A Great Salsa: Pebre

This salsa is one of my standbys.  I love to have a bowl of pebre in the frig at all times because it is perfect to add to any dish––breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. My dad started making salsa in his Peace Corps days in Chile and it was a staple in our house…

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Jicama Slaw

For years I walked past jicama in the produce department thinking it was a turnip. Actually, some people do call it Mexican turnip but it is nothing like a turnip! Once I finally ate jicama and knew how to prepare it, jicama became one of my favorites. The jicama skin peels easily once you quarter…

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What Is Celiac Disease?

As I visit with folks about celiac disease, I find that there is a lot of confusion about what it is. Family members of patients find it difficult to figure out how to help. Is there a cure? What are the long term consequences? What can a person with celiac eat? What does gluten-free mean?…

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Sugar-Free Strawberry Jam

Strawberry jam made from Oregon berries is one of my favorite taste treats. Even though I would love to make up a pantry full of strawberry, blackberry, raspberry and blueberry jams, the reality is that I need something quick and easy to do in small batches. This recipe works for most berries and is geared…

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Almond Shortbread Cookies

A shortbread cookie is a happy treat. When I was growing up there seemed to always be shortbread cookies around to have with a cup of afternoon tea or coffee. This recipe is satisfying, and best of all it is gluten-free and easy to make.   Almond Shortbread Cookies 1 cup almond flour3 tablespoons softened…

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

These muffins are gluten-free and dairy free, and so delicious. Perfect for a Sunday brunch. Ingredients: 2 and 3/4 cups super fine almond flour 1/3 cup tapioca flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt Zest of 2 medium lemons 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/3 cup avocado oil (or light…

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Rules for a Gluten-Free Home

One of the difficult things for me as a celiac patient and a doctor to celiac patients is to help others understand what “no gluten” means. A typical conversation: “You can have pancakes, can’t you?” “Not if they have gluten in them.” “Is wheat the same as gluten?” “Yes. Wheat contains gluten.” Trying to have…

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Recovering From Accidental Gluten Exposure

If you have celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, as careful as you are about avoiding gluten, chances are you will be accidentally exposed to gluten. It doesn’t take much gluten to set off a reaction. Sometimes it can be an amount that isn’t visible. • Aunt Susie forgetting about adding a tablespoon of flour to…

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