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Sorghum Project

Carly and I made the Apple Cinnamon Raisin bake with Wondergrain Pearled Sorghum

Beckee Moreland, gluten-free industry educator, spoke about her involvement with California Polytech Food Service in bringing sorghum to the cafeteria.  College students enthusiastically accepted the sorghum flour in pizza crust, flakes in chicken nuggets, pearled sorghum in kale pesto salad and very popular, a Southwest stuffed bell pepper.

The group sampled a recipe from www.simplysorghum, Apple cinnamon raisin sorghum bake.  Here is a photo of the bake. The recipe was easy to bake and we learned how to rinse grains with a coffee filter.

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Sorghum Bake

1/4 cup uncooked, pearled sorghum grain
1/4 cup raisins, packed
3 medium Gala or Fuji apples, cored and sliced with peel on (approx. 15-18 slices per apple)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup apple juice
2/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse sorghum in a coffee filter or very tight woven strainer and let extra water drain out. Spread sorghum and raisins on the bottom of a 9×9 brownie pan. Then layer apple slices and sprinkle cinnamon over apples. Spread sunflower seeds. Combine apple juice and water into a measuring cup with a spout. Pour into the corner of the pan so liquid coats the bottom, taking care not to pour over apples. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, cover with aluminum foil to further soften the apples if you like them on the softer side.


175 calories, 2.2g fat, .2g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate, 5.3g fiber, 22g sugar, 2g protein


This recipe contains no added sugar, and the flavor will vary depending on the sweetness of the apples. If the apples are on the tart side, you may want to add a small amount of stevia. This gluten free recipe is so versatile it can be enjoyed with vanilla Greek yogurt for breakfast, with cottage or ricotta cheese for lunch and with whipped topping or frozen yogurt for dessert. Try serving it instead of apple pie for family gatherings. Your guest’s waistlines will thank you.


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Cancer Detection and Prevention with Ruth VanGerpen

We had a great meeting with Ruth Vangerpen, MS, RN-BC from Bryan Health.  She introduced new detection methods for colon cancer and lung cancer. Changes to mammography recommendations were also discussed along with the use of vaccines in preventing cervical cancers.

I have enclosed the guidelines she shared from the American Cancer Society for 2017.

She also reminded us of the preventative role with nutrition, activity and maintaining a healthy weight.

Here  are the American Cancer Society guidelines:

Consume a healthy diet, with an emphasis on plant sources3

Choose foods and beverages in amounts that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

  1. Read food labels to become more aware of portion sizes and calories consumed. Be aware that low fat or nonfat does not necessarily mean low calorie.
  2. Eat smaller portions of high-calorie foods.
  3. Choose vegetables, whole fruit, and other low-calorie foods instead of calorie-dense foods such as French fries, potato and other chips, ice cream, doughnuts, and other sweets.
  4. Limit consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, sports drinks, and fruit-flavored drinks.
  5. When you eat away from home, be especially mindful to choose food low in calories, fat, and sugar, and avoid consuming large portion sizes.

Limit consumption of processed meats and red meats.

  1. Minimize consumption of processed meats such as bacon, sausage, luncheon meats, and hot dogs.
  2. Choose fish, poultry, or beans as alternatives to red meat (beef, pork, and lamb).
  3. If you eat red meat, select lean cuts and eat smaller portions.
  4. Prepare meat, poultry and fish by baking, broiling, or poaching rather than by frying or charbroiling.

Eat at least 2½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day.

  1. Include vegetables and fruits at every meal and for snacks.
  2. Eat a variety of vegetables and fruits each day.
  3. Emphasize whole vegetables and fruits; choose 100% juice if you drink vegetable or fruit juices.
  4. Limit consumption of creamy sauces, dressings, and dips with vegetables and fruits.

Choose whole-grain instead of refined-grain products.

  1. Choose whole-grain foods such as whole-grain breads, pasta, and cereals (such as barley and oats), and brown rice instead of white rice, breads, cereals, and pasta made from refined grains.
  2. Limit consumption of other refined-carbohydrate foods, including pastries, candy, sugar-sweetened  cereals, and other high-sugar foods.

Becky and Carly prepared a tasty salsa with tomatoes, green onion, cilantro and oranges served with Food should taste good Multi-grain Chips from  the Hy-Vee HealthMarket. The group is discussing joining the National Celiac Association and we will take a vote next month after Becky does more research on the new group.



