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    In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease. In 1998 I founded The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore!, and I am the co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.

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    Scott Adams
    Use good quality cheese and plenty of it. This turns out a tender cracker that is layered like the best pastry. The flavor is of toasted cheese. Adapted from Crackers! by Foust and Husch.
    2 cups fine rice flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional; more for a hotter cracker)
    1 teaspoon finely ground mustard seed
    6 Tablespoons (¾ cup) butter or margarine, softened
    12 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
    3 egg yolks
    2 Tablespoons water
    Salt for the tops (optional)
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In the food processor or in a large bowl, combine 1-½ cup flour (reserve ½ cup), salt, cayenne and ground mustard. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Mix in the cheese. Stir well until the cheese is evenly coated.
    In a separate bowl, mix together the egg yolks and the water. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and blend to form a dough that will hold together in a cohesive ball. Add more flour from the reserved half cup, as needed, to make a workable dough. Wrap the dough in wax paper and chill one hour.
    Divide the dough into two equal portions for rolling. On a gluten-free- floured surface or pastry cloth, roll out to a circle approximately ½ inch thick. The dough will be crumbly and a bit hard to manipulate, but dont let this worry you, it doesnt hurt the final product.
    Cut this circle in four equal pie segments. Gently lift each of the segments one at a time and, without rotating them, stack them so that the straight edges form the sides of a square. Press this gently and roll it out again. (This is what makes the cracker flaky.) Repeat cutting, lifting and rolling out two more times. Roll the dough thinner the last time, about 1/8 inch thick. If desired, sprinkle top lightly and evenly with salt and roll over it lightly with the rolling pin.
    With a sharp knife (or rolling pizza cutter, if you have one), cut the dough into 1-inch squares and place them on an un-greased baking sheet. Prick each square 1 or 2 times with the tines of a fork. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove any crackers that are already browned through. Turn the rest and bake an additional 5 or 6 minutes, or until medium brown. Remove to a rack to cool. Yield: 70-80.
    For another variety, leave out the cayenne, mustard and cheddar cheese and substitute 12 oz. Feta cheese. This makes a cracker with a little tang to it. I suspect you could substitute any hard or crumbly cheese.

