Gluten Free in Central Arkansas, branch of GIG

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January 2011


Monthly meetings are held in the Fireplace Room at the Arkansas Heart Hospital. Details below.


Table of Contents


·       Donations

·       GF 101

·       Meetings are at the Heart Hospital

·       Sharing Information – *please send me recipes, reviews and more*

·       Calendar – GFCA

·       GIG 2011 Annual Education Conference in Orlando

·       Support Groups Around Arkansas – Jonesboro, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, Fort Smith

·       Children’s Corner by Sherri

·       Dr. Betsy Hendricks Classroom

·       GF Product Review – Pacific Natural Condensed Cream Soups

·       Recipe Corner  - Cajan Cheese Crisps, Spice Rubs, Betty Crocker Recipes

·       Restaurants – YaYa’s, GF  in Texas Subway

·       Online Discounts - HINT; Gluten Free Deals; Amazon

·       Drug Emporium – GF aisle expanding soon

·       Whole Foods – GF sampling

·       Articles and Abstracts -  Gluten Ataxia




Please send donations to our GFCA treasurer, Terri Murdoch. Make checks payable to GFCA.

11 Berwyn Dr

Little Rock, AR 72227
  Phone: 501-312-1689


Gluten Free 101 classes are held on demand. Please contact either Terri Murdoch or me for more information on classes in Little Rock.  LaDonna Brock has moved. She is now available for GF 101 in Hot Springs. She can be contacted by email at or by phone 501-262-4299


Meetings are at the Heart Hospital

Please feel free to bring in home baked or store bought foods you would like to share with the group.


Each month Drug Emporium is kindly donating GF food for us to try. 


This room is located in a building behind the main hospital. When you drive in from the stop light, you will be facing the hospital. Go to the right. When you come to the stop sign, go left.  This takes you behind the hospital.  The building with the Fireplace Room will be on the right with a sign that says ANNEX. There is convenient parking in front of the building and we can ignore the HR ONLY parking signs as it is after hours.


Arkansas Heart Hospital

1701 South Shackleford Road

Little Rock, AR 72211


Going south on I-430, take exit 5 and turn right onto Shackleford. Hospital is on the right.


Going north on I-430, take exit 5 and turn left onto Shackleford. Hospital is on the right.


For questions contact

Anne Luther



Sharing information

We would love to hear from you. Here are some subjects that would be of interest:

1)    Recipes

2)    Product reviews

3)    Restaurant reviews

4)    Information on GF traveling

5)    Your story

6)     Anything you would like to share with the group


Calendar for GFCA 



Monday, January 17th, 6-8pm – In 2010 HealthNow held a conference. The speakers included Cynthia Kupper, R.D., founder of the Gluten Intolerance Group, Dr. Rodney Ford, M.D., F.R.A.C.P., Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Vikki Petersen, D.C., C.C.N., Co-Author of the book "The Gluten Effect" and Dr. Thomas O'Bryan, D.C., C.C.N., We will choose to watch one speaker and then have an open discussion.  You won’t want to miss hearing what these excellent and knowledgeable speakers have to say.


Dr. Vikki Peterson

Dr. Rodney Ford

Dr. Thomas O’Bryan

Cynthia Kupper


Monday, February 21st, 6-8pm – Penny Rudder will be speaking. Penny Rudder has a B.S. in Foods and Nutrition with a minor in Biochemistry from The Honors College of Kent State University. She graduated magna cum laude as sort of a renegade, not believing that the USDA Food Pyramid was healthy or that those milk moustache commercials were either. She still doesn't and guides people to safe, truly nourishing choices for all the foods they eat, whether coming into the body on the fork or through the skin. She offers classes, recipes and tips on her blog


Saturday, March 12th, 2-4pm – Craig Brown, MD will be speaking. Topic to be announced.



