Wednesday, April 16, 2014

4/12 GIG Meeting Notes - Nosh on This Presentation

Another good turn out for our April GIG meeting! Dr. Lisa Shaver returned to lead the April meeting at our Portland Providence Medical Center location in the Health Center classrooms. It was loaded with valuable gluten free knowledge sharing including an information packed presentation by Nosh on This cookbook authors Tim and Lisa Stander Horel (Gluten Free Canteen). After a short break with some Nutella Bites and Chocolate Chip Macaroons courtesy of Kyra's Crave Bake Shop (Thanks Kyra!), the second hour was filled with administrative news and notes from Dr. Shaver and attendees that I will cover in a separate post.

Speaker Presentation Notes
The highlight of the meeting was an excellent presentation from Tim and Lisa Stander Horel, cookbook authors of Nosh on This: Gluten Free Baking from a Jewish American Kitchen. They thought there are ways to improve gluten free baking (it "doesn't have to taste like a cardboard box") and set out to share their baking discoveries in their new book. This great cookbook offers 100 baking recipes with a variety of cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, tarts, brownies, pastries, sweets breads and donuts. All recipes are not only gluten free but free from nightshades and other allergens as well.

They shared baking tips and product recommendations for gluten free baking successfully including the following:
  • Bake by weight for improved accuracy and repeatability. Using measuring cups can vary weight by 25 pct.
  • Fats and liquids are different when baking gluten free.
  • Make recipes as written the first time, and then make adjustments as desired on subsequent batches.
  • Test your oven temp with an oven thermometer and then adjust accordingly.
  • For nut flours, it is recommended to buy blanched flour versus a meal flour (ie Almond Meal). The blanching process removes the nut skin that many people can be allergic to.
  • Arrowroot is a great alternative for tapioca starch.
  • Danishes and Croissants can be made gluten free contrary to what some people think! There are recipes in the book or on their website.
  • Wrap gf baked goods in plastic wrap before freezing.
  • GF cakes and cookies use different types of flours so they recommend to vary different type of flour to match your baked goods
  • Coconut flour is good as a "helper flour" but not as a main flour.
  • A person asked if it was possible to take an existing flour and grind/blend it to make it superfine, and the speakers did not recommend this. They noted this process would heat up the flour and therefore change the taste of the flour. 
  • Pie and pastry doughs should be chilled prior to rolling.
  • Xanthan Gum is not always necessary for a binder in GF baking. For example, GF cookies usually don't need it.
Product Recommendations: 
  • They suggested buying a kitchen scale which can cost ~ $25. Don't pay more than $40. Brands they recommend are: Oxo, Escali or Salter. Get scale with 5kg max and 2 gram increments for best accuracy.
  • They recommend Honeyville Almond Flour (available for purchase at Costco)
  • Recommended Authentic Foods Superfine Flours (AF Super Fine Flours on Amazon), They like Superfine because of the nutrient base of 2 parts brown rice, 1 part white rice and 1 part tapioca starch. Flour recommendations
  • Webstaurant has good kitchen equipment online.
  • If you are looking for a good bread box, a Polder bread box is good for gf storage.
  • Need some good nut flours, they recommend to check out Many items are certified gluten free.  

Administrative News and Notes from the 4/12 Meeting

The Gluten Free Food Fair is coming up on Saturday, April 26th at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center. Lots of grass roots marketing efforts underway to get the word out about the fair. Posters were passed around for people to handout in the community. This is the annual fundraiser for GIG of Portland and we need your help.

During the Gluten Free Food Fair, there will be a silent auction to raise funds to send a kid to Camp Blue Spruce, an in-state camp near Burns Oregon for kids 9-14 yrs old with food allergies on Aug 17-22. We are in need of donated items for the silent auction. Authors Patricia Harrington donated a La Petite Assiette cookbook and Tim and Lisa Stander Horel donated a Nosh on This cookbook for the event! Thank you all! If you can donate an item for the auction please contact Dr. Shaver at 503-222-1315. Dr. Shaver Contact Info

Social Media co-chair Cece produces the GFree Connect monthly newsletter in addition to the GIG of
Portland Monthly eNewsletter and sent around a sign-up sheet for anyone interested in receiving the GFree Connect enewsletter. If you are interested in signing up for either newsletter, please email her at and she will get you on the list.

