Friday, December 18, 2009

Baking with Nancy Reagan

Today ends our 5-day long Holiday Cookie Recipe Week! And we have a yummy gluten free recipe to share with you this morning. The recipe is from Nancy Reagan's kitchen and is for Vienna Chocolate Bars.

The ingredients that you will need include:

*2 sticks butter
*1 1/2 cups sugar
*2 egg yolks
*2 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour)
*1 10 oz. jar of raspberry jelly
*1 cup semisweet chocolate bits
*1/4 tsp. salt
*4 egg whites
*2 cups finely chopped walnuts

Now, the directions are as follows:

1) Cream the butter with the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of sugar.

2) Add the gluten free flour and knead with fingers.

3) Pat batter out on a greased cookie sheet to about 3/8 inch thickness.

4) Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit until lightly browned.

5) Remove from oven and spread with jelly and top with chocolate bits.

6) Now, beat egg whites in bowl with salt until stiff.

7) Fold in remaining cup of sugar and nuts.

8) Gently spread on top of jelly and chocolate.

9) Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit.

10) Now cut in squares or bars.

And don't forget that Ms. Celiac's Market sells tons of great gluten free baking ingredients!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chocolate Layer Bars!

Another one of my favorite holiday recipes are Chocolate Layer Bars. These delicious bars taste practically the same in their gluten free version as they do in their original form.

The ingredients you will need to prepare this recipe include:

*2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
*1 8oz. package of cream cheese
*2/3 cup (5.3 oz. can) evaporated milk
*1 cup chopped walnuts
*1/2 tsp almond extract
*3 cups gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour)
*1/2 tsp salt
*1 1/2 cups sugar
*1 cup margarine
*1 tsp baking powder
*2 eggs

Now, for the directions:

1) Combine chocolate chips, cream cheese, and evaporated milk in a medium saucepan.

2) Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth.

3) Remove from heat.

4) Stir in walnuts and 1/2 tsp almond extract. Blend well. Set aside.

5) Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixer bowl. Blend well until mixture resembles course crumbs.

6) Press half of mixture in greased 13 x 9 pan. Spread chocolate filling over flour mixture.

7) Now sprinkle the rest of the crumbs over the filling.

8) Bake at 375 degrees fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

9) Cut into bars when cool and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Time For A Family Classic!

Today I will share with you a family recipe for Czechoslovakian Cookies. This was the first year that I made this recipe gluten free and the gluten free version turned out to taste just like the originals!

The ingredients you will need are:

*1/2 lb. margarine
*1 cup sugar
*2 egg yolks
*2 cups gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour)
*1 cup chopped walnuts
*1/2 cup grape jam


1) First pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit and grease an 8'' square pan.

2) In a mixing bowl, cream the butter until soft. Now gradually add the sugar, creaming until light and fluffy.

3) Add the egg yolks and blend well. Now gradually add the flour and mix thoroughly.

4) Fold in the chopped nuts.

5) Spoon half of the batter into the cake pan and spread evenly.

6) Top batter with grape jam and then cover with the remaining cookie dough.

7) Bake for 1 hour or until lightly browned.

8) Cool on rack and then cut into squares.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chocolate Balls!

Another one of my favorite cookie recipes are for Chocolate Balls. These are chocolate treats covered in powdered sugar with a hint of cloves throughout them. They are delicious!

For this recipe, you will need:

*2 cups walnuts
*3 squares unsweetened chocolate
*2 eggs
*1 cup sugar
*1/4 cup gluten free dry breadcrumbs (I used Aleia's plain gluten free bread crumbs)
*1 tsp ground cloves
*2 tbsp gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour)
*Confectioner's sugar


1. Grate walnuts and chocolate together with a nut grinder.

2. Beat eggs slightly, adding sugar gradually. Continue beating until fluffy.

3. Now, stir in walnut-chocolate mixture, bread crumbs, cloves, and flour.

4. Start your oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease 2 cookie sheets.

5. Dump some Confectioner's sugar on a piece of waxed paper.

6. Take small amounts of cookie dough and roll into 1'' balls.

7. Drop chocolate ball in sugar, covering all surfaces.

8. Arrange on cookie sheets and bake for 15 minutes or until cookies look crackled on the surface.

Don't forget that most of the items for these recipes can be found at Ms. Celiac's Market!

