Celiac/Gluten Intolerance Awareness, Great Eats, & Giveaways

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This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.

I have truly appreciated the compelling personal stories that folks have been sharing for Celiac (plus other gluten issues) Awareness Month. Diane (The W.H.O.L.E. Gang) shared hers with my gfe readers here. Last week, Maggie (She Let Them Eat Cake) told her family’s story here. Alta (Tasty Eats At Home) wrote a post on awareness telling her story,  listing symptoms, and providing several helpful links. Heidi (Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom) gave her own history in compelling detail–by the numbers so to speak. Read her first post about her family’s journey here and her follow-up post (with amplifying data from Ron Hoggan) here. (There’s also a giveaway. More on that in a moment.) Amy (Simply Sugar & Gluten Free) told her story in this guest post a while back. Zoe (Z’s Cup of Tea) recently shared why she and her family are on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) path and her experiences in gluten-free, SCD baking. Read Part I here and Part II here; both are worthwhile reads. Linda (The Gluten-Free Homemaker) wrote an informative piece recently about the connection between celiac and other autoimmune diseases. Be sure to read the post and the comments. Again and again, it’s the individuals’ experiences that speak to us—both letting us know we are not alone and, in many cases, enlightening us about our own issues.

In addition to personal stories, bloggers are also sharing some terrific resources with their readers. Heidi has a great new listing on her Helpful Resource Links page with non-celiac gluten intolerance/sensitivity links. There’s a wealth of excellent information there.

Remember: Any time celiac/gluten intolerance is untreated (i.e., one continues to eat gluten), the likelihood of developing additional symptoms and other serious illnesses is greatly increased. You can look at it this way … in its fight against gluten, one’s body will “scream” for attention. If you know you have gluten issues, but have ignored them, please take a moment to read this Short, Sad Story

Alisa (Go Dairy Free, Dairy Free and Fit, One Frugal Foodie) just posted a roundup of gluten-free, dairy-free recipes that her dairy-free readers (and anyone else) can use for the upcoming gluten-free weekend challenge. If you haven’t heard about the challenge, it’s a challenge jointly issued by Pamela’s Products and the Gluten Intolerance Group to eat gluten free for a weekend—this weekend, in fact. (Please note that this event is about raising awareness, one should not expect to see results from eating gluten free in a weekend. There have been folks who have reported feeling better in such a short time, but it’s rare. Improvement on a gluten-free diet usually takes at least a few weeks and for many noticeable improvement can take months.) Alisa has come up with an impressive and helpful roundup. She has gathered recipes from several bloggers (including yours truly) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. These are recipes that will meet everyone’s needs … easy beginner recipes (the ones that require no special ingredients; i.e., gfe-type recipes), vegan, more advanced recipes. I know this listing will be helpful to many of you, whether you are going gluten free for the weekend challenge or are completely transitioning to gluten-free eating. Alisa also has a dairy-free challenge on her site for those who currently eat dairy and want to try that route.

Iris (The Daily Dietribe) is hosting this month’s Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger event. This monthly event originated by Sea (Book of Yum) is a great way to connect with another gluten-free blogger and finally make one or two of their recipes you’ve been drooling over. I finally “got with the program” a few months back. Alta is the one who got me started when she adopted me. To date, I’ve adopted Pete and Kelli Bronski of No Gluten, No Problem and Kate Chan of Gluten Free Gobsmacked. This month I’m adopting Melanie Krumrey of Gluten Free Krums. Check out Iris’ post to find out when you have to sign up and what you need to do. I promise it’s not hard at all—a very simple and rewarding adoption process!

