Are you wondering what to make for dinner tonight? Would you like recommendations for cookbooks filled with meals your family will actually eat? Not sure what to do with the celery root that arrived in your CSA box? Would you like to learn to be a more confident cook?
And do all of this without gluten?
We’re here to help.
My husband Danny and I are happy and honored to be starting a new Family Kitchen blog here at Babble. We spend much of our time as a family in the kitchen. Our daughter chops apples with her plastic knife while sharing stories about her day. My husband is browning beef for a stew with potatoes and carrots. I’m making a parsnip cake with walnuts, coconut, and golden raisins for dessert. There’s music playing. We’re laughing. Soon, it will be time for dinner.
Making time for meals made from scratch is hard enough in this overly busy culture. But making meals when you have found out that you, or one of your kids, can no longer can eat gluten can be daunting. We want to show you that it’s easier than you think.
It’s easy to put TV dinners in the microwave or get takeout again after soccer practice. There’s nothing wrong with this occasionally. We don’t cook every meal we eat. Just most of them. Sure, we can feed ourselves with a quick dinner, but for us, mealtime is about more than calories and taste.
When we cook, we slow down. We can work together. Maybe we cut kale out of our garden and sauté it in a pan with olive oil and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Add poached eggs and there’s dinner. Maybe we cook up a big pot of beans on a Sunday and use them all week long, in pumpkin enchiladas with corn tortillas or a minestrone soup with collard greens and gluten-free pasta. We make a big pot of brown rice or quinoa in the rice cooker, freeze it in 2-cup portions, and have the makings for a healthy dinner within minutes.
Danny and I don’t have all the answers here. But we love what we do. And we both feel that spending time with something that can bring people joy in the belly? It’s a pretty fine way to enjoy our time together.
So we’ll be bringing you recipes approved by our 4-year-old, Lucy. We’ll share a cookbook recommendation with you each week. (Probably there will be giveaways, too.) We’ll talk about school lunches, cooking tips, time-saving techniques, ingredients worth discovering, and much more. We’ll be making you cooking videos as well as writing here, five days a week.
Welcome to our kitchen.
You can find more of Shauna and Danny’s recipes, essays, photographs and words of comfort about living gluten-free at Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef. Shauna shares food ideas and answers questions on Twitter. She also pins photographs and recipes on Pinterest and Foodily. There’s a great community at the Facebook fan page for Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef.