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12/15/10 11:02 P

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You are welcome, anytime! We all have our moments here and that is OK! Have fun on the next one!

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12/15/10 9:57 A

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Thanks guys! I do appreciate it. Some days it seems better, i know i have had a great many blessings with this diagnosis. a great many blessings. and then I find another favorite dish that is off limits. I just haven't had time to play with cooking them to see how the gf taste. and the trip went fine to Texas. got back home at midnight last night. But i was traveling with two fellow nurses and they totally get the whole, don't eat for your health and tried extra hard to help me find stuff or ask me if i could have this or that. huge difference with nurses versus hubby who is a cop! But i made it. so i have a better mindset for the trip. thanks for the support! Deb

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12/11/10 10:49 A

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Debbie,
When I get overwhelmed I try to remember that today is the only day I have to deal with...just get through today. Tomorrow will look different when we get there.

And breathe, my friend, long slow deep calming breaths. If you can find a ray of sunshine to sit in for just a couple of minutes, preferably with a furry friend, I find that helps me, too.

We are here for you. Let that frustration out.

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12/10/10 2:12 P

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Yeah I hear you Debbie...sometimes the "vacation" is just as stressful! I hope the hubby gets onboard and supports you soon! This time of year gets tough for everyone I think and somehow the hubbys just go on oblivious...

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Thank you all for your kindness and your support. My head is literally spinning and my husband seems to be falling short of the glory this week. I think he is in the "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" cycle and is trying to ignore the reality of my health. He is just not being what i need him to be right now. I am trying really hard to not be resentful of this trip to Universal studios. I think it is a great thing, but it also adds tons to my life right now. He really wants to get away and just relax, but the truth is, its not making me relax, its adding stress. So i am hoping that once we are on the plane i can let go of what is here and jsut live in the moment. I hope. It really upset that my health is really being affecting to such an extent by gluten. a food product is ruining my health and it isn't even junk food thats doing it. it is the whole wheat bread and stuff that it is doing it. But its going to be ok. One day at a time. thank you all for your love and support and i appreciate it. I think if i can get through wednesday, and have clean clothes to take to my trip without it being nutty, i will be ok... and that is good enough today. and i have a can of soup...

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Thanks Charlene! It is a great pic, my best friend's sister is amazing with a camera and just catches these perfect shots effortlessly.

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Thanks Cindy. I have been gf for a little over a year but that does not mean that I don't think about some of the food that I love that is gluten but I know how I feel and that is what's motivating me. That will happen to Debbie too. She knows that she has us to vent too at anytime.

Cindy, I meant to tell you I love the picture of you and your hubby. You both look so content and happy.

Charlene

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Charlene you are SO right! Just dealing with GF is stressful WITHOUT anything else! I just had my own meltdown the other day because of the time it takes to live GF and healthy without adding tons of processed crap and all the other things I have to do!

Debbie take this advice: Be Kind to yourself! This is tough sometimes and your health is first!

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Oh Debbie please take a few moments for Debbie. You have to see what is the most important thing to do right now and that is to take care of Debbie. You have so much on your plate and can see why you want to just sit down and cry.

What I am going to say please do not take it wrong or think that I am a nut case. You may just want to go off by yourself where no one can hear you and sit and cry and let out a huge scream. Believe it or not it does help the stress level as I tried it one time. Of course no one was around.

Like Cindy said she takes homemade trail mix for any emergencies. I know just being new at gf is very stressful as I have been there and so has Cindy.
Can you also take from home some gf cereal in a baggy. That will not go bad. Crackers are good to take too. Please hang in there as it will get better.

BTW congratulations on your honeymoon for 20 yrs I think that is what I read.

We are here for you and please never apologize for ranting on. That is what we are here for. There is going to be a day that I will most likely do that and know that you and Cindy and the rest of the gang will be there for me too. We are all here for each other.
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12/9/10 6:34 P

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Wow Debbie that is a lot to do and you will get through it somehow! The more GF days the better you will feel and though it stinks to not be able to get food most places, you will find something you can fall back on eventually. I have my fallback meals depending on where I am, such as salad or tuna made in a lettuce wrap. I also carry a bag of homemade trail mix on me at all times for emergencies. Sorry to hear about your BGL but that isn't horrible, is it? Maybe it will settle after you go GF...

