Hello! Welcome! I’m Jennifer Reidy.
My interest in food started when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over 7 years ago. Cooking from scratch is what I learned, and the how to’s of gluten-free cooking, in my kitchen at home. It took some time, but I got the hang of it. Now, I’m so excited to share it all with you!
I have been experimenting in the kitchen non stop. I’ve read countless cookbooks and studied foods and labels and what agrees with me and doesn’t. There is ALOT of information out there!
I know the ins and outs of gluten-free. I know what to look for, and what not to touch. I know the brands you can trust, and the labels you need to do a double take on. I know the way you look for foods and produce and meats that are going to naturally be gluten-free (note to self: investing in fresh farm beef and your own herb garden are win wins). I know how to cook at home with ingredients that are naturally gluten-free, and know which ingredients to not use. I know how to order when eating out.
Feeding Gluten-Free is a blog for those of you who want great, tasty gluten-free recipes that you could serve to yourself. Your family. A crowd. That’s what I’m here for. And I can’t wait to help!
Why Did I Start A Food Blog?
In 2015, I had already been eating gluten-free and cooking ALOT in the kitchen. I always took pictures of my dishes from my cell phone! I did that for years, actually. Overtime, I studied food blogs and realized how gorgeous their recipes looked. Only to find they were taking the photos themselves! It was amazing.
So, what did I do? Well, I began studying gluten-free food bloggers. And I realized there was sooooo much information that was incredible and knowledgeable, but not alot of imagery. I really wanted to put more images behind gluten-free recipes because I wanted people to see just how pretty they could be. When people think of gluten-free, they often associate it with bland baked goods and negative press. I wanted to change all that.
So, I thought, well, I can make a gluten-free recipe look pretty. Lots of gluten-free recipes look pretty! So, that’s what I set out to do. I picked up my husband’s DSLR camera that we had at the house. It was a Nikon D3000 and I used the lens kits. And then I started to study photography. And practiced. And googled. And read. And here I am today.
My background is in Journalism, so the thought of starting a blog made me comfortable when it came to writing posts.
I am still a Nikon camera girl. I ALMOST switched about 2 years ago, but I didn’t have the guts! SO many food photographers who own food blogs use Canon, and Canon is out of this world awesome. But I had invested in a new D810 Nikon camera, and upgraded to several different lenses. Including the one I now use almost exclusively, my Macro lens. My baby 🙂
So, I just couldn’t go through the change. The colors are different when it comes to the Nikon versus the Canon. For instance, Nikon has tremendous greens, whereas Canon has spectacular reds. And with food photography, well, red is HUGE. Soooo, I began to study Lightroom really hard, which is the only photo editing software I use to this day. I learn how to manipulate color, to get an end result that I’m satisfied with.
I started this food blog because I wanted to share amazing recipes with you that are all gluten-free and can be made for a gluten-free diet. I also started this food blog to show beautiful imagery of gluten-free dishes. When they taste darn good, well, I want them to look darn good too 🙂
Ok, so, gluten-free! It’s easy! The key is to start from scratch and cook at home! I’ve got lots of different recipes and methods I use when making gluten-free dishes. Like there are so many ways to make gluten-free recipes by using fresh herbs, farm fresh beef, and stewing longer than you can imagine to get a flavor that doesn’t require adding more ingredients. And if you’re stumped on where to start, like how does one make Gluten-Free pasta? I’ve got you covered right here in this post!
Do you have a child that cried at a recent birthday party because he can’t have gluten? Since my wheat allergic son couldn’t eat the pretzel rods during the last week of school before summer break, I sent in his gluten-free version! He said the other kids were jealous 😉
In my recipes, you’ll notice that I list ingredients and then offer brands that you can choose from that are gluten-free. It’s perfect for readers on a gluten-free diet! For instance, if I list ‘goat cheese’ as one of the ingredients, I will put in the note section of that ingredient (Vermont Creamery is labeled gluten-free). And I will only list products that I trust.
Here is how I will list gluten-free ingredients in my recipes:
- If the brand has a gluten-free certification, I will state the brand name and that it is certified gluten-free.
- If the brand has gluten-free written on the label, I will state the brand name and that it is labeled gluten-free.
- If the brand has nothing written but is considered gluten-free, I will always check with the company and will state the brand claims it is gluten-free.
- If products are manufactured on the same assembly lines as wheat ingredients, I will not name those brands.
‘Certified’ is a very good thing, labeled is a ‘proceed with caution’ thing, ‘claims’ is a trust factor thing.
Hope this helps!
Here’s some other stuff about me:
- I have Celiac disease, so I will be your GO TO recipe chick for anything gluten-free! I react to gluten, so these dishes are all truly free from gluten.
- My background is in journalism and theatre. I’m very dramatic when telling stories. Why make them boring?
- I always reference Kosher salt and freshly ground peppercorn in my ingredients. Because that’s all I use!
- I live in the Midwest, am married, and have two kids and a dog.
- I can’t eat shellfish because I’m allergic to that too. I’m what some refer to as ‘a hot mess.’
- My mother was from America, and my father is from the Middle East. Syria, to be exact! Mom passed away August 14th, 2018.
- I was named after a cartoon giraffe, thanks to my siblings.
- I don’t blame or target or review gluten-free restaurants and products in a negative way. You’ll have to look elsewhere for those sorts of articles! 🙂
- My favorite dish is gluten-free pasta with olive oil, garlic, fresh basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
- My favorite band is One Republic.
- My son has a wheat allergy and dairy sensitivity.
- My favorite food star is Ina Garten.
- I love the ocean, Thanksgiving, food photography, herb gardens, and my Nikon D810 camera with 105mm macro lens.
- The only gluten-free people in my household are myself and my son. My husband and daughter are not gluten-free. I make many of their meals separately.
- I say ‘a pinch, hefty pinch, small pinch’ when referring to amounts of salt and pepper in savory dishes.
- I have a stash of gluten-free chicken nuggets in my freezer.
- I became a Screen Actors Guild member after driving out to L.A. to act years ago.
- I have done several photo shoots for local restaurants, and my photography was displayed on the back cover of Edible Indy magazine.
- My favorite movie is When Harry Met Sally. I’m a sucker for romantic comedies!
- I have approximately five Alexas in my home. Because my husband is a tech freak. And they all interfere with each other and talk back to me 🤦♀️.
- In 2019 at some point, I will include a picture of my husband after each post doing something new. I’ll call them ‘Rich Pics’. Why? Because it just makes me laugh! Ha!
- I miss my mom every second, of every hour, of every day.
- I’m almost 42 and like to refer to myself as a ‘midlife blogger.’🤣
- I had a former food blog that I DID launch in 2015 with over 120 recipes. It was hacked 😢. And turned into a site of nude freaks. I was devastated, and pissed. But I started over, and started new! 💃🏼
- I know that a gluten-free diet can be very challenging, so it is my goal to help people.
- Head over to my Facebook or Twitter pages, and ask me anything gluten-free, or anything food photography!