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Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:59 PM
To: Millsap, Jessica
Subject: Taco Bell

Reading an article today about a lawsuit against Taco Bell for stating that there  ground beef is actually beef.  According to the articlethe meat mixture contained just 35 percent beef, with the remaining 65  percent containing water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin,  anti-dusting agent and modified corn starch.”

http://www.tacobell.com/nutrition/allergens
Looks like you are good with the tostada, pintos and cheese, and a few other items listed below in notes on the allergen list.

SproutsLogo01/21/2011
MEDIA ALERT
January 24, 2011
Contact: Kim Rockley, 602-686-7890  KimRockley@sprouts.com 

Alert Message

7/8/2010
I just spoke with Michael at the Jason’s Deli in Bedford.  I had heard rumors over the internet that Jason’s Deli was now serving Udi’s gluten free bread to answer the call of the GF community to start serving us.  It is now in place.  Jason’s Delis nationwide now have a gluten free menu, which is not found on their website.  The GF menu is in the store only.  Ask for it when you first arrive and when you get ready to order, ask for a manager to make sure the staff is reminded to change gloves and to observe the utmost cross-contamination adherence.  Let’s all take advantage of this new service to show our appreciation!  Good for Jason’s!!

And if you don’t subscribe to NTGIG’S newsletter, you didn’t see that Starbuck’s is now serving 3 different GF snacks that your can have with your coffee or tea selection.

02/10/2010
I would like to summarize the positive aspects concerning my gluten-free snack, Dr. Steve's Pro-Bites:

GLUTEN FREE GREAT TASTING, NUTRITIOUS, HEALTHY PROTEIN SNACK; READY TO EAT, CONVENIENT; NO PREPARATION, NO COOKING, NO MIXING

PERFECT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY, EVEN IF YOU DON'T REQUIRE GLUTEN FREE FOODS; NO MESS, WON'T MELT; YOU CAN EVEN EAT THEM IN THE CAR ON THE WAY TO WORK OR SCHOOL; GREAT SOURCE OF IRON; 120 CALORIES PER ONE OUNCE BAG, NO TRANS FAT, NO CHOLESTEROL; PERFECT FOR SCHOOL, TRIPS, FAMILY OUTINGS, ATHLETES; OFFICIAL SNACK OF USA VOLLEYBALL TEAM, WHICH INCLUDED GOLD MEDALIST OLYMPIC TEAM; PLEASE GIVE US A TRY; PRODUCT AVAILABLE TO ORDER NEXT WEEK AT www.probites.com.

01/14/2010
Betty, wanted to bring something to your attention.  Gluten Free Food thru Angel Food Ministries  www.angelfoodministries.com.  Angel Food is a non-profit/no membership/no qualification/etc.  to participate in this Food Co-op.   It’s typically run through a local church (there are many churches in Tarrant and Dallas county who participate in this program.  Betty).  You have to pay for the food 2 weeks before pick up date.  If you go to the web site and enter your zip code you will find a church in your area.  Website is:  www.angelfoodministries.com.  They have a Gluten Free special box that I have purchased for a few months now.  Each month the quality has been good and I've had no issues.  In fact it’s very tasty.   I have never fried any of the food only baked but I'm satisfied enough to recommend this to our group.  We buy the signature box and the other specials for our family.   Our children especially love the chicken tenders/ wings.  The Allergen Free box that I'm talking about is not just Gluten Free its Allergen free.  5 lbs for $23.00.  No Gluten: wheat, rye, barley:  no peanuts, soybeans, milk, eggs Fish, Crustacea, Tree nuts.  Thanks Betty, hope you don't mind passing this on Kathy Mansfield

11/22/09
The following document is compliments of the Atlanta GIG Group:
Gluten Free Turkeys by Manufacturer from Harris Whole Health
(www.harriswholehealth.com)

Here’s a list of information from many major brands of turkey. This list was partially updated Nov 2nd 2009 by Harris Whole Health

General turkey tips:

  • Fresh, plain turkeys that are not stuffed are naturally gluten free
  • All regular stuffed turkeys contain gluten, even if you don’t eat the stuffing.
  • Avoid the gravy packets (the only exception is certain Butterball turkeys)
  • When in doubt, use your cell phone to call the manufacturer while you are in the store

Turkey List

  • Aaron’s Best Shipped Kosher turkey, goose, duck, etc. WITH GF stuffing (buckwheat, quinoa or rice). Pricey, but wow! Here’s their product list. Checked Nov 09
  • Butterball 800-288-8372 http://www.butterball.com/

From the Butterball website Nov 09:

  • Do Butterball® products contain any allergens like gluten? Butterball product labels let consumers know whether any of the top eight allergens may be present in the product. For example, a label may read ”contains wheat and dairy.”– Specifically, gluten is not present naturally in turkey. It may be present in our gravy packets, additional rubs or flavors, and in our stuffed products.
  • Empire Kosher Poultry 717-436-5921 Listing of all GF Products (accessed Nov 09)
  • Honeybaked Ham Per and email from HBH, ”The Hams and Turkeys are all Gluten Free”. Here is info on their other products. The Honey Baked Ham office in Georgia reports that as of November 1st, 2007, their glaze is made without any gluten. They have updated their website to reflect this information that their products are, indeed, gluten free (accessed Nov 09)
  • Honeysuckle White 316 -683-4691 Honeysuckle White Turkeys are GF, but some of their other products have gluten. A list of products that DO have gluten here. All other products are GF, according to the manufacturer. (updated Sept 12, 2008)
  • Hormel Foods 1-800-523-4635 List includes turkey products and ham, too. (updated Sept 12, 2008)
  • Jennie-O 800-523-4635 Listing of all GF products (accessed Nov 09)
  • Perdue 800-473-7383 Listing of all GF products. (accessed Nov 09)
  • Shelton (www.sheltons.com) - http://www.sheltons.com/cgi-bin/sheltons/gluten_free.html
  • Shadybrook Farms 1-888-723-4468 New listing of products that are NOT GF (all others are GF) (updated Nov 09)
  • Wellshire Farms (856) 769-8933 Info on gluten and many other allergens for turkeys, hams and other products, too. (updated Nov 09)

* Disclaimer: This information is based on websites, email and telephone correspondence and is intended for informational purposes only and not as medical advice. Harris Whole Health is not responsible for any changes in ingredient lists, and always recommends double checking all labels.*

Articles

Gluten-free Thanksgiving easier than ever
The Thanksgiving meal typically features high-gluten dishes including stuffing, potatoes and baked desserts. New products and resources mean it's possible to enjoy cornbread, butternut squash pie and other dishes on a gluten-free diet. National Public Radio (11/18)

ABC Publishes Thanksgiving Article
http://www.examiner.com/x-5121-DC-Gluten-Free-Examiner~y2009m11d17-ABC-publishes-Thanksgiving-with-food-allergies-article

Butterball Turkey Gravy Packets are Gluten Free
http://www.examiner.com/x-12164-GlutenFree-Food-Examiner~y2009m11d18-Butterball-turkey-gravy-packets-are-now-glutenfree

