Resources Page

Frequently updated.  Resources and a network of local providers, meetups, conferences and food sources.  I will add to this post as often as I confirm new information.  It should be Featured (pinned to the top of the blog).  If it's not, please let me know. General Information on Celiac Disease and related links are found at the bottom of the article (very long page, and yes it needs some reorganization).

Need some advice now that you're diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?  It can be hard to find my older articles that are of special help to those starting out, but I've collected them on This Page for your convenience.
MeetingsRaleigh Celiac Support Group (Rex Hospital) -- Third Thursday every other month - next, September (with Millefiori Bakery, discussing Sourdough bread and gluten free baking).

GIG WakeMed Celiac & Food Allergy Support Group --   at WakeMed Cary Hospital, 1900 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary 27518

Wildcraft - Want to try some …

Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup with Ultra Clear Broth

Here's is a lovely and easy soup from China.  There's so much negativity about China lately, that I thought it was time to undo some of it with some authentic Chinese comfort food. This soup is gorgeous, and it showcases a little known chef's technique for making a reliably clear soup broth.

When it's simmering, the house is filled with a gentle sweet/herbal bouquet. It uses a kit which can be bought for just a few dollars to flavor the soup, and needs only ginger and carrots, plus one whole chicken.  Scroll down to skip intro and get right to the recipe.  I can think of no better way to ward off the estrangement of a trade war than through comfort food.
The soup is, of course, renowned for its ability to stop a cold in its tracks.  My other reason for presenting it, besides that it's a beautiful soup, is that I found out I lost a chance to make up with a friend that I fell out with.  With all that's happening in Hong Kong right now, I just wanted to be sure s…

Farming Gets Political in 2019

I'm still struggling to regain my former energy level.  However a few announcements are in order since September is just around the corner.  First, local elections are coming up in October.  Second, there is a blog post that has collected all the national Democrat's views on farming policy.  And finally, Farm Aid is less than a month away in Wisconsin (but it may be streamed).  It's a good time to discuss farming reform especially in view of the NC pork producer's current and historical problems.

Local Elections
These elections are very quick and they take precision timing.  Once the candidates are listed, you can seek them out and discuss issues with them.  Then pay close attention to the dates you get from your voter lookup entry.

Clickable map to get in touch with your local county electrion board:  Get in touch with them if your ballot isn't posted at least 30 days before an election.Your voter registration lookup should show you y…

Super Chunky Spaghetti Sauce and Lecsó

Welcome once again to my blog!  Today we're talking about homemade spaghetti sauce with fresh local tomatoes, garlic, onion and peppers!  With 10 lbs each of tomatoes, onions and bell peppers, you can make enough Lecsó and Spaghetti sauce to last several months. I've made three batches so far this year and before the season is over, I want to share my methods with you. I developed a new technique that enhances flavor and protects the vitamins in the sauce from being overcooked.

The advantages of big cooking (making a lot, ahead) are the fresh ingredients, the flavor and the thrift. Let's get started!
You may wonder what Lecsó is, so let's talk about it first. Simply put, it's a "bam" for taking a healthy shortcut when making many dishes, especially braised dishes from Eastern Europe.  Lecsó is made a bit more simply than spaghetti sauce, so I tend to cook a large batch, and divide the results so I get some Lecsó and some Spaghetti sauce. Lecsó i…

Health Setbacks

This is a bit more personal than usual.  I've had a series of health setbacks and wanted to share what I've learned.  First I had an infection that I had to see an urgent care doctor about.  My doctor was not available briefly.  That delay cost me a lot in recovery.  I have frequent infections and I try my best to avoid antibiotics. But sometimes it's unavoidable. 

While recovering from the infection, I learned that there's gluten in many over the counter medicines.  So I wasn't getting any better even though the infection wasn't the problem anymore.

Then I noticed that my vitamins were making me react badly.  After some close examination of the vitamin, I couldn't confirm it had gluten in it.  But I was reacting to something in it.  

