Meet Karina

Welcome to Gluten-Free Goddess® Recipes



Little did I know as I wrote my first cookbook (a sweet little collection of my favorite vegetarian recipes) a hidden twist in my eclectic heritage would soon disrupt my life. After a decade of subtle symptoms that waxed and waned seemingly by whim, an acute phase in my early forties produced IBS-D induced misery- with a dash of dermatitis herpetiformis, autoimmune cataracts, B12 deficiency, migraines, and fat malabsorption thrown in for good measure.

By December 2001, I discovered I carried one of the two classic genes linked to developing celiac disease- HLA DQ8 (the more common "celiac gene" in the US is HLA DQ2). I also found out I am blessed with a copy of the gene for gluten sensitivity (HLA DQ1).

Faced with this double whammy of genetic luck I gave up gluten on the spot, and embraced the gluten-free diet. Whole. Heartedly. (After years of symptoms- why not?)

Guess what.

Within two days I removed the Pepto Bismol bottle from my purse.

An answer.

At last.

Relief.

Exhilaration.

On to healing!

Pantry clearing and sponge tossing ensued.

It took a good 'year plus' of living 100% gluten-free to heal the gut damage that had been wrought by my evil nemesis, gluten (children will often heal faster- sometimes in six to nine months). And some ill effects from decades of exposure still linger (I find FODMAPs and dairy foods are difficult to digest, and cause IBS symptoms alarmingly akin to ingesting gluten).

But each day gluten-free (pain-free!) is a gift.

And my body is grateful.

Living gluten-free has also inspired me to get even more creative in the kitchen.

Where to begin?



Forget the tried and true of the past and risk new flavors with alternative gluten-free flours.

Get intrigued by the quirky magic of baking without gluten.

Deliciousness is in your future. I promise.


xox Karina
 



Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp


About this blog:


Gluten-Free Goddess® Recipes is a family affair. Each week on Gluten-Free Goddess® we share our family's favorite gluten-free recipes, developed in our own humble kitchen. From Baked Stuffed Shells to Blueberry Crisp we focus on fresh, seasonal, family style cooking. The kind of food we actually cook- and crave.

Publisher and author Gluten-Free Goddess® Karina discovered she was gluten intolerant in late 2001- after a decade of unseemly, classic celiac symptoms. She has been cooking and baking gluten-free ever since, serving up hundreds of original recipes on her popular food blog, launched in late fall 2005.

Karina's eBook cookbook: Gluten-Free Goddess - Best Loved Recipes is now available on iTunes.

Read more about celiac disease and Karina's celiac story here: Living Without Our Daily Bread.

Read Karina's Love + Life Posts: The Remix here.






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Vintage tableware from Karina's kitchen.