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What to Gluten-Free Make When It’s Hot AF

IMG_1224.JPGHoly crap balls, people. I’m shocked to still be here and not completely burned to a crisp on the side of one of the many Los Angeles freeways I’m forced to drive upon in this hellish beginning to summer, because I just freaking gave up and gave into the fire. How are you? Hot as fuck? Hot as fuck. Me, too.

While the heat can, at times, curb the ol’ appetite, a human’s still gotta’ eat. Sure you can go out for tacos, as seen above (psssst, I’ve found the holy grail of gluten-free queso!!!!), but going out to eat also means getting into your car that is probably just sitting there waiting to burn your skin off. So unless you’re a raw food type, that means you’ve gotta’ cook. But no one wants to add heat to hell, so what’s a gluten-free, sweaty, gal to do? This.

PicMonkey CollageYes, this is the first thing to do. Get a gluten-free pizza sent right to your house. But be sure you tip well because that poor dude got into his hot car and sweated his way to your house while you were inside with the shades drawn playing WiiU or whatever it is that you do when it’s hot AF.

But you know as well as I do that delivery is mostly not an option for us gluten-freers, so if you MUST prepare your own food, use as little heat as possible. I mean, do NOT turn on that oven. DO NOT.

Try these less-hot dishes instead.  Continue reading

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

IMG_0951Hey gang!

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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Have a Very Autoimmune Christmas!

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image via Lifetime

Merry Christmas, Happy (belated) Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and 2016, party people! It’s time to get our eat and drink on, and I’m more than happy to celebrate every holiday that comes on down the pike.

Sure, I’m missing crescent rolls like nobodies business, and a gluten-free puff pastry has been more than challenging to find, but I’ve been able to tackle the gluten-freeness of the holidays for the past few years and everyone has seemed happy. This year, however, we’ve got a whole new challenge that is (surprisingly) not at all related to ME.

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Spooky Gluten-Free Halloween Treats From Last Year

My amazing helpers/sugar sneakers

My amazing helpers/sugar sneakers

Why is it that every holiday sneaks up on me like that fifth G&T by the pool? (Note: That’s not actually ever happened, only because I don’t have a pool.) This year it’s Halloween and instead of working out new and fun gluten-free treats, I’m relying on last year’s because Halloween ALSO crept up on me last year and I made these fun eats on Halloween, thus not posting them on my Internet.

I kind of suck at pre-holiday posts. Let’s just say it.

Luckily, these gluten-free spooky treats do not suck, and are super easy to make! Although, again, due to my procrastination, I don’t have an exact recipe for any of them (although most don’t need them) because I also can’t remember my inspiration/the Pinterest page/who told me to make these last year. But I’m confident I can walk you through each and every one and you will wow them on Saturday. GOOD LUCK. Continue reading

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Homeless With Food Allergies: What The Heck?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: My biggest fear as a celiac is being put in prison and having no gluten-free meals. This is why I never kill people or rob banks, mostly. I also have anxiety about hospital stays, earthquakes (although I have a solid plan about grabbing a bag and throwing ALL the food into it before I even go for the photo albums) and other natural disasters that could put me at the mercy of food donations that are filled with gluten, and therefore guaranteed to make me violently ill in the middle of a crisis. I’ve also talked about working in food banks where I see loads of gluten being handed out and thanking the maker that I’m on the side of the table that’s giving, not receiving.

Fun stuff, right?

While I can sit around and stress out about what might be for me someday, but most likely will not (okay, that earthquake thing is inevitable, but let’s stop talking about prison, ‘kay?), something happened to hit the point home about being vulnerable when you have food issues or allergies.

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DIY, Gluten-Free Indian Take Out

IMG_1896It’s always sad to lose a restaurant to unsafe gluten practices. (RIP, Grand India Cafe.) And it’s especially sad when it’s a particular type of food that’s not as easy to whip up as say, a cheeseburger. So when I learned my chicken tikka masala was grilled on the same grill as the naan bread, well, I had to buck up and make my own damn saag paneer side to my masala.

Really, it was only a matter of time as I’ve been enjoying a multitude of spices up in my recipes lately. If I can expand my dinner repertoire, so much the better. After all, well-flavored food is so much more filling than bland (although please never, ever, take away my mashed potatoes) and that’s a good thing. Right? RIGHT. And food without gluten is so much better for my farting situation than food WITH gluten, so from now on this is how we eat Indian take out at my house.

Who made this mess?

Who made this mess?

You’ve got your chicken in the yogurt cooking over there, the masala sauce bubbling away, and the saag paneer/feta since I couldn’t find any paneer. (Feta may  not look nearly as good as paneer, nor be as sturdy, but the flavor is fab.) To keep some tradition in our dinner, I did go back to a regular ol’ chicken tikka masala recipe instead of making it funky like the one above. I also splurged on the basmati rice because that really ties it all together, yes? Oh, you think the naan does? Well, call up Grand India Cafe, but we don’t play that here. Unless we do (recipe in my new book!). But I forgot that night. Sorry guys, I was too busy watching the feta.

So, yeah, if you want to go traditional, and not poop-inducing, here’s a few ways to do it!* Continue reading

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