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#619457 gluten-free Pasta For Cold Pasta Salads?

Posted by on 25 June 2010 - 01:05 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a gluten-free pasta that works for cold pasta salads. Tinkyada hardens up after being refrigerated (obviously, because it's essentially rice). The salad I'm most keen on making has mayo so there's no possibility of heating it up slightly to soften the pasta the next day. Has anyone tried corn pastas for cold salads?

Thanks in advance for your help, fellow celiac chefs!

After trying tinkyada over and over again because so many people spoke so highly about it, I was about to just accept I wasn't going to eat pasta anymore (I know folks love it, but I can't stand the stuff) until I found a new brand. Or at least new to me.

Bionaturae Organic Gluten Free Pasta - lots of shapes available, and works beautifully both cold and hot. They use a rice, potato, and soy flour mix that keeps it from tasting gritty or being really hard after it cools - it also doesn't need to be rinsed. I LOVE this brand - to the point I'm planning on putting in an order for a case in a few weeks (I'm putting aside a few bucks each week from the grocery budget to stock the pantry). I'm weird, pasta isn't just a conveyance for sauce for me, I prefer to be able to dress pasta simply and enjoy the taste and texture of the pasta itself. Tinkyada just didn't work for me. (And since I cook so much, it kinda makes sense - real gluteny pasta isn't just flour and water if it's good. It's two kinds of wheat flour, salt, eggs, sometimes oil, and water. Expecting something that is just rice bran and water mushed together to be the same... just doesn't work.)

Hope this helps.
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#617939 Do Doctors Normally Do "maintenance" After A celiac disease Diagnosis?

Posted by on 19 June 2010 - 06:48 AM

Hate to say it, but this seems to be the more common reaction I hear of after diagnosing a patient with celiac.

In my case, the doctor came out after the biopsy, shrugged and said "Well, looks like celiac after all" and tried to walk away. My husband literally had to STAND IN THE DOORWAY (my wonderful husband is a former powerlifter - when he blocks a door, it stays blocked! :P ) to force the man to expand on that and give up more information.

I had to hound the office for the final results - and once those came in... I got "Eh, yeah. It's celiac." and nothing else. Not even a referral TO a nutritionist. (And it wasn't for lack of insurance - my husband WORKS for an insurance company, ours is pretty much the gold standard.)

I know there ARE good doctors - but sadly in my case (and in yours it seems) once it becomes clear there is nothing to make $$ on (no pills, no procedures, nothing a drug company will be funding) just a radical diet change, a lot just wash their hands of the whole thing.

The reason I'm still as annoyed as I sound is the same doctor actually had the gall to call me outright a hypochondriac and stupid when I forced the issue of getting the biopsy (because really, every gal just wants to spend the day with a hose up her backside! :angry: ) and when I finally found out WHY I had been sick for so long he just shrugged it off and was even ruder.

There is a reason I'm pretty hard to get into a doctor's office anymore.
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#611293 gluten-free Non-Celiac And Gluten

Posted by on 17 May 2010 - 06:29 PM

Hubs is 100% gluten-free at home, mostly gluten-free at work (9 days outta 10 I pack his lunch with reimaged versions of leftovers - so gluten-free by extension there), and if we're out at a restaurant he, more often than not, chooses items we can share. Once in a great while he'll grab a sandwich when we are out running errands - but really, the only time he eats "normally" is when he takes his mom out to dinner once a week.

As for how it affects folks without celiac?

He got sick less this winter (has asthma and always seems to pick up every chest bug that floats by... not so much this year. I think he got sick maybe once all winter.) and has lost about 40 pounds now without there being many other big changes in his life.

Although, to be fair, this could also be attributed to the fact I cook 95% from scratch. So in addition to being gluten free - he rarely has food with weird chemicals or any high fructose corn syrup which could help. He also eats out less, and since I feel better, we're doing more together and getting more active.

As for downsides? He can handle gluten just fine when he's out and about.... but greasy/crappy food he once ate with no issues? Yeah. No more. If he does, he pays for it the rest of the day! (Oh alas... he can't eat Taco Bell or White Castle anymore! :P ;)
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#610058 How Do I Explain?

Posted by on 11 May 2010 - 07:43 AM

i realize this is probably going to be an unpopular opinion, but why do so many celiacs spend so much time & energy trying to explain, explain, explain celiac disease to skeptics?

Likely not for every case, but I have found it's often less of a case of trying to explain yourself to skeptics... as dealing with twits who won't drop it. Beyond telling the server that I have celiac and here are my needs - I really don't WANT to go into it at the table. But there often seems to be one soul at the table who MUST make it a thing. Either to prove how smart they are, mock someone openly at the table, or simply because they don't have the intelligence to realize they are being rude. (Yeah, I know I sound rather bitter about that. Blame it on dealing with Stepford wives at my husband's company functions.) Now, the easiest way around THAT is to simply not go out to eat with folks like this. Sadly... not always possible. And as breaking into tears, popping someone in the nose, or stating flatly "You are an idiot of the first order who needs to kindly shut up" are usually viewed as less than socially acceptable.... explaining and hoping you hit a few connecting neurons often seems like the best/only solution. :P

On the other hand... more often than not I simply either try to avoid the situation in the first place... or as I said my first reply go for shock tactics to at least shut the conversation down. I have learned I don't have to explain anything if I look at someone frostily and say something along the lines of "You really are a rude and moronic fellow. Change the subject at once." while attempting to channel my great-aunt Wilma's steely hauteur.
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#609497 Need A gluten-free Vegan Cookbook

Posted by on 07 May 2010 - 06:09 PM

A few websites and books to look at:

Book of Yum

Wheatless & Meatless

Gluten-Free Vegan Family

And this is a site with great gluten-free recipes, as well as SOME vegan and vegetarian recipes (but she does also use meat and animal products from time to time) : Gluten Free Goddess

Books - I own Flying Apron's Gluten-free & Vegan Baking Book (uses honey in some recipes, so not true vegan) but it does have some good recipes. A few on my "To Buy" list are : The Gluten-Free Vegan: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free, Animal-Free Recipes by Susan O'Brian, and The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Kitchen: Delicious and Nutritious Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Dishes by Donna Klein.

Hope this helps a little bit.
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#600803 How Do I Explain?

Posted by on 25 March 2010 - 07:59 AM

How do you explain to others about the disease? Especially when they question it.


I tried a LOT of methods at first. Got frustrated a lot. Now? I go simple but shocking.

"Well, its a choice. Eat gluten - have massive diarrhea to the point I don't feel safe leaving the bathroom, generally want to die, and accept that, like my grandmother I will soon get to experience the joy of a colostomy bag and an early death due to stomach cancer. Or, skip the Wonderbread and have a long, happy, healthy life where I have the ability to do all the things I want to. So, you say you care about me - which is more important? The bag of cookies or living?"

Expect shocked stunned awkward silence.

But the point usually gets across. Or, I at least get a pretty clear understanding of who is of value in my life and who should be jettisoned at the first opportunity.
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