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Your Gluten Free Holiday Dinner … Ham, Duck, or Goose

0 Comments 29 October 2013

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,

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Your Gluten Free Holiday Dinner … The Dressing or Stuffing

0 Comments 27 October 2013

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!

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Your Gluten Free Holiday Dinner … The Turkey

0 Comments 26 October 2013

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).

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Holiday Meals … the Conversation on Celiac-Friendly Dining

0 Comments 25 October 2013

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.

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Is Bologna Gluten Free?

0 Comments 24 October 2013

Today, October 24, is National Bologna Day. At least three companies provide gluten free bologna: Boar’s Head, Oscar Mayer, and Tyson Foods provide gluten free bologna.

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Gluten Free in Canada

0 Comments 22 October 2013

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.

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Is Salad Dressing Gluten Free?

0 Comments 22 October 2013

‘Safe’ gluten free salad dressings are available if purchase from Hidden Valley, Annie’s Naturals, or Newman’s Own. Not all their products are gluten everything is clearly labeled. Continue Reading

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Is Chewing Gum Gluten Free?

0 Comments 19 October 2013

It is possible to obtain gluten free chewing gum but the process of finding it on-line is cumbersome at best. Trident and Glee are two small companies whose websites promise gluten free chewing gum.

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Gluten Free Trunk or Treat

0 Comments 19 October 2013

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.

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Is Cottage Cheese Gluten Free?

0 Comments 18 October 2013

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.

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Best Restaurants for People Who Live Gluten Free

0 Comments 17 October 2013

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.

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Reflecting on our Gluten Free Experience

0 Comments 12 October 2013

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.

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Living Gluten Free During the Government Shutdown

0 Comments 10 October 2013

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Gluten Free Dining at Red Robin

0 Comments 10 October 2013

Information about Red Robin’s gluten free information is posted on its website as part of its ‘interactive allergen menu’. There is no gluten free menu posted at the site.

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Gluten Free Dining at P.F. Chang’s

0 Comments 08 October 2013

P.F. Chang’s Oriental Bistro attracts people who live gluten free in every corner of our nation. Click here for their gluten free menu.

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Gluten Free Dining at Pizza Fusion

0 Comments 07 October 2013

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.

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Gluten Free Dining at Chili’s Grill and Bar

0 Comments 06 October 2013

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.

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Gluten Free Dining at The Old Spaghetti Factory

0 Comments 05 October 2013

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.

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Gluten Free Dining at Chick-Fil-A

0 Comments 05 October 2013

Is Chick-fil-A a casual restaurant or a ‘fast-food-place’? All I know is that they have locations all over the country and that they post a gluten free menu. Click here to find a convenient location.

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Is Sugar Gluten Free? What About Brown Sugar and Molasses?

0 Comments 04 October 2013

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 …”

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Which Restaurants Do We Trust?

1 Comment 03 October 2013

In which restaurants do you feel most comfortable and confident about the ‘safety’ of your hopefully gluten-free meal?

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Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies

0 Comments 02 October 2013

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.

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Which Gluten Free Restaurants Do We Trust?

1 Comment 01 October 2013

At which restaurants can we order confidently from the gluten free menu? Where can we relax and enjoy our gluten free meal? We need to ask questions, of course, but which restaurant menus give us the best information?

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Is Mustard and Ketchup Gluten Free? How about Mayonnaise and Horseradish?

0 Comments 29 September 2013

The major producers of mustard and ketchup, French’s and Heinz, state in the FAQ sections of their website that these products are gluten free. It is possible to find mustard and ketchup contaminated by soy sauce or vinegar, but everything should be OK if you stick with these two brands.

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Celebrating a Gluten Free Halloween … Part 2

0 Comments 28 September 2013

A gluten free Halloween can be a real challenge, especially when it involves people who live gluten free. But the challenge can be met. The gluten free zombies can be defeated. There are four challenges here:

:-( identifying gluten free candy and other goodies.

