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Last week, I gave you my new Gluten-Free Girl Scout Thin Mint recipe. And, that recipe was inspired by a Dairy-Free Girl Scout Thin Mint recipe written by my friend, Alisa.
Well, I met Alisa at BlogHer Food this last year, and we hit it off right away. She is a really nice person and easy to talk to. But, I must confess, I knew nothing of her or her blogs before I met her in person. Most people I met at BlogHer Food, I knew ahead of time because we had talked with comments on our blogs, or on twitter. Or, I at least heard of them before I met them in person. But, Alisa? Nope.
You see, I was not a dairy-free person. And that is Alisa’s specialty. That is why she has had her website, Go Dairy Free, for so many years. I think she is on year number seven. That is a long time.
And her other site, Alisa Cooks, which used to be One Frugal Foodie, has lots of recipes. But, again, they are dairy-free. Not necessarily gluten-free.
So, why am I talking about her? Why should I care? Why should you care?
Well, here is why you should care. It seems that a lot of people who go gluten-free realize that milk protein also causes a problem for them. Perhaps your doctor tells you to eliminate dairy while your gut is healing, so it can actually heal. Or, maybe you find after you’ve been gluten-free for a while that dairy causes you some consternation. (Actually causes your gut consternation, which in turn, causes you consternation, if you know what I mean.) And, you actually notice the issues you are having with dairy, since the gluten issues aren’t in the forefront as much.
Have you guessed yet that I am talking about myself?
Yep. That’s me. I thought I was all hunky dory after eliminating gluten, but nooooooooooooooo.
Don’t get me wrong. I was a million times better. I mean, sleeping was wonderful. I hadn’t slept more than 2-3 hours a night in the 2 years before I went gluten free. I have slept like a baby since. (OK, not really a baby, since they don’t sleep more than a few hours at a time either.)
More like slept like a rock. (Do rocks sleep?) I was the equivalent of a rock when I slept. There! That’s it.
Anyway, dairy-free. (Stay on topic, Tia!)
After I met Alisa, I decided to get her book and give it a read. Coincidentally, the Big Man was reading The Inflammation Syndrome at the same time. It talks about all of these foods we eat that cause inflammation in our systems. Inflammation leads to disease, etc. Anyway, it got us both thinking about eliminating dairy. We started realizing we had consternation. (I like that word.) And, eliminating dairy seemed to really help relieve said consternation.
So, here’s the deal. I loved Alisa’s book so much that I am giving it away. I mean that I am giving away a copy of her book. Not MY copy. Just A copy. I want MY copy. My copy stays here, at my house. Or at least where ever I take my iPad.
But I am giving a copy away to one of you lovely people.
You see, the thing is, Alisa has been having the opposite, yet same issue that I have been having. She has to be dairy-free because she is allergic to dairy. But, she is finding that she just feels better if she doesn’t eat gluten. So, a lot of the recipes in her book are gluten-free, or can be easily adapted to be gluten-free. The same thing with her blogs. That was how I got the idea to make the thin mint cookies. She gave her thoughts on how to make them gluten-free, so I just ran with it. (Or baked-with-it is more like it.) And, her latest post about Fluffy Cinnamon – Almond Dream Pancakes is gluten-free. (I bet you want pancakes right now, don’t you?)
Anyway, if you have been thinking about trying to eliminate dairy from your diet, or already have eliminated it, this is a great book. Alisa gives so much information in the beginning pages. Stuff I never realized.
There are 28 chapters, and I don’t feel like writing that all out, but here are the section titles:
Understanding Dairy and Dairy-Free from a Health Perspective
Eating Away from Home
Grocery Shopping & Preparing Your Kitchen
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Dairy Substitutes
Time to Eat! – Recipes & Recommendations
There is some really great information. And, if you check the book out on Amazon, it has 59 reviews with an average of almost 5 stars. Like 4.9-something. Not many books have that good of a rating.
Oh, and in the back, she has a section for a Recipe/Food Allergy Index. Every recipe is marked whether it is gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, soy-free, etc. Fabulous!
There are a bunch of recipes I want to try from this book, but I have already tried her Scalloped Potatoes (pg 189). Yummo! The Big Man loved these. Nice and creamy without dairy. Who knew?!
So, here’s the deal. It’s easy. I am giving away a copy of this fantastic book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, to one you beautiful readers. Just leave a comment below telling me which one of Alisa’s recipes on her site, Go Dairy Free or Alisa Cooks, that you would like to try for yourself.
Of course, there are the usual ways to get extra entries.
~Post about this giveaway on your blog and/or share it on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~Tweet about this giveaway using @GlugleGFree and @GoDairyFree. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~Subscribe to Glugle Gluten-Free via email (upper right-hand corner of page). Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
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If you already follow or like, go ahead and leave a comment saying that you already do. That counts.
Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™
Until later, here’s to…Living Better, Easily!™
PPS – The giveaway for the Go Dairy Free book
ends March 14th, at 10pm, PST has ended. The winner is Ariana Anderson. Congratulations! I will email Ariana the winner, and you she will have 48 hours to get back to me. After which, if I have not heard back from her you, another winner will be drawn.
PPPS – Disclaimer: I bought the review and giveaway copy of this book.