If you’ve been hanging out with me you know I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a few months ago. All summer I’ve been learning to navigate the choppy waters of this auto-immune issue while discovering that it’s taken a toll on my body and honestly my emotions as well.
Because I do a lot of cooking and baking around here, how could I not talk about going gluten free? I’m going to be honest with you…before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease I would visit ‘gluten-free’ blogs and leave them as quickly as I arrived. I had no desire to leave the gluten out of anything I cooked, I mean, why would I?
My best bud Julie (Check out Julie’s Blog Here!) was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over three years ago. Julie would often chat with me about cooking without gluten and the battle to find restaurants with gluten free menus and all the things Celiac Disease had done to her body…when we landed on this subject, I came just short of putting my fingers in my ears and saying “La la la la la la “, so I wouldn’t have to hear her. What she had to do, live the rest of her life without gluten, was one of my worst nightmares. The reason for this is …
To me…food is not JUST food.
I know many of you won’t understand, but good food, for this southern gal, says home.
When I cook a comforting dinner or bake something sweet, I’m very much in the moment and at the same time I’m very much in touch with past moments. Those sweet memories from my childhood, when the definition of security, love and home first anchored me.
Mama in the kitchen making Thanksgiving dinner or a quick batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies in the middle of the week, these small things helped define “family” for the younger me and doing them now…well, it makes me happy.
Okay, so I need therapy. Maybe I have food issues, nevertheless that’s where I stand on all things yummy. But here’s the good news; with the help of The Husband, I’m discovering new ways to cook foods I love. No joke, this gluten-free journey is actually kinda fun, we’re finding lots of great new recipes and I’m revising some of my old favorites!
Going forward I’ll be posting some of those recipes and for all my sweet friends who don’t have to steer clear of gluten, I’ll either make the recipe using simple ingredients (because sometimes it gets complicated cooking gluten-free) or I’ll give you a full-of-gluten alternative recipe! I don’t want to exclude anyone!
Love to you my friends…and bon appetite!
(You’ll find all my recipes under: All Things Recipes and I just added the new: All Things Gluten Free that I’m slowly working on!)