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Sep 29, 2021

It’s the beginning of the month again, so I get the pleasure of speaking to Ellen Bayens of about some of the topics of interest that have come up during the past month.  We discuss the diagnosis story of the family of a Neonatologist in the US who sought out the team at the Celiac Disease Program at Boston Children’s Hospital for help.  Ellen and I discuss how comprehensive the whole family approach to treating and further diagnosing family members is.  See the link below to the article about this family’s journey.  Ellen and I go on to look at some of the feedback we’ve had about the stickers and wristbands from and how families can use these tools to help their kids eat safely.  The silicone wristbands for kids which say – I’m a Celiac Kid     I Can’t Eat Gluten – are now being made available for gluten free bakeries to sell directly.  If you know of a bakery that might be interested in offering the wristbands, please let me know and I can reach out to them.

Ellen and I speak about bagels and doughnuts – I’ve ever the purest, but explain to her why fried doughnuts are rare.  Also, below is my recipe for Gluten Free Doughnut Holes.

In the previous episode of the podcast, I recorded a discussion with my adult daughter Deanna, about our differing attitudes towards celiac disease and the gluten free diet.  I am grateful for the opportunity to have these discussions as I suspect that much the same dynamic is going on in other families with multi-generational celiac disease.  Also, at the end of that podcast, Episode 191, I included a short “blooper reel” which Ellen refers to and gives a classic insight into mother/daughter interactions.

Episode 200 of the podcast is approaching, and I’ve decided to mark that milestone with a special episode allowing Ellen and my audience to ask me questions.  If you have a question, or comment you’d like Ellen to pose or discuss with me, please email her at


Sue’s Doughnut Holes

1 ½ cups gluten free flour blend (I use ½ cup of each white rice flour, potato starch & corn starch)

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup skim milk powder

1 tsp guar or xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend includes gum)

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp oil

2 eggs

2 tbsp water

Blend together all the dry ingredients.  Add vanilla, oil, eggs and water.  Add more water 1 tbsp at a time if batter is too thick.  Blend by hand, or with a mixer.  Batter should be thicker than pancake batter but not as thick as cookie dough.

In a saucepan heat oil to 375° (only fill saucepan less than half full with oil, leaving enough room for the bubbling expansion of the batter).  Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil, cooking only 3 or 4 at a time.  Turn to cook evenly till dark golden.  Remove onto absorbent paper towel.  While still warm, place in a bag with sugar and cinnamon to coat.  Can be kept in sealed container 3-4 days.  If you want to eat the doughnuts right away, you can drizzle them in icing or chocolate sauce, but just know they will not keep well if they get soggy (so eat them up!)


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