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John Libonati

Buckwheat: The Gluten-Free Superfood!

September 4th, 2009 by John Libonati


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Don't let the name fool you. Buckwheat is anything but wheat. It is much more nutritious than wheat and, in spite of the name, is completely gluten-free.

Buckwheat has been grown in America since colonial days. Buckwheat was once very common on farms in the northeastern and northcentral United States. Production of buckwheat reached a peak in 1860s at which time the grain was a common livestock-feed and was in demand for making flour. Buckwheat enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the mid 1970's that was brought on by the demand for commercially prepared breakfast cereal and by exports to Japan for making buckwheat noodles. This boom was due to the nutritional excellence of buckwheat.(1)

Buckwheat Dietary Uses

Buckwheat flour has a strong, distinctive flavor and is often mixed with other flours to lend its distinctive taste to many baked goods. Buckwheat comes in a few different forms for dietary consumption: (more…)


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John Libonati

Gluten-free Soft Pretzels That Taste Like the Real Thing!

September 3rd, 2009 by John Libonati

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Warm, chewy and wonderful gluten-free soft pretzels are being made in the heart of Lancaster County, PA.

Dutch Country Soft Pretzels in New Holland has turned out an excellent gluten-free soft pretzel that tastes like the real thing. This is a boon to Philadelphians with celiac disease and everyone on the gluten-free diet. (more…)

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Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets for Gluten-Free Cooks

September 3rd, 2009 by Jen Cafferty

All gluten-free cooks should have a few a great kitchen gadgets to brighten their culinary lives.

Here is a list of the items in my kitchen that I can’t live without.

1. Mandoline - I use it to slice almost everything. Fennel, carrots, radishes, garlic, pears, you name it, I slice it!

2. Food Dehydrator - This week we dehydrated pears, apples, straberries, nectarines, beets and sweet potatoes.

3. Microplane Grater - I use my grater for citrus zest, parmesan cheese and garlic. (more…)

PrintThe following message was posted on the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network Special Food Allergy Alert Notice on August 20, 2009

Van’s International Foods is recalling “Van’s All Natural Wheat Free Homestyle Pancakes” due to undeclared egg, milk, and wheat.

The product was distributed in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The 12.4-oz. package bears lot number 200060629B1, UPC 0-89947-60604-9, and “best if used by” date of March 30, 2010.

Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (303) 848-6013 or e-mail customerservice@vansintl.com.

Although it is unfortunate that the products were contaminated with gluten, it is very responsible of Vans International Foods to recall their product.

Responsible companies like Vans International Foods should be commended for their attempts to keep people with gluten-free sensitivities safe.

Other gluten-free products by Vans International Foods: Wheat Free Minis Wheat Free Flax Waffles Wheat Free Buckwheat Waffles Wheat Free Blueberry Waffles Wheat Free Apple Cinnamon Waffles Wheat Free Cinnamon French Toast Wheat Free Homestyle Pancakes

John Libonati

Gluten Free Restaurants in and Around Philadelphia

August 17th, 2009 by John Libonati

restaurant-bonefish2The following restaurants in and around Philadelphia have gluten-free menus or are able to prepare gluten-free cuisine.

Looking for a gluten-free restaurant for your next meal? You came to the right place because Philadelphia is fast becoming one of the nation's top destinations for gluten-free cuisine.

Due to hard work by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and other organizations, Philadelphia city and suburban restaurants have taken an active interest in offering safe gluten-free fare to the public.

The following list of restaurants can be found at the Phillyceliacs blog and Glutenfreeworks.com. The GFPhilly blog is another great resource with a wealth of information about eateries in and around Philadelphia.

Applebee’s Restaurant Applebee Dietary Inquiries 888-592-7753 You can call this number and someone will provide information on gluten free menu items. I have spoken with them while seated in the restaurant – though you could certainly call ahead

Arpeggio 542 Springhouse Village Center Springhouse, PA 19477 {GPS} 1101 BETHLEHEM PIKE OR SPRINGHOUSE VILLAGE CENTER 215-646-5055 Mediterranean BYOB. Per my GI doc, the owner is very in tune to the needs of celiac patients.

Baggataway 31 Front St Conshohocken, PA 19428-2867 (610) 834-8085 The same owner of the Ugly Moose in Manayunk. They carry GF beer and their staff understands GF foods. A bartender has celiac disease and instructed the staff. The steak is fantastic. (more…)

colorado_rockies_logo The Colorado Rockies have opened a dedicated gluten-free* concession stand at Coors Field, the stadium where the Rockies play. This may be the first dedicated gluten-free concession stand in Major League Baseball.

The menu features hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, chips, cookies, brownies, soda, water and gluten-free Redbridge beer.

The gluten-free stand is located behind Section 147 on the left field concourse.

