Friday, October 30, 2009

Travel & Leisure

Bob & Ruth's Gluten-free Dining & Travel Club

As you know, we try to bring an array of different information to our readers. Though local events and places can be useful, sometimes it's good to dream big. I stumbled on this website and feel in love with the concept after reading the pages of their website. I hope you find it as intriguing as I did.

You are about to enter a world of gluten-free dining and travel that you probably thought did not or could not exist. Members receive a quarterly newsletter that provides a variety of information to those on a gluten-free diet. They offer 4-hour Workshops around the U.S. and Canada that have been proven to help make going out to eat and traveling gluten-free easier and therefore our lifestyle more enjoyable.

They began this adventure in the Fall of 1995. Since then we and hundreds of our members have literally traveled all over the US and the world - From 2 night Mini Getaways to The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY to 19 night Gluten-Free Getaways to the Orient. And there's so much more. So if you are a globe trotting gluten-free traveler, check out their getaways below.

Future GF Getaways-




Contact Info:
205 Donerail Court
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Tele: (410) 939-3218

The Celiac Shack
"Making gluten-free fun one day at a time!"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Shack Attack

Aloha Friends!

I have feverishly been working on our newsletter "The Pipeline" for the month of November. It has a lot of cool content, fun articles and two contests.

(1) Recipe Contest: Submit your best gluten-free dessert recipe. If your recipe is chosen to be the tastiest, it will be published in our December newsletter and you will win a free package of semi-sweet gluten-free chocolate chips by Enjoy life.

(2) General Mills/Betty Crocker Prize Pack Giveaway: General Mills has graciously agreed to give one of our "Shackers" a prize pack that includes a Yo-Yo, Frisbee, Pick-Up Stick game and two boxes of gluten-free snacks. Details for participation will be available through "The Pipeline".

If you haven't already become a subscriber, I urge you to do so. You will receive another newsletter to clutter your inbox and have some really good opportunities to win some free swag. Thanks as always for your support.

Sign-Up! The Pipeline

The Celiac Shack
"Making gluten free fun one day at a time!"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gluten-Free Product Info.

What Can I Eat?

I was invited recently by Patty Fulloon to check out and contribute information if I so incline to a very cool website called "What Can I Eat?". Though we here at the "Shack" concentrate on gluten-free foods, this site touches on all food allergies. The only drawback, they are from Australia. The good thing is that almost any product can be ordered and shipped worldwide. Since she contacted me, I think she may be looking at a more global approach for their featured products and manufacturers. They offer recipes, support, restaurants that are safe for your specific allergy and much more!  

Patty writes, "Finally a one Stop Shop for you to "Find your Perfect Match" within our Online Pantries for those who have Food Allergies or are searching for solutions to meet Specific Dietary Restrictions. No more endless searching online or within retail outlets, What You Can Eat can partner you to wonderful products Australian Manufacturers are offering and where you can source them."

So if you get a chance to visit this cool website from down-under, let them know that the "Shack" sent ya!

What Can I Eat? -

"Making gluten-free fun one day at a time!"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Kids Corner

Gluten-Free Halloween Treats

Since only one of the "Jones Gang" kids are gluten-intolerant, sometimes he misses out on special occasion treats. This Halloween is going to be different and catered toward my little gluten-free gremlin. I am going to share with you a couple of recipes that I plan to whip in my cauldron for this spooky festival. I hope you find one of them inciting and serve it to your little monsters. I want all you "Shackers" to have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Gluten Free Chocolate - Orange Sherbet Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Make fast and easy homemade cocoa rice crispie bars, sandwich them with orange sherbet and you end up with an irresistible gluten free ice cream sandwich treat.

Prep Time: :20

•1 - 10 ounce box of gluten free brown rice crispie cereal
•1 - 10 ounce bag of marshmallows
•1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•4 tablespoons cocoa

1.Butter a large sheet pan (jelly roll) pan
2.In a large pan, melt butter over low heat.
3.Whisk in cocoa. Stir until thoroughly blended with butter.
4.Add marshmallows and stir over low heat until melted. Remove pan from heat. Stir in vanilla extract.
5.Stir in rice cereal and gently fold cereal with marshmallow mixture.
6.Pour rice mixture into prepared pan. With buttered fingers press the mixture flat.
7.Cut in 20 - 2 1/2 inch squares.
8.Soften orange sherbet until it's easy to scoop. Place about 1/3 cup of orange sherbet on 10 rice crispie squares. Press another square on top and gently press down. Even edges of ice cream sandwich with your finger.
9.Wrap ice cream sandwiches individually, place in a freezer bag and freeze until ready to serve.

