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"Look again. Are you sure? Is it really gluten free? ..........Read the label again, or call the 1-800 number on the back!.... Is tapioca flour the same thing as tapioca starch? Well if it is, then why isn't potato starch the same thing as potato flour?!?! Does 'glutamate' contain gluten? What the heck is Xanthan gum? Gluten Free...Gluten Free...Gluten Free...."

Welcome to the inside of my head ladies and gentlemen. This is what consumed my dreams all last night. Dreaming about the three little words: Going Gluten Free.

I am the wife of a farmer who has been diagnosed with celiac disease. I had never even heard of the disease let alone what the heck it meant! How was I supposed to completely change our lifestyle and eating habits while dealing with the last three months of my pregnancy. It just seemed to much to handle. All of the new weird lingo, the confusing labels, the millions of new flours and starches I had never even heard of before, are now the main product I had to bake with. Here is our story of the trials, successes, and failures of going gluten free.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Outback Steak House - 5 Stars!

So as most of you know, eating out after finding out about your gluten-intolerance can feel challenging and near impossible! But don't hang your head just yet, there are actually many restaurants that have gluten free menus! PF Chang's even has special shaped plates and a designated cooking area to prepare the food especially for gluten free customers! You can even eat fast food still! I am not saying you have to pig out on fast food, but it is always nice when you are in a pinch or you are traveling and need a bite to eat. All you have to do is go to their website and under the nutrition tab they usually all have a allergy/intolerance tab that you can click on and get a full list of things you can and cant eat at their restaurant! Here are a few of the links:

McDonalds: http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/ingredientslist.pdf
Wendy's: http://wendys.com/food/pdf/us/gluten_free_list.pdf
Arby's: http://arbys.com/ (click on food and then on the right click on "Menu items without Gluten" and download the PDF.)
Carl's Jr: http://www.carlsjr.com/system/pdf_menus/3/original/CJ%20Allergen%20Chart%2006.21.11.pdf?1308694299

Anyways, today I am writing because last night my husband and I went to Outback Steak House. When we arrived we simply asked for their gluten free menu and they had a special separate menu for us to look at. They even had someone come out and explain to us what sauces were safe, etc. It was very helpful! We then ordered a steak with a dressed baked potato and a house salad. It was SO delicious! For dessert they even had a gluten free brownie and ice cream dish called "Chocolate thunder from down under." (It is made without wheat flour!) It was the most delicious dessert my husband and I had enjoyed in a long time! We highly recommend eating at Outback if you have celiac's or are gluten intolerant.