Considerations Before Owning a Dog

February 12, 2013

Dear Gluten-Free Readers,

Today’s topic of discussion is a little off subject, unless you own a dog that’s a celiac!  Nevertheless, I wanted to start a discussion about proper dog ownership.

Many kids put a great deal of pressure on their parents to buy/adopt a family dog.  We all know how persistent kids can be when they set their mind to something and some parents believe that getting a dog is easier than withstanding their children’s burdening persistence. Others who are looking for companionship might think that it is easier to own a dog that to be lonely.

Regardless of your reason for longing a furry companion, it is extremely important that you fully understand the 10-15 year commitment of owning a dog.

The fist and most important step to becoming a responsible dog owner is to understand all of the financial and time commitments to proper dog ownership.

Sadly, most people do not consider the extensiveness of an impact properly owning a dog will have on their lives.  Here are important questions to ask yourself before getting a pup:

Money (Experts estimate that the cost of owning a dog ranges from $1100-$3500 per year!)

  1. Do you have money to feed it?
  2. Do you have money for the vet?
    1. Checkups
    2. Shots
    3. Flee/tic medication
  3. Do you have money to register it with you’re town of residency?
  4. Do you have money to buy dog accessories (these will add up quickly!)?
    1. Leashes
    2. Water/Food Bowls
    3. Dog Beds
    4. Crates
    5. Mats to keep the back of your car clean
    6. Cleaning supplies

Time

  1. Time commitment is the biggest part of owning a dog that most people overlook.
    1. Do you have time to walk it everyday for at least 30 minutes?
    2. At the puppy stage, do you have someone who will take care of it when you are at work?
    3. Throughout its life, do you have someone who will take care of it when you have a business trip or vacation?
    4. Training: Do you have time to learn to become a proper trainer and then train your dog.  This is very important because no one will want to dog-sit a poorly trained dog while you are on vacation.  On the other hand, if your dog is well trained some people will volunteer to take it!

We need to be very aware of the responsibilities of owning a dog because they are very emotionally sensitive animals.  Abandoning or neglecting a dog truly hurts its feelings.

However, a proper dog owner creates an unforgettable and rewarding lifelong relationship for both he/she and his/her pup!

Here are some great dog-training websites

http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/

http://www.dogstardaily.com/

http://www.canis.no/rugaas/index.php

http://www.suzanneclothier.com/

(Pictured Above: My dog, Jake!)

Tortilla Tuesday: Huevos Rancheros

February 5, 2013

Dear Gluten-Free Readers,

In celebration of Tortilla Tuesday, I would love to share one of my favorite breakfast recipes!  Huevos Rancheros are an extra hearty breakfast dish that will certainly keep you full well into the afternoon.  More importantly, Huevos Rancheros are typically Gluten-Free.  I understand that it may be difficult to order them at your favorite brunch spot after making them at home, but Huevos are an excellent GF option at restaurants.  Once again, be sure to double-check with your server that all items you order meet your dietary restrictions.

The tortilla is the main reason Huevos Rancheros are sometimes not GF.  Of course, this will never be a problem if you purchase the highly acclaimed Rudi’s Gluten Free Tortillas: Rudi’s GF Tortillas!  I personally enjoy our GF tortillas because they come in three different flavors: Plain, Spinach and Fiesta.


Vegetarian Huevos Rancheros (Recipe Makes Two Servings)
2 Eggs
4 Tablespoons of your favorite salsa
½ Cup of Arugula
4 Tablespoons of Veg. Green Chile
2 Rudi’s GF Tortillas
½ Avocado
1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil

Huevos Rancheros (Recipe Makes Two Servings)
2 Eggs
4 Tablespoons of your favorite salsa
½ Cup of Arugula
4 Tablespoons of Pork Green Chile
2 Rudi’s GF Tortillas
½ Avocado
1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil

  • Before you begin, notice that vegetarian and pork green chiles are listed in both recipes.  Both are optional ingredients, however they truly make the dish special.  Here is a link to a great recipe for pork green chile: Pork Green Chile Recipe.  Here’s a link for vegetarian green chile: Vegetarian Green Chile Recipe.  Note, you will have to cook the either green chili the night before you serve your Huevos.
  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200°F. Stack 4 ovenproof plates on oven rack to warm.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Stack 2 tortillas in skillet and cook 30 seconds, then flip stack over with tongs and cook 30 seconds more. While second tortilla cooks on bottom, turn top tortilla over with tongs, keeping tortillas stacked. Flip stack again and cook in same manner, turning over top tortilla and flipping stack again so that both tortillas are softened and both sides puff slightly, then deflate (do not let them become browned or crisp). Wrap tortillas loosely in foil and keep warm in oven. Fry remaining tortillas in same manner, adding 1 tablespoon oil to skillet for each batch. (Do not clean skillet.)
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then crack 4 eggs into skillet and cook 3 to 4 minutes for runny yolks, or to desired doneness. Transfer to a plate and keep warm, covered, then cook remaining 4 eggs in remaining tablespoon oil in same manner. Season eggs with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon 2 Tablespoons of salsa onto each plate and top with 2 tortillas, slightly overlapping them. Transfer 2 eggs to tortillas on each plate and top with some of remaining salsa. Sprinkle with cilantro.
  • Garnish each Huevo Ranchero with a ¼ cup of Arugula and sliced Avocado

Meet Our New Marketing Coordinator!

January 23, 2013

Hi Gluten-Free Readers!
As the new marketing coordinator for Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery, I am excited to have the opportunity to provide Rudi’s fans with loads of great stories and recipes on our Gluten-Free blog!

I am a 2012 graduate from Middlebury College; a small, outdoorsy liberal arts college located in Vermont.  However, I spent the vast majority of my life growing up in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California.  I moved Boulder because I recognized that it is a community extensively involved within the organic and gluten-free industries.  Additionally, as an avid skier and outdoorsman, Boulder seemed to perfectly accommodate my lifestyle.

Eating healthy, tasty food is a defining factor of my life. My parents’ outlook on food has played a major role in keeping my family together.  Regardless of their busy work schedules, Mom and Dad always found time to organize and make family dinners on a nightly basis.  In order to accomplish this task, they incorporated their children to contribute to the dinner-making process.  Whether it was peeling garlic, chopping onions or washing dishes, my brother and I worked aside my parents as their nightly “prep cooks.” Cooking at home is great from the perspective of the “health-nut” parent because my Mom and Dad knew exactly what their kids were eating.  But, most of all, it was an excellent way for us to spend time together.

In 2010, my parents drastically changed their lives by deciding to live on a sailboat for three years.  During our time away from school, my brother and I helped our parents crew the boat throughout the South Pacific, Indian and Southeast Asian Oceans.  We have sailed around the coastal regions of New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Most of the regions we have sailed through are very remote forcing us to become completely self-sufficient for food, water, and power.  Because wheat products are hard to keep fresh and even harder to make on a sailboat in tropical regions, we were forced to eat Gluten-Free.  In fact, this ended up being a blessing in disguise for all of us, especially my father (The Captain)!  Celiac disease is no doubt a very serious issue for many Americans that must be taken with the utmost consideration.  Although no one in my immediate family is diagnosed with Celiac disease, it is truly remarkable how much better we feel with Gluten-Free nutrition! Since he has been living on the sailboat Gluten-Free, my Dad has experienced healthy weight-loss, a drastic increase in energy and an absence of headaches, seasonal allergies and digestive irritations!  Having a happy Gluten-Free Captain has fostered a much more wonderful experience the First Mate (Mom) and the Crew (my brother and I).

I am very excited about the future of America’s Gluten-Free awareness.  That being said, without a doubt, there is still room for vast improvement amongst the scope and quality of Gluten-Free food and drink.  I feel blessed to have the opportunity to raise Gluten-Free and Celiac awareness through the Rudi’s Gluten-Free brand.  I cannot wait to contribute an array of Gluten-Free recipe and lifestyle blogposts. More importantly, I look forward to receiving feedback from readers, which will significantly foster my understanding of Celiac disease and the Gluten-Free lifestyle!

Yours truly,

Dominic Atkatz

Soft and Fluffy? Gluten-Free? Yes Please!

December 18, 2012

One of the biggest difficulties in developing gluten free foods was making them not only gluten free but making them some what resemble the food they are substitutes for. Bread is bread and until now gfree bread could hardly be called bread at all. At Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery we have completely revamped our gf breads to make them not only stand in for real bread but to be confused with real bread! This new recipe is remarkable, it has completely changed the industry. My personal favorite? Rudi’s Soft and Fluffy Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread. This scrumptious bread is dangerous, I tend to eat a few more slices than I should every morning. Every time I bite my toast I completely forget it is gf, if it wasn’t for the packaging, I would never guess it to be gluten free!

Because of this dreamy new recipe you don’t need to do anything to this bread to make it taste more….real. All you need is a toaster and maybe some butter and you will be one happy camper. The sweet raisins and mouthwatering cinnamon are the best combination for a day starter or a nightly treat. I will snack on a loaf all day if I don’t watch myself. If you don’t believe me then please go out and try it for yourself! Snag the coupon on this website and head straight to the store. Your mind will be blown and your mouth will be happy with Rudi’s New Soft and Fluffy Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread:)

http://www.rudisbakery.com/gluten-free/products/gluten-free-sandwich-breads/

Gluten Free Groceries

December 3, 2012

Living in Boulder, the gluten free lifestyle is almost assumed. Generally when provided food at clubs, meetings, or events gluten free and vegetarian options are ALWAYS available. With that being said, it is also extremely easy to find gluten free dishes at resturants, coffee shops, and most importantly grocery stores in Boulder. I wish this was the case for every city- the difficulty level of finding gluten free products can make or break someone’s life. Most grocery stores are adapting their inventory to better serve the needs of their customers, so gluten free products are more common in grocery stores like Safeway and H.E.B. than it was 5 years ago. You can talk to managers at your local grocery store and request for products you need. They will take your request into serious concideration and most likely begin to carry it if you ask them to. If that is not an option for you then I would lead you to the two best grocery stores for a gluten free lifestyle.

Whole Foods: You have heard me talk about this store a couple times before and although it is pricy it really does have the best assortment of gluten free foods. They are extremely good about having all sorts of food that tailor perfectly with people who are Celiac. In every isle you will find gluten free products without even having to look. It is your grocery heaven! It is based out of Austin, Texas and is a natural and organic food market. Whole Foods is nationally ranked for being a socially responsible business as well as being ranked third on the 25 Green Power Partners. Not only do they provide gluten free, organic, and healthy food, they also run a healthy business for our community.

Trader Joe’s: Is a natural grocery store that is based out of Monrovia, California. They have over 300 hundred stores, most of which are in California. Although this store is more difficult to find than Whole Foods it most certainly is worth the search. They provide local, fresh organic and natural groceries at a fraction of the price of their competitors. They are well known for their supply of gluten-free products at a low price. If you are gluten free and you need to save money, find a Trader Joe’s fast! It is a smaller store so their selection is not as vast as Whole Foods, but it is still an amazing option!

If you still can’t find what you need then head to glutenfreemall.com. This website is remarkable and has just about every gluten free product you can imagine. If you can’t find it in your neighborhood grocery store, search for it here!

Photo from:

sodahead.com

Introducing our NEW Soft & Yummy Recipe for Rudi's Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread!

November 30, 2012

After working long and hard in the bakery we are proud to announce our new and improved sandwich breads:) Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery has recreated what bread means to the gluten free world. People who suffer from Celiac Disease no longer have to eat cardboard like “bread” to fill the void of true bread. We have created a lighter and fluffier recipe that transfomered our previous gluten free bread into an astonishing sandwich saver.

“In speaking with the gluten-free community, we quickly learned they are looking for better-tasting breads and baked goods that don’t leave you with any feeling of missing out on the good stuff. We’re thrilled that with this new recipe we’ve made our already delicious line of Sandwich Breads softer and fluffier so they taste, look and feel like the real thing,” said Doug Radi, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Rudi’s Organic Bakery. “It’s our passion to keep pushing the envelope to create high-quality gluten-free products the whole family will enjoy. We’re confident our fans will love the new formula, and will feel good about what they’re eating, too.”

Our entire company is thrilled about this advancement and we truly promise you only the best. The new recipe still follows our traditional Non-GMO stance and nutrient rich products. We are giving you gluten free bread that has doubled in fiber content, uses all natural ingredients, and is certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO).  The new recipe breads have a more vibrant flavor and softer texture, PLUS they have a longer shelf life to ensure the best sandwiches in the whole neighborhood.

We have set the bar high for the gluten free community because we believe you deserve the best of the best! Try our new soft & yummy gluten-free sandwich bread in our three traditional flavors, original, multigrain, and cinnamon raisin. You will be elated and shocked when you try these amazing slices of gluten free bread:)

Quote from our Press Release!