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#898698 Just Diagnosed. Kind Of In Denial About It.

Posted by on 08 December 2013 - 10:19 AM

I got a phone call to let me know that my biopsy was positive for celiac. I know it's probably nearly impossible to believe, but I didn't even know I'd had a biopsy. I was devastated. I, a grown woman in my 30s, promptly went to my room and cried myself to sleep. Not crying like normal, blubbering like an idiot, racking sobs with snot running down my face.


The next day I got up, hit google and got my act together. It took me days of research, an appointment with my doctor (in which I was told to go home and google "gluten free") and getting my birthday that week under my belt to feel ready. The day after my birthday I hit the grocery store, bought my last donut and the following day I went gluten free and never looked back. I can't deny it was hard, but look at the alternatives. Look at what happens if you don't. Even with no overt physical symptoms, your prognosis isn't good.


I know you say it shouldn't be a big deal, but it is and it's okay to feel like it is. But at some point in the pretty immediate future you're going to have to accept it and deal with it. It's okay to give yourself a short time (God knows I did) but if you try to put your head in the sand all you accomplish is suffocating.

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#898666 Christmas Gifts

Posted by on 08 December 2013 - 12:56 AM

If I get those holiday gift packs, I simply act delighted. The simple fact is that many of them are a combination of food and non-food items. For instance, the mugs and cocoa sets. With something like the cocoa sets, I would keep the mugs and if my gluten eating husband didn't want the cookies and I couldn't have the cocoa for some reason I would simply donate it to a food bank, shelter, or offer it to a neighbor or friend with kids. The same works with any of those gift packs. Even if it isn't allowed in your house for consumption, that doesn't mean that a sealed package can't be set aside somewhere safe until you can take it off to give it away.


It's all very new right now and things have barely had time to set in. While you can mention that you simply don't want food based gifts, it may still happen. Be genuinely happy and grateful for what you can use, "What adorable mugs. Thank you!" and don't mention that you'll be getting rid of the food items. It isn't the time to make someone feel bad because the gift wasn't 100% perfect. They'll have all year to learn more about your dietary restrictions and will hopefully do better next year if they don't get it this year. Or not. Some family members (or friends), no matter how well meaning, never learn. My policy is to try to be gracious, as long as they are trying.

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#898610 Cross Contamination

Posted by on 07 December 2013 - 11:58 AM

Hon, you have a great sense of humor. That will help you heal faster and keep you from getting too worrisome.

Welcome to the forum!



True x100! Laughter. The only medicine that treats celiac. ^_^

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#898411 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 05 December 2013 - 05:56 PM

Usually if I'm being responsible I buy blocks of cheddar at Costco. I have a shredder attachment for my KitchenAid so it's super easy to shred myself, and I just sprinkle a little starch on it, mix it up really well and it stores without getting clumpy. Or, if I haven't been responsible I just pick up whatever cheddar or Mexican blend catches my eye at the store.


Sometimes I'll poach a chicken breast in salsa and that's that. Chicken, cheese, done. Sometimes though I'll just use plain shredded chicken, crispy diced bacon, always cheddar with this, and ranch for dipping. There was this whole "chicken cheddar bacon ranch" craze a while back and so we started making our own quesadillas. Sometimes on the "plain" ones I'll put salsa or corn right in them. I always use sour cream for dipping those. Kraft has a good sour cream without wonky ingredients in it. (I swear to God my blood pressure rises dangerously every time I read a sour cream label and it had 10 ingredients. It needs 2, cream and culture. GAH!)


Also, cream cheese, mashed bananas, cinnamon. Spread on tortillas like a quesadilla filling. Fry. Attempt not to burn your mouth eating them because you can't wait for them to cool. Or apples and brie. Dessert quesadillas are just as good as dinner ones.

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#898239 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 04 December 2013 - 04:45 PM

I love Delallo pasta. I got something like 3 or 4 bags of it in all my goodies for the Expo and it didn't last long.


Patience isn't a virtue. That's just something people say to get you to shut the heck up while you wait through something tortuous and awful. (like for biscotti)


Ok, so... crackers. These aren't just crackers that taste like crackers. They are crackers that will change the way you view the world. If people can do crackers right, what other magical doors can be opened for us? Everyone needs to try them.

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#897386 Soaking Kitchen Tools In Oxy Clean - Thoughts?

Posted by on 26 November 2013 - 08:56 PM

There is a difference between porous cast iron, and non-porous enamel and stainless steel of KitchenAid appliances and attachments. There is no need to be unnecessarily alarmist. With non-porous surfaces, such as those being discussed, a simple and thorough cleaning will be more than enough. These would of course not be adequate for cast iron due to it's nature.


Do NOT bake your KitchenAid attachments in the oven at or above 600 degrees (which would mean the cleaning cycle). You will almost definitely ruin them, or at least have a mess beyond reasonably easy cleaning on your hands. If you are even considering this, contact KitchenAid first. I'm sure they'll tell you that your items may not survive intact.

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#897340 Sigh...i Really Want A Doughnut

Posted by on 26 November 2013 - 02:28 PM

You could just make donuts. It's what I do when I want a donut so bad that I'm borderline psychopath. And no, I don't make cake donuts, blech! I make honest to God, donuts, like I remember them. When I want something, come hell or high water, I get it. There is absolutely nothing I am deprived of, short of feeling like hell.

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#897333 Soaking Kitchen Tools In Oxy Clean - Thoughts?

