Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread Sticks

Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread Sticks

1 Cup Almond Flour 

1/2 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking soda

 

1 Teaspoon dry Oregano

2 Teaspoon dry Basil

1 Teaspoon dry Thyme

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

 

1/2 stick Butter, melted (1/4 Cup)

1/4 cup Greek Yogurt

4 Duck Eggs ( 5 regular chicken eggs)

 

1 Cup freshly grated Cheddar Cheese

1 Cup freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese

1 Cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

 

Preheat oven to 350*

 

In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together all dry ingredients including herbs and garlic powder. In another bowl whisk melted butter, yogurt and eggs until well blended. Pour all liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Then fold in all of the cheese and incorporate thoroughly. This should make a stiff ball of dough. Grease large pizza pan or sheet pan with butter and roll out dough onto pan. If you are using a pizza pan with no sides only roll out to within 2 inches of the edge. As the cheese melts the dough will spread and run over the side of pan if it is too close to the edge. Bake for 20-25 min. or until bread sticks are set and turning brown. Then remove from oven slice bread sticks into 1- 2 inch widths and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes or until well browned on top. Serve warm. Enjoy!

 

Eating Out Gluten Free

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Eating Out Gluten Free

With everyone on summer vacations, I thought this would be a helpful post. I know there are apps that will help in finding Gluten Free restaurants, but it has been my experience that only a few of them are listed on the apps.
Recently I have had several people tell me, since they have started eating Gluten Free, they can no longer go out to eat. Well you can, you just have to do your homework. I have even had some Bakeries and Restaurants message me and tell me they are using some of my recipes!  So you never know when you go out to eat you may see some of my Gluten Free recipes on your menu.

Here are a few tips.
ALWAYS, tell your waiter that you need the Allergy, or Gluten Free menu, and if you are Celiac tell them it is medically necessary that you eat Gluten Free. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Such as do you have a dedicated fryer for fries, or are they fried in the same oil as all of the other breaded items, like chicken or onion rings? Ask if they toast the Gluten Bread in the same toaster or grill that wheat bread is toasted on. Always ask!

With the help of other sites and friends we have compiled a list of Gluten Free places to eat in several states. Please be aware, things can change. Chefs come and go, as do knowledgeable waiters and waitresses. Always ask questions, and if you don’t feel safe, don’t stay and eat. I am in no way endorsing any of these restaurants. As you well know if you have Celiac Disease or food allergies it is always a risk when you go out to eat. Please Feel Free to comment and add your favorite and SAFE Gluten Free places to eat in the comments below. Please remember, just because a chain restaurant in one city has a very good reputation for serving SAFE gluten free options, others may not. Always ask questions and make sure!

EATING OUT GLUTEN FREE BY STATE

ARKANSAS:

Angus Jack- Springdale, Arkansas
Callahan’s Steak House- Siloam Springs, Arkansas ( It’s better if you call ahead for this restaurant)

COLORADO:

Austin’s- Fort Colon’s, Co.

MARYLAND:

Alexander’s Tavern- Fells Point, Baltimore

MASSACHUSETTS:

Wagamama’s- Boston, Ma

MICHIGAN:

[V] = Dedicated Vegan
Dedicated GF
Wow (Okemos),1754 Central Park Dr. Meridian Charter Township, MI 48864
Live Gluten Free Bakery & Café 1062 E. Sternberg Rd.,Norton Shores, MI 49441 Just Off US 31 exit 109B
Moo Cluck Moo (Canton/Dearborn)42126 Ford Rd. Canton, MI (734) 844-0000 (behind Panera Bread) 8606 N. Telegraph Rd.,Dearborn Heights, MI (313) 562-9999(carry out only) (one block south of Joy rd.)**Be aware this is no longer a dedicated Gluten Free facility**
Little Mustard Seed Café & Shoppe, 51111 Washington Street,New Baltimore, MI, United States, 586-716-9255
Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria (Troy/Southfield) 1937 W. Maple Road, Troy, MI 48084 248-280-7800, 29705 Northwestern Hwy. Southfield, MI 48034 (carry out and delivery only) 248-208-6000
Rumi’s Passion Gluten Free Bakery 41120 5 Mile Road, Plymouth, MI 48170, 734-335-7145
No More Belly Aching Bakery, 10049 Grand River Ave #100, Brighton, MI 48116 (810) 225-9773
[V] Try It Raw Inc. 213 E Maple Rd.Birmingham, MI 48009 (248)-593-6991
Celiac Specialties, 1928 Star-Batt Dr. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248)-860-0680
Ethel’s Edibles, Gluten Free Baking Company 22314 Harper Ave. St Clair Shores, MI 48080 (586)-552-5110
Heavenly Cakeballs 3522 S Lapeer Rd. Metamora, MI 48455 (248)-431-0740

