Monday, August 1, 2011

My New Home!

Dear Gluten Free Palette readers, I have moved! You can now find me at Please come check it out!

Saturday, June 25, 2011 will rock your world!

Hello all gluten free warriors!

Sorry for the prolonged absence.   There has been A LOT going on lately but I have been busy working on recipies and doing my research to pass on to all of you.  Unfortunally I cannot take the cake for finding this piece of information I am about to share with you.  I got a phone call from my excited father the other night because he stumbled upon

My husband and I do not go out to eat much but when we do we like to make sure what we are eating is not going to put me in a gluten induced coma for a few days.  This website will inform you of all the gluten free restaurants available to you according to the zip code you put it.  So if you are going to be traveling and not sure where you will be able to eat; enter the zip code in and voila! 

Another exciting feature is that it is not just for the gluten free dieters but also the dairy free, nut free , etc... as well!  I had no idea that there were so many restaurants surrounding us that have gluten free menus! Very exciting stuff.  This website is a great tool for people and one way to contribute is if you know of a gluten free restaurant that is not on the list then you can add it .  For instance, my husband and I love going to Pepperland Cafe in South Berwick, Maine.  The chef has come out and talked to us about options available to me and they not only provide gluten free options but they provide homemade and local food.  They do not have gluten free breads, pastas and beer but it is easy enough to order something without bread, they have wild fish and local meats as well a vegan option.  It is  a favorite of ours for breakfast.

Well short blog today but I hope it finds you well!  Check it out and let me know what you think!

Peace, Love and Enjoy your Gluten Free Dining!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Dad is a college graduate!

 On May 14, 2011 my dad graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art degree! I couldn't be more proud of my dad.  He is someone who struggled through school as a child, never really connecting to school, which sadly resulted in him dropping out in high school.  Throughout my childhood my dad was creating amazing oil paintings.  I used to love watching him create amazing landscapes, portraits and still lives, with paint, a paintbrush and a canvas.  When I was in third grade and my sister in second, my parents were not impressed with the schooling we were receiving.  We had just recently moved to Maine and the school system we were in was not the greatest.  My sister and I started regressing and My dad couldn't stand it.  The next thing we knew, we were pulled out of school and my dad started teaching us full time at home.  He was the greatest teacher, and through teaching us he found out that he loved to learn!  He ended up going back to school to get his GED.  I loved being taught at home! It was also great to see how much my dad loved to learn.  He always pushed me to work and try a little harder because he was so interested in the work himself.  He ended up enrolling in a community college when my sister and I started college.  After taking some required courses he enrolled at the University of Southern Maine.  My dad excelled in college, he graduated Magna Cum Lauda! I don't think I know anyone who has worked as hard as he did.  He always gave 200% in everything he did, even the simplest project he would take it to a whole other level.  In fact while I was in college I started pushing myself harder because if my dad could do, I thought, Why can't I?!  So dad thank you for always having my back, always inspiring me and for being my best friend.  I hope you continue to have the desire to learn and may we always have conversations about being open to opportunities and our struggles with gluten (yes I get my wonderful stomach from my dad, but it is OK because I got his creativity too ;-) ).

My father has always been an inspiration to me and will always be in inspiration to me!  So with all that said, you can check out his amazing works at

Here are a few paintings he has done. 

portrait of my uncle as a child

self portrait

still life

My dad with at his senior art exhibition with his work
Who in your life inspires you?

Peace, Love and Learn,

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Dangers of Lacking some D

I finally went and got my blood work done! 4 vials later! I thought she was going to take it all when I saw all the bottles, luckily I was just being dramatic and it was fine.  However; the results were completely unexpected.  Everything was fine except for one thing, I am extremely deficient in Vitamin D.  HUH? I was so confused.  I got a letter saying how my labs were great but the vitamin D deficiency was in need of immediate care and I was given a prescription for 50,000 iu's for 8 weeks! Holy cow! I guess I am deficient! Even my 91 year old grandmother was less deficient than me and she is never outside!  I never expected this!  I spend time outside all the time, less time in the winter but still never expected to be this deficient.  I thought it couldn't be right! So I did my research and sure enough I display one major sign, infertility!  WHOA! looks like gluten and IBS aren't my only enemies here.  Vitamin D listen up it is time to replenish baby!  It is so interesting finding this information out, because since going gluten free and changing some other aspects of my diet I have had tons of energy! With a such a deficiency a lack in energy is a big symptom.  Although, I can pinpoint times during my cycle when energy hits rock bottom no matter how I am eating so this makes since now.  First gluten blows my mind now Vitamin D.  I am hoping with the warmer months approaching and with the mega dosage the doctor put me on, that things will level out for me.  I Really hope! Vitamin D deficiency is so dangerous because not only can it cause infertility but it can cause, osteoporosis (calcium needs magnesium and vitamin D in order to be absorbed), autoimmune disease, and even some cancers! YIKES!  I found some very informative articles that I thought I would share;

Again, I am amazed at this deficiency and all it causes.  I thought that getting out in the sunshine everyday was enough, apparently not.  Hopefully with my current dietary changes as well as the vitamin D boost I will continue on the road to better health and fertility.  The body works in mysterious ways and again I love my mid wife for getting me tested for this, if the other doctor had her way I would be under going IVF right now, which is so not for me at this time.  This might not be the cure all but it for sure looks like it is a step in the right direction!

soaking in some D
Have you had your Vitamin D levels checked recently?

