• Lauren

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Wait, what?! Hun, if you said you’d been blogging for 3 years, I wouldn’t have been surprised. Congratulations on 1 year (and I hope to see you through 3 years and many many more :D).

    Well, I blog, I write, I cook, I bake :).

    Biggest challenges? Caramel. Hot sugar does not like me. But since you don’t do sugar, that might not mean anything ;).

    I want to see what you want to write. Simple as that.


  • Stephanie

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Congrats on the year mark! Doesn’t it feel good?

    About me: I love to cook/bake, garden, read, hike, photograph, play video games and generally live for the weekends! Mine and my husband’s motto is “Work hard so we can play harder!” That’s pretty much what we do too :) I blog, but not often enough. I have too many fave cookbooks to list! Right now I’m relying on “1000 GF Recipes” a lot.

    Biggest challenges: The thing that frustrates me the most is my lack of preparedness. I love to create things, but hate it when I come home from a long day at work, and there is nothing to put together for a great meal. I try to do most of my kitchen work over the weekend, so I have plenty to eat during the week, but it can be tough.

    SS&GF: I love your site! Lots of good recipes and great kitchen tips. I’m just excited to see what your new year brings us all :)


  • Deanna

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Happy Birthday!

    I blog and cook and right now my favorite cookbook is Enjoy Life’s Cookies for Everyone. I think you’d like it, too.

    I’m enjoying your blog and just want you to keep on doing what you’re doing!


  • VeggieGirl

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Happy blogiversary!!!


  • Hallie @ Daily Bites

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Happy Birthday, SS&GF! Amy, you should be proud of what a great blog you’ve established in the past year. I am always eager to read your posts. :)

    I would have to say one of my biggest challenges in the kitchen is trying to recreate gluten-free versions of recipes with gluten in them without being able to taste them to see what I’m going after! It’s tough not being able to compare the two.

    Happy Birthday once again!


  • Iris

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I agree with Lauren. I never would have guessed you’ve only been doing this for a year! My biggest challenge in the kitchen is finding time to make everything and not eating all my baked goods in one sitting. :)

    I love all your recipes, as well as your posts on how you’ve transformed yourself. Have you ever done a post on eating out? If not, that would be a good one to read.


  • Kalynskitchen

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Happy blog birthday! I’m also surprised to hear it’s only been a year since you started your blog. Look forward to seeing what else comes next, keep up the good work!


  • Holly

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I can’t believe that you have only been doing this one year. Happy Blog Birthday! I only found your blog about a month ago, and you have been such an inspiration. I check your blog first thing every morning to see if there is a new post!!

    You have been such an inspiration! Keep up the great work.


  • Ingrid

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Thanks to your blog, I was inspired to start my own. You rock!


  • Dee Merritt (Nutritional Merritt)

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Amy, Congrats on the one year mark! Keep on doing what you’re doing – I love reading your posts :) I love to blog about nutrition & wellness, cook and to help spread the word about healthy living…good luck in all that you do!


  • kellyc

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Amy! woohoo for you and happy blog birthday! We actually just celebrated our 1 year gf birthday too.
    I blog about my life: a little of this and a little of that (ie gf recipes, homeschooling, being a wife, and the every day moments of my life with my 4 kids!)
    My biggest challenges in kitchen are baking: my goal is gluten free, low sugar, lower in fat, and tastes good too! lol, is that too much to ask? =0) Thanks for your yummy food!


  • Maggie Savage

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Yay for SS&GF. I too was so surprised that it’s only been a year! Holy moly, you’ve had a successful year Amy. Congrats to you.
    1. I do blog of course. But I also do a little bit of baking for a cafe and a few individuals – gluten-free or course. I’m doing all of this for my family so if any of it gets too busy to let me bake for them, I’ll stop it all. Before kiddies I was a very passionate high school English teacher and someday just might get back to it. Right now I just love being at home with my babes – and feel lucky to be able to do so! My fave cookbook is Vive Le Vegan by Dreena Burton. I also love The Vegan Table by C. Patrick-Goudreau.
    2. My biggest challenges in the kitchen are 1) My lack of professional experience (I really wish I understood the science behind it all) and 2) Trying to bake without eggs. Argh! Whenever I read a new recipe I get excited and then I see “4 eggs” and I sigh. That’s a lot of flax eggs/applesauce/etc…
    3. I love it when you talk about school. I feel like I can learn so much from you now that you’re in culinary school. Living vicariously I suppose? There’s nothing I don’t want to hear about. I adore you and your blog.
    Sorry for the loooooooong comment :)


  • Alta

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s ONLY been a year – your blog is so great! And it feels like we’ve gotten to know each other pretty well.