2011 Gluten Intolerance Group Annual Education Conference

Save the Date

Where: Orlando, FL


Venue: Gaylord Palms Hotel & convention center


Date: June 30, 2011 through July 2, 2011


Details will be posted as they are available

Plan your vacation around this great Conference

Watch the website for more details: 



Support Groups Around Arkansas


Gluten Intolerance in N.E. AR -Jonesboro. Anne Luther will be the speaker at the meeting on July 10 at 10am Mt. Carmel Methodist Church, 4000 Southwest Drive. For information about meetings please contact:

Barbara Feeser 870-935-4515  

Gale Pierce 870-539-2591

Corrie Stricklin  870-268-1080.  Nature's Pantry location is 554 CR 409 (also known as South Culberhouse), Jonesboro, AR.72404.




 NWA Celiac Sprue Association Support Group For more information you may contact Carolyn McKinley at 479-644-9909 or email



 Hot Springs Village There are two contact persons: Nancy Carter   or Jeannie Shapley, 501-321-8171,



 Gluten Free Fort Smith  For more information contact Majetta Green 479-221-4372 or 


Please let me know if you want information about your Arkansas Gluten Free support group added to this newsletter.



Children’s Corner by Sherri

If you have a child who is gluten free, classroom parties can be a challenge.  For this reason, I always signed up to be a party mom for the Valentine party.  (Well, except the one time my husband went in my place for parent orientation with explicit orders not to sign up me for the Christmas party.  That year I got stuck, not only doing the Christmas party, but he signed up on the first line, which meant I had to organize the party too!)  As a party mom, I want something my gf child can eat, but I also want something the other kids will be excited about as well.  Ice cream sundaes to the rescue!  Kids love to go through the line piling all the toppings on, including chocolate syrup, whipped cream, gummy bears, sprinkles, red hots, chocolate chips, maraschino cherries, even gluten free cookie crumbs.  One year, I went to Sonic and they sold me some banana split containers.   


Since my son was allergic to wheat as a child, we often did the same theme for his birthday party.  (There weren't any gluten free cake mixes back then.)   The icing on the cake, so to speak, was when we would fill a paper plate with whipped cream and do the pie-in- the- face routine to the guest of honor.  Believe it or not, every kid that came wanted the same treatment when his birthday rolled around! 


Dr. Betsy Hendricks Classroom

Dr. Betsy set up a "Classroom" on the website,

“I am going to use the classroom as a miniature-learning center.  I will be presenting information that I review with patients in clinic as well as workshop topics.  There are many topics that I could begin with but I am going to start by discussing the thyroid gland and the thyroid system.


I have also started a Facebook page.  Follow our journey at


I will be posting information on the Facebook page more often than I will be sending emails.”



GF Product Reviews

Sharon C wrote, I’ve tried the Pacific Natural cream soups—chicken and celery (we don’t like mushrooms too well). The taste is somewhat different than the old Campbell’s standby, but I made an old recipe that my mom used to make and that my daughter loves. She gave it thumbs up. She can’t eat the old one either because of a corn allergy. We were happy campers! (I have seen these at Fresh Market and Whole Foods~al)



Recipe Corner

Cajun Cheese Crisps from Terri M

2 C sharp cheddar cheese, softened

1 C butter, softened

2 C gluten free all purpose flour (I used 1 C Gluten Free Pantry All Purpose Flour and 1 C of almond meal)

2 C rice cereal (I used Rice Chex, broken into pieces)

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Beat softened cheese and butter together until creamy. Stir in the flour, cereal, and cayenne pepper. Spoon small amounts of the mixture onto a non-stick or greased cookie sheet. (They will flatten into a cookie shape.)

Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until done.

The crisps will be a bit crumbly, but refrigeration seems to help them set well.


Want to spice up your meats? Here are some great spice rubs that do not use any sugar. They are from Mark's Daily Apple

Thanks Mark for permission to reprint these recipes.


Dry rubs can contain however many spices you want to add. They also usually contain salt, although you can leave this out and simply salt the meat to taste after it cooks. You can add equal amounts of each spice, or add more of a specific spice so its flavor dominates. How much rub to use on a piece of meat ultimately comes down to personal preference, but a good place to start is 1-2 tablespoons per pound of meat.


Cardamom Orange Rub


Cocoa Cinnamon Rub


Herbs and Garlic


Spicy Paprika Rub




Do you like Betty Crocker recipes? If so, go to  for many recipes, some sweet and some savory.  A Betty Crocker Gluten Free Recipe Guide became available on December 29 and should be on many newsstands.




