A New Beginning…

By BE Gluten Free | Uncategorized

May 24


Welcome to our little corner of the world, we're working as hard as we can to have this – and an online store – ready for the NEW Farmer's Market in Red Wing starting on June 5th – please come see us there!

Our names are Donald & Leanne Overlander and we have been dealing with gluten related issues since January of 2008.  It is our hope that through sharing those Bottled up Emotions we worked through when we learned about our gluten intolerances we might help others realize that it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. We want to share the wonderful side of being gluten free with others and dispel the myth that gluten free is nothing but ‘tasteless cardboard’ with the ‘texture of sand’ — gluten free can be just as delectable as any other cuisine out there.  It can be glorious to be gluten free!

We have been married for 17 years – and are raising four fantastic children – we want you to know that living gluten free can be easy and enjoyable for the whole family! (Our kids have often told us they like some of the gluten free recipes better than the originals they used to eat!)  Having been interested in health related issues since college years – Leanne has a biology degree and Don also studied immunology at one time – we both took our love of cooking and applied it full force to this issue in our lives.

Several years ago, Leanne was self diagnosed with a gluten and MSG sensitivity.  This isn’t hard when others can actually feel your heart race – and then stop – and then race again when you eat MSG, nor when a lifetime of sinus infections, migraine headaches, and the like quit altogether when you stop eating gluten! Although she does not have any tests to confirm it, being gluten free for several years has improved her overall health in dramatic ways!   Unhappy with what we could find in the gluten free foods available in grocery stores, we began experimenting with making our favorite recipes gluten free.  We have had some really great recipes come from our experiments and some major flops as well.

From the routine breads to the difficult baklava(!) we have managed to overcome the majority of issues in cooking gluten free – and we would love to be challenged by you!  Send us your Bottled (up) Emotions on what you are going through dealing with Gluten Intolerance – throw down the gauntlet…send us a challenging recipe that you would love to see “work” without gluten.  We’re here to learn and to help!

If you would like to contact us directly please email us at admin @ be-gluten-free dot com

About the Author

Classically trained in Biology and Genetics at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Biological Sciences campus. Gluten free for more than 5 years.