Missouri :

Fuddruckers: Branson, Mo. ( has GF buns)

NEBRASKA:

Heidi Payton-Holstein Nebraska Great Plains Celiac group – Gluten Free
Published by Heidi Payton-Holstein · April 14 ·
Here is a list of Restaurants in Sidney Nebraska, that have gluten free menu options.
Buffalo Point Steakhouse & Grill—Yes they have a GF Menu, Yes they have a GF prep Area, chance of CC is extremely low
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery—–Yes they have a GF Menu, Yes they have a GF prep Area, chance of CC is extremely low
Applebees—–Yes they have a GF Menu, Yes they have a GF prep Area, chance of CC is extremely low
Sam and Louies Pizza—-Yes they have a GF Menu, Yes they have a GF prep Area——–The Cross Contamination is high with gluten based flour floating in the air.
Hillside Bar & Grill—-Offer ONLY a Chief Salad, but can not guarantee that all ingredients used (meats) used would be gluten free..
Sonic—–Yes they have GF options, Yes they have a GF prep Area, could not guarantee a a low CC chance.
Arbys—– Yes they have GF options, Yes they have a GF prep Area, could not guarantee a a low CC chance.
Chilli’s and Sam & Louie’s – Scottsbluff and Gering, NE.

NEW JERSEY:

Bill’s Bar and Burger – Atlantic City, NJ.

NORTH CAROLINA:

Shagger Jacks- Oak Island
Five Guys – Oak Island ( and all over the East Coast) (be aware of possible cross contamination)
Bob’s Dogs- Oak Island
My Way Tavern – Holly Springs

OKLAHOMA

The Chuck Wagon Café- Sycamore Springs Ranch 12754 South 442 Road, Locust Grove, Ok.74352 (918) 598-3310,Steaks and Baked potatoes!  (Beware of the fries they are not fried in dedicated Fryer) Just tell your waitress what you can have and they will work with you.
Denny’s- Pryor, Oklahoma
Los Cocos – Salina, Oklahoma
Rowlands Quick Shop – Locust Grove, Oklahoma ( Baked Chicken)
Applebee’s – Muskogee, Ok
Lone Star Steak House- Broken Arrow, Ok ( Currently Closed, Sept. 2017)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers-Broken Arrow, or Tulsa, Ok
(The Photo was taken at Red Robin in Broken Arrow, and yes that is a GF bun)
Red Lobster-  51 Street, Tulsa, Ok
Lyn, just added Hideaway- Broken Arrow, Ok
Hideaway Pizza- Edmond, Ok
Five Guys- also Broken Arrow( be aware of possible cross contamination)
Los Cabos- Jenks or Broken Arrow, Ok
Scholtzskys has a gluten free bun
Incredible Pizza – Tulsa, OK (gluten free pizza if you request it)
Domino’s – Durant, Ok
Roma’s Italian Restaurant- Durant, Ok

SOUTH CAROLINA

McAllister’s Deli

TEXAS:

Cheesecake Factory- Frisco, Tx
PF Chang’s – Allen, Tx
McAllister’s Deli- Sherman, Tx
Jason’s Deli- Allen and Dallas, Tx.

My Celiac Story

My Celiac Story

I wasn’t positively diagnosed for Celiac Disease until after I was 50 years old, but I started a Gluten Free diet several years before I was ever tested.

My Mom was diagnosed when she was almost 70, and when our Dr. described some of the symptoms, well it was a given. I already had so many problems at a very early age I knew I had it too. So we decided I needed to be on a Gluten Free diet too, and later I did test positive for Celiac Disease.

My symptoms started very young. I was always a very picky eater, along with Anemia, vomiting, Acid Reflux, itching, unexplained rashes, stomach cramps and constipation. My immune system was a mess, I would catch anything that came along. I also had trouble taking vaccinations, I usually came down with what they were vaccinating me for.

