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Big news for Blinded by the Bite! I’ve officially launched my new website at and I want to thank you for you’re readership of my blog and I hope you’ll visit the new website and subscribe to the blog.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what my readers want based on feedback, so I hope you’ll find the new site resourceful and easy to use! I’ll be adding additional features over the next few weeks so stay tuned for more improvements.

Again, thank you as you’ve helped to take Blinded by the Bite! to where it is today and here’s to the next year & new website!


Gluten-Free: It’s a Lifestyle not a Diet


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I am repeatedly asked how to start a gluten-free diet and with the recent buzz surrounding hidden sources of gluten, I thought it might be a good time to write another blog post on outlining how to get started and things to keep in mind when moving over to a gluten-free lifestyle (It really is a lifestyle and not a diet).

Here are the basics:

  1. Get back to basics by eating healthy whole foods that are nutrient rich. You hear nutritionists talk about shopping the perimeter of the grocery store as that’s where all of the fresh foods are – They’re correct! One thing that I was not aware of when starting my gluten-free journey is that there are gluten-free products that contain a lot of sugar and carbohydrates. I know for me I gained weight after going gluten-free and was recently diagnosed with Diabetes.  Two amazing trusted resources I’ve found in the gluten-free community to help guide me in this area are Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food and Amy Green of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free. There are healthy alternatives to sugars that are plant-based, as well as a way to keep your carb load down eating gluten-free.  These two ladies will show you how so make sure to check out their blogs!
  2. Be your own advocate & food researcher:  You are responsible for the food you put in your body and in doing so it’s in your best interest to know exactly what your consuming.  You have to research ingredients and that means moving beyond just reading the nutritional labels.  Pick up the phone or send an email if there is a questionable ingredient you’re not sure about.  Most food manufactures are very helpful and willing to educate consumers.
  3. If you’re not sure and/or are unable to substantiate if a product contains gluten just don’t eat it.  It takes 3-6 months to recover from a gluten exposure.  Regardless of the amount of gluten you ingest, if you have celiac disease, your small intestines are damaged every time your exposed to gluten, causing further atrophy/damage to the villi – See diagram from the Mayo Clinic

Just because something states it wheat-free does not mean it’s gluten-free.   Here again you have to read the labels.  Many foods contain gluten, as well as hidden sources of gluten.

Here is a list of foods that contain and/or may contain gluten:

  • Wheat, Rye, Barley (malt, malt flavoring and malt vinegar are usually made from barley), Semolina, Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye) and Farro.  Other flours to avoid include:
    • Bulgur
    • Durum flour
    • Farina
    • Graham flour
    • Kamut
    • Spelt
    • Oats – Certain grains, such as oats, can be contaminated with wheat during growing and processing stages of production. For this reason, doctors and dietitians generally recommend avoiding oats unless they are specifically labeled gluten-free (Mayo Clinic).
  • Beer (unless labeled gluten-free.  There are new gluten-free beer entering the market every month).  Check with your local grocer to see what they carry
  • Dressings (hidden gluten in the form of modified food starch)
  • Gravy’s & Sauces (hidden gluten in the form of modified food starch and/or use of flour as a thickening agent – Many sauces are started traditionally with a Roux which is a mixture of flour and butter).  This includes Soy Sauce which is 50% soy and 50% wheat.  A tasty gluten-free alternative is San-J’s Tamari, as well as they have several other gluten-free sauces and dressings to choose from.
  • Candies (hidden gluten in the form of modified food starch and/or cross contamination)
  • Cereals – There are some great gluten-free cereals out there. Nature’s Path is one of my favorites
  • Cookies and crackers
  • Croutons
  • French fries (cross contamination usually fried in same oil as products containing gluten)
  • Imitation meat or seafood (hidden gluten in the form of modified food starch)
  • Pasta (there are so many delicious and nutrient rich pastas that are gluten-free on the market – Check Whole Foods as they carry several brands.
  • Rice Mixes (hidden gluten in the form of modified food starch)
  • Soup (hidden gluten in the form of modified food starch and/or flour as a thickening agent)
  • Chips (hidden gluten in the form of modified food starch for use in seasonings)
  • Energy Bars (hidden gluten in the form of modified food starch and wheat germ as an ingredient)
  • Breading Mixes
  • Sour Cream – Light & Full Fat version contain gluten so be sure to check the label
  • Cosmetics, Shampoo & Conditioner (hidden gluten in the form of wheat germ and/or oats that have been subjected to wheat during processing)
  • Medication & Nutritional Supplements (Prescription & Over-the-counter)
  • Syrups
  • Alcohol – All distilled alcoholic beverages are gluten-free, as well as wine and other hard liquor (Thanks to Cocktail Wizard Bill Norris for this education)

