Gluten Free in Central Arkansas, branch of GIG

August 2010

Monthly meetings will now be held in the Fireplace Room at the Arkansas Heart Hospital. Details below.



Table of Contents


·      Calendar - GFCA

·      GFCA Participation Always Needed

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

·      Notes from the July GFCA meeting

·      Children’s Corner by Sherri

·       Recipe Corner- Tri-spiced Onion Rings; Fresh Fruit Cream Cheese Pie 

·       Gluten Alert - Chef’s Cupboard Chicken with Rice

·       Drug Emporium – Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels; Schar; Udi’s Granola

·       Kroger – Gluten Free and Fabulous Pizza; King Arthur GF All Purpose Flour; GF Bisquick

·       Shorty Smalls

·       Gluten Free Hosts

·       Udi’s coupon

·       Gluten Free Ice cream

·       Articles and Abstracts - Alterations of the Intestinal Barrier in Patients With Autism Spectrum Disorders and in Their First-degree Relatives.




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 moving to the Heart Hospital

I hope you can join us to celebrate our new “home”. There will be foods to try. Members are welcome to bring in home made or purchased GF goodies to share with the group too. 


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



Calendar for GFCA 

*Saturday*, August 14 1-3pm: Betsy Hendricks, MD will be speaking. Her topic is “It’s the Yeast”


Monday, September 20, 6-8pm Samuel B. Welch, MD, PHD, FACS, FAAOA, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UAMS will be speaking. Topic: "Delayed Food Reactions: Diagnosis and Management"..


*Saturday*, October 16th 10am to noon Cookbook author, Claudia Pillow will be giving a presentation.  She and her sister Annalise Roberts, recently published a new book, The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook: the Delicious Way to Strengthen Your Immune System and Neutralize Inflammation.  The three-step strategy of Gluten-Free Good Health is simple: replace gluten containing foods (such as wheat) with vegetables and fruits, reduce sugar intake, and balance every meal with whole foods. The book contains such sought out recipes as a gluten-free roux for Mac and cheese, traditional pan sauce gravies, innovative low-fat sauces and creamy soups. The extensive vegetable chapter contains flavorful, easy-to- prepare recipes like roasted ratatouille and butternut squash gratin, so eating healthy is simple.


November and December – Do you want to get together for a GF Holiday meal? Send me your suggestions. 



GFCA Participation Always Needed

Do you have a recipe to share? Did you find a new product you love? Have you visited a restaurant that served you a great GF meal?  Do you have vacation and travel tips? Did your child go to a camp? We all have stories about getting diagnosed and learning to be GF – what is your story? Do you have a favorite website? We can all learn from each other. We would love to hear from YOU. You will find items submitted by your GF friends in this newsletter. When you submit something, please let me know if I can mention your name. 


If you have submitted something to me, and you do not see it in the newsletter, please contact me. I have been known to misplace or lose emails.


I will use your first name only unless you give me permission to use your full name.


Support Outside of Little Rock


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.



Notes from the GFCA July meeting


Madelyn VanValkenburg talked about her high school senior thesis about the lack of awareness of celiac disease. She passed around the bound copy of her thesis and showed a powerpoint presentation.


Children’s Corner by Sherri

As a mom, I love to feel like I hit a homerun every now and again, don't you?  Taking goodies used to be a stretch for me because I wanted something yummy that everyone could eat, but I didn't want to spend a fortune.  Initially, I would take two items, one for those who don't eat gluten free and one for us. Way too much trouble!  Last week I needed something, so I decided to make Rice Krispie Treats.  Of course we can't eat the real Rice Krispie cereal, so I bought the Nature's Path GF version.  The original recipe calls for 1/4 cup butter melted in a pan, then add  a package of mini marshmallows and melt, to which you add 6 cups of rice cereal.  Everyone loved them, including the adults, and the price was right.  (The cereal was even on sale at Drug Emporium!)


