Can a wheat-eater prepare a gluten free meal? Sure! There are thousands of books that explain exactly what food items are needed and what to do with them. But what about cross contamination? What needs to be done? Is it realistic to expect a wheat-eater to learn new skills and totally rearrange his/her kitchen in order to cook the occasional gluten-free meal? Continue Reading
Celiacs, like all dieters, need to splurge occasionally. But people who live gluten free are unlikely to really enjoy a splurge that will (or even might) result in being ‘glutened’. Here are some suggestions involving the words color, class, and candy.
The Kroger Corporation operates 2424 ‘supermarkets and multi-department stores’ in 31 states. Their stores have a wide variety of gluten free food and their website has all the information you to need to thrive gluten free. The only drawback that that their ‘chains of stores’ operate under at least sixteen names. You may have a Kroger store in your neighborhood without realizing it. There may be more opportunities than you imagined. Continue Reading
Safeway operates almost anywhere in the country. Some stores are referred to as Von’s Supermarkets.
Supermarkets are generally the most economical and convenient places to purchase gluten free food. Most of them publish lists of available gluten free foods , gluten free recipes, as well as information about healthy dining. Most supermarkets are part of large chains and are therefore relatively inexpensive. Continue Reading
“Mardi Gras” is a French term meaning “Fat Tuesday”. Apparently, eating rich food was a lot more ‘respectable’ than it is today. For Mardi Gras-related recipes, click here and/or here and/or here. (The article titles are not important. Just browse until you find a recipe that appeals to you.) Continue Reading
The safety of Omission Beer is a hotly-debated debated. The Celiac Sprue Association has announced that “… Omission Beer has met the stringent requirements for earning the organization’s Recognition Seal.” The problem is that barley malt is an ingredient but that the manufacturer has successfully rendered that ingredient non-toxic and totally harmless. The press release is titled “Celiac Sprue Association Recognizes Omission Recognizes Omission Beer as Risk-Free for Celiacs” Continue Reading
“Health/weight conscious consumers are driving the gluten free market, not celiacs.” 65% of the people who buy gluten free food do so because they consider it more healthy; 27% buy gluten free food because they believe it will help them lose weight. There is no scientific evidence validating either of those conclusions. Click here for more information on this subject.
Ancient grains are those that “have been around, unchanged, for millenniums. ” This does not automatically make them ‘safe’, of course. but people who live gluten free will frequently encounter these somewhat-unfamiliar names and need to know how to resond.
If your hosting a Super Bowl party, keep in mind that (1) some of your guests are more interested in the food and decorations than they are in the game, and (2) there may people who have so much alcohol in their systems that they may ignore your efforts to avoid cross-contamination.
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 Thanksgiving or Christmas.
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.
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.