Showing posts from December, 2016

How to Survive New Year's Eve, Gluten-Free

So you have celiac disease, and it's New Year's Eve. You have multiple options. But let's minimize the decision-making, and reduce it to three options.  Because 'tis a night to party and enjoy, but what if you have to figure out dinner, gluten-free, cocktails, gluten-free, or prepping a party for many
friends...and you have to eat gluten-free?

Also, potluck.

1st Possibility: Single, Celiac, Party.
Do you ask the host if they're serving gluten-free options? Do you research  cocktails, ingredients? Do you show up, willing to risk it -- and possibly down a glass or bite a snack that probably contains gluten, or has been cross-contacted?
DO ask your host. But also, bring food. If it's dinner, eat first, and bring food. It isn't sexy, but it is self-care.
DON'T waste time researching cocktails. The only way to know is by asking the mixer or maker, and that is an option. Or, stick to naturally gluten-free: straight gin, r…

A Celiac on New Year's Eve, or Party It Up, Gluten-Free

...why not resolve to have a fuller, more gluten-free life.

Free from gluten-free.

Say what? Doesn't celiac require that my life be gluten-free?

No, celiac disease requires that my diet be gluten-free.

Yes, Celiac Disease is a condition treated by one prescription: a gluten-free diet. Because food is so key to our survival, and sometimes even to our identities, gluten-free often becomes as much a name we answer as a prescription we follow. But would we think it healthy if a diabetic toddled around identifying with their insulin? "Oh yes, I'm insulin-pumped." Or what about an individual with lupus: "I live a steroid-high life."

The analogy isn't precise, but it is fair -- for whenever we label our days, our lives, or our time gluten-free we risk doing what an individual diagnosed with diabetes would risk if they labeled their days and times insulin-pumped. The label reduces us to a prescription -- something, instead of a someone -- and then the label glute…

Chocolate Chick-pers, Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

Night falls Christmas Eve, and falls early here in New England. But the little tree on the side table is
glimmering; and the kitchen smells of vanilla, coconut, and baking.

There is always time for the things we need, Like wonder. But also like gluten-free cookies.

Before I walk to midnight mass, I'm leaving cookies on the blog -- like a plate for Santa. Plenty of time still to bake if you have a mind to, or to whirl up the dough for these couple ingredient chick-pers to bake in the early dawn, to warm the house on Christmas morning.

And if you've multiple food restrictions, here you have a cookie as free-from as the Christ-child was free-from sin. These little blokes are grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, optionally nut-free, and lovely.

CHOCOLATE CHICKPERS [ gluten-free, vegan, soy-free ]
:: ingredients ::
3/4 of a can of organic chickpeas, drained (liquid reserved) (optional) 1 tsp Nuttzo Peanut Free Nut Butert or 1/2 tsp Sunbutter (optional) 1 tbsp Organic Vanilla…

A Gluten-Free Gift Guide

Is it gluten-free? Is it scrumptiously cruncheable?  Can I celiac eat it, play it, use it? Do you need to buy a friend or family member something edible, and excellent? Keep it simple, scroll on, and pick out something from a list that includes the local, the exceptional, and the more than edible -- because it's not enough to find a gift that's acceptable, just because it's gluten-free, not when the world, and the market, now includes so many gluten-free goods that even one-up the stuff that's filled with wheat.


88 Acres Brand New Seed Spreads:  Vanilla Spice Sunflower Seed Butter, Pumpkin Seed Butter, & Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter

Shady Maple FarmsMaple Butter: Maple Syrup, Spreadable like Butter.


Gluten Free Sourdough Company Sourdough Muffin Tops: Pumpernickel, Ivory Teff, and Teff

B-Free Foods Seeded Rolls: sugar free, & everything else free, perfect fluffy rolls for dinner or breakfast, non-gmo…