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A blog by Vonnie Mostat, RN that explores how to recover from celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis.

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Gluten Free and Flour-less Orange Almond Cake

Bake at 325 degrees - middle rack of oven You can use a 9" spring form pan or an 8" x 13" pan 6 large eggs separated 6 ozs. Berry Sugar ( Makes cake lighter ) Grated rind of two oranges Juice of one medium orange 8 ozs ground almonds (3 cups ) In large bowl whisk yolks, sugar and orange rind together until very thick and pale. Gently stir in orange juice and almonds Whisk egg whites until just stiff. Do not use a plastic bowl. Fold the two mixtures to

Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat, RN

Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat, RN

Some drug companies have been telling people that some of the drugs that they manufacture contain gluten

There is an excellent Gluten Free Site entitled "glutenfreedrugs  Some drug companies have been telling people that some of the drugs that they manufacture contain gluten. When I investigated these claims, as many have, it appears that the reason they are blatantly claim that their drugs are contaminated is because they have used a sugar alcohol as an excipient. Sugar alcohols are not truly sugars or alcohols, rather they are carbohydrates that provide A source of calories. The sugar alcohols ar

Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat, RN

Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat, RN

Gluten-Free Applesauce Loaf Recipe

Apple Month! And I picked a winner in using an "Old recipe" and making it Gluten Free, and it worked! APPLESAUCE LOAF   -  Oven at 350 degrees - Bake in loaf pan, check at 40 mins. Loaf is read when toothpick in centre comes out clean 1/2 Cup shortening 1 Cup of sugar 2 eggs - beaten well 1 3/4 Cups Nutmeg 1 Cup sweetened Applesauce 1/2 Cup chopped walnuts (Or pecans if you prefer) 1 tsp. sale 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1

Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat, RN

Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat, RN

Gluten-Free English Scones

Been looking everywhere for gluten free scones like the English scone my mother used to make in Wales. Here it is ! 1 ¼  cup gluten-free all purpose flour. I suggest using King Arthur Flour. 1 scant 1/3 Cup of sugar 2 tbsp. baking powder ½ tsp salt ½ Cup (1 stick) of cold butter ½ tsp. Of Xanthum Gum ¾ Cup of chosen additions (Suggested) dried cherries, cranberries, fresh blueberries, cinnamon, or white chocolate chips, blonde raisins. But don’t

The Scoop on Oats and Barely

The Scoop in Barley: Barley contains gluten and that is where some of us "get stuck". It is frequently used to make malt. That is why the normal beer is so bad for the celiac patient.  As a general rule you should avoid natural or mal flavorings a food has natural or malt flavorings in the ingredient list, contact the company so see if these flavourings cam from a non-gluten source.  How many times did I buy hot chocolate drinks not reading through the ingredients and finding out they contain ba

Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat, retired RN, Freelance Journalist

After a lifetime of celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis I have had the most difficult Summer ever. So I started with the pantry, where we have a side for me "Gluten Free". This can be good if someone does not put a box of gluten crackers on my side of the pantry, like a teenager!  I also reminded myself at the same time about Vinegar. Apple cider, distilled wine, balsamic are usually safe (I say usually because they can have added flavors, in which case the label should indicate that on

Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat, RN

Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat, RN

Is Breyers Italian Gelato Ice Cream Gluten Free?

I e-mailed Breyers Ice Cream Consumer Service Department last week to ask if their very decadent and delicious Italian Gelato (ice cream) was gluten free. It is more expensive, definitely creamier, contains more calories which I need, but Oh so good! I received a very nice e-mail from them two days later: "New Productions of Breyers Ice Cream will have a gluten-free symbol on the box. Breyers also has a gluten-free program which includes the segregation of gluten containing ingredients, spe

Let's Talk About It - Gluten-Free Oat Production

GOOD FOR THEM! The Gluten Free Watchdog is really working for the Celiac Community. Gluten-Free Oat Production is into the stage of "Purity Protocol vs Mechanical or Optical Sorting". They ask us if it is important to us, and of course it is. I love oats and have been severely restricted from eating them. My specialist said not to have the OAT CHALLENGE until I had been totally free from a celiac outbreak or dermatitis herpetiformis for at least one year, and I never reached that golden year. Th
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