Gluten Freely Twitter Party–Holiday Tips
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Dec 13 2011

Gluten Freely Twitter Party–Holiday Tips

I have to admit that while I had dabbled in a Twitter party here & there, I had never taken part in one from start to finish until yesterday.  Gluten Freely – The General Mills gluten-free division, organized & put on their first ever Twitter party to talk all things “holiday”. 

The event started at 1 PM EST and lasted for one hour.  The idea was to share & gather tips & recipes for the upcoming holiday season.  While many of us have been through the holidays gluten-free before, there are just as many, if not more, that haven’t been.  I thought it would be nice to be able to do a short recap of the questions, tips & recipes here for you guys. 

Question #1 – “What is your biggest GF challenge during the holidays & what is your number 1 tip to overcome it?”

Answers:

  • @MOM4EVEREVER says “knowing and trusting others know what gluten free truely is”
  • @GlutenFreeDude says “As far as holiday parties are concerned, my motto is always "never go hungry and always come with a backups snack just in case!"
  • @GFnadVeg says “My biggest GF challenge during the holidays is that most vegetarian "meats" are made with gluten. No turkey for me :)”
  • @gfreeislife says “Cross contamination. If serving both #gf and non-gf foods, separate & let the #glutenfree ppl serve 1st”
  • @HoldtheGluten says “We bake gluten-free in my kitchen and gluten-filled cookies are baked at the mother in law’s house.”

Question #2 – “Who can link to the best holiday GF recipes for challenging dishes, like stuffing?”

Answers:

Question #3 – “What are you making for a holiday dessert? Pie? Cookies? Cake?”

Answers:

  • @holdthegluten says “The peppermint bark I made this weekend is so adorable and tasty!!! tinyurl.com/7dyf9jg
  • @candacki says “probably just fresh fruit :)”
  • @Linda_FB says “a yummy chocolate cake #gf offcourse! “
  • @alexborsuk says “pie. And using @WilliamsSonoma pie shape cutters for the top- looks beautiful!”
  • @gfreefun says “Making my fave #GF peanut butter cookies, featured in "Beyond Rice Cakes" @CeliacPrincess bit.ly/v09keR
  • @GFshoestring says “Here’s a recipe for GF Dairy-free fudge. No one even notices it’s DF. bit.ly/q0uxeL

Question #4 – What’s your best holiday tip?

Answers:

  • @gfreeislife says “My best holiday tip is not to stress – focus on family & friends & time spent together. “
  • @MOM4EVEREVER says “best advice for cooking- check it out, see the labels- know the sources”
  • @mrsvjw says “Plan & make ahead. Map out the cooking schedule, pick dishes that can be prepped ahead of time.”
  • @AnnsTipToes says “Practice moderation and try not to load your plate up with too much”
  • @Alexborsuk says “don’t cheat! not worth feeling crummy. Lots of #gf options available like @udisglutenfree & @PamelasProducts
  • @CappyTweet says “best holiday tip is to make small deadlines. Reward yourself when you meet them.”
  • @celiacprincess says “Best tip… cook delicious food, share it with family and friends”
  • @CeliacExperts says “Best Tip: Don’t be afraid to talk to restaurants about your dietary needs! You’ll be surprised at how accommodating they can be! “

Question #5 – “Do you have kids in school? What’s your tip for keeping them GF at school this time of year?”

Answers:

  • @MOM4EVEREVER says “they eat leftovers from home hate the meals at school anyway”
  • @GFShoestring says “I try to get myself invited to the class parties – and supply lots of provisions!”
  • @holdthegluten says “Keep in touch w/ the teacher, know what parties are happening, make sure you send in a #glutenfree treat!”
  • @AnnsTipToes says “My kids eat the school lunch! “
  • @candacki says “homeschooling. works wonders ;) hehe “
  • @CappyTweets says “no. That’s hard because of the cafeteria food. Probably pack them a snack “

Question #6 – What makes a good gluten free pie crust? Anyone have a favorite recipe?

Answers:

  • @gfreeislife says “Our favorite #gf pie crust is pre-made from @wholefoods or made using crushed #glutenfree cookies 4 a crumb crust”
  • @CeliacResearch says “good #gfree pie crust according to Joyce: I use basic Betty Crocker pie crust recipe & use Bisquick as the flour!”
  • @gfreefun says “Crushed #glutenfree cookies (@glowglutenfree) make a great pie crust.”
  • @celiacprincess says “crush up @glutinofoods pretzels mix with sugar and melted butter. Then Press into pie dish and add filling!”
  • @gfreejanelle says “Crushed @GF_Insider graham crackers and @PamelasProducts recipe both make great pie crusts. “
  • @holdthegluten says “Cinnamon Chex cereal makes an awesome pie crust. So do crushed cookies!”
  • @celiacresearch says “good #gfree pie crust for Bambi: Jules’ GF flour works well in any recipe. Also a round, plastic "pie crust maker."
  • @environmissnlmom says “I love the TJ’s #gf ginger snaps – crush then layer with a Pumpkin Pie blend and whipped toppingfor parfait”
  • @midlife_celiac says “I like the #glutenfree pie crust from @FourChickens bit.ly/f2R78l

Some random tips:

  • @tastyeatsathome says “Coffee cake, made right in your slow cooker! #gfholiday fb.me/YiY1mZZ1”
  • @noglutengal says “The recipe for ooey-gooey Rocky Road Bars is AMAZING!”
  • @cup4cup says “you should try our recipe for savory+sweet pies, works out great all the time”
  • @jenncuisine says “here is my GF egg pasta recipe – bit.ly/v8OmCK

As you can see, the Holiday Twitter party was a huge success!  I tried to share a wide variety of tips, advice & recipes above.  However, if you search the hashtag #gfholiday you may be able to find more information.  Additionally, there may be a transcript made available of the entire thing.  If that comes to light, I will make sure to share it with you all. 

Do you have any tips that you care to share?  Questions that we can try to answer for you?

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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