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John Libonati

Festive Gluten-Free Almond Fruitcake

December 2nd, 2008 by John Libonati


Foolproof Christmas option for gluten-intolerant (+ recipe)

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Wed, 3 Dec 2008
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A festive almond fruitcake with a difference. This festive almond fruitcake is a superb alternative for those who are wheat- or gluten-intolerant or who would simply like to try a different Christmas cake.
The dried fruit and almonds, both chopped and ground, are glued together with a minimum of batter.

It is an easy and foolproof cake to make.

Rich, moist and delicious, it is best served in small slices.

Use a small serrated knife to cut.

The cake will keep for up to three months if wrapped in foil and stored in the refrigerator.

It’s great to have on hand right through the holidays.

For those with a mild glucose intolerance, a half tsp of baking powder is unlikely to be a problem.

When I checked the supermarket shelves to see what baking powders are available, I discovered that Edmonds is now gluten-free.

You can, if you wish, substitute a half tsp cream of tartar and a quarter tsp baking soda for the baking powder in this recipe to make a gluten-free raising agent, or just buy a gluten-free baking powder.

1kg mixed dried fruit
120g whole brown skinned almonds, roughly chopped
70g maize cornflour
1/2 tsp baking powder
70g ground almonds
3 eggs, size 6
1/4 cup honey, warmed
1 tsp natural almond essence
2 Tbsp amaretto liqueur or brandy (optional)

Line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin.

Combine dried fruits and chopped nuts in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.

Sift the cornflour and baking powder together and stir in the ground almonds.

Mix well.

Beat eggs and honey in a medium-sized bowl with an electric mixer until thick and creamy.

Beat in almond essence.

Stir the cornflour and almond mixture into the beaten eggs, mixing well.

Pour this into the bowl containing the dried fruit and nuts and stir until thoroughly combined.

Spread into the prepared tin, pushing it well into the corners.

Smooth the top.

Place just below the centre of an oven which has been heated to 150degC.

Cook for 1hr 35min to 1hr 50min.

The cake should be golden brown, feel firm to touch and a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake should come out clean.

Remove from the oven and brush the hot cake with amaretto, brandy or a liqueur of your choice.

Cool completely, wrap in foil and store in the refrigerator.

It is ready for eating within 12 hours of baking.

This is not a cake for icing.

I serve it just as it is, but you could brush the top with an apricot jam glaze and decorate with glace fruits.

- Joan Bishop

Article Source: http://www.odt.co.nz:80/lifestyle/food-wine/34329/foolproof-christmas-option-gluten-intolerant-recipe


John Libonati

Gluten Free Heinz Product List

July 23rd, 2008 by John Libonati

This list of gluten-free products manufactured by Heinz just in from the Knoxville Celiac Listserve.To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit
http://celi-act.com/mailman/listinfo/knoxceliacs_celi-act.com
or, via email, send a message with subject or body ‘help’ to
knoxceliacs-request@celi-act.comThank you for your interest in Heinz Products. We certainly understand how
difficult it can be to find foods that meet the requirements of a restricted
diet. 
 
As you requested, the following is a listing of all of our products that do
 NOT have gluten containing ingredients. If the product you asked about is not
 on this list, then it may contain  gluten containing ingredients.
 
