and so it begins...

"The more you know, the more you can create. There's no end to imagination in the kitchen."  ~Julia Child, Particular Passions: Talks With Women Who Have Shaped Our Times

When I was in middle school, and my mom and I baked together, I would pretend that we were on a cooking show. I named the camera guy Ted and would ask him to zoom in on certain steps so the audience could get a good look. Whenever I needed to ask Mom a question about what to do next or how to execute a certain step, I would cut to commercial break. Thankfully none of this is on actual film. 

Just a few options for my Grandfather's 80th birthday party

Just a few options for my Grandfather's 80th birthday party

I've always loved to bake; I never had an easy bake oven though. I started baking with my mom and my grandmother, Mimi, in the big oven since the beginning. Cooking and baking was the center of all family functions. The biggest question at each holiday and birthday celebration was what we were fixing for the meal and most importantly, what we were serving for dessert(s). And no, we could not have just one dessert. Blasphemy! Not in this family. There HAD to be options.

When I found out in January that I am gluten intolerant, I was so upset. All of a sudden those potential options seemed to be so much more limited and in some areas disappear completely. Baked goods were my life. I've now come to accept it and I've even started baking gluten-free. Over the past 8 months I've learned that while places are becoming more gluten conscious, there is a serious lack of gluten-free baked goods out there! Part of my mission on this blog is to test out both gluten-free recipes as well as GLUTENous recipes (see what I did there?). 

The Gingerbread Houses of 2005

The Gingerbread Houses of 2005

Baking has been one of the true and constant joys in my life. Sharing my baked goods with others has always made me happy. Whether it's baking for someone's birthday, renting an NYC apartment based on kitchen-size, making six kinds of homemade truffles as Christmas gifts for friends in high school, or staying up until 3 AM to make five different themed gingerbread houses for family members I absolutely love it. I am using this blog as a new medium to share baking (and other passions of mine) with a bigger audience.

I want other people to see that baking (and especially gluten-free baking) does not have to be intimidating or scary.  It should be fun to do and even more fun to eat something you've made yourself. Building up your baking arsenal to have gluten-free options can help you out down the road. You never know when you may need a gluten-free dessert for a friend or relative. You will become their new favorite person when you give them cake they can actually eat on their birthday and five different kinds of treats they can enjoy during the holidays.

I am so excited for the posts ahead...

[Ted - you can cut to break now ;)]

~Rachel