Hello and welcome! My name is Melissa Erdelac and I’m here to make you a gluten-free badass in the kitchen.
How, you ask? I’ll give you the down and dirty below.
Why Will this Site Rock My Gluten-Free World?
Whether you’re new to a gluten-free diet or a seasoned vet, it doesn’t take long to come up with a list of grievances. Cardboard bread, ridiculous prices, alienation, subpar stand-ins…Did I mention the freakin’ horrific bread?
Over it? Welcome to your miraculous oasis.
Kiss the crappy bread good-bye. Say sayonara overpriced ingredients. Dish out deuces to baking disappointments forever!
I need to let you in on a little secret. When you serve these recipes, no one, I mean no one, will realize they are actually sans gluten.
Years cooking for my large family and developing my gluten-free cookbook, honed my knack for using affordable, every day grocery store ingredients to make good ol’ comfort food dinners and desserts the whole family devours.
So, let me spell that out: One meal all gluten-free or gluten-full peeps will enjoy!
Here’s What Else You Need To Know:
- Gluten-free cooking doesn’t have to break the bank. The recipes use affordable and accessible ingredients without sacrificing taste.
- Want to know why this highly recommended GF all-purpose flour was deemed the best? Check out my ultimate gluten-free flour guide and see how top brands stacked up in baking experiments.
- If using an all-purpose GF flour mix doesn’t float your boat, you have options. Here are some of my all-time easy oat flour recipes and favorite recipes using almond flour.
- Learn to make GF baked goods with effortless, consistent results. These easy hacks for gluten-free baking will step up your game and put an end to disappointments.
- Want a dose of humor while you learn? Check out my gluten-free podcast where I share kitchen hacks with a side of snark, while giving you a glimpse behind the scenes.
Sound good? Let’s move on.
Recipe testing process
All the recipes shared on the site have been throughly tested. (Exhaustively so because I am my own worst critic!)
Generally dinner recipes are easier to test because seasonings can be adjusted as I’m cooking. However, the recipe is still made several times before publishing in order to streamline processes and ensure technique yields the best results.
When it comes to gluten-free baking, the testing process becomes a little more laborious. Once the perfect ratio of ingredients have been solidified, I move on to manageable ways to shape gluten-free dough, the best temperature to bake at, letting batters rest before baking, and more techniques I have found make a measurable difference in gluten-free baked goods.
Throughout this testing process I use my preferred gluten-free flour brand, Cup4Cup, because I find it mimics the taste and texture of traditional wheat flour baked goods the best.
Unfortunately, there are a variety of GF flour blends on the market, all made of different starches, and they do not perform identically. I bring this to attention because if you prefer a different flour, the batter may have a different consistency or yield varying results.
I personally answer every comment and question submitted and I am happy to troubleshoot issues that may arise from using a different flour brand or variances in equipment. Gluten-free baking is an unique science and I’m honored to be used as a resource!
Top 5 life-changing gluten-free recipes
Just like it’s hard to land on a favorite child (cough, cough), it’s damn near impossible to determine the best-of-the-best. But, these top 5 recipes will banish forlorn food envy forever.
Let’s Get To Know Each Other!
I live with my super cute hubs and four (also super cute) kids in northern Indiana, close to Lake Michigan and Chicago. It’s Indiana’s best kept secret, so keep it on the down-low.
My husband, Ryan, and I are currently in a that blissful stage of parenting where the kids actually want to be around us (perhaps too much). We take full advantage by requiring long family hikes, camping trips, and nightly dinners.
Then we offset all that family time with lots of date nights (because we are also at that blissful stage when they can stay home alone!)
If you really want to get all up in my business, go to my About Me page. Titillating stuff!
But what I really want to know is more about you! I respond to every comment and question. My recipes are here for you, so unless we become friends, I don’t know what to create for you! Help me, help you.
I spend a fair time (too much) on Instagram, so you can always hit me up there. Follow me for the latest recipes, behind the scenes footage, and to get a peek into our day-to-day lives.