Nestle’s Gluten Free Product List
http://www.examiner.com/x-12164-GlutenFree-Food-Examiner~y2009m11d15-Nestle-glutenfree-product-list-makes-Thanksgiving-a-little-easier

Gluten Free Turkey
http://www.examiner.com/x-15655-Columbus-GlutenFree-Food-Examiner~y2009m11d18-Glutenfree-101-Is-turkey-glutenfree

Thanksgiving Ideas from Food Bloggers
http://glutenfreedomatlanta.com/2009/11/thanksgiving-tips-recipe-ideas-from-other-bloggers/

Tips for Baking/Cooking
http://www.examiner.com/x-20151-Manchester-Gluten-Free-Examiner~y2009m11d18-Going-Gluten-Free--Tips-for-Baking--Cooking

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving from Appetizers to Dessert
http://www.examiner.com/x-20151-Manchester-Gluten-Free-Examiner~y2009m11d14-A-Gluten-Free-Thanksgiving-from-Appetizers-to-Dessert

Turkey Tips
Connie Sarros, gluten free cookbook author and speaker, brings us these ”Turkey Tips”– just in time for Thanksgiving. This information was obtained from the "Gluten-free Newsletter" by Connie Sarros.

I am also including some recipes for gluten free dressing and homemade cranberry relish from our members. These recipes are easy to make and are a nice addition to any Thanksgiving meal.

Turkey Facts by Connie Sarros

Thawing the turkey ~~ It is recommended that turkey be thawed in the refrigerator to eliminate the growth of bacteria. Allow at least one day of thawing for every four pounds of turkey, or 5 hours in the refrigerator for every pound of turkey.

Size of the turkey ~~ A 15 pound turkey feeds about 10 people with a bit leftover for a casserole the next day.

Sex of the turkey ~~ Hens (female) usually weigh less than 15 pounds. Toms (male) generally weigh more than 15 pounds. Gender makes no difference in terms of flavor, texture or tenderness.

Age of the turkey ~~ Age does make a difference. The younger the bird, the tastier the turkey. Try to avoid any turkey that is over 6 to 7 months old.

Stuffing the turkey ~~ If you are making a stuffing, it is safer to bake it in a casserole than placing it inside the turkey. Instead, place a quartered onion, some carrot and celery sticks, garlic cloves, and a quartered lemon inside the turkey to add flavor to both the turkey and the broth.

Baking the turkey ~~ A 10 to 18 pound turkey will take approximately 3 1/2 hours to bake. For an 18 to 22 pound turkey, allow up to 4 1/2 hours baking time.

Turkey Stuffing ~~ Gluten-free bread dressing is best when made with porous bread. If you don't have any, substitute thawed gluten-free waffles to use in place of the bread.

Turkey garnishes ~~ Prepare, cover and refrigerate garnishes ahead of time so there's no last minute cleaning or chopping. Sage leaves and curly parsley can be placed around a roast turkey, or lay orange slices, cranberries or edible flowers around the roast. If the turkey is already sliced and set out on a platter, sprinkle the edges of the platter with snipped parsley or set the slices on curly endive. Baked acorn squash rings filled with cranberry relish make a pretty garnish. Other choices may include brandied peaches or sugared walnuts.

Thanksgiving Products by Category and Manufacturer

Casseroles and Fixings

  • Bread Crumbs:  Gillian's Foods, Holgrain, Orgran, Southern Homestyle, Schar, and Whole Foods
  • Canned Green Beans:  Del Monte and Hanover
  • Cream of Soup:  Ener-G (mix), Full Flavor Foods (mix), Glutino (mix), Health Valley, Imagine, and Progresso (premade).If you are using a premade soup you need to thicken it with a little cornstarch prior to adding it to your casseroles because these soups are not condensed
  • Funyuns Fried Onions “ can be used as a topping on Green Bean Casserole.
  • Marshmallows:  Kraft Brand Jet Puffed Marshmallows and Suzanne’s (Dairy Free)
  • Stocks :  Better Than Bullion, Glutino, Imagine, Organic Gourmet Bouillon Cubes, Pacific Foods, Seitenbacher  

Corn Bread and Stuffing

  • Aleia’s - stuffing cubes
  • Bob's Red Mill corn bread mix
  • Garden Fields - stuffing cubes and bread cubes
  • Gluten Free Naturals white and multigrain bread mix and cornbread mix
  • Gluten-Free Pantry cornbread mix
  • Really Great Food cornbread mix
  • Whole Foods Gluten-Free Bakehouse - premade cornbread and stuffing cubes
  • Gluten Free Bakeries “ many online bakeries make gluten free cornbread this time of year, like:  Everybody Eats, The Grainless Baker (Corn Muffins), Gluten Free Creations Bakery

Desserts

  • Premade or Ready to Bake:
    • American GraFrutti - They’ll Never Know cake
    • Everybody Eats - Cinnamon Rolls
    • French Meadow Bakery - Brownies and Chocolate Chip cookie dough
    • Glutenfreeda -Cookie dough in multiple flavors that is ready to bake
    • Kinnikinnick - Brownies and Cinnamon Rolls
    • Pamela’s Products - Cheesecakes in multiple flavors, chocolate cake and coffee cake
    • Shabtai Gourmet - Apricot, Raspberry and Chocolate Rolls
  • Carnation Evaporated milk
  • Libby's brand canned pumpkin/regular pumpkin and pumpkin pie mix
  • Mixes - brownies, cake, cookies, etc.:  123 Gluten Free, Authentic Foods, Cause You’re Special, Cherrybrook Kitchen, Gluten Free Naturals, Gluten Free Pantry, Namaste Foods, Orgran, Pamela’s Products, Really Great Food and Tastes Like Real Food
  • Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce
  • Pie Crust:
    • Mixes - Authentic Foods, Breads by Anna, Cause You're Special, Gluten Free Pantry and Really Great Food
    • Premade-Whole Foods Gluten-Free Bakehouse, and Gillian’s Foods
  • Pie:
    • The Grainless Baker - apple, blueberry, pumpkin and chocolate pies
    • Whole Foods - premade pies
  • Whipped Topping: Cool Whip, Reddi Whip, Rod's Dairy-Free, Tofutti Soy and Rice Whip topping

Gravy

  • Full Flavor Foods mixes
  • Imagine - heat and serve
  • Maxwell's Kitchen mixes
  • Road's End/Golden, Savory Herb, Shitake Mushroom vegetarian mixes
  • Seitenbacher - brown gravy mix

Rolls/Bread

  • 123 Gluten Free - Biscuit, Roll or Muffin Mix
  • Against the Grain - premade
  • Breads by Anna mixes
  • Chebe mixes
  • Ener-G premade rolls
  • Everybody Eats - premade
  • Glutino/Gluten Free Pantry mixes
  • Grainless Baker “ premade rolls
  • Kinnikinnick Bread and Bun mix
  • Pamela's Products Wheat-Free Bread mix or Baking and Pancake mix
  • Schar “ White and Multigrain bread and White Rolls
  • Tastes Like Real Food “ White bread or Whole meal bread mix
  • Udi™s Gluten Free White and Multigrain Bread
  • Whole Foods Gluten-Free Bakehouse “ premade breads and rolls

Thanksgiving Recipes

Cranberry Orange Relish

  • 12 ounces of fresh or frozen organic cranberries
  • 1 medium organic orange
  • -1 cup honey, or stevia to taste.

