bumper crop of fragrant garlic goodness – the garlic scape. Garlic plants put up these curly flower buds which get trimmed in order to have more energy go into the bulb rather than to a flower top.
We’ve discovered a great way to enjoy garlic scapes: pesto!
This great spin on traditional basil based pesto is a garlic lover’s dream. The recipe (credit to epicurious.com) suggests the pesto as a pasta topping, but we decided to try it first as a pizza topping.
This gluten free pizza has garlic scape pesto, asparagus threads, smoked chicken and vermont cheddar: a perfectly balanced mix of accents and textures.
Make the pesto: Puree the garlic scapes, pistachios, Parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor until very finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly pour the oil through the opening. Season the pesto with salt and pepper to taste. (The pesto keeps in the fridge, covered, for 1 week or frozen for a month.)
Julie Fergus recently posted this photo on her Instagram page, telling everyone on world wide web that Mercy Hill Farm fresh eggs are the best in town. Shown here, one of the pretty pale blue shelled Araucana eggs, about to become delicious home-made Caesar Salad dressing. We’ve included the recipe here as well.
1 t Dijon mustard
1 T raw wine vinegar
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 T finely grated Parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish)
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 egg yolk
2 anchovy filets
1 garlic clove, peeled and mashed
1 large head Romaine lettuce
4-6 anchovy fillets
Recipe credit: Nourishing Traditions Cookbook by Sally Fallon
This recipe is a tribute to my mom ( the most frugal woman I know) because this variation on the traditional Tamale Pie was put together with what we had on hand at dinner time, rather than going to the store and purchasing the “traditional” ingredients.
Gluten Free Recipe – Tamale Pie
3/4 cup corn flour
3/4 cup almond flour
3/4 cup buttermilk (see below how to make your own buttermilk from regular milk)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
2 lbs of chicken meat diced
14 oz of stewed tomatoes, drained
12 grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 large onion chopped
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup black olives
4 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tsp hot chili powder
Preheat the oven to 450F and grease a 9×9 square baking pan with the tsp of butter.
(If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, simply add 1 tsp white vinegar to regular milk and let it sit a minute before adding it to the bowl. Yes, this even works with almond milk..) Combine the first 8 ingredients and pour into the baking dish. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes and remove from oven. Turn oven down to 350.
Our chicken was leftover, picked from several whole chickens we had roasted earlier in the week, so it was a combination of white and dark meat already cooked. If you are starting with raw chicken, roast 2 lbs of chicken, testing with a meat thermometer that the inside temperature is 170F, or the juices run clear when you prick it with a knife.
In a skillet over medium heat, sautée the onions and garlic in a tsp of butter, stirring occasionally until the onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes, then stir in the mushrooms and remove from the heat.
Pour the diced, cooked chicken, onions, garlic, mushrooms over the crust. layer that with the stewed tomatoes and then the sliced tomatoes, olives and finally, the shredded cheddar. Sprinkle the chili powder on top, and bake again at 350F for 25 minutes.
Salads are great – and can really provide long-lasting energy. Especially if you take the time to add some variety and some satisfying proteins along with all those yummy vegetables.
Here’s a very satisfying addition to today’s lunch salad, that is gluten free, dairy free and paleo friendly. Also – you don’t need many of these as they are very rich and very filling.
Uncured bacon slices, cut in half
Preheat oven to 425F
Wrap the bacon around a broccoli spear stem, then pin the end into the stem with a toothpick. Cut the toothpick so that just an 1/8 of the end is visible. Three for each person is plenty. Place them in a glass baking dish on their sides.
Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and using a basting brush, pick up some of the bacon fat from the bottom of the pan and brush the broccoli heads. Then return to the oven for another 10 minutes or so, or until the bacon is cooked to the desired doneness. This will keep the broccoli from getting too crispy.
When the bacon is cooked, the broccoli will be too. Drizzle the broccoli heads with the remaining bacon fat, let them cool 5 minutes and serve!
Once the broccoli is in the oven, you have time to make an epic salad to be the main course!
a handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered, slightly seared
10 haricots verts (French green beans), slightly steamed
a couple red, orange, and/or yellow baby bell peppers, also slightly seared
a couple fingerling potatoes, boiled fork tender then quartered
3 or four slices of cucumber
1/2 ouce field greens
1/2 ounce baby spinach
1 sardine fillet, packed in oil, drained
a teaspoon of capers
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon freshly crushed black peppercorns
a pinch of salt
Mix together the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Arrange everything around the sardine fillet, drizzle with the dressing mixture. Voila. A delicious and hearty gluten free, dairy free meal that will fill you up and give you long-lasting energy for quite a while… and fish breath. (cats will love you)
We got this idea from Uno Chicago Grill. They serve a dish called rattlesnake pasta, but since we like to eat gluten free, we replaced the pasta with broccoli. It’s healthier and it’s delicious!
I posted a picture of this on Facebook, and people were asking for a recipe, so here you go. (and no Diane, no rattlesnakes were harmed in the making of this recipe….) 😀
Ingredients for two servings:
3/4 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast (or seitan for you vegans)
2 large crowns broccoli
16 oz of Alfredo sauce
1 cup of pickled jalapeno rings
1 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
Sautée the chicken breast in a little olive oil over medium heat, turning occasionally, until cooked through (juices run clean when pricked with a fork.) Remove from, heat, dice it into 1″ chunks and set aside.
Warm the alfredo sauce in a saucepan, over medium heat until hot enough to eat, reduce to warm.
Put 2 cups of water on to boil. Rinse the broccoli crowns well and steam them for 5 minutes.
