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"Naturally" GLUTEN FREE baking/dessert recipes, without weird ingredients

For GF, Dorie Greenspan's baby almond caked are great.
http://doriegreenspan.com/2012/03/im-...

Also Julia's Boca Negra and leave out the flour. Works great.
http://tasteinspired.wordpress.com/20...

Sep 26, 2014
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Why gluten free?

These are not the only people who must avoid gluten or for some wheat or even all grains. For instance, you might have someone with an allergy.

Sep 26, 2014
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Why gluten free?

I am a strong advocate of people educating themselves and taking an active role in their healthcare. There are people who have specific symptoms that are helped or even eradicated by following specific eating patterns. It might be gluten, wheat or dairy or something else. One of the things we need to consider is the inflammatory response which might be acute or might be long term. It might produce GI symptoms or a heart attack. We are just beginning to understand some of these things work.
There are people that use it to control and manipulate but if it wasn't that, it would be something else. If someone is that way about a meal we are going to have together, I tell them you pick the restaurant or bring something you can eat if we are eating at home. I can't judge what other people feel they need to do to improve their health. I don't want others to judge me either. I am not GF but have family members who are. They do not expect special treatment but have to know what they are eating or have severe consequences.

Sep 26, 2014
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Seeking a Recipe

Alice Medrich has this on her FB page now and will send the PDF for the recipe to anyone who wants it.

Sep 22, 2014
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BIG CHILL PRO Range... looking for reviews??

Not a review but a discussion if you didn't see it.
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/...

Sep 18, 2014
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Consumer Reports Investigates Exploding Pyrex

Anchor Hocking made Fire King which at one time was borosilicate glass.

Sep 17, 2014
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Consumer Reports Investigates Exploding Pyrex

You might want to start your own thread since this is about Pyrex.
How long have you had your pitcher? It is possible that it was damaged somewhere along the way anywhere from during manufacturing process to the day it died. It might have been defective. It would be hard to pin it down. If you like it I would get another. The only thing I can think of that might cause it to crack with use would be if you put boiling hot water in it for ice tea and then ice. That might cause it to crack. I would avoid that.

Sep 16, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

My husband had a similar experience with a bowel obstruction and it was much better than surgery.

Sep 12, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

I'm sorry if you thought I was presenting a scientific study as it was simply a comment on my experience with a limited number of people that had normal blood sugars before and after initiating a GF diet. Because this is a discussion group and not a symposium this surprising to me that you thought that. People make comments, share experiences and often provide anecdotal stories. They do occasionally provide links to relevant studies and had I been presenting a study, I would have linked to that. I prefaced my comment with "the people I know very well" which states it is a low number and precludes it from being a scientific study because I know all the people mentioned.

As to your other question I do work in the medical field and in my last job I counseled people on their diets and had access to their lab over a long time frame but even if I had the idea of keeping track, this would still be anecdotal because there has been no study set up with all the trappings and parameters. Just because you work in the medical field does not mean that you would necessarily come across this information as there are so many types of jobs.

I do think it would interesting to study blood sugars and response to a no wheat diet vs gluten free vs low carb. We know about some of the obvious ways diet affects the the disease processes but little about the subtle and long term ways.

Sep 12, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

When you comment "placebo effect", that is dismissive.
Who knows snake oil may have benefits.
http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/1...

Sep 12, 2014
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Does anyone know the origins of this enamel-ware?

Fissler also produced a similar line as did several others. Some are marked and some are not. They are usually steel covered with enamel solid color or sometimes with a floral design. It was popular in the late 70s and 80s.

Sep 11, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

"I completely disagree with the substance of that post, which seems to me to attempt to discredit science."
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Please be specific.

Sep 11, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

As to the OP's question, I think wheat is ok for some. This may depend on how it is processed, the type of wheat used, the make up if their diet and general overall health. It will depend on the person's genetic make up.

We know it is very bad for anyone who has an inflammatory response. This is easy to see if it is an allergy or another immediate reaction. It is much harder to see in the longterm. We do not know enough yet to determine how it figures into many chronic diseases.

Sep 11, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Yes but only as relating to Celiac disease.

Sep 11, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Interesting that you attack an "analogy" of sand, which is illustrative and can have many meanings. I'm not sure how what you are saying relates to the actual points of what I am saying.

Do you actually disagree with the substance of the post?

-We learn new things all the time.

-There is no science that shows wheat is fine in all people. We know it is not fine for Celiacs or those with allergies.

-We are now looking at how it might be involved in some chronic diseases.

This is a side issue and not the point of my post but as to the concept of the earth being flat, the point here is that scientific views change. Do you disagree with that?

Are you saying that you don't consider anyone before the Greek thinkers as scientists? Are you looking backward and making the judgement that the only "real" scientists were the ones who were right? I would say that the earliest thinkers looked around, made an observation and a hypothesis. It happened to be wrong but in my view they were scientists in their own time. The idea of the earth being flat was not limited to "some people wrote that the earth was flat hundreds of years later".

Sep 11, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

The people I know very well do not have abnormal blood sugars. All have FBS under 90 except one under 100. Most GF or wheat free people I know sub other high or even higher carb substitutes for the wheat. I only know one person who also attempts to lower their carbs along with eliminating wheat.

Sep 11, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Science is shifting sands. We learn new things all the time. There is no science that shows wheat is fine in all people. We know it is not fine for Celiacs or those with allergies. We are now looking at how it might be involved in some chronic diseases. Science used to think the world was flat.

