A bread machine is a wonderful holiday gift that will help insure that a family has an on-going supply of relatively inexpensive, totally fresh, and good tasting gluten free bread. To ‘do the job right’, you need a machine that has a ‘gluten free’ setting or an ‘adjustable’ setting
I began blogging in 2003, and have listed celiac disease as something I was thankful for every November since then. Some years and some articles were harder than others. In the early years as a celiac, I felt humbled by the fact my family and friends loved me enough to eat food-that-tasted-like-cardboard and then wish each other a happy holiday. Thank heavens those days are gone forever. There will be choices among rolls, turkey dressing, rolls, pies, and other desserts — something delicious for everyone.
Your Thanksgiving feast will have leftovers! Hopefully, your celebration is now fully planned and only this one task remains: deciding what should happen to the leftovers. Here are some suggestions:
America is about to observe Thanksgiving, usually with a huge meal (often the most elaborate of the year) and an equally huge gathering of family and friends, many of whom have not seen each other during the past year and may or may not be aware of the dietary needs of everyone gathered at the holiday table.
Hummus is a dip made freom ground chickpeas and sesame paste (often called tanini). It is usually enhanced by flavorings and spices. The only possible issue is the result of cross-contamination or the flavorings and spices that may be added. You can control both problems by preparing the dish in your safe kitchen and being aware of what your are adding to ‘improve’ the dish.
When talking about preparing a holiday dinner, the terms ‘dressing’ and ‘stuffing’ mean the same thing. I prefer ‘dressing’, because ’stuffing’ implies that the ‘stuff’ is being cooked inside the bird thus causing potential problems for people with food sensitivities. Here are five recipes that satisfy the needs of the gluten free.
Here are five recipes for gluten free cheesecake. All are well-photographed, clearly-explained, and totally gluten free. FYI: there is much discussion about the correct spelling of this word, but the single-word spelling seems to be preferred.
Finding gluten free seasoned salt for your holiday meals should not be a problem. The McCormick website (which include Lawrey’s) posts 535 gluten free recipes most of who require seasoned salt of some sort. Morton’s lists dozens of gluten free products in its FAQ section.
Many holiday celebrations center around food, making it essential that we choose the lowest-calorie options available. We expect high-quality food the holiday season, but we should welcome high-quality gluten free options when they are available .
People who live gluten free lose or gain weight for exactly the same reason as wheat eaters — people gain weight when they consume food containing more calories than they burn by exercising. The rules are the same for everyone, people who live gluten free and wheat eaters.
Is biscotti gluten free? Should I include it my plans for holiday hospitality? Yes to both questions — if you use an appropriate recipe. I found so many options on-line that I decided to limit myself to recipes that were exquisitely photographed and feature ingredients that put me in a holiday mood.
Tiramisu is a dessert that will certainly be on my holiday table. This article will show you how to make the gluten free “lady fingers” that are an essential part of the dessert, as well as the topping that transforms them into a marvelous dessert. Try this article for additional information.
Turkey, like all meat, is naturally gluten free. Be aware of things that might have been added in processing. This article lists six companies that have affirmed that their products are totally OK for people who live gluten free.
Thanksgiving and Christmas meal plans are essentially the same, although most articles mention only one of the two holidays. You may have already read five-part article called “Your Gluten Free Holiday Dinner” which featured videos covering each the five major cooking tasks involved. You may wish to review those articles for last-minute Thanksgiving planning, and/or early Christmas ideas:
The cost of gluten free food can be real strain on the family budget.These three websites may be useful in keeping expenses under control:
~~~> Budget101.com. This not a gluten free web site so some of the recommendations might not apply to us, but everything is presented so clearly that this not be a problem. I especially like their section on home made food gifts.
People who living gluten free are often concerning about spending several days in a wheat-using home. Their hosts are equally uncomfortable. Here are three suggestions that may simplify things:
~~~> These four articles that address this question. Since the host-family almost certainly does not read this website regularly, it is will probably be best for you to forward the links to them:
If this is your first gluten free holiday season, I wish you well. You will face challenges! Hopefully these ideas will help you meet them successfully.
