GOODBYE 2gluten

As our adventure through gluten and the worldwide web comes to an end, it is interesting to reflect on how much can be learned.  Beginning this blog, it was difficult to imagine how gluten-free and the Internet would continue to come together for the future of this blog.  Through Google searches and different interactive media, it has become clear that everything necessary for a successful gluten-free lifestyle can easily be found through endless online resources.  From a fellow gluten-free blogger and others of us that are not, we hope to have shared with you the ins and outs of being gluten-free (or what being gluten-free even means).  For all of your gluten-free needs, continue to come back to goodbye2gluten to check out the outlets that have already been provided for you!

We must now do as we say and kick gluten to the curb, saying goodbye 2 gluten and to our blog. 

Thanks for all of your reading and all of the fun that we have had making this blog!

Your goodbye2gluten bloggers,

Danielle, Ilyssa, Janice, Kerry, and Sammy 

Should Restaurants be Required to Serve Some Gluten-Free Items?

With the increasing number of people who are gluten-free, people are beginning to question how this will affect restaurants and their menus. Some people feel that all restaurants should be required to serve some gluten-free dishes. What is your opinion? Answer in this poll!

Find Support!

Support groups can be a crucial resource for the newly diagnosed as well as the seasoned Celiac & non-celiab gluten-sensitive community. By attending local support group meetings and seminars you will gain important information on the latest in medical research, dietitian recommendations, useful tips for living a healthy gluten-free lifestyle,and so much more. Support Group meetings are a wonderful venue where you can chat with others on a similar Celiac journey.  Take a significant other, a friend, or go solo. You can even consider volunteering!

There are multiple National Celiac Organizations that can be a source of support groups. Here are some that are great:

-The American Celiac Disease Alliance

-Celiac Disease Foundation

-Celiac Sprue Association

-National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

Remember: you are never alone. There are support groups everywhere and anywhere!

-Janice 🙂

 

Glutenista Deems Gluten Free Fabulous

Doesn’t everyone want to be fabulous by being gluten free?  Glutenista.com provides a website for people do connect to the most fabulous gluten free recipes, news, and information.  Glutenista aims to provide a fabulous gluten free community globally, providing advice and more for anyone who is gluten free.

This website has a list of recipes that are deemed fabulous as well as restaurants that provide options for people that maintain a gluten free diet. This site also provides a list of instructions and symptoms for people that are newly diagnosed.

Most recently, glutenista has been regularly posting different yet still fabulous, gluten free holiday cookie recipes.  She finds these recipes on other sites and tests them out.   If she deems them fabulous enough, then she makes them her “cookie of the day”.  Glutenista will continue doing this, daily, throughout the holiday season.

Glutenista has an incredibly extensive list of recipes including snacks, dinners, BBQ ideas, and more.  As someone who maintains a gluten free diet, I am always looking for new gluten free recipes.  I now will immediately turn to glutenista.com as she provides a wide range of options.  She posts recipes for specific occasions such as thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as basic recipes such as “Puppy Chow”, a delicious peanut butter and chocolatey cereal snack.

To add to this, Glutenista wants you to be as informed as possible.  She wants you to know that even if you are gluten free, you are not alone.  Glutenista provides a list of magazines that one can subscribe to as another source of information.  They also provide a list of gluten free celebrities to show you just how common this diet change can be.  Another important resource is Glutenista’s list of gluten free news.  Glutenista regularly posts new articles from around the web.  This news includes topics from new top recipes to the connection between celiac disease and infertility.  This way, gluten free men and women can stay up to date on all things gluten free.

I recommend that anyone that is gluten free or interested in a gluten free lifestyle, subscribe to receive “fabulous gluten free mail” from glutenista.com.  For my information visit the site.  You’ll be amazed by what you can find here.

Paridd–Easy Gluten Free Cooking!

Paridd–Easy Gluten Free Cooking!

The restrictions of gluten free eating and a gluten free lifestyle are becoming more relevant in today’s society, and more widely resolved. Although many people focus on the limits that people have within restaurants, cooking at home brings alternate issues for those who are gluten free.

Pairdd is a website that offers home delivered ingredients, prepared for a home cooked meal. By recognizing the limited access that some may have to gluten free ingredients in local markets, Pairdd does the shopping for the customer. In addition, the measuring of each ingredient is done ahead of time, so all that has to be done is the cooking.

