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  1. Does ryegrass contain gluten? My daughter's Pre-K class is doing a planting activity with ryegrass today. My first reaction was that it would contain gluten just due to the name, but then I read wikipedia says it is a genus of tufted grasses, not to be confused with rye which is a grain. Then I remembered that buckwheat flour is gluten free, so now I'm thinking that the name ryegrass doesn't necessarily imply gluten. Does anyone know? Thank you!!


  2. This is always a hit...

    Pepperoni Pizza Dip (but can omit pepperoni and do plain or green peppers, etc for vegetarian)

    8 oz cream cheese, softened

    Italian seasoning

    Garlic powder

    8 oz tomato/pasta sauce

    8 oz shredded mozzarella/Italian cheese

    1/2 cup parmesan cheese

    Pepperoni slices cuts into small pieces (enough to cover dish)

    Mix cream cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder (to taste) and spread in the bottom of a dish (I use a Pampered Chef mini baker which holds about 4 cups I think). Cover with tomato/pasta sauce. Combine shredded cheese and parmesan cheese and layer it on top of the sauce. Add the pepperonie pieces on top and sprinkle with a little garlic powder (I like garlic! You can omit, just do whatever you like with the spices). Bake 15-20 minutes or until the pepperoni is cooked and cheese is bubbly. I sometimes also double the recipe which works well in a pie plate, just bake longer. Serve with tortilla chips. Pre gluten free I used to serve with baguette slices but then switched to tortilla chips when DD was diagnosed...funny thing is, everyone likes it with tortilla chips better! Enjoy!


  3. I was totally unimpressed by Pamela's Pancake Mix...completely bland, no flavor whatsoever. This is why I'm going to make my own. I used to make homemade ones every Sunday so it's nothing I'm not used to.

    We absolutely love Pamela's for pancakes...but it's because DH adds vanilla extract to the batter every time. We recently visited family out of state and they bought the mix for DD but made the pancakes for everyone...they were really bland and tasteless. DH, myself, and my FIL all commented to my BIL separately "they're really good with vanilla" so when I said it to him, he was like, "I know, that's what everyone else told me!" FIL has had them numberous times when DH made them and loved them...not so much when BIL made them without the vanilla. Might be worth a second try for you.


  4. I'd recommend that you take a thermos for both of you. You can pretty much eat whatever hot meal you want. Pasta dishes with or without meat mixed in, chili, soup; chicken nuggets wrapped in foil in the thermos. Take a long a gluten-free roll, cornbread, salad or something. Or an extra thermos of veggies or mashed potatoes or something for both of you to share. I keep 8 oz containers (DD4 is a small eater) of gluten-free meals in the freezer for DD to send into preschool in a thermos, or to take with us to a restaurant or family party when I can't get something for her out. Microwave water until hot and put in the thermos to heat it up for 10-15 minutes, then dump out the water and put in the hot food.


  5. I submitted the following comment on the Girl Scouts' website yesterday and received the reply below today:

    My comment:

    Please consider making a gluten free Girl Scout cookie. As more celiacs

    are diagnosed, and more people realize they are gluten intolerant, the

    demand will only continue to increase. Gluten free is the fastest

    growing sector of the food industry. General Mills is recognizing the

    gluten free community by making dessert mixes and the line of Chex

    cereals gluten free...please do the same as it is in great demand and

    you will make lots and lots of little girls and their families happy to

    feel included in an American tradition!

    Reply:

    Thank you for your message to Girl Scouts of the USA. We appreciate

    your request for a gluten free cookie. We have asked our cookie

    companies to look into this--it is a question of supply and demand,

    complicated by the increasing cost of ingredients and sourcing.

    At this point, we are not able to guarantee if/when we will have gluten

    free offerings; however, we can assure you that we will continue to look

    for ways to improve and better serve our members and the public.

    Hope this information is helpful. Thanks again for contacting Girl

    Scouts.

    Rosa Esposito, Information Specialist

    Girl Scouts of the USA

    420 Fifth Ave.

    New York, NY 10018

    1-800-478-7248

    "Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who

    make the world a better place."

    -


  6. I have a bag of coconut flour and would like to try some things for DD. She is not an adventurous eater, and it takes several times seeing something new before she'll try it, so I'd like to take a recipe she likes and sub some coconut flour. I'm just wondering specifically the ratio of liquid to coconut flour that I need to add when I sub and if the amount varies depending on whether I add eggs, water/milk, or flax seed meal. I do plan to try the biscuits I saw when I searched the forum for coconut flour, but she might not even try those, so I'd like to adjust some recipes I already know she will eat. Thanks!


  7. In the past we've just done family parties but we're planning a kids party for DD this year...she is turning 4 in August. I'll be making a princess cake (wish me luck!), but I'm looking for suggestions for other kid friendly gluten-free food to serve so I can have my daughter choose. My daughter said pancakes or eggs, which I'm not doing since it's an afternoon party. I know I don't need much because the kids might be too excited to eat too much, but I'd like to serve something, plus have something available for the parents who accompany their children. Thank you!


  8. I found the chocolate chip cookie mix at Wegman's in Pennsylvania. Price was 3.99...makes 24 average size cookies(aka ChipsAhoy size). We made 12 cookies and saved the other half of the batter to test how the dough holds up frozen and baked at another time. They were really good. A little crumbly the next day, but still taste great. I'm excited to try the other mixes when I can find them. We make a lot from scratch, but it's nice to have more mixes available when in a pinch.