It was about 12 years ago when we sat in the doctors office, holding hands for comfort. The doctor was examining a swollen lymph gland in our daughters neck and making disturbing “em-hmmm” sounds every few seconds.
About 12 months beforehand I had noticed her lymph gland being swollen… at the time, we were all sick, so I didn't think much about it after that. Until about 3 months later when I happened to check it again and it was still swollen. More swollen? I put her on some immune support teas and kept checking it.
At 4 months, it was still swollen.
At 5 months, it hasn't changed much.
My mama heart started getting worried. I talked to a friend who was a nurse and she immediately said the thing that I had been terrified to think. Could be cancer.
We found a great doctor in the nearest large city (we were living outside of Nashville at the time) and made an appointment. The soonest they could get us in was 3 months, but they would put us on the list if there was a cancellation.
2 months later we were finally sitting in that doctors office waiting for some indication of whether on not this was serious. I was so worried about what might be wrong with my daughter that I really wasn't expecting what happened next.
The doctor set down his stethoscope and turned to Josh and me and said… "I want to put her on a liver cleaning diet to see if her body just needs help cleaning up her system. I find these diets work best if the whole family goes on them. Let's try it for 3 months and then check her out again.”
Of course we would all change our diet to help our daughter, no problem!
But when the nurse handed me the diet requirements I almost started crying.
- No white potatoes
- No soy
- No wheat or other gluten containing grains
- No red meat
- No dairy
- No sugar
- No peanuts
- No sweeteners
- No fruit
At the time we had 6 small children and were living in a 700 sq foot basement while we were building a house. Our kitchen consisted of about 3 feet of counter, a sink, a stove and a fridge. What in the world was I going to feed everyone?
I jumped right into the grocery store’s gluten-free section… but nearly everything had either potatoes or soy in it. As I searched I found a few brands and items with flours that we could eat.
I bought a package of English Muffins and was shocked by the price tag- $12 for a pack of 8 (each of us could eat only 1). When I got them home, I toasted them up, put some coconut oil on them and took a bite. I distinctly remember thinking that I should just have bought cardboard instead because it would have tasted better and cost far less.
I tried baking some gluten-free items, but there were so many different flours and extra ingredients that it was quickly overwhelming… I found one really simple recipe for oat scones and, even though it wasn't that great, just stuck to it.
We ended up on the diet for about 6 months total.
At the 3 month mark, I bought the same English Muffins again out of desperation and this time I actually thought they tasted pretty good. Everything else had been SO BAD or SO EXPENSIVE that I actually thought that $12, cardboard-tasting English muffins were a decent treat!
After 6 months, the doctor declared our daughter as being just fine, with just a “congested lymph gland” and had us start to phase foods back in. What was the first food we added? Yep… gluten. Thank goodness!
So, years later when a friend needed to go gluten-free for the health of a child, I had so much sympathy. Luckily, by that time I had a lot more experience in the kitchen. I went to the kitchen and I whipped up some savory sourdough pesto muffins with home ground quinoa flour and passed them to their family. They were amazed! They each asked, "Are you sure there isn't gluten in here?"
Hence The Art of Gluten Free Homemade Bread book was born.
Pancakes and Waffles:
- Hearty Whole Grain Pancakes
- Special Day Gluten-Free Waffles
- Sourdough Pancakes
- Best for You Sourdough Whole Grain Waffles
and baked goods:
- White Sourdough Sandwich Loaf
- Sourdough Boule
- Hearty Whole Grain Sourdough Artisan Loaf
- Sourdough Brownies
- Sourdough Doughnuts
- Sourdough Vanilla Cake
- And more…
Muffins and Scones:
- Chocolate Chip Scones
- Raspberry and Lemon Muffins
- Carrot Cake Muffins
- Savory Garlic Herb Muffins
- Pumpkin Bread
- Cranberry Orange Scones
- And More…
Cookies, Cakes and more:
- Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Lemon Drop Cookies
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Vanilla Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting
- Cinnamon Rolls
- And much more…
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So many households now have some gluten eaters and some gluten-free eaters. Simplify your life by baking for them both at the same time! With favorites like gluten-free Cinnamon Rolls and Raspberry Lemon Sourdough Muffins with Lemon Glaze, your whole family will love your baking!
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No more confusion about specialized diets again with our extensive substitution lists for specialized diets!
Can’t have dairy? Check out pages 36-37 for this easy substitution.
No eggs for you? Page #33 tells you exactly when you can use each type of egg substitute and still get great texture and flavor. With over 55 items in the list, you’ll be mixing and matching ingredients like a pro on day 1!
Gluten-free sandwich breads, French breads and Artisan Boule loaves that will hold up to the heartiest sandwich!
No more sandwiches that crumble to pieces with the first bite… these delicious breads will hold up to the biggest sandwiches!
🍞 Imagine showing up at your next church potluck with a basket of fresh gluten-free Double Chocolate Chip Muffins…
🍞 Or showing up at your next play date with a plate of gluten-free Lemon Drop Cookies.
🍞 What about pulling a fresh loaf of gluten-free Sourdough Artisan Bread out of the oven right as your family walks in the door from a long busy day…
🍞 You’ll be the gluten-free HERO of the Day!
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