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Bite into a Gluten-Free Weekend!
May 18, 2010
I’ve noticed there are two ways to go gluten free. One way is to stick to single-ingredient items—wholesome foods like fresh fruits and veggies, meats and gluten-free grains. The second way is to substitute gluten-free alternatives for all the wheat-filled breads, rolls, cakes, snacks, casseroles and sauces that you used to enjoy. The first way is pure and simple. The second way is a lot more fun.
Last week, a guest at my place (I live on a farm that’s a weekend B&B) sheepishly admitted to me that he had "an issue with gluten." While his wife and children were settling in, he and I were discussing the time for breakfast the following morning. I inquired if there were any foods he avoided, a routine question I ask every guest.
"You probably never heard of it," he said, "but I have celiac disease. It means I can't eat wheat." I had to smile. Oh yes, I told him, I’ve heard of it. I’ve heard of it plenty.
This guest and his family had unwittingly stumbled into my little world of gluten-free abundance. I told him I work for this magazine (“Living Without. Ever heard of it?”) and then I gave him samples of gluten-free crackers and cookies.
For breakfast that weekend, I whipped up whole-grain gluten-free pancakes one morning and gluten-free muffins the next. These guests cleaned their plates and took the extra muffins home with them.
This lovely man with celiac disease had been living gluten free the first way. Diagnosed decades ago when there weren't many gluten-free products on the market, he ate nothing that traditionally contains gluten. It was a real pleasure for me to share the good news with him: There’s a delicious world out there—and it’s gluten free!
We’re spreading the word and want you to join us. This weekend, Living Without encourages you to invite your family and friends to go gluten free. To help you do this more deliciously, we share three reader-favorite recipes: Gluten-Free Pancakes, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Indian Lentil Crepes; and Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting. For more good-tasting options, click here.
Join us, the Gluten Intolerance Group and Pamela’s by signing up for the Gluten-Free Challenge. Click here.