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  1. I was wondering if anyone else has had a reaction to Udi's gluten-free Pizza or other Udi's products. I tried their pizza twice, this one: http://www.glutenfreemall.com/catalog/udis-glutenfree-three-cheese-pizza-frozen-unit-p-2489.html And I've had a particular reaction I have to gluten- racing heart/heart beating too hard/general feelings of anxiety- right after eating it that lasts for about two hours. I don't see anything else on the ingredient list I've had a problem with so I am wondering if the <20 ppm testing simply doesn't cut it for me? I'm a relatively new diagnosed person, about 6 months. I do cook most of my food from scratch and haven't had much trouble. Have avoided eating out for the most part. And this is the only food I have had a reaction to lately. Kind of stinks because it tasted great! Just curious if anyone else noticed anything after eating this pizza. Oh, and I cooked it in my oven, which I use for cooking all my food so I don't think it's that. I use a cookie sheet and parchment paper just to be on the safe side.
  2. Celiac.com 01/09/2018 - The quest for delicious gluten-free pizza never ends, and great discoveries can be found in some unlikely places. That's why we're making a list and adding to it as we get new information on the best gluten-free pizza money can buy. We're not talking frozen gluten-free pizzas here, we're talking proper gluten-free pizzeria pizza. Numerous pizzerias prepare their gluten-free options in a common kitchen, so the concern about gluten contamination can be real. Many offer a boilerplate statement that indicates that they take steps to minimize the likelihood of exposure to flour, but that they cannot recommend gluten-free items for guests with Celiac or any other gluten sensitive disorder. Of course, you should always trust your gut, and adjust accordingly. If you aren't sure, then be careful. The risk of gluten-contamination is higher in places that make traditional pizza, but the potential payoff is also bigger. A pizzeria you can trust to make great gluten-free pizza is a real delight. So, if you're up for tasty gluten-free pizza pies baked at genuine pizzerias, then come along with us. We've tried to spread the love here, geographically speaking, but if you know about a great gluten-free pizza joint that we've missed, please let us know in the comments section. Here is our list of America's Top Gluten-Free Pizzeria Pizzas: Base Pizzeria – Phoenix, AZ Base Pizzeria's offerings range from the traditional Margherita to more far-flung inspirations like white truffle oil, prosciutto and artichokes. All pizzas are available with a no-joke gluten-free crust. Blue Pan Pizza – Denver, CO Detroit-style pizza in Colorado? Denver's Blue Pan brings the taste of the Motor City to the heart of the Rockies. Blue Pan offers both square Detroit style or traditional round pizza, with all the awesome toppings you want. And you can get either of them made gluten-free. Buddy's — Detroit, MI Detroit is famous for Sicilian-style square pizza, and Buddy's, has been a city favorite since 1946. Buddy's bakes their airy, focaccia-like dough in the blue steel pans traditionally used in the auto industry, and tops their pizzas with tangy, buttery Wisconsin brick cheese. Most of Buddy's numerous specialty pizzas can be made gluten-free. Make it easy on yourself and start with the Detroiter, a strata of brick cheese, pepperoni, parmesan, tomato-basil sauce, and the restaurant's proprietary Sicilian spice blend. The Couch Tomato Bistro – Philadelphia, PA The Couch Tomato not only offers a tasty gluten-free crust, they offer a range of gluten-free sauces, as well. Forno Rosso Pizzeria Napoletana — Chicago, IL Chicago knows a thing or two about pizza, and Forno Rosso is one of its cognoscenti. I'm not talking Deep Dish, though they do know a thing or two about that, too. I'm talking traditional thin crust pizza. This popular Chicago pizzeria Forno Rosso Pizzeria Napolitana serves a fantastic Neapolitan-style gluten-free pizza. La Famiglia Giorgio's – Boston, MA La Famiglia Giorgio's looks to bring the tastes of Rome to Boston's North End. La Famiglia Giorgio's will make any of their top-notch pizzas gluten-free, that includes the Buffalo Chicken, Old World Sicilian, and of course, the traditional pizza Margherita. Pinky's Pizzeria – Portland, OR Portland staple Pinky's serves delicious one-of-a-kind specialty pizzas, such as “The Super Mario,” “The White Eagle,” and “The Buscemi.” And they will make any of them gluten-free. Mary's Pizza Shack — Northern California Mary's is a family-owned Northern California institution, with more than a dozen locations throughout Marin, Sonoma, Napa and neighboring counties. Mary's prepares its Italian comfort food from scratch every day. No heat lamps. No frozen dough. No canned sauces. Their soups, salad dressings, sauces, pizza dough and focaccia are all made fresh daily, using Mary's original recipes. Their pizza is delicious, and that includes their gluten-free pizzas. Rocco's – Seattle, WA Rocco's is where Seattleites for delicious pizza made with ingredients from a dizzying list of toppings, all available on their yummy gluten-free crust. Rubirosa – New York City Consistently ranked among the top gluten-free pizzas in New York, Rubirosa doesn't just offer regular pizza toppings on a gluten-free crust, they offer a complete menu of gluten-free pizzas! Tony's Pizza Napoletana – San Francisco, CA Twelve-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani is the proprietor of Tony's Pizza Napoletana, a classic Neapolitan-style pizzeria, located in the heart of San Francisco's Little Italy. Tony's uses authentic ingredients imported from Naples, so whether you choose a gluten-free version of the famous Pizza Margherita or the savory Cal Italia, Tony's has you covered. What's more, Tony's Pizza Napoletana recently earned a recommendation in the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2016. Via 313 – Austin, TX If you're looking for the best pizza in Austin, head to Via 313 for their traditional Sicilian-style square pizza. They do both traditional and gluten-free pizzas that live up to their motto: Built right. To the last bite. Woodstock's Pizza — Santa Cruz, CA, with locations in Northern California and Oregon Originating in Oregon before spreading into California, Woodstock's Pizza was named #3 Independent Pizzeria in the Nation by Pizza Today. Woodstock's offers tasty gluten-free versions of their popular pizzas.
