My 6 year old Son was just dx

Tabetha - posted on 12/10/2008 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son was just dx and it is so overwhelming. I just joined a support group at Childrens hospital in Boston. This is still new to us and any help would be appreciated. He has been a good sport with this so far. Any help on Holiday cookies would be appreciated!

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Orla - posted on 01/11/2009

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He was there last year, which was when we discovered his products, but last time I talked to him he said he couldn't make it. That was in November though so hopefully that's changed. Fingers crossed, cause he brings loads of samples!

Nancy - posted on 01/10/2009

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Orla,



 I may have to try them.  I have inside info that Mr. Ritts will be at the March CHOP meeting!!!

Orla - posted on 01/07/2009

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I just made Pamelas Chocolate Chunk cookies and they were great. Instead of making individual cookies, I pressed them into a pan to make cookie bars. They were moist, and tasted great. I brought them to a party and no-one could tell the difference. I did add a quarter cup of white choc morsels to the receipe.

Also, if you can get your hands on Mr Ritts flour (available on line) I have yet to find a regular receipe that didn't work with this flour. It is awesome.

When you are mixing any receipes, leave the flour until the very end, and try to do it by hand instead of with a mixer. The less you mix the GF flour, the better the receipe turns out - hope this helps

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Yeah cookies are tough. Whole Foods sells some pretty good GF cookies in their frozen foods section...I can't think of the brand name right now.



Isn't it crazy the kinds of things you have to think of when you go GF?? Some people are so sensitive that they can't use any products that contain gluten in them. Postage stamps, envelopes, Play-Doh, even Sally Hansen nail polish remover all have glutens! It's insane!!

Tabetha - posted on 01/06/2009

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Did the Xanthum gum help? Did you add that instead of the baking powder or soda?

Tabetha - posted on 01/06/2009

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It was great but the cookies were so so. My son wasn't crazy about them and they kept falling apart. They were expensive and a bit disappointing. I will have to start trying my own recipes. Thinking Merringues and macarroons.

Tabetha - posted on 01/06/2009

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Wooden utensils, I didn't even think of that! I thought of all the contamination issues but that one. Off to the store again! I will look for the Raisn Bread too.

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That's wonderful Tabetha! Bob's bread mix makes some really nice whole grain and cinnamon raisin bread too.



If you do all go GF, don't forget to do things like get rid of your toaster, clean out your utensil drawer, get rid of any non-stick cookware that's scratched, wooden utensils (because of cross-contamination issues).

User - posted on 12/29/2008

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The Bob's Red Mill all purpose GF baking flour is awesome. You just substitute it in your recipe 1:1 and add Xanthan gum. We served cookies for dessert and no one could tell.....

Martina - posted on 12/29/2008

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I'm envious you have a bakery nearby. I keep trying to talk my DH into us starting one!

Tabetha - posted on 12/23/2008

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Thanks Heather! I agree, simple right now if the best route to take right now. We are slowly becoming a GF house. We are all eating GF right now but I need to keep weeding through all of the "normal" items.



I am excited that I just found a bakery that has GF cookies for the holiday so I ordered a platter. Hopefully they taste decent!

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Hi Tabetha.



It is very overwhelming at first. If at all possible, it'll be easier if your whole family can go GF, so you'll reduce the chances of cross-contamination. Also, until you get used to how the diet works, it's easiest to keep things simple. Think meats, veggies, and fruits. No sauces or anything.



There are a lot of great GF cookie recipes out there. Personally I've found GF baking to be a bit difficult - it just takes experimentation. GF baked goods just don't taste the same as "regular" baked goods. Try www.theceliacsite.com and go through their recipes to find something you like.

Tabetha - posted on 12/22/2008

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Thank you both for your help! I will try the bread at the GF Pantry. I think there is one near me. Also, thanks for the advise on the cookies. I will start looking for recipes that require little flour!

Orla - posted on 12/20/2008

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My son was dx'd a little over a year ago, and I can second what Nancy said - it definitly gets easier. It has just become a part of what we do. We found the GF pantry favorite sandwich bread to be the best. Also their angel food cake is really easy to make and tastes great. Any frozen GF bread ended up being thrown away. Good luck!

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Tabetha, I've been GF for about 15 years. I like the cookie recipes I've found in Bette Hagman's cookbooks- the GF Gourmet series. She has a recipe for cornflake cookies that I really like, and another for Hello Dollys which are more of a candy. Anyway, I've had mixed results converting traditional recipes and find I have the best luck with specially formulated GF recipes. I also like to find traditional recipes that only use a little bit of flour, that way when I substitute a purchased GF flour mix the flavor only changes slightly. Lastly, I've found macaroons and meringue cookies at Whole Foods. They aren't labeled GF, they just happen to be made without flour. Good luck!

Stephanie in Colorado

Tabetha - posted on 12/14/2008

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Thank you so much! I will start looking for the mixes at the stores. I am trying to take it one meal at a time but would you believe my daughter is now breaking out in hives all over. The only thing we can attribute it to is the GF stuff we have been buying. This is going to really stink if she is allergic to the GF foods. It just is enough added stress to throw my husband and I over board!

Nancy - posted on 12/12/2008

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Tabetha,

It can be overwhelming at first and I remember a time that I would have never said this, but, it gets easier. I am not good for cookie suggestions, but can suggest the mixes made by Gluten Free Naturals. They are really good. We also use the Gluten Free Pantry mixes. I found that especially in the beginning, making GF homemade cookies should ahve been the least of my stressors. Of course, I tried (out of guilt and grief for my daughter) and never had much success. That was 7 years ago and alot has been learned about recipes now. Let me know if there is anything I can help you with. Remember, we have all been where you are know. ((((hugs)))

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