Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger: Cybele Pascal

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January 22nd, 2013 yum    Print This Post      2 Comments
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Some time back, I got a book in the mail from Cybele Pascal’s publishing company, Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame. When I looked at the book I found most of it was meat-centric, so it took me a while to find recipes that would work for me. I was intrigued by the allergy-free focus, though, and when I read that Cybele developed her recipes out of the need to modify her diet to breastfeed an allergic baby, I felt a newfound empathy for her efforts. I had to go on a similarly severe allergy diet to breastfeed Baby Yum, and so I could understand how that could spark a passion for allergy-free eating! When I found that Cybele had a blog, I decided to adopt her for Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger.

Unfortunately, it ended up being quite a while before I could actually make any of her recipes. Kid Yum (now 3 1/2) got sick with a tummy flu on Christmas Day, the poor dear, and shortly after we all caught it as well. I spent New Year’s Eve in bed, and was sick for two weeks and then a bit more with sinus evil-ness. Oh dear me! But happily, this week I finally got better and was able to make some of Cybele’s recipes.

I started with a recipe for potato gnocchi that caught my eye in Cybele’s cookbook. The dough was easy to shape and the recipe came together easily enough. After I made it I wasn’t quite sure how to serve it, but I had some homemade pasta sauce so I ended up coating the gnocchi with pasta sauce and a little fresh basil leaf. It was pleasant and a good recipe for gnocchi.

Next I made a recipe from Cybele’s blog, for Pumpkin Sunbutter Soup with sweet potato. I was intrigued by the idea of this savory root vegetable and squash soup with a touch of “un-nutty” butter for depth. Sure enough, I enjoyed the recipe, although since I didn’t have canned sweet potato, I think it ended up a tad less smooth than Cybele’s original. Still, it was very good and Kid Yum dug in enthusiastically. She may have been missing Mommy’s home cooking, as she ended up perched enthusiastically at the counter gobbling up some leftover sweet potato cubes and soup. This recipe was probably my favorite that I tried for this installation of adopt a blogger.

Finally, I made the gluten-free blondie brownie recipe with chocolate chips that I’d been eying from Cybele’s blog. This was a tasty recipe, and a good opportunity to use those super yummy enjoy life chunk chips. I only wish my friend JM with the soy allergy was in town so I could share some goodies with her!

Cybele has a great blog and assortment of gluten-free, allergen-free cookbooks out, and I hope you’ll take some time and explore them. I’d like to check out the Allergen-free Baker’s Handbook myself!

*Roundup Coming Soon. My apologies to participants for the Tardiness of the Roundup, as well as my own post.*

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Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger: Holiday Celebration Theme

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December 7th, 2012 yum    Print This Post      5 Comments
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Hello all!

*Edited on 1/2: We’ve had a serious cold/ flu in our household since Christmas, and have spent the last few days in bed sick, so I’m afraid there was a delay getting my post up. I also only took my new computer on vacation to the in-laws, and it didn’t have the password to get into my site, so I wasn’t able to see recent posts until today. I’ll try to get my post up in the next few days and do a roundup asap.*

I’m proud to say that Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger is back home at the Book of Yum after months under the care of some very dear bloggers who helped out while I was in Japan and busy with my dissertation.

I’d like to announce a twist this month, since I am a bit late getting this post up. First, let’s do a themed Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger and select a Holiday Celebration Recipe to try by your favorite blogger! You can pick any recipe that you’d like to see on a holiday dinner table. I’d like recipes to be available for the Holiday season for you all, so please post the link to your post on this post as soon as you get it up. I still need you to email me a photo and link to other blogger’s recipe(s) and link to your post. I’ll add links to your post and recipe (with photo if you send it) to THIS POST as I receive them.

Participation is simple.

1) Pick a gluten-free blogger whose recipes you admire and adopt them by commenting on this post with your name, blog name and their name and blog name.

*Blogger’s recipes must all be gluten-free or have a way to sort and read ONLY gluten-free recipes
*Please pick a different blogger every time you participate

2) Pick one (or two!) of your gluten-free blogger’s recipes to try.

3) Make the recipe, photograph it and write a post in your blog introducing the blogger and their recipe.

*Follow the recipe as written, as closely as possible. And, please don’t print their recipe on your post- just provide your reader a link to their original recipe.

4) Email me at adoptaglutenfreeblogger[at]gmail[dot]com with your photo of the recipe, the URL of your post, name of the recipe and the URL of the original blogger’s recipe post.

*Note: This is a new email set up just for this event. Hopefully this will make it easier to keep track of entries. If you have general questions, please don’t email me at this address but post them here so everyone can read the question (and answer). Companies are NOT welcome to email me at this address, unless a representative is planning to adopt a blogger and write about it. ;)

5) Post YOUR POST’s URL in a comment to this post, and if possible please try to visit two other blogger’s posts that are posted here (and comment!).

*The goal is to make this event more interactive and fun!

Deadlines:
Sign up BEFORE December 20 (loose deadline; late sign-ups are ok)
Post your Review and Email me by January 4 (firm deadline, no foolin’)

If you don’t have a blog, you are still welcome to adopt a gluten-free blogger. Sign up to Adopt a Gluten-free blogger, write a review of one of their recipes, including your name (or pen name), the recipe URL and recipe title. Then take a photo of the completed recipe (if you can) and EMAIL ME the review and photo. I’ll create a special page just for our non-blogging participants and post it for you.

I’ll start the adoptions by adopting Cybele Pascal at the blog of the same name and cookbook author of The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook and Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame

Adoption Sign-Up Sheet:
1) Cybele Pascal the Allergy-free Blogger Adopted by Sea of Book of Yum
2) You Pick!

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
If you sign up and cannot complete this event by Jan 1st for any reason, please email me immediately at adoptaglutenfreeblogger[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know. Please ONLY use this email account for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger relevant emails.

Can’t find a blogger to adopt or looking to meet some new gluten-free friends?
Visit my Gluten-Free Blogroll

Example of an Adoption Post

    COMING SOON: ADOPTION POSTS AND RECIPES
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