Thursday, November 30, 2006
My books were supposed to be here today, and it is 4:30PM and needless to say I have yet to hear from the shipping company that promised last week to have them here by now! Everything went perfect with this process from the standpoint of the Printing company - they did everything wonderful, and on or ahead of time. Then, when the books got passed off to the shipping company in Los Angeles, nothing but delays have been the normal. And, it is always "soon" or "tomorrow" for each step - like, releasing from the warehouse and putting on a train... to the train getting into Cleveland... to the local Cleveland warehouse calling to tell me they will be delivering.
Maybe it is just the Holiday rush that is making all this happen. I'd much rather believe that then think that the workers at the shipping company are just lazy or terrible with logistics (which would seem to be their primary business!). My patience is wearing thin. Anxious is an understatement. I want my books!
Had I known this type of delay would occur, I would have been darn temped to use some frequent flyer miles to hop out to LA a few weeks back and bring a few dozen books back (whatever I could fit into checked-luggage) immediately so I could start shipping to people. But, it is a bit late to be second guessing things, and I doubt I could do a "mission impossible" and jump onto a moving freight-train in order to secure a few copies now.
So, the gluten-free cookbooks arrival seems destined to slip (at least) another day. I have been trying to keep busy so I don't think about it, but it is difficult. We have a lot tied up in these things, and need to get busy promoting them. Oh well, life as an entrepreneur I guess. heh.
I think that, in order to relax, I will need to consume some decadent gluten free dessert... I just happen to have some gluten-free chocolate cheesecake in the freezer for such an emergency! Books, get here soon lest I run out of cheesecake!
Monday, November 27, 2006
I have not had problems with the Oats thus far, and I really have no idea if the pains are from my body not taking well to the oats today, or if it is from the post-Thanksgiving over-consumption routine :) So, not quite sure what to make of things. I will still have the oats again over the next few weeks I am certain, and I will see if any pattern emerges. I'd say there is a good chance I ate something else that I should not have recently. Time will tell.
Aside from that, I had a reader who tried our Artisan Style Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread send me an email message to tell us how wonderful and "awesome" the bread was! Needless to say, we are thrilled whenever someone thoroughly enjoys our recipes. The reader also sent me information about how she adapted the recipe to a dairy-free (and even egg-free) variation. See the comments under the above link -- I posted her variation description there, and I will (sooner or later) post it on the book-site.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving - gluten-free and wheat-free of course! And, I hope to have more time to get back to writing new blog entries over the coming weeks. I have a few recipes I really want to get out for Christmas season, including a Panettone Bread (my daughter's creation), and some other nice recipes.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
This is a timely (though perhaps a bit last-minute) Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Cornbread Stuffing / Dressing Recipe (with Cranberries) that is just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday! Enjoy!
Corn Bread Ingredients:
- 1 Egg
- ¼ Cup Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- ¾ Cup Cornmeal
- ¼ Cup Glutinous Rice Flour
- ½ Cup Sorghum Flour
- ¼ Cup Flaxseed Meal
- ½ Cup Water
Additional Stuffing Ingredients:
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2.5 Cups Diced Onion
- 1 Cup Chopped Celery (approximately 2 stalks)
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- ½ Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1 Teaspoon Sage
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Chopped (can used dried)
- 1 Tablespoon Chives
- ¼ Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
- ½ Teaspoon Pepper
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 1½ Cups Vegetable Broth*
NOTE: *Vegetable Broth used in recipe: Pacific Natural Foods -- Organic Vegetable Broth (Gluten Free)
Start by creating the cornbread: In mixer, mix egg, sugar and vegetable oil on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Add remaining cornbread ingredients and mix until combined. Pour corn bread into greased Pyrex 11 x 7 x 1.5 inch baking dish and cook in 4250 oven for 15 minutes.
While corn bread is cooling, start preparing the additional stuffing ingredients. Place olive oil in large skillet that can be placed in the oven (if not using an oven proof skillet, the stuffing will need to be transferred to an oven safe casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray), cut up the onion and celery and place in the skillet (such as a cast iron skillet), cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly tender. Add minced garlic, cranberries, herbs and salt and pepper, cook for 2 additional minutes. Turn off heat.
Crumble the baked corn bread into the stuffing ingredients and mix gently.
