Celiac Awareness That I Don’t Want to Have Celiac

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I Want it All, and I Want it Now

It’s so totally Celiac Awareness Month, peeps! It’s that time of year where those of us in this autoimmune disease boat spread the word because, hey, a load of you out there have the “c” word and don’t even know it. In fact, if you’ve been wondering if that crappy stomach biz, those aching joints, that weird rash that won’t go away could be celiac disease, PLEASE head right to the doctor and talk about the necessary tests to check your shizzle OUT.

Take a look here, and go to your doc. I know you don’t want to because croissants are delicious, but if you have to choose between a buttery croissant fresh from the oven and shitting out your lungs, well . . . No. Get tested. Honestly.

Which brings me to that point when a celiac breaksContinue reading

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Super Snacks for Everyone! Brought to You by Direct Eats

Bake Sales Are My Bitch

IMG_0965Happy May, everybody! In addition to the blooming flowers, ditching of winter coats and anticipation of summer vacations, May is also the month we talk about food allergies. Hooray for Food Allergy Awareness Month!

Okay, not “hooray” about food allergies, but hooray about spreading some awareness around and talking about how to keep everybody safe and happy this month, and the other 11 months as well. I’ve partnered with Direct Eats, a fab online store that sorts out your groceries as well as beauty items, by allergen. I know, it’s awesome. Their prices are pretty dang good too, which is a bonus when you’re stocking up those cabinets.

Given that it is about time to wrap up school days and kick off road trips and summer camps, it’s the perfect time to talk about snacks. You know, those things that get you through your afternoon slump and…

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My Favorite Food From My New Book (7 Main Allergen Free)

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You know when you have a big project and you kind of just ignore everyone in the world so you can get it finished, and then you feel bad about the neglect and so you want to do something special? Yes?

Me, too! Which is why I’m totes sharing one of my favorite gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free (and shellfish- and fish-free but, come on) recipes, or constructions, kind of, from my upcoming book, Bake Sales Are My Bitch: Win the Food Allergy Wars with 50 Recipes to Keep Kids Safe and Parents Sane. Also, I JUST TURNED IN MY BOOK!!!!!!! WHOOO-HOOOO! Of course, as soon I got back from some spring breaking, a wicked stomach virus knocked me out because that’s just how I roll. But now I’m back and I’m going to wow you with my family’s favorite GFDF Pretzel Pups. Yes, it does seem like we eat a lot of hot dogs around here, doesn’t it? ‘Merica.

Here’s the cool thing about pretzels that I never knew, it’s super easy to make fluffy ones. Those hard ones, I’ve got no idea. But for a fluffy pretzel you basically take pizza dough, boil it with baking soda, egg wash and salt it, and bake it. Cool, right? Which means it was very easy for me to roll up some hot dogs (gf, casein-free as well) in pizza dough strips and go to town. It’s so easy, this guy even helped me out—

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Wow, do I need to get a new baking sheet.

Anyway, let your kids roll ’em up, do the egg wash and salting and they’re basically making their own damn dinner. Pretzel Pups! Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Dodger Stadium: More Nachos, Please

dodgerstourIt’s Spring, ya’ll! Which means if you’re a fan of America’s most America sport, you’re getting STOKED. Grab your cracker jacks and all that and get to cheering!

I live in Los Angeles, and my husband is an OG Angeleno, so I’m kind of a Dodgers fan. (If you’ve ever read anything else here about game day food, you’ll know that I’m very meh about any sports that don’t involve my kids, or drinking.) And I’ve been lucky enough to be invited on food tours more than once to Dodger Stadium, which is so much fun. It does have the actual effect of making me like the Dodgers more, which my family certainly appreciates.

This year I took my lil’ dude to make it even more entertaining, and I also had him do the food testing since almost everything had gluten in it. He obliged. Here’s what I found out about the whole gluten-free thing, and more at Dodgers Stadium. Continue reading

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The Most Disgusting Way to Get Gluten’d

gluten-free-new-york-cityHappy Hump Day, everybody!

I hope you’re all feeling good and healthy and not at all like me because I am grossed out to the max. I just got some disturbing not gluten-free news.

