Archive for 2011

What Will You Find In Your Quiet? By Guest Blogger Kristin Beltaos, M.A.

December 28, 2011

As with many of you, I enjoy the switch to calm after the busyness of the holidays. In fact, I am writing this blog on Christmas afternoon…as our boys quietly play with their new toys and I feast on the quiet that has decided to rest a spell in our home. A welcomed change from the boys behaving like the old married couple I lovingly refer to as The Bickerson’s. I savor the quiet after the splash of the largest holiday of the year…I discover much about myself when allowed to take a long soak in the silence.

Many times the holidays take a toll on our spirit as we think of everyone else in our lives, both the fun times and the slights. The post gifting frenzy offers us the opportunity of introspection, especially leading up to the last hurrah of New Year’s.

When the introspection ensues, it can bring us a mixed bag of feelings, i.e., happiness, nostalgia, anxiety, and sometimes…regrets. Perhaps what we do with this mixed bag of feelings sets the tone for our upcoming year. If we take the time to listen, we may find some interesting answers.

Regrets…we have all been there before…not followed through on a personal or business commitment, said something hurtful or perhaps acted in a way that didn’t align with our core values. If you have received the hurt, then you regret not standing up for yourself or setting a boundary. Whether you have been the giver or receiver of distress, one thing is certain, “the act” tends to haunt us, making it difficult to let go.

There’s a great saying about regret…Regret is like a bag of bricks. You can shoulder the regret and let it slow you down, or you can take the bricks out and use them to build a stronger foundation for your life.

So while I know that the New Year brings many of us to think about resolutions to tame the bulge, fit in fitness, quit smoking, get organized, help people, etc. I think the best solution, rather than resolution, is to let go.

Let go of the hurts that we have inflicted on others, maybe even try to make those hurts “right” or as “right” as they can be. Maybe a loaf of bread from Rudi’s is a great peace offering.

Moreover, let go of the hurts that shackle us. By letting go, you will breathe the first, fresh and free breath of the New Year.

What will you find in your quiet?

More importantly…what will you let go of?

About Kristin Beltaos, M.A.

Kristin Beltaos, M.A. is life/business coach and owner of A Gift of Miles and creator of The Scrumptious Truthä, a food allergy and intolerant education and support program. She provides national life coaching and support services to those dealing with Stress Management, Food Allergies and Reproductive Challenges via telephone, web conferencing and in-person in a variety of clinics in the Twin Cities. Prior to her life coaching business, Kristin was employed and independently consulted for a variety of companies in the areas of business and strategic planning and marketing. She is also a former board member of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota. Kristin’s eldest son has multiple food allergies to: dairy (by touch and ingestion), eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame. Stay happy and informed by following Kristin and A Gift of Miles on Facebook and Twitter and The Scrumptious Truth on Facebook.

Make the holidays fun and gluten-freely educational!

December 21, 2011

Happy Holidays Gluten-free followers! Christmas is literally right around the corner and it is time to get down to the nitty gritty! Over the past few weeks we have been talking a lot about the holiday time, staying healthy and eating gluten-free.  One thing we have not mentioned however is how the holiday season is a opportune time to teach others about eating gluten-free! Eating gluten-free can be a very confusing idea for those relatives that may not understand what gluten even is SO here are a few ideas on how to help those who have not learned about YOUR gluten-free eating!

  1. Leave a little educational material on the coffee table! At some point over the holiday someone is bound to be looking for some reading material and will take an interest in a Gluten-free magazine!
  2. Cookie tasting! Make gluten-free cookies and invite over some friends to give them a try. After testing the cookies surprise your guests by explaining that all of the cookies are gluten-free!
  3. Looking for a conversation topic other than the latest NFL football game, politics or how cold it is outside? Why not talk about food and healthy eating! This is a great way to engage your guests and maybe set some goals with them for the New Year!
  4. Not eating at home this year for the holiday? Bring your gluten-free dish with you, be sure to explain to your hosts why you brought such a special dish and open the conversation to questions!

If you have any other ideas about sharing and educating your friends and relatives be sure to post in the comment section or on R facebook and twitter pages to share with all of R followers!

Wishing you a happy healthy gluten-free holiday!

As Always,


Rudi’s Gluten-free Bread Pudding is here to save the day!

December 19, 2011


  • 9 Slices of Rudi’s Multigrain, Cinnamon Raisin OR Original Bread!
  • 4 Tbs of butter or butter alternative
  • 3 Golden Delicious apples
  • 2 Tbs Lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs grated lemon rind
  • ½ cup honey (to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼-1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup walnuts (optional)


  1. Spread butter onto bread and place in toaster or under broiler until nicely browned
  2. Cut bread into chunks
  3. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker except for walnuts
  4. Set slow cooker to LOW and leave to cook for 5-6 hours, check and stir the bread pudding around the 3-4 hour mark
  5. Stir in walnuts before serving with Gluten-free ice cream or whipping cream!

