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    1. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Anyone In Utah?   

      Just thought I'd let you all know that we'll be doing another gluten-free cooking class at the Provo Macey's on Thursday, May 15th. We'll be doing brunch foods - crustless quiche, a fresh apple cake, and some other things. It starts at 7 pm, and the class is free. Just call their customer service desk to let them know you are coming so we provide enough food. The phone number of the store is 801-356-3216.

      Hope to see you there!

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    2. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Streusel Topped Apple Muffins   

      larry mac -

      We're still working on the second book - I don't think we'll publish it until around November this year.
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    3. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Streusel Topped Apple Muffins   

      Jo Ann -

      The substitution of potato starch for corn starch shouldn't make a difference - I've done that in the featherlight mix before, and haven't had a problem. It might be the baking powder - but if it's working okay in your other recipes, then it ought to work just fine here, too. Hmmm . .. Did you make any other modifications to the recipe?

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    4. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Need Help Finding...   

      Hey, there, melannen!

      I got on the deseret news site and found this recipe. It came from the gfutah people, as I suspected. Here you go!

      1 cup white rice flour
      3/4 cup potato starch
      1/2 cup tapioca starch
      1 tablespoon sugar
      1 teaspoon salt
      1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
      1/2 cup shortening
      4 ounces cream cheese
      1 egg plus 2 egg yolks
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      3 tablespoons very cold water
      Combine dry ingredients. Cut in shortening and cream cheese with pastry cutter until the size of peas. Stir in eggs and vanilla; add enough water to form dough. Form 2 or 3 balls. Makes two 9-inch deep-dish pie crusts or three 8-inch pie crusts.
      Single crust pie: Place a ball in the center of a 8- or 9-inch pie tin and pat out, covering bottom and sides of pan. Press top edge into a design. For a pre-baked crust, prick crust with a fork and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until crust is slightly brown. Fill with desired filling.

      Double crust pie: Pat a pastry ball in pie pan for bottom crust. Pour filling into crust. Roll out top crust on a cornstarch-dusted pastry cloth using a covered rolling pin. Place crust on top of filled pie and use fingers to crimp edges. (You may roll out crust between sheets of plastic wrap to desired size, remove top plastic sheet and use remaining sheet to reverse dough onto the filling.) Bake as directed for filling used.
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    5. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Need Advice From Parents   

      I can't believe that anyone would say that medication is the only option for a young child. OCD meds are almost always SSRIs like prozac and paxil, and almost all of the recent research says that giving these meds to children (under 18) dangerously increases the risk of suicide.

      Now, I haven't heard of many 5 year olds who have committed suicide, but I would have to be absolutely POSITIVE that they were necessary before I would risk giving a young child of mine those medications. Especially as there are so many behavioral modification prodedures for helping OCD (and those are actually considered to be more permanantly helpful than the meds).

      One of the best books about OCD that I've found is "Tormented Thoughts and Secret Rituals" - written by a Dr. who has OCD himself. (Just in case you want more information.)

      And considering how celiac elevates anxiety for so many people, and that OCD is an anxiety disorder, I am certain that gluten makes obsessive compulsive symptoms worse for those who already have the tendency.
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    6. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Left Side Pain   

      You might also consider having your gall bladder checked. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that it's on the left side. My friend thought she was lactose intolerant for years before finding out it was her gall bladder - and she could also eat cheese, but not milk or ice cream. Gall bladder problems are actually problems with fats, so I've never been sure why cheese didn't bother her, but it didn't.
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    7. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Pumpkin Pie Help!   

      Try using mace instead of nutmeg. (you only need 1/2 as much mace, though). It's FABULOUS.
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    8. GFBetsy added a post in a topic I Need A Multivitamin   

      Costco's vitamins say "no yeast or gluten" right on the label (ususally on one of the upper corners of the label). Congratulations!
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    9. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Anyone In Utah?   

      The Utah County GIG meets at 7 pm on the first Thursday of every month (but not this December). They used to meet at Timpanogos hospital in Orem, but due to construction had to move them to UVRMC in Provo. At the last meeting, the branch manager told me that they aren't sure yet where they will be meeting in January because UVRMC hasn't gotten back to them yet about whether they can still use the room they've been using. If it turns out that UVRMC doesn't work out, there's a Dr. office in American Fork that they will probably use. So just check out the GFutah website for further information.
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    10. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Confused   

      My daughter's diarhea went away after 3 days when we went off of gluten - I think that the younger they are, the faster they recover.

