Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger (Karina of Gluten-Free Goddess)

Gluten-Free Chicken Soup for Body and Soul

For the three people in the gluten-free community who have not heard of Karina, the title is apropos. I believe, she is a goddess. I also believe, she is one of those goddesses that doesn’t mind mingling with us little people. In fact, I think she enjoys it.

She probably doesn’t really see herself as a goddess. (I mean, come on, if you had the chance to capture that URL, you know you would.) Well, let me rephrase that. She probably secretly knows that she is a goddess, but if you ask her, she will do that self-deprecating, “Oh, no. Someone just called me that once, and I thought it would make a nifty sounding website name.”

OK, I doubt she uses the word “nifty.”

Here’s the thing. I have this amazing image in my mind of someone I would love to spend hours with. Sitting on a back deck. Sipping wine. And the conversation ranging from our children to places we love to travel to (or want to travel to) to growing vegetables in our backyards. (Wow, can I let prepositions hang, or what?!) And, all of this I get from reading her blog.

I have absolutely no idea if I am right or not. She really doesn’t give away that much of herself. (OK, she does tell a lot of her story, and it’s wonderful to read.) But, she has such a poetic way with words, it just conjures up images in your head of the perfect friend that you always want to hang out with. Not a go shopping and to bars with. Although, I could easily see having lunch with her in a little café in Santa Monica. (She says on her website that she lives in LA, and I just moved from there. And, I love Santa Monica to sit in cafés.)

Anyway, I am starting to sound like a crazy stalker when all I wanted to do was say how much I enjoy reading her blog. She has a wonderful way of writing, and her recipes are what I aspire to. The type of food that I want to create for my boys and me to give them happy tummies (totally swiped that from Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef) and souls. These are my boys (the Little Man and the Big Man). I want to feed them right.

This whole crazy, long intro is to say that I chose Karina of Gluten-Free Goddess to adopt this month for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. And, by the way, I am obviously not the only one that feels this way. Two more people tried to adopt her after I chose her. (Each blogger is only supposed to be adopted once per round.)

Shirley from Gluten-Free Easily (she was the wonderful host this month of Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger) informed the first adopt attemptee that a blogger can only be adopted once per month. But, the second adopt attemptee was smarter. She adopted, chose a recipe, made it, blogged about it, and then left her comment to say she was adopting. Ah, well-played, Kirstin (from Our Gluten-Free Family). Well-played. (I totally swiped that from Chef John when he was talking about Morgan Spurlock at the International Food Bloggers Conference. You gotta check out his post. Found it from a tweet by Gluten-Free Girl.)

Glügle Gluten-Free red cabbage

It’s actually kind of ironic because Kirstin’s post was about a coleslaw recipe that called for some red cabbage. She didn’t have any. The recipe I chose, Chicken Soup for Body and Soul called for green cabbage, and I only had red. I didn’t realize until my soup turned out much darker that Karina’s picture. It was still great. We had it for three nights in a row. (It made a lot.)

I got through writing this whole post before I realized that I forgot to write about why I am doing this. As some of you know, Sea from Book of Yum started Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger a few years ago. Each month, people choose a gluten-free blogger they admire, create one of their recipes and blog about it. This month, Shirley at Gluten-Free Easily is hosting. (Thank you, Shirley.)

If you hadn’t guessed by now, I adopted Karina of Gluten-Free Goddess. I chose to make Chicken Soup for Body and Soul. It sounded wonderful. I love cooking with my slow cooker. There was tons left over so we didn’t have to cook on the two days it was over 100°, here. And, I had almost all of the ingredients on hand. Win, win, win, win.

Please take a look at Karina’s blog, if you haven’t already. You will be so glad you did.

So, thank you to Shirley for hosting. Thank you to Karina for your wonderful writing and recipes. And, thank you to Gluten-Free Girl and Chef John for having some great lines.

What do you think? Have you read Karina’s blog, The Gluten-Free Goddess? Do you love her as much as everyone else?

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

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12 Responses to “Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger (Karina of Gluten-Free Goddess)”

  1. Great Adoption, Tia!! I love what you said about Karina! She really does have a poetic mystical way of writing!!
    And, by the way, I would love to sit out on the back deck with YOU for hours, sippin’ wine, talking about our lives! ;)
    Hugs
    kim

    • Awww. Thank you, so much, Kim! I would love to sit and talk with you, too. Maybe we should do that when you come up.

      And, it’s nice to know that I didn’t sound too stalker-ish in my post. :)

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  2. I love your post – and I love Karina and her blog. I totally agree that she knows deep down she is a goddess, but would be self-deprecating if you asked her about it.

    • Hi Valerie,

      Thank you! Can’t you just picture her saying, “Oh, no. But, thank you.” But, in her head she’s saying, “That’s right! I am.” :)

      xoxo,
      Tia

  3. AWESOME post Tia!! And girl, I am right there with you about Karina. I had the pleasure of chatting with her on Twitter one night a couple of months ago (about giant tobacco moths of all things), know what I did? I took a screen shot of my computer screen, so I had “proof” that I tweeted with “THE Goddess!”

    Karina is like…Willy Wonka (only not odd and much more beautiful…did that comparison make any sense whatsoever)?

    xo,
    Heidi

    • Hi Heidi,

      As someone who is a fan of all versions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the book being my favorite), I understand the comparison. She’s the ethereal creator of all things good. Oooooo! Aaaaa!

      That is a great idea of the screenshot. If I am ever lucky enough to have a “real” conversation with her (not just the “I love your blog, your recipes, and you! – Why, thank you.) I will have to remember that. :)

      It’s good to know people like the post. I was seriously going to delete it and just write a quick one. I thought I was rambling a bit too much. Getting a little crazy. :P

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  4. A beautiful post!! I also love Karina’s recipes.

    She truly rocks!

    • Thanks, Carol! I am just so happy to have found all of these wonderful gluten-free bloggers like Karina and you. It is making being gluten-free so much fun. And, my husband is loving being my guinea pig. :)

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  5. You know, you’re right…Karina tells a lot of her story, yet keeps a lot to herself at the same time. It’s very interesting; both personal and a bit distant (as any goddess worth her salt should be) at the same time. :) Anyway, love Karina and loved this post.

    p.s. I think we should have a twitter vision board party.