I don’t take stands very often. To let you in on a little secret, I’m a little bit ambivalent when it comes to stands. Which is terrible, right? Taking stands is important, I know. Well, I’m going to take one now. Are you ready?
My stand is to stop GFGF. Don’t know what that means? Oh, but I think you do. It’s the comment many people say after sampling a homemade or store bought gluten free treat. “Oh, this is good for gluten free.”
Good for Gluten Free. It makes me nuts just to type those words. Why can’t a GF cookie just be good? Or how about really good, or awesome? Every time someone GFGF’s it proliferates the falsehood that GF is somehow lesser. It creates an unnecessary comparison of the two and the unspoken sentiment is that G is “normal” and GF isn’t. People say GFGF because they think they’re being kind, complimentary even. I know they don’t mean any harm, but it makes my list of things NOT to say.
Check out my VERY first homemade pie crust ever – GF or otherwise. Rolled out in front of a class of four-year-olds at Bunky’s preschool. I was sweating up a storm, but it turned out great.
I made an apple pie for the class’s Thanksgiving Feast. I used this recipe for the crust and it was awesome. Not for gluten free, but in and of itself, awesome. Yet, I was the perpetrator of GFGF here, because in my excitement I said to B’s teacher: “You’d never know it was GF!” She agreed, but I wanted to bite my tongue afterwards. I should have said, “The pie came out great,” and left it at that.
The truth is, if I really want GFGF to stop, then I also need to change what I say.
Another way to help eradicate the myth that GF is less tasty is to bake delicious treats for people. My plan is to bake yummy holiday cookies and breads for Bunky’s teachers and staff at school. If I wasn’t so tired of pumpkin (yes, it’s true!) I might have made more of Nicole Hunn’s Pumpkin Chips Ahoy cookies. There is a frozen roll of these in my freezer for when I’m ready to pumpkin again. Which might actually be this afternoon now that I’m looking at the picture.
Every year my cousin Peeps gives out baked goods as gifts and this year she is making them ALL gluten free. For everyone. The reason she’s doing it is partly practical, because this way she doesn’t have to worry about cross contamination, but also it’s because her GF creations are super tasty and there is NO NEED to make a G equivalent. Take that all you GFGFers! Check out her guest recipe posts here and here if you want to try some exciting and unusual flavors in your holiday baking.
[By the way, if you’re looking for original holiday gifts, Peeps has beautiful handcrafted bibs, totes, and clutches for sale at her Etsy site. The girl is crafty in and out of the kitchen!]
Do you share my irritation with GFGF, and if so, how do you handle it? Take a stand with me. Come on, it’s for a good cause. And besides, taking a stand by yourself isn’t nearly as much fun as taking it with your friends.