Woman shares gluten-free recipe

Cook of the Week
Scott Seitz
Jul 25, 2014

Plymouth resident Brittany Wilcox certainly isn’t afraid of a challenge.
Just in the past few years, the 24-year-old has tackled a lifetime’s worth of adversity.
Two years ago, Wilcox was enrolled in a nursing program when her vehicle was struck by a drunken driver.
“It really messed up her shoulder,” said Annette Wilcox, Brittany’s mother.
Brittany added her shoulder will never heal properly and that injury forced her to remove herself from the nursing program.
At the time of the accident, Brittany was already dealing with a condition she was diagnosed with late in high school.
“I was diagnosed with a gluten allergy,” she said.
From that moment, her life changed.
“I had to totally revamp my lifestyle,” Brittany said, adding anything containing gluten, such as bread, baked goods, flour were all out — forever.
Any kind of contact with a gluten product causes the Norwalk High School graduate to be very ill.
“It’s a real game-changer,” she said.
Thank goodness for steak and french fries, she said with a laugh.
Brittany, the daughter of Oron and Annette Wilcox, said going out to eat is nearly impossible.
“It’s french fries, yogurt or ice cream,” she said. “Ice cream can get old.”
With all these challenges, Brittany found herself at a crossroads.
So, recently, she decided to take classes to earn her Realtor’s license.
At the end of June, she passed the state test.
Her mother has worked as a Realtor for the past three years at Century 21 Mike Myers Realty.
“It took two years to convince her to do it,” Annette said about Brittany getting involved in real estate. “She’s really kind of young for real estate.”
Once she passed her test, Brittany joined her mom at Century 21, just in time for her mother to attend a work conference in Florida, leaving Brittany in charge of her clients.
It was a true baptism by fire.
“It was challenging,” Brittany said. “She was not here for me to rely on.”
“She did great,” Annette said.
In her free time, Brittany owns two horses.
“Horses are a constant challenge,” she said. “You are trying to get a 1,200-pound animal to do something it never wanted to do.”
Annette said it’s great having Brittany working with her at Century 21, adding she can complete technology-related tasks in much quicker time.
“I’m not really a techie,” Annette said. “She can do all that stuff.”
Brittany shared her family recipe for gluten-free pumpkin rolls.
Eating gluten-free is expensive.
She said a loaf of gluten-free “bread” can cost as much as $8 and the loaf might be half as a big as a regular loaf of bread.
She used to spend hours in a grocery store reading labels, which may or may not be accurate.
“It’s getting a little better,” she said.