Gluten-Free Fall Finds

I’ve been paying attention to much going on in the gluten-free world and want to share my “finds.” First, I’d like to remind those who can be in Palo Alto this Saturday, October 16, that the second annual Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Forum is being held. It’s being hosted by the HealthNOW Medical Center, which is also graciously offering the book, The Gluten Effect, to one lucky gfe reader. Head over to my Out and About page for the giveaway.

The effects of going gluten free for those with gluten sensitivity/gluten intolerance or celiac can be very powerful indeed. I always urge patience when it comes to healing and symptom resolution because it can definitely take some time to see the benefits. I remember my own healing coming “incrementally,” with me suddenly realizing that I no longer had symptom “x,” then symptom “y,” and so forth. (Truth be told, I still have some healing to do, but that’s a discussion for another day.) Depending upon the issue, years may be needed for resolution. For example, I had osteopenia when diagnosed. It took 3 years of eating gluten free, taking high quality bone-building supplements, doing weight-bearing exercise, and eating mostly real food with few processed foods of any kind in my diet before my bones were normal again. To me, that wait was well worth it. It’s also important to note that many of the positive effects of living gluten free can be very surprising in their scope. For a very encouraging example, read about Lynn’s (Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures) latest health triumph since going gluten free.  

Erin Got Married! No, it’s not the name of a movie. Erin Elberson (Gluten-Free Fitness) got married last weekend. She’s now Erin Elberson Lyon. Congratulations to Erin and her new husband! You can read more in this recent post, which also happens to be another of Erin’s terrific roundup posts of what’s she’s found of interest of late. (I was particularly interested in the posts she shared from another site on whether eating clean is truly eating clean.) Erin also just shared an outstanding discussion post on getting the celiac diagnosis and moving forward.

Carol (Simply … Gluten-Free) recently announced the winner and finalists in the first round of her food photography contest. These individuals are three of my favorite gluten-free bloggers—Kim at Cook IT Allergy Free, Jenn at Jenn Cuisine, and Hallie at Daily Bites. The good news is that you don’t have to wait for a contest to see stunning photos of theirs (which also equate to amazing recipes). All you have to do is visit each of their blogs on a regular basis to see the quality of their work. Incidentally, Carol just announced the theme for another round of Hit Me With Your Best Shot! … Autumn Edibles. Entries are due by October 27; read more here. Carol also has created a link-up page for all gluten-free bloggers, The Gluten-Free Global Community. The amazing logo for this page was created by none other than the talented Lexie (Lexie’s Kitchen) (who does graphic design). Add your info to Carol’s page and grab the button to display on your site.

Stephanie (A Year of Slow Cooking, plus more) is hosting Crocktober! She’s posting a slow cooker recipe every day this month on her slow cooking site. Ahhh, it seems like old times … it was back at the start of 2008 when Stephanie committed to cooking in her slow cooker every single day that year. Many of us eagerly followed along as she tried recipe after recipe, sharing her “verdict” on each one. Well, of course, you know she reached her goal and has been keeping us supplied with the best slow cooker recipes ever since! Now we’re checking out her crockpot blog daily to see what wonders Steph has slow cooked. The Crocktober recipes cover everything from main dishes to desserts, and don’t forget her “old” recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte. By the way, did you know that Stephanie has a new slow cooker cookbook coming out? More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow: 200 Brand New Budget-Friendly, Slow-Cooker Recipes will be released on December 28. In my opinion, that would make a great holiday gift for someone on your list. I truly don’t think they will mind that it will arrive a few days after Christmas. You can even pre-order it now and mark it off your list.

Are you and your kids already bored with school lunches this year? Check out Ali’s (The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen) roundup of Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! on packing the healthy school lunch here. The lunch ideas that everyone shared will definitely inspire you, as well as the “green” packaging ideas. Ali also just shared this tutorial on making pumpkin puree, which will come in handy later in this post.

