Guess where we are…
We just got back from a whirlwind trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. These adorable Mickey Mouse waffles were definitely one of the highlights! Many people had told me that Disney World is heaven on earth for people with celiac. Of course, I did my own research. Here are some links so that you can do yours too:
Walt Disney World: Special Dietary Requests
The Disney Food Blog: Disney World Treats for Guests with Special Diets
The Disney Food Blog: Dining With a Special Diet in Disney World and Disneyland
Allergy Free Mouse: Your Allergy-Free Guide to Disney World
The Huffington Post: Disney Dining
AllEars.Net: Menus from Around the World (you can check out menus from Disney restaurants)
When it comes to doing your research, don’t procrastinate! Figure out where you want to eat and then make your reservations for table dining well in advance of your trip. We were a little late to the game and so we weren’t able to get dinner reservations at some of the restaurants we wanted to try, like Kouzzina by Cat Cora (on Disney’s BoardWalk), California Grill (in the Contemporary Hotel) and Teppan Edo (in the Japan pavilion in Epcot). When making your reservation, be sure to tell them about your food restriction. Upon arriving at all of the restaurants we had booked in advance, the host was aware of Lily’s “gluten allergy” (people seemed to get it more when we said she had a gluten allergy as opposed to celiac disease) and the chef came to our table to go over the gluten-free options. I can’t tell you how much we appreciated the attention and concern from the chefs and waitstaff about Lily’s gluten allergy.
Pizza night! We all made our own super-yummy and cheesy personal pies. Some had more vegetables than others.
O’Doughs gluten-free flax pizza kit is one of our go-to store-bought crusts. Terrific taste and texture!
Now if only we could get our hands on their new Bagel Thins…we can’t seem to find them anywhere and they sold out in a New York minute at the Gluten Free Garage!
All that glitters is gluten free.
Lily’s 1st Halloween, October 2006
Now she can spell her own name. And eat gluten-free chicken sausages that she says are “stupendous!”
Food play courtesy of Mark’s Nearly Famous Gourmet Sausages! 100% natural with no fillers or preservatives.
The candy wheel made Lily’s night! Thanks to great aunt Shawnee for showing up wtih the GF goods! (pictured, from top: peanut M&Ms, Jelly Bellies, cashews, M&Ms, Tootsie Rolls, Hershey’s Kisses)
My great great aunt, the late Bessie Segal, in her East Village apartment, late 1990s. I named this dessert after her.
Combine “wet” ingredients in a bowl.
6 cups apples, peeled and chopped into cubes (about 6 apples – Spartan and Spy are good baking apples, Granny Smith is tart; it’s nice to combine some varieties)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
1/2 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 cup pure uncontaminated oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
Add 1/3 cup butter or coconut oil to dry ingredients and combine until mixture gets moist and crumbly. (Use your hands, not a mixer.)
Put apple-cinnamon mixture in an oven-proof dish.
Sprinkle crumble mixture on top of apples.
It’s good to have a helper.