Profile: Amy Fothergill
Amy Fothergill, The Family Chef, is a cooking instructor, consultant and blogger in the San Francisco bay area. She teaches both public and private cooking classes and helps individuals and families manage their meal planning by providing consultations. With training from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration as well as her gluten-free experience with her own family, she has adapted her technical cooking knowledge to teach others how to prepare healthy, easy and, most importantly, delicious food. Her focus is on fresh dishes that are big on flavor but not on time. She published her first cookbook in September 2013, The Warm Kitchen: Gluten-Free Recipes Anyone Can Make and Everyone Will Love which recently won an award in The Gluten-Free Buyer's Guide. You can get more information about her Amythefamilychef.com.
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Thank you to Emily Patterson, Communications Coordinator of Primrose Schools for this guest post - this article has some great points!
In the picture, you see a 2 year old helping out with the prep (with broccoli of all things!). I personally feel that when kids are young, it’s much easier to have them in the kitchen where you can watch them.
Emily has some great tips for how to keep them occupied and engaged.
If you don’t know my story, I’ll try telling it briefly. If you know me, you probably know that being brief is difficult for me. In 2007, when my daughter was diagnosed with what we thought was a gluten sensitivity for her eczema, I didn’t think I had to be 100% strict. There was a lot I didn’t know.
Since then, a lot has changed.
Ok, I will admit, I’m a gadget girl. My kitchen is fairly well stocked but I don’t have everything. A few years ago, a good friend said I had to have a crock pot. I remember fighting it…until I used it. I bought one a week later. This article is about gadgets I have bought over the past few years that have really made an impact in my role as Mom and why.
I was looking at some of the photos in my upcoming cookbook, The Warm Kitchen, and stopped on the page with my daughter’s hand helping with the gluten-free tortillas. I looked at it and recalled she and I making one of her favorite dishes. It got me thinking about how important it is to have kids help in the kitchen and become involved in the process of prepping.
Coming up with creative (and healthful) lunches for your little ones to take to school with them can be a challenge. Throw in a food intolerance or two and you can be left feeling doubly defeated. Trust me, I’ve been there. In my house, my 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter are on a gluten and dairy-free diet. So if back-to-school season finds you all worked up over what to prepare your youngsters, don’t despair! Whether you’re facing diet restrictions or not, school lunches can be made with little fuss. And, once you pull yourself out of that rut, can actually be quite fun.
May is Celiac Disease Awareness month. You probably hear a lot about celiac disease but how much do you know? Do you think gluten-free is blown out of proportion? Are some people eating this way as a fad? Maybe. But the reality is not many people understand what celiac disease is and how important it is to be aware of the symptoms. Before I get into the details, let me give you a quick overview of celiac disease and what it can do to your body.