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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Don't Forget to Vote! GFreek.com Awards

GFreek.com is taking nominations for awards in the gluten-free world. This includes products, restaurants, and websites.

Are you a fan of Gluten-Free Fun? Then vote for me! The last question is "Best Gluten Free Website or Social Site." My blog happens to be one of the choices! If you do not see it as a choice, click "other" and then type in Gluten-Free Fun or glutenfreefun.blogspot.com, then you have officially voted for this website!

Thank you in advance for your support!!



Submit your nominations NOW!
Nominations end December 20, 2010
Awards will be Published January 5, 2011

Vote now for Gluten-Free Fun as "Best Gluten Free Website or Social Site"

Nominations
If you don't see your favorite just click on "other" and add it. Please put the manufacturer and product name. There will be a total of 5 nominations per category.

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Monday, November 29, 2010
U.S. Pizza Team Goes Gluten-Free
Did you know there is a U.S. Pizza Team? Neither did I. According to Good Day NY, the U.S. Pizza Team ran it's first gluten-free pizza championship in 2010. In addition, according to the 2010 Pizza Power Report, the National Restaurant Association had a noticeable increase in gluten-free foods at this year's show with more gluten-free pizza crusts, burger buns, pastas, and desserts than ever before. The NRA puts gluten-free food consciousness as the top 9th trend in the culinary world that we should be watching. For us that are already gluten-free, we are way ahead of that trend!

One of the top sponsors of the U.S. Pizza team is Tom Sawyer Gluten-Free Flour. Tom Sawyer All Purpose Gluten Free Flour is a blended flour of rice and tapioca flours, xanthan gum, and kosher approved unflavored gelatin. The flour is prepared in a dedicated gluten-free environment, using gluten-free mixing and packing equipment and is then tested for gluten contamination. It is gluten-free, casein-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.

On Tom Sawyer's website, they give the top 7 reasons restaurants should be offering gluten-free pizza crust to their customers. Some highlights include:

- Gluten intolerance is a lifelong condition (not a fad diet) that translates into a customer base for life!
- A captive audience that has been marginalized by a restrictive diet will become lifelong fans of your establishment!
- Gluten intolerance is the #1 undiagnosed condition in the U.S. This will result in an unexpected surge in those suffering from this lifelong condition!

If Tom Sawyer Gluten-Free Products partnered up with GFRAP to educate those buying their gluten-free flour, I think it could really be a dynamic force in the gluten-free pizza industry. Hey Tom Sawyer, are you reading this?!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving from Gluten-Free Fun
I want to wish all of my faithful readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of your comments, emails, questions, and Tweets over the past 4 years. It is all of you that keep me going.

This Thanksgiving, I am doing a lot of cooking. Last week, I posted our gluten-free menu and I have spent the past few days making hummus, Brussels sprouts, gluten-free stuffing, and Trader Joe's gluten-free and vegan brownies.

One of my favorites on the menu this year is a gluten-free, vegan apple crisp inspired by the Gluten-Free Goddess. There are four of us at the table who will be gluten-free. My sister and my nieces are also dairy-free and egg-free so I was looking for a gluten-free and vegan recipe for this holiday. I already gave the dessert a test run so I know it is delicious. When I made it last time, my niece Anna and I were devouring the topping before we even added it to the crisp. The next morning, my other niece Emma and I ate apple crisp for breakfast. These two simple moments with my beloved nieces are perfect examples of how thankful I am to have them in my life.

Gluten-Free Fun Apple Crisp
inspired by Gluten-Free Goddess

Fruit Filling
10 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced thin
7 tablespoons of apple cider
2 tablespoons of raw agave nectar
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Crisp Topping
1 1/4 cups of light brown sugar
1 1/4 cups of Gluten-Free Bisquick
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
6 tablespoons of Best Life Buttery Spread or Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Grease a 9X12 inch glass baking dish with some of the Buttery Spread.
3. Mix together the apples, apple cider, agave, and 1 1/2 tsps of cinnamon.

4. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the light brown sugar, gluten-free Bisquick, and 2 tsps of cinnamon.
5. Add the 6 tablespoons of the Best Life Buttery Spread on tablespoon at a time.
6. Stir together with a whisk and then use hands if necessary.

