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Gluten Free and Celebrating With a Potato Bar


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It’s that time of year, at least for me, Graduation. My 21-year-old daughter is graduating from college this month and starting graduate school next month! Time flies. I remember when she was born with that full head of brown hair, her first day of preschool, her siddur party and so many wonderful milestones. I also remember the countless stomachaches, the visits to the pediatrician, the numerous phone calls from school, informing me that my daughter is once again not feeling well. It took years for my daughter to be diagnosed with gluten intolerance.

It happened by chance one morning at the gym. I was exercising and this famous actress was on tv explaining her newly diagnosed health issue. As I was listening I remember thinking, she is describing my daughter, stomach as hard as a rock, always looking 3-months pregnant, constant undiagnosed stomach pains, fatigue and more. She then went on to explain her gluten allergy. That evening when my daughter came home from high school, (yes, high school, it took us that long to recognize her condition) I told her about the show and we decided she needs to get off gluten (granted we never even heard of this before).

In the past, my daughter went off milk, she went off eggs, nothing helped, but the minute she withdrew gluten from her diet, she started feeling better. In just a short time her stomach was no longer hard. She started to look and feel amazing. Gluten was the culprit. By the time we went to the doctor to confirm, my daughter had not been on gluten for an extended time and the Gastroenterologist felt there was no need for her to go back on, just to confirm that she is allergic to gluten. Our family diet slowly changed and gluten products no longer made up the core of our meals. Sometimes it is challenging, but like most thing we have adjusted.

And so, as we celebrate my daughter’s graduation from college, in grand style, we will make adjustments to the menu. Adjustments will be made, but no sacrifices. Gluten free no longer means you have to settle!

We are having a light meal with 2 kinds of soup: Zucchini and Butternut Squash

And we are going to have a baked potato bar with all the trimmings!

Sometimes potatoes get a bad rap as the ‘other’ starch.  But did you know that the potato is a great source of vitamins and minerals? It contains a healthy dose of iron, magnesium, potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and Niacin. We are planning on a spectacular potato bar, with your choice of butter, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, roasted broccoli, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives, tuna fish, baked beans and you can never go wrong with a bit of feta cheese. All delicious and all gluten free. Bring on the party, spuds and all!

Of course we will have homemade ice cream cake  for dessert, now that is something to celebrate!

If you are celebrating too or even if you are not, come check out my designs for amazing gift ideas for any occasion, please visit me at SwirlGifts.com or on Facebook here.


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About Linda Lebovic


After many years of staying home with my 4 kids- I decided it was time to expand my horizons. The only paying job I have had in the past 23 years was as a gymnastics teacher 6 hours a week, and that was 18 years ago!!! Being that my youngest is 18-I decided a few years ago-it was time for me to leave the nest, considering my kids were in school full time. I knew a desk job was not for me - and I was not up to date on the latest safety precautions for gymnastic. So I needed to figure out what I wanted to do, and that was the beginning of SWIRL. Swirl is a woman owned small business. I handcraft and design beautiful and top quality serving utensils, glassware and giftware. Swirl sells both in the retail market as well as wholesale. Check us out www.swirlgifts.com




9 Responses to Gluten Free and Celebrating With a Potato Bar

  1. avatar says: Sprintis

    mmmm i could have a potato now, sounds delicious.
    that way I dont mind being gluten free.
    great article.

  2. avatar says: Liz

    I’ll have to keep a potato bar in mind when I have my gluten free friend and her hubby over for dinner. I wouldn’t miss wheat one bit…what a yummy idea :)

  3. avatar says: jbolsom

    A great idea and so simple. So many people think it’s too hard to cook gluten free but it can be easy, especially now that there’s so much on the market in terms of gluten free flours, pasta etc. Check out my blog for some great gluten free bakes as well as savoury recipes koshercoeliac101.blogspot.co.uk

  4. avatar says: Harvey

    Wonderful article. I’m sure this will ring a bell with other who suffer from gluten. This blog should get wider distribution. Suggest you send it to the Washington Post Health Section editor and other newspapers, magazines etc.

  5. Potato bar! That’s my kind of vegetable plate!

  6. avatar says: Brigitte

    This potato dish with the beans and cheese looks so good, but I can’t find the link for the recipe. Could you email it to me please. Thank you!

  7. Jamie, love you recipes! But my family is not only Gluten sensitive, but also wheat and lactose. Any kind of dairy except eggs.

    Do you have any ideas for meals without cheese, sour cream, wheat or glutenous foods. Even soy sauce contains gluten.

    Enjoy your newsletters, keep ‘em coming!

    • There a quite a few soy sauces without gluten, like San-J so while you have to worry when you go to restaurants, when you make your own recipes you should be fine. You can try the potato bar too with meat toppings and no cheese, like chili would be great.

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