Posts Tagged ‘Sally’s Bakery’

Cafe Jonah & the Magical Attic Now Open

Posted in Atlanta, bakery, Restaurants, Uncategorized on February 23rd, 2011 by Betsy – 2 Comments

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Last week, Café Jonah & the Magical Attic officially opened its doors.  Right now this unique coffee shop (owned by Souper Jenny) is serving an assortment of Sally’s Bakery gluten-free muffins, including banana chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, and almond carrot walnut muffins, which are all dairy and egg free too.  The Almond carrot walnut muffins are also soy free.  Yes, please.

Check out how cool Cafe Jonah looks inside…

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Inside Cafe Jonah

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So, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, head to Café Jonah & the Magical Attic for a latte and a gluten-free muffin.  Sounds like the perfect Saturday morning to me.

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I'm envisioning myself in that chair, coffee in one hand, book in the other.

Sally’s Introduces Cinnamon Rolls

Posted in Atlanta, bakery, local food on February 7th, 2011 by Betsy – 1 Comment

Local bakery, Sally’s Bakery just added Cinnamon Rolls (with icing!) to their menu.  These rolls come six to a pan, for $9.99.  Perfect for a Sunday brunch or a lazy morning breakfast.  Sally’s cinnamon rolls are gluten, dairy, soy and egg free.  Amazing!

Sally's Bakery Cinnamon Rolls

Sally’s has also decided to make their dinner rolls and pecan pie part of their year-round menu, not just for the holidays.  Head to Sally’s and stock up on your gluten-free goodies.  Remember, you can always put items in the freezer to enjoy at a later date.

Sally’s Bakery – 5920 Roswell Rd. Suite 108A- Sandy Springs, GA 30328- 404.847.0211

Souper Jenny Opening a New Restaurant with Gluten-Free Options

Posted in Atlanta, bakery, local food, Restaurants on February 3rd, 2011 by Betsy – 1 Comment

Jennifer Levinson, owner of Souper Jenny, is opening a new restaurant, Café Jonah and the Magical Attic, in February.  Levinson envisions this new restaurant to be a gathering place and coffee shop, inspired by old-fashioned European cafes.  Open for breakfast and lunch, Café Jonah will offer daily frittatas, sandwiches and salads.  The frittatas and most of the salad options will be gluten-free.  Most excitingly, Café Jonah will be selling freshly baked, gluten-free goodies from Sally’s Bakery, featuring Sally’s muffins.  Café Jonah won’t be offering gluten-free sandwiches on the menu at first, but hopefully eventually.  Check out this article in the AJC to learn more about Café Jonah and the inspiration behind the concept.

Stay tuned for more information about the opening date!

Café Jonah and the Magical Attic3188 Paces Ferry Place, Atlanta GA

A Little Thanksgiving Help From Sally’s Bakery

Posted in Atlanta, bakery, event, GF product on November 16th, 2010 by Betsy – 1 Comment

Are you hosting a gluten-free Thanksgiving this year?  I am!  David’s family is joining us in Atlanta for the holiday and we can’t wait to have a gluten-free Thanksgiving feast in our new house.  While I’m going to make most of the items myself, I’m looking to Sally’s Bakery to supplement my own culinary goodies.  I’ll be ordering their pecan pie and some dinner rolls for our feast and of course sandwich bread for turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving.

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Don’t be daunted by the thought of gluten-free holiday entertaining.  Check out what Sally’s is offering for the holidays and make your special orders:

Sally’s Bakery Holiday Menu:

9” Pumpkin Pie – $12.99 – As a holiday staple, this favorite will round out your Thanksgiving meal or make a great breakfast the next day…if it lasts! – Our pumpkin pie is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

Owner, Sally Owings, showing off one of her amazing pies

Owner, Sally Owings, showing off one of her amazing pies

9” Pecan Pie – $14.99 – Our best ever pecan pie is a must have in our house.  No one will ever know it’s gluten free.  We’re using fresh south Georgia pecans to top this pleasantly sweet southern favorite. – Our pecan pie is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

Cornbread – $9.99 8×8 square – Our cornbread is a gluten free version of our grandmother’s old-fashioned southern recipe made with eggs and buttermilk.  The only thing missing here is the iron skillet!  It’s perfect for making stuffing or toasted with warm soup. – Our cornbread is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

Yeast Dinner Rolls – $5.99 package of 6 rolls – These classic yeast dinner rolls will be a great addition to your holiday menu and are sure to melt in your mouth. – Our dinner rolls are free of gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs.

