Archive for December, 2011

 

Jennifer Slack

Alicia Woodward: Holiday and Social Event Tips

December 22nd, 2011 by Jennifer Slack


Gluten Free Works Author Jennifer Leeson

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Alicia Woodward, Editor Living Without Magazine

After getting the opportunity to interview Living Without’s Editor, Alicia Woodward, and learning more about her and the magazine, we went on to discuss Holiday and Social Event tip ideas.  The following is a compilation of Alicia’s tips along with some of my own tips on the how to effectively work through the barriers that might interfere with following through on these suggestions. Enjoy!

Holiday Tips for Social Events

1. A- Communicate.  Call well before the party to alert your host to your food sensitivities.  Be specific about your food “triggers,” clearly explaining what you can (and can’t) eat.

J- Take a deep breath and think about what you would do if you were the host of the situation.  My guess is you would try and do something to accommodate.  Most people, especially people that care about you, don’t want you to get sick and will try their best to help out…or at least let you know ahead of time if there won’t be something safe, so you can eat ahead of time.  If it’s a work event, you might want to talk to the organizer about the (more…)


John Libonati

Free Gluten-Free Holiday Cookbook from Tom Sawyer

December 21st, 2011 by John Libonati

John Libonati Gluten Free Works

Tom Sawyer Gluten Free Holiday Cookbook

Tom Sawyer's Free Holiday Recipe Book. Click the image to get your copy.

Tom Sawyer Gluten Free Flour is giving away their FREE Holiday Recipe Cookbook.

This great resource gives you dozens of desserts, sides, breads and stuffings – pretty much everything you need to make a delicious and memorable Holiday Dinner. And while many of the recipes use Tom Sawyer's Gluten-free Flour mix, any all-purpose gluten-free flour mix should work. (Of course, they may not work as well. Tom Sawyer's mix is absolutely excellent! We LOVE the biscuits!!)

Bread Stuffing, Grandma’s Corn Bread, Turkey Gravy, Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes, Holiday Muffins, Tom Sawyer’s Award Winning Gluten Free Angel Food Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cake Roll and Cranberry Spice Bars are just (more…)

Getting Festive – Gluten Free Canapes

December 20th, 2011 by Annie

Annie_gluten_free_works Free From Polenta CanapesIn my pre-coeliac days, canapés were a doddle. Even on a budget. The day before a party I would buy the cheapest bread from the supermarket, cut out as many circles of bread as I could get out of each slice, dip them in olive oil and press them into pattie tins or mini muffin tins and bake.   I would end up with hundreds of little crisp toasts that kept overnight in a sealed box ready to be topped with an array of fresh toppings throughout the evening.

These days, that isn’t an option!  Gluten free bread is too expensive to buy, too small to get more than 2 circles out of (with a lot of wastage), and frequently too crumbly to use.  Home made is better – but that is an awful lot of bread to make, slice and cut.  Just not practical - especially when you have no fridge or kitchen space - or time - for advanced prep because you are running a supperclub!

So this week I was left wondering what I could use as canapé bases for our Christmas Party that would be a) gluten free b) economical c) effective and these are my top three suggestions:

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John Libonati Gluten Free Works

In the spirit of the giving season, Gluten Free Works is excited to bring to your attention a special fundraiser we are helping promote this week for a great gluten-free cause!

This week only, your gift of just $2 will provide $4 toward scholarships for children to attend a gluten-free summer camp hosted by the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) next summer in Southern California.

Gluten-Free Saver has partnered with Van’s Natural Foods to raise money to send children to next summer’s CDF-sponsored summer camp. The summer camp will be held in San Bernardino in Southern California from July 30 to August 3, 2012, and it’s open to all 7-15 year old gluten intolerant and gluten-sensitive children – not just those diagnosed with celiac disease. (more…)

Jen Cafferty

Easy Crushed Gluten Free Candy Cane Cake Recipe

December 19th, 2011 by Jen Cafferty

Jen Cafferty Gluten Free Works Author

gluten free candy cane cakesCandy canes can make any cake or cupcake turn into a magical winter treat. All you need to do is take some gluten-free candy canes (click here to see my favorite brand) and crush them up.  Sprinkle them on top of your favorite frosted treat and you will end up with a beautiful creation that looks like it is from a bakery.

Some of my favorite ways to use the candy canes:

1.  Make a vanilla cake from your favorite mix.  Add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract to the batter.  Bake and allow to cool.  Frost with frosting (I like the Betty Crocker canned frostings).  Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. (more…)

Corn-syrup and Cane-sugar-Free Caramel Popcorn Recipe

December 18th, 2011 by Kim Wilson

 

gluten free sugar free corn syrup free caramel corn

What's the problem with how traditional caramel corn is made? The primary ingredients are usually corn syrup and refined white sugar (not at all beneficial to our health or mood).  Also, you often have to fight to keep the caramel corn on the baking sheets as you stir it during baking.  All these problems have been solved with this new recipe.  Natural sweeteners replace the corn syrup and white sugar and the mixture is baked in a casserole dish.  Easy and yummy! I'm also always amazed by how large a batch is made with such a small amount of ingredients.

Pop ½ cup of popcorn (produces 2-3 quarts of popcorn)

3 Tbsp. coconut oil/butter 1/3 cup honey and/or maple syrup (more…)

Gluten Free Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

December 16th, 2011 by Erin Emms

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Fruit Cake seems to be one of those things that you either love, or you hate. Personally I also find them really hard to bake and not have them dry out, so this year was a double challenge to make the perfect gluten free fruit cake without it drying out. Like most recipes it's a personal taste on what you'd like to add, obviously if you have a nut allergy you can exclude those. If you like your cake frosted with frosting you can also do that too.

Enjoy!

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Surviving the Holidays Gluten-Free

December 15th, 2011 by Kim Wilson

 

 

It’s a season of love, joy, peace. . . and stress? For those us with restricted diets, the holidays can be a struggle, especially when we are sharing meals with those who don’t adhere to the same eating style as we do.    So how do we survive the holidays without sacrificing good times or our well-being?

It’s sad, but true, that many people who follow a specific diet (out of need or choice) opt to “check out” of holiday gatherings. Relationships are of such central importance in our lives, however, that we really shouldn’t let our dietary choices limit our interactions with others.  I'm happy to share that our family has successfully hosted holiday meals in our home for years and we’ve attended family gatherings and (more…)

Andra Banting

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

December 14th, 2011 by Andra Banting

 

gluten free shortbread cookies

It's that time of year again... when you allow yourself to bake with real butter... and lots of it! At first I was planning to make this recipe with margarine (since that's what I had), but my mom adamantly informed me that shortbread is made with REAL BUTTER, and anything less is sacrilege. It's Christmas after all, right? But what if I would rather not gain ten pounds over the holidays? Apparently buttlerless shortbread cookies are not an option. And I'm not sure that eating less of them is an option either... these things seem to call your name from the freezer. (more…)

John Libonati Gluten Free Works

We asked people on on the Glutenfreeworks Twitter account how they felt about whether finding out earlier about their gluten sensitivity or celiac disease would have affected their lives.

Here is what they said.

Do you think your life would have been different if you had known about gluten at an early age???

 

@Glutenfreeworks incredibly. My senior year of high school probably wouldn't be going so poorly if I had.... (more…)