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!


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”!

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!

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


Ilyssa Frank

A Gluten-Free Winter!

As the winter seems to be drawing near people will soon be resorting to the typical “winter food”. Winter diets seem to consist of comfort food, especially warm foods such as soup and hot chocolate! However, some of these typical winter recipes may not be available for gluten-free people! But have no fear! There are alternate recipes for people who do not eat gluten! Below you will find several gluten-free winter recipes that will be sure to keep you warm and full this winter!

Smoked Mozzarella Caprese Salad Recipe




8 ounces (1 ball) smoked mozzarella, thickly sliced
2 medium ripe beefsteak tomatoes (or 4-6 on the vine), thickly sliced
1 bunch fresh basil
high-quality extra virgin olive oil
smoked sea salt
crusty Italian bread, for serving
  1. Remove largest basil leaves at the base of the stem.
  2. Rinse basil leaves and gently pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Arrange ingredients on a serving platter in the following order: 1 slice smoked mozzarella, 1-2 basil leaves and 1-2 slice tomato (depending on size).
  4. Repeat until all ingredients are used.
  5. Drizzle generously with extra-virgin olive oil.
  6. Sprinkle with smoked sea salt and serve at room temperature with crusty Italian bread.
Level of Difficulty:
Prep Time:
15 minutes

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe




1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 pound ground beef
1 cup beef or chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
1 cup frozen peas
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup milk
salt to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, then add the onion, carrot and ground beef. Cook until beef is browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the fat and add the broth, tomato paste and thyme. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the juice thickens, then add the peas. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture into a 11 x 9 baking dish and set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, bring the potatoes to a boil in salted water. Cook about 20 minutes, or until tender, and drain.
  6. Mash the potatoes with the butter, milk and salt until smooth.
  7. Spread mashed potatoes in an even layer over the meat mixture making sure to reach edges completely.
  8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is golden. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Level of Difficulty:
Prep Time:
20 minutes
Cooking Time:
1 hour

Chocolate Basmati Rice Soufflé




6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into even chunks
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
5 tablespoons basmati rice flour
1 cup whole milk
1 pinch salt
5 egg yolks lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
7 egg whites
  1. Place the chocolate in a dry, microwave-safe container. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and heat for 1 minute at half (50%) power. Remove from microwave and stir with a spatula. If the chocolate is not completely melted, put the chocolate in for another 30 seconds at half power. Stir and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat the bottom and sides of six 6-ounce ramekins with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Sprinkle the bottoms and sides evenly with the sugar. Tap out excess sugar.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir in basmati rice flour and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture begins to bubble, 3-4 minutes. Add the milk, melted chocolate, and salt. Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes. Whisk in beaten egg yolks and vanilla.
  5. In a large bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add the reserved sugar, beating until stiff. Fold whites into chocolate mixture.
  6. Gently spoon the mixture into prepared soufflé dishes. If you prefer, sprinkle a little extra sugar on top of the soufflés to make them crustier.
  7. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 12-16 minutes or until puffed and browned. Serve immediately.
Level of Difficulty:
Prep Time:
10 min
Cooking Time:
40-45 min

Wild Rice And Cornbread Stuffing Recipe




For the cornbread

1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk, at room temperature

For the stuffing

1 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from casing
1 cup onion, diced
4 stalks celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
8-10 sage leaves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the cornbread: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Grease your baking pan using 1 tablespoon of the butter and place in preheated oven.
  4. Whisk 3 tablespoons butter, eggs and milk together in a large bowl, then add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk until fully combined.
  5. Remove heated baking dish from oven and pour batter in evenly.
  6. Return dish to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool completely, then cut into 1-inch cubes and leave out on a baking pan overnight to harden.

For the stuffing: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Combine cooked wild rice with cornbread cubes in a large bowl.
  3. Add 1 cup stock, stir to moisten and set aside.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large pan, and saute onions, garlic and celery until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer vegetables to cornbread mixture and return pan to medium-high heat.
  6. Brown the sausage, then toss with the sage and add to cornbread mixture. Toss all together to combine.
  7. Transfer mixture to a large baking dish, drizzle with remaining 1/2 cup of stock and bake until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.
Level of Difficulty:
Prep Time:
1 hour plus overnight drying time

Gluten-Free Girl

Gluten-Free Girl is a Facebook page based on a website titled the same same. This is a fan page for the website and for the chef that creates the recipes on the site. The page consists of several posts from the website such as recipes and links to other websites. The fan page is updated daily with pictures of new recipes and the recipes themselves. Gluten-Free girl also posts gluten-free related news. This page is a useful resource for those who are gluten-free. By liking the page all of these recipes and posts will show up on people’s news feeds. Gluten-Free Girl on Facebook allows for useful information through a popular social media device that many people check on a daily basis. Facebook even has other pages relating to being gluten-free such as pages for restaurants that are gluten-free .

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Ilyssa Frank

Gluten-free Madison

Struggling to find gluten free restaurants in the Madison area? It is definitely hard being away form home and trying to cope with a new environment and the struggle of being gluten-free in a new location. However, a website has been made to help people be gluten-free in Madison! This website is called Madison Area Gluten Intolerance Chapter. This site has a list of every restaurant that has gluten-free options and even full gluten free menus. It even separates the restaurants by area so you can specifically find restaurants near you. This site also has a full list of different recipes separated into type of food such as snack or dinner! This website is a great source for anyone who is  gluten-free in the Madison area!

Athletes and Gluten..Is there an association?

Being gluten-free is a very common trend in the nutritional world currently. The current popularity regarding being gluten-free has led to several questions regarding the intake of gluten and everyday life. Many athletes are now starting to question whether the presence or lack of gluten has anything to do with athletic performance. Previously, athletes have been told to to load up on carbohydrates before  a race. However, new research is saying that athletes do not need as many carbohydrates as previously thought. Athletes used to be told to that 60 to 70 percent of their daily intake should be carbohydrates. However, it is now clear that 50 percent is enough. Lack of gluten seems to not have any negative effects for athletes and actually seems to be providing a positive effect on athletic ability.


-Ilyssa Frank

The World of Gluten-Free Recipes

Just a simple search on Google reveals a plethora of recipes for all different types of food. However, with more and more people becoming gluten-free, more websites are adapting and becoming gluten-free as well. One website in particular is called Simply Recipes. This site has an entire gluten-free index of recipes for all different types of food. The recipes range from gluten free soups to gluten-free chill and more. This website demonstrates media fluency in that it shows how media have to adapt to the changes in the world. Recipe sites now have to accommodate to all different types of people. The simplicity of just searching recipes and finding an astonishing amount of them on the internet demonstrates just how easy it is to accommodate the internet to personal needs. The real question is, is it going to stop here? If people begin to form different allergies and diseases will media be able to keep up? This is only something that time will be able to tell.

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