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Gluten-Free Giveaway: Molasses Bakery Winners!

13 Comments 22 July 2008

Wow! I really wish I could give all 180 of you gluten-free gift boxes from Molasses Bakery! I really do.

Here are the winners:


Thank you all for your comments. It was interesting to read about all of the glutenous things that you miss. If you didn’t read through the comments its worth a look. I actually learned a few things. For example, I never knew what a Parker House Roll was. [Shame on me and a quick moment of silence for my taste buds.] There were also very sweet short stories about past traditions centered around foods, and there even was one confession from an annual cheater! [Gasp!- No, really, thanks for your honesty.] Another person hasn’t eaten a cookie in over two years, and another person has been gluten-free his whole life!

Now here is a question for you: Which is better? To be diagnosed as a baby, or to have eaten some gluten and then to be diagnosed later in life? What do you think?

Yes, I have been unexpectedly enlightened. I’m going to make a list of the foods that you people miss, and in the near future try to compile some of the best recipes for them.  And remember, the next time you have a little tizzy fit because you can’t just grab something and go, I understand. It happens once and awhile, but the good news is that they happen less and less frequently the longer you are on the gluten-free diet.

Now go and savor one of your favorite foods that is naturally gluten-free!




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13 Comments so far

  1. 1
    terry says:

    I’m thinking it would be easier never to have had gluten, because you don’t know what you’re missing, right? If something is a way of life from early on, I’d guess it’s easier than changing your life at 40, as I had to.

    Even so, it gets easier and easier to stay gluten free, as more and more GF products hit the market.

  2. 2
    Elizabeth says:

    I think I’m lucky that I got to try all sorts of fun glutenous foods for over 40 years. I would miss a lot more food if it weren’t for all the wonderful chefs who have developed and shared incredible recipes for gluten free pastries, breads, cookies, cakes… I love Annalise Roberts’ cookbook, Gluten Free Baking Classics. I made a pie yesterday using the recipe for her crust – delicious, flaky baked crust, painted with dark chocolate and then filled with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and peaches. So cool and fresh and delectable! Made it very hard to feel deprived.

  3. 3
    Justin G. says:

    I had a funny thought reading through the list of comments.

    I was thinking how sad, pitiful and even pathetic it might seem to someone who just happened along it — a list made up of people posting wistfully about all of the things they can’t eat. I can imagine that person thinking to themselves: “Get OVER it!”

    Of course, someone who hasn’t experienced it couldn’t understand why this list would be so attractive and why I couldn’t stop reading until I had read all of the comments ahead of mine (like, 80 or 90).

    I showed it to my girlfriend and her sister and they laughed and laughed. But in a good way — having lived with me in their lives for the past couple of years, they DEFINITELY understand…

  4. 4
    rAchAel says:

    I’m glad that I got to enjoy nearly 29 years of gluten. I even worked at a pizza place for almost 6 years in high school and college! (I use those skills now on GF pizzas that EVERYONE loves…) It’s torture at times knowing what I’m missing, but if I had never tasted those things that smell so good, I might be tempted to cheat. Instead, I now embrace my new foods- and sometimes with all the options at the store, it makes it easier to decide what to buy, since most of the stuff there is off-limits or uncertain anyhow! 🙂

  5. 5
    Judy says:

    I wanted to let you all know that the Pittsburgh, PA area has 2 Gluten free bakeries too. Gluuteny is in Squirrel hill and Lori Bakes is in McDonald for those of you who know Pittsburgh. Gluuteny has incredible cookies and coffee cake. There is nothing bad. It also ships. I have included the address for those of you who have to order.
    1923 Murray Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    (412) 334-0522

    Lori Bakes has a cafe that is entirely Gluten free along with a changing bakery menu daily. She also has terrific cookbooks.
    100 S McDonald St.
    McDonald, PA 15057

    Hope someone finds this helpful!!!!!