Monday, December 14, 2009

7 Layers Of Goodness!

Today is the start of our cookie countdown - every day this week we will be featuring a different gluten free cookie recipe!

7 Layer Bars have always been one of my favorites! They are sticky and sweet and taste essentially like candy! And the recipe is so easy to make!

For this recipe you will need:

*1 stick of margarine
*1 cup of gluten free graham cracker crumbs (I used Josef's Gluten Free Graham Crackers and broke them into small pieces)
*1 cup of coconut
*1 small package of gluten free chocolate chips
*1 can of condensed milk
*1 cup of chopped walnuts

Now, all you have to do to prepare this simple treat is:

1) Melt margarine in 9x13 glass dish.

2) Spread graham cracker crumbs across the dish.

3) Then spread the coconut.

4) Next pour the chocolate chips.

5) Now add the condensed milk.

6) And top off with the chopped walnuts.

7) Finally, put in oven at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

Don't forget to check out Ms. Celiac's Market to purchase the ingredients!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Let's Make A Trip To Babycakes NYC!

To those of you who are unfamiliar with the bakery, Babycakes, it is located in downtown Manhattan and offers a wide selection of gluten free baked goods.

This holiday season they have created a special "Holiday Menu" that offers many gluten free treats for us all to enjoy. So, if you do not have the time or energy to bake or if you just want to try something new, why not order some of these gluten free items for your holiday parties?

The 2009 Holiday Menu includes:

*A Few of Our Favorite Things 9'' Cake (serves 20-25) = $85
-two layer brownie cake with vanilla frosting and cookie crumbles

*Candy Cane Cake (serves 10-12) = $50
-chocolate cake log with white mint icing and candy cane stripes

*Apple Crumb Cake (serves 8) = $35
-apple cake with spiced crumb topping and vanilla glaze

*Double Chocolate Crumb Cake (serves 8) = $35
-rich chocolate cake with chocolate crumb and chocolate glaze

*Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes = $3.95/each, $44.15/dozen

*Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes = $3.95/each, $44.15/dozen

*Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes = $47.45/dozen

*Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes = $47.45/dozen

*Gluten Free Brownie Cupcakes = $47.45/dozen

*Banana Loaf (serves 8-10) = $30/loaf

*Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf (serves 8-10) = $30/loaf

*Cornbread Loaf (serves 8-10) = $30/loaf

*Pumpkin Loaf (serves 8-10) = $30/loaf

*Frosted Pumpkin Loaf (serves 8-10) = $45/loaf

*Frosted Gingerbread Loaf (serves 8-10) = $45/loaf

*Apple Cranberry Toastie Loaf (serves 8-10) = $30/loaf
-cinnamon swirl bread with roasted apples and cranberries

*Regular Brownies = $11/dozen

*Agave Sweetened Brownies = $16/dozen

*Ginger Cookies = $18/dozen

*Chocolate Chip Cookies = $18/dozen

*12 oz. Vanilla or Chocolate Frosting = $16

If you live in NYC, you can have them delivered for $21 if you are below 59th street, $25 if you are between 59th and 70th and $30 if you are between 71st and 96th street.

For those of you in the contiguous 48 states, you may have their items delivered via FedEx.

Also, Babycakes: The Cookbook is available to order at Ms. Celiac's Market. It would make a great gift for a gluten free friend or family member this holiday season!

For more information, please visit or visit them at:

248 Broome Street (btw. Orchard and Ludlow)
[take the F/J/M/Z to Delancey Street or the B/D to Grand Street]

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bring Out The Cake!

One of my favorite gluten free companies, Pamela's Products, has come out with a line of cheesecakes and cakes. These gluten free cakes are perfect to serve at your holiday dinner!

Currently, there are 5 cheesecakes to choose from (available in both a 3-inch or 6-inch cake):

*Pamela's New York Cheesecake [with ginger cookie crust]
*Pamela's White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake [with dark chocolate cookie crust]
*Pamela's Zesty Lemon Cheesecake [with ginger cookie crust]
*Pamela's Hazelnut Cheesecake [with a chocolate crust]
*Pamela's Agave Sweetened New York Cheesecake

If you aren't a fan of cheesecake, then you should try one of the other 2 cakes [available in 6-inch cake only]:

*Pamela's Chocolate Fudge Cake with Chocolate Frosting
*Pamela's Coffee Cake with Nut Topping

As of now, Pamela's Products Gluten Free Cheesecakes and Cakes are only available in a few select stores in Michigan, New Mexico, and California.

