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Cooking The Hell Out of a CSA Box . . . Again!

gluten-free CSA Box recipesThere are oh so many sign ups when you’ve got kids in school. There’s the PTA, the recycling “green” team, the carpool traffic cop . . . and so much more. Which is why my hand is always raised when there is anything, at all, even halfway related to food. I grabbed that beautiful CSA box once again from my daughter’s school and did it all Chopped style to make some awesome gluten-free food stuffs for the school. LOVE IT. And how great looking is that produce up in there? Daaaamn.

I’ve always wanted to to see how kids respond to quinoa and cheese vs. traditional mac style, and this was the perfect opportunity to try that biz out. Adding tiny chopped broccoli makes it community supported agriculture-box friendly, and super delicious for kids and adults alike. Here it is, a one pot super fast dish that is RAD -

gluten-free CSA recipesReally, you just cook the quinoa as the package instructs, add in about 1/4 cup of vegetable stock (gluten-free, natch) at the end, keep the burner on low and add 1 cup of grated cheddar and diced broccoli. Stir, and serve. YUM.

I’m honestly at a loss with the Kiwi fruit. I have such a weird seed issue, but it’s so cute! I thought about throwing together a tart, then went “Mascarpone!” One way to enjoy delish fruit is to just dip it into a lovely mascarpone, honey, vanilla and cream mixture like Ina Garten does. Serve it up, my friends, Serve it up.

gluten-free csa boxIf you want to keep things running smoothly and quickly, call in the stir fry police. Yes, it is a cheap and easy move, but who doesn’t love a great stir fry? This particular box included snap peas, bok choy, leeks and carrots. Which means = delicious over rice.

gluten-free csa box recipesSauteeing these farm fresh vegetables in olive oil, garlic, ginger, wheat-free tamari and sesame oil keeps the veggies crisp, flavorful and fresh. Be sure to use the peeler to shave carrots over the mixture right before it finishes cooking so carrot ribbons don’t soften too much. Serve over organic brown rice, and BAM.

The kicker recipe was, of course, the Citrus Julius. Mmmm, mall food.

gluten-free orange juliusI’m starting to think I should start a service where people drop off their CSA boxes and I cook up a crazy meal. Of course, these people would have to love the idea of mystery ingredients. And throw-backs to the ’80s. Actually, those people sound like AWESOME people.

Also, this entire process (except for the freezing of the citrus juices) took about 30 minutes total. COOL. Which kind of goes to show that fresh, unmessed with ingredients can really turn into something amazing with just the tiniest effort. Really, the instructions above will give you a great, fast, easy result. Try it, you’ll like it! And that ends my preaching for the day. OH, except one more thing. If you haven’t seen it yet, you MUST watch True Detective. Best. Show. Ever. Matthew McConaughey. That is all.

XOXO

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Gluten-Free Honey Buttermilk Fried Chicken

gluten-free fried chickenMy daughter came home from somewhere I can’t recall and announced that she had just had the BEST honey fried chicken. My intense jealousy sent me straight to the store for cut up chicken pieces and buttermilk. Because you know, I WANT FRIED CHICKEN TOO. I’ve done the chicken and waffle thing before (recipe in my book) on the gf, so this is really adding a honey step for even more deliciousness.

Fried chicken is one of those things that I truly missed the most when I was diagnosed with the sprue. Sure, I can make it myself and it’s not too complicated (says the girl who grew up with a grandmother who made it every time we were over), but I’m still super sad I can’t drive up to a joint and just dive in. Sigh. So this was fun to have around for a day or two including leftovers. I felt like I should have taken the extra on a pic-a-nic, but alas, we kind of don’t do that anymore. You never catch anyone packing up the cold chicken and potato salad with a checkered cloth and heading out to the woods. WEIRD. Why don’t we do that? We should do that.

Regardless, I had some Hodgson’s mill gluten-free seasoned flour which I’ve used before, so I just added some corn starch for extra crunch (you can also use potato starch or tapioca starch). If you use regular flour, salt and pepper that stuff and throw any other spices in that make you happy. Maybe even some hot sauce. The end result? Awesomeness.

Three words, you guys: Fried honey chunks. You should do this.

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Gluten-Free Smoky Chicken Chowder Because I Think It’s Fall

gluten-free soupWheeee! Fall in LA, people. It’s just like every other season except we did have two chilly days where I wore the hell out of my sweaters and put on boots. Because I know when to take advantage of a situation. Also, I know how to rock a chicken for the week.

Have I ever talked about the power of a roast chicken? No? If you learn nothing else from me, my friends, please know that you can never underestimate the awesomeness of roasting a Sunday chicken, then repurposing it throughout the week. Roast it!