In a bowl, combine vegetable broth and eggs, whish together. Pour over corn bread/stuffing ingredients and gently mix until combined. Place all the mixed stuffing and additional ingredients into an oven-safe cast-iron frypan/skillet, and bake at 3750 for 45 minutes (again, if not using an oven safe skillet, place corn bread into an oven safe casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray).-------------------------------------------------------
That should do it! The picture above shows the final product (some stuffing shown in our cast-iron frypan). When I get time, I'll add this recipe to our online recipe library too.
Had my wife and I not got bogged down with various last-minute issues before the Thanksgiving holiday, I would have also had the gluten-free pumpkin Bundt cake recipe up here too. I apologize, and I guarantee it will be published for everyone interested in time for Christmas.
My wife had a last minute (previously unplanned) meeting in Chicago to attend this week that put a damper on the glutenfree baking efforts. And, she had little choice but to attend and meet with this Chinese Trade delegation that included Directors from the China Ministry of Finance, Department of Trade, and Civil Aviation, as well as the heads of the China Aviation Fuel Holding Company. Yes, she is a very talented professional in addition to being a superb chef -- she happens to be an expert in Petrochemical Taxation issues, which is why she was called into this meeting. I think it was a great experience and worthy of putting off some gluten free experimentation over, and I can now joke with everyone how maybe we'll next see her meeting with the leader of China just like President Bush. :)
I too was a bit distracted this week when I got word from my Shipper that my books, which were supposed to ship last week out of LA, were still sitting in a warehouse there instead! Oh, I had some choice words about that situation. It seems that, as of just a bit ago, the shipment has been "expedited" and released, but this puts the ETA a week later than expected. I apologize to anyone waiting anxiously for their books, since I am now not supposed to have the new cookbooks in hand until next week (Nov. 30th). Needless to say, I am disappointed, since we, like every other person with a product to sell, wants to get our product out for the all important holiday season. Now, it seems I will miss the entire first week of that holiday rush, and my distributors/retailers are certainly going to miss out a bit. And here I thought I had ample slack time in our plans for anything like this. Arghhhhh.
Well, here's a happy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving to all my loyal readers! Best wishes and may your gluten-free feast be joyful and memorable!
Saturday, November 18, 2006
The finish line is near! Or, is it? It seems this is just the beginning, as I now have to process all the preorders that stacked up over the past few months, and then deliver books to various retail locations (at least the ones close enough to drive to) in time for the all important holiday shopping season. I still plan to put a web-page up that lists the various retail distributors, and that should start taking shape next week or soon thereafter.
I also need to work out a better arrangement with the good old US Post Office too - since, according to one worker there thusfar, I will need to take every single book to the Post Office to send (they claim that due to new security regulations, I can not put anything over a pound out in the mailbox for delivery - each recipe book will have to "pass over the counter" at the Post Office)!
On the upside, I am glad I had some friends that could lend website development experience during this process. I am rather decent with programming, but I have friends that are much more talented than I at website development, especially this new "DotNet 2.0" stuff. So, it's always a good thing to have friends to help you out in a bind!
I am looking forward to Thanksgiving next week, simply for a time to relax (at least for a day). My wife has been busy creating some new dessert recipes I will get to posting soon too -- hopefully in time for Thanksgiving, since a couple are really a nice match for the holiday: a gluten-free pumpkin Bundt cake (it was darn good!), and some nice muffins featuring pumpkin, cranberry, walnuts, apples, and a few other things. And, they are both gluten-free and dairy-free! (trying to be conscious of that crowd too these days).
I also have tried a few new gluten-free baking products and gluten-free foods recently that I hope to blog about. I want to give recommendations where a product merits it - and, I have found a few items I really like.
One notable product I tried was "Mary's Gone Crackers" Original variety - a very crispy and hearty cracker with a sort of nutty flavor. Wheat-free, Gluten-free and organic, featuring whole grain brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds and brown sesame seeds, with no added fat. I ate some with a type of Indian Relish I really like (which I normally will serve over rice), and they were excellent together! I plan to try some Garlic Hummus on them soon too - yum!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Another day, another recipe. I may have mentioned this one before, since it is a favorite of mine. Simple to make, and should be "Safe" for not just gluten-free/celiac-disease folks, but also for the casein-free, corn-free crowd too.
Here's a link to the Gluten-Free Garlic, Pepper, and Herb Quinoa Recipe (as pictured above).
