Archive for November, 2009


November Gluten-Free Events

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Following is a list of events in November that support the gluten-free diet. Please feel free to send your event details to me ( to be added to this list or future lists.


November 2009

What: Gluten-Free Cooking Class: Hearty November Favorites
When: Thursday, November 5; 6 – 8 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Tustin, CA
More Details: Cost $25. Enjoy a lively class demonstration and tasting led by Jennifer Norton, chef, caterer, and aspiring sommelier.  Menu: Ginger Spiced Breakfast Loaf, Celery Root Bisque, Pork Chops with Sour Cherry Sauce and Flourless Chocolate Cake. Reserve your spot: call marketing 714-566-7650 or email

What: Gluten-Free 1st Fridays
When: Friday, November 6; 4 – 6 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Little Rock, AR
More Details: FREE. On the first Friday of each month, join team members who are gluten free experts for gluten free sampling and a gluten free store tour.  Everyone welcome, even if you’re just curious about the gluten-free diet.  Shopping gluten free can be easier than it looks. Gluten Free tours begin at 4pm in the Gluten Free aisle.

What: 8th Annual Bellingham GIG Community Awareness Event
When: Friday – Saturday, November 6-7; weekend event beginning Friday at 9 am
Where: St. Luke’s Health Education Center — Bellingham, WA
More Details: A variety of topics discussed throughout the event. Check website for details.

What: Red River Celiacs Regional Conference
When: Friday – Saturday, November 6-7
Where: Holiday Inn — Fargo, ND
More Details: National speakers and gluten-free vendors. Call 701-282-2700 for more information.

What: Maine Stay Inn Gluten-Free Weekend
When: Friday – Saturday nights, November 6-7
Where: Maine Stay Inn & Cottages — Kennebunkport, ME
More Details: Join us for an entirely gluten-free weekend. We are experienced in providing elegant gluten-free meals and look forward to providing sensitive guests with a spectacular bed and breakfast experience without worrying about ingredients. Gluten eating guests are welcome also, but all meals will be gluten free.

What: Draeger’s Gluten-Free Club
When: Sunday, November 8; 10 am
Where: Draeger’s Market — Danville, CA
More Details: The theme will be on cooking, eating and entertaining “gluten-free” during the holidays. Vendors will be situated throughout the store, sampling their gluten-free foods.

What: Baltimore Area Celiac Support Group
When: Sunday, November 8; 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Bykota Senior Center — Towson, MD
More Details: Dr. Anca Safta, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at the Center for Celiac Research will be speaking. Vendor will be Grandma’s Gone Gluten Free.

What: Second Annual Taddeo Celiac Disease Benefit
When: Sunday, November 8; 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: 92YTribeca200 Hudson St. — New York, NY
More Details: Cost $50 per person, children 12 and under FREE. Dr. Peter Green will speak at this event, which will include a gluten-free buffet, entertainment, and a silent auction. Proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. RSVP Lisa Taddeo 732-212-8142, email; or Catherine Marto 646-436-7016, email

What: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
When: Sunday, November 8; 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Carmel, IN
More Details: FREE. Get gluten-free cooking tips each month from Sandy Haney. She lives a gluten free lifestyle and loves to cook! Come enjoy samples of Dairy Free Cocoa with our brand new Dandies Vegan Marshmallows, DF Stuffing, DF O’Dough’s Breakfast Buns, Fabe’s DF Pumpkin Pie and Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Apple Pie. RSVP at 569-1517. Leave message for Sarah Smith.

What: Gluten Free Group of Friends: Thanksgiving Stuffing and Sauces
When: Monday, November 9; 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Minneapolis, MN
More Details: Cost $8. Pre-registration is required. Join us at our monthly Gluten Free Group of Friends meeting to discuss holiday recipes and strategies, sample new gluten-free products and try some delicious gluten-free holiday stuffing and sauces.  By attending the class, you are also entered into a drawing to win a year subscription to Living Without (a gluten-free publication), a value of $23!  Class is dairy and gluten free. On the menu: Gluten-free bread stuffing, Gluten-free wild rice stuffing, Gluten-free gravy, Gluten-free cranberry relish.

What: Gluten-Free Store Tour
When: Wednesday, November 11; 6:00 pm –7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Carmel, IN
More Details: FREE. Learn about all the gluten-free products available in each department, learn how to read food labels, find out what resources are available, and enjoy samples too! RSVP to reserve your space: leave message for Sarah Smith at 569-1517.

What: Gluten-Free Cooking Class
When: Wednesday, November 11; 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Scottsdale, AZ
More Details: FREE. Chef David Hall teaches a gluten-free cooking class. After the class Debbie Hall, an adviser and consultant to those with gluten intolerance and/or sensitivity, leads a store tour to explore the gluten-free items in the store. Please register in advance by contacting marketing at

What: Chesapeake Celiac Support Group
When: Friday, November 13; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Sajak Pavilion, Suite 250 — Annapolis, MD
More Details: Pam Cureton, registered and licensed dietician, associated with the Center for Celiac Research at the University of MD will be the guest speaker. She will discuss nutritional challenges for celiacs, challenges and strategies for dining out, and food options and considerations for celiac kids.

What: Gluten-Free and Healthy Class
When: Saturday, November 14; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Alexandria, VA
More Details: Cost $25 per person or $40 for two people. Pre-registration is required. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Cheryl Harris will discuss different gluten-free whole grains and flours, easy ways to make meals and baked goods healthier, ways to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need, and more. You will also be making a delicious quinoa dish during class.

