Empty and Imperfect, and Easy AIP Pie Crust

This crust. I know calling pie crust life-changing is dramatic, but the rigmarole of finally arriving at a place where grain free, pie crust and good can coexist in the same sentence warrants it. Those of you who gave up grain like I did (and still feel the sting of foregoing the classic comfort food) … Read More

The Real Hero and Chicken Pot Pie

10 Last of all I want to remind you that your strength must come from the Lord’s mighty power within you. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but … Read More

The Return of Pizza, and Easy Olive Oil Biscuit Crust

If I eat what is served to me, grateful to God for what is on the table, how can I worry about what someone will say? I thanked God for it and he blessed it! 1 Corinthians 10:30 (MSG) Dear Joey, Ah, pizza. When Emery was first diagnosed with his dairy allergy, we let the … Read More

These Are Gold, and S’Mores Pie

  Make new friends but keep the old; those are silver, these are gold. -Joseph Parry The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Deuteronomy 6:24-26 Dear Joey, I made two S’Mores … Read More

How Crying Turned to Laughing, and the Story of an AIP Fail

“Blessed are you who hunger now,     for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now,     for you will laugh.” Luke 6:21 (NIV) Dear Joey, So I made a pie on Sunday. In classic Rachel style, the thought of getting back into the comforting rhythm of cooking helped ease me out of the thick … Read More


This collection of recipes started far before we ever became a food allergy family, but over time we adapted most of them to suit our own unique set of food restrictions, including gluten, dairy, sunflower seeds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, shrimp, and Tuscan Melon.  We aren’t top 8 free around here, but several recipes here can … Read More

The Fruit of Our Prayers and Spiced Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

Dear Joey, Remember all those years ago when we started praying for fruit? I think about how that prayer has been answered every time I pick an apple off of our apple tree. It all started because we cancelled our membership to a local Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) because our grocery budget couldn’t really handle … Read More

Going Gluten Free, Part 3: Chronic Pain, Celiac Disease, and Compassion

This is Part Three. You can read Part One here and Part Two here. Dear Joey, Food was a fickle friend in those days.  Chronic pain played with my mind and told me something wasn’t wrong, but was miserably, dangerously wrong. Food was certainly connected to the symptoms somehow, and eating gluten-heavy foods certainly seemed … Read More