I like this quinoa dish both as a main course and as a delicious side dish. I have been wondering, in fact, whether or not this quinoa could be prepared as such and then used to stuff a turkey? I don't see why it would not work. Though, perhaps it is best to just serve it in place of stuffing and not worry about actually placing it inside a turkey - since there is probably little benefit other than perhaps keeping the turkey more moist and having some turkey flavor permeate the quinoa. Oh, just thinking as I type by gluten free entry of the day in my blog again. :)
For anyone that cares about the "healthfulness" of quinoa, I did a prior blog entry on quinoa
where I discuss the protein and fiber content and such. It really is an awesome gluten-free grain, and I have seen the grain gain more attention lately - even our latest issue of Cooking Light has a quinoa dish in it, which thrilled me.
I promised this Gluten Free Pumpkin Roll Recipe a while back, and finally got around to posting it on my website. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this may be a recipe a few would like to try out. My wife adapted a pre-gluten-free-days version of a pumpkin-roll recipe that her grandmother often made around the holidays. And, much like the original, it has plenty of pumpkin and spice flavor throughout, all coupled with a creamy sweet cream cheese filling.
I have a few more recipes to get around to blogging about. Just trying to get some other things out of the way and off my never-ending "to-do list".
So, here's a link to the gluten-free pumpkin roll recipe to keep you busy while I try to get some more recipes online soon :)
Monday, November 13, 2006
I recently purchased a new specialized baking pan called The Baker's Edge in order to try out a some gluten-free recipes baking in a pan that is basically "crust optimized". Now, why would anyone want a pan that produces much more crust (or edge) surface area than a regular baking pan? For a variety of reasons actually!
First of all, I love the crust on breads, brownies, and so forth - in fact, in must be a genetic predisposition to those chewier and crunchier edges, because, I recall how while growing up there was always a battle between my father and I to see who could first lay claim to the edges and crusts. There is just something special about the consistency of those edges where sugars have so perfectly caramelized to form a crispy, crunchy, and/or chewy surface. The innate appeal of a chewy brownie crust extends far beyond my own family, as I have witnessed quite a few others similarly drawn to that prized corner brownie square at parties.
The good news is that the rare corner brownie, or end-crust piece, is no longer rare when using The Baker's Edge. In fact, that is the whole point of the pan -- to maximize the proportion of edges & crusts throughout a dish. This works great for brownies, cakes, breads, and even dishes like lasagna.
My second attraction to the pan has to do specifically with gluten-free baking. For anyone that has any experience baking without gluten (i.e., without "normal" flour - meaning: no wheat, rye, or barley products allowed), as most anyone with a wheat-intolerance or Celiac Disease would have, there is a challenge to getting some recipes to come out as nice as their gluten-containing/wheat-containing counterparts. Since gluten is the protein that adds elasticity and binding capacity to standard wheat flour, baking without gluten means getting recipes to hold together without that all important intrinsic stickiness that gluten contributes to the chemistry of a recipe.
The typical option gluten-free recipes rely on is added vegetable/plant gums (like Guar, Xanthan, etc) to mimic the elasticity that gluten would otherwise add. If you do not wish to use added gums, one of the best things you can do is maximize the ratio of crust in your dish, since the caramelization of sugars and such that occurs at the edges of your baked goods also adds much-needed binding capacity and outside-edge rigidity to help your foods hold together well.
This is where The Baker's Edge pan can be quite advantageous to glutenfree baking: by maximizing the amount of crust area throughout your entire dish. The pan is shaped a bit like a maze, or a giant "M" shape, with its back and forth trenches. My wife tried the pan out with chocolate brownies and biscuits; each worked quite well in the pan. As you can see here, the brownie has all sorts of edge-area, with each brownie that you cut having at least two edges that are nice and crunchy/chewy.
In addition to having the promised extra edges, the brownie (if left whole) is bound to garner some attention for its rather unusual shape. In this case, I have the luxury of telling everyone the giant "M" stands for "Mike" of course :) I liked the resulting brownies quite a bit, as there was no shortage of that coveted prize: the corner brownie!
Likewise with the biscuits - no shortage of crust here!
Here are my overall observations of The Baker's Edge in general and in regards to glutenfree baking:
- It is a well built pan. Sturdy construction of heavy gauge aluminum that is coated with a wonderfully effective non-stick surface.
- Price: it currently costs $37.00 (that includes shipping), which is certainly more than the price of a standard bread pan, but it compares favorably with other high-quality specialty pans.
- It is simple to clean! Even though it has a maze-like layout, the interior corners are all smoothly rounded and clean easily. Although you can get "maximum crust" by simply baking your recipes in muffin pans or mini-loaf pans, there is no comparison when it comes to cleanup time: The Baker's Edge pan wins easily when compared to cleaning all those individual muffin cups and such. No contest.