It’s always important to read the nutritional labels and again if you’re not certain it’s gluten-free, don’t eat it.  When eating out, same rules apply. Look for foods that are naturally gluten-free first.  Politely check with your waiter and/or Chef and ask about cross contamination (e.g. do they use the same cutting surface, utensils and cooking tools as they do with food that contains gluten?). It makes a difference, even if you have a gluten-intolerance.  Many restaurants have gluten-free menus and are taking steps to ensure they don’t cross contaminate in the preparation of your meal.  Ultimately it’s your responsibility as a consumer and someone with a food allergy to ask the necessary questions.

I recently had a conversation with a local restaurant owner here in Austin who’s making end roads to providing allergen-free options (soy, gluten, nuts, dairy) to their customers. “We are excited and want to provide allergen-free options to our diners, as it’s important to us as a company to be able to meet the dietary needs of those with food allergies.  However, we have individuals that come in who will order a gluten-free option for example and then order a shake that contains cookies – Do they really have Celiac Disease or are they just not educated as to what contains gluten?  We can tell by the questions our customers ask who’s just eating gluten-free due to it being seen as the latest diet trend.”  This is a perfect example of where the gluten-free community gets a bad wrap! It’s not a diet people, it’s a lifestyle.  Again, remember be courteous when asking about ingredients and food preparation.  It’s about being genuine and usually it will result in a pleasant dining experience.

Remember to talk to your doctor before starting a gluten-free diet, as it’s not for everyone.  Use the checklist from the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness and  take into your doctor if you or someone in your family is experiencing any of the symptoms.

Gluten-Intolerance and/or Celiac Disease is not a death sentence (as we all think it is when first diagnosed).  It’s a lifestyle change, but one that will be for the better. Sure you’ll still crave the things you used to eat, but as my friend and cookbook author Karen Morgan says “it’s about making gluten-free better than what came before.”  It’s so true, with so many great options out there you can eat luscious meals that are 100% gluten-free and not feel as though your missing out!

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National Celiac Disease Awareness Day 2012


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Do you remember when you were 1st diagnosed with Celiac Disease?  I most certainly do, as it was almost five years ago just as I was getting settled in Austin, TX.  My rheumatologist in San Francisco changed my life, she figured out what so many other doctor’s hadn’t.  I’d spent two years back and forth between various doctor’s at Cedar Sinai and UCLA, having multiple doctor’s tell me I was just stressed out.  I knew my body better than that, especially after having all of my car accidents, you learn to become your own advocate.

Over the last 5 years there have been so many organizations that have been instrumental in my living a gluten-free lifestyle, as well as countless others living with Celiac Disease.  With today being National Celiac Awareness Day, I wanted to one, share a list of resources I’ve found invaluable and two give away one of my favorite Cookbooks (read more on the cookbook giveaway at the end of this post).    Here is a list of organization that are fighting the good gluten-free fight and a little about what they do: is an organization started by Jules Shepard and John Forberger, and the American Celiac Disease Alliance.


In 2004, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) tasked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop and finalize standards for gluten-free labeling. Due in 2008, the celiac community is still waiting for FDA to fulfill that mandate. To the millions of Americans who eat gluten-free food, the lack of a standard is a big deal.

In January 2011, frustrated by the lack of progress on the labeling front two gluten-free activists, triathlete John Forberger, and Jules Shepard author of “The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free,” devised a plan to build the world’s tallest gluten-free cake. They rallied leaders throughout the celiac community and beyond to join them in May, in the nation’s capitol, to kick-off Celiac Awareness Month. The goal — refocus attention on the overdue labeling rules. That effort, along with the weight of the world’s largest gluten-free cake, had an impact that resonated across the country.


National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is a 501c3 organization started by Alice Bast after struggling through doctor appointment after doctor appointment.  NFCA is dedicated to increasing diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and improving quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet.