Peace, Love and Vitamin D,

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

 It is a beautiful spring morning here in Maine (could be a little warmer) but the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and my tulips are just about ready to say hello!  Today is Earth day!  So Happy Earth day to you Earth! I am sorry us humans are mucking you up!  It amazes me how much trash we dispose of everyday.  We are a throw away country, where ease takes over what is good for us and the planet.  I wanted to share a video with all of you that I found so inspiring.  Until I watched this video I thought I was doing a pretty good job.


 I just found so much inspiration from watching this video! There is so much more my husband and I can do. We don't do awful, we recycle everything we can, reuse glass containers, pack our own lunches, create about 1 full bag of trash a month, use microfiber dishcloths and cleaning cloths, use paper napkins, bring our own bags when we shop, among other things...however there is so much more we could be doing and so much less trash we could be creating. This next video I wanted to share to remind people that trash doesn't just disappear. It may disappear from your minds but all that trash has to go somewhere. 

Did you know that your diapers (unless you were in cloth) from when you were a baby are still in a landfill?! Nasty! Diapers take about 500 years to break down, meaning they will outlive us.  Now I am just not OK with my old diapers living longer than me! Longer than my children and their children and their children! YIKES! One last video on the breakdown of diapers for you. In case I didn't shock you with the whole 500 years bit.

Alright folks I am getting off my soap box for now but I really thought this information was important to share.  We are all so consumed in our lives and getting things done that we often forget about taking care of our planet :-( Making small changes in your household can create a huge difference for our environment.  Buying less prepackaged food, buying bulk and bringing reusable containers, compost, etc.. There are so many different things you can do.  This changes will not hinder your life, if anything they will make it greater, there is no greater peace than knowing you are doing something to benefit the future of our planet.  My next step is to get compostable toothbrushes , bring containers with me when I buy bulk (instead of using the plastic bags), and finding out how to get rid of pesky junk mail! I am excited about the new changes we are making and hope I have inspired others to make some changes in their lives.  Try something today in honor of Earth Day, even if you just skip out on buying something packaged or bring your own reusable bag when you shop today.

What do you do to support our environment? What is your favorite green thing to do? (mine is my reusable shopping bags, I love them and use them for everything! I even used them to move once!)

Peace, Love and Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Zucchini here, Zucchini there, Zucchini EVERYWHERE!

I have been absent for almost a month! Sorry readers! Things have been super busy at the Knight residence.  We are getting ready for summer and have been super busy preparing the garden.   The garden prep is going so well this year! I was sitting on my couch this morning with my pup and started reflecting on last years garden.  Last year we had an amazing harvest! Full of wonderful veggies, all we had to do was step outside and grab what we wanted and plan our meal.  We ate a lot of raw dinners last summer.  We had an abundance of zucchini (probably will plant less this year), we were overwhelmed with them! Not only did we have a lot but they were ginormous!  I had to start being clever about how we ate these things because we were starting to get over run, we even walked around our neighborhood and gave a bunch away!  One of my favorite meals with zucchini was zucchini pasta! I took my peeler and went to town. The "noodles" sort of looked like linguine. Paul (my husband) gave me some odd looks when I was peeling them but once he tasted it he loved it! I made some marinara sauce with our own tomatoes and this was a yummy meal all from our backyard!
This once zucchini fed us for three meals!  

  Some of our other zucchini meals included;

Raw Zucchini soup perfect for a hot summer night!

Raw zucchini lasagna from the cook book RAWvolution
  Eating raw is wonderful in the summer time especially when you have a garden full of wonderful veggies! I have been eating warm/hot meals all winter so I am ready for the abundance and variety of vegetables summer will bring us!  This year however; we will cut back on the amount of zucchini we plant!

Paul has just built us a compost and has doubled the size of our garden from last year!  I cannot wait to get my hands in the dirt everyday! Gardening is very therapeutic for me and I cannot wait to start our little seedlings!
Last years little guys! Screaming for more sun!

We will start them beginning of May, with a lot of different things this year, like popcorn! I love popcorn, we buy bulk organic popcorn now but to be able to have it from our own yard would be amazing! speaking of which I should probably order that huh?! YIKES!         

Alright well I will leave you for now.  You know I was actually going to post a blog about some banana ice "cream" I made today.  Hmmmmm it is amazing how your mind takes over sometime. It was like I had no control, I guess my head is in the garden!  I will post my banana ice "cream" recipe soon, this one is too good not to share!

Do you have a garden? What are you planting?  

Peace, Love and Play in the dirt!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pizza Night!

 My husband and I have always enjoyed pizza, I mean who doesn't? However; when you cannot eat gluten enjoying pizza can be a bit tricky. You can make your own and one of my favorite pizza's to make is portabella mushroom pizzas, so yummy! (stayed tuned for recipe) There are some great places like Flatbreads that offer a gluten free pizza dough, and it delicious! Although I do enjoy getting pizza out and making my own, part of my love for pizza is when I do not feel like cooking I love to indulge in some frozen, throw it in the oven pizza!  But what is a girl to do when she does not eat gluten? Easy, your local grocery store has a bunch of options! One of my favorites is Amy's Organics and I just found out they make one of my favorites gluten free! Very exciting news! Hope to find it in stores soon.

Another favorite mine is from the Better Bread Company which is a company from Maine! My husband was at a health food store when they were having gluten free pizza taste tasting! (can't believe I wasn't there!) He said that their pizza was by far the best he had tasted, so he brought one home and my dinner plans for the night were passed onto the next night.  We cooked the pizza and DAMN it was good! The crust was delicious! My favorite is their roasted garlic and artichoke pizza!

So the next time you have a craving for pizza don't fret! There are lots of options available!

What is your favorite pizza topping? Honestly I cannot choose just one, I like it all!

Peace, Love and Pizza!