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Jul
31

August Gluten-Free Events

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Check out these gluten-free events happening around the U.S. in August.

What: North Texas GIG Support Group Meeting (and Celiac 101 for newly diagnosed)
When: Saturday, August 1; 10 am – 12 noon (newly diagnosed come at 9 am)
Where: Richland Hills Church of Christ — Richland Hills, TX
More Details: Dr. Stephen Wangen of the Irritable Bowel Treatment Center will be speaking and presenting his new book, Healthier Without Wheat.

What: Swingin’ for Celiacs, a jazz concert to benefit Camp Celiac and celiac disease research
When: Saturday, August 1; 5 pm – ?
Where: Shranz Memorial Park – Swansea, IL
More Details: The concert will feature Tony D. and the Groove Merchants on the outdoor stage at Schranz Memorial Park.  Bring your own lawn chairs and pack a picnic basket.  Beverages and gluten free snacks will be provided by local vendors.  The event begins at 5:00 pm, headliners play 7:00 pm.  Admission is free, but generous donations are strongly encouraged.    Proceeds from this event will benefit Camp Celiac in Rhode Island and the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.  For more information, please email the organizer of this event, Michael Clanahan at clanahanm@yahoo.com.

What: All About Wheat and Gluten-Free Flours
When: Sunday, August 2; 2 pm – 3 pm
Where: Whole Foods – Sacramento, CA
More Details: Cost $8. Joann Mitchell will introduce you to gluten free flours, their characteristics, which are better for baking, cooking, and more.  A great class to start with if you’re interested in our other GF classes! Stop by or call customer service at 916-488-2800 to register.

What: Gluten-Free Baking
When: Sunday, August 2; 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: Market Street Cooking School — Colleyville, TX
More Details: Learn about the science behind gluten-free baking, why we need a flour
mix, understand the unusual ingredients used in gluten-free baking, as well as baking tips and how to
make the most of your valuable time in the kitchen. Jennifer Cinquepalmi, author of The Complete Book of Gluten-Free Cooking will demonstrate Sandwich Bread, Teff Blueberry Waffles, crackers, Wraps, Upside Down Vegetable Casserole, and Chocolate Birthday Cake.  To inquire about cost and register, call 817-577-5047.

What: Celebrity Chef Emeril Legasse
When: Monday – Friday, August 3 – 7
Where: Whole Foods – Fairfax, VA
More Details: Emeril Lagasse will be filing Season Two of “Emeril Green” for the Planet Green network. Emeril Green is the fun series starring Chef Emeril Lagasse that helps real people who have real culinary challenges. Watch as America’s most beloved chef comes to their rescue, offering educational information on how everyday cooking can be healthy, organic, and eco-friendly. Visit www.planetgreen.com for all you need to know about the show including great recipes, tips and ideas on making your world a greener place. (I included this as a GF event because last season, Emeril did several episodes about gluten-free or wheat-free cooking.)

What: Gluten-Free Cooking Class
When: Tuesday, August 4; 6 pm
Where: Whole Foods – Orlando, FL
More Details: FREE. Join us in the Lifestyle Center and learn how to create gluten-free dishes that taste great and are easy to make. Pre-register at customer service; space is limited.

What: Gluten-Free Store Tour
When: Wednesday, August 5; 10 am
Where: Whole Foods Market — St. Louis, MO
More Details: FREE, but please register in advance. Join Jill Duncan, marketing specialist and gluten-free gal, to learn about the foods we carry that are deemed gluten-free by their manufacturers. Walk through each department, learn how to read labels, find out what resources are available and enjoy samples too.

What: Gluten-Free 1st Fridays
When: Friday, August 7; 4 pm – 6 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Little Rock, AR
More Details: FREE. There will be information, team members from Whole Foods Market – Little Rock that are gluten free experts, gluten free sampling, and a gluten free Tour.  If you are not gluten intolerant, but are curious about it, join us!  Shopping gluten free can be easier than it looks, and we are here to help.  Meet on the Gluten Free aisle at 4 pm.

What: Gluten-Free 101
When: Friday, August 7; 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Liberty Recreation Center — Plano, TX
More Details: Cost $15 – $19 per person. Register through Plano Parks and Recreation 972-769-4234. Adjusting to “life without wheat” can be a daunting task.  This informational class will take you through the steps of adapting to the gluten-free lifestyle. Learn about the positive points of Celiac Disease, setting up your gluten-free kitchen, mixing up flour mixes, gluten-free products, and much more!

What: CSA Denver – Gluten-Free Picnic
When: Saturday, August 8; 11 am
Where: Clement Park – Littleton, CO
More Details: Check the CSA website for more.