However, you can order them at Ms. Celiac's Market!

For more information, please visit their website at

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Don't Forget To Watch Dr. Oz Tomorrow!

For those of you that haven't yet heard, the Oprah-endorsed Dr. Oz will be having a special tomorrow, Thursday, December 10th, 2009 on Celiac Disease.

In NYC, this episode will air tomorrow at 3 PM on Fox. However, make sure to check your local listings for when and where it will air in your market.

The show is being described as "Bloating? Fatigue? Joint Pain? Learn what serious disease presents with these common symptoms."

Also, both The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Dr. Peter Green (Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University) will be guests on the show.

For more information, please visit

What type of holiday is it without Spinach Balls?!

One of my all time favorite hor d'oeuvres are Spinach Balls! I have been enjoying them since I was very young and have recently altered the ingredients a bit so that they are gluten free

 And the best part is that the gluten free version tastes just like the gluten-containing

 To make this recipe, you will need: 
  • 2 10 oz. packages of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free plain bread crumbs
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
Now, for the directions
  1. Cook and drain the spinach
  2. Combine all ingredients and roll into small bite-size balls
  3. Place on cookie sheet and freeze for about 20 minutes
  4. Put in plastic freezer bag and keep in freezer until needed
Before serving, place on cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Now, enjoy this tasty treat!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Super Sufganiyot!

Today I have another great recipe for Hanukkah baking to share with all of you. It's for a gluten free version of Sufganiyot or Jelly Donuts. To my surprise, these were very easy to make and they are extremely delectable!


*2 beaten eggs
*2 cups buttermilk
*1/4 cup melted butter

*2 cups white rice flour

*2 cups brown rice flour

*1 1/2 cups potato starch
*3/4 cup tapioca starch
*1 cup sugar
*2 tsp baking soda

*1 tsp baking powder

*2 tsp salt
*2 tsp xanthan gum

*1 tsp nutmeg
*1/2 tsp cinnamon


*1 beaten egg
*1/2 cup sugar
*Seedless raspberry jelly


1. Beat the 2 eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter in a large bowl.

2. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Then fold dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Knead with your hands to make sure the ingredients are fully incorporated.

3. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.

4. Sprinkle additional flour mix on wax paper or cutting board. Roll out dough until it is 1/4 inch thick.

5. Use a glass with a 3-inch diameter to cut disks out of the dough.

6. Place 1/2 tsp of jelly in the center of disk and brush the beaten egg you've set aside around the outer edge of the disk. Place a second disk of dough on top and using your hands, seal the edges.

7. Repeat until you use up all of the dough. The extra scraps can be rolled into balls and fried to make donut holes.

8. Heat 2 inches of canola oil in deep pot on high heat.

9. Carefully place sufganiyot in hot oil with a slotted spatula. Cook on each side until browned.

10. Remove from oil and place on paper lined plate. While warm, roll sufganiyot in the bowl of sugar.

11. Repeat process for each Sufganiyot.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Lovely Latkes!

Hanukkah will be here very soon, therefore, I wanted to feature some gluten free versions of traditional holiday recipes.

Yesterday, I decided to make Sweet Potato Latkes! As it was my first time making a gluten free version of this recipe, I was rather surprised at how well they turned out and how tasty they were.

Below are the ingredients that you will need along with step-by-step directions on how to prepare this dish. Many of the ingredients are available at Ms. Celiac's Market. The following recipe will make you approximately 10 latkes.


*3 medium-sized sweet potatoes
*1/2 cup brown rice flour
*1/4 tsp baking powder
*1/2 tsp sea salt
*1 tsp cumin
*1/2 tsp black pepper
*1/4 cup sweet potato puree
*1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
*2 tsp honey
*olive oil


1) Peel and grate the sweet potatoes and set aside.

2) Combine the brown rice flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, sea salt, cumin, and pepper. Mix.