My eating became disordered as pain mounted, and I sought out comfort foods, usually high in carbohydrates. Eating too many carbs is counterproductive for me, but when my body feels horrible anyway, it's hard to be a sa…

Kaleidoscope Fest is on September 14th and Gluten Free

Announcement:  There's a gluten free event coming to town!  Please join me and many local stars of the business community for Kaleidoscope Fest!  Buy your tickets before August 1 for a discount.

Even if starting a business is only an embryonic thought at this time, it will be lovely to give it some thought while surrounded by talented successful local businesswomen. See you there!

The 'Celiac Vaccine' Nexvax2 is Discontinued

This is a brief news update.  The widely reported "Celiac vaccine" that was in phase 2 clinical trials was not shown to be better than placebo.  I'm disappointed, but also I'm glad they were clear about what didn't work so we can focus on the next steps.  I don't think any disease is "incurable" and certainly not because one drug failed.  Living with Celiac is a hassle and people deserve to have brilliant minds working on possible solutions.

I'm really grateful to ImmusanT for their work and for stopping the trial with integrity.  These days, it's not certain that a drug company will end trials for a failed drug.  So I'm glad they've shown they're sincerely seeking a real, sustainable solution. And it's valuable to me that they're seeking a cure. Which is another uncertainty in today's medical marketplace.  So I want to thank them for their work and I hope to see more ideas from them in the future, as well as a "…

Market Day! and Oven Lovie's Lasagna!

Not sure if the organic, local and gluten free life is for you?  I understand.  It's not easy, just to get nutritious food prepared every day, and adding more requirements adds time to that effort.  Who has the time?  It takes uncommon will.  It might be thought that my being unemployed would be an advantage.  Except I'm sick so often, it takes a big chunk out of my life still. One of the most important changes I've made has been to focus as much as possible on locally grown and organic foods.  I've tried various methods, delivery services, the expensive supermarket method, and directly contacting farmers.  But the most friendly and comfortable way is still the good old local farmer's market.

Local rumor has it that the Durham Farmer's Market only accepts vendors who produce their own produce or crafts.  No resellers.  I haven't read the rules for vendors, but this seems to be true.  I love some of the vendors at the Raleigh year round farmer's market,…

Wrapping Up Celiac Awareness Month

On this beautiful end of May day, we wrap up Celiac Awareness Month (from last year) with gratitude and renewed courage.  Every year brings us closer to clarity on where gluten hides in our everyday foods.  Every year bring us closer to an answer for why Celiac disease itself is accelerating in our community.  Each voice raised in compassion toward those who have limited food choices brings us closer to dietary freedom and respect.

I note with pride that our community cares for one another and protects our right to safe food even when it inconveniences our community businesses.  Let this year be the year we educate our local restaurants, the year we  protect all children from ridicule because they're "different."  Our freedoms are interlinked.  I will not be free to respectfully decline a cross-contaminated meal until every dieter of every sort is free to choose their food according to their preference or need.

And let this be the year when medical professionals finally…

The Ugly Arsenic-in-Rice Controversy

Rice is one of  the most popular grains in the world. To those of us who need gluten free food, it's a substitute for gluten grains such as wheat, for many cooking purposes, and it's considered hypoallergenic.  In Asia it's a central part of the diet. In Gluten Free cooking and baking, it's usually well represented, and almost ubiquitous.  But it could also contain arsenic at harmful levels and so far, rice in the US isn't routinely tested for arsenic content. The gluten free community has already sounded the alarm about the possibility of arsenic in rice and how that problem is magnified in the Celiac community, where the most popular flour, wheat flour, is not used.  However, there isn't a lot of depth to many articles so I'm going to delve into this subject with gusto!

First a quote from the Verywell article just mentioned:  "the Mayo Clinic looked directly at levels of arsenic in people with and without celiac disease who were following the glute…