Saturday, September 12, 2009

Eating Gluten-Free

Recently, we found out that my husband most likely suffers from Celiac Sprue. After a 6 week long, Gluten-Free diet, he tried wheat and was horrendously ill. Until we get blood tests and biopsies this evidence is considered, "inconclusive." It is however, enough evidence for us to believe that he should be on a strict Gluten-Free diet. As an avid at-home baker, and a wife/mom who makes just about everything from scratch, this has been a little bit of a challenge. After a lot of research, I chose three cook books to help us find meals and desserts that are tasty, but also gluten-free.

Book 1. 1,000 Gluten Free Recipes, by Carol Fenster

Book 2. Gluten-Free Baking Classics, by Annalise Roberts

Book 3. The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods, by Bette Hagman

I must confess that I haven't cooked anything from Bette Hagman's book yet. But I'm in love with every recipe in Carol Fenster's book. I have yet to make something that we don't like from that book!

I was really craving a sweet treat the other day. I could've made regular cookies, or bought something that wasn't gluten-free and hoarded it for myself, but I want to be a supportive wife! Having my own allergies, I know how hard it is to watch other people do and eat things that you can't. So I went to Annalise's book. Then I went to a special food store and bought the flours that I would need, made the mixes and then whipped up a batch of her chocolate chip cookies. Now, my favorite cookies have 2x the amount of brown sugar as regular sugar. Her recipe was the opposite, and because I'm, well, me, I switched it up. It did not hurt the recipe and the cookies were very, very good. I doubt anyone would even be able to tell that they were (yes they were all gone in about a day) gluten-free!



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