3) Add the sweet potato puree, soy milk, and honey. Stir.

4) Using a frying pan, heat about a 1/4 inch of olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, drop the latke batter by spoonfuls onto the pan, cooking one at a time.

5) Flatten batter on pan with a spatula. Flip over and make sure that both sides are crispy.

6) Drain on paper towels.

7) Ready to serve.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Let's Get Ready For The Holidays!

Hey Everyone!

I wanted to let you all know that very soon we will be starting to feature great gluten free recipes for the holidays! Although, these posts will be cookie-centric, I will also include some other delicious recipes!

Stay tuned...


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Now For The Gravy...

Looking for a delicious gluten free gravy to add to your turkey and gluten free stuffing? Well, you are in luck because there are a variety of brands to choose from.

Maxwell's Kitchen makes a Turkey Gravy Mix. This is available at select health food stores in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia.

You may also purchase this Turkey Gravy Mix at Ms. Celiac's Market. For more information on Maxwell's Kitchen, please visit

Another company that makes a tasty gluten free gravy is Imagine Foods. Their Roasted Turkey Flavored Gravy is made with the finest organic ingredients and real turkey. It is available to purchase online at their website,, and at a variety of health food stores and supermarkets.

There will be no post tomorrow or Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stuffing Time!

Stuffing, in my opinion, is by far one of the best parts of a Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, for us on a gluten free diet it is also one of the parts that we usually cannot enjoy.

However, there are now several brands of gluten free stuffing that you can make so that you don't miss out on this tradition!

Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse sells bags of Stuffing Cubes which you can make into the perfect Thanksgiving stuffing.

Also, Aleia's produces both a Savory Stuffing Mix and a Plain Stuffing Mix which is available at health food stores throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. You can see a picture of this stuffing above.

For more information on Aleia's brand of stuffing, please visit their website at

Monday, November 23, 2009

Go Natural!

Gluten Free Naturals is a company that makes an assortment of delicious gluten free baking mixes.

Their product list includes:

*Sandwich Bread Flour
*Multi-Grain Bread Flour
*Cornbread & Corn Muffin Mix
*Yellow Cake Mix
*Pizzeria-Style Pizza Crust Mix
*Homemade Brownie Mix
*Multi-Purpose Cookie Blend
*Pancake Mix

You can purchase Gluten Free Naturals' products at their online store by visiting their website,

Gluten Free Naturals products are also available at select health food stores in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

In NYC, Gluten Free Naturals are available at:

*Green Symphony
255 West 43rd Street
[btw. 7th and 8th Avenue]

*Westerly Natural Market
913 8th Avenue
[btw. 54th and 55th Street]

For more information on Gluten Free Naturals, please visit their website at

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

Looking to bake some easy, yet yummy, gluten free autumn snacks? If so, I recommend trying Mixes from the Heartland's Pumpkin Brownie Mix.

The mix comes with most of the ingredients. You just need to purchase 2 eggs and butter. Then all you need to do is mix all of the ingredients together and put them in a 9x9 pan and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. It is very simple and the brownies turned out great!

For more information and to purchase Mixes from the Heartland, please visit their website at:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Get Ready For Thanksgiving!

Are you looking for that perfect pie to enjoy for Thanksgiving dessert? Well, I put together a list of some delicious treats and where you can find them.

My favorite dessert for Thanksgiving is a gluten free mini pie from Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse. They sell Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and a Southern Pecan Pie. You can find them at any Whole Foods Market!

The Grainless Baker also has 4'' and 8'' Apple and Pumpkin Pies that you can find at stores that carry their products. To find out what stores will have these, check out their website,

Celiac Specialties also makes a few great desserts including Apple Coffee Cake, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake, Pumpkin Cake, and Apple Strudel. You can order these at their website,

Mr. Ritt's Gluten Free Bakery also sells a great Jewish Apple Cake and a Dairy Free Apple Cake!

For those of you that are on the West Coast, The Sensitive Baker makes yummy Mini Apple Tarts.

And finally, The Silly-Yak Bakery has a wide selection of cakes and 4 inch pies including:

Majestic Valley Apple Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Majestic Valley Cranberry Almond Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Majestic Valley Pumpkin Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Apple Caramel Pie

Apple Crisp Pie

Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie

Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pie

For more information, check out their website at!

