Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Restaurants that I know can accomodate a Gluten Free diet

Biaggi's: menu, and ask your server.
Panera: Ask at the counter, they have a 3 ring binder
Ruby Tuesday: Ask your server
Applebees: Downloadable allergen menu, and each location is supposed to have a copy on hand. Ask.
Pappa's: Ask your server.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 promised, Indian Summer continued

I was truly fortunate to be able to have Indian Summer all the way through the Month of October. The first two weeks of the month were exceptionally warm and beautiful her in Northern Illinois. My oldest son and his family were here from California, and were gifted with perfect weather.

When I left on 10/13 for Civil War events two weekends in a row, I expected to encounter some bad weather along the way, but again, have had nearly perfect weather. My first step, as usual was Ft Wayne, IN - jumping off point for P. Palmer Dry Goods. From there, Kay, Kathy Major and I drove (2 vehicles) east to Middletown, VA. Except for some very windy weather, it was fine. We got to enjoy the beauty of the peak of fall color as we drove through the hills in West Virginia and Western Maryland.

Once we set up in VA, my sister & brother-in-law came down on Friday and joined us for dinner. Judy brough brownies - made from the Betty Crocker Gluten Free mix. VERY good! She also brought us an apple crisp made with NY State apples and an oat topping. Herm brought 2 bottles of NY State wine. Simple meal cooked on a propane stove enjoyed with good company.

On Saturday, Kathy's sister Kimm came up from Annapolis area with some local micro brewed beers. Since I can't drink beer, I had a cider instead. Kim didn't stay for dinner, but it was nice to see her again.

On Sunday, Kay & I packed (make that 'stuffed') the Pacifica with the merchandise and personal stuff we would need for Westville, and sent Kathy and major home with the Ryder truck. We all stayed at a local Days Inn Sunday nite. Kay & I drove to Norcross, GA - just east of Atlanta where we were booked into an Extended Stay America. This is the second time I've used that chain, and I'd recommend it to anyone. You get a kitchenette so it makes life much simpler if you have dietary restrictions. We didn't cook there, but we did have breakfast there. That way I could have my GF Granola and not worry about motel food, or restaurant breakfasts. Although I have found it quite simple to carry my own cereal into a motel and use it instead of the cereals offered there. Much better than hoping the omelet made at the local restaurant has no cross contamination from other things cooked on the same grill. Besides, omelets get pretty boring after awhile.

As mentioed last night, the dinner meals while in Atlanta were at Pappa Deaux. I cannot recommend the chain highly enough. They were very helpful in making sure I knew what on the menu I could and could not eat. They are a Cajun seafood restaurant, so if like the food and the music; plan on stopping there. They have things for every taste - spicy & not.

At Westville, the cooking group we were in catered to Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. The staples were eggs, cornmeal/grits, cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, tomatoes, turnips, Romaine, sweet potatos, Cushaw squash, black eyed peas, cheese, ham, bacon, venison, chicken & duck. Highlights of the meals were the fresh tomatoes, cabbage cooked with tomatoes, sweets, onion & garlic, the salad, and the cornmeal cake made as a birthday cake on Saturday night flavored with the orange we donated to the cause. I survived the whole 4 days with no reactios at all!!!!

On Sunday we drove to Marietta where we ate at Pappa Deaux again, and then on about halfway from Marietta to Knoxville. Sunday nite we stayed at a Howard Johnson's. The staff there were among the friendliest hotel staff I think I've ever met. Kay had a Belgian Waffle, prepared for her by the hotel staff person who was in charge of the breakfast area. His helper was a young soldier dressed in camo and od T shirt. Very nice!

As we drove north through the mountains of Norther Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky, we were able to see, again, the most gorgeous fall foliage! We'd been south of the color change for the weekend, and so go to enjoy it all again as we drove home. Fall is one of my favorite times to travel. The scenery we drove through soothes my soul! It reminds me of fall in Upstate NY where I grew up, and seeing the colors in MD, VA, TN & KY over the course of two weeks was like a gift. Truly, with the weather perfect (chilly nights and warm sunny days) and the trees in full fall color, this trip allowed me to remember many things I had not though of in years. Things from my childhood; places I've been, and people who are long departed.
We made it back to Ft Wayne by about 8:00 last night.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Indian Summer ++++

I have been away from home since October 13th. First traveled from home to Ft Wayne, and then the mercantile packed up & went to Cedar Creek, VA. My sister & Brother=in=law cam down on Friday and we had a nice, simple Gluten free dinner. Judy brought us an apple crisp she'd made, and some GF brownies.

From Cedar Creek, Kay & I packed up our necessities and a small amount of Merchandise & headed west and south. First to Atlanta. We stayed at an Extended Stay in Norcross. Looking for a good place to eat, we were sent to a Pappa Deaux close by. They have some outstanding GF entress and were most accommodating in helping me find a wonderful meal. I had a shrimp cocktail (9 big shrimp) for under $6, and a beefsteak tomato salad with lump crabmeat. Yummy and almost more than I could finish! So we went back the following night.

From Atalanta, we went on to Lumpkin, GA to Westvill. Arrived Wednesday late afternoon, and went "live" in period dress & first person Thursday morniung.

Time to go to bed now, but I'll add more tomorrow. Good night all!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Yummy place to eat in Atlanta

We went to Pappa Dou's last night for a light meal and some liquid refreshment to make the world stop moving after driving nearly 600 miles. The waiter called over a kitchen manager (whose wife has Celiac), and we had the yummiest food you can imagine! What a relief!

Then today, at the Atlanta History Ctr, we ate at the Swan House and again had a waitress who was so nice - and while not knowledgeable herself, enlisted the aid of her chef who was totally honest about which things on the menu I would not be able to eat. I had a tomato soup and the most wonderful shrimp salad I think I've ever had - with dill and capers. Lovely!!!!

We're going back to Pappa Dou's for dinner tonight.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ricotta Cake

Ricotta Cake

350* 35 minutes

2 lbs Ricotta
2 egg whites
1/2 c sugar
1/8 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp vanilla
1/2 c mini chocolate chips
1/2 c graham cracker crumbs

Beat egg whites & sugar. Add cheese & beat until smooth. Blend in Choc chips, lemom & vanilla. Line spring form pan with crumbs & spoon in filling. Bake at 350* for 35 minutes.
I've a house full of family, so have not posted in a while. I made Judy's bread recipe again, but subbed some flax meal, sorghum flour and fava bean flour for some of the brown rice flour to try a different flavor and to add some fiber (flax). I turned out quite good.

I made it on Monday, took it out of the bread machine and took it with me to my former Sister-in-law's (June) house for dinner. Because my son is in with his family, she had us all over. My ex was there (of course) but we get along fine. His uncle and aunts (in their 80's) were there too and I love seeing them. Such wonderful people that I miss being in my life. My nephew Frank with his wife and 2 little ones. My grandson Jonathan was there with his guardian and his buddy Logan; looking all grown up at 16.

June had made enough food for an army, and included a GF ricotta cheese cake. Nice - not very sweet. The original recipe calls for a graham cracker crust and she subbed rice chex. Admittedly, not the best solution, but I brought the recipe home to try again with a different crust. I'll post the recipe later.

My nephew's Father in Law has Celiac disease, so Frank has been experimenting making Gluten Free beer. He brought me two bottles to try. I was drinking wine there, so decided not to mix. I tried it last night. The initial taste is good, but the after taste was less so. My son Jeff said to try aging it, so I'll keep it in the fridge for a month or more and then try it again. Frank said it's his first attempt, so he's working on improving. Meanwhile, I'll stick with white wine & cider.