These additional offerings will be available from Monday, November 15th through Wednesday, November 24th by special order.  Place your order by phone, via email, using the contact form, or in person!

And…perhaps some muffins for breakfast later in the weekend:

Chocolate Chip Muffins – $5.99 – These moist muffins, made with an applesauce base and a hint of cinnamon, are perfect for anyone who likes a little chocolate in their life.  Vegan chocolate chip so these muffins are dairy free. – also free of gluten, and eggs.  Contains soy lecithin.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – $5.99 – If you’ve had our banana bread, then you’re sure to love these muffins.  They’re made with the same moist and flavorful batter but we’ve added vegan chocolate chips to spice things up! – free of gluten, dairy, and eggs.  Contains soy lecithin.

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins – $5.99 – These muffins are similar to our chocolate chip muffins but are more decadent with the addition of good old-fashioned cocoa powder.  Chocolate for breakfast… yes please! – These muffins are free of gluten, dairy, and eggs.  Contain soy lecithin.

Almond Carrot Muffins – $7.99 – These muffins are the only item on our menu completely free of any refined sugar.  They’re similar to carrot cake but much healthier!  With just the right mixture of almond meal, agave, and a hint of cinnamon, they are sure to please your palate. – Our almond carrot muffins are free of gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs.

Stay tuned for more details on what I’m making for the holiday!

Ridin’ Solo

Posted in GF product, meals, Uncategorized on October 27th, 2010 by Betsy – 3 Comments

This past week, I was home alone, without my partner in crime, David.  I must say, it was totally weird not having my companion with me.  (Getting married a month after you graduate from college will do that to you!)  Especially in the last few months, we’ve spent a lot of time together, so it was an adjustment to be without my man.  I stayed busy though and I began to figure out what “meal planning for one” looks like.

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Friends and family made the week much easier and of course, being the planner that I am, I had many things on my calendar.  My mom came to Atlanta for a visit at the beginning of the week so I made a big batch of chunky lentil soup.  I love this recipe, but after eating leftovers all week, I don’t want to see chunky lentils again for at least a few weeks.  (I did freeze some for future solo dinners.)  I also made a batch of super easy pumpkin bread, using Pamela’s Baking Mix.  (I consumed the whole loaf, with the help of others, but you can put half in the freezer or freeze individual slices to save for later.)

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Chunky Lentil Soup

Mmm...pumpkin bread

Mmm...pumpkin bread

I was a little nervous about the weekend sans my main source of entertainment.  Surprisingly, it flew by with activities like power yoga, cleaning out my dresser, making granola (stay tuned for my delicious new recipe), football watching, wine tasting, and skyping with my sister-in-law and nephew in Japan.  (I know…I lead a wild life.)

On Sunday morning, it was particularly unusual to be by myself in our home.  Usually David and I make some kind of breakfast (hopefully David’s specialty: pancakes).  Of course on Sunday morning there was no one to make me pancakes while I brewed coffee…

If you know me, you know that I love treats; I love any excuse to treat myself to a treat.  So on Sunday morning, I treated myself to a morning outing to Starbuck’s with a detour by Kroger in search of gluten-free bagels, a pitiful replacement for homemade chocolate chip banana pancakes.  The Kroger on Howell Mill has  quite a decent selection of natural foods and gluten-free items.  They don’t have Udi’s bagels which I’ve heard rave reviews about, so I went with Kinnikinnick cinnamon raisin bagels.  They are dairy free, which makes me a little nervous but pickings were slim.

Let’s be honest, Folks: For me, unless it’s Bodo’s, a bagel is just a vehicle for cream cheese and homemade jam.  My toasted Kinnikinnick bagel was not the easiest bread item to swallow, but it toasted well and did the job for my solo Sunday morning.  (It’s no Sally’s Bakery cinnamon raisin English muffin, for sure.)

So I sat at our table, and enjoyed the quiet of the morning, missing David, but content with a day of rest, a good cup of coffee, and a lot of cream cheese.

ridin solo bagel

Gluten-Free Vendor Fair Tomorrow

Posted in Atlanta, event, GF product, local food on September 24th, 2010 by Betsy – 3 Comments

If you don’t have plans tomorrow (and maybe even if you do), you need to go to the Gluten-Free Vendor Fair.  Atlanta Metro Celiac Group is putting on this fabulous event and you can get more information here: 2010 Gluten-Free Vendor Fair

There will be local and national vendors, but I must say that I’m pretty impressed by the large number of Atlanta vendors who make gluten-free food.  Make sure to check out:

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Sally’s Bakery: Sally’s pumpkin bread is one of the best and I love using her sandwich bread to make my Saturday lunch specialty, grilled cheese.

