Chebe Cinnamon Rolls and Breadstick Mix

Being diagnosed with celiac makes a girl miss some things. Like what, you ask? Here’s a list:

  • Soft fluffy bread
  • Real pizza (although I’ve found some acceptable substitutions, like this and this)
  • Deli subs (it’s just not the same to make my own)
  • Really giant burritos (like Chipotle, just a good ol’ flour tortilla stuffed with a ridiculous amount of food)
  • Freshly baked bagels
  • Broccoli Cheddar soup in a bread bowl from Panera
  • Classic Chinese dumplings (these fill the void, but I miss being able to order them from Chinese restaurants)
  • Ice cream cones

And finally, I miss cinnamon rolls and breadsticks (like good, Olive Garden breadsticks). Which leads us to this post! I was so excited to find both of these from Chebe in the grocery store.

chebe gluten free cinnamon rolls

So cinnamon rolls. The classic ooey gooey sugary roll of goodness that everyone loves. Let’s start off with how they’re made. You combine the mix with 3 tbsp oil, 2 eggs, and 2 tbsp milk. Then you knead the dough all up, roll it out with a rolling pin, and spread it with 1 tbsp of butter and sprinkle a mix of 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp butter onto it. Then you roll it all up, cut it into pieces, and bake them in muffin tin cups for 16-18 minutes or until nice and golden brown. I was told that this process was quite unpleasant and a lot of work (I didn’t make them myself, my lovely mother made them and they were ready when I woke up, which is the best way to wake up in the morning). The mix doesn’t come with any icing to drizzle on top, which is an essential part of cinnamon rolls, so we made our own with 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 tbsp milk.

chebe gluten free cinnamon rolls

Please don’t be fooled by the slight ugliness of these cinnamon rolls. They taste much more beautiful than they look! They did end up being much tinier than I expected them to be, just because I always think of the giant gluten rolls that I used to eat. These were more like cute lil bite size cinnamon rolls. They were really good and nice and soft, but just a tiny bit too sweet for me, but let’s be honest, thats how cinnamon rolls are supposed to be.

chebe gluten free breadsticks

Next up is the breadsticks. Not only are these breadsticks, which I miss dearly, but they are garlic onion breadsticks, which makes them ten times better. These were also a little bit of a hassle to make. You combine the mix with 2 tbsp oil, 1 cup shredded cheese (they say sharp cheeses are best, but we used a combo of Mozzarella and Parmesan Romano), and 2 large eggs. Then you blend in exactly 1/4 cup milk, and knead the dough with your hands until it’s smooth. I want to emphasize exactly 1/4 cup because it is going to seem like you need more because it looks dry, but trust me, it will come together! Next you divide the dough into twelve pieces and roll them into 7 inch sticks. We also added a step of sprinkling some grated parmesan and garlic powder on top of them. Then you put them into a baking sheet, bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned, and enjoy!

chebe gluten free breadsticks

These are awesome. I couldn’t stop eating them. When I saw how thin I had to roll them I was worried they would be crispy crunchy breadsticks instead of soft fluffy breadsticks. But they ended up being perfectly crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. Not only was the texture wonderful, but the flavor was also fantastic! Nice and cheesy and garlicy and delicious. These are great to pair with a nice bowl of pasta to soak up some sauce. But I was just eating them as a snack because they were so good.

Chebe also has some more dry mixes that I will definitely try now that I know how amazing these were. These cinnamon rolls and breadsticks were able to fill the space of two foods I’ve been missing, now on to finding the rest on my list!

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Brick House

This past week was my brother’s 20th birthday (man he’s old). Every year for everyone’s birthday, the birthday boy/girl chooses their favorite restaurant and we go out to dinner. Unfortunately for Ryan and my parents, I’ve kind of limited their choices since they don’t really get to pick wherever they want—it has to have gluten free options. But that doesn’t mean we don’t go to some great restaurants!

brick house gluten free menu

This year Ryan picked the Brick House for his birthday dinner. I love the Brick House (their deviled eggs are heavenly, but we’ll get into that later), but I’ve had a couple issues with them lately. The past couple times I’ve been, they’ve messed up my order and given me something with gluten on my plate. Which then leads to me feeling very very bad about telling my waiter that they need to take my plate back and make me a new one, although I know it has to be done. I’ll talk more about the problems I’ve had a little later. They do have a separate gluten free menu, which has a decent number of options, ranging from appetizers to salads to entrees to sides. They don’t have any dessert listed, but they do have ice cream, which is always a good end to a meal!

