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Yummy Adventures in Gluten Free Cuisine

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By: Book of Yum - Blog

Mon, 27 Aug 2007 19:02:54 +0000

[...] Growing your own Organic Heirloom Tomatoes I told you all in a previous post in March that we went on a foodie adventure in the Santa Cruz Mountains and had a wonderful time. On that visit we stopped at the local heirloom tomato farm, Love Apple Farm, which sells heirloom tomato plants in the spring and grows and sells an amazing variety of tomatoes in the summer to local clients and a foofie restaurant in Los Gatos, Manresa Restaurant. In March I bought four heirloom tomato plants from the amazing tomato lady at LAF, and signed myself up for her newsletter with tomato growing tips and farm news. All summer I’ve been feeding and watering my plants, and I’ve had the fun of watching them grow from about 5 inches or so to six or seven feet tall. I’ve shown you a few photos of tomatoes from my balcony garden- notably, the Costoluto Florentino pumpkin shaped tomato that I nicknamed “Tall Joe” because the plant kept growing and growing, and a Japanese Oxheart with pepper or heart shaped tomatoes. I’m also waiting for Tall Joe’s friend, a Purple Calabash, AKA “Wide Joe” who is determined to grow over and out of the balcony entirely, to come into season. When their days of glory have passed and the balcony is empty again *sniff*, I guess I’ll have to start daydreaming of the season next year, when I can try my favorites again (Tall Joe Jr?), and maybe try growing a few new varieties. [...]

By: Book of Yum - Blog

Wed, 15 Aug 2007 01:45:23 +0000

[...] Bard’s Tale’s Dragon’s Gold Sorghum Lager, Ramapo Valley Brewery’s Passover Honey Beer, and Anheuser Busch’s Redbridge all joined the fray and competed for the Gluten Free beer market. I say the more competition the better- it might result in a halfway drinkable brew! I have to admit, my first experiences with the gluten free beers was somewhat painful. I had Ramapo Honey Beer at a Stanford Celiac Conference, and hated the bitter aftertaste that lingered for what seemed like hours after drinking it. I liked the idea, but not the reality of the beverage. And honey beer sounded so appetizing… Next I tried Bard’s Tale Dragon’s Gold. I took it with me to a party and swigged my way through… an entire 1/10 the of the bottle, I swear. Swig might be an overstatement. Sip, grimace, put beer down. Five minutes later, another sip, and by sip, I mean barely dampening my mouth with the stuff, then closing my mouth tightly and setting the bottle down again. I really wanted to like the beer with its cool name (dragons, come on, how much better can it get) and even cooler label insignia. This drink gives me wings, baby. But I’d probably have to drink more than a tablespoon a night to get any magical dragon effects, and that is just more than I was willing to do. These gluten free beers were really getting me down. It made me long for a simpler time, where my only option was sweet, delicious hard apple cider. But I was determined, and so when I heard that Anheuser-Busch had jumped into the fray with their own commercial Redbridge Sorghum beer, I steeled myself for another disappointment and resolved to try it immediately. I was a bit stymied by the fact that none of my local health food stores (all two of them) decided to stock it. I found myself in the unlikely situation of haunting beer refrigerator aisles and scanning for MY beer, but with the exception of a discovery of a section of chilled champagne (ooh, goodie!) I seemed to be out of luck. Then, just when I was least expecting it, DH and I found an unexpected surplus of Redbridge while exploring the New Leaf Market and found ourselves the proud owners of not one but two six packs of the stuff! (It was on sale, and we just couldn’t resist.) We brought it home… chilled it… poured it into a glass, just for the occasion… and I took a sip. It wasn’t half bad! A slight bitter aftertaste, but nothing like the caterpillar that curled up and died in my mouth that I experienced with the other gluten free beers. It was actually drinkable, and even tasty, with the right accompaniment. But let’s be honest here. With all my years of sweet, sweet hard cider, sparkly champagne as my celebration drink of choice, and crisp white wine, I’m just not set up to become a real live beer drinker. Oh, I’ll drink it occasionally, to show willing and to exorcise my demons. But the fact is, it will probably take me three years to drink those two six packs, and I had several bottles of despised gluten free beers taking up valuable space in my cupboards. Desperate times were calling for desperate measures, which is why when I stumbled across a 13 year old Bon Appetit magazine (back when they were more gourmet- oh how I miss those days…) and found a recipe for “Stout and Orange Glazed Brussels Sprouts,” I jumped on it. Of course it needed some serious modification to be gluten free and vegetarian, but I was up to the challenge. I changed the recipe (especially cooking method) rather heavily, and came up with the recipe below. While at first I was skeptical that anything yummy could be made with my “medicinal bitters” AKA Ramapo, I was delighted with the complexity that the beer brought to the recipe, and combined with the sugar and diverse flavors of the recipe, I ended up with a lip smacking, gobble fest worthy side dish. I also had one less gluten free beer haunting my cupboards and taking up valuable shelf space, so it was a success all around. If you’ve got something undrinkable in YOUR pantry (gluten free, of course), why not [...]