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I had a great question from "Mike" about whether, if he can eat gluten, this blog is for him, too. The answer is an unqualified, "Yes!" And I just coined the term "Gluten-Safe"! Whaddaya think? Having fun with food, nutrition, the latest science, great dining experiences, growing your own food, and cooking, that's what this blog is about!
Do you know others who also have to eat gluten free? Why don't you form a group? I'm involved in two gluten free groups, and they're marvelous. We've listened to presentations from doctors and nutritionists, chocolate energy supplement makers, gluten free diet consultants, and yoga instructors, among others. There are wine clubs and cooking clubs; why not gluten free clubs?
I've heard that the garlic fries at Safeco Field (where the Seattle Mariners baseball team play) are gluten free. I'll need to check this out when I can call on Monday. Right now the Oregon Ducks are playing the Oregon State Beavers in a big rivalry game! Can those fans get gluten free good at the stadium? What about fans at your local stadium?
Peanut butter (organic) and chocolate (90% cocoa). That's what's next to me on the couch right now. And, guess what? They're both gluten free. The peanut butter is fresh ground from Central Market, in Seattle. (Peanuts by themselves are gluten free. Some peanut butters, however, aren't, because of things that are added. If you stick to brands that just use plain old peanuts and salt, you're o.k.) The chocolate? A Lindt chocolate bar. (Chocolate is not always gluten free, but most of it is. However, just to be sure, always read ingredients). For dinner, we had a leftover potatoes/salmon/veggie dish and brussels sprouts sauteed with olive oil, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Hungry yet?
Yes, you can eat very, very well gluten free. In fact, once you start eating gluten free and see all the unpronounceable ingredients crammed into food that you once considered benign as good 'ole apple pie, you'll shiver at how much healthier you're eating!
While I love cooking gluten-free, I also love being able to eat out -- whether at a friend's potluck or a catered reception or a restaurant or a fast food truck stop or an airport or a street-side stand. Just last night I was at a restaurant: I ordered the chili, which I was assured was gluten free. However, the latkes (a potato pancake, usually made with potatoes and onions) I almost ordered were not -- not because the ingredients themselves contained gluten, but because -- as the waiter just happened to mention -- the oil they were fried in was also used to fry all kinds of things with breading. And this is precisely what this site is about. Eating is health, eating is culture, eating is social bonding. So, although not everyone in the world needs to eat gluten free, I believe that anyone should be able to eat gluten free everywhere in the world!
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