Some of you may know Karen from her cookbook – Cooking Gluten Free.
Karen is somewhat of a super hero to me as this was my very first gluten free cookbook. This cookbook saved me when we first went GF. It features every-night recipes from award winning chefs that result in gourmet-like meals that any ordinary cook can make. Some of these recipes, such as the one for Bathing Rama, are in our regular dinner rotation that we continue to make at least once a month. Plus it has recipes for gluten free baking for everything from chocolate chip cookies to banana bread.
Like a lot of us, Karen started cooking gluten free when her children were diagnosed with celiac disease back in 1997 and 1999. Her son was the first to be diagnosed with full-blown, classic symptoms of celiac disease—wasting away, projectile vomiting (his body clearly rejecting the wheat). A few years later their daughter, who was completely asymptomatic, was diagnosed with CD when the family participated in a study of Dr. Alessio Fasano’s at University of Maryland.
Since then, Karen has been a force in the Gluten Free community doing everything from being on the board of the Gluten Intolerance Group, to teaching cooking classes and her very popular Cooking Gluten Free Cookbook.
Karen will also be selling her yummy treats June 1-September 28, at Magnolia Farmers Market, Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Go early, she is sure to sell out quickly.