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Episode 1: Shirley Braden, Gluten Free Easily

January 27th, 2011 by Stephanie O'Dea

Gluten Free TV!

I am overjoyed to share my very good friend, Shirley Braden of, in this first episode of Gluten Free TV. Shirley emailed me in 2008, when I was in the midst of my slow cooking challenge, and we became fast friends. Shirley is one of the most generous people I’ve ever met, and surprised me by sending a jar of homemade (beemade?) honey from her own backyard.

We’ve met in-person twice, at BlogHer Food events in 2009 and 2010, and I’m excited to be sharing a room with her in Chicago during the Gluten Free Expo in May, where we will both be speaking.

In this video, Shirley and I chat a bit about how she began sharing her ideas and recipes with the online gluten free community, what she feels about large companies “jumping on the gluten free bandwagon,” her thoughts on Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s G-Free Diet book, and whether or not blue cheese is gluten free (it is).

Thank you so much for being such a good sport about being the very first guest, Shirley! We’re thrilled to have you.

[ps: if you initially get an error, try again. the video is definitely there and has not been deleted.]

Links mentioned in this video:

Flourless Pizza! (

Crustless Pie! (

Is Blue Cheese Gluten Free? (

Shirley’s top recipes from

Shirley’s trip to General Mills (aka the Betty Crocker Kitchen!) (

a bit of background on why my (the O’Dea) family happens to be gluten free (

20 Responses to “Episode 1: Shirley Braden, Gluten Free Easily”

  1. I love it! What a great idea, thanks for doing this and for choosing to share the lovely Shirley first. The gluten-free community is so lucky to have her.

  2. Steph, I am so honored to be the first guest for your new Gluten-Free TV series! I think this is going to be a wonderful thing, Steph. Thank you for creating Gluten-Free TV and thanks so much for your truly lovely words, too.


  3. Thank you both for all the great information! And thanks Stephanie for interviewing Shirley. She is so willing to share her knowledge. She was a great choice for your first interview.

  4. You two are awesome! And I totally agree with you on the GF Easily, there is no reason to buy all these crazy ingredients. Thank you for getting the correct information out there! Love it!

  5. I absolutely loved this! Thank you, Stephanie, for putting this out there for everyone who lives gluten-free. Thank you, Shirley, for sharing more of that wealth of knowledge you have. It was so great to see you on camera and hear your voice. 😀

    I have to say, I thumbed through Elizabeth’s book before I read Danna’s book and was a bit shocked at some of the things in her book. This is why it’s still sitting in my “To Read” pile. Her list of gluten ingredients for personal care products has been helpful, though.

    Thank you again!

  6. I read the Hasselbeck book and it put me in a panic, it presented living gluten free an oppressive and difficult lifestyle. I am very grateful for Shirley and GFE blog because she framed this life as a positive adventure. Thank you ladies.

  7. Fabulous! I adore Shirley and it’s so cool to hear you both speaking :) Thanks to both of you for this wonderful information and interview! (and who knew about blue cheese??) 😉

  8. Awesome! What an awesome way to kick off the show. Shirley, so cool to hear your southern accent :)
    Excellent point and clarification of specialty GF items vs naturally GF items now being labeled GF.
    Love the emphasis on the positive outlook. So true that perception is reality.
    For what it’s worth, I am not a fan of the Nogii bar (EH’s bar) as far as nutritional profile. And it’s super expensive.
    Of course, wonderful advice on just stopping to breathe after a diagnosis. The world of naturally gluten free food is wide and wondrous. YAY for real food!
    Great job Shirley and Stephanie!

  9. Brilliant! (in so many ways). xo

  10. Thank you so much for the great “show” and wonderful information! It is so great to have such encouragement about living GF. I do feel that E.Hassleback deserves kindness and respect for her work though. She has the opportunity that most of don’t being in the spotlight, to help raise awareness on celiac disease and GF living also.

    Keep up the great work! Thank you!

