We have been doing a fun new feature where I highlighted other gluten-free bloggers that I think are doing a great job in the gluten-free community. I have many ideas for bloggers in mind but if you know of someone you would just love to see featured (or you would like to be featured yourself) please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gluten-free blogger I will be featuring today has such tasty, homecooked comfort food recipes that it is amazing! She has a family approach to gluten-free living which I just love. I now introduce to you, Margo of Off the Wheaten Path!
Please tell everyone a little about yourself.
I am Margo Andersen, only child and married mother of five who is actively involved in my church and school’s PTA programs. I was diagnosed with celiac’s disease after my third child was born seven years ago and looking back on it now, all the weird things about me now make sense. I have always loved to cook and seem to have been blessed with an unnatural ability to look on the bright side, so I’ve adapted well.
Please tell me about your gluten-free blog.
My gluten free blog is called “Off the Wheaten Path” and I chose that title not only because it’s completely witty and clever, but because I feel like the lifestyle I lead is one of creativity and open-mindedness about food, and when I started living my life as a celiac I had to diverge from the well-traveled road that most everyone eats on. I have recipes, product reviews, restaurant reviews, and sometimes the funny life-moment post, but mostly I’m all about the food.
How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since August of 2009.
Why did you start a gluten-free blog?
I started my blog for two reasons: first, I always had a lot of people call me and tell me their relative or child or neighbor was just diagnosed with celiac’s disease and they needed information. It just seemed easier to give people a blog address than spend 45 minutes on the phone with each person. Second, I do a monthly cooking segment on our local news broadcast and I wanted to create a resource for celiacs that they could turn to for more ideas after they saw my recipes on TV.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
I feature all kinds of products on my blog. I talk about cuts of meat and salad dressings and how to create gluten free substitutes from grocery store finds. I talk about prepackaged gluten free foods as well as foods you can make from scratch.
What would you like to see with your gluten-free blog in the future?
I would love to see my gluten free blog in the future become the top-of-mind blog when it comes to celiac culture and knowledge. There are certain things I don’t cook often (some never) and I’d like to branch out into those areas and become a little more well rounded.
What do you love about gluten-free blogging most?
I love getting comments from people who have tried my recipes and said that they like them, that’s probably my favorite part of blogging. It’s great to hear that the food you like is also what other people like, too.
Do you do giveaways? If so, what was your favorite giveaway?
I do do giveaways! My favorite one was for cookware with CSN stores…I had people leave a comment about what they would cook in the Rachael Ray pot I gave away and the results were hilarious. It’s amazing what people will do for free stuff.
Tell me some of your favorite gluten-free blogs that you read.
I like to read Fire and Salt by Brian, No Gluten No Problem, Smitten Kitchen, and Crock Pot 365.
How can people find you?
People can find me at www.offthewheatenpath.