- Bake times have to be adjusted a bit, since all those interior surface areas also decrease the bake time a bit. When we use the pan for a recipe, we will note the new bake times on our recipes for anyone else using a Baker's Edge.
- The pan's internal volume is optimized for standard cake-pan recipes - so, you don't have to adjust your brownie or cake batter up/down to fit the pan.
- As mentioned earlier, the final food product sure has a unique look that is bound to get attention at a party or event.
- Although the pan comes with a cute little serving spatula that fits perfectly within the "maze" sections to remove your foods, if you have a thicker dough/batter to distribute throughout the pan, it is a bit of a challenge getting your product to be evenly dispersed throughout all the channels. This is not a huge bother, but it will help if you have a spatula about the width of the grooves. In all, it still takes less time to distribute your batter/dough throughout the channels than it would to fill a dozen or more mini pans.
- Gluten-free foods do certainly benefit from the additional surface area and tend to come out with more texture and substance. Yes, you could use a bunch of little pans to accomplish similar results, but this is much simpler.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
We have considered purchasing an ice cream maker for nearly 15 years now it seems, and each time we contemplated it, we decide that we would not get enough use out of one to make it worth the bother. Well, yesterday that changed.
We finally gave in and purchased one - a simple $50 Cuisinart model where you freeze the bowl part of the machine for a few hours (6 or so is recommended), and then put the frozen bowl into the electric-powered machine once you have your ingredients ready to pour into the bowl and turn the thing on for 20-25 minutes. Our first experiment was Italian Lemon Ice (pictured above), and oh my god is it so good. Much better than any I have purchased pre-made.
The formula is so simple too:
You dissolve 2 cups of sugar into 2 cups of water on the stovetop (only heat as much as needed to dissolve sugar easily). While that is cooling, zest and juice a pile of fresh Lemons until you have 1.5 Cups of fresh-squeezed juice, and a couple tablespoons of lemon zest. Mix that into the sugar/water.
Now place that (room temperature) mixture into the machine, and run it for 20-25 minutes. Then, place the (rather soft) lemon ice in the freezer to firm up the rest of the way.
Ahhh... how refreshingly tangy and sweet and satisfying the end result is! Glutenfree, wheat-free, dairy-free... but, not sugar free of course :)
The inspiration for this purchase is twofold. First, we have seen a lot of The Food Channel personalities making ice-cream and/or frozen desserts lately (nearly as many as are pushing alcoholic beverages of recent), and second, I ran across this vegan ice cream blog yesterday that had so many wonderful ice cream (well, vegan - so iced soymilk or such) & flavored ice recipes... that pushed me over the top. Check that site out... nearly everything is GF from what I could tell.
Since the original lemon ice creation, my wife has created a chocolate-blackberry ice-cream in the mixer. Still gluten-free, but not dairy-free needless to say (the recipe called for heavy cream). And, it too is just oh so good! Perhaps not good for you, but who is making icecream for the health benefits anyhow? (though, that vegan ice cream surely should not be TOO bad for you aside from the sugar)
Thursday, November 09, 2006
It has been so long since I had any oats, and I must say, they tasted darn good! There has been a lot of controversy about whether or not oats are gluten-free, and whether oats are safe in a Celiac diet. This was one of the topics discussed at the Columbus Celiac Conference this prior weekend, and the bottom line from the latest in scientific and medical research is simple: oats themselves are gluten-free by nature; it is only any cross-contamination (with gluten-containing grains) that would render oats anything other than gluten free (GF).
I have been following the back-and-forth arguments about whether oats are "safe" for a long time now - years in fact. And, with this latest information, coupled with the availability of certified gluten-free oats, I finally have given in and tried oats again. At the conference, one of the vendors this year was a certified gluten free oats grower called Gifts of Nature, Inc. They had a supply of oats on hand and were selling 2.75lb (44 ounce) bags for about $10/bag (i.e., $3.63/lb!). A bit steep for oats! But, they are independently certified free of cross-contamination and all. Even at this price, they easily sold out their entire stock before day's end at the conference. I guess I am not the only one that so badly wants the taste (and health benefits) of oats back in my diet.
I did try earlier in the year to order some GF Oats from another place online, but when I did, the vendor was out of stock for a couple months or more (due to super-high demand). What I expect to see happen is this: 1) short-term prices will remain high, or perhaps even spike higher with increased demand; 2) other suppliers will start popping up all over the place as they see how they can turn a piece of fallow land into a serious cash-maker by producing certified gluten-free oats (compared to very low prices for standard oats - which I can get for 40-cents/lb or less at retail in some places yet)... $3.63/lb is nearly 10 times the price for essentially the same commodity; 3) at this gold-rush kicks in over time, the supply will finally exceed demand, lowering prices. This will likely take 10 years or more to play out, but one way or the other, it will happen given enough time.