Membership Coordinator Connie Poff mentioned a membership cost is $10 which includes a paper copy of the newsletter mailed to your home or business quarterly. Connie's Contact Info

The Vancouver GIG area is looking for leaders or a group of individuals to run group meetings since the group disbanded in January 2014. If interested please contact: Kristi Curtis: or 360-518-0464. GIG of SW Wa

Carol, a Nutritionist from New Seasons Market, joined us. She mentioned store tours and gluten free classes are available at their locations. She also mentioned there are grain free cooking classes in the works! More information will be available in store or online at New Seasons Events

Jen started the GF Supper Club this past November and organizes dedicated gluten free and gluten free friendly events at local gluten free restaurants. She is considering potlucks in the future. Flyers were available at the meeting. For more information, please visit her facebook page for the GF Supper Club or her website, GF Supper Club.

When dining in a restaurant be clear and articulate with the waitstaff that you are gluten free. You may need to say to several people, "I get sick when I eat gluten" or "I am allergic to gluten" to make your point clearly. 

In regards to some local restaurants, it was mentioned by a GIG member that PF Chang's has black rings around their plates to ID gluten free food. Another person mentioned that all Red Robin restaurants have dedicated fryers for gluten free food as well. 

If you are looking for some inexpensive lab tests (~$100-150), has a Gene Assure kit available that can be ordered without a doctors prescription to test for celiac genes. Entero Labs and Kasha Labs (DNA) also have tests available.


Monday, March 10, 2014

March GIG Meeting Recap

Our March 8th meeting marked the first meeting in our new location at Portland Providence Medical Center. GIG Mentor Coordinator, Greg Malby, filled in capably for our Branch Leader, Dr. Lisa Shaver, in her absence. Greg did a great job running the meeting and lots of useful information was shared by all. The meeting was well-attended with a number of first-time guests joining us. Hopefully some new memberships as well!

Patricia Harrington who wrote and self-published La Petite Assiste: Simple Gluten Free Baking gave a informative presentation to the group. She had catered for 30 years when she started to experiment with converting recipes to gluten free as a result of her own health issues and family members with digestive issues. Her cookbook offers basic and simple recipes and has a ton of beautiful pictures in her new book. She focuses on golden flax meal as a leavening agent and says the key is getting the leavening agent and starch to work together (rise and stabilize). She is working on a website with a blog and will have it up and running soon. Her book can be found on Amazon. La Petite Assiette

Upcoming April Events:
  • 4/6 America's Test Kitchen will be at Powell's Books, Inc. with a presentation by Jack Bishop, The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook: Revolutionary Techniques. Groundbreaking Recipes. Sunday, April 6, 2014, 7:30pm Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
  • 4/12 The Authors from Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen will be at our April meeting to give a presentation on their new book. They will also be at Mittlemen Jewish Community Center on 4/10. 
  • 4/26 Our annual fund raiser, The Gluten Free Food Fair, will be at the DoubleTree by Portland Hilton from 11am to 3pm. Posters will be available soon. A sign-up sheet was passed around for volunteers to sign up for 1 or more shifts for the event and to help pass out posters in the community. Event volunteers will get free admission in exchange for their service to help make the event a success.
New Seasons Market offers gluten free classes and tours at their store locations for free. Check with their stores and online for location and availability. New Seasons Events.

There is a Gluten Free PDX group on, a community group self-organizing website, that has local gf restaurant outings and other events for members. Its a great way to try out local gluten free establishments with other gluten free members. Our Gluten Free Food Fair is listed on Meetup as well! A meetup membership is free.

Camp Blue Spruce is a camp for kids with food allergies. Their 2014 camp is August 17-22. Checkout their Facebook page at https: // or website at for more details.

Harvester Brewing (Dedicated GF Brewing) and Brooklyn House (100% Gluten Free Restaurant) were mentioned as being great restaurants for gluten free. Members have reported great experiences there.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 2014 GIG of Portland Meeting

Saturday March 8, 2014

This Saturday we have the honor of welcoming cookbook author Patricia Harrington who wrote The Petite Assiette: Simple Gluten-Free Baking

Patricia Harrington is a gluten-free cook and baker living in Portland, Oregon. She grew up in central California in a family of foodies; both her Mother and Grandmother were published cooks known for their recipes. Her Grandfather, also a published chef, was a hot sauce entrepreneur in Santa Barbara, California. 

Over the years Patricia has worked for popular catering companies in Portland, Oregon and in Santa Barbara. She has owned several small catering companies, including an on-site food service for film crews. In her most recent venture, La Petite Assiette, the small plate, Patricia prepared delicious dishes to compliment the weekly wine tasting in a Portland wine bar. 