    Jefferson Adams
    Once again St. Patrick's Day is upon us, and that means it's time for everyone to get their Irish on. In addition to coloring your favorite gluten-free beer to a rich Irish green, eating tasty Irish dishes is a great way to celebrate.>
    This year, we've got a recipe for the easiest, tastiest Irish-style lamb stew ever. We have another recipe for Fried Irish Cabbage with Bacon, which makes a great side dish for the stew. And we've also got a recipe for sinful, decadent frosted gluten-free brownies made with Irish Cream liqueur.
    First, the stew. If you are looking for a departure from the standard corned beef and cabbage, this recipe for lamb stew will do the trick. This stew is tender, savory and delicious, and will set those Irish eyes to smiling every time.
    Irish-style Lamb Stew
    Ingredients:
    2 cups gluten-free beef stock ½ cup dry white wine 1 pound cubed lamb meat 4-6 brown mushrooms, quartered 1 large onion, halved and sliced 1 pound baking potatoes, peeled and sliced 1 carrot, peeled and sliced 1 large stalk celery, sliced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat parsley salt and pepper to taste Directions:
    Place layers of lamb meat, onion, potatoes, carrot, mushroom and celery in an oven-safe pot or casserole dish. As you build each layer, season with parsley, salt and pepper. Pour in the beef stock and the wine and cover tightly.
    Bake for 1½ to 2 hours in an oven preheated to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
    Bake until vegetables and meat are nice and tender. Divide into bowls and garnish with additional parsley. Serve.
    Corned Beef (Gluten-Free)
    For those who do plan to make corned beef, you should know that most commercial corned beef is gluten free. Some brands that are specifically labeled 'gluten free,' or which the manufacturers' websites claim to be gluten-free, include:
    Brookfield Farms Colorado Premium - all corned beef products Cook's Freirich - all corned beef Giant Eagle Grobbel's Gourmet corned beef briskets Hormel Libby's Canned Meats (Corned Beef and Corned Beef Hash) Market Day: Corned Beef Brisket Mosey's corned beef Nathan's corned beef Safeway, Butchers cut bulk-wrapped corned beef brisket, corn beef brisket, vac-packed cooked corn beef Thuman’s cooked corn beef brisket, first cut corned beef (cooked and raw), top round corned beef (cooked), cap and capless corned beef Wegmans corned beef brisket. There are other brands not listed that are also gluten free. Be sure to check the ingredients on the package, including any extra seasonings. Some labels may list natural flavorings, which rarely contain gluten.
    Still, if you're not sure, try to check the manufacturer's website, or maybe check with your butcher to find a brand you can be sure is gluten-free.
    Gluten-Free Corned Beef Recipe
    Ingredients:
    6 pounds corned brisket of beef 6 peppercorns, or gluten-free packaged pickling spices 3 carrots, peeled and quartered 3 onions, peeled and quartered 1 medium-sized green cabbage, quartered or cut in wedges Melted butter (about 4 tablespoons) Directions:
    Place the corned beef in water to cover with the peppercorns or mixed pickling spices (in supermarkets, these often come packaged with the corned beef). Cover the pot or kettle, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 hours or until tender, skimming occasionally. During the last hour, add the carrots and onions and cover again. During the last 15 minutes, add the cabbage. Transfer meat and vegetables to a platter and brush the vegetables with the melted butter.
    Serve with boiled parsley potatoes, cooked separately. (The stock can be saved to add to a pot roast or stew instead of other liquid.)
    Serves 6, with meat left over for additional meals.
    Also, after a bit of tinkering, we've modified the recipe for our version of traditional Irish Soda bread.
    Irish Soda Bread
    Soda bread is one of those Irish staples that have a cherished place in the hearts on many, many people, both within and beyond Irish borders. This gluten-free version will get you about as close to authentic versions as you can get without including gluten. Please note that this version skips caraway seeds, because I hate them. However, if you are so inclined, you can add a tablespoon with the last dry ingredients before baking. Lastly, feel free to check out our earlier versions of Irish soda bread here, and in our last St. Patrick's Day article.
    Great Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread
    Ingredients:
    Vegetable shortening for pan White Rice Flour for pan 3½ cups white rice flour ½ cup sweet rice flour ¼ cup cornstarch ¼ cup potato starch (not potato flour) 5 teaspoons baking powder (Gluten Free) 1½ teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon xanthan gum ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1½ cups raisins or currants (soaked) 1 cup (2 sticks) butter softened 2 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 2 cups buttermilk Directions:
    Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
    Grease a 9 inch springform pan, and dust with rice flour.
    In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients
    In a large bowl, use a handheld mixer on high speed (or a standing mixer on medium-high speed to mix the butter, eggs, and sugar until light and fluffy--about 1 minute.
    Stir in half of the dry ingredients. Use low speed on either type mixer for this step.
    Stir in buttermilk until thoroughly combined. Add remaining dry ingredients and caraway seeds (if desired) and raisins.
    Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake about 1½ hours or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean.
    Place pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 10 minutes. Remove Bread from pan and allow to cool completely on rack. Makes 1 loaf.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 01/16/2014 - Okay, so I'm a huge fan of shepherd's pie, going so far to freeze huge batches to eat for weeks after I make it.
    I'm always keen to try new takes on shepherd's pie to satisfy my culinary curiosity. This version combines seasonal root vegetables like carrots, rutabaga, and parsnip with lamb, peas onions and garlic in a rich tomato sauce to serve up a big helping of shepherd's pie love.
    Ingredients:
    3 cups prepared mashed potatoes 1 pound ground lamb 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sautéed, optional 1 medium onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 leek, white only, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 parsnip, peeled and diced 1 small rutabaga, chopped ¼ cup frozen green peas 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce ½ cup milk, or cream, as needed 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ⅓ teaspoon dried thyme 2 tablespoons grated Roman cheese 1-2 teaspoons butter for cooking Directions:
    In a medium pan, over medium-high heat, sweat the mushrooms until they give up their water. Remove from heat, drain well, and set aside.
    Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    In a medium pan, sauté leeks and onion in a bit of butter until translucent.
    Place the celery, carrots, parsnip, rutabaga, and peas into a large saucepan and fill with 1 inch of water.
    Bring to a boil, cover, and steam for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
    Meanwhile, break the ground lamb into a large skillet, and heat to medium.
    Cook and stir until lamb is browned. Drain off excess grease.
    To the lamb, add mushrooms, onion and garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder and onion powder to the tomato sauce. Stir in the steamed vegetables and mix well.
    Transfer everything to a greased 7x11 inch or 9x11 inch casserole dish (depending on how thick you like the potatoes).
    Mix enough milk or cream into the mashed potatoes to make them spreadable.
    Spread them over the top of the meat and vegetable mixture and garnish freely with Romano cheese.
    Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is browned and the inside is heated through.

