Gluten Free Cooking Day

The Wellness Kitchen in Templeton, CA. was the location of a wonderful gluten-free cooking event day.  I had a wonderful time with Rosemary, the owner of the Bless Your Heart Bakery and about 13 other women (and one man), learning her techniques for gluten-free cooking.   The atmosphere was peaceful and the community of participants was one of graciousness and friendship.

I’ve been trying to cook gluten free with mixed results for about a year.  The problem included putting in a lot of effort (not to mention money) in gluten-free products only to see my precious baked goods crumble before my eyes.  As recently as last week for Thanksgiving, I had a disaster with a carrot cake. 

Today, the mystery of using xanthum gum as a binder in gluten-free baked products was solved.  All you have to do is add it to the mix – DUH!  Simple and done.  I came home with a perfectly backed pineapple loaf and a stomach full of gluten-free cookies, quiche, and rolls. 

The fun demonstration of making a yeast bread right in class was the best part.  Now I feel empowered to pull out my mixer to create those hamburger buns my husband really wants to eat without worrying about getting a stomach upset. 

To round out the day, we had a session on mindfulness presented by Susan McIntosh of Stress Less for Life.  I was so relaxed I skipped a planned trip to Trader Joe’s to come home to take a nap! If you’re in the Central Coast area, be sure to stop by and support the Wellness Kitchen or the Bless Your Heart Bakery.  Also, give Susan a call so you can learn to stress less and relax.  It will definitely be worth it.