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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.

At the June meeting, there was a wide-ranging discussion of various gluten-free foods that now are on the market. Tom said he liked Applegate chicken sausage and Basha's Food Club plain hash browns.

Jeanette recently found at Fry's three flavors of gluten-free, dairy-free macaroni and cheese by Daiya. She had tried the 'alfredo style' flavor. It seemed too "cheesy" for her the first time but as a left over was better. Jeanette also noted that Lean Cuisine now was selling gluten-free products.

Jeanette reported finding another gluten-free restaurant in Phoenix. It's called Jewel's Bakery and Caffe located at 4041 E Thomas Rd., Suite 101. It's open for breakfast and lunch and everything on the menu is gluten-free. She had had breakfast and lunch there and found the menu had a lot of variety and the food was good.

Barb reported that she had made some Toll House cookies using Pamela's all-purpose gluten-free flour. She followed the recipe but found that if she refrigerated the dough for a couple of hours, the cookies turned out better. She also mentioned that the April issue of Gluten-Free Living rated gluten-free bread and Whole Foods carries one that is highly rated.

Barb brought up gluten-free breadcrumbs. Jeanette reported that she had found some she was pleased with at the Fry's Marketplace in Oro Valley. It's Ian's crunchy tortilla breadcrumbs. The package says they're "allergy-friendly" so in addition to not containing gluten, they also have no milk or casein, eggs, nuts, or soy. She has not looked for them at the Fry's here.

When asked if anyone had shopped at the new Haggen grocery store (formerly Albertsons), Barb said she had. They have the same relatively small section of gluten-free products that Albersons had but she found more gluten-free labeling throughout the store. Unfortunately, she did not think their prices were competitive.

Next Meeting: The next meeting will be July 16 at the Flagstaff Medical Center.