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Friday, March 27, 2015
Toffee and Ice Cream Making Class in New York City

Ok, stop licking your monitor and sign up for this class right now! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Join the NYC Celiac Meetup group for a tasty toffee tutorial and ice cream lesson while getting a behind-the-scenes look at the new gluten-free commercial kitchen space in East Harlem’s historic La Marqueta building. 

Laurie Pauker from Laurie & Sons Candy, proves why she has a toffee pedigree lauded by The New York Times by demonstrating how to make toffee in a professional toffee maker, as well as how you can make it on your own stovetop. Each attendee will get to dip their own toffees in chocolate and finish them with sea salt or other spices and take their creations home in a box. 

Catherine Oddenino from Luca & Bosco ice cream - recently selected as one of The Village Voice's top 100 dishes in NYC - will show how a professional ice cream machine (batch freezer) works, and explain the science of ice cream. We'll churn up some gluten-free Cookies & Cream ice cream, taste other ice cream flavors and take home a pint. Wine will also be served.  

The kitchen is entirely gluten-free. Note, the toffee and ice cream both contain dairy. 

Cost per person is $42 which includes a PayPal processing fee. Buy your tickets here.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Gluten-Free Friends and Celebrities in Texas
Two weeks ago, I went to Texas for the very first time. I had a great time enjoying the weather and the sites of San Antonio before heading to the GFFAFest in Austin. My favorite part about this event was all of the smiling, gluten-free faces. I saw old friends and met new ones. I connected with longtime readers and Facebook friends that I only ever "met" online. I learned about new products and new blogs that I never heard about before. Meeting people is always my favorite part of writing this blog and attending events. You already know that I think these are the real gluten-free celebrities in our community. They aren't on TV (well, some are!) and they aren't in movies but they are the people that day in and day out advocate for our celiac and gluten-free community. This isn't everyone I met during my few days in Texas, these are the only people pictures I have.

Me with  the lovely Anne Barfield, owner of the gluten-free bed and breakfast Chicken Paradise
in San Antonio, Texas

Me, Erica Dermer founder of Celiac and the Beast and (a book with the same name), and Brandy Wendler, nurse practitioner and founder of Spoonful of Wellness getting a sugar high at the 100% gluten-free restaurant Wild Wood Bakehouse in Austin, Texas

Me with Amy Fothergill, author of The Warm Kitchen and founder of The Family Chef
(also my partner-in-crime for the weekend!) 

Me with the Shireen Yates and Scott Sundvor, the awesome co-founders of NIMA Sensor

Me with long-time gluten-free advocate Beth Hillson, author of Gluten-Free Makeovers

Me with Kimberly, author of The Food Allergy Mom, and my blogger tablemate for the weekend

Me with the one and only Jules Shepard, celiac advocate and founder of

Nerissa Oden, author of Bread-Free Bread

Pam Jordan, founder of I'm A Celiac and author of Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes

And last but not least, the amazing Shelia Cafferty, the founder of the GFFAFest

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Saturday, March 14, 2015
Happy (Gluten-Free) Pi Day!
Today is March 14, also known as Pi Day. According to, "Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159."

One of my best friends is getting married today and instead of wedding cake she's having PIE! She even went as far as ordering a gluten-free pie to make sure I had something to eat. If that isn't a good friend, I don't know what is.

In honor of Pi Day, I thought I would post links to recipes of some of my favorite bloggers.

GFJules: Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Gluten-Free Easily: Easy "Crustless" Apple Pie

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: Gluten-Free Coconut Cream Pie

Against All Grain: Grain-Free and Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie

And for those of you (like me) that don't bake at all, I recommend Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery in Wisconsin. They had one of the best gluten-free apple pies that I have ever eaten. Good news is that they ship nationwide!

What's your favorite gluten-free pie recipe? Feel free to post the link below.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
March 2015 Gluten-Free Events in New York City
It's been a busy few weeks for me and I have been neglecting my blog. I am so sorry and hope to do better in the next few weeks. Then again, I look at my gluten-free calendar and I have a crazy schedule. One of the things keeping me busiest is the NYC Celiac Meetup group. We now have more than 1,900 members and 369 past events. No wonder this blog gets neglected! I do hope you will join me at one of our upcoming events!

