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Celiac Christmas 101

Things people are most frustrated by holiday dinners and potlucks:





Cross contamination


Dessert: pies, cheesecakes, cakes, cookies


Cutting boards, turkey and stuffing, butter,


Easy, non-invasive solutions:

  • The person that invited you probably knows about your gluten allergy and while they don’t have to run out and buy bread and buns, you can plead for them to use extra caution in their kitchen. Chances are your friends do not want to kill your insides, as their Christmas gifts to you so don’t be shy bringing up your concerns.
  • Bring a Tupper wear container with butter, that way you don’t risk the cross contamination that other peoples knives may after introduced in the communal butter dish from buttering their dinner rolls. Secondly bring your own dinner rolls, care bakery makes some mean ones, they can be found at Calgary-Coops.
  • Are you the number one gravy lover? Offer to make that for the host, some people bring the salad, and others make the gravy. You can either use cornstarch and water plus the drippings or buy clubhouses gluten free gravy mix.
  • Stuffing… this one is tricky. There is still the few that actually make the stuffing in the turkey, in this case you are going to want to eat the top portions of the turkey or suggest to your kind host to cook it outside the turkey, or maybe use a stuffing bag to avoid cross contamination.


Being shy with celiac disease is not an option, you may feel guilty asking so much of those who are being so kind to you all ready and have so much to do but its your health and your well being. If anything gives you a stomachache on the holidays it should be from eating one to many pieces of that gluten free apple pie you made.

Desserts are too hard and time consuming to make gluten-free not to mention expensive? try Calgary’s own Lake View Bakery’s ready to bake apple and pumpkin pies, or sweets of the earth brownie batters and cookie doughs or grab some gluten-free mini cupcakes from Crave.

Cheese platters are EVERYWHERE during the holidays which totally blows without a cracker! The best bet is either bringing a box of gluten-free breton crackers, or glutinos bagel crisps (these can be found at costco).


Fuck gluten, get money.

Oh hey check it out, my blogs first rant…given my nature I am surprised it took this long but hope you all enjoy it.

A year and a half ago I began to have some sincerely shitty problems, which I mean in both the literal sense and the figurative sense. My stomach hurt, my bowels hurt, my whole GI tract was on fire…a gurgling time bomb. And in turn it prompted, several trips the hospital and a awful endoscopy/colonoscopy with a biopsy to boot which left me with a disconcerting answer: celiac disease. It has been mentioned before, but to be honest I was aiming for colitis. Despite my Scottish last name, I come from an Italian family with a sincere love of pasta and the Stampedes famous mini donuts. With that biopsy I was handed a fresh pile of shit that at first stunk worse than its fathers that came before it.

However, I did right by my body and cut my old love affair out. I said goodbye to Ben and Jerry’s, half baked pints of ice cream, those pilsbury christmas sugar cookies with the Santa Clauses’ stamped on them, and real beer. However what I did not expect after doing so was to be so poor, I cut out one pain in the ass and inherited another.

My pet peeves about having a disease that I have no choice in the matter of,

1. paying 7.99 for a loaf of bread

2. Paying 10.99 for three cups of baking flour

3. Having to pay up charges  of 2.00-5.00 dollars at restaurants because I have to have the gluten-free bun or pizza crust.

4. Have I mentioned how much I loathe paying 7.99 for a fucking loaf of bread?

But alas, these are my miladies. I am bound by the gluten-free gods at Bobs Red Mill, Udis and Glutino and the fine establishments of my city to pay prices that to me seem unnatural. How is it I can go to Costco, buy a 15 pound bag of rice flour for 7.99 but when I buy a loaf of bread made with rice flour it is costing me the same price? Yes I could make 15 loaves for that price myself but I am a modern day woman with a full time job, a dog, friends and a kick ass blog. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Myself, and many other celiacs feel the pressure of being able to afford their food. And I can safely say that most of us feel like we are being penalized for a crime we did not commit. And I love my local proprietors and the fact that they went the extra mile to offer us poor celiac bastards some gluten-free loving on their menus and I realize that their up charges are a result of the fact that their suppliers are over charging them but it still sucks somedays. Hell, we all know it is not their faults and much like us they answer to the corporate jerks over charging for their products.

I know a lot of people who just avoid Calgary’s amazing restaurant scene because its too expensive to eat at them. Some say “its just three bucks who cares?” (moi, most of the time) but in a world where we are forced to eat to a certain kind of food for the sake of our bodies and longevity should we really have to say “its only an extra three bucks?” I am beginning to think not.

I believe some of these gluten-free companies, need to remember who they opened their doors for and why. And maybe need to reconsider their gluten-free morals pre-getting stinky filthy rich off their outrageously priced breads, cookies and crackers. The day they do, we celiacs will reap the benefits and will live our lives with full tummies, satisfied taste buds and some money left over in our wallets to dedicate to something other than our anti-gluten-obsessed lives.



Fall in love with Gluten-Free

Leah Tarts "The Market on Macleod" 7711 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta http://www.leahtarts.com/index.htm

Leah Tarts
“The Market on Macleod”
7711 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta

Need some fall loving but cannot find the gluten-free things to love? Look no further than Leah Tarts. This little bake shop located in the Market on Macleod will certainly satisfy that crave for fall baking without the stomach pains of their gluten-filled counterparts.

  • Prices? the same as their non-gluten free stuff, they do not believe in gouging us poor celiacs! it is a perfect place to hit up on your saturday or sunday afternoon!
  • Are you a pumpkin junkie? well they have flaky and light gluten-free pumpkin pies and pumpkin chai cake tarts!
  • Do you like a little something sweet with your morning tea, coffee or pumpkin spice latte? Look no further than their amazingly soft, sweet and crunchy lemon bars, or salted caramel half-way bars!
  • They also have gluten-free cookies, which mom ate all of them before I had a chance too…she is not celiac and that right there is how you know they were good.
  • Do you live in a divided household? half gluten-free, half normal? Well then, you are in luck as Leah Tarts caters to both crowds (although which the indistinguishable gluten-free pastry, does it really matter?)

I sincerely feel blessed to have happened upon this lovely business, in our local farmers market and I give it five stars and a big recommendation for those burdened by their gluten-free lifestyles and its high prices and dry tastelessness. Leah Tarts has breathed some new life into gluten-free treats for myself and I think it will for you guys too!


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