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(Unauthorized) Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Yesterday I needed to get back on the proverbial horse with some baking. I’ve been out of the routine with summer taking over Boston and oppressive heat and humidity destroying any motivation to turn the oven on since about June. Then, last Wednesday, I questioned why I even keep an abundance of baking supplies and a robust selection of gluten free flours around when this happened. I can’t even describe to you the sound it made.  We were just thankful it happened at 9:30pm and not at midnight so we knew what happened. Once I saw the carnage I was wishing I could disappear. Do you know how much fun that was to clean up? Not fun at all. I was swearing off baking with every chard of glass. I’m still finding flour in unacceptable spots of the kitchen. Of course, I’m a sucker for savory comfort food, and all it took was a trip to Red Lobster to lift my baking embargo.  En route to a concert in Hartford we detoured for Red Lobster’s …

Herbed Biscuits

You know how your parents did something really cool when you finally left the nest? Some of my friends went home to find their room turned in to a gym, others found a sewing/crafting room (yes, I categorize that as really cool). Not me. My room is in perfect tact (thanks guys!). No, no… my parents went bigger. After years of always being the hostesses with the mostesses (I’ve been watching too many little kid AT&T commercials) they decided to make their love for a party earn its keep around the farm and turned the barn into a party venue. There’s a bar in the barn. Gone are the days of renting porta-potties for parties. The formerly hay floor has been paved over with blacktop and stained concrete. My favorite change though? The kitchen. As in – there is one. There’s a commercial grade kitchen in the barn. It has everything! (No, seriously, everything is out there. Just try cooking a meal in the house to figure out how much has migrated to the barn.) …

Quinoa Mushroom “Risotto”

Quinoa is weird. I found a few salads to make with it last summer that I enjoyed, but only because they were loaded with salami and cheese and olive oil (and they really were delicious). Since then I’ve had half a bag of quinoa in my cupboard that even made the cut in a move across town yet has remained untouched. I used it in place of arriboro rice for an attempt at a healthier version of “risotto” and now I’ve made variations of it twice since. Start with onion and garlic (a universal rule in my kitchen). The onion I used was small – about 1/2 cup when diced up – and 2 cloves of garlic that equated to about a tablespoon if you’re using jarred garlic. Please don’t use jarred garlic. Chop and dice to your liking and toss them in a pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and spice it up. I used salt, pepper, cayenne, celery seed and cumin. The combination was quite good. I wish I could tell you …

Mac & Cheese

It’s the ultimate comfort food isn’t it? Whenever the conversation of gluten free comes up with people, one of the first responses is “Oh, I don’t know how you do it. How do you live without pasta?!?” Ummm, I don’t? Really, there’s very little I live without. Of all things where there are appropriate ‘substitutes’, I’m not comfortable with that ‘sub’ word for gluten free pasta.  Substitute suggests it’s not as good as the ‘normal’ version.  There really is no difference.  Really. I swear. Pasta is a mild flavor with a familiar and well known texture.  They have perfected that texture in a cost effective (relative to other gluten free foods at least) and made it widely available.  I think I’ve tried about 10 different types and they’re all so good!  Brown Rice, Corn, Quinoa, Buckwheat… so many awesome grains out there that I never even considered.  Try some! And start with some Mac & Cheese. You know you want some. Focus. Mac & Cheese.  It requires two things: pasta + cheese sauce.  You can …

Cauliflower & Turkey Bacon Mashed

Cauliflower.  I don’t really like it. But I really, really want to.  I eat it, because that’s what you’re supposed to do; eat your vegetables. I do, however, like bacon. Tonight I unenthusiastically bought a cauliflower because it seemed like I should take a break from carbo-loading at night when I’m not doing nearly enough to justify it – but I came home and found leftover turkey bacon.  A star was born. To start, buy a cauliflower.  We’re going to make it taste good.  Really, I promise. Clean it up.  I still haven’t ever discovered anything to do with the greens.  If you have an idea, let me know. By the way, I bought a new knife.  I didn’t know what I was missing.  If you don’t have a good knife, go buy one.  Right now.  Do it, you won’t be sorry.  This is a Wusthof and I still don’t really know how to pronounce it. It was a little hard to not go crazy chopping it up, just because I could. Put your coarsely …