Updated February 8, 2017.
You find yourself needing to make gluten free foods. We all have those moments in our lives; those catalysts for great change. Was becoming gluten free one of yours?
I come from a long line of great southern cooks. You know the type. The ones who throw in a bit of this and that and suddenly they have a delicious cobbler or sweet potato pie. And this is where I was headed. I would never have believed you if you had told me that I would one day be making all these old recipes and more sans gluten.
Then this little guy was born.
Noah has cerebral palsy due to a brain hemorrhage that occurred during delivery. He has had many challenges in his life as he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at nine months of age. Among these challenges were food allergies. And what wouldn't you attempt for this amazing smile?
So, I started exploring with cooking very differently. A couple years later, our second bundle was born, and it turns out that he, too, is gluten intolerant, so the adventure continued with more and more gluten-free baking. I tried recipes from cookbooks and ones that I found online, and much of the time we were disappointed. The boys, and my husband for that matter, were troupers. As I continued working on it, I found the successes increase and the failures decrease.
I spent a lot of time cooking two types of everything. I baked brownies my boys could have and brownies for everyone else. But in the last couple of years, I had a revelation. Many of the things I was making for the boys were so tasty that I began to wonder why I was working twice as hard to make something different for everyone else, so I stopped.
At first I would apologize to others saying, "I hope you don’t mind that this dish is gluten-free", but I realized that I was still causing myself too much trouble.
Friends of mine were responding with things like, “OMGosh! This is gluten-free? It is SO-O-O good!” And I had another epiphany. I needed to stop apologizing for making good food. So I stopped, and life got much easier.
From the moment Noah was born, my life changed. Fortunately that change was for the better. I found I could do much more than I ever thought myself capable - I had more strength than I ever thought possible.
And that leads me to my first cookbook. My mother and I decided that we should put our favorite comfort food recipes together and offer them to others who need to eat gluten free and want their friends and family to enjoy their foods as well.