For this reason, I'm going to link to a couple of great posts on cooking and baking gluten-free. These are the places I go to when I have questions. My only advice for you in these areas is to start simple and build your way up. Cooking gluten-free is really no different than cooking any food. You just have to know which ingredients are okay and which aren't. On the other hand, baking gluten-free is kind of like an alien baby. You might be scared when you first see it, but once you get used to the tentacles and googly eyes, you'll start loving it more and more every day. Eventually, it will look no different to you than any other adorable baby. (I have no idea where that idea came from and I recognize it doesn't make much sense, but just humor me and go with it.)
In all seriousness, baking gluten-free is an adventure and it is fun. But start simple. Buy some baking mixes, like Pamela's or Bob's Red Mill. They've already done the hard work; you just need to add a few ingredients and stir. Then look for some really basic recipes, ones that don't contain twenty different ingredients. Many gluten-free recipes call for a variety of flours, and for good reason. Baked goods often taste better with a mix of flours. But if you're starting out, it can be intimidating to have to buy five new flours for a recipe. So save my recipe index for once you've purchased more flours, and start with an easy recipe like Elana's Chocolate Chip Cookies or something that's already naturally gluten-free like meringues. Perhaps set yourself a challenge to try one new recipe a week. Just remember, there will be failures, but there will be more successes. Believe me, I've had my fair share of both!
So here are my favorite resources for tips on cooking and baking gluten-free:
Gluten-Free Baking Tips (and more!) at The Gluten-Free Goddess
How to Avoid Gluten-Free and Allergy-Free Baking Mishaps at Cook It Allergy Free
That's it. I know there are many more great resources out there, but more often than not, if I have a question, The Goddess or The Mistress of Allergy Free Cooking has the answer.
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So now that we've got all of this information on living gluten-free down, I finally get to talk about my favorite topic: Healing your body through food! On Thursday, I'll be posting a tip sheet for speeding up the healing process after you cut out gluten, followed by some healing recipes. Stay tuned...