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  1. The December 2006 Issue of Gourmet Retailer Magazine Editor's Choice issued the following: According to Market Researcher Packaged Facts, as many as 11 million Americans are afflicted with serious allergies to common foods like milk, wheat and peanuts. More consumers are turning to gluten- and allergy-free foods both to manage specific food sensitivities and simply as part of a trend toward more healthful eating. Unfortunately, taste-wise, many of the products out there still need some tweaking. Thankfully, I came across a company that is setting standards in the taste of gluten-free foods. 1-2-3 Gluten Free is a small women-run company that makes mixes for baked goods in a dedicated gluten-free (and peanut-free and nut-free) kosher facility. All products are gluten-free, wheat-free, nut-free and peanut-free. Many are also free of soy, corn, egg and dairy (including casein) and their labels clearly indicate this. Since my mom is sensitive to wheat, but has a wicked sweet tooth, I'm always searching for products that taste as good as the real thing. We recently whipped up a batch of Chewy Chipless Scrumdelicious Cookies and added our own semi-sweet chocolate and butterscotch chips to the mix (all of the products are extremely versatile and the Web site features fabulous recipe suggestions). Without doubt, these were the best tasting gluten-free cookies we've ever had -- the cookies baked up a perfect golden brown with a silky smooth texture and great "mouthfeel," which is unique in the gluten-free market. In fact, you'd never know these were gluten-free. For more information, visit -- Kristin V. Montalvo, Editor's Choice, The Gourmet Retailer Magazine, December 2006 issue, p.99.
  2. I had the opportunity to try all of the Against the Grain products and they are truly great. I highly recommend you try them when they get to your area. Kim.
  3. Anyone have a good substitute for eggs in brownies and cakes? I'm not having much luck with the egg replacer or the flax seed. Thanks for any ideas. Kim.
  4. For biscuits and cinnamon buns, we make 1-2-3 Gluten Free Southern Glory Biscuit Mix. I do have an interest in the company, but they are wonderful. check out the website, which has the recipes as well. Kim.
  5. Hi Everyone. The Columbus Conference is wonderful. I will be there as well, as we are every year. My family and I have a gluten-free food company, 1-2-3 Gluten Free, and we'll have a table again. Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourselves. I've had celiac for over 7 years and am happy to answer any questions for you. Please feel free to PM me as well. Kim. 1-2-3 Gluten Free, Inc.
  6. 1-2-3 Gluten Free Allie's Awesome Pancake Mix is gluten-free and dairy and soy free. I do have an interest in the company, but invite you to check out the testimonials on the website. Kim.
  7. There's an easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe at in the recipe section. Kim.
  8. Yes, they are safe. I use them all the time. You can hand wash as well. It is advisable to pull out the wooden handle so that you are sure to get it really clean. Additionally, if you let the 2 parts dry separately, then you won't get black mold growing inside. Kim.
  9. There will be a Gluten Free food tasting at McGinnis Sisters, Monroeville --- Pittsburgh, PA Saturday 11 AM - 2 PM Come and sample gluten free foods, including products by 1-2-3 Gluten Free. McGinnis Sisters 4311 Northern Pike Monroeville, PA 15146 (412) 858-7000
  10. Is there a local support group in this area? If so, can you please let me have the contact information? Thanks so much. Kim.
  11. I have not been yet, but I understand you can call ahead for gluten-free tea at the Savoy (it is apparently expensive, as I would expect, but very, very good, and fun). I will be in London and Paris later this summer. I have travelled to both previously and done fine with gluten-free, even in pubs. There are wonderful Thai and Indian restaurants in London and those were my favorites. Enjoy your trip. Kim.
  12. Kim

