Gluten Free: The Celiac Site

Gluten Free: The Celiac Site Gluten Free: the Celiac Site serves America's Gluten Free Community by:
1. Compiling lists of information useful to people who live, eat, shop, entertain, and cook gluten free.
2. summarizing and presenting information that is useful to the gluten free community.
3. helping celiacs and others living gluten free sift through the vast amount of constantly-changing information that is available to them on the internet.

PLEASE NOTE: I've lived with celiac disease for ten years and written about gluten free topics for eight years. However, I have no academic or medical credentials. Therefore, I relay information and express personal opinions, but I do not give advice. All decisions are the responsibility of the individual. This disclaimer is particularly important since errors and obsolete information occasionally creep into material posted on the internet.

10 March 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Our National Support Groups

UPDATED 6/22/07 Three nationwide support groups stand ready to help the gluten intolarant, the celiac, or anyone living on a gluten free diet. The Gluten Intolerance Group, The Celiac Disease Foundation, and the Celiac Sprue Association each provide valuable information and have the resources to connect you with a local support group. Click on these sites to find out what each group has to offer. The groups solicit memberships, but everyone is welcome to use their valuable websites.

27 February 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Soups and Sauces

UPDATED 6/22/07 Gluten free soups, pasta sauces, gravies, and "skillet tosses" add flavor and variety to our diet and sparkle to our lives — Mayacamas Fine Foods is a wonderful source for these items that contribute so much to our good eating. Shipping is free on orders of fifteen or more packets. By all means reach that goal. The site includes an order form that can be submitted online or by mail. I got my first taste of Mayacama’s fine products as part of a gluten free birthday gift basket from my children and grandchildren. Thanks Paul, Heidi, Paige, and Lindsey.

26 February 2006 ~ 0 Comments

How Much Protection Do You Need?

UPDATED 6/22/07 There are foods available that are gluten free AND sugar free AND organic AND salt free AND egg free AND casein free AND kosher AND low fat. God bless any individual who has all those sensitivities, but…. Manufacturers love to sell products like these because it gives them more potential customers, but all these precautions do not help anyone who does not have the particular sensitivity. All they do is increase production costs and make it more difficult to produce a tasty product.

24 February 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


UPDATED 5/30/07 Thanks to Carol Fenster, PhD, for this delicious gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe. Thanks also to Bob’s Red Mill for making it available to us.

INGREDIENTS: 1 2/3 cups All-Purpose GF Baking Flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp xanthan gum, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cupbutter or margarine or canola oil spread, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 extra large egg, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup chopped nuts.

DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat oven to 350. Grease a large cookie sheet or line with parchment paper; set aside. Stir together the GF baking flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large mixer bowl, beat together butter (room temperature not melted) with granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg; scrape sides of bowl frequently. Beat in flour mixture on slow speed, mixing thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Shape dough into a flat disk, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill for two hours. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. (If using canola oil spread, press down cookies to 1/2 inch thicknesswith a spatula). Bake 10-12 minutes on center rack of oven until lightly browned. Cool 2-3 minutes before removing from cookie sheet. Makes 24 cookies.

To prepare these great cookies, you will need All-Purpose GF Baking flour, xanthan gim, gluten free baking soda, and gluten free vanilla extract. All these are available from Bob’s Red Mill (which would be a great way of saying thanks for this great treat) osts!