Best site for info on being gluten-free: http://forums.glutenfree.com/
They even have a Gluten Free diet Bootcamp thread http://forums.gluten.../topic1309.html
which I highly recommend checking out. Keep in mind that there are a lot of sources for cross-contamination!!!! There's also recipes on that board.
I buy very few specialty gluten-free items, mostly because of my 19 food allergies. I do recommend Tinkyada brand rice pasta. It's the only one I've tried that holds up like regular pasta. My Walmart actually has a small gluten free section and that pasta is under $3 there.
Anything specific she's looking for? For us, (except for the obvious gluten-stuff, like baked goods, bread, ect.,) it was switching brands to ones that were safe/gluten-free.
Most of the Chex cereals are now Gluten free. That was huge for the gluten-free community!
I don't recommend eating out, especially at first. I personally don't eat out because I don't trust anyone else to make sure my food is completely safe for me. It took me quite awhile to get the hang of everything, so I don't trust someone in a busy restaurant kitchen to know exactly what to do. Just stirring my food with a plastic spoon that had previously stirred something with gluten in it (even if washed), is enough to cross-contaminate.
Edited by out_of_the_ordinary, 22 June 2012 - 02:06 PM.