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 🙂


Banana Cream Pie

Arguably the hardest meal for anyone who is gluten free is dessert. Imagine sitting around a table with your family; you see home-cooked brownies, cookies, pastries, donuts, cakes, pies…and you can’t eat a single thing. But–fear not!–your aunt swoops in with some store bought gluten-free cookies, and you can’t wait to sink your teeth into chocolate chip cookie goodness, so you take a bite and taste…cardboard. You remove the “cookie” from your mouth, squint your eyes, and try to figure out how someone made a piece of cardboard look just like your favorite dessert. Soon, reality begins to set in; you realize that you are stuck with a mediocre dessert (at best), but to make your aunt happy, you choke it down with some milk and a smile.

Odds are, if you are gluten free, this has happened to you. Even in the brief time that I was gluten free, I was served multiple variations of cardboard that were incorrectly labeled as desserts. So, until companies correct their labels, gluten free desserts may be best prepared at home. To get you started, here’s a recipe I found in the New York Times for a gluten free banana cream pie (YUM!!) that will be ready for you to eat in under two hours. Say goodbye to cardboard, and hello to deliciousness!

EZ Interactive Recipes

YouTube has been on the rise for the past few years, providing eager Internet users with more than just black and white font on a computer screen. By creating videos accessible to online consumers, the Internet has become more interactive than ever before. This resource has expanded into all areas of life, providing entertainment and helpful visual aids to accomplishing everyday tasks. The gurus that take part in the YouTube communities have gone from beauty and fashion, to technology and gaming, and now onto cooking as well.

With the rise of gluten free as well, YouTube gurus have been more than accommodating. Although there are many food channels aimed toward foodies lacking food allergies, there are others made specifically for gluten-free needs.

EZ Gluten Free is a channel that posts weekly, introducing new gluten free recipes. Rather than reading a recipe online, the interactive video makes it easier to follow, and more fun to learn. The foods range from meals to desserts that seem almost impossible to be gluten free.

If you’re gluten free and looking for something new, give YouTube a look! Search gluten free and simply see what comes up…search, watch, make, enjoy!

-Kerry Justich

The Struggle

So I have a confession…I was gluten free once.

You’re probably wondering, well, what happened? I’m Italian. That’s what happened. The idea of sitting at another family meal staring at meatballs, pasta, pizza, calzones, pies, cakes, cookies–you name it!–practically brought tears to my eyes. I was weak, and I gave in to the power of the pasta.

People often underestimate how much will power it takes to eat gluten free, and they have no idea how much more work you need to do to a) find gluten free food, and b) find good gluten free food. Because I have eaten gluten free for an extended period of time, I can sympathize with the struggles people who don’t eat gluten face everyday. I recently came across this BuzzFeed article that puts a humorous spin on the everyday troubles involved with avoiding gluten. So if you’re gluten deprived, sad, hungry, or really craving a donut, just remember you are not alone! And if you need another pick me up, you could always watch this hilarious YouTube video about food allergies (it’s a Les Miserablé parody, and it is fabulous). Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Beauty

A gluten-free diet is easily turned into a lifestyle when gluten in beauty and skin products becomes a problem.  Although many people who suffer from gluten intolerance may only be affected by gluten that is directly put into their body, others cannot endure wheat, barley, or rye in any part of their regimen.  Products used on the body have recently been proven to be highly absorbed into the bloodstream, allowing these external factors to become more of a concern for those who are gluten-free.

By simply searching the web for “gluten free beauty products,” a plethora of relative hits pop up.  Not only are there relatable people creating blogs with information and resources, but also there are products available from sources such as Sephora, and lists provided by InStyle online.  With these popular websites and brands acknowledging the need for gluten-free beauty products, it is easy to see that the gluten-free lifestyle has become widespread.  Marianna Mychaskiw from InStyle writes, “many brands have created options that leave out gluten, meaning you can steer clear of grain in your diet and your beauty routine.”  This increases the accessibility of gluten-free products to those who are truly cautious about the ingredients that they come in contact with.  Without these, unexpected reactions can easily occur.

