asian-inspired flank steak wraps, gluten free

asian inspired gluten free steak wraps
grilled flank steak
flank steak wraps with sriracha

asian inspired gluten free steak wraps

A couple nights ago I found myself at my grandmother's doorstep. With me, I had a bag of herbs, freshly picked from the garden, a ziploc full of flank steak in an Asian-inspired (gluten-free) soy marinade, and a few other odds and ends destined for what I hoped would be the perfect summer wrap.

kale chimichurri sauce and camping at bug o rama

kale chimmichuri sauce, gluten free, paleo

kale chimmichuri sauce

"Are you hot?" Patrick glances over at me in my sweatshirt and I shrug.

"If you get hot, you can start the air conditioner by removing this peace of tape. I want to make sure you are comfortable." He motions to vents on the ceiling of the bus that he'd sealed with clear tape during the cooler months. I laugh, but assure him I'm fine. 

rhubarb margarita recipe

rhubarb margarita recipe
rhubarb stalks
rhubarb margaritas

rhubarb margarita recipe

Nick moves fast through the 100 degree heat to the precise location in his Clements Ridge Farm where the rhubarb grows. The soil is hot and I have to tread carefully, my flip flops failing to keep me afloat on the well tilled farm. Nick darts quickly between rhubarb bushes, snipping ripe Christmas colored stalks once at their base and again just before the leaves. A leafy pile forms and he tosses the first few stalks into in the box I carry in my arms, but it becomes too difficult for me to keep up with him.

favorite gluten-free finds from expo west

expo west 2013 favorite finds

Last weekend I joined 63,000 other natural foods industry members at the Anaheim convention center for Expo West, 2013. Our mission: to view, sample, and learn about what's new in the way of natural food products. With more than 2,400 exhibiting vendors, I can see why the organizers allot four full days for attendees to visit.

massaged kale apple salad, paleo & gluten free

paleo popup zenbelly menu
coffee bar SF

A few weeks ago, Patrick and I attended our second Paleo pop-up by Simone of Zenbelly Catering. This time, the event was held at Coffee Bar, a super modern open space in San Francisco's Potrerro Hill neighborhood. We were joined by my friend Justine who hosts a monthly Paleo cooking club, Michelle and Henry of NomNomPaleo (read their recap of the Zen Belly Popup), Jackie and Ben of LunchBots (I got to see their line of super slick stainless steel food containers at Expo West!), Daphne of The Fit Daffy, and Simone's boyfriend Simon (it's almost like they planned their names that way!). 

my gluten-free dining experience at the french laundry

french laundry sign
french laundry menu
gluten-free french laundry
french laundry gluten free oysters and pearls
gluten free hearts of peach palm french laundry
gluten free french laundry porridge black truffle
french laundry gluten free turbot
gluten free lobster and beef french laundry
french laundry gluten free lobster
french laundry gluten free rabbit and beef
gluten free desserts french laundry
gluten free bonus donuts french laundry

french laundry sign

On the Friday before the expo, I had the gluten-free meal of a lifetime! Accompanying me were five out-of-town gluten-free eaters (Brandy Wendler (Mrs. Northwest), Mary Fran Wiley of Franny Cakes, Kyra Bussanich of Portland's Crave Bake Shop, Alison Needham of A Girl Defloured, and Andy Yeum of Taste Guru). We decided to meet up at the bakery so that they could pick up some treats for the road and set off for what would be an epic four-hour meal at the French Laundry

gluten-free allergy-free expo

Although January has been pretty great so far, I’m really looking forward to February for two big reasons.

The first: Valentines Day! The one holiday a year when all the time I spent in high school perfecting heart doodles in the margins of my notes actually pays off. Ok, I worked on it throughout college too. Pretty red hearts everywhere!

The second: The Gluten-Free Allergy-Free Expo on Feb 9 & 10.

brookies (brownie-cookies), gluten free

gluten free brookies (brownie cookies)

gluten free brookies (brownie cookies)

My family is not particularly known for Christmas spirit. Around this season, my house is filled with statements like:

  • “I’m going to the mall to buy your present right now. Still don’t know what to get you.”
  • “Mom, I don’t even like Christmas trees. I’m not going to decorate it.”
  • “Ew, are we listening to Christmas music?”

cranberry waffles with burgundy sorghum, gluten free

gluten free waffles

gluten free waffles

Most mornings we aren't in the house for a traditional breakfast. The 3:00am alarm sounds and we're on our feat for the next 8 to 10 hours baking up a storm of gluten-free treats. 

It's not a complaint. Just a fact. 

So it's rare that we we actually eat breakfast at a normal breakfast hour. But I'm okay with that. 

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