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My wife has Celiac Disease. I started this website as a way to record some of the information that I am learning along the way, and to help others who suffer from Celiac Disease by having a dependable resource for that information.
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GlutenFREE has written 84 articles so far, you can find them below.

Mama Siran’s Date and Hazelnut Spread

The folks at Mama Siran’s were kind enough to send me a sample of their Date and Hazelnut Spread.  What is it?

Mama Siran’s Date and Hazelnut Spread is a wholesome and incredibly
tasty product created from a unique family recipe
handed down through the generations.

This sumptuously delicious spread can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

For breakfast Mama Siran’s Spread on toast, on cereal,
as a sweetener with your tea or coffee instead of sugar.

As a snack on your favorite bread, cracker, with fruit or in a smoothie.

Enjoy it for dessert as a topping on ice-cream, or with yogurt.

Mama Siran’s Spread, as versatile as the imagination.

Mama Siran's Date and Hazelnut SpreadSome of those uses were a little too brave for me, but I did try it by itself and on several gluten free crackers.  And it’s pretty good.  After being in the fridge for a time, it was very difficult to spread, but according to the instructions, it can be heated up a bit in the microwave to fix that.

The taste reminded me a lot of the filling from Fig Newtons.  Some of you who have been Gluten Free might not actually know that taste unless you’ve tried one of the GF varieties.  And, I don’t think the GF varieties of Fig Newtons are really all that close anyways.

The texture of the spread is not what I expected.  I expected that it would be gritty, but it actually is quite smooth.  It’s the consistency (out of the fridge) of a very stiff paste.

Overall, I liked it.  I’ve still got some left and am planning on trying it in a few more of the adventurous ways that they suggest.  I’m thinking it would go quite well over a piece of toasted Udi’s bread!

A few suggestions I would make to the folks at Mama Siran’s.  The packaging seems a bit sub-standard.  I’m sure it’s perfectly sanitary and safe, it just seems less than what I’m used to.  I’m sure it’s a cost thing, and I understand that.  It would just be nice to see it in a small jar like a Nutella or Peanut Butter.

You can purchase Mama Siran’s Date and Hazelnut Spread through their website.  It’s $4.99 for a very generous portion, and from what I can tell, it keeps for quite some time.  If you’re looking for a bit of something a little different that  is certified GF, give it a test run.  I liked it, you might too!

2010 NFCA Gluten-Free Candy List

Just in time for Halloween, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has released their 2010 Gluten Free Candy list.  It’s a nice and long list, but, of course, most candy is just straight sugar and flavoring, so most is safe.  As is usual, the list is accurate as of printing, so if anything changes at the manufacturing point, it is possible for some of it to become unsafe.  Should work wonderfully for this Halloween though!

CNN Eatocracy Takes on Gluten

The CNN food blog Eatocracy has a semi-nice post today about gluten and what a gluten free diet is.  I say semi-nice because it doesn’t seem like there can be an article from a serious news organization that doesn’t have some modicum of inaccuracies or where it doesn’t seem like they are taking it lightly despite it’s affects.  That being said, most of the article does come across as being a serious article with some nice facts.

Celiac disease on the contrary, is an autoimmune disorder with intense gastrointestinal symptoms – like cramping and bloating – among others. When people with Celiac disease eat foods with gluten, it damages the villi of the small intestine wall – thus, preventing basic nutrients of food from being absorbed.

Simple avoiding bread doesn’t do much good. Gluten pops up in surprising places, including soy sauce, sausage, lunchmeat, some instant coffee, soups, sauces, and even Communion wafers. Sufferers often need to go to extreme measure to avoid encountering it – hence the uptick in gluten-free products, cookbooks and restaurants.

There’s also a poll at the end of the article where they’re polling your proximity to the gluten free lifestyle.  Take it, and show thank them for taking what can be a very harmful (and deadly) disease seriously.  Now, if only we could get most of the doctors to do the same…

Stubb’s Barbeque Sauces Certified Gluten Free

Stubb’s Barbeque sauces recently announced that they’ve gotten their full line of sauces certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization and will start having the seal on their labels on shipments beginning July 1, 2010.

Stubb’s all-natural barbecue sauces are available in Original, Spicy, Mild, Smokey Mesquite, Honey Pecan and Hickory Bourbon. Marinades include Beef, Chicken, Pork, Texas Steakhouse, Moppin’ Sauce and Wing Sauce. All the flavors are gluten free and use cane sugar rather than corn syrup for sweetness.

“The average consumer won’t taste any difference with the gluten-free reformulation, but those who eat gluten free will love our sauces, rubs and marinades as much as our long-time fans,” Koegler said. “Stubb’s is truly a sauce line that everyone can enjoy.”

