Jovial gluten-free pasta (Win Stuff Wednesday!)

Posted on March 30th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Giveaways, Products, Win Stuff Wednesdays | Read 30 Comments - Add Your Own »

There is a new gluten-free pasta on the market called Jovial.

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Imported from Italy, the brown rice pasta is 100% organic, made from rice grown in Italy. I am so excited about this pasta! It not only tastes great, but it has a wonderful texture. It doesn’t get sticky or starchy or crumbly like other gluten-free pastas, and it truly has an al dente bite to it if you want it to.

Their website tells a great story:
“Jovial gluten free products were developed out of a heartfelt compassion for all of us who have had a food intolerance critically effect personal health and wellness. We believe eating gluten free should be pleasurable and not feel like a sacrifice. It is not that products formulated without gluten can’t taste great; it’s how relentless you are in developing them.”

From their packages:
“Jovial Brown Rice Pasta is as close to traditional pasta as possible because it’s made in Tuscany by master artisans who have been crafting pasta for over a century. It is pressed with bronze dies and dried at low temperatures for the most authentic flavor.”

jovial_brownrice_caserecceAllergen info:
“Jovial brown rice pasta is certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group at a level less than 10PPM. This product is made in a dedicated facility free of gluten, casein, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts, but may contain traces of soy.”

The pasta comes in five shapes: spaghetti, capellini, penne rigate, fusilli and caserecce (pictured at right). The biggest problem may be finding it, but I suspect that will change as more and more people demand this product — ask your natural foods store if they can get it. And be careful — Jovial also makes an einkorn pasta, which is NOT gluten-free. The brown rice pasta comes in green and white boxes.

win-stuff-wednesday1Want to win some gluten-free pasta? Leave a comment about which shape of Jovial pasta you would choose if you won and your favorite way to prepare or eat it — we can all inspire each other with some new ideas! You can even link to a recipe that you created or that you like. There will be SIX winners who will receive, courtesy of Jovial jovial-fig-cookiesFoods, a box of pasta and a bonus prize of a box of Jovial gluten-free Fig Fruit Filled Cookies. Contest ends Friday, April 1 at midnight PST.


Win Stuff Wednesdays

Posted on March 21st, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Giveaways, Products | Read 3 Comments - Add Your Own »

Wonderful readers of my blog, I know how difficult it can be sometimes to eat gluten-free or allergen-free, not to mention expensive. I often get generous offers for samples of products, and I’d like to reward you with free stuff too! You deserve it.

win-stuff-wednesday1I am excited to announce a new feature on my blog called Win Stuff Wednesday! I will be featuring products that I like, such as food, books, gift certificates and whatever else I think you would like. Be sure to read the directions, though, because I will be asking you specific questions that you will need to answer in the comments!

This will be fun, don’t you think? So check back on Wednesdays to see what goods I’ve got. And if you have a product that you would like to donate for the giveaways, please email me and I will consider it!

See you Wednesday!


30 Days to a Food Revolution

Posted on April 27th, 2010 by Alison | Posted in Blog Events, Giveaways, Healthy Living, Recipes & Cooking Tips | Comments Off on 30 Days to a Food Revolution

icookrealfoodI hope that many of you got a chance to watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. I found the T.V. series so inspiring, and like Jamie (otherwise known as the Naked Chef for his use of honest, real food) said: “Yes, this is a T.V. show, but it’s real life.”

He succeeded in making change in the school lunch program in a town chosen for its high rate of obesity. His mission — OUR mission — is so important: feed our kids well so that they can live healthy lives. Of course, there needs to be change not only in our lunch programs, but throughout our society. This change won’t come about easily, as we need education, dedication, motivation and of course, money. But it CAN be done and we need to try.

Many bloggers (including me!) are hoping to make a small difference by sharing tips and recipes for cooking real food in 30 Days to a Food Revolution, an online event dreamed up and organized by Diane of The W.H.O.L.E. Gang.

For 30 days, there will be 30 different food bloggers sharing 30 different ways to eat real food.

Less processed food, more real food is the goal! Most of us are living gluten-free or with other special diets, so hopefully you will find a wealth of good stuff to use in your own kitchens, and discover new blogs too.

I will be contributing my tip and recipe on May 4. In the meantime, you can follow these  participating blogs:

There are also prizes to win! Go to the 30 Days to a Food Revolution page to see the details about how to enter.


Lifefactory glass bottle winners!

Posted on March 27th, 2010 by Alison | Posted in Giveaways, Healthy Living | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

First, I would like to say thank you for the nice comments about my website and about the beverage bottles! My husband and I had a lot of fun doing this giveaway together.

lifefactorybottleAnd now… congratulations to the randomly chosen winners of a Lifefactory Glass Beverage Bottle in the color of their choice! The winners are:

Shelley Silva – Spring Green!

Betty Lyle – Spring Green! Happy birthday!

Robin – Midnight Blue!

Don’t forget that you can still get a 15% discount by entering go glass when you purchase any of the bottles from the Lifefactory website. Go Glass!