Slice unpeeled orange into eighths, remove seeds. Place half of the cranberries and half of the orange in food processor container. Process until mixture is evenly chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with remaining cranberries and orange slices. Stir in honey or stevia to desired sweetness. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Cream of Mushroom Soup by Carol Fenster Wheat-Free Recipes and Menus
Carol recommends using canned mushrooms, but some people use fresh

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced (I use a little garlic powder - just a light sprinkling
  • 3 cups evaporated skim milk, soy milk - I used 2% The next time I may use 2 cups chicken broth and 1 cup milk to improve the background flavor
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch or 3 Tablespoons Sweet Rice Flour - I used 4 for additional thickness
  • Mix rice flour with 1/4 cup water
  • 3 (7 oz cans sliced or chopped mushrooms, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg - I omitted this
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme - I omitted this

Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 8- 10 minutes, until the onion is tender.

Stir in the milk and heat until bubbles form around the edges. Stir in the thickening until blended. Whisk constantly until mixture thickens, do not boil.

Stir in the mushrooms and remaining ingredients. Heat to serving temperature, but do not boil.

Side Dish Recipes

Gluten free fried onion rings for green bean casserole by Carol Hinton

1/2 cup potato starch 1/2 cup tapioca starch 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp paprika 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 3/4 cup milk 1 large egg 1 tbsp oil pearl onion-fresh vegetable oil for frying

Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. Combine liquid ingredients until mixed well. Add to dry mixture and stir until smooth. Peel and slice onions as thinly as possible. Add onions to batter and let sit while your oil heats. Using a slotted spoon that is safe to use in your fryer, drain off as mush batter as possible and lower into hot oil. Allow to fry until onions start to turn brown and remove to paper towels. Drain and top your casserole!

Wild Rice Stuffing

  • cup Wild Rice uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • cup brown rice
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 3 teaspoons Saffron Rice Seasoning
  • tsp. pepper
  • 4 cups Fresh sliced mushrooms

Rinse wild rice in a strainer under cold running water for 1 min. In med. Saucepan, combine wild rice, water, onion, brown rice, Saffron Rice Seasoning, Thyme and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 45 minutes.

Southern Cornbread Dressing by Patsy Fier

Ingredients 10 ½ c. Cornbread, crumbled*

8 Eggs**

8 c. Broth (turkey, chicken, pork)

1 tsp. Pepper

1 c. Margarine, melted

1 Tbsp. Salt

1 c. Onion, finely diced

1 Tbsp. Sage or Poultry Seasoning

1 c. Celery, finely diced

Directions:
Beat eggs slightly. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Mixture will be thin. Cook in a 10 x 15– pan at 350° for about an hour or until golden brown.

*Cornbread should be made from 2 parts cornmeal to 1 part GF flour mixture

**Put some of the eggs in the cornbread before it is cooked, then put the remainder of the eggs in the dressing mixture.

Dessert Recipes

Bread Recipes

Kathy's GF Cornbread Dressing: Kathy Taylor

  • 8 cups of crumbed cornbread (double the cornbread recipe)
  • 1/2. c. diced onions
  • 1/2 c. chopped celery
  • 2 packed tbsp. rubbed sage
  • 1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c. gf vegetable broth or poultry broth (I used the drip-pings from our smoked turkey).

Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. Mix in beaten egg and broth. Spread in a 13 x 9 inch sheet cake pan. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.

Serves 12-16.

“Good GF Gravy, its Thanksgiving!”

For gravy is use a 1:1 mixture of corn starch and an all purpose GF flour, add 1/8 tsp. of xanthan gum and mix into cooled poultry broth in a blender. Then I add the mixture to a heated pan with a minimal covering of water across the bottom of the pan and stir. I season with salt to taste. You end up with a smooth Thanksgiving gravy that even your Mother-in-Law will complement!

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All of us at Domata Living Flour want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.   To thank you for another wonderful year we are offering you a 15% discount on our products that you order on line between now and December 31.  Please go on line to our website at www.domatalivingflour.com, and enter the code MERRY-CHRISTMAS

Your discount will show up at the end of the order. This offer is for retail, on-line orders only.  Thank you and God Bless every one of you.

Iris Lutkewich, CEO/CFO
Ed Lutkewich, Senior Vice President
Jack Jackman, President
Danyell Barnes, Executive Assistant

P.S. The Christmas Season is upon us, so place your orders no later than December 11th for Christmas delivery.

Betty Barfield
President, North Texas Gluten Intolerance Group
manager@northtexasgig.com
www.northtexasgig.com
817-929-9227

11/18/09
Dear Reta McCallum:

Thank you for taking the time to contact our Coastal Range Organics Consumer Affairs Department.  Our turkeys are gluten free.

Sincerely,
Vickie Medeiros, Consumer Affairs Representative (found at Costco)

I was able to buy Honeysuckle turkey breasts with a RICE flour gravy packet at Albertson's!!! 
Carole McCarthy

8/11/09
Gluten Free Adventures: Udi's: Bread Heaven
By Debbie
Just this past week Gluten Free Specialty started carrying an amazing new bread:Udi's. It comes in multi-grain and white sandwich varieties, and both are amazing! It's gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut free. ...
Gluten Free Adventures - http://sacgfgirl.blogspot.com/

8/3/2009
From Carrie:  Betty Crocker is giving away coupons for free mixes at http://www.befreefo rme.com/blog/ ?p=961  and from Kim: 

General Mills is offering a FREE coupon for any one of their new Betty Crocker gluten-free baking mixes!  To redeem your free box, call General Mill's customer service number at:  1-800-446-1898, which is the same number listed on the Betty Crocker boxes.

Then, at the main menu press "4".  The representative will then ask for your zip code, and if you / your household is gluten-free or limiting gluten, where you normally shop for gluten-free foods, and your address. General Mills promises not to sell or share this info.  According to General Mills, this offer is good until further notice. The coupon will be sent to your home from General Mills within 2-3 weeks. It is good for one (1) box of the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Baking Mixes (There are four types: Yellow or devil food cake mixes, Chocolate Chip Cookies or Brownie Mix.

French Meadow Bakery’s Delicious new GLUTEN-FREE addition!

Wrap up your sandwich in style with our low-fat Gluten-Free Tortillas. Made with rice flour and tapioca starch, these tortillas are so good, you won’t miss the wheat. They’re perfect for sandwich wraps, quesadillas, breakfast burritos, and homemade tortilla chips. Gluten-Free Tortillas have zero grams of trans fat per serving, and are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group®. French Meadow Bakery is also a proud sponsor of the Celiac Disease Foundation.  Our gluten-free, lactose-free, casein-free and peanut-free tortillas are available online and in stores now!

