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the art of cooking gluten-free pasta

Our go-to gluten-free pasta: Italpasta's Gluten-Free Spaghetti, made from a mix of rice and non-GMO corn.

Our go-to gluten-free noodle: Italpasta’s Gluten-Free Spaghetti, made from a mix of rice and non-GMO corn. For pasta lovers who don’t want to give it up. (We love it with our turkey meatballs.)

 

If you’ve ever cooked gluten-free pasta, you know about its tendency to end up a mushy, sticky mess. We’ve been there, done that. So we turned to the pros—Italpasta—for some advice on how to cook gluten-free pasta.

5 tips for cooking gluten-free pasta

#1: Always cook gluten-free pasta in lots of water, preferably 5 to 6 quarts per pound of pasta.

#2: Season your pasta water with one tablespoon of salt per pound of pasta after it begins to boil. Gluten-free pasta gets a boost of flavour from properly seasoned pasta water.

#3: Stir pasta immediately after adding to water and continue to stir for the first 30 seconds to avoid sticky noodles or pasta stuck to the bottom of your pot.

#4: Undercook and test. Some gluten-free pastas will become mushy if overcooked. Start testing your pasta 2 minutes before it is fully cooked (according to package instructions) and check every minute until al dente. Italpasta Gluten-free pasta is made from a delicious combination of rice and non-GMO corn that helps to ensure you get the perfect plate of pasta every time.

#5: Never rinse your pasta. Rinsing gluten-free pasta not only cools down your cozy meal, it can also give noodles a gummy texture.

Made in Italy and approved by Canada’s Gluten Free Certification Program, Italpasta has become a go-to for gluten-free fusilli, penne and spaghetti.

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i went to Veg Food Fest and this is what i ate

(In order of appearance)

 

I eyed the cinnamon buns (who wouldn't?) and gobbled up a Supersonic cookie (and took a couple for the road).

First stop, Veg Food Fest: I can never be anywhere in the vicinity of Bunner’s and not eat/buy their cinnamon buns and Supersonic cookies.

 

Shockingly Healthy

These delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are Shockingly Healthy (made with uncontaminated oats, doily not included).

 

Green Zebra Kitchen's GF mac and "cheese" and kale salad with a couple of treats for later.

Green Zebra Kitchen delivers flavourful organic, vegan and gluten-free meals to your work or home. Like this one I had for lunch: sweet potato mac and “cheese” and kale salad  (with a couple of sweets thrown in for good measure).

 

Relieve tea from The Honest Leaf for my gluten-free girl when she has a sore tummy.

I was relieved to see The Honest Leaf. I bought a package of this tea for my gluten-free girl because she’s been having some tummy trouble. I’m a big fan of their Detox tea.

 

My 2 new gluten-free finds: Cheesauce from Raw Foodz (melt it over cauliflower and weep) and The Date Lady's caramel

My best new gluten-free product finds of the day: CheeSauce from Raw Foodz (melt it over cauliflower and weep) and The Date Lady‘s caramel sauce (squeeze it over ice cream and moan). Next to Raw Foodz was Nud Fud (I sense a theme here). If you haven’t dipped their Goji Energy crackers in peanut butter, seriously, what are you waiting for?

 

Every year I run into Marni Wasserman at Veg Food Fest and beg her to participate at the Gluten Free Garage. This year for the first time she is going be a vendor as well as a guest speaker! Marni's going to give you some fantastic gluten-free dinner ideas.

Every year I pay a visit to Marni Wasserman at her booth and beg her to be a part of the Gluten Free Garage. This fall for the first time she is going be a vendor and a guest speaker! If you’re hungry for healthy, delicious gluten-free dinner ideas, don’t miss Marni’s afternoon workshop  at GFG.

 

We found what were looking for! Tori's pink donuts are a much-coveted baked good in our household!

After making (and eating) my way through Veg Food Fest, I finally found what I was looking for. These pink sprinkle donuts from Tori’s Bakeshop are a much-coveted gluten-free baked good in our household! The girls were about to get lucky.

 

MOST OF THESE VENDORS WILL BE AT THE GLUTEN FREE GARAGE ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9TH! SEE YOU THERE!

 

FEAST your eyes

 

The first thing you notice is the fabulous fork wallpaper.

How fabulous is this graphic fork wallpaper?

 

These chocolate donuts were my life.

But even more fabulous are these Triple Chocolate Love donuts. (It’s always all about the donuts.)

