Home for the Holidays: Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom with Fritters (or Three More Names) and Three More “Must Have” Books


photo courtesy of Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

It’s Day 3 of our holiday event and today Heidi (Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom) is sharing Fritters (which also have three other names depending upon where they’re made). On Facebook, Heidi described her Fritters on “the tastiest gluten-free sweet treat that she’s made in 6 years.” You only have to take one look at her photo to know that she speaks the truth. And if you follow Heidi’s blog, you know that’s saying a lot. She wows us all with her recipes—sweet and/or savory—but this recipe and post truly speak to our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style theme. It’s a “must read” for sure. You can read about it all here.

Oh, and her giveaway? She’s giving away signed copies of the following:

Healthier Without Wheat ~ This book is Dr. Stephen Wangen’s (IBS Treatment Center in Seattle) book that goes beyond the celiac diagnosis. So many with clear symptoms and issues caused by gluten are determined not to have celiac disease and are told to continue eating gluten without worry. I just met someone a few weeks ago who tested positive for the celiac blood panel, but “negative” via the follow-up biopsy, even though her gastroenterologist told her she had some villi damage in her small intestine. The gastroenterologist’s advice to her? “Cut back on gluten until your diarrhea stops.” Unacceptable. Dr. Wangen explains gluten intolerance, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergies, and why the guidance to continue eating gluten if one does not have celiac disease can be dead wrong for many, many people … with emphasis on the dead in many cases. Please forgive me for being so blunt, but many, many patients who do not test positive for celiac disease can be suffering greatly from the effects of gluten, and some can be in a very incapacitated states and worse off than others who has received the “gold standard diagnosis” of celiac disease. As has so often been stated, celiac disease is just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Wangen’s book should be on your reading list.

Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get Togethers ~ One of several cookbooks by popular cookbook author/chef, Pam Anderson. I had the pleasure of meeting Pam a little over a year ago. She was doing a talk and book signing at Book Passage, a charming waterfront bookstore, in the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Wendy (Celiacs in the House) was already a fan of Pam’s (you can see why here) and asked us if we wanted to tag along. I “knew” Pam from her Sunday columns in the Weekend section of our newspaper. Pam gave a great presentation on her history with food and how she chose the theme for and developed Perfect One Dish Dinners. After her talk, each of us got to chat with her a few minutes and get her signature.  Then we all were fortunate to see her again at BlogHer Food. My favorite recipe in this cookbook is the Spicy Coconut Shrimp Stew. It’s naturally gluten free and I easily adapt it to the ingredients I have on hand. Incidentally, Pam’s new cookbook is Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians.

Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes ~ Pete and Kelli Bronski continue their Artisanal series of gluten-free cookbooks with this second book. A follow-up to their very popular “must have” Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking, which covers all areas of gluten-free cooking and has a second edition coming out soon (yippee!), this one’s also a delight for sure. Well, you knew that, of course, just by the fact that it is all about cupcakes! You can read my full review here. Below you’ll see just one of their cupcakes that I made, the Sweet Potato Walnut Cupcakes that could just as easily be called sweet muffins. (Pete and Kelli’s photo is so much better than any I’ve taken, so I’m including that instead of one of mine and I’m grateful that they allowed me to use it.)

photo courtesy of Pete and Kelli Bronski

You must visit Heidi’s blog to get her Fritters recipe,  to be reminded of what “home” and “holidays” means and, of course, to enter her giveaway (which closes Friday)!

If you missed it, please don’t forget to check out my giveaway of More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and Totally Together Journal: Shortcuts to an Organized Life (one combination set for two winners) and Wheat Belly (one copy for one winner) here. (It ends tonight, November 30, at midnight Eastern.) And also visit Diane’s blog for her giveaway of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, Gluten Free in Five Minutes, and The Steamy Kitchen—one winner for each cookbook—which also ends tonight, November 30 at 10:00 pm Eastern. Every entry for the daily giveaways is an entry that’s eligible for the final giveaway drawings … packages from Caveman Cookies, Free From Gluten, and Vitamix! Last, don’t forget that you can keep track of our entire Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style event here.

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22 Responses to “Home for the Holidays: Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom with Fritters (or Three More Names) and Three More “Must Have” Books”

  1. The Celiac Husband on November 30th, 2011 1:37 pm

    As always, Shirley, a treat to read.

    I love my fritters!

    Bon Soir

    • Shirley on November 30th, 2011 2:56 pm

      Hey Peter–Thank you! It’s so nice to have a gfe cheerleader in France now. :-)

      I’m not surprised that fritters are on your “love” list. ;-) I think Heidi did a fabulous job with this recipe!


