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About BethJ

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    Cats and Siamese Rescue, crochet, cooking - and now creating edible gluten-free treats.
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    Port St. Lucie, FL
  1. Don't forget the rotisserie chickens at Sam's. They used to contain gluten but now are gluten-free. I always pick one up when I go . . . most weigh well over 3 pounds (sometimes 4) and are under $5.00. You can't buy and cook one yourself for that. I haven't seen the coconut flour but will look next time.
  2. My recipe calls for 3/4 cup yellow corn meal and 1/4 cup flour. I simply substituted 1/4 cup of Bob's Red Mill all-purpose baking mix and it turned out great. I never liked much flour in my cornbread anyway.
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    Celiac Cost Me Everything

    Raven, my heart goes out to you. I can't say more than has already been said, but you've always been there for everybody in their time of need. I know it's not the same, but we're "family" . . . doing what families should do when one of their own is hurting. Losing my cat was harder than losing my parents. I sobbed for days when my orange tabby left for Rainbow Bridge. Some animal companions are what I call soul mates. There's something special about them and I think each of us have at least one in our lifetime. Your baby was your soul mate and he left a big doggie shaped hole in your heart. I have a dear husband and when he's gone, I'll only have my cat family. And yes, they ARE my family. I was never able to have children like so many here but I have two stepdaughters who wouldn't notice if I was dying in the middle of the road. My cats are always there for me. And FWIW, kitties make wonderful little listeners. They will happily listen to you and comfort you as you grieve.
  4. Friends invited us to eat with them after church and they took us to Applebee's. They had a coupon which is why they chose the place. I looked at their online gluten-free menu and decided the spinach salad with grilled shrimp would be safe. I was still unsure of the hot bacon dressing so I ordered Italian on the side. My salad came with five pathetic little quarter-sized shrimp on top. They had left off the bacon and all that remained was a few specks of chopped tomato and pepper. The rest was spinach that obviously came out of one of those dreadful bags. Apparently when I asked to substitute the bacon dressing, they assumed I didn't want the bacon, either. I was never impressed with them before and I certainly am not impressed now! At least I didn't get sick which actually surprised me.
  5. I loved the coconut ones but can't find them around here anymore. The others are so-so . . . something to keep in my bag for emergencies. I much prefer Kind bars. They cost a little more but are so much better.
  6. I admit I'm afraid to try them. I was getting sick from steel-cut oats months before I found out I had a problem with wheat. I couldn't figure out why something so "healthy" was making me spend the rest of the day in the bathroom. I realize the certified gluten-free oats should be okay but I can't bring myself to take a chance on them.
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    I've had great success lately using potato starch. It's similar to cornstarch - just mix a tablespoon or two in about 1/4 cup of cold water. Mix well and slowly pour into simmering pan drippings or whatever you're using. Stir constantly until you reach the desired consistency. The leftovers don't seem to separate as readily as some gluten-free flours tend to do.
  8. At first it seemed like everything except meat and seafood caused problems but after three years gluten-free, I've narrowed it down to fruit and alcohol. I've added fruit back in but I have to be very careful not to overdo it. I finally just gave up on alcohol so I haven't had a drop in over a year now. I still have problems at times so I suspect this is going to be an ongoing process.
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    Gluten Free In Clayton, Georgia?

    We were in Clayton some years ago before going gluten-free and all I remember was country fried chicken, biscuits, gravy, veggies with corn bread, grits and gravy, etc. I wasn't looking for gluten-free food at the time so it's possible it's there. We were in Hendersonville, NC about a year ago and I had a wonderful lunch at a little bistro-type place. You may have to look for the more touristy places rather than the diners and family-style places. This was a little place near all the art shops. Asheville shouldn't be a problem at all.
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    Preparing For A Natural Disaster

    I try to keep my pantry well-stocked year-round so when hurricane season arrives, I don't have to go out and buy a fortune in canned and shelf-stable food. When one threatens, I only have to pick up a few extras. We now have a generator which should help considerably. Last time we were without power for four days so cooking things like rice isn't a good option. Since then, I've kept a few of those ready-to-eat shelf stable rice packages on hand. My kitchen is basically gluten-free so I don't have to worry about special food just for me.
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    Starbucks Can Kiss My ....

    Count me in. I drink iced espresso every afternoon and when I want something special, I make a Cuban coffee in my Bialetti. I had fully planned to give Starbucks a try when they came out with the gluten-free orange cake but before I decided to go, they discontinued it. So pox on them . . wouldn't go there now anyway.
  12. Signed! I'm not holding my breath but every signature helps. I can't imagine how little celiac girls must feel trying to sell cookies they can't even eat.
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    Well Water Making Me Sick

    We have a well with a water softener but also have a reverse osmosis system under the kitchen sink for drinking and cooking. It can make about 25 gallons a day which is more than sufficient. It also has a line to the ice maker so we always have clean ice. It was more than worth the cost of the initial installation.
  14. I love my cup of after dinner tea! I just restocked my tea larder yesterday. I was almost out of Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea - my usual tea. I love Good Earth Chai as a special treat although Twinings Earl Grey and Bigelow Constant Comment are also nice teas. If I'm in the mood for healthy tea, I keep some Twinings African Red Rooibos on hand. It's an African herbal tea that's a lovely color and supposedly good for your insides. I have a close friend who lives in South Africa and she told me about it. "Rooibus" literally means "red bush."