carol-fenster-bobs-red-millPeople on a gluten-free diet find it hard to navigate the menus at springtime celebrations (graduations, bridal showers, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, weddings) since these menus usually feature baked goods—which are forbidden if you can’t eat gluten.To help these people, Carol Fenster, author of Gluten-Free 101, demonstrated how to make gluten-free cakes, cookies, cream puffs, breads, and mini-pie crust tarts at the Bob’s Red Mill Cooking School in Portland, OR. Students sampled these treats while Carol offered tips and answered questions on making the more difficult gluten-free foods—such as rolling pie crust or handling yeast breads.
The clear hit of the class was Cream Puffs, which were filled with whipped topping or pudding for a dessert. Or, filled with egg salad or herbed cream cheese for sandwiches. One student said, “I’m going to serve these for Afternoon Tea.” Bob’s Red Mill is a worldwide leader in whole grains, as well as a leader in gluten-free products. Carol developed the initial gluten-free line of foods and has taught at the cooking school for over 12 years.