:-( reinventing trick-or-treating

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Gluten Free Dining at Bertucci’s Restaurants

0 Comments 27 September 2013

Bertucci’s is certified by The Gluten Free Restaurant Program (GFRAP), a program of The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). Restaurants are located in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

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Gluten Free: a Label Not a Prescription

0 Comments 27 September 2013

‘Gluten Free’ is a label, not a medical prescription. Here are two examples of what I mean:

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Celebrating a Gluten Free Halloween … Part 1

0 Comments 25 September 2013

Halloween involves lots  of people, lots of food, lots of temptations — and several serious issues for children who live gluten free and the adults who support them. At least five different skills are involved:

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Is Tahini Gluten Free?

0 Comments 25 September 2013

Tahini, a paste made from crushed sesame seeds (think peanut butter) is naturally  gluten free.  Arrowhead Mills produces a version certified to contain fewer than 5 parts-per-million gluten.

Tahini can be used in many different ways. Try these recipe for ‘cauliflower with tahini sauce‘ (this recipe is also dairy free), ‘tahini and sesame cookies‘ (recipe provided by Whole Foods), or ‘quinoa salad with tahini dressing‘.

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Gluten Free Food Shopping at Sprouts Farmers Market

0 Comments 24 September 2013

Sprouts Farmers Markets website includes a 32 page gluten free guide.

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Gluten Free Food Shopping at Safeway

0 Comments 23 September 2013

Safeway supports its customers who live gluten free by using shelf tags (which Safeway calls ‘attribute tags‘) to identify appropriate foods. Gluten free foods have a red label. Safeway followers the manufacturers’ recommendation when tagging food gluten free.

Safeway asks you to insert a ZIP code to find an convenient location. If you are experimenting, you may wish to use my ZIP code (97224) to see how the system works.

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Gluten Free Food Shopping at Martin’s Supermarkets

0 Comments 21 September 2013

Martin’s Supermarkets serve people who live gluten free in Indiana and Michigan.

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Are Alcoholic Beverages Gluten Free?

0 Comments 18 September 2013

Two issues prevent this question from having a simple answer:

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Is Yogurt Gluten Free?

0 Comments 18 September 2013

Yogurt is probably gluten free. If there are problems, they would come from ingredients or flavorings that have been added.

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Is Omission Beer Gluten Free?

0 Comments 17 September 2013

Omission Beer is  brewed from barley and then processed to test out well-below the 20 parts-per-million. Does that mean that it ‘safe’ and therefore deserves the label ‘gluten free’? For now, at least, the FDA’s answer is ‘No’. Apparently, the government trusts the testing process to detect the presence of gluten. However, the FDA does not trust the testing process to tell us whether gluten has been removed or rendered harmless.

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Gluten Free: the Lighter Side

0 Comments 15 September 2013

Celiac disease and gluten intolerance do not have a lighter side. We all know that, but we also know that our only options are to laugh or cry. I choose to laugh and to share some laugh-inducing items  I have found  on the internet.

:-) These people poked loving fun at people who live gluten free and also at the people who make our lives unbearable if we allow them to do so. These cleverly-captioned photos and cartoons appeared on Pinterest.

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Gluten Free Shopping at Fred Meyer

0 Comments 14 September 2013

Fred Meyer provides many options for the gluten free shopper. You’ll need to enter a ZIP code to locate a specific store. If you are ‘just browsing’ use my ZIP code, 97224, to activate the system. If you are looking for bargains, click here to read their weekly ads or click here to look at the their coupons.

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Gluten Free Shopping at Trader Joes

1 Comment 13 September 2013

Trader Joe’s provides a wide selection of gluten free products at its stores in 32 states. Click here to read of print out a state-by-state list. You can also find a specific store by entering a ZIP code on that page.

