Gluten Free Chicken Divan

Well 20 days is better than 2 months away from writing! Once I posted that I was going to write more, my body said no and threw me all sorts of health problems! Isn’t that just the best? But now I am feeling much better and I can finally write about my trip to Pennsylvania.

I always complain about the drive to PA, but there was no complaints on this trip. I was so excited to see everyone that once I started the car, there was no stopping. I mean, I had to get gas but still. Once I was there, Kelly and I got caught up and the next day we went to Michael’s for his birthday/excuse to have a party😛 Seriously though, I was so happy to be back with everyone. Writing about it now makes me want to go back to school… Less than a month. Kelly and I took a fantastic tap class that night. I’m not the best tapper, but I like to try and it was good to brush out the cobwebs. Then we headed back to Michael’s, sort of. I guess I’m just a New England girl at heart and always want to go back North😉 We stopped at Starbucks to order off the “secret menu”. Crossed that off the bucket list! I got a cookies and cream frappuccino and Kelly got the Captain Crunch one. THEY WERE SO GOOD! Anyway… Continue reading

Doing some catching up

Do you ever feel like life just speeds up ahead of you and you can’t help but run along to keep up? That has been the feeling since I got home from college. 

Since I last posted, I have

  • gotten a second job
  • made new recipes
  • hung out with my siblings
  • worked on my Summer Bucket List

Things I have NOT done include,

  • sleep
  • blogging
  • dance
  • worked out
  • hung out with my friends

Life seriously just takes off and I don’t know how to keep up! I thought that having this blog would help keep life on track, but nope. It has been pushed to the very back burner along with the above list. But it’s time to change that. I need to get my life back on track and this is the first step, I think. Continue reading

Sorry for the delay…

Once I got back to school from Easter Break, everything took off. We had so much to do and a very small window of time. But now I am home and committed to writing once a week. With that said, I bring you another recipe from Easter weekend!

I have never had pineapple upside down cake. Ever. Until my step-mom showed me this. I knew I had to make a recipe from the list for Easter. So I, obviously, chose the Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

It was delicious. Let me just put that out there. Seriously, I could not stop eating it. I also could not resist eating a slice when it came right out of the oven.Whoops.

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Easter Weekend

There has to be a reason college breaks are set where they are. And I’m happy about that. Easter break, I guess this is because of when Easter fell but I still think they plan things perfectly, came at the perfect time. Seriously. It was so nice to go home and sleep. I pulled a “typical college kid” this weekend and did almost nothing, and brought home a bunch of laundry. But on Friday night, I babysat my brother. He’s pretty easy to watch, just make sure he has his video games. So I planned on using my father’s kitchen to try out some recipes for here! I made two things, one dessert and one appetizer /side dish. I’ll save the dessert for another time, today I will focus on the amazing Buffalo Chicken Dip.

I had never heard about Buffalo Chicken Dip until I got to college, and I really wanted to try it. But I am very skeptical when other people make things and say “Ya, it should be Gluten Free” or “I’m pretty sure it is. You won’t die though if it isn’t, right?”. One day I was on Pinterest, and I spotted this recipe. Instantly, I put it in my “Recipes” bookmark. Luckily, I had a party to go to on Saturday, so I needed to bring something I was able, and wanted, to eat.

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The Long Lost Cupcake Recipe

I love cupcakes. I think they are the perfect dessert and the perfect pick me up. After my long day working at the theatre, I needed to do something fun. Plus I needed to do something to write about.

Wait. Let me back track.

About a year ago I went on the hunt for a new vanilla cupcake recipe. I love vanilla cake. Sorry, Mom. But when I went gluten free, chocolate seemed to make cake taste less like cardboard, so I became a chocolate lover. I mean, as a girl I have always loved chocolate, but not in cake form. Anyway, it was Easter and I tend to bring my own dessert to family gatherings. It’s just easier and safer. So I started to search for the perfect vanilla cupcake. Somehow I found this. I wrote down the ingredients and quickly went to the store. At first I thought it was strange to use orange juice in a cake, but I was willing to try anything.

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Lemme explain “glutenous”

It’s a made up word, sort of. If spelled “glutinous”, it means sticky, glue like. That’s not what it means here. Here’s the story.

