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Unplanned Product Review

December 15, 2023

The other day we had leftover beef barley soup for dinner, and I decided to make some biscuits so it wouldn’t be just the same meal as the first time. I went to the cupboard to grab a box of mix. I double checked the expiration dates to make sure to pull the oldest one and got a surprise I saw that the box up next said gluten-free. Gluten-free? I didn’t remember buying that. I didn’t even realize that Red Lobster Cheddar Bay came in gluten-free. Yet here it was in my kitchen cupboard. Had I noticed at the time I put it away and blocked it out? No idea. For someone who once prided myself on good attention to detail (which was reinforced by various performance reviews at work over the years), I sure am slipping.

Flattened box of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix, gluten-free version.


(And yes, I was so distracted by the whole gluten-free thing that I didn’t think to take a photo of the box until after I’d flattened it for recycling. Didn’t think to take a photo of the biscuits at all.)

I didn’t see that we’d have any guests who need to avoid gluten before this mix expired, so I went ahead and made it. The dough didn’t stick together as well as the gluten-embracing version, though that might have been my lack of attention to detail rearing its head again and getting the water amount slightly wrong. The biscuits didn’t rise quite as much either. They tasted fine, though. I thought the texture was less pleasing than our usual ones, but Mr. Karen didn’t notice (I didn’t tell him they were gluten-free until after dinner, so as not to influence his experience). So my take is if you need gluten-free foods and like biscuits and cheese, this mix would be a good choice.


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2020: Official U.S. Postage
2019: Staving Off the Inevitable
2018: Moving Day
2017: Or Something
2016: Peer Pressure
2015: Ski Day 1
2014: Three Books Behind
2013: No entry
2012: Sidetracked
2011: Big and Bright
2010: No entry
2009: Obsolescence
2008: Socks of the Corn
2007: WDW VI: The Undiscovered Attractions & A Night at the Opera House
2006: No entry
2005: Winter Count—May
2004: Pictures Taken and Not & Froggie Went A-Courtin’
2003: Weekly Update
2002: Unofficial Party

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