Greetings, and welcome to Peel with Zeal! My name is Jen Wooster, and I am the recipe developer, writer, and photographer around here. My husband, Mr. Peel, and I bonded over our love for food, travel, and cooking. We love to cook at home, dine out, and try new cuisines from around the world.
We like it all, from taco trucks to fine dining. But things are changing around our kitchen and our collection of gluten-free recipes is just one of those things.
Jen and her husband live in Columbus, Ohio with our rescue two dogs Fritz and Mr. Winkles. They also regularly foster dogs and Jen is known for her homemade dog treats.
An adventurer at heart, Jen loves to travel and stir up new adventures. In 2020, she hiked the entire Appalachian Trail Southbound from Maine to Georgia.
Starting in 2022 she began her section hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail with a 700 mile hike. And plans to complete the entire trail by 2025.
Jen has a BSBA and an MBA from The Ohio State University. She is a retired operations executive and former event planner. Her event planning work has been featured in Columbus Dispatch, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, and on local NPR station WOSU.
She officially started Peel with Zeal in 2017. Jen is also the founder of the camping and backpacking website Cooking Up Adventure and the dedicated sauce recipe website Sensational Sauce Recipes.
About Peel with Zeal
Prior to being diagnosed with Celiac 12 years ago, I was exhausted, my stomach always hurt, and I was experiencing unexplained mood swings. After I was diagnosed we embraced the gluten-free lifestyle and within weeks, I felt like a different person.
I believe cooking is a family activity, not someone’s “job”. Try new things and forgive yourself when you burn the sweet potatoes. Be brave and be bold, but realize some things are acquired tastes.
In addition to being gluten-free, we often eat dairy-free and refined sugar-free at home. You will find my recipes are focused on seasonal eating with modifications for these dietary restrictions applying to most of the recipes I post.
Although, we have been recently increasing the amount of gluten-free dessert and baking recipes at our reader's request.
I am building our recipe index by focusing on basics first, like how to perfectly roast zucchini, and have been adding more complex recipes over time. Dairy-free chicken pot pie, anyone?
As a recipe developer and photographer, my work has appeared on Dr. Axe, Care.com, Chowhound, Downshiftology, Mashed, Insanely Good Recipes, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people and it’s genetic. An estimated 6-10% of the population is gluten intolerant.
Can I use your recipes or photos on my own site?
At this time Peel with Zeal does not allow the republication of a post or recipe text without prior consent. Photos without the recipe can be shared provided the user credits the photo with a link back to the original post. Please read our site policies page for more information.
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Thank you so much for being here in my little corner of gluten-free goodness!