More About Me

So what did you expect to find here beyond what I've said on the home page.  Were you looking for a lengthy bio?  Or maybe you were curious about something specific.  I was thinking that the best way to get your questions answered is to have this page be a simple Q&A type format.  If you want to know more about me then simply ask in the comment section below.  I'll be happy to answer almost any inquiry you might have.


Don't be shy.  Leave me a question, and in turn I'll reply.      


~Anne

30 comments:

  1. Hi Anne! Maggie Garner here from Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery. I came across your awesome blog, and in case you haven’t heard of us, I wanted to introduce you to R gluten-free sandwich breads, and gluten-free hamburger & hot dog buns.

    Our gluten-free breads R loaded with goodness; they R a tasty & easy solution to the lunchtime dilemma.

    I would love to send you samples. Please send me an email if you are interested. Thanks!

    -Maggie, mgarner@rudisbakery.com
    Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery, Boulder, CO

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  2. I'm always interested in trying out samples in my recipes. ...reply email sent.

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  3. Hi Anne! Since you are the first subscriber to the spicelyorganic You Tube channel, Spicely has offered to send you 3 spices or blends of your choice as a big THANK YOU! Check out your options at spicely.com and send me an email at bonner001 at aim dot com. I recommend the blends since it is hard to find those gluten-free elsewhere. Your food photos are beautiful!
    All my best,
    Vanessa

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  4. Awesome News Vanessa! SpicelyOrganic has a great channel on YouTube. I'm very excited to try the spices in my recipes. I'll be sending an email shortly.

    Thanks
    Anne

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  5. Hi Anne,

    Love your blog and youtube videos. I am glad that a gf diet has helped your ms. I noticed that your recipes use quite a bit of dairy. Have you thought of going dairy-free, as well as gf? It has made a huge difference for me. If felt good when I went gf but still not 100%. Going off dairy has improved my health much more.

    Keep up the good work!

    Jamie

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  6. Hi Jamie,

    Thanks for your inquiry. I have thought about it but I have trouble wrapping my mind around giving up another major food group at this point. I am considering it as well as some other possible changes since I'm not at 100% yet as far as feeling better. The improvements have been marked so I'm grateful for that. I notice I feel best when limiting the refined carbohydrates in my diet even refined gluten free carbs. Most of my meals during the week focus on vegetables and smaller amounts of meats. The recipes on the blog and videos fall a bit short in reflecting the majority of my diet. I produce two recipes a week for favediets the videos focus on more standard american fare. As far as dairy goes, I don't drink milk but I do use it in cooking. I also eat cheese and yogurt several times a week and use butter regularly. You've really got me thinking. Perhaps I'll have to try giving up dairy at some point in the future to see how it goes. I just don't know what I'll be able to cook without dairy or gluten. And I just finished shooting a recipe for ham and cheese stromboli that will be posted soon. That one has yogurt and cheese in it. Now I'm just rambling. I will give it serious thought. Thanks for taking the time to comment with your experience. I appreciate the advice. ~ Anne

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  7. Your Elvis Coffee Cake was highlighted on the FaveDiets page, and looks divine, but - where can I get Bisquick (or it's equivalent) in the UK?
    You use it in quite a few of your recipes, and I don't have the faintest idea what's in it!

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  9. Hi Squirell Nutkin,

    Since I’m not sure if you read my other response I’ll reiterate here that Bisquick is a pancake and baking mix made by the Betty Crocker company in the US.

    The ingredients listed on the box are: Rice flour, sugar,leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate) Modified Potato Starch, salt, xanthan gum (in that order)

    My advice would be to try another gluten free self rising baking mix sold in the UK. I did write to the company regarding their recommendation for substitutions but they have yet to get back to me after a day and a half. I don’t want to leave you hanging so I’ll give you my advice for what to use in place of the Bisquick if you want to make your own mix.

    To replace 1 cup of gluten free Bisquick I use:
    2/3 cup rice flour
    1/3 cup potato starch
    ½ tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp xanthan gum
    1 tsp sugar (I’d omit the sugar if the Bisquick is being used in a savory dish)
    ¼ tsp salt

    In an effort of full disclosure, I have tested this mixture in only some of the published recipes so although I’m confident it will work, I can’t guarantee it.

