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Recipes for Gluten Free Thanksgiving and Christmas Celebrations

0 Comments 10 November 2014

Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, gluten free or otherwise, are among the finest meals we enjoy we enjoy with family and friends. Here are the recipes you need presented as videos to make things easier for the the novice cook: Continue Reading

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Etiquette for Gluten Free Guests

0 Comments 13 December 2014

How should people who live gluten free conduct themselves when sharing a meal or when  standing around a table of refreshments which may or not be gluten free?  It seems to me that there are five “DON’Ts”: Continue Reading

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Attractive Labels for Your Gluten Free Banquet Table

0 Comments 09 December 2014

Attractive and professional labels and stickers lessen the chance of “gluten free errors” during your holiday feast and also proclaim that safe gluten free dining is a priority in your home. Continue Reading


The Gluten Free Christmas Guest

0 Comments 04 December 2014

During this you may be an overnight guest in a wheat-eating home — not a comfortable situation, either for the guest who lives gluten free or the family that is providing hospitality. Continue Reading

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The Season to be Jolly and Gluten Free

0 Comments 03 December 2014

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A Christmas Wish: Prepare Your Gluten Free Food in an Efficient and ‘Safe’ Kitchen

0 Comments 28 November 2014

Walk through your kitchen this holiday season and determine what items would help you prepare ‘safermeals quicker and easier. Be sure those items appear on your Christmas wish-list! Continue Reading

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Desserts for your Gluten Free Holiday Meal

0 Comments 26 November 2014

Desert is often the high point of any feast, gluten free or otherwise. I’ve already posted a video-demonstration on preparing gluten free pies as well as well as one covering flourless gluten free cakes. Interested in other possibilities? Click here Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Pies for Your Thanksgiving or Christmas Feast

0 Comments 25 November 2014

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Gluten Free Appetizers for Your Thanksgiving or Christmas Feast

0 Comments 25 November 2014

Appetizers whet the appetite for the holiday meal and simultaneously control the hunger pangs that we all experience waiting for the feast to be ready. Continue Reading

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Gluten Free vs. Gluten Friendly

0 Comments 21 November 2014

The terms “gluten free” and “gluten friendly” are NOT  interchangeable. Continue Reading

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Vegetable Side Dishes for your Gluten Free Holiday Celebration

0 Comments 20 November 2014

These videos will enable you prepare gluten free vegetable side dishes for your Christmas or Thanksgiving feast. Continue Reading

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Flourless Cake Recipes for Your Christmas or Thanksgiving Holiday Feast

0 Comments 18 November 2014

Flourless cakes appeal to everyone at your holiday feast. Wheat-eaters are a bit disappointed when they hear the term ‘gluten free’. Almost everyone responds positively to the word ‘flourless’. Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Holiday Breakfast Recipes

0 Comments 14 November 2014

Here are six suggestions for your  Christmas or Thanksgiving day breakfast. Continue Reading

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Explaining the Gluten Free Diet to The People Who Celebrating With You

0 Comments 11 November 2014

During the holiday season, you may need to explain the gluten free diet to a friend or family member who knows very little about the gluten free diet and how you deal with it. Here are my thoughts on the subject. I’ve phrased this in the form of a letter, which you can modify to fit your situation. Another approach would be to read my ‘letter’, react to it as seems appropriate, and use the ideas in conversations with friends and relatives. Continue Reading

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Cranberry Sauce for Your Gluten Free Christmas or Thanksgiving Dinner

0 Comments 07 November 2014

Cranberries add color and excitement to your holiday table. Cranberries are naturally gluten free, of course. Your concern is to make sure that toxic material does creep find their way to your holiday table. Check out these ten recipes and then view the videos to get even more ideas.
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Gluten Free Gravy for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Feast

0 Comments 06 November 2014

Gravy plays a part in every holiday celebration. Check out this article which includes a video designed help you with your holiday feast.  Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Dressing for Your Holiday Turkey

0 Comments 05 November 2014

Here are videos that guide you in preparing dressing to go with your gluten free turkey. Dressing can be cooked inside the turkey or cooked separately. My policy  is to cook the dressing separately — that way you can offer different kinds of dressing to accommodate your guests’ food allergies and preferences.

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The Gluten Friendly Family’s Holiday Feast

0 Comments 03 November 2014

The gluten free family friendly feast (GFFFF) is much more than a fancy gluten free holiday dinner. It means that celiacs and others get the gluten free food they need, wheat-eaters get their expected favorites, and the rest of the dinner guests fill their plates with whatever appeals to them. Continue Reading

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Holiday Shopping for the Gluten Free

0 Comments 02 November 2014

Amazon is already using the term “black Friday” in its advertising. Walmart and Whole Foods are talking about “early bird sales”. Target promises  “free shipping just for the holidays.”  Continue Reading

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A Gluten Free Holiday Season

0 Comments 30 October 2014

The annual Thanksgiving,  Hanukkah,  Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations involve family reunions and festive meals. During the year since the last family gathering, some people may have been diagnosed with celiac disease or ‘gone gluten free’ for some other reason. Continue Reading

