In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore! which was also another Internet first—it was the first gluten-free food site to offer a shopping cart-style interface, and the ability for people to order gluten-free products manufactured by many different companies at a single Web site.
I am also co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
Johns Favorite Cookies:
cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup shortening, butter or margarine (GF of course)
1 teaspoon of flavoring (our Co-op has a gluten-free vanilla but sometimes we use rum instead)
¾ cup white or brown rice flour
¼ cup soy flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
6 oz. package of chocolate chips (GF, of course!)
Cream the shortening in a large mixing bowl until very soft. Add the sugars, salt and vanilla and mix well. Add the egg and mix well. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix in the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop by SMALL teaspoons on lightly greased cookie sheets and bake 8 - 10 minutes (watch carefully). Cool on pan briefly and carefully remove to a cooling rack. The cookies are very delicate at this stage, but once theyre cool, they taste like traditional chewy cookies. Resist the urge to make large cookies. John & I tried, only to have a big mess on our hands (and in our kitchen).