Visit our website www.frenchmeadow.com to place your order and get coupons!
Emily Dingmann
Marketing Coordinator
French Meadow Bakery

7/27/09
Laura Stain is offering her baking services to those who loved her products when she was operating Laura’s Bistro in Plano.  She has an order form on which to order the items she’s offering to make.  Laura asked that I pass this order form on to you.  She will need to receive orders by Wednesday eve just to be certain that she can have all the ingredients together for what is ordered, although, additional orders will be considered if it is possible to fulfill them. Thank you.  Place your orders with Laura Strain, 469-879-4027 or her email at laura.strain@verizon.net

4/30/09
Dear Ms. Simmons:
Thank you for contacting General Mills regarding our gluten free products.

In addition to Rice Chex cereal, which is currently gluten free, the following products will be in national distribution beginning June 1st: 

  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • BC Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • BC Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Brownies 
  • BC Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix 
  • Corn Chex cereal
  • Strawberry Chex cereal
  • Honey Chex cereal
  • Chocolate Chex cereal
  • Cinnamon Chex cereal 

We are committed to creating the highest quality products for our consumers.  We appreciate your loyalty and hope you continue to enjoy our products.

Sincerely,
Harry Kendall
Consumer Services

4/13/09
From: consumerrelations@hain-celestial.com<consumerrelations@hain-celestial.com>
Subject: Hain-Celestial Ref. #: 1783937
To: lcann3@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009, 2:37 PM

Dear Ms. Cannafax,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Yellow Corn Taco Dinner Kit. We apologize for the delay in our reply and appreciate your patience. We strive to maintain the highest quality products and we appreciate your patronage.

This product does not contain any gluten ingredients.

We consider gluten to be in the following, barley, bulgur, couscous, durum, graham flour, kamut, malt , rye, semolina, spelt, triticale and any other types of wheat. We do not consider any oat products to be gluten free due to the fact that studies are needed to determine the long- term safety of oat consumption. The issue of cross contamination with oat and wheat remains a concern in North America.

We do not have lists of products that are specifically considered to be gluten free. Reading the label is the best way to check for the presence of ingredients which contain gluten. If gluten is an ingredient it is listed separately and not under "natural flavors" or "spices". Consumer health and safety is our number one concern, and we do not want to provide information which may not be accurate in the future.

The Hain Celestial Group's labeling declares major allergens (peanuts, soybeans, milk, eggs, fish, crustaceans, tree nuts, and wheat) and we follow the U.S. FDA's regulations. In addition, our labeling always declares gluten containing ingredients. We recognize the serious nature of the allergen issue and we strive to minimize risk.

Both major and minor ingredients of all products, as well as all processing procedures and equipment, are closely scrutinized and all potential allergen issues as determined by the Hain Celestial Group are declared on our labeling.

We assure you that strict manufacturing processes and procedures are in place and that all of our manufacturing facilities follow rigid allergen control programs that include staff training, segregation of allergen ingredients, production scheduling, and thorough cleaning and sanitation.

Thank you for your continued support. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-434-4246, Monday through Friday from 7AM - 5PM Mountain Time.

Sincerely,
Lynda
Consumer Relations Representative
Ref # 1783937


From: Consumer Response <ConsumerResponse@Ghirardelli.LINDT.com>
Subject: Ghirardelli Chocolate
To: lcann3@yahoo..com
Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 7:18 PM

Lori,

Thank you for contacting Ghirardelli Chocolate. In June 2008, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company started production of a new milk chocolate bar, Milk Chocolate Luxe with Crisps, which has a product containing barley malt as an ingredient. As a result, the line on which our chocolate bars and squares are produced, will now share a common line with barley gluten. The chocolate chips (60% Bittersweet, Semi-Sweet, and Milk Chocolate) line and powder line (hot chocolates and baking cocoas) will remain free of gluten ingredients.

Ghirardelli takes the following measures to reduce cross contamination on our production lines: lines are cleaned between the changing from one product to the next. The first two batches of any product made are disposed of and not packaged.

Sincerely,
Shawna Ortez
Senior Consumer Affairs Coordinator
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
1111 - 139th Avenue
San Leandro, CA  94578

3/31/09
Dear RoseMary Simmons,

Thank you  for your e-mail.
Gevalia coffee may contain trace amounts of Gluten.

If you require  additional information regarding our products or services, please  contact our Customer Service Center at 1-800-GEVALIA (1-800-438-2542) 24  hours a day, 7 days a week; visit our website at www.gevalia.com;  or e-mail us using our contact link at www.gevalia.com/contactus   We will be happy to assist you.

Sincerely,
Pamela, Customer  Service

3/27/09
Dear Ms. Simmons,
Thank you for contacting Nestle® Baking Products.

Labeling regulations require that if any of the eight recognized known allergens, such as gluten, are in the product, they must be listed in the ingredient statement. We always list the allergen by its common name.

Additionally, our factories, that use any of the recognized allergens as an ingredient, take all precautions to avoid cross contact of products that do not contain them. We always add a cautionary statement at the end of our packaging ingredient listing if a product is made on the same line or factory of those products containing a recognized allergen. It is recommended that you always check the label before purchasing a product. http://nestle-consumerservices.casupport.com/eglutenfree.pdf


Dear Ms. Barfield:
Thank you for contacting General Mills regarding our gluten free products.  The following products will be in national distribution beginningJune 1st: 

  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • BC Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • BC Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Brownies  
  • BC Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix  

We are committed to creating the highest quality products for our consumers.  We appreciate your loyalty and hope you continue to enjoy our products.

Sincerely,
Harry Kendall
Consumer Services

3/23/09
Dear Valued Consumer:
Thank you for contacting General Mills with your inquiry.  Along with Rice Chex, General Mills is  reformulating the following Big G Cereals to gluten free status:

  • Corn Chex
  • Honey Nut Chex
  • Strawberry Chex
  • Chocolate Chex
  • Cinnamon Chex

Production for this cereal has begun and you should begin seeing these cereals available on store shelves soon. All products listed should be available by June 1st, 2009.

As with any reformulated product, both products may be on the store shelves at the same time so consumers are encouraged to read labels/packaging carefully. Consumers should carefully examine the product packaging to ensure that the cereal inside the box is in fact the new, gluten free product.  Look for ”NOW GLUTEN FREE” or ”GLUTEN FREE” on the front/side/back panels. We hope you find this information helpful.  Please let us know if we can help you again.

Sincerely,
Allison Owen
Consumer Services
General Mills

2/11/09

The following message is from the NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison. Please share the information:

With the increasing questions and concerns regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) peanut butter product recall, we thought that we would share the latest information from the FDA.  Please see the Web site link below for information. Also, you may obtain a fact sheet on salmonella at the NIH home page (www.nih.gov).  Recognizing that you may know someone or work directly with food allergy, food sensitivity, specialized diet constituencies or children and older adults, we ask that you please share this information with others. 
Thank you.  FDA Web site: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm

Cynthia Kupper, RD, Executive Director
Gluten Intolerance Group of North America
31214 - 124 Ave SE, Auburn WA 98092
P: 253-833-6655, ext. 104; F: 253-833-6675
www.GLUTEN.net;
www.GFCO.org;
www.GlutenFreeRestaurants.org

From: Sarah Hereford [mailto:sarah.hereford@mslworldwide.com]
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 2:12 PM
To: manager@northtexasgig.com
Subject: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Carrabba’s Gluten-Free Menu and the Chance to Win an Italian Cruise

Hello Betty

I thought your members would be interested in learning more about the gluten-free menu at Carraba's. Finding the perfect place to dine for Valentine's Day can be a challenge in itself, but it becomes even harder when you or your guests need gluten-free menu options. Carrabba’s Italian Grill is the perfect choice, with a gluten-free menu that features favorites like Chicken Marsala, Pollo Rosa Maria, Grilled Salmon and Chicken Bryan.

