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Friday, August 31, 2012
Photo Friday: Gluten-Free Graffiti
Only in Portland will you see gluten-free sidewalk street art! 

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Liv Gluten-Free Recipes from Good Commons
Chef Oliva Dupin
In June, I had the privilege of co-hosting an amazing Gluten-Free Gourmet Weekend at Good Commons in Plymouth, VT. We had not one, but two gluten-free chefs on staff that weekend who stuffed us silly with gluten-free food. One of the amazing chef's was Chef Olivia Dupin who is a Culinary Institute of America graduate and also lives with Celiac Disease. It was really important for me to have staff that are not only gluten-free, but who truly understand what being Celiac is all about. 

Chef Olivia did two cooking demonstrations during our weekend at Good Commons which I am happy to share with you. The first is a grain-free cookie which is very versatile. It could be made sweetly, as Olivia writes below, or it could be kept as a savory cookie/cracker by changing the seasonings and spices that are added. Her second demo was for the most delicious buns I've had in my life. These things were beyond delicious and I think I ate like 5 of them for breakfast on our last morning at Good Commons. Seriously, these things were amazing.

To learn more about Chef Olivia and to see more gluten-free recipes, please visit her website at

Liv's Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Liv's Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

1/4 cup cocounut flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup flax meal
1/4 cup chia seed
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup sesame seeds
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey

1/2 cup cashew butter
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons water

Pulse the ingredients for the cookies in a food processor until crumbly and the mixture begins to hold together.  Roll out between layers of parchment, score/cut into squares and bake at 325 for 20 minutes.

Mix ingredients for filling by hand or in a mini food processor.  Spread between cooled cookies.

Liv's Sticky Buns

1 package yeast
1/4 cup water
5 T sugar
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 c cornstarch
1/2 cup tapioca starch
2 t xanthan gum
1 t salt
1 stick butter, softened
2 eggs, room temperature
2 egg yolks, room temperature

1 cup raisins
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 T cinnamon

For Topping:
1 cup pecans
1 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 t salt

Prepare the brioche dough by first combining the yeast with 1 tablespoon of sugar and the warm water.  Let sit for 5 mins or until foamy.  Whisk together the dry ingredients, including the remaining sugar, then add the eggs and softened butter and the yeast and stir until you have a sticky dough (you can use an electric mixer with a paddle, or simple a wooden spoon to stir this) and then transfer to a greased bowl, cover and place somewhere warm to rise, 2 hours, or until doubled in volume.

Prepare the topping by melting the butter in a small saucepan.  Add the brown sugar and salt and cook until the sugar is melted and the mixture is smooth.  Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish, sprinkle on the pecans.

Combine the filling ingredients and set aside.  Grease 2 pieces of wax paper, then divide the dough into 2 pieces and flatten it onto the paper.  Spread each piece with the filling mixture and roll into a log.  Cut each log into 8 pieces and place into  the baking dish.

Bake 350 for 20-25 mins.  Let cool for 5 minutes, then invert the pan onto a platter and serve!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Win a $3,000 Gluten-Free Pantry Makeover!

Win a $3,000 Gluten-Free Pantry Makeover!

Includes $500 gluten-free shopping spree at Walmart.

Deadline to enter: August 31, 2012

Make a donation of $20 or more to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness by August 31, 2012, and you'll be entered to win.
The Grand Prize winner will go on a $500 gluten-free shopping spree at Walmart with NFCA Founder & President Alice Bast and an expert dietitian. Then the crew will head home to organize the winner's pantry!
Whether you have a fully gluten-free or a shared kitchen, this is your chance to start fresh.

How to Enter

1. Donate $20 or more to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) on May 1-August 31, 2012.
2. That's it!

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Monday, August 27, 2012
Free Celiac Disease Blood Screening at Univ. of Chicago

On average, a child visits 8
pediatricians before diagnosis...
    an adult spends up to 
             10 years looking for an answer.

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Gluten-free Fair & Ask the Experts Panel 
Saturday, October 13, 2012

University of Chicago 
5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 4069 Chicago, IL 60637

You are eligible for blood screening if you have: 
  • Been on a gluten-containing diet for at least 12 weeks prior to testing
  • Close family member that has celiac disease or Type 1 diabetes
  • Related autoimmune condition, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, MS, Addison's 
  • Digestive problems, chronic fatigue, osteopenia/osteoporosis
  • Down Syndrome
  • Other related symptoms or conditions  
To register, visit the Contact Us page on the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center website, choose "Blood Screening Registration" as the "Reason" for contact, and include the following in your email:
  1. Number of persons in your family to be tested
  2. Their ages
  3. Why they should be tested
  4. Whether or not they are currently on a gluten-free diet  
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Kicking4Celiac Foundation 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament
to benefit the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation

Monday September 24th, 2012
Engineers Country Club
Roslyn Harbor, New York

Golf Schedule (Rain or Shine)
9:30 am-11:30 am: Brunch & Registration
10:00 am: Driving Range Opens
11:30 am: Golfing start (format TBD), Refreshments & Lunch on the course (with gluten-free options!)
5:00 pm: Cocktail Hour
6:00 pm: Award Ceremony, Honoree & Guest Speaker Remarks
6:15 pm: Dinner (with gluten-free options)
8:00 pm: Raffle Drawing & Live Auction

Raffle & Live Auction Items will include: Golf Outing Certificates, Sporting Event Tickets, Theatre Tickets, Travel Packages, Dinner Certificates, Museum Passes, and many more exciting items.

The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on educating people affected by celiac disease and promoting celiac disease awareness to the public at large. The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation also offers a scholarship program to college students affected with celiac disease. The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation also works to raise funds for Celiac Disease centers through a variety of meaningful charity events and sponsorship opportunities. Promoting an active lifestyle and including physical activities in its fundraisers and events is at the core of the Foundation’s primary goal, which is to demonstrate the potential for celiac sufferers to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle while confronting the effects of celiac disease.

Celiac Disease Scholarship Program - The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation offers a one of a kind national scholarship opportunity that helps students off-set the costs of gluten-free living when entering college. This one time scholarship award helps students subsidize their meal costs that are dictated by living with Celiac Disease. These scholarships are awarded to students graduating high school and entering into a four-year undergraduate college program, and are doing so with Celiac Disease. As the daily struggles of living with Celiac Disease can be debilitating, each student applying is one that exemplifies perseverance, hard work, and dedication, all traits the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation prides itself on. Other criteria must be met during the application process, but we want to reward those that live with Celiac Disease and continually open new doors for themselves through their hard work!

Cleats 4 Kids Program - The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation’s “Cleats 4 Kids” program collects sports cleats for both boys and girls and donates them to recreation centers and organizations in need, throughout the country. Currently in it’s early stages, we have partnered this program with various organizations in underserved areas of New York and Los Angeles. This program was developed to give children in underprivileged areas the opportunity to play sports without the concern of being able to afford proper footwear. The Foundation collects cleats, new and used, not torn, and packs and ships them out to these areas. The purpose of this is to keep these children active, and to help them continue to live an enjoyable, happy, and healthy lifestyle. Exercise, as well as proper nutrition and education is important, and the foundation helps to strengthen that ideal within the recipients of these donations.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Make Your Own Gluten-Free Pizza at this Delicious Dinner Party
There are so many awesome gluten-free events in New York City in the next few weeks and months, I can barely keep up. I try to post all of the event I find to the NYC Celiac Meetup calendar, but there are some events that just need the extra love. This gluten-free pizza making party with Karen of Free Bread, Inc. is one of those events.

I first met Karen last summer when she opened up her home for a Free Bread tasting party for the NYC Celiac Meetup group. We gorged ourselves on her delicious, gluten-free rolls. Over the past year, I have been so impressed with Karen's drive and passion for her gluten-free business. She is a gluten-free force to be reckoned with! Karen has now taken her bread-making expertise and is making pizza with the gluten-free community. Her first two pizza making classes have sold out, but you have another chance to join this dinner party in September. Here are the details:

Make Your Own Gluten-Free Pizza Dinner Party

Indulge in a start-to-finish gluten-free dinner including wine after learning how to craft the perfect pizza pie.

  • Karen Freer is the founder of Free Bread, a gluten-free baking company
  • Make and bake a tasty dinner with the freshest local ingredients
  • Enjoy a feast of pizza, salad, dinner rolls, and wine, all gluten-free
The benefits of eating gluten-free sound pretty good to us: weight loss, a boost in energy, improved sleep, the list goes on and on. When we think about giving up pizza to go gluten-free though, that list suddenly holds less weight. That’s why we’re psyched that someone like Karen Freer has come along and saved us from making the decision between a good night of sleep and a stuffed crust pepperoni pie.
Karen was diagnosed with Celiac in 2007 and quickly realized that a life without bread and pizza wasn’t going to work out for her. She hit the kitchen and worked for months until she’d created a flavorful, gluten-free loaf of bread that finally satisfied her cravings.
On this experience, Karen is walking you through how to fulfill your own cravings with a gluten-free pizza-making night. From shaping the dough to “dressing” your pie with a wide variety of delicious topping choices, you’ll sit down knowing that the pizza in front of you is not only safe to eat, but also just as good as it’s gluten-filled counterpart. During dinner, Karen will serve up her famous Free Bread dinner rolls, a crisp salad, and the second most important component to any pizza dinner: the wine.

