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A Blogger A Day: Silvana’s Kitchen

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Silvana Nardone

Blogs at: www.silvanaskitchen.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/SilvanaNardone
Friend her at: Silvana Nardone on Facebook
On the bookshelf: Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy Delicious Meal. A second cookbook is in the works, and a digital gluten-free food & lifestyle magazine called Easy Eats will launch in the fall.

Why we’re fans: As a published cookbook author and former editor in chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray, Silvana has a lot of clout in the food industry. But she also is just a mom looking for good food to feed her kids. Her Mini Mac & Cheese Cakes were a hit among all age groups at Appetite for Awareness 2010, and recipes for important foods like birthday cake ensure that gluten-free families don’t miss out on life’s little (or big) celebrations.

Silvana Nardone

Silvana Nardone

Silvana’s Story: My now 14-year old son Isaiah was diagnosed as gluten intolerant 4 years ago, which changed the direction of our lives forever, like so many other families.

According to Silvana: The most unexpected part of going gluten-free was that Isaiah was open to trying so many new foods, which expanded his whole eating experience beyond his classic white foods diet.

A taste of Silvana’s Kitchen:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 25, 2011 at 9:22 am 1 comment

A Blogger A Day: Tasty Eats at Home

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Alta Mantsch
Lives in: Wylie, TX

Blogs at: tastyeatsathome.wordpress.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/tastyeatsathome
Like her at: www.facebook.com/TastyEatsAtHome
On the bookshelf: No books by Alta yet, but Tasty Eats at Home is included in the Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook.

Why we’re fans: I came across Alta’s blog through a post on Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free. That day, Alta’s blog was about Cutting Down Cross-Contamination in a Shared Kitchen. It addressed real concerns that real families have, and it offered a lot of helpful tips. That’s pretty much what you’ll find no matter what day you swing by Alta’s blog: Good food, good photos, and advice you should heed because it’s all from experience.

Alta Mantsch

Alta Mantsch

Alta’s Story: My dad is a diagnosed celiac. My sister, brother, and I are all gluten intolerant – discovered it through elimination diet. Through further elimination testing, I discovered I also cannot digest dairy.

According to Alta: A funny story now, but not so much when I was in the middle of it: We were vacationing in Fredericksburg, TX, and opted to stay in a little cottage built in the 20s on about 300 acres of land. The cottage had a full kitchen, so we planned on cooking a lot of our meals, saving money and saving me from possible cross-contamination by eating out at too many restaurants. Or so I thought. After suffering for a few days from bad digestive issues and not feeling well, it dawned on me what the culprit was – the fridge and freezer, which were partially stocked. The freezer had a small bag of wheat flour in it. I’d ignored it, as it’s not like I would use it. Well, that bag was stored directly above the bucket that held ice – the ice I’d been using in glasses of water over the past few days. Turns out, the bag of wheat flour had a hole in it, and there was flour in the ice bucket. I felt like such a dolt for not thinking of that possibility, and despite my efforts to ensure safe food, I’d been making myself sick for days with water! Needless to say, I took the liberty of throwing away that flour and thoroughly washing the ice bucket. I won’t make that mistake again!

A taste of Tasty Eats at Home:

  • Slow-Cooker Pot Roast: This is one of my most popular posts. It’s a great recipe that needs very little actual work in order to make a stellar dish – definitely a bonus.
  • Vegetarian Bean and Pumpkin Chili: This is the recipe that was published in the Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook. It’s another slow cooker dish, so it’s easy, and it’s definitely budget-friendly.
  • Vegan and Gluten-Free Cheesecake with Blueberry Compote: This is my favorite dessert. This recipe meant a lot to me because it was an innovative and delicious way to still be able to enjoy cheesecake, even though I was dairy-free!

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm 1 comment

A Blogger A Day: Glugle Gluten-Free

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Tia Hain
Lives in: Dublin, CA

Blogs at: www.glugleglutenfree.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/GlugleGFree
Like her at: www.facebook.com/GlugleGlutenFree

Why we’re fans: Tia is one of those bloggers who’s really active in, well, blogging. In particular, she’s always game for online campaigns that promote awareness and celebrate the gluten-free lifestyle. This month alone, she’s participating in two: NFCA’s A Blogger a Day, the Gluten-Free Way and The Whole Gang’s 30 Days to Easy Gluten-Free Living. Fortunately, with recipes like Berry “Milk” Shakes and tips like How to Peel a Pomegranate, Tia never seems to disappoint.

Glugle Gluten-Free

Glugle Gluten-Free

Tia’s Story: I had weird symptoms my whole life. Then, I saw a doctor on a PBS show who had a patient with a lot of the same symptoms. She went gluten-free and felt better. I tried it and felt much better. I didn’t know about celiac disease or getting tested until months later. At that point, it was too late to do a challenge.

According to Tia: The most unexpected part of going gluten-free was how supportive everyone in my life has been. So many people talk about how hard it is because they are not supported. My husband, family, in-laws, friends, etc. have always gone out of their way to help me, even though none of them are gluten-free completely.

A taste of Glugle Gluten-Free:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 24, 2011 at 8:50 am 1 comment

A Blogger A Day: G-Free Foodie

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: KC Pomering
Lives in: Central California

Blogs at: www.gfreefoodie.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/gfreefoodie
Like her at: www.facebook.com/GFreeFoodie

Why we’re fans: KC’s blog is fresh and clean, from the strawberries and tomatoes that frame each page, to the streamlined layout that makes it easy to navigate. She frequently reposts content from gluten-free advocates and experts like Tina Turbin and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), but she also has a wealth of original tips and recipes. We recommend that readers take advantage of her blog’s free recipe conversion, which offers to take your favorite gluten-containing recipes and turn them into gluten-free versions. For an example of her work, check out “Recipe Redux: Gluten-Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup” in NFCA’s April 2011 e-newsletter.

