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    My DD is gluten-free for medical reasons and she leans to recipes from the Gluten-Free Goddess on the internet.

    I have tried 'Cup-4-Cup' which isn't too gritty but it is hideously expensive and the only place I can find it is at Williams Sonoma. The gluten-free Bisquick isn't bad and isn't pricey. Other than that I think you are tasting flour for grittiness and putting in all the Bob's Mill ingredients to come up with the cake mix or cookie mix. (we discovered that some flour - sorry don't remember which one - is an excellent exfolliant and after washing it off our hands we decided it might make a good substitute for oatmeal body scrub. Unless it clogs the drain. We also tried a brownie mix from the health food store and one batch seemed soggy, the other just an unappealing tough texture.

    I know it can be done because we have bought scrumptious gluten free pastries from a specialty bakery ... unfortunately an hour away.

    Good luck and let us know what you come up with that works!
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    Sorry to be somewhat down on this topic, but I have always been a proficient baker, my grandma was a pastry cook but I fail over and over with gluten free. The last attempt was cinnamon cider donuts - at Christmas, trying to please the whole family -and they were so awful I threw them all out and went hysterical, simply had a meltdown.

    I am begging her to just go paleo.
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    My husband decided to go gluten free several years ago for health issues - he began to feel better immediately and is doing so well that he can now eat gluten foods occasionally with no ill effects. I thought it would be much harder to cut gluten. As to sweets, I go with the mixes. Even though they're pricey, they turn out cheaper than buying several types of gluten free flour to make your own. Betty Crocker has good brownies. Also, I make Crepes with Pamela's Baking Mix, and fill them with fresh berries. They're delicious and not really that bad for you!

    Just a note - GF bread just sucks. There's really no way around it.

    Good luck!

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    I have been dealing with this for 5 years with my oldest daughter who got mold and mildew poison from her dorm room. After many test and almost losing her she was told no wheat, eggs, milk peanuts and no gluten.And most of all her blood test came back and she can eat a very small number of items.But you can do what I have done, after many hours of looking at and reading everything in the grocery store, I finally went to the manger of our Ingles' and ask him to order products I had gotten at health food stores and they were to order at a much lower cost. Yes you do need to be careful many gluten products have much salt and other not desired ingredients. Mainly fresh is best.veggies are ok but be careful with meats and chicken that have juices injected in them because there is wheat products in these. Pamela's products are good King Arthur flours are good. I get ideals on line on Angie gluten free site. Good luck. Just remember now food companies sneak gluten in a lot of places we can not believe.The noodles from brown rice are good ...eat while warm. The corn noodles are THE worst.We get a bread at the health food store and my daughter likes it toasted it is potato bread.
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    So sorry to hear how sick you daughter got nightquilter. Most of the people I know on the gf started from a place of crisis. For myself I was so extremely anemic (among other things) that the doctor told me it was causing congestive heart failure. I definitely agree that fresh is healthiest, and is also less costly. Many of the processed gf products are low fiber and high in sodium. Unfortunately trial and error is the only way to really find the gf products you personally will prefer. For instance, I really dislike the brown rice noodles and prefer the corn noodles. I get my bread from Giant Eagle, it is called Goodbye Gluten. I can actually eat it untoasted.
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    Lauiejo, you are right, it really is a case of trial and error.I am sorry I made that statement,I should have said my daughter prefers one over the other.But I do hope you are much better now.
    Quote Originally Posted by lauriejo View Post
    So sorry to hear how sick you daughter got nightquilter. Most of the people I know on the gf started from a place of crisis. For myself I was so extremely anemic (among other things) that the doctor told me it was causing congestive heart failure. I definitely agree that fresh is healthiest, and is also less costly. Many of the processed gf products are low fiber and high in sodium. Unfortunately trial and error is the only way to really find the gf products you personally will prefer. For instance, I really dislike the brown rice noodles and prefer the corn noodles. I get my bread from Giant Eagle, it is called Goodbye Gluten. I can actually eat it untoasted.

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    I've gone gluten-free, mostly grain-free and sugar-free as well because it just makes me feel better overall (no celiac that I know of). But many gluten-free products/recipes are loaded with sugar and 'junk' carbs. Several of my favorite blogs/websites are WheatBelly Blog, GourmetGirlCooks, Satisfying Eats and MariaNutrition. It takes some time to get used to new ingredients and ways of cooking/baking, but I think it's worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariatherese View Post
    I rarely eat gluten because I try to avoid starch and processed carbohydrates. I do this for health reasons (not to loose weight, I'm of slender constitution). But I do have a sweet tooth.

    I do a sugar free ice cream (some artificial sugar in it but not much) and I do a totally sugar free panacotta (don't know if that's the word for it).

    It's not going to be cheap recipes though since the cost of cream in the States is about 7 times what I pay for whole cream here in Sweden.
    Anyway:
    Ice-cream
    3 eggs
    3 dl cream
    1 dl of frozen raspberries (or any kind of fruit or berries you'd like)
    A small amount of some sugar replacement. I don't give the amount because they can be quite different in how sweet they taste.

    Separate egg whites and yolks. Beat egg whites until hard. Whip cream untill firm. Mix sugar egg yolks with berries and sugar replacement. Blend berry-mix with cream carefully and finally softly "turn" the egg whites into the cream/berry mix. Add to portion size containers and freeze.

    Pannacotta:
    2 dl of full cream
    1.5 dl of Philadelphia chease
    1 stick of vanilla
    2 sheets of gelatin

    Put the gelatin sheets in some cold water. Put the vanilla stick into the cream and let it come to a boil. Take out the vanilla stick and scrape out the vanilla seeds and add back to the cream. Let the gelatin sheets melt in the hot cream. Once it has cooled of some (still warm though) add the Philadelphia cheese and mix carefully. I usually divide it into four wine-glasses. I let it cool in the refrigerator for about 3-4 hours. Add some fruit, or shredded chocolate or whatever to it before served.

    I apologize for the metric measurements and my inability to use the correct words. English is not my native language.
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    I think the dl means deciliter which is roughly 3 ounces. (very roughly) If you type the conversion you want into google search it will give you an exact answer. https://www.google.com/#q=1+dl+in+ounces

    nightquilter please don't think I was criticizing your statement, I just find it very interesting how differently we all react to the gluten free products. I have frequently recommended products to people who thought they were awful and vice versa. It is still good to get those recommendations, it gives you somewhere to start.
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    Just remembered about shirataki noodles. They sell them online and locally (OR) at Safeway Grocery. They basically have no calories, gluten, starch, etc. They do have fiber, about 4 grams a serving.

    Since I basically stay carb free for health reasons I was pleased to find these and surprised when I ate them, they actually have some "heft" and don't disintegrate like most pasta. I mixed some in with a stir fry, after tasting one plain - they are already cooked in the package at Safeway, found near the veggies.

    I just saw Skinny Brand also has rice. That is not the type sold at our local store so I haven't tried it.
    http://www.genkiusainc.com/health_be...FdGDQgodrAsAtg

    Bottom line is, these are great if you are trying to eat healthy but are craving noodles.
    :-)
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