The Gluten Free Canteen is a blog about good old-fashioned baking which happens to be gluten-free.

I’m Lisa.  Lisa Canteen to some of you.  I’m the one who buys too much chocolate and notices when we need cookies.   I’ve been baking gluten-free for over a dozen years. I’ve converted lots of recipes to gluten-free and I am not above creating a new recipe when it suits. More than a decade ago our kitchen became gluten-free because of health reasons – celiac and gluten intolerance.

Tim and Lisa Canteen in the Kitchen

And then there is Tim, Or Tim Canteen who is gluten-free. Formerly known as The Geek for so many reasons not the least of which that he is one, Tim is now referred to as the bread maker and taste-tester-in-chief.  He is also responsible for the Canteen food photos.  If you find yourself reaching through the monitor and drooling slightly, you have him to blame.

Let us assure you that each photo is exactly what the recipe looks like out of the oven, or just cooled – right before we eat it. If we are hungry and addicted to what we made, there is no chance it wasn’t eaten five minutes after the photos were shot. If we are too full – like say we actually ate dinner – then we will give away the goodies to our fearless taste testers. All Canteen photos are images we shot unless specified otherwise. Which is why were are not shy about photographing a cake-wreck. They all deserve their moment.

And because we talk about them so frequently – here is the remaining cast of characters, or almost all of them.  And yes –  this is what they look like most of the time:  (back row) the son-in-law, the lemon-loving-in-laws, the oldest child, (front row-ish) me, the youngest but tallest child, cap’n awesome, the little boys and little tiny photo-shopped Lulu & Phoebe.

The greater Canteen family

Baking gluten-free doesn’t have to be taste free or texture challenged and whenever possible, use chocolate.   Making my share of disasters over the years, and proud to be a member of the cake wreck society, I am not afraid to jump in where other baker’s good sense might fear to tread.

I come from a long line of bakers who emigrated from Eastern Europe way back in 1890-something. They didn’t come here with much, but they did bring some treasured heirloom family recipes that I am slowly recreating gluten-free. No recipe left behind is our Canteen motto.

Neighbors and Tim’s co-workers count on us to supply them with the overflow of freshly baked treats – and not one of them can guess that those confections are gluten-free. And in a fair and balanced baking world, I strive to make sure the resident Penguins Boston Terriers, Lulu & Phoebe who are also eating gluten-free, get their share of homemade treats. Covered in gluten-free flour dust,  I can usually be found in the kitchen wielding some sort of spatula.

Welcome to the GF Canteen.