Makes 10 - 2 1/2 inch ice cream sandwiches but make them as large or small as you like!

Gluten-Free Brownie Mini-Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This quick gluten free brownie mini-cupcake recipe is great for parties. Just one teaspoon of orange cream cheese frosting sprinkled with minced orange zest on each mini-cupcake creates a favorite flavor combination- chocolate and orange. And mini-cupcakes are a good way to cut excess calories- if you just eat one or two!

Prep Time: :20
Cook Time: :15

•1 cup butter
•1 1/2 cups sugar
•4 eggs
•2 teaspoons vanilla
•3/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour mix
•1/4 cup amaranth flour
•8 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa
•1/2 teaspoon guar gum OR xanthan gum
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350° F / 176° C
Line mini muffin pan with paper liners

1.In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
2.Add eggs and beat until blended.
3.Place dry ingredients (not the nuts) in a separate bowl and whisk until thoroughly blended.
4.Add the dry ingredients and mix just until well combined.
5.Fold in nuts.
6.Line a mini-muffin baking pan with muffin liner cups. Use a small ice cream scoop or teaspoon to drop brownie batter into muffin cups. Fill approximately two-thirds full.
7.Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a brownie cupcake comes out clean.
8.Remove cupcakes from muffin pan and place on a cooling rack.
9.When completely cool frost with orange cream cheese frosting.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Place 1/4 cup butter, 3 ounces of cream cheese and 1/2 teaspoon gluten free orange extract in a mixing bowl. Beat on high until mixture is smooth and creamy. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and mix on low until blended. Add 1-2 tablespoons of orange juice if necessary to make a thick, spreadable frosting. Stir in 1 tablespoon of finely grated orange zest. Garnish each cupcake with finely minced orange zest.
(Makes 48 mini-cupcakes)

Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

The Celiac Shack
"Making gluten-free fun one day at a time!"

Monday, October 26, 2009

Health & Wellness

Celiac Home Test Kits

I have been doing some research lately about diagnosing celiac disease and came across a plethora of information. It seems that every physician or website has conflicting information. I have found that the medical community says that it is extremely difficult and cumbersome to diagnose Celiac Disease. On the other hand, I have found a number of websites selling home test kits that are easy to use and accurate in diagnosing this disease. Like you I am a bit apprehensive about these tests. They sell a lot of things on the web and T.V. that you know are far fetched and claim results that you clearly know have no scientific backing. But then again, I'm sure the home pregnancy test was greeted with equal skepticism. I'm here to tell you that those were highly accurate in confirming all four of my pregnancies. New technology is never greeted with open arms. It takes real life testing and use of these items to show the proof.

We are not telling anyone to run out and by any of these tests because we are not licensed physicians. We are just suffers of gluten in our diet like many of you. I am merely reporting things that may be useful to our readers. If anyone knows or has first hand experience with these products, feel free to post a comment and share it with us. Below is one of the test I  have stumbled across in my search. I hope this information proves to be a help to you.

Home Biocard Celiac Test

 The Biocard™ Celiac Test measures the presence of antibodies in the blood. The existence of certain antibodies in the blood is an indicator that the body is having an immune system response to the presence of a specific foreign body. In the case of Celiac disease, this foreign body is gluten.

The test is positive if you have two red lines on the test card. One red line appears in the control field to let you know that you have done the test properly. The second red line appears if your system is having an immune response to gluten. The positive response indicates that the individual being tested has a high probability of being a Celiac. It is recommended that a positive diagnosis using the Biocard™ Celiac Test be confirmed by a medical doctor.

The Celiac Shack
"Making gluten free fun one day at a time!"

Friday, October 23, 2009

Travel & Leisure

Anello's and Wildflours

One of our followers sent me an e-mail the other day to recommend two completely gluten-free places to eat and shop, The first stop on our gluten-free journey takes us to Portsmouth N.H. for a quick visit to Anello's for lunch. Their menu is pretty simple with salads, sandwiches, pizza and a variety of baked goods. She says that the pumpkin donuts,rolls and fruit squared are to die for! They do not have entrees because they are only open from 12-5 and closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

Anello's Gluten-Free Cafe
Home of Gluten Free Cuisine
Anello’s is also Peanut-Free
41 Congress Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
T: (603) 319-8122 F: (603) 319-8123

WildfloursMarket and Bakery is a small completely gluten-free store and bakery based in Brunswick, Maine. The store has a good variety of gluten-free groceries: cookies, flour, macaroni, salad dressings, etc. The bakery portion is amazing! They have gluten-free whoopee pies, Twinkies, squares,and muffins.They also came up with a French bread that is awesome!!!

