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Hudson Liquor. Patch file photo
Alex Mundy January 17, 2014 at 09:46 am
Anyone know where the proprietor of Hansen's Liquors stands on Sunday sales?
limeex2 January 18, 2014 at 09:01 pm
Going to Casanova's on Sunday during football season is a cultural event that should not be missed.Read More Hang out in the parking lot for awhile. Just saying...
Historic cold in Minnesota. Graphic: National Weather Service
Susan January 4, 2014 at 05:09 pm
Roy, care to make a retraction?
Beth O. January 4, 2014 at 07:29 pm
I'm not a teacher, Roy. Just your educator. Open or closed is not my decision, and it's only yourRead More illogical thought process that pointlessly assigns motive to the decision. You know, it just might have something to do with the cold. What's the motive when the district declares a snow day? Could it be, uh, snow? Like Susan said, where's your retraction?
Pete January 5, 2014 at 10:38 am
Beth goes off again touting her superior intellect in the same post as her using fecal slang. HelenRead More Reddy was more humble than this gal. This is funny.
HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis, Dec. 29, 2013. Patch photo: Chris Steller
Craig Berggren December 30, 2013 at 10:47 am
Remember sodding the outside of the metrodome And the 1st time the dome dome collapsed while we weRead More working there
Denny Prothero December 30, 2013 at 11:42 am
"The Rolling Stones" 'Steel Wheels Tour' in 1989. :-)
Photo: Dunkin' Donuts
yomammy December 13, 2013 at 06:44 am
how do they test for that? give a tablespoon of pure gluten and see if ya shart yourself? (noRead More really---am interested) :)
Susan December 13, 2013 at 07:35 am
Thanks for asking, Mammy. First, not everyone has the same reaction, which is why it can take soRead More long to diagnose. Your example is the most common, but what is worse is the pain that comes with it...it can be horrid. So bad that you get the awful sweats and shakes. I won't gross you out with the details, but let's just say that my reaction is from the other end. :\ It is typically non-stop for 2-4 hours, it's gross and it's very painful. I have been accidentally "poisoned" when going out to eat before, so I have a trust issues with that as chefs and cooks think, like many other people, that gluten is only in bread and pasta. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley (beer!), and rye. A lot of people don't know that hidden gluten can be found in artificial colors and flavors and many other additives too. ------ I don't know that products are tested after they have been made; what usually happens is the list of ingredients is reviewed to see if anything contains gluten. Wheat flour is usually replaced with rice flour or a mixture of other flours. I stay away from anything with artificial colors and flavors and anything I can't pronounce. Although some are fine, you just don't know as a consumer, unless something is labelled as gluten-free. ------ For example, the last time I had a bad reaction from a restaurant was not from the food, but from the mix used in my drinks! I had a couple vodka and cranberry drinks and made the stupid mistake of not verifying the cranberry was 100% juice. I didn't find out until I called the next day that it was a juice cocktail blend and in researching it, I found out it had gluten. I now bring my own mix if I go out...pretty pathetic, but believe me when I say that the episodes are not as easy as you implied...the pain is what gets you, not the other.
Susan December 13, 2013 at 07:42 am
I should clarify above; "some" chefs and cooks still think...there are many who have takenRead More the time to educate themselves and are careful. However, what is called cross-contamination can happen at restaurants if they use the same pans and utensils for gluten and gluten free items. Thankfully, I am not that sensitive, but many with Celiac are.