WIN-It-Wednesday: The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen Cookbook by Denise Jardine

It seems that everywhere I turn, folks that are on a gluten-free diet, are also are on a dairy-free diet too. Talk about a double-whammy. Statistics now support the connection between dairy- and gluten-related health issues, and more and more people are being diagnosed with BOTH gluten and dairy issues.

And Denise Jardine is one of those people.

Denise, a nutritional educator who wrote “Recipes for Dairy-Free Living”, found out that she too also had gluten-related issues, after eighteen years of living with a dairy allergy.

So back to the kitchen and keyboard went Jardine.  And this time she’s cooked up a gem of a cookbook for those on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet: “The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen… 150 delicious dishes for every meal, every day”.

This cookbook is full of easily approachable recipes that are straightforward to read and prepare; however, the recipes themselves yield those “you-shouldn’t-have-slaved-in-the-kitchen-all-day-for-me”  comments from your family, friends and guests. Some of the recipes that caught my eye, and put a grumble in my stomach include Coconut-Lime Seafood Stew, Peppered Pork Tenderloin in Mustard Cream Sauce and German Apple Souffle a la Mode. Dinner party anyone?

And if you have other allergies or watching your sugar intake, no worries, Jardine has you covered. Similar to recipes, the recipes in this cookbook has a coding system that indicates other common allergens the recipe is free of.

What a perfect cookbook for readers! Which is why I was thrilled that this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForMe was going to be sponsored by The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen Cookbook.

A total of two  BeFreeForMe members will be selected to win a copy of this cookbook. One (1) winners will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter two times to win!

How can you win?

Reply to this blog and tell us what being “free” means to you. A very open ended question, I know! (Me? Here are a few things: A clear conscious; recognizing all the good in my world and then having that appreciative feeling that totally makes my day; and walking on a beach early in the morning). How easy is that? Now it’s your turn…

Good luck, embrace being free of the foods that you need to be… =) and, as always…

Be Free!

Note: Want to buy this cookbook now? Check out this link on This cookbook is also eligible for Super Saver Shipping! The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen

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53 Responses to “WIN-It-Wednesday: The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen Cookbook by Denise Jardine”

  1. Melissa Says:

    Free to me means no borders, no limits.

  2. Annemarie Says:

    A day with nothing on my calendar!

  3. Julie R Says:

    As a family with multiple allergies, I love it when we are free to eat without worry. Free to cook or order from a restaurant without fear of repercussions. Free to enjoy foods that have previously caused pain. Free to be me.

  4. Deb Gowlland Says:

    Being “free” for me means to live life to the fullest and having the chance to pursue your dreams!! 🙂

  5. Christina Says:

    For me, freedom means to live in thankfulness for all I’ve been given by a gracious God including a glorious eternal home, my dear family and friends, meaningful work, and yummy gluten-free food 🙂

  6. Marcia Spencer Says:

    being free to be a child-I am director of junior church at a small church & part of my duties are to provide a healthy sunday morning snack.There are different children with different food allergies-gluten,dairy,nuts,chemicals,etc.I want each and every child to feel part of the group-having a resource to be able to choose food items that all the children can enjoy together &be free to choose for themselves would sure make a great morning!

  7. Sumiko Palmer Says:

    Free is being able to enjoy a meal ANYWHERE without worrying what it is made of.

  8. Beth Says:

    Being free to me is that I can find things I can eat and enjoy , and all so surviving cancer.

  9. Janet LaRue Says:

    I feel being free is having winter almost over and starting to enjoy the warmth of the sun again…to see new growth in the hear the birds know that I too play a part in this world and trying to enjoy the little things and appreciate life more!

  10. julie Says:

    Good question, having kids means getting that rare free moment to myself on my day to sleep in!

  11. Mary Cowin Says:

    Free to me means freedom from stress and worry, sickness and infirmities, lack and poverty, and being about to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  12. Danielle Bateman Says:

    I feel free when I am out in nature; especially while in the mountains looking out over a valley or a lake. It’s so beautiful and calm.

  13. cindy w. Says:

    For me being free is being happy and in control of my life.

  14. Mary Says:

    Being free would be knowing that our food isn’t loaded with unnatural chemicals, hormones, etc. Those that the FDA/industry has deemed necessary for “quality”. Would love to just go back to a more natural state where we don’t kill off the nutrition by overcooking and then add back man made nutritional quality. God got it right the first time!

  15. Meghan Says:

    I feel free when I can be completely at peace and in the moment; those rare times when the I am not thinking about that infinite to-do list that I keep in my brain.

  16. Christi Wollin Says:

    Free to me means the ability to drop everything and take advantage of an opportunity…a beautiful day, time with friends and family, or just a day to do as I please.

  17. Genny Says:

    Free means the ablity to follow whatever dream I may dream, think whatever thoughts I may think and say whatever words I may say without fear of judgement.

  18. Anna Lee Says:

    Being free is when I realize that I have the capacity to make a huge difference in my own life and the lives of others.

  19. Denise C Says:

    Free to me is free to eat without worry!

  20. Elizabeth Says:

    Being Free to me me is having the opportunity to achieve my goals and dreams and live my believs without government interference..

  21. Cesar @ Gluten Free Vendors Says:

    Being Free means to be at peace within yourself and others.
    Great article!