HEINZ PRODUCTS:  
Heinz BBQ Sauces  (Original, Chicken & Rib, Garlic, Honey Garlic Only)
> Heinz Chili Sauce
> Heinz Cocktail Sauce
> Heinz Horseradish Sauce
> Heinz Ketchup   
> Heinz Organic Ketchup
> Heinz One-Carb Ketchup
> Heinz No-Sodium Added Ketchup
> Heinz Hot and Spicy Kick’rs
> Heinz Easy Squeeze Ketchup
> Heinz  Mustard   (All Varieties)
> Heinz Pickles  (All Varieties)
> Heinz  Peppers  (All Varieties)
> Heinz Relish  (All Varieties)
> Heinz Sloppy Joe Sauce
> Heinz Traditional Steak Sauce
> Heinz Vegetarian Beans
> Heinz Distilled White Vinegar
> Heinz Red Wine Vinegar
> Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
> Heinz Apple Cider Flavored Vinegar
> Heinz Red Wine Vinegar
> Heinz Garlic Wine Vinegar
> Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauces  (Original #7, Honey Smokehouse, Hickory Brown Sugar,
> Spicy BBQ Only) 
> Jack Daniel’s EZ Marinader — Teriyaki Variety
> Jack Daniel’s EZ Marinader — Garlic & Herb Variety
> Jack Daniel’s Steak Sauce (Both Varieties)
> Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
> Lea & Perrins Traditional Steak Sauce

 
 
 
 
 
TGI Fridays Salsa  (All Varieties)
                  
CLASSICO PRODUCTS:
> Classico Red Sauces  (All Varieties)
> Classico Alfredo Sauces (All Varieties)
> Classico Pesto Sauces  (All Varieties)
> Classico Bruschetta (All Varieties)
>        
> DELIMEX PRODUCTS:
> UPC CODE:       PRODUCT NAME:
> 1769600012        Taquitos, 36 ct. Delimex Chicken
> 1769600018        Tamales, 12 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600019        Tamales, 12 ct. Delimex Chicken & Cheese
> 1769600020        Taquitos, 24 ct. Smart & Final Beef
> 1769600024        Tamales, 6 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600028        Taquitos, 25 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600029        Taquitos, 25 ct. Delimex Chicken
> 1769600048        Taquitos, 36 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600095        Taquitos, 12 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600096        Taquitos, 12 ct. Delimex Chicken
> 1769600133        Taquitos, 22 ct. Schwan’s Beef w/ Salsa
> 1769600155        Tamales, 15 ct. Costco Beef
> 1769600159        Tamales, 20 ct. Delimex Beef, Costco
> 1769600180        Taquitos, 60 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600186        Taquitos, 60 ct. Sam’s Club Beef
> 1769600206        Tamales, 2 ct. Trader Joe’s Beef
> 1769600207        Tamales, 2 ct. Trader Joe’s Chicken & Cheese
> 1769600214        Taquitos, 25 ct. Delimex 3-Cheese
> 1769600222        Tamales, 6 ct. Schwan’s Beef
> 1769600481        Taquitos, 36 ct. Delimex Beef (Mexico Import)
> 1769600500        Taquitos, Delimex Beef / Deli-Pak
> 1769600505        Taquitos, Mini, 40 ct. Beef, Snacker Tray w/ salsa
> 1769600554        Tamales, Cheese Deli Bulk Pack
> 1769600555        Tamales, Chicken Deli Bulk Pack
> 1769600556        Tamales, Beef Deli Bulk Pack
> 1769600565        Tamales, 20 ct.Beef, Sams Club
> 1769600684        Taquitos, 66 ct. Costco Beef
> 1769600685        Taquitos, 66 ct. Costco Chicken
 