7. Layer the glass baking dish with crisp topping, fruit filling, and top off with the rest of the crisp topping.
8. Bake 40 minutes, until topping is crispy and filling is near boiling. Apples should be soft when pierced with a fork.

Serves 8

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Book Review Wednesday: Free for All Cooking
Although I haven't seen this cookbook in person yet, I am a fan of the Jules Gluten Free website so I am sure the cookbook is good. Here is some more information about Jules's new book...

Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly
Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy

by Jules E. Dowler Shepard

Many people following a gluten-free diet also have other food sensitivities to contend with, whether their own or a family member’s. It’s hard enough getting one meal on the table for a busy family, let alone when one person has celiac disease, another is lactose-intolerant, and your child is allergic to peanuts. How can you satisfy everyone’s needs without making three different dinners?

Free for All Cooking is the answer. In this versatile cookbook, gluten-free cooking expert Jules Shepard offers uncompromisingly delicious gluten-free recipes that can also be made free of many major allergen ingredients—dairy, nuts, soy, eggs and more—to fit your unique dietary requirements. Jules’ comprehensive ingredient guide allows you to substitute with ease as you make:

- Crusty French Baguette
- Easy Homemade Ravioli
- Southern Biscuits
- Crab Cakes or Veggie "Crab" Cakes
- Authentic Pizza
- Granola Bars
- Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Dairy-Free Cheesecake

Now you can enjoy all the recipes you love, while avoiding the foods that don’t love you back. From breakfast to dessert, Free for All Cooking will have everyone in your family eating safely—and eating well.

Author bio:
Jules E. Dowler Shepard is the author of The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free, a reference guide for newly diagnosed celiacs, and the popular cookbook Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten-Free Eating. She teaches gluten-free cooking classes around the country and consults and speaks at baking industry gatherings. She lives near Baltimore.

Buy it here!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Research Connects Celiac and Thyroid Diseases
My sister, father, and mother are all on some kind of synthetic thyroid medication. Of those three, my sister also has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and we both suspect my dad might have it too although he denies it. I have my thyroid tested as part of my yearly physical and although I am slightly low, my doctor doesn't feel that I have a serious enough level to go onto medications. This is fine with me, since I would rather not have to take a pill every single day. I truly believe that my thyroid condition has been kept in check over the years with a very early diagnosis of Celiac Disease and treatment through a gluten-free diet for almost thirty years.

I read an interesting article today about the connection between Celiac Disease and Thyroid Disease that I wanted to share with my readers. The article also put together a table compairing Celiac, Hashimoto's, and Graves Disease.

Two of a Kind — Research Connects Celiac and Thyroid Diseases and Suggests a Gluten-Free Diet Benefits Both
By Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, and Gary Kaplan, DO
Today’s Dietitian
Vol. 12 No. 11 P. 52

Nature doesn’t always play fairly. Anyone with an autoimmune condition is predisposed to developing other autoimmune conditions, and there is a particularly strong connection between celiac disease and autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD), which includes Hashimoto’s and Graves’ diseases. Despite this connection, routine cross-screening is rare.

Since these conditions frequently lead to significant changes in weight, RDs are in a prime position to spot common symptoms and provide clients with potentially lifesaving referrals for further testing and diagnosis. This article will review the overlapping symptoms, examine the current research on the relationship between these diseases, explore how a gluten-free diet affects both conditions, and describe the ways in which RDs can most effectively support their clients and patients. Understanding the connection between celiac disease and thyroid disease can help dietitians design strategies for appropriate dietary management and support.

Read on...

The authors created this intersting table using information from multiple sources.

TABLE 1
Celiac Disease Hashimoto’s Graves’
Weight loss Weight gain Weight loss
Diarrhea and/or constipation Constipation Diarrhea
Fatigue Fatigue Fatigue
Hair loss (secondary to nutritional deficiencies) Hair loss N/A
Depression, anxiety Depression Anxiety, difficulty concentrating, nervousness
Joint or bone pain Joint pain Muscle weakness
Infertility, missed periods Infertility, missed periods Infertility, missed periods
Miscarriage Miscarriage Miscarriage

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Monday, November 22, 2010
Fifth Annual Gluten-Free Culinary Summit
DESIGN YOUR OWN GLUTEN-FREE CULINARY SUMMIT
No Travel Required!
http://www.theglutenfreelifestyle.com/

VENUE-FREE & TRAVEL-FREE
Enjoy the nationally renowned Gluten-Free Culinary Summit in the comfort of your home or office!

