In June 2008 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and with that came changes in the way that I eat and live my life. It hasn’t been the easiest of changes but its been a good challenge for me.
With having to be creative with my cooking (hence the name), I started Creative Cooking Gluten Free to share recipes that I have adapted to become gluten-free, (like I needed another excuse to cook). Here at Creative Cooking Gluten Free you will find many recipes that have been reformulated to be gluten-free (and mostly onion free) and many recipes that I have developed over the years. I think a huge part of the gluten-free lifestyle is being able to adapt to the changes and not give up your favorite gluten filled recipes. That is why I started by reformulation of recipes that I loved and creatively making them gluten-free.
Not only have I had to change my diet but Bryan has also had to change his as well. Thankfully he is a really good sport about it and trying all my different creations. I told him that I will not make two meals each night, so either he had to learn to cook for himself or eat my gluten-free creations. He chose to eat what I made. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll be having some gluten containing items in our house for him, it’s not like he can never have it again, but I just won’t be making any of it. He is extremely careful (sometimes even more than myself) about cross contamination. I know and understand that many people find the a split kitchen controversial, but I don’t think it is necessary to deprive him of food that he can eat. To take precautions, gluten-free items are labeled as such (peanut butter, etc.), everything is washed and sanitized very well, and we just stay on top of things.
I am not the only one with a special diet, Bryan has a few food allergies and intolerances that he needs to watch out for. His include an Onion allergy, Oral Allergy Syndrome and is Lactose Intolerant. So in addition to gluten-free recipes you will also find that many of them are also onion free and instead of using milk, we use soy milk or rice milk (except for a few recipes like whipped cream). Here is a little guide to some of the food allergy acronyms you will find on the site : GF = Gluten Free, OF = Onion Free, DF = Dairy Free, NF = Nut Free, SF = Soy Free, EF = Egg Free
I’ve been experimenting with different recipes, flours etc. and have had some very interesting out comes…those of which have not made it to the this blog but instead the trash. Its been fun and that’s all that matters to me.
In the Fall of 2010 I decided to take a huge step and apply to culinary school. Not just any culinary school, but my dream school since high school, Johnson & Wales University. Even though this is not strictly a gluten-free program, I am doing it as gluten-free as I possibly can. So far I have had some amazing Chefs who are encouraging and enthusiastic about me working with gluten-free flours. The program has been a bit of a challenge but I am truly loving it. I feel honored to be a part of JWU and to be taught by these talented and inspiring Chefs.
In November 2012 I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my Associate in Science degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University. In addition to graduating in November, I also began my Bachelor’s degree studies in Culinary Nutrition. In May I was awarded both the Feinstein Enriching America Award and the Founders Award from the University. In addition to those two awards I was inducted into the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society, completed my AmeriCorps Service, and was awarded over $21,000 for next year in scholarships and grants (hard work pays off!). For the academic year 2012-2013 I held the position as Vice President of the Sans Gluten Club, which won Best New Club on campus, and was elected President of the club for the 2013-2014 academic year. In addition to my studies, and work with the Sans Gluten club I also am a volunteer at an allergy and gastrointestinal clinic located at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI.
During the last five years of writing Creative Cooking Gluten Free, I have had the pleasure of working with many great companies such as Rudi’s Gluten Free, Udi’s Gluten Free, Canyon Bakehouse, Bakery on Maine, Le Creuset, Betty Crocker, Edgeware, and many more. You can find my recipes on EatSmart Products, Wholesome Sweeteners, and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.
Over the years my culinary library and skills have grown and I hope that they will continue to grow over the years to come. A mix of gluten-free cookbooks along with “regular” cookbooks and books on techniques currently reside in my library. I truly believe it is important to be able to adapt and reformulate every day recipes to meet your dietary restrictions. You can view my “wish list” cookbooks at the link on the bottom of this page. It is an ever-growing list, but might also be useful to you as you grow your culinary library.
Keep checking back for new recipes and resources for gluten-free living.
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