Archive for February, 2010

 

Connie Sarros

Penny Pinching on The Gluten-free Diet

February 9th, 2010 by Connie Sarros


Current economic conditions have challenged many people to look for ways to cut expenses. This problem is compounded when you’re a celiac because gluten-free foods can be expensive. Still, there are ways to trim the budget without sacrificing the foods you need and love.

1. Making a weekly menu plan reduces trips to the grocery store, saving both fuel and impulse spending. Check your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to see what foods you can use that you already have on hand (cutting food cost for the week). (more…)


John Libonati

Whole Foods 365 Brand Gluten-Free Mixes 86′d

February 9th, 2010 by John Libonati

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Whole Foods 365 Brand Gluten-Free Mixes 86′d

Whole Foods Market has decided to discontinue its branded gluten-free baking mixes due to “lack of interest.” Back in 2007, the market introduced their own line of mixes – not to be confused with the Gluten Free Bakehouse ready-made baked goods. The mixes for pizzas, breads, cakes, brownies and the like were part of the store’s 365 Everyday Value line. The products initially were priced slightly less than the comparable Gluten-Free Pantry mixes the house brand largely replaced. The ingredient labels for the Whole Foods products mimicked those of Gluten-Free Pantry’s, although the actual manufacturer of the store-labeled versions was never confirmed by either company.

According to a statement from Whole Foods:

The 365 Gluten Free Baking Mixes have been discontinued and are no longer available through any other outlets. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. There are many reasons that go into the decision to discontinue a product. Hundreds of new products are presented to us every day; therefore, the mix of products in each category is continually evolving. We evaluate attributes like value, quality, taste and convenience when we make the decision to accept or discontinue a product. Most often a product is discontinued to make room for a new product that offers a better combination of these attributes, or because there is a lack of interest in the product.

A Whole Foods customer service representative confirmed in an e-mail that customers’ lack of interest in the products led to the decision to end distribution. Interestingly, stores are being encouraged to stock Gluten-Free Pantry mixes as a replacement when the existing inventory of store-brand products runs out.

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Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA
Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com.
Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.
John can be reached by e-mail here.

Paul Seelig, owner of the Great Specialty Products bread company in Durham, NC, has been jailed, his business closed, his website pulled and he is facing six felony counts for obtaining property by false pretense for selling bread he claimed was gluten free, when in fact it contained high amounts (>5,000 ppm) of gluten.

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Multiple food sensitivities? Try Living Harvest

February 8th, 2010 by Liz Schau

The reality for many people with gluten allergies is that they may also be allergic to other common foods. Those living with multiple food sensitivities often cannot tolerate allergens such as soy, corn, dairy, certain grains, tomatoes (or, nightshades), nuts, fish, eggs, and even chemicals or flavorings like MSG. (more…)

Jen Cafferty

Gluten-free Valentine Candy to Make at Home

February 8th, 2010 by Jen Cafferty

For many people the highlight of Valentine’s Day is eating chocolate. Making chocolate Valentine’s Day candy at home is both fun, easy and can be gluten-free. This is a great activity for both adults and children and a wonderful gift giving idea.

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Kaitlin Fleming

To go gluten free or not?

February 8th, 2010 by Kaitlin Fleming

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, digestive problems can be really detrimental to your well-being. Whatever your symptoms might be, digestive health is vital to the body’s overall well-being.

Make it your new year goal to figure out the cause of your discomfort and to find a solution that works for you. (more…)

Amy Fothergill

Pica Pica’s gluten-free arepa (corn bread) recipe

February 8th, 2010 by Amy Fothergill

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen in Napa is a wonderful destination. The icing on the proverbial cake is that it’s all gluten-free. If you want to learn more about them, read the full article here.

Adriana López Vermut was kind enough to share her recipe for the arepa, a Venezuelan corn bread. Look for a recipe for the pepeada filling, chicken salad with creamy avocado, in a subsequent article. Gather your ingredients, invite your friends over and make a great meal! (more…)

Jen Cafferty

Gluten-free Valentine’s chocolate cakes

February 8th, 2010 by Jen Cafferty

No need to fuss this Valentine’s Day. There are many delicious gluten-free chocolate cake mixes available for you to create a Valentine’s masterpiece. (more…)

There has been a recall of Cousin’s Products, LLC Spinach Vinaigrette.

From the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network:

Cousins Products, LLC is recalling 16-oz. jars of “Spinach Vinaigrette” due to undeclared egg, soy, and wheat. (more…)

John Libonati

Free Kind Bars at Starbucks on February 5th!

February 3rd, 2010 by John Libonati

Try KIND bars for free at Starbucks on February 5th!

Kind bars are one of my favorite gluten-free snacks. They taste phenomenal and are gluten-free, dairy-free and cane sugar-free.

On February 5th. Starbucks will sample KIND bars at all of their 7,000 stores across the country! Drop in to try one of the two delicious flavors selling at your local Starbucks: Fruit & Nut Delight and Cranberry Almond+Antioxidants. Click HERE to find a Starbucks near you.

Almond Cashew + Omega 3 now available at Starbucks

Last week Starbucks added Almond Cashew + Omega 3 to its existing superstar lineup of KIND flavors: Fruit & Nut Delight, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants and Mango Macadamia + Calcium. Almond Cashew is only 150 calories and packed with 500mg of Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA), which helps support a healthy heart and immune system. Almond Cashew + OMEGA 3 is a snack that you can feel good munching on.

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“Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA
Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com.
Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.
John can be reached at john.libonati@glutenfreeworks.com.”