Carrabba’s is also hosting the ultimate pre-Valentine's Day celebration, "Dal Cuore Nights," meaning "From the Heart Nights," on February 11th and 12th. Guests who visit Carrabba’s on those days will receive $10 off any bottle of wine, and have the chance to win an Italian cruise for two.

I've listed additional details about the celebration below, and would love for you to pass along the information to your readers.  Let me know if you’d be interested in recipes or images of our gluten-free menu options.

Thanks,
Sarah Hereford

About Carrabba’s Dal Cuore Nights & Gluten-Free Dining

  • TheDal Cuore Nights celebration on February 11th and 12thincludes $10 off any bottle of wine, including Ruffino’s Dal Cuore di Carrabba wine, a limited-edition baby Super Tuscan created exclusively for Carrabba’s.  
  • In addition, guests dining on those two nights will receive a special Dal Cuore Valentine’s Day Card featuring a “heartfelt” quote. One lucky quote recipient will win a romantic Italian escape, including airfare, for two and a seven-night Italian cruise on MSC Cruises in a balcony stateroom (ARV: $7,000). 
  • Gluten-free diners can order from Carrabba’s signature Gluten-Free Menu (attached), which includes appetizer, entre and dessert favorites such as Cozze in Bianco, Shrimp Scampi, Grilled Salmon, Chicken Marsala and Pollo Rosa Maria.

Visit http://www.carrabas.com/carrabbas-dal-cuore-nights.aspx for more details.
Click for the Gluten Free Menu

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Sarah Hereford
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1/16/09
In our 2008-3 Newsletter we highlighted Uno Chicago Grill and let our members know that they were test marketing a gluten-free pizza in the select New England locations.

We just received notice that "Following a highly successful market test, Uno Chicago Grill will offer its new, Gluten-free pizza nationally. ...  In fact, word of mouth reaction from the gluten-free community during the north-eastern market test prompted the company to advance the timetable for a national roll-out."

Over the Thanksgiving holidays Ruth and I had the opportunity to taste this pizza and enjoyed it enough to order a second.  Oh, and they had Redbridge Beer available at the location we went to in Massachusetts. What a treat!

We are about to leave for out Club Med Ixtapa, Mexico Gluten-free Getawaythis evening, but wanted to share this exciting new with all of you.

We may have more news for members when we return about other items that are being considered by Uno's, as well as dollars savings coupons.

ENJOY ! !
Bob & Ruth Levy
Bob & Ruth's Gluten-free Dining & Travel Club
410-939-3218
http://bobandruths.com

10/22/08

~~THE QUESTION OF BLUE (BLEU) CHEESE~~
IS IT GLUTEN-FREE?

Used by Permission from Connie Sorros, the Gluten-Free Cookbooks/Online Newsletter
http://www.gfbooks.homestead.com

Once again the question has been asked, "Is blue cheese gluten-free?"  Blue cheese is made from penicillin roquforti which, in today's modernized world, most often produces spores in sterile fermenters (not on stale bread).  According to Wikipedia, "Blue cheese is a general classification of cow's milk, sheep's milk and/or goat's milk cheeses that has had Penicilliun cultures added so that the final product is spotted or veined throughout with blue or blue-green mold. Some blue cheeses are injected with spores before the curds have been formed and others have spores mixed in with the curds before they are formed. Blue cheeses are typically aged in a temperature-controlled environment such as a cave.

The brand names that come to mind when you say 'blue cheese' are Roquefort (made in the south of France), Gorgonzola (Italy), Stilton (England), Danablu (Denmark), and America's entry, Maytag Blue Cheese.  Keep in mind that, while NOT ALL blue cheeses are gluten-free, most are.

Most brands of blue cheese ARE gluten-free (but be sure to read the label each time before purchasing)  A few brands that are GF:

Cabot
Athenos
Clemson
Rosenborg
Boar's Head

King's Choice
Smoked Shropshire
Les Fromages D'Ann Marie
Whole Creamery Blue Cheese Crumbles
Lighthouse Idaho Blue Cheese Crumbles

The following brands of blue cheese are NOT gluten-free:
Sargento Blue Cheese
Organic Valley Blue Cheese Crumbles

8/19/08
Here is information about upcoming Gluten-Free 101 classes. Nine are registered so far for Thursday's class. Participants from past classes leave extremely encouraged and thankful for the information.

Thanks for passing-on this information to those who may need it.

Jennifer Cinquepalmi
The Complete Book of Gluten-Free Cooking
www.aidantbooks.com 
972-429-1610

8/12/08
Hello, fellow Texas Celiacs!

I've just launched a Gluten-Free Blog.  I looked at your very thorough site, and I'm sure it covers some of the same territory.  However, I work for the Star-Telegram, although, this is not a ST sponsored blog and I get to review new Gluten-Free products that our food editor gives me to try.  So, that would be unique content.  I also plan to add reviews of local restaurants as far as how GF friendly they are.

I'd love it if you would like to link to my blog.  It's at http://gfdfw.blogspot.com.  The same info can be found on facebook at http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/Gluten-Free-DFW/11434149958

I'd welcome other people to post on the site - and I'd be happy to include info about any events that you guys have.  We will link to it occasionally from the Star-Telegram whenever we do a GF/Celiac related story.

Let me know what you think!

Jen Friedberg
Multimedia Producer
Star-Telegram
(817) 390-7582

Dear friend from the Lone Star Support Group,

First of all would like to  congratulate you for your great work on the Dallas Support Group and on helpingFrom: Joan Popkin [gfgreatbakes@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2008 9:19 AM
Subject: Exciting news from Joan's GF Great Bakes! Hello everyone!

In the next day or two, Joan's will be re-launching a brand new website!  With the re-launch - we are also introducing some new products.  Products that our customers have been asking for!  

  • Sandwich rolls and Onion rolls that come 3 to a package, big enough for a deli sandwich. 
  • Our traditional NY Style Pizza crust now comes with the option of having it ready to bake, topped with sauce and cheese! 

We are sure that you will love these new additions to the product line.

The new website has been thoroughly tested, but as with anything new there may be some kinks left to work out.  Please be patient and let us know if you experience any difficulties - we think you will be very pleased with the new site.

We always welcome your feedback and appreciate your continued support.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.

Thank you -
Joan Popkin
www.gfgreatbakes.com improve the life of those with celiac  disease.

The reason I am getting in touch  with you is also to let you know that I am launching this week a guide  which I hope can help people with celiac disease and food  allergies to find restaurants, hotels and shops which can offer safe -- and tasty -- gluten-free (and dairy-free, egg-free, etc) options. This  guide (which is free) is purely ”community-driven”, which means  that all places are added by users themselves, who can use the guide to  share information and receive alerts in a number of ways (users write  reviews, comments, receive alerts of new places in a chosen area - or of  new reviews for their favorite places - print lists for taking in  trips, etc). The more people using it, including and reviewing places and  actively taking part of it the higher its potential to improve the quality of  life of people with celiac disease and food  allergies.