    I will continue trying to contact the manufacturer for their advice. If they ever do respond I’ll update the information with another comment below. I do apologize for your inconvenience in this matter. I use Bisquick frequently in an attempt to make the recipes easily doable without having to mix or purchase a lot of ingredients. In the US it is sold in the regular markets so anyone here can get it without a problem. This plan of making things easier has seemed to backfire where my overseas followers are concerned.

    Again I'm sorry.
    ~Anne

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  10. Finally after nearly two months from the date that I contacted General Mills they have provided a response. They have not given any advice but they may be working on making GF Bisquick available worldwide.

    Here is their response.....


    Thank you for contacting General Mills with your inquiry.

    Gluten Free Bisquick is only available for purchase in the Continential United States--however we will talk to the right people about possibly making it available worldwide. At this time, we do not have a substitution for Gluten Free Bisquick.

    We hope you find this information helpful. Please let us know if we can help you again.

    Thank you,

    Kathy Smith

    Customer Care Specialist

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  11. Hi, Anne.
    I am Penny from Malaysia.
    Gluten Free quite not familiar using in my country and I was recommended by my doctor to go on Glutenfree for my son who is ADD.

    Can i use other brand instead of Bisquick to bake? Have you heard Bob's Red Miller? I can easily find this brand but certain common flour.

    Do you bake bread by bread machine? can you share me the recipe ?

    Look forward your soonest reply.

    My email : whitesim@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Penny,

      The Bisquick is a baking mix that already contains a gluten free flour blend with xanthan gum and leavening agents (baking powder and baking soda).

      I have a Bob's Red Mills all purpose flour blend here that does not contain xanthan gum or leavening agents so you'd have to add them to make a lot of my recipes. Bob's Red Mills also makes different mixes and may have a self rising flour with xanthan gum that you could use. I'm not sure.

      I also don't have experience with a bread machine. When I used to bake bread I never used a machine but I haven't tried baking gluten free bread yet. I'll be sure to share the recipe when I do. I will not be using gluten free bisquick to make the bread since I think a plain gluten free flour blend with yeast would be more advisable.

      I hope the gluten free diet helps with your son's ADD.

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  12. Thank you so much for your sharing, Anne.

    Forgot to tell you that i have baked Pizzalle for my son and he loves it so much.

    Can you share me some recipe of GFCF as well. Thank you.

    Can i use Olive Oil instead of Butter or margerin ?

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  13. I'm glad your son liked the Pizzelle.

    I really like olive oil but I haven't tried it in this recipe. I did make an orange olive oil doughnut hole recipe. If you try it please be sure to post your results in the comments under that recipe. If I try it I'll be sure to post my results too. I think it's a good idea.

    Tomorrow I'll be uploading a carrot cake recipe that isn't casein free but the milk in that recipe can be replaced with soy milk or almond milk. I'll try to do more GFCF recipes.

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    1. thank you so much Anne.
      You are my cooking tutor...
      Look forward your new recipe~~~muackkk

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    2. Thanks for such kind words Penny, I really appreciate it. We are all learning together. I'm trying to make cooking these recipes as easy as possible for all of us. :)

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    3. Dear Anne,

      I find difficult to get Xanthan Gum and Sorghum Flour in my country.
      Do you have any idea to replace this to bake bread?

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  14. Gluten acts as the glue in a regular bread recipe. Xanthan gum essentially does the same thing in a gluten free recipe. Guar gum also performs the same role as a binding agent but I don't have experience with it and I think the xanthan gum is the better choice. There is an article at bobs red mills about the two gums.

    http://www.bobsredmill.com/blog/2010/05/14/guar-gum-vs-xanthan-gum/

    I'm just not sure if you'll be able to successfully bake bread without it. I'll keep my eyes open and if I see a better solution I'll point you in the right direction.

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  15. Hi, Anne! Just wanted to let you know that your website banner for EZ Gluten Free has been used for a Fb group here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=475871812433184&set=o.280125542066710&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

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    1. Thanks for the notification but I'm having trouble when I try to copy and paste the link you posted to check it out. Could you post the link again if possible.

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  16. Hi Anne.

    I'm curious as to how long it took before you noticed improvements in your health after going gluten free? (I've also got MS and also been advised to go gluten free.)

