Gluten-Free Takeover at GCDC November 17th

GCDC (Grilled Cheese DC) is creating an ENTIRELY gluten-free menu for one night only.  Already known for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on Goldilocks Goodies bread, the extended menu will also serve its popular lobster macaroni and cheese with gluten-free pasta and their French toast iced cream cheese sandwiches for dessert.  Cheese and charcuteri boards will be paired with gluten-free bread and crackers and additional gluten-free beverages will be added to their line-up of natural ciders.  Loaves of Goldilocks Goodies bread can be pre-ordered for a special discount of $10/loaf by Friday, November 13th.  Just in time to make a gluten-free stuffing for Thanksgiving (I’ll give you my family recipe for it!), serve French Toast at your Friendsgiving or make your own grilled cheese creations at home.  Loaves may also be purchased at the restaurant on November 17th for $13/each.
The menu will be available during dinner hours (4 pm-8:30 pm) and is first-come, first-served for seating (reservations only available for parties of 6 or more).  It is located at 1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW, DC 20006.  Please email emily@goldilocksgoodies.com or events@grilledcheese.com with any questions.    31109 Grill Your Own ( Gluten free)

Change your Conventional Birthday Cakes!

Hello everyone!

This past weekend I celebrated my 22nd birthday with my friends, family, and of course some cake. Now, in the past years I’ve just gone to our local grocery store bakery and ordered a yellow sheet cake with buttercream frosting. Since this year would be a little different I inquired if they made gluten-free cakes and was disappointed to hear that they did not. They offered to bake and decorate any prepackaged gluten-free cake mix you brought in, but let’s face it, anyone can make prepackaged goodies. So, I decided to branch out and change my conventional birthday cake to something a little more fun and a lot more gluten-free.

For my cake I made a gluten-free carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. The recipe I used can be found here, but you can use your favorite carrot cake recipe and replace with any gluten-free flour mix.

You can even decorate it with walnuts and shaved carrots!

You can even decorate it with walnuts and shaved carrots!

And don’t always feel like you have to make a conventional vanilla or chocolate birthday cake! Mix it up! Go for key lime, lemon blueberry, or even cake pops! Everyone will love your new ideas and even if you end up not liking it you can always go back to you local grocery store and grab a gluten-free mix.

Let us know what new birthday cake flavors you come up with!

The BEST Summertime Meal!

It has been so hot these past few days it can be almost unbearable to stand in a kitchen cooking anything, but I’ve discovered the best (and easiest) Summer recipe! The best part is it only takes 20 minutes and there’s no need to even stay in the kitchen while it cooks!

I’m a big fan of salmon, but some people can find it intimidating to cook. For this Salmon and vegetable recipe not only is the food easy to cook, but the cleanup is even better! You only need one baking dish!

You will need: a salmon filet for each person (fresh or frozen will work), 1 pint fresh cherry tomatoes, 1-2 cups of a fresh or frozen green vegetable (I used brussel sprouts, but green beans or broccoli will work as well), 1 lemon, a few sprigs of rosemary, 2 tbsps olive oil, and seasoning including salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and spray nonstick cooking oil in a 9×13 pan.
  2. Place the salmon filets in the center of the pan leaving 2-3 inches of space on either side of the fish. I recommend if you’re cooking for more than 4 people to use another pan and repeat the steps below for each pan.
  3. Top each filet with a slice of lemon and a 1-2 inch sprig of rosemary.
  4. On one side of the fish place your cherry tomatoes and sprinkle with salt.
  5. On the other side of the fish place your green vegetables. Since I used brussel sprouts I sprinkled with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, but for any other vegetable I would just use salt and pepper.
  6. Drizzle the 2 tbsps of olive oil onto the salmon.
  7. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until the fish is flaky.
  8. Enjoy!

Feel free to serve this dish with some corn on the cob or fresh fruit!

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A quick and easy, not to mention pretty, gluten-free Summertime meal!

Make sure to check back for a delicious gluten-free carrot cake recipe I’ll be making for my birthday!

Headed to the Big Apple!

