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Catching Up

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  My husband had a series of health issues recently, and is now recovered.  I’m happy to be back online, and have some new finds to report.

First off, I’ll be adding Kinnikinnick Foods Inc. to my product list.  I only recently discovered their bread.

IMG_0930 I bought a loaf of their white bread for sandwiches, and it is the closest thing to conventional white bread I’ve found.  Texture and size are really an improvement over other loaves.  I checked online, and they have a number of gluten free products that I plan on trying, including several other breads.  I hope my local stores carry their hamburger and hot dog buns.

Kinnikinnick is a Canadian company, out of Edmonton.  Even so, the Kinnikinnick site shows a number of groceries in the Northwestern suburbs that carry their products.  A number of Jewel-Osco stores are listed



There will also be another addition to the list of restaurants that offer a selection of gluten free dishes.

Chessie’s is in the Ice House, and the restaurant provides seating in a train car.  Check out their website, and see a photo of the restaurant, along with a view of their menu.  The gluten free options are a section at the end of the menu.



About two-and-a-half years ago, my doctor suggested that I try a gluten free diet.  His suggestion was based on a high level of thyroid antibodies, and some other symptoms.  I felt that I could certainly try it for a while and see what happened.

I wanted to find out more about gluten intolerance and read a couple of books on the subject.  My reading led me to understand that there are varying degrees of gluten intolerance, with the most extreme level being  celiac disease.  This casual research was part of my introduction to gluten free living.   I initially thought that a gluten free diet would be difficult and leave me feeling deprived, but the selections offered by a number of restaurants and food companies have provided me with a good variety of satisfying food options.  There are also many excellent recipes available online and in cookbooks. (My current lifestyle doesn’t include a lot of home cooking, though.)

As my trial with living gluten free progressed, I found that my bouts with digestive problems became fewer and subsided almost entirely.  I felt that eating a gluten free diet was producing beneficial results.  What is confusing to me is the reporting about gluten free in the media.  There seems to be no acknowledgment in the reporting of any legitimate need for gluten free diets except for people with celiac disease.    Gluten intolerance which is not severe enough to be celiac disease is not mentioned.   Eating gluten free is often referred to as another fad diet craze!    So you are either celiac or just following an eating fad!!  I certainly hope the public discussion – some of it by members of the medical community – doesn’t persuade the food manufacturers and restaurateurs to abandon the effort to provide gluten free food.  Why is there such a difference between the information I found in the books I read and the information being provided by the media.

I would love to hear from any readers who can add to this discussion.

Fridge on the Fritz

Our refrigerator went on the fritz last Thursday.  We couldn’t get the repairman to come until Monday.  It’s amazing how much this impacted us for those few days and how we take the convenience of the refrigerator for granted.  Some of the food in the freezer had to be discarded.  Ice cream had melted, for instance, and some of the frozen meals were beyond saving.  We took advantage of the situation to clear our freezer of some of the older items.  Fortunately, my stock of gluten free bread and pita was salvaged, and put in the spare refrigerator/freezer we keep in the garage.

The major inconvenience was just in the day-to-day access to refrigerated food.  Our garage is not attached to the house.  The weather had changed over the week-end and became cold, windy and rainy, so the trips to get food out of the refrigerator were somewhat unpleasant.   The weather insult came on Monday, when we got a fresh layer of snow.

The pita bread mentioned above is a very versatile product, and my favorite item from Rose’s Cafe & Bakery in Evanston.  You can use it instead of bread for a sandwich or wrap, tear it to use with dips (hummus, etc.) or warm it and spread it with butter and jam.  Rose’s has many baked items and prepared foods that you can eat in their cafe or take home.  They have recently opened another location in Highland Park.

Rose’s Cafe & Bakery
2901 Central Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201