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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
    Ingredients:
    2 ½ cups Michelles flour mix*** (see below)
    1 tablespoon xanthan gum
    1 teaspoon salt
    ¾ teaspoon pepper
    1 teaspoon crushed rosemary
    1 teaspoon oregano
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 ½ cups warm water
    2 tablespoons yeast
    1 teaspoon sugar
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 eggs Directions:
    Combine the first 7 dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
    In a mixing bowl combine half of the warm water (¾ cup), the yeast, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Allow the yeast to proof until foamy. Add the remaining ¾ cup water, olive oil, and eggs.
    Using the flat beater attachment, mix the yeast mixture on low and add the reserved flour mixture all at once. Mix on low speed until no lumps remain and the dough resembles a thick batter.
    Grease a 12-inch pizza pan and press the dough evenly to form a thick crust. Allow it to rise uncovered in a warm place, until doubled in bulk (You can warm your oven to 200F, turn it off, open the door for a minute, then put the Focaccia in).
    Remove the Focaccia from the oven. Preheat the oven 425F.
    Just before putting the Focaccia in the oven, top it with caramelized onion (see below**). Bake for 25-30 minutes until it is golden brown. Makes 8 servings.
     
    *** Michelles Flour Mix:
    5 lbs. white rice flour
    30 ounces potato starch (NOT the same as potato flour)

    **Easy Caramelized Onions
    ½ stick butter
    2 large sweet onions, sliced
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    Salt and pepper to taste.
    In a large, heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter. Add the onions and sauté over medium heat until the onions begin to brown. Add the sugar and increase the heat until the onions begin to caramelize. Add the vinegar and cook for another 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Destiny Stone
    The following recipe is not your average lasagna recipe, but it is gluten-free, vegan, corn-free, sugar-free, soy-free and has the option to be nut-free if you use rice milk or hemp milk instead of almond milk. This is a recipe that can accommodate many dietary restrictions and is a healthy alternative to the standard cheese and meat lasagna. Please be sure that your spices are all gluten-free.
    Ingredients:
    Butternut Filling

    6 cups cubed butternut squash roasted in the oven with a dash of olive oil 1/4 tsp salt ½  tsp pepper ½  tsp ground sage (optional) 1 tsp nutmeg 1 Tbsp almond milk -add more if too thick 3 Tbsp olive oil To Make Butternut Filling:
    Roast your butternut in the oven at about 400 degrees until soft, approximately 20 minutes. Once it is done, add all of the butternut filling ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth and creamy (but not too watery). Add more almond milk or olive oil,  for texture if needed. Remove from the food processor and set aside while you make your creamy filling.Bechamel (creamy) filling

    1 cup pine nuts *soaked for a few hours 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 cup almond milk (or milk alternative of your choice) ½  cup sweet rice flour ½  tsp pepper 2/3 tsp salt 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp basil 1 tsp oregano You will also need to boil and drain gluten-free lasagna noodles. *For details on how to properly soak your pine nuts, go here
    Soaking Nuts
    Drain your soaked pine nuts and add them to your (clean) food processor along with the nutritional yeast and lemon juice.  Blend until smooth but not runny.In a small pot on the stove, heat your olive oil over medium-low heat and slowly add the sweet rice flour mixing it with the oil but not allowing it to burn. Stir for a few seconds and then add the almond milk slowly, stirring continuously (a wire whisk works well here). Add the rest of the seasoning and cook for a minute or so to get rid of the floury taste. Add the flour mix to the pine nut mixture in the food processor a little at a time, mixing in between additions. Once it is well blended, taste the seasoning- does it need more of anything? Also, is it too thick? If so, add more almond milk or olive oil.
    Assembly:
    Start  with a light layer of the bechamel, followed by a noodle layer, butternut layer topped with bechamel, noodle, and then butternut topped with bechamel. Sprinkle some more dried basil and oregano on top as well-to taste. I sprinkled some Daiya chedder vegan, soy-free cheese on top-it was delicious!
    Bake uncovered in the oven at 350F degrees until bubbly - approximately 30 minutes.
    Enjoy!