But if you just want to buy ready made treats or a birthday cake and be done with it, consider ordering from  (516-374-7976).  They have a gluten free version of Ding Dongs called Ring Things.  (Actually they are free of dairy, peanut, soy, lactose and corn as well.)  The company representative said you can also get a small cake for $7.  Shipping is $6.  I sampled them in Fayetteville and gave them a thumbs up!


It has occurred to me recently that I don't need a large repertoire of GF treats that I can make.  (Most kids like to eat the same things over and over anyway.)  For our family, that means having chocolate chip cookie dough in the  freezer at all times since you never know when the grown kids are going to stop by, a cake I can make for birthdays, and Martha Washington/Fudge Balls for Christmas.  Finally I have a plan, KISS, Keep It Simple Sherri! 



Recipe Corner


If you attended Gluten Freedom Day in Rogers on July 23 you saw Robert Landolphi demonstrate some of his recipes. He is the author of “Gluten Free Everyday Cookbook” and has kindly given me permission to share these three recipes with you. His website is


Tri-Spiced Onion Rings


Makes 6 servings


Any fan of beer battered onion rings will love this recipe. I always use a hearty GF beer brewed by Bards Tale


First, make this horseradish sauce by whisking all of these ingredients in a small bowl so it is ready as soon as the onion is cooked.

½ cup sour cream

2 tablespoons ketchup

½ teaspoon McCormick Seasoned Salt

1/8-teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 ½ teaspoons horseradish

¼ teaspoon paprika


Onion ring coating

1-cup rice flour

1-tablespoon chili powder

1-tablespoon ground cumin

1-teaspoon cayenne pepper

1-teaspoon salt

¾ cup GF beer

2 egg yolks

2 medium sweet onions, cut into 1/2 inch round rings and separated

Vegetable oil as needed


In medium bowl, whisk together white rice flour chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt. Slowly whisk in egg yolks and beer until a smooth thick batter forms. Chef Landolphi said the egg yolk is what keeps the batter on the onion while being cooked.


Fill a medium sauce pan half way with vegetable oil and heat to 360 F over medium-high heat. He emphasized the importance of using a thermometer to be sure the oil did not get to hot . You may also use an electric fryer. Dip a few onion rings at a time into the batter and then add to the hot oil, cooking until golden brown. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked onion rings to paper towel to drain. Repeat with remaining onion rings until all are cooked.


Place onion rings on platter and serve with the horseradish dipping sauce.


He said he has used this batter for fish and shrimp by changing the seasonings to Old Bay.



A summery treat from Gail


Fresh Fruit Cream Cheese Pie


1   8 oz package cream cheese

1   14 ounce can Eagle Brand Milk (or lowfat eb milk)

1/3  cup lemon juice

1  tsp vanilla extract

1   9 inch deep dish frozen pie crust (substitute

      gluten free pie crust)

Fresh fruit  (blueberries, strawberries, bananas)

Seedless red raspberry jam


Beat cheese in large blowl with mixer until light and fluffy.  Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth.  Stir in lemon juice and vanilla.  Pour into baked piecrust.  Refrigerate 3 hours.  Arrange fruit on top.  (Coat berries with jam).  (If use bananas, dip in lemon juice before placing on pie to keep from turning brown.  Do not coat with jam).




Gluten Alert


Bay Valley Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg and Wheat in Cans of Mislabeled Chef's Cupboard Chicken with Rice Soup

Sallie Gaines
Hill & Knowlton, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 28, 2010 - Westchester, Ill. - Bay Valley Foods is voluntarily recalling 10.5 oz cans of Chef's Cupboard Chicken with Rice Soup because some cans are mislabeled and may contain Vegetarian Vegetable Soup. The mislabeled product contains undeclared egg and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.


No adverse reactions have been reported to date. In addition to working in cooperation with the FDA, Bay Valley Foods is issuing an alert through the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. The recall was initiated after receipt of a consumer complaint.