What: Cast Iron Gluten-Free Cooking
When: Sunday, August 9; 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: Market Street Cooking School — McKinney, TX
More Details: Cost $24 per person. Register by calling 972-548-5167. Jennifer Cinquepalmi, author of The Complete Book of Gluten-Free Cooking, will share the wonderful benefits of using cast iron for cooking.  Don’t miss out on fabulous recipes such as Gulf Coast Jambalaya, Spinach and Potato Bake, Cast Iron Skillet Pizza,  Sweet Corn Bread, and a Dutch Baby Pancake.

What: Gluten-Free Support Group — Back to School
When: Tuesday – Tuesday, August 11; 7 pm
Where: Whole Foods – Naperville, IL
More Details: Cost $5. Gluten-Free Bread Making and more lunch ideas!  A small fee has been added for this group for class instructor and material fees.  No participant will be turned away.  Please pay at the customer service desk as you come.  No sign up is necessary.

What: Camp Celiac
When: Sunday – Friday, August 9-14
Where: Camp Aldersgate — N. Scituate, RI
More Details: Hosted by the Celiac Support Group for Children. Information on registration, activities, donations, volunteers, etc. found at the CSA website.

What: Cooking Class: Gluten-Free Snacks
When: Thursday, August 13; 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Denver, CO
More Details: FREE. Jean Duane, Alternative Cook and author of Bake Deliciously! Gluten and Dairy Free Cookbook, will show you how to make nutritious, healthful snacks that you won’t feel guilty about!  You’ll see how to make Ume Plum Cashews, Cereal with Toasted Almonds Party Mix and Cajun Corn. Reserve your spot at the customer service desk.

What: Intro to Gluten-Free Living
When: Thursday, August 13; 7 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Houston, TX
More Details: FREE. Whether you are new at living a gluten-free life or an expert this will be a fun, informative, and FREE class instructed by our award winning Chef! Walk away with tips, recipes, and knowledge.

What: Gluten-Free Tour
When: Friday, August 14; 1 pm
Where: Whole Foods – Sacramento, CA
More Details: FREE, but advance registration is required. Join our Marketing Team Leader, Molly Weber, for a store tour and she’ll show you the ins and outs of shopping gluten-free at Whole Foods Market. Register at customer service 48 hours before the tour and receive a complimentary reusable bag of gluten-free goodies.

What: What’s New at Whole Foods Market?
When: Monday, August 17; 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — St. Louis, MO
More Details: Cost $5. This month Jill will showcase new products that are labeled gluten-free by their manufacturers. We’ll walk the sales floor then sit down for samples and conversation, so bring your questions, tips and experiences with eating this special diet. Please pre-register on-line or at the customer service desk as space is limited.

What: Gluten-Free Store Tour
When: Wednesday, August 19; 10 am
Where: Whole Foods Market — St. Louis, MO
More Details: FREE, but please register in advance. Join Jill Duncan, marketing specialist and gluten-free gal, to learn about the foods we carry that are deemed gluten-free by their manufacturers. Walk through each department, learn how to read labels, find out what resources are available and enjoy samples too.

What: Gluten-Free Sampling
When: Wednesday, August 19; 3 pm – 7 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Winter Park, FL
More Details: FREE. Sample gluten-free products with Angie, the store’s gluten-free team member. Angie will also be available to guide you through your gluten-free shopping.

What: Basics to Gluten-Free Living
When: Thursday, August 20; 7 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Houston, TX
More Details: FREE. Back to the Basics – gluten free living at it’s best! Join us for a FREE, fun, and informative class taught by our award winning Chef – sampling, recipes, and knowledge to provide you all of the basics.

What: Gluten-Free Living
When: Friday, August 21; 11 am – 12 noon
Where: Whole Foods — Santa Rosa, CA
More Details: FREE, but space is limited so sign up at customer service at 707-575-7915. Take a journey through the aisles of our store as we share gluten-free choices and information, and sample some delicious gluten-free products.

What: FAAN Walk for Food Allergy
When: Saturday, August 22; 9 am
Where: White River St. Park, 801 W. Washington St. — Indianapolis, IN
More Details: Held at White River St. Park, 801 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis
Bring the whole family to the 2009 Indianapolis Walk for Food Allergy. The 2.3 mile walk benefits the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). Walk alone or join a team, make a donation or just come out to support those with food allergies and raise awareness. Event includes a DJ, sponsor tent, giveaways and lots of great activities for kids. Register now online at www.foodallergywalk.org.