    Jefferson Adams
    07/01/2014 - Fair warning: This is one of those quintessentially American dishes that includes bacon, cheese and sour cream. Oh, and mayonnaise. Let's not forget the mayonnaise.
    Because of this, it is pretty much guaranteed to be a big, fat hit at your next potluck or barbecue.
    Ingredients:
    10 small white potatoes, peeled with skins on 6 slices cooked, crisp bacon, diced 4 green onions 1½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded 12 ounces sour cream ¾ cup mayonnaise 2-3 tablespoons gluten-free brown mustard (I use Annie’s) 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 teaspoons salt Ground pepper to taste Directions:
    Wash and peel white potatoes. Leave skins on red potatoes
    Cube and boil potatoes with salt. Drain well.
    Crumble bacon and slice onions (including tops).
    Combine sour cream, pepper, mustard and mayonnaise, vinegar, and mix into potatoes.
    Add bacon, onions and cheese, keeping some aside for topping, and toss into potatoes.
    Pour into baking dish.
    Top with reserved cheese, onions, and bacon.
    Bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes, until cheese melts and bubbles.
    Serve hot, or refrigerate and serve cold. Tastes great either way.

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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/21/2018 - Would you buy a house advertised as ‘gluten-free’? Yes, there really is such a house for sale. 
    It seems a Phoenix realtor Mike D’Elena is hoping that his trendy claim will catch the eye of a buyer hungry to avoid gluten, or, at least one with a sense of humor. D’Elena said he crafted the ads as a way to “be funny and to draw attention.” The idea, D’Elena said, is to “make it memorable.” 
    Though D’Elena’s marketing seeks to capitalizes on the gluten-free trend, he knows Celiac disease is a serious health issue for some people. “[W]e’re not here to offend anybody….this is just something we're just trying to do to draw attention and do what's best for our clients," he said. 
    Still, the signs seem to be working. D'elena had fielded six offers within a few days of listing the west Phoenix home.
    "Buying can sometimes be the most stressful thing you do in your entire life so why not have some fun with it," he said. 
    What do you think? Clever? Funny?
    Read more at Arizonafamily.com.

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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/20/2018 - Currently, the only way to manage celiac disease is to eliminate gluten from the diet. That could be set to change as clinical trials begin in Australia for a new vaccine that aims to switch off the immune response to gluten. 
    The trials are set to begin at Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre. The vaccine is designed to allow people with celiac disease to consume gluten with no adverse effects. A successful vaccine could be the beginning of the end for the gluten-free diet as the only currently viable treatment for celiac disease. That could be a massive breakthrough for people with celiac disease.
    USC’s Clinical Trials Centre Director Lucas Litewka said trial participants would receive an injection of the vaccine twice a week for seven weeks. The trials will be conducted alongside gastroenterologist Dr. James Daveson, who called the vaccine “a very exciting potential new therapy that has been undergoing clinical trials for several years now.”
    Dr. Daveson said the investigational vaccine might potentially restore gluten tolerance to people with celiac disease.The trial is open to adults between the ages of 18 and 70 who have clinically diagnosed celiac disease, and have followed a strict gluten-free diet for at least 12 months. Anyone interested in participating can go to www.joinourtrials.com.
    Read more at the website for Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre.

