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Rhonda’s Cooking Re-Launches Website

Posted by rhondascooking on January 29, 2013

Phoenix, AZ – In response to multiple requests for additional resources and information from its fans, healthy cookbook distribution company, Rhonda’s Cooking LLC, has re-launched its website http://www.rhondascooking.com. CEO and Founder of Rhonda’s Cooking LLC, Rhonda Peters, states that the website is more than a site with an “About Us” and a “Contact Us” page. According to Peters, the website will offer visitors an opportunity to view instructional videos, read updated blog posts pertaining to allergy free cooking, gluten free meals, tips on eating healthy, kitchen gadget reviews, etc. and the website will highlight all of the upcoming events in which the innovative company will be involved.

Subscribers of the Rhonda’s Cooking blog have come to expect posts discussing relevant topics related to eating healthy and cooking and the website will continue to offer this. For site visitors who have questions that they would like Rhonda Peters to answer, the website will also feature a page called “Ask Rhonda”. Peters states that she is most excited about the interactive book feature which will be included on rhondascooking.com. As part of the interactive feature, site visitors will have an opportunity to view a portion of the company’s award winning cookbook So, What Can I Eat Now?!—Living Without Dairy, Soy, Eggs and Wheat.

Please visit http://www.rhondascooking.com to stay connected and get tips on eating healthy and cooking tips!

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CDF: Arizona East Valley Chapter hosts First Annual Celiac Awareness Week

Posted by rhondascooking on May 3, 2012

May is Celiac Awareness month, and in an effort to continue to educate the community about Celiac source arizonaceliac.orgDisease and provide support to those with the disease, the Celiac Disease Foundation: Arizona East Valley Chapter is hosting its First Annual Celiac Awareness Week. There will be a number events ranging from Celiac night with the Arizona Diamondbacks to Celiac movie night at Harkins Theaters to a gluten free cooking class at Williams and Sonoma, there will be a host of activities for everyone to enjoy!

For a list of the events and information on where to register, please click here.

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Rhonda’s Cooking Attends Annual Phoenix Gluten-Free Expo April 21, 2012

Posted by rhondascooking on April 15, 2012

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, we will be attending the annual Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF):  Greater Phoenix Chapter’s Annual Gluten-free Expo signing copies of my award winning cookbook, “So, What Can I Eat Now?! Living Without Dairy, Soy, Eggs, and Wheat”.  This year, we are so excited because this year we will be one of the five bronze sponsors for the expo.   The expo will be held from 10am to 4pm at The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley-Scottsdale.   There will be a host of vendors sampling foods and disseminating information so this would be a great opportunity for those looking to transition to a gluten-free diet.

2012 Gluten-free Expo
When:  April 21, 2012
Where:  The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley-Scottsdale 5401 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Time:  10am – 4pm

The following is the list of Sponsors for the expo:

In addition to the list of sponsors, there will be many more awesome gluten-free vendors, both local and nationwide!

The cost of the expo is as follows:

  • $5 per adult when paying in advance before April 15th (see Pre-pay Using PayPal page); after April 15th the entrance price is $7 (cash only) on-site the day of the event.
  • Children 12 and under are free

For more information visit the Chapter’s website: http://www.phoenixceliac.com/or follow on them on Twitter @PhoenixCeliacand/or like them on Facebook.

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Hunger in America: Feed a Family for Christmas

Posted by rhondascooking on December 5, 2011

Lately I’ve been thinking about what I could do to impact my community even more than I currently do.  As I kept this thought in the forefront of my mind, I was introduced to a project called “You Got Blessd”, a project to encourage people to be a blessing to others.  As I brainstormed options, I decided to identify an activity that involves food.  So, I decided that I would bless a family living in the Phoenix / East Valley area with food.  As I researched ways to do this, I came across a lot of statistics regarding the number of households that are at poverty level and without food.  As I continued to read, my heart ached more and more.   The following are some statistics that Feeding America published on its website regarding hunger in America:

America’s Childhood Hunger Facts

  • According to the USDA, over 16 million children lived in food insecure (low food security and very low food security) households in 2010
  • In 2009, the top five states with the highest rate of food insecure children under 18 are the District of Columbia, Oregon, Arizona, Arkansas, & Texas.
  • In 2010, 16.4 million or approximately 22 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty.
  • Research indicates that hungry children have done more poorly in school and have lower academic achievement because they are not well prepared for school and cannot concentrate

Arizona’s Hunger Facts

  • More than 888,100 unduplicated Arizonans receive emergency food assistance annually.
  • 1 in 4 Arizona children age 18 or under are living in poverty
  • More than 464,000 (12.5%) people live in poverty; 37% of those living in poverty are children!
  • 50% report having to choose between buying food and paying for utilities
  • 41% report having to choose between buying food and paying their rent or mortgage
  • 27% report having to choose between buying food and paying for medical care
  • 31% report having to choose between buying food and paying for transportation

So, as you see, we don’t have to travel far to feed hungry people, we can start right here in America—in our own communities.  Join me in helping to feed America starting within your community, especially during the upcoming Christmas holiday! If you know of a family in need please send their name and contact information to info@rhondascooking.com.


 

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Submit cookbook feedback for a chance to win!

Posted by rhondascooking on May 15, 2011

If you’ve purchased my cookbook, “So, What Can I Eat Now?! “, I would love to hear your feedback.  Submit your feedback on Amazon.com and your name will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 American Express gift card.

So What cookbook

So, What Can I Eat Now?!

Contest ends July 1, 2011, at 11:59pm.

Contest Rules:  Submit your feedback on Amazon.com.  After submitting feedback,  email info@rhondascooking.com and indicate the name that you used when you submitted the feedback.  For example if you used “healthylady” as your name when you provided the feedback, then you will need to provide that name in the email message.  I will then add you to the list that will be used in the drawing for the $25 gift card.  The contest will end on at 11:59pm on July 1, 2011.   (other restrictions may apply.)

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Where to Buy “So, What Can I Eat Now?!” Cookbook

Posted by rhondascooking on November 23, 2010

The list of places/locations where you can find the latest hottest cookbook on the market is growing!  If you do not have this cookbook on your bookshelf, and in your kitchen, then you MUST get it NOW!  This book is great for anyone with joint problems due to arthritis, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, food allergies, etc.!

Here’s where you can purchase your copy today!

  1. Rhonda’s Cooking Website (www.rhondascooking.com)
  2. Changing Hands Bookstore:    6428 S. McClintok Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 (McClintok/Guadalupe)
  3. Healthy Habit Health Foods:   6029 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 (Bethany Home Road/7th St.)
  4. Urban Tea Loft:  11 W. Boston St., Suite #2, Historic Downtown Chanderl, Chandler, AZ 85225
  5. Gluten Free Country Store:   3345 S. Val Vista Rd., Ste. 101, Gilbert, AZ 85297
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Life is not over without eggs!

Posted by rhondascooking on August 21, 2010

Many of you may be in a panic because of the recent egg recall. Well, have no fear, yours truly is here to assure you that life is not over without eggs. I have been egg-free for five years now, yep you got it 5 years! Just like many of you, I was in a panic because I love to bake! There are lots of alternatives or substitutions for eggs, but it depends on your needs and/or recipe.

Though I think that this recall is tragic for the farmers’ income, I think that this would be a great opportunity for many people, especially those with challenges with high cholesterol, to take a break. I know many of you are saying, “eggs are good for you, they have plenty of protein.” Yes, but they are also packed with cholesterol; in fact one egg has about 200mg. Why is that an issue? Well, for a normal 2000 calorie diet we should only be consuming about 300mg or less cholesterol per day! So if you like to eat traditional egg omelets, that’s about 400 to 600mg, not including the cheese that you stuff inside the omelet! The other reason why you can benefit from taking a break from eggs is because many eggs come from chickens that have been raised in a cage, jammed packed wall to wall with hundreds of chickens that may have been boosted with antibiotics or other growth enhancers in order for the chickens to produce in a short amount of time. [If you haven’t seen, Food, Inc. you must watch it immediately!]