Dear fans and supporters,
Goldilocks Goodies is headed to NYC this weekend to participate in the Food + Enterprise Conference and is a finalist in a pitch competition this Sunday, March 1, as a sustainable food maker. A whole-hearted THANK YOU to y’all for getting me to this point. My commitment to providing wholesome, quality baked goods from local ingredients has never wavered, and my hope in 2015 is to reach a wider regional customer base.

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In addition to the pitch, the hosts are giving us the opportunity to fundraise on Barnraiser, a new platform for food and agriculture projects. I’m excited to reach a national audience, and will be promoting free shipping around the country for cookie order placed through Barnraiser. (The link goes live Friday, February 27).

Again, thank you for your continued support and love of Goldilocks Goodies!

Happy 4th of July!

Quick update before the holiday:

This month’s The Hour* DC is just announced at La Mano Coffee Bar in Takoma Park.  We’ll be meeting in the cafe for beverages and eats and scooping gelato in the grass across from the shop!  Come make friends with the gluten-free community in DC’s one and only exclusively gluten-free happy hour series.   the hour short

Gourmet gluten-free grilled cheese too good to be true?  Not so!  GCDC downtown and Sona Creamery in Eastern Market both have Goldilocks Goodies amazing sandwich bread on the menu.

We’ve expanded the selection in downtown Lancaster at Lemon Street Market. Just in time for fresh fruit season, gluten-free pie crusts are in the upstairs freezer.    Simply thaw in fridge, add filling and topping and bake 20-30 minutes.  Or thaw and fill, top with whipped cream and no need to bake!  Also look for chocolate peppermint whoopie pies, sandwich bread and cinnamon raisin bread.  mini blueberry pie

A great big thank you to my loyal fans of fresh-baked, all natural and delicious gluten-free treats.  You’re supporting the local farms, suppliers and shop owners in your community – from the gal working the register in DC to the Amish woman gathering eggs in Lancaster County.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

News!

 GCDC opens this month in downtown DC and I’m excited to say that you can order an artisanal grilled cheese on Goldilocks Goodies fresh-baked gluten-free bread!  I’m personally excited about the Kim-Cheese Steak (read about it in the Express here).

 

gg in big apple My kickstarter campaign ends next Tuesday, so I will either be announcing it’s success or announcing the extreme scaling-back of my operations so I can repair my health after the back-breaking and overworked schedule I’ve maintained for the past 2 years.  Your help will make the difference!

 

 GG Goodie BoxSalud, the Healthy Pantry is taking sign-ups for their CSA season until April 25 and they’re offering my Goldilocks Goodies “Best Of” sampler box as an add-on.  It includes my sandwich bread, a loaf of Veggie-Fetti super bread, a fudge brownie, a muffin, and a vegetarian quiche.  Contact the store to sign up.

 

 DC’s first monthly happy hour series featuring exclusively gluten-free food and drink is happening again!  the hour shortApril 23 at Willow Fashion including sweets and savories from Goldilocks Goodies, Kate Bakes, and No 1 Sons.  An open bar with cocktails and Omission Beer, plus shop discounts, a season first preview and gift bags for the first 10 ticket purchases! Only $25 entrance and you get to bring a friend for free!

Until then, my vegan & gluten-free everything bagels can be found at La Mano Coffee Bar in Takoma, my fresh-baked cinnamon cardamom raisin bread at Little Red Fox, my quiches and brownies at Pleasant Pops, my cookies at Kefa Cafe, Salud and Lemon Street Market and a variety of goodies through Friends and Farms, Maryland Food Co-op, and Relay Foods.  Thanks for supporting a small business and these locally-owned shops!

August Happenings

This month is all about peaches, zucchini, and tomatoes.  I’ll be making peach pies, tomato quiches, and a super zucchini bread with carrots AND bananas.  Come see me!  Image

As always, my treats are fresh-baked, all natural, preservative-free and made with local dairy, eggs, & produce from Lancaster County, PA.

Petworth Market on Friday, August 9 and August 23 from 4-8 p.m. (on 9th street between Taylor & Upshur Streets NW).

The Farmers Market at University of Maryland every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (August 7, 14, 21, 28)

ImageEllicott City Second Sunday Fair on Sunday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (by the Historic Ellicott City Visitor’s Center in front of the Little French Market).

