Health, Hedonism & All the Delicious Things In Between
Category Archives: Gluten-Free Is Me
When I first became gluten-free, I thought soba noodle salad would be my savior. That was almost 4 years ago, believe it or not. And let me tell you, I had a rude awakening the first time I tried to cook with 100 percent buckwheat noodles.
First of all, they were very difficult to find. Eden Organic seemed to be the only name in town and since the packages all looked identical, it took more than one trip to the grocery store to buy the correct kind that didn’t contain any wheat flour.
Once I finally got to cooking them, I quickly discovered why 100 percent buckwheat noodles aren’t really a thing.… Continue Reading
I feel a little bit guilty about cutting back on the number of recipes I’ve been serving up here. So as much as I’ve been LOVING sharing my wellness tips, it feels kind of nice to just curl up with you and this bowl of healthy chicken chile verde and gossip about tomatillos.
Aside from the cornstarch, which I used in place of AP flour as a thickener, this homey Tex-Mex stew is pretty much healthy hedonism in a bowl. And despite ghosts from my West Coast past, it couldn’t be easier to make.
For whatever reason, I’ve always found tomatillos to be a little intimidating.… Continue Reading
This means you’re about to experience the second most stressful day of the year to have fun (the first being your birthday, duh). I hope that you’ve made the wise choice to forgo the over-priced partay at da club and host your own shin dig instead. I finally came to my senses last year and did just that, and it was one of the best New Year’s Eves ever. Either way, you’re sure to wake up tomorrow wishing you could swap out your head for a slightly less throbbing model.
If you didn’t manage to think ahead with one of these healthy hangover brunches, your best bet for soaking up all that 2014 debauchery in your stomach is by whipping up a batch of pancakes.… Continue Reading
As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, fried potatoes are among my favorite things in the world, right up there with miniature ponies, massages, and videos of Taylor Swift awkwardly smashing shit with a golf club.
Come Christmakkah, I put aside my usual French fries and primary condiments in favor of some Jewish potato pancake love with far fahncier accoutrements—things like caviar and crème fraiche that they definitely never served at the shtetl.
There are few kitchen tasks I hate more than shredding vegetables on the side of a box grater, which inevitably takes off a few of my knuckles in the process.… Continue Reading
This summer, I had big plans to finally cross crab cakes off my list of things to gluten-free-ify. In preparation, I scoured the interwebs and virtually devoured many classic Maryland crab cake recipes, which use a much higher ratio of crabmeat to breadcrumbs than the usual hockey pucks at TGI Fridays. But making that simple crumb replacement seemed too easy. So without a more clever solution, I put gluten-free crab cakes back on the shelf and, instead, satisfied my cravings for creamy, indulgent shellfish with this dip.
I recently came out with some confessions from my childhood. Mainly about my status as a horse nerd, who went to a camp that specialized in such dorky, horsey pursuits. But even when the summers were over, I spent the majority of my time on weekends at the barn riding, cleaning tack, and, come winter, trying to get my toe warmers to work their magic in my tall boots.
There are many rituals I miss that revolved around ponies. But the one that comes to mind today doesn’t involve trying out mane-and-tail shampoo on my hair in the shower stall.… Continue Reading
I know I should technically be diving right into holiday planning mode and/or helping you disguise your 5-day old turkey into curry or casseroles or croquettes. But luckily, I already did the latter last year (see here for turkey tikka masala and other treats), so I thought I’d take advantage of the rare lull to talk about something a little more practical than how to make eggnog for 18 of your boozy friends.
The biggest learning curve when I first went gluten-free was trying to navigate all the condiments and sauces that were now a landmine for wheat additives.… Continue Reading
Risotto is one of my favorite dishes to teach in my cooking classes (along with paella and pilaf) because it’s gotten a bad rap over the years for being time intensive and difficult. Patience is definitely one of the key ingredients, and one that I rarely have in Sam’s Club sized supply. So luckily this vegan pumpkin risotto is as easy as risotto gets, using canned pumpkin instead of fresh to throw a bone to my laziest cooking self.
What makes risotto actually a rather great beginner dish is the stirring. For those who have more experience, this can be a meditative thing.… Continue Reading