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Burger Bach Gastropub Review

Burger Bach Gastropub

Burger Bach Gastropub Restaurant

While I was thrifting for items to resell, I happened upon a new restaurant with fantastic gluten free food; Burger Bach. The burgers are made from grass fed beef, all but two of their extensive list of sauces are gluten free, and they offered a local gluten free hard cider. I had the New Plymouth burger it comes with two slices of bacon, two thick slices of brie, perfectly grilled onions, mushrooms, and a tarragon mayonnaise that was subtle and didn’t overpower the light creamy cheese. I did not try the gluten free bun as I have additional food allergies, but the burger and topping were fantastic and filling on their own. The burger does not come with the traditional american side of fries. Instead they pair it with a crisp refreshing salad lightly coated in an apple vinagarette dressing. The fresh basil MADE the salad! My guest and I shared a small fry and ordered three of the many dipping sauces. By far my favorite was the cilantro flavored sauce. The jalapeno and the honey mustard were excellent too. I ordered unsweetened tea and was brought a bottle of Honest Tea Green Tea. It was tasty, but not what I am used to in a unsweetened tea. The staff was great. Our waiter Kabo was fantastic. He recommended a locally brewed hard apple cider I had never tried. Showed me the dinner menu pointing out his favorite items and answered questions I had about the gluten free menu knowledgably. Overall the experience was extremely pleasurable. I will definately be returning for the half off seafood during happy hour from four to six.

Rating by lclark: 5.0 stars
*****

 

Gluten Free Oatmeal Creme Pie

I love a challenge! Alan had been talking about nothing but Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies for weeks. He finally broke down and and begged my mom for one that he spied in the snack basket on her table. He looked so excited opening it and anticipating the yumness inside the cellophane wrapper. The actual taste and the one he remembered from childhood were completely different. He doesn’t like the taste of packaged goods compared to the homemade goodies I bake for him. I started researching how I could tackle this particular snack in a healthier gluten free version. These had been a favorite snack of mine in middle school as well. I could easily plow through a whole box of them while watching after school TV.

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Stuffed Cabbage Casserole with Quinoa Gluten Free

Stuffed Cabbage Cassarole with Quinoa

I had never had stuffed cabbage before living in Pittsburgh. The 12 years I spent living there opened my eyes to a whole host of foods I had never tried before. I immediately fell in love with polish food. Stuffed cabbage was one of the foods I thought I would dislike because I had never been a big fan of cabbage in general. After finally trying some at a friends home one evening, I was a cabbage convert. The mixture of rice, tomatoes, and beef,, all rolled up in the silky cabbage leaf was fantastic. I have attempted to make cabbage rolls my self on occasion. I find the boiling of the cabbage leaves and the rolling process tedious so I wasn’t making them often. One day I really was craving the flavors of stuffed cabbage. I decided to try and recreate it in casserole form to save some time. It worked beautifully. I traded out the rice which my boy doesn’t do well with for quinoa which is my go to rice substitute. I like the quinoa version even better than the rice version. I believe you will too.

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Quinoa Mini Quiches Gluten Free

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Who doesn’t like quiche? The combo of eggs and cheese with savory meats and whatever veggies are on hand is delicious! Alan had never eaten a quiche before I tried this recipe out on him. He just about died over these. They are cute and easy to take for lunches being finger food and all. These are very adaptable to what you have on hand in your fridge.

To make the process of chopping up our leftover veggies quicker and easier, we use our Swiss Pull Chop. We like it because it is easy to clean, doesn’t require electricity to run, and lets us have greater control over chopping size without the veggies turning to mush. Plus we just like nifty kitchen gadgets.

Take this recipe and use it as is or customize it to your own tastes. Have fun, experiment, and tell us what you did in the comments section!

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Gluten Free Quinoa Tuna Salad

I use Quinoa for everything. I throw it in chilli and pie crusts, I use it in granola and quiche. The possibilities are limitless. I usually cook up 4 cups with some chicken broth once a week and use it in almost everything I cook. The easiest way to use it and my favorite is to eat it plain as a side dish instead of rice. This recipe dresses it up a little and turns it into a yummy tuna salad.

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Gluten Free Super Easy Tasty Tacos

Gluten Free Tacos

Want a cheap, easy, flavorful, gluten free taco sauce? Try El Pato! A friend in Pittsburgh first opened my eyes to El Pato. This stuff is amazing! I have yet to try cooking anything else with this canned salsa because we are so addicted to it as a taco seasoning. It comes in small yellow or green cans with a duck on them and can be found in the ethnic or mexican foods aisle of most grocery stores. It is super inexpensive at  around 75 cents  per 8 ounce can. I have also found it in a 27 ounce size at the dollar tree for…(drum roll please)  a dollar. That’s enough for a pound and a half of tacos or it can even be stretched to two pounds without affecting the flavor much. Alan likes to eat these tacos in Ortega Stuffers shells since they stand up and hold a ton of taco. I opt for eating the filling and toppings over quinoa ever since I broke up with corn. Either way this dish is gluten free and full of yum!

The only tedious part of making tacos is chopping the tomatoes. I tried using my Cuisinart Mini Food Processor
, but even a short blast in that and I got tomato mush. I now use my favorite kitchen tool ever. The Swiss Pull Chop. It is non electric and works by pulling a cord on the side a few times. 2 pulls of the chord and I have perfectly chopped tomatoes for tacos. It is incredibly easy to use and quick to clean too.

What is your favorite quick and easy dinner? Post your answers in our comments section!

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