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Sweet potato-Cranberry Muffins Apr. 20th, 2008 @ 09:08 am
1 1/2 c All-purpose GF flour
1 tsp Xanthan gum
1/2 c Sugar
2 tsp Egg replacer
2 tsp Baking powder
3/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
2 Eggs
1/2 c Milk or nondairy substitute
1/2 c Cold mashed sweet potatoes
1/4 c Butter or margarine, melted
1 c Cranberries (fresh or frozen), chopped

Directions for 12 muffins:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Grease muffin tins
3. Combine dry ingredients
4. Combine eggs, milk, sweet potatoes, and margarine; beat with a fork until well blended and smooth; stir into the dry ingredients.
5. Stir in the cranberries
6. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full
7. Bake 22-24 minutes or until a tester comes out clean
8. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing

April meeting recap Apr. 20th, 2008 @ 08:51 am
We sampled some tasty gluten-free muffins at the April meeting. Lynn brought sweet potato cranberry muffins, Barb brought blueberry muffins, and Melissa brought peanut butter, banana, and chocolate chip muffins (recipes will be posted separately). Barb used the Triple-Duty Muffin Mix recipe from Bette Hagman's book, "More From The Gluten-Free Gourmet." Jeanette noted that the most recent issue of Living Without magazine was devoted to muffins and brought copies of the recipes from it.

Marc reported that the chef at Pesto Brothers Restaurant would be willing to prepare a gluten-free meal for the group. We thought we should take him up on his offer, possibly for the June meeting. We need to be sure to let him know that some of us are also lactose intolerant when he prepares his menu.

Barb reported being pleased with ordering food from Amazon.com. She thought she was saving quite a bit of money as a result. Lynn reported that she had ordered a case of GF oatmeal from New Frontiers and was willing to share. Anyone interested should send a comment to the blog.

There was a brief discussion about placing a group order and we decided to explore this idea further at the May meeting.

April meeting Mar. 22nd, 2008 @ 06:47 am
The April meeting will be held on April 17 at the Flagstaff Medical Center Cardiac Rehab Gym conference room at 7 p.m. The topic will be favorite muffin and casserole recipes. Bring copies of your favorite recipes to share. Samples are welcome.

March meeting recap Mar. 22nd, 2008 @ 06:35 am
It was a small group for the March meeting. Between spring break and Easter many were unable to attend. Don and I shared our experience visiting Portland, Oregon. Don did the initial research into gluten-free eating opportunities. He was unable to reach anyone in Portland but he contacted someone in Eugene who sent him a list of restaurants that offered gluten-free food. Our first stop was to a restaurant that served gluten-free fish and chips. What a treat! The entire menu was gluten-free and you had a choice of fish. The chef uses rice flour and rice oil. There are two such fish houses in Portland.

We ate at an upscale restaurant near our hotel that would prepare anything on the menu gluten-free. It was very good food. We ate at another restaurant, more of a family, neighborhood type restaurant that had a number of gluten-free selections on the menu, including three desserts. This restaurant even bragged about gluten-free on their marque! The staff there were very nice too. We went to Bob's Red Mill for lunch and it was somewhat of a disappointment but it was fun to see ALL the Bob's Red Mill products in one place. Breakfast was the only challenge but I had my cereal. All in all a positive experience.

Nathan mentioned that the new World Foods Market had some gluten-free crackers. Guess we'll have to check it out.

March meeting Mar. 2nd, 2008 @ 08:36 am
The March meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on March 20 in the Cardiac Rehab Gym Conference Room at the Flagstaff Medical Center. Even though this is spring break for the schools, we can still meet. Don and I will have returned from Portland, Oregon, which appears to be a very celiac-friendly city. We can let you know if reality matches appearances. Karol found a new store in Tucson she can talk about and perhaps someone could report on the new World Market store opening this week in Flagstaff. Do they have anything of interest for us? Melissa, who won't be at the meeting, is interested in casserole recipes, so be thinking about that. April will be a "muffin meeting." Bring your favorite muffins to sample along with the recipes.
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» Gluten-free Creations
This message from Karol:

I was in Tucson last week and visited a store - New Life Health Centers- and they carry numerous products from GlutenFree Creations. They are based in Phoenix - have you heard of them? I visited their website - http://glutenfreecreations.com/and found them very informative, as well as having a great inventory and selection of GF items.
» February recap
The February dinner at Brandy's was as yummy as expected! Even though I'm not a big dessert eater, it's nice to have the option. And Chef Sherman does make some delicious gluten-free desserts! Thanks again to Chef Sherman for accommodating us on such short notice. The March meeting is in the planning stages,so stay tuned.
» Change of restaurants for February meeting tonight!
Sad news!  Bella Donna has gone out of business and will obviously not be available for our meeting tonight.  BUT,I have made reservations at Brandy's for the same time, 6:30PM.  They can accommodate us very well as those of you who attended our last meeting there a year or so ago know.  Chef Sherman can make anything on the dinner menu gluten-free and his desserts are always gluten-free and very delicious.  Brandy's address is 1500 E. Cedar Ave.  It is in the Cedar Safeway Plaza.  What could have been a disaster has become an opportunity!  See you there.

» February meeting
At the February meeting we will explore a new restaurant for gluten-free fare. We'll be going to Bella Donna Restaurant in the new Woodlands shopping area behind the Basha’s shopping center. Mike, the owner and chef, will make rice pasta from scratch with no contamination. For more information about the restaurant, go to Bellafoods.com.

Call 928-699-7171 or e-mail jbaker@infomagic.net to make your reservation, no later than February 17.
» Restaurant review
This restaurant review is submitted by Allie, Susanna's daughter.

Looking for something different? I recommend trying Cuisine of India, on Woodlands Blvd in the Wal-Mart shopping center. Though they do not have a special gluten free menu, all of the food is gluten free except the naan bread. Our family has celiacs and vegetarians and meat-eaters, and there were plenty of options for everyone. When I go, I like to get the Malia Kofta, a vegetarian dish of vegatibles rolled into balls and fried with a very good sauce. There are chicken, beef, lamb, and vegetarian entrees, served family style with rice. My mom, who is celiac loves the tandoori chicken. My brother, Tanner, who is also celiac says the basmati rice is the best rice ever. They also have several great desserts to try. This is one of our family's favorite restaurants and when we eat here, everyone goes home happy.

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