Both places are unbelievable and worth a trip to find. I hear that you can even call ahead if your are a regular and they will have your favorite waiting for you. So if you happening to be traveling in the North East on a Fall colors tour, stop by for a quick bite.

Wildflours Market and Bakery
1 Mason St
Brunswick , Maine 004011
Phone number (207)725-7973
T-W-Th- 9-6 and Fri-Sat 9-4 with no difference

The Celiac Shack

"Making gluten-free fun one day at a time!"

Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Shack" Attack!

Social Websites/Community

Aloha everyone! It's time for another "Shack" attack. We at The Celiac Shack know that not everyone is a blogger or follows blogs. It's a niche thing that's not for everyone. What we do realize though, is that almost everyone that doesn't live in a cave is on some sort of social website. Keeping this in mind we have established pages or profiles at a number of different locations. Not only do we want to be your gluten-free store of choice, we want to communicate with people everywhere that have gluten intolerances. Communication and awareness is our greatest tool in the fight to knock gluten out of our everyday diets. It's an uphill battle that with perseverance, I know we can win. So pick your social weapon of choice below and join our community. Just click the icon and off you go!

Click your favorite below to find us!

Susan Jones
The Celiac Shack
"Making gluten-free fun one day at a time!"

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gluten-Free Product Info.

Minnie Beasley Gluten-Free Cookies

I was recently contacted through Gluten-Free Faces by a gentleman named Harmon Beasley Canon. He owns a small cookie company in Denver, CO that produces gluten-free cookies. Good for us huh? I'm all about healthy living, but a girl has to live! So I checked out his website to see what they are up to. Firstly, there is a real down to earth video clip introducing the history of the company by Harmon himself. He is traditional Southern gentleman that grew up in Memphis, TN. The cookies he is selling, are actually a family recipe handed down from his great aunt Minnie. Since he is rather small, I have decided to write this piece to help promote his product. The big guys have more advertising dollars than you can shake a stick at.

I found a couple of cookies that peaked my interest. The Gluten Free Almond Lace Cookies & Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies. Both look like a very untraditional cookie, but still appeared very appetizing. This could be due to the fact that all the cookies are hand rolled. He includes the ingredients labels for these items on his website. He uses no gluten what-so-ever in these treats. Though I have yet to taste them myself, Harmon boasts about his cookie receiving the "Best Cookie" award at a famous New York food gala. That has to tell you he's doing something right. His prices are competitive and his packaging is attractive. You can purchases them directly through their website for you or a gift for a friend.

So here's to you Harmon! Thank you for producing a product for all us gluten intolerant folk. From all of us here at The Celiac Shack, we wish you great prosperity and happiness. Best of luck.

Click to visit: Minnie Beasley Cookie Company

The Celiac Shack
"Making gluten-free fun one day at a time!"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kids Corner

R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids)

Is a free support group for parents, families, and friends of kids on the gluten-free diet for any reason: celiac disease, gluten intolerance, autism, ADD/ADHD, allergies, or personal preference. We concentrate on dealing with the unique challenges that families of wheat-free/gluten-free kids face, including:

• Finding "fun" gluten-free treats for kids

• Menu ideas for school lunches, quick dinners, and sports snacks

• Helping the kids to take responsibility for reading labels, cooking and planning/preparing food

• How to prepare for unexpected birthday parties and food-oriented activities at school, church, and elsewhere

• Halloween, Easter, and other special days - how do we include our kids safely?

• Educating day-care providers and teachers - without burdening them

• Dealing with grandparents, babysitters, and "helpful" friends who offer gluten-containing foods to our kids

• Ensuring our kids won't cheat, and what to do WHEN they do

• Sending kids away to camp, friends' houses, and other times when we're not around to help

• The psychological impact of growing up with celiac disease (peer pressure, teenage years, and more)

R.O.C.K. was founded by Danna Korn in 1991 after her son, Tyler, was diagnosed with celiac disease. It has grown to international proportions, helping families all over the world deal with the unique challenges of raising a child on a gluten-free diet.

Contact Danna Korn for more information or for a chapter location near you at

Susan Jones
The Celiac Shack

"Making gluten-free fun one day at a time!"

Monday, October 19, 2009

Health & Wellness

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

Celiac Disease Facts & Figures

Here are some of the most staggering facts about celiac disease and the gluten-free marketplace that I found directly on nfca website. I have created several links within this post for you to visit on this foundations website. Take the time to visit. It is a wealth of knowledge for those suffering from celiac disease. Each statement below highlights the need for education and awareness amongst the medical and culinary communities as well as the general public.

*Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.

*One in 133 Americans have celiac disease.

*Three million Americans across all races, ages and genders suffer from celiac.

*95% of celiacs are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.

*10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed.

*17% of celiac patients have an immediate family member who also has celiac.

*Celiac disease can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers, and other autoimmune diseases.

Learn More about Related Diseases

*$5,000-$12,000 is the average cost of misdiagnosis per person/per year of celiac, not including lost work time.

*There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease.

*A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac today.

*A positive attitude, 100% of the time, helps celiacs create a gluten-free lifestyle for themselves and their affected family members.

*500,000 new celiac diagnoses are expected to occur in the next 5 years thanks to efforts to raise public awareness of celiac disease.

*The gluten-free marketplace is expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2010 thanks to new vendors manufacturing better tasting and more affordable products.

Could you have celiac disease? Find out. Take the nfca celiac disease symptoms checklist now.

I hope you find this information and resource as helpful as we do at the shack.

The Celiac Shack

"Making gluten-free fun one day at a time!"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Travel & Leisure

Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI)

I am not a huge drinker but I occasionally like a beer or a glass of wine. Obviously you know that most alcohol based beverages are chock full of grains. Not so good for gluten-intolerant spirit seekers. I stumbled across a brewery in Wisconsin that has a solution for this problem. They are touted as Milwaukee's best brewery for the last two years and they give tours! What a great chance to see such an iconic city and give a toast to a friend for Celiac's everywhere.

Lakefront Brewery is a locally-owned microbrewery specializing in handmade beers in the tradition of early Milwaukee brewers.

New Grist is the first beer brewed without malted barley or any gluten-containing products to be recognized as beer by the U.S. Government. Each batch brewed at Lakefront’s Milwaukee headquarters is tested for gluten prior to fermentation, before being bottled and shipped. The beer is now available for distribution nationwide in six packs of 12-ounce bottles.

New Grist is brewed from sorghum, hops, water, rice and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. These ingredients are carefully combined to form a crisp and refreshing "session ale" sure to be popular among those with Celiac Disease, but really brewed for anyone with an appreciation for great tasting, handmade beer.
Sample give away winner is our blog follower Cris!

*Send us an e-mail with your address and we mail you out a free sample of one of our gluten-free products.

Make sure you look at next Friday's blog.
You may be our next winner!!!

Thanks for following us and have a great weekend!

"Making gluten-free fun one day at a time!"

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Shack" Attack

What's Up?

We have been busy at "The Celiac Shack" this week working on our blogs and amassing information for our November addition of "The Pipeline". Oh and social networking through such sites as Gluten-Free Faces, Gling and Twitter. Keeping tabs on this stuff is a full time job alone, but we have managed to find the time to add some new products to our on-line pantry. A local women from Taylor, MI gave us a call last week and asked if we had a couple of products that she was desperately trying to get her hands on. Sadly enough we did not have them either. We quickly made the calls to our distributors and ordered the products she was looking for. Her order is already in transit to her doorstep. I am going to list the two new products below. If you also have a need for these items, just click on the product word and you will be whisked away to our pantry. We pride ourselves on customer service and if you have a need for any particular product that you may not be able to find, drop us a line or an e-mail and we will find it and get it to you a.s.a.p.

Milk Sweet Dairy Whey -  (Bob's Red Mill)
Gluten Free Rolled Oats - (Bob's Red Mill)

The Celiac Shack

"Making gluten-free fun one day at a time!"

Phone: 1-(248)-374-1902

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gluten-Free Product Info.

Gluten-Free From A Mainstream Company

If you are like me, it is hard to always make it out to specialty stores for my gluten-free food. Though I prefer to use certain brands, I compromise on occasion when I'm in a pinch. Though there are many companies with large offerings, I am going to concentrate on Hormel Foods. This is a familiar name that we all have used or seen over the years. I know what you are thinking, meat that has been processed to the hilt or canned for use in fallout shelters. That is not necessarily the case. Many brands fall under the Hormel umbrella of products. Brands such as Chi-Chi's, Lloyd's BBQ, Spam, Jennie-O and more. I wouldn't fill my cupboards with these products on a regular basis, but it's good to know when you need something to fill a hole in your daily menu. Click on the link below for a complete list of the gluten-free items offered by this brand. (Hormel Foods Gluten-Free List)

Hormel's disclosure about the list:

We are providing the following list of products as a general guideline for those presently produced and distributed in the United States with formulas that do not contain gluten in the form of wheat, rye, oats, and barley. Although our products are labeled in compliance with government regulations, it is always necessary to read the labels on the products to determine if the food product meets your required needs. Parents and individuals with food allergies and/or food intolerances are responsible for reading the label of all products they intend to use regardless of how the product is represented on this site.

