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Updated: 2018-03-06T05:11:49.789-05:00


Gluten-Free on Twitter


It took a while, but I finally gave in to the Twitter trend - you can find my 'tweets' at - see you there!

Easy Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls


Read more about my EASY gluten-free dinner roll recipe at my new site.

Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Salad


Try this great recipe and read more about a delicious gluten-free salad at the new and improved A Gluten-Free Guide.

Savoy and Annisa Restaurants NYC Gluten-Free


Read more about eating gluten-free in NYC at these restaurants on A Gluten-Free Guide.

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A gluten-free guide to baking, recipes, cooking, food, restaurant reviews, product reviews and gluten-free travel tips. Your guide to living deliciously gluten-free.

A Gluten-Free Tour of Chicago


Read about my gluten-free adventures at restaurants and bakeries in Chicago.

Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese hits NYC


Read more about gluten-free macaroni and cheese on the new Gluten-Free Guide.

Gluten-Free Blue Cheese and Pear Salad


Read more about this recipe and gluten-free blue cheese at the new A Gluten-Free Guide site.

GF Rice Chex


GF Rice Chex, originally uploaded by A Gluten-Free Guide.

General Mills has reformulated Rice Chex to be gluten-free!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe


A Gluten-Free Restaurant Celebration at Mas (farmhouse)


Gluten-Free Lasagna and More!


A Gluten-Free Guide to Paris


Tips for gluten-free travel in Paris at the new site!



Tarte Tatin, originally uploaded by A Gluten-Free Guide.

No, Paris didn't lure me into her arms for good. But my site is moving - the site is easier to use with a brand new look and feel. I am still making a few changes so I would love to get your feedback. (you can email me at glutenguide at I will tempt you move with me with this post for - a luscious Gluten-Free Tarte Tatin Recipe - it is waiting for you at the new site.

Le Marais Market Montage


Le Marais Market Montage, originally uploaded by A Gluten-Free Guide.

I promise more details of my trip to Paris are soon to come, but it was full of shopping - not for the fashions and handbags that might come immediately to mind, but for cheese, vegetables, sausage, roasted chicken and all other kinds of culinary delights.

Wine and Cheese In Paris


Wine and Cheese In Paris, originally uploaded by A Gluten-Free Guide.

The first night of my weekend getaway....

Seared Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Spice Rub Recipe


.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, originally uploaded by A Gluten-Free Guide. I am back from my trip, with great food stories and photos to come this week, but I want to tide you over with another winter recipe to warm your hearth during these cold days. After making this Three Bean Turkey Chili, a savory dish with the surprising ingredients of cinnamon and cocoa powder, I was intrigued. I wanted to find other ways to put these spices to use in unexpected dishes.Pork tenderloin is a great lean cut of meat that I find easy to work with and more flavorful than a chicken breast. This spice rub is from Michael Chiarello. He’s one of those approachable chefs, someone you would hang out with. While the spice rub may take some effort to put together initially, it will keep in an airtight container for up to three months. Make it once and enjoy the fruits of your labors many times over.I have made this a few times since putting together the spice rub. The first time I served it with roasted pumpkin seasoned with nutmeg and a little melted butter. Curried roasted butternut squash and rosemary roasted root vegetables both made great pairs as well.Seared Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Spice Rub1 tablespoon whole white peppercorns1 tablespoon whole coriander4 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon2 teaspoons ground nutmeg1 teaspoon ground cloves3 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa4 tablespoons sea salt, preferably gray2 (2-pound) boneless pork tenderloins2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oilPreheat oven to 400 degrees.In a medium saucepan over medium heat, toast white peppercorns and coriander seeds until they begin to pop. Remove from heat and grind to fine powder in a spice mill or coffee grinder. Mix the ground pepper and coriander with remaining spices, cocoa and salt.Trim the pork tenderloins of fat and silver skin. Rub with a generous amount of the cocoa spice rub. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat until hot but not smoking. Sear each tenderloin on all sides until a rich brown color, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove tenderloins from heat and finish in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cooked through.Let the tenderloins rest out of the oven for at least 10 minutes before carving.The second time I made the rub, I couldn’t find the whole coriander and had to use pre-ground. It wasn’t quite as flavorful but no one else noticed![...]

A Valentine's Day MeMe


Happy Valentine's Day! I am leaving for a trip today - sure to return with new recipes, food and travel experiences to share with you. Before I go, I wanted to respond to Jeff's MeMe tag. (Since I already perpetuated this chain letter tradition in my first MeMe post, I won't be tagging anyone else.)

So here are a seven random facts about Ms. Gluten-Free Guide:

1. I love being an aunt. My adorable nephew lives in Texas now and I miss him terribly.

2. I live far away from my family but I talk to them on the phone almost everyday.

3. I am an eternal optimist.

4. As a yoga instructor I can now do backbends, forearm stands, handstands and all kinds of crazy things. But growing up, I couldn't even touch my toes.