  3. Mini Portobello Pizza (Like Bagel bites on mushrooms) 1 Portobello mushroom 1/4 cup pizza sauce hand full of mozzarella other toppings optional 1. Preheat oven to 400F 2. Lightly spray roasting pan with oil, and place your mushroom gill side up up on it and give it a light spray. (pop off the stem if present) 3. Spoon the sauce over the gills and spread thinly (You will probably not need all the sauce. 4. Sprinkle your cheese and toppings over this (I like to put my hemp Parmesan over it myself) 5, Roast for 15-20mins til soft and watch to make it does not burn. I have been eating these for a week now since I found the mushrooms on sale. I have tried with my own sauce and cheese recipes along with making pesto toppings, and even Julian and lizzantti versions of cheese.
  4. Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe 1 medium head cauliflower (1lb) 2 tbsp coconut oil divided 1 egg (Flax Egg will work here 1tbsp ground flax +2 1/2 water let sit 5min) dash of salt 1/2 tsp garlic 1/2 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp basil pinch of red pepper 1 cup fine shredded(4oz) vegan cheese (Lisanatti Mozzarella Almond Cheese is what I used) 2 tbsp almond meal 1 tbsp nutritional yeast 1.Preheat oven to 450, with a cooking sheet or pizza stone in it. 2.prep parchment paper rub 1 Tbl coconut oil all over it 3.Cut the cauliflower into florets, removing the core. 4.In batches in a food processor with a grating blade, grate the cauliflower into a rice like texture. (This can also be done with a hand grater.) 5. Put 1 inch of water in a sauce pan and put the grated cauliflower in it and bring to a boil on high then turn to low and cover stirring occasionally for 10-15mins The cauliflower will be soft when done, drain into a clean towel or cheese cloth and press ALL THE WATER out when cool enough (this makes sure it is firm and not crumbly when done) 6.In a large bowl beat the egg well. 7.Add the cauliflower rice, 1tbsp coconut oil, salt, pepper, basil, nutritional yeast, almond meal, oregano, red pepper, and vegan cheese. Mix well. 8.Shape mixture in a large circle on the parchment paper, and place the paper with the dough on the sheet/stone. 9.Bake for 13-15 minutes, until golden brown. 10. Add your toppings and cook another 5-7mins then remove parchment with pizza from sheet and let cool 5-10mins so it firms up.
  5. Celiac.com 10/19/2017 - When I first saw the big advertisement that came through the mail I thought, "Wow, we are really getting somewhere!" However, when I read their advertisement my mind was quickly changed by what seems like false advertising. It reads like a great deal of boasting, followed by the "disclaimer" (At the bottom. Who reads to the end of an advertisement?) Here's the disclaimer: "Domino's pizza made with a Gluten Free Crust is prepared in a common kitchen with the risk of gluten exposure. Therefore, Domino's DOES NOT recommend this pizza for customers with celiac disease. Customers with gluten sensitivities should exercise judgment in consuming this pizza." If I hadn't read that disclaimer, I could have gone out that night and purchased a Domino's Gluten Free Pizza just to be able to try one of my favorite dishes. ABC News had a brief visit with Domino's CEO, J Patrick Doyle, who said, "Offering Domino's Gluten Free Crust is a big step for us, and we wanted to make sure we were doing it right." Well, you haven't done it right, Mr. Doyle, because celiacs cannot eat your pizza, and bless the person with gluten sensitivity who eats your pizza. Many celiacs suffer greatly after they have ingested gluten-containing flour. Even a few grains of gluten flour can cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea and bloating for days. Doyle went on to explain their strategy for ‘doing it right': "Domino's is doing that by partnering with experts at the NFCA and by empowering the gluten sensitive community with the information they need." [NFCA is the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.] Domino's new gluten free crust is available in stores across the U.S. in a small 10 inch size only, and prices vary by store. In Italics it says, "Domino's pizza made with a Gluten Free Crust is prepared in a common kitchen with the risk of gluten exposure. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness supports the availability of Domino's Gluten Free Crust, but cannot recommend the pizza for customers with celiac disease. Customers with gluten sensitivities should exercise judgment in consuming this pizza." Chat lines lit up with questions such as "What is Domino's relationship with the NFCA?". "Does Domino's offer a substitution for a gluten free crust?" The only substitution acceptable to us is a totally clean sweep of gluten in a kitchen. Baking bowls kept separate and a separate area for preparing and cooking the dough. Nothing else is acceptable. One Post by Allison on May 7th states "You can't say it is gluten free and then say oh well celiacs can't eat it. Make no sense. Also if they truly worked diligently with the Celiac Foundation because they wanted to make a huge thing out of a gluten free pie the Foundation would have definitely said absolutely no cross contamination. The fact that there is , is not helping anyone with a gluten sensitivity." I could go on with the disappointed complaints from several chat lines, but I'm pleased to report that The Medical Office Assistant's Association was on the ball as of May 15, 2012. Their warning title states "Say what? Domino's offers 'gluten-free'crust not appropriate for celiac". It wasn't long before the news travelled to the Penticton satellite and the West Kootenay Satellite (sub-chapters of the Canadian Celiac Association). The Medical Office Assistant's Association is not formed for people with celiac disease, but watches for health warnings and posts them to their chapters immediately. The Kelowna Chapter article, by David Fowler, states that "Meanwhile here in Canada, Boston Pizza figured out how to do it right and as a celiac I have enjoyed their gluten-free pizza many times without incident." A poster from Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 7, 2012, wrote a full page praising Domino's Gluten Free Crust. She quotes Domino's Pizza President and CEO as saying, "The prevalence of gluten sensitivity has become a real issue with significant impact on consumer choice, and we want to be a part of the solution. Now, the whole group can enjoy Domino's with the addition of our new Gluten Free Crust." She also quotes Alice Bast, NFCA founder and president as saying, "The NFCA is thrilled that Domino's Pizza has developed a product that will improve the quality of life for many of the estimated 18 million Americans who are gluten sensitive." Bast went on to say "Not only is Domino's Gluten Free Crust a huge win for much of the gluten free community who can now get pizza delivered to their door, and it's also delicious." How can we eat the gluten free crust knowing that it was prepared in a common kitchen with the attendant risk of gluten contamination? Further, since a lot of students work at Domino's, how can we know whether they are being vigilant in their food preparation work? I don't know but I am going to check with David Fowler and see if Domino's here in Canada has actually ‘gotten it right'. Being a celiac with dermatitis herpetiformis, I can tell if I have gotten some gluten within the first twenty-four hours. I am sure that many readers can also tell quickly if they have been ‘glutened'. I am also going to check out one Boston Pizza here in Canada just to check on David Fowler's report from the Kelowna Chapter on May 15, 2012. He, too, offers a disclaimer saying, "This article is my opinion only and does not necessarily reflect that of the Kelowna Chapter or the CCA." I have just spoken with the managers of the Langley Boston Pizza Store and the Abbotsford Boston Pizza Store. Neither Store has heard of a Gluten Free Pizza Crust. One woman, a sub-manager, stated that the manager of their store had just had a meeting with the Boston Pizza people, but she thought it was about their super thin crust. She again reiterated she had never heard of a gluten free pizza coming to our area. So Kelowna, good for you! You may be the first city in Canada to carry gluten free pizza. But I am determined to check with other stores because I want to know whether their Gluten Free Pizza Crust is prepared in a gluten-free environment. I will end with one chat line quote by Andrew on May 11, 2012: "What good is a gluten free pizza if it may come in contact with gluten? As a mom with three celiacs in the family, this is very disturbing and there is no way would I allow them to eat there. What a shame! Domino's, you need to get a clue!"
  6. Hey guys, I'm not sure if this is a silly question, but is it possible to get glutened from carrying closed pizza boxes containing regular wheat pizza? As part of my office job, I occasionally have to carry delivered pizzas into conference rooms (holding them for only 1-2 minutes). There's not necessarily any visible crumbs on the boxes, and I wash my hands immediately after. I just wasn't sure if the proximity to the wheat or the pizza smell could cause anything. Any insight is appreciated! P.S. Even after being diagnosed with Celiac for almost 9 years, I still have questions like these!
