I have Celiacs, which is an autoimmune disordered triggered by the gluten in wheat, rye, and barley. Basically – I eat wheat, I get sick. Since the diagnosis, I have worked hard to live gluten-free.
The good news is that after removing the gluten (as well as trans-fats and high-fructose corn syrup) from our diet, I feel a ton better. The downside is that now I really have to read every single stinkin’ label because gluten can be kind of insidious in where it hides (why does tomato soup need to have wheat in it?). So, I find myself doing a lot more cooking at home because it’s a whole lot easier to know what’s in a dish if you make it yourself.
While this blog is mostly focused on live-fire cooking (lucky for me that meat is gluten-free), all of the recipes I’ll post here can be easily made gluten-free by just switching to GF ingredients. I’ve added a gluten-free category and will call out some gluten-free recipes we’ve enjoyed that don’t necessarily fit with the Food & Fire theme.
Here are some resources for gluten-free sites, restaurants, products, and recipes that we’ve had good luck with:
Gluten Free Restaurants
There are more and more national chains that have GF menus. I’ve had good dining experiences with Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s, Big Bowl, and several restaurants in the Lettuce Entertain You chain.
Find Me Gluten Free is a great app for finding GF-friendly restaurants.
Against The Grain Gourmet – We served their baguettes to a bunch of friends and no one could tell they were GF. Excellent pizza crusts too.
Amazon Gluten Free – Great place to find GD products if you don’t live near a co-op or major grocery store.
Bob’s Red Mill – Extensive line of GF flours and mixes as well as GF steel-cut oats
Coborns Delivers – A grocery delivery service in central Minnesota with an extensive GF selection.
Gluten Freely/Live Better America – General Mill’s gluten-free website offering a ton of GF goodies online as well as recipes and resources.
King Arthur Flour – Now offering a whole line of GF baking mixes.
Penzeys Spices – Excellent products and only a couple of their soup bases have gluten. All their herbs and spices are gluten-free.
San-J – Gluten-free tamari and teriyaki sauces that taste a whole lot better than the Kikkoman we’d been using.
Trader Joe’s – Seven pages of GF products. Having one of these nearby has been a real boon.
Udi’s – Some of the best GF bread and pizza crust I’ve ever had.
Gluten-Free Blogs & Websites
Gluten Free Girl – Excellent recipe and a wonderful perspective on living gluten-free
Gluten Free Goddess – Tons of very tasty GF and dairy-free recipes.
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness – A non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for celiac disease research, education, and screening
Northland Celiac Support Group – A Minnesota support and educational group for folks with Celiacs. Their dining guide has saved us more than once.
The Savvy Celiac – Lots of gluten-free news and tips. I send out the Cooking Gluten-Free for Celiac Family or Friends? Please read this first! post to all of our relatives at the holidays and to everyone who invites us over for dinner for the first time.