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Survey Results: the New Gluten Free Labeling Requirements

0 Comments 25 October 2014

Our recent survey indicated a positive feeling about the new rules and a hope (or is it an intention) that the program will be expanded. Continue Reading


Too Much Halloween Candy

0 Comments 16 October 2014

In the days after Halloween, most families must decide what to do with an over-supply of candy. This candy may-or-may-not be gluten free — the problem is that there is simply too much of it. It makes sense to have a solution in mind before the crisis erupts. Here are some suggestions:  Continue Reading


Gluten Free Ideas for Halloween

0 Comments 15 October 2014

◊ Our gluten free Halloween celebration feels like  the Zombie apocalypse and at other times a fun celebration for people of all ages who live gluten free as well as for wheat-eaters. Continue Reading


Safest Treats for Trick-or-Treaters

0 Comments 14 October 2014

The safest possible treat for a young ghost or goblin is a goodie that is gluten free and not intended to be eaten. Continue Reading


Halloween for Adults Who Live Gluten Free

0 Comments 13 October 2014

Halloween isn’t just for kids, of course. To me, sushi and/or fondue are my favorite food choice for an adults-only Halloween. Continue Reading


Halloween Cupcakes for Children Who Live Gluten Free

0 Comments 11 October 2014

Cupcakes are a big part of almost any Halloween celebration! In order to provide them for a gluten free child’s Halloween celebration, you will need
~~~> a gluten free cupcake recipe, preferably one that your child has already tried..
~~~> decorations for the cupcakes. Most decorations are naturally gluten free but this is obviously an issue. Continue Reading


Trick-or-Treat for the Gluten Free

0 Comments 10 October 2014

Here are four schemes for re-inventing Trick-or-Treat to include children who live gluten free. It is unreasonable to expect young goblins to ‘read every label every time’, most individually wrapped pieces of candy lack ingredients labels, and we can’t assume that the individual-sized candy bars are made with the same ingredients.  Continue Reading


The Gluten Free Child Celebrates Halloween with his Classmates

0 Comments 09 October 2014

The traditional classroom’s Halloween party is the school year’s first major challenge for gluten free children and their parents. There are two pieces of good news: Continue Reading

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Omission Beer and the Dilemma it has Created

0 Comments 08 October 2014

Although Omission Beer tests out at less than 5 ppm gluten, it may-or-may-not be safe for people who live gluten free. Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Food Recalls

0 Comments 07 October 2014

The government’s Food and Drug Administration routinely ‘recalls’ foods for a variety of reasons. This service is particularly important to people who live gluten free because failure to list wheat on food labels is a common violation. Continue Reading

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Breyers Ice Cream Now Labelled Gluten Free

0 Comments 06 October 2014

Breyers Ice Cream recently announced that it is relabeling 36 flavor of ice cream to identify them as gluten free. Click here to read the complete list. The article stresses that these are not new products, they are simply new labels. Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Labeling — What Happens Now?

0 Comments 02 October 2014

Hopefully, gluten free America made a step forward by implementing a standard definition for the term ‘gluten free’. Or did it? What difference has it made? To address these issues, please complete the three-question survey below. Continue Reading

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Gluten Free at Papa Murphy

0 Comments 29 September 2014

I recently enjoyed a gluten free pizza from Papa Murphy’s. Since Papa’ Murphy’s  does not guarantee that the entire kitchen is gluten free, I ordered ‘sauce only’ and (of course) baked it in my own gluten free kitchen. Continue Reading

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Are You Thinking About Going Gluten Free?

0 Comments 28 September 2014

“Unless people are very careful, a gluten free diet can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber.” Continue Reading

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Computer Tips For People Who Live Gluten Free

0 Comments 20 September 2014

The internet is a powerful tool for people who gluten free IF these realities are kept in mind: Continue Reading


The High Cost of Gluten Free Food

0 Comments 11 September 2014

In January of this year, 2.5% of grocery customers surveyed indicated that they were willing to pay extra for food labeled ‘gluten free’. Continue Reading


Next Steps in Gluten Free Labeling

0 Comments 06 September 2014

America finally has an official definition of “gluten free”, as it applies to items sold in stores. It’s time to expand the definition to include restaurant meals. Continue Reading


New Options for People Who Live Gluten Free

0 Comments 02 September 2014

The pain caused by “non-celiac gluten sensitivity” is certainly real, but many experts contend that is incorrectly named and mis-diagnosed. Continue Reading


Why Get Tested for Celiac Disease?