Jenn (Jenn Cuisine) just hosted the Blogger Secret Ingredient carnival. This whole event was a secret to me. Okay, maybe I’d read about it at some point and forgotten. (That happens to you, right?) Anyway, I’m disappointed that I missed out because the secret ingredient was honey. If you don’t already know, we keep bees and love their honey! See Jenn’s roundup here  and since I missed the fun here’s one of my favorite honey recipes: Flourless Chocolate Banana Honey Walnut Cake. I also like to use honey as my sweetener in homemade ice cream, too. (For example, see Peach Sorbet, Honey Dewed Sherbet, and Honey Cinnamon Grand Marnier Ice Cream.) Raw honey has so many health benefits and can be used most of the time when you want to make a recipe refined sugar free. Because it is a liquid, you may have to adjust other liquid amounts in the recipes. Helen of Fuss Free Flavours is hosting the next Blogger Secret Ingredient event; it’s all about capers! Check out the guidelines here.

Aubree of Living Free has a fun, new roundup where she lists her Top 10 Recipes of the Week. I think she’s one smart cookie because not only is she sharing the recipes with us, but now she also has these handy little reference posts of recipes that she wants to try! Finally, I’m so honored that she included my Super-Charged Garlic Lemon Broccoli in her latest roundup—check out her recent top choices here

Chandice of Gluten Free Frenzy is still featuring gluten-free bloggers in her Tell All Tuesdays. Up this week is none other than Alta of Tasty Eats At Home. If you’re a fan of Alta’s as I am, take a moment to read her interview with Chandice. Chandice was kind enough to feature me recently and you’ll find many other gluten-free bloggers to check out. These interviews really offer some insight into the bloggers’ perspectives and approaches. Gluten-Free Frenzy covers a wide range of info: chef advice, product reviews, restaurants with gluten-free menus, giveaways, and more.

Tracee (Mrs. Ed’s Research and Recipes) is hosting Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! this month. Go Ahead Honey is the brainchild of Naomi (Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried). Tracee’s theme is You Say ‘Jelly’, I Say ‘Jello’. Entries are due by May 27; you can read more here.

If you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you know that I recently gave a presentation to The West End Gluten Intolerance Group (TWEGIG). TWEGIG is the other terrific support group that I’m active in. I edit its newsletter and serve on the core council. TWEGIG’s leader, Madelyn Smith, is a personal friend and very active in National GIG. My presentation topic was “Using Blogs and Other Social Media to One’s Gluten-Free Advantage.” As I told my audience, it’s a whole lot easier than that title sounds! I solicited inputs from my gfe readers on my Facebook page and via Twitter on why and how gluten-free folks are using social media. The TWEGIG members were very appreciative of my readers’ insight. Another person who is sharing social media tips these days is Sandra Robbins. One of her blogs is actually devoted to this topic–Gluten-Free Social Media Tips.  (You may also know her as the Gluten-Free Optimist or @MarylandCeliac.) She has a couple of handy posts that are just right for beginners, so I shared her tips with the TWEGIG folks as well. You may be interested in checking our her site, too.

If you haven’t entered the Carrabba’s $100 gift card giveaway on my Out and About page, you can still do so here. Over 1000 folks have viewed this page, but not even 200 have entered to date. All one has to do is leave a comment to enter–easy. Be sure to read my review, too.

Speaking of giveaways, Stephanie (A Year of Slow Cooking, Totally Together Journal, and Totally Together Reviews) is also doing a giveaway. Those of you with children will want to check this one out.

Pete and Kelli Bronski are giving away five copies of their outstanding cookbook, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking, in conjunction with the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness for Celiac Awareness Month.  You can read my review of their cookbook here and you can visit here to enter the giveaway. (Hint: Answers needed to enter the giveaway can be found on the Athletes for Awareness blog via the link on the left side of the NFCA page.) Or order it right away here.

In conjunction with her celiac/non-celiac gluten issues awareness posts, Heidi (Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom) is giving away five copies of Dangerous Grains! Check that out here.

Last in the giveaway department, Shauna and Danny (Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef) have reviewed five gluten-free cookbooks and are giving away one of each! I have three of the five on my support group’s shelf … how many do you have? Which ones do you want? Read the in-depth reviews (with photos of recipes that Shauna and Danny made) and enter the giveaway here.

Remember that the 30 Days to a Food Revolution is still going on over at Diane’s (The W.H.O.L.E. Gang). The bloggers—and the recipes and tips that they are sharing—are all amazing! This is not just me being overly enthusiastic … you’ll hear that sentiment repeated again and again in the comments. Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution movement have been our inspiration.