Usually I like to make the chicken enchiladas with my leftovers and throw some chicken at my children, but I’m trying hard to steer clear of the dairy. Or at least, the insane amount of dairy that goes into delicious, delicious, enchiladas. This recipe for smoky chicken chowder that I picked up from Epicurious also called for some dairy, but I pulled a vegan trick and added an extra Russet potato and cut way back on the cream, and deleted the cheese. Even without that deliciousness, this was, what they say in my house, “The best soup you’ve ever made.” I’m the “you’ve” there, everybody. It was me that made the soup.

So now that we’re clear on that, let me show you how I gluten-freed, and dairy-lighted this insanely delicious chowder that I’m going to make again, and again, and again, and again. It’s slurping time.

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Gluten-Free Sriracha Salmon Cakes

gluten-free sriracha salmon cakesI really want ice cream, but I can’t have it. So I’m back behind the stove and I thought it was about time I started putting sriracha on everything like all the cool kids are doing. Has anyone put it on ice cream yet? I bet they have. I bet there is homemade sriracha chocolate ice cream. I’d eat that. Except it looks like I can’t. So, hey, how about salmon? Why yes I am totally sad, why do you ask?

Actually these salmon cakes remind me a bit of the ones my mother used to make. Of course, she used can salmon and I got one of those farm-raised fillets from Whole Foods, what with all the bones in it. (Side note: Does anyone actually WANT the bones? Why not just debone it all, Whole Foods?) I also chopped up fresh chives, which is kind of one of my favorite things to do now that I can’t eat ice cream. And then I added a splash of sriracha because that’s what you do. You know what? These were pretty danged good. And since I poached the salmon the night before, I was able to throw this together super quickly after work, sautee up some kale with pumpkin seeds, and go to healthy town.

Almost Whole 30 friendly (it’s those bread crumbs and yogurt sauce that’ll get ya’) but definitely friendly to my new way of trying to eat clean, this recipe is a winner. Incidentally, in the original recipe from Epicurious you do not poach the salmon ahead of time. I just have such a weird thing about cooking fish all the way through I wanted to make sure that was happening before I chowed down. I mean, I have LOTS of weird things, and I think making sure fish is cooked is pretty far down on my list. Like way after assigning gender to numbers (3 is SUCH a girl), but weirder than my love for taco shells all on their own.

Here’s how to make it up!

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Gluten-Free Madras Lentils & Green Rice in 5 Minutes or Less

gluten-free lentils riceYou ever have one of those days when you’re like “‘eff you, and ‘eff that, and ‘eff that other thing”? Then you drive two-and-a-half hours home in horrible traffic and you’re like “I have to make ‘effing dinner? ‘Eff that too.” That’s where your Tasty Bite comes into play and saves your evening.

Normally I’m more of a make it from scratch kind of gal, but this whole commuting in LA thing has made me look much more fondly upon the packages at the store. Hence, my frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s I dressed up to make “green” and my willingness to taste test some Indian food from the Tasty Bite people who sent me a whole box of yumness.

I admit I was not familiar with the Tasty Bite, but after reading a bit it seems like they’re all for the farm fresh, no BPA in packaging, carefully marking and creating the gluten-free, treating their employees right, and general goodness. The Madras Lentils that took all of one minute to heat up was certainly delicious, and I have to say I’m really looking forward to checking out the Satay Partay package, as I’m always ready for both a satay and a partay at any given moment. So thanks TBs, for the grub! As well as the ability to eat in five minutes so I could finally catch up on Game of Thrones.

Here’s how you do that quick green rice situation:

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‘Mad Men’ Meal for the Gluten-Free

gluten-free mad menYou know you’re all into the mid-century ad business/out of wedlock sex/Roger’s Thesaurus happening on your basic cable, the AMC. In case you missed it last week, Mad Men came back and those clothes and hairstyles are getting wacky! Yep, times are changing for the crew at Sterling, Cooper, Draper, and Pryce (is it still Pryce? Unclear), and whatever Joan’s last name is. Since Don remains the same, the way we should eat and drink while enjoying watching that guy implode should remain firmly in that era as well.

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Gluten-Free Los Angeles: Black Market Liquor Bar + Celebrities

gluten-free los angelesYou guys, I had no idea how totally cool I was. Let me walk that back a minute. I had no idea how totally cool I was if say, being cool was measured by how many middle-aged celebrities you dine with in one night. Anyone have a metric on that? No? Well, let me just tell you that the hubs and I went out to dinner last weekend and made two fascinating discoveries: When we go out at normal dinner time to one of our favorite neighborhood’ish joints, CELEBRITIES ARE THERE; and the manager of said MIDDLE AGE CELEBRITY HANG OUT has celiac. If that’s not a win, I can’t help you.