I hope this helps everyone in their search for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert!


I also wanted to take this time to announce the winner of our 4th Ever Contest!

Liz Standley from Southlake, Texas has won the "Pass the Inspiration" Prize Pack courtesy of General Mills and MyBlogSpark. This includes:

*a set of measuring spoons

*a measuring cup

*2 terry cloth pot holders

Thank you to everyone that entered!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sauces, Soups, and Gravies!

Full Flavor Foods is a company that produces gluten free soup stocks, sauces, gravies, and cream soup.

In addition to being gluten free, their products also contain no MSG, no trans fats, and no artificial flavors, dyes, or preservatives, as well as, being nut and egg free.

Their products are also certified gluten free by the Celiac Sprue Association with 2% of profits being donated to celiac research projects.

The current product list includes:

Gravies -


Soups -


Sauces -

*Vegetarian Mushroom

Full Flavor Foods are available at health food stores in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In NYC, they are sold at:

Consolidated Natural Food Center @ 835 2nd Avenue.

For a list of places to purchase Full Flavor Foods online, visit their website at

Monday, November 16, 2009

Get Your 2010 Calendar!

The Celiac Maniac Gluten Free Vegan Baker and Blog has released a 2010 Calendar featuring recipes and photos!

The best part is that 10% from the sales of these calendars will be donated to The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.

The calendars retail at $10 and contain helpful gluten free tips and information + gluten free vegan recipes with mouthwatering pictures.

To purchase the calendar, please visit The Celiac Maniac.

For more information on The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, please visit their website at

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sharing Time - CONTEST #4

Looking to find and share some delicious gluten free recipes? If so, you should check out It is a new site from General Mills that allows its members (membership is free!) to share recipes!

On, you can store and organize recipes in your own virtual recipe box, review and assign stars to recipes that you've tried and post recipes on facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites!

In addition to sharing recipes, you can download a variety of great coupons and sign up for a weekly food newsletter! Currently, the website lists 28 Gluten Free Recipes and you can join and make that number more!

Their current gluten free recipes include:

*Marble Cake
*Potato Soup
*Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies
*Carrot Cake
*Cookie-Brownie Bars
*Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
*Sweet Potato Biscuits
*Spicy Extra Dark Hazelnut Brownies
*Brownie Ganache Torte with Raspberries
*Ooey Gooey Rocky Road Bars
*Banana Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting
*Lemon Lover's Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Frosting
*Ginger-Rice Crunch
*Italian Chex Mix
*Zucchini-Devil's Food Snack Cake
*Blueberry-Corn Muffins
*Cookie Pizza
*Chocolate Orange Cake
*Sandwich Bread
*Macadamia Nut Muffins
*Chex Brittle
*Chili and Garlic Snack Mix
*Valentine Chex Mix
*Fruiti Sushi
*Tropical Island Chex Mix

For those of you that would like to win a "Pass the Inspiration" Prize Pack, please email me at with "Tablespoon Contest" in the subject line and your name, address, and phone number in the body of the email. The contest deadline is Wednesday, November 18th at 12 noon EST.

The "Pass the Inspiration" Prize Pack is courtesy of General Mills and MyBlogSpark and includes:

*a set of measuring spoons
*a measuring cup
*2 terry cloth pot holders

Good Luck!!!

~Ms. Celiac Says... will start updating on a regular basis soon!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

For those of you that are planning on going trick-or-treating tomorrow then you are in luck because there are many gluten free candies that you can enjoy!

Below I provide a list of many common gluten free candies that are given out on this holiday. As always, I recommend that you double-check with the manufacturers as product ingredients are constantly changing.

