2 years ago, on my 15th birthday no less, I started this blog. A few months before, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and when searching for information or anything on eating gluten-free, a few blogs popped up. I couldn’t tell you what the names of all of the first few I looked through were, but some were so wonderful that I still read today. I started this crazy fantastic journey with the idea of writing down recipes, as my mom and I were trying a slew of random recipes in our attempt to find something that would work for us. In the end, Celiac Teen became just what I thought it would be (although I surely didn’t expect the fantastic community and other aspects like Facebook and Twitter adding to my experience) – a recipe journal (although that is sort of an understatement now!).
Those first few months, Celiac Teen was a recipe-book-fashion-journal-blog, and although you may not know that, it was just what I needed. I posted on an almost daily basis, usually short and sweet. I joined the Daring Bakers and took place in certain blog carnivals and events. As time went on, I began to blog less, but with more recipes. Recently, most of the recipes have been my own, or heavily adapted equivalents. 2010 especially (even thought we’re just 1/3 through) has been amazing. I had the privilege of not only being the Daring Bakers host to usher in the new decade, but the youngest one as well.
I cannot begin to express how amazing this has been. I have never considered Celiac as a hardship, it was my gateway to health, but it’s been an absolute pleasure to have you around. Although my comments aren’t all around (a couple were lost in the transfer, so I’m recovering them =D), they have meant the world to me. Every time you leave one, I save it away. They make me smile, they make me laugh. Without question, I started this for me, and still do it for myself, but you guys play such an amazing role in this journey. Between fellow bloggers, real-life friends and all of you lurking in the background, thank you for being here. Thank you for coming back. Thank you for the emails, thank you for everything. You make this insanely beautiful (and delicious!) journey so much more fantastic.
Today, I have a recipe for you that everyone loved. They were just right. Exactly what I needed.
An original recipe by Lauren of Celiac Teen.
1 cup millet flour
1 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cubed and frozen
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
Whisk together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry blender until butter is the size of small peas.
Stir buttermilk into dough until it just comes together. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface (I use sweet rice flour). Pat dough into a rectangle that is about 1 inch high. Cut into squares.
Place squares on baking sheet (I like to place them on a silpat on the baking sheet) and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Buttery, comforting. Great with a warm stew or with any meal :).
After a bite, I split it open. Yum.
So here we go, I’m headed into another year, one of life and one of blogging. One of cooking and one of baking. One that will surely be nothing I expect. So, hello Seventeen. I hope that we enjoy each other. (I’m sure that we will :).)