5. I started eating sushi before eating cooked fish.

6. I helped Matt Damon get dressed once (you'll have to talk to me for the full story)

7. I overcame my fear this weekend, and chopped off my hair. It was scary, but now I love it.

It's a day to celebrate the important people in your life, go tell someone you love them!

Finding Gluten-Free Love


Gluten Free Friendship Bars III, originally uploaded by A Gluten-Free Guide.

My best Valentine’s day in recent memory was during my first year in Manhattan. My best friend sent me a surprise gift that absolutely made my day.

Cupid’s big day is around the corner yet again. Whether you have a sweetheart or not, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate love and friendship. There are plenty of gluten-free holiday candies. Necco brand conversation hearts and Hershey’s chocolate kisses are both gluten-free. For a full list of gluten-free candy, download this 32 page file. You won’t be lacking options, but your dentist might not be pleased.

If you want to make your own gluten-free Valentine’s day treats, try these Friendship Bars, Chocolate Fondue, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, or a gluten-free cupcake.

I am planning a trip for the day, no, not with a sweetheart (don't want Mom to get her hopes up) but to visit a friend that I love. I can't imagine a better way to spend the day.

New York Gluten-Free News


GF Beer Bread with Butter, originally uploaded by A Gluten-Free Guide.Living gluten-free in NYC is becoming just a little bit easier. Lilli and Loo recently launched a gluten-free menu, GourmetLand reintroduced their gluten-free menu and now some of my favorite gluten-free products are available in health food stores in the city. Le Garden GF Beer Bread PreparedLe Garden Gourmet Gluten-Free Bakery in upstate New York now has products available at two Manhattan stores: Food Liberation on Lexington and 89th 212-348-2286The Health Nuts, Inc. on Second Ave and 64th 212-593-0116I love their hearty artisanal gluten-free breads and their melba toasts can't be beat.Le Garden GF Beer Bread Mix, originally uploaded by A Gluten-Free Guide.I tried their gluten-free beer quick bread mix a couple months ago, using Redbridge gluten-free beer.It was absolutely delicious on its own, but paired wonderfully with my hearty turkey chili recipe.EveryBody Eats Garlic BreadEverybody Eats, a gluten-free bakery in Brooklyn, now has store hours on Saturdays AND is selling their products in Manhattan at Food Liberation on Lexington and 89th 212-348-2286.Kelly at the CeliacChicks, announced last week that gluten-free lasagna, baked ziti and more will be available by delivery from Food Matters. The company is the brainchild of Vanessa Phillips, the woman we also have to thank for the ever-expanding gluten-free menu at Lilli and Loo and now a gluten-free menu at PizzaBolla in downtown Manhattan.For those of you who live outside NY, don't fret, you can order products from Le Garden GF Bakery, Everybody Eats, and Food Matters. The shipping fees can sometimes be expensive, but trust me it's less than NYC rents.[...]

Gluten Free Chinese Food In NYC - GourmetLand on the Upper East Side


UPDATE February 2008 - after a brief closure, GourmetLand is back with a full and expanded gluten-free menu. And for even more GF Chinese food in Manhattan - try Lilli and Loo - it is fantastic.On Saturday night I told a married man “I love you!” No, I’m not cultivating a new identity as a home-wrecker. I just couldn’t contain my joy when I learned of all the accommodations Eric, the manager of a new Chinese food restaurant, is making for gluten free customers.I saw a single posting on the Celiac listserv a couple of weeks ago mentioning “GourmetLand’s gluten free Chinese food on the Upper East Side.” What? How could I not know about this? It can’t be. There must be some sort of mistake. Well, I decided to do some research and came across this menu online. Hmmm, no mention of the GFRAP or cross-contamination issues. I still had my doubts, but decided to check it out with my lovely friend Emily. I figured worst-case scenario, I could head to one of the other gluten free restaurants in the neighborhood.When we arrived at GourmetLand, we found a small upscale restaurant with a beautiful bar and affordable prices. I asked the hostess about their gluten free menu and she responded “Oh, I’ll let you talk to the manager, he’s really into the whole gluten free thing.” Hmmm, that’s a good sign. Eric, the manager came over to our table. I asked him about the gluten free menu and how they prevented cross-contamination with all of the other gluten containing foods in the kitchen. (Chinese food restaurants are usually quite difficult because they use the same woks repeatedly) He said “Oh, we have a whole section of the kitchen just for gluten free dishes. In fact, next week we will be getting a whole new menu offering a much wider range of appetizers, side dishes and main courses. I am also working with a pastry chef to get some more gluten free desserts on the menu. He’s just working to get certified with the proper Celiac groups.”It was at that point that I burst out with my declaration of love and asked Eric how he became acquainted with gluten free diners’ needs. Eric and his wife have a dear friend who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last year. He told me that they would cook at their house and have a separate set of dishes for their friend. When they decided to open GourmetLand they included six gluten free main courses. I was also informed that I could order any of the veggie dishes and the Chicken Lettuce wraps “gluten free.” Oh my! The only problem then became how to make a choice.Emily and I shared the Chicken Lettuce Wrap appetizer with gluten free sauce.After much debate, I selected the Mandarin Shrimp for my main course. I loved the sauce and the extra water chestnuts.Emily and I shared the Sichuan Asparagus – hot and spicy but oh so good. I can’t wait to go back once the full gluten free menu is available. Oh, and even better news for me – I live in their delivery zone! I didn’t think I would ever see the day that I could have gluten free Chinese Food delivered to my door. While we didn't get to sample the entire menu, the breaded (with cornstarch) Cheng Du Chicken was highly recommended. They serve Redbridge gluten free beer (Bard's Tale and more are on the way), potato vodka, and for dessert they have a rich chocolate gluten free brownie.Now if YOU want to declare your love to a married man and enjoy dinner with other gluten free friends, support GourmetLand with the NY Celiac Mee[...]

