Questions on Gluten-Free Freezer Cooking Answered

Mary Beth Lagerborg, one of the authors of “Once-A-Month-Cooking: Family Favorites, has been kind enough to answer some questions that I had regarding the gluten-free meals in her newest book.  Here are the responses from that interview:

Q:  Mary Beth, what inspired you to include a gluten-free section in your latest book?

A: We have been asked many times over the years to include menu cycles for special diets. This is the one that really seemed to make sense, given the growing number of children and adults with gluten-intolerance.

Q:  What research have you done on your recipes to ensure that they are gluten-free?  What is your training in this area?

A: We composed the gluten-free cycle and then sent it to two consultants to help us adapt the recipes to be gluten-free. When the menu cycle was completed, we then had it tested by two women who are gluten-intolerant.

Q: Are the recipes that you’ve included “brand new” recipes or adaptations of “old favorites”?

A: Most are adaptations of “old favorites.”

Q: Are the recipes formatted to mix flours, Xanthum gum, etc. or are they more “simple” in their approach?

A: As I recall only one of the recipes calls for flour, and we used rice flour.

Q: Do the gluten-free recipes freeze as well as the “regular” recipes?  Are there special preparations that need to be made to keep the integrity and flavor of the gluten-free items? The gluten-free recipes freeze every bit as will as the “regular” recipes. We made no special provisions for freezing them.

Q: Have you had people with Celiac or gluten-intolerance taste-test the recipes?  What was their response?

A: Yes, and they were pleased with them. Our goal was to find recipes that both the gluten-intolerant and other family members would enjoy, so that the family could eat the same meal together.

Q: Can you give us a sample of one of the recipes (and perhaps a photo) to entice us?

A: Yes! The Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup recipe was created by consultant Lori Baird, who gives classes on eating gluten-free at Whole Foods Market.

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Q:  Do you plan on including gluten-free cycles in future books…or perhaps doing a strictly gluten-free book?

A: It is very likely we would continue to offer a gluten-free cycle in each future book.

Q:  When and where can we purchase this book?

A: Both Once-A-Month Cooking and the new Once-A-Month Family Favorites are widely available in bookstores and on Amazon. Currently they are available in Sam’s Club and COSTCO.

Marybeth, thank you so much for your time–and for being sensitive to the needs of the gluten-intolerant!  We’ve had a great time learning about your book this week!

Readers–Don’t wait to sign up for the drawing for a copy of this great book!  I will be posting the winner on Monday, so follow the instructions to enter!

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