Who am I?
My name is Laurie. A happy wife and mom of three boys. I appreciate nature and serene settings just as much as the chaos of our daily lives.
I’ve always loved to cook and enjoy food with friends and family. Seven years ago, my son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, as well as allergies to dairy, soy and egg. Shortly thereafter, I was tested and learned that my life long digestive issues were in fact caused by the same disorder. Once strictly removing all of the offending allergens, I became medicine free after being on Ulcerative Colitis meds since my early twenties. I now know that all three of my boys suffer from serious food allergies, and our entire family strictly avoids them.
For a while after we first found out, I stopped cooking and was scared of the kitchen — afraid I’d ruin everything I tried. For about a year, I pretty well did. Collapsible bread and brick brownies were commonplace.
When my boys started having an opinion about living without all of their favorite foods and having to eat homemade dog biscuits during birthday parties, I decided it was time to get serious. I threw myself into starting over and learning to cook in a whole new way.
Why I Know Food
I am not a professional chef. I am a Mom who loves my family and wants the dinner table to be a place of good food and great conversation.
I have researched, bought the substitutes, cooked them, gagged, thrown them out, and started over again.
I hope my blog might help those who are new to the world of food allergies or who simply want to avoid some of my mistakes. Many of my recipes are my own. Some are ones that I have converted from other chefs. And sometimes, I just like to share about a new product I’ve discovered that has changed my life or a restaurant that has blown away my expectations.
My hope is that my musings will help bring “off limit” foods back into your life…in a new and improved way. And that you’ll once again enjoy the endless array of dishes that are actually possible.
Every recipe I post is free of gluten, dairy, soy and egg. Many are vegan by virtue of us being allergic to dairy and eggs, but I am not Vegan. I just cannot seem to go a meal without meat.
I have four boys, including my hubby who is allergic to absolutely nothing, and they are an amazing team of professional taste testers in training. If they don’t like it, I won’t post it. You’re welcome.