With resources such as Celiac Symptoms Checklist, recipes, most current news and research on Celiac Disease, training and education for restaurant owners,  NFCA is paving the way for the gluten-free community and helping so many along the way.


Whole Foods Market  – This was my 1st stop in my gluten-free journey after I left my doctors office, and luckily I hit up the Lamar location, which happens to be Whole Foods Flagship Store.  With such a vast array of gluten-free products, their staff is armed with a list of gluten-free products, as well as tips and tricks to help get you started cooking gluten-free!

Their quality standards team works tirelessly to bring the you the best gluten-free products.  Whole Foods Market also has a dedicated gluten-free bakehouse, creating some of the best gluten-free products on the market.  Sign-up for one of their many gluten-free cooking classes as well at their culinary center (check your local location for events & cooking classes).


The mission of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America® is to support persons with gluten intolerance, celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other gluten sensitivities, through consumer and industry services and programs that positively promote healthy lives.

With local branches, make sure you reach out to your local GIG branch and get involved.  You will make some great friends but you’ll also learn so much from others who are living a gluten-free life and it will be a good support system for you.


Conferences & Food Expo’s:

Nourished Food Bloggers Conference is really the mecca of food blogger conferences for those with Celiac Disease, Gluten-Intolerance and just about any other food allergy.  This year the inaugural conference was held in April in Chicago.  Mark your calendars now as the next Nourished Conference is slated for Dallas, TX – 2013’s date to be announced soon so subscribe for announcements.










Amy Green of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free and Jen Cafferty of the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo realized there was a need for such a conference and brought in some of the leading experts in the gluten-free community, as well as several top-notch vendors who provided conference attendees with samples of their products.

Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is a traveling road show of the best gluten-free products in the industry.  Plus they host various cooking demos from some of the leading experts in the industry, such as Karen Morgan of Blackbird Bakes, Dates for 2013 are set so look at for this food expo coming to your city!


Magazines – Yes there are a handful of gluten-free magazines I love & here is a list:

And now for the cookbook giveaway! I will be giving away a copy of Michael Natkin’s cookbook Herbivoracious.

I’ve been a big fan of Michael’s book since he came to Austin back in April and I’m sure you will enjoy it also.  Head over to Blinded by the Bite! Facebook Page, “Like” our page and share with us what’s been the most influential gluten-free resource for you, as well as “Like” Michael’s Herbivoracious Facebook Page.  Michael will be back in Austin to teach a class on October 24th at Whole Foods Culinary Center!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post and find in helpful.  These have been such great resources to me.  One area I didn’t cover in detail here is the numerous gluten-free food blogs I read.  These are also one of the most useful and informative resources! Find your favorite blogs, post comments and you will find it such a great resource and you will be delighted with the recipes shared and the knowledge you’ll gain – Wishing you a very happy National Celiac Awareness Day!

#BlogathonATX® – A Bloggers Haven for Learning & Networking


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Do you have a blog?  Looking to improve your blogging skills?  Always and forever chasing those illusive magical tips and tricks of the trade from individuals who’ve taken their blogs to the next level?  Then #BlogathonATX® is where you need to be Saturday, September 15th (9am-9pm)! I know I will be attending, as I am smack dab in the middle of a new website/logo design for Blinded by the Bite!

#BlogathonATX® started back in 2010 by Ilene Haddad  (aka: @IleenieWeenie on Twitter), with local businesses, entrepreneurs, bloggers and social media/blogging experts all converging in one spot to “blog their faces off” (it’s a t-shirt Ileenie Weenie wears that I love).  The event features various panel discussions covering the spectrum of blogging and social media, providing useful information to the attendees.  The blog posts, tweets & Facebook posts were swarming the internet with more than 10,000 people being reached – Impressive for #BlogathonATX® 1st event!

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Subsequent #BlogathonATX® events have been held here in Austin and in March 2012, Ilene was honored by the Austin American Statesman with a Social Media Award for her work with #BlogathonATX® and in April of 2012 Ilene was presented with the Anne Durrum Robinson Creative Initiative Award by the Association for Women in Communications, Austin Professional Chapter.

With the growth of #BlogathonATX® Ilene has created a fabulous team by pooling some of Austin’s best in blogging, social media and a tech team to create an event that sells out every time!

At #BlogathonATX®, you get to bask in an environment of support for whatever you’re passionate about and the knowledge you’ll walk away with in invaluable.  And let’s not forget the connections and friends you’ll make – It’s a fun time to be had by all in the blogging community!

