From time to time, I find the need to update this page.  Like everyone else, I’m always evolving: sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.  Since my Celiac dx in Nov 2007, I’ve devoted a great deal of energy and time to developing the recipes you see on this blog (and many that are still in development).  My initial motivation was sheer disappointment at the commercial products availible to us in the specialty gluten-free market.  I refuse to continue to pay exorbinant prices for substandard foodstuffs.  So now I make my own.

I learned to cook and bake from my grandmother and aunt, mostly from watching.  My grandmother was from Northern Florida and moved to the Missouri Ozarks, bringing and fusing the cuisine of her world with that of my grandfather.  My aunt learned and refined many of the recipies and I’ve updated many as well.  My culinary tastes run the gambit: if it’s edible and gluten-free, I’ll eat it. 🙂  My favorite cuisines are the dishes of simple people: cajun and creole, asian street food, latin american cuisine, european influenced soups and stews, middle eastern plant proteins… the list goes on and on.

I like to cook and I like to garden.  The two seem to make sense together: this way I can be involved in all stages of the production of fresh and delicious foods.

My Celiac took over a decade and, depending on who you ask, as many as two to diagnose.  Because of this, I have a lot of medical issues and my whole body tends to be out of whack.  Like most Celiacs, I am also suffering from many of the sister diseases that so commonly follow CD: hypothyroidism, megaloblastic anaemia, fibromyalgia and migraines are my biggest struggles.  Most of the time I manage, but I do have times when I just can’t seem to make it all work and everything falls apart.

Despite that, I think that I tend to keep a pretty upbeat tone.  I always try to remember that no matter how unfair I think life has been, someone else has it worse.  So, I have an autoimmune disease… somebody else might have an inoperable brain tumor, or a critically ill child… and I think that’s much worse, personally.  That’s pretty much it, my philosophy on life: good food from deep roots, remembering my limits but working around them, and not forgetting that things could be worse.  Call it simple, call it stupid… it is my own.


8 comments so far

  1. Gary on

    Like you I was sickly most of my life even as an athletic teen, I would have terable what I though wer seasonal alergies.Abd was on theopsit end of the specrrim of weight I was always a stick figur and stil am I just dont and couldnt eat the volum of food I used to put away. My dad whom passed at age 56 had diverticulum but was never diagnosed with celiacs and was over 400 lbs however. Now in my therties I wanted to return to being athletic couldnt understand why all my training and har work was geting me no where. Thanks to the internet it only took me about six month to get on the right track. I still suck but atleast my health is bett than ever.

  2. crystalstair on

    Well, it’s good that you’re seeing improvement. 🙂 I’m worried that my brother has Celiac as well, but he refuses to get tested. He’s a stick man and man can he eat. When we were kids, my mom said that the Drs suspected Celiac in him, but for some reason never tested. I blame my grandmother. She’s was pretty sickly her whole life with all sorts of weird things.

    C’est la vie, right? We pick up the pieces and try to move forward. I spent a lot of time on introspection and feeling sorry for myself… now I’m done with that phase and ready to be empowered. 🙂

    I notice that my health is always in a delicate balance… if I get to feeling too good, there’s bound to be a gigantic crash just around the corner. I am very fortunate to be able to stay home and keep house while I go to back to school (I’m planning on teaching Online college courses), I have no idea how Celiacs with full time jobs and kids handle it.

  3. Jubes on

    Hi Kristi

    Just checked out your blog and wanted to say that you’re doing a great job!

    Couldn’t help myself agreeing with everything that you said about finally having a diagnosis and finding it hard to remain positive. I guess it does become easier to remain gluten-free when you feel so much better. Oh yeah…it also helps if you’re a good cook too 🙂

    Keep blogging Kristi. Your doing great!
    Loved reading your blog and seeing your great recipe photos


  4. crystalstair on

    Thanks, Julie. As always, you and the rest of people at Zaar are a great source of strength and support for me. 🙂 We’ll all keep on keepin’ on!!

  5. Mia in Germany on

    Hi Kristi,

    your new tiles brought me to your blog! Great tiles and great blog 🙂
    Like Julie, I completely agree. Had I only relied on medical standards here in Germany, I’d be cut to pieces now by physicians who think I must suffer from some very bad cancer which is consuming me slowly but steadily – or some unlucky shrink would unsuccessfully try to cure me from anorexia… Working as a food coach and distributing nutritional supplements, I try to enlarge the general awareness of nutrition related illnesses. Sometimes that feels like being the prophet in the desert with only rocks to listen. Blogs like yours are so helpful! Keep blogging!!

  6. crystalstair on

    Thanks, Mia! Glad you stopped by!!! 🙂 Getting my new stove tomorrow (Oct 21), I’m sure there’s a pizza in my future.

  7. Cherie on

    Is there a bakery in Springfield that will make gluten free cupcakes or cookies?

  8. Tim Blacke on

    I have started the live free group and I am putting together a team of people that will be putting on Live Free Live Healthy events in Springfield. I would like to put together a gluten free group. Anyone that is interested please contact me at timblacke@gmail.com or 417-527-2551. Crystal please call me.



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