    GF Vendor Fair

    Gluten Free Vendor Fair Tri County Celiac Support Group Farmington Hills, Michigan 26165 Farmington Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334 248.474.6170 10 AM - 2 PM information:
  13. I'm glad you like our products. Maybe can meet sometime and I can make you some of those biscuits. Smaller companies, such as mine and Anna's (the owner of the bread you like) sure could use the help (re: word of mouth). We're working on our marketing (I have no marketing background so it's been a learning experience for me -- the whole company has), but I develop the products/recipes and then, along with family members, we've been working hard to grow. Would love to chat sometime. Kim.
  14. Thanks, I do like it here. Everyone is very friendly. I don't attend CMU, I just liked the area -- always something going on and a very diverse place to live. My family's business is 1-2-3 Gluten Free, Inc. -- we sell premium baking mixes. ( ) and are in stores (in fact, some of the stores people named in earlier posts have our products) and over the Internet. The business is less than 2 years old but growing. I know there is is a celiac support group in Pittsburgh, but I have yet to meet up with the group. I would be interested in getting together. This weekend, I am headed to Detroit for a gluten-free vendor fair. Mamaw, if you were at the Columbus children's hospital conference, you probably saw our table (and maybe tried our products) -- that's a very good conference every year. Kim.
  15. Hello All. I am fairly new to Pittsburgh. (I live near CMU). Moved here after living in Atlanta for about 8 years. New to the area, not new to the diet. I've been gluten-free for about 7+ years and have lots of celiac family members. I would definitely be interested in meeting some others in the area. I was very involved in the Atlanta support group and even organized a successful vendor fair. I really miss getting together with fellow celiacs. Additionally, in the interest of full disclosure, I do run a gluten-free food business and am always willing to answer any questions people (particularly newly diagnosed) may have. Kim.
  16. Martine: What a wonderful idea! I don't have any children myself, but it sounds like a great idea to do an "exchange." I hope that you find a family with a child the right age. Good luck. I will be in Paris next summer with my niece - if you have any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it. Happy Holidays. Kim.
  17. Kim

    Ronkonoma Ny

    Thank you so much for the information. I should have been more clear -- it was for someone else (I live in Pittsburgh) but I am going to pass it along. Thanks again. It's so wonderful that everyone is so helpful. Kim.
  18. The Dole Mandarin oranges in the clear plastic container are, so I'd be willing to bet that the canned ones are as well -- they are most likely the same. Is there a particular ingredient you are questioning? Kim.
  19. 1-2-3 Gluten Free will be sampling products at McGinnis Sisters in Monroeville. 4311 Northern Pike 412. 858.7000 11 AM - 2 PM Please call store for details.
  20. 1-2-3 Gluten Free will be sampling products at McGinnis Sisters in Monroeville. 4311 Northern Pike 412. 858.7000 11 AM - 2 PM Please call store for details.
  21. It is safe. I use it all the time. Kim.
  22. Kim

    Nyc Pizza

    Spelt is definitely NOT gluten free. People just misunderstand because some people on a wheat free diet (not gluten-free) do eat spelt.
  23. The flu shot in the US (the ones I am aware of anyway) do contain egg, so if you have an egg allergy, you should definitely ask about that before getting the shot. Kim.
  24. Richard makes an excellent point. There seem to be some serious misconceptions about the ADA. To be covered by the ADA, you have to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits you in a major life activity. I think we'd all agree that celiac meets that definition. Having said that, your employer may need to provide you a reasonable accommodation (if doing so does not create an undue hardship on the employer) to do your job. The question is, can you perform the essential functions of your job, with or without reasonable accommodation? I really don't believe you can make a case on the lunch thing. A better example where accomodation may be necessary is if you have to travel for work. You need to be given the opportunity to have gluten-free food while travelling. (i.e., everyone else may eat the continental breakfast that comes free with the room, but you may need to be able to get yogurt, egg, etc.). It's also important to note that even if you (we) are entitled to an accommodation (and that's a big if), we are not entitled to the accommodation of our choice. The employer can provide an equally effective (and less expensive) accommodation. Hope that answers your question. Having said all that, and having practiced employment discrimination law for over 10 years, I'd caution you before you bring (or threaten) a suit or go to an outside agency because once you do so, you may change things for the worse. Instead, you may wish to simply deal with the person who does the ordering or directly with the caterer to find an option that will work for you. I've found that most people are willing to accommodate our needs (even if they don't legally have to do so), they just need to know that (1) we need an accommodation (and I use this term in the non-legal sense now) and (2) what we can/can't eat. I have personally done better with a friendlier approach and, like Richard, often co-workers are jealous of what food I get instead. Good luck. Kim.
  25. Kim

    Indian Restaurants

    I eat at Indian restaurants quite frequently and have NEVER had a problem. I do ask for help from the wait staff/hostess before ordering just to be on the safe side, but most things on the menus are naturally gluten-free. Kim.