Open Session: What Readers Think

| September 2008

Wheat-free meals: I was surprised to see CAPPER’S suggesting we create “wheat-free meals” (“To save money, create some wheat-free meals,” July). Food nutritionists urge us to eat whole grains. Travel down a Kansas road a ways, and you will see signs that declare Kansas the “Wheat State.” With Kansas producing wheat, what better way can we find to eat whole grain than to eat bread?

I don’t think Arthur Capper, a senator from Kansas and publisher of CAPPER’S, would ever have suggested we replace the wheat raised here in Kansas.

Estella Nuss
Wilson, Kan.

Editor’s note: Thank you for your letter, Estella, and for reminding us all of the importance of eating whole grains – not just for our diet, but also to support the breadbasket of America.

We have heard from numerous readers seeking wheat-free recipes because they are unable to include it in their diet for health reasons, and that’s why we decided to include the article in our issue. We like wheat, and we especially love supporting our local farmers, but we’re sure you’ll agree that people who are allergic to wheat deserve great recipes, too.

Musical family – All the good family stories in CAPPER’S bring back memories of when I was a little girl. We had a family band and played in Minneapolis – in churches, veterans homes and pizza parlors, as well as at bluegrass gatherings and radio stations. We also played big auditoriums in St. Paul, Minn.

We were all musicians and played accordions, guitars, violins, mandolins, mouth organs and other instruments. My brothers built a broadcasting station out of an old radio, and we entertained the counties around us – until the authorities made us shut down because we had no license.

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