I was so busy prepping for our gluten free 4th of July party yesterday, I forgot to post my menu plan! Well, better later than never, I say!
We had a wonderful time and nothing feels better than knowing all the food at the party is 100% gluten free…no risk for cross contamination and everyone feels included.
And that, is priceless.
One of my new friends, fellow gluten free blogger Jennifer from Friendship Without Bread, stopped by with her lovely family and we had a GREAT conversation about gluten showing up in many “natural” products, like diapers and feminine pads (I’ll refrain from adding my childish commentary to that one).
I know “they” say that the gluten protein is too large to enter through the skin, but even so…that doesn’t mean you can’t have a topical reaction to it, or even have it sneak into your mouth by way of eating something after having washed your hands with glutonium handsoap. Jennifer shared something in her blog post, “The Hidden Danger of GREEN for Celiacs” that really struck a cord with me, about the problems her son had with Huggies Natural diapers…my youngest son had a very similar problem when he was still diapers (ironically, Huggies Natural) with open, bleeding wounds on his bottom.
Have you ever noticed a topical reaction to non-edible products that contain gluten?
BBQ Ribs and Chicken using my Homemade Barbecue Sauce (I went this route in order to eliminate the need to buy expensive gluten free buns for everyone), Potato Salad (I used the new Soy-Free Veganaise…I actually like this stuff better than my old favorite, Hellmans!), Cole Slaw, Pasta Salad, Deviled Eggs, Raw Veggies with Dill Dip (for our dairy friends) and Hummus (dairy-free), Quinoa Salad (my friend Renee from Beyond Rice and Tofu brought this and it was delish!), Watermelon, Dairy-Free Ice Cream for dessert
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, grilled artichokes, salad
Grain-Free Salmon Cakes (I’m going to try these without the egg), Salad with Gluten Free, Dairy Free Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
I have several product reviews coming up this week, including one that my husband has been wanting to write for a long time…all about Gluten Free Beer! We took advantage of several of our gluten beer loving friends (including one who is a brewer himself and owns a local brew pub) yesterday and did a blind taste among several different gluten free beers:
I thought the results of this taste test were very interesting. There was a hands down #1 favorite among my beer samplers, as well as a unanimous vote for last place…
Can you guess the first and last place gluten-free beers?
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