Shannon Brucker

Long Time Gone

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Ok so last year as many of you know I relocated to the DC area. I got wrapped up in helping to breath new life into a floundering B&B. Sadly that B&B gave way to financial pressure and the existing financial market. The good news I can now get back on track with my hunt for the perfect gluten free meal. I am also back to consulting with restaurants and families of those who are newly diagnosed with food allergies (I really love working with those who have been living with food allergies and intolerances for years that are just looking to breath new life into their diets!!!! Now that speaks to me both as a foodie and as someone with food allergies.

But rest assured I have not only returned to the GF Blogging world but I have expanded my horizons to include NYC!!!!!!

The view from my Harlem hideout!!!!

On Sugar Hill!!!


Stuffing/Dressing Inspiration

In Celiac, gluten-free on November 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

My favorite part of the holidays has always been stuffing. Didn’t matter if it was cornbread, turkey or sage. If it was bread with herbs I was in gluten filled ecstasy, at least till the gluten effects hit. This was a joy I thought was behind me forever. I was so incredibly wrong.

I ran to Trader Joe’s today to pick up a few staples for turkey day. In the produce ailse I heard the siren song of the new stuffing starter blend! It has all of the onions, celery and herbs you need for stuffing! So of course I had to try it.

I sauteed the mix in butter and olive oil while I toasted the torn up bread. (I used all of the ends to my Udi’s and Whole Foods Whole Grain GF Bread)

I torn the bread by hand rather then cutting it.

To add texture and and earthy element I added sauteed mushrooms.

Don't crowd the pan to get a great color on your mushrooms.

I had some left over roasted chicken from yesterday so I added that as well.

Again I hand tore the chicken for a more rustic feel.

I put it all in a casserole pan and baked at 350 for 35 minutes. The result was a beautiful earthy, rich and slightly salty stuffing. Toasting the bread gave the stuffing chewy bits of crust that I always loved. And the best part…. No Gluten Reaction!!!!

Viola.... stuffing!!!

Nando’s Peri-Peri

In Celiac, gluten-free on November 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm

This week I tried Portuguese food for the first time at Nando’s Peri-Peri. I will never go back to plain old rotisserie chicken again. I don’t like spicy food so I went for the Lemon Herb basting sauce. The heat level in this sauce was perfect for a spice wimp like me.  The Macho Peas are mashed peas with whole peas, parsley, mint and chilli. While the heat level almost pushed past what I like I would happily endure the burn again and again. When I ordered the peas I was expecting a brown mushy dish. I got a vibrant green masterpiece that tasted like the peas were just out of the pod with each herb was individually showcased beautifully.

As far for a Gluten Free Menu I would say that Nando’s surpasses any chain restaurant I have ever been to. Almost everything is gluten free! The only things to avoid are the bread, wrappers and corn bread. Add to that fast service, take out and online ordering with very reasonable prices and you have the perfect recipe for grabbing a gluten free meal on the go.

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