Great Gluten-Free Recipes

When you are on a gluten-free diet, it can be hard to find really good recipes.  Check out these recipes from The Splendid Table!

http://www.publicradio.org/columns/splendid-table/recipes/gluten-free/

 

What Could Be Better?

When we found this recipe that combines Nutella and chocolate chips in a cookie, we couldn't resist!  But, of course, we have a twist to the recipe!  When you come in to Root Gourmet to pick up your nutella, why not grab a few bars of Scharffen Berger chocolate?  You can break up the bars into chunks and use those instead of the chocolate chips!  Why use ordinary chololate chips when you can use the extraordinary chocolate by Scharffen Berger!

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter, room temperature
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup Nutella
1 cup chocolate chips


Cream together the butter and sugars. Add vanilla and egg and beat well. Whisk flour, soda and salt together and add to the mixture slowly, making sure the flour is well incorporated. Add Nutella and chocolate chips – no need to beat it in too thoroughly; it’s okay to have swirls of Nutella in the batter.
Drop 2″ apart on baking sheet covered in parchment paper and bake 9-10 minutes in a preheated F375 oven.
Remove from oven and let cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet before moving cookies to a rack.
Makes about 2 dozen large cookies.

   

Curried Bean Salad Recipe

Dried-Beans-Cropped

The key to cooking beans from scratch for a salad like this, is to cook them until tender, but not until they are falling apart. Feel free to make the curry vinaigrette a day or two in advance. If you like a creamier dressing, toss a big dollop of Greek yogurt into the curried vinaigrette, taste, and go from there. I use black lentils here because they hold their shape quite well, you definitely don't want to use a bean or lentil that goes to mush.


3 cups cooked beans, use your favorites
1 cup cooked black lentils*
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced into crescents
3/4 cup celery, chopped
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon of fine-grain sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of your favorite curry powder
1-2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (from 1-inch cube of fresh ginger, peeled)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


In a large bowl toss the beans, black lentils, red onion, and celery. Make the curry vinaigrette by mashing the garlic clove with the salt into a thick paste. In a bowl or jar whisk together this garlic paste, the curry powder, fresh ginger, lemon juice, and olive oil. Whisk well, taste, and add adjust flavors/salt if needed. Pour about half of the dressing over the beans and give it all a toss. Add more dressing a bit at a time until it is to your liking. Taste, make sure the salad has enough salt or the the beans will taste flat and the rest of the flavors won't pop. I like to serve this salad family style in a big bowl or on a platter with a big spoon all sprinkled with cilantro.
Serves about 4 - 6 as a side.
*Wash and pick over the lentils. Place them in a large saucepan and cover with water using 2-3x the quantity of lentils. Bring to a boil, scale back the heat a bit and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste along the way, when done the lentils should be tender but not splitting apart. Salt to taste at this point. Remove from heat and drain any remaining liquid.

   

Do you love yogurt?

Greek yogurt has become very popular.  Have you ever wondered if the food companies are taking a good thing and filling it up with chemicals so that they can produce it cheaper?  Check out this NPR article!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/07/19/156997600/high-tech-shortcut-to-greek-yogurt-leaves-purists-fuming?sc=ipad&f=1019

   

It's Great To Live In Rehoboth Beach

We sometimes forget...

It's easy to get caught up in your life and forget to look around at all of the wonderful things that come along with living in Rehoboth Beach.  Sometimes it takes the viewpoint of a visitor to make us remember why we wanted to live here in the first place.  After coming off of a three day stay-cation where I experienced the boardwalk through the eyes of my four year old niece I saw this article on the NPR site about the Rehoboth boardwalk.  Check it out!

Read NPR Article

   

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