Email Response from Libby’s Pumpkin

I emailed yesterday to see when we could expect to see the canned pumpkin back on the shelves.  Here is the response:

 

Dear Ms. Bouldin,

Thank you for contacting Libby’s® 100% Pure Pumpkin.

I am sorry that you are having a difficult time finding Libby’s Pumpkin. Due to unfavorable weather conditions last fall, some of the pumpkin did not meet our high quality standards. Therefore, our harvest was smaller than typical and you may have some difficulty finding Libby’s Pumpkin.
We are in the process of harvesting our pumpkins and you will be able to find it in all sizes within the next few weeks.

We appreciate your interest and hope you will visit our website often for the latest information on our products and promotions.

Sincerely,

Tara Williams
Consumer Response Representative
Ref: N17000232

 

In the meantime, I have found canned pureed butternut squash & canned pureed sweet potato at Trader Joe’s.  Also, it would be much simpler to pureed baked or steamed sweet potato then a whole pumpkin.  For a fun experiment, I do plan on using a whole pumpkin for either a pie or some other pumpkin baked goods this fall.  I think the kids (ok, at least Hannah will care) will like it.  :)

 

 

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Pumpkin Shortage??

Have you all heard this craziness?  If you search “pumpkin shortage” on Twitter, you will find all kinds of people freaking out about The Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2009.  I stopped by 3 stores today and sure enough, no canned pumpkin on the shelves.  I have 2 small cans that I bought earlier this year because I use them for oats as well.  What are we going to do?  What about pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies, all the things I posted about on Sunday that I love??   Will I have to resort to using butternut squash?  Not a bad idea.  I know you can buy that frozen.  Wonder if you can buy it canned?  Not at the stores I shopped today, or at least I didn’t see any.  Sigh. 

Speaking of pumpkin, I not only have gotten my hands on my beloved Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses, a few Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but today I found:

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There was exactly 1 of these left on the shelf.  I was prepared to buy several, especially since it may be the only pumpkin pie that I will be eating this year.  I knew that I had to have this right away for my snack this afternoon.  I emptied it into a bowl with some super-crunchy corn flakes and then mixed up.  I first took a spoonful out of the yogurt container to get a true taste.  To be honest I wasn’t “wowed” like I thought I was going to be.  There was definitely a pumpkin flavor there, but I can’t really describe what it was that was holding me back from loving this.  In theory I should love it, but I don’t.  I am actually kind of glad that there was only 1 on the shelf.  Anyone else out there try this?  What do you think?

 

New Product Review & Roasted Beets

Last night for dinner I wanted to finish off the artichoke burgers that I had in the freezer, so I was trying to find something to pair with it.  I was out of sweet potatoes, but I did have a beet that needed to be used, so I chose to roast it.  I peeled & chopped the beet up into chunks.  Then I sprayed with Pam and seasoned with S & P and popped into the oven for 30 – 40 min at 400.  I loved how these turned out!  Great flavor!!  I have never had cooked beets before, but now I will be making them a lot more often.

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To spice up my artichoke burger, I decided to top it with a new find:

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I added about a TBSP of this Tomato Chutney from Trader Joe’s and some goat cheese.  OMG….what a great combo of flavors!!  The chutney has a nice kick to it and definitely made this meal. 

If you haven’t tried this product from Trader Joe’s, grab some!  So worth it!  I have to make a quick comment about Trader Joe’s and how easy it is to shop there for gluten-free food.  Not only do they have a list you can get online for your region’s stores, but everything is labeled so clearly.  Plus, the price is usually very reasonable, unlike Whole Paycheck, which I love, but can’t always justify shopping at. 

 

Review: Breads from Anna

Since starting my blog over a year ago, I have met so many wonderful people.  Some of those people have become friends.  One of those friends sent me a great surprise a week or so ago…a bread mix from Breads from Anna!  I couldn’t wait to make it! 

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This mix was super easy to make.  I chose to make it in my Zojirushi Breadmaker.  I mixed all of the liquid ingredients together first, then I poured in the mix & sprinkled the yeast on top.  I hit “start” on my Zo and walked away.  3.5 hours later my house smelled like heaven! 

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I let the bread cool down for 15 or so minutes and then I couldn’t take it any longer.  I sliced off a couple of pieces and made myself a turkey, Swiss, basil & spinach sandwich (topped with Sriracha, of course ;) ). 

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The bread was so flavorful and had an amazing texture.  I love the tastes of the different flours that are used: Montina & chickpea, navy bean & sorghum in addition to tapioca & cornstarch.  Each slice has 3 grams of fiber, pretty good for a gluten-free bread!  This bread mix is free of soy, rice & nuts, perfect for those with other allergens & intolerances in addition to gluten. 

If you are looking for a great gluten-free bread you should give Breads from Anna a try.    Breads from Anna has so many other mixes available, including a cranberry pancake mix that is calling my name!  YUM!!

