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*Tinkerbell

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About *Tinkerbell

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  • Birthday 07/01/1969

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    I am the Food Editor for a Seattle area newspaper, forum host in the Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances Forum and the Seasonal Topic of the Month Forum on Food.com (formerly RecipeZaar.com). I love to cook, bake, create new recipes, make quilts, greeting cards and read.
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  1. Who Survived Thanksgiving?

    Hi, all! My situation is a little weird, so I'll start at the beginning. My friend & her 3 kids were diagnosed with celiac (she has two genetic markers!) about 3 years ago. Since then I have been experimenting with the flours & starches, learning about the diet & what products are safe for them. I test, create & write a newspaper column on recipes for a living, so exploring the world of gluten-free was fun for me. My mom (in another state) has also been playing around with gluten-free ingredients, helping me find good recipes for my friend. It just so happens that my mom went to school (same graduating class) with my friend's father. Anyway, over the last few years we've done the eating & most of the cooking at her house. I have collected a small assortment of kitchen basics that I keep entirely gluten-free for prep or cooking. She's one that is extremely sensitive to any CC so I do prefer to do the cooking at her house, just in case. But she has trusted me with her kids & when I made them homemade gluten-free chicken nuggets she ended up eating them herself & really liking them (and not getting sick). Since she has family that doesn't respect or understand her need to avoid CC, our family has joined hers for the last two years at Thanksgiving & we've made gluten-free holiday meals. I think, by far, this year's meal was the best & here's what we did: Together we made Alton Brown's recipe for brined turkey (with gluten-free broth and fresh herbs) I made homemade gravy from the drippings & using gluten-free A/P flour I made stuffing with gluten-free bread & sausage I made two chocolate chip mint ice cream pies, using gluten-free chocolate cake for crust & gluten-free ice cream & frosting I made pumpkin pie with gluten free pie crust I made gluten-free French bread (I modified my dinner roll recipe to gluten-free last year, so wanted to try something new this time) She made sweet potatoes She made green beans with gluten-free turkey bacon She made mashed potatoes She had lots of gluten-free wine on hand! We had an amazing holiday and they ate up all the leftovers without getting sick! I'm so, so careful, yet still worry about CC. You know? The strangest thing about this story, is that the Monday after the holiday I got my blood test results back and am positive for Celiac! I had been seeing an Endocrinologist for hyperthyroid (Graves Disease) & just threw in a request that he test for Celiac on the last blood draw. I don't have the symptoms my friend does (tummy issues) or the evidence of damage based on the last scope, but I have been diagnosed with a diverticuloma and my MD thought maybe that was why I am so severely anemic. Now, we think it's more probable that Celiac disease is the reason. Fortunately, I've already gotten comfortable cooking gluten-free & am not freaking out at the shear enormity of this diet change, but honestly, the prospect of making it permanent IS freaking me out. Mainly because I won't be able to test & create & write about all the different recipes we're used to trying. Even though I've written about gluten-free recipes in the past, the majority of my audience is not (or doesn't know that they are) gluten-intolerant. *Tink