Martha Stewart goes Gluten-Free


Ok, she hasn't yet, but she could if you vote for it here. Martha Stewart is hosting a contest for the next Big Idea. Alexis, Deputy Home Editor, has submitted an idea to publish a special magazine that offers delicious allergy-friendly recipes, making life for people with food allergies and sensitivities easier and more delicious. Millions of people, including Alexis, can't eat nuts, dairy, wheat or gluten, and she wants to empower people to make great recipes even if they can't use all the standard ingredients. You can vote once a day until February 7th.

Thanks to David and Kelly for the heads up. Since their posts, the Gluten-free big idea has moved from second place to an overwhelming first. Keep the votes coming.

Gus's Place - Gluten-Free Pioneers


Gus' Place Montage, originally uploaded by A Gluten-Free Guide.My virtual, and now real-life, friend, Sloane of Allergic Girl fame, recently wrote about having ‘Cheers’ experiences at restaurants. Being greeted warmly by familiar faces always lifts my spirits, but sometimes in a big city those experiences are few and far between. By having a few restaurants you patronize on a regular basis, you are more likely to have a ‘safe’ meal. Eating out is always risky but you can mitigate some of the risk by going to a regular stable of places. Aside from a safe meal, you may also have the opportunity to develop friendships with the server, manager or even the owner. If you are a regular reader, you know I have a pretty optimistic outlook on life, but cultivating the Cheers experience has been yet another blessing of my gluten-free lifestyle. Of course I wished I could eat the Chinese food at my brother’s wedding, and not have to worry about cross-contamination. I know it’s not easy, but I choose to focus on the positive and life-enriching aspects of Celiac. Last weekend I had a great dinner at Gus’s Place on Bleecker street in the West Village. Gus’s restaurant is a small, warm space that makes me feel like I have stepped out of Manhattan and into a restaurant on a Mediterranean island. Truly, gluten-free pioneers, Gus’s Place was the first restaurant in NYC to participate in the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program. Their gluten-free options far outweigh their ‘glutenous’ ones. Gus himself is almost always at the restaurant, full of cheer and a great love for people and food. With so many delicious options, you will need to eat a few meals there before you start to put a dent in all of the flavors they have to offer. My favorite dish is a starter – the grilled octopus (we had to order two of these last weekend). It’s charred just right with big firm pieces that will convert even the most reticent seafood palate. The grilled haloumi cheese is a Greek classic, one of the few cheeses that can withstand the heat of a grill without losing it’s form. The mezedes plate gives a sampling of tastes – grilled lamb, lamb sausage, shrimp, stuffed grape leaves and tomatoes. My friend Mark declared it ‘the best lamb [he’d] ever had.” The lamb sausage appetizer isn’t nearly as heavy as you might expect – it’s also surprisingly spicy. I love the kalamata olive coulis on the pan roasted cod, and the filet just melts in your mouth. The oven roasted feta, claypot chicken with polenta, ribeye with fries, and beet salad are just a few of the other gluten-free dishes. And while they don’t make gluten-free pita, they do serve the amazing garlic feta spread with toasted gluten-free bread. If you still have room for dessert after all of this excess, you can satiate your sweet tooth with crème brulee, flourless chocolate cake or Greek yogurt with honey and fruit. I’ve only made it to dessert once, but it didn’t disappoint. Gus’s Place is full of memories of great food, friendly faces, warm greetings, and laughter. I hope you can make it there soon. Tell Gus I sent you. Gus’s PlaceAddress: 192 Bleecker St, (at Macdougal St) New York 10012Phone: 212-777-1660 This weekend I am looking forward to another ‘Cheers’ experience at Bistango. After dinner? My go-to spo[...]