About Linda

Linda Etherton - The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Hi, I’m Linda. I’m here to help you learn how to be gluten free and how to cook gluten free. I’m convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious.

You see, my life changed drastically in 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease and suddenly had to learn how to eat gluten free. But I was happy to have an answer to my health problems. I was happy that I wasn’t dying of cancer or some other disease, that I didn’t have to take any drugs, and that my health would improve by simply changing my diet. The problem was that it really wasn’t so simple.

Getting to that diagnosis wasn’t easy either. You can read my celiac story here, but I’ll tell you how it ends. The doctor said to me, “I should give you your money back. You diagnosed yourself.”

I’ve been cooking and baking gluten-free food ever since, and the steep learning curve (especially back then) is what motivated me to start this blog. Why should you reinvent the wheel when I have already learned from so many mistakes?

My husband and three boys (now young men) have been my taste testers over the years. While they did continue to eat gluten, I refused to cook and bake with it. So I had to come up with recipes that everyone loved for dinners, birthday parties, and holidays. And that’s how I learned that gluten free can be delicious!

Linda Etherton and Family  - The Gluten-Free Homemaker

My husband and oldest son (as well as his wife) are now also gluten free. In the fall of 2010 I also started avoiding dairy and soy, and in 2012 I went grain free. You can learn a few random facts about me below, but first here’s what you should know about this blog.

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How to Be Gluten Free

How to Be Gluten Free: 10 Steps to a Gluten-Free Life | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

How to Be Gluten Free: 10 Steps to a Gluten-Free Life is an eBook that I have written to help people who are getting started on the gluten-free diet.  How to Be Gluten Free (affiliate link) is available at the Amazon Kindle Store, but you don’t have to own a Kindle to be able to read it.

Amazon’s free reading apps allow you to read Kindle books on your computer or smart phone. Learn more about How to Be Gluten Free here.

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8 Random facts about me:

  • I am a dog lover. We have two, which you can see here, here, and here. There is a lot of dog hair in my house.
  • I try to have a small garden most summers, but neither my husband nor I are good with plants. I take that back. Neither of us is good with growing plants. My husband is great at cutting down trees.
  • For most of my life I hated tomatoes, but one summer I grew a grape tomato plant. The tomatoes were small and sweet, and I learned to like them. Now I like any size tomato as long as it’s a fresh ripe tomato.

Linda Etherton Baby Picture  - The Gluten-Free Homemaker

  • I home schooled my three boys from kindergarten through high school. They turned out to be adults who I am so proud of. Not because of their academic abilities but because of their strong character and love for other people.
  • My two oldest boys are married, and I love my daughters-in-law!
  • I love God and I love singing hymns, but I have a terrible voice.
  • I have lived in Maryland my entire life. My husband is from northern Idaho.
  • I have lots of hair. That’s why I keep it short. One hairdresser said I had enough hair for 5 people. Most say 3.

Thanks for stopping by!