Oh Em Ghee: Dairy-Free Dinner That’s Still Butter-rific

gluten-free dairy-free dinnerStill over here with the ghee, you guys. As we all know, I love the dairy but it’s always good for me to have dairy-free recipes in my back pocket when I’m trying hard to recover from a gluten’ing or just my husband saying, “Chicken fried steak with gravy, AGAIN???” So. Ghee!

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Cooking With Ghee: Nachos, Suckers

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First of all, I want you all to know that ever since Tava Life reached out to me to talk all things ghee, I’ve been doing some ghee experimenting. Which is pretty easy when they send four different types of the lactose-free butter business: himalayan sea salt, green chile, vanilla bean and original. I’ve been fairly swimming in ghee.

I also know ghee is a big paleo thing and I’m a fan. I usually have some ghee on hand when I’m feeling dairy-free but not quite able to quit butter. And Tava Life’s options were super fun. While I will fill you in on other dishes (ummm, much healthier dishes that actually help you stay paleo and dairy-free) wherein I used the ghee, right now I jut kind of gave myself and the kiddos the gift of yumminess by making homemade gluten-free tortilla chips using the green chile and himalayan sea salt ghee. It’s so easy, you guys. This easy – Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Orlando: Universal Studios Eats, Drinks & FUN

gluten-free universal studios orlandoThis girl turned 9 last week, and I couldn’t think of any better birthday for my Harry Potter obsessed gal than a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter right smack in the middle of Universal Florida. Yes, we do live within spitting distance of Universal Studios in Hollywood, but they don’t have the Potter. Yes, it was slightly embarrassing when people asked where we were from and we had to tell them we lived next door to Universal in LA but chose to spend loads of money flying across the country and staying at a hotel and getting our wizard on. But you know what? Who cares! It was this much fun –

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Also, the night we were there Olivia Freaking Newton-John was in concert and she totally nailed our favorite Xanadu songs. I might have just flown to Orlando to see that lady rock it out. And taking my daughter to her first real concert where we both knew all the words to the songs? Ummmm-azing.

What’s always not so amazing when I travel is the getting sick factor on account of not knowing my arse from a gluten filled airport meal.  Luckily, I had some guides in the form of GFOrlando and Eating Out Without so I knew I’d be able to swill Butterbeer, if I so chose. I did so choose. So did she – Continue reading

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What To Give the Gluten-Free Grief Stricken

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I actually somewhat cooked last night for the first time in forever because grief makes you somewhat non-functional. Which is why the tradition of bringing food to those who have had a tragic loss is such a great one. Also, food is awesome, as I discovered yet again when my amazing friends and community mitzvah meal’d, sent loads of See’s candies, and even had a chef prepare amazing gluten-free gourmet meals. Yes, I am #blessed to have people in my life who are ready and willing to take care of gluten-free me and my people in my hungry household.

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Gluten-Free Austin: Lots of Places

gluten-free austin SXSWHey guys, so I’ve been in Austin for a week or so and for once I’m not just hitting Guero’s (queso + margarita above), Frank, and Barley Swine. I mean, I AM hitting those places but due to basically horrible circumstances I’ve been hanging in a different part of town this time and have the 411 for YOU.

I’ll discuss the horribleness sometime later but for now I’m just going to get some info out there as I know the SXSW is coming up soon and the gluten-free need to know what other options do exist. I would also apologize for the lack of flowery language, but honestly, I have no idea what I’m about to say so let’s just see how this works out!  Continue reading

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This Was My Mom

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I started writing this last week, and have had trouble finishing. I know it’s just a blog post, but this is hard, you guys. XO, GIMB

I’m starting to feel the effects of the Xanax I popped as I sit by my mom’s side in her very calm, warm, peaceful room at hospice. Which is why I can write/type/whatever it is I’m doing right now. This was not my first choice of activities in 2015, but here I am. And here she is. And there she goes.

I’ve written here before about my mom more than once. Her unexplained decline, my “a-ha” moment of gluten ataxia, and how her brain damage has progressed to a depressing, and now deadly, point. So I feel I should finish the story and let you all know the ending. I guess you know the ending, actually, since it’s everyone’s ending.

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How Does Your Boss Feel About Gluten-Free You?

celiac and workplace discriminationHappy 2015, gluten haters! I do hope this year is like, one thousand times better than 2014, but hey, let’s see.

One thing happened that worries me about my cockamamie optimism, and that was a letter from a new reader who has a pretty serious issue post-celiac diagnosis. You know, other than that, “Oh hells, I’ve got celiac,” thing. An issue that I’ve never had, but I’m guessing some of you have, if not exactly on this level. This whole, “Don’t we need good people protecting us” level. On a “Oh, hey, this seems like a HUGE mistake” level. Let me just quote this man who has bravely served the U.S. of A.:

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