Here are more details on the upcoming event:

Saturday, September 15th • 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Tickets on sale NOW via Eventbrite

Can’t attend #BlogathonATX®?  Sign up for #BlogathonATX® email newsletter for updates.  See you there so we can all blog our faces off!

Photo Credit: All photographs courtesy of #BlogathonATX®

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Gluten-Free: The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen Cookbook Review


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Earlier this year, my good friend and cookbook author Karen Morgan of Blackbird Bakery had me over for dinner one night, as she was testing out a chocolate mayonnaise cake and I noticed Laura B. Russell’s cookbook “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen” on her kitchen counter and just couldn’t put the book down! What genius (and let me just add now my personal hero) had ventured into the magical and mystical world of gluten-free Asian Cuisine? Be still my heart Laura B. Russell had done that and so much more.

Having lived in San Francisco with one of the largest Asian populations in the US, I became so spoiled with having access to a variety of Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese food prior to being diagnosed with Celiac Disease. My affinity of Asian Cuisine developed while growing up once a week my mother used to take me to a local restaurant in our neighborhood called “China Town Kitchen” that made the best crab rangoon! I was truly devastated when I found out essentially all Asian food would be off my “can eat” list with going gluten-free.

In April, Laura attended the Nourished Food Blogger Conference in Chicago, which was food blogger conference that catered to those with food allergies such as Celiac Disease. Due to my getting lost in the underbelly of Chicago’s streets (I was literally lost on Polk/Wacker Streets which run along side the river in Downtown Chicago in a construction maze), so I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting with Laura at that time.

Well the good news is Laura B. Russell is coming to Austin, TX on a book tour to promote her cookbook “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen” on Friday, September 14th at Book People. You can find all the details about the book tour/signing here!

Diving head long into the book, I was quite impressed with the structure of the book. Laura goes into great detail to provide the reader with a comprehensive road map to guide you through the art of gluten-free Asian cooking.  Laura starts with “Getting Started” which includes identifying sources of gluten in common Asian ingredients, as well as stocking your gluten-free kitchen to begin cooking gluten-free Asian Cuisine – Keep these list close to you when at the grocery store for sure!

As you delve deeper into “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen” Laura makes the journey of gluten-free Asian cooking simple by breaking out each chapter in such a simplistic manner, but logical in the cooking process as well.  From sticks and sauces to traditional noodle dishes, Laura has delved deeply into the culinary landscape of Asian Cuisine guiding the reader through step-by-step and delivered a book with such luscious gluten-free recipes it will leave you wanting for more!

What are my favorite recipes in “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen“?  Where do I start!   Here is a list to get you started, but I could clearly go on as there are so many great recipes that span the culinary road map of Asia in this cookbook:

  • Grilled Pork Satay
  • Crispy Spring Rolls
  • Sticky Rice Dumplings with Chicken and Mushrooms
  • Miso Glazed Scallops
  • Roasted Pork Meatballs
  • Salad Rolls with Crab & Spicy Mango Sauce
  • Gingery Pot Stickers
  • Korean Green Onion Pancakes

What I also love about Laura’s book is that it really is quite healthy, the manner in which she’s constructed each of the recipes (100 recipes) and honored the traditions of the Asian cultures (Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese).  Leo Cong also did an incredible job with the food photography in this book as the dishes leap off the pages and make you salivate as you turn every page! I for one can’t wait and I hope your able to come out and meet Laura B. Russell in person at her book signing on September 14th at Book People here in Austin, TX!

Laura thank you for a copy of your amazing cookbook! It will be a time-honored go-to for gluten-free cooking in my household for sure! My younger brother has given it a seal of approval having lived in South Korea for the last 5 years, as he’s loved every recipe we’ve cooked up so far and he’s making Bulgogi this weekend!

For those of you whom aren’t familiar with Laura, she is the former associate editor of Food & Wine cookbooks, the “Gluten Freedom” columnist for the Oregonian, and a frequent contributor to Prevention magazine. She has followed a gluten-free diet since 2007. Visit for more on her work, recipes, reviews and one of my favorite sections of her website “Gluten Free 101”

Photo Credit:  Laura B. Russell / Leo Gong

Gluten-Free: Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Products


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There has been a ton of buzz around the Cup4Cup gluten-free products from celebrated Chef Thomas Keller and Chef Lena Kwak .  I am a big fan on Chef Thomas Keller, having hailed originally from the San Francisco Bay area, as I had the pleasure of dining at French Laundry, Ad Hoc & Bouchon prior to be diagnosed with Celiac Disease.