If you haven’t signed Jamie Oliver’s petition to get real food into schools in the U.S., please take a moment to do so here if you agree with his mission. Jamie needs a million signatures to go forward and as of this writing has just under 600,000.

And, don’t forget my weekly favorites: Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Linda’s Gluten-Free Wednesdays (FYI: Linda’s challenge for this month is cake). Both of these carnivals have new bloggers jumping in all the time. The recipes are extremely diverse, but you’ll probably want to try them all! Trying other bloggers’ recipes is a great way to step out of one’s comfort zone and find a new favorite.

Okay, these links should keep you busy until at least my next post!

Not just gf, but gfe!

Not just gf, but gfe!

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22 Responses to “Celiac/Gluten Intolerance Awareness, Great Eats, & Giveaways”

  1. MarylandCeliac on May 20th, 2010 6:44 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my gf social media blog and I’m glad the posts were helpful! I just posted “How to Talk to Strangers to Increase Celiac Disease Awareness”. I need to check out some of the other posts you linked to.

    • Shirley on May 20th, 2010 9:25 pm

      Hi Sandra–I’m happy to mention helpful posts and blogs. :-) I like your new stranger post a lot, too. It’s wonderful advice. There are really so many simple things we all can do to spread awareness!


  2. Alta on May 21st, 2010 12:41 pm

    Whoa, this is a lot of info! Very valuable. :) And thank you again for all the kind words! And you’ve reminded me – again – that I’m needing to adopt a GF blogger! Sheesh, how time flies!

    • Shirley on May 22nd, 2010 6:34 pm

      Hi Alta–I’m so glad you find this info helpful. Remember just skim and see what’s of interest immediately. You can always check back later … I don’t want to overwhelm anyone. ;-) Hope you find time to adopt a gf blogger, although being your one and only adoptee for a while could be fun … you know “only child” and all that. LOL


  3. Zoe @ Z's Cup of Tea on May 21st, 2010 1:01 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my two posts, Shirley! :) I had already laid out why my family and I started following SCD in the background about my blog, but I thought that maybe it would be a good idea to expand on it, especially in regards to how I got started in being gluten-free – plus with a greater chance of my two posts being read by a wider audience than an about page. Thank you also for the reminder about “adopt a blogger”. I’m checking out Iris’s post now!

    • Shirley on May 22nd, 2010 6:36 pm

      Hey Zoe–I’m really so glad you did both those posts as you’re right … not everyone reads the About page. I have to be honest and can’t remember if I’ve read yours yet myself. Sometimes we’re in a hurry and it’s hit and miss, but your two awareness posts are great! :-)


  4. Jenn on May 21st, 2010 4:15 pm

    Oh thanks for the mention! Your chocolate banana honey walnut cake sounds awesome!

    • Shirley on May 22nd, 2010 6:38 pm

      Hi Jenn-Happy to send anyone over to your wonderful blog! Hey, aren’t you the girl who just got her 101st post on Tastespotting?! ;-) You, dog, you! I mean that in the best possible way, but I am envious! Clearly, your photographic talents have been recognized! It takes great food to make great photos though, and you have some of the very best. :-)

      Hope you make that cake … it’s excellent. I may make it again tomorrow for a girlfriend’s tea on Monday.


  5. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free on May 21st, 2010 5:05 pm

    Shirley -I love that you continue to shout from the roof tops about gluten intolerance and that you are always looking to help someone else. You are amazing. And, you somehow manage to juggle everything and keep up with everything that happens in the blogosphere. I am continually impressed with you. Much love, my friend.

    • Shirley on May 22nd, 2010 7:17 pm

      Hi Amy–Just call me the gluten-free town crier! ;-) Seriously, your sweet words of support always humble me greatly and with so many folks who remain unaware that gluten is causing their issues, I feel it’s important to do my part. :-) But, thank you … thank you very much!

