World's first Celiac Vaccine Trials

Thanks to The Australian for this news! This April in Australia 40 volunteers with celiac disease will be tested with a new vaccine for 11 months in a preliminary study meant to determine whether or not the vaccine will harm them. If it doesn’t harm them, phase II will test whether the treatment is effective. Volunteers treated with the vaccine will eat foods with gluten while their immune and intestinal systems are examined.

“The therapy involves repeatedly injecting solutions of gluten at increasing concentrations. The aim is to desensitise the subjects slowly, in a similar way to hay fever and dust allergy desensitisation treatments.”

If this vaccine works, it will be the first time a person with celiac disease will be able to develop a tolerance to gluten.  Clearly it will be years before the results of these experiments could possibly affect anyone in the States.

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

Gluten Free Homemaker\'s cinnamon rolls Most people never get to enjoy homemade cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven. A comforting scent warms the home before the doughy, sticky spirals land gooey and hot on your plate. These rolls are the ultimate in luxury breakfast foods, and gluten-free bloggers have been absolutely determined to share in that luxury. They have experimented and photographed and asked for suggestions. Then, triumphant, they have shared their successful recipes with everyone, making the world a sweeter place.  Here are some of our favorite suggestions for gluten free cinnamon rolls:

  • Steve of I Hate Wheat worked with his mother on her Sweet Roll recipe. They used Jules Shepherd’s All Purpose Flour from Nearly Normal to make their gluten free cinnamon rolls.
  • Gluten Free Steve has step by step pictures of his “sure fire, never miss” gluten free cinnamon rolls. They have white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, baking powder, and xantham gum.
  • The Gluten-Free Homemaker modified Roben Ryberg’s recipe (which everyone in the GF blogosphere is raving about) to make healthier gluten free cinnamon rolls (pictured above) for Christmas, and her family didn’t notice. She used sorghum flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and xantham gum. To support Ryberg’s excellent work and find more GF recipes winning rave reviews, buy her cookbook, The Gluten Free Kitchen.
  • Jay of The Gluten Free Post reports that if you don’t feel up to making cinnamon rolls entirely by yourself, the folks at Chebe make a mix. It contains tapioca flour and tapioca starch, and you add egg or egg substitute, oil, milk, gluten-free baking powder (optional), and unsweetened applesauce. The glaze is not included, but there is a recipe for it on their site with brown sugar, slivered almonds, and butter.

You can also find gluten-free cinnamon rolls, gluten-free muffins, and other gluten-free treats at bakeries like those listed in the Restaurant Guide. Which gluten free cinnamon rolls are you going to try?

Gluten Free Blogger of the Month #6: Mike Eberhart

Mike Eberhart\'s cookbook Mike Eberhart wears many hats. He is the CEO of SureTalent Books; together with his wife he creates gorgeous GF dessert cookbooks; and he maintains a Gluten Free Blog, a Gluten Free Recipes Library, and a Gluten Free News Blog Roundup. On his blog you can find several detailed and useful GF product reviews, book reviews, cooking discussions, and mouthwatering recipes accompanied by artistic photographs. The Recipes Library contains a diverse array of appetizers, breakfasts, entrees, and sides, but I was especially impressed by 3 different waffle recipes I wanted to make immediately: Blueberry Buckwheat Teff Buttermilk, Banana Walnut, and Buttermilk Millet Flax. Mike also freely shares with us 5 different gluten-free cake recipes, the kind you wouldn’t be embarrassed to present on Valentine’s Day, and as a double bonus, some are casein-free.

All this activity already positions Mike as a leader in the online gluten-free community. Now he and his wife are taking a further and laudatory step: they are donating all the money they receive from sales of their GF dessert cookbook in 2009 (except for shipping charges) to food banks and homeless shelters. They are intelligently combining something they need to do (promoting their book) with something they want to do (helping the needy). And if you are one of the people hit hard by the economy and don’t feel that you can purchase a book at this time, Mike and his wife regularly post new GF recipes online on the Gluten Free Blog. These online recipes are not from their rigorously tested dessert cookbook but they seem quite tasty nonetheless.

Quickie Post: Gluten Free Cooking Class in Wooster, Ohio

This Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m., you can attend a $20 cooking class at Buehler’s Fresh Foods in Wooster, Ohio. Call (330) 345-5908. The class, Living a Gluten Free Life, will be taught by Executive Chef J. Larkin and Ellen Homlong, a board certified diabetes instructor and Registered Dietician at the Samaritan Hospital in Ashland, Ohio.

Here you can read some of Chef Larkin’s recipes.

The address of Buehler’s Fresh Foods is 3540 Burbank Road, Wooster, OH 44691.