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Flagstaff Celiac Support Group

Meetings: The third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are usually held at the Flagstaff Medical Center (east campus) cafeteria on the first floor of the main hospital. Go in the entrance next to the cafeteria and look for the group in the seating area to the left.

Jeanette reported that she bought a pie and some flat bread from Kat's Cupcakes at the Farmer's Market. She said the pie was tasty but when cut, the side crust didn't hold up. The flat bread was good and she made some open-face sandwiches with it. Both products use sorghum flour, which is a problem for some people. Brenda said she has had good luck using Pamela's Artisan flour for pies when she adds a little more liquid than the recipe calls for.

Tom said he noticed that Basha's at Woodlands Plaza has increased its gluten-free selection a lot.

Brenda has been able to get a hamburger on a gluten-free bun at Smashburger but you have to tell themyou have an allergy/medical condition and can't have any gluten. When you do that, they make sure everything is free of any cross contamination. The fries are gluten free.

Tom announced that Barb is conducting a workshop at the Celtic Festival on Saturday about celiac disease and eating gluten-free. According to Barb's research, about 30 percent of the Irish population test positive for celiac disease.

Jeanette reported trying two restaurants recently -- one in Flagstaff and one in Phoenix. Criollo Latin Kitchen on North San Francisco in Flagstaff boasts that many items on their menu are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free. The other restaurant, Jewel's Bakery and Cafe, is on Thomas near 40th Street in Phoenix. Everything on the menu is gluten-free and she had some interesting things there. They are open Monday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast and lunch. They serve dinner until 7 p.m. on Friday.

Next Meeting: The next meeting will be August 20 at the Flagstaff Medical Center.