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Figo Pasta: One of the best GF pastas I’ve tasted, and they’re so close to my house.  A great weeknight dinner when I don’t feel like cooking.


Roswell’s Outback Steakhouse: Please have those doughnuts again this year!  Who doesn’t love a gluten-free, Bloomin’ Onion?


Hilton Atlanta Northeast, Norcross (hotel website)
5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Norcross, Ga. 30092 ,770-447-4747

See you there!

Tomatoes, Galore

Posted in Atlanta, local food, meals, recipe on July 8th, 2010 by Betsy – 8 Comments

I know it’s summer when I find any excuse to slip tomatoes into our meal.  Once you’ve had great, fresh, local tomatoes, you can never buy a grocery store tomato again.  These tomatoes from Crystal Organics Farm are the real deal.

Bright red slicers…


Heirloom tomatoes…


Cherry tomatoes…


Last week we had a tomato overload in the Metcalf house but I didn’t get sick of this seasonal treat.  Here’s what we made:

Quinoa with edamame and cherry tomatoes



IMG_1530And of course the family favorite, tomato pie.  One of the easiest recipes, the key to making this delicious dish is using huge, beautiful, summer tomatoes.  No excuses here.  This is truly a seasonal recipe.  A great centerpiece to a summer meal, I like to serve tomato pie with corn on the cob and a salad.  David likes to eat the leftovers for breakfast.

Tomato Pie…


Tomato Pie:


  • Gluten-free pie crust (I use Whole Foods Bakehouse, but of course you can make your own too)
  • 4 large tomatoes, cut into extra large slices
  • 4 tablespoons Chopped basil
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • S&P
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese



Heat empty pie crust in the oven at 350 degrees.  Remove crust from oven and let cool completely.

Place one layer of tomatoes in the pie crust.  Sprinkle with s&p and add basil and green onions.  Add remaining tomatoes in another layer.  Mix cheddar and mayo in a bowl and spread evenly on top of tomatoes.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until cheese/mayo starts to brown.

(The juicier the tomatoes, the more watery the pie can be.  Don’t be dismayed if it’s not beautiful when you slice and serve the pie.  It’s still delicious!)

IMG_1543Happy Cooking!  What are some of your favorite tomato recipes?

Simple Pleasures: Gluten-Free Grilled Cheese

Posted in cooking, recipe, vegetarian on February 2nd, 2010 by Betsy – 7 Comments


For many of you gluten-eaters out there, these photos don’t bear much significance or evoke strong emotions.  You’re probably thinking, “That’s a grilled cheese.”  For me though, this photo is so much more.


On a cold, rainy Saturday, there’s not much better than eating grilled cheese and tomato soup in the warmth of your home.  Until this past weekend, I had not eaten a grilled cheese since my Celiac diagnosis.  While grilled cheeses aren’t the food I miss the most, this simple lunch dish triggers many fun memories for me of my time at camp and advisory lunches from my boarding school days.  David loves grilled cheese, and in fact we have designated one of our old pans as the ‘gluten pan’ and we keep a stick of butter in the fridge that’s labeled ‘gluten butter,’ which are both only used for making grilled cheeses.  Because I love David, and because he enjoys my grilled cheeses so much, I’ve spent the last 2 ½ years making gluten-grilled cheeses for David on many Saturday afternoons (and of course washing my hands, and the counter, well and often throughout).

For the most part I haven’t been too envious of David’s gooey, cheesy, buttery lunches because I had not yet found a gluten-free bread that I felt was even worthy of a grilled cheese.  Sure, you can make turkey sandwiches with gluten-free bread that are edible, but you need good bread in order to make a fabulous grilled cheese.  Density, taste, and texture are all important factors in finding the right bread, and well, let’s be honest, gluten-free bread is lacking in all of those categories.

Well good news, folks.  I’ve found the perfect bread!  Last week I purchased some sandwich bread from the newly opened  Sally’s Bakery in Roswell.  I had already tried other products from Sally’s, but had not yet sampled the sandwich bread. My first taste of this bread was toasted with peanut butter and honey.  Delicious!  After enjoying this bread a couple of times last week, I thought to myself, “This bread just might be good enough and the right texture for a grilled cheese.”  On Saturday, I decided to put this bread to the test.

