Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Candy that is Gluten Free

GF and Allergen Free Halloween Candy List

You can go to to get this list.

It has a gluten free list and a Halloween allergen list. Read the Halloween list carefully because it is an allergen list. Some of the items have wheat, but are listed as such. There are additional gluten free candies, but these are some of the favorites. As always, if in doubt, read the label.

Stark County Celiac Support Group Information

Stark County Celiac Support Group

The Stark County Celiac Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at Calvary Presbyterian Church at
1525 Shorb Ave. NW, Canton, Ohio.

November 6 Thanksgiving Dinner
We will meet on Thursday, November 6th at 6:30pm and will have our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. If you didn’t sign up at the last meeting, be sure to call and let Ginny know what you will bring.
Paper plates, plastic ware, cups and napkins will be provided. What people signed up to bring so far: turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, sweet potatoes, vegetables, desserts, dressing, and fruit. It’s the best GF buffet in town!
· Please bring the recipe for your dish so folks with allergies will know what’s in it.
· We are taking a donation for paper products as we are running low.
· We are asking everyone to contribute paper products or personal hygiene products for the church’s holiday collection. (TP, paper towels, Kleenex, deodorant, tooth brushes/paste, shampoo, soap) You can bring your donation to the November or December meeting.

December 4 Cookie Exchange

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Reserve April 26, 2009 for Northease Ohio Celiac Conference

We have reserved the Considine Building at Akron Children's Hospital for a Celiac Disease Conference, "Focus On Food" to be held Sunday, April 26, 2009. If you are interested in working on the planning committee please contact Therese at
We plan to hold a family oriented program divided into several different age groups. The focus will be on food so we are organizing a gluten free food fair to take place as part of this conference.
Watch for further developments.

Please note we have changed the date from Saturday to Sunday April 26, 2009. This was due to a conflict for most of the vendors.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Monday October 27 Reminder

Just a quick reminder that Dr Kefalas is speaking in Orville at Dunlap Hospital on Monday Oct 27. Anyone wishing to carpool to Orville from Akron should meet at 570 White Pond Drive between 5-5:15 on Monday. Call or email Therese if you have any questions.

A Gluten Free Cookie Book

Gluten-Free Family Favorites Cookbook for Holiday Gift Giving at a reduced price of $17.95

Gluten-Free Family Favorites cookbook makes a wonderful Christmas gift and is a resource for new recipes your whole family will enjoy. The cookbook emphasizes recipes that can be made with every day ingredients from the grocery store. Because brand names are listed in the recipes, your meal planning and shopping will be much more convenient.

Here is a quote from the website:

From hearty breakfasts to delicious dinners, Gluten-Free Family Favorites, offers recipes to satisfy the whole family. Susan Hinderaker was prompted to create this beautiful hardcover cookbook after her two children were diagnosed with celiac disease. To save time and sanity in the kitchen, Hinderaker began making all of her family’s meals gluten free. Along with recipes, there are shopping tips and special ingredient resources, making this an indispensable guide for the gluten-free kitchen. The spiral binding allows the book to lie flat so it is easy to read and the recipe’s directions are clear and concise …No need to go hungry at any time of the day.

You may view pictures of the cookbook and place an order at The price has been reduced to $17.95 for affordable holiday gift giving.

Proceeds from the sale of Gluten-Free Family Favorites go to support the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Program.

Susan Hinderaker
Matthews, NC

Thursday, October 16, 2008

October Celiac Events

Monday October 27, 2008
Dr Costas Kefalas will be speaking at Dunlap Hospital in Orville. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. The Akron area Celiac Support Group is meeting in the parking lot at 570 White Pond Drive between 5-5:15 that evening to carpool/caravan to Orville for the meeting. We have several new members in the support group. I hope to put them into cars with veterans, so they can get a little one on one support during the drive.

The next Greater Cleveland Celiac Association CSA Chapter #50 Meeting is
Sunday, October 19, 2008
2:00 PM
Parma Community Hospital - in the Nelson Auditorium 7007 Powers Blvd (off Ridge Rd) Parma
For directions click on the link below:

Topic: Choices: How we deal with the choices we are faced with every day
What is for dinner? Which Halloween Candy is safe? Is that gluten free?
Can I go out to eat safely or do I have to make all my own meals?
Can I send my child on a school trip?
How am I going to deal with my family at Thanksgiving?