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12/9/10 11:21 A

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I have been totally gluten free for two solid days. I am feeling very stressed! I had to give a class this morning and then went to food lion to grab something to bring to work for lunch. It just about made me cry as there was nothing i could really eat. for a decent lunch. they had no gf crackers to buy and use to eat tuna with. I couldnt bring a package of sandwhich slices, due to work storage issue and i didnt want a bowl of cereal. they didnt have anything in the freezer section either. All the freezer meals they had, the ones that didnt have pasta, well, they had barley in it. no idea why a rice dish would do that. of course the sauce probably had some too, but i didnt even read any further once i hit the barley i just put it back. I ended up with some progresso soup and the truth is, i jsut paid attention to the big things, i dint think really hard about the ingredients. i just re-read the ingredients and i don't see anything. I don't even want to think about whether it is processed and the cross contamination issue. I mostly want to cry. I am under huge stress right now at work, i have this stuff to finish for a trip, i have classes to teach today. I have to write out this whole step by step guide for sparkpeople program we do for work, my son has a chorus Christmas recital tonight and i miss my community group last meeting. I have to go out of town monday and come home really late on tuesday. Our office party is wednesday and we have annuall training before that. then i go on my "honeymoon?20th wedding anniversary) thursday. Oh, and my husband is going to the mtns of NC to pick up my dtr from college for the holiday. My head is spinning, i want to cry. Oh i left out the best part. I had labs done with my job, and my A1c was 5.7, which means my bs is 126 on a regular basic. There is no diabetes in my family on either side. I am in a normal BMI for my glorious height. and i am trying to not cry, but this is really scary for me. I am sorry, i didnt mean to spout on and on in here. It just seems like i have way too much on my plate and i can't just get a handle on anything. without something else crashing in too. thanks for letting me ramble. thanks guys.

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12/8/10 9:58 P

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Debbie you have a good time. If you know where you are going, can you call the place to see if they have a gf menu, if not, what they have so that you can eat it. I am assuming that you will be going to restaurants. If not, then can you bring you own food in a little case? Just some thoughts. Have a great time.
I envy you wanting to see how to make pasta. I thought that I did good in making an apple pie from scratch - the top and button crust is gf and I bought the granny apples. It was good.

Take care
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12/8/10 9:07 A

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Thanks for that! I really just want to get out and try things and see what is available here. I also want to have time to just try these recipes and see how i can adjust. I also want to use my mixer to create pasta from scratch and see how it taste and how it tastes. I just can't wait until i get to do it. Unfortunately, i have to go out of town on monday and tuesday next week and then at the end of that week i go to Universal Studios for 5 days. I am excited about the trip but resentful of my time and also worried about food while out and about. I have not been totaly gluten free for two days. going on my third day. crossing fingers for the trip and praying!

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12/7/10 11:10 P

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Debbie, you do what you need to do to get yourself GF! That is the important thing! I think we all go crazy and waste $ on specialty products at first, just we all have out own things we like. I spent it trying breads and pizzas and processed foods I really shouldn't have anyway. Oh and a chip binge! I just HAD to hold onto the things I CAN eat, even if I shouldn't. I was really depressed at first so it was sad for me to let go...but totally worth it!

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Oh, i just had to say something, I went to my local Harris Teeter a few minutes ago, and I found udi's bread in the freezer section, glutino's pizza, and two different bags of "chips" in the snack foods section. I am really excited about that. I still can't find the Udi's bagels i hear so much about. Bummer! Oh, I have to admit that I have a flour problem. I have spent a great deal of money on flours, little jars to store them in. yesterday the Fed Ex guy delivered a bag of flour by Jules Sheppard and then i got in the mail, a bag of sweet dairy whey . (i have recipes for all sorts of stuff and she uses it in her recipes) so yes, i am admitting, i have a problem. I think it helps me to accept my life the way it is, buying all this stuff and planning to make things. At least that is how i feel about it....