By looking at the pizzas, soups, stir fry, etc. offered by Pairdd, the quality of the ingredients is evident. This service, offered to Wisconsin residents, ensures that gluten free eaters do not miss out on any dining experience, especially in the home. 

The best part about pairdd.com is its accessibility on the Internet. Through just a few clicks, a home cooked meal can be bought, prepared, and delivered, leaving gluten free cookers with no excuses. In addition, the website has its own blog! Much like the other gluten free blogs that we have explored, the Pairdd blog offers a wide variety of interesting and fun information for people who are gluten free. 

For those of you who are gluten free, or not, I suggest checking out this website! See what foods are offered, and if you give it a try, see how well they turn out! Or at least check out the blog…

Thanksgiving Pie

Yum! Pie. Pumpkin pie.

You can’t eat gluten? That is not a problem! Gluten-free pie can be better than pie made with gluten.

Here is how you can make it:

Here are some more instructions:

You want everything COLD. Much more important than gluten to a pie dough is cold. Weigh out the flours you’re going to be using and put them in the freezer for 30 minutes before you start. If you’re using the food processor, put the bowl and blade of the food processor in the freezer as well. Cube up your butter into 1-inch pieces and put them in the refrigerator. You want COLD. That’s what makes a pie crust flaky.

And if you want to make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? Here is the best way to do so:

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! Happy Holidays

P.S. Who doesn’t like deals? Check out gluten-free saver for many deals!

-Janice Vargas 🙂

Gluten-Free Related Buzzfeeds:

Buzzfeed is a very popular website that usually contains lists relating to a certain topic such as “30 signs you are obsessed with your dog”. I took it upon myself to search gluten on this site and actually received a lot of results. Some of the links were funny and others were actually lists of websites. I used to think Buzzfeed was just for entertainment purposes, but I know see this is not true. Buzzfeed actually contains valuable and useful information for people who are gluten-free! For example, here is a list of “23 Gorgeous Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts”!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/gorgeous-gluten-free-vegan-thanksgiving-desserts

There are tons of other links related to being gluten-free and they all contain links to the recipes for every food the site suggests! One of the best gluten-free buzzfeeds I have seen is called “Everyday Struggles of Living Gluten-Free”. The link to this very funny and accurate link is below!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinchack/everyday-struggles-of-living-gluten-free

If you are ever feeling down about not being able to eat gluten definitely check out buzzfeed for some comical relief!

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Ilyssa Frank

Gluten Free Gift Baskets

Ever try to send a gift basket to someone with an allergy?  It’s a pain, right?  You constantly struggle, asking different companies such as edible arrangements, popcorn factory and more, what their ingredients are, only to find out that they can not guarantee that there is no cross contamination.  Fortunately, Icanhavethat.com resolves this issue.

I Can Have That is a site designed to send gluten free and allergy friendly gift baskets. Customers can purchase gluten, milk, egg, soy, wheat, tree nut, peanut, fish, or shellfish free baskets.  Why do they accommodate so many allergies you ask?  According to their site, between 4% and 8% of the general population has a food sensitive allergy.  One out of every 133 people has celiac disease and cannot digest gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barely.  Therefore, they focus on gluten free as their main form of gift baskets, but still provide for other allergies.

Jane Erickson developed this site after she and her son were diagnosed with celiac disease in 2006.  Her sister claimed that she wanted to send her sister a gift basket a few weeks later, but could not find one that was entirely gluten free.  Jane approached a friend and thus I can Have That was born.

To add to the accommodations, I can have that prides themselves on providing foods that have a delicious taste even though they are allergy friendly.  This way, people can truly enjoy the gift basket that they receive.  Their baskets each include a variety of goodies for different occasions or cravings.

On the site, you can also purchase gluten free cookbooks, separate knives and cutting boards, or a few other fun toys to add to your gift baskets.  You can also specify the day you want your gift basket to arrive, if it for a special occasion.  All orders received after 2 PM Eastern will be shipped on the following business day.

If your friend or loved one has celiac disease or some other food allergy, brighten their day and check out icanhavethat.com and send them a gift basket.

Gluten Free Hanukkah!!!

