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My Liebster

I had never heard of the Liebster award until a few days ago when I was nominated by The Home Cook over at Mermaid’s Tresses. So I did a web search and discovered that this is a way to honor bloging newbies and help them get more attention. How cool is that?

The rules ask you to thank the person who presented the award to you (Thanks Ms. Cook!), have the award on your post, answer the questions that have been asked, award the same to five other upcoming blogs with less than 200 followers, ask ten questions to them and list some random facts about yourself.

So the questions are …

1. Why did you start your blog?
I wanted to share my new found love of sorghum for gluten-free cooking and I thought having to try at least one recipe per week would help me stay with it. I also thought this blog would be a way for me to keep researching celiac disease and find new ways to deal with it. I decided to include Milo because he always has an opinion about everything.

Milo Says: Maizy takes me EVERYWHERE with her and we always have FUN!

2. Favorite cuisine?
I like real food, especially when it has been grown in my garden. Anything cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients is good to me – as long as it’s gluten-free!

Milo Says: I like fresh cooked MEAT and BONES and anything Maizy is eating!

3. Drinks or desserts?
I used to be a coffee addict, but have recently given it up. Now I’m trying all different kinds of teas. I like all kinds of desserts, but I try to keep my sugar consumption down as much as I can. No HFCS!

Milo says: COOKIES!

4. If you could only watch one tv show for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
I don’t watch that much tv – mostly movies. Maybe NOVA on PBS because I like science stuff.

Milo says: LASSIE!

5. What is your favorite meal to cook?
Any kind of soup with fresh meats and vegetables.

Milo says: I can’t cook because of the no thumbs thing.

6. What is your favorite book?
There are too many to pick one.

Milo says: Books DON’T taste very good.

7. Have you ever been out of the country?
A couple of times to Mexico.

Milo says: And you didn’t take ME?

8. What was your first post on your blog?
Here We Are: an introduction to me and Milo.

Milo Says: I’m still waiting for my sorghum dog cookies….

9. Which of your childhood memories is the prettiest one, please be brief.
I loved horses when I was a kid.

Milo says: What’s a horse?

10. Which incident has touched you most in your life?
The birth of my son in 1982. He’s a man now – how did that happen?

Milo says: The day Maizy brought me to live with her. WAG!

And my nominations are …

GlutenFreePSD because they’re in Britain and I’d like to visit there some day. It’s also fun to see what celiacs in other parts of the world are eating.

Gluten Free? Gimme Three! Because she taught me the difference between cross-contamination and cross-contact.

The Celiac’s Chow for good reviews of gf products and amazing photos of Iceland.

Real. Food. Now. Because they understand the relationship between food and nutrition.

Milo Says: I want to nominate Klip Joint Dog Grooming because I go there to see my friend Mary Lynne. She gives me a bath and trims my toenails (I don’t like the toenail part!) and then I get a COOKIE!

Random facts about us …

I love trying new recipes, making things out of yarn, reading books, art and animals.
Milo Says: I love catching frizbies, going to the dog park and COOKIES!

 

Celiac Disease and Me

In 2002, I was diagnosed with celiac disease after having pretty severe symptoms for about ten years. Looking back, I believe I had celiac disease most of my life. I had occasional digestive issues during my teen years that became more frequent into my twenties. People would often tell me I looked pale and ask if I was feeling ok. During my thirties, I began to have anemia and was told by my doctor “women often get anemia, don’t worry about it.” The doctor had to keep increasing my iron supplementation to treat the anemia over the next few years. Then I began to experience more severe digestive issues. Since I was going through a divorce, my doctor told me it was probably just stress. When I began to lose weight rapidly in 2002, I went to a specialist and said, “Please find out what is wrong with me!” I had a blood test and an endoscopy that confirmed celiac disease. I was told the only treatment for it was to completely avoid eating foods containing gluten. So I spent the next year or so reading labels and searching the internet, trying to figure out what I could and could not eat.

Girl with tummy ache

Today I still struggle with some of the long-term effects of being undiagnosed for so long. I have periodic bouts of connective tissue inflammation and fatigue, along with continuing episodes of colitis. Taking extra vitamin supplements and avoiding dairy products has helped some with these symptoms. I continue to look for ways to treat my symptoms with diet. My hope is that by learning more about cooking with gluten-free foods, like sorghum, I will be able to stay healthy and active for years to come.

I became interested in sorghum after learning that corn and rice, the traditional gluten-free grains, aren’t really very nutritious. They tend to be higher in starches and sugars that encourage inflammation. A friend of mine gave me a gluten-free cookbook by Carol Fenster containing many recipes using sorghum and I decided to really explore cooking with it.

So, that’s why I’m here. Do you have on-going symptoms, even after following a gluten-free diet? I would love to hear your story.

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Milo says….

Maizy had a tummy ache today and was really GROUCHY, but I licked her nose and she laughed and gave me a COOKIE. I help her a lot that way.

 

 

Here We Are!

Hi! I’m Maizy. I have Celiac disease and have been on a gluten-free diet since 2002. Although there are many ready-to-eat gluten-free products on the market these days (some better than others!), I have been trying to cook more foods from scratch. I’m not a great chef or anything. I just like the taste of freshly cooked foods containing healthy ingredients.

I read the labels on everything. You just have to get in that habit if you are a celiac. There seem to be more and more products out there containing sorghum and I noticed I often tend to like the flavor and texture of these foods more than the ones with rice as the main ingredient.

So, I have decided to create this blog dedicated to the lovely grain, sorghum. And, with the help of my constant companion, Milo, I hope to make this an interesting and informative place to visit for anyone on a gluten-free diet.

My goal is to try one new recipe containing sorghum per week for the next year. The 52 Weeks of Sorghum section of this blog will contain these recipes and a review of how they turn out.

The What is Sorghum? section will contain general information about sorghum and how to cook with it.

The Celiac Info section will contain information about celiac disease and how to follow a gluten-free diet.

And, of course, Milo will be sharing his wisdom and will get to sample some of the goodies, as well (tail wagging when I say “goodies”.)

I hope you find something useful and/or fun here. Please feel free to share your experiences with these recipes and ingredients. I can use all the cooking tips I can get!

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Milo says….

I don’t know what sorghum is, but Maizy promised to make me some dog cookies. I love cookies!