The Book That Takes You Back in Time

Approximately twenty years ago, my daughter was diagnosed with a gluten allergy at a time when there was limited social awareness and very few gluten-free products on the market. I can remember like yesterday when the doctor delivered the news. My daughter looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, “Does that mean I’ll never eat a brownie again?” That was a defining moment in my life when I decided to make it my life’s mission to use my education and experience in experimental foods to ensure that my daughter and any other child would be able to eat their favorite foods without sacrificing taste or texture, or breaking the bank.

This book is a well-rounded collection of our family’s favorite recipes that are suitable for any occasion or budget. My “Things to Remember” will provide guidance on how to maximize savings, and will take the mystery out of creating for the first-time cook. Gluten is not the defining ingredient that makes food taste good. Food is all about chemistry and structure. All it takes is the right combination of ingredients. If you are willing to invest in five flours which can be bought economically in bulk or online, you can make anything!
It is my hope that you will enjoy my recipes as much as I have loved creating them. From my kitchen to yours— enjoy!

I have tried a variety of recipes from this cookbook. As an Iowan farmer, I am used to good hearty food. Every recipe I’ve tried tastes like good “Down Home” food. I especially like the Minestrone Soup – It’s a winner!

Ron McLaughlinGrain Farmer

Chocolate Chip and Ginger Cookies by Phyllis are delicious. They're sweet and taste just like the cookies my grandma used to make. A party favorite and you feel so good eating them since they're gluten free. Tops of my list!

Allison BarberlaCollege Student, University of Northern Iowa

The Cream Puffs are absolutely delicious! The combination of the flakey pastry and the smooth cream filling drizzled with the chocolate is mouth-watering perfect!! They are one of a kind and truly amazing!

Kathryn FainOwner, Victoria Room Inc., Oh! So In Boutique

Phyllis’s food is delicious. She's truly the best cook I've known. I've so enjoyed every recipe she has shared with me.

Marlene LundThe Design Studio

Gumbo tastes as incredible as the original - who knew gluten free recipes could stay so true to the authentic look, consistency and Cajun flavor! Gumbo tastes as incredible as the original - who knew gluten free recipes could stay so true to the authentic look, consistency and Cajun flavor! Gumbo tastes.

Chad PotratzMeat Specialist University Ave. HyVee Supermaket

Nothing reminds me more of Florida and our time in the Sunshine State than Key Lime Pie - so I was amazed that a gluten free recipe could pass the test. I actually prefer this recipe to the original! I shared it with friends and family without divulging it's secret - and they thought it was amazing! Definitely a keeper!

Kristena AasburgDirector of Residential and Community Sales, New Aldaya Lifescapes