NEW EXCITING FORMAT
The Fifth Annual Gluten-Free Culinary Summit will be presented via a new live telephone conferencing seminar series presented over the course of five consecutive months. And don’t miss your chance to ask your burning question of the presenter(s) pertaining to the seminar topics you select!

DESIGN YOUR OWN SUMMIT
Select from 30 a la carte gluten-free baking and cooking seminars presented by the Summit’s exceptional cast of gluten-free industry experts. No travel required! Celebrate the savings!

INFORMATION, TIPS, TECHNIQUES & RECIPES GALORE
Delve into singular topics such as Artisanal Gluten-Free Flours and Starches; Gluten-Free Chemistry Demystified; Baking Aids and Substitutions; Nutritional Gluten-Free Baking; The Art & Science of Gluten-Free Flour Blends; Yeast Bread Fundamentals; Pastry Principles; Recipe Conversions; Techniques & Equipment; Cooking Gluten-Free Grains; Expert Panels; and much more!

AFFORDABLE!
With an affordable, pay-as-you-go pricing structure, this year’s Summit has expanded its instruction offerings to give you the opportunity to design your own Summit educational content based on your interests, schedule, and budget. The cost is $19 to $25 per phone seminar based on number of seminars registered for.

PLEASE JOIN US...
First seminar begins December 4, 2010! For a complete Summit seminar schedule and to register, please visit www.theglutenfreelifestyle.com.

The Fifth Annual Gluten-Free Culinary Summit Armchair Edition is sponsored in part by Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc. (Primary Sponsor).

http://www.theglutenfreelifestyle.com/

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Friday, November 19, 2010
Product Review and Giveaway: Greyston Gluten-Free Cookies

This week, I was sent samples from Greyston Bakery. Greyston has been producing gourmet gluten-free treats for a year now and they wanted to share their cookies with me. They offer gluten-free chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin cookies, and "Award Winning" banana bread. I opted for the chocolate chip cookies since both the gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies and the banana bread are made with gluten-free oats and you all know I don't eat oats of any kind.

We opened the cookies in my office and everyone really liked them a lot. They tasted sugary to me, but I really liked that and the chocolate chips which were abundant in these cookies. They had a nice crunch to them and they were really quite good. Even the gluten-eaters in my group enjoyed the gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and they tend to have strong opinions on my gluten-free goodies. The cookies came wrapped with a pretty red ribbon (see picture) and I think these would be a great gift this holiday season.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients:
Chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (an emulsifier), vanilla, and salt), brown rice flour, butter, sugar, brown sugar, whole eggs, water, pure vanilla extract, baking powder (sodium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn startch, calcium sulfate, calcium phosphate), baking soda, salt, xantham gum.
*Contains: Milk, Egg, and Soy

I asked the company about cross-contamination with their other products and here was their response:

Greyston Bakery has dedicated a section of the bakery to manufacture ONLY gluten free baked goods. We have a Quality Assurance Manager who monitors and tests the room and our products regularly. There are strict procedures followed upon entering the room, i.e. Cleaning Station, Separate Lab Coats, Sticky Mats, etc. Our Gluten Free Room also has its own dry storage and freezers as well as Mixers, Ovens, Pans, Cleaning Sinks, etc.


We have been manufacturing Gluten Free baked goods for a year now and we are also in the process of receiving the Official Gluten Free Certification.

Good to know and I thanked them for being so thorough with their response.

100% of the profits are contributed to the community development works of the Greyston Foundation to fund affordable housing, childcare, health care and community garden. This makes their cookies a unique gift for this holiday season. If you would like to order any of their gluten-free products, click here!