Diane (The W.H.O.L.E. Gang) is hosting Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! this month. Her theme is Scared Silly. Read what that means here. Do note that entries are due by October 23, which as you know will be here tomorrow. Well, practically … you know what I mean.  Last week, Diane’s Friday Foodie Fix “secret ingredient” was grapes. This week it’s balsamic vinegar, and Friday, October 29, is pepitas. Link up new or “old” recipes!

Carrie (Ginger Lemon Girl) shared an in-depth tutorial on making great gluten-free bread here. Lexie (Lexie’s Kitchen) shared her success following Carrie’s tutorial in her Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger post. Then Lexie turned around and had another success with Karina’s gluten-free, dairy-free sandwich bread, which is designed to be made in a breadmaker. Bread lovers should be very happy that Carrie and Karina have created such great recipes, and thankful to Lexie for showing how well they both work!

Cheryl (Gluten-Free Goodness) adopted me in Sea’s monthly adoption event. You’ll want to take a close-up look at her very lovely, heart-topped Blueberry Honey Pie as well as check out the super healthy recipe my decadent Magic Oat Bars inspired her to make. Check it all out here.

Sea (Book of Yum) has the complete and impressive adoption roundup for the September Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger here!

Heidi (Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom) has made so many mouth-dropping, “do-a-little-happy-dance” recipes of late that I simply can’t keep up with her! Homemade gluten-free “Pop Tarts,” “Hostess” cupcakes, pizza rolls, allergen-free pasta, and more. Heidi’s not lovingly called the “Glutadoodle” for nothing! Just head over to Heidi’s blog and start looking around. You’ll be so happy you did.

Do you have a little one in your family who flips over Hot Wheels? Then, you absolutely must check out the awesome birthday cake that Heather (Celiac Family) made for her son’s birthday recently. This cake was such a hit with her son that she might just have to keep re-creating it each year for his birthday!

In case you thought you could slide on holiday planning a while, think again. Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) will soon kick off a gingerbread house contest with what she promises will be a great prize! She announced the contest and some of the details (in comments) on her Facebook page here. But maybe Christmas is too busy for you and Halloween is your thing instead, or maybe you want to go all out for both! Either way, check out this haunted house. No, it’s not gluten free or healthy, but it is fun! Use it as inspiration. I mean who really eats these holiday houses anyway? One of my very favorite “gingerbread” houses of all time is Kelly’s (The Spunky Coconut) salt dough version. Simple and beautiful. Speaking of Kelly, she just did an excellent radio show on gluten-free, dairy-free eating over at BlogTalk Radio.

It’s pumpkin love time! That alone makes Fall worthwhile to me. Luckily, the pumpkin goodies are plentiful in the blogosphere. One of these treats just might have to go with us on our mountain trip this weekend, or get made while there. Read on. Kristina (Spabettie) shared Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies that she says taste almost like fudge. Hey, don’t knock me over as you head out the gfe door to Spabettie’s! Admittedly, her photo makes me want to reach through my monitor to grab one. Karina (Gluten-Free Goddess) shared Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Let me know your reaction when you see her photo. How about Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Blondies from Beth (Delectably Free)? The recipe even tells you how to easily make your own chocolate chips. I am so going to do that and make Beth’s blondies! Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) made Apple Cider Pumpkin Pancakes. Her photos say Fall, comfort, and pajamas … although not necessarily in that order. If we can get some folks to go camping with us this weekend, these pancakes might be just the thing when we are bundled in sweats, hats, and scarves as the temps drop into the 30s on Sunday morning. If we’re camping alone though, I might have to defer making them. Honestly, I’m afraid to be left alone with a batch of these pancakes for just Mr. GFE and myself. Finally, a major gluten-free vendor recently came out with pumpkin spice doughnuts, but they will be available only through the end of November. Well, in Iris’ (The Daily Dietribe) Fall Gluten-Free Specials series, Alea shared her Sweet Potato Doughnuts. Sweet potatoes don’t exactly equate to pumpkin, but the flavors can be close and I’m betting these doughnuts will easily satisfy your Fall doughnut craving. Plus, you can happily enjoy them all year long! You can check out Iris’ Fall Gluten-Free Specials complete roundup here

