“Tell me what your favorite food is, and I’ll show you how to make it Gluten Free. “
This is the gift I can offer gluten free newbies. Best to get past those first feelings of deprivation as fast as possible.
I’m a “foodie” and self-taught chef. Going gluten free for me was just another “Woohoo! The next thing I get to learn how to do! ” So I was excited to begin my new task… and, of course, especially excited about the prospect of feeling better.
But (I thought to myself) – What must it feel like to a person who is not so in love with cooking? So I put on those shoes and took a walk around the grocery store. Wow, it seemed that absolutely EVERYTHING had wheat or gluten in it… soy sauce, chicken rice soup, corn chex…. well, at least peanut butter and jelly were okay! (drat, what to do about bread?!?!?)
Just about the only “safe” choices available were found on the outside perimeter of the store. Fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy… As a foodie, this did not particularly bother me – it’s mostly where I shop anyway. But what must this feel like to someone who is not adept at cooking from scratch. In these busy, busy times, there are a lot of people who depend on the help of packaged foods.
And as for eating out? Wow, – there are not enough words to express how frustrating it is to be eating safely gluten free at any restaurant.
So – while it’s easy for me to convert just about anything into gluten free, I appreciate the difficult challenge so many out there must be experiencing… I found my new passion and gladly accepted my next gig: Converting classic recipes into gluten free perfection and bringing sheer joy to every gluten free palate that crosses my path.
It took me several years to get here but “get here” I finally did…. Eight years later:
The Birch Tree Cafe Opened May 2012. After a long winding road!
To my best knowledge, I’m the Very First 100% Dedicated Gluten Free Restaurant / Eatery in The First State of Delaware.
Lots of stories of how I got here…… lots of stories yet to come.
Let’s get started! – How can I help you make your favorite food gluten free so that you can begin to enjoy your gluten free life?
Thanks to my Celiac friend, Steve for encouraging me to get blogging.
Cathy Berzins opened The Birch Tree Cafe in May of 2012. Cathy, having been diagnosed with celiac disease, has been following a gluten free diet for over ten years. Her primary passion is to help others learn how to sustain a gluten free diet for a happier and healthier life.