  11. Great interview you two! I love that Shirley is so true to her name: Gluten Free Easily. She really does make feel people at ease. Steph, it’s always great to hear your laugh and I thought your interview style was engaging. :)

  12. Great concept! And, so informative. This will bring gluten-free blogging to a new level. You both have done a great job. Love it.

  13. You gals were great!! I loved this! And Shirley will find this funny, but since she was just here visiting, the kids heard her voice and both thought she was talking to us. Carson was sitting on my lap and waving the entire interview and kept saying “hi Shirley. Where’s Smokey?” LOL
    I really enjoyed the interview. Shirley you did an awesome job!!!

  14. Thank you, Shirley, for your calm and assuring presence. I recently discovered (on my own) that I am at least gluten-intolerant, if not celiac after many years of symptoms which have been labeled as IBS, depression, etc.
    I have been on a gf diet for a week now and things keep improving day by day. I think I had days of detoxing before I could feel better? I have been in a panic about what foods will I eat, etc. but after seeing your video I now feel more relaxed and hopeful that this will not be such a difficult change. What books do you recommend for the best info about living gf? Thank you, again.

  15. Oh, thank you all so very much for your lovely comments! You have me experiencing all kinds of emotions, but mostly gratitude. :-)

    Michelle–Congrats on discovering that you are gluten intolerant! I know it sounds odd to say that, but based on your improvement already you know what I’m saying, right? It’s not uncommon at all to have days of detoxing after going gluten free. I actually had weeks. It was a tough time for me at first, but then I slowly got better. It came in increments for me, but some folks start getting better immediately. Either way, it’s wonderful to discover how good one can feel gluten free! First, please check out “gfe’s tip sheets” on the sidebar of my blog, They will give you food ideas (even snack/treat ones you wouldn’t want to eat all the time, but they could “save your life” initially when out and about), meal ideas, dessert ideas, and pantry-stocking guidance. Once you start thinking the gfe way, it becomes easier and easier to live this way. And, you don’t have to have a freezer or your pantry stuffed full of specialty products, or food stored under your bed (LOL, but some folks do that because they are scared they’ll run out of product x). If you run out of an ingredient for a recipe when living gfe, chances are you can get it at your basic grocery store or borrow it from a neighbor. Living this way just makes life so much easier! As far as books, that’s a tough call. I bought several books, especially cookbooks, when I went gluten free and, sadly, found none of them useful at all. They all required specialty ingredients and the resulting recipes didn’t make me or my family happy. It’s important to be as gluten free as possible from day one, but not to get overwhelmed. So I really recommend cookbooks like Steph’s slow cooking cookbooks and all-purpose gluten-free cookbooks, like Artisan Gluten-Free Cooking by Pete and Kelli Bronski, unless you have additional food intolerances. There really are so many other amazing cookbooks now that weren’t around when I went gluten free, but I don’t necessarily recommend them for someone just starting out gluten free. Hope that helps! Feel free to check out my site and email me with any questions. :-)

    Hugs to all,

  16. Oh, what a great interview! It’s nice when someone discusses gluten free in a sensible and postive manner.
    Here’s a thought…you know that expression, “The best thing since SLICED BREAD”? I think we should change it to “The best thing since SHIRLEY BRADEN”! I raise a glass to both of you super cool ladies! Kay Guest

  17. Kay, you’re so sweet and generous. People are going to think I’m paying you to say these things! 😉 Much appreciated, my dear! Steph is a natural with her interviews, isn’t she? :-)


  18. Love this and you could not have picked a better person for your first interview!

  19. Gluten free is becoming easier, thanks to both web sites. I was dx the week before Thanksgiving and still consider myself a newbie. The TV show is a great idea. I’d love to see a demo on how to make/bake things. Homemade ravioli, gnocchi, noodles and cabbage, shoo fly pie, mock rye bread, all come to mind. Reading a recipe is one thing, seeing it being made is even better. Thanks ladies. You are both awesome.

  20. Thank you for making this available! To actually see a face means more great communication! I loved that both Stephanie and Shirley wrote back on Twitter and include those asking questions. Sharing people are caring people:)

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