Cruel and Unusual: Gluten-free Jail Time?

And now for something completely different.

I’ll let the first paragraph of the Seattle PI’s article on this bit of gluten-free news do the talking for me:

A convicted killer is facing felony charges after telling King County Jail staff he planned to go on a murderous rampage in part because his dietary concerns – he claimed to need wheat-free food – weren’t being addressed.

Obviously, this man did not choose a solution-oriented approach to his problem. But he raises an interesting question: what happens if someone needs to be gluten-free in jail?

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Cold Coming On? Use Your (Gluten-Free) Noodle

Break out the tissues, cold season is here. If you’ve caught the sniffles, take it from Dr. Mom; nothing soothes a cold like chicken soup! It’s good for the soul and for kicking a cold.

Need a 2nd  opinion?

Citing recent medical research, the Mayo Clinic touts chicken soup’s anti-inflammatory and congestion relieving properties.  It may not cure you (at this point, there is no cure for the common cold), but it will make you feel better.

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News: Gluten-free Grocery Shopping Gets Easier at SuperValu

Exciting news!

If you live in the US, there’s a good chance that you shop at a grocery store run by SuperValu.

This, in and of itself, is not so exciting, I know. But…

Over the next three months, SuperValu stores will roll out a program designed to make gluten-free grocery shopping much easier. According to the press release, the gluten-free shopping program includes:

  • Signage and merchandizing solutions (in some stores)
  • Gluten-free shopping lists available in-store
  • On-site personnel to answer gluten-free questions
  • Additional info on the web

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Chocolate & GF Pretzels: A Winning Combination

Some foods are just meant for each other.

Peanut butter and jelly. Macaroni and cheese. Chips and salsa…

But chocolate and pretzels are one of my all-time favorite combinations. Hand-dipped pretzels have been my go-to party dish since college. With holidays and potlucks just around the corner, there are few things easier to make (or more delicious) than this crunchy snack.

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The Scoop on Endive: Gluten-free and Fantastic

Endive season is beginning. If you have never eaten this strange little vegetable, I highly recommend a trip to the nearest grocery store or farmers’ market.

whole endive

Vegetables are naturally gluten-free, and of course endive is no exception. It’s in the chicory family, related to other bitter vegetables like raddichio and frisée and escarole. It’s also full of fiber and vitamins (A and K, to be specific).

Why should you care? Why does endive deserve a special place in the hearts and pantries of the gluten-free community?

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