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The Gluten-Free Diner Giveaway Plus 5 “Facts” About Me

Update: This contest has ended. The winners have been chosen.

The winners are (chosen by

#41 Debbie and #47 Emily

I will be contacting the winners by Email!

The W.H.O.L.E. Gang

I have another treat for you today! I am giving away two (yes, two) copies of Diane Eblin’s E-Book, The Gluten-Free Diner. There is also a fun way to earn your entries (more about that at the end of this post)!

The Gluten Free Diner

Diane (author of The WHOLE Gang, and her new daily journal, Change My Life Journal),  is the kind of lady you just cannot get enough of. She is: Feisty. Zesty. Sassy.  She has the most outlandish and goofy personality. She reminds me of me, my sister, my aunt, and my Mom all rolled in to one.

She is also a total leader. After all, she somehow managed to convince an entire gaggle of allergy-friendly bloggers to follow her (or rather, chase her) through the streets of Seattle and San Francisco without even a question as to where she may be leading us.

I still laugh at myself when I remember our trip to BlogHer Food ’10 in San Francisco – the town in which I was born AND raised (and assumingly very familiar with)- and how I was just as eager to follow Diane anywhere as everyone else was.  For some reason, I was sure that this East Coast gal could get us where we needed to go far more efficiently than this San Fran native ever could.

And, technically, I should know those SF streets up and down after living there for nineteen years. But as a few of my blogger pals like to recall and tease me about (ahem, Glugle Gluten Free, Alisa Cooks, and Celiacs in the House), I should have been taking better direction and lead from Diane. Maybe then we would not have ended up lost in a dark ally late at night.

But wait! This post is not really about Diane (or about my total lack of directional awareness). It is about her awesome E-Book, The Gluten-Free Diner.

This E-Book is packed with 48 different Diner inspired recipes that will satisfy that longing you have been having for all of your favorite comfort foods since you went Gluten and/or Dairy Free.  You will find ideas here that will inspire hundreds of meal combinations.  She has also added this awesome blue box that allows you to keep your own notes about what you liked, did not like, would have added, would have left out, etc.

I have had so much fun cooking through this book.

So far, I have made from the Diner Menu:

Bacon-Wrapped Avocados – Holy moly.  Rich, naughty, and unbelievable! My kids ate these as fast as I was taking them out of the pan and they were cool enough to touch their tongues. This combination married two of their favorite ingredients. And really? How can you go wrong with avocado slices wrapped in bacon? I tried to get a photo of these, but the sad-looking ones that I was left with after my children inhaled them were anything BUT photo-worthy.

Sesame Ginger Wings – Sticky. Sweet. Finger-licking delicious. Literally. All three of my boys (and myself) were licking each finger to make sure we did not miss any of that sticky sauce.  I bought what I thought would be more than enough wings to feed all of us. But, I ended up sacrificing some of my pile to feed the hungry boys in my house since these were such a hit (alas, they could use the calories far more than I can, so, in reality, they were just helping me with my diet).

Gluten Free Sesame Ginger Wings

Pesto Chicken Salad – Six thumbs up on this one! The other sets of thumbs come from Shirley (of GFE-gluten free easily) and her husband.  As you may recall from this previous post, they made a little visit to the Cook It Allergy Free house on their way back to Virginia after an insane road trip to Arizona.  I had the pleasure of serving this Salad to them for lunch! It was delicious and devoured. Shirley was quick enough to take a photo, so….I am borrowing hers to share with you here:

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pesto Chicken Salad

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup – So very good. And so perfect for these off-and-on frigid days we have been having here. The boys loved dipping Elana’s Pantry’s Biscuits in it and I loved eating it cold, as leftovers, straight from the fridge.  Although, I did get a huge craving for an ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich while I was eating it.

Dairy Free Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

So far, everything has been a total home-run here in the CIAF house! And, if I have succeeded in making you completely curious and totally hungry, you now will have your chance to win a copy of this E-Book for yourself.

Now for the fun way to win a copy:

I was recently bestowed an award from Shirley, my GFE-gluten free easily friend.  The Memetastic Award. This award is a lot of fun. The awardees must tell 5 things about themselves, with 4 out of 5 being outright lies.  Our readers have to guess which one of the 5 is TRUE! The awardees must also pass the award on to five others….which I am not going to do because ALL of the people I would pass it on to have already received this ever-so honorable award 😉

So here goes – can you guess which is true?

1.  My house is always a complete and total disaster.

2.  I have a wake-boarding boat that is so big it will not even fit in our over-sized garage.

3.  I know how to surf pretty well and love to ride the waves with my husband.

4.  I love my chocolate chip cookies hot and straight from the oven.

5.  I have been to over 10 Jimmy Buffett Concerts in the last seventeen years.

So here are the ways to earn three entries into this giveaway (leave a comment for each one you do so that they count for additional entries):

** Guess which ONE of the 5 facts above is true about me.

** Follow Me – Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook

** Follow The WHOLE Gang on Facebook

Okay….Get Ready, Get Set, Guess!!!!!!

