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111  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Gluten Free Recipe Ideas or Suggestions on: March 30, 2005 07:35:05 PM
My 6 yr old daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease a year ago. she's been on the gluten free (GF) diet now for a year. it has been a challenge but it really has gotten easier. the GI doc gave us some cookbooks but the best ones by far are the Gluten Free Gourmet series. I have the bread and desserts ones and have checked out from the library the "cooks comfort foods" one. Unfortunately the author Bette Hagman had a stroke recently and is likely not going to make more cookbooks  Embarrassed  The hardest part for us is going out to eat. Since she's only 6, her palate is not that well developed so eating Thai or Indian is not a viable option, however Mexican w/ corn tortillas works well. I miss going out for pizza tho! Needless to say, she is much healthier now and growing like a weed. I would suggest the Bette Hagman books. Also check to see if your city has a local chapter of a celiac association or support group. We have one here in Denver and there are many outings, meetings, etc connected with that group. They also publish a food list of what commercially available foods are GF.   I'll include one of our favorite recipes below that was taken from GF Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods (with my adaptations added in).  I think the toughest thing cooking-wise is breads and pastry items. they just aren't quite the same, altho I've made some really killer GF cookies.   I think the commercially prepared GF breads that you buy at health food stores are the worst ever. I was quite discouraged after buying those early on in my daughter's diagnosis.  I made bread for a while but now we pretty much just go without and eat a lot of corn tortillas, rice cakes and rice crackers.  I could go on and on, but won't. Feel free to personal message me if you want.

and here's the recipe. we served these at my daughter's birthday party and everyone loved them!

Gingerbread Waffles w/ Teff (or not)

   1 c. Featherlight Mix
     c. Teff flour  (have used sorghum flour which was fine)
   1 t. ginger
   1 t. baking soda
   2 t. baking powder
    t. salt
   2 eggs
    c. sugar
   1 c. buttermilk  (milk w/ lemon juice works fine)
   1/3 c. molasses
   1/3 c. oil

   Whisk together dry ingredients. In mixer, beat eggs until blended.
   Add sugar, beating until creamy. Add buttermilk, molasses, and oil.
   Beat until blended. Stir in dry ingredients until smooth.

   Be sure to oil up the waffle iron periodically because they do stick
   at times.

   Serve w/ yogurt and syrup.

I've never had Teff flour around so have only made this w/ sorghum flour.  Featherlight Mix is a flour mix that is from the Bette Hagman books. Basically it's 1 c. cornstarch, 1 c. rice flour, 1 c. tapioca flour, 1 t. potato flour.  mix it up and you have Featherlight Mix which is the best  for so many GF recipes.  I make a huge amount and keep in a canister for cooking.

one bummer about GF cooking is that the flours (and xantham gum) are definitely way more expensive than regular old wheat flour!!

lastly,  i saw on one post that someone mentioned spelt but i don't believe this is safe for Celiacs!
112  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern for knitted ipod cozy w/ openings for screen and clickwheel? on: March 27, 2005 08:52:27 PM
does anyone have a pattern for a knitted ipod cozy that has openings for the display and the clickwheel? i thought i saw a finished one here a week or so ago but can't find it anywhere. I want to make a cozy that lets you use the ipod while in the cozy.  making a felted one would be tres cool too! thanks
113  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: needle felted palm pilot cozie - my first post!! on: March 26, 2005 07:19:10 PM
 needle felting is pretty easy but you've got to get FELTING NEEDLES. i think the ones i got are from Fiber Trends, got them at my LYS. The brown part is a 100% wool sweater that I felted in the washing machine. Once felted, you can cut up the sweater any way you want and the ends don't fray. I just sewed up the sides w/ some mohair yarn then did my needle felting with some yarn. The yellow part is a light weight wool that I used as is. the green is Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky that I kinda took apart. with needle felting, you basically push the yarn into the fabric with these wicked sharp, cerrated felting needles. you poke poke poke until the yarn starts to "stick" to the felted material.  i used a block of thick foam behind the material because you do really have to jab the needles all the way thru. you end up pushing the fibers from the yarn into the felted sweater material. If you look at the last photo you can kind of see where the green came thru. i'm not sure if i'm making sense. it's a really fun process. 
114  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Magknits projects on: March 26, 2005 07:04:47 PM
those are AWESOME! posters have referred to the "Paris Loop" - i assume that's the middle picture.?? where did you get the pattern for that and what yarn did you use. i'm really impressed. way to go.
115  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Punk Rock Backpack (My version) on: March 26, 2005 06:52:05 PM
golly, those are both SO great! i'm impressed n inspired. thanks! Wink
116  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Winding Yarn w. an Electric Mixer - Tutorial on: March 26, 2005 06:37:22 PM
i have wanted to order from Knitpicks!! which of their yarns have you used and/or which do you like? the stuff you have is fab!!
117  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / needle felted palm pilot cozie - my first post!! on: March 18, 2005 08:16:08 PM
i made this a while ago and love it, and just discovered this site so thought i'd do a first post. this is made from a felted thrift store JCrew sweater, lined with a thrift store green silk blouse (hard to see in the pics), and then I needle felted the design on the top. I've gotten lots of compliments at stores when people have seen it. it's really a prototype as there are certainly things I'd do differently next time.  After this project, I had plans and sweaters/yarn for a million more but haven't had the time. this site is so inspiring!

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