The recalled product labeled as Chef's Cupboard Chicken with Rice Soup is marked with "BEST BY 01 05 12" that can be found on the bottom of the can. Product affected by this recall may have been distributed to Aldi stores nationwide. No other products or brands are affected by this recall.


Consumers who have purchased the recalled Chef's Cupboard Chicken with Rice Soup can return it to an Aldi store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Bay Valley Foods Consumer Response Department at (1-800-236-1119) between the hours 9:00 am and 5:00 p.m. (EDT).



Drug Emporium


GF pretzels made by Snyders of Hanover can now be found in Drug Emporium. These pretzels have been certified GF by GIG’s Gluten Free Certification Organization.  They also make a certified GF Multigrain Tortilla Chip. Be sure to visit  to see all the products that have been certified under this program.


I also saw new products from Schar and a granola from Udi’s. on the GF aisle.




Passing this on from Carolyn McKinley.  Kroger stores in the state of Arkansas have Gluten Free & Fabulous Pizzas for sale. Further, REAL SIMPLE MAGAZINE will do featured article on Gluten Free & Fabulous Macaroni & Cheese in the August 13 issue and have voted GF&F Macaroni & Cheese the best Macaroni & Cheese made in the USA.


If you have a Kroger near your home, you can purchase GF&F pizzas at Kroger Stores.  Please view the web site


King Arthur GF All Purpose Flour and GF Bisquick are both available at Kroger. They will be found in the baking aisle.


Shorty Smalls


I have been told that Shorty Smalls has a gluten free menu. Do you have a review of this restaurant?  I will add Shorty Smalls to the list and map of restaurants with GF menus on


Low Gluten Hosts


Tony sent this article. Many churches allow a gluten free substitute for communion, but the Catholic Church requires that breads used at Eucharist contain some wheat.  A group of Benadictine nuns in Missouri figured out a way to make the communion wafers with wheat starch. You can read the full story here


How much gluten is in these hosts? The answer is here:



Udi’s bread coupon


Here is a coupon for $1.00 off . You will have to sign up for the coupon but you can opt out of future

emails if you want.



Gluten Free Ice Cream


Here is an article about GF ice cream


Another brand is Turtle Mountain. They make ice cream with coconut milk and soy milk and many are gluten free.  If you click on any of the ice creams pictures there will be a link to a pdf file with the allergens listed.




Articles and Abstracts


J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Alterations of the Intestinal Barrier in Patients With Autism Spectrum Disorders and in Their First-degree Relatives.



OBJECTIVES:: Intestinal permeability (IPT) was investigated in patients with autism as well as in their first-degree relatives to investigate leaky gut hypothesis. Faecal calprotectin (FC) was also measured in patients with autism, either with or without gastrointestinal symptoms, and in their first-degree relatives. PATIENTS AND METHODS:: IPT results, assessed by means of the lactulose/mannitol test, were compared with adult and child controls and with FC values. RESULTS:: A high percentage of abnormal IPT values were found among patients with autism (36.7%) and their relatives (21.2%) compared with normal subjects (4.8%). Patients with autism on a reported gluten-casein-free diet had significantly lower IPT values compared with those who were on an unrestricted diet and controls. Gastrointestinal symptoms were present in 46.7% of children with autism: constipation (45.5%), diarrhoea (34.1%), and others (alternating diarrhoea/constipation, abdominal pain, etc: 15.9%). FC was elevated in 24.4% of patients with autism and in 11.6% of their relatives; it was not, however, correlated with abnormal IPT values. CONCLUSIONS:: The results obtained support the leaky gut hypothesis and indicate that measuring IPT could help to identify a subgroup of patients with autism who could benefit from a gluten-free diet. The IPT alterations found in first-degree relatives suggest the presence of an intestinal (tight-junction linked) hereditary factor in the families of subjects with autism.

PMID: 20683204 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]