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After DX: GI/potnetial Celiac - I went for quite some time being depressed - about food.

Meals were a hassle, popcorn became a staple for dinner b/c I was too tired/depressed/ignorant what I could/n't have.

Now, a little over 6 months into being gluten-free, I'm finally starting to tackle baking.

I'm near tears at this point, having been looking at recipes - with a cabinet full of gluten-free baking supplies - because it's really easy. I'm using an all purpose pre-mixed (guaranteed) gluten-free flour - and the few things I've missed (cornbread, scones, toast mostly) are so easy to make, cheaper to make at home.

It's silly really, to think that I'm this emotional about having bread dipped in olive oil & fresh herbs or a slice of cornbread and a meal to accompany it that takes me back to my childhood. But it's amazing how much gluten-free stuff there is now, and how easy it really is to make.

Baking and prep'ing on weekends - something I've not done in some time - is now back on the list. And it's relatively cost effective.

Thanks for reading.

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After DX: GI/potnetial Celiac - I went for quite some time being depressed - about food.

Meals were a hassle, popcorn became a staple for dinner b/c I was too tired/depressed/ignorant what I could/n't have.

Now, a little over 6 months into being gluten-free, I'm finally starting to tackle baking.

I'm near tears at this point, having been looking at recipes - with a cabinet full of gluten-free baking supplies - because it's really easy. I'm using an all purpose pre-mixed (guaranteed) gluten-free flour - and the few things I've missed (cornbread, scones, toast mostly) are so easy to make, cheaper to make at home.

It's silly really, to think that I'm this emotional about having bread dipped in olive oil & fresh herbs or a slice of cornbread and a meal to accompany it that takes me back to my childhood. But it's amazing how much gluten-free stuff there is now, and how easy it really is to make.

Baking and prep'ing on weekends - something I've not done in some time - is now back on the list. And it's relatively cost effective.

Thanks for reading.

The connection with food and family totally makes sense. It is amazing how a bite of something can bring back great memories! Food brings people together.

Good for you for baking! gluten-free cornbread is as delicious as gluten cornbread. Same with many types of cookies (i.e. chocolate chip). And cakes. The things that are a bit trickier are recipes involving yeast because they just don't taste like the "real" thing. But it sure beats purchased stuff, not to mention fun experimenting and learning. :)

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The connection with food and family totally makes sense. It is amazing how a bite of something can bring back great memories! Food brings people together.

Good for you for baking! gluten-free cornbread is as delicious as gluten cornbread. Same with many types of cookies (i.e. chocolate chip). And cakes. The things that are a bit trickier are recipes involving yeast because they just don't taste like the "real" thing. But it sure beats purchased stuff, not to mention fun experimenting and learning. :)

I whole heartedly agree!! I can make fantastic bakery now after experimenting cookies, bars, cakes, muffins... but the bread is still a mystery... maybe I'm just miss picky pants!! LOL

Welcome to the bakers corner!!

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I whole heartedly agree!! I can make fantastic bakery now after experimenting cookies, bars, cakes, muffins... but the bread is still a mystery... maybe I'm just miss picky pants!! LOL

Welcome to the bakers corner!!

Sometimes I wonder if bread will always be a mystery! :lol:

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I felt the same way. The chronic pain/illness/lack of appetite curtailed my cooking/baking for sure. I used to enjoy all kinds of creative cooking/baking before I got sick.

We started making our own bread when I was DXed--Poor Hubby worked hard to perfect that loaf....while it is "okay", it will never be "squishy" :unsure: Perhaps it WILL forever be a mystery!! :lol:

But all the other baked goods turn out pretty darn good! And now that I feel better, I am able to cook with more variety once more. To be unable to play in my kitchen was really hard for me because I was always experimenting with food flavors/textures and having 8-course tasting parties and I thought I would have to sacrifice that passion. Maybe not--we'll see.

Glad you are feeling like baking once more! ENJOY!!!!

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I whole heartedly agree!! I can make fantastic bakery now after experimenting cookies, bars, cakes, muffins... but the bread is still a mystery... maybe I'm just miss picky pants!! LOL

Welcome to the bakers corner!!

You can call me Miss Picky Pants II!! :lol: My expectations are sooooo high and I still remember the delicious yeasty smells and tastes. Nor am I likely to ever forget. Not when you love food as much as I do.

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I always preferred crusty bread anyway... great for dipping in olive oil. Yum!

I bought a loaf of Udi's I think it was - as it was most recommended - and found I didn't mind it, as I missed toast. It reminded me of Irish Soda Bread, with it's density. So, I didn't really mind that.

But, I'll probly not have a sandwich - unless it's corn-tortilla or lettuce wraps.

I'm getting started on my baking efforts this wkend... I'll share my results.

Thanks btw for all the responses... it's really not the end of the world, it's a new start and a better, healthier life! :)

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