Hello future readers. My name is Laura. I am a stay-at-home wife and mother with a passion for cooking. After 5 years of marriage and 3 years of motherhood, I have realized just how passionate I am about cooking, and especially eating!
My dear husband, David, realized 4 years ago that dairy was no longer a food group he could consume. A small part of me died that day. How could I possibly learn how to cook without the use of milk, butter, CHEESE???
For a long time, I made nothing but baked chicken legs that had been coated in Lawry’s Seasoned Salt with rice and frozen green beans. Go big or go home, right? I was at a loss. This Southern girl was expected to cook dinner without my beloved dairy, and this boring dinner was all I could come up with.
I have watched Food Network since high school, learning culinary terms and techniques by way of Alton Brown, Ina Garten, and Rachel Ray, to name a few chefs. Eventually, I got gutsy enough to attempt a recipe by Rachel Ray – it was cabbage soup. With no disrespect to Rachel Ray or her recipe, my soup was terrible! I blame myself and my lack of know-how, I think. After that, I backed off trying to do “fancy” recipes and humbled myself. I returned to my mom’s old collection of recipes, making things like spaghetti. As tasty as that is, I wanted to get better at the one thing I was interested in doing.
Finally, there was Pinterest. My saving grace. My hub for all of the recipes I had only ever dreamed of. All hail Pinterest and all of its dairy-free filters. With the help of my own personal culinary school, also known as Food Network, I was able to pick and choose from Pinterest the recipes I felt I would be able to prepare successfully. At last, I was the cook I wanted to be for my husband.
Just when I thought all was right in my kitchen, David tells me that he can no longer consume Gluten. Isn’t that in just about everything?? Yes. Yes it is. So I dealt with this new culinary curve ball the only way I knew how: Pinterest. I began learning all that I could about flour alternatives and hacks for making things we all take for granted, like Cream Of Chicken Soup. That’s right, I make gluten-free (GF) and dairy-free (DF) cream of chicken soup.
This, folks, is largely why I have decided to start blogging. It is my job as a stay-at-home wife and mother to make tasty food for my food-sensitive husband, my 3-year-old daughter, and me! Of course, I do still include cheese in the food I serve my daughter (and my food, of course) and I make loads of delicious cookies and sweet treats using real butter and regular all-purpose flour because David doesn’t care for cookies or most sweets (I know, I don’t understand it either).
So this blog isn’t entirely about GF/DF foods. It’s just about recipes that I have tried and approve for my family.
I hope you all like it! Check back regularly and please feel free to leave comments with questions!