Linda’s (The Gluten-Free Homemaker) challenge this month is to Create a Gluten-Free Quick Bread. Cooler weather definitely means quick breads to me and I find most recipes just so comforting and easy to make. A slice of Chocolate Zucchini Bread (using grated zucchini I’ve frozen) or Molasses Banana Bread with a cup of tea … so very nice! Linda is also hosting Squash Fest this month. I’ll be doing a guest post soon on my favorite, but not very well-known, squash. Posts to date have been Wendy’s (Celiacs in the House) Curried Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, a lesson on varieties of squash from Linda, and a tutorial on roasting butternut squash from Carrie (Ginger Lemon Girl)—check them out when you get a second.

Hallie (Daily Bites) is hosting a great “Cents”-able and Savory series. Several posts have already been shared in the series, including Alta’s (Tasty Eats At Home) Italian-Style Spaghetti Squash. You can see my guest post on making Simple Hash Browns or Heavenly Hash, here.

Okay, that’s all for now! Next up at gfe—thoughts on the blogging conferences I’ve attended recently and an accidental, but delightful new granola recipe. Hope you are enjoying Fall!

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

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Comments

51 Responses to “Gluten-Free Fall Finds”

  1. Kristina @ spabettie on October 13th, 2010 9:06 pm

    aw, thanks for including me, Shirley!! I am starring this in my reader, there is so much great info here!!

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 9:30 am

      Hi Kristina–OMG, I am so sorry … I just saw the typo in your name in my post. How on earth did I leave off that “a”? Mea culpa. Gulp. It’s fixed in the post now!

      I must make your fudgy pumpkin brownies immediately if not sooner! Thanks for sharing my massive roundup post with others. :-)

      Hugs,
      Shirly … I mean Shirley … if it makes you feel better, I’m always mistyping my own name and having to fix it!

      • Kristina @ spabettie on October 15th, 2010 1:31 am

        ha !! I always spell my name Kristian. too fast with the typing!

        <3

        • Shirley on October 15th, 2010 9:04 pm

          Okay, Kristina, that makes me feel a bit better! ;-) I guess we’re all typing too fast when we are blogging and commenting …

          Hugs,
          Shirley

  2. Heather @CeliacFamily on October 13th, 2010 9:22 pm

    Great roundup! I’ve been so busy with my kiddos, school, and such that I’ve been slacking with my blogging. And, I’m trying desperately to catch up with all my favorite blogs. Thanks for including my Hot Wheels cake in yours. :)

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 9:32 am

      Hi Heather–You bloggers who are moms totally amaze me! I didn’t start my blog until Son was in college. Still if he comes home for a visit, it throw me totally off track. I’m back into mom mode and my blog suffers. So I admire all you do, Heather. No worries. When you offer your weekly menu plans and showstoppers like a Hot Wheels cake, nobody minds when you are away a bit! ;-)

      Thanks so much for the kind words! Hugs,
      Shirley

  3. Iris on October 13th, 2010 9:55 pm

    Wow, Shirley, you are ON TOP OF IT! I am so impressed…and I love that I can come here and see if I’ve missed anything in blogging that I really want to check out. I’ve been so busy here that I haven’t been reading all my blogs as much, and it’s nice to get a recap here.

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 9:41 am

      Hi Iris–Thanks so much, dear! You should see the email newsletters I share with my support group … jam packed and almost entirely different gluten-free info. I am gluten-free information obsessed I think. ;-) I’m truly glad that you and others find my roundups so helpful! :-)

      Many hugs,
      Shirley

  4. Wheatless Foodie on October 13th, 2010 10:01 pm

    Wow! This one post is an incredible source of gf info.

    Cindy
    http://www.wheatlessfoodie.blogspot.com

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 9:42 am

      Hi Cindi–Nice to see you here at gfe again! :-) Enjoy all the links … thanks so much!

      Shirley

  5. Debi on October 13th, 2010 11:15 pm

    I love how you did a roundup on roundups! I agree with Iris, if I miss out on anything, I know you know what’s going on. :D

    I agree that it definitely takes time to see results. Slowly. Surely. There is nothing better than to see symptoms resolved one by one and old issues fading into nothing like they were never there. Who knew gluten could cause so many problems. Like you, I still have healing to do, but I’ve never been this healthy in my life and I LOVE IT!

