Delicious food. Some of you may not know, but I have a gluten intolerance, so it's super important that I eat gluten free all the time.
Recently, one of my friends at work, Angela (go here and see how superbly creative she is!), gave me this spectacular cast iron pan --
Isn't it pretty?! The other side is smooth, so you can either use it like I did, as a grill on your stovetop (my stove is pretty sweet - this is over the center oblong burner), or smooth for things like pancakes and such.
Well, one night last week, I decided to give this bad boy a try. I bought eggplant, zucchini, red onion, and red pepper, as well as some turkey breast to "grill" and went at it.
I was skeptical at first, since I'd never used cast iron before, but know that it cooks really well and gets H-O-T HOT. Holy cow was that thing scorching.
Now, this was taken about halfway through the grilling cycle, but I had to get a pic before I forgot...or the eggplant got too soggy. Haha! I had to cook the onions separately, since, as you can see, there wasn't any room for them. How good does this look?!?! I will attest, it was delicious, if I do say so myself. :-)
A word to the wise about cooking meat on cast iron -- flip it QUICK, otherwise you'll burn it to a crisp, and the other side will be nice and raw.
Next up in gluten-free goodness: sausage and peppers over gluten-free pasta with homemade marinara sauce. Oh yes.
It's kinda dark, but I'm sure you can still smell the garlic from wherever you are. Oh. This was good. One of my finer meals, if I do say so myself...and it's so easy! You can make this, too!! Sautee your sausage and peppers while the pasta is cooking and the marinara is simmering. When the sausage and peppers are done, and the pasta is cooked and strained, throw the sausage and peppers over the bed of pasta...after you throw some marinara on the plate first, of course, and then some more on top :-) YUM.
After all that, I was going to show you a pic of the Snyders, yes, Snyders of Hanover hard pretzels I found, but the picture won't upload. Le sigh. I was so very excited, since this is one of the few mainstream brand names that have products that are gluten free. Oh well. Next time :-)
I've been thinking I might start another blog for all my gluten free food endeavors, but haven't really thought too hard about it...so we'll see if I actually do find time between 2-4am on the fourth Wednesday of every other month to update that with any frequency. Haha!
Do something creative (even if it involves food!) this weekend :-)