    Thanks
    Anna

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    1. Hi Anna,

      In my case I actually went gluten free twice.

      In the summer of 2010, I was urged by a cousin who has celiac disease to try a gluten free diet for my MS. She insisted that a gluten allergy could cause neurological symptoms and was convinced that I might improve on a gluten free diet.

      I told her I doubted that I had a gluten allergy but was sick enough to give it a try.

      After 2 months of following a GF diet I didn't see any improvement so I thought I might as well stop torturing myself and started eating gluten again.

      That's when I got sicker than ever. I was to the point where it was getting hard for me to walk from the house to the car without feeling like I would hit the ground.

      I developed all sorts of stomach problems that I never had before and felt like my whole body was shutting down. I had a lot of dizziness on top of the regular MS symptoms and general weakness.

      Nearly at the end of my rope, my research led me to the conclusion that I hadn't been as Gluten Free as I thought I had been the previous year.

      You see, I was being exposed to gluten in ways that never occurred to me.

      -soy sauce
      -french fries from a non dedicated fryer
      -toasting GF bread in the regular family toaster
      -and the list goes on and on

      In any event I went back on the Gluten Free diet in March of 2011 and began feeling improvement of the severe dizziness and all the severe symptoms within weeks.

      The neurological symptoms that had crept up over the past decade or so are slower to. I felt most improved somewhere around 2-3 months after strictly following the diet. I continue to feel stronger and exercise to improve my strength and balance.

      I feel like progression of the MS stopped completely when I started following the gf diet. Now my body is working to slowly repair the damage. I'd say I’m at a level of health from about 6-7 years ago when the symptoms just started getting noticeable to me.

      Also I wanted to let you know that I tend to feel best when I limit the amount of refined sweets to a few servings a week. I seem to do well with lots of veggies and smaller servings of starches and protein.

      I hope my story encourages you to give this a try. I wish you well along your journey Anna.

      Hope you have an awesome weekend.
      Anne

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  17. I just found your site and I am THRILLED!! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis about a year ago (an autoimmune disorder). Medication wasn't helping all my symptoms and several people with the illness suggested gluten free. I was not sure this was going to be doable for me since I LOVE bread. I really struggled the first week because I couldn't figure out what to eat. I bought lots of "processed" gluten free food but I really don't like to eat that much processed food and would prefer to make things. Your blog has made it all seem possible for me! So, thank you for helping me! Next week will be my second week gluten free and I am not dreading it now with this information at hand! I am off to find gluten free bisquick!

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words Samantha. I really appreciate the feedback. Gluten free Bisquick makes life easy indeed. I hope to be back to the blog soon. I'm going through a bit of a rough patch at home. My hubby passed away about two weeks ago after about 5 weeks in and out of the hospital. It all seems so overwhelming right now but hopefully things will settle down soon.

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  18. Dearest Anne, I'm so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family.

    I found your blog recently and wanted to thank you for providing all your recipes. My daughter was diagnosed with celiac and she loves perogies, I have never made them from scratch and I'm still searching for a dough recipe...

    Today I'm trying out your subsitute for bisquick and so far it looks great! making cheese buns for her school lunches. Can't wait to test them out!

    I'll keep in touch to let you know how my search goes.



    Lucy

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    1. Thanks so much Lucy. And if I see a good recipe for perogies I'll be sure to let you know.

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  20. Hi Anne!

    My name is Anne, I live and study in France. And my parents are Korean.

    Thanks a lot for all your precious recipes, and the infos about you. I recently discovered your channel and I love it!

    My question: have you ever tried a dairy-free diet, in combination with your gf diet (+lots of raw veggies, like for example accompanying salads at every meal)? I heard in a book it could help some MS.

    Thank you again!

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    1. Hi Anne,

      I have not tried the dairy free diet in combination with the gluten free lifestyle I follow. I have been considering it for quite a while. I don't drink much milk but I love cheeses, yogurt and butter.

      It would be a big adjustment but I am considering it.

      Thanks for your thoughts on the matter.
      ~Anne

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    2. Thanks for the reply Anne!

      I also love butter and all types of cakes and pastries, so I admit this diet looks difficult to follow.

      Have a nice Halloween!! :)

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