    Thank you for all you do for all of us in the blogosphere, Shirley. You are a mighty encourager for all of us. :)

    *hugs*

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 9:46 am

      Hi Debi–You’re a sweetheart! Merci beacoup for all the lovely words; they both warm my heart and make my day! :-)

      Thanks, too, for reiterating your story a bit. I know it gives those struggling after going gf encouragement that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I just love hearing how great you are feeling. It’s an amazing feeling, I know!

      xo,
      Shirley

  6. Kim @ Cook It Allergy Free on October 14th, 2010 1:31 am

    Oh my goodness! I officially feel all caught up and back in the loop about all of the goings-on in the gluten-free world!
    What a tremendous round-up! And thank you, thank you for your more than generous inclusions of me. I think I counted 3?? WOw!
    You go way above and beyond for these round-ups!
    Now what I really want to know is how long one of these takes from start to finish. I can only imagine the time that you invest into a wonderful post such as this.
    xoxo
    k

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 9:55 am

      Hi Kim–Happy to get you caught up, dear! There’s so much wonderful happening, isn’t there? I’m grateful to be tuned into most of it. ;-) That includes all you are up to! I report the good stuff and you were/are in a lot of great things that are happening! :-)

      These posts usually take less time than my normal, wordy posts. LOL I just grab bits and pieces a little at a time and then pull them all together. I truly love writing these posts; they energize me. We are so blessed with our gluten-free blogosphere!

      xoxo,
      Shirley

  7. Deanna on October 14th, 2010 7:20 am

    What a great round-up! You definitely included a few things that I had missed in my skimming of tweets, blogs, and FB. So much gluten-free info, so little time! Thanks for pulling it all together!

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 11:13 am

      Hi Deanna–Thank you! I’m sure you’d have a mental listing of all you’ve seen via social media with much that I missed; there’s just so much good stuff out and about in our gf world. Sometimes we get lucky and something that we missed the first go round resurfaces. ;-) Anyway, always share what we see that’s good, that’s my approach. :-)

      Shirley

  8. Ricki on October 14th, 2010 8:44 am

    Thank you for this! I love the reminders of recipes I saw and intended to make, and so much information I missed the first time! I don’t know how you do it, but I sure appreciate it. ;) And so glad to hear that the osteopenia could be reversed (my doc said it couldn’t)–another way you inspire me, now!

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 11:23 am

      Hi Ricki–You’re welcome, and thank you for the great feedback! :-) I’m a collector of all things helfpul and good that are gluten free, I guess. ;-)

      The osteopenia/osteoporosis news should be spread more and more. When I was diagnosed with osteopenia, my celiac/gluten intolerance doctor told me that it would reverse, but that it would take a lot of time. The doctor who did my bone density test emphatically said that it would not reverse without the applicable horrid drugs that are prescribed with the same high frequency as the equally abhorrent statins. All the drugs in the world won’t fix problems IMHO and as shown in studies, if there’s an underlying cause that has not been resolved. The “no reversal without our drugs” is preached time and time again and I was glad to prove the bone density doctor (and others) wrong. Incidentally, I did the same on the cholesterol. That went to perfect after being gf for several years. We sometimes forget that traditional doctors get their ongoing education these days from pharmaceutical reps. Another important factor for both bone density and cholesterol numbers is that I consumed very, very few processed foods during that time. It doesn’t matter whether they are gf are not, they contribute to inflammation (which causes so many health issues) and lack of absorption of needed vitamins and minerals.

      My two cents … best of luck to you in resolving your bone density concerns, dear! I’m rooting for you … I know that you are consuming a diet that is very beneficial for bone building. :-)

      Shirley

  9. Stephanie O'Dea on October 14th, 2010 12:05 pm

    woah, mama! what a fantastic roundup. Thank you for including me and for your sweet words—I’m touched, really.

