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