This specific location was created in response to increasing requests for gluten-free options from fans with Celiac Disease. (more…)

John Libonati

Gluten free diet cards from Glutenfreeworks.com

July 31st, 2009 by John Libonati

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Glutenfreeworks.com has comprehensive gluten-free diet cards that lists unsafe foods and ingredients (including hidden) broken down by categories: whole grains & cereals, flours, thickeners, sweeteners, distilled spirits, fermented, cooked products, baked products, protein polymers, brewed, germ/bran and other.

Gluten-Free Diet Cards make dining out and shopping for groceries easy. These cards are perfect for eating out at restaurants or comparing ingredient labels when shopping for groceries. No more long explanations to waiters and managers. Just hand them the card. They'll compare the ingredients to their recipes and let you know what you can have. No more wondering if an ingredient is safe or not when shopping. Just check it against your Gluten Free Works Diet Card. (Always call the company though if you're unsure!)

The cards are 4" by 3 1/2" and fold to wallet size. See what they look like here. Gluten Free Diet Cards

They cost $6.50 for 5 cards, $30 for 25 cards, or $50 for 50 cards. Shipping is included in the price.

You can also get 5 free Gluten-free diet cards when you order a copy of Recognizing Celiac Disease.

THIS SPECIAL IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Here is a great offer I found on a gluten-free list-serve yesterday.

General Mills jumped into the gluten-free market with their gluten-free Rice Chex. They quickly followed with Chocolate and Strawberry Chex and has launched a growing line of gluten-free baking mixes. Reaction in the gluten-free community has been strongly positive. Now we have another reason to like General Mills.

For a limited time, you can contact General Mills to receive a coupon for a free Gluten Free Betty Crocker baking mix. At $4.49 per box, that's a pretty good freebie!

The list-serve included a message from General Mills:

"Folks can let us know if they want ongoing info/offers about General Mills' growing line of GF products… If they call our Consumer Services number: 1(800)446-1898 (same as is on the boxes), they can sign up. The real perk of this re: the new products is that we have coupons that we'll be sending to each household that signs up this summer so they can try a box of the new Betty Crocker® Gluten Free Dessert Mixes completely on us."

I called for my coupons today. Here is how it works.

Call General Mills Consumer Services number: 1(800) 446-1898. At the main menu, hit #4 or say “four.”

This will take you to a customer representative. I waited about 5 minutes for a representative, a friendly woman named Bridget.

I told Bridget that I was interested in the free gluten-free baking coupons.

She said sure and asked me a few questions. She asked for my zip code, whether my household did not limit gluten ingestion, limited gluten or was gluten-free. She then asked how many people live in the house and where we normally shop for gluten-free food – the name and street address of the store. After that, she requested a phone number and e-mail. (She assured me General Mills does not share private information.)

It was that easy. My coupons are coming the second week of August.

Call today. Nothing beats a freebie – especially when it is gluten-free!

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The following list of gluten free foods was provided by Safeway July 7, 2009. -John Libonati, Editor. Glutenfreeworks.com

SAFEWAY CELIAC SPRUE GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCT LIST

Please note that these products also apply to Vons, Dominick’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Genuardi’s. (more…)

John Libonati

Walmart Now Carrying Gluten Free Products!

June 26th, 2009 by John Libonati

walmart-logo It's true! Walmart is now carrying gluten free products in test stores with a roll out across the country to follow. Below is a letter from the woman who made it happen, Celiac Sprue Association chapter president and National Foundation for Celiac Awareness volunteer - Carolyn Lynch McKinley. She's a gluten free dynamo!

This morning my dream came true. I waited two years to the day and it happened. I walked into Walmart and it has been remodeled with new Gluten Free 12 foot aisle. For those of you near the Bentonville store you will find the items below in grocery aisle 9. Words can not express how excited I am to have a store in our community that can help customers save money so they can live better.

The following are currently on the shelf and it is still getting stocked. All of these listed below are quality gluten free food and you can save around $1.00 buying it at Walmart.

Erewhon crispy brown rice cereal Glutino - pretzels, crackers Envirokids and Natures Path cereal Ener g bread Schar buns and pasta Gluten free pantry muffin mix Pamela's mix and cookies Mi-Del cookies Enjoy life bars and cookies Lundberg chips Blue Diamond crackers Bakery on Main granola Mrs. Leepers dinner mixes Tinkyada pastas Bobs red mill Hodgson muffin mix Road's end organic I will keep you posted as more items are stocked!! And don't forget the Great Value Brand will label Gluten Free if it truly is.

Several stores around the country are getting the gf section. Right now I know one store in Springfield, MO and another is Vineland, NJ. If the store does not have a gf section, the gf food will slowly go throughout the aisles.

Thank you to everyone who provide support on this project. Your time was much appreciated.

Carolyn McKinley CSA Chapter 73 President, NW AR/SW MO and Volunteer, NFCA