Below is a weekly food roundup, locally and beyond, of ideas for what to cook, where to eat, things to consider and actions to inspire. If you have something to add to a future Friday Food list, please share it in the comments section below. Enjoy the weekend!
Gluten Free Flours
As alternative flours surface more and more, from coconut and corn to millet and amaranth, here is a helpful guide from Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organic with information on those that are easy to locate or make. You’ll also find a recipe for her Gluten and Grain Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.
Quinoa has been touted for some time now as a nutritious powerhouse but only recently, I have begun to try it as a replacement for pasta in dishes like Chicken Tetrazzini and for noodles in soups. I’ve got nothing against pasta, but when a food items achieves the accolades that quinoa has, I figure I may as well try to work it in here and there.
For a basic recipe with good results, try this one from The Kitchn.
Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container for 3 to 5 days or for up to 2 months in the refrigerator.
Recipes for Quinoa Leftovers
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Recipes for game day viewing.
I was intrigued when I saw the post title Best Garlic Press on the Stonesoup blog. I’ve tried many a method of dealing with garlic, a frequent gotta/wanna-have-it-flavor. Garlic scented fingers are not a joy, and using a press doesn’t give you the desired dice but knifing a dice is messy. The Dreamfarm Garject went right into the Amazon shopping cart. Please report back if you try it before me, as will I.
TIP: Speaking of garlic, when you’re in the process of sauteing onions and other veggies, add the garlic toward the end to avoid the bitter off-flavor and smell of burnt garlic which can happen very quickly. Most of the recipes on this site are written out that way.
If you have any questions about preparing, using and cooking garlic, here you can find all you need to know.
Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics
I saw Marion Nestle speak recently about her new book and general views on food policy issues. Deemed by Michael Pollan to be the food movement’s second most powerful voice behind Michelle Obama, she covered not just what drove her to write this book but touched on her views on GMOs and the Richmond soda tax which failed to pass last November. (Speaking of, a 2-cents-per-ounce sugary drink tax to be designated for children’s recreation and nutrition programs is being proposed in San Francisco on Tuesday by Supervisor Scott Wiener.)
If you’re interested in her insights about all things related to food and nutrition policy, check out her blog Food Politics. As for the book, it’s in cartoon format to better appeal to a wider audience, particularly young people, and is a fun one to flip through.