What: Gluten-Free Cooking Class
When: Saturday, August 22; 11 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Fairfax, VA
More Details: FREE, but space is limited so reservations are a must: email Jessica.Baer@wholefoods.com or call customer service 703-222-2058. Jules Shepard, author of Nearly Normal Cooking For Gluten-Free Eating, leads the class. Free product samples, recipe cards and coupons to take home. There will be lots of yummy food to taste and you can see how each is made so you feel confident making it at home. After the class, Jules will answer any questions you may have about gluten-free cooking as well as host a book signing. We will have both of Jules’ books available for purchase at the book signing!

What: Gluten-Free Desserts
When: Saturday, August 22; 10 am – 12:30 pm (confirm time)
Where: Lamar Culinary Center — Austin, TX
More Details: Cost $65. Hands-on class taught by Chef Alain Braux. Famous locally for his exquisite gluten-free/dairy-free desserts, he is well-known as a health advocate with the message that exceptional health through good nutrition can be yours while enjoying a gourmet lifestyle. Menu: Chocolate Mousse; Lavender Crème Brûlée; Raspberry Soufflé.

What: Store Tour: Gluten-Free Diet
When: Saturday, August 22; 10 am – 11 am
Where: Whole Foods — Denver, CO
More Details: FREE. Join us for an informative tour on how to shop for a Gluten-free Diet. Reserve your space at the customer service desk.

What: Gluten-Free Mediterranean Cooking Class
When: Sunday, August 23; 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Houston, TX
More Details: Cost $35. This is a perfect class for guests with special gluten-free dietary needs, as well as those who have a love for delicious Mediterranean food.  There will be three wine pairings with this class from our specialty department. 1st Course: Quinoa Tabouli and Homemade Hummus; 2nd Course: Lamb Kabobs with Cucumber Greek Yogurt Sauce; 3rd Course: Baklava Tart.

What: Inner Game of Gluten-Free Baking: Back to School Basics
When: Sunday, August 23; 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — St. Louis, MO
More Details: Cost $15/adult or $20/adult & child duo. Join Linda Daniels of Free Range Cookies and explore the basics: alternative flours and blends, dairy-free substitutions, and tools for gluten-free baking. We’ll mix up some quick and easy gluten-free, casein-free muffins. Whether a newly diagnosed celiac or just new to gluten-free baking, Linda will encourage all ages to master the basics in this interactive class. Come solo or bring your child and learn how to make these goodies together.

What: Gluten-Free Support Group – Beer and Pizza Party
When: Wednesday, August 26; 7 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Rochester Hills, MI
More Details: FREE. Join us in the café with copies of your favorite gluten free recipes to share. Familiarize yourself with our ever-growing line of gluten free products, check out available recipes and discuss the experience you have had living gluten free. Contact our Concierge Aimee at 248-371-1400 or email aimee.soltis@wholefoods.com, for more information.

What: Immediate Gluten-Free Living
When: Thursday, August 27; 7 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Houston, TX
More Details: FREE. Fun and informative class taught by our award winning Chef – sampling, recipes, and knowledge to provide you with all the information you need to live a stress-free gluten-free life!

What: Celiac Awareness Day
When: Saturday, August 29; 8:30 am – 11 am
Where: Allegheny General HospitalPittsburgh, PA
More Details: Participate in open Q&A session with the Celiac Sprue Clinic’ s team of experts and tour the new facility. Also sample gluten-free foods from local vendors. Contact Kathy Sepesy at 412-359-8956 for more information.

What: The Gluten-Free Lunchbox
When: Sunday, August 30; 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Central Market Culinary School — Austin, TX
More Details: Come see how to fill lunches (for adults or kids) with nutrition, variety, and creativity!  Jennifer Cinquepalmi, author of The Complete Book of Gluten-Free Cooking will offer dozens of ideas for dips, muffins, salads, sandwiches, soups, thermos lunches, and more.  Sample Mini Quiches, muffins, Granola Bars, Sandwich Bread, Calico Black Bean Salad, and Homemade Beef Jerky. Call  512-458-3068 to register.

To see other events scheduled later this year, check out the Gluten-Free Events Page.

To have your gluten-free event listed, email the information and links to Heather at celiacfamily@gmail.com.

