Thank you for the support Glutenistas, I love you SO much!
In fact, I loved you so much that I just couldn't fathom launching a sub-par website.
So I studied, I learned, I got frustrated, I rose above the frustration, I procrastinated, I had crazy productive days and days & weeks when life seemed to get in the way (ahem, 2 weddings & a honeymoon???).
I cried, then I got so excited I jumped up & down, full of joy.
I had people tear me down after that excitement, only to find out many Glutenistas "had my back" & helped elevate me back to that feeling of bliss.
I got nervous. Really, really, really nervous. I didn't expect there would be so many of you watching me when it was just little ol' me deciding to start following a passion. 10,000+ of you without any work. Whoa. I was nervous again. I didn't want to let you down.
I cooked with things I couldn't pronounce, I discovered that heavenly ingredients = heavenly food. I had a failure or two in the kitchen and I baked & baked & baked & baked.
I put on weight, I took weight off, I put weight on, I took weight off - my rollercoaster of emotions reflected on the person in the mirror.
I drifted from what was important to me, only to find my way back to it here again, stronger than ever.
I'm writing to let you know Glutenistas that I'm back, I'm here for you and I'm not perfect, as hard as I was trying to project that. Whoa, have you ever typed "I'm not perfect"? Neither had I. Try it, it's very freeing.
Rather than promising you the world, I'm here to promise you this: Glutenista is here for you 100% and is determined to make living gluten-free better for everyone, everywhere (yes, even our loyal fans on 5 other continents, love you!)
"There has got to be a better way"
"Gluten-Free is not as miserable as websites make it out to be"
"I want to help people, I want to make a difference, I want to be a positive bright spot in the world"
Those are all thoughts that lead me to create Glutenista. Those thoughts, along with your support, are the foundation of Glutenista.
I hope you enjoy this little happy corner of the web we have put together here. It is not perfect, just as I'm not. But more improvements are coming every day. With your love & support, I cannot wait to see what it blossoms into.
P.S. glutenista has fans on 6 of 7 continents, anyone know anyone in Antarctica? :-)
We received an e-mail from the domain registrar last week, alerting us that the domain was up for automatic renewal in September. I cannot believe how far this journey has come in the year since I stayed up all night for two days straight scribbling down all of my ideas. There has to be a better way I said.
I will share more of how Glutenista came to be over the next few months, but I just wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU. Thank you for the support, thank you for the challenges, thank you for the questions, thank you for the feedback, thank you for telling your friends, thank you for validating that this is a good idea, it needs to be out there and Glutenista can make a difference.
We've encountered bumps in the road along the way, but every single positive comment we get propels us so high up into the sky that the rain cannot block our sunny days. We wish you the very best in your gluten-free journey & hope that we can help give you a little of the happiness that you have given us. THANK YOU!
COOKING BECAME FUN WHEN:
It began saving my life...
Unexplainable rashes that wouldn’t go away, major fatigue after I ate, all slowly growing worse & worse. Months of misery went by before discovering my wheat “issue”. Slowly frozen pizza & pasta became homemade chicken, risotto and whole foods… and I began to live again.
And I began reading labels.
I’ve done away with the 20 line ingredient lists, the high-fructose corn syrup, the things that “may contain gluten” and started making my own food from scratch. My body loves me for doing away with the chemicals/allergens… and introducing nutrients.
COOKING BECAME FUN WHEN:
I was wooing my future husband...
Steak & Risotto, Chicken Parmesan, Homemade Sangria & Guacamole, Freshly Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, Homemade Pesto, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Gourmet Ice Cream Sundaes… whatever I made, he couldn’t get enough. And I loved him for that.
And he was wooing me.
The 1st meal he cooked for me: Cayenne-Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa, recipe here: http://bit.ly/1stMeal
followed by: homemade caramel and berry sauces, grilled buffalo chicken quesadillas, hand-stirred milkshakes and the most perfectly cooked chicken & perfectly grilled steak, every time. I was impressed and quickly fell for him. Hard.
COOKING BECAME FUN WHEN:
I brought cocktails into the Kitchen...
An accidental spill of red wine into the saucepan became the inspiration for "drunken risotto" with red wine mushrooms, grapes, asparagus, chicken and brie. My mojito quickly became lime pepper chicken with a creamy mint sauce. And don’t even get me started on desserts with Framboise liqueur… yum, yum, yum.
and learned how to spice things up.
Entering the world of Penzeys Spices (http://www.penzeys.com/) changed my cooking forever. The ability to smell over 250 spices for inspiration. The suggested uses/pairings on the spice jars. The affordability of it all. Penzeys gave me the courage to branch out beyond salt, pepper and garlic. And my cooking will never be the same.
COOKING STAYS FUN NOW WHEN:
Someone else does the dishes. :-)
Post inspired by & part of GlutenFreeGirl's Community Blog Post (Twitter Challenge):
"Cooking grew easier, and more enjoyable, when I learned [....]." http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/