CBS series “NCIS” expanded its family significantly in Season 14. “Blue Bloods” actress Jennifer Esposito joined TV’s most watched drama as Special Agent Alex Quinn.

While most fans of the show know Esposito from her days as playing Detective Jackie Curatola, there is a side of the star that many “NCIS” fans may not know about. Esposito is also a professional baker, a New York times bestselling author and health advocate. She penned a book called “Jennifer’s Way” after being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009.

NCIS CBS “NCIS” Season 14 cast member Jennifer Esposito posts photos of delicious gluten-free and vegan recipes on Instagram frequently. Photo: CBS

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the gut. It interferes with the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. Patients suffering from this disease can’t tolerate gluten – a protein that is mostly found in baking products such as bread, rye, barley, cookies, cakes, etc. In fact, trace amounts of gluten can be found in cosmetics, multivitamins and cleaning products. Gluten binds several products so it’s no wonder that it is present everywhere.

The 43-year-old actress started blogging her journey to create gluten-free and grain-free recipes that could be used by people suffering from celiac and other autoimmune diseases. Then, she opened a bakery called Jennifer’s Way Bakery in New York City.

Esposito’s Instagram account boasts a plethora of delicious meals from simple, nut-free vegan bread to mouthwatering apple crumbles and pies. She even shared a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day with the cast and crew of “NCIS.” She also shared a cupcake with co-star Wilmer Valderrama a few weeks ago. You can visit her website here.

Esposito frequently posts pictures of her dog whom she calls Goose.

The “Spin City” actress joined “NCIS” after Michael Weatherly’s exit. She, Valderrama and Duane Henry expanded the cast of the TV show in Season 14.

“NCIS” Season 14 airs new episodes every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.