To participate in this giveaway, I would like to follow the social mission of Greyston Bakery by knowing how you are giving back to the community this holiday season. Are you volunteering at a soup kitchen, donating clothing, or something else? Please include in your comment the following:
1. how you are giving back this holiday season
2. which gluten-free product you would like to try from Greyston Bakery
3. your email address

The giveaway will be open for one week. The winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, November 26.

Good luck and happy holidays!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving & A Dinner Invitation in NYC
Four out of the 8 of us who will be at my family and friends Thanksgiving table this year are gluten-free. Add my sister and nieces dairy-free, soy-free, and sometimes egg-free needs and it could make for a somewhat challenging meal to others... Not us! Being gluten-free is just a part of my family. No one thinks it is weird, no one questions separate plates being passed around. We do not do a 100% gluten-free Thanksgiving, but it is about 80% gluten-free.

Here is our gluten-free menu for Thanksgiving 2010:

Appetizers:
Homemade hummus
Crudités
Trader Joe's Onion and Chive Corn Crackers

Main meal:
Turkey (naked, no seasoning, stuffing, etc.)
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Apple and Sweet Potato Bake
Corn
Broccoli
Gluten-Free Stuffing made with Rudi's Gluten Free Original Bread
Brussel Sprout Hash

Dessert:
Gluten-free and Vegan Apple Crisp
Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Brownies (prepared vegan, too)

Wine

LOVE!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!



The New York City Celiac Disease Meetup group is very excited to provide a gluten-free Thanksgiving to its members and guests. One of the group members is graciously opening her home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn to anyone who is interested in eating a 100% gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner.

On the menu...

Acorn/butternut squash soup (with caramelized onions, beans, lemon, thyme, and sage)
Stuffing (sundried tomato/garlic bread - super traditional tasting)
Turkey
Mashed potatos (optionally topped with truffle oil)
Roasted/saute'd veggies (kale, sweet potatoes, something green)
Corn
Biscuits (possibly spicy cornbread and/or chedder)
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Vanilla Ice Cream

This gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day at 4pm. All are welcome, as long as you RSVP through the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group website. Membership is free, so join today and RSVP. Space is very limited!

http://www.meetup.com/Celiac/calendar/15472127/

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Trimuph Dining: Best of Gluten Free Awards


Triumph Dining is launching the first-annual Best of Gluten-Free Awards to select the best gluten-free products on the market and to thank the companies that provide them. And they'd like you to pick the winners. Not only will you get to honor your favorite brands and products, but they’ll also give the first 2,000 voters a chance to sign up for our newsletter and get a FREE five-pack of American Dining Cards (worth $11!). The dining cards are completely free to anyone with a US shipping address, just for completing the survey (they’re even covering shipping).

Do you think that your favorite gluten-free brands and products deserve some recognition? Do you ever just want to give your favorite gluten-free cookies a big, sloppy hug? Well, it’s hard to hug a cookie, isn’t it? So Triumph Dining is letting you do the next best thing.

The Best of Gluten-Free Awards are designed to select the best gluten-free products on the market and to thank the companies that provide them. This is your opportunity to reward the brands and products you love by acknowledging how much easier and better they’ve made your life. The Best of Gluten-Free Awards will be chosen by popular vote within the gluten-free community, so click here to get voting and have your say!

The Best of Gluten-Free Awards are the first of their kind. They consist of 42 different award categories like “Best Gluten-Free Beer” and “Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.” Winners will be announced in early 2011.

You can recognize your favorites by voting here: www.triumphdining.com/blog/best-of-gluten-free.

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Book Review Wednesday: Triumph Dining Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide

Triumph Dining has just published the 5th edition of their book "The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide". I was very excited to get a copy of this newest edition. I have a copy of the 3rd edition which is full of notes, bookmarked pages, and dog-eared corners. Needless to say, I used the book a lot.

The thing I like about the Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide is that they often list restaurants that you can't necessarily find on the internet. You might find this hard to believe, but not all restaurants have websites. Word of mouth and local support groups are a great way to find out about restaurants offering gluten-free meals, but this book puts it all in one place for all fifty states.


