Saturday, March 29, 2014

Simply organic pumpkin cake

I happened to pick this up at a grocery store in Cape May last year and finally deiced to make it.  Was very yummy.  Would love to find and purchase again :-)

Gluten free gnocchi Mac and cheese

Gnocchi mac & cheese


1 pound purchased or homemade gluten free gnocchi  (I used Conte's)
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon all-purpose gluten free flour  (I used Better Batter)
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup shredded fontina cheese
Salt and white pepper to taste
1/3 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
Gluten free breadcrumbs (I used Ian's Italian Panko flakes)


Preheat oven to 375. Prepare gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and place gnocchi in a single-layer in a 1-1/2 quart shallow baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in flour until it thickens and bubbles, then whisk in milk and Dijon. Continue to whisk mixture and cook until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.

Pour cheese mixture over gnocchi and then top with breadcrumbs and additional Parmesean cheese to amount you would like.  I wanted  a thick and crusty top so I went gung ho.

Bake for about 20 mins or until top is golden brown and cheese sauce is bubbling underneath (it will come up the sides).

*note- I rarely have had all three of the cheeses this calls for, so I wing it.*

One pot pasta

I decided to finally try the one pot pasta dish floating around Pinterest.  Now granted, not a big Martha Stewart fan, although Jen Lancaster made her tolerable for me, but she had a good idea with this.   I did try it and have some thoughts and modifications.  I will say that Ken did not see this as anything he's craving as being all cooked together, there is really one overall flavor.  I think it was neat.  But I am easily amused at times.
of note, I can make garlic bread out of just about any bread product.   In the pictures this round of garlic bread was brought to you by Against the Grain dinner rolls.  I find with those nuking them a bit with a wet paper towel, then toasting, works best.  They also have an AMAZING gluten free pizza.  Check it out.


  • 12 ounces gluten free pasta
  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (I used Roma tomatos)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes (this was too much for me.   I had to half this, still had a bit of heat even doing that much)
  • 2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. STEP 1

    Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.
  2. STEP 2

    Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with oil and Parmesan.

The second time I made it, I decided to use San Marzano tomato's and replace some of the water amounts with the liquid from the can of tomatoes.  I also used pecorino romano cheese to try and add another layer of flavor.  Both versions work well.

Flinchy's hot rock sampler

I wanted to break out of my routine of regular items and decided to give the hot rock a try.  Now originally, my thought is, why am I paying you so I can sit here and cook my own food???  I promise you it was delicious.   a little weird getting used to at first, but soooo good.  I opted for the sampler so I could really form an opinion on the dish by trying all the meats.  I am absolutely going to get this again.  I may go for the seafood more next time.  I am a sucker for scallops.  Most surprisingly, the pork was some of the best pork i have ever had.  I did have to cut it in half to get it to cook faster, as I cannot do raw pork.  It's normally frowned upon for making people sick and all.     Now they did accidentally give me the teriyaki which is not gluten free so that went away, but the melted butter was great :-)  I would highly recommend giving this a shot.  Another upside?  You don't feel bloated and weighed down from a heavy meal.

Wild tree and Arooga's

I am very far behind and it's been a crazy few months, so from a backlog of posts:

Wonderful things to know:

Arooga's just sent me this reply when I inquired about the new menus and gluten free menus that are to be coming:
Hello Alicia. Thanks for your inquiry. All are Aroogas will offer a Gluten menus as the new menu rolls out. We are releasing it 1 store at a time. Our Rt 22 will get the new menu this coming Monday and then our Rt 15 Camp Hill location will roll it out on Monday the 16th. We will be announcing the new menu roll out dates on our Facebook

Which is awesome to know.

 WildTree Gluten Free current listing:
WheatFree Suggestions…

Absolutely Onion Blend
Adobo Seasoning Blend
Alfredo Extraordinaire, Wildtree’s
Agave Margarita Mixer
Apple Balsamic Vinegar
Apple Cranberry Jam (fall)
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Basil Pesto Grapeseed Oil
Bayou Blend
Black Currant Cosmo Mixer
Bloody Mary Mixer
Blueberry Pancake Syrup
Cactus Pete’s Agave BBQ Sauce
Cajun Seasoning
California Style Garlic Pepper Blend
Carol’s Cranberry Horseradish Blend
Cheddar & Herb Skillet Meal Seasoning
Chipotle Lime Rub
Classic Cacciatore Sauce
Classic Caesar Dressing Mix
Cranberry Jalapeno Jelly
Cranberry Spice Blend (fall)
Creamy Corn Chowdah
Creamy Ranch Dressing & Dip Mix
Curried Garlic Blend
Dill Dip Blend
Euro Dipping Oil – Chili
Euro Dipping Oil – Garlic
Euro Dipping Oil – Mediterranean Balsamic
European Dipping Oil – Tuscan
Everything Spice Blend
Fajita Seasoning Blend
Fast & Flavorful Dry Brine
Fiesta Salsa Mix
Garam Masala Blend
Garden Vegetable Blend
Garlic & Herb Blend
Garlic Galore Seasoning Blend
Guacamole Seasoning
Healthy & Hearty Lentil Soup Mix
Hearty Oatmeal Mix-In: Coconut
Hearty Oatmeal Mix-In: Sugar & Spice
Hearty Spaghetti Sauce Blend
Hearty Turkey & Barley Stew
Heavenly Chocolate Mousse Mix
Herb Grilling Marinade
Hickory Smoked Grilling Grapeseed Oil
Hot Chili Pepper & Garlic Blend
Italian Salad Dressing Mix
JalapeƱo Grapeseed Oil
Jalapeno Pepper Blend
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Java Rub
Jumpin’ Jambalaya
Just Like Mom’s Meatloaf
Kids Cheez
Lemon Lime Cheesecake Blend
Lemon Pepper Blend
Lemon Rosemary Blend
Leslie’s Chili Mix
Leslie’s Smoky Burger & Rib Sauce
Lip Smacking’ Lemon Filling
Mediterranean Dry Rub
Moroccan Grilling Sauce
Mulling Spices (seasonal)
Natural Butter Flavor Grapeseed Oil
Natural Grapeseed Oil
Onion & Chive Blend
Opa! Greek Seasoning Blend
Orange Balsamic Vinegar
Perfect Piccata Sauce
Perfect Pizza Sauce Seasoning
Pineapple Jalapeno Jam
Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Blend (fall)
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Blend (fall)
Rancher Steak Rub
Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar
Red Bell Pepper & Garlic Blend
Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil
Robust Tortilla Soup
Rockin’ Moroccan Rub
Rodeo Rub
Scampi Blend
Shawarma Seasoning
Sloppy Joe Blend
Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Blend
Smoky Bacon Flavor Grapeseed Oil
Spiced Cranberry Jam
Spicy Carne Asada Seasoning
Spicy Chipotle Ranch
Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar
Strawberry Cheesecake Blend
Stroganoff Skillet Meal Seasoning
Sweet & Savory Pineapple Sauce
Sweet Cranberry Mustard Spread
Sweet Onion Spread
Taco Seasoning Blend
Tia Rosa’s Red Enchilada Sauce
Tuscany Bread Dipper Herb Blend
Tzatziki Seasoning Blend
Very Berry Cheesecake Blend
Watermelon Lime Frozen Drink Mix
Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce
Wildberry Dressing
Wildly Blueberry Jam
Zesty Lemon Grapeseed Oil

**The above products are naturally Gluten Free.  They are not made with Wheat, Barley or Rye but are made in the plant where cross contamination through the air could arise.  Always check labels for your peace of mind.**

**The products listed below are made in a sealed facility and are certified Gluten Free.**