Thanksgiving in September

I crave Thanksgiving food.  CRAVE IT.  I want it all the time.  So, every so often, I make us a turkey breast with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green beans with corn.  I did this yesterday and oh was it good: 

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I never use the same recipes twice, I just google stuffing and gravy recipes and use gluten free ingredients.  

I think my biggest goal in cooking gluten free is to make the foods I love.  

One thing I really miss (after living in St. Louis for a total of 7 years) is Toasted Ravioli.  That has been one of the saddest casualties of going gluten free.  We are going to make it soon, but I’m worried it will taste like a greasy mess, like the mozzarella sticks we tried to make once.  

So, hopefully, we will be trying this recipe in the next couple of weeks and I can report back on if it works.  

Sure, I will take that gluten filled bun!!!

Last weekend I had to go to Trenton, Illinois for a wedding.  It was 107 degrees.  The wedding was outside.  It was hot.  So hot.  But my friend had brought 3 spray fans and my boyfriend and I were saved.  The bride was beautiful and all was well.  Till it rained, thundered, and lightninged all over the tent!  That was actually cool though.  

The bride (one of my best friends) had put aside a gluten free chicken breast.  I was so pleased!  I was also pleased that I had brought my own cooler of New Planet Blonde Ale and Green’s Dubbel Dark Ale.  

I also had a great gluten free experience for lunch that day in Valley Park, a suburb of St. Louis.  Corner Pub and Grill is AWESOME.  The owner’s daughter was diagnosed in ’05 when she was eight, so they made sure to have a kick ass menu.  There’s a dedicated fryer!  There are GREAT buns!  It was all just too exciting for this midwest girl (I can feel that 4 years I lived in LA slowly rubbing away the longer I’m back here, sigh).   I had potato skins, which used to be my least favorite appetizer, but man these were kick ASS.  

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They looked like that, but better!  I had to take a lot of Lactaid Pills for my lactose issue, but worth it. 

The only kink in my eating over the weekend came on Monday when we had lunch with some of my friends at OB Clark’s in Brentwood, St. Louis.  I ordered a grilled grouper sandwich and forgot to say no bun.  It was ALL my fault.  So, I ate it.  Because I’m too damned nice.  On our 3.5 hour drive back home that day, I was mean to my poor boyfriend.  It lasted about two days.  I was able to take charcoal pills for my stomach pain but there’s no pill for Mean.  But, he had anticipated it and knew it was just the gluten talking.  

Now, I am going to play my online game (of which I will not admit the name of here) and chill before work.  The work where I get to be around all kinds of good food like Tenderloins and chicken fried steak.  

 

Crack……….ers

Let’s talk about crackers.  I love crackers.  Right before my symptoms started, I had discovered the joy of Garlic Triscuits.  I miss them.  I miss them A LOT.  

So of course, I have tired all of the gluten free crackers I can get my hands on.  Those little rice ones that are at ever health store are gross.  Blue Diamond Nut Thins are great, especially topped with goat cheese (which oddly, my lactose intolerant ass can digest).  Glutino crackers are fantastic, once again especially with toppings  like goat cheese and some gluten free summer sausage.  

However, despite all of these great options, I have been missing a cracker that I can just pop into my mouth and enjoy.  Saltines used to be that for me.  They were yummy all by themselves and satisfying.  

After five years of being gluten free, I have finally found a tasty cracker.  A cracker that is tasty all on its own.  At Walmart of all places, I found Van’s Lot’s of Everything Crispy Whole Grain Baked Crackers.  I was so shocked when I put them in my mouth that I quickly checked to see if I had missed a milk ingredient.  Every time I find something that tastes good, it will end up having milk. 

But not.  Not these.  These are good.  Try them.  I hope I haven’t hyped them up to much for you, but try them anyway.  

Now I must go eat more of them.   Probably the whole box.  

It’s Tomato Time

So, as is the norm around here, we were given a large bag of homegrown tomatoes.  At first I was going to make spaghetti sauce.  But then, I remembered the tomato jam I had at Rooster in St. Louis.  I need that jam.  NEED IT.  So, I found a recipe here.  I really hope it turns out okay.  I’m nervous because it made more than she said it would and other recipes all appear to call for pectin.   I put them in the fridge, hoping they set!  If it works out, I will make more and they will be great Christmas presents!

EDIT:  last week I emptied all of the jars into a pot and added a box of pectin.  Two days later, my tomato jam was JAM.  It’s a little too sweet, but not bad sweet.  I have been eating it alongside creamy goat cheese with an egg scramble and it’s pretty damned good.  It’s not what I tasted at Rooster, but I will get there!Image

mmm, bread. Bread that doesn’t FALL apart. Mostly.

So, as we in the gluten free community know, sandwich bread has been one of the most frustrating food items to find substitutes for.  I am not one of those that likes to bake.  I am not good at it.  I like to buy bread in the lazy I WANT IT NOW American way.  I typically have found Udi’s and Rudy’s breads to be the best and Udi’s is always what I am served at friendly restaurants.  Even though it’s small.  and falls apart.  Especially on a burger.  sigh.

I recently discovered Glutino Multigrain Sandwich Bread in Columbia MO at Natural Grocers, which is the best place ever with the best prices!  I wish the damned store wasn’t 1.5 hours away from me.  

Anyway, the bread is pretty good.  It holds together as a sandwich and only falls apart when I try to spread rock hard goat milk butter onto it.  Which I seem to remember is like normal bread, no?  

Okay, now I should go do some grown-up stuff.  

More seafood fun!

So, I’m on a seafood kick.  I can’t help it, this town is full of red meat and pork.   So, about a month ago I found a seafood pasta recipe that was amazing.  It was the perfect amount of creamy and the flavor was amazing.  I forgot to bookmark it.  I can’t find it.  The closest I found was this.  Now, of course I modified it, because that’s what I do.  For one thing, I don’t like red and green chilies that much and I cannot find dried cayenne peppers here either (which screws with the Kung Pao I am making tonight!)  I also used scallops instead of salmon as usual; I just don’t like salmon IN stuff, if that makes sense.  I also used Glutino Penne, which was awesome; my gluten friendly boyfriend even loves it.  Last time, instead of crumbling up some bread, I used actual bread crumbs which was way better than the bread crumbs I used last night.   Verdict?  It was good, the bf said it tasted just like last time, but I was disappointed and wish I could find the other recipe.  Next time I shall thicken the sauce.  So, I shall leave you with a few lame pictures of the meal:

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