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    Melissa Bess Reed has been living gluten-free after diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998, and Hashimoto Thyroiditis in 2012. Both autoimmune disorders require a gluten-free diet. Melissa is a Chef in California where the farm to table is popular cuisine. She has professional membership in ACF Chefs. She is a Certified Medical Assistant via an Associate of Science Degree. She graduated top of her class Alpha Beta Kappa, enjoys volunteering and is an advocate for awareness. Melissa has a Harvard Medical School CME Certification for Celiac Disease Gluten-Free Diet Education and a current TAMU Certification for Celiac Disease. Holds a Great Kitchens NFCA Gluten-Free FOH Training Certificate. Gluten-free cookbook author, food blogger and recipe developer. Owns a Gluten-free business.
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    Scott Adams
    This recipe comes to us from Nancy Haehl.
    Ingredients:
    One pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in two to three pieces each.
    Two teaspoons (or more) taco seasoning mix
    Two thirds cup bottles salsa OR one can Ro Tel diced tomatoes with green chilies partially drained
    Two thirds cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
    One-four ounce can diced green chilies (can use less)
    Sour cream
    Sliced black olives
    Directions:
    Combine chicken and seasoning mix in bowl and toss. Heat skillet with cooking spray and cook chicken until browned. Arrange chicken in a dish coated with spray. Top with salsa or tomatoes, cheese and chilies. Bake at 450F for approximately eight minutes or until done.
    Top with sour cream and black olives.

    Jefferson Adams
    These grilled pork tacos are quick, easy to make, and delicious. Topped with avocado salsa verde, they are a genuine gluten-free treat.
    Ingredients:
    3-4 boneless pork chops
    12 corn tortillas
    2-3 ripe avocados
    1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
    2 cans Herdez salsa verde
    1/2 cup Cotija cheese
    1 lemon or 2 limes
    Directions:
    Wrap tortillas in aluminum foil and place in warm oven.
    Grill pork chops according to thickness at 475-500 degrees.
    When pork chops are done, remove them from grill and allow to rest 5 minutes or so.
    Chop cilantro.
    Crumble cheese into a bowl.
    Cut pork into small cubes.
    Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 lime onto the pork.
    Salsa Ingredients:
    3-4 ripe avocados
    Juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 lime
    ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
    2 cans Herdez salsa verde (7 ounces)
    Salsa Directions:
    Slice avocados into a large bowl.
    Add juice 1 lemon or 2 lime.
    Add Herdez salsa verde.
    Fold in cilantro.
    Mix with a fork.
    When everything is ready, remove tortillas from oven. Place two at a time on a plate. Top with meat, salsa, cheese and extra cilantro if desired.
    Suggestion: Serve with your favorite gluten-free beer.


    Jefferson Adams
    This easy ceviche is a staple just about anytime I have friends over for lunch or dinner. Recently, I've started baking my own chips while the shrimp marinates in the lime juice. Making tortilla chips is an easy, healthy alternative to fried, store-bought chips. You can control the heat in this dish by seeding the chilies, but I look for smaller peppers and keep the seeds.
    Ingredients:
    1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
    Juice from 3 limes
    1 tablespoon lime zest
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 cup red onion, diced
    1 cup tomatoes, diced
    1 cup cucumber, diced
    3 Serrano chilies, diced
    ½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
    12 white corn tortillas
    Vegetable oil for brushing
    Salt to taste
    Directions:
    Cut shrimp in half and add to a medium glass bowl with lime juice, zest, and garlic. Toss until well coated and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly brush tortillas with oil and cut each tortilla into 6 pieces. Arrange on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes. Turn once and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Lightly salt chips immediately after removing from the oven.
    Add onion, tomatoes, cucumber, chilies and cilantro to shrimp and salt to taste. Serve chilled with chips.


    Jefferson Adams
    Nachos are one of may favorite snacks to make at home. Nachos are versatile, easy to make, and sure to please most eaters. They can be easily adapted to include myriad ingredients.
    This recipe delivers restaurant-style chicken nachos that will have your guests asking for more.
    Ingredients:
    4-6 ounces whole chicken breast, cooked and shredded
    16 ounces tortilla chips
    4 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
    4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
    4 ounces black olives, pitted, sliced, strained
    2 ounces crumbled Cotija cheese
    ½ large tomato, diced
    1 cup salsa of choice
    1 avocado, skinned, pitted and sliced
    1 can refried beans (I use Goya, but any brand works)
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    6 green onions, sliced, white parts and tops separated
    3 tablespoons animal lard (use vegetable oil if you like)
    salt and pepper to taste
    Directions:
    Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    In a small sauce pan, warm the beans gently over low heat.
    In a 12 inch skillet over medium heat, cook and stir the garlic and white parts of the green onions in lard until tender.
    Mix in shredded chicken, salt and pepper. Toss until well coated with oil. Stir in the salsa.
    Arrange tortilla chips on a large baking sheet or baking dish. Spread beans over the chips and top with the chicken mixture.
    Top with Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, tomato and olives.
    Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
    Remove from heat and sprinkle with sliced avocado, Cotija cheese, and chopped green onion tops before serving.

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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?
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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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