Welcome to The Gluten-Free Style. My name is Kim Rozsa.
I was first introduced to the words “gluten-free” in 1997, when my then two-year-old daughter Kacie was diagnosed with celiac disease.
After battling major stomach issues for seven or eight months, I was ecstatic to finally have a diagnosis for Kacie, but completely overwhelmed at navigating this new gluten-free lifestyle.
I was a single mother, working two jobs, barely making ends meet and now I had to somehow find a way to provide expensive, hard to find, gluten-free food for my daughter.
Her life, quite literally, depended on it.
Today, gluten-free foods are everywhere you look, but this was not the case 20+ years ago. Nearly everything Kacie ate that was not a fruit, vegetable or meat, had to be made from scratch by me.
Grocery stores did not carry gluten-free bread, let alone crackers, cookies or pasta. Gluten-free flour mixes were not options yet, and rice flour was not something you could find in your local grocery store. This made even baking from scratch quite difficult.
Remember, Google wasn’t launched until 1998, so searching online for gluten-free foods wasn’t quite as easy as it is today either. I immediately joined a small gluten-free support group that was a part of our local Children’s hospital.
The dietician running the group directed me to a local Asian grocery store, where I was able to purchase rice flour. My passion for gluten-free baking grew from there.
Weekends were spent converting recipes pulled from old recipe books into gluten-free recipes. There was a lot of trial and error – so much error – but eventually, I found my way in the gluten-free world.
Kacie was once again enjoying bread, pasta, crackers, and cookies, but they were no longer making her sick, because they were gluten-free.
Now, with more than 20 years of gluten-free baking and experimenting with recipes under my belt, I am always excited to share my delicious recipes with others.
It is not at all uncommon for someone to eat one of my baked goods and ask me, with a surprised look on their face, if I’m sure what they are eating is gluten-free.
Everyone deserves to eat delicious foods and I am thrilled to be able to help you do just that!