The 5th edition has over 6,500 restaurants listed! That’s over 1,500 more than in the previous, 4th Edition of our guide. Over 2,800 of the restaurants listed have gluten-free menus or gluten-free specialty items. (That means pizza, pasta, cupcakes, cookies, and more!) In addition, Triumph Dining has added over 40 chain menus, which means that there are now over 120 gluten-free lists and menus from chain restaurants across the country!

The symbols used in this guide are really easy to use. Here is a breakdown:
Star in circle: Gluten-free menu is available on site
Star: Gluten-free speciality items, such as bread, beer, pasta, etc., are available
100%: This is a 100% gluten-free establishment. YAY!
A book icon: This is a chain restaurant.

I am very excited to try some new places that I discovered in this 5th Edition Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide in NY, CT, and wherever else the new year takes me. With the holidays right around the corner, I think this would be a great gift for the gluten-free person in your family.

Order your copy of the 5th Edition Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide today by clicking here today!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The New Gluten Free Bar
I got some samples of a new product called The Gluten Free Bar a few weeks ago. I ate the peanut butter bar one afternoon at work instead of my usual pre-workout LaraBar. I had the chocolate peanut butter one during an office party where everyone else was eating cupcakes. I liked the chocolate peanut butter bar much better than the oriiginal. I liked that it wasn't super sweet since I often find the LaraBars too sweet depending on flavor. It was also a bit drier than my usual snack which made it more cookie-like to me but I didn't mind this texture. There are also chocolate peanut butters available.

The Gluten Free Bar is dairy-free, gluten-free, a good source of omega-3, and all natural. As of now, they are only avaialble in chocolate and peanut butter. They are 12 or 13 grams of protein per bar depending on the flavor. This is something that definitely interests me since I am always looking for more protein in my diet. They are bigger than the LaraBars by about 0.4oz but have the same number of calories as many of the bars. They are minimally processed and handmade in a completely gluten free environment on gluten free equipment.

Overall, I liked the Gluten Free Bar but I think the price might deter me from buying these regularly. Online, the bars are available by the case by flavor, by a case of mixed flavors, or in a sampler pack. The sampler packs puts the bars at $3.50 each, while the case puts the bars between $2.30 and $2.40 per bar. This is a lot more expensive than what I usually would like to pay for an snack bar. If their distribution goes up which then brings the price down, I would consider buying these as a pre-workout snack.

Click here to order your Gluten Free Bars today.

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Monday, November 15, 2010
Organics for All Comes to Astoria, Queens


Organics for All is a new health food store in a sea of cheap jewelry and clothing store on Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens. This new store is a welcome addition to this otherwise unhealthy stretch of neighborhood that consists of at least five fast food restaurants and two sit-down restaurants.

Opening in October 2010, Organic for All owner Amir Shukurllaev recognized that neighborhood needed a place to buy organic and healthy foods including gluten-free food.

When you walk into Organics for All, you will first notice a juice bar and a deli counter. All of the deli meats are Applegate Farms, which are gluten-free and organic. There is also a very nice selection of organic fruits and vegetables which seem reasonably priced and fresh. As you continue through the store, you will come to the grocery section which includes snacks, flours, soups, rice, pasta, and more.

I was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of gluten-free food at Organics for All. Amir said that the store is working with a nutritionist to help decide which food to put on the shelf. Since their grand opening, I would say Organics for All is doing a great job stocking up on gluten-free food.

Some of the gluten-free products and brands on the grocery shelves include: Schär, Nature’s Path cereals, Glutino, Enjoy Life, Mary’s Gone Crackers and Cookies, Pamela’s Products, Eden Organics, Glenny’s, Pacific Soups, TastyBite, Amy’s soups, Arrowhead Mills, coconut flour (this was a new-to-me-product), King Arthur flour mixes, Lundberg rice, and Gillian’s Pasta and Breadcrumbs.

In the frozen section, there were Amy’s Organics Meals, Garden Lite Souffles, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Original and Multigrain Bread, Soy Delicious desserts, and Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles. In the refrigerated section, Organics for All had Chobani yogurts, Bobbi’s Hummus, Applegate Farms sausages, and Evolve Kefir.