The chefs and their cookbooks that have most influenced her approach to cooking include James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Graham Kerr, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Alice Waters, as well as the wonderful women in her family who always put a fresh tasty meal on the table. 

Travels through France and Spain and a love of the fresh produce of the Pacific Northwest have influenced and inspired Patricia to blend the sophistication of city meals with the ease of country cooking while making it all gluten-free. 

The results are the wonderful recipes in this book! Patricia can be reached at:

Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213
(503) 215-1111

Still every 2nd Saturday, 10am to noon.

Prov Portland in the basement classrooms #2 & #3
PPMC (Providence Portland Medical Center), Health Center Classrooms 2 & 3 on the lower level (officially: PPMC HCC 2,3)

Park on the 2nd floor of the free parking garage. Walk towards the main hospital (NOT the Professional Plaza with the private practices). Take the pedestrian covered glassed-in bridge over to the hospital to the west. Take the elevator downstairs. We are straight down the hall.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

February 2014 GIG of Portland Meeting

Saturday, February 8 - Meeting Cancelled due to Weather.

****GIG of Portland February meeting is canceled due to snow. Prov Portland is at the top of a small hill, so big chance of slipping and sliding, and already too many messy streets out there. Have fun in the snow and stay warm and safe everyone! *****

Weather Pending, the February Gig of Portland Meeting will feature Book Author Patricia Harrington, Book Sharing/Review of Sweet Debbie's s Organic Treats and Nosh on This and our Branch Leader Dr. Lisa Shaver who will share more great research from her trip to ICDS 2013.

La Petite Assiette: Simple Gluten-Free Baking
By Patricia Harrington will be a feature of our Saturday GIG of Portland meeting. We will welcome Patricia at our meeting and she will be speaking about her book, her process in writing it, developing recipes and publishing it. 

Book Sharing for: 

- Dr. Lisa Shaver will share more of the latest research and findings from the International Celiac Disease Symposium held in Chicago September 2013. 

Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213
(503) 215-1111

Still every 2nd Saturday, 10am to noon.

Prov Portland in the basement classrooms #2 & #3
PPMC (Providence Portland Medical Center), Health Center Classrooms 2 & 3 on the lower level (officially: PPMC HCC 2,3)

Park on the 2nd floor of the free parking garage. Walk towards the main hospital (NOT the Professional Plaza with the private practices). Take the pedestrian covered glassed-in bridge over to the hospital to the west. Take the elevator downstairs. We are straight down the hall. This route is 100% covered if there is rain. You'll stay dry.

- OR -

Park in the garage. Take the elevator to the Basement. We are in Rms 2 & 3 on that floor, just off the elevator.

Please SHARE and spread the word! Thanks and see you Saturday Feb 8th, and every 2nd Saturday except in December.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January 2014 GIG Portland Events

Wednesday, January 8
Gluten Free Eats with the Dr. and the Chef 

Get Fresh with Us: Cleansing Foods

Oops! Have you indulged too much over the holidays? January is a perfect time to reboot and start fresh. Our veggie bowl with nirvana sauce (heavenly!) will cleanse your liver and slim your waistline. Poached pears will satisfy without the guilt.

Veggie Reboot Bowl
Nirvana Sauce
Poached Ginger Pears

Charlee's Kitchen
NCNM's Helfgott Research Institute; Community Education Center
2220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, 97201 
Free Parking. 
Questions? Contact, 503.552.1517

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Mark your calendars (and register early for best pricing):
February 5: Let's Fall in Love with GF Desserts
March 5: Brunch for a Bunch

Register here:

Chef Kimi Reid blends years of culinary training and experience with a passion for nutritional awareness.  Before arriving in Portland, Chef Kimi spent many years cooking everywhere from fly–fishing lodges in Chile, private yachts in Italy, cafes in Australia, and Michelin five–star restaurants worldwide. Here in Portland, she offers nutritionally–customized personal chef services, menu consulting, as well as providing “naturally gluten-free” weekly recipe plans  She is gluten–free herself and loves working closely with naturopathic physicians to ensure that her clients are eating well, and/or learning to cook for themselves. Chef Kimi is very excited to be sharing the fun secrets of a gluten–free way of life here at Charlee’s Kitchen!  

