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October 19, 2012

Pizza Night.

Our family, like most families has a pizza night. That night where you pick up pizza to give everyone a break from cooking. It’s a tradition in this house, spanning for decades before we moved in and before I joined the family. There’s a pizzeria practically around the corner, that has a one-topping carry-out special. My father-in-law picks up the basics, one cheese, one pepperoni, one sausage, and one with jalepeños. It’s decent pizza, not great, but still satisfying. On special occasions, he gets some from a nicer place. That one has chorizo for a topping. Now that I’m dairy-free,…

April 11, 2012

I did it!

I made a holiday meal that actually was served on time. Okay, I was 15 minutes late. But that has been the closest I’ve ever been to my announced meal time. So my time management skills are getting better. Easter is the only holiday that wasn’t spoken for when I married into this family. My mother-in-law makes Thanksgiving, a grandmother-in-law prepares Christmas Eve dinner, and Christmas is handled by my mother-in-law. While I help out on Thanksgiving and Christmas, I don’t get to set the menus. This is a family steeped in tradition. A couple years back I started making…

December 6, 2011

Crossroads and artichoke sauce.

One week ago exactly, I was talking to the triage nurse and being admitted to the ER. I have no idea what my hemoglobin level is at today, but I feel comfortable saying it must be pretty good. I have no idea what the future brings, except that it looks unlikely like I’ll have to stay on a gluten-free diet. But since I had a lot of really satisfying meals on my gluten-free diet (which was mostly an unprocessed diet, and I think that had a bigger effect on my health than removing gluten), I think I’m going to keep…

November 23, 2011

Making Thanksgiving.

Here’s the lineup for today’s cookathon: Pumpkin Cheesecake – The only change I have to make is using gluten free ginger snaps (from Trader Joe’s) for the crust. The Turkey (I’m following the instructions on the bird and I’m going to coat the bird in butter when I cook it, baste it regularly and cover it with foil if it starts to look too brown.) Gluten free Sage stuffing – I’ll be making this ahead and reheating it tomorrow. And I’ll also be making the gravy today- and I’ll reheat/thin it out tomorrow. I’m sure I’ll have some in progress…

November 22, 2011

Allergies vs Thanksgiving

As you all should know by now, the Little Kidlet has a slew of allergies and I have a gluten issue. On a normal day, this means that LK and I have a lot of separate meals from the rest of the family. But how does it affect holidays? Well, in the past, I’d roast a turkey for LK and make sure he had a couple of sides. Now that I’m on a restricted diet, we’re going for broke- I’m going to make a separate meal for her and I. How to handle it? I bought separate tupperware containers for…

November 3, 2011

Easy Noodle Bowl.

Like Ramen, but want something a little healthier? Or, if you’re like me and gluten-free, do you miss the comfort of a bowl of noodles? That’s when you make yourself this easy recipe. Promise you, it’ll only take a few more minutes than making yourself ramen, and it’s so much more flavorful! Noodle Bowl for one. Ingredients 1/2 Tbsp flavorless oil, like vegetable oil or canola oil 1/4 tsp minced ginger 1/4 tsp minced garlic (or more if you’re like me) pinch red pepper flakes 1/4 cup mushrooms 1 cup good quality broth (I used beef) noodles (you can use…

August 19, 2011

Gluten-free Chicken Katsu

In the past few weeks, I’ve fallen into a pattern where I wasn’t trying anything new, food-wise. I am a decent cook, but there are a lot of things I don’t make on a regular basis. Chicken is one of them. So I decided to challenge myself to making one new thing a week. I figure it gives me a couple days of wiggle room in making them- which is key when you’re a stay at home mom to two kids 5 and under. They just don’t give you the time you need. Chicken Katsu was a dish that immediately…

July 11, 2011

Frying, my culinary true love.

I admit it. If it can be fried, odds are I’ll fry it. I’ve already promised my mom to draw the line at frying butter, so don’t worry people. I won’t be installing a deep fryer here either. Saturday night, I was the lone adult in the house, and while I had food for the kidlets covered, I’d completely forgotten about dinner for myself. So I looked up a couple recipes and winged fried mozzarella sticks. I learned a valuable lesson- when they mention that you can use a skillet, but need the oil to be able to cover the…

June 13, 2011

Unfair or within reason?

SoCal restaurant Gjelina in Venice has a no substitutions policy, which they state on their menu. There are a number of small places that do this, but for the most part nobody talks about them. Except that they refused to make a change to a dish for Victoria Beckham who was dining with Gordon Ramsey. As Ramsey tells it, the very pregnant Beckham asked for the dressing on the side. The restaurant refused. (You can read more about the account here, as well as Gjelina’s response to the LA Times when asked about it) In reading the comments, there were…

May 7, 2011

Food and Family. My mom and me.

Dear Mom, You’ve given me so much over the years, and especially since I left home, I’ve come to appreciate just how much of my being I can attribute to the way you’ve raised me. This is just a small token of appreciation for one of the many gifts you’ve given me. -W The lemon tart to the right was made by my mom for Christmas (obviously). I’m sharing my horrible picture of it because it was a great example of how brilliant she is in the kitchen- she combined a few recipes on the spot to make this, and…