I am really impressed with the selection of products at Organics for All, especially the robust selection of gluten-free food. Owner Amir tells me they are still loading up the shelves and will happily order additional products if suggested by customers. This store is conveniently located less than one block from my house so I will most definitely be stopping in there frequently. In addition, Amir hopes to honor coupons and EBT soon but he is just working through logistics at the moment.

There are some grand opening specials that you can take advantage of today, so stop in. Be sure to let Amir know you heard about his store from Erin at Gluten-Free Fun!

Getting to Organics for All is easy. You can take the R or M train to Steinway Street and walk one and a half blocks; the store will be on your left. The Q101 also runs down Steinway Street so you can take that to either the 31st Ave or 30th Ave corners and walk to the store from there.

Organics for All doesn’t have a website yet, but as soon as it is ready I will share it with my readers. In the meantime, you can reach the store at organicsforall@gmail.com.

Organics for All
30-50 Steinway Street
Astoria, Queens
New York

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Friday, November 12, 2010
Gluten Free “Healthy” Brownie Recipe
Last month, Sandy Merrill, MPH, CHHC, Certified Holistic Health Coach gave the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group a very interesting talk about the gluten-free and diabetes connection. Afterwards she shared her recipe for "healthy" brownies.

Gluten Free “Healthy” Brownie Recipe
Garbanzo Bean Brownies
by Sandy Merrill

(All ingredients should be available at Whole Foods or Fairway or health food store)

1.5 cups (250-280 grams) good chocolate like Black & Green Organic Chocolate –(I use
mostly 70% Cacao but you can add in some flavored chocolate as well-like Espresso or
Orange, etc.)
2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (=one 25 oz. can, drained and rinsed well)
4 eggs
2/3 cups of honey
½ cup walnuts (optional)

Melt chocolate. Blend eggs in food processor so air gets whipped in. Add beans and honey to eggs and blend together. Add melted chocolate and process until smooth. Pour batter into 9” buttered pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Let cool before licing.

(These freeze very well.)


From Sandy Merrill, MPH, CHHC
Certified Holistic Health Counselor
www.sandymerrill.com
212-472-3177

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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Enjoy Life Foods Launches "Survival Guide" for Food Allergy and Intolerance Community
Schiller Park, IL – October 11, 2010 – With the recent proliferation of gluten-free and allergy-friendly products in stores, bakeries and restaurants, those with food allergies no longer are stuck standing in the grocery aisle with little or no packaged food options.

Now that over 4% of Americans are suffering from food allergies, the public is gathering an increased awareness of these food sensitivities. Enjoy Life Foods is doing its part to further educate the public with their newly revised “Survival Guide.” This Guide contains tips, hints, and what to look out for when dealing with food allergies, especially the top 8 foods that account for 90% of all food allergies in the United States.

Titled Enjoying Life & Eating Safely, this “Survival Guide” provides key information and resources to those unfamiliar with eating gluten-free, especially those newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease or food allergies. Apart from the resources and the important facts of celiac disease, food allergies, food intolerances, and autism, the survival guide offers several lifestyle tips, ranging from how to read and properly understand food labels when grocery shopping to finding appropriate substitutes for products that may contain gluten or the top 8 allergens.

There is an estimated 3 million people in the U.S. dealing with Celiac Disease, with many more whom remain undiagnosed. When they are diagnosed, it can be frustrating on where to turn due to the minimal amount of resources that are currently available. The Survival Guide will help to ensure that those newly diagnosed with a gluten intolerance or food allergy has a roadmap as to how to proceed in living a normal and healthy life.

Additionally, Enjoy Life took the extra step of creating an online version of the Survival Guide, which is now available at www.enjoylifefoods.com/survivalguide. The online version also delves into the additional the 3 additional food allergies that make up the
top 10 list in Canada. Enjoy Life Foods is also active on Facebook and Twitter, allowing users to openly share tips, successes, and obstacles in dealing with food allergies. With the Survival Guide, those living with food allergies, Celiac Disease and other intolerances no longer need to face a problem of limited resources, and are simply able to “enjoy life.”

