Monday, September 20, 2010

a taster menu from gluten-free girl & the chef

If you’re looking for a tempting new gluten-free cookbook, may I recommend Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story with 100 Tempting Recipes?

I discovered Shauna’s recipe for better-than-wheat-flour chocolate chip cookies two years ago . . . And I was hooked. I have been reading their blog ever since. As they say, I have been dancing in the kitchen with Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef.

I just had the pleasure of making a few of the recipes in their new cookbook – a little sampler of the book to come.

To begin our tasting menu:

Seared Shrimp with Garlic-Almond Sauce

This is an easy, deluxe little starter. The garlic-almond sauce is has a salty, sharp bite that wakes the plump shrimp right up. I made it in 20 minutes and certainly didn’t mind doing all the taste-testing by myself . . .

How about a little pasta?

Fresh Gluten-Free Past with Anchovies, Lemon, and Olives

Anchovies are a revelation to me. They melt away into the sauce and just leave all the right sunny, briny Mediterranean notes. Not to mention: I made this gluten-free pasta.  I am still in shock. It has a nice, al dente bite and is very easy to work with. Not a sticky noodle in the bunch. Perfect to slip and slide around in the sauce.

Did you save room for dessert?

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies

These are dream brownies. They have the perfect dense, chewy, fudgy texture to which every brownie aspires. The fact that they're gluten-free is a bonus.

I wish I could share these recipes with you but I’m not allowed. This is a cookbook I’m talking about, you see, not a food blog. Of course, you can always read Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef online. But for these recipes, you have to buy the book

If you do buy the book, let me know what you think. Maybe we can compare notes?

I'll be back soon with a recipe for how to make spinach delicious. Seriously.

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