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Chicago Gluten-Free Expo 2011

April 30th, 2011
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Chicago Gluten-Free Expo 2011

I attended the vendor fair portion of the Gluten-Free Expo held in Chicago this weekend, April 29 – May 1, 2011.  I spent nearly four hours walking around grabbing the latest goodies from some of my favorite companies, like Udi’s, Kinnikinnick, Pamela’s, and Shabtai Gourmet. With over 70 vendor’s at the expo, I also found some great new products too, like NoNuttin Foods. I’ll spend some time over the next couple of weeks reviewing my great finds, but if you live in the area I really think that it would be worthwhile for you to travel to the expo this Sunday. I traveled three hours and back in one day and I feel it was really worth my time. Some of the highlights from my day include meeting the Celiac Diva, Lauren-Lucille Vasser, trying Udi’s new hot dog buns, and learning that Enjoy Life is now producing chocolate chunk chips. Many thanks go out to Living Without magazine, and Jen Cafferty for planning and hosting this great event!

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Upcoming Gluten-Free Tasting Events

April 25th, 2011
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Gluten Free Expo LogoThe Gluten-Free Expo is being held in Chicago this upcoming weekend, April 29 – May 1, 2011. Tickets for the vendor fair alone are $15 at the door, children ages 12 and under are free. Presentations by favorite bloggers and chefs will take place on a stage in the vendor area for no additional cost. Some cooking classes are available for additional fees.

In late May, Nature’s Pharm in Lafayette, Indiana will be hosting a spring gluten-free tasting on May 21, 2011. I was told today that a representative from Udi’s will be on site to hand out samples of the new hamburger and hotdog buns, along with the new ancient grains bread. I’m looking forward to attending these events. Maybe I will see you there!

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Udi’s Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

April 17th, 2011
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Udi's Classic Hamburger Buns

I have yet to see the Udi’s Gluten-Free Hamburger buns show up in my local Krogers, however I have found some online grocers selling them. I’m itching to get my hands on the new buns, so it is tempting to place an order and have them shipped to my house. When following Udi’s on Twitter or Facebook, I thought that I had read that they should be in local stores by May, just in time for BBQ season.

From Udi’s, “Grilling in the backyard has never tasted so good – and it’s gluten free! Our soft, golden buns accompany your much-loved ingredients, be it a classic burger or a savory deli sandwich.”

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 bun (77g)
Servings per Container: 4
Calories: 190
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: .5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 310mg
Total Carbohydrate: 34g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 5g

Ingredients: filtered water, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, sunflower oil, egg whites, resistant corn starch, cane syrup, tapioca maltodextrin, potato flour, evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup, yeast (yeast, potato starch), sugarcane fiber, salt, gum (xanthan gum, sodium alginate, guar gum), mold inhibitor (cultured corn syrup citric acid), xanthan gum, enzyme (calcium sulfate, enzymes).

Contains: Eggs

Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free.

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I am so happy to see that they are soy free! If you are like me and you can’t wait for these to show up in your local stores, you could purchase from an online vendor below:

Gluten Free Palace
Linda’s Diet Delights

By the Case:
NEW Udi’s Gluten Free Classic Hotdog Buns 12.9 oz. – case of 8
NEW Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns 10.4 oz. – case of 6

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2011 Gluten-Free Easter Candy

April 17th, 2011
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Yellow Marshmallow PeepsThe Easter bunny will be making his visit soon, leaving all kinds of sweet treats. To find out what candy is safe for us gluten intolerant individuals, please visit for an updated list. Items on the list are marked with the indicators below:

Cleaned Production Line (CL)
These products do not contain any gluten but are made using the same equipment as products that do. The manufacturer assures us that they consider gluten a top allergen and therefore clean the equipment between runs to ensure that these products are safe from cross-contamination.

Dedicated Production Line (DL)
These products do not contain gluten and are made with machinery that only processes foods without gluten. The manufacturer assures us that they consider gluten a top allergen and therefore take the necessary steps to ensure that these products are safe from cross-contamination.

Dedicated Facility (DF)
These products do not contain gluten and are made in a building where there is no gluten in any other product.

I’m glad to see that one of my favorites, marshmallow peeps are still gluten-free, even the chocolate dipped chicks. Yummy! As always, please be sure to read the ingredients on the package. For example, some companies outsource the production of their candy and so the special run Easter candy may be safe while the regularly sold candy is not (or vice versa). Also some of the Cadbury eggs are safe, and some are not because they have been manufactured in different facilities. So just keep an eye on those ingredients before indulging. I hope you all have a safe and Happy Easter!

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