Founder’s Perspective on Navigating Halloween in a Gluten-Free World + Some Tricks & Treats

Founder’s Perspective on Navigating Halloween in a Gluten-Free World + Some Tricks & Treats

Happy Halloween I love Halloween, but maybe not for the reasons you might think. It’s more about being the gateway to the last quarter of the year, when fall transitions into winter (there’s nothing more peaceful than to watch the quietly falling snow by a warm fire!) and when we celebrate the holidays, family, and food. The crafts, yummy treats, and decorating. This time of year is very special. But…I also find Halloween and the ensuing holidays to be stressful. If you’re someone who is severely gluten intolerant, it can be daunting. People don’t understand why you not only won’t but can’t enjoy their massive spread at their Halloween party. They don’t understand why you’re asking what’s in the adult witches brew before you take a sip. They suggest that “just this once” should be okay and that I should “live a little”. Neighbors don’t understand why you’ve chosen to keep your porch light off and to not participate in Trick or Treating. No, dear neighbor, I’m not a jerk. I just cannot and will not serve up gluten laden (and this includes high fructose corn syrup—corn is a horrible gluten!) crap to your children or to my son. I’ll share a dark little secret, I recently (as in the last month), did “live a little”. I was out with family and I ate a sandwich at a farm-to-table restaurant. I purposely and consciously decided to eat that sandwich. And I paid a big price. I had an immediate reaction that lasted for three weeks. One sandwich, three weeks of hell. The inflammation hit my hands first. My hands...
Ingredient Spotlight: Rosemary “Dew of the Sea”

Ingredient Spotlight: Rosemary “Dew of the Sea”

WHAT IT IS + WHY WE LOVE IT Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a beautiful woody herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves and flowers that bloom in pink, white, purple, or blue. Originally native to the Mediterranean Sea and Portugal, it does love humid areas, but it’s also very drought tolerant, making it easy to grow just about anywhere. “Rosmarius” means “dew of the sea”. Rosemary was considered sacred by ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian civilizations. We think it’s pretty much the queen of herbs because of all of the benefits it offers. It’s one of our favorites for sure! When you think of a plant with romantic, magical and protective properties, think of Rosemary. It was used in weddings and worn by brides. Anne of Cleves, who was Henry VIII’s fourth wife, wore a rosemary wreath at her wedding. It’s probably what kept her from losing her head (literally!) unlike two of his other wives. As part of the divorce settlement, Anne was given a higher status than any other woman in England except the queen and enjoyed the benefits of being named the “King’s Sister.” No doubt sweet rosemary had a hand in there somewhere! Before diving into all the health and skin benefits that rosemary provides, no discussion would be complete without mentioning it in relation to food, especially that we are headed into the holidays. This aromatic herb enhances the flavor of many dishes, especially root vegetables and mixes especially well with garlic and lemon to create a special flavor profile. It reminds me of a walk in the forest on crisp fall day with its...

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