Dr. Lisa Shaver is a primary care physician at Everyday Wellness Clinic in downtown Portland whose practice focuses on chronic lifestyle diseases such as digestive disorders, IBS, celiac disease, non–celiac gluten sensitivity, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial disorder), intestinal yeast overgrowth, parasites, etc. Dr Shaver is trained in functional gastroenterology, endocrinology, neurotransmitter balancing, blood chemistry and neurology. She has been gluten–zero for six years. Dr Shaver volunteers as the branch manager for the Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland, a gluten–free support group which meets monthly. Dr Shaver loves to cook, and uses an emphasis on food and nutrition as her primary method of treating patients. She is also a licensed acupuncturist and incorporates Eastern medicine philosophies into treatment plans which are individualized for each patient.

Saturday, January 11
GIG of Portland - January Monthly Meeting 
First GIG of Portland meeting set for 2014 is Saturday Jan 11th, 10am to noon. It will be held at Emanuel Hospital, rm MOB - East. 

MOB stands for Medical Office Bldg 2. It is at the base of the attached medical office bldg between N Graham and N Kerby, at 501 N Graham, directly across from the free parking in Parking Structure 2. Walk up the steps or the driveway, at the valet parking area, and the door is immediately on your left, before you even enter the hospital atrium. If you go through the automatic glass double doors, you've gone too far. 10am to noon. 

Meeting topic: Gluten-Free 101, run by yours truly, Dr Lisa Shaver Portland, branch manager of GIG of Portland, and ardent gluten-free advocate. Bring your beginner, intermediate or advanced questions and we'll have the answers for you. Lots of samples to share as we had a potluck in Nov and a brunch in Dec.

All are welcome. Meetings are free, and open to anyone with curiosity about the GF lifestyle or those with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten-sensitivity, gluten intolerance, auto-immune disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, or anyone else who is gluten-free.

Here's a link to a map of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Hospital.

Tuesday, January 14
Diane Sanfilippo will be at Barnes & Noble in Tigard, OR (Portland/Bridgeport) for a SPECIAL JOINT EVENT book signing and Q&A with Michelle Tam and Hayley & Bill Staley.
I'll be talking about my new book, The 21-Day Sugar Detox (and of course I'll also take questions about Practical Paleo as well). If you would like to hear the talk and Q&A portion, please arrive at or before 6:30pm as we will be speaking for the first portion of the time, then signing thereafter. Michele will be talking about her new book, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans!

Tuesday, January 28

Join Chris Kresser, author of Your Personal Paleo Code, for a presentation, Q&A and book signing at CrossFit Portland.
This event includes one signed copy of Chris's book, Paleo-friendly food, and the chance to get your personal Paleo questions answered!
Chris's three-step approach is designed to be flexible and user-friendly, with helpful charts, quizzes, and effective action steps to help you lose weight, reverse disease, and stay fit and healthy for life.
Reset your diet, rebuild your life, and revive your health.

90 Minute Presentation and Q&A w/ Chris Kresser @ CrossFit Portland

Chris Kresser M.S., L.Ac

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

Portland, OR

Thursday, January 30

Q&A and Book Signing w/ Chris Kresser @ Powell's Books - Portland 

Your Personal Paleo Code by Chris Kresser L.Ac - book signing in downtown Portland
Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)
Powell's Books
1005 West Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209

Friday, December 13, 2013

No GIG of Portland mtg Dec 14th - Brunch Instead at The Brooklyn House

December's GIG of Portland Meeting is Brunch Out

- no December meeting at Emanuel Medical Center - 

We have had brunch in our meeting rooms in the distant past, but the past few years, we all go out to eat. This year it's a gluten-free brunch in a 100% dedicated GF restaurant The Brooklyn House Restaurant. (see previous post)

We will celebrate the holidays with a safe GF meal with NO RISK of contamination. 

Erica, the manager, has whipped up a yummy gluten-free menu safe for celiacs, gluten-sensitive, SIBO, Fodmaps, Gaps, Paleo, vegetarian and vegans. 

Haven't yet tried The Brooklyn House? Oh, you are in for a treat! Rave reviews all around. Think you have a food sensitivity that keeps you at home? Think again!! They love cooking for any and all food sensitivies: low histamine, low fructose, low iodine, etc. Friends and family welcome. 

Saturday December 14th
10am to 12:30am
3131 SE 12th Ave Portland OR
Buffet and everything is safe! 100% gluten-free 
$20 each plus tip, plus alcoholic beverages
Seating limited available.

RSVP on our GIG of Portland Facebook page under the brunch menu or by messaging us.
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