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  1. My mother sent me a newspaper clipping of a whole bunch of things you can do with corn tortillas. This morning I made one of those recipes. You warm the tortillas (3, because there are 3 of use) in the microwave until soft (40 seconds). Then you gently fold them into a muffin tine mold so that they are flauted. Then you crack an egg into each one. Then you sprinkle on salt and pepper and any fresh herb of your choice (we do rosemary). You can add a dash of cream to each one and then sprinkle a bit of cheese on top. Then you put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 depending on how we
  2. I'm cheep cheep when it comes to quick and easy dinners for kids. My son LOVES this and he isn't gluten-free. I take the chub spiced sausage and cook in a saucepan. I then add sloppy joe mix to it and serve it over rice with a salad and milk. The kids really really enjoy this. The spiced sausage gives it a richer flavor than just straight ground beef. I still haven't tried the yellow cake, yet. We ate all of the yogurt and then my daughter was sick on Saturday so we didn't get around to it. Maybe this weekend I'll try it while the kids are at their father's house. The renaissance f
  3. A yogurt company is trying to market yogurt as being a substitute for mayonaise. I got to thinking...whoa! Hold on to your hats! There is this yellow cake recipe that uses a cup of mayo in it. The only reason I don't make it very often is because mayo is kinda expensive if you use a cup at a time. So, perhaps I could try substituting my homemade yogurt into the recipe instead of the mayo? Just a thought...it's going to be a great experiment. Maybe I'll try it this weekend with my daughter as co-chef! If it works, I'll post it in my blog.
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    More Mexican Food!

    Last night my son and I went over to my ex-aunt-in-law's house (how's that for a tenuous connection!) and we had fish tacos out on the patio with a fire in the fire pit. There are some things that are pretty cool about Arizona in February! I've been offered the job of English director and my second job as a tutor with a local tutoring company. That's really exciting. I told them that I'd probably take it in about a month, once my divorce is under control and I have energy to focus on all of the responsibilities. Did I mention that this company is in the same strip mall as the only glut
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    The homemade yogurt came out great. Every one loves it. I added nutrisweet so that it wasn't so bitter. I also added gelatin so that it would be firm. My son, 1.5, just smacked his lips in joy! What a cutie! The divorce isn't going amicably. My soon to be x is crazy. He called the police (there are not cusody orders) because he say's I'm crazy and angry. Well, I'm certainly angry, but I'm not irrational. He wouldn't return my daughter to me last night and he broke our verbal agreement. He's a lying son of a... Well, I've learned that no good deed will go unpunished and that he's wa
  6. Okay, so 85% of the time I like leftovers and easy-to-make dinners because of the whole working single parent thing. Tonight I out did myself with nachos. There's that Mexican food again. Yeah for Mexican food! So, I figure a bag of tortilla chips on a tray sprinkled with cheese under the broiler for 3 minutes is pretty easy. Then I dress it up with a can of microwaved refried beans and diced up roma tomato. It takes 10 minutes, start to finish if you don't already buy pre-shredded cheese. The kids go bananas over this. I put tinfoil on the bottom of the cookie sheet so clean up is a sn
  7. DH had the kids on Friday night so I went over to a friend's house for Mexican food and drinks. The woman preparing the food was so funny. She knew I was allergic to wheat and everytime she used the corntilla (made-up word) fork on the flour tortillas she'd swear at herself and throw the fork into the sink. She went through at least 10 forks! They went to the Ranch Market to pick up the food. Ranch Market is a cultural experience if you ever make it to the metro-Phoenix area. Everything is is Spanish with a fish market/buther/panaderia (bakery) with homemade fresh tortillas, I'm flu
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    Pot Roast...

    The office had pizza for lunch today and what did I have? Pot roast....grumble mumble. I gave the rest of the leftovers to the cat.
  9. Good evening all, Today was a good day. We had professional development meetings all day and the boss took us out to lunch. It was at a sports bar. Lots of burgers, sanwiches, deep fried everything, etc. I had nachos. They were really good. They had real cheese on them and fresh salsa on the side. I couldn't ask for anything better. I was aprehensive about going out at first, but hey, I figured I could always just have a lemonade and eat when I got back to the office. What on earth would celiacs do without Mexican food??? For dinner I had leftover pot roast. How many dishes ca
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    Dinner For 01/12

    I invited over my co-worker for dinner. She's a ball. I late 50s-something widower from New York via East Germany. I made Spanish tortilla with eggs and potatos, then served a green salad and mint tea. Just a simple dish but everyone seems to like it! Spanish tortilla: Slice 4 fist sized potatos into 1/4 inch pieces and fry in canola oil until tender Beat 6 eggs with a fork until well blended. Drain the potatos and them mash them into the blended eggs in a small bowl (just until sem-integrated, not too much) Heat a tablespoon of oil in a medium-small frying pan on HIGH
  11. As I sit in the office kitchen eating my lunch that I brought from home, again, I often reflect on how much money being a celiac is saving me. Everyone eats out, well most people do, and I always carry in. Sure, I could order salads and what not, but boy...salad sure does get boring. I also don't buy a bunch of specialty foods. Sometimes I'll get a cake mix, cookies, or some Trader Joes rice pasta (the big round ziti noodles are the best), but mostly I just eat rice, potatos, and corn. So today I had guava, milk, and vitamins for breakfast. For a mid-morning snack it was celery and pe
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    Dinner Tonight

    Tonight we had a wonderful dinner: Roast chicken with lemon pepper, celery salt, thyme, and rosemary, cooked at 350* for 1 hour White rice (not as nutritious as brown, but the brown rice is too hard on my 1 year old's tummy) Sauteed veggies, yellow squash and zucchini with onion and oranges for dessert. My co-worker at the office keeps trying to offer me cookies and pastries. I came back from the bathroom and she had left this Bavarian pastry dipped in chocolate on a napkin on my desk. It's soooo sweet of her, she keeps forgetting that I can't eat it! I feel just as bad having to re
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    This is a blog about my life and how I cope with Celiac. What I eat, things that I run into, reactions from other people, and reactions from me. The good. The bad. The ugly. I have been Dx'd for about 1.5 years. During that time my life was not only turned upside down from my diagnosis, but my daughter was also Dx'd with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes (both diseases are strongly linked, as I'm sure most of you already know) So, it's been a trying couple of years with a lot of adjustments. I've learned a lot about food from both of our lifestyles. I lead a quite life as a high school
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