Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Quote of the Day

"Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance."
--Abigail Adams

Monday, February 24, 2014

Eating Gluten-Free in Boston

One restaurant in Boston that has a great gluten-free menu is The Four's. The thing I like most about it, besides the actual food, is the fact that the gluten-free menu is directly incorporated with the regular menu. 

The gluten-free options have a little symbol and blurb explaining the dish. This reduces the awkwardness and left-out-feeling that often results from getting a smaller, less official menu that also visibly differentiates you from your dining mates. 

The Four's has a ton of gluten-free dishes with bread and pasta! Some menus simply skip the components that aren't naturally gluten-free. I understand why they do this, but it also makes the gluten-free water feel left out and frustrated. 

My favorites are the chicken broccoli and ziti in oil and garlic sauce, and any of their sandwiches!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The quick fox jumps over a lazy, brown dog.

The sentence, "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" contains every letter in the alphabet. Ideal if you are testing a keyboard, or practicing your handwriting. It can also be modified to suit your preferred color dog, foxes aren't brown anyway. 

The quick fox jumps over a lazy, brown dog. 
The quick fox jumps over a lazy, brown dog.
The quick fox jumps over a lazy, brown dog.

I've been trying to improve my handwriting lately. I love to write notes and letters, but having messy handwriting makes the process a little frustrating. This is sort of akin to the state of this blog, at the moment. There is so much that I'd like to do here but the process takes a lot of time and effort. 

I think I am going to include more snapshots of life here if you don't mind. There is just so much I have to say! If there is anything in particular you'd like me to post on, please suggest it!

In the meantime I'll be slowing working on some other things, too.

The quick fox jumps over a lazy, brown dog. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

Peanut Butter Blossoms
Unwrap 48 Hershey Kisses and put in refrigerator.
In a large bowl combine:
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter

Mix well after each addition until a ball of dough is formed. 
Shape dough into balls using a rounded teaspoonful for each, I use a small melon-baller.
Roll cookies in granulated sugar. 
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately top each cookie with a chocolate kiss pressing firmly - enough to crack cookie edge.

*To make gluten-free, substitute flour with a gluten-free mix.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Brazi Bites Cheese Bread Snacks - A Review

Cheese bread snacks. These are not words that you typically associate with gluten-free food. Well, until now. Brazi Bites are a traditional Brazilian cheese bread snack, also called pão de queijo, that by a wonderful twist of fate, are naturally gluten-free!

These snacks were only readily found in Brazil until 2009 when Brazi Bites Founder's Junea and Cameron re-created them in their Portland, OR home. They are now available commercially (and by mail order!) in many locations including Whole Foods and Sprouts Markets. 

Brazi Bites come in three perfect flavors; Original, Jalapeño, and Bacon.  After 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven they bake into the most delicious, bite-sized cheese breads/rolls. The Original has a light parmesan taste that was so good. The cheese taste is similar to parmesan Goldfish, if Goldfish were soft and warm and fluffy. My favorite, I think, is the Bacon. It has the exact right amount of real bacon flavor and are SO hard to stop eating! As for the Jalapeño, I was so impressed. I always order jalapeños on my nachos because I love them with cheese, and Brazi Bites totally encapsulated that flavor!

The second best thing about Brazi Bites (the first being that they are gluten-free) is the ingredient list. I am a huge proponent of limited-ingredient products and Brazi Bites are made of quality, natural ingredients. One bag also contains about 20 bites - enough for a party or for a family!

These paired perfectly with a bowl of tomato soup as an improved grilled cheese substitute. Or as a ham and cheese finger sandwich appetizer! Really the possibilities are endless. Admittedly, a few times time I've make them so far, I devoured them straight from the oven. Not even on a plate. 

As I was making a batch the other day my mother commented, "are you planning on eating all of those?" Welp. Yes. So, speak for all gluten-free-ers everywhere by saying thank you to Brazi Bites! If you want to keep an eye on Brazi Bites, like their Facebook page: here. You can also see where they are stocked, or order direct from their website here: Brazi Bites.

Love your food.

Before baking.

Pre-baking: Jalapeño, Bacon, & Original.

Yum, yum, yum!


Post-baking: Jalapeño, Bacon, & Original.

Please note, I did receive this product complementary from Brazi Bites but, as always, the opinions are entirely my own.