Would I drink Omission Beer?

I have.  It is outstanding.  I received a sample of it when I was Director of Marketing at Gluten-Free Publishing.  I am not a person who knows when they have been “glutened” so I did not have any sort of reaction and it really did taste good.

I would NOT drink it again right now.  Until it is determined to be gluten-free, not just safe for celiacs, I will stick with the sorghum beers and ciders.  In all reality, I cannot believe that CSA took this position.  They have been the most outrageous celiac organization over the years with their positions on oats and vinegar and now they say this beer is ok?

From the articles I have read, the testing they are using is not a good test for this product.  If experts like Dr. Alessio Fasano are saying that the test CSA is using is not the most accurate test for this product, then Dr. Fasano is the scientist I will trust.

My prediction is that the backlash over this will be fierce, much like the Domino’s pizza crust and the Amber rating from NFCA.  In hindsight, the pizza crust was determined not to be safe for celiacs and much of the criticism was centered around who Domino’s was trying to attract with their gluten-free crust.  At least it was upfront about the cross contamination problems and warned the celiac population.

Have you noticed the silence on the issue from other entities that certify foods as gluten-free?  That, to me, is extremely telling.  I think they understand that the test is not valid and will not risk their reputations until the TTB and the FDA are on the same page.

Omission beer might be tasty, it might eventually be determined to be gluten free but saying something is “safe for celiacs” without a really sophisticated and accurate test to back up that claim is totally irresponsible in my opinion.

Kendall Egan

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Gluten-Free Bread Crumb Option

I used to be a regular at the major food shows and had an action plan to steel my stomach.  In the morning I would make plain gluten-free oatmeal using the coffee maker in the hotel room to give my stomach the base it needed to then try all sorts of samples as I cruised through the show.

While there I avoided anything with gluten and all green, slimy drinks.  No one sampling food all day needs a shot of a kale smoothy!  The final rule was to just taste one bite, ooh and ahh over the flavor, move on and dump the rest.  It seems pretty wasteful but there is only so much one can cram in over a twelve hour day.

The one exception was the Plentils crusted chicken cutlets the demo girl was cooking up in the Enjoy Life booth.  She explained how each chip variety could make a different type of chicken cutlet.  They were so tasty that I broke my food show rules to taste them all!

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I now make these at home having settled on two varieties of Plentils that suit my family’s taste buds.  I broke my Cuisinart, but the blender worked beautifully to pulverize the chips into crumbs.

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The rest is easy.  Dredge the thin sliced chicken breast in a gluten-free flour, dip in an egg wash and coat with Plentils crumbs.  Since the chips are flavored and salted, they are good to go without really adding much else.

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The thin sliced breast cooks up very quickly and my kids love them.  The crust becomes a golden brown and locks in the moisture to the chicken.  They are also delicious on a roll, but we tend to just dip them into marinara and devour them.

Plentils Cutlets are filed under “gluten-free, quick, easy, week night” dinner options!

Kendall Egan

Fish sticks have changed for the better!

My mother used to serve us fish sticks every so often when she and my father had theater tickets or a Laker game tickets.  Every mom has a few good “quickie” meals when she needs to get something in front of her kids and get out the door.

In reality, a fish stick dinner was only really good for our cats.  All three of us would subtly cut up our fish sticks, move them around on the plate and eventually dump them into our laps.  Our napkins would be spread out waiting to catch all the bits and then after dinner each of us would wander outside to feed the cats.  In California, you can have outdoor cats and ours absolutely loved it when my mom had a night out and served up fish sticks!

I have grown to love fresh fish and want to love the concept of frozen fish sticks as a quick dinner.  They aren’t quite as fishy and smelly as they used to be, but until now I had not seen a gluten-free variety.

I found these and I have to say…they are delicious!

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These have a great crunch, a light flaky white fish on the inside and are perfect with tartar or cocktail sauce.  I think I will be stocking these in my freezer for work from home lunches and quick dinners when I have an evening event!

Kendall Egan

My Football “Village”

As the fall athletic season comes to a close, I know I am going to miss the soccer moms from my daughter’s team.  You share the agony and the ecstasy of wins, losses, injury and high-light reel plays.  But as one door closes, another door opens and I now have my football moms.

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My football moms know that my son has a gluten intolerance and they are looking out for him…what a treasure!  I received an email saying that one family was going to provide sandwiches for the guys for the bus ride home after Saturday’s game.  They wanted to make sure the celiac had something, so I got him a ham and cheese sub on a Schar roll.

Ironically, I forgot to tell my son that there would be a gluten-free sandwich for him.  It slipped my mind completely leading up to the game.  It was marked “GF Ham & Cheese” but my new sideline friend said she would hand it to him personally.  How awesome is that?  My son would have probably been fine just eating potato chips and drinking a Gatorade on the bus ride home if he had not found his sandwich.  But, it is so great when “the village” it takes to raise kids helps out!

Kendall Egan