KC Pomering

KC Pomering

KC’s Story: After spending my adult life plagued with GI issues, a doctor suggested I might have celiac disease. I went gluten-free and never looked back. I’ve never felt better.

According to KC: My biggest challenge in early gluten-free life was travel. Where and what would I eat? That’s actually why I started G-Free Foodie – we have a national database of gluten-free restaurants, and most of them are recommended by our readers!

A taste of G-Free Foodie:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 23, 2011 at 9:10 am 1 comment

A Blogger A Day: Rockin’ Gluten-Free

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Andrea McCarthy
Lives in: Chicago, IL area

Blogs at: www.rockinglutenfree.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/RockinGFgal
Like her at: www.facebook.com/rockinglutenfree1

Why we’re fans: Ever overhear a really engaging phone call? That’s the way it was when Andrea called Alice to talk about Rudi’s Spread the Bread coupon campaign, which benefited NFCA. Andrea was excited to swap stories with our president, and when Alice got off the phone, she handed me Andrea’s info to stay in touch. Since then, Andrea’s been a huge support to NFCA, and she’s quick to post any information about organizations or events that promote gluten-free needs. She also writes as Chicago’s Gluten-Free Food Examiner, which gives her yet another platform to spread the word.

Andrea McCarthy

Andrea McCarthy

Andrea’s Story: I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance in May 2010 and wanted to spread my passion about how living gluten-free can rock! Basically put a positive spin on the lifestyle…share my passion with others.

According to Andrea: The toughest part about going gluten-free was eating out in restaurants. How do you trust them not to “glutenize” you? I really had a hard time figuring out where it was safe for me to eat.

A taste of Rockin’ Gluten-Free:

May 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm 1 comment

A Blogger A Day: Gluten Free Mom

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Jamie Eppenauer
Lives in: Woodinville, WA

Blogs at: www.glutenfreemom.com, www.glutenfreemom.typepad.com
On the bookshelf: Nothing yet, but working on one!

Why we’re fans: Going gluten-free is one thing, but being a parent of a gluten-free kid adds a whole other level. Jamie skips the jargon and tells parents what they really want to know. What candy can my kid eat? How do we prepare for road trips? Will our family traditions ever be the same? Jamie doesn’t have the only answers, but she does know what works for her family – and that can be the reassurance parents are looking for.

Jamie Eppenauer

Jamie Eppenauer

Jamie’s Story: My oldest daughter, the Gluten-Free Teen, was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005.  I have the genes for celiac disease, but after feeling good for the first time ever in my life, I declined to get back on gluten to have the endoscopy.  I am also allergic to dairy.  My middle child is gluten intolerant and has a dairy allergy.

According to Jamie: The most challenging part of raising a Gluten-Free Teen may be the “teen” part!  In all honesty, even though the diet is challenging, I can say that my Gluten-Free Teen is totally “normal.”  She went to prom, has a boyfriend, just got her driver’s permit, hangs out with her friends constantly, plays volleyball and has straight As in school.  It required some extra work, but we have traveled all over the world – Mexico, Hawaii, Ireland, London, Paris, and both coast of the US.  My Gluten-Free Teen is a great cook, and we have a very healthy diet.  Yes, there are moments when it is challenging (especially when traveling) but all in all, we have been blessed with a happy healthy lifestyle.

A taste of Gluten Free Mom:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 22, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

A Blogger A Day: Gluten Free Betsy

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Betsy Thompson
Lives in: Chicago, IL

Blogs at: www.glutenfreebetsy.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/betsybetsybetsy
Like her at: www.facebook.com/glutenfreebetsy

Why we’re fans: Betsy is a sharer. She writes about local gluten-free events and online giveaways, but more importantly, she brings readers through her own gluten-free experiences, whether it’s attending a swanky gluten-free dinner or explaining why a certain product she tried is too good to pass up. Betsy proves that it takes one to know one, and she’s posting her knowledge for all gluten-free newbies (and not-so-newbies) to benefit from.

Betsy Thompson

Betsy Thompson

Betsy’s Story: I was diagnosed with celiac disease in January 2000 and have been gluten-free ever since.  It’s been a world of difference.  I wrote why I started my blog in a post called “Starting from the Beginning…

According to Betsy: The toughest part of going gluten-free trying to come up with alternatives.  When I went gluten-free, there weren’t nearly as many gluten-free alternatives as there are today.  I remember some terrible cookies and crumbly bread.  Luckily I’ve improved my baking skills a bit.

A taste of Gluten Free Betsy:

  • Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies – Samoas:  This one is from March of last year, but I still get many hits on it.  I decided to make my own “Girl Scout” cookies, since I couldn’t eat the ones from the Girl Scouts.  I found a similar recipe online and adapted it to make it gluten-free.  The comments really made my day, especially the one from Teresa whose daughter was a Girl Scout but never tasted their cookies.
  • Gluten-Free Chicago Potluck: I’m part of the Gluten-Free Chicago group on Gluten-Free Faces. I loved meeting other gluten-free people in Chicago and having a potluck with them!  There’s very few options for me at potlucks, so being able to taste everyone’s dishes was great!  It was such a fun day.
  • Oh Thank Heaven for 20-11: This was my first post of 2011 and where I announced a new feature on my blog, a gluten-free book club.  I love to read, and I read a lot of books on the celiac/gluten-free topic, everything from cookbooks to memoirs to educational pieces.  Since more and more people are being diagnosed with celiac or are going gluten-free, I thought it might be a great place to find the right book they are looking for.  Looking for facts?  Someone’s story to relate to?  Need a collection of great gluten-free recipes?  They’ll find it here, and I was so excited to start that new feature.

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm 1 comment

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