So, I just consumed my oats about 1/2 hour ago. I took it light -- 1/4 Cup uncooked this time. I want to see how my system takes to these things before I start ramping up. Other conference attendees that had tried the GF oats before all said to start out with small amounts and work up. Most had good experiences and were able to tolerate them if they started small and worked up. So, that is where I am at too. I'll report in on the outcome over time.
Now, one thing I have been waiting a long time to make again are a couple recipes I really love: Oatmeal Cookies (I have a nearly-perfect gluten free oatmeal cookie recipe we left out of our book due to the potential "controversy" about oats) and another thing I called the Triple-Oat-Energy-Bar (I use Rolled-Oats, Oat-Flour, and Steel-Cut Oats) that is sort of a really hearty granola bar. I have not had either one for at least a couple years. When I first went gluten-free, I was tolerating oats yet, but that ability slowly went away until I could not eat them. That was in the days of non-certified-GF oats, so I really hope these certified gluten-free oats make the difference and bring back some of my favorite Oat recipes (oh, and my mother has this rather tasty oat-flour chocolate cake recipe too). If all goes well, I will bring all these recipes back out of the archives and put them online for others.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
And, since that last promised recipe, Laura has made another good one -- a nice Apple Crisp that is completely dairy-free and gluten-free. She plans a bit of fine tuning, but it won't be long either. In fact, there are a few more main-courses that I hope to get recipes for too; like her pesto-stuffed pork roast (oh my gosh was it awesome!).
In the mean time, we did manage to do our duty and vote the other day. I voted for the party that would cure Celiac Disease. OK, perhaps not... since I don't think either party has such a cure at their disposal. But, it sounded good :)
Back soon with some better gluten free blog discussions. I have so much info from the Columbus Celiac even I still want to disseminate; especially stuff about the latest in Celiac Disease testing (including Genetic tests), and some of the information about related-diseases to watch out for (oh yes, this disease brings with it strong correlations to other diseases... not something you want to hear, but best to be informed and stay watchful).
Monday, November 06, 2006
When we first arrived, there were very long lines for a few things in particular. One of the most popular items were the Gluten Free donut holes by Celiac Specialties out of Chesterfield, Michigan. I had not eaten a donut in so many years (not that I am a huge fan of donuts) that I figured I would try one - I purchased a box of them, and I found the taste and texture to be unbelievably realistic! It was 90% like the real thing! Kudos to Celiac Specialties on that achievement. And, their donuts can be stored frozen - which explained the long line of people stocking up. We had heard that in prior years they sold out quickly, and that of course increased the demand further.
Another popular vendor was Everybody Eats from Brooklyn, New York. They had samples out of Gluten-Free French Bread, a thin-crust Pizza, and even Cinnamon Rolls. I must say, these guys (literally two guys own the company) appear to be at the top of their game. Their products were amazingly like the "real" (gluten-containing) versions. From what I understand, they actually deliver products to households throughout the NYC area, and they distribute through a few stores in the region as well. I just wish I was closer to their delivery-zone so I could get some of their products without the mega-shipping charges I would otherwise have to incur (yes, the do ship items from what I was told - 2-day FedEx or such).
Next, we met Anna from Breads from Anna (formerly Manna from Anna). Anna is a wonderful person and incredibly nice. She was there with her sister (also extremely nice) demonstrating and selling her various bread-mixes. Her breads convinced me that my prior experience with bean flours (leading to grainy texture) was not a problem for her at all -- she uses bean flours in her bread mixes and they are wonderful. She has mixes that are free of basically every major allergen as well. We talked quite a bit, and I will be working a cross-linking promotion to her website from my book-site, and she plans to do the same in return. This should be nice for both of us. And, she purchased a copy of my book (one of the few I had with me)... I still need to get one to her sister once I have more.
We met people from the Raisin Rack in Columbus, as well as persons from some other retail stores catering to gluten-free persons. After showing them our book and discussing options for how we can have our Gluten-Free Desserts Book featured in these various stores, it looks like we will have no problem finding distributors to help us move our books. We may even work out some book-signing promotional events at a few places. Needless to say, we are absolutely ecstatic about all this opportunity! (though, more WORK is implied by all these -- oh, I feel overwhelmed).