0 Comments 29 August 2014

Some people live gluten free as the result of a physician’s diagnose. For others, it is a personal choice. I belong to the first group, the people who have been formally diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. I’ll call my group the traditionalists.
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The Gluten Free School Year Begins

0 Comments 27 August 2014

Every  gluten free in your home will need approximately 175 ‘safe’ lunches during the next year that starts next week. View these five websites as a family.  Continue Reading


A Short History of Gluten Free

0 Comments 25 August 2014

The human race was on a de-facto gluten free diet for 99.6% of its 2.5 million years on Earth. Food processing began about 10,000 years ago, and grains are pretty-much useless unless they are processed in some way. Click here and/or here to study the facts-and-figures supporting this statement, but I am more interested in the implication of these facts.  Continue Reading


A Celiac Goes to High School

0 Comments 25 August 2014

Let’s think about John, a hypothetical eighth grader, who was diagnosed with celiac disease this summer. He’s found things that he can eat, agrees that the diet is “not that bad”. But soon he will be entering high school, meeting literally hundreds of kids and — hopefully — making new friends and succeeding in high school. How can we support him? What does he need? Continue Reading


New Challenges for a Child Who Lives Gluten Free

0 Comments 21 August 2014

Jerry is an imaginary third grader with an altogether-too-real problem. He was diagnosed with celiac disease this spring. He’s enthusiastic about his new diet and feels better than at any time in his life. The problem is that his dad received a promotion this summer and the family moved across the country and now need to explain his situation to a new teacher and a new school and new set of potential friends. Continue Reading


Vitamins and Mineral Supplements to Your Gluten Free Diet

0 Comments 19 August 2014

I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1999. “Going gluten free” produced spectacular  life-changing results — I was ecstatically happy — it never occurred to me that things could be even better if I used gluten free vitamin and mineral supplements to improve my diet.  Continue Reading


Gluten Free Food Testing Using Stricter Standards

0 Comments 18 August 2014

I’ve heard only one major objection to the new regulations adopted (after a seven year battle) by our Food and Drug Administration: some people would prefer to be held to a stricter standard. These three organizations test foods and will affix their symbol to products that meet these standards:

The Gluten Free Certification Organization, a service of the Gluten Intolerance Group. Requires that certified foods contain less that 10 ppm of toxic gluten. The website enables people to search for products by key word, product name, or state.

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness also requires less than 10 ppm for the food products it certifies as ‘gluten free’.

The Celiac Support Association has the most stringent requirements. Oats are not allowed in  certified products and qualifying items must contain less than 5 ppm toxic gluten. This organization was formerly called the Celac Sprue Association.

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Gluten Free Shopping in Supermarkets

0 Comments 16 August 2014

When shopping for gluten free products in your local supermarket, keep these points in mind: Continue Reading


Whole Grains vs. Whole Wheat

0 Comments 14 August 2014

Here’s a description of the ideal diet for all Americans, as determined by the Department of Agriculture (USDA)and Health and Human Service (HHS) and updated every five years. The newest updte is called “Choose My Plate” and
~~~> “emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;
~~~>”includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and
~~~> “is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
~~~> ” is not a therapeutic diet for any specific health condition. Individuals with a chronic health condition should consult with a health care provider to determine what dietary pattern is appropriate for them.”

People who live gluten free can comply with the diet’s requirements, since the diet refers to “whole grains” rather than “whole wheat”. I wrote an article about the My Plate Diet in 2011 shortly after it was announced in 2011. Perhaps the most interesting part of this article is a video clip in which the White House chef prepares a meal featuring brown rice. First lady Michelle Obama is featured in the video.


What’s New About the New Gluten Free Labeling Requirements?

0 Comments 12 August 2014

On August 5, a week ago today, new rules governing the use of the term ‘gluten free’ on food packaging became the law of the land. What has changed? What will or will not be changing? The <20 parts-per-million figure was being used by an estimated 95% of food manufacturers in 2013, the year this debate began in earnest in Washington. That number has not changed and almost certainly will not change.

Manufacturers who can demonstrate that their products contain significantly less than 20 ppm are welcome to advertise this fact, although there may be some limits on the exact terms they use.

Manufacturers are not required to test their products to demonstrate that they contain any specific amount of gluten. Of course, they may be challenged in court to do so.

Two things have changed:

~~~> There is now an official definition of ‘gluten free’. Without specific definitions, legal action is difficult and often impossible. Compare this to the situation involving ‘natural food . The Food and Drug deals with this problem regularly, but admits that its work  has not been specific enough to be called definitions. Adequate definitions are necessary for legal actions.

~~~> Anyone who has followed this seven year battle for a definition of ‘gluten free’ will notice that the sole focus has been on controlling celiac disease. People who see the gluten free diet as a way to lose weight or win basketball games have not even been mentioned. I hope that some of them get the message!

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New Gluten Free Labeling Rules Implemented

0 Comments 09 August 2014

Americans who live gluten free now have an official definition of ‘gluten free’. After seven years discussion, the Food and Drug Administration has finally implemented its decision last Tuesday, August 5. Here are the highlights: Continue Reading


Shopping for Gluten Free Food

0 Comments 02 August 2014

People who live gluten free shop successfully on-line as well in conventional supermarkets and grocery stores. I recently wrote about shopping on-line and today I will talk about patronizing local stores. The costs are roughly equal, and many people who live gluten free use both systems. Continue Reading

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