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    Scott Adams
    This recipe comes to us from Shirley Sanchez
    Preheat oven to 400.
    Ingredients:
    4-5 eggs
    ¼ of a bag (of a 1lb bag) of chopped, frozen spinach
    ½ package of cooked and drained bacon (or more if you desire)
    ½ lb. of cheese of your choice
    ½ lb. shredded cheese of your choice
    Garlic, salt & pepper to taste
    See the desserts/pie crust recipes for a good crust.
    Cut uncooked bacon into small pieces and cook. Drain fat. Beat eggs to break up the yolks, then add remaining ingredients and mix together. Pour mixture into pie crust. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of mixture. Cover with foil and bake for approx 1 hr or until eggs are cooked. Once eggs are cooked, uncover pie and place under the broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute to brown the cheese on top (time varies depending upon your oven) but be careful to watch it because the crust burns very quickly.

    Destiny Stone
    June 22nd is deemed National Eclair Day. I grew up eating home-madeeclairs, and I sure miss them now that I am gluten-free. This is not  atricky recipe to pull off, but it is time consuming. However, if you can pull it off, you willnot regret the time you spent trying.
    French Style Custard Filled Eclairs (Gluten-Free)
    Ingredients - Dough for eclairs

    1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water 1 stick butter - cut into 8 pieces 1 teaspoon sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup gluten-free flour 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 3 large eggs Ingredients - Vanilla Custard Filling
    1 cup milk 1 cup half & half Large (moist) vanilla bean scraped, or teaspoon vanilla 5 egg yolks 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 2 tablespoons butter cut into pieces Ingredients - Chocolate Glaze
    1 cup cream 8-9 oz. Gluten-free semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon light corn syrup (or agave) Directions – For the Dough
    In a good size saucepan heat the milk, water, sugar, salt and butter.  Bring to a light boil. While that heats up, mix the flour with the xanthan gum. As soon as it boils add the flour all at once and stir with a wooden spoon like crazy, and keep stirring until the dough comes together and is shiny. The bottom of the pan will develop a crust, but keep stirring over low heat for about a minute more. Dump the ball of dough into a large bowl or stand mixer.  Let it sit for no more than 5 minutes to cool slightly. Add the eggs while mixing on medium speed one at a time, incorporating the egg fully before adding another one. The dough will look like it is falling apart but by the time you finish it will look fine.  Keep mixing for about another 30 seconds after the last egg is added until the dough comes together. It will look shiny and sticky, but won't form a ball. If you can pipe, use a 1/2 inch tip and pipe the dough onto parchment or silpat covered baking sheets into little logs for eclairs. Depending on how big you want to make them, you can get anywhere from 4 of each to 6 of each. Immediately place in a 375 degree oven and leave it until they are nice and brown. That should take about 25 minutes, but check after 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven and slice a little slit into each one to let the steam escape and place it back in the oven which is now turned off, but still warm. Leave them in there for another 30 minutes to continue drying. Remove and let the eclairs cool. Once cool, use a serrated knife and slice the tops off so that they can be filled.  Remove the inner dough until you have a nice little cavity to fill with pastry cream. Leave them out to dry a little bit while you prepare the pastry cream.
    Directions - Pastry Cream
    Heat up the milk and half & half until warm and add the vanilla and the beans. Turn the heat off and cover. Leave it for about 15 minutes to infuse the milk with vanilla. Prepare two bowls, one slightly bigger than the other. In the larger one add some ice and set the smaller bowl on the ice. It should be large enough to hold the pastry cream mixture. Add to that bowl, a mesh strainer which you will use to push the cream through to eliminate any lumps. In the meantime, mix the sugar and cornstarch together and add the egg yolks and mix with a whisk until smooth. Add some of the hot vanilla milk to the sugar/egg mixture to temper the eggs and warm them up.  Then add that to the warm vanilla milk and turn the heat up to medium. Keep whisking the mixture until it comes to a boil. Simmer at a low boil for a minute or two and remove from the heat.  Immediately turn the pastry cream into the mesh strainer and stir and push it through into the bowl that is sitting on the ice. Once all the pastry cream is in the bowl, stir to cool the mixture a bit. Remove the bowl from the ice and add the butter and whisk to incorporate as it melts. Then return the bowl to the ice and let it sit for about 15 minutes, stirring often until the pastry cream is chilled. Using a small spoon, fill each eclair as much as you like and place the top back on. Line them up on a wire rack on the baking sheet for the chocolate topping.
    Directions - Chocolate Topping
    Place the chocolate in a bowl and heat the cream in a small saucepan until it simmers to a low boil. Pour that over the chocolate and leave it alone for a minute. Then begin stirring until the cream and chocolate are totally smooth. Add the butter and the light corn syrup and stir until incorporated. Let the mixture sit for a minute or two until still warm but not hot. Using a spoon pour chocolate over each pastry. Let them set for a few minutes. Refrigerate. Leave out for a short time before serving for best flavor. They taste even better the second day. Bon Appetit!

