercials about gluten-free products and in fact, they've done several to date.  The latest installment is either the second or third one they've produced that specifically mentions gluten-free products.  I remember the first one I saw had a guy asking where the gluten-free pancake mix was in an Ingles store.  I was so stunned by it that I almost fell off my chair!

Kudos to Ingles for knowing the gluten-free consumer is not part of a quickly fading fad.  Not only does the Southeast grocer have an extensive and growing list of gluten-free products on shelves and in freezers at many of their stores, they know how important it is to let potential customers know they have them available!   

Friday, December 2, 2011

Review: Venice Bakery pizza crusts

I've been enjoying the regular (unseasoned) gluten-free pizza crusts from Venice Bakery for a while now.  My local pizza place, Pepperoni's, serves it and the only complaint I have is that there isn't a 14" option available there.  Apparently, the crust can be ordered wholesale in larger sizes, but the local distributor carries only the personal size option.

Recently, I was offered a sample package of crusts from Venice Bakery.  Naturally, I gladly accepted it!  Before the box arrived, I didn't even realize all the items the bakery produces.  Inside the package there were plain and seasoned pizza crusts and flatbread crusts in both 5" and 12" sizes.  The 5" size makes for a perfect lunch pizza.

I have to say that the seasoned flatbread (used to make pizza) was simply exceptional tasting!  The Italian seasonings were spot on and my husband has now declared that his new favorite gluten-free crust is the seasoned flatbread from Venice Bakery!  The only difference I noticed between the flatbread and pizza crust is the thickness.  The latter is the thinnest of the two.  Each option was delicious and the left overs, both the pizza and flatbread, reheated very well!

Venice Bakery ships right to your door and supplies many restaurants with gluten-free crusts.  They now offer a gluten-free focaccia as well, though I didn't get to sample it.  Based on the other items in the line, I'm assuming that it tastes outstanding as well.  

*The products reviewed above were sent to me free of charge. As always, my opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.  

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