Saturday, June 8, 2013

Out Standing in her field or It's Tough to be Gluten-free

Hi, Toni Holmes here. As you may know I'm gluten-free due to Celiac disease.
A lot of people think that gluten-free is a new fad diet - sort of like the South Beach or Low Carb. It's not true.
It is a disease that has been around since the ancient Greeks and was reintroduced to the medical profession in the late 1880's when a scholar translated an ancient Greek text that described the malady.

That's right humans have known for centuries that some people are gluten intolerant/gluten sensitive and full out Celiac.  When I was first diagnosed, I thought no way. I couldn't do it. I was a baker for goodness sake. I did some reading and wandered the stores desperate to find anything - even canned veggies that didn't have gluten in it. That's when I stepped into my first health food store and tried to find my way through the strange sights and smells of stores that look at food as medicine.

I met helpful people who took me step by step through the process of figuring out what I could eat. Trust me you can only eat so many grilled chicken salads before you would do anything for a warm roll with butter or a cookie or a piece of cake. That's when I started experimenting with gluten-free baking That was six years ago. Thankfully now you don't have to use a scale and weigh and measure proportions of various flours to try to recreate all purpose flour. It's expensive and inefficient. (Not for me any more since I run a bakery, but for the ordinary cook.) I discovered gluten-free baking mixes and replacement all purpose gluten-free flours. Soon I was converting recipes and testing portions until I had tasty gluten-free cookies, cakes, pie and rolls

Now there are people who protest that these things are part of  SAD (Standard American Diet) but I look at it a bit differently. I bake gluten-free so that people with special dietary needs can enjoy birthday cake, Christmas cookies, party tarts and other treats.

Really all anyone wants to do is feel like they fit in. Living in Kansas -wheat country that is often referred to as the breadbasket of America - fitting in as gluten-free is going to take some time. Thankfully I have a large family to help support my bakery and my tendency to get caught up in a police investigation.

To celebrate the return of Killer Characters - my writer is giving away a signed copy of "Gluten For Punishment." Share what makes you stand out in a crowd and your name will be put into a random drawing.The winner will be notified and asked to send their snail mail address off the blog.

31 comments:

  1. I do know a little girl who has to eat different from the rest of her family, all her food is made separately. I think she would love to be able to share tasty treats with her family.

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  2. Other then how tall I am, don't really know of anything else that "makes me stand out in a crowd"...LOL! But seriously, I would dearly love to win this book!! Thanks!

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  3. I have Celiac too but the thing that makes me stand out I am told is that I always smile and treat people I meet like I have known them forever. If you see a lady hugging a greeter ir cashier at Walmart it might just be me.

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  4. I honestly can't think of anything that makes me stand out. I am just a pretty normal person.

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  5. My sense of humor makes me stand out, I think.

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  6. what makes me stand out is that i don't take myself seriously.......i can laugh at myself!!!!

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  7. What makes me stand out is that I have great charisma.

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  8. Hmmm. I don't know if I actually stand out in a crowd. I'm just a typical SAHM. But I would like to think that my willilngness to always help a friend or neighbor is what people think of when they think of me.

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  9. I have a cousin who is on a gluten free diet.

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  10. What makes me stand out is I can nap at almost any time and come instantly awake. Family characteristic which seems to be useful in stressful situations. Sounds like a fun read I would enjoy.

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  11. I'm another celiac and what makes me stand out in a crowd is I am usually taller than other women and I have a horrendous mix of gray, ash blond, brown and dark brown hair. (Allergic to hair coloring!)

    I think my friends might charitably say my smile makes me stand out in a crowd.

    I'm looking forward to reading this book.

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi Linda,

      You won a copy of "Gluten For Punishment!"
      Please send your snail mail address to: nancyjparra@yahoo.com

      Cheers, Nancy

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  12. Toni, I feel your pain. I, too, am celiac (as you know). It gets easier if you are strictly off gluten. Those who cheat pay the price. It's hard when I go out to dinner, though, and a waiter will bring food that obviously has gluten, and I have to tell my dining mates to eat before it gets cold. Happens all the time.

    Stand out? I have a big laugh. I love to laugh and I have a big smile.

    Hugs,

    Daryl Wood Gerber (the author, not a character LOL)

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  13. I can't think of anything that makes me stand out, but I would like to say that I recently read Gluten For Punishment and loved it. I'll be anxious to read the next installment in this delightful series ~

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  14. Maybe I stand out because my nose is always in a book????

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  15. I don't think there is anything about me that stands out. I'm a pretty average grandmother of eight who babysits a lot and bakes cookies. I read a lot and would love to read this book! It sounds like something I would really enjoy!

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  16. No, I don't know what I would say about me that stands out. But I do know I think this book sounds really good! And I need to have more gluten-free recipes for when my daughter-in-law visits.

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  17. eating a lot of cookies

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  18. I really don't think that I stand out in a crowd. I prefer it that way.

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  19. My daughter is on a strict Gluten Free diet for her health, so I can totally relate.

    I'm not sure what makes me stand out, maybe my wild hair. I have a lot of it & usually wear it in a 'messy bun'.

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  20. My husband and I have been vegan for 10 years. That will most definitely make you stand out in the small-town South!

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  21. Your book (and series) sounds like a lot of fun! My hubby and I have been gluten-free for a few months now, so it is right up my alley! As far as what makes me stand out in a crowd, there's a couple things, one of which is my naturally curly hair.

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    1. Hi Kristin,

      You won a copy of Gluten For Punishment!
      Please e-mail you snail mail address to: nancyjparra@yahoo.com
      Cheers~ Nancy

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  22. My quirky, and sometimes sarcastic, humor!

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  23. What makes me stand out in a crowd is my love for books and how like my husband says I'm always reading

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  24. Singing to myself at the supermarket.

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  25. I have a generous nature, it can be taken advantage of but not often. I love the books thanks for the give-away.

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  26. I stand out--or at least am different from others around here--because I have not children, only the furry kind so I can't participate in a lot of conversations about children and grandchildren that all the ladies have all the time.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  27. I read every cozy mystery book I can get my hands on!!!!

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  28. Thank you all for your wonderful comments - My writer wishes she could give you all a book. She decided to giveaway two. We're putting your names in a hat and pulling the winners...
    The winners are: Linda Osborn and Kristin.

    My writer will be replying to you to get your snail mail address.

    Have a great week everyone! ~Toni

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