It’s exciting to see yet another mainstream product take the effort to make their product Gluten Free and go through the certification process.  As always, make sure you buy a few bottles to support their efforts.  Dropping them a line or email doesn’t hurt either!

Asian Helper Chicken Fried Rice

My wife was very excited when we first heard the news that there would soon be Gluten Free versions of some of the Betty Crocker “Helper” lines.  From the sounds of it, there will only be a few to begin with, but if they are popular enough, there might be more.

Last night, we had the opportunity to try out the Chicken Fried Rice Asian Chicken Helper now that it’s being carried in our local store.  It’s got a nice badge on the front of the box declaring it’s gluten free as well as the words gluten free under the ingredient list.  Since this is a rice dish, I’m sure the only real modification they had to make was to change to a non-wheat based soy sauce.

Preparation and cooking was exactly as it would be for any other of the “helper” series.  Simple.  Cook the chicken, add the rice and seasonings with some water and cook until the rice is done (20 minutes).  Once it’s done, move most of it to one side of the pan, scramble a couple eggs in the other side and then mix it all together.   If I were to make it again, I would either make it in a larger pan or make the eggs separately.  Just wasn’t enough room for it all in the pan I was using and it ended up kinda messy.  Also, if you cook it too long, the rice breaks down and becomes more of a mush.  That wasn’t that great, but overlookable.

The meal itself was quite tasty.  Much better than we’ve come to expect from some of the meal in a box offerings.  I’m sure we’ll be picking up some more of it.

King Arthur Flours Announces Gluten Free Flours and Mixes

King Arthur Flours, long a favorite of gluten eaters, has announced a full line of gluten free flours and mixes.

Our NEW online gluten-free baking resource.
All the mixes, ingredients, recipes, and tips
you need for your very best gluten-free baking.

Just from the picture, I see a pizza crust mix, cookie mix, bread mix, brownie mix, pancake mix, muffin mix, and chocolate cake mix along with an all purpose flour mix.  It looks like it goes live on March 1st, 2010 so make sure and check it out.

This is an exciting release, be sure to support it by buying a few to try out!

P.S. It looks like the mixes are already listed in their store.  $6.95 each.

Gluten Free at Burger King

Burger King has released a Gluten Sensitivity list for it’s visitors.  It’s a nice PDF file that could be easily printed off and kept in a book with your other lists for when you visit BK.

You can get the list  here.

Gluten Free Honey Nut Chex Available

Honey Nut Chex GlutenFreeWe heard that a number of the Chex family of cereals were going to be going gluten free, but had yet to actually see any.
Aside from Rice Chex which have been GF for a while now.

As you can see, we finally found some of the Honey Nut Chex that are marked as Gluten Free. They were hiding behind some of the older boxes. Proof that Wal-mart rotates their stock at least.

Having picked them up, we had to give them a try and they are amazing. I hadn’t ever had the original non-gluten free marked boxed ones, so this was my first try of them. They are really quite good. They remind me a bit of frosted corn flakes.

If you happen to find yourself near a Wal-Mart, go and check out the cereal aisle. And don’t forget to check behind the other boxes too! We’ve also noticed that our Wal-Mart is carrying a number of other gluten free items that are just interspersed with the non-gf items in the store. The Wal-Mart generic brand is also very good about labeling their gf items as Gluten Free.

Delight, Gluten Free Magazine

There’s a new magazine on the block for those of us who have to eat Gluten Free (Or those that choose to).  It’s called Delight, Gluten Free.  From the looks of it, it’s going to be published quarterly with recipes and articles.  All for only $14.00 a year.

From the description on their website:

Check out this amazing new magazine! Delight gluten free is a fun food & lifestyle magazine for people with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance and food allergies. It hosts delicious gourmet recipes and easy semihomemade as well. Don’t miss the Gluten-Free Meals on a Budget either. Whatever your food allergy you should be able to find something that fits your household, in their February issue they offer gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, soy-free and even some rice-free recipes. Not only that, this magazine has a travel section coming in May that will host lots of fun ideas and good advice for when you venture out on the road. Personal stories, inspiring articles on Autism, Q & A with the Doc are among the other features of this magazine.

Sounds like a pretty good magazine to check out.  As I’m sure you’re aware, it’s hard to find good quality recipes and info.  But it’s getting better!  And magazines like Delight are a great resource for all you Celiacs out there.  You can subscribe by visiting the Delight Website: http://www.delightgfmagazine.com and then just click on the Subscribe Now link.  I’m going to.

ALERT! Lay’s BBQ No Longer Gluten Free

Lay’s BBQ flavored chips are no longer gluten free.  They changed the ingredients and added barley malt flour.  Give Lay’s a call and express your “distaste” for this change.

Click here for Lay’s Contact Information

This is a really good reminder that unless the package specifically says “Gluten Free”, you need to check the ingredients.

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