> 1769601208        Tamales, 2 ct. Trader Joe’s Cheese & Green Chiles
         
ORE-IDA PRODUCTS:
 UPC CODE:           PRODUCT NAME:
> 13120XXXXX-        ALL VARIETIES of Ore-Ida? Tater Tots?
 >1312000080         Ore-Ida Golden Patties? (9 ct.)
> 1312000198         Ore-Ida? Snackin’ Fries ? (10.5 oz.)
> 1312000258         Ore-Ida? Golden Fries? (32 oz.)
> 1312000278         Ore-Ida? Golden Fries?  (5 lb.)
> 1312000286         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles? (32 oz.)
> 1312000291         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles? (5 lb.)
> 1312000296         Ore-Ida? Pixie Crinkles (26 oz.)
> 1312000377         Ore-Ida? Cottage Fries (32 oz.)
> 1312000392         Ore-Ida? Southern Style Hash Browns (32 oz.)
> 1312001417         Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries (26 oz.)
> 1312000469         Ore-Ida? Potatoes O’Brien (28 oz.)
> 1312000647         Ore-Ida? French Fries (8 lb.)
> 1312000654         Ore-Ida? Country Style Hashbrowns (6 lb.)
> 1312000801         Ore-Ida? Shoestrings? (5 lb)
> 1312000809         Ore-Ida? Crunch Time Classics Straight Cut (24 oz.)
> 1312000810         Ore-Ida? Crunch Time Classics Crinkle Cut (24 oz.)
> 1312000828         Ore-Ida? Shoestrings? (28 oz.)
> 1312000829         Ore-Ida? Shoestrings? (40 oz.)
> 1312000833         Ore-Ida? Country Style Hashbrowns (30 oz.)
> 1312000845         Ore-Ida? Deep Fries Crinkle Cuts (24 oz.)
> 1312000854         Ore-Ida? Hash Browns (5 lb.)
> 1312000862         Ore-Ida? Country Style Hashbrowns (6 lb.)
> 1312001012         Ore-Ida? Potato Wedges with Skins (24 oz.)
> 1312001190         Ore-Ida? Steak Fries (3.75 lb.)
> 1312008564         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles?  (8 lb.)
> 1312008565         Ore-Ida? Golden Fries?  (8 lb.)
> 1312008572         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles? (8 lb.)
                 
Again, we appreciate you taking the time to contact us.   If you need further
 information, feel free to call us at this toll-free number (1-800-255-5750).
 Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM, Eastern
 Time.
 
Heinz Consumer Resource Center
 Heinzconsumeraffairs@us.hjheinz.com
 
When contacting us, please refer to the following reference number: 002865985A
 
HEINZ/JNEEL
 
P.S. – For your convenience, here’s a recipe for a barbecue sauce without
 gluten-containing ingredients:
 
Heinz Ketchup Basic Barbecue Sauce
 
1/2 cup Heinz Tomato Ketchup
 1/4 cup water
 2 tablespoons brown sugar
 2 tablespoons Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
 2 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
 1 teaspoon chili powder
 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
 
In saucepan, combine all ingredients.
 Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
 Brush ribs or chicken with sauce during last 10 minutes of grilling or
 broiling.  
 
Makes about 3/4 cup of sauce.
 

John Libonati

Ghirardelli Chocolate Bars & Squares Not Gluten Free

July 19th, 2008 by John Libonati

Ghirardelli Chocolate bars and squares are NOT gluten-free.

From GlutenFree Indy, excerpt from a post on a well known chocolate
bar:

Thank you for your email regarding Ghirardelli Chocolate.  The
60%Bittersweet Chocolate Chips are manufactured on a line free of
gluten.   In June 2008, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company  introduced
new milk chocolate bar which has a barley gluten as an ingredient.  As
a result,the line which produces our chocolate bars and squares will
no longer be safe for consumers with gluten allergens
. Kind regards,
Shawna OrtezSenior Consumer Affairs Coordinator Ghirardelli Chocolate
Company1111 – 139th AvenueSan Leandro, CA  94578

This article describes safety standards for internationally shipped baby food and includes benchmarks for producing gluten-free foods set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

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GENEVA (Reuters) – Diplomats in Geneva have agreed new limits for bacteria in baby formula and natural toxins in nuts, setting safety standards to apply for internationally shipped food, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

At a meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a joint body of the WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), officials also set benchmarks for producing gluten-free foods.

Peter Ben Embarek, a scientist in the WHO’s food safety division, said the adoption of the “landmark” code of hygienic practices for powdered formula could reduce contamination from two bacteria that can cause severe illness and death in babies.

People with wheat allergies would also be protected by the standards for gluten-free food that countries pledged to work into their national legislation, and to meet in food exports under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

“They have to use these standards as the baseline standards to be able to trade at the international level,” Embarek told a news briefing on the second day of the week-long Codex meeting.