One night, specifically November 4, 2012 the day daylight savings time ended. There was an “extra hour” to spend with my friends. We decided to be spontaneous and go to WalMart. No clue why, it’s college. After WalMart, we headed to McDonald’s. The drive thru was horrific, but I had my 4 best friends all singing and happy in my car. We sat in the drive thru for an hour…at 1 am. Whoops. College. 

Sam is my best friend, and like anyone has her quirks. When Sam gets overtired, she begins to talk in a British accent. It’s really quite amusing. All of a sudden, while I was deciding what to order, Sam yells from behind me…in a british accent…

“You should order a burger. Say ‘ Can I have a burger but instead of a bun can I have it between two patties because I am glutenous'”

From that moment on, I was dubbed glutenous. I’m completely okay with this. So when I was coming up for a name with the blog, Sam popped into my head. She’s leaving after this semester and I’m going to miss her terribly. I was thinking about this night and decided to always remember it through this blog. She has made my life so much better. She is a fantastic friend and I am going to miss her, so this blog is for her and all my friends. 

Thank you for being awesome and dealing with my glutenous self!

 

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The cliché “About Me” entry

“Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it.”

My name is Courtney, and I am glutenous. About 5 years ago, I began having terrible pains in my stomach. It was January of my freshman year in high school, and I was a mess. I spent the next 11 months visiting countless doctors until I found someone willing to help. All the previous doctors took blood, tested it, pressed on my stomach, and told me nothing was wrong. Enter Bonnie! Bonnie, my gastroenterologist, is amazing. My mother and I told her about all the doctors visits, and she was furious. Immediately she ordered blood work, a barium x-ray, and an endoscopy to make sure we covered all the bases. I was so scared, but very happy at the same time. Well, as happy as a 15 year old in massive pain can be. I was so thankful we had found someone willing to try something different. In December of 2009, just 3 days before my 16th birthday, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.

At first, I cried. I’ll fully admit it. And those of you reading this with Celiacs understand, but food is important. Those of you who can eat anything, think about your favorite dessert. It probably contains gluten. Okay got it? Good. Now think about never being able to eat it ever again. You know how that dessert comforted you when you were down, or you celebrated something with it. Not anymore. Say goodbye! You’re crying now aren’t you? Thought so. So next time you judge someone for crying over an allergy, stop and think about that dessert. Okay, side rant over.

I posted about the diagnoses on my blog, I’ve had too many, and immediately my friend came and picked me up. We went to the mall for my last gluten filled meal. Chicken Broccoli Alfredo with Garlic Bread. Heaven. I still haven’t mastered a GF Chicken Alfredo… I paid for this meal later that night, but quite frankly, I didn’t care.

After that, high school became even more of a struggle. I tried eating at school as best I could, but I kept feeling uncomfortable. The lunch ladies would stare at me every time I asked for no bread. No I am not a weight sensitive teenager who is avoiding carbs. I’m avoiding cancer you idiots! I quickly started bringing my lunch to school. Yep, I was that girl. Luckily, my best friend brought her lunch everyday too so I was okay. I knew when I started looking for colleges, the one I went to had to be gluten free friendly. It seemed like they all were. They told me there was always a nutritionist on campus, and that there are always GF options. After a long process, I chose to attend Wilkes University.

I am currently a freshman Musical Theatre major. Second semester is almost over, and I thought every thing was going well, food-wise. When I went home for Winter Break, I was very lethargic and sick. I figured it was just because I was eating real home cooking again. I was sorely mistaken.

Upon my return to campus, I was feeling pain again because I was eating at the “SUB” (our cafeteria) again. I stopped and realized that there was so much cross-contamination happening in the kitchen. The staff is so careless and I was sick and tired of explaining things. Quickly, I stopped eating there and relied on my microwave for meals. A person can only take so much of that. I now eat at the SUB once a day, because everyone needs certain nutrients.

Next semester, hopefully, I will be living in an apartment with my best friends, one of which was just diagnosed gluten sensitive. It would be really nice not only to live with friends, but to have someone I could share food with, and who understands!!

Just the other night I found a few new GF blogs and recalled my previous attempt at GF blogging. I was struck with inspiration, and also hunger… those pictures make the food look so fantastic. I felt like now was the right time to start a different GF blog.

Long story short, my name is Courtney. I have Celiac Disease and I’m tired of explaining what I can and cannot eat. Here is a blog where I will test recipes I find, enjoy them or not, write about them, and occasionally tell you about my life.

Here…we…go…

Oh! Here’s my face.