I’ve Got 99 Problems & They’re All Related to Gluten

gluten-free-cheat-sheet-giveawayWhen one writes a book such as The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go G-Free in 30 Days or Less, one goes through an editing process. It’s true! Not every word I write is brilliant or spelled correctly. Shhh! Don’t tell anybdy.

Sometimes words are removed that you feel need to still be said. So I am offering you, my awesome blog readers, one of my favorite sections that did not make publication. Still, the rest of the book is GREAT and should totes buy it. For your reading pleasure, the lost section titled “I’ve Got 99 Problems & Gluten Is the Biggest One.” Enjoy. Or not. Maybe you agree with my editor.  Continue reading

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That Time I Had My Family Eat Cricket Flour

Why am I upside down? It's because I'm made of cricket flour, isn't it?

Why am I upside down? It’s because I’m made of cricket flour, isn’t it?

The very optimistic folks at EXO sent me an email one day. They have these gluten-free bars that are also GMO-free, dairy-free and they just happen to be made with cricket flour.

Now, I know that ants and crickets and things can make for some pretty decent food when you’re in a desperate place. And I consider myself mad lucky to not be in that desperate place. Which is why I was like, “No, thanks.” But the EXO gal was persistent and thought I would enjoy their flavorful and healthy bars, and why not just give it a try? I mean these people are balls out. Their motto is “Crickets Are the New Kale” for chrissake. They believe in the product and I decided to believe in them.

So I finally said yes and the Apple Cinnamon, Peanut Butter & Jelly and Blueberry Vanilla EXO bars have been sitting in my snack bowl for quite some time. This week I decided I would face my cricket fear, but only if the rest of my family did it first. I didn’t tell this kid what was happening.

gluten-free-bar-cricket-flourAnd this one was laughing very hard after I told her, because her brother had eaten cricket flour.

IMG_1229My husband managed to disappear but my mother-in-law was visiting and was much more receptive to the idea of chowing down on bugs.

IMG_1231I’ll be honest, I still couldn’t bring myself to do it. And wow, are my kids mad at me for not telling them in the first place. Still, the taste testing mother-in-law had the following thoughts since she’s not afraid of a little cricket flour: Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Los Angeles: Odys & Penelope

gluten-free-los-angeles-restaurantsSo I was on my way to Sugarfish when I walked by this nice wood/glass/shiny metal building that seemed super cute. I made a mental note (La Brea and somethingsomething) to find out what it was, but then forgot. I remembered real quick when I met my friend in front of Sugarfish and they were all, “It’s an hour-and-a-half wait.”

Moms don’t play that. I mentioned that I’d seen a potential hipster joint, and my friend said, “Oh yeah, it’s great. Let’s see if you can eat there.” Turns out, that was a freaking great move. Continue reading

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5 Days of Giveaways: Sharing is Caring

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I could be in your house.

Whoo-hooo! It’s a long weekend for those of us in the States (no offense to my UK friends, because we still have a special relationship) and I’m personally super stoked about that. So stoked, that on this final day of giveaways I’m going to be giving away not one copy of The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go Go-Free in 30 Days or Less, not two copies of The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go Go-Free in 30 Days or Less, but FIVE whole copies of The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go Go-Free in 30 Days or Less!!!!!!!

Damn. That’s a lot of mail.

But first, the winner of yesterday’s challenge!

It’s true, I was given the nickname “Dairy Queen” due to my huge love of dairy. It’s also true that I can’t love dairy so hard anymore, making the nickname all the more tragic. Several of you guessed this correctly, because you’re on it, and one name was drawn from my daughter’s Dodgers hat. Joel MW!

Here was his answer: “The Dairy Queen, which is better than Drama Queen, although maybe the bit where you put that guy in a headlock qualifies . . . ;-)”

Oh, dairy. You were my first love.

And now it’s time for the next wins, wherein you guys have to do one super easy thing.

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5 Days of Giveaways: You Can Call Me . . .

whole 30 lessonsIt’s the 4th day of this wacky contest where any of you could win my new bookThe Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go G-Free in 30 Days or Less and I so appreciated all of the lunch guesses in this win my book competition. I wish I HAD gotten Zankou because, YUM. And I was also impressed with the In ‘n’ Out guesses because that was in my head, and it was just a last minute time thing that had me veer in a different direction. Well played, my readers. Well played.  Continue reading

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5 Days of Giveaways: What Am I Having for Lunch?

giveaway-gluten-free-cheat-sheetYes, that is really the question of the day to win a copy of The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go G-Free in 30 Days or Less. It’s Day 3 and it’s getting real. But first, let’s meet yesterday’s winner! Continue reading

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5 Days of Giveaways: Friends Who Cook Are the Bestest Friends

Image via mom.me, photograph by Daniel Montoya

Image via mom.me; photograph by Daniel Montoya

Not that I don’t adore my friends who don’t cook. In fact, now that I think about it friends who DON’T cook can be much less judgmental when I’m serving up something hot out of the gluten-free oven. But that’s not what I’m talking about today! It is Day 2 of the giving away of The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go G-Free in 30 Days or Less. Hooray! But first, let’s see who won yesterday’s challenge.

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