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Easy, Yummy Cheese Crackers

10 December 2009 - 09:15 AM

Being on the SCD has forced me to make several things that I previously bought pre-made. One of those things is crackers. I found and tweaked a recipe that has turned into a family favorite. They are way better than the rock hard nut thins that we used to eat.

2 C finely ground almond flour (I have used almond meal from Trader Joe's or Honeyville blanched almond flour)
1 C finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese (made with sheep milk), press down firmly in cup
1/2 tsp. baking soda
shake of salt
shake of pepper
shake of garlic powder
1 Egg (or 3 Tbs water or liquid egg replacement) I use large eggs.

Put all dry ingredients in Cuisinart or other food processor and blend well. Add egg and process until dough forms a ball. You can add a few drops of water if it's not moist enough.

Divide dough in half. Place one half between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Roll out very thin - 1/8" or a bit less. Remove top layer of paper. Score into cracker sized pieces with a very sharp knife or pizza wheel. Slide crackers/paper onto cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 10 minutes and then start checking for browning. You want them to brown a little, but not burn - watch them carefully! Slide them, paper and all onto a cooling rack. Let cool and then break into crackers. As soon as they are cool, put them in a ziploc bag - they absorb moisture really quickly.

Soft, "flexible" Bread!

24 November 2009 - 07:37 PM

I haven't been on here for months because my son was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and we have been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since mid August. (It makes gluten-free seem REALLY easy.)

I discovered an easy bread recipe that I make a few times a week. It makes great sandwiches that travel well in a lunchbox, so I thought I'd share.

Soft Flat Bread

4 Egg Whites
2 Egg Yolks
1/2 C Almond Flour (can buy at Trader Joes)
1 tsp. Butter
1 tsp. Honey
Dash of salt

Beat egg whites until they form soft peaks. Then beat egg yolks with butter and honey. Sprinkle almond flour and salt onto egg whites, pour egg yolk mixture on top and gently stir until it's all mixed together. Pour/scrape onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (This is the best stuff ever invented!) Smooth with the back of the spoon to about a 12" x 12" square, making sure that the thickness is consistent. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and slide bread, parchment paper and all onto a cooling rack.

I have a jelly roll type pan that has little holes in it - a pizza pan with holes in it would work well too - that makes it a little drier/crispier on the bottom.

Ulcerative Colitis?

31 July 2009 - 02:49 PM

My 14 year old son just had an endoscopy and colonoscopy this morning. The only problem that showed up is damage in his colon - he definitely has Ulcerative Colitis. It's better than Crohn's, which is what we thought it would be. He has to take Asacol "indefinitely" according to the GI doc.

My son is already gluten-free, and has been for several years. We're eliminating dairy again starting today. I was diagnosed with colitis way back in college, and then IBS and all my symptoms disappeared when I went gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and egg free. I'm still fine now and have reintroduced eggs and occasionally cheat with small amounts of dairy and soy. I've heard that Ulcerative Colitis is worse than just Colitis or IBS.

I've been doing a ton of research and can't get much good information. I think we're going to try probiotics, aloe vera, L-Glutamine and going dairy free for now.

Does anyone have any "real" experience with this? I would love to know some personal experience with what works and what doesn't. Doing research has been very frustrating - everthing just says that there's no cure and that alternative therapies and diets won't help. But I also read that the medications don't work well either. It's tricky when it's your child. I have to give him the medication for a while at least - until he's in remission. If it were just me I would try dietary changes first.

Any ideas?


21 July 2009 - 05:16 PM

I'm not sure where to post this, so I hope this is okay.

My 14 year old son, who has been gluten-free for over 3 years but never officially diagnosed with celiac disease, has been having bowel problems for several months. He just told me a few weeks ago that he's been having bloody diarrhea and blood with bowel movements since April. He's lost 13 pounds in that time and his appetite has fallen way off, as has his energy. All the stool tests from the pediatrician came back negative - no parasites, infections or anything obvious.

We just went to the GI doc this afternoon and he wants to do an upper endoscopy with biopsies and a colonoscopy. It's scheduled for next week. He's looking for Crohn's and anything else that might show up.

Here's some background on my son. He had serious digestive issues when he was a toddler and we took him off dairy, which seemed to help a lot. When he was in 5th grade, he started having some problems at school (and home) with attention and irritability. To make a long story short, he went gluten-free and all the problems cleared up. After several months we reintroduced dairy and he seemed to be fine, until now. I'm wondering if the dairy has something to do with the symptoms.

So, does this sound familiar to anyone? Any ideas on what it could be? It does sound like Crohn's maybe?

Grocery Outlet

21 May 2009 - 07:36 AM

We have a Grocery Outlet near us (in the Seattle area) and I happened to be there yesterday while the owner was unpacking a huge pile of Glutino cookies and pretzels. There were several varieties of cookies and he said he had more in the back. If you live close to a Grocery Outlet go check it out! (I think they also have another name in other states - they have big rainbows on their signs.) I got packs of sandwich cookies that sell for $3.99 at Fred Meyer for 3/$1. Everything else was really cheap too.

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