I'm not about to claim I'm the next Iron Chef, or Pioneer Woman, or Martha Stewart, (though I have been called two of those on several occasions). I just like to cook. I know enough about the ingredients that I rarely follow a recipe as it's printed, but subsititute and modify with abandon, even creating new dishes according to my whims. I've subscribed to a magazine simply for the five or six new recipes I would get each month, and stuffed a binder full of my favorites.
However, I've recently been paralyzed when dinner rolls around. I find myself longing for a muffin, but too nervous to mix anything up. Suddenly, everything I knew about baking has become null and void. Things that would have been simple- casseroles, meatloaf, cookies- are suddenly overwhelming. I'm scared to make a pie.
I found out I have a gluten intolerance. No wheat, no barley, no rye. No breadcrumbs, no croutons, no pizza crust, no cans of cream soup, no spaghetti, no tortillas, no pie crust. While I'm usually up for a good challenge, in many ways I feel like someone has handed a cookbook written in Ænglisc. I'm suddenly looking for products whose names I've only seen on the ingredient list of dressings or packages of birdseed, and following directions that feel so backwards and wrong. So flop after flop (think cranberry-orange muffins with an uncooked garbanzo bean aftertaste, and cookies gritty enough to have come out of the Dust Bowl), I'm slowly figuring it out. I think. I'm nowhere ready for pie crust.
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