    What are my biggest challenges? Lately, baking. I love love love to bake, and I love love love to eat it all, especially if it’s sugary. So I’m looking for ways to bake delicious things sans sugar, so I turn to you for ideas!

    I love your nutritious recipes and of course, your baking. I also love your honesty – you really stuck yourself out there a few months’ back with your series on why you went sugar and gluten free. It was honest and I know I as a reader appreciated it – and it caused me to evaluate my own eating habits!

    Thank you for all that you do!


  • Karen

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Happy birthday! And though you thank your readers, it is I who must thank you for your delicious posts that help me to create yummy healthy meals for my family … THANK YOU!

    what you do – stay at home Mom
    if you blog – don’t write ‘em, just read ‘em favorite cookbooks – I’m an internet recipeaholic

    What are your biggest challenges in the kitchen? – sugar free! How do I substitute, what do I subsitute, will it taste good, will my kids eat it, can I pack it in a lunch box. Daily stress for me.

    What do you want to see more of at SS&GF? – I like what is happening!

    Anything you’d rather not read about? – nope


  • Anna@Green Talk

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Happy birthday. I get the same thrill from my website as well (www.green-talk.com) Been blogging for three years and still love it.

    What do I do: trying to branch out into a career of green business consulting.

    What are the biggest challenges? trying to find food that is healthy that my kids will eat. I grow a huge garden and my kids could care less what I grow. Think the anti-green in all foods! Almost vegan meets caveman.

    I like what you write. It is simple no fuss recipes. My son has been put on a no sugar no dairy regime for yeast. I used your ketchup recipe for him. I want the whole family to be on it as well.

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  • Liz@HoosierHomemade

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Yay!!! One year!
    Happy Blogoversary my friend!


  • annette

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    happy 1 year! I was so excited the day I found your blog.
    my biggest challenges right now are keeping up with my blog and dealing with drs.


  • Sandy

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Hi! Happy Birthday! It is bloggers like you that bring hope to those that, once learn about their allergies and/or intolerances, start pulling their hair out while trying to re-learn everything about cooking and shopping for food!
    I am a stay-at-home mom that 10 yrs ago learned, by way of being EXtremely sick, about her allergies to 8 different foods and 5 chemicals. My first grocery trip after the news arrived took me over 3 hours! No wheat, eggs, dairy, carrots, cranberries, grapes safflower oil, peppermint, cola and their by-products were a NO-NO for me. I lost over 15 pounds in less than 2 weeks ~ partly because of how sick I was and partly due to my fear of eating anything. The road to recovery took almost a year, but here I am, healthy, happy & w/ my weight back.
    Needless to say, your blog, and the others that address dietary challenges are a breath of fresh air! I wish there was blogging then (or maybe that I knew of), I would have started something too.
    Thanks for all you do!


  • Winnie

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    You are so sweet to mention my blog in this post…and all the tweets and comments are so appreciated. I’ve always felt we have a lot in common and here’s one more thing now that I see we started our blogs in the same week 1 year ago. Weird! Anyway, I wish you continued success with school, blogging, and all your future endeavors and hopefully some day we can meet in person!


  • Linda

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Must celebrate the milestones, enjoy the 1st anniversary of many to come!!! You’re my daily favorite that I can’t wait to see what’s new. Thanks for sharing with us! And thanks for keeping it personal. Such a fun spirit!

    About me… an acupuncture student just studying for boards to finish school up finally! Through school have learned much to change my personal nutrition. Over the last six months have gone DF, GF, soy free, and sugar free the latest. I didn’t know it would be possible, honestly for the sugar. Also recently discovered Candida was below all of that, so that is the next challenge. Never a dull moment when it comes to learning more about yourself, on any level.

