My daughter Olivia, who we nick-named Pippi when she was a little girl, was diagnosed with celiac disease when she was fourteen years old. Coming to grips with her new dietary restrictions was a challenge for Pip, but also for me as her mother.
As we learned together how to deal with her condition, I was inspired by her strength, determination and willingness to accept this new way of eating. I was determined that Olivia would not have to give up her favorites when it came to my baking. What ensued was a journey of discovery, as I learned to create wonderful recipes from gluten free ingredients. After just a short time on the new diet she commented to me, “Mom, do people really feel this good every day?” Success. Not only was she finally healthy and feeling well, she was doing so while continuing to enjoy her favorite baked treats.
Eating gluten free is more than a diet - it is a way of life. Due to the risk of contamination, our entire house became a gluten free zone. With my new celiac-friendly recipes, Pip’s brothers, Drew and Bradley, didn’t know (or care) that all the baking in the house had become gluten free.
Olivia paid me a wonderful compliment before she left for college saying “with everything you baked for me, I have never felt deprived.” Pip’s Place is for Olivia and everyone like her with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. You can safely enjoy homemade baking with confidence because there is no chance of cross contamination. At Pip’s Place, you can finally feel free to indulge again.