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12/7/10 3:36 P

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I have been working hard at trying to make bread. I bought a loaf of bread from my local bakery. I had to order the loaf and they only bake them once a month. Lucky me i ordered the weds. before the bake day. I only ordered one, cause i didnt want to pay for more until i knew if i liked it or not. It was ok, but it was really small and cost nearly $7. I have this recipe and the bread was just as good. Now, the GF Pantry white bread was really good! I have a kitchenaide stand mixer and the next step is to try to make my own pasta. I had Annie's? or Amy's? mac and cheese. It was ok. but next time i am going to buy velveeta and try that. but wow, this is really crazy expensive!

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12/6/10 10:56 P

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LOL I got my Thanksgiving stuffing by saving crusts and breads I didn't like!! emoticon

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I'm so glad I liked the first kind I bought. (Happened to be Udi's) I have seen that "bread crumb" tip in almost every gluten-free book and yet I have no use for bread crumbs!

I don't eat meat and I don't like breaded veggies, bread pudding, stuffing, or any other bread-like things. I just like bread! :)

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I do the same thing. If I buy a loaf a bread and do not like, I just make bread crumbs out of it. In fact, I just fixed some fish with the gf bread crumbs. So we will see how it tastes.

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12/6/10 1:10 P

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Well I bought a loaf of tapioca Ener-g bread yesterday based on the size of the slice and it's 60 calories less than Udi's. I hope I like it!

Otherwise... I'll cube it up and make stuffing or something.





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12/5/10 10:12 P

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Udis are the most universally liked but everyone does have their own tastes. Some may prefer Energy. I like Mary's Gone Crackers too because they are more nutty and have the sesame in there so it tastes like more than a bland rice cracker to me. I always liked whole grain, more substantial things before I was GF.

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I have tried quiet a few of their "flavors" and didn't like them. Each person has their own tastes and since I clearly stated that I personally did not like them then there really is no need for you to get defensive about my not liking them. So, we disagree. Such is life.

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12/5/10 9:36 A

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Not all Ener-G breads are the same. I use the light brown rice bread. Untoasted it is not the best but toasted it is quite good. I did not like any others made by Ener-G (of the 5 kinds that I tried)! I like the fact that it is low fat which is hard to come by with GF premade foods. It makes great french toast(I prefer this bread over Udi's for this) and bread pudding is also amazing. I accidentally ordered Ener-G raisin bread (yuck) and ended up with a whole case so let's just say I made a lot of bread pudding for the next few months. I am sorry but you can't categorize the entire brand saying everything they make is nasty unless you have tried all of their varieties. I agree most are not pleasing to the pallet but they target more than just gluten allergies. They also have some other really great products out there.

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12/5/10 1:05 A

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I had some success making banana bread with a combination of almond meal and brown rice flour. I will say that my recipe was high in fat but I didn't miss the flavor or the wheat flour at all. Still working on the recipe to bring down the fat w/out sacrificing flavor

Anyone use corn flour for anything?

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I've actually kept my loaf of Udi's out on the counter and it's been fine. In fact at Whole Foods where I get it they have it out on a Udi's stand in the middle of the floor near the deli/cheese/wine section. Only time I put it in the fridge is if I buy more than 1 loaf. Ener-g to me is the nastiest tasting stuff ever. I'd rather eat gluten bread.

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I never tried Mary's Gone Crackers but definitely enjoy Crunchmasters. They are really good.
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I liked the taste of Mary's Gone Crackers, but I was afraid they were going to break my teeth. Ditto on Crunchmasters, they are good.

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I really didn't care for the Mary's Gone Crackers but the Chrunchmaster(I think that is the brand) ones from Sam's are great. Maybe I had a bad box but they tasted stale and left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. I know many people who love them though. Guess I have a weird pallet. I do love Udi's and my local grocer carries their products now. They also carry this new brand of little frozen cupcakes and cakes but I forgot the brand. If in a jam they taste great but I am a little on the frugal side and cannot afford to spend $5 for 4 little cupcakes even if they are delish! I will have to let you know what brand they are next time I go. Udi's is the best but I still use my Ener-G as an old standby to keep on my shelves. Freezer space is valuable at our house as we process all of our own venison and the freezer is the only place to keep meat.

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12/3/10 11:39 A

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Blondlee, have you tried Mary's Gone Crackers or Udi's bread? they are great too!






