This year you can get your gluten-free friends and family a terrific gift that will make a huge difference in their life. There are gifts for all price ranges and any of these items will be appreciated.
1. A gift certificate to a gluten-free restaurant. Go to www.celiacscene.com and find a restaurant in your area. There are many restaurants that cater to the gluten-free community. A night out without having to cook is sure to be appreciated.
2. A Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. Every gluten-free cook will need a stand mixer to work their way through the dense gluten-free doughs. You can purchase a refurbished stand mixer at www.kitchenaid.com. The refurbished model looks good as new and you can even purchase an extended warranty. I would make sure your bowl is at least 5 quarts to hold all the dough.
3. A bread machine. Almost any bread machine will work well for gluten-free bread. But the Zojirushi models are considered to be the premier bread machine for those working with gluten-free doughs. With two paddles and a pan that makes a horizontal loaf, you can’t go wrong with this machine.
4. Cooking classes. Every gluten-free cook can use a few cooking classes. Check with your local grocery stores and culinary schools to see if they offer classes. If you live in the Chicago area, you can contact Gluten Free Classes, LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about local classes.
5. A crock pot. This winter you can prepare terrific gluten-free meals and have them ready when you get home from work.
6. A gift card to the grocery store. I know it seems silly but those on a gluten-free diet spend ALOT of money on food. A gift card to their favorite store would be most appreciated.
7. A basket of gluten-free goodies. Obviously, a basket of homemade items would be wonderful, but you can put together a basket of gluten-free mixes from your local store. Everyone loves to try a few new items and you can be sure that your items will get used throughout the year.
8. A membership to the Gluten Intolerance Group. For a few dollars, you can sign up your friend to be a member of the Gluten Intolerance Group. Membership information is available at www.gluten.net. They will recieve a terrific magazine throughout the year and discounts to the national conference in June.
9. A gluten-free cookbook. There are so many great cookbooks out today. My favorites still are those by Carol Fenster and Bette Hagman. You can find an assortment of books at www.amazon.com.
Author Information: Jen Cafferty, Chicago, IL
Jen Cafferty, Founder, The Gluten Free Cooking Expo
National GF Reporter for Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/x-12164-GlutenFree-Food-Examiner
GIG Chicago: www.chicagoglutenfree.com