Freakonomics just aired a podcast episode on Celiac and it is amazing!

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This was an very interesting listen and I encourage everyone to give it a listen.  Some of the topics they discuss in the 45 minute episode are:

  • The discovery of Celiac Disease (This surprised me!)
  • Why the sudden increased diagnosis of Celiac Disease in North America
  • Reasons why not to go gluten free if you don't have Celiac
  • The economic impact of Celiac Disease

You can find the podcast episode and full transcript at the link below:

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Who loves Chachi's?

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Holly shared us a review for Chachi's gluten free sandwiches!

Hi! Just wondering if you've had a sandwich at Chiachi's yet (in West Edmonton Mall and South Edmonton Common). I just ate there and it was really good - they even changed gloves and utensils for me. The gluten free bread didn't fall apart and it was nice to have a place to eat at the mall again since the Press'd in West Edmonton Mall closed.

All the gluten free sandwiches are listed on their website, and there's a pretty good selection. I tried the Clubbin and I actually enjoyed it more than Press'd, the garlic mayo was delicious!

Check out their sandwich menu.  Gluten free sandwiches are marked with GF.

Chachi's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Treats for this years Halloween 2017

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It is certainly hard to find gluten free treats to give out for Halloween.  You usually just read labels and look for no gluten ingredients, or no may contains.  But not many halloween treats are labelled gluten free.

I'm going to start a list here, and I encourage you to email me a photo at of any other Halloween treats you find labelled gluten free.

Enjoy Life - gluten free chocolate crunch - Also nut free!
Should be found at Safeway, Sobey's and Superstore

YumEarth - gluten free gummy candy - Also nut free!
Found at Winners

Sunkist Fruit Snacks - Also nut free
Found at most stores
Suggested by Sharleen!

Tootsie products - including tootsie roll
Found at most stores

Read Tootsie's FAQ which has a gluten free statement.  And then check out all the gluten free candies they have!

Found all over

Check out Rockets gluten free statement.

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Can you put gluten free pasta in an Instant Pot?

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The quick answer is heck ya!

Amanda couldn't believe it when she made this gluten free pasta dish in the Instant Pot.  While I was away on business, Amanda just wanted something easy to make that our kids will enjoy.  She took a risk and decided to google making pasta in the instant pot.  There are certainly varying opinions on cooking pasta in the Instant Pot, let alone gluten free pasta.  But for us, it worked.  We probably wouldn't make gluten free spaghetti in it, but this gluten free penne just works perfectly.

The dish took about 15 minutes to make.  The instant pot heats up so fast in saute mode that the meat browns so fast.  Once that is done, it just takes 4 minutes to cook after the Instant Pot gets up to pressure.  Check out the recipe below.

This recipe was adapted from the The Holy Mess.

1 pound ground beef or sausage
8 oz (half box) gluten free penne (we used the pasta from Costco)
1 jar spaghetti sauce (24 oz)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
¾ spaghetti sauce jar of water

  1. Click the "saute" button on Instant Pot and cook ground beef until brown, about 5-8 minutes. It does have have to fully cook through.
  2. Turn machine off.
  3. If desired, drain fat. (The more fat your drain, of course the healthier. A little bit of fat keeps pasta from sticking together.)
  4. Add 1 jar spaghetti sauce.
  5. Add ¾ jar full of water.
  6. Add pasta. Do not mix, but gentle push pasta into liquid and move around a bit to prevent sticking.
  7. Turn Instant Pot to "Manual" and set for 4 minutes.  Be sure to close the valve.
  8. Use quick release.  Mix and serve.

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