I’m not trying to make you turn against eggs. I know that organic, cage-free eggs have lots of nutritional value with the biggest being protein, as well as the fact that they are an excellent binder when baking. The intent of this article is for you to consider other alternative foods that can also provide similar nutritional benefits.

The following is small list of high protein foods:
Quinoa (keen-wah)
• Avocados
• Lentils (and other legumes such as red beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, etc.)
• Pumpkin seeds
• Sunflower seeds
• Hemp seeds
• Nuts (almonds, Brazil, walnuts, macadamia, hazelnuts, etc.)

If you are a baker looking for egg alternatives, the following list are a few of many options that have proven to work well in baked goods:
• Ground flaxseeds
• Tapioca flour
• Arrowroot flour
• Guar gum
• Ener-G Egg Replacer (see my egg-free pancake recipe)
• Xanthan gum

If you have any questions, please let me know!  I can definitely help because not only am I’m egg-free, but also gluten-free and vegan!

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My Glam Day!

Posted by rhondascooking on May 1, 2009

I feel so refreshed now that I have had my wonderful glam day at Glam and Gloss Day Spa in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  It was absolutely fabulous to say the least!   Prior to arriving, I had a long week and night.   I had to fly out at the crack of dawn (5am) .  Where is Lake Charles?  Lake Charles is one of the 5 major cities in Louisiana and is located about 2 1/2 hours east of Houston–just take I-10East.  

As soon as I arrived at Glam and Gloss, I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw–pictures had not told half of the beauty and quaintness of this wonderful day spa.  Okay, now, this place has to be the bomb because I live in Phoenix, Arizona, the queen city of all things spa; I have definitely had my share of spas.  In fact, I really do not prefer day spas, but I tell you, Glam and Gloss has made a believer out of me.  It  is not just your typical day spa located in a shopping plaza.  It is more like a little a retreat in your own personal cottage.  Upon entering, wonderful sounds of jazz  is playing in the background, with wonderful fragrances filling the room.  The decor is also awesome–pink walls with black and white accents.  Once I got checked in by their “glam consultants” I was offered water or hot tea, which I love! 

There are so many services, but I had a pedicure and a facial which were awesome.  In fact, the facial was so relaxing, I went to sleep!!  Then I had my make-up applied and it was beautiful. 

So to sum up everything, I was treated like a queen at Glam and Gloss Day Spa, it was indeed worth my 2 hour drive from Houston.

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Kellogg Puts Peanut Crackers on Hold Due to Possible Salmonella Outbreak

Posted by rhondascooking on January 17, 2009

Kellogg Company today announced it has taken the precautionary measure of putting a hold on Austin® and Keebler® branded Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers.
 

FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. PCA is one of several peanut paste suppliers that the company uses in its Austin® and Keebler® branded peanut butter sandwich crackers.

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Gadget of the Week: Toaster Ovens

Posted by rhondascooking on January 17, 2009

I am always looking for ways to go “green” in the kitchen and cooking in my toaster oven allows me to do just that. Toaster ovens are excellent appliances with multiple usage models—I can warm, defrost, toast and cook atoaster-ovenll with this one appliance! I especially love using it whenever I want to cook something small or when I want to avoid the extra heat during the summer months. Lately I’ve been using my oven to bake sweet potatoes and my desserts! The price of toaster ovens ranges from $30 – $150 depending on the brand and the features. I have had the same Black and Decker toaster oven for over 8 years and it’s still going strong!

You can purchase these ovens at various places—Amazon.com, department stores and even some grocery stores!
Black & Decker TRO964 Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel

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