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Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

AKA Let Me Eat Cake A few years ago, a fashion designer made a canvas handbag emblazoned with the words “Eat Cake for Breakfast.” Really? It seemed so targeted toward those ladies who only saw Sex and the City for the first time in syndication on basic cable and thought they were so cool drinking […]

Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Corn Chowder

AKA A Big Old Bowl of Love   Corn may seem meant for summer barbecues, but in my house, my mom would blanch and freeze all the sweet, juicy kernels to have throughout the fall and winter as succotash, casseroles and soups. Of the many options, I most looked forward to corn chowder: thick and creamy, […]

Cookbook Giveaway: The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free

As any gluten-free baker knows, creating a wheat-free substitute for all-purpose flour might as well require a Ph.D. in chemistry. While a store-bought mix might work for one recipe (say, cookies), it could yield hockey pucks when used for bread or muffins. That was the epiphany that Austin-based Blackbird Bakery founder Karen Morgan had eight […]

Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Peach Pie

AKA Everything’s Just Peachy This is the very first pie I made after being diagnosed with celiac disease. It’s fruity and sweet, but ginger and a bit of cracked black pepper give it the tiniest of kicks. I grew up eating fruit pies my uncle made in his bakery, or that my mom made at home. […]

Beat the Wheat: Corn-Tomato Salsa

AKA Wine — check! Friends — check! Salt air — check! The best dang summer salsa you will ever make? Checkity-check! One August evening a few summers ago, a group of us were at a friend’s house on the water at the south Jersey Shore. As we sat at the beautiful weathered-teak table on the […]

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: 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: 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. […]

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