I've been thinking a lot about local products lately. It amazes me how many products or services are right in my backyard. Bob's Red Mill is just on the other side of Portland and several local restaurants are adding gluten free items to their menus. In fact, I can't believe it's taken me this long to let you in on a local product that my wife and I discovered years ago. Laurel Hutton runs a gluten free business called Laurel's Sweet Treats. I first met Laurel around 2001. At that time she was selling gluten free cakes and cupcakes out of her home in a neighboring Portland suburb. In fact, she even made a small gluten free wedding cake for my wife to eat at our reception. Laurel has since moved her business out of her home and has branched out to selling prepackaged mixes in several stores around the Portland area, including New Seasons Markets. Laurel's Sweet Treats are also available for purchase online. One of mine and my wife's absolute favorite mixes from Laurel's Sweet Treats is her Mom's Chocolate Cake mix. Simply add some eggs and oil, mix and bake. We use Pillsbury Vanilla frosting to top it off. The mix makes a 9x13 cake, which is perfect for my wife and I to split. Ok, Ok, maybe we don't split a 9x13 cake in one sitting. But seriously, this is an incredible cake that doesn't last long. The best part is the convenience of having a great mix available when you don't feel like making something from scratch. If you're not in the Portland area, check out Laurel's Sweet Treats online. There are several mixes available and you can't go wrong with any of them.
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