March 8, 2015
Syosset, New York
7th Annual Bowling Bash to Benefit the Celiac Disease Center
A fundraiser for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Enjoy three hours of unlimited bowling, gluten-free snacks and a silent auction

March 23, 2015
New York City
Senza Gluten Chef's Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings
One of my best friends, aka Wine with Kristen, is hosting this wine pairing event at Senza Gluten, a brand new 100% gluten-free restaurant in New York City.

March 24, 2015
New York City
10th Annual Paul Taylor Dance Company Celiac Disease Center Fundraiser
A wonderful evening of gluten-free food and dance at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. A portion of the ticket sales go to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

March 31, 2015
New York City
Toffee and Ice Cream Making Class
Join Luca & Bosco and Laurie & Sons Candy for this delicious gluten-free class. 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Gluten-Free Smoothies for Everyone with Nutri Ninja
I recently received my favorite kitchen appliance ever! The generous people at Ninja Kitchen asked me to review their Nutri Ninja with Auto iQ and I happily agreed. I have a very old and very crappy blender so when this new Nurti Ninja arrived, I felt like it was Christmas morning!

I am kind of a smoothie addict. I usually do not start my day without a fruit smoothie. I usually add bananas, strawberries, and any other sweet fruit I have in my kitchen. Some days I add gluten-free hemp protein and other days I throw in a handful of spinach. I always use almond milk! This is a naturally gluten-free breakfast that is simple to make. Less than one minute later, I have a few servings of fruit and veggies ready to drink. Simply add your ingredients, screw on the cap and let that Ninja do it's job.

Banana, blueberries, strawberries, and spinach

The thing I like best about the Ninja is that it comes in three sizes. I tend to shove as much as I can into my smoothie. With three different cup sizes, this let's me make a huge smoothie. I also like to make soup in my blender so I think with the biggest Ninja cup, I could make a few pints. The other thing I like about the Ninja is the suction cups on the bottom of the machine. This machine is powerful and the suction prevents the Ninja from rattling off the counter. I also like the screw-on covers that you can add to the cup to drink directly from it after making your smoothie in it. One less dish to wash! 

The thing I like least is the noise. This thing is loud. There's no late-night smoothie making if you have a sleeping baby, roommate, or spouse. It's too loud. But at just 45 seconds or less to make your smoothie, the sound doesn't last too long. 

Time to make the smoothie

The Nutri Ninja with Auto-iQ came with two recipe books and I am excited to change up my usual smoothie routine a little bit. There are also tons of resources online with recipes from devout Ninja users. I want to make everything.

What is your favorite smoothie or juice recipe? I would love some more inspiration.

Screw on the cap, ready to drink

Thank you Nutri Ninja for the awesome gift! It will go to good use in my kitchen. Smoothies for everyone! 

Note: Ninja Kitchen sent me this complimentary product for a review. Views expressed in this post are my own. 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Austin Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest Ticket Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I announced that I am a presenter at Living Without's Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Austin, Texas. I am sharing my Gluten-Free Globetrotter knowledge with the attendees including expert tips about gluten-free travel around the world. I am thrilled to share the stage with some wonderful and prominent members of the gluten-free community including Beth Hillson, Dr. Samantha Brody, Laura B. Russell, Debbie Adler, Jules Shepard, Brandy Wendler, Kristine Kidd, Karen Morgan, and the Bona Dea team.

Find me on Saturday and Sunday morning at 10:15am in meeting room 9C for my discussion about gluten-free travel. I will also be walking the expo, sampling all of the gluten-free food like the rest of you. As an official blogger of the GFFA Fest, I will also be sitting at the Official Blogger Booth (#104 and #102).

