roasted grape and tomato mozzarella panini, gluten free

roasted grape and tomato mozzarella paninis, gluten free

roasted grape and tomato mozzarella paninis, gluten free

"If you shake the tomato plants, they pollinate better." 

I'm showing my Mother-In-Law my 21 lollipop tomato plants, all grown from a single variety we'd found when visiting her last spring. 

"Really, does that work?" I pluck a plump gumball-sized tomato off the vine and pop it in my mouth. 

7 ingredient edamame bean dip

7 ingredient edamame dip with garlic and basil
gluten free dairy free edamame bean dip

gluten free dairy free edamame bean dip

At the time that my husband moved in, I had a cold dirty secret.

Deep in the icy recesses of my freezer, sat an unopened costco-sized box of edamame. The origins of this box of edamame remained unknown for the three or four years it sat in there. Periodically I'd uncover it, glare at it, and cover it back up. I had no idea why we had it or what to do with it. Patrick had long since sworn off of soy so he definitely wasn't itching to open it. 

rhubarb dutch baby recipe, gluten free

rhubarb dutch baby, gluten free
rhubarb dutch baby, gluten free

rhubarb dutch baby, gluten free

When rhubarb is in season, I am known to buy it by the boxful. I'll spend an entire afternoon chopping it up and then throw it in ziploc bags destined for the freezer. In fact I'd say my freezer is currently 40% rhubarb. 

But I'm totally okay with that! 

I get to make rhubarb treats, like this rhubarb dutch baby whenever I want.

patience pays off: strawberry rhubarb shrub cocktails

strawberry rhubarb shrub
strawberry rhubarb shrub cocktail

strawberry rhubarb shrub

It's been a stressful start to the week for two very important reasons. 

1. I turned 30. EEK! :)

2. I got a ticket for talking on my cell phone (I wasn't). :(


Luckily I have leftover strawberry rhubarb shrub to calm my nerves and ease me into a hopefully less stressful Tuesday. Tomorrow's another day right? 

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!). 


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