Sep 10, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

No gliadin is not new and has always been present in wheat but it is thought that the proteins have changed that make up the gliadin. Wheat has been crossbred so it is shorter and many think the nutritional make up is different. It is also processed differently. There are all kinds of things written about this.

Consider that there has always been some who do not tolerate wheat. Wheat intolerance and connection to other diseases is poorly understood now. Over the last 10K years, many did not live long enough to develop many of the diseases we have now. Something else got them.
There are also some interesting theories that people who don't get enough calories tolerate carbs(in general)in a way that people who get enough calories do not. I read this in relation to the rising rates of diabetes and related diseases in China and India.

Sep 10, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Different wheat.

Sep 10, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

The more we learn about disease, there can be different pathways to the same symptoms. I think that everybody is different and what is metabolized one way and has deleterious effects on one person may not have those effects on another. Those effects might be sudden as a severe allergic reaction or might take time to develop like heart disease. You might want to actually read what Dr. Davis has to say before you dismiss or even comment on it. You really don't have to buy the book. There is a lot on his web site.

Sep 10, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

My husband had an advanced lipid study that was very ominous. He had had a heart attack at age 48. He had been following the traditional heart healthy diet and was on all kinds of drugs to try to normalize his lipids. The only person we could find that addressed the specific abnormalities was Dr Davis and this was before the wheat belly book was published. His numbers flipped and were completely normal after following his eating plan for 6 mos. The cardiologist was astounded. HDL went from very low to just over the upper limit. This is very hard to do. I'm very glad we tried it. It may not be the answer for everyone but we had pretty dramatic results.
Also have a nephew and brother that had dramatic results with severe GI symptoms. Going off wheat changed their lives. You can try it and if it works, it works. Much cheaper than infusions of medications which are now discontinued. My nephew was on the highest doses of the last meds and had developed rheumatoid arthritis. All gone. Studies mean nothing if you are that one person for which it works. My nephew had been highly resistant to trying this for many of the "reasons" given in this discussion. He did not think it would work.

Sep 10, 2014
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help me figure out a bacon crusted quiche!

You would have the flavor of the bacon but not the crispness of "crust". I use the frozen shredded hash browns. I try to prep everything the day before and it is just easier and you don't have the problem of discoloring. I put everything in plastic bags that needs to be assembled at the last minute.

Sep 08, 2014
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Eye of the round vs chuck for beef stew?

Chuck. Having said that, my mother always made a great eye of the round roast with the most wonderful dark gravy. She cooked it low and slow and open. I have not been able to duplicate. I think the meat is different- more lean now.

Sep 07, 2014
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help me figure out a bacon crusted quiche!

You have to fully cook the meat and brown the meat inside and out, ahead of time whether you use the meat as a crust, part of the crust or inside the casserole. I have had some variation of scotch eggs that had a sausage crust that was well browned inside and out before adding the eggs and it was great. Once you add the moisture of the eggs and cream, it will not get hotter than 212 on the inside of the casserole due to evaporative loss of water and resulting cooling so cannot brown. You will eventually get some browning on the outside because it dries and reaches higher temperatures. Pre browning also renders the excess fat.

Sep 07, 2014
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help me figure out a bacon crusted quiche!

This is intriguing as I have several GF family members. I am wondering how it would work to grind the bacon and press it to line a simple aluminum pie pan and put another pan on top to hold it in place while it baked. That might cut more easily. The problem would be if the bacon has too much fat and there is too much shrinkage from rendering the fat. I had some very lean bacon last week that most likely would work. You could bake on a cookie sheet and drain and carefully remove the top pan. Parchment paper might keep it from sticking. A lean sausage might work better and give a similar result and you would not have to fool with grinding it. Also consider using muffin tins. You could still put one inside the other to hold the meat in place.
I have had a couple of bridle shower brunches and used a shredded hash brown crust for a sausage cheese casserole, made a sausage cheese tater tot casserole and made a spinach artichoke cheese crustless quiche. Also made an Eggs Benedict casserole subbing in GF English muffins for a New Orleans style brunch we had.
Another thought would be put crumbled cooked bacon on the bottom of the pan and the quiche mixture on top of that. I put cooked bacon in the food processor for bacon jam once. It might make a solid layer a little easier.

Sep 07, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

I just bought A Love Affair with Southern Cooking, Kindle Edition by Jean Anderson for 99 cents.

Sep 06, 2014
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Tin foil

I still use it. I have found it old at yard sales etc. I save it every year. There are many collectors of "old Christmas" that use it too. I don't think the toxicity is actually known. I guess there are no volunteers to check that out. The FDA felt just the presence of lead was an unnecessary risk with children and persuaded the manufacturers to voluntarily stop making it. We are still very careful with it. On the other hand many modern Christmas decorations, especially lights have lead in them. It is just not as obvious.

Sep 05, 2014
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Ad taking up screen

Refreshing hasn't worked most of the time.

Sep 05, 2014
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Designing my kitchen - Stove help

They do. I like the burners but not so sure about the ovens.
If you are designing from scratch, there are some threads about "the best thing I did in my kitchen". Also I designed my own kitchen and this book has some different ideas and was very helpful.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0932767...

Sep 05, 2014
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Designing my kitchen - Stove help

They have the "performer" model that has the bottom almost sealed for easy cleaning. The bottom is removable and can be placed in the dishwasher. The burner itself is star shaped and uncapped or open, which will give you the flame pattern you might be looking for. This is sometimes called a semi sealed burner.
http://youtu.be/ap4HT9NZ9x0

You would want to read what owners have to say on gardenweb and read the warranty.

Sep 05, 2014
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