About

Welcome to my blog. My name is Simona, and I was born and raised in Milan, Italy. In 2000 I moved to the United States and two years later I was married to my wonderful husband. Within four years our family expanded to include first our dog, Billy Bob, and then our three children.

Since I was a child, I have always had a sweet tooth. I grew up watching my paternal grandmother and my mom baking. I have always loved to cook, but baking has been my passion since I was a kid.

In my 40’s I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance, and everything I had learned about baking had to change. My first attempt to bake a gluten-free chocolate cake was a disaster: nobody in my family could eat it! Thus, I was on a mission: I wanted to re-create the flavors and tastes that I loved; I wanted a life with no without.

Many experiments and cookbooks later, I created a gluten-free flour mix of my own, and learned enough tricks to transform my passion into a business. Simona’s Gluten-free Baked Goods opened its doors in November 2011. After two years of amazing success, the demand of the business had become too much for a family of five. In November 2013 I closed my wholesale bakery, but a few months later I started teaching gluten-free baking at a local kitchen store. If I cannot bake for my customers, at least I can teach them how to do it!

But my passion for baking still brings me to check out books and books from the local library, and every week I experiment with recipes, transforming them into their gluten-free equivalent.

And this is why I decided to start this blog. I want to share my baking with anyone who is looking for the same flavors and tastes I was craving. I want to reach out to anyone who has spent meal after meal at the corner of a table, pretending to enjoy a cardboard substitute dessert, under the pity of the other diners. I want that person to bake a knock-out cake or a batch of cookies, and be asked to share it with everyone else. I want them to close their eyes and think, “yes, this is exactly how I remember it!”

My Italian tradition and my American adoption mix together in a variety of recipes. I hope you will enjoy them all, and follow me in my quest for turning each recipe, gluten-free…

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  1. Bryony Smith says:

    Hi Simona. I am glad you started this blog. Recently my mom and I (Amherst, MA) were dreaming of writing to you to see if you would be willing to bake a special order of 5 or 6 loaves of your cherry almond cake/bread. There is nothing like it – we miss it so. 🙂 Ms. Bryony Smith

    1. Hi Bryony! It’s great to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words. I will keep in mind the almond cherry pound cake as a recipe to share in my blog. Stay tuned!

      1. allison rosendale says:

        Simona,
        My daughter and I were fortunate enough to take one of your cooking classes. We learned a lot! And we just missed ur coffee cake class. But noticed no more classes for rest of the year.
        Is there any other places you give classes or would consider?
        Thank you,
        Allison & Grace

      2. Hi Allison! I do remember you and Grace. There is a class on cookies coming up in November at Different Drummer’s Kitchen. And I am sure I will work out more with them in the future. Honestly, I don’t mind considering other venues for teaching, but I have never explored other possibilities.

        I hope to see you soon!
        Simona

    2. Hi Bryony, I hope this finds you well. I just want to let you know that on April 2nd, at Different Drummer’s Kitchen in Northampton, I will teach a class on pound cakes, and the almond cherry is among them! I hope to see you there.

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