    Challenges in the kitchen. People show love in different ways, mine is baking! And friends love the new recipes. :) There’s a couple of blogs I go to for recipes now. (yours and elena’s) Challenging to experiment with how much Stevia to use instead of any of the other sweetners. I suspect will come with time/trials! Also the idea from another comment above was about eating out. It’s just too complicated, so I don’t usually bother. Any suggestions/ ways to make the detective work easier perhaps?

    We’re liking to see what you’re curious about/ and enjoy sharing. Keep doing what you’re doing. :)



  • Diane

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    It’s my birthday too!

    That is so awesome!

    Congrats to your success, Amy. :)


  • Jessica

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Happy happy blog birthday Amy! It is so inspiring to see what all you have accomplished in just one year of blogging. You are awesome! Your blog was one of the first GF blogs I read and so happy I did.

    For your questions…
    About me: Well you know I tweet, cook, blog and write :) I’m in grad school (MS Nutrition), starting a private chef business and writing a book. I love to spend time with my fur kids and family. I love live music, reading, the outdoors (except, can you believe how HOT it is already in TX??). I collect cookbooks except I hardly read them because I’m always making something up in the kitchen :)

    My biggest challenge in the kitchen would be baking. I can cook most anything but baking is a different story. I love to bake your recipes because they are easy to read, taste fantastic and healthy!

    Wish you continued success :)



  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Happiest Birthday! I agree with the first commenter, your blog is so wonderful, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were blogging for much much longer!

    We already kinda know each other, but I will answer your questions:

    1. I blog, garden, am starting my foray into raising animals, I am teaching myself to play the fiddle, I love archery. I obviously love cooking. My favorite cookbooks right now are the homemade cheesemaking book by Ricki Carroll and Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

    2. My Biggest challenge in the kitchen is definitely baked good, especially making pancakes or crepes that can be soaked in buttermilk before cooking.

    3. I love everything you post about, so just keep up the good work!


  • Johanna B @ Gluten-Free Kansas

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Happy blog birthday. I’m a big fan and am glad you keep on writing. I’ve lost 60 pounds in the past year and was diagnosed with Celiac in November 2009.


  • Chelsey

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Happy Birthday SS&GF! How exciting. I have to say Amy you have one of my favorite blogs. It’s refreshing to read your posts on how you grew into the lovely person you are today. Your health conscious values are a bold testimony encouraging others to take care of themselves. What stands out to me above all is you your own needs above others opinions (something I sometimes struggle with). What tremendous strength you show!

    You are a real inspiration :)

    As for your questions,

    1) I love food blogging. It is such a creative release for me, makes me feel like I’m singing all the time. Healthy food is what I cook 80% of the time, and for the rest I like to live a little of the wild side.

    2)My biggest problem in the kitchen is…I never want to leave it. I would be content to cook and experiment all day. Which means the laundry piles up, and the floor gets neglected, and the other chores that never cease are always there waiting for me when I’m done!

    3) For starters, you always have good content. Everything in your posts is laid out in a clear and organized manner. But I would like to hear more about your school experiences, and techniques learned.

    You have a kicking blog Amy, I am so glad to have met you on the webs sphere!


  • Rachel

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Congrats on one year!

    About me: I’m a graduate student in a health professions program. I’m eat gluten free, dislike beef and pork, limit dairy, and try to limit sweets (but I have a horrible sweet tooth). When I bake I use almond flour. I feel like it’s the best nutritional and taste bang for your buck!

    Biggest Challenge: I have feel no limitations when eating at home. I’ve gotten used to eating healthy and gluten free (and as much local food as possible). My city has become more gluten friendly, but eating at other people’s homes is definitely the biggest challenge.

    I’d like to see: I’m in Texas too (Austin) and it’s officially hot. Summer has settled in. I’m ready to turn off the oven for the summer and eat as much cool food as possible, without eating a salad every day. I’d love to see more hot weather friendly recipes.


  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Congrats and Happy Birthday!


