A Blogger A Day: Gluten Free Betsy
Why we’re fans: Betsy is a sharer. She writes about local gluten-free events and online giveaways, but more importantly, she brings readers through her own gluten-free experiences, whether it’s attending a swanky gluten-free dinner or explaining why a certain product she tried is too good to pass up. Betsy proves that it takes one to know one, and she’s posting her knowledge for all gluten-free newbies (and not-so-newbies) to benefit from.
Betsy’s Story: I was diagnosed with celiac disease in January 2000 and have been gluten-free ever since. It’s been a world of difference. I wrote why I started my blog in a post called “Starting from the Beginning…”
According to Betsy: The toughest part of going gluten-free trying to come up with alternatives. When I went gluten-free, there weren’t nearly as many gluten-free alternatives as there are today. I remember some terrible cookies and crumbly bread. Luckily I’ve improved my baking skills a bit.
A taste of Gluten Free Betsy:
- Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies – Samoas: This one is from March of last year, but I still get many hits on it. I decided to make my own “Girl Scout” cookies, since I couldn’t eat the ones from the Girl Scouts. I found a similar recipe online and adapted it to make it gluten-free. The comments really made my day, especially the one from Teresa whose daughter was a Girl Scout but never tasted their cookies.
- Gluten-Free Chicago Potluck: I’m part of the Gluten-Free Chicago group on Gluten-Free Faces. I loved meeting other gluten-free people in Chicago and having a potluck with them! There’s very few options for me at potlucks, so being able to taste everyone’s dishes was great! It was such a fun day.
- Oh Thank Heaven for 20-11: This was my first post of 2011 and where I announced a new feature on my blog, a gluten-free book club. I love to read, and I read a lot of books on the celiac/gluten-free topic, everything from cookbooks to memoirs to educational pieces. Since more and more people are being diagnosed with celiac or are going gluten-free, I thought it might be a great place to find the right book they are looking for. Looking for facts? Someone’s story to relate to? Need a collection of great gluten-free recipes? They’ll find it here, and I was so excited to start that new feature.
For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.