The new benchmark dictates that food labeled gluten-free may not contain wheat, rye, barley or oats, and its gluten level may not exceed 20 milligrams per kilogram. Gluten intolerance can cause symptoms ranging from abdominal pain to osteoporosis.

The 124 countries participating in this week’s Codex meeting also agreed maximum levels for aflatoxins — natural toxins that are known carcinogens in laboratory animals — in almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios.

FOOD CODE

The Codex Alimentarius, or food code, is a global reference for consumers, food producers, food processors, national food control agencies and international food traders.

Its standards — meant to avert contamination, spoiling and ill-health — are the benchmarks against which the WTO reviews countries’ adherence to international trade agreements on food safety and sanitation.

Other topics to be considered this week include flavorings, frozen foods, natural mineral water, tomatoes, bitter cassava, and bivalve mollusks such as mussels, oysters and clams.

The Commission, whose full membership includes 176 countries plus the European Union, is also due to discuss the food safety impacts of veterinary drugs, animal feeds, and pesticides.

Groups including the International Chewing Gum Association, the International Peanut Forum, the International Association of Fish Inspectors, the International Baby Food Action Network, the World Sugar Research Organisation and the World Self-Medication Industry have observer status at the meeting, which ends Friday.

(Additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL0166682420080701?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=10216&sp=true

John Libonati

Bell and Evans Gluten Free Items – Chicken

June 24th, 2008 by John Libonati

Below is a list of gluten-free items from Bell & Evans.  You can also find hundreds of recipes that can be converted to gluten-free at their website:

http://www.bellandevans.com/index.cfm?act=recipes

Thank you for contacting Bell & Evans.  In addition to our line of breaded, gluten free items, the following are also gluten free:
All fresh chicken

Fully cooked wings  – Honey BBQ and Buffalo Style

Fully cooked grilled breasts – Honey BBQ, Buffalo Style and Plain

Chicken Burgers
As we reprint packaging we are adding gluten free to all these packages.
If I can be of any other assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Susan Ranck

Quality Assurance Manager

Bell & Evans Poultry

(717)865-6626

www.bellandevans.com

John Libonati

Rice Chex is now gluten free!

April 1st, 2008 by John Libonati

This just in from the Cincinnati Celiac Support Group listserve:

Rice Chex is now gluten-free – click the link below and check out the label where it says gluten-free on the middle of the box…
 
http://www.generalmills.com/corporate/brands/product_image.aspx?catID=23344&itemID=131

This was the response someone received on the Delphi Celiac Disease Forum when they emailed General Mills about the cross contamination issue:
 
Thank you for contacting General Mills with your inquiry.  Rice Chex has been reformulated to insure that it does not include gluten-containing ingredients or have the possibility of cross contact with gluten containing ingredients or products.
We hope you find this information helpful.  Please let us know if we can help you again.
 
Sincerely,
 
Connie Sellers
Consumer Services

BE AWARE THAT OLDER, BARLEY MALT CONTAINING BOXES MAY STILL BE ON THE SHELVES!  MAKE SURE TO READ THE INGREDIENT LABEL.

Spelt Bread Recall by Food For Life Baking Company

March 20th, 2008 by John Libonati

Food For Life Baking Company of Corona, California is voluntarily recalling 2,241 cases of Spelt Bread (UPC# 07347200168) because they contain spelt grain which is known to be a hybrid of wheat. People who have allergies to wheat or those with Celiac Disease may run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume spelt products.
The recalled products were sold nationwide through health food distributors and natural food retailers.

Food For Life Spelt Bread is sold frozen in a 24 oz. (680g) light blue package and bears either of the two following descriptions

Food For LIfe, Wheat Alternative Spelt Bread
Food For Life, Fruit Juice Sweetened Spelt Bread
Affected lot numbers are: H1847, H2042, H2136, H2435, H2872, H2974, H3224, H3460, I0485.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated as a precautionary measure following an FDA investigation concluding that the product contained undeclared wheat.

