Wednesday, September 29, 2010
What better way to celebrate my 500th blog post (whoa!) than the official publication (finally!) of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef. Last week was all about the gluten-free brownies. What can top that? Shauna came to NYC for a visit! If you're a Gluten-Free Girl fan, then you've probably been to one of her events this week. If you missed the events and are reading this, you might still have time to run over to the Union Square farmer's market to meet her at 10am on Wednesday morning. Either way, here's how my week went. Silvana Nardone was hosting a gluten-free potluck party at her home to celebrate Shauna's new book. I chose to make a Tomato and White Bean Salad from the gorgeous Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends.
You soak white beans overnight and then simmer them for 45 minutes with garlic, rosemary, and bay leaves. Obviously this dish requires some planning.
And you roast some tomatoes with olive oil, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper for a couple of hours. I used heirlooms from my local farmer's market, so they took a while. Eventually you toss the tomatoes with the beans and make a dressing of champagne vinegar and olive oil, topped with fresh oregano. This was really amazing.
I didn't want to go crazy with my camera, but the party at Silvana's place was really nice. It was my first time meeting Shauna in person, believe it or not. I saw some friends like Jaden Hair and other people I know like Dan Kohler of Renegade Kitchen. And I met a lot of amazing bloggers and food writers for the first time, including Lisa Fain, Jennifer Perillo, and Maggy Anderson Keet.
At this point I'm worrying this post sounds a little braggy. Believe me, I don't mean it that way, but as if that party wasn't cool enough (especially the part about meeting Shauna for the first time), two days later I met with Shauna at Locanda Verde for lunch. Danny and Lucy came too, along with a couple of my buddies from work. I rarely talk about fancy-shmancy meals like this, but I have to rave a little bit. These scallops (which happened to be gluten-free) were a bit of heaven.
And oh my god... the lemon tart, with a lemon granita, and buttermilk ice cream. Next time I'll just order a bath tub filled with this dessert and dive right in. Yes, it was that good. If you've got some money for a splurge, put Locanda Verde on the list.