To be honest initially I was hesitant to try out the Cup4Cup products, as it seemed as if Keller was jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon as so many others have and the cost was exceptionally high in comparison to other gluten-free flour mixes.

But having continually heard such great things about the “cup4cup” usage in comparison to all purposed flour and having heard Joy The Baker speak about the product when she was here in Austin a few weeks ago for her book tour, I conceded it was past time to give it a try (Joy just posted a new blog post on a tomato cobbler with blue cheese biscuits I will be testing out the Cup4Cup flour mix on this week).

So last week I picked up several of the products from William Sonoma which carries various Cup4Cup products.  The available list of products are:

  • Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour
  • Ad Hoc Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Ad Hoc Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake Mix
  • Ad Hoc Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • Bouchon Bakery Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • Bouchon Bakery Gluten-Free Muffin Mix
  • William Sonoma Gluten-Free Pie Crust (using Cup4Cup)



Gluten-Free Chipolte Frito Meringues – Recipe Testing with Frito Lay & National Foundation for Celiac Awareness


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When I saw the email sitting in my inbox from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, I squealed with delight, as I was selected as one of five bloggers/food writers to participate in testing gluten-free recipes that highlight Frito-Lay’s gluten-free products.






Which recipe do I get to test – Chipotle Frito Meringues of course (so Texas)! And to top it off Frito Lay & The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness are holding a Gluten-Free Giveaway (see more details below on how to enter)!

See you might not understand my squeal of delight; I loved Frito’s so much as a kid I used to stuff my cheeks with them as I loved corn chips so so much (are you getting the visual – I basically looked like a chipmunk)! And now as an adult with Celiac Disease, to be involved in helping to promote gluten-free awareness in a product I’ve loved since childhood = Winning!

So here’s the skinny – Five bloggers/food writers will be testing the following recipes and will be writing about their experience testing the recipes, which are as follows:

Chocolate and Potato Chip Cookies
Recipe tester: Cheryl McEvoy of Gluten-Free Hot Products – July 9, 2012

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes
Recipe tester: Erin Smith of Gluten-Free Fun – July 11, 2012

Tostitos Crust Party Quiches
Recipe tester: Laura Hanley of G-Free Laura – July 13, 2012

Chipotle Frito Meringues
Recipe tester: Rachelle King of Blinded by the Bite! – July 16, 2012

Frito Waffles with Mascarpone & Warm Strawberry Compote
Recipe tester: Jenny Manseau of Creative Cooking Gluten-Free – July 18, 2012

So it’s my turn to test the gluten-free Chipolte Frito Meringues.  My first attempt earlier this week at the meringue recipe didn’t turn out so well.  When I was folding the Frito/Chipolte mixture into the egg whites, it seemed light at first, like there wasn’t enough Frito/Chipolte mixture, so I added an extra 1/2 teaspoon which resulted in a very dense meringue.  The flavor however was quite tasty!

So back to the test kitchen I went!  I adjusted the recipe, as I wanted to yield a larger meringue, as well as a lighter meringue – Recipe adjustment is as follows:

  • Four (4) egg whites
  • Three (3) tablespoons of Frito Scoop’s Chips
  • One (1) teaspoon of Chipolte Seasoning

*Note:  I added in the Chipolte Seasoning into the food processor at the same time I put the chips in vs. grinding up the chips first and then adding in the seasoning.  Due to the oils in the chips adding in the seasoning at the same time seem to intensify Chipolte flavor.  Additionally instead of spooning onto a baking sheet as indicated in original recipe, I used a pastry bag (If you don’t have a pastry bag you can use a Ziplock bag, cutting off the tip and use in the same manner as a pastry bag).

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Making this change resulted in a much lighter and airier meringue! Now what to top these delicious Chipolte Meringues with??  Being that the meringue was seasoned with Chipolte seasoning and that it’s summer I wanted to keep it light.  So I whipped up a classic Tex Mex salad with roasted corn, tomato, red onion, black bean and avocado salad.

