Sometimes even today, I feel alone in my gluten-free lifestyle. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in December 2008, and at that time I was the only one in my family and of my friends who had been diagnosed. Having just moved from San Francisco to Austin at the time of my diagnosis, my mom was very supportive of changing our eating habits and learning how to live a gluten-free lifestyle. My initial reaction to the diagnosis was pretty dramatic. I basically threw a tantrum (pretty embarrassing at 38), as I was no longer going to be able to eat pasta, French bread, cookies, cake, sandwiches and many other things I loved. + More
First, I want to thank Amy Green of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free for sharing her post today! It was a call to action to get involved with the Giving Table, and join so many other bloggers helping to bring awareness and attention to the issue of hunger and the growing rates of families struggling to put food on the table. With the economic climate our country has been in the last six plus years, there are so many families living off $3-$6 through the Snap Program/Food Stamps. You never know, your neighbors may be fighting to feed their children every day.
Nicole Gulotta of The Giving Table has pulled together over 200 bloggers today to dedicate their posts to stamping out hunger. No one should go hungry and so we’ve banded together to write posts addressing hunger and sharing recipes that families can make at home that are low-cost and healthy. The movement has also brought light to the recent film A Place at the Table, by Chef Tom Colicchio and the team that made Food, Inc.
Meatless Monday’s used to leave me in such a quandary. After having met Michael Natkin last year, author of Herbivoracious and recent James Beard Foundation Finalist, thanks to his publisher Harvard Common Press, I really have a few found love for vegetables. Michael and a few other Chef’s (Gary Menes, Ned Elliott, and Todd Duplechan) have changed my mind about eating more vegetarian dishes, as well as given me the confidence to try things out on my own!
Enter butternut squash, golden beets and fennel. I had no recipe for this dish, it was just something I’d been wanting to try, as I don’t really care for beets.
Kids & Food: I love to capture precious moments like this photograph taken at the Austin Food and Fine Alliance “Wine & Swine” event last November. Ice cream cone courtesy of Chef Zack Northcutt, who stole this little girls heart and got a big smile with his Bacon & Molasses Ice Cream with Foie Gras Whipped Cream.
Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread? Is it possible? With St. Patrick’s Day being tomorrow, I thought I would whip up a traditional Irish recipe. I wanted to stay away from sweets if possible, as I am trying to watch my intake of such delicious treats. My mom made some home-made split pea soup the other day and I thought what a great compliment a loaf of Irish Soda Bread would be to the soup for Sunday night dinner.
In addition to having my mom and grandmother teach me to cook/bake, I was fortunate to study under a Master Baker & Pastry Chef Susan Robinson during my senior year of high school/freshman year of college. Susan and her husband Bennett, owed Gourmet to Go, a full service artisan food shop and catering company. Susan was classically trained in France and she had impeccably high standards when it came to baking and pastry, which I have carried forward into my gluten-free baking.
Baking is really about being precise, as well as highly scientific. One must understand the chemical reactions created say when baking a loaf of bread or a cake. And when you are baking gluten-free even more so! + More
Coping with death has it challenges. Some do better than others, but we all have those days where we just want to bury our head under the covers when coping with death and/or loss.
A picture is worth a thousand words and my dog Harper put into action how I’ve felt lately. I just have to laugh and couldn’t resist taking a picture, which ultimately made my day better! A friend of mine recently gave me a book she read when her father passed away “The Other Side of Sadness” by Georage A. Bonanno. My friend found it helpful as it explained that grief does not come in stages and it’s not the same for everyone and more over about human resilience – Here is a review from the New York Times.
I do know this for sure, I have to remember each day to be kind to myself and realize that it’s just going to take time and it’s ok if I want to put my head under the covers from time to time.
And yes I’m back in the kitchen! Developing new recipes, cooking and baking (thank god)!
Did your mother or father ever tell you to “stop and take time to smell the flowers?” Life gets complicated in so many ways and sometimes we forget to stop and be grateful for the things that are going right or things we have in life. My grandmother used to always tell me “Rachelle life is too short to focus on what’s going wrong, make sure to take time out and be grateful for what you have and what’s going right.” Life has been and is still quite complicated at the moment for me, as I’m working my way through the grief process of losing my grandmother (yesterday was two months that she’s been gone). + More
Welcome to Austin, TX and I hope your ready to eat like a local! Austin, TX is known as the live music capital (Austin is host to SXSW, Austin City Limits Festival & Fun Fun Fun Fest), but our culinary scene has taken off in the last few years (did I mention we have several James Beard Award Winners & Nominees here in Austin?), with much to offer diners with varied palates and for those just looking for some down home Southern cooking! In this guide I will be covering:
- Hyde Park
- North Austin
I also wrote a separate post on Gluten-Free Dinner – Downtown Austin (includes food trailers).
Welcome to Austin, TX first and foremost! Austin is such a great music city as you well know (We are host to SXSW, Austin City Limits Festival & Fun Fun Fun Fest), but our culinary scene has taken off in the last few years with much to offer diners with inquisitive taste buds and for those just looking for some down home cooking! In this guide I will be covering:
- Dinner – Downtown Austin (includes food trailers)
Other parts of Austin’s dining scene have been covered by Jessica Meyer of ATX Gluten-Free, Rebecca Saltsman of Salt’s Kitchen and Jen Mansfield of Inspired Eats – Please find the links below. I’ve also written another post covering the following Austin’s neighborhoods serving up gluten-free eats:
- Hyde Park
- North Austin + More
Food Network Kitchen Takes Flight!
I’m really fortunate to be able to travel personally and professionally quite frequently! I’ve been airborne the last three week (West Coast to East Coast) and finding good food in airports can be tough! I’m always sussing out new spots in the cities which I am visiting.
Luck should have it I happen to stumble upon a Food Network Kitchen in Florida last week at the Fort Lauderdale Airport (located in the JetBlue Terminal). I’m happy to report hey had some gluten-free options and locally sourced products. I will most certainly add this to my list of airport stops!Popped into the Food Network Kitchen for a bite upon my arrival in Fort Lauderdale, FL