The short story? I live a practically gluten-free life.
Practically all gluten is gone from my diet (but the teeny amount in soy sauce treats me just fine).
But, I cook practically too--you won't find eight jars of varying gluten-free flour in my kitchen which I measure out by the gram to create my custom all-purpose flour mix when I bake my homemade graham crackers. Many kudos to those who can. That just ain't me. These do just fine.
The long story involves many years of upset stomach, misplaced lactose-free fanaticism, the purchase of a few IBS cookbooks and many lonely months without coffee. In the end, it all led to the real culprit, gluten. Someday, if I have time and energy after doing the dishes, I'll write about it.
But until then, here's what I'm sharing: The best off-the-shelf gluten-free items I've purchased. I have four levels of praise:
G-Free Gold Star: It's delicious and is the best product I've tasted in the category.
Cheap G-Free Gold Star: It's delicious, it's the best product I've tasted in the category, AND it's reasonably priced--meaning I'll buy it more than once a week, instead of once in a while as a treat.
G-Free Passably: Yeah, it'll work in a pinch.
G-Free Miserably: Don't waste your husband's hard-earned money. Ha!
Gluten-free reviews forthcoming. Hope your tastebuds are already craving pumpkin-spice donuts... I know mine are.