    Jefferson Adams
    Want an easy, splashy side dish or snack that's low in calories, big on flavor, and  also makes use of the last of any summer tomatoes you might have left? This old Italian favorite will do the trick nicely.
    Insalata caprese is one of those simple dishes that come together with just a few fresh ingredients to deliver big taste, bold color and low calories all in one dish.
    Ingredients:
    Tomatoes, sliced thick
    Fresh basil (lightly chopped)
    Fresh mozzarella (preferably mozzarella di buffala)
    Olive oil
    Balsamic vinegar
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Directions:
    Slice tomatoes onto a plate. Top each tomato slice with a slice of fresh mozzarella.
    Top the cheese with a bit of fresh chopped basil. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and dash with salt and pepper and start eating!

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 01/28/2015 - Every so often a recipe comes along that I just have to try. This terrific recipe from Melissa Clarke at the New York Times infuses cheese and spaghetti with lemony goodness to deliver a welcome change of pace to classic dinnertime pasta.
    In making this gluten-free version, I stayed close to Clarke's recipe, though I did use Meyer lemons and make a few minor changes, such as substituting Pecorino Romano cheese for Parmigiano-Reggiano, and flat parsley for regular parsley.
    It's a great way to put a romantic spin on a dinner favorite, or to add a some extra style to that basic pasta plate come dinner night.
    Ingredients:
    4 Meyer lemons 1 pound gluten-free linguine or spaghetti ( I use Schär brand) 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling 1 teaspoon kosher salt, more as needed Pinch of sugar 3½ tablespoons unsalted butter ¾ teaspoon chile flakes, more to taste 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, to taste ½ cup celery leaves, coarsely chopped (optional) ⅓ cup Italian parsley, coarsely chopped (optional) Sea salt, and black pepper, as needed Directions:
    Boil a large pot of salted water.
    Finely zest 2 of the lemons and set aside.
    Cut the tops and bottoms off the other 2 lemons and slice them lengthwise into quarters. Remove any seeds, and slice the quarters crosswise into thin triangles.
    Blanch the lemon triangles in the boiling water for 2 minutes, then remove them and place on a dish towel, and blot dry. 
    Add pasta to the boiling water, and cook until just barely al dente. Remove the pasta and drain, keep back ½ cup of the pasta cooking water.
    Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over high heat.
    Add the dried lemon pieces and season with a pinch each of salt and sugar. Cook about 3 to 5 minutes until the lemons become caramelized and browned at the edges. Transfer caramelized lemons to a plate.
    Melt the butter with the remaining oil in the pan over medium heat. Add the chile flakes and zest of both lemons; cook until fragrant.
    Whisk in the reserved pasta water.
    Toss in pasta, juice of 1 lemon, cheese, pepper and the remaining salt.
    Cook until pasta is well coated with sauce.
    Toss in the caramelized lemon and the celery leaves and parsley, as desired.
    Add lemon juice if needed.
    To serve, top with a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper,

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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/23/2018 - If you’re looking for a great gluten-free Mexican-style favorite that is sure to be a big hit at dinner or at your next potluck, try these green chili enchiladas with roasted cauliflower. The recipe calls for chicken, but they are just as delicious when made vegetarian using just the roasted cauliflower. Either way, these enchiladas will disappear fast. Roasted cauliflower gives these green chili chicken enchiladas a deep, smokey flavor that diners are sure to love.
    Ingredients:
    2 cans gluten-free green chili enchilada sauce (I use Hatch brand) 1 small head cauliflower, roasted and chopped 6 ounces chicken meat, browned ½ cup cotija cheese, crumbled ½ cup queso fresco, diced 1 medium onion, diced ⅓ cup green onions, minced ¼ cup radishes, sliced 1 tablespoon cooking oil 1 cup chopped cabbage, for serving ½ cup sliced cherry or grape tomatoes, for serving ¼ cup cilantro, chopped 1 dozen fresh corn tortillas  ⅔ cup oil, for softening tortillas 1 large avocado, cut into small chunks Note: For a tasty vegetarian version, just omit the chicken, double the roasted cauliflower, and prepare according to directions.
    Directions:
    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a cast iron or ovenproof pan until hot.
    Add chicken and brown lightly on both sides. 
    Remove chicken to paper towels to cool.
     
