The Chinese New Year is great fun for everyone, traditional for people of Asian descent, and totally manageable for those who live gluten free. Soy sauce is the only ‘culprit’, and gluten free soy sauce is available — look for the San-J brand.
Your holiday feast will certainly have leftovers. That’s OK, as a matter-of-fact, you may want to cook in quantity so that you will have leftovers to consume during those quiet days that follow every major holiday.
Gifts from your gluten free kitchen are always appreciated, and can be a life-saver when you need a last minute gift for a person who lives gluten free. These two articles deal with a total of 26 ideas for food gifts (click here and/or here). They contain description, not actually recipes. You can modify them to meet the needs of the person who will receive your gift. Continue Reading
For me, the on-line Christmas shopping season ends today (Wednesday, 12/17) for people with a budget as slim as mine. You can get things shipped as late as Saturday, but is it really worth the cost? My alternative is to return to the shopping mall, mail the packages on-my own (the deadline is Saturday 12/21) and add some information to help friends-who-live gluten free use them more effectively. Here are my ideas:
Restaurant dining on christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day is a possibility in many areas of the country. Skim these articles to find out what is possible in your area.
Add a festive touch to you holiday by serving one of these festive gluten free desserts:
These recipes enable gluten free cooks to recreate the traditional taste and appearance of traditional candy canes. (The recipes call for ‘corn syrup’. This is not the same as ‘high fructose corn syrup.) Click here and/or here to read the articles.
People who live gluten free can travel by air but — as is so often —- a few special preparations make things more comfortable. First of all, consult this article “What Can You Take Through Airport Security?“. Not much, actually, and very little gluten free food will be available in the secure area of the terminal ore on the plane.
Eggnog is available to everyone, including those who live gluten free and those who must avoid casein and/or dairy free foods. Even people who cannot tolerate eggs can join in this holiday tradition. Liquor is listed in many recipes, but always with the statement that these ingredients are optional.
A rice cooker will do much more than simply cook rice. Check out this article “21 Things You can do with a Rice Maker” which instructs you to “put the ingredients in, turn on the rice cooker, come back fifteen minutes later and you have a meal”. (Obviously, you will need to check to be sure that every ingredient is gluten free. Also be aware that the terms ‘rice cooker’ and ‘rice maker’ mean the same thing.)
The Huffington Post recently its readers to determine which brands of gluten free bread. Here are the results, listed in order of popularity:
Udi’s Whole Grain Bread
kinnikinnick Foods Brown Sandwich Bread
Udi’s White Sandwich Bread
Whole Foods/Gluten Free Bakehouse All-natural Sandwich Bread
Food for Life Brown Rice Fruit Juice Sweetened Bread
Ener-G Foods Tapioca Loaf
Kinnikinnik Foods Italian White Tapioca Bread
Food for Life White Rice Bread
Ener-G Foods Brown Rice Bread Yeast Free
Glutino Flax Seed Bread
Be sure to read the comments from people who completed the survey. Even with the breads that placed at the top of survey, it is obvious that many people are dissatisfied.
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.