Remember that many of the people at your holiday meal will be hearing about celiac disease and the gluten free diet for the first time.
Ready-to-eat cranberry sauce is available. Ocean Spray states that its cranberry sauce is gluten free but also admits that it accepts the providers statement without doing any further testing. Cranberries are naturally gluten free, of course, and it is easy to do-it-yourself. Your holiday cranberry sauce will be safer and tastier than any sauce from a can.
Turkey is most common holiday main course, but your meal might feature ham, duck, or goose. Have a look at these videos before you make your final decision about your main course. After you’ve made your decision,
The terms ‘gluten free dressing’ and ‘gluten free stuffing’ are often used interchangeably, but to me there is a great difference. ‘Stuffing’ is what we cook inside the bird and ‘dressing’ is prepared separately. Sounds obvious to me!
Turkey is the traditional holiday feast, so that will be the first article in my series about preparing a holiday feast. Turkey is naturally gluten free as long as you check to be sure that nothing has been added to make the turkey self-basting (or for any other reason).
I’ll have plenty of occasions to ask questions about gluten free food during the upcoming holiday seasons. I can’t avoid asking the questions, of course, but I would like to ask them without making people feel like I am giving them the third degree. I recently discovered a “script” that will help me do this — a set of very specific tactfully-worded questions that will elicit specific answers but are written tactfully.
Despite many requests, I do not attempt to provide information about gluten free living in Canada. The two nations are strikingly similar in so many ways, but just different enough that a one-man operation like mine can’t keep up with both countries.
Trunk-or-treat is a Halloween event that helps children (gluten free and otherwise) to avoid the hassles and possible dangers involved in traditional trick-or-treat. The idea is that caring adults get together in a parking lot (often at a church or school) and invite costumed children to visit that parking lot to receive treats. Parents know what they need to know to keep their children safe. Wheat-eating children and their parents may be very impressed when they collect a basket full of delicious gluten free treats.
Cottage cheese is probably gluten free. The he Daisy Brands website declares that its cottage cheese is ‘safe’. Organic Valley asserts basically the same thing, but does point out one possible problem. This more general article asserts that cottage cheese is “for the most part safe”. One point in favor of cottage cheese is that cheese slicers — a possible source of cross contamination — are not involved in manufacturing or consuming cottage cheese.
Many factors effect our choice of restaurants.
Restaurants with gluten free menus are relatively easy to find these days. The ‘trick’ is to find not only menus that inspire our confidence, but management and food service personnel that make us feel safe and comfortable and convinced that we will enjoy great food in a gluten free environment.
Dealing with our gluten free lifestyle takes time and careful thought. For some of us, the current government shutdown is providing time for reflection. Others need to work very hard to find that time. Here are some books that have helped me focus my mind on my gluten free situation. I’ve reviewed these books before. I’ll make a few comments and then link you to the articles that I have already written about them.
Pizza Fusion serves people living gluten free in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and New Jersey. I never saw the term ‘celiac disease’ when checking out this website. They did talk about gluten intolerance, stating that a gluten free crust was available, mentioned the one pizza topping that was off-limits for us.
Chili’s Grill and Bar serves gluten free meals in all parts of the country. Click here for locations. The gluten free menu is updated monthly as are all the special menus. Note that the gluten free menu is at the bottom of a very long page. Much scrolling-down will be required.
Spaghetti is not normally gluten free, but The Old Spaghetti Factory does a great job serving the gluten free community. (I can personally vouch for this.) To find a convenient location, click here and insert your ZIP code. If you’re just curious about how the system works, try it using my ZIP code: 2774.
Sugar is naturally gluten free, and The Sugar Association assures us that “all sugar products in the marketplace differ only in crystal size or molasses content. Molasses adds both color and flavor …”
Gluten free Girl Scout Cookies will be available in some parts of the country during this year’s annual sales event. ABC bakers, one of the companies providing the cookies announces that these chocolate chip cookies will test out at less than five parts-per-million gluten.