      One thing to watch for, though, is the soy or rice milk that you are giving her. Rice Dream and Soy Dream contain gluten from barley. (At least they did the last time I looked at them.) That might be a contributing factor.

      Also, look out for the malt flavoring in things - I think that's probably the ingredient item that gets overlooked the most by people who are new to the diet. They think they are fully gluten free, but their rice crispies and corn chex are poisoning them! Milky Ways have it, so if she ate any of those, that might be affecting her.

      Good luck in figuring things out!

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    11. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Anyone In Utah?   

      Haven't been on the forum for a while, but I thought I'd just drop a line and let everyone know that we've got another free gluten-free class coming up next week.

      We'll be holding the class at the Provo Macey's on Thursday, November 15th at 7 pm in the Little Theater. Please call the store and sign up (356-3216) so we know how much food to have available for sampling.

      We'll be cooking stuffing, rolls, and pies (all those holiday things). It'll be yummy!

      We also have a class scheduled for the 11th of December (that's a Tuesday). It's also at 7 pm, at the same store. We'll be doing a Christmas cookie tasting table, and demonstrating at least 2 of the cookies. We'll be sampling Pumpkin Pie Crust Cookies (they're GOOD!), Russian Tea Cake Cookies (aka Mexican Wedding Cakes), Thumbprint cookies (much like pecan sandies - also VERY good!), and snickerdoodles. We may have some other cookies, too, like peppernuts and sugar cookies. It will be a lot of fun.

      Again, all the classes are free, and if you are feeling lost, it's a great chance to come and meet people who are also dealing with the gluten free diet. It's a bit of a drive from Price, but if you could combine a couple of Utah valley errands that day, it would be worth it to come up. If you can't make it, we always post our recipes on our website, which is All the recipes are free - and there are over 100 really yummy recipes on the site.

      As far as taking the sacrament goes, talk to your bishop. Different bishops have people do different things - some have you bring your own bread and then sit in the same place each week so the deacons can find you, some have you bring your own bread and have a preisthood holder break it at your bench while the priests are doing the same with the regular bread, my sister had a bishop that set things up so that she could have the sacrament blessed and passed in her home. It all depends on what your bishop wants to do. Just make sure that he understands the seriousness of eating "just a little bit" of regular bread - it really can hurt you!

      Sweetfudge - Glad to hear you're still around here! Hope you are doing well!
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    12. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Anyone In Utah?   

      Hello, all! Haven't been on in a while, but just wanted to announce that we are doing another FREE gluten free cooking class at the Provo Macey's grocery store tonight at 7 pm. We're going to be doing an oven fried chicken recipe and a pasta salad.

      The classes are held in the little theater (down the hallway by the bank, at the front of the store).
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    13. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Poll: Were You Or Your Children Breast-fed?   

      I breast-fed my fraternal twins for 11 months, and only one of them has celiac. So I would guess breast-feeding can contribute to a later onset, but isn't by any means the only factor.
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    14. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Anyone In Utah?   

      Just wanted to let all you utahn's (what a weird word!) know that we'll be teaching another gluten free cooking class at the Provo Macey's in March. (I forget the exact date right now, but I'll try to post it later). We're going to be making gluten free Oreo's. It shocks me how close they are to the original! I haven't made them into gluten free cookies and creme ice cream yet, because my kids eat them as soon as they are done, but that's the next step. Yum!

      Again, the classes are free, just sign up at the service desk so we know how much food to buy.
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    15. GFBetsy added a post in a topic Could This Be Celiac   

      Dan -

      Celiac is definitely a possibiblity. If I were you I'd visit the NIH (National Institute of Health) website and print up some articles on celiac. I'm not sure if they've got a list of the necessary tests, or not, but tell your doctor that the Gliadin antibody tests are not very sensitive or specific, and that the endomysial and tissue-trans-glutaminase tests are the currently accepted "best" blood tests for celiac. Ask him to run your bloodwork again.

      Do this before you go on a gluten free diet, as going gluten free can cause a falsely negative result on the celiac blood tests.

      Good luck!
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