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Jul
24

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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IMG_4054xFor this month’s edition of Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, I chose to try one of Maureen’s recipes at Hold The Gluten. She has a wonderful blogging website that includes podcasts she records with content about the gluten-free diet. She has a great sense of humor, and I enjoy tweeting with her on Twitter. When looking through her recipes, there were several that caught my attention, but in the end I chose the Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. I’d like to say I chose it because zucchini is in season, and as such is fresh, abundant, and inexpensive. But, in truth, it was the chocolate chips that sold me on the recipe. :)

Other than the zucchini, I had most of the ingredients in the kitchen. However, I did have to add millet flour and agave nectar to my supplies. I thought about substituting with other ingredients in my pantry, because I already have so many different gluten-free flours. But, I decided to make the recipe as written and added yet another flour (millet) to my already full pantry.

IMG_4049xThe recipe came together as expected. After shredding the zucchini, I thought I would only need two of the green squash to make three cups. However, after wringing out the excess moisture, it compacted down. So, I shredded a third zucchini to get three cups as needed for the recipe. I used disposable mini loaf pans, and sprayed them with oil before pouring in the batter. I baked them all together for 35 minutes and they turned out perfect.

Now for the taste test: The texture is soft and airy, and a little crumbly — just as you would hope for it to be! IMG_4060xWhile making the batter, I was afraid it wasn’t going to have enough chocolate chips for my liking, but I was wrong. It has just enough chocolate chips to make this bread fabulous. I really enjoyed it. I probably sliced it a little too soon. The bread was a little soft for slicing, but the chocolate chips were warm and gooey, and I couldn’t resist. My kids were anxious to try it, too. Unfortunately, they were a little thrown off by the green bits in the bread. “Did you put spices in here?” is what they said and gave it one tiny bite. I personally like the green bits, and the color it adds to the bread. The zucchini pieces are soft and do not add any tough or gritty bits to the bread. Instead it just blends into the bread. Perfect.

The recipe does make four small loaves, so I’m going to put some in the freezer to have in another month or two. I’ll try to remember to update next month to let you know how it does defrosted.

Be sure to check out other recipes tried out this month for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. There’s still time to sign up and try something new for yourself, too.

And, if you’re looking for more zucchini recipes, go over to The W.H.O.L.E. Gang where it’s the secret ingredient for this week’s Friday Foodie Fix.

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IMG_4047xI was never a big fan of salads as a child. As I got older, I began to appreciate all the fresh vegetables. And since going gluten-free, my body seems to better handle all the fiber. Recently, this salad has become a favorite of mine.

The ingredients are layered in a 9 x 13 pan, covered with my own dill dressing, and topped with shredded cheese and bacon bits. It’s perfect for entertaining or taking to parties. It makes 12 large servings and you can make it the night before. I love to make it for dinner and have leftovers for lunch later in the week. You can choose your favorite salad ingredients and even your favorite dressing, but here is what I do:

Seven-Layer Salad

Ingredients:

2 Cups lettuce, chopped (iceberg, Romaine, Cosmopolitan — you choose)
2 Cups baby spinach
2 Cups frozen peas
1 cucumber, sliced and quartered
1 Cup (8 oz.) diced ham
2 Cups (4-6 oz.) cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz. bacon (8-10 slices), fried crispy and crumbled into bits
Creamy Dill Salad Dressing (recipe below)

Directions:

  1. IMG_4027xCover bottom of 9 x 13 pan with chopped lettuce, then add layers of baby spinach, chopped cucumber, peas, and diced ham. This should make the salad almost fill up to the top of the pan.
  2. Next, pour and spread the dressing evenly over the salad.
  3. Top salad with shredded cheese and bacon bits.
  4. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. The salad can be chilled for an hour, or even overnight.

Additional Notes:

  • IMG_4034xChoose your ingredients carefully. Tomatoes don’t do well overnight: they add too much water to the salad. If you want tomatoes in your salad, I suggest adding them right before serving.
  • No need to defrost the peas. They defrost quickly in the refrigerator and help keep the salad cool.
  • Other ingredients to consider: Green onions and celery add great flavor. Red cabbage, carrots, and yellow sweet peppers add bursts of color.

Creamy Dill Dressing

Ingredients:

1 Cup mayonnaise
1 Cup Greek yogurt
1 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
1 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP dried dill weed

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
  2. Keep chilled.

Additional Notes:

  • Feel free to add fresh herbs from your garden instead of dried dill, but you may want to increase the amount for freshly chopped herbs.
  • I’ve recently been introduced to delicious Greek yogurt and found that it makes a thicker, creamy dressing — perfect for this recipe. For a thinner dressing use plain yogurt, or consider adding a couple tablespoons of milk.