Thanks again, Erin, you are so sweet.  I am really enjoying this bread. :)

 

Gluten-free Bites

My gluten-free marathoning buddy, Beth, is the new Columbus Running Examiner!  Go Beth!!  Please stop by & say “Hi” to Beth!  She has some great advice & tips.  Also, don’t forget to wish her luck on her 14th marathon, coming up this Sunday, September 26, 2009.  :)  I did an interview with Beth not too long about about gluten-free training.  

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My Mommy got me an early Christmas gift!  She got me a Garmin Forerunner 305!  I am so excited!  What a great tool to have for my training – not only for the half, but for the full marathon I am planning to run in May.  A special thanks to Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point for the recommendation on the Garmin & where to get it for the lowest price. 

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Pure Bars.  The wonderful people from Pure Bars sent me a variety box of their bars to sample.  I had reviewed a few over the past year, but hadn’t tasted all of the flavors.  I have now officially tried the other 3 flavors: Cranberry Orange, Wild Blueberry & ChocChip TrailMix.  My verdict?  They all rock!  I honestly love them all!  If you made me pick a favorite, it would be between the Wild Blueberry & Cherry Cashew.  Make sure to check out Veronica’s Blog.  Veronica is the founder of Pure Bar.  :)   You can find Pure Bars at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. 

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See my review of First Watch on The Examiner.  What an amazing place to dine gluten-free!  Not to be missed! 

Here are some additional pics from my visit.

Check out this menu:

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Egg white omelette w/ turkey, spinach, feta & tomatoes:

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I have several more reviews coming this week….Manna from Anna’s bread, Country Bob’s and Old Bay Seasoning.  :)  Also, pumpkin spice fans, Hershey’s Kisses has a pumpkin spice flavor out and it is TDF!! 

 

Healthy Cookies?

Yes, that is right, I said “Healthy Cookies”.  :)  I have taken a liking to 2 cookbooks that I recently checked out of the library.  The 2 books are Veganomicon, which I now own, and Eat, Drink & Be Vegan, which I am about to own.  ;)  No, I am not vegan or even vegetarian, but I don’t eat meat daily.  I love veggie based dishes & find myself craving them.  I love all kinds of beans & lentils and all the different varieties out there. 

I happened upon this recipe for Super-Charge Me! Cookies and figured out that it would be very easy to modify to be gluten-free.  The changes that I made are:

Bob’s Red Mill GF Oats for the quick oats

Bob’s Red Mill Sorghum Flour for the spelt flour

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil for the canola oil

The results were amazing!  These cookies are so addicting!  I am glad that they are healthy because I certainly don’t feel bad eating them for breakfast now!  ;)  LOL! 

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I did use raisins for my dried fruit & chocolate chips, too.  I might try nuts or maybe dried cherries, blueberries or chopped dried figs next time. 

Definitely a keeper of a recipe! :)  Even super picky Jon loved these!  One change he asked me to make…. leave out the raisins next time, though, because he prefers chocolate chips.  Umm…no!  LOL! 

 

Menu Plan ~ September 20, 2009

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Apples & pumpkins are my favorite fall fruits & veggies.  I also have a fondness for squash of all size & shape.  I am mourning my berries, peaches, plums & watermelon and moving forward.  I just bought my first couple Honeycrisp apples today!  YUM!!  I am so looking forward to eating these!  Honeycrisp Apples were developed at the University of Minnesota. Honeycrisp apple is a cross between Macoun apple and Honey Gold apples and is extraordinarily crisp and juicy with a wonderful aroma and flavor. 

Wendy at Celiacs in the House is hosting this week’s gluten-free menu swap.  Wendy’s choice ingredient of the week is pumpkins!  I could eat pumpkin every day of the week!  Here are some of my favorite pumpkin recipes:  Acorn squash with creamy pumpkin brown rice, pumpkin bread, chocolate pumpkin bread, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin chocolate chip bars and pumpkin pie.  I think I will make some pumpkin bread this week! ;)  Speaking of pumpkin, did you know that Trader Joe’s has their pumpkin butter back on the shevles!?!?!  I definitely bought some the other day!  Major YUM!

Sunday ~ Leftovers (tacos, rotisserie chix, stir fry chix)

Monday ~ Salmon (broiled with Thai Chile Sauce), coconut brown rice, broccoli & salad

Tuesday ~ Cocoa-Coconut Chili (recipe to come later), salad & foccacia (Chebe) bread

Wednesday ~ Baked Ziti, green beans & salad

Thursday ~ Grilled BBQ chicken breast, roasted asparagus, sweet potato steak fries & salad

Friday~ Leftover BBQ chicken made into homemade BBQ chicken pizza, steamed veggies & salad

Saturday ~ Roasted veggies (eggplant, carrots, zucchini) over garbanzo beans and topped with Marinutta sauce

Baked Goods

Pumpkin Bread

New Bread Mix to review!

Some more gluten-free versions of the Super Charge Me cookies from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan

 

Don’t forget to check out Orgjunkie for lots more meal ideas. 

 

I hope you all have a great week!!

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