Archive for January, 2010

That’s amore

gluten free, pizza, Jules Flour, homemade pizza

We’ve done it. We finally have a legit pizza crust at home – and it’s amazing. Made with Jules GF flour and her own recipe, I won’t say this is the easiest thing and it takes some faith (you pour the batter into the pizza pan and spread with a spoon…) but it comes out crispy, fluffy, not too bread-y and just great – the ideal thin-crust pizza.

Now, you have to understand: I don’t like pizza crusts. They’re thick and cumbersome, often more like bread than anything else and really, I want those toppings and the crust is just a delivery system – so why weight myself down with acres of crust? This crust is crispy on the edges, bubbly if not downright fluffy, tasty and fantastic. Heartily recommended!

Here, pizza is topped two ways: front half is pesto, roasted garlic, mozzarella, black olives and red onions (personal favorite) and the back half is marinara sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, roasted garlic, mushrooms and a few red onions here and there. Big hit with the boys, too bad there weren’t any leftovers!

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Grilling again

hamburger, burger, fries, french fries, burger and fries, organic ground beef, gluten free

This summer theme just won’t end — organic beef burgers on the barbecue with grilled onions, Dijon mustard, Romaine greens and some sliced avocado. Couldn’t contain myself and had to take a bite!

I really love Fridays – like Mondays, I only have 80 minutes of class, then I get to come home, have lunch, take a nap and prepare for the weekend — just lovely =) All things considered, this is a great quarter, schedule-wise.

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Taste of summer

salad, meal, gluten free, avocado, Mandarin oranges, Orange Muscat, champagne vinegar, vinaigrette

We’re experiencing a lovely warm spell and just can’t get enough of this salad! Red leaf lettuce, Mandarin oranges, avocado slices, red onion – all dressed with an Orange Muscat-Champagne vinaigrette. A little taste of summer in the middle of a Northwest winter =)

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Barbecuing? Already?

meal, souvlaki, chicken, Greek food, gluten free, cauliflower, roasted vegetables

Okay, I know, I’m obsessed — with cauliflower. It is making an appearance at most meals now, often roasted, always delicious. Here, chicken souvlaki, tzatziki, roasted cauliflower with cumin and a salad dressed with an Orange Muscat & Champagne vinaigrette and avocados. Not much else is new… just waiting for this quarter to be over!

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Optics and Illusions

No picture today, I know, I know, but I have a nifty video instead! Dr. Charles Falco, professor of Optical Science and (Condensed Matter) Physics at the University of Arizona, came to speak this evening on the subject of Optics in the History of Art, the use of lenses in (Flemish) Renaissance art. I was kind of offended by all of his anti-art history jokes and really demeaning attitude towards art historians, but the lecture itself was really interesting. This video is NOT the lecture he gave last night, but it’ll give you a taste of his awesome work.

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January shmanuary

pasta, fettucini, broccoli, chardonnay, shallots, Martha Stewart recipes

Another Monday. They really ought to stop being so cold and mean – admittedly, we’ve had really nice weather lately (fingers crossed it stays like this!) so I really shouldn’t complain, but maaaaan, it’s hard to believe we’re only in week four – UGH. Seven more to go…

Here, Broccoli-Chardonnay Pasta adapted from an old Martha Stewart cookbook – will post the recipe soon over at Gluten Free Seattle. It comes together really quickly, easily incorporates vegetables and makes me think of pink party dresses and eating dinner outside during the summer…

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New toys

soup, Hungarian food, mushroom soup, mushrooms, picnic cloth, food, gluten free

Trying a new setup with my camera- tripod arrived today! So excited! Also, a new site just for recipes – slowly transferring things over, coauthoring it with my mom, and all new recipes should be posted directly there, so check it out! Here, Hungarian mushroom soup – enjoy!