      I love that you are in the running for national/world contests and making yourself known in the culinary world in as many ways as possible! One day, I’ll get to say “I knew her when …”

      Love and hugs :-),

  6. Maggie on May 21st, 2010 8:57 pm

    Thanks so much for linking to my post! Yours is an amazing post -thank you for taking the time to put it all together for all of us. You are such an amazing person Shirley. So supportive, so resourceful. I just love you!

    • Shirley on May 22nd, 2010 7:20 pm

      Hi Maggie–You just linked to me the other day … it’s all about networking because that way we can reach so many more folks! :-) How very sweet you are with your words to me, Maggie, and your support to all your She Let Them Eat Cake readers! I am blushing and I am truly appreciative! Love you back, my dear! ;-)


  7. glutenfreeforgood on May 23rd, 2010 7:48 am


    First off, I have to be totally honest with you (thank goodness we’re good friends). I almost feel overwhelmed when I visit GFE! You’re amazing. I don’t know how you do all this. Or, maybe I do. Is it called working 80 hours a week? :-)

    I’ll have to take a day off from my work to check out all your wonderful ideas, links and resources. What a great collection! You are really offering the GF community a wonderful place to stop by and gather helpful information.

    Thanks for all you do, Shirley. You’re a gluten-free gem!

    • Shirley on May 23rd, 2010 9:22 am

      Melissa–LOL … just use it like a cafeteria plan … pick and choose what appeals to you. I’m just trying to get in a bunch of good information for celiac + awareness month. There’s just so much that’s being shared in the blogosphere right now that’s of great value! I have the easy job … just summarizing it all. ;-) After this week is over, I’ll resume a more normal pace. I’m sure I’ll reference back to this post in the future, so if you don’t have time now, you can check out the links later. (The giveaways will expire, of course, but the content will still be worth checking out.)

      You always make me blush with your sweet words–thank you! You and I have that mutual admiration thing going on! Seriously, we’re all filling a need I think. I’m heading over to your site momentarily to check out your latest homemade stock recipe. I just loaded up the refrigerator with goodies from the farmers’ market, so I’m thinking your post will be timely and life/space saving! :-)

      Thanks again, dear! Love and hugs,


  8. Aubree Cherie on May 24th, 2010 9:17 am

    Thank you so much for putting these posts together Shirley! I feel that i would miss a lot of opportunities if it wasn’t for you pointing them out!

    Also, how cool that you highlighted my weekly top tens?!? I really appreciate the shout out. And you’re right – I do it for selfish reasons… to be able to have a quick list to try new recipes! :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

    • Shirley on May 24th, 2010 11:11 pm

      Hi Aubree–I’m so glad you find my “summary” posts helpful and really appreciate you letting me know! Likewise, I’m liking your Top 10 posts A LOT … keyed me right in on some recipes that I want to make! I’m sure others will feel the same way. :-)


  9. Celiacs in the House on May 24th, 2010 1:33 pm

    With you spreading the word about these great celiac bloggers, events, recipes, and resources anyone unaware of celiac disease must be living in a cave. Hey, I googled gluten-free crustless quiche for my menu plan and your post came up–so I used it for my plan this week. Keep up the great work.

    • Shirley on May 24th, 2010 11:16 pm

      Hi Wendy–Oh, that’s a sweet thing to say–thank you! I think there might be more folks living in caves than we think (folks like those guys on the Geico commercials, who I bet don’t know a thing about celiac, well, cavemen didn’t eat gluten though, did they? LOL). I really hope my link love and networking helps get out the word! :-)

      Well, how cool is it that my quiche recipe showed up in your search! Hope you enjoy it this week. The quiche Lorraine has been a favorite of ours for a long time.


  10. Tracee on May 27th, 2010 1:30 pm

    I love getting all this info. It’s like the “gluten free” blogger news.

    • Shirley on May 27th, 2010 9:35 pm

      Hi Tracee–Thank you! I really appreciate that feedback. Sometimes I feel like I’ve overwhelming folks, but many, like you have stated they find these summary/link posts helpful. That just makes me so happy! :-)


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