Come learn how to cook gluten-free like a chef! The Family Chef, Amy Fothergill, is holding cooking classes in the San Francisco Bay area. Amy's fantastic recipes can be found on her blog AmyTheFamilyChef.com and here at Glutenfreeworks.com. (more…)
May 3rd, 2011 by John Libonati
March 15th, 2011 by Kimberly Bouldin
Peanut flour is gluten-free. It is simply roasted peanuts ground up into a flour. No other ingredients are added.
Since peanuts are gluten-free, peanut flour is a great choice to use for baking.
Peanut flour can also (more…)
February 25th, 2011 by Jennifer Slack
The phone rings…it’s my friend calling to see if I would like to come over to dinner. Little does she know that I have just been diagnosed with Celiac disease and I’m now nervous about eating at other people’s homes...
I’m still learning what to eat and how to read labels. I feel my heart beat increase, and my palms start to sweat. “What is this weird feeling,” I ask myself. I feel like I’m going to panic…and all over a social invitation. “What’s wrong with me, this shouldn’t be a big deal. It never was before, I’ve always just done what I wanted.” Oh yeah, I remind myself, it’s because I don’t know if I will be able to eat if I go over. Maybe I just shouldn’t (more…)
February 18th, 2011 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN
We have been asked about the safety of using agave syrup as low glycemic substitute for cane sugar. Here is some useful information.
Of the several hundreds species of agave, commercial agave syrup is produced from Agave Americana, a desert succulent plant. The syrup, or nectar, is obtained from the sap. The sweet sticky sap is extracted from the base of the plant then boiled to produce the “syrup.” Cooking converts the sap’s natural (more…)
February 16th, 2011 by Amy Fothergill
Ok, I will admit. I'm a gadget girl. My kitchen is fairly well stocked but I don't have everything. A few years ago, a good friend said I had to have a crock pot. I remember fighting it...until I used it. Bought one a week later.
I'm doing my best to not feel the need for a dehydrator or the speedy ice pop maker. Wish me luck in holding out. This post is about which of those gadgets I have bought over the past few years that have really made an impact in my role as "Mom" and why. Each item has a link to Amazon if you want to review or buy. Enjoy!
1) The Salad Chopper I went to Costco this week and came home with more than intended (surprise). My fridge was loaded with organic chicken strips, edamame beans, shrimp cocktail, guacamole and strawberries. I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner when it occurred to me that all of those ingredients would be really good in a salad; a chopped salad.
When the kids were around 4 and 2, I used to make them a chopped (more…)
February 2nd, 2011 by Jennifer Harris
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…)
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!
November 29th, 2010 by Amy Fothergill
If you think being on a gluten free diet means never eating some of your favorite foods, think again. There has been an explosion of gluten free products over the past few years so become familiar with the brands that work for you. Bionaturae has many options for pasta like elbows, spaghetti and penne rigate.
Here are important tips to cooking good gluten free pasta:
The key to a satisfying macaroni and cheese is learning to make a good cheese sauce. By making a few adjustments from a traditional recipe, you'll soon be in business. (more…)
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…)
November 4th, 2010 by Jen Cafferty
Do you ever wonder where you can buy gluten-free grains and flours for a discount? Check out your local ethnic markets for terrific prices and variety.
One of the most frustrating aspects of being on a gluten-free diet is the cost of food. Whether you are buying a prepared food or a bag of flour, the prices seem to be higher than "regular" food.
Next time you drive past an ethnic market or grocery store, stop in and see what they have to offer. Asian markets offer various rice flours. Middle Eastern and Indian markets provide a wide variety of bean flours and alternative grains. (more…)