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Jennifer Harris

Gluten Free Valentine’s Day Recipe Round Up

February 9th, 2011 by Jennifer Harris


Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.  It is a day of flowers, candy, chocolate desserts, sugar cookies and of course dinner.  If you are on the gluten-free diet it can seem daunting to bake a gluten-free dessert that is a crowd pleaser, purchase a pre-made dessert, or determine which chocolates are gluten free, so read on and revel in the amount of gluten-free Valentine’s Day information that is out there to assist you in these tasks.      

In our family, we love to dip strawberries and pretzels in chocolate, but since this Examiner is dairy/soy free, we use Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips.  We have also used Erewhon Cocoa Crispy cereal to make rice krispy treats and cut them into heart shapes.  Our favorite cookies to make are roll-and-cut sugar cookies and then top them with (more…)


Jennifer Harris

Gluten-free Super Bowl Recipe Round Up

February 2nd, 2011 by Jennifer Harris

Photo source: http://insidecorner.dmagazine.com

Since the Super Bowl is this weekend, it seems fitting to round up all of the gluten-free recipes this Examiner can find.  We used to have fun hosting Super Bowl parties, but have since taken to just a quiet gathering.  When we hosted, some of my favorite dishes to prepare were: deviled eggs, seven layer dip, veggie tray, homemade dips (hot and cold), chili, wings from Allergy Free Foods, chicken nuggets from Applegate Farms, and brownies. Keep the menu simple and limit it to things you are comfortable preparing. No need to get stressed out on such a fun day of sports, commercials and of course gluten-free food.

Here are links to gluten-free Super Bowl recipes: (more…)

Jen Cafferty

New Year’s Gluten Free Recipes and Links

December 21st, 2010 by Jen Cafferty

Meatballs

Spice up your New Year’s Eve party with these appetizers, beverages, and hangover cures (hopefully you won’t need the last one):

Appetizers

1) Gluten Free Goddess has a great list of appetizer ideas, some of which are also vegan and vegetarian friendly.
2) My Crockpot Cranberry Glazed Meatballs are so easy to prepare.  Just let the meatballs simmer in the crock pot, and they will be ready just in time for your guests to arrive!
3) For a little kick, try this Gluten Free Black Bean Salsa and serve with corn or rice chips.

Beverages

1) This Blood Orange Champagne Cocktail from Epicurious.com will liven up (more…)

Teri Gruss, MS

20 Gift Ideas for Gluten-free Cooks, All Under $20

December 15th, 2010 by Teri Gruss, MS

Here are 20 gift ideas for gluten-free cooks including useful and unusual kitchen gadgets, fun gifts for gluten-free kids in the kitchen, high-quality gluten-free ingredients and new gluten-free cookbooks for the cookbook addicts on your list. And all the gift ideas cost less than $20!

Kitchen Gadgets for Gluten-Free Cooks

  1. Pizza Pan Set
    Make thin and crispy or deep dish gluten-free pizza with this 3-piece pan set which includes a pizza wheel for cutting your delicious homemade gluten-free pizza.Recipe for Gluten-Free Pepperoni Pizza
  2. Holiday Pancake Molds
    Gluten-free kids love eating reindeer, snowman and elf shaped pancakes during the holidays. (more…)
Jennifer Harris

10 Terrific Gift Ideas for People on the Gluten-free Diet

December 14th, 2010 by Jennifer Harris

Tis the season for gift giving and for those of you not familiar with the gluten-free diet this can be a time of confusion.  It can be difficult to give someone on the gluten-free diet food because some of us avoid additional allergens and not all gluten-free food is created equal.

This Examiner has created the list below as an aide for gluten-free gift giving.  This Examiner would be happy to get any of these items as a gift!

1. Subscription(s)

  • To Clan Thompson’s Celiac SmartLists, which are a series of programs that make it easy to find VERIFIED gluten information on thousands of items,
  • Zeer Select – for $4.95 monthly subscription fee, you can search to find products by category, brand, product name or UPC code.   (more…)
Amy Fothergill

Christmas Gluten-free Lemon Almond Cookie Recipe

December 14th, 2010 by Amy Fothergill

I tend to over think blogging so my intent is to be short and sweet (good luck to me). Many years ago, I had a recipe for Lemon Almond Cookies. I had copied it from a magazine (specifically from Gourmet, Feb 1990) and kept it all of these years. It is hand written on a recipe card; I added my own interpretation and instructions. At Christmas, I always made these delicious, sweet and crisp cookies.

I’m not sure of the last time I made them but in recent years, with a gluten-free diet, I haven’t even attempted them. This year, I just couldn’t take it and decided to (more…)

The holidays are here. The family is over. There’s food on the table.

Photo: http://www.zumaorganic.com

One bite of REAL stuffing won’t hurt you, right? Wrong!

Announcing NFCA’s Webinar


“Temptation Island: 
Maintaining a Gluten-Free Diet During the Holidays”

Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

November 24th, 2010 by Jennifer Harris

Are you looking for gluten-free recipes for Thanksgiving?  If so, then we’ve got you covered.  The number of gluten-free recipes on blogs and websites are plentiful and offer a unique twist on traditional favorites.  Thanksgiving should not be a time of stress, but one where you enjoy gluten-free cooking/baking and sharing good food and conversation with the ones you love.

The list below is only a small sampling of gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes that can be found (more…)

Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten-Free Traditional Crockpot Stuffing Recipe

November 24th, 2010 by Teri Gruss, MS

Prepare this traditional gluten-free stuffing recipe in a slow cooker (crockpot) and you free up valuable shelf space in your oven for roasting turkey and baking pies! This recipe is adapted to gluten-free diets from a recipe by Linda Larsen,About.com Guide to Busy Cooks.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours, 25 minutes (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Gluten Free Turkey List for Thanksgiving 2010

November 18th, 2010 by Jennifer Harris

It is almost Thanksgiving and time for another holiday that centers around food.  This can be a time of stress for some on the gluten-free diet, but with a little research it is easy to determine which turkeys are gluten free.  It is important to note that fresh, plain unstuffed turkeys are naturally gluten free.  All regular stuffed turkeys contain gluten even if you don’t eat it because the gluten stuffing permeates the turkey while it is cooking.  Check the gravy packets very carefully to ensure they are gluten free as most are not safe and should be discarded.

We dined on a Honeysuckle White turkey last year and couldn’t believe how moist and flavorful it was, so that is now our turkey of choice.  If you question the status of a turkey call their customer service line for confirmation.  It is always better to confirm than to wonder or possibly eat a turkey that is not gluten free.  Here’s a list of turkey information from many major brands: (more…)