The Dr.s were constantly giving me Iron shots, vitamins and Iron pills, etc. I was small for my age. ( Which was always extremely annoying for me!!!) I really wanted to be big enough and strong enough to do all of the exciting things that were always going through my head!

I had trouble focusing at times. Other times everything just clicked and I could keep it together. I made very good grades in school, but it didn’t come easy for me. Most of the time I was a calm level headed, very quiet kid. Other times I just couldn’t remember things, but because of that, I did learn some skills that I still use today. I drove my sister nuts with notes and lists, (that I taped all over our room,) to myself reminding me of things I needed to do, because I couldn’t remember. Sometimes I would cry, get mad and for really no reason at all.  I was either a ball of energy or so tired I could fall asleep without notice.  (That’s the times that usually got me more Iron shots)

The times that I had all that energy, I had no fear! I’m not saying I was a holy terror, but I sure could think of things to get into. That usually got me and my sister in trouble. At 4 and 5 years old I would climb all the way to the top of trees, until the limbs would be so thin they started to break. It still didn’t scare me. I even swan dived out of the top of one of those trees, with a rope in my teeth, I still have the missing teeth to proof it. That is only one incident! Believe me there were many many more!

 You may be wondering, what this has to do with Celiac Disease? I now know it has a lot to do with it. Food sensitivities can cause all kinds of problems in kids. Including extreme behaviors like I had. I did learn self-control though. I was a preacher’s kid, and doing flips in church was frowned up on.(I didn’t do it, I just thought about it.) So I learned to control my extreme behaviors. (Most of the time.) When I would get the Heebie-Geebies, the name I gave to my episodes when I could hardly hold myself down, I developed a skill in order to cope. I still have that habit today, and it annoys the life out of my husband! If I have to sit still for very long, I bounce my knee, to the point that sometimes if anyone is sitting beside me they could be bounced out of the chair.  I don’t realize when I do it, until someone punches me, or I start getting annoying looks from people around me.

I never had the extreme diarrhea that a lot of people with Celiac Disease have. I had constipation, and horrible Acid Reflux!!! I don’t ever remember a time that I didn’t have it. Then as I got older, and more damage was done my joints started to swell and I would have such over the top joint pain that it started to slow this wild child down. The Dr.s finally diagnosed me with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. This was probably a blessing in disguise though. The young Dr. that diagnosed the JRA put me on a diet that excluded most of the Gluten I was eating. I was never a bread eater, but I did love blue cheese and a lot of other inflammatory foods. He didn’t call it a Gluten Free diet, I don’t know if they even knew what that was, but it did help. Along with some very strong medications. Of course I was still getting Gluten in other things, and the word Gluten was never mentioned. The damage to my body was already done though. As I got older, I developed menstrual problems, ( and eventually infertility) and Thyroid Disease. Among other problems, all of which are related to the damage caused by undiagnosed Celiac Disease.

What I want everyone with kids to take away from my story is, if you have a kid with any of these problems.  A picky eater. A kid that can’t control themselves at times, has trouble focusing. May or may not have stomach issues, rashes. Extreme tiredness at times. Please don’t just shrug it off. Please, take them to get them tested for food sensitivities or Celiac Disease.  Don’t take them off of Gluten right away until you talk to a good Dr. that knows about Celiac or Gluten Sensitivity. They have to be eating gluten for at least 4-6 weeks for an accurate test.

Please pay attention to those Heebie-Geebies! This is miserable! I know now that it was something that I couldn’t control. I never have them anymore unless I get accidently Glutened, or am exposed to things I’m allergic to, MSG, Flax, codeine and some artificial food colors.  I have to carry an Epi pen with me at all times now because the extreme Acid Reflux caused so much damage to my throat, it’s caused Anaphylaxis.

This is the reason I’m telling my story. If your child does have food sensitivities, the damage it is doing to their little bodies can’t be seen. They can’t tell you what is going on. As an adult, I can now recognize the symptoms I had as a kid were caused by Celiac Disease and Food allergies. Please Please, don’t ignore these symptoms in your kids. Children can’t explain why they are acting out, but I’m telling you from experience why I did! Please use my story to help your kids!!!!!