Gluten-Free Globetrotter®: How to plan your gluten-free vacation
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
Location: Meeting Room 9C

February 28 and March 1, 2015

Planning a gluten-free vacation and eating far from home can be a daunting experience. During this session with Erin Smith, founder of Gluten-Free Globetrotter®, she will share gluten-free travel tips, suggest planning resources for your gluten-free vacation, explore gluten-free travel questions at the end of the session.

Tickets for the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest are on sale now or you can enter to win below!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Walkers Shortbread Goes Gluten-Free

If you read other gluten-free blogs, you might have already heard this news. Just in case you missed it, the famous Walkers Shortbread has introduced three, brand-new gluten-free options to their shortbread line.

When I was in Scotland, Walkers Shortbread was EVERYWHERE! I guess I never noticed it at home before since I couldn't eat it. My mom brought home tins of this Scottish shortbread as gifts for family and friends. She was raving about how good it was, but as a celiac I could not enjoy this traditional Scottish shortbread. Until now! 

According to the Walkers Shortbread website, "Our shortbreads contain the same butter and sugar content as our regular shortbreads, but the wheat flour is replaced by a blend of rice flour, maize flour, and potato starch. As is the Walkers custom, they contain no artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives." In addition when I asked about the production of the new gluten-free shortbread, the Walkers representative said The gluten free line is made in a dedicated part of the Scotland facility."

The new gluten free line includes three shortbreads:

  • Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread: The classic pure butter gluten free shortbread offers a crumbly "melt-in-your-mouth" texture and all butter taste.
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread: A generous helping of chocolate chips provides a rich and luxurious complement to this classic shortbread.
  • Gluten Free Ginger & Lemon Shortbread: This crumbly shortbread combines the best of traditional Scottish baking with the exotic tang of Lemon and Stem Ginger.
I wanted to stick with the original so I tried a sample of the Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread. This new gluten-free cookie from Walkers did not disappoint. With a cup of tea, this was the perfect dessert or afternoon snack or both in my case! It's really delicious.

Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread will appear at retailers across the country in the coming months and is available for purchase online at

Or you can win your very own box of gluten-free Walkers Shortbread right here! Enter by leaving a comment at the end of this post or through the Rafflecopter widget below. Don't delay, giveaway ends on February 6th.

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Note: Walkers Shortbread sent me this complimentary box for a review. Views expressed in this post are my own. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
10th Annual Evening with the Paul Taylor Dance Company to benefit the Celiac Disease Center

It's that time of year again. This is such a wonderful night and I am proud to be a part of it. The theater is beautiful, the food is gluten-free, and a portion of each ticket sale goes to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.


Join the NYC Celiac Meetup Group for the 10th Annual Evening with the Paul Taylor Dance Company to benefit the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5:45pm Gluten-Free Light Supper on the theater's 2nd Floor Promenade

7pm Performance: Sunset, Eventide, Piazzolla Caldera

David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street

Tickets: (Prime Orchestra Seating) $350, $128

Special Meetup tickets: $38*

*A portion of each ticket price benefits the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

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Monday, January 26, 2015
WEGO Health Awards 2015 Nominee: Gluten-Free Fun

WEGO Health is an amazing website that works with health advocates to foster relationships with their health communities. It's important to remember that I am not only writing for the gluten-free community, but I am also living with Celiac Disease. WEGO Health helps build these communities, while providing the resources I need to be the best celiac advocate that I can be.

For the fourth year, I have been nominated for WEGO Health Activist Awards. I am completely blown away that this year I have be nominated for three separate awards: Health Activist Hero, Best in Show: Blog, and Lifetime Achievement. It is such a wonderful feeling to be recognized by my readers and peers for the advocacy and activities I coordinate within the gluten-free community.

According to the WEGO Health website, "The WEGO Health Activist Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower Health Activists. We connect with so many inspiring Health Activists who raise awareness, share information, support their communities, and much more - often without recognition. The WEGO Health network is centered around Health Activists, so we knew it was up to us to tell these leaders how great they are! We wanted to celebrate those who have made a difference and thus, the Awards were born. We've since found that these Awards are one of the best ways to introduce new Health Activists to the online community and have community members say "thank you" to the leaders they love."