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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/19/2018 - Could baking soda help reduce the inflammation and damage caused by autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease? Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University say that a daily dose of baking soda may in fact help reduce inflammation and damage caused by autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease.
    Those scientists recently gathered some of the first evidence to show that cheap, over-the-counter antacids can prompt the spleen to promote an anti-inflammatory environment that could be helpful in combating inflammatory disease.
    A type of cell called mesothelial cells line our body cavities, like the digestive tract. They have little fingers, called microvilli, that sense the environment, and warn the organs they cover that there is an invader and an immune response is needed.
    The team’s data shows that when rats or healthy people drink a solution of baking soda, the stomach makes more acid, which causes mesothelial cells on the outside of the spleen to tell the spleen to go easy on the immune response.  "It's most likely a hamburger not a bacterial infection," is basically the message, says Dr. Paul O'Connor, renal physiologist in the MCG Department of Physiology at Augusta University and the study's corresponding author.
    That message, which is transmitted with help from a chemical messenger called acetylcholine, seems to encourage the gut to shift against inflammation, say the scientists.
    In patients who drank water with baking soda for two weeks, immune cells called macrophages, shifted from primarily those that promote inflammation, called M1, to those that reduce it, called M2. "The shift from inflammatory to an anti-inflammatory profile is happening everywhere," O'Connor says. "We saw it in the kidneys, we saw it in the spleen, now we see it in the peripheral blood."
    O'Connor hopes drinking baking soda can one day produce similar results for people with autoimmune disease. "You are not really turning anything off or on, you are just pushing it toward one side by giving an anti-inflammatory stimulus," he says, in this case, away from harmful inflammation. "It's potentially a really safe way to treat inflammatory disease."
    The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
    Read more at: Sciencedaily.com

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/18/2018 - Celiac disease has been mainly associated with Caucasian populations in Northern Europe, and their descendants in other countries, but new scientific evidence is beginning to challenge that view. Still, the exact global prevalence of celiac disease remains unknown.  To get better data on that issue, a team of researchers recently conducted a comprehensive review and meta-analysis to get a reasonably accurate estimate the global prevalence of celiac disease. 
    The research team included P Singh, A Arora, TA Strand, DA Leffler, C Catassi, PH Green, CP Kelly, V Ahuja, and GK Makharia. They are variously affiliated with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India; Innlandet Hospital Trust, Lillehammer, Norway; Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; Gastroenterology Research and Development, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc, Cambridge, MA; Department of Pediatrics, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy; Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York; USA Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York; and the Department of Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
    For their review, the team searched Medline, PubMed, and EMBASE for the keywords ‘celiac disease,’ ‘celiac,’ ‘tissue transglutaminase antibody,’ ‘anti-endomysium antibody,’ ‘endomysial antibody,’ and ‘prevalence’ for studies published from January 1991 through March 2016. 
    The team cross-referenced each article with the words ‘Asia,’ ‘Europe,’ ‘Africa,’ ‘South America,’ ‘North America,’ and ‘Australia.’ They defined celiac diagnosis based on European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition guidelines. The team used 96 articles of 3,843 articles in their final analysis.
    Overall global prevalence of celiac disease was 1.4% in 275,818 individuals, based on positive blood tests for anti-tissue transglutaminase and/or anti-endomysial antibodies. The pooled global prevalence of biopsy-confirmed celiac disease was 0.7% in 138,792 individuals. That means that numerous people with celiac disease potentially remain undiagnosed.
    Rates of celiac disease were 0.4% in South America, 0.5% in Africa and North America, 0.6% in Asia, and 0.8% in Europe and Oceania; the prevalence was 0.6% in female vs 0.4% males. Celiac disease was significantly more common in children than adults.
    This systematic review and meta-analysis showed celiac disease to be reported worldwide. Blood test data shows celiac disease rate of 1.4%, while biopsy data shows 0.7%. The prevalence of celiac disease varies with sex, age, and location. 
    This review demonstrates a need for more comprehensive population-based studies of celiac disease in numerous countries.  The 1.4% rate indicates that there are 91.2 million people worldwide with celiac disease, and 3.9 million are in the U.S.A.
    Source:
    Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Jun;16(6):823-836.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2017.06.037.