The Gluten Gourmet

About the Gluten Gourmet who is cooking with multiple food allergies

Welcome to The Gluten Gourmet website. We are giving up the glue and still holding it together! Cooking with multiple food allergies can be a challenge for anyone. Especially someone who enjoys cooking let alone someone who does not enjoy cooking. Ingredients along with cross contamination can be a real problem.

Color photo of Gluten Gourmet Amy drinking a hard lemonade at a concert.

Enjoying life and all it has to offer!

So, you are here to will learn about me. Well, what caused me to go gluten free to my current progress of having multiple food allergies.

This is not pretty because it’s a food allergy. That means that sometimes there may be stories where you go “oh my god that’s gross”.  Yes, crapping your pants is disgusting.  Don’t worry I can still eat steak and potatoes!

This is a photo of me enjoying a hard lemonade while at a concert. Watch out because alcohol is grain based. Know what it is made of so you can enjoy a cocktail.

Due to medical reasons (not because you are a fad dieter and trust me if I didn’t have to eat this way I wouldn’t!). This is out of necessity that you have food that is free from things you are allergic too. This is something I understand. The thought of eating cardboard is not delicious. Site after site you can find people talking about going gluten free, giving up flavor, and dishes loved.

About the Gluten Gourmet who is cooking with multiple food allergies … 

Health path for me is unique, as is yours. One thing is the path I took, was for me, your path may be different. I do know how to cook food people cannot believe is gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free with that kind of flavor. Recipes that you will want to save as well as share.

When I was a teen-ager, I learned I could not drink cow’s milk any longer. Originally thought that I was lactose intolerant. It took a long time to realize it was an allergy that I have an EPI pin for. Fortunate that I can have goat or sheep’s milk products. Trust me when I say I know how hard giving up dairy is. Mom’s family is from Wisconsin, so trust me, I know!

Got the flu shot in 2007 but had a bad reaction to it which caused me to be extremely ill for four months. The next time I got a flu shot was 2021, which was egg free. In 2018 an allergist told me I have an allergy to eggs, which is why the flu shot bothers me. The flu shot cultures are grown in egg cultures. People with egg allergies can have issues with flu shots.

Vegan who eats chicken, wait, isn’t chicken meat?

Giving up dairy and eggs has been harder for me than giving up gluten. Gluten has over three hundred different names, which means it can hide. Also, wheat is on the allergy list, but barley and rye are not.

Eggs are used to make mayonnaise. Mayo is used in salad dressings as well as other recipes. Not to mention, eating eggs at mealtimes. Found that adopting a vegan lifestyle is easier than any other diet. Just vegan who eats meat. LOL

The other thing that I adapted to is that we call the first meal of the day breakfast. Rather than think of the types of food I am eating. For example, eating cereal for breakfast for me is just carbs. Carbs make me hungry a couple of hours later. Protein, vegetables, carb, and fruit is a good first meal of the day. Don’t forget the coffee! We are all different yet similar because we all eat! You need to find food that works for your food allergies as well as your lifestyle.

What has helped me the most was focusing on what I CAN have – not on what I cannot have!

Sarcastic sense of humor as well as not hold things back would be how my friends would describe me. So, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and poke around the website.

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