Archive for December, 2012

I’ve got more gift ideas to give to friends and family who are following a gluten-free diet. I told you last month about some new  ideas for gluten-fee cooks: cookbooks, calendar, and magazines. Now, I’m thinking about food gifts. This is something that is not always easy to find for people who are gluten-free. In the past, you’d have to make it yourself, package it, and deliver/ship it. But now there are some options to make your holiday shopping a little easier. Here are some that I found online.

GF Baking Mix Starter Pack

GF Muffins and Cupcakes

Holiday Dinner Box

Gluten-Free Food Packages

Gluten-Free Palace has a variety of gift boxes and baskets with gluten-free cookies.

Gourmet Gift Baskets has a selection of gift baskets with gluten-free food products — cookies, crackers, chips, dips, etc.

I Can Have That! offers gift baskets that are tailored to your special diet needs. You can order, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, or free from any of the other major allergens. And right now they’re offering free shipping on orders over $65. Enter coupon code “Holiday 2012” at checkout now through Dec. 19.

Jules GlutenFree. In addition to her books, and the occasional cooking class, Jules also sells gluten-free baking mixes online. She has a great variety of products that would be a wonderful gift for someone new to the gluten-free diet or a seasoned baker. Some of the product packages change with special deals being offered. But, you can’t go wrong with the Starter Pack. If you purchase quickly (because supplies are limited), you may even be able to purchase the Cookie Tree Building Kit.

Gluten-Free Cookie Box

Katz GlutenFree is a gluten-free bakery that ships delicious gluten-free goodies: Breads, Muffins, Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Doughnuts, etc. Everything is baked in a dedicated facility that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. They have also put together some gluten-free gift packages that I’m sure would be appreciated by celiacs and others eating gluten free. With their wide variety of tasty treats, you’re sure to find something to send to your loved ones. – Assuming there are no nut allergies in the house, these are a great option. This site sells a lot more than just nuts: sweet treats, dried fruit, snacks, and baking supplies. Check out their gluten-free page of products to get started.

Saratoga Gift Basket Company offers several gift baskets with gluten-free treats, snacks, dessert items, etc.

So Lucky is an online business that prepares and ships gluten-free food and gift packages. The gluten-free food products are thoughtfully put together in fun themes. The So It’s Time to Entertain Holiday Box includes Emily G’s Cabernet Sauvignon jam, Bob’s Red Mill Cornbread Mix, 2 Turkey Gravy Mixes, 2 Suss Cinnamon Apple Caramels, Namaste Spice Cake Mix, Glutino Multigrain Crackers, and a seasonal dish towel. Check out all of their products at

Other Food Packages that may be Gluten-Free – Check labels and/or with Customer Service before purchasing.

Harry and David – They offer a variety of food gift packages and many include gluten, so I recommend that you order their delicious fruit.  They have a variety of fruit presentations from which to choose. Some of the baskets in their holiday fruit gift collection do come with products that contain gluten, so order carefully.

Hickory Farms – We’ve eaten products from Hickory Farms in the past with no problems from gluten. However, they don’t claim that all their products are gluten-free. So make sure you confirm with the company that what you’re ordering is gluten-free. Or, to be on the safe side, you can’t go wrong with a fruit and nut basket.

Wines – Most people in the gluten-free community consider wine to be gluten-free.

Wines Country Gift Baskets – To avoid gluten, I would stick with ordering just the wine. They ship wine to most states, but check before you spend too much time placing an order. They also sell holiday wreaths and decor, which make nice gifts. – Another site that ships wine, champagne, and gift products. Check out the holiday wine sets, but avoid the food and candy products that may contain gluten. They sell a group of “green wines” that use sustainable, organic and/or biodynamic practices. They also sell accessories for wine and entertaining.


Categories : Food, Product Advisory
Comments (1)

There is no denying the holidays are upon us now. Christmas lights and decorations are out everywhere, Christmas music is playing in all the busy shops, and the kids are already getting anxious. I’ve taken a break from the baking, but I think it’s time to get started again. And cookies is a good place to start. I love cookies. The theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week is Cookies. Lisa is hosting it at Extraordinary Life. I know Lisa has a lot of cookie recipes on her blog, so make sure you check it out!

Last month I made snicker doodles by using this sugar cookie recipe and rolling the dough into balls, then rolling in cinnamon sugar, and slightly flattening with fingers before baking. I also made Angela’s Ginger Snaps, which turned out perfectly! I liked them fresh and chewy. If you like them crisp and snappy, then you can leave them uncovered (or lightly covered overnight).

Other cookies I like to make for the holidays:

Snowman Meringues

Christmas Tree Meringues

Cut-out Sugar Cookies


Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Simple Parmesan Asparagus


Pulled Pork, slow-cooked

Monday –  Tuscan Chicken, Roasted Red Potatoes, Asparagus

Tuesday – Pizza (picked up some frozen Deby crusts to try) served with Spinach Salad

Wednesday – Fish Tacos with Guacamole and Slaw

Thursday Pulled Pork Sandwiches, served with leftover slaw and green beans

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – Chicken Nuggets or Chick-fil-a for the Kids, party for the parents

Sunday – leftovers

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

Need more menu ideas?

  • 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.


Categories : Menu Plan
Comments (1)

December Monthly Menu Plan, gluten-free

Posted by: | Comments (0)

The final month of the year is here. During this busy time of holiday activities and frenzied shopping, taking a little time now to plan your meals will save you time and frustration later when the pace can get even faster.

This month on the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we will continue to share ideas for Holiday meals and dishes. The themes and roundup locations for this month are listed below. I hope you’ll join us each Monday of those weeks and add your own menus or holiday ideas.

December 3 – Holiday Cookies at Extraordinary Life

December 10 – Appetizers at Celiac Family

December 17 – Holiday Favorites at Angela’s Kitchen

December 24 – Holiday Drinks at Celiac Family

December Menu Plan

Pulled Pork  -easy, slow-cooked recipe

Saturday – Sunday
1- Chicken Teriyaki
2 – leftovers

Monday – Sunday
3- Tuscan Chicken
4- Pizza
5- Fish Tacos
6- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
7- Out
8- Chick-fil-a for the kids
9- leftovers

Monday – Sunday
10- Chicken Tacos
11- Balsamic Salmon

Baked Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze

12- Chicken Nuggets
13- Taquitos
14- Hamburgers
15- Rotisserie Chicken
16- leftovers

Monday – Sunday
17- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
18- Grilled Steaks
19- Waffles
20- Fish Tacos
21- Pizza
22- Curry Chicken with Peaches
23- leftovers

Monday – Friday
24- Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

25- Roasted Turkey
26- leftovers
27- Easy Garlic Shrimp
28- Pork Tenderloin
29- Chicken Tacos
30- Chicken Teriyaki

31- Chicken Taquitos

Categories : Menu Plan
Comments (0)