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    Jefferson Adams earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, and science. He previously served as Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and provided health and medical content for Sharecare.com.

    Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book Dangerous Grains by James Braly, MD and Ron Hoggan, MA.

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    Wendy Cohan, RN
    Before I went gluten-free, cous-cous salad was one of my all-time favorites, and I made it often. Cous-Cous is not a grain itself, but a tiny grain-like semolina pasta common in the Middle-Eastern/North African countries, and of course it contains gluten. Now I have re-created three salad recipes using a naturally gluten-free grain called Quinoa (pronounced “keenwa”). This unique grain, or seed, which was a staple food of the Incas in South America due to its stellar nutritional profile, comes in two varieties – plain, and the earthier “Inca Red”.
    These lively whole-grain salads are easy to prepare for guests, potlucks, and picnics. They keep well, and can be ready in minutes. I usually make the Middle-Eastern version, but sometimes a meal like grilled lamb-chops or herb-roasted chicken works better with the Mediterranean version. The Mediterranean version is also great to make in the summer when fresh herbs and local tomatoes are in season. When fresh corn is in season, I love to make the version with corn and beans, highlighted by red onion and a zip of lime.
    You simply toss all ingredients together with the quinoa, then with the dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning. Chill salad in refrigerator briefly. Salad can be “refreshed” the next day by adding a small amount of fresh lemon juice or vinegar, and lightly tossing. Enjoy the taste of a wholesome nutritious grain that is safe for anyone with gluten sensitivity, yet easily available in your natural foods market.
    Quinoa is very adaptable, and you may find yourself coming up with new versions. I’ve tasted quinoa salads with edemame, and bay shrimp, or nori, ginger and dark sesame oil. I can even imagine a quinoa salad with winter squash, walnuts, chopped parsley and sweet onions, and diced apples, using apple cider vinegar and walnut oil. You’ll come up with the best results by making use of locally grown fruits and vegetables in season. Now I can’t wait for those summer tomatoes and corn from my garden!
    Cook ¾ cup prepared quinoa in 1 ½ cup water, ½ tsp. salt, and 1 TBSP. olive oil until thin ring around seed is visible and grain is tender but not mushy. Drain off any excess water thoroughly. Gently fluff with fork and allow to cool briefly while assembling remaining ingredients. Combine quinoa with the remaining ingredients in whichever recipe you choose.
    Middle-Eastern Style:
    ½ cup each:
    Thinly sliced quartered carrots
    Dried (Zante) currants
    Sliced green onions/scallions
    Finely chopped parsley
    Sliced almonds, lightly toasted
    Dressing:
    2 TBSP. Apple Cider Vinegar
    1 TBSP. freshly squeezed lemon juice or orange juice
    ¼ cup canola or walnut oil, or light, mild tasting olive oil
    1 clove garlic, finely minced or use a garlic press
    1 TBSP. honey
    1/8 teaspoon curry powder + 1/8 teaspoon cloves
    ¼ tsp sea salt
    Mediterranean Style:
    1/2 cup each:
    Thinly sliced diced seeded cucumbers
    Chopped kalamata olives
    Sliced green onions/scallions or red onion
    Diced tomatoes, or halved cherry tomatoes
    Crumbled sheep-feta cheese (optional)
    Pine nuts, toasted (optional garnish)
    Dressing:
    2 TBSP. Red Wine Vinegar
    1 TBSP. freshly squeezed lemon juice
    ¼ cup olive oil
    2 teaspoons honey
    1 teaspoon g.f. Dijon mustard
    1 clove garlic, finely minced, or use a garlic press
    ¼ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, or pinch each ½ teaspoon garam masala, or dried marjoram & oregano
    ¼ teaspoon sea salt
    Dash freshly ground black pepper
    South of the Border Style:
    ¾ cup canned or fresh cooked small red beans or black beans
    ¾ cup frozen sweet white corn kernels, or an equivalent amount of freshly grilled sweet corn kernels cut off the cob
    ¼ cup finely diced red onion
    ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro (or substitute fresh basil in season)
    ½ cup diced fresh tomato (optional)
    Dressing:
    ¼ cup each freshly squeezed lime juice
    1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    ¼ teaspoon cumin
    ½ teaspoon sea salt
    ¼ teaspoon black pepper
    Sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes (to taste, optional)
    Finely chopped parsley, mint & parsley, or parsley & basil


    Jefferson Adams
    Fresh, homemade cranberry sauce is too simple to ever go with the stuff in the can. The few extra steps beyond cranking the can opener go a long way. Ginger and raisins add depth to this crowd-pleaser, enough to drizzle over all your Thanksgiving favorites.
    Ingredients:
    1 pound fresh cranberries
    2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
    1 cup golden raisins
    1 cup sugar
    ½ orange, juiced
    ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
    2 cinnamon sticks
    1 pinch nutmeg
    Directions:
    In a large saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Add cranberries, bring to a boil, and then reduce to simmer. Add raisins, ginger, orange juice, cider vinegar, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until cranberries are softened and sauce is thick. Let cool, remove cinnamon sticks and serve.


    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
    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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