Tex Mex Salad:

  • Four (4) Ears of Corn (slice and pan roast in cast iron skillet or on the grill til you get roast profile you like – approximately 10 minutes in cast iron skillet on medium heat using 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil)
  • Five (5) to Six (6) large Roma tomatoes (cut into small pieces)
  • One (2) Red Onion (cut into thin slices)
  • Two (2) Avocados (cut into cubes in the skin and scoop out)
  • One (1) can of Black Beans
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper

Once you’ve prepared all of the above ingredients, mix together in a medium size mixing bowl.  Add in the avocados last and gently stir into mixture so as not to mash the avocado.

To plate:  Use a pre-form biscuit cutter or a ramekin to create molded shape. Thinly slice avocado to top and place Chipolte Meringue atop.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to finish off dish.

This dish is so light it can be served as an appetizer or you can add a protein such as chicken and/or skirt steak plating in the same manner.  Additionally, it’s a great dish for those that are vegan and/or vegetarian.  You can substitute egg whites with Ener-G Egg Substitute so it meets your dietary requirements (and maintains a gluten-free diet).

Remember . . .Enter to win a Gluten-Free Giveaway from Frito-Lay.  Simply fill out the form here and you could win the gluten-free products featured in these recipes. Winner will be announced on NFCA’s Facebook page on Friday, July 20.

Learn more about Frito-Lay’s gluten-free products at

Learn more about the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness at

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post & want to read more – If so subscribe here.  Rachelle King also writes for the as the Austin Gluten-Free Examiner.  You can also find Blinded By The Bite on Twitter & Facebook

Photo Credit:  
Rachelle King – Blinded by the Bite!
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
Disclosure: As part of my participation in this recipe testing I was provided one (1) bag of Frito-Lay Chips.

Gluten-Free Cooking: Frito-Lay & The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness


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When I saw the email sitting in my inbox from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, I squealed with delight, as I was selected as one of five bloggers/food writers to participate in testing gluten-free recipes that highlight Frito-Lay’s gluten-free products. Which recipe do I get to test – Chipotle Frito Meringues of course (so Texas)! And to top it off Frito Lay & The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness are holding a Gluten-Free Giveaway (see more details below on how to enter)!

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See you might not understand my squeal of delight; I loved Frito’s so much as a kid I used to stuff my cheeks with them as I loved corn chips so so much (are you getting the visual – I basically looked like a chipmunk)! And now as an adult with Celiac’s Disease, to be involved in helping to promote gluten-free awareness in a product I’ve loved since childhood = Winning!

So here’s the skinny – Five bloggers/food writers will be testing the following recipes and will be writing about their experience testing the recipes, which are as follows:

Chocolate and Potato Chip Cookies
Recipe tester: Cheryl McEvoy of Gluten-Free Hot Products – July 9, 2012

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes
Recipe tester: Erin Smith of Gluten-Free Fun – July 11, 2012

Tostitos Crust Party Quiches
Recipe tester: Laura Hanley of G-Free Laura – July 13, 2012

Chipotle Frito Meringues
Recipe tester: Rachelle King of Blinded by the Bite! – July 16, 2012

Frito Waffles with Mascarpone & Warm Strawberry Compote
Recipe tester: Jenny Manseau of Creative Cooking Gluten-Free – July 18, 2012

So far two of the five recipes have been posted on NFCA’s website! I am so excited to be testing this recipe – Going totally southwest flavors and can’t wait to share the photo’s next week!

Remember . . .Enter to win a Gluten-Free Giveaway from Frito-Lay. Simply fill out the form here and you could win the gluten-free products featured in these recipes. Winner will be announced on NFCA’s Facebook page on Friday, July 20.

Learn more about Frito-Lay’s gluten-free products at

Learn more about the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness at

Like this blog post & want to read more – subscribe here.  Rachelle King also writes for the as the Austin Gluten-Free Examiner.  You can also find Blinded By The Bite on Twitter & Facebook

Photo Credit: & National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

Blinded By The Bite! Giveaway – Celiac Awareness Month 2012


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I got to know Simone Shifnadel of Zenbelly Catering over the last month via Twitter, as she was raising funds for a shared gluten-free kitchen in San Francisco through Kickstarter.  Having been a former San Franciscan (yes you do leave your heart in San Francisco, even when the move is to Austin), I thought this was such a great idea and wanted to get involved.

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So with May being Celiac Awareness Month, I thought what better way to get involved by supporting Simone in her efforts with Zenbelly Kitchen and give a fabulous gift to someone newly diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease in the San Francisco area!

What am I giving away you ask? In partnership with Simone & Zenbelly Kitchen, Blinded By The Bite! is giving away a $150.00 gift card to someone newly diagnosed (within the last 6-8 months) with Celiac’s Disease or Gluten Intolerance who lives in the San Francisco area (Zenbelly’s location). How do you win? All you have to do is provide a comment below about when you were diagnosed and share a little bit about your journey to becoming gluten-free & how going gluten-free has affected your life.

It’s my pleasure to help someone start their gluten-free journey.  It has changed my life for the better and being able to help support a new business such as Zenbelly Kitchen is just the icing on the cake and what a fun way to wrap up Celiac awareness month!

Official Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Participants must be 18 years or older to enter and live in the San Francisco Bay Area (Zenbelly location). Giveaway will start on Thursday, May 31, 2012 and will end on Friday, June 08, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST. In the comments section below, provide a comment about when you were  diagnosed and share a little bit about your journey to becoming gluten-free & how going gluten-free has affected your life.  One (1) winner will be randomly selected using  Contact information for Zenbelly Kitchen will be provided to winner, as Zenbelly Kitchen open date is to be determined.

Photo Credits: Zenbelly Catering

Celiac Awareness Month 2012


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Wow we are already half way through the month of May and Celiac Awareness Month is alive and kicking!  There are so many great things happening this month not only here in Austin, but across the country.

Here are some great events, blog-posts and contests that you can take part in and/or should check out:

  • Olive & June – For two nights next week, Chef Shawn Cirkiel is showing his support of Celiac Awareness Month by host dinner on Wednesday, May 23rd & Thursday, May 24th, both of which will be served at their chef’s table – Get your tickets here & join me for a fabulous gluten-free dinner at Olive & June!
  • Life in Pictures” is a great month-long blog post by Austin Blogger IamJtheBlog. She came up with this amazing idea to have guest bloggers share their story and life with either Celiac’s Disease and/or a gluten intolerance through a series of pictures.  It’s been amazing to see just how well we all live gluten-free!  Sure doesn’t look like we’re missing out at all! Here is the link to my guest blog post for “Life in Pictures”& make sure to check out the other guest bloggers, as there is a post for each day in May.
  • ZenBelly – Simone owns ZenBelly Catering in San Francisco.  She’s got a kickstarter that is in it’s last day today and she’s working on setting up a shared gluten-free kitchen!  Sign-up to be a backer of this amazing project & give San Francisco it’s first shared gluten-free kitchen for gluten-free bakers, chefs and anyone with a naturally gluten-free products.
  • Amy Green, author of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Freeheld a give-away of KIND Bars on her website.
  • Release of Locate Special Diet – Blogger turned Tech Enterpenuer Jessica Meyer of has created a wonderful location based mobile app that provides you with the location of restaurants that cater to your specialty diet needs! I’ve signed up so should you!
  • National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is holding a “Pantry Raid” – Make a donation and the Grand Prize Winner will get a knock on their door from NFCA Founder & President Alice Bast to fill your pantry with a wealth of gluten-free products so you have a well stocked gluten-free kitchen! I’m in . . .here’s your chance to win – Click here!
  • Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Dining Guide 2012 – Wow there is a great gluten-free listing of Austin restaurants broken out by breakfast, lunch & dinner. Austin Blogger Rebecca Saltsman provides the reader with a quintesential list of Austin breakfast hotspots serving up gluten-free breakfast classics & more via her blog Salt’s Kitchen.  Order up lunch as some of the hot spots and my personal favorites on my blog Blinded By The Bite! From downtown to South Congress to the current hot spot – East Austin, you won’t be disappointed by the list of Austin Restaurants serving up gluten-free lunches.  And to cap it off and finish your night, try a few of the gluten-free dishes that Jessica Meyer of ATXGluten-Free shares in via her blog of the same name!
  • Whole Foods Markets– Make sure to check out their every growing gluten-free product lines. Not sure were to start & new to being gluten-free?  Just stop at Whole Foods Conceirge desk and they put you together with one of their specialty food employees who can walk you though what’s available to you in their store. They also have a list of products available on-line as well – Click here to access.
View slideshow: Life In Pictures