Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wheat-Free-Meat-Free is One Year Old!

Happy Anniversary to us; our blog is one year old today. What I lot I've learned over the last year. We've now had two full years of living gluten-free and it has gotten loads easier. Better ingredient labeling on grocery items has been a boon, but just getting over the fear that cooking without wheat flour and other glutenous items would be impossible has been very freeing.

A big thank you goes to all of my new buddies in the gluten-free blogging community for their help, recipes and encouragements. I have learned so much from you all and hope that others have been able to glean some knowledge and advice in return.

To celebrate our one year milestone, I am listing our family's Top Ten Favorite Gluten-Free Recipes of All Time below. Click on the links and you will be redirected back to the original blog post to find a delicious, gluten-free dish you can be proud to serve to anyone.

Top Ten Favorite Gluten-Free Recipes of All Time

1. White Clam Pasta - It's so easy and quick to make if you have canned clams in the pantry. Fresh clams work even better.

2. Palmer House Potatoes - Also an easy family favorite. We never have leftovers.

3. Carrot Cake - Gotta whip up this sweet treat for all birthdays and even just on demand.

4. Plantation Shrimp - This is a recent arrival on our table, but it became the barbeque item of choice over the past several summers.

5. Japanese Spinach - We never plant enough spinach in the garden to satisfy our lust for this sweet and savory recipe.

6. Lemon Bars - In pre-celiac days these were the cookie of choice in our house and thank goodness we have a wheat-free alternative recipe.

7. Sesame Noodle Salad - We've made this recipe for years and bring it to lots of parties and barbecues.

8. Sushi - The family sushi-making skills have vastly improved and we now buy pickled ginger and sheets of nori on a regular basis from the supermarket.

9. Radish Dip - When the spring crop of radishes starts pumping out, this recipe is always put to good use.

10. Salmon Burgers - This recipes messes up a lot of dishes and can lead to a lot of fishy smells in the kitchen, so we only make salmon burgers in the warmer months when the windows are open and we can grill them outside. The trouble is worth it, however. They are really delectable.

Next year I may have to change this list up a bit, as we're still experimenting with lots of new recipes and cookbooks (and snooping on other foodie blogs), but for now, these are the gluten-free culinary champions in our home. Hope you get a chance to enjoy them for yourselves!


Sheltie Girl said...

Rachel - Congratulations on your blog being one year old! I can't wait to see what the next year brings.

Sheltie Girl @ Gluten A Go Go

Sea said...

Rachel- Happy Birthday!!! (to your blog) We must have started blogging just about the same time... very cool.



Rachel Jagareski, Old Saratoga Books said...

Thank you Sheltie Girl and Sea for your congratulations. I count you both in as gluten-free blogger buddies who always have something luscious to put on my "to do" list. Gotta make that Cola Cake someday, Sheltie and Sea, your Southern Fried Tofu almost made the top ten list (the kids still don't groove on it, but I'm making it often enough that I think one day they will succumb to its pleasures).

Thanks again.


Anonymous said...

Please tell everyone you know to go vote on the Martha Stewart website on Martha's blog for the big idea bakeoff. One of the ideas is to launch a new magazine with Martha for people with food allergies and intolerances. Please vote as many times as you can each day for the next week so this dream becomes a reality!
Go to and then look for Martha's blog on the upper right hand side.
Check it out...we need more press and more resources for Celiacs!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations! And I love this post!!!! You are so ambitious. Do you mind if I link to the post?

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Congrats on one year blogging here, and double congrats on living gluten-free for two years. I'll be happy when I have more of the confidence about gluten-free cooking that you've seemed to master (baking in particular).