September 11, 2010 by Flora Dawn
Well, I can hardly believe it is September. Where has the year gone? It was last September that we began our gluten free journey, o what a year it has been.
At first I couldn’t really wrap my mind around how many things had gluten in them and then the price shock hit me. Eating gluten free is expensive. Or rather, baking gluten free is expensive.
I remember standing in the health food section of my local grocery store crying the first week we went gluten free. I had always been a rather frugal shopper, using the weekly ads, store coupons, and manufacturer’s coupons to save a small fortune each month. However, everything that is marked gluten free costs twice as much and there are rarely sales, coupons and such. It was just overwhelming.
It has been a year of frustration and baking disasters, but also one of improved health. And truth be told, although eating gluten free is stressful at times, it is a lot less stressful then running all over the West Coast to specialists, being admitted to hospitals, and all the intestinal woes.
This blog began out of my frustration with eating, well baking mostly, gluten free. The mixes are overpriced, usually unimpressive and often disgusting. Don’t even get me started on the cookbooks. In my experience, there are more bad gluten free cookbooks and recipes out there than good. I decided blogging would be a great way to keep my spirits up through this crazy process and also share some good recipes with others. Certainly I couldn’t be the only one in this situation with nowhere to turn for help.
As I embark on my second year gluten free, I am going to try to blog more budget-friendly recipes and tips. But this site will not become one of those ‘feed you family for $20 week’ type of blogs. That just really isn’t my style. However, my grocery bill is a bit out of control, and like everyone else, there is more month than money at my house too. So I am personally dealing with cutting my grocery bill, while still eating healthy, gluten free meals for the entire family. Hopefully we can all share ways to cut the high costs of eating gluten free.
I also plan on featuring more lunchbox and snack ideas. My youngest daughter will be attending preschool a couple days a week and now I am being forced to pack gluten free, child-friendly brown bag lunches and snacks.
And lastly, I am going to have my teenage daughter post often about her journey learning to cook. Yes, learning to cook is mom’s brilliant idea, not hers. I think it will be helpful for her to document her successes and failures. One thing I have noticed is that a lot of people new to gluten free cooking are really new to cooking in general. I am hoping that easy to cook, beginner recipes will be inspiring to new cooks. And my daughter is articulate and witty, so her posts are sure to be entertaining.