Rudi’s Simple & Rudilicious Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe!


  • 1 Loaf of Rudi’s Multigrain bread toasted or stale cut into cube sized pieces
  • 2 Large ribs celery, diced
  • 2 Carrots diced
  • 2 Medium sized onions, diced
  • 2 Tbs Garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbs each of Rosemary, Thyme and Sage
  • 3/4 stick of butter or butter alternative
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup of chicken broth or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 4 Tbs Parsley
    *Raisins, walnuts, apples, bacon bits, roasted squash are all excellent additions to this recipe but not required!


  1. Toast bread cubes in a preheated 300F oven for 20 minutes or until dried. *Be sure to stir occasionally
  2. Sauté garlic, onions, celery and carrots in butter/butter alternative until soft and caramelized.
  3. Add herbs and salt and pepper and cook for 2-4 minutes
  4. If using wine add after 2-4 minutes and continue to cook over medium heat for 2-4 more minutes
  5. In a large bowl mix vegetables with bread cubes, broth and parsley.  Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes at 325F. *add alternative ingredients here!
    This recipe can be partially assembled the day before and popped into the oven before meal time.

Gluten-Free Savory Sage Stuffing (With Avocado & Cherries!), by Guest Blogger Amie Valpone


  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ripened avocado, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 6 cups Rudi’s Multi-Grain, gluten-free bread, chopped into cubes
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. sage, chopped
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • Sea salt and crushed white pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.  Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Over medium heat, cook onion and celery in a large skillet with olive oil, salt and pepper; stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl and toss with bread cubes, dried cherries, white balsamic vinegar, mashed avocado, celery leaves, and sage.  Set aside to cool for five minutes.
  • Whisk together vegetable broth and egg in a large bowl.  Gently toss with bread mixture until absorbed.
  • Transfer to baking dish and bake, covered with foil for about 45 minutes.

Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is a Manhattan-based culinary marketing consultant specializing in gluten-free “clean” eating. Her experience as a marketing consultant spans the hotel, spa, restaurant and FMG sectors, where she creates menus, develops marketing and publicity efforts, and builds brand awareness for her clients. Amie is also a culinary nutritionist, spending time with clients as a Food Allergy Concierge and Pantry Stylist in the big apple of Manhattan.

Friday Roundup! Go-Go Gluten-free in the news!

December 16, 2011

TGIF! Lots of fun information in the news this week about living healthy, happy and gluten-free! Have you checked out R fun holiday videos on R Facebook page? Be sure to be on the lookout for awesome giveaways and games!
R you looking for a Rudilicious side dish for a weekend meal? How about Crispy Eggplant fries! Thanks Amie Valpone for this tasty recipe, cannot wait to try it!

We at Rudi’s always like to try to support and share as much information about gluten-free living as we can! Check out these articles for news, information and tips on learning to live with and around gluten-free individuals!

1. Gluten: What you don’t know might kill you by Mark Hyman

2.Parents need help understanding a gluten-free diet by Kerry Wachter

Check it out! As more and more information is published about gluten, national magazines and newspapers R really taking a turn to support and help!

1. Restaurants adding more gluten-free, heart-friendly menu items- New York Daily News

2. Elisabeth Hasselback Diagnosed with Celiac Disease by Z6 Mag

3. Celiac Disease supplement in USA today

Have a Rudific Holiday Weekend! Come and say hello on R Facebook and twitter pages!

As Always,

Happy Gluten-free eating


Celiac Support is All Around

December 14, 2011

It has been a while since we have given a nod out to all of the wonderful organizations that are here to support the celiac community.  Whether you are a newly diagnosed celiac or if you have been living as a celiac for years, these organization are a great resource for education, awareness, tips for living gluten-free, forums for questions, and much, much more!  If you have not done so before, we encourage you to check them out today.

Most of these organizations either sponsor support groups in your local community or can provide you a list of celiac and gluten-intolerant support groups.  With all of the temptations of the holidays and sharing of food, we want to help you stay on track.  Living free from gluten will keep you going strong and keep the tummy aches away.  We want you to enjoy the holidays, and not get stuck feeling ill.

The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center The center provides comprehensive patient and professional education, expert diagnosis and treatment for both children and adults, along with their continuous ground breaking research on celiac disease.  Props to this organization for making great strides this year in their research for a cure to celiac disease!

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) They are dedicated to raising awareness and funding for celiac disease to advance research, education and screening amongst medical professionals. This fall they launched a special kid focused section, Kid Central, focused on gluten-free kids & parents.

Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) CDF Chapters and Connections throughout the country provide support to those diagnosed with Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten-sensitivity and their families. These local volunteer support groups play a vital role in their communities by generating awareness in the healthcare, food manufacturing and restaurant industries.

Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) Celiacs Helping Celiacs They  encourage, establish and support volunteer units throughout the country. Along with providing clinical diet recommendations for celiac disease they work with both industry and government to improve labeling practices for ingredients which affect celiacs.

Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) They provide support to persons with gluten intolerances, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other gluten sensitivities, in order to live healthy lives.  GIG Branches help to fulfill GIG’s mission on a local and regional level through programs tailored to their community.

Crispy Eggplant Fries, by Guest Blogger Amie Valpone

December 12, 2011

Crispy Eggplant Fries

Gluten-Free and Vegan

Serves 2


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup green tea, brewed and chilled
  • 2 slices Rudi’s Multi-Grain Bread, toasted
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1/3 tsp. sea salt
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse Rudi’s toast until it forms a bread crumb texture.
  3. In a large bowl, combine balsamic, Rudi’s bread crumbs, green tea, lemon juice, sea salt, basil and paprika; mix well to combine. Set aside.
  4. Slice eggplant into 1/3 inch slices.  Dip each eggplant slice into balsamic mixture to coat.  Place eggplant slices onto a baking sheet or roasting pan.  Toss lemon wedges on top.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven; set aside to cool for 2 minutes.
  7. Serve warm with fresh tomato sauce, pesto or hummus for dipping.
  8. Enjoy.

Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is a Manhattan-based culinary marketing consultant specializing in gluten-free “clean” eating. Her experience as a marketing consultant spans the hotel, spa, restaurant and FMG sectors, where she creates menus, develops marketing and publicity efforts, and builds brand awareness for her clients. Amie is also a culinary nutritionist, spending time with clients as a Food Allergy Concierge and Pantry Stylist in the big apple of Manhattan.

Holly Jolly Friday! Rudi's Weekly GF Roundup!

December 9, 2011

Happy Friday Gluten-free followers!  As the temperatures drop to the teens here in Boulder, CO keeping the holiday spirit cheery and upbeat can sometimes be a struggle at 8:00 am in the morning.  How do you keep the pep in your step during this time of year?  While getting to work in the freezing temperatures may be a struggle I cannot stop myself from smiling and taking a big breathe of holiday pine air as I step into the office at Rudi’s! Yes you guessed it- we have a lovely Holiday lobby that smells so fresh and cheery you cannot help but stop and smell the pine!

This week at Rudi’s we have been talking a lot about how to enjoy the holidays GF, on a budget and keeping with your healthy living goals!

Gluten-free Holidays on a Budget!

Go for a Gluten-free Goodness Loaded, Healthy, Holiday Season!

In the scientific news a great article was written about studies underway examining the environmental factors that could affect Celiac disease and diagnosis!

Environmental Factors Examined in Celiac Disease

Looking for easy and fun recipes for the holiday season? Check out R GF bread pudding!

How about a GF sugar cookie recipe from Adventures of a Gluten-free mom?

And lastly, how do you feel about egg-nog would you prefer glogg?!

Wednesday’s blog post hosted a giveaway and challenge for followers to post there most creative and inexpensive GF holiday gift! There were some RUDIFIC ideas shared– thanks to all! AND Congrats to Elika Carlsen you were randomly selected as R winner!!

Happy GF (holiday) eating! Don’t forget to say Hello on R Facebook and Twitter pages!

As Always,


Gluten-Free-Rudific Crostini’s

The Guests Arrived Early, Get out of my Kitchen, Gluten-Free- Rudific Crostini’s!

Check out R video blog featuring this recipe!


6-10 slices of Rudi’s GF original bread (depending on # of guests)

Olive oil



Any leftover fixings you have in your refrigerator: Cheese, Herbs, Olives, Humus, Greens, Tomatoes, Avocados are all good ideas!


  1. Preheat oven to 400F……Instruct your guests to…
  2. Hand loaf of bread over to your guests with a cutting board and request they cut each slice into 4-6 squares (preferably send guests to a table outside of the kitchen!)
  3. While cutting squares, mince garlic and finely dice herbs
  4. Place squares on cookie sheet and lightly drizzle olive oil over the bread
  5. Sprinkle garlic and diced herbs on top
  6. Place in oven for 7-14 minutes (cooking times vary with oven) being sure to check every so often as to not burn the crostini’s
  7. While the crostini’s are cooking pull out a serving platter and the leftover fixings and request your guests to slice and cut toppings and place on platter
  8. Pull Crostini’s out and place on a plate and let your guest’s create and indulge in a Rudific creation!