Well, nothing to report but bad news here [spoiler alert– Farmhouse bloodies are NOT GF). Last weekend I had a Bloody at Farmhouse in Burlington, after the bartender “checking” and telling me all the ingredients were in fact gluten free. That evening I had, um, a little distress. I chalked it up to the brownie I ate the day before, as I’m mildly allergic to chocolate and figured I’d overdone it.
Fast forward to the following Sunday, when I go back for another Bloody. The waitress almost ripped it out of my hands (I’d ordered at the bar and brought it to the table) after hearing I am a Celiac– turns out she is too. in addition to some ambiguity (See aforementioned “Kate’s Rule” that states “Paranoid as you wanna be”) about gluten in hard alcohol (I can see this needs to be addressed in another post), the waitress informed me they use Worchester sauce that IS NOT gluten free. The tomato juice and some other ingredients were questionable in her mind. So, the upset stomach the previous week is making more sense.
[Note: other than this, I have only had very positive experiences eating GF at Farmhouse and love it there!]
What a disappointment. Farmhouse– any chance you’ll be mixing GF Bloodies any time soon?
NOT GLUTEN FREE Bloody Marys at Farmhouse. But aren’t they pretty?
Having not seen my friend Melissa in quite awhile, and the rain hampering our usual outdoor rompings, we did what any darling gals might do– bake cookies.
Miss Melissa, Queen Mix-a-lot (King Arthur’s Gluten Free Cookie Mix)
The base– King Arthur’s gluten free cookie mix (woot woot, shout out to a Fantastic VT company!).
Gluten free pinwheel cookies being cut from the log
We split the dough in half and added creme de menthe to one half (stirring well). In a separate bowl, we stirred the other half with cocoa powder. Each half was rolled out separately on wax paper and stuck in the freezer for awhile (go have a cocktail while you wait). Then, the layers were put on top of each other and rolled tightly to make a log. Not unlike rolling sushi, if you know what I mean. Back in the freezer. Go play with the dog and the baby. Slice the cookie log, place on greased cookie sheet and bake according to directions.
Getting ready for the oven!
Sorry no after pictures– Cookie Monster, on scene
Let your imagination go wild. I’m thinking peanut butter and chocolate. Vanilla and raspberry. Nom Nom Nom.
Dogfish Head Gluten Free Tweason’ale (with a nod to our friends at Landfall back on Cape Cod)
Growing up in the microbrew capital of the country (Portland, OR), I was always fond of IPAs and hoppy beers. Before my diagnosis with Celiac’s disease, I had virtually stopped drinking beer– about half of one would put me under the table. I tried my first gluten free beer about six months after going gluten-free and was thrilled to drink “beer” again. Since then, I’ve found some that I liked (Deschutes Brewery Gluten Free Golden) and some I don’t (Deschutes Gluten Free Pilsner). I typically find them refreshing, not quite the same as “real” beer, and often leaving me too “full” to want to finish a full beer. Really, I’ve been on the search for a “drinkable” gluten free beer– by which I mean I can finish the whole bottle. Also, I’ve noticed that I tend to prefer sorghum beers.
After hearing some chatter online about Dogfish Head’s gluten free beer– Tweason’ale— I decided to give it a try. Check out the company’s Fish Finder to find a retail location near you– I went to City Market in Burlington but they list 42 restaurants and retail locations within 100 miles of Burlington that have ordered it in the last 60 days.
The beer– 6.0% ABV, flavors of strawberry, buckwheat and honey. Mild sorghum base.
I assumed it would be fruity so I was thinkin’ “its gonna be ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.” Smell– robust. Taste– crisp. Finish– clean, a hint of fruit but more like a mild citrus. Not a biting aftertaste like some gluten-free beers; subtle taste of strawberry lingers. Very subtle taste of strawverry. I’ve currently got just a few sips left so I think I can safely rate it “drinkable to the last drop,” which if you’ve been following this post is a great recommendation.
Now glad I have the rest of the four pack hanging out in my fridge 😀