pesto pizza

Spread out pesto evenly on gluten-free pizza crust.


Click here for the homemade pesto recipe.


Sprinkle lots of shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top of pesto (if you’re using packaged shredded cheese, make sure it hasn’t been dusted with flour).


Add your favourite toppings. We’re all about the olives.


Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes. When done, decorate with some fresh basil leaves.


If you have time to make your own pizza crust, it’s well worth the effort! Stay tuned for a recipe that’s easy as pie from Toronto-based gluten-free consultant JoAnne Bennett Mirsky.



the perfect popcorn

Second helpings of “cheesy” popcorn!


It was a rainy day. I promised the girls if it was raining after camp we would run outside in our bare feet and do a rain dance. But by the time I picked them up the rain had stopped, so our plan was kiboshed. Instead we did the second-best rainy day activity: made a fort, popped some popcorn and watched a movie (How to Train Your Dragon).

I bought a bag of Passion Popcorn kernels at The Stop Farmers’ Market from Nature’s Way Organics. They have a foolproof technique for popping the
perfect corn on the stove top:


pass the pesto

Basil, baby!


The smell of fresh basil makes me happy. So I especially love to hang out at the farmers’ market this time of year. As I stroll from table to table, the intoxicating scent of the herb wafts through the air. I can’t really describe it. I inhale it deeply. And then I buy a big bunch and take it home and make pesto. Pesto has so many possibilities.


summer salad #5

Just beet it


I bought these beautiful beets at the  The Stop Farmers’ Market last weekend. It’s our neighbourhood farmers’ market, just a couple of blocks from our house, at the Artscape Wychwood Barns – host to the Gluten Free Garage on November 11th!

I always look forward to our Saturday morning market ritual. Rob gets his freshly ground coffee and homestyle pickles, the girls get their goodies and sample their favourite cheeses, and I do the rounds, visiting my favourite
vendors and filling up my shopping bag. There is such incredible variety at this farmers’ market, definitely an inspiration to me for the Gluten Free Garage. But it’s always the fresh organic local produce that entices me most – so colourful, so alluring, so full of possibility.

Last Saturday it was these babies that caught my eye. (And the smell of fresh basil caught my nose.)

I thought of my friend Scott and his insanely delicious beet salad. Here is the recipe, with a few flourishes of my own. I guarantee, if you like beets you will love this salad (even Franny, our 4 year old, gobbled it up). I love beets and
I love Scott even more.


the best fish tacos


This summer I’ve fallen for fish tacos. Hook, line and sinker. I cannot get enough of them. And I’m not alone. It seems like the whole city is having a fish taco fling. Case in point: Many of Toronto’s hotspots feature the fish taco. Playa Cabana, Grand Electric, La Carnita are all serving up their own versions of this SoCal favourite. And so is Toronto’s very own gluten-free food truck, the Gourmet Bitches!

While there are plenty of fish tacos in the city, Supermarket’s version (pictured here) tips the scales…and THEY ARE GLUTEN FREE! (You have to specify that you want them gluten free. Supermarket has a gluten-free menu, be sure to ask for it.)