mckinney falls

McKinney Falls, July 3, 2015

Hello! I’m Teresa. Welcome to my blog! I’m so happy you dropped by! If you are reading this page about me, you are most likely someone who eats gluten-free, or perhaps you have someone in your life who has to eat gluten-free. I’ve had to eat gluten-free since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2006, and this blog is a result of the change this diagnosis brought about in my life, and in my family’s life as well.

Since my Celiac diagnosis, we have found that two of our children also suffer from Celiac, so I have additional motivation for learning how to prepare, as well as find, delicious gluten-free food. Although going gluten-free is often complicated and inconvenient, I found that my delight in, and practice of, cooking from scratch pre-diagnosis greatly helped my family’s transition to a gluten-free diet. I simply apply what I’ve learned from a lifetime of cooking and baking with gluten to cooking and baking without gluten, but with the necessary adjustments (and, of course, a great deal of research and experimentation).

Like most (and probably ALL) people who have Celiac disease, I prefer not to be entirely defined by my gluten-free lifestyle. My husband Phillip and I spend time between our homes in San Antonio (where Phillip practices pharmacy) and Austin (home of ATX Ultra Eats, the company I founded to manufacturer of gluten-free, grain-free baking products), where we spend time with our children and grandchildren.


Cleo, our hyper-diligent Anatolian Shepherd / Great Pyrenees mix, travels up and down I-35 with us, and loves to romp with our grandsons.


When we’re not working or playing with our grandchildren, Phillip and I are running (which I discuss more here). I enjoy the freedom of running barefoot (but Phillip runs in shoes). I set two running goals for the year 2015: to run 2015 miles for the year, and to run every day of the year. I ran 2042 miles for the year, and I did, indeed, run every single day of 2015. My streak continues, since once one begins such a streak, ending it seems unthinkable! I am now a member of the United States Running Streak Association. My running goals for 2016 are to continue my streak of daily running, and to surpass the mileage I ran in 2015.

And of course, when I’m not working and running, I’m in the kitchen cooking, baking, researching, and experimenting, in order to create delectable gluten-free treats and meals for my family. I am a recipe tester for America’s Test Kitchen, as well as a recipe developer and food writer. Food contains a spiritual element; a dish made with the most pure, wholesome, minimally processed ingredients, that pleases the palate as well as the stomach, mind, and soul, becomes much more than just a means to ingest calories.It becomes an experience.If you find a recipe that you like on my blog, and you prepare that recipe, I genuinely hope that the dish you prepare delights you and brings you much joy! Please, stop by again and let me know if you like the recipes you try!


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