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  1. I was at the grocery store today and was looking for some chips. Frito Lay claims that their baked Lay's product is gluten-free, but it lists modified food starch as an ingredient. Am I misinterpreting something here?
  2. Okay, I know it's not Tuesday, but here is a good side dish recipe. Note, there are two versions. Also note that I am a newbie and to the best of my knowledge, everything listed is gluten-free. Broasted Red Potatoes 2 lbs. Aize "A' Red Potatoes-washes, dried, and halved 2 Tbs. Olive Oil 1 tsp. Dried Thyme or Herbs de Provence Kosher Salt to taste (I use about 2-3 tsp.) Mix together in a bowl. Place cut side down on a cookie sheet. Place in a COLD oven on bottom rack. Cook 20-25 mins at 450. When done, immediately remove from cookie sheet to prevent the potatoes from turning soggy. They have a great golden brown crunch! In the summer, I take the finished product and make it in to a salad by adding: 1 1/2 Tbs. Rice Wine Vinegar 1 Tbs. Mayonnaise 1 Clove Garlic (minced) Pepper to taste ---Mix These Ingredients--- 3 Tbs. Olive Oil ---Whisk In Oil--- Add: 1/2 C. Kalamata Olives (chopped) 2 Tbs. Fresh Parsley (chopped) 1/2 Small Red Onion (slivered) Serve at room temp. for best flavor. Once you refrigerate it, it tends to get mushy. If anyone else has some good side dishes...I am totally burnt out on my recipes!
  3. Thank you for that insight. It made me remember I used to take Levasin (sp?) when I was a little kid and diagnosed with "IBS". It did actually help me, but I had totally forgotten about it. Do you dissolve it under your tongue, or swallow it?
  4. I received my blood test results last week. My doctor's assistant just wrote that I was "not allergic to wheat". On the lab sheet, the test requested was for Celiac's Disease, so I called to find out specifically what blood tests were done. I tried to research withing exisitng posts to help understand my results, but the names of my tests don't match up with any others that I have seen. So now I am beginning to wonder if I was given the correct tests. Here is what they gave me: IGA plusT=266 Ttg=4 Is anyone familiar with how to read this? The doctor has yet to return my call.
  5. My doctor's assistant sent a note in the mail saying my test indicated that I was not allergic to wheat. I called to ask for the specific results and he gave me this: IGA plus T (266) Ttg (4) I was looking at everyone else's postings, but I didn't see anybody with the same description. Did I get the wrong tests? It just said "Celiac Test" on the lab form.
  6. I am right there with the rest of you. Got my blood tests back on Friday and all my doctor's assistant said is that it was "negative for a wheat allergy". Considering that isn't even what I was tested for, I thought it was amusing, especially since I can't even get my GI to return my calls. Bottom line is I did the gluten free diet as a last resort because I was so deperate to resolve my "IBS" that I have dealt with most of my life. After only three weeks, I feel about a 70% improvement in my IBS symptons, and marked improvement with my headaches, anxiety, and PMS symptoms. It would be nice to be validated, so I too am going to try the Entero testing as well as the York. It may cost a little money, but if I am feeling better, I don't care!!!
  7. I mostly shop at co-ops and natural food stores for my gluten-free products. But they are now carrying some of the basics (Ener G breads and gluten-free mixes) at our mainstream stores (Cub & Rainbow here in the midwest) in the organic food department. I am lucky enough to have a gluten-free bakery close by too. I guess I am pretty spoiled!
  8. Annie's Naturals has a yummy honey mustard.
  9. I recently found Mayacama's gravy mixes in my co-op that are all gluten free. I find they have a little more flavor than making it from scratch. I also had good sucess by adding a bouillon cube to my meat juices, then adding corn starch for the old fashioned version.
  10. I have not heard of this brand, but I use Requa charcoal tabs whenever I make a goof. They work awesome! I know there are some other makers of these too...check with your pharmacist.
  11. After several attempts, I finally found the Blue Diamond Nut Thins and actually found them to be palatable. They are also selling Hot Kid Rice Crisps in our deli section now, which are pretty good.
  12. Here is that info for Annie's Naturals: Dear Chantal, The packets are a wonderful design- especially for those with particular dietary needs. The packets do not need to be refrigerated prior to opening. They should be refrigerated after opening. We have made the packets available for order, since so many showed an interest. They are .39 cents a piece or $11.70 a case (of 30) plus ups shipping. The shipping is generally $7.00 and up depending on location and weight of package. You can order online at www.anniesnaturals.com or by calling 800-434-1234 ext. 320.
  13. Hi All- I inquired about the packets of Annie's Naturals dressings that I always pick up at the local co-ops salad bar. Apparently they are selling them by the carton now to the public. These are great for traveling. Here is the response they gave me: Dear Chantal, The packets are a wonderful design- especially for those with particular dietary needs. The packets do not need to be refrigerated prior to opening. They should be refrigerated after opening. We have made the packets available for order, since so many showed an interest. They are .39 cents a piece or $11.70 a case (of 30) plus ups shipping. The shipping is generally $7.00 and up depending on location and weight of package. You can order online at www.anniesnaturals.com or by calling 800-434-1234 ext. 320.
  14. Bryan- I live in the Minneapolis area, and although I am new, here is what I found so far (mostly mainstream restaurants). For Mexican, Don Pablos has been really great, as well as Outback Steakhouse. Both offer gluten-free menus. PF Changs (for Asian) is usually pretty adaptable if you advise your server about what you are looking for. There are a couple of Italian restaurants, Buca and Biaggis, which will both substitutions for their pasta dishes. In the immediate downtown area, there are a couple of vegetarian restaurants, Cafe Brenda on 1st Ave. N., and Seward Community Cafe in Uptown that I can only imagine would be able to offer gluten-free. (Cafe Brenda is the better of the two). There is also a vegan raw restaurant in that area. If you have transportation, there is a gluten free bakery that I discovered yesterday in a southern suburb, and several whole food/co-op stores that offer a lot. If you want to e-mail with where you are staying, I would be happy to give you more specifics. Since I am new to this, I have not yet bonded with my local support group, but you may want to contact them for specific local information. They are the Northland Celiac Support Group at www.geocities.com/northlandceliacs/ Also, I was just about to post some info about the Annie's Naturals Dressings offering packets of salad dressing...great for traveling. Good Luck! Chantal
  15. Okay, I have read a lot hear and tried to understand it all, but I do have some questions. Burdee, you amongst others have mentioned the Entero Lab tests. How do I go about finding more information about that? I have been gluten-free (with some slips...still learning) for about three weeks and have noticed 70% of my "IBS" symptoms have disappeared. My Celiac blood test came back negative, as did the stool test that checks for malabsorbtion. But I am convinced there is some sort of connection. I know the easy answer would be just to remain gluten free if its working, but I honestly don't think I have that type of long term will power! What sorts of other things are automatically eiliminated when you go gluten-free, besides wheat? And can that be tested for as a seperate allergen. I would appreciate any input as I am convinced that my doctor's are not very knowledgable about this area and I am hesitant to do the big expensive tests (endoscopy, colonoscopy) if they are not really necessary.