The Love of Cooking
My love for cooking began early in my life. When a teenager I found myself practicing typing skills by typing recipes on 5×7 index cards using a real honest to goodness typewriter. Believe it or not I still have the box and a number of those early recipes.
In 2004 I discovered on-line cooking sites. The first site I joined was called RecipeZaar. A take-off, I believe, of “Where the recipes are”. It didn’t take long for me to get hooked and hooked big time! I have posted over 700 recipes on the site, reviewed over 3500 recipes and posted over 3000 food photos. Over the next 10 years the site made many changes and in 2010 it was sold to to Food Network and became Food.com.
During those 10 years I became known as Chef PaulaG. Why? Everyone on RecipeZaar was called Chef something or another. Why PaulaG? Well my first name is Paula and having grown up in the south everyone has a middle name. So I took my first name and the first initial of my middle name and the rest is history. Little did I know when I logged in that first time with PaulaG where that would lead.
To Gluten or Not
Somewhere in 2010 I discovered that I had a gluten sensitivity. For several years I had suffered serious joint pain and other symptoms that may well have been connected to gluten issues. I had taken anti-inflammatory drugs off and on for 5 years with only temporary relief. Early in the year I had done some reading and taken a couple of on-line questionnaires and decided to do a trial. I went gluten free and within a few weeks the joint pain was gone. I continued on my gluten free journey and after a few months other symptoms began to improve.
My blogging grew out of my experiences. It was a means for me to share with others my journey as well as laugh at the mistakes I made along the way. Gluten free cooking really isn’t that hard. All you have to do is eliminate wheat, barley and rye from your diet. Easy! Right? Well if you have ever read labels you will find that wheat is hidden in so many things. Then there is bread, baking, fried chicken, biscuits….the list goes on and on.
The Journey Continues
My journey continues. I have not mastered gluten free cooking. I am getting better. I still have my success and failures. The website was started for me by my daughter as a birthday gift. She helped to set it up and now it is up to me. I ask that you be patient with me as I explore the transition from using Blogger to website design.
I have a wonderful family. My husband of over 30 years whom I love to cook for and who has been by my side during my gluten free learning. My daughter, son, son-in-law and 2 of the most beautiful granddaughters a Grandmother could possibly have. Come and join me in my journey.