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Have Your Cake and Eat It Too – Even When You’re Allergic to Wheat

Ever notice how some of the tastiest treats seem to have wheat, flour, and sugar? For people allergic to wheat, or sensitive to gluten, this can be a nightmare. You want to indulge now and then, but you know that your body will pay the price if you do.

With more and more people becoming intolerant of wheat, bakers and chefs in Tucson and around the nation have found ways to make delicious treats with wheat replacements.

Here are some common wheat replacements I love to cook with for people that are allergic to wheat.

5 Ways to Set a Dietary New Year's Resolution that Becomes a Habit

Many of us set resolutions for New Year’s, with one of the top resolutions being related to diet and exercise. We resolve to take better charge of our dietary habits in the next year than we did in the past and cook up fanciful ideas in the midst of holiday mania. Once the party is over those notions fade in color, and we lose motivation to make them happen.

10 Tips for Clean Eating

Clean eating. What is it? In a nutshell, clean eating focuses on eating whole, unprocessed foods. Ancient East Indian philosophy classifies this type of food as “Sattvic”, or freshly prepared, and not overcooked, spiced or salted.

Clean eating is meant to reduce the toxic load placed on our bodies by not overwhelming it with high amounts of salt, sugar, fats and chemicals found in so many foods in today’s grocery stores. To achieve this sort of diet, we often have to prepare meals at home. For some of you, perhaps the thought of time-consuming meal preparation comes up.

5 Ingredient Substitutes for Healthier Holiday Treats

The Holiday Season has started, and we all know what that means - rich foods and baked goods galore! For many of us, the 12 days of Christmas are often more like the 12lbs of Christmas. Looking for ways to cut-down on the holiday calorie uptick? Allow me to present you with 5 healthier alternatives to winter’s worst offending ingredients.

1. Applesauce for Butter

How to Eat to Get All of Your Body’s Essential Vitamins

There's a lot of talk in our society these days about whether or not we should be taking vitamin supplements. Whether we want to correct a deficiency or remain healthy through cold and flu season and periods of high stress, we want to be sure our bodies are getting all of the tools they need to keep us going.

While some supplements are certainly beneficial for particular needs, it is also possible to get many essential vitamins from the foods we eat.

Why You Want to Host a Truffle Party this Month

Maybe you've been wanting to have some friends over to catch up, or you love entertaining. Perhaps you even have a group of great friends who all love dessert (and making it).

No matter who your friends are and what reasons you may have to party with them, you must agree that few things are better than spending time with great people who understand you—except maybe chocolate; or perhaps socializing with friends while eating chocolate. But what about making chocolate with your friends?

4 Delicious Alternatives to Pasta

Pasta: it’s a staple. But versatile and tasty as it can be, this staple can also get boring. Not to mention how unhealthy it can be to eat the same thing time and again, especially if that same dish consists of heavy carbohydrates.

Never fear, there are alternatives for the pasta you hold dear. These alternatives can make pasta dinner a more nutritious undertaking and refresh your passion for the noodly dish as it finds its way onto your plate less frequently.

Love Sushi? Make Sushi. Eat Sushi!

With its roots in pre-recorded history, sushi has a long tradition of making hungry bellies happy. Our contemporary notion of sushi was developed in the early 19th Century. Earlier sushi was made from fermented ingredients, but beginning in the 1800s it was made with fresh ingredients so it could be made and eaten quickly.

Let Chef Maggie Host Your Football Party

It’s Monday, and that means you have 25 people coming to your house to watch the football game. In some ways, it’s your favorite time of the week. You get to see all your friends and relax while cheering on your favorite team. But in other ways, there’s so much to do. After getting off work at 5pm, you race home to begin preparing food for your guests.

You thought that it would be easy. After all, you’re only preparing a few snacks. But there are guest food allergies to accommodate, vegetables to chop, plus the challenge of keeping warm food warm while all your guests arrive.

A Conference, Personal Chefs, and Special Diets

When the U.S. Personal Chef Association (USPCA) gathered in Long Beach, California, this July for an annual conference, I was among the many personal chefs who attended.