My grilled cheeses are very simple.  Just bread, cheese (I use Cabot white cheddar) and butter (heated in the pan and on bread that starts out face up in the pan).  There’s nothing fancy or glamorous about this culinary creation, but they’re wonderful.


The results of this experiment?  Amazing grilled cheeses.  Initially in the cooking process, I was nervous because the bread was browning too quickly and the cheese wasn’t melting.  Patience, Betsy.  Sure enough, the cheese started to drizzle onto the pan, making the sizzling noise that let’s me know it’s ready.  Served with a bowl of Amy’s tomato soup, this grilled cheese made for a perfect Saturday afternoon meal that David and I could share together.

The gluten-free world just keeps getting better!


Welcome, Sally’s Bakery!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17th, 2009 by Betsy – 4 Comments

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Imagine walking into a bakery, smelling of fresh baked goodness, and actually being able to eat everything on display behind that glass wall?  For gluten-eaters, this is quite normal, but for those of us that are gluten-free, it’s a rare occurrence.  I’ve gotten used to walking into bakeries and other places with yummy treats, and finding my options limited to a cup of coffee or hot tea.  Good news, gluten-free Atlantans!  A new bakery just opened that provides customers with delicious, gluten-free food.

On Monday I had the opportunity to check out Sally’s Bakery, a brand new, entirely gluten-free bakery that just opened this week.  Located at 5920 Roswell Road, in Sandy Springs, this bakery was well worth battling Lenox Mall Christmas traffic!


Sally’s Bakery is owned and operating by Sally Owings with the help of her brother, Taylor, mother and father.  Sally, Taylor and their mom, Bonnie are all gluten-free.  Sally and her mom have been baking in their kitchen ‘laboratory’ for years and friends finally convinced them that they should open their own bakery.  I’d like to thank those people because I’m thrilled to benefit from Sally’s entrepreneurial endeavors!  I got to meet the whole family when I stopped by Sally’s and they were all enthusiastic about their products and eager to serve Atlanta’s gluten-free community.


The first Sally’s item I tried were her chocolate chip cookies.  Now I make my own chocolate chip cookies that I’m very proud of but Sally’s were equally delicious.  David, my resident gluten-eater, loved them too!  He even asked the next night if we could have them again for dessert.

In addition to the chocolate chip cookies, I also bought Sally’s Honey Nutty Bread and Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins.  The English muffins smell so good and taste just as delicious as their scent.  David and I ate them for breakfast and it is without question, the best ‘bread item’ I have eaten since going gluten-free.  I toasted mine and put cream cheese and Linden jam on my muffin.  It was pure gluten-free foodie delight!  Look at all of that cinnamon swirl goodness!


On Tuesday night we ate the Honey Nutty bread toasted with leftover lentil squash stew.  It was a perfect simple, but hearty, supper for yet another rainy Atlanta night.  The bread’s texture was nice and it tasted delicious with honey and butter.  You could also use it for sandwich bread as well.  This bread was also a hit with my glutie, David.  I’ll be slicing up the remainder of the loaf and freezing the slices in zip lock bags for future use.

Sally’s labels clearly list all ingredients on the packaging and she is extremely knowledgeable about her baking.  Many of her products are dairy and egg free, and they are very helpful in guiding you towards the products that will best fit your dietary needs.

I didn’t buy one of Sally’s pizzas but she makes pizzas with a variety of toppings as well as two dairy-free pizzas.  (All of her crusts are gluten, dairy and egg free.)  Sally uses a pine nut pesto instead of cheese for her dairy-free pizza.  A creative idea instead of just covering the pizza with fake, dairy-free cheese.  I might be buying one of their dairy-free pizzas in the future simply because I love pesto!

Sally’s Bakery offers a variety of products, including the following:

  • Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins
  • Hamburger buns
  • Pizzas
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Banana Bread
  • Sandwich bread
  • Cinnamon Raisin and Walnut (C.R.A.W.) bread

I highly recommend checking out Sally’s Bakery.  As of now, their hours are 10-6, Monday through Friday, and 10-2 on Saturdays.  Sally does ask that if you have a particular order in mind, that you call a day in advance so that they can make sure to have what you want.  Even if you forget to call in advance, you should still go to Sally’s because they always have yummy items for sale.


Let me know what you’ve tried from Sally’s and how you’re incorporating it into your gluten-free meals!

Sally’s Bakery- 5920 Roswell Rd. Suite 108A- Sandy Springs, GA 30328- 404.847.0211
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