    Cut cauliflower into small pieces and place in the oiled pan.
    Roast in oven at 350F until browned on both sides.
    Remove from the oven when tender. 
    Allow roasted cauliflower to cool.
    Chop cauliflower, or break into small pieces and set aside.
    Chop cooled chicken and set aside.
    Heat 1 inch of cooking oil in a small frying pan.
    When oil is hot, use a spatula to submerge a tortilla in the oil and leave only long enough to soften, about 10 seconds or so. 
    Remove soft tortilla to a paper towel and repeat with remaining tortillas.
    Pour enough enchilada sauce to coat the bottom of a large casserole pan.
    Dunk a tortilla into the sauce and cover both sides. Add more sauce as needed.
    Fill each tortilla with bits of chicken, cauliflower, onion, and queso fresco, and roll into shape.
    When pan is full of rolled enchiladas, top with remaining sauce.
    Cook at 350F until sauce bubbles.
    Remove and top with fresh cotija cheese and scallions.
    Serve with rice, beans, and cabbage, and garnish with avocado, cilantro, and sliced grape tomatoes.

     

    Roxanne Bracknell
    Celiac.com 06/22/2018 - The rise of food allergies means that many people are avoiding gluten in recent times. In fact, the number of Americans who have stopped eating gluten has tripled in eight years between 2009 and 2017.
    Whatever your rationale for avoiding gluten, whether its celiac disease, a sensitivity to the protein, or any other reason, it can be really hard to find suitable places to eat out. When you’re on holiday in a new and unknown environment, this can be near impossible. As awareness of celiac disease grows around the world, however, more and more cities are opening their doors to gluten-free lifestyles, none more so than the 10 locations on the list below.
    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S is a hotbed of gluten-free options, with four cities making the top 10, as well as the Hawaiian island of Maui. Chicago, in particular, is a real haven of gluten-free fare, with 240 coeliac-safe eateries throughout this huge city. The super hip city of Portland also ranks highly on this list, with the capital of counterculture rich in gluten-free cuisine, with San Francisco and Denver also included. Outside of the states, several prominent European capitals also rank very highly on the list, including Prague, the picturesque and historic capital of the Czech Republic, which boasts the best-reviewed restaurants on this list.
    The Irish capital of Dublin, meanwhile, has the most gluten-free establishments, with a huge 330 to choose from, while Amsterdam and Barcelona also feature prominently thanks to their variety of top-notch gluten-free fodder.
    Finally, a special mention must go to Auckland, the sole representative of Australasia in this list, with the largest city in New Zealand rounding out the top 10 thanks to its 180 coeliacsafe eateries.
    The full top ten gluten-free cities are shown in the graphic below:
     

    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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    Bakery On Main started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened when his customers with Celiac Disease would mention the lack of good tasting, gluten-free options available to them. Upon learning this, he believed that nobody should have to suffer due to any kind of food allergy or dietary need. From then on, his mission became creating delicious and fearlessly unique gluten-free products that were clean and great tasting, while still being safe for his Celiac customers!
    Premium ingredients, bakeshop delicious recipes, and happy customers were our inspiration from the beginning— and are still the cornerstones of Bakery On Main today. We are a fiercely ethical company that believes in integrity and feels that happiness and wholesome, great tasting food should be harmonious. We strive for that in everything we bake in our dedicated gluten-free facility that is GFCO Certified and SQF Level 3 Certified. We use only natural, NON-GMO Project Verified ingredients and all of our products are certified Kosher Parve, dairy and casein free, and we have recently introduced certified Organic items as well! 
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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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