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Starting Out Gluten-Free?

Recently, a friend of mine was told to go on a gluten-free diet from having too many sinus infections.  It’s amazing what gluten can do to a body.  I used to have the same issues and now, I get sick maybe once or twice a year, mainly due to sleep.  Whether you are just starting out or need a reminder, here are some of the suggestions I provided her.  Please feel free to comment with your own suggestions as well!!

Baking Cookbooks

  • Blackbird Bakery Gluten-free
  • Gluten-free Baking with the Culinary Institute of America

Blogs with recipes  – my cousin’s site

Gluten-free brands to use

  • Udi’s bread – can be found in the freezer section
  • Betty Crocker makes an amazing line of gluten free chocolate chip cookies, brownies and cake mixes 🙂 – baking section
  • Bob’s Red Mill – their pancake mix is the best – substitute water for milk for thinner pancakes – baking section
  • Bob’s Red Mill – all-purpose flour – great for baking anything!
  • Glutino – their pretzels, cookies and crackers are the best (located in a gluten-free aisle or snack aisle)
  • Amy’s frozen pizza – it comes in two – spinach and cheese (both great!) – frozen pizza aisle
  • Ancient Harvest Quinoa pasta line – they come in teal boxes and are in the pasta aisle.  They are amazing and do not taste any different.  They cook a bit quicker than normal pasta
  • DeBoles also has a great gluten-free pasta line, along with Bionaturae – both in the pasta aisle
  • Classico has their jars of pasta sauce marked gluten-free

Restaurants/Shops in D.C.

  • Red Velvet makes the best gluten-free cupcake line
  • Georgetown Cupcake only makes one gluten-free cupcake (lava) – it’s okay
  • Wildfire in Tysons has a legitimate gluten-free menu with gluten-free breads
  • Mon Ami Gabi has a legitimate gluten-free menu with gluten-free breads
  • Il Fornaio has a gluten-free pasta
  • Cafe Milano can make any italian dish gluten-free with their gluten-free pasta
  • Mie N Yu has a great gluten-free menu
  • Fireworks pizza in Courthouse has a whole line of pizzas that are gluten-free
  • Chima’s entire menu is gluten-free, including those cheese rolls  – they are rice-based
  • Short list of GF-friendly restaurants in DC –
  • Harris Teeter – their gluten-free products are mixed throughout the store but the products are marked with large green and pink tags
  • Giant – they have a whole aisle dedicated to non-frozen goods.  In Vienna, they opened a whole wing
  • Whole Foods – it’s mixed throughout

Cooking tips

  • If you need a thickening agent, use corn starch or Xantham gum (that can be found at whole foods)
  • You can have rice – not sticky white rice but jasmine, brown, etc.
  • Potatoes are fine, most fries are not.  Oddly enough, most restaurants use a flour batter to fry in
  • Frozen bread can be put in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and then toasted.  It will not go mushy.
  • Pasta cooks quicker

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