A Blogger A Day: Creative Cooking: Gluten Free
Why we’re fans: Jenny enjoys the learning process. Instead of throwing her hands up at the thought of going gluten-free, she went to work in the kitchen. She’s not afraid to admit when something’s a flop, and over time, her recipes have become more advanced and adventurous. Now, Jenny’s taking it to the next level by attending culinary school, with the ultimate goal to become a registered dietitian and personal chef for people with allergies. While she’s at it, she’s teaching her whole class a thing or two about celiac disease and why gluten-free safety is so important.
Jenny’s Story: I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago with celiac disease after many years of being misdiagnosed. I started my blog to keep a journal for myself of my new kitchen adventures, including my failures and successes. You can read more of my story on my blog (http://creativecookinggf.wordpress.com/about/)
According to Jenny: The toughest part of going gluten-free is eating out with friends and being “that person”. You all know what I’m talking about – the one asking nine million questions, double checking everything and having to find a place that is suitable for me to eat. It makes going out in groups a bit difficult, but thankfully those who know me are very understandable and accommodating, it is those that I just meet that it is hard for. I tend to feel bad about it and often don’t go out with people.
A taste of Creative Cooking: Gluten Free:
- My take of P.F. Chang’s Beef a La Sichuan: My biggest weakness is Chinese food, and I miss that more than anything else with being gluten-free. When living in Monterey, CA, I got spoiled by this great little family-run Chinese restaurant that would make me pretty much anything I wanted if I supplied them with gluten-free soy sauce. Needless to say, I ate there several times a week (I told you, it’s my weakness). P.F. Chang’s is also one of my favorite places to eat because they have such a great selection on their gluten-free menu. Sadly though, there isn’t one very close to us in Rhode Island, so I have decided to try and re-create as many of their recipes as possible. That way, I can control what ingredients I use, save money, and get my fix.
- Butternut Squash Soup: I don’t have a food processor or blender, so making this is a bit difficult. I was craving this soup so badly one day I finally went over to my neighbor and asked to borrow her food processor. Thankfully, she had one! It is just one of those soups that screams comfort food on a nice cool day. Perfect in the fall, winter or spring. We tend to like things a bit spicy in our house, so adjust the spice level accordingly. Great topped with gluten-free croutons, crispy bacon or toasted pine nuts.
- Cooking with my Grandma Lu (Meatballs and Sauce): I love and admire my grandmother very much. She is the reason I love to cook. She taught me from a very early age with a chair pulled up to the stove next to her. The love of cooking that she instilled in me at such an early age is one of my main reasons for attending my dream culinary school with the determination to do it as gluten-free as possible.
For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.
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