As I have mentioned before, birthdays are something well celebrated in our family. For my mother-in-law’s birthday I wanted to do something special. She recently found that a gluten free diet is helping her feel better and be healthier, so to do something special I was going to have to try something new. I don’t know how to cook gluten free, I like to cook with flour made from wheat. So, as usual when I have no idea what I’m doing I called my mom and searched the internet. I found a great blog, Gluten Free Goddess, let me tell you Karina is a Goddess. I could spend days searching her site for ideas and recipes. I picked Dark Chocolate Brownies (recipe can be found here). There were things I didn’t have in my pantry in the recipe so I headed out to shop.
I know of only one “gluten-free” store in the area and it was rather far away, so I picked up most everything I needed at the local Fred Meyer. The one thing they did not have was sorghum flour, so I used rice flour instead. I went home and started baking.
They turned out beautiful! The recipe was easy to follow, all I had to do was worry that it wouldn’t work (I tend to worry like that). I let them cool and took them to the birthday party. Everyone liked them. My mother-in-law was just so touched that I would do this for her she tried to hoard them, but everyone at least got a taste. I am hoping as future events occur throughout the summer I may try more recipes or even try converting some of my own to be gluten-free, just to see if I can.