Today is Thursday, which in Fort Collins means gluten free cupcakes right over here. The Hobbit and I go there somedays because he doesn't do gluten. Discovering that's what he needed was a long and trying tale which only secured my belief in natural medicine.
Gluten free cupcakes have become something of a tradition for us. I try to save my errands for Thursday so Sam can have a treat.
But I'm always a fan of on-demand gluten free treats... which is how I stumbled upon Elana's Pantry in the first place. I was looking for things I could make with almond flour and she's a master.
I believe I blogged about her pumpkin muffins...
...which I'm quite convinced I could live on. Happily.
I've tried many of her recipes and not once have I been disapointed, which is why I was so intrigued by her and her new cookbook...
...which is FULL of gorgeous color photos and tons of gluten free cupcake, muffin and frosting recipes. It is, in a word, delectable.
I recently had the chance to ask Elana a few questions, and she was gracious enough to send a copy of her new book for one lucky reader...and believe me, you don't have to be gluten free to appreciate the healthy, delicious recipes you'll find inside.
Read on for your chance to WIN this beautiful cookbook!
[Courtney] Tell us a little bit about yourself…where you live, who you live with, hobbies, interests etc.
[Elana] I formed my first business ecosav, an environmental consulting firm, specializing in recycling. It might seem to be a big leap from sorting corporate America’s trash to writing recipes in suburbia, but you’ll see how it’s all connected… Running ecosav, I designed recycling and waste analysis programs for my clients and saved them a good deal of money in the process. One day, at the peak of my business success, I woke up and found myself in my 30’s, living in NYC with a husband, toddler and an infant.
What was I doing, I wondered? I felt like a fish out of water. I wanted to raise my boys in a simple environment, similar to the one in which I grew up in Northern California. My husband and I decided a change of scenery was in order and within a year we moved our family to Colorado. When the last box was unpacked, I realized I was going to be a restless stay at home mom. Even though I remained involved in my New York consulting business, I was really looking for a new venture relevant to my life as a mother.
In my 20’s I studied ayurvedic cooking. When my son and I were diagnosed with celiac disease, this three-year study came in handy. Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder triggered by eating gluten. Out of necessity my cooking took on an entirely new dimension as we both went on a gluten-free diet. Unwilling to cook two separate meals each night for my family, I needed to make gluten-free food that tasted like regular food. Would I be able to do this well enough to convince my husband to come home for dinner? I threw myself into this culinary challenge and my husband, a tough critic, held nothing back. With much trial and many errors, I developed a gluten-free repertoire that tastes delicious. Friends and family now ask for my recipes, even those who are not on restricted diets!
While my cooking might not be complex, I appreciate that my food brings people together –those who eat regular food and those who can’t –to break bread in the warmth of my kitchen. I love to make food that is not only good for you, but actually tastes good. This has become a passion for me.
[Courtney] Describe a typical day.
[Elana] Wake Up
Pick up boys from school
Help them with their homework
Snuggle boys to bed
More work --recipe testing/writing for my blog, magazines, newspapers
[Courtney] What’s your earliest memory in the kitchen?
[Elana] Baking with my mother
[Courtney] For people who are just starting to eat gluten free, what kind of advice do you have for them?
[Courtney] Tell me a little about this cupcake cookbook. Where did the idea come from and how did it come about?
[Elana] Everyone loves cupcakes, I had to do a book with cupcakes for all of us gluten-freers!
[Courtney] What is your favorite cupcake in this cookbook?
[Elana] I don't have a favorite. My husband likes the Triple Chocolate Cupcakes; my older son loves the Marble Cupcakes, and my younger son loves the Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes.
[Courtney] Some people think gluten free means tasteless, what do you say to those people?
I have to agree with Elana. Try her recipes and you'll find a whole new tasty way to eat healthier and without gluten!
For your chance to win your own copy of this beautiful cookbook, just leave me a comment on this blog post.
Help me spread the word and you can add additional comments every time you link to your Facebook, Twitter or blog! I'll draw a winner on Tuesday, May 17th and one very lucky person will get their own copy of Gluten Free Cupcakes!
*Special thanks to Elana Amsterdam for taking the time to share her gluten free knowledge with the rest of us!