Click here to visit my WEGO Health page.
The WEGO Health Awards are accepting endorsements until January 31st, 2015 (This Saturday!) If you are a fan of Gluten-Free Fun, Gluten-Free Globetrotter, or the NYC Celiac Meetup Group, I would love if you could visit my nominee page and submit an endorsement. This can be done anonymously or you can include your name in the submission, this is completely up to you. You can also tweet and share to Facebook once you have submitted your endorsement.

I thank you in advance for helping me continue my advocacy with the gluten-free community. I do what I do for you, my readers, and the entire celiac disease community. Without this disease and this website, we wouldn't be connected. Even if you think celiac disease is an awful diagnosis, you are NOT alone. We are all in this together.

My 2014 WEGO Health Awards nominations

Best in Show: Blog
Whose blog do you absolutely love? Their writing is exceptional, their "voice" admirable, and their writing is just really worth reading. You think anyone wondering why patients or caregivers would blog about health should read this Health Activist's blog - it will make the case crystal clear. They have great info, raise awareness, and do whatever they can to help their community by using their blog. They may be active on numerous social platforms - but the blog is their bread and butter - and they are a great model of how to be a blogger.

Health Activist Hero
Sometimes the connections we make in online communities go above and beyond, truly changing our lives for the better. Is there a Health Activist you know whose content has opened your eyes, whose dedication has ignited the advocate within you, and whose work has accomplished things for their community members? Which Health Activist is nothing short of a hero to those they reach? They are the epitome of a Health Activist because they do whatever it takes to make a real difference – and they are.

Lifetime Achievement (This is the nomination I am most excited about!) 
Year in and year out we come across some Health Activists who continue to rock the health world. Think of it as the Academy Awards of the Health Activist community. What leader needs to be recognized for their overall achievement over the years? Across mediums, with patients and other leaders, who are the true stars who continue to shine and don’t fit into one category because over time, they have done it all. Perhaps they even started their advocacy before Twitter… gasp! Recognize those giants of Health Activism that have stood the test of time.

Don't delay, endorsements end this week! Thank you in advance. 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gluten-Free Fun at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Austin

I am so excited to announce that I am speaking at Living Without's Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Austin, Texas on February 28 and March 1st. This will be my first time in Texas and I cannot wait to see what the Lone Star State has in store for me.

February 28 – March 1, 2015
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

Wake up early and join me on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:15 am for the first sessions of the day where I will share my Gluten-Free Globetrotter tips all about gluten-free travel.

More details are coming soon including a giveaway for two tickets to this Austin event. If you can't wait to win, tickets are on sale now.

See you in Texas, y'all! 

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Monday, January 19, 2015
Gluten-Free on a Budget

I was thrilled when Chandice Probst of Gluten-Free Frenzy and Gluten-Free Calendar asked if I wanted an advanced copy of her new cookbook, Gluten-Free on a Budget and to be part of her blog tour. Chandice is one of those gluten-free people I feel like I have known forever even though I only met her twice in person. (Um, Chandice, how is this possible?!) Her positive attitude and her tireless efforts within the gluten-free community make her one of the gluten-free superstars in my book. Add on top of her busy gluten-free schedule, three kids and a move to Utah and I swear this woman doesn't sleep!

Gluten-Free on a Budget is a great resource for a hungry family. Chandice and her mom Tana Besendorfer put together a book full of family, budget-friendly recipes that are all 100% gluten-free. Tana's "Take it up a Notch" tips give some great ideas of how to make the most of your recipe and go easy on your wallet. The recipes range from easy, my style of cooking, like the Bacon Spinach Tomato Frittata on page 35 and the Peanut Butter Delights on page 195 to the more complex baking recipes like the Banana Black-Bottom Pie on page 171.

Chandice and Tana are both gluten-free so this cookbook not only comes from the heart but also comes from the experience of living with Celiac Disease. It is great to see a dynamic duo like these two put together this labor of love. You can tell these are all recipes they enjoy in their own homes that they want to share with the gluten-free community. I highly recommend Gluten-Free on a Budget for your gluten-free kitchen.