I had a great dinner at YaYa’s. I have always enjoyed eating there.  They have a GF menu with many choices. My server was unsure about gluten but he was attentive, willing to listen and talk with the chef.  I ordered the duck that is served with a lovely sauce that has sweetness from pear and a bite from hot peppers. As it was my birthday and I was served a complementary crème brulee that is a sampling of three flavors – chocolate, grand marnier and vanilla – quite lovely.




News from Texas – GF options in Dallas and Tyler are being tested and if successful, it may be a national rollout.  Here is what Triumph Dining to say:


Subway will be offering gluten-free brownies and gluten-free bread (upon which any sub could of course be built). They’ve reportedly organized several procedures, which should ensure a safe experience for gluten-free diners:



Online Discounts

HINT: If you have a favorite product, be sure to go to the website of that product. Often you will find coupons and special discounts.  You may also find a place to sign up for email alerts and newsletters. Many companies also have a Facebook page.




I received this announcement


We are excited to announce a new gluten-free daily deal site called

Gluten Free Deals! While working with several gluten-free businesses, we realized that there should be a better way for you to try out new things and get amazing deals on gluten-free products.


Like the daily deal sites of Groupon and Living Social, offers deeply discounted deals for great products, but our site is specifically for those who are eating gluten-free! Gluten Free Deals will offer 13 deals per week. Simply sign up to get our deal email, purchase a deal voucher, and use your voucher to get the deal. If you are a business owner, you will have the opportunity to offer deals on our website too! There is no offer too big or too small. We want to extend the offers to friends, family, and neighbors of all of you, no matter where they live! These deals will be available to anyone, anywhere. So please feel free to share this site and invite others to sign up. You can pass along deals by email, blogs, or social networks.


If you are a business owner who wants to offer a deal -or- if you are a member who wants to see a specific company offer a deal in our store, you can contact me at


Be sure to sign up today and we'll notify you when there is a new deal! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We are currently working with some terrific gluten-free companies and you will see the first deal in the next few weeks!


Yours in great gluten-free deals,


Brady Mower, Gluten Free Deals founder and moderator

Twitter: glutenfreedeals

Fb: Gluten-Free Deals


Their first deal was $40 of desserts for $20.




Amazon is having a sale in groceries. Save 15% when you enter code BIGGNYNY at checkout. Plus, save an additional 15% when you combine the instant rebate with your Subscribe & Save order--bringing your total savings to 30%. Offer valid through January 31, 2011.


Amazon grocery has a nice selection of GF products.  


Drug Emporium

Drug Emporium will be increasing the shelf space for GF foods.  Let them know what you would like for them to carry.


Whole Foods

Saturday, January 29th

Gluten Free Sampling


We've put together extensive lists of gluten-free products available at each Whole Foods Market location. Our gluten-free shopping list is only a guide to assist you in your shopping for products available for your dietary needs.

Join us every last Saturday of each month for our Gluten Free Sampling throughout the store!


Articles and Abstracts

In the February/March 2011 issue of Living Without there is an excellent article.


Gluten Attack: Ataxia

Is gluten attacking your brain?

Gluten ataxia is a neurologic condition characterized by the loss of balance and coordination. However it can also affect fingers, hands, arms, legs, speech and even eye movements. Typical symptoms include difficulty walking or walking with a wide gait, frequent falls, difficulty judging distances or position, visual disturbances and tremor.


Experts believe gluten ataxia may be a form of gluten sensitivity, a wide spectrum of disorders marked by an abnormal immunological response to gluten.


Different organs can be affected by different types of gluten sensitivity. In celiac disease, sometimes called gluten-sensitive enteropathy, the small bowel is affected. In dermatitis herpetiformis, the skin is targeted, resulting in an itchy rash. With gluten ataxia, damage takes place in the cerebellum, the balance center of the brain that controls coordination and complex movements like walking, speaking and swallowing.


You can read the complete article online


Wish you all a healthy and joyful New Year,