Showing posts from October, 2016

Budget-Friendly Homemade Gluten-Free Granola (Oat-Free)

Gluten-Free Oat-Free Speedy Granola! Faster than a speeding bullet. More budget-friendly than your local .99 cent shop! Crunchy as a breast-feeding young mum eating hemp seeds out of a paper sack!

...or if you want to be short and sweet, Crispy Gluten-Free Buckwheat Granola.

These days, I have a longing to meander in kitchen at slow speeds, baking and chatting and cooking slow. But as a young professional in Beantown, I have a need for slow food made or available fast. Although it's foundational to self-care and good digestion to eat in peace, and slowly, that doesn't mean every meal I swallow needs to take as long to cook as it does to eat.

Still, I'm an independent imp of an individual here. I freelance. I consult. And I like to add the in's myself to my breakfast. Some days, it's cinnamon. Some days, it's dried fruit. Some days, it's honey and banana and almond butter.

Granolas on the market are mainly oat-based (safe or unsafe for celiacs, the question …

GFAF Expo Seacaucus Recap and Highlights, 2016

The Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo hit New Jersey on Oct 15-16 with a celiac crowd like no other, and a line-up of new and old gluten-free products good as gold. Perhaps better, since you can't eat gold, whatever your dietary stretch is.  From solid national  gluten-free standouts like Canyon Bakehouse, and The Greater Knead (previously Sweet Note Bakery -- NY-style bagels!) to Pascha Chocolate and Freedom Foods (celiac safe o's, don't go for the Cheerios), New England-local Bakery on Main (oatless granolas), and the nutless wonder (now offering organic) Sunbutter! no category was left unfilled.

But I'm diving into this recap on the note of WHAT'S NEW and WHAT'S LOCAL? If you read Tumbling Gluten Free, or walk into a market these days, you've seen some of the highlighted breads and breakfasts, snacks and brands above. But the highlight of this event was some of the stellar new products I discovered, as well as the wonderful opportunity to participate wi…

GFAF Wellness Event Hartford Highlights and Giveaway!

I love Gluten Free Allergen Free Wellness Events. Wherever they are, they're full of the double-nourishment of community and food.  Nikki always brings that wholeness to the experience of getting well-fed -- with food restrictions! -- to the cities to visits with the GFAF events.

Unique to Hartford this year: Not only were attendees leaving with smiles and exclamations of gratitude but the vendors, filing out, packing up, buzzed with the same excitement. Hugely vocal, those who had decided to pitch a table were just as grateful as those food allergic and celiac attendees who got to eat their gluten-free goods -- cookies, cakes, pizza, and pastas.  As they poured out, I heard almost the constant buzz of thanks! to Nikki and the GFAF Event team.

It was bloody brilliant to see the community introduced to the gluten-free resources like Heirloom Kitchen, Bakery on Main, Gluten Free Sourdough Company, Peace of Mind Baking, and Ehsto Pasta -- resources buried in their own bakcyards.


Put "I Can" into Celiac During Halloween, and Teal Pumpkins Galore

Hullo Teal Pun'kin. Do you know what this means? It means Halloween -- safe Halloween -- for me, and for all the children who like me have celiac disease, the need to eat gluten-free, or a life-altering food allergy.
When you put up a Teal Pumpkin on your porch, or in your window, you're saying "I have non-edible treats or allergen-free sweets". You're sayingyou're not alone, to thousands of kids who otherwise might be able to wander about blithely through the night, decked out in ninja-garb or masks, but could not participate in the trick-or-treating. Some shouldn't even handle the packaging of treats with allergens in them. A teal pumpkin says, Inclusion.
So how do you deal with Halloween if you have celiac or celiac or food-restricted kids? 
This year, I ran a Skype workshop  for families who deal with celiac specifically, including other diseases that require a modified diet (diabetes is a brick-to-the-head for kids), and food allergies. A teal pumpki…

GFAF Expo Seacacus, NJ, 2016 (Giveaway!)

Meet me in Jersey! The Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo hits Seacaucus, NJ in little less than 2 weeks on October 15-16 at Meadowlands Exposition Center.  It's a short trek from New England, and the weekend will be full of celiac-safe eats, speakers offering tips and tools for living well on a custom diet...and what has pleased me pink, the allergen-free social media platform FREEDIBLE will be there.

With me.

While these expos offer good eats and a physical place to meet and greet fellow celiacs, Freedible offers continued connection, and a community based on mutual respect. No medically prescribed diet is "easy". But no medically prescribed diet is truly a restriction on our life, unless we allow it to be: That's the foundation of Freedible, and one I've been wholly behind from its launch.

All that said, you'll not want to miss this expo if you can help it.

I suppose I would take almost any excuse to travel. I love the open-road. Celiac disease may scare m…