I have included a link to  the your Association in the  ”Resources” section. Also, when users enter the internal page of an  establishment (by clicking “more info”) they will be also able to see those  associations acting in an area (so they will see all Associations acting on a  national level, and all those acting in the same state/city as the  establishment). This was developed as a means of helping people to find help,  and as a means of supporting the wonderful work conducted by the Associations  working on the celiac and food allergy causes. I hope you like it, and I hope it  is useful. I know that you already offer really nice information  for eating out, but I believe that this community-driven guide might be a  complementary resource to help members when they are traveling to other countries. 

Below is a link to a video I  prepared (which lists the functionalities of the site), and then a link to the  site itself. I have included some establishments (mostly gluten-free), but  the idea is that the guide grows with the participation of people in this  community. Here are the  links:

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MYGWiqNx7w

Site: http://www.specialgourmets.com/

There is also a quick tour video,  which I have just uploaded to youtube and shows in more detail how users can use  the guide. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beRZoCVsarI

All the best and congratulations again for your great  work,

Cynthia  SchuckSpecialgourmets.com

7/9/08
Green's Beers from Belgium are now being sold in Texas.  Here is their website: http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/ 

All of the metroplex Market Street's (even our Colleyville store) are currently carrying the following Green's Beers:

  • Discovery Amber
  • Quest Tripel Blonde
  • Pathfinder Dubbel Dark

These are among the first gluten-free beers that offer true variety in styles.  We are very excited to offer these.

Roy Mohr
Beer and Wine Steward
561wine@UnitedTexas.com

MARKET STREET/United
McKinney, Texas
972/548-5140 Ext 5247

6/18/08
Steven Galante’s website, Celiac Today, provides excellent reading material to all celiacs.  It is well-organized with insightful articles and information.  It’s a site that has it all:  http://www.celiactoday.com/home.  I met Steven at the recent GIG conference and he’s committed to helping people with celiac disease around the world.  He started his website not too long after his son was diagnosed. Check it out.  Betty

6/17/08
Ben E. Keith is now the distributor of this new gluten free beer (http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/).

Email from the Ben E. Keith Rep:

Whole Foods Arlington does have it in stock now. They have all three flavors, but they have only made room for two on the shelf - if the one you want is not showing, please ask them because it’s in back. Central Market Fort Worth should be receiving theirs on Monday, June 16 and Market Street Colleyville has it displayed and ready.

Have a great day,
Michael 

If you have any questions about the beer, call your local store (Whole Foods, Market Street or Central Market) to ask about it.  This is all the information I have on it.  Some of you may have seen or tasted this beer at the conference.  They were one of our vendors.  Betty

5/21/08
Marys Gone Crackers
are now available in a 20 ounce box at all Costco stores in the Northwestern USA.  The Family Pack size of the delicious, organic, GF crackers contains two 10 ounce bags in 3 delectable varieties:  Original, Original/Herb or Original/Black Pepper.  Perfect for parties.  Loads of crunch in one big box!
For more info:
info@marysgonecrackers.com

5/20/08
A great website for a look at a presentation done for a culinary audience about celiac disease and preparation of GF foods:

http://www.calgaryceliac.com/awareness/Culinary%20Arts%20Program%20Version%20Handouts.ppt

This is presented by a Canadian celiac organization so some of the products mentioned in the package may be GF in Canada, but may not be GF here and vice versa. I’m sending because the package itself is good and well written.  Betty

5/17/08
My wife and I recently started a new resource for the gluten-free community and are trying to get the word out.  One of the things that we struggle with is enjoying mainstream things like we used to.  Obviously everyone has to really watch/adjust their food. The thing that surprised us was the 'living' part of it. Food magazines were still fun to look at, but not as interesting. Window shopping at bakeries just wasn't the same. Those types of things...

So we thought we'd try our hand at a magazine about the gluten-free lifestyle... it's been fun, and now we're trying to spread the word.  Here are the important details about the magazine.

  1) It's called Easy Eats and it's all gluten-free
  2) You can check out all the info online at www.glutenfreemag.com
  3) It's FREE - to subscribe, either check out the website or send an email to easy.eats@yahoo.com

Of course, this is something that is for the community and we'd love for you to let your group know about it.  So much of the celiac support is done locally, and we'd like to add to the growing awareness and resources that are available.

Thanks and enjoy!
Joel and Ellen

5/7/08
The following JetPack items are gluten free and can be purchased on domestic flights on American Airlines:
Breakfast JetPack:
Almond butter
Pears in pear juice
Strawberry preserves
White cheddar cheese
Emergen-C energy drink mix

Deli JetPack:
Salami
Cashew crunch
Asiago cheese spread
Cinnamon applesauce

On Transcontinental and International flights, full free gluten free meals will be provided in first, business or coach seating.  You must order at least 6 days ahead of your flight.  

Betty Barfield
President, North Texas GIG

4/20/08
For help in getting Bard's Tale Dragon's Gold Gluten-Free Lager in convience, grocery stores or restaurants, email: tsweeney@andrewsdistributing.com or call 972-765-0823.

4/12/08
For those of you interested in HEB Fully Cooked Burgers, I contacted HEB, knowing there is a new database available to the HEB employees.  Try this contact information below for your HEB questions.  If the system does not work for you, please let me know, and I can let them know.  HEB is eager to get  gf information to you as quickly as possible.

I also talked to them about their corn tortillas.  Any tortillas made in the tortilla machine in the bakery department at CM would not be considered GF.  Their packaged In House Brand corn tortillas are made of gf ingredients in Corpus Christi, in a room on a dedicated line that is cleaned according to industry standards.  The flour tortillas are made in a different room of that building. Meanwhile, let's put this new HEB system to the test.  Call or e-mail them with your questions, using the information below.

Anne Barfield
Alamo Celiac GIG
San Antonio Chair, Membership
www.alamoceliac.org
210 340-0648

Anne...The H-E-B Fully Cooked Burgers are Gluten Free. Please let everyone know they can contact our customer relations group directly with any Gluten questions.  They have access to the intranet Gluten Free list and can answer questions quickly.  If an item is not on the list, they will facilitate finding the answer from the specific product experts in a timely manner.

Here is their contact information: 
1 800 432.3113 (Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm)
Email: customer.relations@heb.com
www.heb.com contact us link
Address: H-E-B Customer Relations
PO Box 839999
San Antonio, TX78283-9963 

Central Market is owned by H-E-B

__________________________________________________________________

Besides Healthy Approach and Market Street carrying Breads from Anna mixes, Laura Strain’s Delicious N Fit, also carries her mixes. 

4/8/08
Bleu Cheese
– OK or not? And More Importantly, What To Look For...
One of the many foods you must be aware of is cheese.  Many kinds of cheese are OK, but some can be gluten contaminated.  One of those kinds is bleu cheese.