  • Ruth

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Happy birthday SS&GF. Just found your amazing blog from a facebook link- Garden of Life from iHerb.com.
    I enjoy reading other peoples blogs, knitting,sewing and cooking.
    A cook book I have found useful is Great Taste No Pain by Sherry Bresica- not gluten free, but has some great recipes- http://www.GreatTasteNoPain.com
    I try to avoid wheat and dairy products and find that too much sugar affects my joints particularly my fingers.
    Keep the great recipes coming
    It is a challenge to provide healthy meals to my DH who loves his meat and potatoes!
    As I live in remote Australia I am not familiar with all the products you use in your recipes


  • Michelle (Health Food Lover)

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Happy Birthday SSGF! Well done Amy. I’m really surprised you’ve only been running SSGF for just a year! That’s incredible!

    1- Yep I blog at healthfoodlover.com. I study Naturopathy/Nutrition. Fav cookbooks- well I have so many where do I begin! At the moment: ‘Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet Cookbook’, ‘Very Wellness’ by Val Allen & ‘Ani’s Raw Food Desserts’.

    2-My challenges in the kitchen? Well hmm prob making breads…something I need to improve on!

    3-Keep blogging! I love all your beautiful recipes!

    Happy Birthday Again :)


  • SnoWhite

    posted on May 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    well… happy birthday!! what a fun celebration.

    I’ve just finished my PhD and am in a period of transition to a new job and new city this fall. I cook and blog about my cooking to reduce stress — a journey that started when I had an allergic reaction to nuts. I’m always up for new recipes, and love finding them online and tweaking them to what we enjoy. I love a good cooking challenge, and right now, that’s cooking GF and DF for my MIL.


  • Zoe @ Z's Cup of Tea

    posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Congrats, Amy! Happy 1st blogiversary! :) I don’t believe that it’s only a year you’ve been blogging either, you’ve done so much!

    To answer your questions:

    1) I cook, bake, write, photograph, and blog. I’m working on getting more cooking on my blog, including savory things such as meals. There is almost never a day that I’m not in the kitchen.

    2) I would say that my biggest challenge in the kitchen is my sometimes perfectionist tendencies. If something doesn’t meet my standards or if it doesn’t work out the way I wanted it to, I get in a bad mood, thinking everything’s ruined and won’t let anyone tell me otherwise. It takes me a while (sometimes quite a while) to get back to my senses. Thankfully, these episodes don’t occur nearly as much as they used to before.

    3) I love everything you’re doing here, Amy! I look forward to what you’re going to do next in the new year to come – and beyond! Wishing you continuing success now and in the future,



  • Cherise

    posted on May 7, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Happy Birthday! I’m so glad that I found your blog about two months ago. I love the recipes that you’ve featured and have made several of them.

    About me? I am a food stylist with food sensitivities. I plant an large heirloom garden every year to preserve my foods and will be hosting my first “healthy ideas” party for friends and family in June. We’ll be discussing eating local, grass-fed meats, sugar alternatives, quick, healthy meals and much more.

    Biggest Challenge? By far it is staying on track with my diet. Also, struggling with so many ingredients that must go into alternative recipes (such as several flours, different sweeteners and binders). I have a small kitchen and little room to store all those things. So, I try to keep things as simple as possible.

    Favorite Cookbook? Simply in Season by Mary Beth Lind & Cathleen Hockman-Wert. It features recipes by season. (There’s also a children’s version for which I did the food styling) Also, just picked up The Rodale Cookbook from 1974 at a yard sale. It features many wheat-free and sugar-free alternative recipes.

    Nope, I do not blog. Yet. I’m having too much fun reading and cooking from blogs like yours. : )


  • Tracee

    posted on May 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Congrats on your fabulous site b-day. I thought of you last month on my first blogeversary because you were my first follower. Not only was it exciting to know someone else was reading, it was even cooler that there was someone with a site gluten AND refined sugar free. You were the best first reader I could have had! It is so fantastic that your interest in healthy tasty food has lead you to culinary school.
    I am a cookbook fanatic so this is only a small samping: Anything Perla Meyers, Barbara Kafka, Elaine Corn’s 365 ways to cook eggs, Anything in Wei Chaun Cookbook series, Joy of cooking, Elana’s Almond cookbook, any tasty grain-free veggie dish (I love Kaylyn’s kitchen for this and I repeatedly nag her to do a veggie cookbook). My challenges are getting myself to eat more veggies, esp. greens and the lunchbox for me and my son.

