Elizabeth Barbone is one of my favorite gluten-free cookbook authors, I love my Easy Gluten-Free Baking cookbook. I remember when I first got the cookbook, I soaked up her recipes, especially the “Tastes Like” chapter at the back of the book. Elizabeth has recipes for gluten-free “Oreos,” “Twinkies,” “Devil Dogs,” and more. I do believe I actually cried while I was reading them, because this was not long after Sam was diagnosed with celiac disease and I had had my own final “day of reckoning,” when I realized I could deny my disease no longer.
The “Tastes Like” chapter reminded me of the foods I grew up on and that Sam would never be able to have, at least from a package. Isn’t it funny how we like to re-live our childhood memories through our children? I remember when my dad would try to re-live his childhood memories through me, I thought he was a dork. Now I’m the dork. 😀
Elizabeth also has a resourceful website, called GlutenFreeBaking.com that I encourage you to check out and sign up for her monthly newsletter. In last month’s newsletter, Elizabeth shared her favorite pasta recipe, just be careful before you click the link though, it may screw up your current dinner plans this evening! If you want to learn more in depth cooking and baking techniques, you can join her website for as little as $2.49/month with an annual membership. A small investment for learning baking skills that you will have for a lifetime (and MUCH cheaper than going back to school!).
A little background info on Elizabeth Barbone:
Elizabeth Barbone is the founder of GlutenFreeBaking.com Elizabeth is an alumna of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park NY and Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI. With her solid professional baking background, Elizabeth is known for creating gluten-free recipes that taste “just like” their wheat counterparts.
Her first cookbook, Easy Gluten-Free Baking, features easy to prepare gluten-free recipes. The recipes, from breads to cakes to cookies, have won acclaim from gluten-free bakers all over the globe.
The recipes in the Easy Gluten-Free Baking cookbook are just that, easy. You will not find the more exotic, hard-to-find (and usually much more expensive) gluten-free flours in her creations. Elizabeth uses a variety of Rice flours, Cornstarch, Potato Starch and other easy to find ingredients. This is especially useful if you are just beginning your gluten-free journey. She also has a great tutorial on how to set up a Zojirushi Bread machine for baking gluten-free bread! I found that tutorial alone to be worth the price of the cookbook! It prompted me to actually use my Zojirushi that had been sitting in it’s unopened box for a couple of years… ya know, just in case my Dr. called one day to say he had made a horrible mistake! 😉
There is so much to learn when one begins living a gluten-free life (it is so much more than a “diet!”), and it can be utterly overwhelming at first (but TRUST ME, it does get easier, I am living proof of that). Elizabeth is a great teacher and I am so appreciative of the skills I have learned through her.
So I thought I would tie up this post with some “Friday Fun,” and direct you to Elizabeth’s recipe for Gluten-Free Tie Dye Cupcakes! The picture you see is Elizabeth’s (not mine), but the cupcakes are too cool looking not post here as a teaser for some of the fun recipes over at GlutenFreeBaking.com! The Tie-Dye Cupcakes would be great for a child’s birthday party or for a gluten-free child to take to another party and feel super cool! 😀 I’m wondering how they would work with all-natural food colorings? Hmmm…