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In general, what is Cross Contamination ?

-Cross-contamination is the physical movement or transfer of harmful bacteria from one person, object or place to another. Preventing cross-contamination is a key factor in preventing food borne illness (Department of Health).

What is Cross Contamination with Celiac Disease?

-Cross Contamination is when a gluten-free food or food product is exposed to a gluten-containing ingredient or food. This exposure makes it unsafe for people with celiac disease to eat. There is even a risk of cross-contact before ingredients make it to the kitchen, such as during the growing, processing, and manufacturing processes. To learn more visit

What happens if someone with Celiac Disease eats Cross Contaminated food?

-If a mistake is made and you have gluten by accident, you may suffer from diarrhea, abdominal pain or vomiting, so it is important to stay hydrated at all times by drinking lots of water.

How to Prevent Cross Contamination

Top 5 Tips for Preventing Cross Contamination

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Separate gluten free food items away from gluten containing foods; label what foods are gluten free (*at home all of my gluten free food items have my name written on the package)
  3. Prepare the gluten free food/meal first
  4. Separate utensils and appliance – many utensils and appliances can harbor gluten particles, leading to cross contamination (*at home I have my own personal toaster to prevent cross contamination)
  5. Frequently clean surfaces and prep items

Blog Post 3

No Gluten, No Problem.

Struggling to come up with gluten free alternatives for your favorite foods? Below is a list to guide you in the right direction when it comes to shopping for gluten free food.

Instead of Using… Use the Alternative…Recommended Brands
Wheat Flour – All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
– Almond Flour
– White, Brown, Sweet Rice Flour
– Coconut Flour
– Potato Flour
– Bobs Red Mill
King Arthur Baking Company*
Breadcrumbs – Gluten Free Breadcrumbs
– Corn Flakes
– Crushed Gluten Free Crackers
– 4C Foods
– Schär Company
Bread– Gluten Free Bread
(white, whole grain, 7-grain, honey wheat, cinnamon raisin, etc.)
– Canyon Bakehouse
– Three Bakers
– Schär Company
Pasta– Rice Pasta
– Chickpea Pasta
– Corn Pasta
– Banza
Pizza Crust– Cauliflower Crust
– Chickpea Crust
– Rice Flour Crust
– Corn Crust
– Against the Grain Gourmet
– Freschetta
Tortilla/Wraps– Corn
– Cauliflower
– Spinach
– Almond Flour
– Food for Life
* = brand I personally prefer

My Favorite Gluten Free Brands

Daily Create #tdc3681

The moment I opened Twitter and saw the title of the Daily Create state, “Put on Your Crazy Sunglasses”, I knew exactly what to post. In December, both the men’s and women’s soccer teams here at UNE held a formal. At formal the guys wear a nice suit or button up and the girls wear a nice dress. However, two of the male athletes along with myself decided to pull up to the formal wearing a fun accessory. The accessory we chose was, the famous Pit Vipor sunglasses. With the large frames and crazy blue color, you couldn’t miss us in the room. The Pit Vipors were a statement piece at formal, so why not incorporate them into today’s Daily Create assignment!


DS106 Assignment – Places of Peace

Places of Peace

Above are all images that represent places of peace for me. Old Black Point (OBP) (picture in the top left corner and picture on the right in the second row) is a specific area in my home town of Niantic, Connecticut where you can catch the most perfect sunset! The second you enter OBP and walk the beach, memories from childhood through my high school years come flooding in. OBP gives you a sensory overload of happiness and peace. You can’t help but smile and feel relaxed as you roam the beach while watching the sun set over the Long Island sound with hometown friends.

Block Island (picture in top right corner) is a second place of peace for me. Since seventh grade, my closest friends and I would spend either a full day or long weekend in the Block. Escaping reality and jetting off the Block Island on the ferry is a key memory I’ve had for years. As I’ve gotten older, the memories and time spent on the island have just grown fonder. Block feels like a home away from home. The tradition of going to Block with my hometown friends is one that will carry on for the rest of our lives.

Boat rides on the Niantic River and Long Island Sound (bottom two pictures and picture on the left in the second row) is something I’ve done since birth. Spending the day on the boat relaxing with family on friends is the peak of my summers. Whether I’m laying on the bow trying to get a tan or traveling full speed as the wind and sea salt hits my face, when I’m on the boat, I am so content and at peace. Being in my hometown of Niantic, Connecticut will always bring me peace!


QCQ 3 – Rheingold

Quotation: “ Knowing how to blog, tweet, wiki, search, innovate, program, and/or organize online can lead to political, cultural, and economic power” (Rheingold 111). 

Comment: I chose this quote as I feel it acknowledges the importance of the purpose for social media. Being able to share your life and or thoughts on the internet is a free privilege, but if done wrong can come with a price. Cancel Culture or just hatred.  Cancel culture or call-out culture is a modern form of ostracism (exclusion from a society or group) in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles. This quote expresses the need for knowledge before posting out on the web for the rest of the world to see. This quote uses the word “power”. The word power is symbolic in the sense that when used correctly/appropriately, social media can be a place for growth ( politically, culturall, and economically) for our community. Knowing how to express your thoughts and beliefs properly on social media can translate into a positive change and or positive force of power. Knowing how to communicate with other people via social media is a beneficial skill to have, when immersing yourself into the crazy world of the internet. One of the most powerful positive effects of social media is its ability to provide support and solidarity, but this can only be done if you have the knowledge of how to organize your thoughts into words for the rest of the world to read.  

Question: As avid social media users (today’s generation), is it obvious when browsing the internet who lacks knowledge on the topics they are discussing?

DS106 Assignment – Meme 1 (Troll Quote)

Meme 1 (Troll Quotes)

After contemplating what three individual/characters to use for the DS106 meme troll quotes assignment, I decided to use three influential figures that people may see on TV every day. Individual one is displayed as the graphic or image of my meme. If it isn’t obvious, the individual displayed is the man, the myth, the legend, Dr. Phil. For those of you who’ve never watched Dr. Phil, which I don’t know how that’s possible, he provides the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television. Once I had decided on Dr Phil representing my meme image, I then need to decide who I would quote that would in some way would resemble something people could imagine Dr. Phil saying. My mind instantly went to another daytime host that provides positivity and help for the community. So I decided to use a quote from the one and only Oprah Winfrey. Oprah like Dr. Phil works to change the lives of others, so I used her quote that states, “where there is no struggle, there is no strength”. After identifying two out of the three individuals I would use, I then needed to decide who would be responsible and take credit for the quote. The obvious choice was yet another inspirational talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. For my meme troll DS 106 assignment, I chose three individuals who are bright, intelligent, and look to better the community.


Daily Create #tdc3674

DC #tdc3674

When arriving upon Twitter for the daily create it ended up being February 2, 2022. The idea behind the daily create was to represent the Second Day of the Second Month of the 22nd year of the Second Millennium. An obvious theme revolving around the number two. After scrolling through the Daily Create Twitter page and seeing what others had constructed, I decided I was going to make the number two, out of a bunch of number twos. I went on the internet and collected a variety of different looking and different designed images of the number two. I then opened up a Google Doc and began to construct the number two itself out of the images I collected. I just thought why not follow the big theme of representing the number two, by actually creating the number two out of two’s (thats a tongue twister).