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This is my Gluten Free Christmas List: Third Edition

These are a few things I’d love to have, and I think would make great Christmas gifts for any Celiac out there. For more ideas see my 2011 gift guide and 2010 gift guide!

1. Gluten free kitchen art

I’d love to have this hanging in my kitchen some day!

2. Red Apple Lipstick

When it comes to beauty products, lipstick is one thing that you must make sure is gluten free. I sampled this lipstick at the DC gluten free expo and loved the “Flirt With Me” shade. Get a special deal when you order from Delight Gluten Free Magazine!

3. Gluten free gingerbread house making kit

I’m way too lazy to attempt to make one of these on my own, so this kit from Sensitive Sweets is perfect!

4. Bard’s Homebrew gluten free beer kit

Now, I wouldn’t say that Bard’s beer is my favorite (because, obviously that honor goes to Omission beer). But the idea of brewing your own beer at home is pretty rad (especially for those people who can’t find gluten free beer in their area).

What did I miss? What’s on your gluten free Christmas list? 

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This is my gluten free Christmas list: Second Edition

Last year I made a list of some great gluten free gifts, including cookbooks, t-shirts, and chocolate-dipped pretzels.

This year I have a few more suggestions of things to buy for someone gluten free in your life, or things to ask for yourself.

1. Breadmaker

If I didn’t already have one, this would be top on my list. It makes the most delicious gluten free bread that I’ve ever had, and even non-gluten free people say that it’s so good they could easily substitute it for their “normal” bread.

My breadmaker has a gluten free setting, but most of the mixes that I’ve seen say that you shouldn’t use it. So, I don’t think it’s completely necessary.

I have this Breadmaker one:

Add on a couple of Pamela’s bread mixes, and you’re all set!

2. Magazine Subscription

A subscription to Delight, Gluten-free Living, or Living Without is on my list this year. Even though there are so many resources and recipes online, it’s way more fun to get  nice glossy magazine in the mail. Plus they’re inexpensive and easy to buy.

3. CSA Box

A CSA box is a great way to experiment with new ingredients in a healthy way. It’s also a great way to share with friends and family and support local farms. Find one near you here, or if you’re in DC I recommend Green Grocer.

4. Chocolate dipped potato chips

Last year I recommended chocolate-dipped pretzels, but these are just as good, if not better. They’re so simple to make and are great to have around during the holidays as a treat.

5. This shirt – Eat like a tiger. Go gluten free.

Or, if your “special someone” is gluten free, try one of these “My celiac girl/guy is hot” shirts.

Happy shopping!

Dinks for Christmas

Santa, please bring me some Dinks for Christmas.  They are incredibly adorable!  Since they’re made in Brooklyn, maybe I can try to find them in a store somewhere around here…

I also will accept one of these super sweet cases for my new Macbook Air, or some white fleece mittens.  That is in addition to the Dinks, not as a substitution.  Thank you!

This is my gluten free Christmas list

Tis the time of year for holiday gift guides!  I’ve had my eye on some gluten-free related items lately, so I thought that I’d publish them in the off chance that Santa read this and has time to pick me up some things.

1.  Books and cookbooks!

Over Thanksgiving, I went into Barnes and Noble and saw a huge selection of gluten free cookbooks, books about gf baking, and gf lifestyle books.

While I usually am fine with looking recipes and information up online, there were some books that really caught my eye!  You don’t get gorgeous pictures on a website like the ones in Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: 75 recipes for Irresistable Gluten-Free Desserts and Pastries!

Although I think I would probably prefer one of the kid’s cookbooks that I saw, because the recipes are more my speed 🙂

Like Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Cookbook for Kids and Busy Adults

Books and cookbooks make a great gift – they’re relatively cheap, easy to pack in a suitcase, and chock full of new ideas!

2.  Gluten-free swag and apparel

Who doesn’t love a novelty tee?  You can show your GF pride, jump off conversations, and look super-fly.

From Cafe Press

They have lots of gf tees, but this is one of my favorites:

And I love this tote:

And this one makes me laugh:

3.  FOOD!  The holidays can be hard for us celiacs.  There are the memories of Christmases past, the temptations at every corner, and the well-meaning family members who try to force feed you.

Buy some Glutino pretzel twists, dip them in white chocolate, and slap some sprinkles on them!

Buy them a gluten free goody that they don’t usually have.  Maybe it’s Udi’s Bagels or muffins, or just a tupperware full of box-mix brownies.

Or perhaps just a big ole bag of xanthan gum.  MMMMMMM!

So, that’s what’s on my gluten free Christmas list.  Hopefully I don’t get coal (or wheat) instead…

Dean and Deluca’s “Pumpkin Potion”

Yesterday I got my first real dose of Christmas in the city.  We went in to get some ingredients for dinner from Whole Foods, and a little present to send my dad (to make up for abandoning him on Thanksgiving).  But there was so much to see that we ended up making an afternoon of it.  Who can take a quick trip to the grocery store when you get off the train and see this view of Central Park?

So we headed to Dean and Deluca to see if they had anything for my dad, and to give us an excuse to get coffee ourselves.  Usually I kind of hate going there a little bit, because they have all of the best baked goods in the city and I can’t have ANY of it.  So, being in the holiday spirit and all, I opted for the “Pumpkin Potion” made with soy milk.  It’s a blend of something pumpkin, and chai, and I think magic – because this thing was soooooo good.  It made Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks look like car wash hot chocolate (what? they didn’t serve hot chocolate at your car wash?)  It was incredibly frothy, and even though I’m not usually a fan of chai, the spiced and subtle pumpkin flavor was really amazing.  Almost made me not envy the line of people getting cupcakes and pastries.  Almost.

We also got a few of their Origin Chocolate bars, which didn’t make it home whole.  In our defense, it was a long subway ride.  Other gluten free food options at D&D include:

  • Siggi’s Yogurt (I’ve had the Orange Ginger and it was decent)
  • Macaroons (sometimes they have packaged ones, but the sales people will never give me a straight answer about the ones in their display case).  Plus, if you’re in the area you might as well get your macaroons here).
  • Nut mix and cranberry nut mix
  • Soups (they had butternut squash when I went, that is gluten free.  But check for other varieties)
  • Larabars (at the SoHo location, not at the Rockefellar Center location)
  • Tons of candy and artisan chocolates
  • Terra chips and popcorn (at SoHo location)
  • At the SoHo location they also have a lot of prepared foods, sushi (but no soy sauce), cheeses, and fresh fruits and veggies.

On the way there we saw the big tree getting prepped for the lighting in Rockefellar Center. Right now it looks like a construction zone, but soon it will be all gussied up and ready for Christmas.

Apologies for those of you who can’t try the yummies at Dean and Deluca.  For those of you in the city – D&D moved to 48th Street a couple of months ago.  It’s much more discrete now (not even on Google Maps yet):

Dean and Deluca

On W 48th Street between 6th and 5th Ave.

Or 560 Broadway (right outside the Prince Street subway)