Monthly Archives: October 2010

Rhythm Crispy Kale Chips

Move over empty calorie potato chips.  I have a new snack to cure my salty, crunchy cravings and it is much healthier than you.  They are Rhythm Crispy Kale Chips.

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My Small, Intimate, Gluten-free Wedding

Darren and I got married in Napa Valley on October 9th.   It was a picture-perfect weekend that exceeded our wildest expectations.  I am not going to share the gory details, because that’s not what you come to this blog for.  I am, however, going to share the two venues that we hosted events at and their menus, as the food and wine were out of this world and they catered to my gluten-free needs without batting an eyelash. 

The ceremony and following luncheon took place at the picturesue Auberge du Soleil, whose staff didn’t miss a single detail.  They were phenomenal.  Below is the menu, which was entirely gluten-free minus the cake (a delectable gluten-free replacement was provided for me).

Course 1: Fairytale Pumpkin Soup with Glazed Chestnuts and Filo Apple

Course 2: Arugula, Endive, Radicchio with Pears and Crumbled Blue Cheese

Course 3: Choice of Grilled Scottish Salmon with Heirloom Tomatoes, Watercress and Balsamic; Roasted Local Lamb Loin with Peppers, Basil and Soft Polenta or; Vegetarian Risotto with Seasonal Vegetables, Fresh Herbs and Parmesan

Course 4: Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake with Vanilla Mascarpone and Dark Chocolate Ganache, Fresh Fruit Coulis, Creme Anglais and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.  We also purchased locally-produced Napa Valley Chocolates from Anette’s.  (My gluten-free replacement was a chocolate hazelnut torte).

Wines: Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs; 2008 Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Copain “Tous Ensemble” Pinot Noir

Executive Chef Robert Curry and Pastry Chef Paul Lemieux

The drive into Rubicon Estate

A few hours after the wedding and luncheon reception were over, our guests were treated to a tour and wine-pairing dinner at Rubicon Estate, mine and Darren’s favorite winery and site of where Darren proposed to me.  A very special place for us that overdelivered with an evening of amazing food, wine and history of Francis Ford Coppola’s winery (distinct winery from Francis Ford Coppola wines). 

The evening started with passed hors d’oeuvres paired with Rubicon Estate Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc:  Hamachi Tartare on Puffed Rice, Avocado Mousse and Tobiko (gluten-free); White Corn Arancini with Tarragon Aioli and; Cremini Mushroom Duxelle on Crispy Papadum with Creme Fraiche (gluten-free).

Between the cocktail reception and dinner, our guests received a fabulous tour of the winery.  Then sat down to a truly delectable four-course dinner paired with Rubicon Estate Wines.

Course 1: Housemade Ricotta and Spinach Agnolotti (Ricotta and Spinach Malfatti); paired with Rubicon Estate, Blancaneaux, Rutherford 2008

Course 2: Sauteed Braised Duroc Pork Belly with Celeraic Risotto and Roasted Golden Baby Beets; paired with Rubicon Estate, Cabernet Franc, Rutherford 2006

Course 3: Creekstone Farms Beef Tenderloin with Rugosa Butternut Squash Puree, Israeli CousCous, Chanterelle Mushrooms and Red Wine Jus (Butter Beans replaced CousCous); paired with Rubicon Estate, Rubicon (Cabernet Sauvignon), Rutherford 2006

Course 4: Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Huckleberry Compote and Vannila Short Dough Cookies

All prepared by Chef Alex Lovick.

Raising Awareness for Celiac Disease, Via a Children’s Book

Ninety-seven percent (97%) of people with Celiac Disease are walking around undiagnosed.  Left untreated, their intestines become damaged, leading to other serious condtions such as nutrition deficiencies, other autoimmune disorders and possibly even cancer.  That’s why raising awarenss is so important.  And what better group to educate than kids??  They will grow up understanding the disease, the importance of maintaining a gluten-free lifestyle and, most importantly, the symptoms and side effects for helping others.  Read on for a review of Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? by Katie Chalmers,  a delightful story about a positive conversation between a mother and daughter about what it means to have the disease.

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Bakery on Main Gluten-Free Granola

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews on granola, then you know. I love the stuff.  So, it is time to do a review of Bakery on Main’s trio of gluten-free granolas – Nutty Cranberry Maple; Extreme Fruit and Nut and; Apple Raisin Walnut.  Continue reading