This recall is being made with the knowledge and in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return them unopened to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumers with questions may contact us toll free at: (800) 797-5090.

http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/foodforlife03_08.html

Jennies Macaroons Adds New Flavor To Gluten-Free Line

March 12th, 2008 by John Libonati

New all-natural chocolate macaroons debut at Natural Products Expo West–BOOTH 3177  They’re all natural and made with only three ingredients, offering great taste and superior health benefits

Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) March 11, 2008 — Jennies Macaroons has added chocolate to its line of all-natural macaroons, which are free of soy, wheat, sulfites, lactose, trans fats and gluten, nuts and yeast. As the first baking company to introduce gluten-free and dairy free products to the market in 1951—and the manufacturer of the #1 selling macaroon in the natural food market— Jennies Macaroons offer today’s health-conscious consumers what they’re looking for. “They’re all natural and made with only three ingredients, offering great taste and superior health benefits,” says Arnold Badner, president.

Jennies’ products include ingredients that are nutritional superstars. Coconut, now considered by health experts to be the healthiest form of saturated fat, is a main ingredient in both the macaroons and Jennies Omega-3 Energy Bars. The addition of flax seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds give the bars a fiber boost as well as Omega-3 support. One bar contains 1,305mg of the FDA recommended 1,300 mg/day of ALA Omega-3, which promotes normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels and supports healthy circulation, lung and brain functions. “Unlike many energy bars on the market, Jennies-Omega 3 bars taste great and contain no artificial ingredients. And they provide a great source of healthy energy for an active and athletic lifestyle,” adds Badner.

Garnering significant attention from the health industry, Jennies’ products are promoted by Jordan Rubin, founder of the Garden of Life and Perfect Weight America, who chronicles in his book The Maker’s Diet how he used Jennies Macaroons as a treatment for Crohn’s Disease. Dr. Mary Enig, nutritional expert and biochemist, recommends Jennie’s Coconut Macaroons as the #1 source of coconut for her immune-compromised patients. According to Enig, coconut helps the body’s cellular function and has unique antimicrobial, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

The new Chocolate Macaroons will appeal to specialty food and chocolate retailers, as well health food stores. Available in 8-ounce canisters, the coconut and almond are already sold in Whole Foods nationwide. Jennies Macaroons complete product line is available nationwide and includes Jennies Energy Bars, Traditional Jennies Macaroons, Zero Carbs Jennies Macaroons, and Omega 3 Energy Bars. All products are Kosher Parve, Maker’s Diet approved, and manufactured in a gluten-free and nut-free facility.

Jennies Macaroons (www.macaroonking.com), founded in 1919, has been the leading provider of all-natural macaroons since 1951, and expanded its line to include its popular Omega-3 Energy Bars in 2006. All products are Kosher Parve and Maker’s Diet approved, and manufactured by Red Mill Farms, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY. President Arnold Badner, 66, who has run more than 30 marathons and is an avid cyclist, relies on his Energy Bars to help him through his century bike rides in the Catskill Mountains.

John Libonati

Gatorade is Gluten Free

March 12th, 2008 by John Libonati

This just in from the Cincinnati Celiac Group ring.  All flavors of Gatorade are gluten-free.

 

 3 12 08

Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) March 11, 2008 — Jennies Macaroons has added chocolate to its line of all-natural macaroons, which are free of soy, wheat, sulfites, lactose, trans fats and gluten, nuts and yeast. As the first baking company to introduce gluten-free and dairy free products to the market in 1951—and the manufacturer of the #1 selling macaroon in the natural food market— Jennies Macaroons offer today’s health-conscious consumers what they’re looking for. “They’re all natural and made with only three ingredients, offering great taste and superior health benefits,” says Arnold Badner, president. (more…)