There are several things I've been wanting to post/share for you gluten-free (and gluten-full!) friends out there - so many, in fact, I'm likely not going to remember them all! But here are some food highlights from the last few weeks:
- Potato Leek Soup, compliments of David Lebovitz: this was my first ever attempt at making potato leek soup, and it went fairly well. I mistakenly tried to wing it with the measurements and ended up having a pretty watery soup, but once it cooled and settled, I was able to pour off some of the extra liquid and was left with a subtle but tasty soup! I added some hot chili pepper to give it a kick. I highly recommend this one!
- (Gluten-free) sugar cookies, compliments of Gluten-Free Girl & the Chef. These are delightful cookies, and easily adaptable if you're looking for dairy-free as well. I made one version with butter (that I actually haven't rolled/baked yet - a project I'm saving for The Michigan Christmas Adventure!), and a smaller batch with coconut oil instead of butter. The latter turned out great; I made them for a friend who can't do gluten, dairy, soy, or corn (or much sugar). They're fantastic with a bit of honey drizzled on top!
- Tom Yam Soup (sp?) from a Thai cookbook. I don't have the recipe in front of me, but it's essentially 1 quart of shrimp stock, 1 cup each of thinly-sliced mushrooms and peeled, deveined shrimp, 3 stalks of lemongrass (Google directions on how to cut/slice it), and 2 Tbsps galangal (I had to use ginger and it turned out okay) simmered for about 10-15 minutes and then poured over 2 Tbsps fresh lime juice, 1-2 hot green chili peppers (I used serrano), 1/4 c. chopped cilantro, and two stalks of green onion, thinly sliced. If you can find lime leaves in a South East Asian grocery store, the recipe called for several of those as well, but I just substituted extra lime juice in the broth. It turned out pretty tasty, and was good over steamed jasmine rice. It was also surprisingly quick and easy!
- Fennel, leek, and arugula risotto, fennel, pear, and arugula salad and pistachio sandies (same page), compliments of Cannelle et Vanille, one of my new favorite food blogs. These three dishes/desserts were decadent, yet not at all too heavy. I will certainly make all of them again, especially the pistachio sandies, which were a big hit at work!
- Finally, some holiday goodies: Nanaimo/Vameeno bars (a Christmas tradition of sorts in my family...and, apparently, British Columbia!) and my first-ever, roommate-inspired foray into truffle making. I'll post photos eventually, but this year's flavors included cinnamon balsamic, jasmine, peppermint, straight-up chocolate, orange cardamom, and Mexican (cinnamon cayenne). They were all incredible, if I do say so myself. :)
There you have it - December in the life of Lynnae E. Ruberg. Photos soon!