If you’re like me, every now and then you’re crapping your pants and taking inventory of what in the heck you ate over the past 24 hours. Coming up blank (not even too much coffee or a milkshake) you cannot figure out how you could possibly be suffering from ingesting gluten. Well, friends, I may have figured out what my problem has been recently. And I hope to Jaysus this is not something you’ve ever experienced. Like, ever.

The thing that may be glutening me is . . .  Continue reading

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Who Runs the World? #GFSquad Girls Do (Udi’s Contest + Love)

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This is me and my gal getting ready to chow down. You may not know it by looking, but this little lady is one of my fiercest advocates when it comes time to get our eat on. I’ve written about my daughter before and the “does she, doesn’t she” business with celiac, but what I haven’t told you is how she’s already so well-versed in gluten-free (even though she’s not celiac…yet), she sometimes tackles the awkward conversations with wait staff for me. AND, she’s big on ordering gluten-free meals even though she doesn’t have to eat them.

This girl is my GFF, and in the numero uno spot on my #GFSquad. She’s so badass she even drives a food truck.

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Okay, she’s not driving that truck. But it is a food truck for my brother’s restaurant in Austin, Texas that also serves up Udi’s gluten-free buns (among other GF goodness). So really, I’ve got a whole family that makes up my #GFSquad.

People, you’ve gotta’ have friends in this world. And when you’re in the “special eaters” club that means you have to be gluten-free, well, then you REALLY gotta’ have friends. This is why Udi’s is sponsoring this #GFSquad party, where you can win some fun things! And they’ve asked me to help spread the word, as well as talk about my own squad.

So first, I’m giving a great big thank you to my daughter who kicks butt and takes care of her mama. Esme B, I adore you and thank you for eating gluten-free pizza so I don’t have to be sad and lonely. This one’s for you—

 

Now here’s how you can big prizes by telling the world (via Instagram) who your #GFSquad team is, and how amazing they make you feel.

Udi’s #GFsquad Instagram Contest Participation Instructions: 

  • To participate in the #GFSquad contest with Udi’s, share a photo of your gluten-free supporter on Instagram with a short description of how this person has supported you during your gluten-free journey.
  • This contest will run 2/1-2/19
  • In your post, tag Udi’s (@udisglutenfree) and include #GFsquad
  • What can you win? One (1) First Prize: $500.00 VISA® gift card. One (1) Second Prize: $400 VISA® gift card. Four (4) Third Prizes: $250 VISA® gift card. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) all prizes: $1,900.00.
  • FIND ALL THE RULES HERE: http://udisglutenfree.com/gfsquad-rules/

Who’s in your #GFSquad? Tell us!

 

*This post was sponsored by Udi’s and I received compensation, but not in gluten-free snickerdoodles. Which is disappointing. 

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Gluten-Free New York City: Sad Bagels & Happy Seafood

gluten-free-new-yorkHey guys! Happy 2016. It’s certainly been a whirlwind already, dudes. Amiright? Between losing Bowie and Snape and snarking on the Golden Globes and super white Oscars, the world has gone CRAZY. Or maybe it’s just me.

Unlike most of my typical January’s, I’ve been in three states and on 5 different airplanes so far this year. Most recently I found myself in Raleigh, North Carolina speaking to a group of chefs from all over the country who run a variety of hotel kitchens. It was GREAT, you guys. Turns out it’s a lot of fun to talk to people who aren’t already sold on gluten-free bizness. While there’s not much better than being on a book tour and having people agreeing with you all the time, there’s something really cool about a real discussion with people who aren’t sure if they want you in their restaurant. GREAT talks, great chefs, great people. So!

Going backwards a little bit, I started the year in New York City, which is always my happy place. It’s also pretty exciting to try new gluten-free friendly joints every time I visit (which is a lot). It’s like I can’t keep up with gf progress in the big city. And that is an amazing thing.

Something that was reinforced on this trip was the fact that when you travel with other people, you can’t choose every restaurant based on it’s awesome gluten-freeness. There’s the time when you’re at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and everyone is DYING FROM HUNGER. And for some reason the UWS Risotteria is closed. What’s up with that? Continue reading

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