Delicious gluten-free?

When I was told I would have to go on a gluten-free diet, I didn’t know what to expect. I did not even know what gluten is, and had no idea of what to expect in the coming years. I would have to give up some of my favorite treats, but I would also have the privilege to discover new and better foods, and amazingly delicious gluten-free replacements. I would eat healthier and make better choices. I would learn that a gluten-free lifestyle can in fact be delicious.

I was diagnosed with celiacs in 2009 and honestly haven’t hated the experience. In fact I have enjoyed it. I have discovered a great deal about myself…and food. At the start of 2012, I became interested in cooking, so here I am! My family has been a really big support and I can always (usually) count on them to be my food testers when I come up with or find a new recipe to try. Most of my first few recipes I posted are just really good ones that I found online or somewhere, but I hope that as I continue cooking, I will have more original ones to share.

My main goal for this blog is finding simple, easy recipes that use more or less the same ingredients or not many ingredients. I hate it when I’m looking for a seemingly simple recipe, and all I find are complicated ones that use four different flours or twenty ingredients. In my opinion, less is more. For example, my mac n’ cheese recipe. I went through tens of recipes before finally finding one that didn’t use obscure flours or numerous different cheeses I had never heard of. That was part of the reason I started this blog: (not the mac n’ cheese) to share my simple recipes. To prove that being gluten-free can truly be delicious. Check out my New to GF? page for a look at what’s in my pantry.

Believe it or not, I do not like sweets! Crazy, I know, but true. I’m one of those weirdos who just doesn’t really love cake or chocolate or icing or whatever. I only like a little bit: some vanilla ice cream here, a piece of hard candy there, but not much. Therefore, you will not find many posts about desserts and such at this blog. HOWEVER, I do plan on trying some sweet recipes for my family to try, and maybe myself (if I don’t put as much sugar). So keep a look out for the occasional sweet treat!

PLEASE comment! Is it good? Bad? Appetizing? Delicious? I want to know! I want your feedback so I know how to improve and make better recipes. If they’re perfect, say so! I know I’m just a young, amateur cook finding a place in the GF world, but I really do want to improve my skills.

DISCLAIMER: Being a celiac victim myself, I know the extremity of gluten intolerance, so you should not have to worry too much about the ingredients called for in recipes. However, I am no professional; I am not a doctor or dietician and will say this: ALWAYS read labels and/or consult a physician for medical guidance. Also note, some ingredients I use are optionally gluten-free, so when I refer to them, I mean the gluten-free version.

Thanks for reading!

Anna Morgan

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