Sunday, March 17, 2013

March Gluten-free Support Group Meeting

Please join me this Thursday for the Anchorage Gluten-free Support group from 6-8pm at The Natural Pantry Cafe on Old Seward Highway. Some gluten-free food samples will be available!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

March Recipe of the Month

Getting my green on for St. Patrick's Day!

Since my amazing experience in San Francisco with my foodie friends, my palate has grown to encompass more vegetables that I thought I would never eat. Beets for example are something I really like now. Brussel sprouts are the other one. I know what you're thinking - seriously? Brussel Sprouts? I used to wrinkle my nose when I passed them in the farmer's market or make a gagging noise every time I saw one on a menu somewhere. I truly disliked them. Actually, I despised them. However, after you've had them prepared by Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, they seem like little pieces of candy that you cannot stop eating. 

So, for St. Patrick's day, in honor of the color that represents this Irish tradition, I decided to try my hand at cooking up these once despised-vegetables. Since I don't have much experience with cooking these things and I didn't want to search the Internet forever, I did the smartest thing I could think of - I asked my foodie friends. Kyra Bussanich, owner of Crave Bake Shop and K.C. Pomering, of G-Free Foodie, help me come up with this simple recipe that I found fun and tasty!

Bacon Sauteed Brussel Sprouts

  • 4-5 slices of bacon, your choice of brand!
  • 1 lb of brussel sprouts, rinsed and stems cut
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional - parmesan cheese to sprinkle over them after they are cooked
1. Fry 3-4 slices of bacon up in a medium-sized pan. I use a low sodium, hormone-free one like Applegate Farms. I really like their products.

2. While they are cooking, you can slice the brussel sprouts in half if they are fairly large.

3. Once the bacon slices are cooked, remove them from the pan and set aside. Place the brussel sprouts in the pan with the hot bacon grease and lay the remaining slice of bacon on top while the brussel sprouts are cooking.

4. Sautee the brussel sprouts until both sides are golden brown.Once they are cooked, crumble the bacon and toss with the sprouts then serve. You can also sprinkle some Parmesan cheese or goat cheese on top. The finished product may look deliciously similar to this:


Friday, March 1, 2013

Your symptoms are NOT trivial

The Celiac Disease Foundation recently sent out an e-mail to remind people about their upcoming education conference in Pasadena, California May 4th and 5th. This two-day affair will be jam-packed with great information on Celiac Disease and it will showcase a lot of gluten-free vendors with some great items for the attendees.
One of the key note speakers that you will not want to miss will be addressing the harmful effects of gluten in those with Celiac disease. Also, Pamela's Products and Jones Dairy Farm will be teaming up to present a Gluten-free Pancake and Bacon Breakfast on Saturday May 4th. Scroll down to see a partial list of vendors and sponsors that will be there!

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"Celiac is not a trivial disease" 
Joseph Murray, M.D. 
  Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterologist
Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN
Joseph Murray, M.D., validates the harmful effects of gluten on the body...
  Hear his expert knowledge and more at the 2013 National Education Conference & Gluten-Free EXPO, May 4th-5th, 2013 in Pasadena, CA.

It's the place to be if you're gluten-free!
Special two-day event
National Education Conference & Gluten-Free EXPO
Expert physicians, Joseph Murray, M.D., and Peter H.R. Green, M.D., review the newest research in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Pharmaceutical companies share developments on emerging treatments and registered dietitians from top gluten-free food providers give insight on the gluten-free food industry.  From tips for living a happier and healthier gluten-free life to cooking demonstrations, tons of samples, a pancake & bacon breakfast, and a FIRST LOOK at the nation's largest Gluten-Free EXPO, this is an event you don't want to miss!
Attend Saturday's Conference and return on Sunday for free!
                      Saturday May 4th:    National Education Conference with 
                                                             exclusive access to Gluten-Free EXPO
              Sunday May 5th:      CDF Gluten-Free EXPO
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