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In the second installment of Things Ren Didn’t Know Could Gluten You, I bring you Red Apple Lipstick, a Houston-based cosmetics company specializing in gluten- and allergen-free natural lipsticks and eyeshadows.

(Quick side note: I had no idea that even makeup could gluten someone. Whole new respect for the women with celiac out there! You ladies put up with a lot!)

In addition to offering a wide variety of lip and eye shades, they also have a lipstick exchange program that enables you to trade in your old, conventional lipstick for a tube of their lipstick at a reduced price. I might just send in some old makeup of my own and give their product a whirl.

via Sans, a Gluten-Free Grocery

Gluten in Toys? 

imageYep. If you’re like me and don’t have a family yet, here’s something you probably hadn’t thought of. For celiac kids, even paints, glues, and clays can pose a health threat as these materials can contain wheat as a binding agent. And the scary part? Since they aren’t intended for human consumption, they are not required to list their ingredients.

Read more at MarketWatch. Although there aren’t very many available yet, the Celiac Sprue Association also has a list of acceptable alternatives for certain crafts products. And beware the next time you see a gluten-free kid reaching for Play-Doh with that omnomnom look in their eyes… 

It’s feedback like this that reminds me why I do what I do. As always, thanks for the support! xo

Not food-related, but just because I love Tina Fey.


“Dear Internet” by Tina Fey

From by jerkstore on Wednesday, 1/21/2009, 11:21 P.M.

“In my opinion Tina Fey completely ruined SNL. The only reason she’s celebrated is because she’s a woman and an outspoken liberal. She has not a single funny bone in her body.”

“Dear jerkstore,

Huzzah for the Truth Teller! Women in this country have been over-celebrated for too long. Just last night there was a story on my local news about a “missing girl,” and they must have dedicated seven or eight minutes to “where she was last seen” and “how she might have been abducted by a close family friend,” and I thought, “What is this, the News for Chicks?” Then there was some story about Hillary Clinton flying to some country because she’s secretary of state. Why do we keep talking about these dumdums? We are a society that constantly celebrates no one but women and it must stop! I want to hear what the men of the world have been up to. What fun new guns have they invented? What are they raping these days? What’s Michael Bay’s next film going to be?

When I first set out to ruin SNL, I didn’t think anyone would notice, but I persevered because—like you trying to do a nine-piece jigsaw puzzle—it was a labor of love.

I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I feel safe with you, jerkstore, so I’ll say it. Everything you ever hated on SNL was by me, and anything you ever liked was by someone else who did it against my will.


Tina Fey

P.S. You know who does have a funny bone in her body? Your mom every night for a dollar.”


Chuck E Cheese Offers Legitimately Gluten-Free Pizza 

imagePizza joints wanting to add gluten-free options, take note. To prevent gluten cross-contamination, Chuck E. Cheese actually assembles their individual-sized gluten-free pizzas offsite and puts them in oven-safe bags before shipping them off to their restaurants. Once served, customers can open the bags and cut their own pizzas using a sterilized and sealed pizza cutter. They also offer a chocolate cupcake, which is also sealed until it gets to the table. This is how gluten-free should be!

Now if only they’d do something about those creepy animatronic things…

via Nation’s Restaurant News. Watch it in action on Chuck E. Cheese’s official site.

The lowdown on wheat 

Going gluten-free is not just about dealing w/ illness or following fad diets. This article highlights some real reasons why you should probably stop eating wheat, even if you’re a perfectly healthy individual. 

As someone who can tolerate gluten, I personally like gluten-free baking because, with the right flours, it can even taste better than the wheaty stuff. The health benefits are a bonus.

via io9

Renby's now at Sans Gluten-Free Grocery 

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North Bay, rejoice! Renby’s Choc’wiches are now available at Sans Gluten-Free Grocery in San Rafael. They’ve got a great selection of breads, condiments, and other everyday grocery items—and of course, plenty of items for your sweet tooth. Stop by for a sandwich, chat up the staff for some gluten-free cooking tips, and don’t forget to grab our delicious Choc’wiches on the way out. Happy eating!

BBQ Brussels Sprout Chips?! 

Running a bakery sometimes doesn’t leave me enough time to make savory things, but I think I need to find some time for this one. I like BBQ chips. I like brussels sprouts. And it’s a green vegetable so it’s healthy… right? Yeah.

via Oatmeal with a Fork

holland: And dreams of Oreos danced in my head... 


I have a newly discovered gluten intolerance….Basically if it’s tastes good, just assume I can’t have it or my small intestine will revolt against my body and make me want to die… I had a dream about being hungry and complaining to Adam about being hungry. In my dream, he gets up, goes to the kitchen, and brings me back not one, but TWO packages of Oreos. It was one of those dreams that I wasn’t sure if it was a dream, or actually happened, and I woke up pissed and glad to find out there were not two packages of Oreos sitting on the table in front of me because what a dickwad thing to do.

He should get you some delicious, Oreo-esque gluten-free Choc’wiches instead. Now that’s an anti-dickwad thing to do.

Look ma, it’s really gluten-free!

Despite my obsessive cleaning and thorough segregation of counter space/equipment*, I do worry about the gluten-y items that occasionally make their way into the kitchen. So when a potential customer with celiac told me I could buy a kit and run my product through an at-home ELISA test, I was all over it.

My first subject: the Choc’wiches. Both the creme and the cookie. The results?

Negative for gluten! Woot! 

The health and safety of my gluten-sensitive customers has always been my top priority. So I bought a box of kits, and now I will be testing Renby’s products on a regular basis :)

Btw… if you have a gluten-sensitivity and find you are getting glutened more often than expected, it may be a good idea to get yourself an at-home kit too and get to the root of the problem. I used an EZ Gluten testing kit, which I found super easy to use and is made to detect gluten levels >10ppm** (current FDA recommendation for calling something “gluten-free” is <20ppm so the test is pretty sensitive). 

If you have any specific questions about my product, the kitchen, or the testing process, click on the “Ask me” link above or feel free to hit me up at info [at] renbys [dot] com.

xo, Renby

*All equipment, including oven, is dedicated to making Renby’s gluten-free goods.

**ppm = parts per million

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