Posted by on 26 November 2013 - 01:17 PM

I personally would never go anywhere near a used KitchenAid grain mill. The dough hook and paddle are enamel coated, and simply washing them in soap and water should be fine as long as you clean the little spot at the top where they attach to the mixer. Since the whisk is stainless steel, and doesn't have any funky places for anything to get caught up in it like a hand whisk, I would do the same. The bowl is either glass or stainless steel, no biggie, just wash it. Also, all of these are easily replaced for a relatively low price compared to a mixer. Give the mixer a good cleaning, paying special attention to where the paddle goes on and the spring there.


If you are comfortable taking the top off the mixer yourself, do so and use one of those cans of air you use to clean the inside of a computer to blow out any flour dust. If not, you can just turn it on and run it a bit, it'll blow out, and use the can of air to blow into the vents. I'd be comfortable enough with that. You just want to make sure after years of use it doesn't blow a puff of dust out of it's guts when it gets turned on. Again, no biggie and almost easily cleaned.


As for the grain mill. I do not have one yet for my KitchenAid. (It is the topmost priority on my attachment list!) I do not know what it looks like or how easily it comes apart, how well you can get at all of it's guts. If it seems like you can get at everything that your food will touch, go for a good scrubbing and you'll be fine. If not, ebay it and replace it. It isn't the sort of thing that loses value and you'll quickly find someone willing to snatch one up at even a small savings over the store price and you can grab a new one.


If anything seems difficult to get to, go grab a pack of pipe cleaners at your local craft shop. They were originally cleaning tools and still work great for that purpose.

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#896888 Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by on 22 November 2013 - 01:36 PM

I'm pretty sure you can eat whatever you want to with your hands. They can't stop you from putting whatever you want in your car and driving somewhere with it.


I'm having the kind of day where anything that can go wrong, has gone wrong... so my opinion right now? I would call to tell them that you're all out of $#&@! to give about family or holidays, what you think about the fact that you've been told you're not allowed to eat food you know is safe for you then hang up without waiting for a response. (I may have gone from passive aggressive to plain old aggressive today. Follow my advice at your own risk.) Of course, the completely sane side of me that is still inside somewhere knows that they're being complete asshats to you. So however you respond is probably fine.

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#896781 Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by on 21 November 2013 - 01:03 PM

I would just pick a good loocking (to me) recipe from someone with a reputation for Southern cooking. Usually it gets made with heavy cream, so using a generic milk substitute just won't be rich enough. (imo) I think it would be different in a good and exciting way, although I'm sure not everyone would agree with me. But then, I don't keep canned coconut milk in my house because I would drink it. 

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#896729 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 21 November 2013 - 08:11 AM

I've been so good planning meals. For something like 3 or 4 weeks now I've had stuff written on my whiteboard calender. But I managed to not have anything down after last night.  :ph34r: I suppose since I need to go to the store this afternoon, which includes Costco that maybe we'll end up with a rotisserie chicken. If not, I'll probably just pop open a jar of George and make some sides to go with it. It feels really awkward to have had "plans" sort of for dinner for a few weeks and to wake up one day and find nothing written on my board to tell me what to cook. At least I know that whatever else I have, there is leftover mac & cheese.  :D

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#895785 Amazing Lectures At The Gluten Summit

Posted by on 13 November 2013 - 08:38 PM

I drink 2+ gallons of milk a week, usually +. Not depressed. I also eat grains, almost as if consuming them is a religion in and of itself. Also, if it weren't actually against my religion I'd drink coffee like it's a religion. That's seriously not a joke either. (Quitting coffee was harder than quitting smoking!) Pretty sure, being coffee-less, a former smoker who hates being around people, and someone who consumes vast amounts of grains and milk I should be their poster child of depression. Happy as a clam. Who thinks up this psychobabble bullshit? (I'd censor myself, but that is censored.)

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#895672 Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by on 13 November 2013 - 08:00 AM

You can use any starch in place of cornstarch to thicken a sauce or gravy. I've gotten and used free sample packs of rice and tapioca starch specifically for that purpose and they work just as well. I know not everyone does it the same way, but I just make a slurry and whisk it into seasoned, boiling drippings or broth. I like this method because I can gauge how much I want to use based on how quickly it thickens, and I never end up with accidental jelly thick gravy, which can happen if you start with your starch and add your broth. 

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#895564 Symptom And Diet Tracker Phone App

Posted by on 12 November 2013 - 09:56 AM

That app isn't available for android. I use mySymptoms though which is. It seems to be pretty similar, although it isn't free. It's $2.99, which isn't a lot to pay and I finally caved with my new phone and got a paid for app for the first time ever. I really like it. And it tracks everything, and I mean everything. Right down to the Bristol scale for your poop. :ph34r: What I like most about it though is that after you use it long enough if you're having a particular symptom you can't pinpoint a cause for yourself, you can tell it to tell you the most likely causes. And it does a pdf you can take to your doctor too.

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#895478 Amazing Conversations

Posted by on 11 November 2013 - 02:09 PM

Not really a conversation, more of an activity. My gluten eating husband's favorite food in the whole whole world is pizza. For his birthday, even though I said we could go anywhere and I'd bring something to eat, we went to a pizza place that has a separate gluten free kitchen to pretty much guarantee a safe pizza. We had never been there before so he didn't even know if he'd like their pizza or not. I think I gots me as close to a perfect man as they come. :wub: (Now if only I could fix his aversion to vegetables! :lol:)

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