Welcome to my little corner of the Internet! I'm so glad you stumbled upon my blog.
My name is Taleen and I'm a Los Angeles based marketing professional by day, allergy friendly baker by night.
I've absolutely loved to bake and play in the kitchen for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I was constantly in there with my mom and grandmother, watching and learning from them. And now, as an adult, I find that it's one of my favorite ways to relax and I truly see it as "me time."
So, part of what inspired my blog was my love of baking (and my sweet tooth!). The other big part of this is my husband, Matt. My loving, golf-obsessed husband who also happens to have an autoimmune condition which is essentially triggered by food (that's the simplest way I can put it without getting into the medical details).
Over the past year, we've really had to adjust our diet and lifestyle to keep his condition in check. Needless to say, it's been a real rollercoaster and I've done a TON of research and a TON of testing. While I'm constantly learning, I feel that I have a good handle on what I call our new normal. I've learned to make minor adaptations to recipes so that he is not having to give up his favorite treats... keeping it Just As Tasty!
A note about my recipes: I can only share what I know and what works for us, so while this is an allergy friendly blog, I am by no means an expert on allergen free baking. My recipes contain dairy, because Matt can have dairy in his diet. But they will not contain wheat, eggs, or nuts. I'll be sharing a mix of adapted recipes from some of my favorite blogs, magazines, and cookbooks as well as my own original recipes. Most of my recipes use Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer because I've learned through trial and error that this is the best egg substitute that works for me. Matt can't have flax seeds so I've never tried using a "flax egg" but if that works for you, by all means I would encourage trying it in my recipes... I just can't speak to the results as I've never tried it myself.
I hope you find some inspiration on my page and, if nothing else, I hope I can serve as a resource to you if you, too, have recently had to make adjustments to your lifestyle.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you stay a while!