In the June 2011 issue of “O” the Oprah Magazine, there is an article titled, “Get Gluten Smart” on page 120. You can also view this article at www.oprah.com. Just click on “O Magazine” and then put “Gluten Smart” in the search engine and the article will pop up. The article discusses the debate over whether or not the gluten-free diet is one that should be followed if you do not have any issues with gluten. It also discusses what gluten is and what celiac disease is, and also offers some quick tips if you do decide to start the diet.
Those who know me know that one of my pet peeves is the overuse of the word, “amazing.” I mean, don’t say it if you don’t mean it, right? Well, I was amazed after tasting Antonella’s Amazing Cakes’ gluten-free cupcakes. Located on Greenway Street in Palmer Township (Easton, PA) this bakery offers both gluten-free cakes and cupcakes in addition to traditional bakery fare. We purchased a dozen cupcakes and tried both the vanilla and chocolate ones for a party we hosted last weekend and they were–by far– better than some “mainstream” (read: gluten-containing) cakes I’ve had over the years. I am definitely making Antonella’s my “go-to girl” for our family’s gluten-free cupcake needs from now on! Check out these and other offerings at www.antonellasamazingcakes.com.
I came across this little gem at my local Barnes and Noble cafe. According to the package, Lucy’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookies have zero mg of cholesterol and no trans fat, either. For those with food alleriges, the packaging also claims that these treats do not contain milk, eggs, peanuts or tree nuts. “Dr. Lucy” includes her own personal note on the back of the package. The cookies are delicious and a welcome treat since–as most of you know–it can be quite a challenge to find gluten-free snacks in most cafes/coffeehouses. Finally my daughter and I can sit and enjoy our favorite Italian cream sodas and have a snack, too!
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting Emeril Lagasse at the media event for his new Italian restaurant, “Emeril’s Italian Table.” My goodie bag included a copy of Emeril 20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast (Make the Meals You Want in the Time You Have). The cookbook is broken into sections of foods you can make in either 20, 40 or—you guessed it—60 minutes. Upon reviewing the book, I found that many of his recipes–over 150 in all–are naturally gluten-free, such as Simple Italian Wedding Soup (more like an egg-drop soup; sans meatballs), Seared Shrimp Salad and Chicken and Mushroom Risotto, to name a few. Of course, he’s got sandwiches and pasta dishes, and even a wrap or two but for the most part, gluten-free cooks will get their money’s worth out of this book. Most of the gluten-containing recipes–such as his Antipasto Pasta Salad and Penne alla Puttanesca–can easily be converted.
BONUS BAM: On page 112, there’s a recipe for Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies that does not call for flour!