Who me?

Designer by day, home cook and gluten free blogger by night.

Oh look, there's me!

Oh look, there’s me!

Hello there, I’m Michaela. I love cooking almost as equally as I love design. If I go missing one day, I may have run off to culinary school.

In March 2013 I switched to a gluten free diet. I do not have Celiac Disease, but rather gluten intolerance. I’m not gluten free because it’s “the trendy thing to do right now.” Trust me, if I could eat gluten, I would.

After years of progressive unexplained joint pain, along with other gluten intolerant other symptoms, I finally knew that I had to make some changes in my life. I did not want to take pain medicine every day. I wanted to stop wondering why I didn’t feel good. I believe my overall health, mentally and physically, is a lot better when I eat this way. It’s not right for everyone, but I believe it is right for me.

All recipes on this blog, unless otherwise noted, are gluten free (There are, I believe, a whopping 2 recipes that were written before I switched to eating gluten free permanently.) The point of this blog is not to shout from the rooftops that I live the gluten free life-style, but rather that these are tasty recipes that also just happen to gluten free.

I strive to eat healthy whenever I can, but there are obvious cheat days and occasional treats. (Cheat days always remain gluten free)

My day job is Art Directing at a local Westchester County, New York newspaper company. I manage the graphics room and design the layouts for two of our publications, plus create ads for local businesses that run in our papers.

When I’m not designing and I have the free time to let my mind wander, I’m thinking about food (and possibly day dreaming about sunny warm beaches). I’m crafting a dinner idea, thinking about what I should make for an upcoming party, or salivating over a delicious dish I should break my diet for.

I’m a foodie. I love to eat. I love to cook. I love to make other people, especially my husband, happy through my cooking.

Things to know about me:

I usually cook fairly quick, uncomplicated meals. They’re almost always delicious. I will not post something, unless otherwise noted, that hasn’t turned out good.

If you start talking to me about design or food, I will quite possibly talk your ear off.

In general I cook healthy meals and I try to keep them as economical as I can. I don’t always buy local or organic, but I do when possible.

I am a wife, a homeowner, and a future Great Dane owner.

I can be a bit of a coffee snob.

Before “going gluten free” I used to love craft beer. It’s probably the one thing I really miss the most. Not pasta, not bread—I miss  delicious micro-brewed craft beer. I’m now always on the search of really good gluten free beer and not-so-sickenly-sweet ciders that live up to my high standards. I’ve found a few (hint: they’re not made by Budwiesser). One of these days I’ll write a post about it.

I love photography and taking pictures. I always strive for that perfect shot. That might mean taking 30 photos and only using 3 or 4 for a post. Photos of food taken directly from above the plate just kinda bore me. I usually get up close and personal with my food. Macro shots are a fave of mine.

For Christmas 2013, my amazing husband bought me a Pentax K-30 digital SLR camera. I have 3 different lenses, one of which is a specific macro lens from back in the day when I was shooting in film. I can’t wait to try them all out! 2014 will be a fun, exciting year. All photos from this point forward are taken with that camera. All posts and photos from 2013 were taken with a little point and shoot  digital camera (and it did a great job for what it was). Please be kind and do not steal photos. Stealing is wrong! (Exception: my current header photo is a stock image but I hope to replace it with an original this coming year.)

My favorite color is blue. Mostly all shades. Right now I’m in love with teal.

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23 responses to “Who me?

  1. I nominated your blog for a few awards. Check it out here: http://thehappyhealthfreak.com/2013/04/21/an-award-pour-moi/

    You don’t have to do anything if you choose, but sit back and bask in the glory, but if you like, you can write a post that links back to mine: http://www.thehappyhealthfreak.com and post the ‘badges’ — either in a post or in your sidebar. And nominate a few blogs you like too!

    I really enjoy your blog and wanted to let you know! 🙂

    • What? I have to WORK for this one? Yeesh! Haha just kidding 🙂 Thank you for the nomination! I happily accept the renomination and will write a corresponding post in a few weeks. Thanks again!

    • Oh that does look good! I’m trying gf beer for the first time this Sunday. My brother who is also a craft beer fan like myself, specifically went out to find me some to try since he lives in NY and they have many “buy by the bottle rather than a whole six pack” establishments. I’ll have to look for this one too. Thank you and so nice of you to think of me!

  2. Hi Michaela, thanks for your lovely comments! Your blog is just divine! Am sure to get lost amongst your pages – your imagery/photos is just fantastic! x

    • Thank you! I’m happy you are enjoying it. I really appreciate the positive feedback of my photography. I try very hard to take interesting, delicious photos of what I’m making.

  3. Haha… comic sans. I definitely agree. I don’t even know why that font still exists! I asked my husband (an artist and animator) the other day and he responded, ‘Uh, I guess some people must still like it’. Yes, I guess so! I love your blog Michaela. Beautiful photos and lovely recipes. Following you from now on!

  4. Hi Michaela! I’m so glad you stopped by my blog…that’s how I found you. I’m looking forward to having a look around and following! 🙂
    ~Cheers

    • Thanks for the follow and for stopping by! I’m always interested in finding and reading new blogs. It seems we have similar interests with food and photography. I will be checking out more of your blog when I have some free time today!

  5. Hey Michaela–you already know I love your blog, but for some extra props, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Congrats! While you don’t have to accept, I encourage you to pay it forward and nominate some of your favorite bloggers too! http://wp.me/pWmJ0-MF

  6. just stumbled across your blog and simply love it!!
    all those recipes look delicious 😀

    • Thanks for “stumbling” upon it and for the follow! I love it when I randomly find blogs that I really enjoy. Thanks for all the kind words. This blog is a work in progress and in the future I plan to work on posting more recipes more frequently.

  7. Hi Michaela.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I have really enjoyed having a squizzy around your pages, I love it. You are very clever! I am looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂

    • Thanks Caralee! I randomly found your blog today and poked around a bit too. Love the recipes and I’ll be checking back often to see new stuff. Thanks for the kind words 🙂

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