    Keep it up, I love your site!!!


  • Barbara @moderncomfortfood

    posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Congratulations, Amy, on the first birthday of your inspiring blog and a job so very well done! As I toddle along, six months behind you, I can only marvel at what wonderful things you’ve accomplished in so short a time.


  • Ashlie

    posted on May 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Happy Blog B-day!

    My name is Ashlie, I’m relatively new to blogging, I’m a busy grad student, and I really enjoy your blog. I have lots of tummy issues so my biggest challenge in the kitchen is finding things that don’t bother my tummy, taste good and are affordable (grad student = poor)! As far as anything new to add to the blog I say keep up the good work – the only thing might be to have more sf and gf options that don’t have so many hard to find/expensive ingredients.


  • Amanda Formaro

    posted on May 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Happy blogaversary Amy! Your blog is looking wonderful and that cake is gorgeous!


  • Katrina

    posted on May 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Happy 1 year and many more!


  • Ricki

    posted on May 10, 2010 at 7:42 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SS&GF!! What an incredible accomplishment, Amy. :D I love reading your blog and appreciate all the recipes you create. And of course I enjoy Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays immensely! Personally, I wouldn’t change a thing. :)


  • gfe--gluten free easily

    posted on May 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Hey Amy, I read this post the other day … went off to ponder what I’d comment in response to your questions, and well, you know what happened. LOL So glad you mentioned your blogiversary in your latest post. Pondering didn’t give me any great insights, but here goes.

    1) Happy Anniversary/Birthday! Very exciting! Look at all you’ve accomplished in a year’s time. Truly tremendous. You know you can count me as one of your biggest fans!

    2) Because you know me, you already know I blog, cook, bake, further gluten-free awareness (all with my gluten free easily approach), travel, eat out, and more–all my passions. I have a day job, and it’s a good one but it’s much less fun than my passions.

    3) Because I’m eating refined sugar free now (in addition to gluten free and dairy free), I find that challenging. I’d like to use more than just honey or agave in these gf/df/rsf recipes. I tend to just avoid desserts completely when I’m eating this way. Not a bad thing, but usually not sustainable.

    4) I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t like to hear about. You give us a great variety and I truly enjoy that.

    Last, love that cake. Certainly, it’s worthy of such a special occasion! Congrats again, my dear. :-)



  • Brandi Hegerty

    posted on May 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm


    I am so glad that I found your website….you have helped my food-allergy stricken life in so many ways. I have enjoyed your recipes & suggestions. Best of all the family gives you a thumbs up too. Keep up the good work!


  • Heather Davis

    posted on May 11, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Congrats Amy! I have only been doing this since January but already feel so lucky to be involved in such a great community. Your blog looks lovely.


  • Heather @CeliacFamily

    posted on May 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Happy Birthday! Wow, you have done so much in only a year. You must feel great about your accomplishments.

    I do blog, but most of my time is spent on my family and home. Of course that means a lot of time in the kitchen preparing meals. So, between kid stuff, meals, and taking care of the house, I try to find time to share recipes and ideas on living gluten free at CeliacFamily.com.

    My biggest challenge in the kitchen is finding the time to make, bake, and create tasty recipes! Quick and simple recipes that the kids can help with are what works best for us right now.

    I really enjoy SS&GF, and appreciate how good you are at reaching out to other bloggers. You’ve created quite a network of supportive bloggers. I look forward to the next year of posts at SS&GF!


  • Aubree Cherie

    posted on May 17, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Wait, what? You’ve only been doing this for a YEAR?!?! Wow, I would not have thought that! Congratz Amy, you so deserve it! :)


  • Naomi Devlin

    posted on May 18, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year! I’m so glad to have you here in the bloggosphere promoting gluten and sugar free. You are a very inspiring and supportive force for good!

    x x x


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