Friday, August 9 I’ll be doing a demo at the Petworth Farmers Market of an easy, gluten-free & vegan dish, plus sharing tips on going gluten-free, baking conversions, and recipes.

Thursday, August 22 I’ll be debuting my PB Chocolate Chip cookies in Virginia at Salud, The Healthy Pantry in Great Falls.  Come by to celebrate their store anniversary and sample cookies until 1 p.m. that day.

For exact offerings for that market day, please take a peek at my facebook page or follow me on twitter. 

Also, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the lot on 15th & P St. NW (between Dupont and Logan Circle)for the DC Meet Market. I’ll be there with Amber’s beautiful ceramics from cloudterre to display my seasonal treats – take home the treat or the bowl (or both!)

Chinese Cucumber Salad

An easy, quick, gluten-free dish great for picnics, summer BBQs and dinner parties – It’s also dairy-free, vegan and very refreshing.

I prefer to make recipes by ratio, so it’s easy to scale depending on the crowd you’re cooking for, and more importantly, what you have on hand.  For this dish, I’d say you could prepare one cucumber per guest.  You’ll also need:

  • sea salt      chinese cucumber salad
  • garlic
  • Tamari
  • vinegar of your choice (rice vinegar/wine vinegar/apple cider – be sure to check the label for gluten-free)
  • sesame oil
  • white pepper
  • fresh herbs (cilantro/basil & mint/thai basil)

Directions: chop cucumber into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle with sea salt.  Let sit for 15 minutes while you prepare dressing.

Peel and mince garlic, about one clove for each cucumber.

In a salad dressing bottle, mix equal parts vinegar and tamari.  (1/8 cup of each per cucumber) plus 1/2 tsp. sesame oil per cucumber.  For 4 servings this would be:  4 cloves garlic and mix 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup of tamari and 2 tsps. sesame oil together.

Drain excess water from chopped cucumber, and pat dry with paper towel.  Shake dressing with chopped garlic and pour on top.  Add few dashes of white pepper, more salt to taste and garnish with chopped fresh herbs.

Easy to serve with toothpicks for a picnic or beautifully plated for a sit-down dinner.

For more gluten-free salads and homemade dressings, please visit my Pinterest page.

June Bug

Where to find Goldilocks Goodies in June:

Petworth Market: on Friday, June 14 and June 28 (live music performance on the 28th!) from 4-8 p.m.  Market is off of Georgia between Taylor & Upshur St.

individual strawberry rhubarb piesEllicott City: Second Sunday market will be June 9.  Market is in the lot behind the visitor’s center and in front of the Little French Market.

Kefa Cafe (Bonifant Ave in Silver Spring): peanut butter cookies are always in stock but I’ll be there to sample cookies and other gluten-free goodies to celebrate their 17th anniversary on Saturday, June 15th.

The Farmers’ Market at University of Maryland, College Park, every Wednesday from 11-3. Market is in front of Cole Field House.

Union Market: All-American Pie Party celebration strawberry rhubarb turnoverSunday, June 30 at 4 p.m. (stay tuned for details).

I’ll have strawberry bread, apple turnovers, cinnamon rhubarb muffins, banana bread muffins, cream cheese-marbled brownies, and spinach quiche.  And as always – let me know your special requests and you can pick up from me at market for free delivery. Hope to see you in June!

May Day!

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With the arrival of Spring, lots of activity is buzzing around DC and for Goldilocks Goodies! 

The opening day of Petworth Famers Market is Friday, May 4 from 4-8 p.m.  The next day, May 5, I will be at the Silver Spring Food Co-op (on Grubb Road) between 12 noon and 3 p.m. handing out samples of my gluten-free and vegan cookies.  Be sure to stop in and try some new flavors including double chocolate pecan and banana bread cookies. 

Sunday, May 6 is the Fenton Village Taste of the World featuring small tasting plates at local ethnic restaurants. Goldilocks Goodies will be available on the vegan platter offered at Kefa Cafe.

The following Saturday, May 12 is the opening day for the Columbia Heights Community Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.