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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Entries in Recipes: Main Course (42)

Tuesday
Aug102010

Basil-Lime Tuna Salad (gluten-free, ACD)

 Basil-Lime Tuna Salad

I don't eat a lot of canned food, but I just can't resist canned fish. High quality canned tuna, salmon, sardines, and anchovies top the list of some of my favorite foods. My ultimate favorite is olive oil-packed tuna, which is so flavorful, rich, and indulgent that it is almost like fish dessert.

I know the words "fish" and "dessert" should never really be used together, but I think olive-oil packed imported tuna is an exception.

When selecting tuna, make sure to read the label - many conventional tunas are packed in vegetable broths that contain soy or other additives.  High-quality tunas are packed only in water or olive oil, and are actually lower in mercury than conventional tunas, often higher in omega-3 fatty acids, and are often more sustainably farmed. There are many excellent, natural tunas imported from Italy, Spain, and France.  These are often absolutely crazy delicious, but are generally pretty darn pricy and are hard to find in many smaller cities. For more widely available tunas, I like tunas by American Tuna (lowest in mercury and BPA-free cans, sold at Whole Foods), Crown Prince (switching to BPA-free tuna cans this year, sold at Whole Foods, many regular grocers and co-ops), Wild Planet (BPA-free cans, high omega 3, low mercury, I've only seen it at my co-ops so far), and Natural Sea (sold at Whole Foods and many regular grocers), or for a really cheap deal when you're feeling thrifty, the tuna by Genova (sold almost everywhere) or Trader Joe's.  Crown Prince and Wild Planet also make excellent canned sardines, if you're feeling fishy...

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Tuesday
Jun292010

White Bean Salad with Peppers and Herbs, for a bride-to-be (gluten-free, vegan, ACD)

This August, my friend B is getting married, and I couldn't be more excited for her. I love it when my friends are in love! To celebrate, my friend L and I hosted a bridal shower for her last weekend.  Last year B and I threw L a bridal shower, and this year L gets to return the favor.  Some day, they will both need to throw me a party, but from the looks of my current dating record, it won't be any day soon...

L and I were excited to plan it together, and after discussing the details, we decided she would handle the games and prizes, and I would handle the food. I generally tend to be a bit of a control freak when I have a creative vision, so L is a saint for working with me on planning this party, I think.  When coming up with a menu, my mind immediately went to Middle Eastern food.  Years ago, back when B, L, and I all lived together in Uptown, we used to frequent this awesome place called Felafel King (you can guess their specialty), regularly gorging ourselves on felafel and hummus and tabouli. Middle Eastern cuisine seemed like the perfect choice for all of us, it is ideal for summer, and it is easy to make allergy-friendly.  Astute readers may recall that my friend B was recently diagnosed with multiple food allergies, and I've been helping give her ideas on how to transition her diet. She has settled in swimmingly, and is baking gluten-free goodies that would even delight the likes of Martha Stewart. 

I built up a delicious menu using seasonal finds like fresh grape leaves and herbs from my garden, produce from the farmers market, and other classic Middle Eastern staples like sheep feta, olives, and fresh pita bread to appease the gluten-eating masses.  Add a fresh fruit tart for dessert, along with a tofu chocolate pudding pie made by the future bride herself, and we had a wonderful feast.  I only snapped a few photos with my little Powershot, so the photographic evidence of the party is less than breathtaking - these photos don't do the food or the presentation justice! 

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Tuesday
May252010

Turkey Fajita Hash (gluten free, ACD)

Tonight I had a rare and unusual craving for Mexican food.  I've never really been the hugest fan of Mexican food, probably only because my exposure to it has been limited to the overly greasy, processed American version.  It always left me feeling awful, probably also because I'm allergic and intolerant to most of the staples of Mexican cuisine.

Either way, I wanted nothing more tonight than to sit down to a Mexican feast. I don't know if it was the random heat wave or what, but I wanted a spicy south-of-the-border meal.  But I hadn't soaked rice. I hadn't soaked beans. I didn't have tortillas, avocado or salsa-like substances. It was 9 pm. I was hungry.

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Thursday
Apr292010

Insalata di Pollo con Carciofi - Chicken Salad with Artichokes (gluten free, ACD)

Artichokes are this week's Blogger Secret Ingredient! Since I'm hosting this week's event, I need to post something artichoke-alicious, right?  I have had this post waiting in my drafts section, and since I have been crazy busy this week, and needed an artichoke recipe, it was perfect timing to use it!  Before the BSI deadline on Sunday night, I plan to whip out the fresh artichokes and try something, but this will do for now.

So, here's another vacation meal, like my Fave Fresche, Finocchi, and Piselli Brasate al "Latte" (Fresh Favas, Fennel, and Peas Braised in "Milk").   I was inspired by the River Café cookbooks once again, and decided to transport myself to Italy through my kitchen.  I just can't help it. Italy has invaded my brain!  

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Thursday
Apr152010

Fave Fresche, Finocchi e Piselli Brasate al "Latte" - Fresh Fava Beans, Fennel, and Peas Braised in "Milk" (gluten free, vegan, ACD)

Like my Italian? I don't get to use it very often.

This was amazing.  It was inspired by a recipe for Fave Fresche Brasate al Latte (Broad Beans Braised in Milk) in the River Cafe Cook Book Green, one of my favorite cookbooks. The River Cafe is a restaurant in London that serves country-style Italian food using local, seasonal ingredients of the highest quality, traditional, rustic cooking methods, and simple presentation.  It was started by two women, Rose Grey and Ruth Rogers, and their story is wonderful and inspiring.  Look it up on The River Cafe site.  They have a number of cookbooks, of which I am now the proud owner of two: The Cafe Cookbook and River Cafe Cookbook Green. I fell in love with these cookbooks while housesitting for a coworker periodically over the last couple years.  His wife is a food stylist and they are both total foodies, so naturally, they have an extensive cookbook collection.  Each time I'm there I study new cookbooks and read them like novels; last time I found a bunch of Donna Hay cookbooks that I had never seen before, and freaked out.  However, no matter how many new cookbooks I discovered each time I housesat,  I would always find myself inevitably retreating to the enticing River Cafe cookbooks.  

One day at work, I was overcome by a totally random and incredibly strong urge to order these books. I found used copies on Amazon for an amazing price - less than $10 each for hardcover books in excellent condition, imported right from England - and promptly purchased them.  Shortly after receiving my cookbooks, I found out that Rose had just passed away, finally succumbing to her brave battle with cancer.  I was heartbroken!  Upon researching this news further, I realized that the day I impulsively ordered these books online also happened to be the exact day that she died. Bizarre.

I think Rose was sending me a message.

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