Gluten Free Afternoon Tea

Italy and London remain two of the most popular travel destinations. And the great news is that BOTH countries can be easily enjoyed, even if you're on a gluten free diet due to medical reasons (Celiac or gluten sensitivity). In fact, I found that both destinations are, in many ways, easier than the U.S. in terms of the level of knowledge for preparing safe, gluten free meals. They take gluten free diners seriously, as everyone should. Now, don't get me wrong...that doesn't mean you can eat anywhere. No, there's a lot of planning that needs to go into any trip to either Italy or London if you're gluten free. That is, you'll want advice and feedback on the BEST places to dine in each destination. That means figuring out which restaurants not only accommodate gluten free diners, but allow you to enjoy the specialties of the region. You'll want to dine at the restaurants that really go out of their way to WOW you with options like gluten free afternoon tea service (in London, of course) or gluten free Neapolitan pizza, homemade GF pasta, or gluten free tiramisu in Italy. (You don't want to settle for simple grilled meat and... Read more →


It had been a while since I'd made scones, and since I had both buttermilk and gluten free cinnamon chips in the house (Hershey's brand is gluten free), I decided I'd whip up a quick batch earlier this week. Of course, you can customize these gluten free scones to your taste, using cinnamon chips (my favorite), chocolate chips (my husband and kids' favorite), or even blueberries or nuts. Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups all-purpose gluten free baking flour (choose your favorite blend -- I've used many different kinds over the years) 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2/3 cup buttermilk 1/3 cup butter, melted 3/4 cup chocolate or cinnamon chips, berries, or nuts Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). Melt the butter and then, once it cools a bit, stir in the buttermilk. Add the butter/buttermilk mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients until combined. Add the chips, berries, or nuts. Scoop 12 large spoonfuls of the batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into a scone comes out... Read more →


Are you thinking about visiting London? Maybe you even already have a trip planned for the spring or summer.... London continues to rank high on travelers' Bucket Lists, and it offers something for everyone...no matter what your age or what your interests. When we took our sons there, we had such a fantastic time. Between the range of tourist sites, world-class museums, and fascinating history, we were captivated. And any fears we had about finding restaurants that could serve our son safe gluten free meals were quickly dispelled. That's because I'd done my homework. As always, the hours of advance research had paid off. While we can all probably agree that there's not a lot of spontaneity when following a gluten free diet when traveling, researching and planning where you'll eat in advance saves you from having to scramble each day. The more planning you can do, the more seamless your trip will be. If you have a plan, you'll be able to relax and focus on enjoying the experiences -- without scrambling at mealtime to find restaurants nearby that might offer gluten free options. I put all the knowledge we acquired in our 10-day stay into an e-book called... Read more →


While people diagnosed with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity typically learn the basics of cooking gluten free at home fairly quickly, dining out and traveling -- especiallly in another country -- can be intimidating. Some people decide it's just not worth it. But I think that's a big mistake. While it hasn't always been easy, I'm here to tell you that now you can take a wonderful vacation to many gluten-free friendly destinations and stay perfectly safe, providing you have the right tools at your disposal. London is a particularly gluten-free friendly choice, and I recently put together a guide to take the worry out of traveling to this amazing city for anyone following a gluten free diet. The great news is that there is no shortage of restaurants in London that understand how to prepare a safe gluten free meal. Gluten-Free in LONDON, my new e-book available on Amazon.com (and easy to read on any e-reader, tablet, computer, or smartphone with the free Kindle app) takes the hassle out of the overwhelming task of planning a trip to an international destination. And let's face it, we gluten free folks can't really be spontaneous when it comes to grabbing a... Read more →