Because this will be our last meeting before Thanksgiving we will have our
Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck Sunday...
Please bring your favorite GF main or side dish and recipe to share.**
I am looking for dinner ideas; it does not have to be a traditional Thanksgiving dish.
For those days when you are in a hurry and either do not have a lot of time or just cannot figure out what to make for dinner - I have invited Tommy's Pizza to come to this meeting. Several members have tried this pizza and have raved about it. If you have not had Tommy's GF pizza you are in for a treat!
A hot Medium 12" plain pizza sells for $11.99
The take-n-bake plain pizza is a 13" pizza and sells for $12.99, plus $1.59 per topping.
Available Toppings: Pepperoni, Sausage, Ground Beef, Ham, Bacon, Grilled Chicken, Anchovies, Mushroom, Onion, Green Pepper, Black Olive, Green Olive, Tomato, Banana Pepper, JalapeƱo Peppers, Pineapple, Salami, Cheddar Cheese, Extra Mozzarella and Provolone cheese mix.

Please let me know as soon as possible how many and what kind of pizza you want –
specify if you would like it hot, frozen or ready to bake
I must have orders in by Friday night
Please forward this to anyone you know who is living gluten free. Everyone is welcome.
We will cover a lot of information!
Our "new products" feedback program
Our doctor referral program (bring your doctor's contact information)
Our restaurant referral program
Find out about living with Celiac and the gluten free diet at holiday time
Questions about Celiac or the Gluten-free diet? We will answer them.
Share your ideas for future meetings! e-mail me with topics that interest you
Come hungry!

Pre-Thanksgiving Pot Luck ...
**Please bring your favorite gluten free main dish, side dish, or salad to share along with 2 dozen copies of the recipe if possible. Please include any brand names of ingredients, if available, to help those with multiple sensitivities. Remember everything must be gluten free.
Please read labels carefully as ingredients change.
*A microwave will be available*

I am looking forward to seeing you Sunday October 19, at Parma Hospital .
Please let me know either way if you will be able to attend.
Everyone is welcome!
Please RSVP as soon as possible by e-mail to:
by phone to Cindy at 440-248-6671 Thanks. See you there.
~ Cindy

Greater Cleveland Celiac Support Group CSA Chapter #50
Please Save the following future meeting dates!
Saturday November 1, 2008 Gluten Free Dining Club Restaurant outing
We will be going to VegiTerranean in Akron for lunch. Space is limited and is by reservation only. If you are interested let me know ASAP at

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bread Baking Contest

Last January we started a gluten free bread baking contest. We are encouraging each support group to hold a local contest sometime before the April Conference. Then we will have the winners of each area contest compete for the Northeast Ohio Bread Champion. Details will follow.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Hello Fellow Celiacs

Here is my first adventure into the digital realm. We need a way to communicate with each other. With this site we can share information about each of the Celiac Support groups in our area, about interesting events, foods we love or hate...

The only medical information we will share on this site will come from or be reviewed by one of our cherished physician or dietitian advisors.

The Akron are support group advisors are Dr. Costas Kefalas, Dr. Manzoor Qadir and Dr. Emory Collins. Our dietitian advisor is Kelly, but we also communicate with Sally and Trisha for their expertise.

My contact information is Therese Semonin, or by phone at 330-608-8436

October is Celiac Awareness month. There are many Celiac supporting events happening around Ohio this month.

Upcoming events include:

Akron Area CSA Chapter 111
Saturday October 11- Gluten free food tasting and speakers at Mustard Seed Market/ both locations/12-4. If you did not get the flyer let me know. Good speakers at 1 and 3, the speaker at 2 is Therese. Please share any favorite gluten free recipies that I can take give out.

Sunday October 12- Support group meeting will be on planning for the spring Celiac conference in Akron. Anyone who would like to take part in the planning process please come, classroom D&E at Children's Hospital, 2-4pm

November 8-** Columbus Event ** Columbus Celiac Conference. Several of us are carpooling. We will probably go down that morning and return in the evening.