  1. On February 18, 2011 Jeanine said

    I’m going to guess that #4 is true. Only because it involves cookies. 🙂

  2. On February 18, 2011 Jeanine said

    Oh, and I “LIKE” you on facebook (and real life, but that doesn’t count)

  3. On February 18, 2011 Jeanine said

    I also “LIKE” Dianne on FB as well…so much love going around. 😉

  4. On February 18, 2011 Chef Froggie said

    I’m going to guess that the one that is true is that you love your chocolate chip cookies hot and straight from the oven. (I can’t resist eating them hot from the oven)

  5. On February 18, 2011 Cynthia (It All Chan said

    I’m thinking number one. Just because most people who have fantastic food and lives usually have a messy house.

  6. On February 18, 2011 JAMIE MILLER said

    i’M GONNA GO WITH #5.

  7. On February 18, 2011 Diane-thewholegang said

    Thank you Kim for the kind words. Glad I was a help in San Fran too. If you head to my neck of the woods I promise to let you lead.

  8. On February 18, 2011 Penny said

    I guess #4 ! 😉

  9. On February 18, 2011 Penny said

    fb follower

  10. On February 18, 2011 Penny said

    I like The Whole Gang on facebook

  11. On February 18, 2011 glutenfreeforgood said

    One? Only one? I think they’re all true. Even the house that is a total disaster. I only say that because you’re too busy to have a clean house. =)

    Okay, I need to get my act together and get Diane’s e-book. Every one of those recipes and sound look delicious. Even the avocado bacon wraps that aren’t shown. My imagination is good enough to conjure up a good look at them.

    I already “like” all of you girls and will “follow” Diane anywhere after watching her navigate the streets of Seattle (were we really in Seattle? not Porland?).

    Great post!
    Peace, love and bacon wraps.

  12. On February 18, 2011 glutenfreeforgood said

    Oops, the trick is to proofread before pushing the send button!

    “Every one of those recipes looks and sounds delicious.”

    When will I ever learn? The irony is — I’m in the midst of writing a post on brain function and I can’t even get mine to think and type at the same time. =)


  13. On February 18, 2011 Jenny said

    I’m going to guess number 4 – plus warm cookies sound tasty right about now. (says the girl who had a chocolate cupcake for breakfast because I was too busy doing dishes and laundry to make an egg)

  14. On February 18, 2011 Jenny said

    I follow you on facebook.

  15. On February 18, 2011 Jenny said

    I also follow Diane on Facebook. All the recipes you mentioned and posted photos of look and sound awesome, especially the bacon wrapped avocados and the tomato soup. Bryan would be one happy man if I made those.

  16. On February 18, 2011 Neva said

    Going with #5, as I think you like your cookies right out of the deep freeze.

  17. On February 18, 2011 Janet said

    I would guess #4 because, well, who *doesn’t* like chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven? Isn’t that kinda built into our DNA?

  18. On February 18, 2011 Neva said

    I follow the Whole Gang on Facebook

  19. On February 18, 2011 Neva said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook

  20. On February 18, 2011 Janet said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  21. On February 18, 2011 Janet said

    I follow The WHOLE Gang on Facebook

  22. On February 18, 2011 Dalia said

    I’m a follower on FB.

    # 3 I think you are a surfer.

  23. On February 18, 2011 MELANIE BINKLEY said

    I know they are alllllllllllllllllllllll true!

  24. On February 18, 2011 Kristin said

    I’m going to go with #5: Jimmy Buffett. My “inlaws” did a roadtrip down to California last year (from Canada) and saw the guy. He’s still kickin’ & rockin it out apparently!

  25. On February 18, 2011 Kristin said

    I’ve “liked” The Whole Gang on FB & I’m psyched to see what they’ve got goin on!

  26. On February 18, 2011 Kristin said

    And of course I not only “Like” you on FB, I Love you!

    Keep up the good work!

  27. On February 18, 2011 MELANIE BINKLEY said

    okay if only one evevyone will say 4 but I”ll take 3

  28. On February 18, 2011 Kacey said

    I am going to guess #2. I think I remember reading in one of your posts that you can’t resist a frozen cookie…….. and I really don’t know about the others!

  29. On February 18, 2011 Tia said

    Don’t enter me in the contest, since I have the cookbook. On my list of ones to review. But, I have to guess. Well, there is one on there that I KNOW is an absolute, flat out, bold-faced, big ol’ fat lie. And, you know, which one I know is a lie. You know? But that’s it. I’m not sure about any of the other four. I don’t know why, but something is telling me #2. I also don’t know what the something is that is telling me that. If it is wrong, I am telling that something to get out of my house. Hmmmmmmm. Can’t wait to find out.

  30. On February 18, 2011 Mistigri said

    I will say #5 🙂

  31. On February 18, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    What fun this silly award is for all of us! I was not nearly as clever as you guys are being though. I’m loving reading all the posts! I’m not entering because I have Diane’s wonderful cookbook, but I know which one is true. I’m not telling though as I don’t want to spoil it for the others. 😉

    Thanks for bringing up our visit again … such dear memories! 🙂 LOVED Diane’s pesto chicken salad!