Why is this Thanksgiving season different than the rest? Simply because Hanukkah is falling on the same week of Thanksgiving this year. So lets take a break from the gluten-free mashed potatoes and turkey and focus on those classic Hanukkah goodies that can be easily made to be gluten-free. Hanukkah food tends to involve fried food, which isn’t gluten-free usually. However, we can still celebrate the miracle of the oil lasting eight nights with gluten-free fried food! Lets start with the latkes. A latke, otherwise known as a potato pancake is a very traditional Hanukkah food that can be easily made gluten-free following the recipe below!

Gluten-Free Latkes:

4 pounds Russet potatoes
1 large onion, peeled
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1 cup Rice Flour Mix
3 eggs, beaten
Olive oil for frying

Preheat oven to 200 degrees or “warm” setting.

Peel potatoes and submerge in cold water. Grate the onion into a large bowl. Grate the potatoes using the larger grate of a box grater, or use the grater attachment of a food processor.

Quickly squeeze a handful of grated potatoes at a time over a second bowl (or the kitchen sink) to remove all liquid. Add the dry potatoes to the onions and mix as you go. This step should be done as quickly as possible to prevent oxidation of the potatoes.

Heat 1/4 inch of olive oil in a large, heavy skillet (cast iron works best) over medium-high heat, until just below the smoking point.

Add remaining ingredients to the batter, and stir until fully combined. Place a small handful of batter (approximately 1/4 cup) in the hot oil at a time, gently pressing each latke with the back of the spatula so that it is no more than 1/3″ thick. Do not press too hard, as the latkes will be more crispy if the the batter is not densely packed and each latke is thin and lacy (space in between the pieces of potato). Fry until completely golden-brown on the bottom and crispy around the outside corners. Flip and brown on the second side.

Transfer latkes to a plate lined with paper towels or several layers of brown paper (I use grocery bags). Allow paper to absorb excess oil, then transfer latkes to a cooling rack placed over a baking sheet in the preheated oven, where they will stay warm until ready to serve. Serve hot, with sour cream and applesauce.

Extra latkes can be frozen on a baking sheet in the refrigerator, with parchment paper or freezer paper between the layers. When frozen, transfer to ziploc bags. Reheat in oven on 400 degrees F.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Now for the matzah balls! It’s not a Jewish holiday without matzah ball soup! Here is a recipe for gluten-free matzah balls!
Gluten-Free Matzah Balls:
1/4 cup finely ground almond meal
1/4 cup potato starch
1 tablespoon flax seed meal (finely ground flax seeds)
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon minced fresh dill
1 tablespoon chicken fat or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or 1 tablespoon softened margarine
Directions:1
Beat egg with salt and pepper. Add remaining ingredients, and combine well. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
2
Add additional potato starch, if necessary, until the batter is firm enough to be rolled into balls with your hands – It will still be sticky, but not too wet to handle. Using clean, dry hands roll a tablespoon of dough at a time into balls. Submerge in boiling water or soup.
3
Allow to cook for approximately 10 minutes or until each ball has puffed up a bit and is cooked all the way through.
4
For Vegetarian do not use Chicken fat.

All of these recipes and more can be found simply by typing in gluten-free Hanukkah foods on google! The power of technology will allow all you gluten-free Jews to enjoy the holiday season! Happy Hanukkah and let there be light!

-Ilyssa Frank

 

Bakery for Gluten-Free Badgers

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Indulgence is key to any diet or lifestyle, especially with restrictions caused by gluten intolerances. With such a strict diet set by the inevitable fate of biology, room for indulgence may seem slight; however, it is easier than you would think to look for foods that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

In Madison, Wisconsin, food comes in endless quantities and varieties, even to those who are gluten-free. The Silly Yak Bakery is a place known and loved by many gluten-free badgers looking for a source of safe breads and baked goods for any occasion. By simply visiting the website, the accessibility of this bakery is evident. The list of products offered is infinite, as well as the ways in which they may be received. Although this is most convenient for our fellow Madison residents, options for shipping are immediately presented, sending relief to those that are not as close.

The torture of passing a bakery is described in a consumer’s review on the homepage of the website, reflecting the daily struggles that most non-gluten-free eaters do not consider. The ability to walk into any restaurant, bakery, or super market and find safe food is a privilege that gluten-free eaters may not experience as often as those who are not. With this in mind, The Silly Yak Bakery offers gluten-free snackers their own place of fulfillment. Surrounded by cookies, muffins, pies, and pizza all delectably gluten-free, any person may be exposed to sheer happiness.

Check out this website to find information on making a visit or an order of your own!

http://www.freshglutenfree.net/