Tips For Choosing A College & Update – Gluten Free Vlogs – College of Celiac

Topic Of Education: Hey there, I finished my first year, and the channel is turning a few months old, time to see what we can do this summer, feel free to leave some suggestions!

Blog Post for Tips: https://collegeofceliac.com/2017/01/28/college-dining-plans-gluten-free-guides/

Udi’s Recommendations: http://udisglutenfree.com/2015/07/24/top-10-gluten-free-accommodating-colleges/

How to Eat Gluten Free at Chipotle – Restaurant Reviews – College of Celiac

Description of Restaurant:
When Chipotle opened its first restaurant in 1993, the idea was simple: show that food served fast didn’t have to be a “fast-food” experience. Using high-quality raw ingredients, classic cooking techniques, and distinctive interior design, we brought features from the realm of fine dining to the world of quick-service restaurants.

Over 23 years later, our devotion to seeking out the very best ingredients we can–raised with respect for animals, farmers, and the environment–remains at the core of our commitment to Food With Integrity. And as we’ve grown, our mission has expanded to ensuring that better food is accessible to everyone

Chipotle is amazing at handling gluten allergies, and generally handles them very well and very safely. I highly recommend them for a cheap and easy meal.

Sinfully Gluten Free – Restaurant Reviews – The College of Celiac

Note: All opinions are my own, none of this product was free, I just really like sinfully gluten free and want to see them grow, they have amazing pizza crusts and other goods.
Description of Restaurant: Owner, Heather, has a passion for Gluten Free. Her goal has always been to bring quality gluten free options to the community. In her pursuit, she has won First Place in National Pizza Competition and in the top twenty of the World Pizza Competition held in Parma, Italy.
Their Mission: Not all pizzas are created equal and not all gluten free are created equal. The art of gluten free is growing and we want to set the bar high for all those coming in.

It’s Heather’s mission to pour her love of perfection into every item crafted in our kitchen. From the basic traditional ingredients combined to make the finest gluten free products that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Link to their site: http://www.sinfullygf.com/home.html

It’s Always Sunny In Jungle Jim’s – Gluten Free Vlogs – The College of Celiac

Jungle Jim’s: Join us for a video full of questionable jump cuts, low quality audio, weird foods and teas, and of course an always sunny rip off with a failure to pronounce certain words. Oh, and a massive selection of gluten free foods.

Discover a World of Food and More!

Jungle Jim’s International Market is more than a grocery store, it’s a destination! With more than 200,000 square feet of shopping space in each of our stores, there are over 150,000 products from which to choose.

In addition to all the grocery items, you’ll find store tours, food demonstrations and lots of fun and attractions for the whole family.

Our stores also offer more gift shops, boutiques, restaurants and conveniences than any other mega store in the region. Stop in for an hour or make a day of it. However you do it, shopping at Jungle Jim’s is an experience you won’t forget!

Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Gluten Free Mac and Cheese (Bacon or Otherwise):

I found this recipe online, though it was for 8 oz. and not 12 like the pasta I was used to using. While it does offer the basic formula, I figured I would adapt it and add some of my own recommendations to accompany my video!

12 oz. Gluten free pasta of choice ( I use Barilla)
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp gluten free flour
2 cups of milk (Leave this out for a bit at room temperature.)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Meat (optional) – bacon is my favorite.
Garlic powder to taste
Other recommendations:
Chopped Basil
Chives/Green Onion

To start, boil your water, preparing the noodles as directed by the box.

Melt you butter over medium heat in a large saucepan, when melted add the flour and stir. After a couple minutes it should start to smell good, this is when you add your milk slowly, but steadily and continue mixing. The resulting sauce should thicken in 5-7 minutes, once thick, add your cheese, followed by your meats, or other seasonings/ingredients. Add the sauce to your pasta and enjoy a bowl of Mac and Cheese!

Not a fan of draining your pasta? Try putting the pasta from the water to the sauce, the starch on the pasta is supposed to help it taste more professional. I haven’t noticed a difference but if nothing else it will save you a colander and can may change the taste for you!

Original Blog Post recipe is derived from: Original Post

Video Directions: Video

Thanks for reading, and enjoy!

Gluten Free Bacon Mac and Cheese – College Cooking – The College of Celiac

Dish: I make this mac and cheese regularly, i originally found the recipe a couple years back and have modified it and used it ever since, for the modified 12 ounce version click here:
http://thecollegeofceliac.blogspot.com/2017/02/gluten-free-mac-and-cheese.html

For the original click here: https://cakeistheonlythingthatmatters.com/2013/07/03/best-ever-gluten-free-mac-and-cheese-recipe/  (url seems to have expired)

College Dining Plans – Gluten Free Guides

It’s college acceptance season, and you’re considering a school, but have you considered everything?


Odds are you are probably like me and let one important consideration slip; food. Don’t worry though, there is still plenty of time to look into it! By now you are probably starting to receive your letters of acceptance, and if not will be here very soon. This makes it the perfect time to help you narrow down a school based on dining plans. While many colleges do offer gluten free options, far too often they are unsafe for consumption by somebody with Celiac Disease. As such, I have a few tips, tricks and warnings.

  1. Visit the campuses of the schools you are considering again, looking at both housing options and dining options. While you look try to note if there are any options for housing that will provide you with a kitchen.
  2. Explore the dining halls, see if you can locate any gluten free options and see if they are separate and safe. If possible chat with a chef and see what precautions they take, get a general idea of what to expect. 
  3. Determine if the dining plan is a requirement for first year students. 
  4. Calculate the cost difference between the dining plan (assuming it offers safe gluten free options), and making your own meals (assuming you can get a kitchen).
My school personally doesn’t offer safe gluten free options but required the dining plan for all first year students. As a result I had to petition to be allowed off the plan, if you choose a school and need to petition the dining plan, it is a good idea to start the process immediately. I made the mistake of waiting to the last minute and it was nearly disastrous as I likely would have needed to pay for a month or two of food I would have been unable to eat. For me, the petition requires a note from my physician, and some paperwork to be submitted. It is a simple enough process but one to definitely be aware of. Just do the option that is best for you, be careful of possible cross contamination, and consider the difference in time and cost of preparing your own food versus a dining plan. If there is something I missed here that you have questions on feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to answer!

Thanks for reading, and as always, enjoy!