What: Support Group Meeting
When: Sunday, November 15; 1:30 pm – 4 pm
Where: St. Marks UMC – Sacramento, CA
More Details: FREE and open to the public. Nutritionist Christine Craig speaks out “Don’t Forget the Nutrients: Eating for your whole health on a gluten-free diet.”

What: Gluten-Free/Vegan Holiday Tasting and Tour
When: Monday, November 16; 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: Whole Foods Market — Sonoma, CA
More Details: FREE. Learn about Gluten-Free and Vegan Holiday Menu options from our Prepared Foods Department. Receive a complimentary reusable bag filled with samples and valuable information.  Class is limited to 20!  Please contact Rachal Cyphers at 938-8500 ext. 260 or to reserve a space.

What: Gluten-Free Store Tour
When: Tuesday, November 17; 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Indianapolis, IN
More Details: FREE. Learn about all the gluten-free products available in each department, learn how to read food labels, find out what resources are available, and enjoy samples too! RSVP to reserve your space by calling  the Customer Service Desk at 706-0900.

What: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tasting Event
When: Wednesday, November 18; 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Scottsdale, AZ
More Details: FREE. Contact the store (480-368-1279) for more details.

What: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tasting Event
When: Sunday, November 21; 12 noon – 2:00 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Indianapolis, IN
More Details: FREE. Come enjoy Thanksgiving-inspired samples of Dairy-Free Cocoa with Marshmallows, DF Stuffing, Fabe’s DF Pumpkin Pie and Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Apple Pie. Tasting event only, no RSVP needed.

What: Gluten-Free Store Tour
When: Monday, November 30; 7:00 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Cincinnati, OH
More Details: FREE, but please register in advance by calling 513-981-0794. Join us for an informational and fun store tour while sampling Wheat/Gluten free foods from our departments.  Whether you have Celiac Disease, a wheat sensitivity, or just trying to avoid wheat and gluten, we’ll have delicious foods for you to try.  Tour will meet at the front of the store!

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White Chicken Chili

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IMG_4629xWhen Fall comes around and the weather starts to cool down, I start to think of chili. When you want a good chili to warm you up, but just aren’t in the mood for a red, tomato-based chili, give this one a try. This is my quick and easy recipe for a chicken chili with white beans. I love it!

White, Chicken Chili Recipe


2 cans (15 oz. each) of white northern beans
6 Cups chicken broth
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
2 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp salt
1 TBSP dried oregano
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 cans (4 oz. each) diced green chiles
1 whole chicken cooked, de-boned, and cut into bite-size pieces (about 5 cups)
1 TBSP diced jalapeño for extra heat


  1. In a large pot, combine beans, 4 cups chicken broth, garlic onion, white pepper, salt, oregano, cumin and cloves. Cover and simmer for an hour or more.
  2. Stir in green chiles, chicken and the remaining 2 cups chicken broth. If desired, add jalapeño for extra heat. Cover and simmer for another hour.
  3. Serve as-is or over rice. Top with any variety of condiments: black olives, shredded cheese, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, sour cream, salsa, etc.

Additional Notes:

  • Feel free to use cooked chicken breasts (about 2 lbs.) instead of a whole chicken.
  • Like most chilis, this also works well in a slow cooker.
  • Also great to serve with arepas or corn tortillas.

More Links

  • For more recipes of gluten-free soups, check out this week’s edition of “What Can I Eat That’s Gluten-Free?” at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.
  • Check out the The W.H.O.L.E. Gang’s Friday Foodie Fix for more recipes with beans.
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Menu Plan November 2

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mpm121jpgLast week was so busy for us. My daughter was sick, I was sick, and with all the Halloween activities, I am far behind. This week looks no less busy! So, I’m going to try to keep my menu quick and easy.

Monday – Parmesan Tilapia
This white fish recipe is very quick and easy. The fish is topped with a parmesan sauce, which also tastes great on vegetables. Serving with rice and broccoli.

Tuesday – Pupusas
Making pupusas again, this time filled with refried beans and cheese. I’m amazed how quick it is to make these. I think I’ll get the kids involved this time, too. Serving with Avocado Salsa and Cilantro Rice. If you’d like to make pupusas but need more information, check out Diane’s post at The Whole Gang. She even has a recipe for the spicy slaw that is often served with pupusas.

Wednesday – Grilled Steaks
Quickly grilling steaks and serving with corn and sweet potatoes.

Thursday – Taquitos
Mexican chicken rolled in corn tortillas. Serving with leftover Avocado Salsa and Cilantro Rice.

Friday – Sausages and Hot Dogs
What’s faster than heating up spicy sausages for the adults and hot dogs for the kids? Serving with baked beans and potatoes (or maybe french fries for the kids).

Saturday – Party
Not sure how many people will be here or what the menu will be, yet. Busy week ahead.

Sunday – Leftovers
I expect we will have lots of food leftover from the party. So, we’ll make a buffet of it for dinner.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Esther at The Lilac Kitchen is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week with the theme ingredient of dried fruit. Raisins are the only dried fruit I buy on a regular basis. The little boxes make a quick and easy snack for the kids to take to school. And, lately, I’ve been adding raisins to baked apples, too. Though I don’t buy them often, I sometimes buy dried cranberries, blueberries and apricots. I often just eat them as they are for a snack or throw them into salads. I also use dried currants in scones and muffins, though it’s been a while since I’ve made those. I’m more likely to put the currants in a rice dish with pine nuts.
  • Laura at hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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