I was very flattered when Chandice asked me to give a quote for her new book. I love helping out a gluten-free friend but I also not-so-secretly love seeing my name in print. Check it out!

You can buy Gluten-Free on a Budget by Chandice Probst and Tana Besendorfer today on Amazon and at your local bookstore.

You can also enter to win a free copy via Rafflecopter below. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 26, 2015.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015
Eight Years of Gluten-Free Fun
8 years of Gluten-Free Fun

Today, Gluten-Free Fun is eight years old! Blog years are like dog years so this old blog feels ancient! I started this blog with encouragement and a push from a dearly departed friend. I kept going with this blog after all of your wonderful comments, emails, and in-person hellos over the past eight years. It is not always easy to keep up this website, my Gluten-Free Globetrotter website, and work full-time, but I do it because I love connecting with the gluten-free community. My dear readers keep me going. Thank you all for the past seven years, here's to many more!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Happy New Year from Gluten-Free Fun
It's been a busy year with an even busier December. Between Pasta Flyer, the holidays, and the launch of my new business, I have been beyond busy. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and wish you and your loved ones a very happy new year! Thank you to all of my readers for making 2014 such an exciting and Gluten-Free Fun year!

Happy New Year!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Pasta Flyer Lands in New York City Tomorrow Through Saturday
I am so excited to announce that Pasta Flyer finally lands in New York City tomorrow! I first connected with Chef Mark Ladner of Del Posto via Twitter when I learned about his gluten-free pasta side project. Then, the Chef Mark Ladner hosted a gluten-free pasta dinner for the NYC Celiac Meetup group in June. After that, I was lucky enough to be brought onto the Pasta Flyer team to help with social media and the pop-up events up and down the East Coast. Chef Mark likes to cook and I like to "tweet and eat" gluten-free pasta. It was a win-win situation!

This NYC Pasta Flyer pop-up is three days only, so be sure to stop in for a delicious bowl of gluten-free pasta. The entire Pasta Flyer menu is 100% gluten-free. I will be there all three days so be sure to ask for me when you stop in! See you there.

Pasta Flyer Pop-Up in NYC
December 18-20, 2014

Lunch (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Dinner (Saturday only)

7 Cornelia Street
between West 4th Street and Bleecker Street

NO RESERVATIONS! First come, first served!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Real Jules, Real Good Giveaway!
Real Jules - REAL GOOD Giveaway

Jules Shepard is one of those gluten-free people that I feel like I have "known" forever. I cannot remember exactly when I started following Jules on social media, but I always admired her advocacy with and her entrepreneurial spirit with her personal line of gluten-free baking flours and mixes. I finally met Jules a few years ago at ExpoEast in Baltimore and then saw her again here in NYC over some cocktails with a group of fabulous gluten-free ladies. It's been a while since I've seen her in person, but Jules is one of those people I keep up-to-date with thanks to social media. 

Jules had a rough year with her business and there might be some confusion between her business and another one using the same name. I am writing today to help point you in the right direction. You can find The Real Jules at Look for her super cute new logo!

Jules was kind enough to send me a free box of her gluten-free sugar cookie mix as well as her pancake and waffle mixes. These mixes are also free of the top 8 food allergies, are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility, and are now available in two sizes. I am definitely making the sugar cookies for Christmas. I don't have a cookie cutter, nor do I have a rolling pin so my plan is to make the mix according to the package. From there, I chill in the fridge in the shape of a log, and make gluten-free slice & bake cookies. Fingers crossed that it works! As for the pancakes, I save my pancake days for the weekends so I know what I am eating for breakfast on Saturday. Stay tuned for reviews! 

Do you want to win your very own gluten-free mix from the Real Jules? If so, just enter below and be sure to visit Jules on her Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter. Show Jules your support! Don't delay, the giveaway is only open until Sunday!

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Note: GFJules sent me these complimentary boxes of her product for review. Views expressed in this post are my own. 

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