diets can weigh on the budget. I remember when I was newly
diagnosed and thought I would go broke with all of the books,
new appliances, and specialty foods. After the original investment,
my bills have leveled out, but I am sure they are higher than
Some of these investments might be better
left for Santa to take care of.
Appliances: My most impressive
appliance is a perfectly round non-stick griddle. It is made
by T-Fal and is called the Raclette Grill or Party Grill.
Most frequently, I use it to make crepes of many flavors and
textures, that I subsequently use to make wraps, cannelloni,
desserts, and breakfast pancakes. On occasion, we use to it
make a shared Korean barbecue. What makes this a great appliance
is its round shape and the fact that the griddle top is removable.
It makes an easy clean up.
It can be found here.
High tech: Clan Thompson's
Celiac/Gluten-Free SmartLists are a series of electronic programs
(for your palm pilot, computer etc.) and books which make
it easy to find gluten information on thousands of mainstream
products sold at most chain stores throughout the USA. Can
be purchased through www.celiac.com
Milk Frother: I am
from Seattle. Home of Starbucks. Coffee was a part of my upbringing.
I enjoy very strong coffee. I also enjoy it with warm frothed
milk. Buying it daily is not in my budget. My most used appliance
is a battery operated hand held milk frother. The milk in
my kitchen is just like a barista makes it and for cents on
the dollar. It makes a great stocking stuffer. There are many
on the market priced anywhere between $6-$29.99. My $5 one
(bought in Europe) has worked perfectly (hint it cannot
Sealer: Do you keep
emergency food supplies at home, in your car, at the office
or with your childs teacher? Do you have half eaten
bags of items that you spent a small fortune on? The Euro
Sealer is a heated press that re-seals bags. It does not remove
the air, but can protect your food, very well and efficiently.
I have a couple of Euro Sealers stored in strategic places
to protect our food. This small gadget is fabulously useful.
Euro Sealer - http://www.safetycentral.com/eurosealer.html
Candles: If you like
to set a beautiful table on which to place the wonderful meals
that you create, candles add a wonderful accent. The handmade
wax candles by Candle Works are incredibly unique. I have
many friends in the diplomatic community who garnish their
table with these for representational dinners. The first time
you light them you will see the difference. I buy their Christmas
candles - the Holiday Twists, every year. Please dont
save these candles because they look so beautiful, burn
them that is where the magic truly lies.
For the kids:
A Book Basket: All titles available
from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
There are many aspects to being on a gluten
free diet. Some are practical such as groceries and recipes.
For a child in the midst of developing a self identity: many
overlapping issues can and should be addressed. My first vocation
is a teacher and a reading specialist, at that.
Literature is a wonderful tool for children
to gain an insight into the world in general and themselves
in particular. I have found a marvelous collection of books
to use with my Celiac son and with his classmates. Any chance
I can, I go in to read and to cook.
My top choices for books for children:
Gluten-Free Friends: An Activity
Book for Kids (Paperback)
My son loves this book. It was a wonderful
tool for him to understand his body and to work through
pages as he would in school.
Everybody Cooks Rice (Picture Books)
This book is part of a series of the
.. I share this with friends of
my son in an attempt to remind them of the obvious.
Rice is a great option and it is not unique.
Eating Gluten-Free With Emily:
A Story For Children With Celiac Disease (Hardcover)
J. Kruszka, Richard
My sons kindergarten teacher
read this to the class. She told me to send it to school
every year with Grant. A high recommendation!
You Are Special (Hardcover)
You are special is a wonderful story
of the uniqueness and value of each of us. Some days,
I know it is difficult for my little boy to be different.
I hope that with resources such as this book, that I
can instill in him an identity not based on the opinions
or comments of others but from something greater inside.
For the newly diagnosed
The Gluten-Free Kitchen: Over 135
Delicious Recipes for People with Gluten Intolerance
or Wheat Allergy (Paperback)
The Gluten Free Kitchen is by far
the best gluten free cookbook I own. The recipes are
cheap, no frills basics that ALWAYS turn out with great
flavor and texture. When I am in touch with someone
newly diagnosed, I always recommend this book ONLY.
Of course, I would love for you to pay my
shopping bills by purchasing my book Globally
Gluten Free. It is filled with ideas for your holiday
table. It is for my son that I put this book together. As
a portion of the proceeds will go to education, it is my wish
that eventually this will make Grants life easier.
I wish you peace and happiness in the upcoming
holidays and year.
Nancy Baker, the
mother of two sons, the oldest with Celiac disease, currently
resides in Madrid, Spain. Nancy is the wife of a diplomat
and as such has had the opportunity to live in Budapest, Prague
and now Spain. Nancy has compiled a fabulous collection of
gluten-free ethnic delights from all over the world, offered
in her first book, Globally Gluten Free. Globally
Gluten Free focuses on international recipes, techniques and
ingredients. Her book is now available. To order Globally
Gluten Free please contact Nancy Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.