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Every time I go to Brick House, I must get the deviled eggs. They are amazing. Even if my parents go here without me, I always make them bring me back an order of deviled eggs. They’ve got bacon and green onions and paprika on them, and how could anyone say no to that? I could eat a million of these if I had an endless supply, but unfortunately they only give me six of them. 😦

brick house gluten free entrees

I’ve tried a bunch of Brick House’s entrees. I’ll start with the picture in the top left corner. This is what I got when we went for Ryan’s birthday, because I wanted to try something different than what I usually get. This is the Black Rum BBQ Salmon. I actually don’t love barbecue sauce that much, which would probably make you question why I would order this, but I did enjoy it! Confession: I may have just ordered this because it came with potato salad and I love potato salad with all my heart. And this potato salad was great! Only comment: I think the potatoes could’ve been cooked a little more, because they were a little bit hard for my taste. Moving on to the bottom left pic, the Drunken Chops. I’m usually not a meat person, but I wanted to give these pork chops a try. And I’m glad I did, because they were great! Very well cooked, very delicious sauce, amazing mashed potatoes. It was just wonderful! Next, top right pic, Grilled Mahi Mahi. This is where my problems occurred. I love this dish; the fish is great and I love love love the little remoulade sauce it comes with. But multiple times I ordered this, even when I specifically mentioned that I was ordering off the GF menu and have a gluten allergy, they served me a side salad with croutons on it. Which, of course, since the croutons are on the plate with the fish, meant I have to get a whole new plate made. Well, one time when I sent it back for a new one, the new piece of fish had a large piece of plastic stuck to it. Now this isn’t a gluten problem, this is a general culinary problem. You shouldn’t serve someone a dish with a hunk of plastic on it. This made me so sad because I love this meal so much, and they messed it up for me numerous times. Finally, bottom right pic, Filet Mignon Salad. This wasn’t my meal—my aunt ordered it and allowed me to try it—but from what I tasted it was very good! She ordered it with a side of bleu cheese, which I don’t love, but she said it was great!

Brick House has 26 locations in Ohio, New York, Texas, Missouri, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and of course New Jersey. I may have had my issues here, but it’s still a great restaurant and have been very understanding and gracious when fixing what was done wrong (and I’ve never actually gotten sick after eating here, so they have done a good job of making sure that the meal I eventually got was gluten free). I think it’s worth giving a chance because the food is genuinely delicious, just make sure you make it very very clear that you are gluten free/have gluten allergy!

Pies & Pints

On Tuesday, we made the lovely six hour drive to West Virginia University to bring my brother home for the summer. Man that drive is seriously long, but it’s totally worth it when it means I get to see my brother again. 🙂

So technically, I didn’t have to go all the way there—I could’ve just stayed home by myself and waited til my parents brought Ryan home to see him. But there are only two reasons why I decided to sit in the car for 12 cumulative hours over two days: I didn’t want to wait one more day to see my brother, and the food. I swear, West Virginia has the greatest gluten free food ever. I require that, when I make the trip with my parents, we go to Chaang Thai for the best GF pad thai ever, and Pies & Pints, whose pizza is definitely in the running for the best GF pizza I’ve ever had. So we went to Chaang Thai for dinner on Tuesday (thank god, because we found out it’s closed on Wednesdays and I would have died if I didn’t get my pad thai) and Pies & Pints for lunch on Wednesday before we left. Although I’m surprised we had any appetite after cleaning Ryan’s dorm room—think dirt on dirt on more layers of dirt. Boys are gross.

pies and pints gluten free appetizers

I’ve tried two of their three gluten free appetizer options: the Char-Grilled Hot Wings and the Pork & Pepper Nachos. I am crazy about their wings. They are delicious. They’re the only GF wings I’ve had that are truly as crispy as they should be. Most of the time, GF wings are baked, and can’t get quite as crispy as these do. It’s served with creamy Gorgonzola. I love the sauce, and I don’t think I even like Gorgonzola. That’s how awesome Pies & Pints is. Only complaint: after eating them I end up with a bunch of little black bits stuck on my teeth. As for the nachos, they were just as fantastic. Beware: there are jalapeños on this. I didn’t realize, took a nice piled up chip, and set my mouth on fire with a giant jalapeño. But otherwise, delicious. I loved the pork and beans and chipotle crema all together. Just amazing.

pies and pints gluten free pizza

So I’ve tried a couple of different kinds of pizza from Pies & Pints, but this time I got the Margherita pizza, which is fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, Parmesan, olive oil, fresh garlic & tomato sauce (I got roasted garlic instead of fresh). My mom also got gluten free so I could try her White pizza with spinach (and more roasted garlic…we probably had really bad breath after this). Pies & Pints makes their own crust, and has pretty much perfected the thick gluten free pizza crust. Most places I get GF pizza, it’s a thin, crispy crust, which I do enjoy, but I greatly appreciate a nice thick crust as well. Every other thicker crust I’ve tried is a slightly wrong texture, but this pizza is just how it should be. It’s perfect. I love it a lot. The toppings that we got were amazing, and I’ve also gotten the Classic, which may be my favorite.

pies and pints gluten free sandwich

This time, I really wanted to try one of their sandwiches, but wasn’t willing to give up the opportunity to eat the pizza right then. So I decided to get the Italian Hero to go. This has on it salami, pepperoni, capicola (spicy ham), provolone, Mama Lil’s Sweet Hot Peppers, red onions & house vinaigrette (I got it without the peppers or onions). I ended up eating it when we got home, and oh my goodness it was fantastic. I didn’t know a sandwich could be so amazing. I was interested to discover that the sandwich bread was actually the same as the pizza crust. Pretty cool.

I love Pies & Pints soooo much. They have nine locations across West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky, but unfortunately none in New Jersey. 😦 So I will just have to settle for having it one or two times a year when we make a trip to West Virginia!

Link to Pies & Pints menu