My Food and Lifestyle Blog. The beginning…
Like most families, we’ve had our challenges, our fair share of setbacks, and our best-laid plans and traditions have many times needed reinventing along the way.
Nearly eight years ago, I was diagnosed with celiac disease, since then my daughter has also received that diagnosis. For us, and others who have celiac disease eating gluten-free is not a choice but a necessity. For family and friends who join us at our table, eating gluten-free does not mean you need to compromise flavor, palatability, taste, and texture.
After my initial shock of a celiac diagnosis, going gluten-free became a simple, compelling concept: enjoying well-prepared foods and meals made with fresh and wholesome ingredients, free of wheat, barley, and rye. Using certified gluten-free whole grains, starches and flours as healthy alternatives to a more conventional and traditional fare – preparing meals that focus on fruits, vegetables, beans, seed and nuts in their natural, unprocessed forms, lean – non-processed meats, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products. Even to enjoy bread, other baked items, and pasta. I found that in eating gluten-free one can experience a whole world of deliciousness, full of flavor, and taste!
This blog offers solutions for anyone who wants to prepare delicious and generally-healthy gluten-free foods for themselves or loved ones. Apart from most desserts and baked items including casseroles, each recipe is written to be adaptable so that it can be prepared to serve one-to-two or a family. They are easily made by anyone with basic cooking skills, and most can be put together in 30 minutes or less.
As you cook your way through G-Free Deliciously, you’ll find many recipes that are inspired by local home cooks who have shared their family recipes in church cookbooks, Wisconsin cultural and ethnic foods, and a few other favorite dishes I’ve discovered over the years through my travels.
These reinvented recipes from scratch are the result of personal trial and error in my gluten-free food and cooking journey. The recipes offer people who must eat gluten-free an invitation to sample traditional culinary fare done differently. Ways to experiment with a new technique, or maybe to try a few new ingredients to build palatable texture and flavors using classic cooking methods. My belief has always been that gluten-free food is just food re-imagined, prepared a bit differently to eliminate gluten – and, I invite all food lovers to sit at the same table.
And, what’s a great meal without a great story? Notes from Lac du Nibiinaabe chronicles stories, thoughts, and observations of daily life here on our property and being part of a community known as The Holyland. The posts account the joys and sorrows of owning a home and property, our family’s more than 30 years of work involved in turning a once open field and ordinary house into a rural haven of trees, flowers, wildlife, bountiful gardens, and the beautiful retreat home that it is today; and a peek into the region and lifestyle that was conducive to making it all happen.
As transplants to Wisconsin’s Holyland from the lower peninsula of Michigan (Yes, we were once Michigander trolls – having lived under the bridge. I’ll go into more detail about all that later.) my family and I were not sure what to expect of our new life here. We came because of opportunities in new jobs, to buy our first “real” house, and with the hope of this place being a good area for our kids to grow up and have a bright future. The jobs eventually changed, the house grew into our home, and our kids flourished through all the possibilities that this area provided. Along the way, our family fell in love with Wisconsin and in particular my husband Mark, and I fell in love with our property and the area known as “The Holyland,” and we wouldn’t dream of ever leaving.
If you follow my blog, you’re sure to get a glimpse into the Wisconsin Holyland. I’ll share some noteworthy content – stories, recipes, tips, what to see, and other great stuff you won’t want to miss if visiting. Content that reflects a bit of the Holyland’s heritage, the community, my family, and everyday living as it weaves itself through the thread of life here at our home and property we call Lac du Nibiinaabe.
I hope you’ll enjoy my blog!
God Bless, XXO ♥
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