2009 Gluten Free Halloween Candy List:

*3 Musketeers
*Almond Joy
*Baby Ruth
*Bazooka Big Mix
*Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot
*Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks
*Brach's Candy Corn
*Brach's Mellowcreme Pumpkins
*Charleston Chew
*Charms Blow Pops
*Charms Candy Carnival Package
*Cracker Jack
*Disney Halloween Candy Mix
*Dots Gumdrops
*Farley's Candy Corn
*Farley's Kiddie Mix
*Good & Plenty
*Heath Milk Chocolate English Toffee Bar Snack Size
*Hershey's Kisses
*Hot Tamales
*Jelly Belly Candy Corn
*Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
*Jolly Rancher
*Junior Mints
*Kraft Jet-Puffed Boo Mallows Marshmallows
*Mike and Ike
*Milk Duds
*Mr. Goodbar
*Now and Laters
*Pez Candy
*Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
*Sour Patch Soft and Chewy Candy Kids
*Swedish Fish
*Tootsie Pops
*Tootsie Rolls
*Welch's Fruit Snacks
*Wonka Laffy Taffy
*Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip
*Wonka Nerds
*Wonka Pixy Stix
*Wonka Runts (Chewy and Original)
*Wonka Sweetarts
*York Peppermint Patty

I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!


Sorry for the lack of posts this week - I'm not sure when I will be posting again on a regular basis. My cocker spaniel, Mutsy, passed away earlier this week from what is believed to be an allergic reaction to her first chemotherapy treatment to treat lymphoma. I had spent about 13 years with her and we were very close. She was such a special spaniel with the best personality and spirit. However, I wanted to post today as I had written this post in advance last week and wanted to post it for everyone that is going trick-or-treating tomorrow on Halloween.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Let's Eat Worms?

So, even though I mostly feature gluten free restaurants and products, I also like to keep everyone updated on some of the latest happenings within the Celiac Disease community including the latest medical research studies.

New studies out of Australia are suggesting that the parasite, hookworm, may help those suffering from Celiac Disease. Why is this? Well, it is believed that these parasites may alter the immune system in the body.

As our culture puts the emphasis more and more on cleanliness, we have removed these organisms from our bodies where, perhaps, they should be.

There are many different types of hookworms and currently it is thought that only 2 types are supposed to be in the human body.

We still have a long way to go before the possibility of those of us with Celiac Disease start using hookworms as treatment, but more and more studies are being done to see how effective this method would be.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Soup's On!

Autumn is the perfect season to start trying out some tasty soup recipes. Good Morning America's Emeril Lagasse's Gluten-Free Whoopi Soup was selected as one of the final 3 dishes in the "Come Together" campaign.

The "Come Together" campaign was a six-week initiative led by Good Morning America, Macy's, and Feeding America to raise money to benefit food banks nationwide.

Gluten-Free Whoopi Soup Recipe: (serves 6-8)


*2 tbsp olive oil
*1 cup onion, chopped
*1 1/2 tsp salt
*1 tsp dried sage
*1/2 tsp nutmeg
*1/4 tsp cinnamon
*1/4 tsp allspice
*1 quart water
*1 quart chicken stock
*1 medium butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and chopped into 1-2 inch pieces)
*3 granny smith apples (peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces)
*1/2 cup light brown sugar
*3 tbsp water
*1 tbsp corn starch
*juice from half a lemon
*3 tbsp whole milk or heavy cream


1) Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over high heat
2) Add onion, salt, pepper, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice
3) Saute onions, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes
4) Add butternut squash and apples
5) Toss to combine and let cook for about 3 minutes
6) Add water, chicken stock, and brown sugar
7) Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 25-30 minutes
8) Puree with an immersion blender or in small batches in a food processor
9) Return all liquid to pot, if using food processor
10) Combine 3 tbsp of water and corn starch in a small bowl to create a slurry
11) Make sure there are no lumps
12) Add water to pureed soup, as needed, depending on your desired thickness

For more information on this recipe, please visit Good Morning America's website.

For more information on Feeding America, please visit

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cheese Please!

Looking for a delicious cheese crisp? Why not try the All Parmesan Gourmet Wafer Crisps from Kitchen Table Bakers. This cheesy snack is gluten free, trans fat free, sugar free, and rich in calcium and protein while being naturally low in calories and carbs!

All Parmesan Gourmet Wafer Crisps are available in the following varieties:

*Aged Parmesan
*Italian Herb
*Flax Seed
*Mini Crisps

Kitchen Table Bakers' Crisps are available at select health food stores and supermarkets including Wegman's, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Bristol Farms, Food Emporium, D'Agostino's, etc.

You can also purchase them online at Ms. Celiac's Market!

For more information, please visit