 

This summerFEAST  landed on Queen West across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, adding to the 'hood's cool factor. Toronto's first allergy-friendly gourmet food store, FEAST prides itself on catering to the allergic and sensitive types. Just our kind of place.

We are at FEAST. Toronto’s first allergy-friendly gourmet food store landed on Queen West across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, adding to the ‘hood’s cool factor. FEAST prides itself on catering to the allergic and sensitive types. Just our kind of place.

 

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Part bakery, part grocery store, FEAST is celiac friendly, with no trace of gluten—or any of the top 8 food allergens. This allows me to order my daughter Lily’s food with ease and confidence because there is zero risk of cross-contamination, a godsend for someone with celiac disease. And have I mentioned that the food is delicious?

 

V is for vegan.

V is for vegan, as in the vegan curried black bean pocket pie I devoured. The perfect comfort food—warm and savoury and bursting with flavour—made with love in the store’s 100% gluten-free kitchen.

 

Lily had the meat pie.

X marked the spot for Lily, who gobbled up the beef pocket pie…

 

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all the while soaking up the world’s second-coolest ‘hood from her window seat.

 

A little circle of gluten-free love.

She chased it with this cinnamon sugar donut.

 

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We couldn’t leave the store without a couple of these coconut milk caramels, made with raw organic cacao nibs and crispy rice cereal, and we’re glad we didn’t!

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5 things that made me happy last week

 Some are gluten free, some have nothing to do with gluten at all.

The Ellen selfie. We had to do it. Dinner at Tabule during Gluten Freedom Week with gluten-free gal pals (clockwise from top left): Urban Acorn Catering's Marie Fitrion, Gluten Freedom Week founder Rachael Hunt,

A delicious Middle Eastern dinner (gluten-free falafel!) at Tabule during Gluten Freedom Week with a bunch of brilliant gluten-free gals (from left): Urban Acorn Catering‘s Marie Fitrion, Gluten Freedom Week founder Rachael Hunt, Victoria Yeh of GlutenFreeToronto.com, GlutenFreeFind.com‘s Lisa Cantkier, Dine Aware founder Paula Cooper, yours truly, and nutritionist Sarah Maughan.

 

Fresh basil from the farmers' market. Best smell ever.

The smell of fresh basil from the farmers’ market.

 

Homemade pizza with O'Doughs Flax Pizza Crust topped with goat cheese, Parmesan, red peppers, red onion, broccoli and sundried tomatoes.

DIY pizza with O’Doughs Flax Pizza Crust topped with pesto, goat cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, red pepper, broccoli, purple onion, sundried tomatoes and, of course, fresh basil.

 

Eating homemade granola yogurt parfait with fresh seasonal berries on my back porch.

Eating homemade granola yogurt parfait with fresh seasonal berries on my back porch.

 

A sign.

A sign.

 

GFG on the road!

GFG sponsor Italpasta

GFG Sponsor Italpasta – booths 2439 & 2441

 

Gluten Free Garage is hitting the road with 18 awesome vendors in tow!

Here’s a sneak peek at who is joining the GFG Pop-Up at the Green Living Show and where to find them.

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Antipastos Kitchen - booth TK

Antipastos Kitchen – booth 2639

 

Bunner's Bakeshop - booth TK

Bunner’s Bakeshop – booth 2443; Sunday only!

 

Chocosol - booth TK

Chocosol – booth 2838

 

No7 Hot Sauce - booth

No7 Hot Sauce – booth 2838

 

Cuisine Soleil - booth

Cuisine Soleil – booth 2637

 

Honestly.

Earth & City – booth 2638

 

Fit Organix - booth

Fit Organix – booth 2837

 

The Smart Cookie - booth

The Smart Cookie – booth 2837

 

Front Door Organics - booth

Front Door Organics – booth 2640

 

The Healthy Wine Agent - booth

The Healthy Wine Agent – booth 2643

 

The Honest Leaf - booth

The Honest Leaf – booth 3038

 

Kewaza - booth

Kewaza – booth 3038

 

JK Gourmet / Photo: Lisi Tesher

JK Gourmet – booth 2841 + 2843

 

Mad Mexican - booth

Mad Mexican – booth 2641

 

Magic Oven - booth

Magic Oven – booth 3040

 

Matcha Ninja - booth 2638

Matcha Ninja – booth 2839

 

Organic Works - booth 2840

Organic Works – booth 2840