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Monday, January 14, 2008

Some More Gluten Free Information

I had several emails dating back to November and just got around to compiling them.
This information comes from my friend Joan by way of Central NJ ROCK (Raising Our Celiac Kids).

"Just wanted to share some of the new gluten free items that I discovered over the last few weeks. I was so excited when I found that Ians makes 130 calorie snack packs of chocolate chip cookie bites! Great to travel, great to put in your child's lunch- just like the rest of the kids! I almost cried tears of joy! And most importantly- they are delicious! Ians also makes now french toast sticks- (found them at Wegmans). My box I didn't have much luck with- they came out as hard as a rock. But Wegmans said they would take it back and give me a new box. I have heard really good things about them. Glutino now makes cinnamon french toast- and its delicious! We found the most delicious GF chicken fingers and chicken nuggets made by Bell & Evans...and to add to my excitement I found them at the A&P!"

Curious Cookie- delicious gluten free cookies!
"A friend of mine who also has a celiac child- gave my daughter a sample of this cookie. She tried the chocolate chip cookies and she said it was delicious. They come individually wrapped so its great to travel with. I contacted the company and asked him a bunch of questions. Here is how they responded."

1) We are not a gluten free only facility. With that said we taken great care to avoid contamination with our wheat based products:

a) we use separate equipment for gluten free cookies
b) we bake and pack gluten free cookies before any other cookie or bake on specific gluten free only days
c) we clean all utensils, bowls, ... in a sterilizing dish washer (190 degree plus)
d) the gluten free cookies are a different size than our other cookies

2) All cookies are individually wrapped with a 3 to 4 month shelf life
3) The cookies can be frozen

We have many satisfied celiac customers; I hope we can gain your trust and business as well.


Kevin Clyne
(973) 616-8500(b)
(973) 557-2397(f)

You can order online

Indian Restaurant in New Brunswick with a gluten free menu!
Just heard about a new Indian restaurant in New Brunswick that has an extensive GF menu. Here is the link to their menu, etc.

Joan's GF Great Bakes - GF bagels & english muffins.

CINDERELLA SWEETS 4909 Rockaway Beach Boulevard (718) 318-2100

Gingerbread House - Gluten free style!
I found a fun way to make a gluten free gingerbread house! Rachel Ray has a
recipe for a gingerbread house made out of rice krispie treats. I used her
idea and used only gluten free ingredients (ie: gluten free rice cereal,
candies, etc.). fyi: I didn't know what pumpkin pie spice was so I just
deleted it figuring the fun was in decorating the house more than eating the
walls! I brought it in to school so my daughter could decorate a house just
like her classmates! Here's the link for the recipe:"


Camp Westminster Higgins Lake, MI
Greetings from Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake in Michigan
( We are pleased to announce Michigan's
first gluten free and casein free summer camp! GFCF camp is scheduled
for June 16-21, 2008. Online registration for camp will open on Jan.
21, 2008. Prior to registration, camp questions may be directed to
Deanna Seng at dkseng99@voyager. net or Pamela Jann at

Beware Aunt Jemima Syrups NO longer gluten free!
From the ClanThompson site:
Aunt Jemima says they can no longer guarantee that any of their syrups are gluten free because the ingredients come into contact with gluten containing grains during harvesting.
Aunt Jemima syrups will be downgraded to Gluten free: Unknown in the next food SmartList update.

Maple Grove Farms GF pancake mix
I just tried Maple Grove Farms GF pancake mix. It was on display in the Manalapan Foodtown. They were very good and can be made dairy free also. Give them a try sometime!

Still Riding Pizza- please contact Liz directly at:

My name is Liz Silverman, and my company, Still Riding Pizza ( partners with local pizza places to offer gf pizza safe for Celiacs. Check out the website, and it's all explained there.
I'm currently working with about 15 restaurants in NY NJ and CT, and the response has been extremely good. Most of our restaurant partners come through referrals from customers: people like to have something local, and they tend to know who is Celiac friendly in their community.
Wondering if you or any of your members would like to suggest some restaurants or pizza places where they would like to eat pizza. I'll take it from there.
Liz Silverman


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