  7. Celiac.com 08/14/2017 - Pizza chain Papa John's is warning consumers that its new gluten-free pizza is not safe for people with celiac disease or serious gluten intolerance. After announcing on Monday that it was introducing a gluten-free crust made with sorghum, teff, amaranth, and quinoa at locations across the US, the company warned that it does not recommend the crust for people with a serious gluten intolerance. An official statement from the company reads in part: "Papa John's employs procedures to prevent contact with gluten…it is possible that a pizza with gluten-free crust could be exposed to gluten during the in-store, pizza-making process. Therefore, the brand does not recommend its Gluten-Free Crust made with Ancient Grains for customers with Celiac Disease or serious gluten intolerances." This gluten-free pizza dustup is similar to efforts by Dominos to debut a gluten-free crust, but not a gluten-free pizza. Now, can major pizza makers actually produce a gluten-free pizza for those who need it? Yes. Take Pizza Hut, for example, which has worked hard to offer a genuinely gluten-free pizza experience. Pizza Hut strives to serve certifiably gluten-free pizzas by storing ingredients in designated gluten-free kits. Workers wear gloves to prepare the pizzas, bake the pizzas on parchment paper, and use a designated gluten-free pizza cutter. Even so, Pizza Hut website says it cannot guarantee that the pizza is prepared in a 100% gluten free environment, and that customers should consult a medical advisor before ordering. So, that's your slice of gluten-free pizza insight for now. Read more at: businessinsider.com
  8. Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat

    Did You Know? (Winter 2013)

    Celiac.com 07/22/2017 - In 1978 Virginia Slims' magazine advertising spouted "You've Come A Long Way Baby". Well, in 2011 "WE" celiac/DH people can express those same words when talking about how far we have travelled since I was diagnosed as a brittle celiac/DH person 16 years ago. If the people with peanut allergies can become well known, so can celiac people! DID YOU KNOW: That 16 years ago gluten free foods were difficult to find, and upon finding the small frost-bitten white-gummy loaf of bread, which was even more expensive than it is today, one had to scrape it off the roof of your mouth with your tongue and chew! I also remember trying to make a gluten free loaf of bread in our bread maker and having it turn out smaller than when it went in. My husband had to get it out of the container with a screw driver! Now we buy a bread mix which is gluten free, good, and when sliced thin tastes like the real thing! You are the consumer. You have a right to ask questions. Don't go back to a restaurant or store that has "claimed" to have gluten free food or baking if you have suffered with an outbreak of dermatitis herpetiformis or abdominal pain after eating their food. I find that, with dermatitis herpetiformis, I know within the first 24 hours if I have ingested gluten. I was unaware, as a new celiac, that "Wheat Free" and "Gluten Free" do not mean the same thing. I now watch for the logo on boxes; the picture of wheat with a line crossing it out, meaning there is definitely no gluten in that product. I wanted to have my very first '"DID YOU KNOW" Column to be centered around my favorite subject - food! I am hoping that readers will feel free to write to me at the 'Journal of Gluten Sensitivity' and offer your suggestions with regard to products you have come across in your search for "yummy" gluten free foods. I would also welcome hearing about restaurants and chain grocery stores that you want to recommend to fellow celiac people. Networking is the best way to glean information. I also appreciate being corrected. When you provide me with information we all benefit. I want to hear from you, care of the magazine, about titles you would like to see covered. I have files on "The FDA'S Labeling Proposal", " current statistics", "cross-contamination" and web sites that won't grab you and suck you under}. I also have files on "dermatitis herpetiformis - helpful information I learned the hard way", " information about connective tissue disease", "dental care", "myths and facts"," current news/current events"," vitamins and minerals for the celiac", "other diseases that can affect the person with celiac disease", and my favorite, "names of gluten free products that taste like the real thing". They are out there. { And I don't get a kick-back" on products I tell you are too good to pass up!} DID YOU KNOW? That Domino's Pizza were not the first Pizza Chain to advertise that they have a gluten free pizza crust? As far back as March 12, 2008, according to the Pizza Pizza www.pizzapizza.ca web site, they were the first Canadian pizza chain that advertised that their 50 Greater Toronto area restaurant locations offered a gluten free crust and numerous gluten free toppings as a pilot project. Big problem! As of November 6, 2012 they opened their 13th location in Montreal. Too far away for dine-in, and too far for their take-out service! Domino's Pizza's based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, indicated it was the first national delivery chain to provide the choice of gluten free crusts with its pizzas. According to the PMQ Pizza Magazine, Pizza Hut, part of Yum! Brands (YUM) was the largest pizza seller in the U.S., followed by Domino's and Papa John's (PZA) at number three. All told, the magazine says pizza in 2010 was a 35 billion business in the 50 states. BUT, "Did You Know" that Domino's indicate that "Gluten avoiders should be aware that the crust will be prepared in the same kitchen as the regular gluten-containing crusts, so some risk of gluten exposure will remain." Even so, the NFCA said it was happy to have Domino's "on board". As of Friday, May 12, 2012 Domino's pizza was still waiting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to resolve the issue of safe threshold levels of gluten for food labeling. "Happy Joe's Pizza", chain-store pizza restaurants have a small size gluten-free pizza crust that is very good according to my U.S. relatives who are also gluten intolerant. The ACDA (American Celiac Disease Alliance) firmly believes that the standard adopted by the FDA must be substantiated by evidence-based research, with limits established through double-blind, randomized trials. Research conducted in 2007 supports setting the gluten-free standard at the proposed level. There are few studies assessing toxicity and safety of gluten exposure and none published thus far which demonstrate safe levels for individuals with celiac disease. [ACDA comments on FDA's labeling proposal.] Does this make sense to you? We should be aware if the crust will be prepared in the same kitchen as the regular gluten-containing crusts, so some risk of gluten exposure will remain. This reminds me of ordering a Caesar salad, minus the croutons, in a well-known restaurant chain. After considerable questioning I found out that the waiter just took the croutons out of the Caesar salad! I am extremely sensitive to just a few crumbs of gluten. What is the use of our family buying two toasters to avoid cross-contamination only to have a waiter scoop out the croutons before serving me? "Oats serve as a prime example in support of the FDA position in the U.S.A." {ACDA comments on the FDA's labeling proposal}. "Oats does not contain the gliadin protein and should be safe for celiac consumers. However, grain standards for the United States allow a set percentage of foreign grains to be present in packages of single name grains. By definition, then, oats may contain up to 25 percent of wild oats and other grains for which standards have been established under the United States Grain Standards Act. Research has shown, and the FDA acknowledges, that regular oats pose a risk to celiac consumers due to cross-contamination." I was blown away when I read on the American Celiac Disease Alliance site that given the manner in which grain crops are rotated in the U.S., it is likely that similar contamination issues will arise with regard to other inherently gluten free grains. In fact, a recent study found that among 22 samples of inherently gluten-free grains, seeds and flour, seven (22%) exceeded the proposed FDA standard of Additionally, the FDA itself has found that "qualifying language is confusing to consumers". {You can say that again!