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    GFCF Food Blog Roundup

    May 20, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    Afterthoughts gets hits everyday from all over google. People come here, searching for GFCF help. Unfortunately, I am only a little bit of help. What I know, I know well. And one of the things I know well is how little I really know.

    Think about that for a while.

    Si commented to me last night about my cooking, how much time I spend baking and preparing and all of that. {This was right around the time I announced that I was going to start making my own baking powder because I had reason to believe there was gluten in the jar I had purchased.} I told him that I really hadn’t imagined my life this way. I really thought there’d be a lot more restaurants and far fewer cooking tools.

    So anyhow, today I thought I’d share a few of the blogs out there that are helping me shape up the GFCF kitchen:

    The Nourishing Gourmet
    I am a big fan of Nourishing Traditions. However, I sometimes go into mental overload trying to combine the NT food philosophy with the stringency of the GFCF diet. Well, the author of The Nourishing Gourmet seems to enjoy experimenting with alternative grains for fun. At the same time, her dairy intake was recently eliminated by her doctor.

    My final plug for this blog will be a quote from her sidebar, which explains her philosophy of food {which is quite similar to mine}:

    I want the food I give my family to both taste good and strengthen their bodies. Too often, “health food” is lacking healthy fats, healthy traditional ingredients, and taste appeal. On the other side of the coin, many have trained their senses to only enjoy food loaded with bad fats, MSG and other unnatural flavor enhancers. I believe there is a better way.

    Gluten Free Heaven
    This blog is fairly new to me. However, I appreciate the author’s yearning for truly good bread. We have tried a number of loaves, and many of them are so inferior to wheat bread that we’d rather skip it altogether. Some of the wonderful recipes I intend to try from this blog include a flat bread that looks perfect for making wrap sandwiches and an amaranth loaf that also contains millet, one of my favorite wheat alternatives.

    Frugal Abundance
    I found this blog because the author commented here a couple times. And what a delightful find! This author has mastered cooking on a tight budget. At the same time, her family has recently gone GFCF. Now, the diets don’t match up exactly, since my children are also off of soy entirely {unless it is naturally fermented, which breaks down those pesky proteins} and need to eat corn in small and infrequent doses. However, I look forward to reading her recipes and getting frugal tips as she begins her family’s transition to the GFCF life.

    Life After Gluten
    I’ve seen some great recipes at Life After Gluten since I subscribed to it {in my handy Google Reader} a couple months ago. Some of her recipes seem like something that will be easier for me to eat once the morning-noon-and-night sickness is over. So I’m storing up her ideas to try when Baby O. {aka Number Four} is about three months old and I finally come out of my newborn brain fog.

    All of that to say it’s a great blog with creative recipes. It is not dairy free. I believe the author has celiac. However, I find that half of the time, dairy is used as a topping {like cheese} and can simply be left out altogether.

    That’s All Folks!
    Anyone want to share a blog that falls into this category? I am always looking for new ideas as we are still, even nine months into the diet, in transition in many ways.

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