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!
Many of you are here out of frustration, curiosity, confusion, and asking yourself the same question: HOW do I take on a GLUTEN-FREE DIET? I remember thinking the same thing when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. It’s overwhelming, frustrating, confusing, and feels plain lonely. BUT, it doesn’t have to. I’m here to help you.
The first thing I did once starting a gluten-free diet? I consulted a nutritionist. I began taking probiotics. I began reading about what gluten was, how it was affecting my lower intestines, and how long this may have been going on.
Then, I became overwhelmed. I realized EVERYTHING had gluten in it! Like everything I loved at the store was cross contaminated! I cried. It was alot to take in.
Overtime, I got used to it. And things started getting back to normal in my life. I was used to eating completely gluten-free as my gut healed in a matter of a year. I mean completely. I knew that gluten was going to be a no no two weeks into eating gluten-free. Nada. Cross contamination wasn’t an option for me either.
Now, here’s where I come in for you! All these years later, since being diagnosed, I have studied extensively when it comes to the gluten-free diet. 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. And yes, it is so overwhelming at first. But it doesn’t have to be.
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. I know how to cook at home with ingredients that are naturally gluten-free, and know which ingredients to put in that will, in fact, be gluten-free 100%. I know that going out to eat will not be a huge option for you any longer, but I can help you order from a place, in a way that will help your odds completely. I can show you how feeding gluten free dishes to yourself becomes fun and exciting, and you’ll be proud you’re making these meals at home! I’ll also tell you now: you are not alone. This will be fun and exciting, and you won’t have to substitute too much overall! In fact, you’ll be eat healthier. Your fats will be real fats, and you’ll be using more fresh herbs than you ever thought possible.
I could write a book about this all. But it’s just the About Me page! And I’m hoping you’ll come around more so that I can hear more about you too. I am here to help and can’t wait to hear about all the things readers are looking for in a gluten-free diet. 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 you through this.
I take pictures of all my food on this blog. And cook all the recipes myself. Some will come from my husband as well. Others will be dairy free too, as my son’s diet is strict. 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! Blogging is something I fell into when I wanted to share not only recipes, but delicious food photography with viewers.
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 dishes 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! Have a kid that cried at a recent birthday party because he can’t have gluten? Read this post! Since my 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).
Here is how I will list the ingredient for you:
- 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.
Hope this helps!
Here are just a few things 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 last time I did, I broke out in hives. Darn! 🙁
- 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.
- 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, herb gardens, and my Nikon D850 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 became a Screen Actors Guild member after driving out to L.A. to act years ago.
- 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 🤦♀️.
- Beginning 2019, I will include a picture of my husband after each post doing something new. I’ll call them ‘Rich Pics’.
- 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 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!