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Easter 2011

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

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We’ve grouped together hundreds of easter treats found in your stores, and put them all on our Gluten Free Easter Candy List.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

Gluten Free Fact

2011 Cadbury Creme Eggs Update

The foil packaging of Cadbury Creme Eggs makes it very difficult to read the label and confirm if they are a safe Easter treat for those living gluten free.

That’s where we come in, here are the NEW Gluten Facts for Cadbury Creme Eggs:

1 – Kraft Canada confirms that this year, all 34g Creme Eggs are made from same source in Canada (so they are all made with the same ingredients, and exposed to the same contamination risk). 

2 – All 34g Creme Eggs sold in Canada that we found do have a “may contain wheat” warning. 

3 – In Canada, the allergen warning on the 3-pack boxes of Creme Eggs is not accurate. It states “may contain peanuts and/or tree nuts”. However, if you read the foil packaging on the eggs found inside these boxes, the allergen warning states “may contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts and/or wheat”.
Looks like it really is what’s on the inside that counts! 

4 – 34g eggs sold in USA do not have a “may contain wheat” warning, so they appear to be safe to eat. However, they are also manufactured in Canada for Hersheys to distribute in the USA.

Either there are two manufacturing sources in Canada for the 34g Cadbury Creme Eggs, or someone (Hersheys or Kraft Canada) has made a big mistake by labeling these eggs with different allergen warnings (American label vs Canadian label).

For Canadians, it appears that all 34g Cadbury Creme Eggs sold in Canada in 2011 ARE NOT SAFE for a gluten free diet.

In the USA, we advise all GF consumers to double check the foil wrapping before eating your Creme Eggs to ensure they do not have “wheat” listed in their allergen warning.

Only 1 size of the Reester Bunnies are Gluten Free this Easter

These bunnies may look the same on the outside, but they’re quite different! In fact, only the 141g (5oz) version of this years Reeseter Bunny does not contain wheat as an ingredient.

Reester Bunny's not the same gluten free status 
Q: So why in the world would Hershey’s make one size Reester with wheat and the other without?
A: Well…they don’t.

Since seasonal treats are produced once a year, and sold for a limited time only, many food manufacturer outsource the production of these lines to other companies that can produce them more efficiently. These different companies can sometimes use different formulations & ingredients.

This practice is not exclusive to Hershey’s, in fact most popular brand Easter treats will have a different allergen statement than their year-long treats since they are produced by another company under different conditions.

Our 2011 GF Easter Chocolate & Candy List is the best way to stay safe from gluten this Easter and all year long.

Happy Easter!

Is there gluten in that?

Vol. 36 – Cadbury Creme Eggs
Vol. 37 – Reeses Eggs & Reester Bunnies

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GF Menu Swap: citrus

April 5, 2011 2 comments

This week’s menu is being hosted by Celiac Family and the theme is citrus.  Personally, I think that this couldn’t have come at a better time as I was just thinking that I need to get back into my fresh orange juice habit and bought a case of fresh oranges the other day.  I love citrus fruits.  We always have oranges, lemons and limes in our fridge (or cold room).  It is also the perfect time for me to return.  My fiance has been working nights and, in all honesty, I just needed a break from my kitchen.  I have taken the past weeks to just relax and really focus on my own health and rehabilitation.  It has been very nice break, but time to return to my kitchen. 

This week I am really focusing on the food that I am eating.  I went to a lecture yesterday about optimizing digestion and had the pleasure of enjoying some amazing foods, such as squash & carrot soup as well as RAW chocolate pudding.  I even enjoyed the green smoothie!  It was a great lecture and reminder about the importance of whole foods.  What I really liked is that the nutritionist discussed food combining, something that my fiance and I tried to do back in the fall.  It went well and definitely helped cleanse our guts, but it was very hard and felt limiting.  I think that it was because we didn’t have a variety of recipe books to guide us and failed to use our imaginations.  This lecture helped give me some ideas and reinforced what I know that I need to do.  Ultimately, this lecture was the precursor to May’s cleansing lecture, which will be start with a detox yoga class and then move into a discussion about cleansing foods – I can’t wait!



  • Kale Avocado Salad over quinoa with Squash Carrot Soup
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Steak & Spinach Salad
  • Savoury Crepes
  • Leftovers (I’ll be on my own this night)



  • Fresh Orange Juice
  • Green Smoothies
  • Sweet Lime Hummus with veggies

I will be back tomorrow with my Adopt a GF Blogger posting…Celiacs in the House – yay!!!  Dont’ forget to head over the Celiac Family for more menu ideas!

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For all of you Dog Lovers!

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

I just read this article via the company that is making my wedding cake – it’s fabulous and a must read!

Pet Talk: Show Dog knows his business and his gluten

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January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Enchiladas Con Calabacitas – Recipe found in Rebar, p. 201

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Lest we forget…

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

-John McCrae                                                                   

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Hello world!

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Welcome to my NEW blog site!!!

Please bare with me as I try to get everything set up.  I have already imported all of my past blog posts over from my previous site and see that I am missing some very important posts… information about Celiac Disease, the Gluten Free Diet, RAW Foods, etc.  With that realization, I have decided that what better way to start my new blog site than to create different posts based on the above mentioned.

For those of you who are familiar with my previous blog, La Cocina de Michelle (aka Cooking & UNCooking), you will see that I have changed my blog name yet again.  I have chosen Gluten Free Smiles simply because I am able to smile much more often now that I have recovered from my pre-diagnosis days – cheesy, I know!  I am horrible at coming up with names.  If anyone has any suggestions for a title, or, if you simply want to introduce yourself, then please leave a comment!

Thanks for stopping by.  I will do everything I can to ensure that my site is up-and-running in no time!  Stay tuned…

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Gluten-Free Pizza

March 14, 2010 2 comments

OMG! I think that I have finally had the best GF pizza ever!!! Sadly, it was so good that I was unable to get a picture of the COOKED pizza, just the product before it went into the oven.

I am not a really big fan of pizza and, in fact, I usually prefer eating it the next day (gross to some, but also very true). Anyway, I do get the odd craving for pizza but it has to be homemade because the only GF pizza place in the Lower Mainland (that I am aware of) and is a good 1-2 hours drive away. Thus, I have been playing around with different crust recipes and have to say that the best recipe is Washburn & Butt’s Tomato Basil Drop Biscuit recipe (found in 125 Best Gluten-Free Recipes). I simply doubled the recipe last night (because it dinner for my boyfriend, his son, and myself) and then roll it onto a cookie sheet. Then I bake it for about 15 minutes (this helps to keep it from getting too soggy when covered with toppings) and load it up with toppings. I have also found that it is best to put the cheese on last because it holds everything in place – very important as I LOVE lots of pizza toppings!

Last night’s pizza toppings included:
finely chopped yellow and orange peppers
1/2 an onion
Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce (beware, this may contain gluten)
chopped mushrooms
pineapple slices
Grimm’s GF Pizza Pack (I used the ham only)
Nacho style cheese

Half the pizza was simply sauce, peppers, and cheese for the young one, but the other half was loaded up!

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