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Food Innovation Center Tour

Home to Gluten-free Analysis by Dr. Steven Taylor

Home to Gluten-free Analysis by Dr. Steven Taylor

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the Lincoln Celiac Support Group met at Innovation Campus, home to the Food Innovation Center. Dr. Steven Taylor, Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology and Director of the Food Processing Center, led us on a tour of the facility which included the Food Sensor Facility, Food Chemistry Lab, Microbiology Lab, Product Development Kitchen, Brewery System, and Processing Center with a Smoke house, Food seasoning tumbler, freeze drier and more. His staff performs gluten analysis on established and developing gluten free products for the marketplace. There was more than 54,000 products tested last year. Most of the established GF products do test well below the FDA regulation, 20 ppm, but some of the new products require several analysis before GF ingredients can be sourced correctly to manufacture a gluten-free product. He discussed the ways wheat and soy can cross contact with gluten-free foods and ways to avoid the problems. We learned about co-packing which means another facility maybe used to produce a product, making it difficult to know preparation and packing methods and risks for cross contact.  Always look for gluten-free labeling on packages and ask how questionable products are produced.  Bean products and malt products could be sources of gluten.

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Come learn about the Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet - BG.

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Come to the Stars GAME on April 7

Call John Notter for tickets!!

Call John Notter for tickets!! We need 25 or more to attend for this special pricing!

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Lincoln Celiac Support Group Newsletter
February 2017


February 4, we will be meeting at the Venue for a 12:00 luncheon.  The menu will consist of the following:

Queso Dip and Brussel Sprouts

Cup of Soup:  $4.00
Seafood Bisque
Wild Mushroom

4 ounce Grilled Salmon with Parmesan Risotto  $12.00
Chicken Salad on a GF bun with Natural Cut Fries  $9.00
Meatball Sub on a GF Bun with Green Bean Amandine  $11.00

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Fruit Compote $5.00

You MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST contact me to make a reservation.  So far we have six reservations.  We need around twenty for this event to happen.  You can call me at 402-904-4238 or e-mail me at 

Please let me know by Thursday, February 2.

It should be a great time. 

Making it Mediterranean

Our very own Becky Guittar, Hy-Vee Dietitian,  will be present at our March 4th meeting.  Becky will talk about how to make the Mediterranean diet Gluten Free.  She will talk about high fiber sources, oils, fighting inflammation and Omega 3 fats.  

Lincoln Stars

Celiac disease is being recognized at the Lincoln Stars hockey game on April 7th, 2017.  The game starts at 7:35.  Tickets are $12.00.  Two dollars of each ticket sold goes to our group.  We plan to use that money to provide some GF food to the Lincoln Food Bank.  Our group will be seated together.   In order to reserve tickets, you must call John Notter at 402-474-5827.  Your tickets will be held at will call.  

This will be a fabulous family event!

281 Food Innovation Center Tour

On April 1, 2016, Dr. Taylor will be giving us a tour of the 281 Food Innovation Center.  We will Tour the first floor and then go to Room 275 to tour the lab.  The innovation center is located at the old fair grounds . If you are driving west on Cornhusker Hwy, turn south on State Park Drive.
This event has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 6.  Dr. Taylor is away in China.
Hope to see you at all of these events.

Marj and Becky

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Gluten-free Candy List 2016

2016 Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List


This Halloween, don’t think your gluten-free little ones can’t enjoy trick-or-treating. The following is a list of gluten-free candy, although it’s not all-inclusive and there are other gluten-free goodies on the market. Always make sure to check a product’s label to verify its gluten-free status as manufacturers may change ingredients or facilities.


Almond Joy and Mounds Bars (except Almond Joy Pieces candy)

Heath Bars

Hershey’s Air Delight (aerated milk chocolate bar)

Hershey’s Kisses (including milk chocolate and all filled varieties)

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar and Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar (1.55 oz or 1.45 oz only)

Hershey’s Milk Duds

Hershey’s Nuggets (including milk chocolate, milk chocolate with almonds, special dark chocolate with almonds and extra creamy milk chocolate with toffee and almonds)

Mound Bars

Payday Candy

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (except seasonal shapes and Unwrapped Minis)

Reese’s Pieces Candy (except Reese’s Pieces Eggs)

Rolo Caramels in Milk Chocolate Candies – All Except Rolo® Minis

Scharffen Berger Bars (including 70% bittersweet chocolate, 82% extra dark chocolate, 41% milk chocolate, 62% semisweet dark, 99% unsweetened dark chocolate baking, 70% bittersweet baking chunks)

SKOR and SKOR Toffee bar

York Peppermint Patties (except York Pieces candy, York minis and York shapes)


Just Born Inc.

