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  • Kitchen Wisdom

    Culinary-school grad and caterer has special insight into gluten-free foods
  • Karen Amarotico wants everyone to see that baking — even gluten-free — can be "easy as pie."
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    • If you go
      What: Gluten-free baking class with Karen Amarotico of the Pie a Day project.
      When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.
      Where: Ashland Food Co-op Community Classroom, 300 N. Pioneer St., Ashla...
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      If you go
      What: Gluten-free baking class with Karen Amarotico of the Pie a Day project.

      When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

      Where: Ashland Food Co-op Community Classroom, 300 N. Pioneer St., Ashland.

      For more information and to register: Call 541-482-2237 or see www.ashlandfood.coop; cost is $30 for Co-op owners, $35 otherwise.
  • Karen Amarotico wants everyone to see that baking — even gluten-free — can be "easy as pie."
    The motto is particularly meaningful to the Ashland resident known locally for baking a pie a day for a year and giving each away as a random act of kindness. Amarotico still bakes, donates the desserts and then blogs at pieadaygiveaway.com.
    The culinary-school graduate and caterer who shares gratitude for friends and strangers alike also has plenty of kitchen wisdom to share. Her first cooking class, planned next week at Ashland Food Co-op, won't be the store's first on gluten-free baking. But it will bring Amarotico's unique view of the concept to students, says Mary Shaw, Co-op culinary educator.
    "Hearing people's stories about it is very helpful," says Shaw.
    As readers of Amarotico's blog would expect, stories she has in spades. Many are heartwarming, including her experience cooking for people who must avoid gluten, a protein naturally found in wheat, rye and barley. Amarotico's credo of cooking for alternative diets is inclusivity, not singling out diners with special needs.
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