I am still raving about the Almond Quick Bread I made last week based off of a recipe posted on Gluten Free Girl and the Chef (http://glutenfreegirl.com/). She (Shauna) posted the recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread and I knew I HAD to make it right away.
I went to my kitchen and realized that not only did I not have any lemons, I also didn't have poppy seeds. Undeterred, I decided to modify the recipe using almond extract instead of lemon zest and ground flax seeds instead of poppy seeds.
It was quite literally one of the best tasting things I have ever made -- gluten free or not. My only issue was that it fell apart upon slicing so it really was easier to eat with a fork. I may need to experiment with my flour blend to find a combination that is more binding. It didn't matter to me though because it tasted so good - even my hubby enjoyed it!
I have since eaten it for breakfast, snacks and last night, with sliced strawberries mascerated in a little agave nectar. Oh my was that a good combination!
This success has inspired me to search around for more recipes I can't wait to try. Elana from Elana's Pantry (http://www.elanaspantry.com/) always inspires me with great recipes (I also have her cookbook and have her new cupcake one on my Amazon wish list) and just today I found a coconut lemon bar recipe from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free (http://www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com/). I have yet to try it (I still don't have lemons in the house!) but I will soon as I am a sucker for lemon AND coconut. In the process I also discovered Gluten Hates Me (http://www.glutenhatesme.com/), a fun blog on being gluten free.
I guess what I am trying to say, is thank you to the online gluten free community for your support, recipes, information and ideas. I am so glad I am not doing this alone!
P.S. Shauna, I am planning on trying the parchment wrapped halibut and asparagus this coming weekend. I love halibut but it is a little pricey for me right now. I saw Costco had fresh cod this past weekend so I will be going back to buy some to use instead. Thanks again for the inspiration!
Gluten-Free Dining and Foods
- Abrusci's (gluten free Italian menu) Applewood
- Basil Docs (gluten free pizza) Multiple Locations
- Beau Jo's (gluten free pizza and beer) Multiple Locations
- Big Bill's Pizza (gluten free pizza) Centennial
- Blue Bonnet (gluten free menu) Denver
- Blue Sky Cafe (gluten free bread, pancakes, more) Lakewood
- Bonefish (gluten free menu w/ flourless brownie!) Multiple Locations
- California Pizza Kitchen (gluten free pizza)
- City O'City (gluten free pizza & bread) Denver
- French Press (gluten free "petal" wraps) Lakewood
- Le Central (gluten free bread and it's yummy!) Denver
- Noodles and Company (gluten free menu) Multiple Locations
- Olive Garden (gluten free penne) Multiple Locations
- Oven, The (gluten free pizza) Lakewood
- Panzano (gluten free menu & chef) Denver
- PF Chang's (gluten free menu) Multiple Locations
- Rheinlander Bakery (gluten free baked goods) Arvada
- Rioja Denver (gluten free desserts) Denver
- Romano's Italian Restaurant (gluten free pizza) Littleton & Highlands Ranch
- Skinny Crisps Crackers
- Snooze (gluten free menu) Multiple Locations
- Sweet Tomatoes (lots of non-gluten food choices) Multiple Locations
- The Bundt Shoppe (gluten free cake) Castle Pines
- The Rock Wood Fired Pizza (gluten free pizza) Multiple Locations
- Udi's Cafe (gluten free pizza and sandwiches) Multiple Locations
- Virgilio's Pizzeria (gluten free pizza) Lakewood
- Watercourse Foods (a few gluten free options but no bread) Denver
- Whole Foods (a whole section of gluten free items)
- Yard House (gluten free menu) Lakewood