About Enjoy Life Foods
Enjoy Life Foods, founded in 2001, makes great-tasting allergy-friendly foods that most everyone can eat freely. The Company launched in 2002 with a broad product line that is free of the eight most common allergens (NO: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish) and all products are gluten-free. Today, the Company offers 26 products available in natural food and conventional grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit Enjoy Life on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EnjoyLifeFoods) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/ELFCEO). To find stores nearest you, visit the store locator found on www.enjoylifefoods.com.

Contact:
Alina Tylman
atylman@ enjoylifefoods.com
(847) 859-1803
Enjoy Life Foods
3810 N. River Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176

Kasey Klippstein
kklippstein@ enjoylifefoods.com
(847) 859-1803
Enjoy Life Foods
3810 N. River Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Gluten-Free Customer Survey


Strictly Gluten Free is looking to branch out into the gluten-free retail world in New York. To better serve the gluten-free community, they have put together a survey. Please use the link below to answer the survey questions.

http://www.kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=HNNKNL_a39eed95

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Naked Pizza in South Beach Miami
I went to Miami in August for a debaucherous friends weekend. It was much mellower than planned, but fun nonetheless. South Beach was just beautiful. Laying out from sun-up to sun-down each day was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Prior to my trip, I was emailing a bunch of South Beach restaurants asking for gluten-free menus. Unfortunately, I heard back from very few. I did find a website called Naked Pizza announcing a grand opening and "coming soon" in South Beach. They listed gluten-free pizza in a menu, so I thought this was promising. Unfortunately, the website still listed the South Beach location as "coming soon."



Much to my surprise, Naked Pizza South Beach was open when I was there in August! Apparently they opened the third week of August, which luckily coincided with my vacation!

The concept behind Naked Pizza is to start with a "naked" pie and build your pizza with sauces, cheeses, and toppings. They have some really fun icons on their menu to represent "flora (you know, plants)," "fauna (for the carnivores)," cheese, and crust options. The gluten-free crust is a rice-based crust and available in medium size only.

Overall, I was really pleased with the gluten-free pizza I got at Naked Pizza. I got pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and bell peppers. The crust was crisp and the flavor was good. Eating it on the beach was even better! If you are in South Beach definitely check out the gluten-free pizza from Naked Pizza.

Naked Pizza
1260 Washington Ave.
Miami, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 809-8595

For more information including additional Naked Pizza locations, visit their website: http://www.nakedpizza.biz

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Monday, November 8, 2010
Celiac Disease: What Kids Have to Say
This video brought tears to my eyes and brought back so many memories. Being diagnosed at the age of three, this was my life growing up. Feeling different, feeling limited, not being able to buy hot lunch at school! I feel for these kids big time. I want to hug them and tell them they are lucky to be alive today with so many gluten-free options. Back in the early 1980s, I wasn't so lucky. I love the end of the video where the kids start talking about being "normal" and all of their activities.

Thank you Children's Hospital Boston for this great video!

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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Gluten-Free New York City Map
Many of my gluten-free friends and readers ask me for restaurant suggestions. Almost two years ago, I started putting together a Google map of places to eat in New York City. Until my redesign of this site is complete, it is hard to find the link to my gluten-free map on Google. I apologize for this. In the meantime, you can see my updated Google map below. It includes restaurants with gluten-free menus, GFRAP restaurants, supermarkets with gluten-free markets, and bars serving gluten-free beer. I love getting tips from readers, so if I am missing anything please let me know.

I am excited to announce that I now have 151 restaurants, markets, and more on this map. Additionally, you can subscribe to the RSS feed for this map to be alerted whenever I update it.

All of these places are suggestions based on me going there myself, articles I have read online, or tips from readers. It is up to you to be diligent and call ahead! Restaurants in New York City come and go very quickly sometimes. I suggest you call or email any place you plan on visiting to see if it is still open. You might also want to call ahead for both a reservation and to confirm that they can accommodate a gluten-free diner.

Gluten-Free in New York City Map by Erin Smith at Gluten-Free Fun


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Gluten Free Wine Dinner Week: Nov 8-12
Wildfire & The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center are teaming up for the first ever Gluten Free Wine Dinner Week! Beginning Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 12, each Illinois Wildfire location will be hosting a Gluten Free Wine Dinner one night of the week. These special dinners will feature all gluten free fare perfectly paired with wines hand-selected from Wildfire's very own wine list by Wine & Spirits Director, Brad Wermager. Each dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is priced at $75.00 per person, which includes a $25 donation to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, tax and gratuity. Save the date for the location nearest you as reservations are limited! To make reservations, please call Shannon Ryan at (312)787-9000. To view the menu, click here.

