Posted on | January 20, 2011 | No Comments
Last night I looked out the window in our foyer to find a package on the front steps. I’ve been expecting quite a few packages thanks to past and upcoming birthdays (Keri turns twenty-two on Sunday!). I should have been expecting a package from Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery after having received an email from them a couple weeks ago. In my post-holiday/pre-birthday rush, I had completely forgotten about it. So when I saw the label on the side of the box, I was pleasantly surprised and gleefully skipped into the kitchen.
Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery has started up the Spread the Bread program, which is geared towards raising money for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) “to help in their efforts to better education physicians in the diagnosis of Celiac Disease.” I don’t think I need to go on about how important this is. I’ve heard so many horror stories about people who went from doctor to doctor for years before finally being correctly diagnosed. I was incredibly lucky. It seemed the second I decided to find out what was wrong with me, I knew. More physicians who are educated about Celiac Disease would make it possible for others to be as lucky as I was. Others can find their way to health before experiencing some of the more serious consequences of untreated Celiac Disease.
So Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery is giving one dollar (up to $20,000) to the NFCA’s Continuing Medical Education (CMU) program for every one dollar coupon downloaded on their website and their Facebook page.
Along with the information about their Spread The Bread program. Rudi’s sent out free loaves of their gluten-free bread, sandwich boxes, magnets and coupons. I was excited to receive their gluten-free multi-grain bread. It smelled and felt fresh. I know those of us who don’t always make our own bread are used to very stiff bread that is only edible if toasted. Some have resigned themselves to believing that being gluten-free means being bread-free. Rudi’s rejuvenates my hope that store-bought gluten-free bread can be delicious and fresh.
Already having had dinner, I left the bread for the next morning and went to sleep dreaming of sandwiches, toast and multi-grain satisfaction.
This morning, however, I would no longer bar myself from what I most wanted. Curious about the taste of the bread, I took a piece and ate it straight. I didn’t toast it or cover it in lunch-meat. I just ate it. And it was good. It was soft, textured, and it tasted real. There’s so much that I want to do with this bread. I wanted every possible kind of sandwich I could possibly think of. We’re currently lacking in sandwich fillers at the moment, so I decided to go with a classic for breakfast: buttered toast. It’s so simple and so perfectly satisfying.
I’ve never been so happy to have toast. Rudi’s gluten-free bread is made of all natural ingredients and you can tell. There’s none of that over-processed Wonder-bread taste. Besides the multigrain, you can also get their original sandwich and cinnamon raisin. So please head on over to the Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery website to download your one dollar coupon and Spread the Bread!