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Blondlee - great blog, very helpful! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Hey I don't usually plug myself like this but I thought this might be a little helpful. I have a blog that is still a work in progress but you might be able to use some of the tips. Shopping gluten free for the first time might be helpful to you. Also if you go to newer entries read Save over $100 and go buy a new pair of shoes! Let me know what you think. I also have some recipes that I have tested with my family and they all have their stamp of approval. 3 GF kids and a gluten eating husband. I only cook GF in my house so it is very important to my marriage that the food tastes great. :)
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Hi Debbie,

emoticon emoticon to the Team!

there are a lot of bloggers out there that are bakers and GF too. Here are a few:

www.glutenfreehomemaker.com/
glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/ www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com/





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www.livingwithout.com/

Living Without Magazine has a weekly recipe you can go to their website and sign up for.

I can no longer find them on the shelf and am going to order a subscription. They do a pretty good job of explaining flours and how they work.

Right now I am still using mixes. I love Pamela's cornbread. It made great dressing for Thanksgiving.

I am ready to branch out and get brave enough to do some baking on my own.

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I have the amazing android app on my phone, it is titled: Gluten Free and it has literally thousands of recipes on it. It was free. I also got the gluten free scanner. It doesn't work all the time, but it allows you to scan the barcode on an item, then it looks it up in a data base and tells you if the food has gluten in it. saves a huge amount of time when shopping, instead of reading all those crzy ingredients and translating them into english and going forward. The recipe one is really good. I am going to try and bake cookies and such this weekend and try out some recipes. A lady on cafemom posted an e-book for thanksgiving recipes that you could download for free. even if the turkey day has passed, alot of us use the same foods for Christmas, so if you want it, let me know!

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As requested here is my grandmother's peanut butter cookie recipe, adapted to Gluten Free, with bean flour.

GF Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter
2 beaten eggs
(3 cups flour) I use: 1 cup bean flour
1 cup potato starch flour
1 cup tapioca flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup peanut butter

bake at 350 or 375 about 10 minutes, depending on how they are cooking in your oven.




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Hey guys! thank so much for all the great advice! i really appreciate it. I have been trying to wean off the gluten, so i am really trying to have as much of my regular gluten foods switched to gf as I go. So far, i have gone to the gf for breakfast, except i have a box of oatmeal in my desk to use up, but i may give that to a coworker here. I have discovered the sheer insane joy of the GF Pantry bread mix. I made it last night after a truly horrible day. It was so good! So i am going to try to make some changes to the First Year recipe and see how it turns out, but at least i have it. Then, i need to find some good pasta for dinner. and i have some snacks at the house. Little by little, i hope to make the switch. So anything you can suggest for changing over is greatly appreciated. thanks, Deb

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I have not had much success so far with baking. My results have been heavy, gritty and dry. So I am soaking all this in!

I'd love any recipes you can offer...peanut butter cookies, cornbread...yummm!

I found a bread recipe that looked promising from one of the sites recommeded on this list. I have to get the ingredients, 1 cup sorghum flour, 1 cup potato starch, 1/2 cup millet flour,2 teaspoons xanthan gum, 1/ 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 1 packet rapid dry yeast.


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I use the flour mix from The First Year to make the author's cornbread. My family likes it better than regular cornbread. For quick breads and cookies, I prefer brown or white rice flour and potato starch. I made a chocolate cake once with bean flour and everyone had "intestinal problems" later that night, so I haven't used the bean flour since.

I have a good peanut butter cookie recipe and I made thumbprint cookies a few months ago that melted in your mouth! (They are both from a gluten-free cookbook I have that I can't remember the name of.)

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I didn't like the Pamela's when I tried the bread mix. It rose beautifully, but my family thought it was pale and smelled bad.
As for bean flours, one of them is more overwhelming. Which one is it? I have an adult son who will likely test gluten intolerant when he goes, and he doesn't like the taste of the things I've made from Bob's Red Mill.
As it is hard for me to keep all the flours straight, I must confess to mostly using mixes. I love the Trader Joe's brownie mix, the Gluten Free Pantry sandwich bread mix and the Kinnikinnick products. I've read really good things about the flours from Authentic Foods. Beth Hagman recommends them, but their shipping rates are pretty high. I hope I can find them locally.
I also use the Gluten free muffin and scone mix and have turned out some really good scones. I read on a blog to let yeast bread bake another few minutes right on the oven rack after you remove it from the pan. I don't have a bread machine.
Also, if you can have the egg yolk, it is great brushed on bread and scones. They look pretty, and it seems to help them brown. Looking brown is important to my guys.
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12/1/10 8:59 P

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I have been using Pamela's as I haven't had time to mess around with my own mix yet. I'll need some free time, and I just don't have that!

