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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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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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