So we rolled up to Black Market Liquor Bar in our Altima, valet’d, took a seat at the tall tables (which I totally hate, and was a bit resentful until I realized we didn’t have a reservation and Ducky was occupying the normal table next to me. Love Ducky. Would have been the weird girl to hook up with Ducky at the prom. #duh) and went on to throw back the whiskey drinks. Which are inventive, and crazy good, as well as being gluten-free. Although one whiskey drink has a beer factor (which is clearly marked on the menu) so skip that action.

Of course once it came time to order I was looking over the seasonal menu of artisanal cheeses and ahi tuna, and started to sweat it a little bit as it appeared that gluten was on the side of most dishes. Yes, we did consider leaving even after we noticed that guy from “Wings” embracing Will from “Will & Grace” but wow, am I glad I stayed put and asked the waiter about the gluten-free options available. That dude came back with this – Continue reading

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Oh, Hell It’s a Gluten-Free Diet Cleanse Situation: Week 1

gluten-free dietI realize it’s the part of January where everyone gives up on those New Year’s Day resolutions, which is why I’m getting started. That way, when I fail I’ll be all, “You guys didn’t even last this long, suckers!” So here’s the deal. Erika, a lovely gluten-free fitness coach, contacted me about getting my gluten-free butt in gear. Yes, there is such a thing as a gluten-free fitness coach and now all of you people who indulge in gluten are jealous.

It’s possible this news is shocking to all of you who have been enjoying my wild ride through the sugars of the world. But the fact is eating deep-fried goodness is not so good for your gluten-free fat ass. Additionally I’m about to do this whole book promotion thing and am hardcore angling for my gluten-free story to be told as a Lifetime movie. So maybe getting in shape, and stopping my daily diet of dairy, sugar, and more of that is the way to go. This is the plan (and you can follow along too, my masochist friends!). First, I’m doing this crazy detox/cleanse/reset situation. Then, Erika is going to make me exercise or something. I think it will work.

Let’s talk about the new diet!

Erika is also on the cleanse/restart/vegan train through the Beachbody Ultimate Reset (anyone who knows me is laughing heartily right about now) and asked if I would go along for the ride. She’s also quite foul-mouthed so we’re getting along perfectly. Here’s the thing about this situation: There is some fantastic food on this reset. Sure you have to prepare three meals a day and perfectly time your mineral supplements, but I’m pretty sure all of that organization is perfectly designed to keep you from realizing you’re not eating cheeseburgers. Oh, and you also cut out coffee and booze. So far, it’s not too bad, and kind of good. This is the awesomeness I’m eating.

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Gluten-Free Kale Quiche For Healthy New Year Eats!

gluten-free kale quicheYum, yum, yum, yum. Is what I said when I ate way too much of this gluten-free crustless kale quiche that I whipped up for the first week of 2013. Which is why it only lasted two days, instead of the intended four to five lunches. Believe me, I thought I’d have plenty of will power to resist kale, yet . . . Okay, it’s the crème fraîche inside this bad boy. Which is my advice to all of you who are trying to put more kale into your 2013 diet:  Just drown it in dairy. Done and done.

I found this delicious recipe after I started following Hot Dishes for Hot Bitches on Facebook. Because of course I did. I’m not sure what these hot bitches do in their spare time besides find amazing recipes, because they throw about a million of them out to you every day if you’re in that club. You should check it out, because stuff is GOOD. Sure there healthier things to do with your kale. But there are also much more fattening ways to make a gluten-free quiche. I’m calling it a draw and making another one this weekend.

You can too!

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My New Most Favorite Gluten-Free Pasta Recipe

For those of you who are in the angry anti-pasta stage of your gluten-free lifestyle (oh, you didn’t know that was a thing? It totally is), I have something that just might lure you back to the world of gf pasta goodness. Or, if you’re happy cursing fusilli, be my guest. Seriously, it feels good to take out your anger on sub par pasta. It really does.

But if you’re ready to give noodles another chance, may I recommend this frankenrecipe I created from a yummy penne number from America’s Test Kitchen, and another particularly compelling post I read about white beans? I may? Why, thank you!

I’ve kind of given up on the hardcore red sauce pastas I used to make. Which is sad, but since I was diagnosed in the middle of an intense “Grandma’s Italian Kitchen” cooking phase of my life, I still associate that huge pot of bubbling Sunday sauce with massive stomach pain. Not unlike my reaction to Bacardi, I just steer clear due to the epic-ly negative association.

But just because you skip the intense red sauce, does not mean you should deny flavor atop your pasta. Adding red pepper flakes is always a win, and getting your white beans and broccoli all crunchy can be incredibly satisfying. Especially to a gluten-free person, who has lost all sense of “crunch” along with her sense of “good beer.”

What I’m trying to say, is this is the best damn pasta recipe outside of Brooklyn. It just happens to be gluten-free. Eat it!

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