The transition to a natural and gluten-free lifestyle is one that includes time and effort, and trial and error.  On a website entitled “Gluten Free Beauty,” blogger Kristen writes about the challenges of “finding safe and effective beauty products.”  She touches upon the sacrifices that she made for the gluten-free products that were not giving her preferred results, until she made the decision to test out various products, and for some time, create her own.

Online searches are helpful in finding a regimen for a completely gluten-free lifestyle.  The products that are currently available may be shocking to those that do not understand the prevalence of “gluten-free,” so to those that are just getting started, I would recommend InStyle’s online article “No Gluten? No Problem!” with a list of ten gluten-free beauty products.  You gotta start somewhere!


– Kerry Justich

(INSTA)nt (INSTA)gluten-free (INSTAGRAM)!

What’s the first thing people tend to do right when they wake up? Yawn. Stretch. Try to fall back asleep? Hit that snooze button? Personally I tend to do all of the above, but my cell phone always manages to get in between all of that. I always look at my iPhone when I wake up; good thing it sleeps right next to me every night 🙂 . When laying in bed with my phone as I am woken up before my long day starts, I usually have the same routine of what I check on my phone: text messages emails, Facebook, Twitter, && INSTAGRAM! I love Instagram and it certainly is something that I check frequently. It’s a free app and is one that everyone should certainly download.

I have recently started following some gluten-free users on Istagram. WIth our digital age, everything is instant and at our hands wherever we are. Even from the moment that I wake up, I am able to look up anything that I please. I started looking through the trends of #glutenfree and I came across thousands of photos. They ranged from recipes to tips to just simple meals or drinks that were gluten-free.

One user that stood out to me the most was a woman named Shauna James Ahern. She is an avid social media user and talks about her gluten-free life style. I highly recommend following her if you are in need of gluten-free advice, articles, or recipes. Click her for her Twitter account or Click here for her Instagram account.

Remember, anything you want can be at your hands instantly. Use hashtags! Hashtag “gluten-free” and you will come up with thousands of options in any social media. Here are some photos that are #glutenfree on Instagram!

-Janice Vargas




Start off the right way by learning how to eat Gluten-Free!

You may think that it may be nearly impossible to eat gluten-free; IT’S NOT. Trust me, the more you become aware of your products and your surroundings, the easier it will be. Practice makes perfect! Here are some ways to begin a gluten-free diet:

1. Clean out your kitchen! You need to dispose of anything that contains gluten. Some people even need to change their toasters. If you are in major need of this, take those drastic measures. This is a good start to getting rid of any products that are gluten-containing.

2. Start with fresh produce or meats. To avoid any gluten at all, limit your diet to unprocessed foods at first and go from there. Fresh fruits, fresh meats, poultry and fish do not contain gluten! Eating as simply as you can with fresh herbs and spices will help you.

3. Expand to include gluten-free products. Once you have conquered the fresh products, you can go on to the foods that are clearly labeled “gluten-free.” You can find bread, pizzas, frozen waffles, and gluten-free beer for you! Amazing!

4. Learn to read food labels! Manufacturers can label something “gluten-free,” but that does not mean that there is not a trace of wheat in there. Food labeling laws do not require the disclosure of gluten-containing ingredients on food labels!  Always remember that wheat-free does not mean gluten-free! Do not be fooled!

5. Consider a gluten-free Smartphone App! With our society constantly changing and our media taking our our influences, this is the perfect way to learn more about gluten-free! There are many apps in the digital age that help people who want or NEED to be gluten-free! Here are a few that you should take a look at:

  • Is That Gluten Free? (&7.99)
  • Grain or No Grain (Free)
  • Gluten Free Nom Nom: Recipes (Free)
  • Gluten Free Restaurant Items ($2.99)

I hope this helps a lot more. Remember: it’s not impossible, especially with our digital age that we live in now!

-Janice Vargas

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.

Simply Recipes