Gluten Free

Gluten Free, Not Flavorless

If you read The Chopping Blog, you know that quite a few of our team follow a gluten-free diet.

Andrea Larson, AKA the Gluten-Free Gal, was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease and has has been chronicling her journey in her blogs.

Maggie Swanson has been gluten-free for four years and finds now is a good time to eat gluten-free in Chicago. Check out her list of restaurants that cater to those with dietary restrictions.

Chef Melissa Novak, a pastry chef, discussed what being gluten-free means and shared her pancake recipe in a recent Google+ Hangout.

Google+ Hangout: Gluten-Free Pancakes
Google+ Hangout: Gluten-Free Pancakes

Try more of Melissa's delicious gluten-free recipes at home.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Bourbon Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Cornbread

Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Sage

Gluten-Free Cheesy Herb Biscuits with Seasonal Vegetables


Julia Child would be Proud

Beef Bourguignon is a classic French dish perfect for the fall. The decadent comfort food is featured in our upcoming Celebrating Julia Child classes. Shelley recently taught Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times how to cook it.

Watch the video here.

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Gluten-Free Diets Growing       
Wheat has been getting a bad rap for a while now. More people are experimenting with a gluten-free diet, some out of necessity and others out of curiosity.

There's no question the prevalence of Celiac Disease is up. Most experts agree that about one percent of the population has this condition, which makes it vulnerable to even small amounts of gluten.

Whether you believe the rise in dietary restrictions has to do with the change in modern varieties of wheat or better diagnosis and awareness, there's no arguing there are more gluten-free options available for those seeking to eliminate gluten from their diet.

Gluten-free classes here at The Chopping Block are seeing higher enrollment than ever before, thanks in part to Chef Melissa Novak's delicious recipes.

In our latest video, Shelley demonstrates how to make Gluten-Free Butternut Squash and Brown Sugar Muffins. They are great for breakfast or dessert!

How to Make Gluten-Free Butternut Squash & Brown Sugar Muffins 
How to Make Gluten-Free Butternut Squash & Brown Sugar Muffins

We are excited to introduce a new gluten-free class designed for holiday entertaining sans wheat: Gluten-Free Holiday. It's offered multiple times in November, so please review all of the options in our class calendar


Check out these other upcoming gluten-free classes this month:


Gluten-Free Pasta Workshop  

Gluten-Free Baking   


Pinterest Our Gluten-Free Gourmet Pinterest board can inspire you with even more ideas on how to keep wheat out of your diet.  

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Stuffing Crunches with Nuts        
One must for your Thanksgiving table is a good stuffing. In fact, it's Shelley's favorite part of the meal!

She recently partnered with
Fisher Nuts to create how to videos featuring their nuts in easy, tasty recipes. Here's the recipe for Fisher Nuts Sausage & Walnut Stuffing: 
Fisher Nuts Sausage & Walnut Stuffing 
Fisher Nuts Sausage & Walnut Stuffing
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