Archive for May 2011

Take Your Pick of Fresh Produce in the City and the Suburbs

Memorial Day has come and gone, Father’s Day is just around the corner, and the summer grilling season has officially begun. Fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten free and are abundant this time of year. Local farmers are showcasing their produce at pick-your-own farms and local farmers markets throughout Chicagoland. Our community opened its... Read more »

My Answer to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: Gluten and Casein Free Peanut Butter Bars

Who says there isn’t room in your healthful, balanced diet for a little sinful indulgence? I was always one to enjoy a few mini-Reese’s peanut butter cups during my 3:00 slump. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are gluten free, but are now off limits for me since they contain dairy. These bars have become my new... Read more »

Chocoholics Unite! Ghirardelli's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe done Gluten and Dairy Free

Chocoholics Unite! Ghirardelli's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe done Gluten and Dairy Free
Attempt after failed attempt, I could not seem to re-create the taste and texture of the gooey, gluten filled chocolate chip cookies I remember from childhood. Most times, it was the gluten free flour mixture. Too grainy. Too crumbly. Too dry. Too greasy. No rise. Finally! I found a flour mixture that results in chocolaty... Read more »
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Oprah's Farewell Countdown: Any Chance Celiac Disease will be Featured?

I grew up watching The Oprah Winfrey Show, like so many here in Chicagoland and throughout the country. My older sister even had the opportunity to interview Oprah for her high school journalism class back when Oprah was hosting AM Chicago. There is no doubt that Oprah has uplifted and inspired many viewers throughout the... Read more »

Eggstremely Easy Egg Salad

Eggstremely Easy Egg Salad
When I tell people that I have a dairy allergy, they often ask if I can have eggs. I wondered that myself when I was first diagnosed. There is often a misconception that eggs are a dairy product because they are found in the dairy section of a grocery store alongside milk, cream, butter and... Read more »

Grillin' and Chillin' the Gluten Free Way

When the mercury rises, my desire to cook over a hot stove wanes. That’s when I turn to the grill. Nothing says summer like grillin’ and chillin’, and being gluten and dairy free doesn’t mean you cannot join in on the fun. We use the grill as much as possible in late spring and summer,... Read more »
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Bake Something Sweet for Mother's Day: Gluten Free Lemon Bread

For generations, moms have always had a way of taking a bad situation and making it better – whether it be a skinned knee or a bruised ego. Why not return the favor this weekend by giving mom a call and inviting her over for some tea and homemade lemon bread? This recipe is completely... Read more »

Chicken Soup for the Celiac Soul

To follow on an earlier post of mine about gluten and casein free over-the-counter medications, probably the best medicine when you are feeling under the weather is a nice, hot bowl of soup. I alternate between a few different versions of vegetable noodle and chicken noodle loaded up with a few extra veggies. The warmth... Read more »

Margaritas Anyone? Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is upon us. Are you looking for a fast and fresh way to celebrate? Try fish tacos with black bean salad. Using tilapia or a similar flaky, white fish is a perfect way to create a Mexican-inspired meal that is light enough to still leave room for a tangy Margarita. Remember, the... Read more »
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Chicago Gluten and Allergen Free Expo: News and Nibbles

As I sit writing this post, I am nibbling on Enjoy Life’s new Mega Chunk chocolate chunks, one of the several new products unveiled at last weekend’s Gluten and Allergen Free Expo held at the Wyndham Hotel in Lisle, IL. The Expo, founded by Jen Cafferty and presented by Living Without Magazine, is in its... Read more »