Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Center Street Grille

So a coworker from and old department is flying into town and we are meeting her for lunch at the Center Street Grille . Sent two email requests and this was the reply I got regarding lunch:

Sesame tuna, Asian chicken salad w out wontons, Cobb salad , steak salad , wings

Not nearly as nice or customer service friendly as Smoke, the Caddy Shack, Big Woody's, Dodge City, etc. and when I looked at the menu I would have to order the tuna without the teriyaki glaze. I think it will be wings for me.

Smoke BBQ

A few people have raved about this new BBQ place that opened up recently, Smoke BBQ. So I contacted them with my usual , do you have foods that are or can be made gluten free and I received this nice reply :-) :


Thanks so much for getting in touch! We do have quite a few gluten free options available. All of our meats, with the exception of the pork belly, which is braised with beer, is gluten free. We have a variety of sauces that are gluten free, including the carolina vinegar sauce, our house made dressings, and dips. Other options include, lettuce wrapped veggie burger or grass-fed organic burger, our smoked and grilled wings, salads and salmon. Let me know if there is something that you would like to be available and we will do our best to accommodate your dietary needs! Hope to have you visit soon! thanks, Jenna

2308 Patton Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17112

Totally looking forward to giving this place a try :-)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The CaddyShack Mechanicsburg

Some girls and I are knocking off work early next week to have a girls day and I emailed the CaddyShack in Mechanicsburg to see if they have any gluten free options and this is what I got back :

We now have gf bread and rolls. Any item grilled can be made gf. Salads, burgers, sandwiches, filet, sea bass etc all can be made to suit your dietary needs. Thanks,

I am stoked! Woo hoo!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Chicken and Quinoa Nuggets

I finally sat down and decided to try another pre-gluten free favorite, the chicken and quinoa nuggets. I had held off for a while as the breadcrumb thing has still not be right for me. The store bought ones had been so disappointing and making my own requires more time and planning then my short attention span is capable of…squirrel!!

So I tried Ian's Gluten free breadcrumbs, my new favorite! They really are so close I couldn't tell the difference between now and when I made them a year ago. They are that good. After they were done cooking Ken and I swiftly ate them up. Mmmmm mmmmm good!

Mom was able to convert our family favorite Easter Bread to a gluten free bread using Better Batter. OMG. It's spot on. Words cannot describe my jubilation! She wrote out what she did, and I will have to post it up soon. SOOOOOOO good.

§ 3/4 cup water or reduced sodium chicken broth
§ 1/4 cup quinoa
§ 1 lb ground chicken (or turkey)
§ 1 tsp salt
§ 1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs (I used Ian's, they seem to be the best GF breadcrumbs I have come across. Even better than Mozzarelli's, and easier to find)
§ 1/2 tsp dried thyme
§ 1/2 tsp dried basil
§ 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
§ 1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions for Quinoa
1. Place water and quinoa in a pot and bring to a boil. (original recipe was for a half cup of water, but I always increase my liquid and my quinoa comes out great every time)
2. Once water is boiled, reduce temperature. Cover pot and cook for 10 minutes at a simmer.
3. After 10 minutes, turn heat off and leave the pot covered on the stove for another 5 minutes.
4. The water should be absorbed by the quinoa at this point. Drain excess water if necessary.
5. Use a fork to fluff the quinoa. Let quinoa cool completely.

Directions for Nuggets
1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
2. Mix the ground chicken and salt with the cooled and cooked quinoa in a large bowl.
3. In another bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, thyme, basil and parmesan cheese.
4. Create nuggets about 1/2 – 3/4 inches in thickness. ( I tend to double or triple the ingredients for the breading)
5. Coat nuggets in melted butter and then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture.
6. Place nuggets on a foil-lined or greased baking sheet.
7. Bake for 10 minutes and then flip the nuggets over. Bake for another 10 minutes.

Recipe from Quiona 365: the everday superfood by Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming.