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Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

AKA: Strawberry Shortcake. It’s What’s for Dinner! I grew up in a traditional nuclear family of the ’70s and ’80s. Dad worked, Mom stayed home to raise us kids and we always had a “square meal” for dinner: meat, starch, two veggies, rolls and dessert. Come summertime, though, the notion of a healthy balanced meal went […]

Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Challah

AKA Because I Was a Jewish Grandmother in a Previous Life I have always traveled for good food. And as a college student, one of my most-favorite things to do was go to New York City for the weekend with my college friends, most of who were Jewish. We’d take advantage of the student rate […]

Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Pork Pie

AKA Because Sometimes Sunday Lunch Needs a British Accent For a few years, I was in a relationship with a Brit. When we went to Cambridge to visit his family, his mum made the most-glorious meat pies. Beef, pork, lamb, sausage — no matter what meat, the pies were warm and salty, with lush potatoes, herbs […]

Beat the Wheat: Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

AKA The Ultimate Hangover Helper There was a three-year period where I did a lot of road trips — seeing friends’ new babies, going to weddings, visiting family, soaking up the sun at the beach. And on many Sunday mornings, I’d start my drive home still feeling the aftereffects from the previous night and in […]

Beat the Wheat: Macaroni Salad

AKA The Pasta Salad of My People Some of my most-fond memories are of the picnics my grandmother hosted for the whole family on Memorial Day and Labor Day. My cousins and I would play tag while my aunts set up tables laden with family favorites — sloppy joes, potato salad, barbecue chicken, coleslaw, corn […]

Beat the Wheat: Thai Curry Noodle Soup

AKA Soup-ual Healing The Price Is Right. Gilligan’s Island reruns. A pile of blankets. Chicken noodle soup. These are the four things I want when I’m feeling under the weather, no matter what time of year it is. Whenever I was home sick from school, my mom always made chicken or beef noodle soup for […]

Beat The Wheat: Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing


AKA They Say It’s Your Birthday
 Happy birthday. Wow, you look fantastic! Let’s have some cake, shall we? Birthdays can be tough when you have celiac disease. You crave the cakes, pies and cupcakes you’ve always had, and most commercially made gluten-free cakes from a bakery or specialty store just don’t cut it. They’re dry […]

Beat the Wheat: Kung Pao Chicken

AKA: The Friday Night Special is Kung PaOMG Chicken  For years I had a special Friday night ritual that involved a group of college and work girlfriends gathering at one of our apartments to order Chinese food, catch up on the week’s goings-on, thumb through gossip magazines, and share our latest dating horror stories and secret […]

Beat the Wheat: Swiss Chard Breakfast Strata

AKA: My Grocery Store Meltdown: The Overwhelming Sadness of Cross-Contamination Two years after I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I thought I had everything under control. I’d finally figured out how to find all the hidden gluten on ingredient and packaging labels, and I was well aware of cross-contamination risks of whole and processed foods. […]

Beat the Wheat: Chocolate Chip Cookies

AKA Cookies That Make Me Forget I Have Celiac Disease For as long as I can remember, whenever there’s a crisis, my mom makes chocolate chip cookies. Death in the family, sprained ankles, stressful high-school shenanigans, washing machine on the fritz — you name the event, and there will be sweet treats baked to work through […]

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