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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shauna week and 500 posts!

Tomato and White Bean Salad
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.
white beans soaking
You soak white beans overnight and then simmer them for 45 minutes with garlic, rosemary, and bay leaves. Obviously this dish requires some planning.
heirloom tomatoes
roasted tomatoes
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.
Shauna's Gluten-Free Party
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.
Locanda Verde, NYC
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.
Locanda Verde, NYC
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.

39 foodie comments:

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Congratulations! I should be coming up on my 500th blog post some time next week and I can't wait!

Sommer J said...

sounds like you had a wonderful trip! That salad looks delicious. This post isn't braggy at all! It just seems like you had a wonderful experience with great people. However, this post now has me starving. The food at the party looks AMAZING!

Congrats on your 500th post!

Strawberry CAKE said...

I'm jumping in the tub with you..I love lemon! Thanks for sharing your adventure with the GFG. Looking forward to meeting you al In San Fran.

Maggy@ThreeManyCooks said...

Great to meet you too, Justin! And yes, what a fun weekend it was. Eating delicious (gluten-free)food, meeting new bloggers and finally meeting Shauna, Danny and Lucy!

Jennifer said...

It was such a great gathering of people and food. So nice to finally meet you too Justin. Congrats on the 500th post!

Jenn Sutherland said...

Sounds like an amazing week! And I am totally jealous that you got to see Shauna TWICE, and had a potluck with such amazing food peeps. Still hoping to lure Shauna to Chicago...

lavenderpug said...

yay--500 posts! congratulations, and what a fabulous weekend! i'm going to make that bean and tomato salad before the tomatoes at the market disappear--thanks for the yummy idea.

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

Wow, congrats on your 500th post. We're just at 153 posts. Please come visit our blog and let us know what you think.

The food looks amazing!

Bravo!

Jaime and Jen

The Urban Baker said...

lucky you! it all sounds fabulous, fun, entertaining and most importantly, delicious! not "braggy" at all!

Craftiness NOW said...

congratulations on 500 posts!! it seems like just yesterday that you started it all and look where you are now. the heirloom tomato dish was beautiful and delicious. any room in the dessert tub for me?

Jennifurla said...

Congrats! That lemon tart looks like glass...oh to have a bite

Natalie said...

Congrats on 500! Those tomatoes are beautiful!

Jenn said...

A lovely spread of food. I want some of those roasted tomatoes and scallops. Mmmm...

Congrats on reaching 500. I'm getting there my self very soon. Just when that will be. We'll see. :)

Justin said...

f&f: thanks

sommer: thanks... but i stayed at home. it was just shauna who traveled

strawberry cake: thanks for visiting

maggy: it's funny that we both met shauna for the first time this week

jennifer: totally

jenn: i bet shauna would have fun in chicago

lavenderpug: right, you won't be able to make that salad right for long

jaime and jen: thanks. it's been a while, but you know i've visited your site before!

urban baker: ok, phew

jen: thanks. crazy. definitely room for you.

jennifeurla: thanks. right, i love how that looks

natalie: thanks on both counts

jenn: i want those scallops again for sure

deana @lostpastremembered said...

500??? WOwie zowie, and I thought 50 was something. Good for you and thanks for cheering for so many good causes. I know I was so pleased when you were one of the first people to stop by my new blog. May you go on and on with your wonderful stories, congratulations!

rebecca said...

The tomato and bean salad looks fantastic and pretty simple to put together. Ever since I got Karen DeMasco's cookbook, Locanda Verde has been on my short list of places to go. Both scallops and dessert look delicious.

Congrats on 500!

Justin said...

deana: 50, 500, it's all good. thanks.

rebecca: simple to put together as long as you have hours and hours to spare! and right, the desserts really stand out at Locanda Verde

HanaĆ¢ said...

Congrats on your 500 posts! Keep up the good work.

Your gluten-free party looks like fun and lots a good food.

Fresh Local and Best said...

Hey Justin, Congrats on your 500th post! I've tried that bean recipe before and love the simply and purity of flavors!

chocolatecup said...

congratulationssss!:) i am sorry. but when i see lemon, i pounce, ignoring pretty much everything else. i want me some lemon tart puh-lease? :)

Mhel said...

500th post?? whoah! Im not even 1/4 of it. Wondering how many years will it take me to reach that number of posts? Congrats by the way! The cassoulet with scallops looks divine!!

Justin said...

hanaa: thanks

flb: oh yeah? it's a good one.

chocolatecup: thanks... and i agree about lemon anything

mhel: i can't really believe it either

Meister @ Eat This Neighborhood said...

Just found your blog through "My FIANCE Likes It, So It must Be Good," and I'm already hooked! Can't wait to see what else you've got cookin' up.

I Am Gluten Free said...

500 posts. You are my hero. I am heading in that direction:). I'm so sorry I didn't get to meet you at Silvana's party. You see the red platter on the long buffet table? The one with the mini brownies (gluten free and vegan)? Those were mine. I'm looking forward to meeting you at the blogher conference tomorrow.

best, Ellen

Krista said...

Congratulations on 500 posts! Loved all of the pics in this post and the food shown in them. Yummy. Very cool that you got to finally meet Shauna in person.

Jeannie said...

500 post! wow! That will take me a couple more years before I can reach that number lol! Congrats and I love that scallops too! Scrumptious!

Ninette said...

Congrats, Justin! I look forward to your 1000th post!!

"Tramie" said...

OMG those scallops look so gOOd!!!!

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Congratulations!

Justin said...

meister: thanks

ellen: oh really? so did we meet at Blogher? it's all a blur now.

krista: thanks, and yes

jeannie: you'll get there

ninette: thanks

tramie: thanks -- haven't seen you comment in a while

murasaki: thanks

Kristen said...

Oh I could go for that lemon tart right now - Congrats on 500 posts!

Indie.Tea said...

Everything looks delicious - but I'm especially awed by the dessert. Gluten-free lemon tart, lemon granita, and buttermilk ice cream...YUM!
O, and congrats on 500 posts!

Chocolate Freckles said...

That party sounds amazing!!! Your recipe looks awesome I love William Sonoma's cookbooks!

Lori said...

What a meal. I had to laugh about the bathtub full of dessert.

Congratulations on your 500th post. That's a mile marker.

buywowaccount said...

500th post! My that was awesome blogging you have. That lemon tart dessert is an addiction, even looking at them can't suffice me, I need to order a bath tub filled with that also.

cajunlicious said...

Came across your wonderful blog and am a new follower!!!
- Jessica
http://cajunlicious.blogspot.com

Mini Baker said...

omg I could KILL for that scallop dish!
xoxox,
Mini

coco said...

everything on this dinner table looks so delicous. all homemade?

Fresh Garden said...

Wonderful! Fantastic!
Thanks for sharing, Justin! I enjoyed the visit.