It is DAY 29 of Gluten Free Baking with KitchenAid and we celebrate the second to the last day of our KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway with this delicious gluten free apple spiced loaf created by Jennifer Cafferty from GFree Life and founder of The Gluten and Allergy Free Expo and the Nourished Gluten Free Food Bloggers Conference. This gluten free apple spiced loaf is really a sweet cake baked in a loaf pan! Pure apple deliciousness! This apple cake is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut-free, and is amazingly moist! Scott and I happily scoffed half the loaf during our "Mad Men Marathon" last night. The other half will be enjoyed when we continue it tonight!
So who is Jen Cafferty? Well, she is one BUSY gluten free maven that you need to know! Jen, her husband and two children all follow a gluten free lifestyle, so she has first hand knowledge of gluten and food allergy issues. She is a nationally recognized expert on gluten free living and cooking, and considers it her personal mission to help everyone with gluten intolerance to live a happy healthy life.
So, in addition to sharing her knowledge and gluten free recipes on GFree Life and in her culinary classes, Jen serves as the Branch Manager for The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of Greater Chicago, helping families in her local area. Jen also founded the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo in 2008 to reach a wider audience and introduce people to some of the leading culinary and health experts in the Gluten Free field. After just four years, this event attracts thousands of people from all over the United States and Canada. Just recently, in 2012, she expanded on this idea, and started the Nourished Food Bloggers Conference with Amy Green, so that gluten free bloggers could connect and celebrate their gluten free message while achieveing an even wider, global audience.
I was so excited to attend both of these events a few weeks ago in Chicago and I had a BLAST! I learned SO much! There were top gluten free chefs, cookbook authors and nutritionists presenting cooking demonstrations and educational sessions. In addition, the three day event included a Vendor Fair with over 50 Gluten Free companies from across the country, where you could sample food, and very often, speak to the founders of the companies! I met up with so many friends and connected with a ton of wonderful new gluten free peeps! I am already counting the days until next year!
In addition to running all of these amazing gluten free events, Jen is the National Gluten Free reporter for Examiner.com and the Gluten Free Consultant and Blogger for the American Nutrition Association. She is also a contributing writer for celiac.com and has published several e-cookbooks. Check out the fabulous Gluten and Allergy Free Expo Cookbook too! If that wasn't enough, Jen has also developed a fantastic iPhone app, So Simple Gluten Free Recipes. Some of my favourite gluten free vegetarian recipes on GFree Life are: the Southwest Chopped Salad, Easy Thyme Lentils, and the Quick Easy Cinnamon Pears.
Do yourself a favour and get acquainted with Jen Cafferty! She is AMAZING! Jen, thanks for participating in this event during the busiest time of your year. You ROCK!
For more information about this recipe, check out Jen's original recipe post.
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