Welcome to Free Eats. I’m Terris and this is my space to share recipes and photos from my kitchen.
A little bit about me:
Once upon a time, I went to the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and got my degree in baking and pastry arts. I baked breads, pulled sugar, tempered chocolate and made wedding cakes like my life depended on it.
Fast forward 15 years and a few things have changed! I got married to the love of my life and we have two kids named Claire and Patrick. My son was born with multiple food allergies and my adult onset of celiac disease challenged me to rework my original recipes and create new ones. Now I am a recipe developer, food blogger and special occasion cake baker for people with food allergies, celiac disease or dietary restrictions.
The recipes here are gluten-free, corn-free, and mostly dairy-free (Patrick outgrew his dairy allergy, but I still avoid it). I will also label recipes when they qualify as being soy free or vegan.
We are the proud owners of a chubby, fluffy flock of chickens. Speckles, Heart, Goldie, and Blackberry live the good life and are valuable contributors to the blog with their lovely golden brown eggs.
I call the gorgeous Sierra Foothills of California my home and I am grateful to have Yosemite National Park in our “backyard.”
If I’m not in the kitchen or hanging out with my kids, I can be found grooming, riding or caring for two of the nicest horses I have known. They are my yoga class.
I’m usually spotted wearing a pair of Keen shoes or cowboy boots.
When I’m in the kitchen you can almost bet that I am listening to NPR, or my eclectic music collection, covering the likes of Cat Power, The Duke Spirit and the Pixies.
I bake bread 3 days a week and use my 17 year old Kitchen Aid Mixer almost daily. That baby has earned her keep and then some.
I read cookbooks like novels and frequently have a stack of them on my nightstand. Currently at the top of the stack: Tartine.
Each night my husband and I switch off singing lullabies to our kids at bedtime. When I’m done singing, I can depend on the fact that my husband will have a hot cup of chai tea waiting for me when I finish. Every night, forever.
I turn my cellphone on approximately 3 times a year. It drives my friends bananas.
In culinary school I once had a wedding cake instructor who would make us clean our mixers with Q-tips. This guy made people cry, but I secretly kind of admired his passion.
Once I baked a three tier wedding cake and forgot to add the sugar. Luckily, cakes that don’t have any sugar look very strange when you take them out of the oven and I found out sooner rather than later.
My kids are pretty rad and they have full editorial rights to everything on this site. They have also created the rating system that determines if a recipe is “blog-worthy.” Currently the highest honor is known as “rocket ships to the sky.”
I love hearing from you so feel free to comment!
You can also email me at:
free eats @ rocket mail . com (just remember to remove the spaces!)
Oh and one more thing! Please be respectful when sharing the recipes here and make sure to give full credit and link back to my site.
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