  6. 6
    Sharleen says:

    I have it all in my family. My 4 year old got sick as sonn as we started her on food and went through all types o testing to figure it out. The doctors never did figure it out. They wanted to see where things went as she kept getting worse. I was told she would have brain damage because her iron was so low. So knowing they had tested for all sorts of things and her celiac teast was inconclusive. I put her on gluten free and saw a huge change in her. She became very active, gained weight grew and guess what after three months her iron was in the normal range. Anyway after saying all that. She will sit with kids that are eating all sorts of yummy gluten filled goodies and be very happy with a bowl of fruit. She knows she feels sick after having gluten things and avoids them. At four she will tell people that she can’t have things!
    I have two other kids who have had medical issues that were never figured out! I put them on gluten free (after reading that some of their symptoms could be celiac caused) and they have a very hard time with seeing others eat those things they like to eat and can’t. They are 11 and 8 and have only been gluten free for a few years. It is such a struggle for them at parties to be like everyone else instead of having to bring their own food and pizza.
    I also went on gluten free due to heal issues I have had all my life and struggle not being able to have a hot pizza that was made for me! Or grabbing a grinder while I am out on the run. So I think being diagnosed in early years is so much better!

  7. 7
    cindy says:

    can you put what the winners said? it’s too hard to scroll back through all those entries to find it!

  8. 8
    Elliot says:

    If you do post what we said could you please correct my horrible mis-spelling? Beagles should really have been bagels.

  9. 9
    Martha says:

    I’m 19 now and I was diagnosed with Celiac as a very sick 2-year old, so I have grown up on a gluten-free diet only. It was sometimes very challenging, but I really learned to embrace it and I now see it as a very unique and wonderful thing (though it seems less unique these days!) It’s absolutely amazing for me to see the change in available food and resources over the years. Until I was in middle school I only knew of one other person with Celiac and now I can chat with other Celiacs online and people actually know what gluten is when I go to restaurants!! I also just completed my freshman year at a small Philadelphia area school, Eastern University, and I met with faculty members who were able to provide extensive gluten-free food options for me in the cafeteria, so as I have found many times, it pays to speak up! I cheated a few times through the years but I have been pretty good about sticking to the diet and I am happy that I have grown up this way. Especially with the steadily increasing Celiac awareness, I am happy to be a Celiac and I don’t mind that I never tried many glutenous foods. I am looking forward to continually trying new things in the future!

  10. 10
    CeliacChick says:

    Cindy- Here’s the deal- I was going to pick the winners randomly…but after reading all of the comments I just couldn’t do it…I couldn’t I just told Molasses Bakery to randomly pick three people. It wasn’t really based on what people said. So Molasses Bakery just sent me the email addresses of the winners instead of the name, and like you I didn’t have the patience to match up the emails with the names and comments. I’d like to use , but in order to do that the comments need to be numbered. I’ll see if my techie friend can do something about that.

    Elliot- no worries! I thought your “beagles” spelling was just you being cute and funny!

  11. 11
    Meagan says:

    I am 14yrs old. I found out I needed to go gluten free when I was 13. It is hard being around all of my friends and watching what they eat and knowing what I am missing. It would have been easier to have been gluten free from the beginning I think. Then I would’nt really know what I was missing…The thing I crave the most is a Dunken Doughnuts creme filled donut!!!

  12. 12
    Bev says:

    I miss homemade desserts where you can add all kinds of goodies to the recipes. I usually have to stick to any gluten-free recipe I have or risk a disaster with substitutions or adjustments. I really miss a chocolate cake that was heavy, rich, moist and oh, so naughty. The frosting was heavy chocolate that was put on the cake when both the frosting and cake were still warm….so part of the frosting melted INTO the cake which made it moister and heavier. Ah, what a piece of Heaven that was! No more. Tried making it gluten-free and it doesn’t work!

  13. 13
    Laura says:

    Did the Molasses Bakery survive? I googled and couldn’t find it. Sounds like it was great! So many GF ventures don’t succeed. Hope that changes….

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