I come from a line of serious cooks, women who prepare three times the food required for the occasion and who are so skilled that limitations are simply an opportunity for creativity. Half our family can’t eat flour, so in lieu of the bready, mealy fried okra ubiquitous in the South, my grandmother slices okra… Continue reading On Media Bullying: Try a LITTLE Creativity, People (since it is literally your job)
Buy a TON of okra. Like, bushels. Half the okra you fry will never make it to the table due to the cook’s “sampling” as she stands over the fry daddy. If you don’t believe me, ask my friend Fredita.* Slice the okra thinly. Less than a quarter inch thick, smaller if you have the… Continue reading Gammi’s (Naturally GF) Fried Okra
(TL;DR: try running your raw 23andme data through Nutrahacker for a more accurate report). Until 2013, I was among the 80% of Celiac sufferers in America who remain undiagnosed. So I was thrilled to read in April that 23andme had received permission from the FDA to start reporting on Celiac risk. So many people could learn… Continue reading 23andme Finally Reports Celiac Risk … And Flubs It
It’s been a few months since I wrote this, so it’s time for an update on the old status migrainosus: The series of 12-15 Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks (SPG) that my neurologist performed in March 2016 over the course of several weeks was successful in calming down my migraines for over a year! I had a… Continue reading Status Migrainosus, Summer 2017
One of my favorite bands put on a music festival¹ in April that I’d been looking forward to for months. I had hung out online the day tickets were released, to catch some before they sold out. I made hotel reservations way in advance. And I planned what food I’d bring with me to keep… Continue reading What I Did When a Music Festival Demanded I “Prove” My Disability
Dear United States Preventive Services Task Force: I hoped, when you published your draft recommendation statement for Celiac Disease screening last May, that the feedback you received would discourage you from taking this further. It would have been far better for Celiac sufferers in the US — of whom over 80% are undiagnosed — if… Continue reading Dear USPSTF: You didn’t mean to feed these anti-Celiac monsters. But you did.
(This piece also appears on The Mighty.) I’m reading Northanger Abbey. It is a spoof of gothic novels of Jane Austen’s time, so I suspect I’m missing a lot of the humor. To understand it better, I’ve downloaded — free — some of the novels read by Northanger Abbey’s heroine, Catherine Morland. On that magical… Continue reading Jane Austen’s Caution to Female Patients