  32. On February 18, 2011 Heather @GF Cat said

    Maybe #2? Only because it’s pretty specific, and all the others make sense. Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies right from the oven? And whose house isn’t a total disaster when no one’s looking? 🙂

  33. On February 18, 2011 Heather @GF Cat said

    I already follow Cook It Allergy Free. That should be worth extra entries, right? 😉

  34. On February 18, 2011 Heather @GF Cat said

    I’m the 882nd person to like The WHOLE Gang on Facebook. (Wow, that’s a lot of love!)

  35. On February 18, 2011 Alisa Fleming said

    Oh god, these are so hard! I know #1 is a total LIE!! Sorry girly, you and messy do not go hand in hand.

    I like being the odd one out, I’m going with #5. I waffled between that and @3.

    I love Diane’s ebook and so want to make those wings!

  36. On February 18, 2011 Kari said

    I think you have “Buffet” written all over you. Have you tried to get a GF meal or two into his restaurant? He’d enjoy a new recipe while he drank a marguerita with you.

  37. On February 18, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    #3, after all, who doesn’t love surfing?

  38. On February 18, 2011 Heidi said

    No need to enter me because I have Diane’s awesome cookbook, but I had to put my two cents in on what is an actual fact about you!

    I know it’s not #1 because I;ve been in your house and it immaculate!

    I know it’s not #2 because I’ve seen you boat in the garage. 😀

    I’m going to say its a toss up between #3 and #4…but I’ll go with the cookies.


  39. On February 18, 2011 Debbie said

    I’m a follower.

  40. On February 18, 2011 Debbie said

    I say #4.

  41. On February 18, 2011 Debbie said

    I am a follower, love your site!

  42. On February 18, 2011 Delta said

    I’m guessing #3

  43. On February 18, 2011 Delta said

    Already following you on facebook 🙂

  44. On February 18, 2011 Delta said

    Following the Whole Gang on facebook

  45. On February 19, 2011 Kris said

    I’m guessing #5, the Jimmy Buffet concerts?
    And I’m following you and Diane on facebook already, love your recipes, I share them out to my customers (with credit to you of course!)
    cheers Kris

  46. On February 19, 2011 Marsha A. said

    I am going to guess #4….dont we all love chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven.

  47. On February 19, 2011 Emily said

    I am going to pick #5. I follow you and the whole gang on facebook. I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  48. On February 19, 2011 Lori said

    I am going with #2

  49. On February 19, 2011 Chef Froggie said

    Following you on FB.

  50. On February 19, 2011 Brittany said

    I guess #3!
    Have fun surfing!

  51. On February 20, 2011 Alison St. Sure said

    There’s no way #1 is true. #4 is too easy, so you must like your cookies cold and hard (uh, no comment). So, that leaves you as a wake-boarder, a surfer or a parrothead. Hmmm… I’m going with the boat.

  52. On February 20, 2011 Carol, Simply...Glut said

    I am guessing it is #2. Don’t know why except no way # 1 is true, # 4 seems too easy and the rest…I don’t know. Anyway that’s my answer and I am sticking with it.

  53. On February 20, 2011 Pam Jordan said

    I follow you on Facebook!

  54. On February 20, 2011 Pam Jordan said

    I follow the Whole Gang on Facebook!

  55. On February 21, 2011 Emily R said

    I think #5 is true. Although I’m really stumped. I hope I don’t have to be right to win the book!

  56. On February 21, 2011 Emily R said

    I follow you on facebook!

  57. On February 21, 2011 Emily R said

    I like the whole gang on facebook!

  58. On February 21, 2011 Julia Lynn said

    My guess is that you are a surfer bc it’s written modestly, whereas the other things are written slightly exaggerated 😉

  59. On February 21, 2011 Jodi Castallo said

    I am going to guess that #2 is not right.

  60. On February 21, 2011 Christy said

    I’m guessing number 2.

  61. On February 21, 2011 Christy said

    I follow you on facebook :0)

  62. On February 22, 2011 Lynette Mattke said

    #4 has got to be true!

  63. On February 25, 2011 Florence Penton said

    I’m going to say #5 is true!

  64. On February 25, 2011 Janet said

    Utilizing the 5 sided die from my D&D days, I come up with #3.

  65. On February 25, 2011 Janet said

    I follow you on Facebook

  66. On February 25, 2011 Janet said

    I follow the Whole Gang on Facebook.

  67. On February 25, 2011 Melanie Binkley said

    Today is GF day 1 for me and so far it’s great!
    I am a Subway breakfast fan. Last night I bought Glutino English Muffins and this mornimg my Subway team made my usual on even waaaay better! Whoooohooo for me!
    I’d really like to win of course we all do as I have following on FB and what a great prize!
    Good luck to us all and congratulations to whoever the lucky winner is!

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