Gluten-Free Italian Meatballs From ‘The Warm Kitchen’

gluten-free italian meatballsI love it when you meet someone super nice and they give you a cookbook, and then you make something from said cookbook, and IT’S AWESOME.

Amy Fothergill, a gluten-free professional cooking instructor at The Family Chef has created an easy to use gluten-free cookbook (with dairy- egg- and sugar-free substitutions!) in The Warm Kitchen and I love it. My kids love it too, unfortunately too much for my taste as my daughter declared Amy’s recipe for Italian Meatballs “Better than yours, mom.” Really? Well, let’s see who’s meatballs pay your way through college, sister.

Anyway.

Amy’s cookbook is chock full of simple, yet delicious and tested recipes so you all should buy it, use it, live it, love it. Here’s how to make my new family favorite. Continue reading

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Hey, GIMB, Where Are All the Gluten-Free Recipes?

gluten-free recipesIf you guys follow me on the Instagram (and if you’ve got a high tolerance for food, kids, and randomness, please do @peveteaux) you may have noticed some yum looking pictures of food over the past month or three. Some of you have also said, “Recipe, please!” Which fills me with mucho guilt because, I can’t guys. I mean, I will. But I can’t just yet.

You see, I’m working on my second book (yes, I am SQUEEEEEING! I mean, if I understood what that sounded like, exactly) and I’m knee-deep in developing 100 delicious gluten-free recipes for said book. By the way, said book will be out on Perigee/Penguin next summer and it will be “The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go G-Free in 30 Days or Less.” You can guess what it’s about.

So basically everything I cook, photograph and think about is going right into that book. It’s going to be CHOCK FULL, gang. FULL. And I’m pretty excited to be able to share a 30 day plan with recipes, cheerleading, and more for the newbies and oldies who need inspiration, and fast. So look out for it next summer!!! Int he meantime, I’ll totally share this lobster tail salad I whipped up this weekend because my very picky 5-year-old got super excited about the lobster tail in the grocery store so I took some home and made this magic (companion=gluten-free lentil crackers). He was reminded of that time we murdered that whole lobster and it seemed like he enjoyed it. So I made a variation without the murder, but still with the deliciousness.

Here ’tis, enjoy!

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Worst. Vacation. Ever.

banksy-graffiti-throwing-up-flowers.jpg.662x0_q100_crop-scaleDo you ever feel, sometimes, like the whiniest person in the universe? Sure, we’ve got a disease and it makes us quite miserable, but I have to say every time I read the comments here, go to a celiac conference, or just read my FB feed, I realize—damn, girl, you’re lucky! After all, my diagnosis was like, in five minutes, my family has been nothing but (mostly) supportive, and my kids are ALL IN on gluten-free pizza. Most of my vacations have been pretty great, as it seems I blow it on my last day. So when I got this email, holy marymotherofgod, WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS WOMAN????

Luckily, Sharone at The Gut Reaction has a helluva sense of humor. So not only can we LEARN from her incredibly horrific family vacation to the Dominican Republic, but laugh. Just a little. You guys, it was horrible. Here’s a snippet: Continue reading

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Holy Gluten-Free Snacks! Top 7 Things at The CDF Expo

celiac disease foundation expoIt was a busy weekend at the Celiac Disease Foundation Conference and Expo in Pasadena, you guys. Yes, that’s my “snack basket” I have set up on our counter filled with delicious gluten-free treats. I also have a cabinet-full of gluten-free mixes, flours and other gluten-free delights because every freaking gluten-free company was there. And they had kick ass free stuff for those of us who are used to spending an entire paycheck on that biz.

I was there to blog about it, to hang out with other gluten-free super cool bloggers, and to talk to as many people as possible about my upcoming gluten-free trip to Ireland because it’s awesome, and you should come, and you should just start packing because AWESOME. Fill out this form and vacation with me. That. Simple. Huzzah!!!

In case you were wondering what else I was doing at the CDF Expo, well, I’ll tell ya’. There were basically 7 things I learned/loved/did that you should know about as well. They are:

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You’re Going to Pasadena!

gluten free expoAll right gluten-haters, it’s time to announce those lucky winners of the CDF EXPO passes this Sunday, June 8th in sunny Pasadena! Get ready to cry:

awwecarebear, you’re going to Pasadena!

Amy, YOU’RE going to Pasadena!

Leslie, you’re also going to Pasadena!

Lisa, guess what? You’re going to Pasadena

Ali, knock, knock. Who’s there? PASADENA

So if your email is not included down there, shoot me a note at aprilhatesgluten@gmail.com and I’ll get your deets to the right people.  Then you can come by, I can fill you in on all things gluten-free Ireland, you can score free samples from the amazing exhibitors, and oh yeah – guess what I just found in my closet? MORE OF THESE!!!

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Gluten-Free Coney Island

gluten-free coney islandHere’s a tip: If you go to Coney Island, pack a lunch. I mean, it’s not like you’re going for the food when you head to Brooklyn’s trippy amusement park on the beach, amiright? (Hot dog eating contest participants not included.) You’re going to Coney Island for the thrill rides, the very easy games on the midway, and pure weirdness of everything that is Coney Island. It’s fantastic. But it is not so gluten-free.

Naturally, I expected this before heading out to the tip of Brooklyn but that did not stop me from trying to hunt down some g-free eats for you people who also love the sun, surf, and loop-de-loops. Here’s what went down.

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Gluten-Free Vs. Vegetarian: It’s a Thing

gluten-free menusSomething has happened, you guys. And if you’re vegetarian, you’re probably already way aware. If you’re gluten-free, you’re probably also aware but not AS much, because the game is changing in our favor. I know. WEIRD.

Last weekend I went on a super fab getaway with even more fab friends, one of whom is vegetarian, and one of me, who is gluten-free. We did the resort thing close to our house because, kids. And, easy. And, Palm Springs. So you know, great idea. We posted up in the Westin Rancho Mirage and mostly wined and dined on site. I do love the Palm Springs, as you know, and have eaten SO WELL in that vacation heaven. Still, I was surprised to find gluten-free menus in every restaurant in the resort. Like this one- Continue reading

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