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Your Gluten Free Holiday Leftovers

0 Comments 26 December 2013

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.
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A Gluten Free Gingerbread House for Christmas

0 Comments 19 December 2013

A hand-crafted gluten free gingerbread house is an asset to any home. Since the house is ‘safe’, everyone can participate in the house’s construction and in the final act where it is consumed.

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Gluten Free Gifts from Your Kitchen

0 Comments 17 December 2013

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

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping

0 Comments 17 December 2013

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:

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Restaurant Dining for Christmas and New Years Days

0 Comments 16 December 2013

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.

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Ready for the Christmas Feast

0 Comments 14 December 2013

People who live gluten free will soon be joining wheat-eaters in the annual Christmas feast. A few final precautions are in order:

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Last Minute Christmas … Holiday Beverages

0 Comments 14 December 2013

These five links will provide the info need to prepare holiday beverages, drinks, or whatever term appeals to you:

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Gifts for Children who Live Gluten Free

0 Comments 11 December 2013

These gifts may encourage to children to see their gluten free lives as an ‘adventure’:

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Last Minute Christmas …Gluten Free Dessert Recipes

0 Comments 10 December 2013

Add a festive touch to you holiday by serving one of these festive gluten free desserts:

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Last Minute Christmas … Gluten Free Gifts

0 Comments 09 December 2013

Here are links to meet your needs for gifts for the people who living gluten free. Hopefully, they will make your last-minute holiday shopping easier:

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Count Down to Your Gluten Free Christmas Dinner

0 Comments 07 December 2013

The traditional family Christmas feast will be coming in a few days. A few details need to be considered. By this time, hopefully

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D-I-Y Christmas Candy and Peppermint Canes

0 Comments 05 December 2013

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.

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Flying Gluten Free

0 Comments 04 December 2013

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.

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Gluten Free Eggnog

0 Comments 04 December 2013

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.

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Side Dishes for Your Gluten Free Holiday Feast

0 Comments 03 December 2013

Here are 62 Recipes for Gluten Free Dishes to round out your holiday meals.

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Gluten Free Cranberry Sauce

0 Comments 03 December 2013

These articles provide a total total 13 cranberry sauce recipes that have no gluten-toxic ingredients

Top Ten Gluten Free Cranberry Sauce Precipices

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A Rice Cooker for the Gluten Free Cook

0 Comments 30 November 2013

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.)

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Our Favorite Gluten Free Bread

0 Comments 29 November 2013

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.

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Bread Machines for the Gluten Free

0 Comments 27 November 2013

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

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Gluten Free on Black Friday

0 Comments 27 November 2013

The typical American Thanksgiving dinner involves 4500 calories, the equivalent of seven Burger King Whoppers or 37 chicken drumsticks. I suspect that the statistics for gluten free Christmas dinners are about the same.

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Thankful to be Celiac

0 Comments 26 November 2013

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.

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Your Thanksgiving Feast will have Leftovovers

0 Comments 25 November 2013

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:

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Gluten Free Thanksgiving Countdown

0 Comments 23 November 2013

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.

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Gluten Free Gravy

0 Comments 23 November 2013

These gluten free gravy recipes may be useful to you as you plan meals for the holidays. The titles are more-or-less interchangeable but may help you decide which ones to consult first.

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Is Hummus Gluten Free?

0 Comments 21 November 2013

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.

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Gluten Free Dressing / Stuffing

0 Comments 21 November 2013

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.

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Gluten Free Cheesecake

0 Comments 20 November 2013

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.

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Gift Cards for Gluten Free Restaurants

0 Comments 17 November 2013

I love to enjoy fine gluten free meal and then top off the evening by presenting a gift card emblazoned with a picture of my grandchildren.

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Seasoned Salt Gluten Free

0 Comments 16 November 2013

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.

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Gluten Free Low Calorie Side Dishes

0 Comments 14 November 2013

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 .

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Gluten Free Low Calorie Desserts

0 Comments 13 November 2013

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.

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Gluten Free Biscotti

0 Comments 12 November 2013

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.

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Gluten Free Christmas Candy

0 Comments 12 November 2013

Most Christmas candy is gluten free, but be cautious. There are potential problems:

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My Favorite Gluten Free Cookbooks

0 Comments 11 November 2013

I’ve had great success cooking gluten free meals described in these cookbooks. It is a pleasure to recommend them to you:

:-) Gluten Free Cooking Made Simple

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Gift Baskets for the Gluten Free

0 Comments 11 November 2013

Gift baskets are always welcome gifts. Gluten free baskets are available from Amazon.com. I’ve displayed nineteen of my favorites on the three “carousels” you see below.

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Tiramisu for your Holiday Pleasure

0 Comments 11 November 2013

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.

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Thanksgiving and Hannakah … a Gluten Free Event

0 Comments 10 November 2013

Thanksgiving falls on November 28 this year. Hannakah, the Jewish festival of light, begins at sundown the previous day.

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Is Turkey Gluten Free?

0 Comments 09 November 2013

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.

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More Gluten Free Holiday Meal Plans

0 Comments 06 November 2013

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:

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Gluten Free Bargains

0 Comments 05 November 2013

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.

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The Gluten Free Visitor in a Wheat-Eating Home

0 Comments 03 November 2013

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:

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Your First Gluten Free Holiday Season

0 Comments 02 November 2013

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.

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Your Gluten Free Dinner … the Desserts

0 Comments 31 October 2013

Here are 160 suggestions for desserts to add a finishing touch to your holiday feast. This article ends my series on holiday dining.

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Your Gluten Free Holiday Dinner … The Side Dishes

0 Comments 31 October 2013

Your holiday feast will involve many different side dishes, and your only real problem will be “too many choices”.

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Is Cranberry Sauce Gluten Free?

0 Comments 30 October 2013

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.

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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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