  2. sj guetthoff on November 30th, 2011 2:20 pm

    Being of German hertage I made these yummy fritters. We all loved them & they brought back fond memories..thank you…Our other favorite fritters are zucchini …

    • Shirley on November 30th, 2011 2:57 pm

      sj–How fantastic! Hope you let Heidi know how much you enjoyed them by leaving a comment on her blog. :-) That way you get to enter the giveaways, too! And, yes, I love zucchini fritters, too. ;-)


  3. Karin Goodman on November 30th, 2011 2:47 pm

    Would love to own any of these cookbooks.

    • Shirley on November 30th, 2011 2:54 pm

      Karen–Follow the link in the blue box to enter the giveaway on Heidi’s blog. :-)


  4. Carole on November 30th, 2011 2:53 pm


    • Shirley on November 30th, 2011 3:26 pm

      Hi Carole–Thanks so much for your sweet words! Click on the link in the blue box above to go to Heidi’s post to enter. :-)


  5. cheryl on November 30th, 2011 3:47 pm

    I get so upset when I hear about doctors considering “subclinical” villus damage “normal”! good grief.

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 8:25 am

      Hi Cheryl–Good grief indeed. :-(


  6. InTolerantChef on November 30th, 2011 9:25 pm

    Delicious fritters!

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 8:26 am

      InTolerant Chef– :-) Heidi’s fritters make my heart sing … just by looking at them. ;-)


  7. Celeste Panek on December 1st, 2011 3:08 am

    this book looks like , it would be a great addition to my borrowed whole life nutrition book .

    thanks for sharing

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 8:26 am

      Hey Celeste–Heidi is giving away several great books! Be sure to head over to her blog to enter the giveaway for them. :-)


  8. JB on December 1st, 2011 9:09 am

    Great way to start off. Bake something that all your friends want to eat, then tell them it’s gluten free.

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 10:31 am

      JB– :-) The gluten-free part is secondary and inconsequential to gluten-eating folks when food tastes good. ;-) And it’s clear that Heidi’s fritters are fabulous!


  9. Heidi @ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on December 1st, 2011 9:59 am

    Thanks for sharing Shirley! I am having sooo much fun with this terrific holiday blog carnival, you really knocked yourself out with this one my friend!

    I had to order Pam Anderson’s cookbook after posting my giveaway – just got it yesterday and it looks amazing, and easy to convert the recipes to gluten free too!

    Dr. Stephen Wangen’s Healthier Without Wheat is an excellent book, I’ve personally given away a several copies (a great Holiday gift!).

    Now I just need Kelli and Peter’s cupcake cookbook, they look delish!


    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 10:39 am

      Heidi, honey, you really knocked yourself out with your post! I am loving reading all the comments on what Christmas means to your readers! I realized afterwards when I popped in that I forgot to share mine, but am so grateful to read yours and everyone else’s. I really like that cookbook of Pam’s, too. Wendy also really enjoyed it (and I just realized that I left out the link to her review—yikes!). I agree on Dr. Wangen’s book, too. He’s a great guy, too. :-) And I think you’d love Pete and Kelli’s cupcake book, and knowing you, you’d have no problem making all their cupcakes fit your family’s current dietary needs. ;-)

      Thanks so much for participating in our holiday event and doing such an incredible job on your recipe and post, Heidi! You have everyone craving your fritters now! xoxox,

  10. Donna Strickler on December 1st, 2011 10:16 am

    I love reading your blog, as it always gives me new information, and I really enjoy the fact that you share the information of so many other bloggers and gluten-free experts, so that we get as much information as possible to help us live gluten-free.
    Thanks for all of your hard work, and Happy Holidays!

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 10:43 am

      Hi Donna–Thanks for taking the time to leave such a sweet, sweet comment! I really appreciate it. I believe that all of us in the gluten-free community have so much to share with each other and it’s important to do so. :-)

      I see that you starting reading gfe months ago, but commented during one of my big giveaways. Unfortunately, I can’t always respond to folks individually during those giveaways just due to the sheer volume of comments. :-( So please accept my delayed welcome and thanks for being a gfe reader! Happy holidays to you, too, dear!

  11. Ramae on December 1st, 2011 2:23 pm

    Would love one of these cookbooks! Thank you :)

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 2:25 pm

      Ramae–Follow the link above to go to Heidi’s blog to enter the giveaway! :-) I’m just sharing info and “pointing” to her page!


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