Monthly Archives: May 2011

1 in 133 Pushes FDA Towards Gluten-Free Labeling, But It’s No Simple Task

There’s been some pretty big-deal stuff going on in the world of gluten-free law lately.

You may have heard of a movement called 1 in 133. You may have heard rumors of a giant gluten-free cake. A friend of yours maybe forwarded you this article from the Washington Post about how the FDA is dragging its heels on setting up standard labeling for gluten-free food.

Wednesday was a day of action, but it wasn’t the only day of action. You can still get involved in the movement to set up safe labeling practices, and the first step is to get educated about what that means.
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Review: Moondance Desserts Gluten-free Cookies

Sometimes I like to prove how grown up I am by choosing to do things that kids aren’t allowed to do.

Sneak cigarettes out back? No. Buy lotto tickets? Not really. But I do like to eat cookies for breakfast.

Happily for me, Moondance Desserts sent over 3 boxes of cookies for me to check out: that’s a lot of grown-up breakfast right there.

Moondance is based in Cincinnati, entirely gluten-free, and has a strong presence in the Midwest, the South, and on the East Coast. You can find their cheesecakes, cookies and brownies in Whole Foods and in a lot of local/independent markets.

But enough about that. How do they taste?
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Chestnuts, a Gluten-free Treat for Every Season

We interrupt today’s normally-scheduled blogging: Better Batter has issued a product recall because of unreported dairy. Read more here if you’ve purchased their mixes and need to stay dairy-free.

And now:

The LA Times had an interesting article not long ago about the American Chestnut Foundation. You can read it here, but in a nutshell (ha!) the article covers the group’s attempt to reintroduce the chestnut tree to the American landscape.

At the turn of the last century, nearly 4 billion chestnut trees grew across the eastern US. The chestnuts themselves were a staple crop, suitable for roasting, for milling into flour, for brewing into beer, and more. By 1940, however, a blight had decimated the population; only a very few remained and many of those were too far apart to successfully cross-pollinate and reproduce.

Why care? Well, you don’t have to. But you should know that chestnuts are gluten-free and delicious.
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