    I look forward to nap time so I can curl up with the laptop and explore. thank you for doing this—-I know how long these type of posts take.

    xoxo

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 11:06 pm

      Hi Steph–LOL Thank you, dear. Glad to give a little love back for all you’ve sent my way and you know I’m a true fan! :-)

      Exploring is fun … just click on whatever appeals. I always tell my support group members to skim my newsletters to find what’s of use to them as individuals, and same holds true here. ;-)

      xoxo,
      Shirley

  10. Hallie @ Daily Bites on October 14th, 2010 1:13 pm

    Heaps of great info here, Shirley! Thanks for including me. :)

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 11:10 pm

      Hi Hallie–Thanks, and my pleasure! :-) I look forward to your ongoing series and will update my post when my guest post is added, plus share more in the future. ;-)

      Shirley

  11. Zoe on October 14th, 2010 2:28 pm

    This is a great round-up, Shirley! I feel I’m now in the loop again. ;) I’m excited about this gingerbread house competition – if I can make it, I’d love to participate.

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 11:14 pm

      Hi Zoe–So glad I’ve reconnected you! ;-) And, dear, I’m sure you can totally rock the gingerbread house competition. Just let your brain start processing it in the background. That’s how my best stuff comes to me sometimes. LOL, but true.

      Hugsss,
      Shirley

  12. Ellen @ I Am Gluten Free on October 14th, 2010 3:05 pm

    Shirley – you are just incredible! What an amazing and informative post. I want to curl up on my couch, covered by a blanket (it’s already quite chilly here in the northeast) and just check out every single one of your links. You are so generous with what you share. And you also help all of us realize just exactly how much support we have out there in the blogosphere. It’s really very comforting.

    I would very much like to know about your journey towards bone health. I was diagnosed (along with the Celiac and Alopecia) with Osteopenia and then Osteoporosis. My GYN seems pretty insistent that I take the nasty bone-building drugs, but I’ve been avoiding them like the plague. I think they create more problems than they fix. I have been taking calcium and trying to eat my share of greens and other calcium-rich foods, but I would love to know more of what you did to help move towards healing and wholeness. If you ever have time to share that, I bet others who read your blog would be grateful, as I would. Just a suggestion from a loyal fan:).

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 11:22 pm

      Hi Ellen–Ah, thanks so much … I truly appreciate your kind words. Snuggled under a blanket and surfing these links would be a great idea! :-)

      I’m not sure I’m ready to share my journey as a post, but I’ll send you an email for sure, and we can discuss further. But, please “stay strong” and don’t take the drugs. Google them and see the recent studies that show how they increase the odds of bone fractures, dental issues, etc. Will talk more soon!

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  13. cheryl on October 14th, 2010 8:58 pm

    what a great review of what’s out there! and thanks for such a great recipe.

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 11:23 pm

      Hi Cheryl–Nice to see you this evening! :-) Thanks, and you did such a gorgeous job with that pie! I hope you didn’t mind me including the photo. You’d sent it earlier so I figured it would be okay, but meant to send an email to be sure, and then forgot. :-(

      Shirley

  14. Mary on October 14th, 2010 11:46 pm

    Dear Shirley,

    I’ve only been eating gluten-free (again) for a couple of months – I hesitated to go gf again, because my gluten antibodies were not elevated (they were the last time I went gf). Now two auto-immune diagnoses later, the GI symptoms convinced me to try a gf diet again, and I am feeling great! So what if my GI doc thinks I’m crazy. You’ve made this diet change so much easier – I love your recipes. I just made the garlic cheese biscuits again today (with soy-free margarine, Daiya cheese and no garlic!) – they are so awesome. My whole family loves them, as well as the fabulous pork butt, the garlic chicken wings, … I could go on! Thanks so much!