Buy your tickets today!

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Long Island City, NY

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Monday, August 20, 2012
Back to School Webinar with the NFCA
In the past year, NFCA’s inboxes have been flooded with questions on how to address their children’s medical needs while remaining positive but with more vigor. NFCA’s annual back to school Webinar will return with a focus on providing parents of gluten-free children with the knowledge and material needed to address tough gluten-free issues with their children’s school administration.

Speaker: Gabriela Pacheco, RD, LD, SNS, School Nutrition Consultant

Sponsored by Mary's Gone Crackers, this webinar is free of charge. 

When: Thursday, August 23, 2012 Time: 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT

Where: Your computer

Watch and Win! Three winners will receive Mary’s Gone Crackers love Cookies and Pretzels. The entire Mary’s Gone Crackers line is 100% gluten free, vegan, organic, non-GMO, kosher and made with love! Winners will receive one bag of each Pretzel flavor and one box of each love Cookie flavor. There are four 5.5 oz. boxes of loveCookies available - Double Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Ginger Snap and “N’Oatmeal” Raisin (No Oats!) and three 7.5 oz. bags of Pretzels available - Sea Salt, Chipotle Tomato and Curry.

You must register for this event here:

Note: The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) provides information on gluten-free events as a service to the community. Please note that NFCA cannot assure the event participant or restaurant patron of the gluten-free practices or knowledge of the restaurants cited if they have not completed NFCA’s GREAT Kitchens program, which provides accredited gluten-free training to restaurants and other foodservice providers. Please call the venue directly to learn more about their preparation processes.

The webinar will be available at 

Note: A recording of each Webinar will be posted along with the Webinar slides within 72 hours after the live Webinar ends. To download recorded Webinars and slides, visit the Archived Webinars page.

 Please note, you MUST pre-register for this event in order to gain access to the webinar. The event does not take place on this page. Here is the link for registration:

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Friday, August 10, 2012
In My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Many months ago Wendy of Celiacs in the House asked me to participate in her weekly "In My Gluten-Free Kitchen" series. I was excited because I moved last year and my kitchen/living area space was one of the bigger selling points on my apartment. Today is my day and you can visit Wendy's site to see pictures of my kitchen  some of my favorite gluten-free products, and more. Check out below for a sneak preview picture and visit Wendy's site today for my full kitchen post!

That's me! 

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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Gluten-Free Magazines
There seem to be a flood of gluten-free and food allergy magazines that are now available to the consumer. As of today, I found EIGHT magazines. This blows my mind. When I was first diagnosed with Celiac in 1981 and for many years after, my family was starving for information about living a gluten-free life. There was just nothing out there. Now, with the internet and all of these wonderful print and digital magazines, the newly diagnosed Celiac has a ton of information right at their fingertips.

I couldn't find a complete list of gluten-free magazines that are now available so I thought I would put one together. As I learn about new magazines (both print and digital), I will update this list.

Delight Gluten-Free 
Available in print and digital format
6 issues per year

Simply Gluten-Free
First issue will be available this winter
Available in print and digital format
6 issues a year

Gluten-Free Living
Available in print only
6 issues per year

Gluten Free Magazine
Available only in digital format 
I couldn't figure out how many issues are available per year. The website was a little wonky. 
$3.99 per issue

Living Without: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Other Food Allergies
Available in print only
6 issues per year

Easy Eats 
Available only in digital format
6 issues per year
3 payment options: Free, $8, $16

Allergic Living: Allergies, Asthma, and Gluten-Free
Available in print only
4 issues per year

The Gluten-Free Consumer
Available only in print and digital format
12 issues per year

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
One Grain More
I love a good laugh and this lighthearted video made me giggle. To the tune of "One Day More" from Les Miserables, this "food allergy parody that will knock your hypoallergenic socks off!"

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Gluten-Free Fun is back!
Hello dear readers. You may have noticed things have been quiet around here for a while. I have a new position at work (yep, that day job again!) and then I was on a much needed vacation. While on vacation, I decided to not check email, Facebook, or Twitter. It was so nice to not be tethered to technology for a whole week. I fully encourage you to try.

Now that I am back, I will be announcing some great gluten-free events, posting some reviews, and even having some guest bloggers. I'm excited to share with you.

Stay tuned.

Having some Gluten-Free Fun on Lake Erie! 

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