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Traveling Without the Kids

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies. It’s February, the dead of winter. The gloom is in full effect and I’m desperate for something to keep my spirits afloat. Then it dawns on me: Honey is turning 40 in less than a year. This is the perfect excuse to book a fabulous trip we […]

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An Allergic Marriage

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies. “Did you ask them about the nuts?” I ask in what I consider a disarming tone, but which may, in retrospect, sound a bit bitchy. “Ya, I asked them and it’s fine,” he responds in a not-so reassuring tone that tells me he’s lying. I want to […]

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Gluten-free Traveller: Viva Italia!

So much more than pasta When my husband-to-be and I told people that we were going to Italy for our honeymoon, everyone had the same reaction. “What! That’s the land of pasta and pizza. You have celiac. What are you going to eat?” I smiled and said, “you’ll see.” For months, I’d been doing research. […]

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The Wonder of Words on a Page

For almost as long as I have been alive, I have wanted to be a writer. But no one could have told me that my first book would be a gluten-free food memoir. As a pre-pubescent, I poured out my heart in a teddy bear journal. Later, I dreamed fictional worlds, wandered through words on […]

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The Joy of Preserves

On a warm July day, my friend Jeanne and I stand side by side, in companionable silence. She and I are slicing strawberries, the juices staining our fingers red. The tips of our knives click on the cutting board. One more topped and sliced, ready. We are making jam. Jeanne has come to my home […]

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The Bliss of Eating in Season

Before I went gluten-free, I cooked according to recipes. If the pasta dish in a cookbook called for tomatoes, I bought tomatoes, no matter what the season. Now, I can’t believe I ever bought pale tomatoes with no real flavour in January. When I found out I could no longer eat gluten, I found real […]

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Shauna Gives Birth

Before our daughter was born, my husband and I thought we knew what would happen; a planned Caesarean section meant we knew the date she would be born, our bags were packed, and our birth-announcement e-mail was already saved as a draft. The only hitch was the food. We asked one of our childbirth preparation […]

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Pregnancy Cravings

A belly swells with baby – and good food. I have never thought of living gluten-free as a deprivation. But the day I followed a bizarre craving for lemongrass, right that instant, I realized that eating while pregnant might be a bit more challenging. Scanning the shelves of my favourite grocery store, I found that […]

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Not a Fad Diet

You must have noticed it, too. Suddenly everywhere – the words “gluten-free” appear. They’re on packages of foods and bottles of beer and advertising supplements for grocery chains. Companies that produce food have begun to take notice of those of us who cannot eat gluten. According to a report by Packaged Facts, a market research […]

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The Diagnosis: Life After Bread

Yes. When my doctor told me that I had celiac disease, I said it out loud – yes! Not the typical reaction, I know. Most people, when told they must live without gluten, begin grieving right away. Imagine being told that never again can you eat gluten – the elastic protein in wheat, rye, and […]

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