Lasagna made with fresh gluten-free lasagna sheets!
Rob declared this the best gluten-free lasagna we’ve had yet. The girls licked their plates clean. I had seconds.
It was the usual recipe, so what made this lasagna different from all other lasagnas I’ve made?
The pasta was fresh.
I took the noodles out of the package and simply started layering. No muss, no fuss. No starchy, slippery, wet noodles falling apart or sticking together. If you’ve ever boiled gluten-free lasagna noodles, you know what I’m talking about. And not only was it easier and more time effective to make lasagna with fresh pasta, it tasted so much better. Once you go fresh, you never go back!
Hollywood Foods is the place to go for fresh gluten-free pasta. The thing about their pasta is that it’s made from a rice-free egg noodle, so it tastes like real
authentic pasta and holds together way better than its rice-based competitors. Located on Ossington north of Queen West, Hollywood Foods sells its gluten-free products under the brand Antipastos Kitchen. If you can’t make it there, in October you’ll be able to find their cut pasta, ravioli and gnocchi—along with several frozen gluten-free entrees—at supermarket and specialty stores throughout the GTA. Entrees will include meat and vegetarian lasagna, manicotti, meat and veg cabbage rolls, eggplant Parmigiana (can’t wait for that!) and a variety of raviolis and gnocchis.
If you want to impress your family and friends and make your own lasagna with Hollywood Foods/Antipastos Kitchen fresh GF noodles, read on for the recipe…
We went apple picking this weekend, our favourite fall ritual. It’s that time of year when I break out my famous Apple Brown Bessie (named after my late great aunt Bessie) and it’s always more fun to pick the apples than buy them. This year there were slim pickings. Because of the mild weather last March
followed by a heavy April frost, there is an apple shortage this season. The heat and lack of rain in late spring and summer didn’t help. Up to 80% of the crop was wiped out. So the apple-picking season is shorter and many varieties are not available. Very few farms are offering pick-your-own apples.
Organics Family Farm in Markham was one of them. After reading Five
Reasons to Eat Organic Apples (did you know that the average conventionally grown apple has more pesticide residue on it than any other fruit or veggie?) and getting tipped off about Organics Farm, we hit the road. It felt so good to get outside in nature.
Wanna make these? (You do.)
Read this. Recipe for banana flax muffins on page 40.
We started things off with a strawberry, banana and pineapple smoothie.
Today the Gourmet Bitches hit King West! And, yes, I stood in this line in a parking lot on this hot day to get up close and personal to the Bitches…and to taste their gourmet gluten-free truck eats.
Luckily, my dear old friend Callum joined me in the queue and we got caught up while waiting to order our food. Nobody seemed to mind the line-up. These Bitches have a reputation that precedes them!
The Bitches, aka Shontelle Pinch and Bianka Matchett, dished it out – and sweated it out – in their styling truck.
Bitchin fish tacos!
Crispy polenta-battered white fish, crunchy apple, carrot and purple slaw in a soft corn tortilla with a squeeze of fresh lime. What more is there to say?