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Joined Date: Aug 08, 2010
Birthday: Apr 07
I have been an athlete my whole life. I grew up playing soccer with my brothers & best friend then transitioned into running after college. The best part about being an athlete? Getting to eat whatever you want, whenever you want! I loved to bake & cook with my mom growing up & continued to play in the kitchen when I moved out on my own.
Back in Feb 2009 I discovered I had a gluten allergy. This makes things a little difficult when you're used to living on carbs. I had to completely change my diet & focus on getting the right nutrients for my active life.
It has been quite a journey experimenting with foods & spices to adapt to my new allergy, but I can honestly say that I have never felt so healthy or enjoyed food as much as I do now. It was pretty hard at first, I'm not gonna lie, but once I got things figured out, I have enjoyed cooking & baking more than ever. (My husband even eats the gluten free stuff too - that's how good it is!!!)
My husband I will use recipes as inspiration & then make our own changes & twists based on our tastes. Then we evaluate each dish & discuss what we liked & didn't like about it. We tried dozens of combinations of cheeses to create our favorite mac & cheese. I think it took us about 25 times before we got it just right, but that's what's exciting about cooking; you can let an idea inspire you & then play with it until it's the perfect dish for you.
I love baking, but b/c measurements are so precise, I struggle with it. I take after my grandmother, who when was asked how much of this do you add, she responded with, "I just dump." Well, while that was very true, I learned that it's fun to try adding different ingredients to get somewhere new.
The best part of cooking is watching someone else eat it & then tell you how amazing it is.
.::chocolate & cheese::.
||:. Wine .:|| --- white. red. & anything with bubbles! love it!