PASCAROL, could you post a recipe or two for your bean-flour cookies? So far, the cookie recipes I've tried have not been great...

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12/1/10 5:57 P

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I use rice flour and almond meal flour for most of my baking, and use arrowroot for thickening as I can't have any corn products. I also use rice bran and quinoa flakes in some of my muffins.

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12/1/10 2:55 P

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I think it helps to smooth things out. Make sure your rice flour is extra fine and is not lumpy at all. Some brands are more coarse than others. I use Bob's Red Food Mill. Another trick I use is to buy Pamela's bread mix flour. It kinda has a little too much sorghum for my taste so I take an extra bag of rice flour and mix it right in. Mellows the taste right out. It works great for cookies and you don't need to add any salt to the recipe. I also love her baking mix for all of my sweet breads. I still use my flour mixes but when I am in a hurry I do love Pamela's! Plus I cannot find any pancake mix that I like as much as hers. I do like Hodgen's Mill (I think that is how you spell it) But the box is sooo tiny and we have a family of 5 to feed.

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12/1/10 2:24 P

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I use mostly Beth's all purpose flour. I also like Betty H. feather lite for certain recipes.



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Oh Blondlee thanks for the bit of info. I never thought of Sorghum flour. I may have some in the freezer. If not, I will buy some and thanks again.
I have to agree that the gf flours do have a gritty taste them. Could this possibly make it taste less gritty?

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I love this mix. Have you tried adding some sorghum flour to it? You could make a 12 cup batch and just add 3 cups of sorghum. It seems to keep my recipes more pre GF tasting. I love these combinations because they don't seem to go rancid anytime soon.

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My favorite mixtures of flours use sorghum, tapioca, potato starch and rice flour. These are the ones I keep on hand. Tapioca and potato starch are great as thickeners. The other are just personal tastes for myself and my family. I don't care for bean flours(sorry) as I always get an aftertaste from them. Coconut flour is also amazing and high in fiber and protein. But because of the price I only buy it on occasions. Yummy!

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Hi Debbie and welcome. I put labels on my flours as some of them look the same. I also keep them in the freezer as they will last longer. When the recipe calls for gf flour mix, this is what I use. I make up nine (9) cups in that way I will have more whenever I need it.
6 cups white rice flour
2 cups potato starch flour
1 cup tapioca flour

I am sure you will find different ways of mixing the flours and whatever works for you is good.

Again, welcome.

Charlene

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12/1/10 12:05 P

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Welcome Debbie,
It sounds like you have already made a start at gluten free baking. Every GF cookbook I have read recommends a different combination of flours. The flours I use most are Brown Rice and White, Tapioca, Potato starch, and bean flours. I like to use the bean flour in cookies, I call it my secret ingredient, it gives the cookies a nice texture, and no child who has ever eaten one of my cookies ever suspected there was anything like beans in it.
Sweet sorghum flour is also useful, especially in cake mixes and muffins. Keeping in mind that you need a mixture of flours, to get the right texture and taste. Good Luck! emoticon

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Ok, i love to bake. I have always baked. Although i wasn't thrilled about the diagnosis of Celiac, it has given me an excuse to bake more and that is perfectly fine by me! I read a book The First Year, and it had some great bread recipes and a all purpose flour recipe etc. I bought the flours and made the blend, got some cute glass jars with wide mouths to store them in and put in their own cupboard. Anyway, the question is this, what flours do you think a well stocked baker pantry should have and which flours should i buy in larger quantity? That way i can have on hand in larger amts the ones used most often and not spend huge amts of money on the ones i can get small amts of. flours, starch etc. anything you can think of would be greatly appreciated! you cannot give me too much information! anything and everything is wonderful!

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