    Mary

    • Shirley on October 15th, 2010 2:44 pm

      Hi Mary–It’s so good to see you here at gfe again. :-) Your comment totally thrills me—both for your success on the gf diet and for your very sweet words on my recipes. For one thing, how fabulous that you’re making the garlic cheese biscuits successfully dairy free! If you don’t mind, I’m going to update the post with your info, so others will know—woohoo! I hope you keep finding gfe recipes that you and your family love. Let me know if there are any particular recipes that you are still searching for … sometimes I welcome a challenge and I always like making life easier for my gfe readers. :-)

      Many hugs,
      Shirley

      • Mary on October 16th, 2010 10:37 am

        Dear Shirley,

        Absolutely, please feel free to tell others about the subs I made in your biscuit recipe. I used Earth’s Balance soy-free margarine (also dairy-free) and Daiya cheese (the cheddar style, also dairy-free and soy-free). I cannot tolerate soy, and my kids can’t have dairy. I’ve used a couple of different dairy-free milks (rice and coconut), and both were good.

        Thanks so much!
        Mary

        • Shirley on October 17th, 2010 12:43 pm

          Hi Mary,

          Thank you so much for tweaking the recipe and allowing me to share your experience with others! I’ll update the post now, so all the dairy-free folks can enjoy these biscuits as you and your family have. :-)

          Happy Sunday!
          Shirley

  15. Tia on October 15th, 2010 12:20 am

    Wow! OK, I’m tired just reading all of that. My goodness. Thanks for being my personal rss. I don’t feel so guitly ignoring my other one.

    I’m really glad you wrote about your recovery time. I have been chatting with an old friend who has Fibromyalgia and other issues. She has only been able to sleep for 1-2 hours a night. She’s thinking of trying to go gf. She got tested, but I told her that it doesn’t always catch it, as well as she cold just be gluten intolerant. She’s feel like it has something to do with it. I’m just worried that since she doesn’t have an official diagnosis that if it doesn’t work right away, she might just give up too fast. I got so lucky because so many of the worst things for me changed instantly.

    And, on a completely unrelated side note as I am looking at the empty jar on my table, I have decided that Nutella is the devil, and it is never coming into my house again. :P

    xoxo,
    Tia :P

    • Shirley on October 15th, 2010 8:25 pm

      Hey Tia–Gosh, I didn’t mean to make you tired. Just take in a little at a time. ;-) I can’t do the RSS feed … too overwhelming.

      I hope your friend goes gluten free. So many have seen improvement or resolution of issues with a gf diet (and sometimes a few more restrictions). I understand what you are saying about the lack of a diagnosis and possible slow healing making your friend give up too quickly. I suggest that your friend get tested through Enterolab for gluten sensitivity. A controversial test in that it has not been peer reviewed, but positive results have helped so many to go and stay gf. I also suggest that she read some success stories of those with fibromyalgia who have gone gluten free. They will show it takes time, but the results are worth it. I was just reading Glutina’s story earlier today and Dana’s guest post here would be helpful, too.

      LOL on the Nutella! I agree it is the utter devil when it enters my house, too. Luckily, my swag boxes have not arrived yet!

      Hope your little one is feeling better! xoxo,
      Shirley

  16. Heidi @adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com on October 15th, 2010 11:00 am

    What a GREAT roundup Shirley! I am so appreciative too because I am unbelievably behind on all the gluten-free blog happenings lately. I just need to get through tomorrow with Sam’s gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, dye-free Lego birthday cake (so nervous!) and then I will be able to catch up with all my fabulous GF blogging friends. :-D

    xo,
    Heidi

    • Shirley on October 15th, 2010 9:10 pm

      Hi my dear Heidi–Thanks so very much! You are not behind at all. You just made some awesome goodies last week that folks are still trying to recreate! Give them some time before you hit them with your next unbelievable recipe. ;-)

      I know you will do wonderfully with your cake challenge. We’ll catch up with you more when you come up for air. You’ve had an unbelievably busy week, super mom!

      xoxo,
      Shirley

  17. Alisa - Frugal Foodie on October 17th, 2010 7:20 pm

    Whew! That is a load of GF updates. Thanks for putting it all together Shirley, it was fun to read!

    • Shirley on October 17th, 2010 8:53 pm

      Hi Alisa–LOL … yes, I know, but believe it or not, not everything makes the roundup list. ;-) Glad you enjoyed it!

