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  1. Hi, I am new to this forum!

    My husband was diagnosed recently and I think I have managed to find recipes for most things except for pizza! I was wondering if there are any good brands in the store or where I could find a good recipe. I am going to be making a trip to whole foods here this week since they have a full gluten-free isle, not really sure what to expect lol.

    Thanks :)


    Welcome to the forum, Kellie! While I have been experimenting with lots of from-scratch recipes, you might want to first try a mix. Gluten-Free Pantry makes a French Bread Mix that makes pretty darn good pizza (recipe is on the package). You can get a couple of large pizza crusts from one package. Price is reasonable, too, considering that prepared pizza crusts are pretty expensive.

    I pre-bake the crusts (stuck one in the freezer for next time around)...of course, this depends on how many people you need to serve. Top as desired and then bake again. At least this is my preferred way to make them.

  2. You've already gotten some good advice from the previous posters. While the diet certainly has a learning curve, not all of us have found it to be that difficult. But by all means get tested before you go gluten-free.

    You might also want to check out these fact sheets from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Lots of useful info. If a first-degree relative has celiac, you have a 1 in 22 chance of having it, too.

  3. On the topic of candles, does anyone know if run-of-the-mill birthday candles are gluten free? Making a birthday cake here.

    I'm having a hard time finding if candles in general are gluten free, (not including scented candles). I can always wrap the bottoms in aluminum foil or just eat a non-candle piece for myself, but I'd still like to know.

    As for scented candles having gluten, many scented products don't make me feel food. I don't think it's the gluten, but I avoid them anyways.

    While I honestly don't know the answer to your question, I would think most inexpensive birhday candles are made from paraffin wax and highly doubt they'd be scented. If you're concerned, could you just put the candles on one side of the cake and then use the other side for the decorative stuff? Or find some cute little candle holders? Of course, that might be a problem if you're making a cake for someone's 100th birthday. laugh.gif

  4. As it turns out, when I clicked enter with my email address, apparently I signed up to receive their emails, though I didn't complete the 2nd page with my address.

    On the 'thanks for confirming your email' message, there was no link at all to unsubscribe. Then I got another email offering dining cards, with a link to order them, but no link to be removed from their email list. I finally sent an email to their customer service address to be removed from the list.

    They do send out emails with free recipes of the week and links to other articles of interest without subscribing to the magazine. A lot of us find those useful.

    If you're interested in checking out some info on their website, look here: http://www.livingwithout.com/ Some articles, of course, are limited to subscribers but others are available to everyone. They have a lot of recipes on their site, too, as well as substitutions for various ingredients and flour mixes. Really this is not a publication you need to be concerned about or we'd all be avoiding it.

  5. Actually I've never looked at their privacy policy but I'm already on everybody and their brother's email and/or mailing list, who in turn then sell my name and address to even more companies so I don't worry about it. That said, Living Without is a reputable publication and they will not ask for your credit card number for this free download.

  6. I don't even know what to write. My endoscopy was on Tuesday and the anesthesiologist gave me Lidocaine (sp?) before I even got a chance to talk to the GI doing the scope. So I was a bit out of it, but I managed to ask how many biopsies he would do and he said 4 was their "standard."

    Well I called yesterday and got them to rush things and now I've got my results: my intestines are normal. No sign of Celiac. Still haven't done the TTG blood test as lining up childcare isn't easy and I'm not very good about getting blood drawn.

    I am devastated. No one cares. No one is rushing this unless I rush them. Anyone with a brain and an internet connection knows that you have to do multiple biopsies for Celiac. I've read that 8 to 12 are recommended. There is one nurse who seems to have taken an interest in me and will talk to the dr and call me tomorrow.

    I don't even care anymore.

    My GI took 6 biopsies and one of those was tested for H.pylori. At that time I had not even heard that 8 to 12 were recommended (I read that on here much later).

    Since the samples are sent to the lab for a pathologist to examine them, it took me much longer to get the test results but because I had already had the blood work done, I went gluten-free the day of my endoscopy. Be sure you pick up a copy of the actual pathology report when you meet with your GI.

    Let us know what you find out today when the nurse calls back. I know how frustrating it is to play the waiting game. I hope you can get the blood work done soon and then you can go gluten-free.

  7. Mission brand doesn't state they are gluten free? They had always been my "crack" until a few weeks ago, and I was afraid to continue eating them not knowing. I did however find a Tostito's Simply Natural brand today with only 3 ingredients - organic yellow corn, sunflower oil and sea salt. ;) They are good!

    A lot of us do use Mission Brand corn tortillas and they are made on dedicated lines. This from their FAQs:

    Are wheat flour tortillas produced in the same lines as corn products?

    No, our corn production lines are dedicated to corn products only. Wheat Flour tortillas are produced in dedicated lines.


  8. Thanks so much for the info! He took multiple biopsies throughout.. So we'll see... Now to wait!

    Also, make sure you pick up a copy of the pathology report for your records when you meet again with the doctor to find out the results. I agree with others...many times damage is only visible upon examination with a microscope unless it's severe and can be seen with the naked eye.

  9. Thank you for your help, everybody--I will go check out the Enjoy Life chips ASAP! As for the facility that processes TJ's chocolate chips, it says there is shared equipment with soy and milk, but nothing about wheat (they usually mention that if it is the case).

    I was asking about the vanilla being gluten-free because I have seen some with caramel color added. And while I understand that the there is no gluten in the distilled alcohol that may be used to make the extract, many distilled spirits also have caramel color as a hidden ingredient (you have to contact the manufacturer to find out). I only found out about this problem during the past year after getting very sick from both sherry and tequila in my own cooking. Does anybody know anything further about this problem?

    I'm starting to think I should avoid anything that has a brown or yellow color, but then I feel paranoid. However, since I seem to be getting sick more and more frequently, it seems like it may be the best solution:-(

    Caramel color is safe here in the U.S. and Canada. Wheat must be disclosed and cannot be hidden in a product.

    If you're looking for vanilla, McCormick's vanilla is marked gluten-free on the label.

  10. I know your post is two years old, but I'm wondering if you ever found a good doctor who knows about Celiac Disease and its complications. I was diagnosed in May and have been struggling to get solid medical advice.

    Hunter has not been on the forum since April so it's doubtful he'll see your post. You might want to send him a PM or perhaps someone else in your area will respond.

    Welcome to the forum!

  11. I just looked at my local Food Lion ad. This week Holly Farms bone-in chicken breasts are on sale for 99 cents a lb. They have fresh chicken leg quarters advertised for 79 cents a lb. in a 10-lb. bag (way too much chicken for me to buy though but great for a large family or someone with a freezer).

    They also have 73% lean ground beef advertised for $2.29/lb. I don't buy it but can't remember what I last paid for ground chuck.

    Milk prices are controlled here in PA so I'm not sure what a gallon would cost (I can't use up that much anyway so don't buy it in that size).