Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Holiday Recipes

If you are looking for holiday recipes, you have come to the right blog.  Each year I have been blogging I have added several holiday-inspired recipes to my archive.  Here is the tally so far:

See the Recipe Archive for more gluten-free recipes.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

More Holiday Gift Ideas

Do you have a gluten-free person on your Christmas list?  Here are a few ideas on what to give them for the holidays:

The Essential Gluten-free Restaurant Guide by Triumph Dining.  I used this book to help flesh out my list of gluten-free dining options in Portland, and it's been a valuable resource on trips as well.

Gluten-free Girl and the Chef.  If you don't already have it, get it for yourself or a loved one!  It's available here in Portland at Powell's, among other places online.  My mom got this for me for Christmas last year.  It's a useful recipe book to have.

A Pullman Loaf Pan.  This style of bread pan is ideal for making Gluten-free sandwich loaves because it gives you bigger slices.  My dad gave me one for Christmas two years ago and I've gotten a lot of use out of it.  I created my Teff Sandwich Bread recipe in it.

Want to get something memorable and impressive?  Try this Chantal Copper tea kettle.  It's a timeless classic.

For more ideas, see my post What I would Love for the Holidays.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dick's Kitchen Gluten-free Options

Gluten-free burgers with GF buns.  Flourless chocolate tortes.  Gluten-free beer.  Charming NW Portland.  Need I say more?
Photo by Gina Kelley
Well, you probably think it's too good to be true - or too expensive to be prudent.  I'm happy to say that the burger is tasty and the Jensen's GF Better Bun is fantastic.  The prices are reasonable, although they of course charge a little extra for the gluten-free bun.  The "Not-fries" are gluten-free and so is the flourless chocolate torte with salted caramel sauce.  The caramel sauce wasn't the best part of the torte - it was too chewy - but the torte itself was excellent.  The menu is very clearly labeled with the gluten-free and vegan options, and the servers are very knowledgeable and helpful.  It should be noted, however, that they don't have separate cooking facilities for gluten-free.
Photo by Gina Kelley
Dick's Kitchen has two locations - one on Belmont and one that just opened in NW Portland.  The Northwest location features a full bar and a cool modern diner atmosphere.   Combined with the fact that it's near where I work, the Northwest location may end up being my haunt of choice.