Sad news as Kettle Cuisine announces they are discontinuing their delicious line of individually packaged gluten-free gourmet frozen soups. Known for their fabulous flavors and all natural ingredients, Kettle Cuisine’s individually packaged frozen soups were a favorite for travelers, school kids and people on the go. You can read our review here.
Kettle Cuisine sent out the following letter from its founder, Jerry Shafir, today: (more…)
After doing some behind-the-scenes work on my blog last week, I noticed that many people find my blog by searching for gluten-free Panera Bread information. Panera Bread has offered gluten-free choices for years, but they have never had any gluten-free baked goods on the menu. I emailed them last week to get the current list of their menu items that are free of gluten and will be sharing them below. Since Panera Bread has predominantly bread items, there is a risk of cross-contamination.
I was recently connected with Ciara Gavin of Allergen Detection Service Dogs in a joint effort to work together to increase Food Allergy Awareness by holding a conference in Colorado Springs. While that whole idea is still in the works, I was immediately intrigued by the work being done by Ciara and her team. I needed to know more! Lucky for me, she agreed to come to Denver and meet over lunch to discuss the work we both do. I am honored to share with all of you the amazing services being provided through Allergen Detection Service Dogs!
First, I have to say that I was lucky enough to meet one of these amazing dogs named Tucker, who is actually a mobility dog, and has a unique set of skills outside of allergen detection. However, he was in the restaurant with us and was well received, well behaved, and an all around incredible animal. I was hooked from (more…)
I just want you to know that I don’t know and don’t claim to know how to cook everything. Some things I’m not interested in and some things…well, intimidate even me. I suppose the biggest factor in trying something new is giving myself enough time to fiddle with it and being able to live if it’s not 100% successful.
I’ve come to know Jeff Larsen who also teaches gluten-free cooking classes in the SF bay area. There are some things we do which are very similar and some things we do differently. Either way, there’s a language we both speak and it’s been a pleasure getting to know him. I mention him because he teaches a number of classes around Asian cooking, specifically dumplings. I have had a very good gluten-free pot sticker from Feel Good Foods but there’s nothing like (more…)
Rice paper rolls with carrot, coriander, cucumber and sweet chilli sauce. Photo: Petra Aitken
I love rice paper rolls and it’s disappointing how many thai places don’t have them on the menu opting for gluteneous deep fried spring rolls instead. However they are very simple and cheap to make so I often make them at home as a dinner entree or snack.
You can buy the rice paper sheets from most supermarkets and then you just need to decide what you want to fill them with. I usually make vegetarian versions using coriander, carrot and cucumber but go ahead and experiment with chicken, beef and different types of vegetables. You can also add rice noodles.
If your rice paper rolls always seem to fall apart when you dip them in (more…)
Gluten-Free Foods Delivered to Your Door! Photo: FreshDirect
FreshDirect has gone the extra mile and created a gluten-free store filled with more than 500 items for those who need to follow a gluten-free diet. The store was launched during National Celiac Disease Awareness Month and its goal is to make it easier to find gluten-free foods by putting them under one department.
FreshDirect is an online shopping site that delivers groceries straight to your door. The gluten-free products in the store can be searched by meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner, snack, and dessert) and by specialty (kid friendly, whole grains, recommended snacks, pantry favs, sensible treats, and dairy alternatives). Products that are naturally gluten free like (more…)
Brownies, no doubt due to their high chocolate content, are generally loved by everyone. What is it about chocolate? Is it the ensuing relaxation from its high magnesium content, or just the mere addictive qualities attributed to chocolate? Probably, all of the above. The creative ways of using chocolate are endless.
There are also a hundred different ways of making brownies, gluten free or otherwise - and we have a few options up our sleeves! (more…)
There is no cure for celiac disease. But, there may soon be a new therapy to go along with a gluten-free diet.
A Phase II medical research study to test a potential therapy for people with celiac disease is underway and signing up participants at CeliacTrial.com.
Alessio Fasano, MD. Co-founder of Alba Therapeutics
The investigational drug, Larazotide Acetate, was developed by Alba Therapeutics. It passed Phase I trials and is now being studied to determine how effective it is in different doses and whether side effects develop. Alba Therapeutics was co-founded by celiac disease researcher, Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Maryland.1
The therapy is based on Dr. Fasano’s discovery that tight junctions between cells in the intestine can be opened or closed and that gluten relaxes these junctions. It is this process that leads to gluten improperly crossing into the body, thereby eliciting an immune reaction that leads to inflammation and damage characteristic of celiac disease.
“The reality is that the paracellular space is a gate, not a wall or fence. And if material gets through that space – even if it is only 1 to 5% of what normally travels through the cell – it could be associated with disease.”
-Alessio Fasano, MD1
Dr. Fasano discovered the potentially therapeutic utility of down-regulating intestinal permeability of celiac disease.1 In other words, he discovered that (more…)