Bleu cheese is somewhat misunderstood.  There is a lot of confusing information about it.  For example, on www.curdnerds.com/node/216  (a cheese blog), someone wrote "only one Roquefort maker still acquires the mold in a traditional way, Papillon.  All others use cultured mold."  Another site, www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php??showtopic=14042 " has a discussion on whether the mold is started on bread or on some other medium.  Some of you reading all this might be thinking:
"MOLD????"

Yes, the bleu in bleu cheese is created by mold.  Bleu cheese is ordinary cheese that has been ripened through the process of bacteria acting on the Penicillium Roqueforti mold that has been introduced during the cheese-making process.  The mold creates the veins in the bleu cheese.

There are different kinds of bleu cheeses – Roquefort, Gorgonzola, and Stilton to name a few.   Roquefort was originally made using bread as the mold medium.  And that's where all the confusion comes about for Celiacs.  Anything that may or may not have used bread in the process can potentially make me and you sick.   That's what the people at "curdnerds" are talking about when they say the Roquefort is made in the "traditional way".

Today, most bleu cheese is not made using a bread medium.  The mold is grown in a controlled laboratory using mold created from prior batches without bread.  I never did find out what medium is used, but it appears to be some kind of scientific mold-growing medium that wouldn't mean a thing to most of us.

Roquefort is the only bleu cheese that has ever been made using mold grown on bread.  There are brands, such as Papillon, that continue to produce Roquefort the old-fashioned way, but most brands don't include bread anymore.

Block cheese is the safest bleu cheese to eat.  It has no gluten unless it has been added, so I always read the label when I buy block bleu cheese.  But salad dressings are trickier.   Most salad dressings not labeled "gluten free" are going to have gluten even if just as the thickener.

To be honest, I did not find that many companies that will label their bleu cheese dressings as being gluten free.  That makes me suspicious right away.  But you can look at www.saputo.com and find some gluten free blue cheese and Gorgonzola.  Also, Kraft, Cracker Barrel, Crystal Farms and Athenos make gluten free bleu cheese and bleu cheese dressing.   There is also gluten free Stella Asiago bleu cheese.

I must caution you again to always read the label before you try a new brand of dressing.  I personally don't automatically take the words "gluten free" on a label at face value.  I like to verify it in two ways.  First I read the label.  Then often I email the company and ask them to verify it's gluten free so I have a written response.

There are many brands that sell bleu cheese dressings that don't contain gluten.  Even if you're gluten intolerant, you can keep eating bleu cheese dip if you shop carefully.

copied from Glutenfree Club website

4/7/08
Gluten Intolerance: a Paradigm of an Epidemic”

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_2002_Dec/ai_94538644

A great article for you and your doctor.  Betty


From Laura Strain, Delicious N Fit:

I have added a comment page to our website where you can enter your comments about the restaurant.  I would appreciate it if you have positive comments please post them on the site.  If you have negative, please call me directly!!!!

Many of you love our iced sugar cookies.  Soon you may be able to purchase these at your favorite Whole Foods.  We are working through another company that asked us to produce for them a gluten free seasoned bread crumb that they can include in their product line up.  At the same time this company presented to Whole Foods our iced cookies and croutons.  Both were well received and approved by Corporate and Regional Offices to be put into the stores.  It will still be a few months as we are working on packaging, boxing etc.  The other company is Four Sisters and A Brother.  The croutons and bread crumbs will be in the stores under their name while the cookies are under the brand name of Laura Girl's Cookies.

We are very excited about this opportunity but it will put a greater demand on our bakery.  In order to accommodate our baking needs we are requesting at minimum 48 hours advance in ordering baked goods.

April 23rd I will be speaking at a seminar being held by Central Market in Plano on Coit about gluten free diets and products.  They will be putting up flyers around the store about the event.  Hopefully, this will help even more GF persons find out about our will hidden treasure.

Speaking of hidden treasure, I wrote a story about the store on www.Neighborsgo.com it is titled, "This restaurant is a hidden treasure"  basically it extolls our misfortune of having such a poor location but why the restaurant continues to grow despite it.  This site allows for comments and reviews.  I don't know if more volume and reviews promotes it or gets the attention of Dallas Morning News but it certainly can't hurt.  So if you get a chance you might check it out at http://www.neighborsgo.com/stories/13155

Thank you,
Laura Strain
Delicious N Fit
www.delicious-n-fit.com

4/1/08
Fellow Celiacs,

 We believe you will love our NEW baking mixes from TastesLikeRealFood.com .

That's whyWe Will Pay the Shipping Feesnow through April 7th on Norway's Favorite Baking Mixes for Celiacs.Discover the remarkable taste and texture everyone's talking about.

    “Remember comfort foods when you were young?Try their peanut butter cookies, and you'll think you’re 5 again!”
    Theresa Brandon, Cedar Rapids GIG

Visit our site to order http://www.tasteslikerealfood.com/celiac-safe-baking-mixes.html.

Are you a member or leader of a local Celiac Support Group? If you would like flyers or more information, please let me know!

Sincerely,
Jenny Bosking, President
jenny@tasteslikerealfood.com

3/25/08
Hello Everyone:
I just returned from Natural Products Expo West where new products are unveiled, including many new gluten-free products.  So, this month’s issue of Carol’s Culinary Cues is all about these new products, along with the company web sites so you can check them out for yourself.

IN THIS ISSUE:
New Gluten-Free Products

You will find this issue at: http://www.savorypalate.com/ezine/March2008.aspx

 Enjoy!

Carol Fenster, Ph.D., President/Founder
Savory Palate. Inc.; 800.741.5418; 303.741.5408.
8174 S. Holly Street, #404, Centennial,CO  80122
Author: Gluten-Free 101 (Savory Palate, 2006)
Author: Cooking Free (no gluten, dairy, eggs) (Avery, 2005)
Author: Wheat-Free Recipes & Menus (Avery, 2004)
Author: Carol's Culinary Cues monthly e-newsletter(free sign up at 
http://www.CarolFenster.com
Culinary consultant to food manufacturers, including industry leader Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc.
Savory Palate, Inc. also publishes Gluten-Free Friends by Nancy Falini, RD and Food Allergy Field Guide by Theresa Willingham 

_____________________________________________________

And from American Airlines, Special Meals by Request on certain flights are now available:
http://www.aa.com/aa/pubcontent/en_US/travelInformation/duringFlight/dining/specialMeals

Betty Barfield
President, North Texas GIG

_____________________________________________________

From Cassandra Gee:
General MillsRice Chex is now rolling out Gluten Free.  They've removed the malt.  It will be awhile before it hits most store shelves.

http://www.bellinstitute.com/wic/topic/section_detail.aspx?cat_1=200&selectCatID=200&catID=200&itemID=6173

3/16/08
http://www.tasteslikerealfood.com/celiac-safe-baking-mixes.html

Fellow Celiacs,
Our first shipment of Toro™ Brand products has arrived from Norway!

You and your group members will SAVE 10% on your first order by  clicking on the link above and using coupon code 123456 at checkout. Hurry, this coupon code expires March 31!

Discover the remarkable taste and texture of Toro™ Brand baking mixes.  Celiac-safe, and trusted in Europe for 30 years.