  22. Cara Says:

    Free to me means the ability to sacrifice my needs for the needs of others.

  23. ackdavis Says:

    Free, in this case, means to me being healthy and making best choices so my body is fueled by the best selections of fuel for it to perform at its best. Free means unencumbered, not burdened, not held back.

  24. Kathleen Says:

    Free to me is living my best life, making my choices, reaching for my stars…respecting myself while respecting others.

  25. Karen Says:

    Free means open to the possibilities. I think I limit myself too much of the time with ‘shoulds’ and ‘would’s and ‘coulds’ and ‘have to’s’ and other limitations. I’m working on staying more open and trusting that the answer that comes will be right and true and the best possible option without pre loading my mind with a bunch of parameters.

  26. Kim L Says:

    Free means a day to myself where I can sit around in my pjs and nobody yelling my name!

  27. Aubree Says:

    being free to me is sleeping in and not fretting about my ever growing to do list….

  28. Genny Says:

    Free means the ablity to follow whatever dream I may dream, think whatever thoughts I may think and say whatever words I may say without fear of judgement.

  29. Tricia Says:

    Free to me not having to worry about anything in life!

  30. Mary Says:

    The freedom felt when joining in with the laughter, the whole-hearted belly laughter that comes so freely to a baby. They feel no restrictions, no shyness, no worries. They just do it!

  31. cindy w. Says:

    For me being free is not sweating the small things.

  32. Katie Says:

    Being free means nice, clean, white, empty spaces on my family’s calendar! 🙂

  33. Lisa Says:

    Being free is getting rid of my worries and taking the time to enjoy all that life has to offer!

  34. Sharon L Says:

    Free is….no worries, anxieties, second thoughts….just carefree.

  35. Beth Says:

    Being free is being able to enjoy the outdoors on a beautiful day . Hear the birds singing and children playing. Watching the deer run around. And seeing flowers grow.

  36. Chris Boehnlein Says:

    Right now, being free means having maybe 15 minutes of quiet time a day or being able to shower without one of the kids knocking on the door. 🙂

  37. Tracy Riordan Says:

    Freedom to me is the ability to be able to speak my mind, think as I please, laugh out loud (I have a very loud and contagious laugh! LOL! ( :), and live in America where all this is possible. Plus, being at the beach with the wind blowing my hair off my face as I stare at the far horizon while the sun sets in front of me, then suddenly spying a perfect seashell in front of my path…this is a great addition to my freedom in America as well! ( : Plus, it makes a pretty visual picture too, doesn’t it? So nice! ( :

  38. Venessa Says:

    To me being free is how I feel now that my tumor is gone and I don’t have to deal with Cushings symptoms anymore.

  39. Karen Says:

    You’ve made me think on this with your question. Freedom seems to change meaning by the day and what is going on in my life to some degree. Today I am free from errands but have more work to do. Meaning, I am unencumbered from the running around town and waiting in lines and dropping off and picking up of life, but I am more tied to my desk at work. It still feels freeing. I like my work and the weather outside is just nasty!

  40. Melanie Buschkoetter, RD, CDE Says:

    I was diagnosed in 2007 with CD. Now I have first hand experience of what it means to be free and I know that being free is very doable. It just takes patience and perseverance.

  41. Rachael Says:

    The wind in my hair with a smile on my face!!!!!!!!!

  42. Brittney Says:

    To be free to me means living without the fear of what might be. To be free live life happily.

  43. Cassandra Says:

    Free means free from stress.

  44. Mary K. Says:

    The art of being free. It’s very hard in these job/errand/chore filled days. I have found that riding my bike and actually feeling the wind, the muscles pushing and straining, and taking great care to actually see scenery that surrounds me…it makes me slow down and be a part of this world rather than hurrying through it.

  45. Theresa Says:

    being gluten free means a healthy home. with 3 out of 5 of us having celiac there isn’t a choice for us, its a must. we have lived so much happier and healthier since GF

  46. julie Says:

    free means a day all to myself!

  47. cb Says:

    Get in the car and drive. Wherever you end up is where you were supposed to go.

  48. Sue Edwards Says:

    Free means having a choice.

  49. Tammy D Says:

    To Be Free, would mean not worrying about what you pick up and touch each and every day. Not carrying a tooth brush & mouth wash so you can rinse your mouth every time you head for home, because your child has a severe peanut allergy. Being free would allow a little boy to attend a live baseball game, to do the seventh inning stretch. To be free would mean that we could pick-up a snack anywhere, anytime, with anyone and not inconvenience them or their choices. To be free of a food allergy would make life easier, but I am free. Then I realize – we are free of the mundane flour that everyone else uses. Our flavor palate has been expanded we get to use sorghum, millet, tapioca, almond meal, garfava beans, quinoa, and so many others. Not to mention the wonderful greens that we now enjoy… These food allergies have freed us from the normal SAD American Diet and have allowed us the opportunity to experience more than most people will be able to. We are free, in a way.

  50. Venessa Says:

    2nd entry 🙂

  51. Denise C Says:

    Being free means being at peace with oneself.

  52. Sue Edwards Says:

    Free—to make a choice.

  53. Danette Says:

    Trying new and differnet things even when I am scared

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