    Jefferson Adams
    This is one of the best French fry spin-offs I’ve found thanks to the incredible za’atar spice blend. It’s a Middle Eastern staple consisting of sesame seeds, thyme, oregano, marjoram, sage and sometimes mint. You can find it at specialty food stores or sift together your own batch; it’s also great on meats and vegetables. Sweet rice flour is the best way to go. It gives a better crunch than a heavy breading and no clumping.
    Ingredients:
    1 1-pound eggplant
    1 cup sweet rice flour
    Juice from 1 lemon plus 1 tablespoon zest
    2 tablespoons za’atar seasoning
    1 tablespoon garlic powder
    ¼ cup sour cream
    2 tablespoons heavy cream
    1 tablespoon gluten-free hot chili sauce
    Vegetable oil for frying
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions
    For the crema dipping sauce, whisk together sour cream and cream. Stir in hot sauce and season with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.
    Cut eggplant into ½-inch rounds, then lengthwise into ½-inch strips. Soak in a large bowl of ice water. Place a lid or plate over the top of the bowl to keep eggplant submerged. Chill for at least an hour, but up to 12.
    In a deep pot, pour vegetable oil to depth of 2 inches. Using a deep-fry thermometer, heat to 325°.
    In the meantime, whisk together rice flour, lemon zest, za’atar, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt. Drain eggplant and toss to coat.
    Working in batches, fry eggplant for 3-5 minutes, turning occasionally. Drain on a paper towel and season with lemon juice and another pinch of salt while eggplant is still hot. Serve immediately with spicy crema sauce.


    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 09/10/2013 - Tuna Nicoise is a simple, yet delightful salad that is also a delight to the eye. Anyone lucky enough to have enjoyed a delicious tuna Nicoise salad can appreciate where we're going with these French-inspired kebabs.
    If you want to impress a special person, or just get fancy at your next grilling session, these Tuna Nicoise kebabs are sure to do the trick.
    Sure, they take some prep, but they deliver a beautiful meal that will have your guests singing your praises all day long.
    Ingredients:
    2 pounds yellowfin or bluefin tuna loin ½ pound red potatoes, scrubbed and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices ½ pound haricots verts, or small, thin green beans, ends trimmed 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more for brushing grill 10-12 kalamata olives, pitted and halved 10-12 green brine-cured olives, pitted and halved ½ pound Roma plum tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces ½ cup thinly sliced red onion 1 small zucchini, cut into ½-inch-thick rounds 1 small yellow summer squash, cut into ½-inch rounds 4 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and quartered 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 dozen (8-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes Directions:
    In a small saucepan, cover potatoes with 2 inches water, and bring to a boil. Simmer 15 minutes or until fork-tender.
    Remove potatoes and place in a bowl. Reserving the cooking water.
    Slice potatoes in half, and toss with 1 tablespoon vinegar. Arrange on a platter.
    Add the green beans to simmering water; cook 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from pot, and rinse with cold water until cool. Drain again and set aside.
    Whisk together remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar with mustard in a small bowl, and add olive oil in a slow stream until well-combined. Transfer 2 teaspoons vinaigrette to a bowl, and toss with tuna to coat. Whisk remaining vinaigrette with 1 tablespoon hot water and olives.
    Place tuna on two or three skewers, and then individually skewer each group of vegetables, so all zucchini together, all olives, peppers, etc.
    Start vegetables first, turning occasionally, as they grill over moderate heat for 6–8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add fish in the last few minutes. Be sure not to overcook the fish. Remove when done.
    Remove fish and veggies from skewers, and place on platter with eggs.
    Drizzle with anchovy vinaigrette, and serve.
    Anchovy Dressing:
    1 anchovy fillet, drained 1 large free-range egg 2 teaspoons fresh organic lemon juice 2 teaspoons capers, drained and chopped ½ teaspoon chopped garlic ½ teaspoon gluten-free Dijon or brown mustard ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1½ tablespoons minced shallots ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce â…› teaspoon kosher salt â…› teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Directions:
    In a medium bowl, use the back of a fork to mash the anchovy, salt, pepper, and garlic into a paste.
    Add the egg and whisk well to blend.
    Add the lemon juice and mustard, and whisk well.
    Add the oils in a steady stream, whisking constantly to form a thick emulsion.
    Add the shallots, capers and Worcestershire, whisk well, and adjust the seasoning, to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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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.

    Source:
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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.