My name is Brittany and I’m a former hospice nurse, and current military house spouse. I have an incredible passion for cooking and bringing unexpected twists to the usual flavors of your favorite foods. My goal for this blog isn’t to bring you overly staged pictures of food, but instead to give you big flavors and minimal staging. In other words; I want you to know that you can make your food look that way too with about five minutes of extra effort. I am by no means a professional chef or photographer, but I hope that this food brings your families as many joyful memories around the table as they’ve brought to mine.
Why is FlavorSlut gluten-free? I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and become inflamed easily. Acid reflux, stress, caffiene. All the things, all the inflammation. Last year during a time of chronic stress I noticed I couldn’t tolerate gluten and would turn bright red and become hot to the touch when I ingested anything with gluten. It was so weird! What the heck! I was devastated to have to give up beer pong eating all my favorite foods. It was a frustrating learning curve seeing all the things gluten was hidden in. Mad respect to those of y’all with celiac and NCGS!
While this is no longer the case for me, and I can once again tolerate gluten I wanted to keep the gluten-free cooking going as it forced me to think outside of my usual carbohydrate laden box. Everyone can eat gluten-free, but people who eat gluten-free can’t eat everything. I wanted to make a blog where the food is a little more interesting than the standard “you’re gluten-free, you must also want only salad forever” mindset of the internet. Influenced heavily by my southern roots, and love of tex-mex I think you’ll find this blog to be a refreshing twist on the usual GF finds.
My biggest secret? I’m a lazy cook! While these recipes may appear fancy they usually take less than an hour (unless we’re marinating), and involve a lot of hands off time. No one wants to waste their time in the kitchen. Especially when there’s Netflix to binge!
I’ve been lucky enough to have been welcomed into many people’s homes to learn from their families and share in their favorite recipes. I believe making and sharing food is an unmatched expression of love, and that by feeding people you can help someone to feel just a little bit better, and a whole lot more loved. I want you to know that every recipe I’ll share with you on this blog has been influenced by a grandparent, parent, friend, relative, patient, or patient’s family that has touched my life by bringing me into their kitchen and teaching me, or by sharing a memory of their favorite times at the table with their families. If you’re one of those people, and are reading this right now thank you for bringing me some of my most treasured memories, and if you aren’t yet one of those people- welcome to my table, I hope you stay a while.