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Top Ten Tips for Living Gluten Free

top tenJen’s top ten tips for living gluten-free include:

1.  Find a local support group that can help when you are newly diagnosed or have questions along your journey.

2.  Find a local grocery or health food store that will allow you to taste the gluten-free products before you buy them.

3.  Start taking classes to learn how to prepare gluten-free foods.

4.  Experiment in the kitchen and don’t be afraid to try new foods and products.

5.  Make sure you have a “safe” kitchen.  Clean your kitchen well and purchase some necessary new items (such as a toaster) to avoid cross-contamination.

6.  Enlist your family and friends in supporting you in your new lifestyle.

7.  Find some great websites and blogs that fit your gluten-free needs.  See my list on the right side of this page.

8.  Locate a safe restaurant where you can eat during times when you don’t feel like cooking.  Eventually, you will be able to educate chefs at more restaurants.  But in the beginning, find a place that you know you can go to and not get sick.

9.  Carry gluten-free snacks with you in case a hunger attack strikes.  You can’t depend on the fact that safe food will be available.

10.  Relax and enjoy your gluten-free journey.  You will learn about great new foods and meet wonderful new people along the way.

For gluten-free support:
www.gluten.net   – The Gluten Intolerance Group 
www.csaceliacs.org  – The Celiac Sprue Association

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Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets for the Gluten Free Cook

lemon graterAs you know, I love my kitchen gadgets.  Here is a list of the items in my kitchen that I can’t live without.

1.  Mandoline – I use it to slice almost everything.  Fennel, carrots, radishes, garlic, pears, you name it, I slice it!

2.  Food Dehydrator – This week we dehydrated pears, apples, straberries, nectarines, beets and sweet potatoes.

3.  Microplane Grater – I use my grater for citrus zest, parmesan cheese and garlic. 

4.  Washable Cutting Boards – My boards ALWAYS go in the dishwasher. 

5.  Comfortable and sharp paring and chef’s knives.  You don’t need expensive knive, just ones that fit your hand well and that are sharp and can be sharpened regularly.

6.  Measuring cups and spoons.  I hate to measure anything.  I am a cook that just throws ingredients together.  But, when baking, I must measure.  I love my measuring cups and spoons that are metal and that I can wash easily in the dishwasher.

7.  Parchment Paper.  This is miracle paper that can be used over and over when baking.  You can line your baking pans or put it on a cookie sheet.  A true miracle!

8.  Good tongs.  My tongs are invaluable.  I use them to stir things, to lift things, as an extra oven mitt when I don’t have one handy.  I love my tongs!

9.  A gas grill.  When you need to cook in a hurry, there is nothing better than a gas grill.  It heats up fast and is easy to clean.  You don’t have a lot of messy dishes and everything always tastes great.

10.  Waffle maker.  There is something decadent about making really good gluten-free waffles on the weekend.  Try Pamela’s Products Pancake Mix on the Villaware Flower Waffle Iron for a great treat!

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