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  18. Maggie on October 17th, 2010 8:33 pm

    Is that all Shirley? HAHA, just kidding. There are so many amazing things going on in our gluten-free world. I consider myself to be so lucky to have lovely women like you in my life to help me stay connected to all that’s going on in our community. It’s posts like these that motivate me to come up with new recipes and new ideas. Thank you so much for putting in the time. I really really want to try those blondies. They are one of my all-time favourite desserts so I would love to try Beth’s version. I know Callum will LOVE Kim’s contest so I will likely participating in that! Not sure if I’ll make Go Ahead Honey this month. It’s a tight deadline but I will try! Do we know who’s hosting next month’s Adopt? Thanks again Shirley. xo

    • Shirley on October 17th, 2010 9:11 pm

      Hi Maggie–I did have to leave some things out! ;-) … yes, so many amazing things and bloggers behind them, including you, of course! I think we all motivate each other and our readers, and I truly love that. :-) Hope you make Beth’s blondies; I want to make them, too. Honestly, I want to make all the pumpkin treats I see! :-)

      I can see you guys having so much fun with Kim’s gingerbread house contest! I can’t wait to see all the entries.

      As far as Go Ahead Honey, Naomi has all the hosts through June 2011 listed here. Next month the theme is Oaxacan Cuisine, which is hosted by Kajora of Spice Lovely. I will have to do some research, but it sounds like fun!

      Thanks for all the kind words, Maggie! xo,
      Shirley

      • Maggie on October 18th, 2010 10:10 am

        Thanks Shirley. I had no idea that list existed!

        • Shirley on October 18th, 2010 11:38 pm

          Hey Maggie–I had seen that list at Naomi’s long ago and then forgotten about it, so I was glad to hunt it down for myself, too. ;-)

          Shirley

  19. nicola stockmann-tannerfors on October 22nd, 2010 2:05 am

    I’ve read and re-read this about 10 times. So much information, so invaluable. You really are the ‘mama’ of gluten free. Amazing!

    • Shirley on October 23rd, 2010 11:53 am

      Nicola–Oh, gosh, thanks! You’re such a sweetie!

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  20. cheryl on October 23rd, 2010 5:14 pm

    what a nice review! I missed out on many of those 1st time around. Lots of great info.

    • Shirley on October 25th, 2010 11:27 pm

      Hi Cheryl–Thanks! It’s always nice to hear that folks find these roundups helpful. There’s just so much good “out there” that’s gluten free! :-)

      Shirley

  21. Alta on October 23rd, 2010 5:37 pm

    I love your comprehensive posts like this. I always find valuable information. Thanks!

    • Shirley on October 25th, 2010 11:31 pm

      Thank you, Alta! It’s much appreciated … really. There’s so much fun stuff out and about in our gf blogosphere. :-)

      Shirley

  22. michelle keep on November 26th, 2011 4:35 am

    can you please help me , i live in australia and we have no where near the glutten free products that you have in americia . please help me i need recipes and web sites so i can order food .

    • Shirley on November 26th, 2011 6:23 pm

      Hi Michelle–Please start looking around my website, especially at the Recipe Index (tab under blog heading). You don’t need to have any gluten-free products to live well gluten free. You’ll find many recipes on my blog that are naturally gluten free. Are there any Asian markets near you? They are a great source of finely ground white rice flour, tapioca starch, and more for easy baking. If not here’s an online Asian market for Australia. Your regular grocery store will have cornstarch I believe. When you look at my recipes, you’ll see the ones that call for a gluten-free flour mix that tell you how to make a gluten-free all-purpose flour mix using Asian white rice flour and cornstarch. I don’t know it you can get xanthan gum in your area, but not all of my recipes call for it. Other recipes on my site use tapioca flour (also known as tapioca starch).

      There are numerous sites that are geared to folks in Australia, like this celiac site that has lots of info on the diet, this blog, and other sites that sell gluten-free products in Australia, like this one (they have the xanthan gum I mentioned and much more). Hope that helps!

      Shirley

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