Hello, 2011 and Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free

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by Lauren | Celiac Teen on January 3, 2011

Twenty eleven. Can you believe it’s this time already? The last half of 2010 seemed to evaporate into thin air, leaving fuzzy memories of days that all rolled into one. Or was that just me? Anyways. 2011 is here. And we can take it wherever we want to go. I get a little bit giddy with the possibilities of a new year. Let’s make 2011 great, okay?

To get this wonderful new year started off (well, besides the fireworks and champagne), I’m hosting Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten-Free! I’m sure some of you are very familiar with this monthly event but in case you aren’t (or would like a refresher), here goes: Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten-Free (or GAHIGF as it’s affectionately known) is a monthly event created by the wonderful Naomi Devlin, who writes Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried (which was one of the first gluten-free blogs I remember ever finding). Each month a theme is chosen and based on that theme, bloggers create gluten-free dishes. Then, the host (which this month happens to be me!) posts a round up of all the gluten-free wonderfulness at the end of the month. Awesome, right?

Now! Before my gluten-eating friends turn away, your blog does not have to be gluten-free! All are welcome. The only requirements are that it fits the theme and that the particular recipe is gluten-free. Easy, no?

So, now you’re probably wondering what my theme is. Well, to get the new year going, I thought that a theme of Follow the Calendar would be fun. What does that mean? Simple. I find I’m always the last to find out about food holidays. You know – Nutella Day, Chocolate Cake Day, Pancake Day, whatever. I know they may not be real holidays, but they are most definitely fun! So, write a post (that links back to this post) with a gluten-free recipe for one of January’s “holidays”. It would be cool to post the recipe on that holiday, so your readers can celebrate the day with you, but making the recipe on the holiday would also be lovely! If you’re wondering what the January holidays are, here are a few lists. If you wanted to make a recipe which celebrates the month (I think it’s Bread Machine Baking Month, Candy Month, Soup Month, etc) that would also be great! Just stay away from Wheat Bread Month. That one is clearly a no-go.

Once you’ve posted the post (with a link back to this one, so others can join in the fun), send me an email to celiacteen (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line: Go Ahead Honey. In your email, please include the link to your post and a photo of the dish. Send it to me by January 28th, 2011 (don’t you just love writing 2011?), and I’ll post the round-up at the end of the month. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

With that, I hope you’re all having a very happy new year! See you back here soon for a recipe, okay?

xoxo
Lauren

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1 Wendy-Celiacs in the House January 3, 2011 at 8:14 am

What a great theme, Lauren. I’ll have to think on this one. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

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2 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats January 3, 2011 at 8:37 am

Lauren – what an absolutely splendid idea for a theme. I love it. Happy New Year!

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats Reply:

I sent you my 11th hour submission last night. Hope it made it!

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3 The Teenie Foodie January 3, 2011 at 9:15 am

Awesome theme, so many opportunities to experiment with cooking… I’m new to the world of gluten free blogging so this would be my first ‘go ahead honey its gluten free’ and i love the idea. Can’t wait to have a go!

Have a happy new year

Teenie Foodie

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4 Jeannie January 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

What a clever idea! I love the theme!
Happy new year to you too, sweet girlie! I hope 2011 is a fantastic one!

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5 Nannette January 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

I am super excited for this. What a great theme! I’ve already selected a dish and my husband is beyond excited! :D Hope you have fun reading everyone’s posts!

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6 Deanna January 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

What a fun idea! So many options to choose from! And, it’s national baking MONTH. Dang, that’s right up my alley. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

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7 Naomi Devlin January 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

Ooh! Will it be Hot Buttered Rum Day, or Bittersweet Chocolate Day? I’m crushed to have missed Bloody Mary Day (breakfast and a drink!), but there are so many great options on that calendar I know I’ll be able to console myself with one of them.

It’s Nick’s birthday on the 8th, coincidentally, ‘English Toffee Day’. I quite like to think of him as a tasty bit of English toffee….

x x x

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8 jas @ gluten free scallywag January 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

sounds awesome – can’t wait to try something new!

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9 SunnyB @ andloveittoo January 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

What a great idea, Lauren! I am excited about this event and can’t wait to see what treasures everyone brings to the table.

xoxo,
SunnyB

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10 Linda January 4, 2011 at 11:16 am

I’ve heard of a few food holidays like pancake day, but I had no idea there were so many. This sounds like fun. With so many options I should be able to come up with something!

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11 Rachel January 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Love this! I’ll most definitely be sending in my recipe by the end of the month!

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12 GFree_Miel January 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm

YES! This is the best theme ever! This couldn’t have been timed better either. I needed some direction to move in and I had no ideas. So excited!

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13 Tracey Mardon January 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

Congrats on your nomination for Best Niche, hope you win!

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14 Jenni January 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I’ve just found you from ‘Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried’ and I’m so glad I did!

I’ve been gluten-free for about 4 months now (Dad has been for 20 years so I’ve grown up with it) but it’s still a bit of a challenge when it comes to cakes!!

I am sure I will have a lot of fun looking around your blog – things look beautiful!

Jenni x

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