All posts filed under: snacks

Thin Crust Pizza Dough

Happy Memorial Day weekend! ‘Tis the season for grilling but with the crazy wind outside I decided to move cooking inside. The art of perfect pizza has been a labor of love – and a lot of cardboard crust. The biggest key to a good flavor? Patience. I’m not good at it, but it’s the key to the texture and taste. There’s just something to the slow raised, fridge fermented dough. This recipe makes 3-4 pizzas that feed 2-3 people depending on toppings, appetite, size, etc. The one pictured was 1/4 of the dough. And I ate the whole thing. I wish you all a happy bonus weekend Monday – it’s my last one of maternity leave and I’m eating my feelings. Cheers!

Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken {Gluten Free}

One of the coolest developments in the Fenway neighborhood in recent years is the transformation of the park into a concert venue for a few select shows during the summer, and this summer is no exception. Billy Joel and Zac Brown took over the field for 3 incredible shows this past weekend, and the roommate and I got to enjoy a lovely evening of friends, food and music, all in our backyard. If you’re familiar with Zac Brown Band, then you already know where the inspiration to make fried chicken came from, but along with the obvious, it just seemed like an appropriate summer meal.  Oh and we had attended a food festival earlier in the day that was serving up gluten-UNfriendly double fried Korean chicken wings that smelled like Heaven. This was the inevitable. I embraced it. Amazingly, I haven’t even tried fried chicken since going gluten free, which was 3 years ago last week. I’m not sure why but probably reasons including but not limited to: 1) The mess of butchering a chicken. 2) …

Homemade Pickled Vegetables

One of my favorite snacks is pickles. They’re salty, sour, crunchy and… pretty much calorie (and guilt) free.  In an effort to get a nice healthy snack into the fridge to satisfy my savory tooth, I decided to try my hand at doing some home pickling. This is a very basic recipe that I plan to develop further, and hopefully can for preservation at some point (like when I invent space in this itty bitty apartment).  You can do this with any mix of vegetables. I used radishes, jalapeños, garlic, cauliflower and celery.  I’m sure it would be great with carrots, onions, olives, okra, etc. The only real recipe is the pickling liquid.  I used the following ratios and it worked excellent.  Bring the water and vinegar to boil and add your salt so it dissolves. Fill the jar with your veggies, cover with liquid, and toss it in the fridge.  They were good to go the next day and are still delicious (and getting stronger!) 5 days later. 2 Cups White Vinegar 1 Cup …

Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Jalapeños

Have I really been absent for three weeks? I think this is my longest hiatus since I started this blog. What a slacker. So much has happened, I don’t even know where to start. Let’s start with the photos you’re about a see. I finally invested in a big girl camera.  This one. And a nifty fifty lens. (Yeah, I’m already getting the DSLR lingo down. NBD.)  I’m super excited to bring you recipes that look as good as they taste. These peppers were a product of a delicious appetizer my aunt made at Christmastime, when she stuffed jalapeños with sausage and cream cheese. I’m not gonna lie, they were absolutely delicious. But it’s no longer the holidays and I’m trying not to eat with flagrant disregard for calories, portions, or nutrition in general. Plus, we didn’t have any sausage defrosted. A quick raid of what we had in the kitchen, and the brainchild of what you’re about to see what born. Like a popper but not fried. And definitely more nutritional value. INGREDIENTS: 6 Jalapenos, …

Classic Crêpes (Gluten Free)

 At the end of August I had the treat of being whisked off to fabulous European lands, including the epicenter of all that is delicious in this world – Paris.  I love French food. I ate more meat and cheese in about two days than anyone should consume on an annual basis and it was incredible.  I was never left pining for something delicious while I was there, but it was a bit tragic that I couldn’t enjoy some of the most iconic staples of the cuisine… like crepes. Crêperies are everywhere. Everyyyyywhere. They’re the Parisian equivalent of NYC falafel carts. I read around the internet and it seems like crêpes are pretty basic. I’m not sure why I hadn’t attempted them before, but they came out brilliantly on the first shot (a rarity in the kitchen – you should have seen the breadstick debacle of Friday night). I kept it basic – Flour, Eggs, Salt, Butter and Milk – proportions of which were all borrowed and adjusted from reading about 100 near-identical gluten-filled crêpe recipes on the interweb. ½ Cup Butter, melted ½ tsp Salt 1 …

Gluten Free Flour Tortillas

I like corn tortillas, I really do, but every once in a while I just get this overwhelming desire for a normal, chewy, refined carbohydrate, white tortilla. This is something that seems to be lacking, even in attempt, in the gluten free world.  We have our go-to corn tortillas that are widely available and cheap as can be. The brown rice tortillas that are decent when fresh and properly warmed, although I find them best used as the base of a tortilla pizza crust (it freaks me out when they squeak between my teeth like I’m chewing on yarn). La Tortilla Factory makes these ones from teff flour, which are the best I’ve found, although buying online doesn’t really help with an immediate craving and they’re not always readily available. I started a few months back just reading various labels of tortillas. Some have next to nothing, some have like 30 things. I knew if I was going to make something it had to be with stuff I would have around normally in the kitchen. Unlike 99.9% of my recipes – I …

Gluten Free Fish n Chips

 September 11, 2011. That was the last time I’d had Fish ‘n Chips. … You were expecting something patriotic with the September 11th reference, weren’t you? I’m really not so dramatic that I keep a diary of the last known time I enjoyed one of my favorite foods, but this in particular stands out because it was at Safeco Park in the Hit it Here Cafe on my baby sister’s 15th birthday (AND the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It was kind of a big deal).  I was about 2.5 months gluten free at that point and was still terrified of eating anywhere. Going to a baseball game seemed like a dire situation but I checked the menu before we left and much to my surprise, Safeco was very gluten-free friendly. I even have a picture from that day. That’s the smile of a happy tummy. You’d think with all of my foodie experimentation in the last few years, I’d have been making delicious fried fish constantly. I don’t really have a good excuse as to …

Perfect Shoestring French Fries

Do you have one of these? It’s a mandoline slicer. If you don’t have one, first things first.  Buy it here. Next, familiarize yourself with the most amazing and terrifying piece of equipment a kitchen has ever seen. Seriously, it’s like something out of a horror flick. I always vacillate between terror and amazement when I use it. Watch your fingers and always keep a reverent respect for this thing. Or prepare for stitches. If you’re wondering why I even bother, then you probably haven’t used one.  It’s only the most fantastic time saving device ever (and clearly designed by a Type A personality that craves uniformity). Plus, anything that has a “French Fry” setting is good with me. If you have the ability to slice up some potatoes, you’re already 75% of the way to making some fast food caliber french fries. (If you don’t think fast food and/or dirty drive thru burger joints provide the best french fries known to man, stop here. I can’t help you.) I usually go for a potato …

(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 …

Gluten free goldfish

Maybe it’s silly to be as excited as I’ve been, but when your favorite food is taken away from you one June day in 2011, without any mercy or chance for goodbye, you miss it. You crave it. You dream about it. My food was Goldfish crackers. It was such a simple pleasure. When I was sick, they were the only thing that made me feel better (I thought). When I went camping, they were the first snack I grabbed.  When I was watching my calories, they were the only thing you could have 42 of as a ‘portion’ size. Goldfish were everything to me in the snack world. Imagine my joy when I saw these… And then turned them around to find this! Now, I first found out about these from Max & Sophie’s Campaign for Gluten Free Goldfish on Facebook. I had just landed in Reykjavik, Iceland when I saw the update. I knew I couldn’t get them there (you can hardly get an apple) so what did I do? From a hotel …