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About debrabenge

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  • Birthday 03/23/1979

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    Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting, Writing, Reading, and when I'm feeling good enough, Hiking and Camping.
  1. "That's a real disease? I thought you were just saying that stuff to get attention!" My response? "Google it."
  2. I'm posting early today, because I have a feeling my day is going to get crazy. My husband is going to grill some steaks, and I'm going to do baked potatoes, using my spin on this recipe-http://www.food.com/recipe/sliced-baked-potatoes-58121, along with some steamed spinach.
  3. I'm new to this (1 week), and have a few questions. I used to do a ton of baking-I baked all of our breads, everything. I use the Pampered Chef stoneware bread pans. Do I need to buy new ones, or will a good washing in the dishwasher clean them up enough I can start experimenting with gluten-free breads? Do I need to scrub all of my stoneware? (I have a LOT of stoneware that I use on a regular basis.) What about my bamboo utensils? Do I need to scrap those and buy all new? Should I switch back to plastic and/or metal? Heck, are my regular pots and pans safe for me to use? What about the plastic cups/refillable water bottles I've been using? I didn't realize cross contamination was such a big issue... Now, I don't know if I'm simply cooking my gluten-free meals in gluten pots/pans and defeating the whole purpose of the gluten-free diet. And because I have no idea what my "tolerance level" is, am I going to have to worry about gluten in my shampoo, conditioner, soaps, lotions, lip balms and such? I'm beginning to think this isn't going to be as easy a transition as I thought it would be... Thanks in advance!
  4. I'm making chicken tacos with some of the gluten-free taco sauce I picked up at Sprouts Farmers Market Saturday. I've only had my Celiac diagnosis for a week, so I'm still working out the gluten-free cooking and such. I love cooking, though, so I don't think it will be too hard. I've got some gluten-free brown rice tortillas, and I'll try the taco meat in a burrito style. I think I'll be coming here frequently to get some gluten-free recipe ideas.