Favorite Gluten-Free Finds of 2015

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January 1, 2016

  By Gabriele Boland Being gluten-free, it’s quite difficult to try new foods with any spontaneity. There’s so much we can’t have, after all, and even things that seem okay can be unsafe. It’s easy to get stuck in ruts of eating the same thing day after day. Despite this, I’m a curious person and foodie at heart. Here are some of the foods, drinks, and restaurants I tried and…


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Bald Eagle Apple Pie
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