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gluten free, naan, Indian food, bread, flat bread

Today was just another boring day leading up to the middle of the quarter. Sigh. Made Hungarian mushroom soup tonight and this naan which was pretty amazing. Weird combination, I know, but we had leftover tzatziki and it was a fabulous combination. We made the naan with Jules GF flour and grilled it in the cast iron griddle over the gas range which was nice, and it didn’t puff up as much as it could have, but it was still pretty delicious and the closest thing I’ve had to warm flatbread in so long – mm!

Turned in my Italian Visa application today, and it’s on its way to San Francisco for approval – muahahaha! VIVA ITALIA!

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Starting the new year off right…

I am basically the worst daily photoblogger ever. I know.

The good news: I have a photograph for every day -yay!

The problem: basically, all of these photos are of food. Uh huh.

The big problem: I still have to edit all of them… oops.

The really big problem: I’ve discovered that I rather like cauliflower. I know.

xx, will update soon – I promise!

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Cozy afternoon

Another perfect Seattle winter day: mild temperatures, nice and dry, almost sunny. While I love blue skies, I would rather keep my gray cloud cover / 60F than trade for clear skies / 20F – sorry, Chicago.

Anyway, tonight’s dinner: roasted chicken with butternut sage latkes and a red leaf lettuce salad + bleu cheese dressing and mandarin orange slices.

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Roasted Vegetable Soup

Had a nice quiet morning — I really love the routine we’re falling into, it’s so wonderful to get up every morning and have someone to make breakfast for, BF leaves for school, I finish getting ready then head off myself.

In any case, came home today craving comfort food – but kind of, healthy comfort food. I know, but such a thing does exist! I found a recipe on Tartelette for a roasted vegetable potage accompanied by homemade polenta croutons. Delicious. I did some significant tweaking, but the foundation is still the same. If you’re gluten free and you need a crouton fix, these will certainly do the trick – and they’re super easy. Recipes to be posted soon!

This simple soup, amongst its other amazing qualities, introduced me to cauliflower. Now, until today, I have hated cauliflower almost as much as I have hated mangoes (turns out I’m allergic — they make my tongue feel fuzzy – yuck!) because, as I’m sure is the case with many of you, the only way I’ve seen it has been trying to impersonate either rice or potatoes (and failing miserably) or steamed and covered with cheese. Gross. But this- this amazing soup – involved turnips, leeks, potatoes and a whole head of cauliflower. I’ll admit, I was skeptical, but I was so, so wrong. In general, I think most vegetables taste much better roasted. It brings out the sweetness, allows them to be perfectly tender on the inside and golden brown (sometimes crispy) on the outside edges — and cauliflower is no exception. I roasted the potatoes and turnips in one pan and the cauliflower and leeks in another – with a head of garlic, salt and pepper divided between the two pans. This worked out quite well as the cauliflower/leek pan finished roasting 15-20 minutes before the root veggies. Waiting for the potatoes to finish, I curious poked around the cauliflower. It looked alright, but it took me a few minutes of indecision before finally tasting it – amazing. It was tender, crunchy along the edges, mildly sweet and wonderful. I can’t wait to roast another head (or two!) with some cumin, maybe paprika. I’ll keep you posted!

Here, roasted vegetable soup served with polenta croutons and turkey-pesto panini

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Dutch baby bonanza

More Dutch Babies – what else can I say? This is what they look like, baked in a glass dish, before deflating. Isn’t my blue porcelain oven pretty?

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Mmmm… carbs…

I am more and more convinced that potatoes are perfect foods. Okay, sure, they’re somewhat lacking in that nutrition thing, but seriously- they’re wonderful. Eat them alone mashed with garlic, roasted with herbs, (deep) fried, baked – perfection. Here, potatoes au gratin: potatoes, heavy cream, salt and pepper — toss ’em in the oven, bake until golden, crispy and delicious – and notice that, unlike that nasty boxed variety (and other recipes as well) these are inherently gluten-free: not even a dusting of flour. I’ll post the recipe soon – they’re fantastic.

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dinner: fail

Okay, this dinner was a total bust. Moroccan-style chicken recipe with cinnamon and caramelized onions and almonds, served with risotto and blanched broccoli. It was awful, but it looks ok, yeah?

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