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Teri Gruss, MS

Is Baking Powder Gluten-Free?

March 17th, 2015 by Teri Gruss, MS


bakingpowderQuestion: Is Baking Powder Gluten-Free?

Gluten-free baking recipes frequently call for "gluten-free" baking powder and some products are labeled "gluten-free." Why is that? Learn what's in baking powder and even make your own fresh gluten-free baking powder at home.

Answer:

No, not all brands of baking powder are gluten-free. Baking powder is made from baking soda, cream of tartar (a bi-product of wine production) and a "moisture absorption agent" which is usually, but not always cornstarch. Other starches including potato starch (gluten-free) and wheat starch (contains gluten) can be used in baking powder products.

Therefore, not all brands of baking powder are gluten-free. According to manufacturer information, the following baking powder brands are gluten-free. Most of these products are available at large and small grocery stores in the United States. (more…)


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Leanne Overlander

Surviving Game Day Gluten Free

January 30th, 2015 by Leanne Overlander

superbowl partySunday is the big game day, Superbowl XLIX.  Many will be gathering with friends and family to see who this year's Superbowl champion will be.  I am not a football fan, but I will most likely find  myself at a party on Sunday.  Since I am gluten free, I will need to be careful that I don't eat anything that will make me sick.

Here are some suggestions on surviving the big game day gluten free. Some of the common causes of accidental gluten ingestion are cross contamination from crumbs or pieces of gluten food dropping into gluten free foods or on plates, serving utensils used with gluten foods used on gluten free foods, or not knowing ingredients in a dish.

If you are hosting a party:

1. Separate tables.  If possible, have separate tables for gluten and gluten free offerings.  This is the most reliable way to keep cross contamination from occurring  at a party.

2. Label serving utensils and dishes that are gluten free with the same color ribbon, so guests can tell which serving utensil goes with which dish. (more…)

10 Tips to be a Smarter Gluten-Free Cook

December 18th, 2013 by Jennifer Fugo

jen_fugosmallEver get tired of cooking? Or maybe you live alone and don’t enjoy cooking for one?

One of the best lessons I’ve learned while being gluten-free is that in order to eat the best you possibly can, you’ve got to cook it yourself. You know that gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, so you can’t count on just purchasing products to meet the nutritional needs of your body. But I think you already know that, right? (If you don’t, consider one of these options for learning more about being gluten-free AND healthy!)

Though you know you need to cook, I’ve heard the full spectrum of why people get into a rut and feel like they just can’t make cooking a priority. Whether you (more…)

gluten free mayonnaise

Gluten Free Mayonnaise Image. 2013 (c) Teri Gruss

Mayonnaise is a kitchen staple that adds rich flavor and binds ingredients in dishes from tuna salad to crab cakes.

If you've ever tasted homemade mayonnaise, you know that the rich flavor and silky texture is nothing like what we buy at the grocery store. There are many good reasons to learn how to make homemade mayonnaise, first and foremost because it's incredibly easy and calls for ingredients that most of us have on hand every day. (more…)

Teri Gruss, MS

How to Use Millet in Gluten-Free Recipes

April 18th, 2013 by Teri Gruss, MS

Millet has been used as food for thousands of years.

Millet has been used as food for thousands of years.

Millets - Important Food Source Worldwide:

The millets, a group of thousands of varieties of grass-like annual plants that bear small to miniscule-sized seeds belong to the Gramineae family of plants.Food anthropologists believe that millet was the first cereal plant domesticated by man. Today millet is considered the 6th most important grain crop in the world.

The most common varieties of millet include pearl, proso, foxtail, finger and teff (Ethiopian millet). Millet has been a major source of protein and energy for millions of people in Asia, Africa and India for thousands of years.

Bird Food or People Food?: (more…)

Gluten Free Irish Breakfast Nachos (with Prosciutto) Recipe

March 20th, 2013 by Chrissy and Lauren

Nachos for breakfast. What more could you really ask for?

Your answer should be nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Irish Breakfast Nachos

Irish Breakfast Nachos

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Gluten-Free Quinoa & Pumpkin Seed Granola Recipe

January 10th, 2013 by Chrissy and Lauren

I have dubbed this my no-oat granola. I missed that detail when I first started adapting this recipe and was sure Better Homes and Gardens had forgotten to list the oats in the ingredient list. Alas, it was intentional and I’m loving it! This granola with a little homemade almond milk is my new go-to breakfast, snack, and occasional dinner.

Quinoa & Pumpkin Seed Granola

Quinoa & Pumpkin Seed Granola

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Teri Gruss, MS

Arsenic in Rice and Gluten Free Diets

December 10th, 2012 by Teri Gruss, MS

Rice, arsenic and gluten free diets

Arsenic in Rice and Gluten Free Diets Copyright (c) 2012 Teri Gruss

Do gluten-free diets put people at a higher risk for excessive and dangerous exposure to inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen? It depends on the food choices you make and how much, and what variety of rice you eat.

In their ongoing analysis of arsenic in our food supply, Consumer Reports researchers analyzed 223 samples of rice and rice based products typically found at grocery stores in the U.S. Consumer Reports is a non-profit, independent consumer safety organization founded in 1936.

The results of Consumer Reports magazine analysis were recently published in the November 2012 issue, Arsenic in Your Food. Virtually all rice products tested contained arsenic, from low levels to potentially toxic levels.

What is arsenic and how can eating it hurt us? (more…)

We all know what it's like to be in a non-gluten-free kitchen: whether it's you or someone you know that is on a gluten-free diet, being in a kitchen that is not gluten free can be an uneasy experience. Maybe you share a kitchen with someone who does not eat gluten free. Maybe you're having non-gluten-free friends over or going to a party at a non-gluten-free house. Just in time for the holidays, here's a video from Marie Fang about staying gluten free in a shared kitchen.

Whether it's the coming holidays or daily life, this video can help you or someone you know avoid cross-contamination in a shared kitchen!

 

Here are some helpful ideas for the holidays!

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Giving Thanks for Balsamic Glazed Roasted Vegetables

November 20th, 2012 by Chrissy and Lauren

To take a load off of your plate for the upcoming Thanksgiving preparation, here is a game plan for a quick and easy side-dish that will absolutely delight the palates of your family and friends.

Balsamic Glazed Roasted Vegetables

Balsamic Glazed Roasted Vegetables

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