Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gluten Free Drunken Cheese Bread

Bring on the Drunken Gluten Free Cheese Bread.
3 ingredients, 10 minutes and it is yours!
There is no other way to say this other than... today sucked. Sorry if that shocks anyone. I could go on and on and explain this or that, but really it all boils down to just a sucky day. It is ok. We all have them. Truth is I am greatly affected by the way my kids feel, and today my daughter felt crappy. We have had such a great long run without my daughter having any gluten meltdowns, but today that run came to an end. Sorry for those of you that don't understand the way gluten affects the brain. For those that do, you will understand how this is. We don't know what, how, where, but she got infected. We think it may have been some sauce she had on her sushi... and no it wasn't eel or soy.  How do we know it was gluten? The usual ...rash, fainting, lethargic, bloated, bowel problems and mental breakdowns...lots of crying and trouble breathing. Well, those were the 8 things that went on today anyway. It is to the point now, that she has agreed to not eat outside the home anymore. Meaning if she is away from home, she will pack food from home. It just is not worth it. She is so careful and tells people about her disease, but lets be honest. Most people just don't get it. That is ok. So many people live with so many different illnesses and I am not looking for a pity party, or comparing who has it worse. But let me tell you, her allergy SUCKS! Waitresses and a lot of times even chefs just don't get it. They are not there to see the after affects, and until they "get it" they will never be as careful as they need to be. Cross contamination for a Celiac can be deadly. End of story. I feel bad for her. I feel bad for all of you that struggle with food allergies. So yeah... add that up with a gazillion other things that just didn't go my way and it was just a bad day. Done. Bring on tomorrow. A wise person once said: "True test of character is shown by not by how you handle the good days, but how you handle the bad days". So all in all I made it through today without yelling, arguing, crying or so on. Maybe my daughter wasn't so lucky do to things beyond her control, but I hope the hugs and love I gave her will get her through to tomorrow. Learn how to pick yourself up and start over. I want to thank my facebook followers that told me aloe juice helps.  I did not know that. I was also told betonite clay works. I am going to order some from One of my readers Nikki told me it will essentially create a positively-charged mass, which draws in other particles that are toxic out of her system. Hey, at this point I will try anything!
So to cheer Taylor up, and help her start over, I made her what we call Drunken Cheese Bread. It got that name from the past, nights of karaoke and cocktails and the cheese bread was a staple. None of that fun stuff was going on here tonight.  I have been making this easy cheese bread for years. Since I was in high school to be exact. I made it through the years for friends, and eventually my husband and children. I think back to when I made it regular full of gluten and I was poisoning my daughter without knowing it. Now with all the great new products out there, I am able to make it for her again, tasting the same, and gluten free! 
Now here is my disclaimer... this bread is not low fat, fat free, or low calorie. So I don't need emails telling me the calorie count. This is pure comfort food. Well worth it when you are just needing a splurge. You can diet tomorrow. =)
With just 3 ingredients you have yummy cheese bread that is gluten free.
 What do you need? 
1 can kraft old english spread
1 cube of room temperature butter

Mix together the cube of butter with all the old english spread. Mix until smooth and creamy. 
Spread evenly over all the hotdog buns.

 Broil on high for 4-5 minutes.
Serve immediatly!!
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  1. So sorry your daughter is having a rough time! And it never affects just one. We don't have celiac, but all four of my kids (6 yrs and under) have food allergies. My 5 year old son is allergic to wheat and has ADHD. He is a completely different child when he gets any amount of wheat (and his allergy is slight). Bedwetting, meltdowns, hitting, impulsivity, hives, red cheeks and ears, disobedience, etc. He doesn't tell me yet how it makes him feel, but he knows wheat makes him feel bad. He says "I have wheat in my tummy." We have only been gluten free since November, but he understands how crummy he feels. It is so hard getting others to understand and remember!

    The bread looks super yummy!! We haven't had anything like that since last fall. Does one cube mean one stick (8 tablespoons)??

  2. Sorry you have to go through it too! It always helps to hear others stories. Not that I want anyone else to have to go through it, but sometimes people look at us like we are crazy. If they can't see the illness then they don't care, or think it doesn't exist.

    Yes, one cube is 8 Tablespoons. Thank you for the support!

  3. Sarah @scottontrotterApril 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    This made me want to hug my mom. I can't imagine how frustrating it is to see your daughter hurting without being able to help. I'm coming from the other end of that misery, a college senior diagnosed last year with celiac, and my mom must have felt the same way when I had my mental/physical breakdowns. It just simply sucks and I feel for you both!

    On the other hand, there's nothing better than some warm, cheesy comfort food to help get out of that funk. I've never tried (any) gf rolls, but I'm excited to make these! Thanks and hope your daughter feels 100% again soon!

  4. Thank you Sarah! My daughter is 18 now and was diagnosed at 16. It is always amazing to me that she made it this far in life until we found out! Sounds like you went a long time through misery too. My heart goes out to you, but I am so happy that the food industry is finally getting info on this awful disease and now it is not as tough to eat! Take care!

  5. Warm hugs to both you and your daughter....and just so you know: everyone needs to vent sometimes so vent away!

    I don't have celiac but have many friends and acquaintances who do; knowing what it's like to have my own food sensitivity, I try my best to have safe foods on hand when they visit. Your recipes have been integral to providing them with greater variety and I'm happy to say I've been able to send a few people your way. Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. I am so sorry about your daughter! This is such delicious comfort food - I love that spread! Hope she is doing better!

  7. I hear you - I'm allergic to seafood and avoid places with a long list of seafood dishes on the menu because most places aren't as careful about cross-contamination as they should be and most wait staff aren't trained properly to understand what to do when someone with an allergy comes into a restaurant. I can only imagine that gluten is 100 times worse. Hope she's feeling better after a little TLC from mom!

  8. So sorry she got sick. As I read through your description of her reactions to a gluten exposure, I am continued to be amazed at how each celiac's reaction is different. To describe my daughter's I would just say "imagine your worst case of food poisoning" Hope she is feeling better. So hard to be a mom sometimes.

  9. Just found your site today, followed a link to the amazing Cinnabon pancake recipe...breakfast tomorrow! :D

    I've been gluten-free for a little over 2 years now so my heart goes out to your daughter. She is wise to have come to the decision to not eat out anymore, cross contamination happens a lot! We have found a couple of GF restaurants in our neighborhood, but other than those, I stick to my own cooking. And you are right, it is getting easier to find substitutions that don't taste like cardboard.

    Best wishes to you and yours!

  10. ***Note*** follow up to my post earlier April 23, 2012 3:55 PM:

    This cheese bread is awesome! Totally qualifies for the 'comfort food' category :D

    Thank you, Christi, for your dedication to your daughter's health, your family's well-being, and your willingness to share with the world your commitment to making life as normal as possible, even with a life changing issue such as celiac disease.

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  12. .I felt like the rolls were really dense...
    I was bummed


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