Place a steamed broccoli crown on a warm plate, add half the chicken, pour half the alfredo sauce over it. Sprinkle with jalapeños and crushed red pepper. Serve hot.
Traditions (from “The Fiddler On The Roof”) “Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything.”
“How to sleep.”
“How to eat.”
“How to work.”
“How to wear clothes.”
“For instance, we always keep our heads covered, and always wear a little prayer shawl. This shows our constant devotion to God.”
“You may ask, how did this tradition get started?”
“I’ll tell you.” “…I don’t know.” “But it’s a tradition.”
Thanksgiving – The Tradition That Keeps On Giving
Part of the Thanksgiving tradition is to always prepare way more food than any person should ever eat, and then for the week that follows, trying to find creative ways to get junior to eat them . Why? I don’t know… but it’s a tradition.
This year, instead of just warming over leftovers and slogging through another big hot dish of tradition, today I broke with tradition and went with my craving. Hence:
The Thanksgiving Taco
Just dice up some of your favorite Thanksgiving Day leftovers and spoon them into some taco shells. I jazzed up the cranberry sauce with some cayenne pepper, and I was in taco heaven. Our forefathers (or should I say “antepasados”) would be so proud.
BTW – This is a gluten free, dairy free recipe. With the right shells, it could also be made grain free. For a vegan recipe, you could leave out the turkey, perhaps replace with some tofurky or seitan. Thankfulness is for everyone. Viva el taco!
Several people on Instagram asked for a recipe for this. Traditional quiche has cream, cheese and a flaky crust, but since this is gluten free and dairy free, it’s way easier!
Here’s the world’s easiest gluten free, dairy free (and grain free) recipe for crustless salmon quiche:
1 lb sockeye salmon
1/2 lb green beans
6 farm fresh eggs
1 tsp olive oil
Broil the salmon in the oven, skin side down 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until it flakes in the middle when you poke it with a fork. Sauté the green beans in a teaspoon of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat until tender.
Mash the salmon into bite size pieces with a fork, and spread it around in the baking dish. Spread the green beans around in the baking dish. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs slightly just to break the yolks and pour them over the salmon and green beans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the egg is cooked in the middle of the baking dish. Voila.
Some other ideas for this: I could have added onions, sautéed along with the green beans, or almond milk to make it fluffier, or broccoli instead of green beans… you get the idea.
That’s what I love about quiche, it’s rife with possibilities!
Bibimbap is a classic Korean dish we first had at Street, one of our favorite restaurants in Portsmouth NH. The word literally means “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is traditionally served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with spiced vegetables and a thick sauce.
We decided to eliminate nearly all wheat and most grains, after reading about the benefits of a paleo diet, so here’s our take on BiBimBap. This is a dairy free, grain free, gluten free recipe and could easily be made vegetarian or vegan by eliminating the egg. Karen calls this: “Bap Veggies.” August is a perfect time to make this, since we have an abundance of fresh garden vegetables to harvest right now.
2 crowns of broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
3 stalks of kale, stems removed, torn into bite-size pieces
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
a handful of cherry tomatoes
extra light olive oil
some gluten free tamari
and of course some Sriracha Rooster Sauce!
Heat a few teaspoons of oil over medium heat in a wok or other frying pan. As soon as the oil is hot, add in a the broccoli, stir around occasionally for about 4 -5 minutes. Add in the onions, stir for a few more minutes. Add in the rest of the veggies and cook until they are all slightly tender. Push the veggies to the outer edges of the pan, crack the eggs into the center and shut off the heat. When the eggs are flippable without breaking the yoke, flip them over. Turn the heat back on briefly if necessary to get the egg cooked to desired doneness. Serve by laying the veggies out, egg on top, chop sticks and sauces nearby.
As a variation to this, try adding some mushrooms, bean sprouts, summer squash, or green beans. It’s fun to try different combinations for color and flavor.
I just did not want another salad today. 😀 My Asian heritage and and abundance of vegetables led me to this:
Raw Veggie Sushi With A Side of Cauliflower “Rice”
Gluten free, Dairy Free, Grain Free and Raw Vegan
– Gather up your favorite raw veggies: carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, asparagus, peppers, scallions, spinach, etc. You name it.
– You will also need:
Gluten Free Tamari (soy sauce)
1. Rinse your veggies well in cold water then julienne them into thin strips about 3″ long, as narrow as you can get them. (If you need help with julienne, check out this video) Put a couple crowns of cauliflower into the food processor and pulse until it looks like rice. (Careful not to over pulse.)
2. Put a tablespoon of wasabi powder in a small bowl. Add a few drops of water and mash it around with a spoon. Add a few more drops of water and mash again, until you get a thick, play-doh consistency. Then mash some more. (The more you mash, the hotter it gets…)
3. cut the nori sheets into strips 2″ wide and 8 or 9″ long. Put a few tablespoons of water in a small bowl and keep nearby.
4. Lay a strip of nori on a wooden cutting board or other smooth flat surface, lengthwise away from you and place a few pieces of each veggie in the sheet about 2″ from the closest end. Let some veggie pieces stick out further than others for better presentation. Dip your finger in the water bowl and wet the far end of the nori sheet, all the way from the top, down to the veggies.
5. Carefully roll the nori away from you, while pulling the veggies toward you, trying to keep the roll as tight as you can without tearing the nori.
6. Press the “riced” cauliflower into a small bowl and quickly put it upside down on your serving board to make the mound.
7. Serve on a sushi board with a small bowl of tamari, the wasabi paste and ginger.
Don & Karen Perkins – Local Foodie Farmers in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire