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  1. I make up the flour myself... I bought all the stuff from the asian grocery... Dirt Cheap! I had a hard time with the pie crust the first time... but the second time it turned out nice... I'm not a big crust person but I liked it. My favorite so far is the banana nut muffins.

    I did the ginger bread cake and didn't like it as much as the real stuff... But a little tweaking and I may get it right ;)

    the rustic apple tart was nice.

    the corn bread came out nice.


  2. I'm a sero-negative biopsy proven celiac... Ask for the biopsy. Even then... read the results yourself... Alot of doctors won't admit you have celiac... If it comes back as ANY SORT villious blunting, you know you are suffering from mal-absorption of some kind... OR, if you don't need the/ can't get the biopsy... just go gluten free for a few months and see how it goes. Many people are "diet-proven".

    Good luck!


  3. I bought the second edition and I am so impressed!! She says to use brown rice flour for her mix, but I used white rice flour and didn't notice anything amiss. I've made HOME-MADE muffins!! A cake!!! pop-overs... which for you english people... I added a bit more water and had... YORKSHIRE PUDDING!!!

    I HIGHLY recommend this book,. but don't eat the stuff all the time or you'll totally pork up:) but it's nice to be able to enjoy a baked treat now and then!


  4. I go out every FRI night with friends for dinner. If they choose a place I can't eat off the menu, I call ahead and say we have a big group and someone with a major food alergy. would they mind if the person brought thier own food and ordered a beverage from them- no one has said no yet.

    I also have what I call my "freak bag" Its a little zip up lunch bag and I keep all kinds of gluten free condiments ( I've learned to bring my own ketchup and stuff cause ppl do wierd stuff to the ones on the tables...)

    And you have to be proactive- its harder to be spontaneous with eating out- it can be done, just have ask lots of questions- call ahead when you can... things like that...

    As far as liquor- I stick to wine most of the time... I have had some really expensive scotch and had no reaction... Everything I read on the net about liquor seems contradictory...


  5. I buy rice flour from the asian grocery store... I haven't had a problem yet. Funny enough I went into an Asian grocery store near Boston over the weekend and they had "gluten free" labels on some of the shelves. I totally cracked up. I got buckwheat soba noodles there for a fraction of the cost as well.

    and the rice noodles... again fraction of the cost. My system is pretty sensitive, but so far so good.


  6. my husband and I have a group of friends who we go out to dinner with most Friday nights and every couple of months we have a pot luck style party at someone's house. We usually have a theme.

    Whe I was diagnosed with Celiac, I was crushed. I forsaw sitting in the car during dinner nights and not eating at all at the parties.

    Instead, our friends found local restuants that could do a gluten free dish or were OK with me bring in my own meal and I have my "freak bag" (a lunch bag filled with gluten free condiments )

    They were all pretty curious about the gluten free thing so for our last party, we did a gluten free theme and everyone had to read every single label and call manufacturers before they could put it in the dish.

    It was very cool! The people closest to me got a small taste of what a huge change our family has had to make and they got to learn that eating "healthy" does not have mean no flavor! (Plus I got to be a total pig and I didn't get sick from ANYTHING!!)

    This ended up a great experience for all of us, and I would highly recommend trying it out.


  7. I was diagnosed this summer and it DOES get easier- I-Phone has an app called is this gluten free you might want to try. As far as eating out, I made a binder of gluten free menu items from local fast food and resturants in my area and I leave it in my car. That way if I'm out, I know what's safe to eat.

    I'm curious how you ended up diagnosed with no symptoms- so many people suffer for so long without answers- I'm being nosy so you can just tell me to be quiet :)


  8. Last night I went to BJ's and ordered to Gluten free pizza and the gluten-free beer. It was fantastic! I got to feel bread full for the first time in weeks! and it tasted "right"! A manager is assigned to your meal when you order gluten free and they stand in the kitchen to watch the meal prep and ensure there is no cross contamination.

    I didn't have a single moment of anxiety during my entire meal!

    I HIGHLY recommend BJ's!!! Now, all they need to do is a gluten-free version of their pizoke and I'll be in heaven!!


  9. Ranting is OK! Make sure you look at your biopsy results yourself. Then ask questions like- how did they determine the level of villi blunting (if there is any) Or did the pathologist eye-ball this sample or actually count???

    My GI refused to diagnose me even after the biopsy showed villious blunting. I ended up back with my internal med doc who was like... Hey you have celiac.

    I've been 100% Gluten free since last Thurs... I almost did a happy dance yesterday when I only had 2 bowel movements (down from 9-12).

    You know your body better than anyone else and unless you have an official need for a diagnosis on paper... then do what's right for you!


  10. I made nachos in my barracks this weekend- gluten-free corn chips, goat cheese, edamame (cause it was there) chicked boiled in the microwave and salsa. I was pretty impressed with myself.

    I was very overwhelmed last week trying to do all this without a kitchen, but its not as hard as I thought it would be. Eating out, though, is getting annoying.

    I went to Ruby Tues and they served me a piece of meat with zero seasoning, cooked in a pan... It was disgusting.

    I had a steak last weekend at Outback that was gluten-free and delicious... What gives?


  11. I take my own dressings all the time. I'm sure you could take your own soy sauce in to a sushi place. It's harder to be spontaneous while gluten free. Unless you are okay with leaving and going someplace else if they can't accommodate you or sitting and watching your friends eat while you have nothing. Then you are being spontaneous, but also starving. It's better if you know ahead where and what you can safely eat. Once you have been to a place a few times and know how well they will accommodate you then you can just decide to go there at the last minute. However, most places will do better if you don't go at peak hours. This was hard for me in the beginning because I like to try new foods and now I'm really restricted to fewer choices when I eat out.

    LOL@ starving! Well, I guess I'll make a little eating out bag and shove all my condiments in it and take it with me when i go out. That should be funny.


  12. I will do some research on holes and see how it goes and report back :) Do you call ahead for the nicer resturants? Or can you still be food-ly spontaneous?

    I am coming to the conclusion that I'm going to have to learn how to cook more ethnic food if I want to eat it...

    Now, here's a wierd question-

    Have you ever brought your own condiments to a resturant? Like gluten-free soy sauce to a sushi place?


  13. Awesome! I have no idea why I didn't ask beofre I went to Whole Foods and went broke for three meals :) I gotta be careful with dairy for a little while cause it seems to make everything worse. But since I never had issues before it must be a secondary intolerace thing.

    I will totally try those ideas. I miss my rice cooker more than anything at the moment so I'm going to go look for those rice tubs first!

    Thanks!


  14. I'm so new to Celiac that right now I'm considering myself Gluten-lite while I figure out how to be 100% gluten-free. I'm currently in a situation where I'm not able to cook for myself (All I have acess to is a microwave and fridge) I can't have a rice cooker, hot plate, coffee maker- nothing.

    So I get my diagnosis and try to figure out how to make this work. I end up at Whole Foods looking for TV dinner type stuff and ended up with major sticker shock! $6 for a tiny TV dinner!! $11 for a teeny loaf of bread??

    Cooking is not an option at the moment, so does anyone have any suggestions for "regular" tv dinner-type stuff that I can eat until I get home and can cook for myself.

    Thanks!!