Friday Free-From Favorites!
First Friday in August! I always love the first week of the month – I get to choose my new Book of the Month, Kane’s announces their new gluten free donut flavor, and I get to switch all of the calendar pages in the apartment (it’s the little things… 😊). Here are some of my favorites for this week!
What I’m Buying
Horizon Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese! I don’t know what it is about this stuff, but I really just cannot get enough. It’s the world’s easiest dinner (is there anything easier and cheaper than boxed mac and cheese?), and sometimes that exactly what you need (if you’re like me, by the time Thursday rolls around, it’s either leftovers or something out of a box). We typically buy one boxed meal each week in case we don’t have enough leftovers for a full meal on Friday, and it’s always a toss up between boxed risotto or mac and cheese. This week, mac and cheese won. We top ours with Parmesan cheese and parsley. I’m not complaining 😊
What I’m Making
This past Sunday, Dan (@guywithamap) and I bought a bunch of fresh basil from the farmers market. We already had some fresh parmesan from some zucchini boats we made last week, so I figured it was a good week to make homemade pesto! I take out the food processor and load it up with two cups of basil, 1/3 of a cup of roasted pine nuts, 3 tsp of garlic (either fresh or in water, not garlic powder), ½ a cup of olive oil, ½ a cup of parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste! We had our pesto with some diced chicken and homemade triangular gluten free pasta from Valicenti Farms pasta (mentioned in this post). I seriously wish I took picture, but by the time I remembered that I should, I had already devoured my entire bowl.
What I’m Reading
I know this has nothing to do with being Celiac or gluten free, but I’m pretty psyched about Book of the Month right now (see above… I just picked my August book), so I’m going to plug last month’s book 😉. I’m finishing up Into the Water, which came free with my July Book of the Month – it’s the new one from Paula Hawkins (did any of you read Girl on the Train?). So far, it’s pretty good – it kind of makes me long for chilly weather so I can curl up with some hot coffee and read all day (okay… I’ve been doing that anyway).
Where I’m Eating
Is there ever a week where I’m not eating at Violette’s? I know I mentioned this in a recent week’s post, but since we ended up staying in and cooking for dinner last weekend (homemade pizza!), this is the only place I actually went out for food this week – and we went to town. It’s very problematic to go there hungry, because you might find yourself buying six baked goods and eating them all in one sitting (okay, yes, this happened to me). Anyway, I can’t say enough good things about Violette’s. They change their selection every single week, which is why I go so often – every Saturday, they post what’s baking for the following week, and every Saturday I find myself saying “So… should we go to Violette’s next weekend and pick up some treats for breakfast?”. See below for proof of all the baked goods we got, and a close up of a tiramisu cupcake!
What I’m Planning
Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada! I surprised Dan for his 25th birthday with a weekend trip to Mont Tremblant in September to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We’ve just started planning, and we’re struggling a bit finding gluten free options (we had this same struggle when we visited Quebec City and Montreal) – has anyone gone recently and had a good gluten free dining experience? We’ve found a few possibilities, but there aren’t too many resources out there outlining what options there are. I’ll make sure to post a travel guide when we get back so that anyone that goes after us will have an easier time!