Sincerely,
Jenny  Bosking
President, tasteslikerealfood.com
jenny@tasteslikerealfood.com

3/20/08
For you moms of GF kids:  Places to purchase Play Dough WITHOUT the gluten.  Regular Play Dough is NOT GF:  www.aroma-dough.com and http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?es=&product=7566&PartnerURL

Or use this recipe to make at home:

GLUTEN FREE PLAY DOUGH
2 cups rich flour
2 cups salt (makes it unpalatable to eat)
1 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 cup water
A few drops of food coloring (optional)

Mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a saucepan.  Add the oil and gradually blend in the water and food coloring, if using.  Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until mixture is stiff and leaves the sides of the pan clean.  Leave until cool enough to handle, then knead gently on the work surface until smooth. Store in airtight container.

Let your child’s teachers know that your child cannot use regular Play Dough and be ready to have a substitute ready.

3/18/09
Dear Gluten Intolerance Group Member,

Greetings and salutations from the makers of GLEE GUM. We are writing to introduce you to our delicious, all natural chewing gum -- which is also gluten-free!

Glee Gum contains no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners -- who needs 'em? The secret to Glee's great, chewy texture can be found in the natural chicle gum base that we use. Chicle is a tree sap, harvested sustainably from the rainforests of Central America. Harvesting chicle helps to conserve the rainforest, giving trees more economic value standing than chopped down. And it also helps the folks who live in forest regions to make a living. Chicle’s the original material from which all chewing gum was once made. You know what they say if it ain't broke!

To learn more about Glee Gum or to find a store near you, please visit our website at www.gleegum.com.  And send us an email if you'd like to try a free sample. Glee Gum comes in Peppermint, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Bubblegum and Spearmint flavors, and you're sure to love them all!  Check out the Glee 5 Gum Sales Sheet.

Thanks for your time and consideration, and best of luck with your gluten-free diet!

Gleefully yours,
Anna Mulligan
Verve, Inc. ~ 305 Dudley St. ~ Providence, RI 02907
p: 401-351-6415 ~ f: 401-272-1204
All Natural Glee Gum & Make Your Own Candy Kits
www.gleegum.com


From: jbradley@glutenfreesuccess.com

Imagine what it would be like to be evacuated in a natural disaster (like a flood), and unable to return to your home.

Now imagine living gluten free in temporary housing for three or more months. What would you do?

Fortunately, I have some answers for you. I learned a lot about living in motels and hotels in the months after this actually happened to me this past year.

I have chosen to look at the good that has come out of the situation and wish to share what I have learned about Gluten Free Success for the Traveler.

Traveling can be fun...  but only on a well-feed gluten free stomach.
Here are some of the solutions I have found:

*Creating a rolling travel duffle for cooking basics with a minimum of weight.
*The very BEST travel cooking appliance.
*A shopping/reminder list for travel foods.
*Travel tested gluten free (GF/CF) recipes (over 40) for the solo and family traveler.
*How to create your own travel mixes and condiments.
*Making a great meal from a hotel continental breakfast.
*How to make a crisis kit for a natural emergency.

So many good travel experiences can be ruined by a sudden gluten relapse. For the solo business traveler or the family group, a little planning can go along way to making your trip a healthy adventure.

I have written Glutne Free Success for the Traveler as a manual for getting people started on a healthy gluten free trip. The guide is available from the GlutenFreeSuccess.com website, or by using this direct link.

I wish you many happy and healthy travels in your future.

3/12/08
I am very pleased to report that Dragon's Gold from Bard's Tale Beer is now available in North Texas.  Market Street in McKinney, located at 6100 W Eldorado Parkway, has received the very first shipment in the metroplex. Our sister store in Allen should receive their shipment later this week. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 972.548.5140 or by email 561wine@unitedtexas.com.  Thank you.


Roy Mohr
Beer and Wine Steward
561wine@UnitedTexas.com
MARKET STREET/United
McKinney, TX
972/548-5140 Ext 5247

3/2/08
A new product from Joan Popkin, who makes those wonderful bagels that come as frozen dough, ready to bake from New York. If you’re interested in finding out more about Joan’s pizza crust or bagels (which are wonderful NY style bagels, send her an email):

To my valued customers and dear friends, I feel I have to share a special treat with all of you. It has taken me a long while to be able to produce my grandsons favorite pizza in large enough quantities to market.  The new Sicilian was again designed with my daughter-in-law Angela in mind. It is already made up with sauce and cheese and goes from the freezer to the micro and then the oven in the same pan.  No effort for an already busy Mom and the kids LOVE it. It has the wonderful, soft bread texture that they crave, a wonderful golden crust and loads of stretchy cheese.  I hope that you will try it next time you order and you will soon be able to find it some of your favorite stores.  I would also like to thank you all for your continuing support during our growing pains.

Joan Popkin
www.gfgreatbakes.com
gfgreatbakes@yahoo.com

2/26/08
Attached please find information about a new product that will be introduced at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, March 14-16.

Kimberlee Ullner
1-2-3 Gluten Free, Inc.
5145 Penton Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA15213
kim@123glutenfree.com 
www.123glutenfree.com

2/13/08
Garrett Popcorn is known throughout the Chicago area as one  of the tastiest snack foods you can find on Michigan  Avenue.

Title: Corporate Gifts
Description: Garrett Popcorn is known throughout the Chicago area as one of the tastiest snack foods & makes an excellent corporate gift.
URL: http://www.garrettpopcorn.com

Roger  Hackney
rhackney@cybeactivemarketing.com
Cyberactive  Marketing
9831 E Bell Rd. #110
Scottsdale, AZ  85260 

1/21/08
Gluten Intolerance Group
Digestive Health SmartBrief Blast Message

SUBJECT:  New health resource from the American College of Gastroenterology

Dear Member of the Gluten Intolerant Community,

I’m sending you this note to let you know about an outstanding new health resource from the American College of Gastroenterology:  a free email newsletter called Digestive Health SmartBrief.  This weekly news service pulls together the top digestive health stories from more than 600 reputable websites, summarizes the articles, and links to the original stories online.  Since the stories are selected by knowledgeable healthcare editors and reviewed by a panel of ACG physicians, this newsletter is a great way to ensure you’re getting the most timely, accurate information relevant to your digestive health.

Recent stories include:

  •          Companies find niche in gluten-free market (Kansas City Star)
  •          Tips for gluten-free dieters during the holidays (The Denver Post)
  •          Difference between food allergy, intolerance explained (Nutrition Horizon)
  •          Maryland doctor makes understanding celiac disease his mission (The Baltimore Sun)

I encourage you to look at a sample newsletter and sign up to receive this valuable free resource.  If your doctor is not one of the 900 ACG members currently taking part in the program, simply choose "My doctor is not participating yet..." to sign up.

Sign up here: http://www.smartbrief.com/dhsb/?campaign=gig
Your information will never be shared and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Digestive Health SmartBrief is a terrific way to keep track of the latest gluten intolerance and digestive health news.  I hope you will take a moment to look for yourself.

Thank you,
Cynthia Kupper, RD, CD
Executive Director
Gluten Intolerance Group of North America
31214 - 124 Ave SE, Auburn WA 98092-3667
Phone: 253-833-6655          Fax: 253-833-6675
www.GLUTEN.net
www.GFCO.org
www.GlutenFreeRestaurants.org

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