Speaking of work -- I now owe quite a few people all sorts of information. Some want flyers to pass out at upcoming Celiac events. Others want us to provide artwork that they can incorporate into newsletters, and so on! I know this is all good, but I also know it means more work that I need to fit into my already packed schedule. And here I thought selling books would be a way to wind down a bit and relax - think again!
Now, back to the conference assessment. My one major complaint (shared by many that I spoke with) was about the lunch that was served at the conference. It was sad, and surely not even remotely adventuresome for a GF menu. Here's the menu:
- Plain Chicken Breast with diced tomatoes on top. And, I mean plain! It was like they boiled or steamed the chicken breasts. Sad.
- Green Beans with plenty of butter and salt. Though, these were the best part of lunch, they were a bit salty for me.
- Rice Pasta (overcooked - mushy) with the same diced-tomatoes from the chicken. Really now, doesn't anyone know how to at least cook a decent spaghetti sauce?? Sad!
- And, last, and worst... the dessert. My god, if they would have contacted me I would have eagerly assisted/advised on how to produce some wonderful desserts for everyone! They had brownies and blondies (light-colored brownies). The Brownies were road-asphalt - and just as hard! Overbaked, bad flavor, and they could be used for weapons since they were so hard. The blondies were just not good either: grainy, and not much for flavor. Seriously, next year I want to help them get that part of the lunch right!
All attendees recieved a "goodie bag" of various sample products. I already found one good one in the mix: GF Turkey Jerky by Shelton's Poultry in Pomona CA. The show also had various manufacturer's reps showing their goods, and plenty of samples to be had -- which, with Glutenfree foods is a wonderful thing, since you can try something without wasting $5+ to find out something sucks (which does happen a lot!). I tried some boxed cookies and crackers I had to pitch in the garbage (one cracker was like styrofoam), and then I tried other pretzels and crackers/chips that were really good. I hope to do a full product-review of some of the better ones I encountered.
Last, but certainly not least, I must thank Sande from Butler, PA for all her help at the event! Sande helped my wife and I by way of introducing us to Anna and others that she knew at the show, and as if that was not enough, she took one of our books around along with business-cards and showed it off to many of the conference attendees. Sande has a great personality and is very outgoing and engages in conversation with others easily, which is a huge plus for this kind of thing. And, it seems she has a very strong background as an executive in the marketing field (who would have guessed!). She was their with her husband and daughter (all equally nice) this year, and I am guessing we will meet up with them again in the future at other CD/GF events around the area.
Well, I could write more, but my wrists and fingertips are going numb using the keyboard now. So, that's the quick summary of things! I'm sure I will think of other important noteworthy things - they'll just have to wait for a later posting on my gluten free blog.
Friday, November 03, 2006
We have a gluten-free / Celiac Disease conference to attend in Columbus tomorrow, and I surely better not be snowed in when I am ready to leave for the event! I doubt I have to worry, but it is just strange to even need to think about the possibility of such a thing this early in the year.
As always, the only good thing about bad weather is how I tend to get much more work on the computer-based activities done. I have made significant strides in getting my online TOC (Table of Contents) for my book up and running. All the recipe preview pictures are there, and I am working on PDFs to go with them (not that the PDFs show much extra). I figured since I made some PDFs for the GoogleBooks effort, I would upload and link to them while at it.
Here's hoping tomorrow is snow-free so I make it to the Gluten-Free event on time! :)
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Oh, if only they could get this available for humans.
First of all, I, like most people, certainly find the prospects of living 30% longer rather interesting, especially if that extra lifespan is a healthy one. And, that "high calorie" diet thing, with no ill effects... oh, the possibilities! :)
Here is a link to the reveratrol molecule and mice life-extension findings. It is worth a read. Fascinating to say the least! I thought I heard elsewhere that the concentration of resveratrol the scientists were giving mice would be the equivalent of us drinking 100 bottles of red wine a day... so, I guess drinking wine to get such effects is just a bit out of the question.
I know this doesn't have much to do with gluten-free diets or anything, but I thought it interesting enough to share.
Now, back to work. Just finished uploading my book PDF to GoogleBooks for inclusion in their online book-search, and hoping that gets setup properly without any more involvement. I'll probably make the same file(s) available on my website within the next few days. Needless to say, I stripped out the actual recipe/directions text from the book, and included only sample-images, but it should give people a decent feel for what recipes are in the new gluten free desserts book. So much to do, so little time... oh, if only I could get some of that mouse-potion, I could get 30% more time!