Company states all candy this is gluten-free will be labeled gluten-free.

Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews (including Bite-Size Chewy Pieces Combo bag, Milk Chocolatey and Original Dark)

Mike and Ike (including Hot Tamales, Original Fruit, Tangy Twister, Zours Chewy Sour candy)

Peeps (including chocolate mousse-flavored cats, dark chocolate-covered pumpkins, dark chocolate-dipped orange chicks, ghosts marshmallow candy, milk chocolate-covered pumpkins, milk chocolate-dipped orange chicks, pumpkins marshmallow candy, sugar-free pumpkins marshmallow NOT including Peeps snack-size mini marshmallow chicks)

Teenee Beanee jelly beans






Mars encourages consumers to read the label before purchasing and look for the “May contain [allergen]” label. During Halloween some candy is produced at alternative facilities that may provide gluten cross-contamination risks.

3 Musketeers Bar (all flavors)

Dove Chocolate (all flavors except milk chocolate cinnamon graham, cookies & cream and roasted almonds covered in silky smooth milk chocolate or dark chocolate)

M&M’s (all flavors except M&M’s pretzel, M&M’s raspberry, M&M’s snack mix, M&M’s dark mint and M&M’s mega)

Milky Way Midnight Bar and Caramel Bar (except all Milky Way original and bite-size products (contains barley))

Snickers Bar (all flavors except Snickers Egg products)



Banana Splits Chews

Canada Mints, Canada Wintergreen

Candy Buttons

Haviland Thin Mints, Wintergreen Patty


Mary Jane (including Mary Jane peanut butter kisses)

Mint Julep Chews

Necco Chocolate Wafers

Necco Wafers



Baby Ruth

Butterfinger Bars, Bites and Mini’s (does not include Butterfinger Crisp, Butterfinger Giant Bar, Butterfinger Medallions, Butterfinger Pumpkins, Butterfinger Snackerz)

Nestle Goobers

Nestle Milk Chocolate

Nestle Nips (regular and sugar-free)

Nestle Oh Henry!

Nestle Raisinets

Nestle Sno-Caps

Wonka Bottlecaps

Wonka Laffy Taffy

Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip

Wonka Mix-Ups

Wonka Pixy Stix

Wonka Runts (including chewy and original)

Wonka Sweetarts Chewy (formerly Shockers)



Many will be labeled gluten-free – look for these brands in your Hy-Vee HealthMarket.


Candy Tree lollipops and licorice


Endangered Species Chocolate

Justin’s Nut Butters (dark chocolate peanut butter cups, milk chocolate peanut butter cups, white chocolate peanut butter cups, mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups, mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups)

Heavenly Organics (including Honey Pattie Chocolate Almond-Healthy Candy, Honey Pattie Chocolate Ginger-Healthy Candy, Honey Pattie Chocolate Mint-Healthy Candy, Honey Pattie Chocolate Pomegranate-Healthy Candy)


Righteously Raw Chocolates


Surf Sweets Gummies


Yummy Earth lollipops and gummies



The entire Smarties line of products is gluten-free. Smarties suggests checking the UPC number. If it begins with “0 11206,” the product is manufactured in a gluten-free facility.


Tootsie Roll Industries

Company states all Tootsie products are gluten-free except for Andes Cookies.



All U.S. Wrigley products follow all FDA labeling regulations. If the use of gluten is critical to the taste of a Wrigley product, then gluten-containing ingredients are labeled. Wrigley advises consumers concerned with gluten sensitivities to read the label and check with their doctors if they have questions.



Updated 9/26/2016

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Gluten-free disorders and the Marketplace

Detective from Becky talk

This slide is a summary slide from a presentation done by Becky Guittar, RD, LMNT and Co-chair of the Lincoln Celiac Support Group.

Sometimes you have to do real detective work to determine if a product is gluten-free. Her advise is to purchase from reputable sources that can answer questions about gluten-free manufacturing processes, share established gluten-free testing results, follow all FDA guidelines and more.