November 9-Support group meeting at Akron Children's classroom D&E. Sharing of information from Columbus meeting

December 14- Support group meeting Holiday pot luck, cookie exchande, crafts for the kids more details as planning continues. Akron Children's classroom D&E

Starting in January we will have a little different set up for meetings. We will still have meetings every month. I would like your input to the plan.
The new plan being considered is to hold mew patient orientation every other month- so new patients don't need to wait long to come to a meeting. On the alternate months plan speakers, activities and more advanced stuff than we do at most meetings.
Also would you prefer a different day and time for the meetings? This is set for 2008 on Sundays, but we could change with the new year if it would be more convenient.

Dr Kefalas is arranging to bring Dr Green in to do Grand Rounds at Summa, possibly April or May. We are trying to set up having him talk to patients at a luncheon meeting the same day. Watch for info as it becomes available.

April 25- Akron Celiac Conference. Date is not yet set in stone. Anyone in the support group interensted in helping please come to the October 12 meeting. We will have the date set by then.

Wayne County Celiac Information and Support Group
Oct. 27 - Dr. Kefalas
Nov. 24- Carry-In/Pot Luck Holiday meal
Dec. 22 - Information from Columbus Conference
2009 - yet to be determined.

Wayne County meetings on 4th Monday of the month.
All of the Wayne County Celiac Support group meetings are at Dunlap Community Hospital's Community Meeting Room - 832 S. Main St., Orrville, Ohio ~ look for the yellow signs. My Contact information is Lynn McGinnis, Consulting Herbalist Weedy Ways 330-347-8231/330-345-5088. Our RD is Bobbie Randall of Dunlap 330-684-4776.

Greater Cleveland Celiac Support Group CSA Chapter #50 Events
Future events- mark your calendars if you haven’t already
Note: This is a reminder to mark your calendars- Details about next Sunday's meeting (October 19 in Parma) as well as other time sensitive information will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, I hope you will take advantage of the gluten free taste fair at the Mustard Seed Market in Solon on Saturday to try different gluten free products so you "don't waste your money" on things you do not like. (In the past Mustard Seed has offered shoppers 10% off on purchases made on the day of a gluten free event. Although I cannot guarantee they will offer the discount on Saturday- it is a good bet.)

Saturday, October 11, 2008 Gluten Free Taste Fair Mustard Seed Market- Solon
Noon to 4pm. The taste fair samples will include breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and dessert foods. There will be three speakers who will present a medical lecture, a “how to shop for Gluten-Free foods” lecture, and a “how to cook Gluten-Free foods” lecture. Following each speaker will be a question and answer session. I am sure you like this one! I will be there answering questions. Stop by and say hello!

Sunday, October 19, 2008 Support group meeting at Parma Community Hospital Topic: Choices-We are faced with choices every day... What is for dinner? Which Halloween Candy is safe? Can I go out to eat safely? Is that gluten free? More Details in the next few days...

Saturday November 1, 2008 Gluten Free Dining Club Restaurant outing
Details in the next few days...

Saturday, November 8, 2008 Columbus Conference Nationwide Children’s Hospital Children's Hospital Nationwide Children's Hospital Education Center 614-355-0662The Conference is

Saturday- Nov.8th 7:30 am - 3:30 pm Registration Fees: $40
Click on: for conference information and to register. Registration fee includes: Educational materials and activities, lunch and snack breaks. As of today there are still spots available. Register today if possible, as the conference usually fills quickly.

December 7, 2008 Annual Cookie Exchange meeting at Parma Community Hospital and a review of the Columbus Conference

January 11, 2009 Bread Baking meeting at Solon Public Library

**Note all meeting times are 2 P.M. unless stated otherwise**
We encourage family members - especially of the newly diagnosed to attend.
Please RSVP as soon as possible by e-mail to:

Please forward this e-mail to anyone who may be interested in attending any of our events.
If this email was forwarded to you and you would like to join our email list contact Cindy at
Note: If your email changes, please let me know so I can continue to keep you informed of future events Cindy Koller-KassPresidentGreater Cleveland Celiac AssociationCSA/USA Chapter
Other area events and contacts will be posted as I get the information.