Author: Kimberly Schaub

What is Gluten? Series, Part 3

How do you treat individuals with celiac disease? Treatment for celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy is following a gluten-free diet and avoiding gluten-containing products. The Gluten Intolerance Group, based in WA, publishes lists of foods that are allowed and that should be avoided for your safety. It’s best to look to that list, but here are some basic items. Things you should avoid Corn and rice cereals (they could still be made with wheat or made on equipment that touched wheat) Sauces, soy sauce, salad dressing, marinades Seasoning mixes Prepared mustards Imitation bacon Breading and stuffing mixes...

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What is Gluten? Series, Part 2

What’s gluten? What are the different gluten and wheat allergic or intolerant conditions? Gluten is the name for a group of prolamine or storage proteins. It occurs in wheat, rye, and barley, and in grains related to wheat. Toxins produced by the gluten can cause a reaction. When the body encounters gluten, it will attack it like it would attack a pathogen. When this happens, tissues exposed to the gluten can also become damaged, like the small intestines. When the small intestines react to the gluten, they swell up, affecting the functioning of microvilli, tiny brush-like extensions along the...

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What is Gluten? Series, Part 1

This year, I joined the Food and Culinary Professionals group in the American Dietetic Association, and I’m so glad I did. Recently, the FCP hosted a webinar in collaboration with the Almond Board of California and the Living Without Magazine, and registered dietitian Shelley Case, a well known gluten-free and celiac disease nutrition expert, was the keynote presenter. She offered practical and current information about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergies. First, Shelley talked about the application of this seminar to food professionals, and she said that sales of gluten-free food reached $1.56 billion, and it is expected...

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Bastille Day Snack

I meant to prepare a lavish French dinner tonight in honor of Bastille Day, which celebrates the French Independence and storming of Bastille. But with writing articles and obsessing over my “touring Seattle” novella yesterday, I forgot all about it. Yesterday, Josh and I went for a walk in Belltown. We wandered into Boulangerie Nantaise, an organic French Bakery on 4th Ave. I have no idea how I missed it all the other times. It’s cute, trendy, and smelling richly of yeast and bread. And the baker was so friendly. Since it was the end of the day, the...

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If You Only Have Three Days in Seattle…

One of my college roommates is visiting Seattle, and she (wisely) asked me for some thoughts about her trip. I was pretty thrilled to give her some ideas, but naturally, since I’m a writer, she has to read the blog for my thoughts.  Seattle is a city of art, culture, food, music, fine dining, small dining, family, friends, and quirky-ness. I’ve traveled a fair bit, and I believe it’s my favorite city for my personal fave: classy, delicious, affordable food. So, here is my ideal three-day tour of Seattle that allows you to hit the major sites and the...

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