I would like to announce something awesome. Last week I went to the dining hall for lunch and was annoyed, but not surprised, to find that there was nothing for me to eat. I approached one of the managers, hoping that I had missed-read the ingredient labels. Unfortunately, I had been right. No gluten free food! GRR! He offered to make me a quesedilla, but I told him that I couldn't eat their tortillas. He informed me that they had gotten new tortillas that were both gluten free and nut free! So he made me a cheese quesedilla, which was amazingly delicious, and I was giddy with excitement. What can be better than a gluten free quesedilla at an otherwise unhelpful dining hall? But then...the next day...it got even better! I went to the dinner service the next day, and they had signs up saying: gluten free brown rice and the main course was gluten free by coincidence. I was ecstatic! I love it when that happens. They also had a pasta bar, but I didn't even look there, cause that would be silly. But then I went over to the soups and had to do a double take: gluten free turkey noodle soup. WHAT WHAT?! I beg your pardon!? Well I just had to eat everything. So I grabbed servings of all that gluten free stuff and sat down. Then Dan said: "what, no gluten free pasta? You saw it right?" WHAT WHAT WHAAAAAAAAT? I shouted a couple of expletives out of pure joy and ran back to the food. I probably cut a couple of people in line, but I don't care. I was a woman on a mission. I got like two plate fulls of the pasta and it was mmmmmmmm tasty. I was so happy I nearly started crying. I thanked like every dining hall employee I saw. One of the managers informed me that they just hired a new chef who has done gluten free cooking before and they're overhauling their labeling system. I am sosososososososososo happy with this. I have been trying for the longest time to make the dining halls better for students like me, and it seems that all my whining has paid off. And I couldn't be happier. Let's hope they keep it up!
On to the food! Because of the awesome combo of gluten and nut allergies, I never get to eat granola. ever. I think I ate a chewy bar once, but I really shouldn't have. Anyway, I found this recipe for cinnamon granola that is gluten and nut free and it is really tasty. I'm looking forward to eating it with yogurt for breakfast tomorrow! Note: oats have been determined to be safe for SOME celiacs. Depending on your sensitivity, they may not be safe. I have eaten oats plenty of times and never had a problem, but I know that some celiacs choose to avoid oats. Please, use your own judgment if you are gluten-free.