Ask questions and keep good notes.  Come to a CSA meeting or meet with Becky at Hy-Vee for more dietary guidance.  Contact her at 402-467-5505 or

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Holiday Cookie Recipes from our Gluten-free Cookie Exchange

Chocolate Coconut Delight Bars

Chocolate Coconut Delight Bars

Gluten-Free Holiday Cookies

This is a collection of recipes from our last Gluten-free Cookie Exchange. The recipes are from members of the Celiac Support Group. You can enjoy tasty homemade cookies for the holiday with these recipes. Please double check the products are gluten-free, look for label or call customer service. You can not assume products are gluten-free from reading the labels.  If the company manufactures gluten-containing products there could be cross contact.

Almond Bark Oreo Balls

All you need:

  • 1 pkg. cream cheese (Hy-Vee is GF)
  • 2 pkg. gluten-free Chocolate Sandwich cookies (Glutino)
  • 2/3-1 pkg. Almond Bark (Plymouth Pantry)

All you do:

  1. Let cream cheese come to room temperature.
  2. Crush sandwich cookies. Mix with cream cheese.  Freeze 10 minutes.
  3. Roll into spoon size balls and dip into melted almond bark.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

M&M’s Milk Chocolate Minis Cookies All you need:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose GF flour like Domata
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ¾ cup M&M’s ® Milk Chocolate Minis Candies
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and both sugars until well blended. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix into the butter mixture and stir until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together. Slowly add these ingredients into the butter mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Fold in M&M’s and walnuts, if desired. Chill dough 1 hour or overnight.
  5. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto a lightly greased tray, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 7-9 minutes for chewy cookies or 10-12 for crispy cookies. Enjoy!

Fudgy Pecan Cookies All you need:

  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut up
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup caramel bites

All you do:

  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Place chopped chocolate and butter in medium microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on high 30 seconds; stir.  Continue to microwave at 10 second intervals until chocolate is almost melted.  Stir until melted and smooth.  Cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, pulse pecans and ¼ cup of the brown sugar in the food processor until finely ground. Place in small bowl: whisk in baking powder and salt.  Beat remaining ½ cup brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl at medium speed 3 minutes or until light and foamy.  This is important for the cookies to be shiny after baking.  Change to low speed, beat in chocolate mixture.  Beat in pecan mixture. Stir in caramel bits.  Drop 1 ½ tablespoons dough per cookie onto parchment lined sheet pans.
  3. Bake 9-10 minutes or until shiny and lightly cracked. Cool on sheet pan wire rack 3 minutes. Place cookies on rack; cool completely.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Shortbread Cookies All you need:

  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup butter

All you do:

  1. Sift cornstarch, sugar, and rice flour together. Add in the butter and mix with hands until soft dough forms.  Refrigerate for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  3. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place about 1 ¼ inches apart on greased cookie sheet; flatten with lightly floured fork. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Variations: form balls as above.  Roll in finely crushed cornflakes or crushed nuts.  Press top of ball with thumb.  Add a dab of jelly or chocolate.

 White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies Makes 35 All you need:

  • 2 ¼ cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Set aside. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in large bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until well blended. Stir in white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
  3. Drop onto parchment lined sheet pan about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Coconut Delight Bars Serves: 16 All you need:

  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup coconut milk (Thai Kitchen)
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • ¾ cup Hy-Vee HealthMarket coconut sugar
  • ¾ cup Hy-Vee semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup Hy-Vee HealthMarket coconut flour
  • ½ cup Hy-Vee HealthMarket blanched almond flour
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8×8 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, almond extract, and coconut sugar.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients with a handheld mixer. Stir in ½ cup chocolate chunks.
  5. Pour batter into prepared dish and sprinkle shredded coconut and remaining chocolate chips on top.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Cool 1 hour before serving. For dairy-free version, use Enjoy Life Chocolate chips.

Nutritional Facts: 170 calories; 8 g fat (4 g sat, 0 g trans); 45 mg cholesterol; 105 mg sodium; 21 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 16 g sugars; 3 g protein

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Gluten-free Sampling at all Lincoln Hy-Vee Stores!

GF sampling Oct 2015

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Upcoming Events

  1. Celiac Support Group Meeting with Jaime Kabourek, MS, RD

    April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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