October 25, 2011

Hello! My name is Pat and I am gluten-free by marriage

Filed under: cooking, gluten-free, introduction, Uncategorized — Tags: , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 16:14

Hi everyone!  My name is Pat and I am gluten-free by marriage.  As I mentioned in my bio, I love to cook.  I enjoy making pretty much everything, casseroles, soups, etc…, but my real passion is baking.  (I have cookie issues, some might call it an addiction, but that is a whole other story…)  After twenty-five years of cheerfully whipping up tasty breakfasts, dinners and snacks my wonderful husband developed an intolerance to gluten and I was faced with the challenge of reinventing the wheel.  No more quickie, throw together casseroles with canned soup, no more soups with store-bought stock, no more pasta and no more bread.  (Did I mention that I love bread almost as much as I love cookies?)  No more gluten and the awesome home-baked goodness that goes with it.

Suddenly I understood why people freaked at the prospect of gluten-free cooking…

It didn’t seem so bad at first.  In my ignorance I believed that I would just adapt recipes to alternative flours.  Then I started reading gluten-free blogs.  Apparently all those pantry staples that make it so easy to make homemade meals on busy weeknights contain gluten.  Canned soups, gravies and even stock all have added wheat. Many brands of  Worcestershire, steak and soy sauce add wheat to their products.  Don’t even think about buying bottled salad dressing.  Anything purchased in a bottle, can or jar has the potential to contain gluten.  Yikes!  I already read labels for sodium, fat and added sugars, now I had to look out for wheat.  Suddenly I understood why people freaked at the prospect of gluten-free cooking.

If you or a member of your family is suddenly facing a gluten-free lifestyle, don’t worry.  I’m here to tell you that once you get over the initial shock, it’s not that bad.  Seriously.  It only takes a little bit of planning to get into a routine so that you’re not spending every free moment in the kitchen.

Please join me as I venture into the world of gluten-free cooking.  My cooking style is Everyday Easy and my focus is recipes such as casseroles and soups that stretch to two meals.  I may not have a new post every day, but I promise to share my recipe hits and misses, and hope that you find my cooking style an easy way to embrace the gluten-free life.


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