} "This approach eliminates the need for consumers to differentiate among products that are inherently gluten-free foods and those which are not. It will also eliminate the use of other statements on products such as 'made with gluten-free ingredients,' which can be misleading. Finally, it will, in our view, simplify the education process for patients and the public at large." (ACDA comments on FDA labeling proposal) Cross-Contamination will be attacked in a later column. The ACDA implored the FDA to consider the following: "It takes an individual, on average, six years of being ill, of bouncing from doctor to doctor before being properly diagnosed with celiac disease. Gluten-free foods do not undergo years of safety testing before going on the market like medications. Each and every day, celiac consumers are placed at risk when trying to determine if the foods intended to maintain their health are safe. They have only the clarity and accuracy of the labeling on which to rely. It is a heavy burden, but one that will be eased dramatically with the completion of this rule making." An excellent web site entitled 'The Celiac Scene, Guides for the Gluten Free' has a seemingly limitless number of chain restaurants throughout Canada and the United States that have a gluten free menu. Some of their gluten free menus are small, but growing. The site even has maps that are updated regularly. You can press on the MAP Icon to find out where to locate the celiac endorsed restaurants and chains throughout North America. I was really happy to find the "Celiac Scene" web site! It is owned, operated and maintained by people with celiac disease themselves. Still, it states: "Consider them a guide, not a guarantee." This seems reasonable given the number of restaurant chains that are listed and the recalls that happen regularly. In December 2011 there was a recall of the Metro Grocers' irresistible gluten free Honey-Nut O's cereal and Apple Cinnamon O's cereal because of gluten. On a happier note Loblaws and President's choice have produced a new "Recipes to Riches" cookie product. The product labeling indicates that the product is gluten free. To assure this claim, the product has been made under strict processing conditions. Every precaution has been taken to ensure that no gluten containing ingredients are included and all possible cross contamination is eliminated. Another great boxed mix is King Arthur Scones and cookie Mix, available in the United States and Canada. Follow the directions and they will be gone the first day! King Arthur also has a box flour, sold in the U.S.A. and Canada. You can substitute this flour in your regular recipes, use smaller pans, reduce your cooking time and you won't be digging them out of your muffin tins! DID YOU KNOW? That Betty Crocker now has a gluten free Bisquick? You can make pancakes, waffles, pizza base, meat pie topping, scones, and I even tried some muffins! Fast-food restaurants began to offer gluten-free foods as part of their regular menus as early as 2006. Each restaurant offers gluten free food based on their own criteria as there is no universal standard. {"What Fast Foods Are Gluten Free? Ehow.com } NOTE: "based on their own criteria as there is no universal standard". McDonald's provides food-allergy information on its website (see link in Resources) as do many other fast-food restaurants. The In-N-Out chain is the most gluten-free friendly fast-food restaurant, while McDonald's has the least number of choices that are gluten-free. Other fast food restaurants also vary in the number of gluten-free foods they offer. The Olive Garden has a separate menu for the celiac but it is slim pickings. The majority of foods offered at fast-food restaurants that are gluten-free consist of salads, ice cream products and some of the "side" dishes such as those made from potatoes. Keep in mind the "Buyer Beware" rule still applies. French fries are often coated with flour, like the wonderful Costco and McDonald's French fries, some ice creams even contain flour. If you don't ask, they won't tell you! Even gluten free food can vary by fast food restaurant; for example, while french fries at Sonic are gluten-free, those from McDonald's are not. You are the checker. Many of them have a black book or a binder with lists of ingredients for the products they provide. To be safe, check the allergy information first. THE CELIAC SCENE also has a sheet on " How to start a conversation on celiac friendly dining". It is really good, though I cannot imagine myself asking my waiter or server "Did you wash your hands/change gloves/change aprons before or in between preparing regular food?" We should, you know, and we have every right to question our server and the kitchen staff. Remember, gluten is poison to us and we can become very ill ingesting it. Questions like "Could the finished product become contaminated with gluten while waiting to be served?" and "How do servers confirm with the kitchen that the order they are collecting from them is gluten-free?" and "How do servers confirm with the customer that the order they are providing is gluten free?" and "Will my food be prepared in an area separate from the regular flow of the kitchen?" and "How do you ensure that all utensils used in preparing my food are free from traces of gluten?" There are a lot more questions on The Celiac Scene Guide for the Gluten Free, and if I can find it on the world wide web anyone can! DID YOU KNOW?: With regard to Domino's gluten free pizza, Yahoo Finance has a web site where you get the real story. The crust is appropriate for those with MILD gluten sensitivity, "But it is not recommended for people who have celiac disease." The NFCA says that one out of every 133 Americans has celiac disease or about 3 million Americans in all. Another 18 million have a less serious "sensitivity" to gluten, the organization says. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. Celiac disease is a condition in which the immune system responds to gluten intake by damaging the small intestine. That can inhibit the absorption of various nutrients. GLUTEN AVOIDERS should be aware that the crust will be prepared in the same kitchen as the regular gluten-containing crusts, so some risk of gluten exposure will remain, the company said. Even so, the NFCA said it was happy to have Domino's on board. They may be "on board" but according to me they are going to sink if they do not make some rapid changes. I don't want to write any more about Domino's Pizza, and I'm sure you don't want to hear any more about it unless some big changes are made. Next time I'll write about excellent recipe books for the celiac. My cupboard is full! And a reminder from me, those lovely gluten free cakes on the glass covered bakery shelves - I urge you to ask how long they have been there. Some of those cakes, in certain bakeries, have been sitting in that case for a month, and the server is just using a piece of wax coated paper to box up bakery products, while passing them over the celiac baking. How do I know? My husband and I did a little checking during the summer and the lovely little banana sponge bomb was on that bakery shelf for a month.. Ick! Cheers! Until next time.