Hope this information is useful in your everyday gluten-free lifestyle!


The Celiac Shack

*Note: In no way is The Celiac Shack receiving anything from Hormel for this blog.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Kids Corner

Gluten-Free Play Dough

If you are like most people, you would never imagine that play dough could possibly ever hurt a child. Unfortunately that's not the case when it comes to our gluten-sensitive kids. It's full of gluten that is harmful to children with gluten intolerances. Once I found this out, I quickly donated my cupboard full to our neighbors. What to do now? The kids love it and I have all these darn plastic accessories with nothing to smash through them. I soon found out that there were a couple of options. The first option was to go out and buy some gluten free play dough from a store. I have included two links if you would like to explore this option. Aroma Dough & Colorations. They look like great products, but I chose a more cost effective measure for the "Jones Gang". I did a search on the web and found a recipe that's so easy, it's crazy! So give the following a whirl. I think you'll find out that the kids will never know the difference. Enjoy!

Homemade Gluten Free Play Dough Recipe

•1/2 cup rice flour
•1/2 cup corn starch
•1/2 cup salt
•2 tsp cream of tarter
•1 cup water
•1 tsp cooking oil
•Food coloring, if desired

Mix ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until mixture forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a sealable plastic bag.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes

The Celiac Shack

Monday, October 12, 2009

Health & Wellness

Diagnostic Tests for Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a chronically undiagnosed and misdiagnosed condition. The list below is of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Celiac Disease.

*Gluten antibodies
*Antigliadin antibody test
*Anti-endomysium antibody test
*Antireticulin antibody test
*Small intestine biopsy

Diagnosing celiac disease can be difficult because some of its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulosis, intestinal infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression.

Recently, researchers discovered that people with celiac disease have higher than normal levels of certain antibodies in their blood. Antibodies are produced by the immune system in response to substances that the body perceives to be threatening. To diagnose celiac disease, physicians test blood to measure levels of antibodies to gluten. These antibodies are antigliadin, anti-endomysium, and antireticulin.

If the tests and symptoms suggest celiac disease, the physician may remove a tiny piece of tissue from the small intestine to check for damage to the villi. This is done in a procedure called a biopsy: the physician eases a long, thin tube called an endoscope through the mouth and stomach into the small intestine, and then takes a sample of tissue using instruments passed through the endoscope. Biopsy of the small intestine is the best way to diagnose celiac disease.

Screening for celiac disease involves testing asymptomatic people for the antibodies to gluten. Americans are not routinely screened for celiac disease. However, because celiac disease is hereditary, family members--particularly first-degree relatives--of people who have been diagnosed may need to be tested for the disease. About 10 percent of an affected person's first-degree relatives (parents, siblings, or children) will also have the disease. The longer a person goes undiagnosed and untreated, the greater the chance of developing malnutrition and other complications.

The Celiac Shack

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Blog Page & Posts


I am excited to announce that starting Monday October 12th, we are starting a new blog format. We have not been posting recently because we have been working on improving the functionality and overall appearance of our page. Here's what to expect going forward with our posts:

Monday:         Health & Wellness
Tuesday:        Kids Cove  
Wednesday:  Gluten-Free Product Info.         
Thursday:     "Shack" Attack
Friday:             Travel & Leisure

We want our post not only to be entertaining, but be filled with useful information that can actually assist you in your everyday life. You will not have endless days filled with our personal thoughts and business plugs for our on-line store. We have narrowed down these ramblings to be delivered on Thursdays. We also have opened our posts up to comments from our followers. We want everyone to participate and help build a community that draws not only on success stories, but hard learned failures. As a thank you for following our blog, we will choose a random follower each week to receive a FREE gluten-free sample size snack. If you have any questions or comments regarding our new venture, please send us an e-mail at

So stay tuned, tell a friend & enjoy!


The Celiac Shack

Friday, October 2, 2009

"The Pipeline" October Edition

News from The Celiac Shack "The Pipeline" October Edition-


Susan Jones

The Celiac Shack

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Halloween Can Be Gluten-Free

Don't let Gluten ruin your Halloween. Visit They have compiled a gluten free candy list. So when your kids come home with their booty later this month, print out this list and know that your kids and family are safe.


Susan Jones

The Celiac Shack

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