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Gluten Free Dining at Abuelos

0 Comments 12 September 2013

The Abuelos restaurant chain presents itself as “the taste of Mexico” , and has a ‘gluten sensitive menu. (Is that the same as a ‘gluten free menu’?) They serve the gluten free communities in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

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Gluten Free Shopping at Whole Foods

0 Comments 12 September 2013

Whole Foods offers a wide variety of gluten free products, gluten free food lists customized for use in specific stores or groups of stores, and a resource called ‘The Gluten Free Bakehouse‘ which provides ‘safe’ products for all the stores in this nationwide chain.

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Oktoberfest Gluten Free

0 Comments 10 September 2013

Oktoberfest is the ultimate celebration of German food and beer. I lived in Germany for 22 years and I am reasonably sure that Oktoberfest’ s food and drink was at least partial responsible for aggravating my then-undiagnosed celiac disease. This year as every year, I will be attempting to reproduce the menu (but not the stomach distress) of the real-thing.

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Many Types of Gluten Free Grits

0 Comments 07 September 2013

Are grits gluten free? is the most popular question received by this web site. Grits are gluten free, but there are made from corn, thus making them off-limits to many of us. The good news is that grits can also be made with amaranth, buckwheat, millet, soy, teff, or quinoa. Here are some links that may be of value to you.

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Finding Great Gluten Free Meals

0 Comments 05 September 2013

Finding a gluten free meal served in an inviting and well-run restaurant is an event that seldom occurs by lucky chance. The most important step, of course, is physically check out the restaurant, but there are at least two things that can be done before you take that final step.

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Misinformation about the Gluten Free Diet

0 Comments 03 September 2013

“In a poll of consumers in 1012,… the top two reasons people gave for buying gluten free was that they believed it was healthier and that it would help them manage their weight.”

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Gluten Free Dining at Bravo Cachina Ristorante

0 Comments 02 September 2013

Bravo Cachina Italiana was named by Consumer Reports as  one of the top eight chain restaurants in 2012. This list includes both restaurants with gluten free menus and those who are more conventional.

For specific locations, enter an appropriate ZIP code in the box on the first page.

The gluten free menu is attractively photographed and describe. There are no comments on what has been done to insure our ‘safety’. That makes me cross this prize-winning restaurant off my list of possibilities. If you wish to look at the men, click on ‘menus’ on the first page then scroll down and click on the words ‘gluten free’

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Gluten Free Shopping at Hannaford Supermarkets

0 Comments 02 September 2013

Hannaford Supermarkets serve the gluten free community in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Click here to find a specific location. If you are just browsing and are thus unable to enter a specific ZIP code, try 12553. that will give you a general idea of the situation. When I checked while researching this article, there were 600 items on the gluten free grocery list. Fortunately, it is a searchable list. For information about bargains, click in the upper right corner of this page.

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What the Gluten Free Label does NOT Indicate

0 Comments 30 August 2013

Gluten free food is not healthier or inferior to traditional wheat-based food. Problems occur when (1) we feed wheat-based foods to people who react badly to those foods and (2) we assume that gluten free foods will automatically boost our energy level or trim our waist-lines.

We accept this principle in most cases. We know that peanuts are “healthy food”. We also know that some people are fatally allergic to them.

If you need other examples, read these articles on MSG, pink slime, or potato chips. All these products are gluten free. That is probably the only positive thing that can be said about them. Does that make them healthy?

 

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Gluten Free Grocery Shopping at Meijer

0 Comments 30 August 2013

Here are the links you need to shop for gluten free food  at the Meijer stores.

LOCATIONS: Stores may be found in Kentucky, Illinois,  Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio

PRODUCTS: When I checked this link, I found 622 items displayed. Fortunately, there is a search engine. Some items are found in the store, some must be ordered on-line, and some are available in both situations.

BARGAINS: The right column on the home page is titled “Top Ways to Save” and links you to six different possibilities.

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Gluten Free Dining at the Outback Steakhouse

0 Comments 30 August 2013

The Outback Steakhouse operates safe restaurants in every state except North Dakota. It is almost certainly the best-known gluten friendly restaurant in America. Click here to find specific locations.

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Are Potato Chips Gluten Free?

0 Comments 30 August 2013

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