We’ve made it to another Friday! I’m pretty psyched for this weekend, as it involves an early birthday dinner, a graduation party, wine, and lots and lots of FOOD…but before we get to all of that, here are a few of my free-from favorites from this past week.
1. What I’m Buying
Boston folks, make your way to the nearest L.A. Burdick’s chocolate! Dan surprised me last night with the most amazing treat – a little chocolate elephant from L.A. Burdick’s! If you know me, this alone is enough to make a bad day turn into a great one (I love elephants!), but it gets even better – L.A. Burdick’s is donating 100% of the profits from these chocolate elephants to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Isn’t that awesome? And like everything that L.A. Burdick’s makes, the elephants are unbelievably delicious and 100% gluten free.
2. What I’m Making
Has anyone else found Valicenti pasta at local farmer’s markets this year? They come to the market by the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square every Friday, and they have GLUTEN FREE HOMEMADE PASTA! They always have three types of gluten free ravioli, and they usually have a few other varieties of gluten free pasta as well. This week, we tried a gluten free flavor we hadn’t seen there before – sweet pea and olive oil ravioli! It was delicious – if you like the mashed peas that come on the side of fish and chips, you would LOVE this pasta! We served ours with chopped and sautéed tomatoes, fresh parmesan, and parsley.
3. What I’m Reading
It’s not a blog post this week, because I got the newest issue of Eating Well in the mail on Monday! We get an issue of it every other month, and I look forward to it so much each time. This month’s issue is (of course) a summer issue, so it’s filled with amazing grilling ideas, salad recipes, and my personal favorite: summer casserole ideas! The one thing that I sometimes don’t like about summer cooking is that it seems like there aren’t as many easy, pop-them-in-the-oven and forget them kind of meals – so I was super excited to find a whole section of Eating Well devoted to easy casseroles filled with fresh summer ingredients. The recipes in Eating Well are not always gluten free, but they are always easily adaptable.
4. Where I’m Eating
Violette’s Gluten Free Bakery in Cambridge! You’ll need a car to get here, since it’s not very accessible by any of the Cambridge T’s, but trust me – it’s worth a visit. Dan and I stop in here most Saturday’s for an assortment of gluten free treats. Violette’s is a fully gluten free bakery with cupcakes, cookies, pies, some savory treats, and a few signature items like their Cakeron (a cupcake and macaron combo!). They rotate their cupcake flavors each week, so this week we got a lemon cupcake filled with lemon curd, a vanilla cupcake with blueberry lavender frosting, and a chocolate cupcake with mocha frosting. We also got a lemon square (their lemon squares are phenomenal!), a millionaire bar, and a flourless chocolate cupcake (yes, we were very hungry…). I highly recommend if you’re in the area!
5. What I’m Planning
I’ve got Dublin on the mind! We’re still a few months away, but I always feel the need to be planning the next trip. A perfect Sunday at me and Dan’s apartment is a cup of coffee, some music, and the computer open to an in-progress trip itinerary – and that’s exactly what we did last Sunday 😊 Our Dublin itinerary is starting to fill up with activities, restaurants for all three meals each day, and a day trip from Dublin (any suggestions? We’ve done the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough – we were thinking maybe Belfast).