So speaking of samples, one of our advertising partners recently sent me a bag of Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix. This particular company, Authentic Foods, makes a variety of gluten-free flours and mixes. Because our editors have spoken highly of their product line, I was excited to finally try one of their mixes first-hand!
When I first went gluten free, I attended several different in-person support groups. Some were helpful, and some were not. It was interesting to see how the tone differed so vastly between the groups. One was positive - focusing on all the great new products available and sharing positive stories. Another was negative, focusing on how difficult life had to be as a celiac. After a while, I slowly stopped attending. I shifted to online support groups - on top social media sites like Facebook. However, I struggled with the constant barrage of misinformation. Now, years later as a blogger, I spend a chunk of time each day busting myths online. Im not the only one, as readers commented that they too have encountered many myths online. Here are some of the top myths that continue online.
I apply the Christopher Columbus-method in most of my cooking, using recipes like maps for inspiration. I dont always know where I am headed but 99% of the time, my recipes are successes. I take copious notes so, like Columbus, I can find my way home again! My recipes are always well-tested so I dont send our readers over a culinary cliff!
My 10+-year tenure working at Gluten Free & More has helped me better understand and support my friends challenges. Whether its me preparing a salsa (wait, you cant have tomatoes, right?) or choosing where we might dine out, Ive become much more sensitive to how those with dietary restrictions are sometimes dismissed.
Yesterday my son (gluten-free for the past 12 years) started his first day as a summer camp counselor presiding over 7th and 8th grade kids at a summer camp for inner city kids in Hartford, Connecticut. Yippee!...his first real 5-day-a-week job ever.
However, I jump at the chance to visit our son in Boston and to eat at the restaurants in Bean Town. I eat without worry, thanks to the rigorous food allergy training in many restaurants. This program has a lot to do with the efforts of Boston-based celebrity chef Ming Tsai who has a son with severe food allergies. Ming helped make the Bay State the first in the country to mandate restaurants to establish specific protocols for serving food allergic guests. Thank you, Chef!
With a little bit of advanced planning, youll be able to safely enjoy your summer vacation. And youll be focusing on feeling the sand between your toes instead of worrying about safe food. Following are some trips from our recent vacation to the New Jersey shore this summer.
I love to cook and entertain. As a long-time vegetarian (now pescatarian), finding creative and delicious menu options everyone can enjoy has been especially gratifying. While being a vegetarian has its dietary limitations, in my case it was voluntary. Those limitations served me well when I joined the staff of Gluten Free & More ten years ago to manage their advertising accounts and relationships.
This summer, the Gluten Free & More team is preparing various holiday-themed recipes in order to take step-by-step pictures that will be posted online alongside each recipe. We want to show readers how these recipes are madeand encourage everyone to try them. We want our readers to know that they can make these recipes successfully.