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Jul
20

Menu Plan Monday July 20

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mpm121jpgI’ve been on vacation for the past couple weeks. I had a great time traveling around the states, visiting with friends and family. Finding good gluten-free food while traveling is always an issue for us, but we managed just fine. I’ll try to write some posts later this week about some of the food we ate on our travels. I’m a little low on sleep and energy this week, but I’m happy to be home in my gluten-free kitchen. The first thing I did this morning was make some gluten-free bread (The Gluten-Free Pantry’s Favorite Sandwich Bread). Here’s what I’m planning for dinners this week.

Monday – Pork Chops With Black Beans
Boneless pork chops cooked on the stove with black beans, salsa and cilantro. I may top it with chopped avocado, too. Serving with red potatoes and a tossed salad.

Tuesday – Slow-Cooked Mexican Chicken Tacos
Using slow-cooked chicken with Mexican spices to put in corn tortillas or crunchy taco shells. We’ll also use chopped lettuce, shredded cheese, sliced black olives, and refried beans to fill the taco shells.

Wednesday – Seven-Layer Salad
I tried making a new dressing for this salad a couple weeks ago. I thought it was really good, but could use a few changes, so I’m trying it again this week. It makes a very large dish of salad, which is great for serving and sharing at parties. I liked having the leftover salad for lunches.

Thursday – Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Simple supper of shrimp sauteed with butter and garlic and served over rice noodles.

Friday – Taquitos
I’m using the leftover Mexican Chicken from Tuesday night’s dinner to make taquitos.

Saturday – Rice Bowls
Leftover pork chops (chopped up) and black beans from Monday’s dinner combined with Taco leftovers from Tuesday night and served over rice.

Sunday – Leftovers
All the leftovers get pulled out of the refrigerator for a make-your-own-meal buffet.

Need more menu ideas?

You’ll find hundreds of more meals and recipes (not necessarily gluten-free) listed at OrgJunkie.com’s Menu Plan Monday.

And don’t forget to check out Gluten-Free Menu Swap, hosted this week at Gluten Free Goodness. Thanks, Cheryl!

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Jul
15

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger – July

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This month I am hosting the July edition of Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. Sea at the Book of Yum organizes the monthly event. Since she is expecting Baby Yum to arrive this month, she requested some help with hosting it. I am happy to help. The event encourages you to find other gluten-free bloggers and try some of their fabulous gluten-free recipes. It’s really been fun for me. Why not join us this month?

Simple rules for participation, as described on Book of Yum (with a few modifications for hosting at Celiac Family):

1) Pick a gluten-free blogger whose recipes you admire and adopt them by commenting on this post with your name, blog name and their name and blog name.
*Blogger’s recipes must all be gluten-free or have a way to sort and read ONLY gluten-free recipes
*Please pick a different blogger every time you participate
2) Pick one (or two!) of your gluten-free blogger’s recipes to try.
3) Make the recipe, photograph it and write a post in your blog introducing the blogger and their recipe. Link back to this event announcement in your post.
*Follow the recipe as written, as closely as possible. And, please don’t print their recipe on your post- just provide your reader a link to their original recipe.
4) Email me at celiacfamily[at]gmail[dot]com with your photo of the recipe, the URL of your post, name of the recipe and the URL of the original blogger’s recipe post.
*Note: If you have general questions, please don’t email me at this address but post them here so everyone can read the question (and answer).
5) Post YOUR POST’s URL in a comment to this post, and if possible please try to visit two other blogger’s posts that are posted here (and comment!).
*The goal is to make this event more interactive and fun!

Deadlines:

Sign up BEFORE July 24th (loose deadline; late sign-ups are ok)
Post your Review and Email me by July 31 (firm deadline, no foolin’)
If you don’t have a blog, you are still welcome to adopt a gluten-free blogger. Sign up to adopt a blogger, write a review of one of their recipes, including your name (or pen name), the recipe URL and recipe title. Then take a photo of the completed recipe (if you can) and EMAIL ME the review and photo. I’ll create a special page just for our non-blogging participants and post it for you.

If you’re still wanting more details, check out Book of Yum’s official page of the Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Event. It contains links to past events you can peruse.

So that’s it. Get started by choosing a blogger to adopt and posting your choice in the comments below. I’ll start the sign-ups by adopting Maureen at Hold the Gluten.

Adoption Sign-up Sheet
  1. Maureen at Hold the Gluten (adopted by Heather at Celiac Family)
  2. Elana at Elana’s Pantry (adopted by Amy Green at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free)
  3. Becky at Radish Boy (adopted by Andrea at Plum for the Picking)
  4. Gina at The Gluten-Free Gourmand (adopted by Cinde at Gluten Free Taste of Home)
  5. Karina of Karina’s Kitchen (adopted by Rachel at Living Without Wheat)
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