Wildfire Tysons will be offering a special three course gluten free menu the week of November 7 through November 13. For more details, click here.

UPDATE: For every person in attendance, Wildfire will donate $25 to The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Development of Therapies for Celiac Disease Conference
November 18-20, 2010
The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University

This is a scientific program designed for those interested in the development of non-dietary therapies for celiac disease including physicians, scientists, industry (pharmaceutical, diagnostic, biotechnology and food & agriculture) and investor/venture capitalists. The organizing committee consists of Joseph Murray, Ciaran Kelly, Stefano Guandalini and Peter Green.

You’ll find information about registration, sponsorship, exhibits, sessions, speakers, descriptions of the events and activities, housing and our lineup of evening receptions online at www.celiacdiseasecenter.org.

We invite suggestions for presentations in both poster and oral presentation form for the session concerning pre-clinical studies in the development of therapies for celiac disease. The organizers will choose whether presentations will be included. Email a brief abstract of your proposal to pg11@columbia.edu.

http://www.celiacdiseasecenter.columbia.edu/2010_therapies_conference/

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Research Study for Children With Celiac Disease
I got this call for research participants from Nicole Jordan, MD at New York-Presbyterian, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. Please contact Dr. Jordan directly if you have any questions.

Dear participant:

We would like to invite you to participate in a Celiac Disease research study that will include completing two questionnaires. The purpose of this is to understand what it feels like to live with celiac disease. The overall goal is to use your responses to test a questionnaire designed specifically for children with Celiac Disease. We would greatly appreciate your participation.

You do not have to participate in order to receive care. There is no harm to
completing the questionnaires. The benefit of participating is that you will assist in the testing of a questionnaire which may improve the quality of life of children with Celiac Disease. You do not have to complete the questionnaires because participation is completely voluntary. Your name will not be included in the questionnaires.

Please contact Dr. Nicole Jordan at celiacdiseaseQOL@yahoo.com or at
617-251-4803 if you wish to participate or should you have any further questions. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, please contact the Institutional Review Board at 212-305-5883.

Respectfully,
Peter Green, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Physicians & Surgeons
Harkness Pavilion, Suite 936
180 Fort Washignton Avenue
New York NY 10032

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Monday, November 1, 2010
GFreek.com Awards: Vote for Gluten-Free Fun

GFreek.com is taking nominations for awards in the gluten-free world. This includes products, restaurants, and websites.

Are you a fan of Gluten-Free Fun? Then vote for me! The last question is "Best Gluten Free Website or Social Site." My blog happens to be one of the choices! If you do not see it as a choice, click "other" and then type in Gluten-Free Fun or glutenfreefun.blogspot.com, then you have officially voted for this website!

Thank you in advance for your support!!




Submit your nominations NOW!
Nominations end December 20, 2010
Awards will be Published January 5, 2011

Award information:
All products and services will be measured on four criteria"
  • Quality (Was it good or not?)
  • Price (Did it cost too much?)
  • Availability (Was it hard to find or get?)
  • Affects (Did you get sick or not?)

15 Categories
Best Gluten Free Dessert Mix
Best Gluten Free Bread Mix
Best Gluten Free Waffle / Pancake Mix
Best Gluten Free Ready Made Bread
Best Gluten Free Ready Made Dessert
Best Gluten Free Ready Made Waffle / Pancake
Best Gluten Fee Breakfast On-The-Go Product
Best Gluten Free Sauces
Best Gluten Free Beer
Best Gluten Free Cracker
Best Gluten Free Snack Bar
Best Gluten Free Restaurant (National)
Best Gluten Free Vacation Destination
Best Gluten Free Non-Profit Organization
Best Gluten Free Website or Social Site

Nominations
If you don't see your favorite just click on "other" and add it. Please put the manufacturer and product name. There will be a total of 5 nominations per category.

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