  9. Hey All, I was wondering if anyone has tried gluten free pizza? I'm specifically talking about the store bought kind. I'm looking for a cheat meal - I've been eating mainly non processed fresh food but I need a little something to stay sane every now and then. I'm from New York so i'd say I have a pretty high standard of pizza lol. Are there any good frozen ones that are worth eating? I don't think i've ever eaten a frozen pizza in my life but I don't particularly have the time right now to make my own. Also while I'm posting I figure i'll ask. I'm going to this event with my friend at her work. It's like a dinner party. How do I navigate this situation food wise? Should I just eat at home and get drinks there or plan to eat there but take snacks just in case nothing seems safe? Thanks guys!
  10. Help! i have just been diagnosed with Celiac disease. I have a restaurant, specialty food store and cooking class studio. This will be difficult for me but doable except for pizza and baking recipes. i have already tried a gluten-free pizza dough which was supposed to be the best but it was awful. My question to you is this. Can the texture of gluten free pizza dough ever be the same as regular wheat pizza dough or do I just have to get used to no more light crispy airy crusts? lisa
  11. arcountrygirl75

    Throat shut off

    So last night I wasn't feeling all that great and ate pizza for the heck of it. I've been gluten free since February when I got diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Today, my throat feels like it's cutting off. Has anyone else experienced this?
  12. Celiac.com 09/13/2016 - A 10-year-old girl allegedly fell ill after eating pizza that was supposed to be gluten-free, but which turned out to be standard pizza. The girl, Sydney Bayle, became violently ill, and ended up in the local emergency room. The attorney for Grotto Pizza says the company has admitted making a "mistake." Now the parents, Samuel and Victoria Bayle, of Edinboro, Erie County, are seeking monetary damages against both Grotto Pizza and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, including doctors and nurses. After becoming ill and checking in at the Medical Center's Emergency Room, the parents claim that medical center staff made the Sydney wait for nearly three hours, where she continued to be ill enough to vomit blood. Sydney has suffered from celiac disease from birth, according to the complaint. Read more at: Timesleader.com
  13. This recipe comes to us from “hangininthere” in the Gluten-Free Forum. Makes one 16" crust or two smaller crusts - foldable floppy and not crispy. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons rapid rise yeast 1 1/3 cup warm milk 1 teaspoon sugar 1 1/3 cup brown rice flour 1 cup tapioca flour 2 teaspoons guar gum 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin powder 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar Directions: Preheat oven to 425F degrees. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk. In a separate larger bowl, blend together dry ingredients. Stir in yeast mixture to dry ingredient mixture. Add oil and apple cider vinegar. Mix well. Butter and flour the pizza pan (just like you grease and flour a cake pan). Pat down dough on pan - sprinkle top of dough with flour so dough doesnt stick to your hands as youre shaping pizza. Rub olive oil on top of patted out crust. Bake plain un-topped crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add toppings. Return to oven and bake for another 20 minutes.
  14. ½ cup cornstarch ½ cup rice flour 2/3 cup milk or milk substitution 2 eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoons Italian spices Dash of garlic powder or salt Mix gently, do not over-beat. Pour batter into greased pizza pan. Bake at 425F for 20 minutes. For crispier crust, brush top with oil and bake five additional minutes. Add sauce and bake or freeze for future use. Option: Cook on top of stove in a small frying pan like a crepe. Use medium-low heat, cook until set, do not brown. Use a 6 pan for kids size.
  15. Celiac.com 06/02/2015 - Consider the real estate saying about: Location, location, location. Now, ask yourself how far would you go for a good gluten-free pizza? Or, alternatively, imagine yourself out in the middle nowhere, the middle of the pacific ocean, say, and ask yourself how over-the-top happy would you be to discover a floating bar serving cold beverages and wood-fired gluten-free pizzas? I'm guessing you would be very happy. You might even say you were on "Cloud 9." And, if you happened to be in Fiji, you would be correct. For Cloud 9 is the name for a bar and restaurant that floats off the west coast of the pacific island of Fiji, boasting a full bar, and wood fired Italian-style pizzas, including, yes, gluten-free pizzas. So, if you're lucky enough to find yourself in Fiji, and catch a boat or jet ski tour from the main island of Viti Levu, you can reach the picturesque oasis in about 45 minutes. Once there, you can take a seat at the bar, or grab a daybed or hanging chair. Feel free to plunge off the deck at any time and splash and frolic in the crystal clear blue water, while your gluten-free pizza cooks to perfection. Sipping your beverage of choice, nibbling away pizza as you ponder the sunny azure splendor of it all, I'm sure you'll feel that your pizza is, if the not best in the world, very much the most amazing. Cloud 9 even has DJs on the weekend and can accommodate weddings. For more information on Cloud9, including information on transportation from Fiji, check out the Cloud9 website.
  16. Celiac.com 01/23/2015 - This Superbowl Sunday gluten-free fans can celebrate with gluten-free Pizza Hut pizza, and, in a few lucky test markets, gluten-free Coors beer. You read right. First, Pizza Hut has announced that, starting Jan. 26, it will be debuting a gluten-free pizza in about 2,400 locations in the U.S. The new pizza will be a 10-inch, six-slice pizza, which will go for $9.99. The pizza crust will be made by popular gluten-free brand Udi’s Foods, and certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. Pizza Hut’s gluten-free pie will be one of the restaurant’s lowest-calorie pizzas, with about 100 fewer calories per serving than their current “Skinny Slice” pizza. Every Pizza Hut Gluten-Free Pizza will be baked fresh-to-order on parchment paper and delivered in a specially branded Udi’s Gluten-Free Pizza box. Also, all employees handling Pizza Hut’s Gluten-Free Pizza have been trained to wear gloves and use a designated gluten-free pizza cutter. If that’s not enough good news, beer-loving gluten-free football fans in Seattle and Portland will be able to chase their gluten-free Pizza Hut pizzas with Coors’ new gluten-free Peak Copper Lager, which will debut in those markets on Superbowl Sunday. Coors will gauge the response in its test markets as it looks to make Peak Copper Lager available in more U.S. markets. Gluten-free Pizza Hut pizza and gluten-free Coors beer on Superbowl Sunday? I’m going to call that a touchdown. Read more in USA Today, and Money.
  17. We adore Against The Grain gluten-free pizza!! We had not gotten a pizza pan but now that we have had Against The Grain gluten-free pizza a few times & know we love it; it's time to get a pizza pan so the entire bottom of the crust cooks correctly & is not doughy in the center. The box says use a pizza stone or a pizza pan with holes in it but I'm wondering if the USA pizza pan would be excellent. Here's what I'm talking aobut: http://www.amazon.com/USA-Pans-Aluminized-12-5-Inch-Diameter/dp/B00282STVA I LOVE all my other USA pans so I'm wondering if their pizza pan would work as well or better than a pizza pan with holes. Feedback???
  18. The other day I was thinking about some of the things that I miss most since going gluten-free. Most of them involve the loss of the sense of freedom that I remember having while eating out or shopping. For many years after my diagnosis something as simple as being able to buy a frozen pizza at a supermarket was just not possible. My how things have changed over the last few years! Now it is not only possible to buy frozen pizzas again, but it is also possible to buy truly outstanding frozen gluten-free pizzas, like Freschetta's new Gluten Free Signature Pepperoni Pizza. Preparation of the Freschetta Gluten Free Signature Pepperoni Pizza is simple, just remove the packaging and bake it on a pan in a pre-heated oven at 450F for 12-16 minutes. I baked mine on the longer side, as I like the mozzarella cheese to be light brown and bubbling. The first thing I noticed about this pizza is that the crust is thin, which I like, and it gets brown easily, which is not always the case with gluten-free pizzas. The second thing I noticed was the wonderful smell coming from the oven—it smelled like I was at a pizzeria. After removing it from the oven and letting it cool for a couple of minutes, I cut it and noticed that my family could not wait to try it. The taste was amazing! This pizza offers a generous amount of mozzarella cheese and perfectly flavored sauce—and I love the light, crispy and chewy crust (yes, to me great pizza is all about the consistency of the crust!). My whole family really loved this pizza, and it should be noted that neither of my kids nor my wife need to be gluten-free, yet each of them thought that this pizza was great! For more info visit: www.freschetta.com Review written by Scott Adams.
  19. Hi everyone! Does anyone know any brands (preferably readily available) to which they do not react? I am unfortunately very, very sensitive to trace amounts of gluten and its derivatives, including distilled liquors and "gluten removed" products. Does anyone know of a certified gluten free brand? Richelle
  20. This appeared in our local news. These are safety standards to protect EVERY guest at a local pizza restaurant. There is nothing special being done for allergic/auto immune patrons here. Yet, they failed to follow even the simple hand washing protocol. Why would I trust that every employee would follow the even stricter requirements for a Celiac needing gluten free to preserve our health? We can't even see the cross contamination or test for it. Just my personal opinion. From the local news (identity protected): A County pizza restaurant failed its recent health inspection. ******* Pizza on ***** Road in town-name got a score of 61 out of 100. The violations include a hand-washing issue and a problem with storing chemicals. The restaurant's management told us they're eager to improve their score. “The health of the public is the most important part of the business,” manager ************* said. The management at *********** Pizza said it's disappointed with the failing health score and is already working to address the problems. ** Action News obtained the inspection report. --It says an "employee worked the cash register and then grabbed clean gloves to work with food," but "he didn't wash his hands.” --It also says "foods at the counter were not time-stamped,” --“chemical spray bottles stored with food on the storage shelves,” and --"sanitizer buckets stored on top of the soda syrups." "It was just a one-time situation, you know, that he was busy and it's really about coaching and teaching, just creating those habits in the restaurant,” said manager-name. When they get busy they fail to follow even the standards required for EVERY customer. And the manager excused this behavior. It is reasonable to expect similar behavior out of other chain restaurant employees with the excuse that they are busy.
  21. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/01/13/pizza-hut-gluten-free-pizza-fast-food-restaurants/21643503/ "Pizza Hut is about to join the gluten-free brigade. Beginning Jan. 26, roughly 2,400 of the chain's 6,300 domestic locations will begin selling gluten-free pizzas. The move comes two years after rival Domino's rolled out a pizza sold with a gluten-free crust — but not entirely gluten free. Pizza Hut will be the first major pizza chain to sell a pizza that is certified gluten-free...."
  22. Celiac.com 04/11/2014 - As the gluten-free food industry enjoys steady growth and and rising popularity, more restaurants and food purveyors are looking to offer gluten-free items on their menus, and pizza is right at the heart of those efforts. According to the report by Food Genius, pizza appears on about 40 percent of all U.S. menus. Among pizza menus, 3 percent offer a gluten-free offering. Other highlights from the report include the fact that pizza is the second leading gluten-free dish (after salad) across all menus. Look for these numbers to rise as the rising popularity of gluten-free food continues to drive the trend toward more gluten-free menu items. Half of the restaurants that offer pizza do so in the $7 to $12 range. Consumers' expected value of pizza is about $8. Food Genius reports that, on average, independent pizzas are about $2 more than chain pizzas. There was no word on the average price of gluten-free pizzas. What's your experience? Do you have viable gluten-free pizza and other food options nearby? Share your comments below. Source: Pizzamarketplace.com
  23. Celiac.com 11/08/2013 - For spectators and competitors alike, the American Pizza Championship is an exciting event displaying some of America’s premier pizzaioli, or pizza makers. In the interest of full disclosure, I served as one of the five judges for this event. Among the pizzaioli to compete in the American Pizza Championship at the International Baking Industry Expo in Las Vegas, was Heather Zook, of Ohio. Baking in her first-ever pizza competition, Zook surprised herself by emerging victorious, as the first-place winner in the gluten-free pizza category. Zook took first place with her three meat pizza with a crust made from a white rice-millet flour blend. Her victory earned Zook a slot on the U.S. Pizza Team, and an all-expense-paid trip to Parma, Italy to compete in the World Pizza Championships as a member of that team in the spring of 2014. Second place in the gluten-free pizza category went to Mike Anheiser of Pizza Dock in Fredericktown, Ohio. Jason Samosky of Samosky's Homestyle Pizzaria in Valley City, Ohio took home the third place honors in the gluten-free pizza category. Anyone noticing a theme here? For great gluten-free pizza, Ohio looks like a good place to be. First Place Winner -- Gluten-free Pizza Heather Zook Sinfully Gluten-Free 9146 Dayton-Lebanon Pike Centerville, OH http://www.sinfullygf.com/ Second Place Winner -- Gluten-free Pizza Mike Anheiser Pizza Dock Fredericktown, Ohio Third Place Winner -- Gluten-free Pizza Jason Samosky Samosky's Homestyle Pizzeria Valley City Ohio For a complete account of competition results, video of the competition can be found online in the October 2013 issue of PMQ Pizza Magazine.
  24. Has anyone had the gluten free pizza at Borriello Brothers? If so, how was it? Is it safe? It's only been a week since my diagnosis, but my family does pizza/movie night on Fridays and I really want to be able to do this with my kids. Any help is appreciated!
  25. This recipe comes to us from Linda Sowry. 1 cup gluten-free flour ½ cup Argo or Kingsfords corn starch 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon xanthan gum Seasoning – pinch of parsley, oregano & parmesan cheese. ¾ cup milk ¼ cup Mazola corn oil 1/3 cup prepared gluten-free pizza sauce (I buy a small 8 oz can of tomato sauce and add spices such as basil, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper or whatever youd like, stir it up right in the can and use that). 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese (I always use way more than that) Favorite toppings Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In medium bowl combine rice flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum, and spices. Stir in milk and corn oil to form a very soft dough. Spread on cookie sheet to form a 10-inch circle, ¼-inch thick. (I use my Pampered Chef round pizza stone.) Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned around edge. Remove from oven. Spread sauce over crust; sprinkle with cheese. Add pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, onions, whatever youd like. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Makes 6 servings.