5 Simple Steps to Delicious Gluten Free Pork Marsala


5 simple steps to Delicious Gluten Free Pork Marsala

Marsala, an ancient coastal town on the westernmost tip of Sicily, is most famous for its fortified wine that it began exporting at the end of the eighteenth century. The wine is often used to make a beautiful sauce that can be paired with chicken or even veal or pork.

I love the pork variation as it reminds of a time when I worked at the local newspaper in a small town in New York. During our lunch break, my coworkers and I would walk to the little Italian-American restaurant. The restaurant served the most delicious pork scaloppini alla marsala. I have tried to recreate it in this recipe ( and it has quickly become a family favorite). I hope it will bring a taste of Italy into your home as well! Enjoy! 

Recipe for 5 Simple Steps to Delicious Gluten Free Pork Marsala:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. pork cutlets (thin sliced)
1/2 tsp. sage
salt to taste
pepper to taste
2 tblsp. olive oil
8 oz. mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1/4 cup gluten free beef broth
3 tblsp. marsala wine
1 tblsp. parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp. parsley

Directions: 

Step 1. Tenderize your pork by placing slices between two sheets of waxed paper and  pound lightly with a mallet. Season with sage, salt and pepper and set aside.

 

Step 2. Heat oil in a skillet over a medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Remove mushrooms with a slotted spoon and set aside.

 

Step 3. Add pork to the same skillet in batches and cook about 4 minutes on each side. Remove pork and keep warm.

5 simple steps to Delicious Gluten Free Pork Marsala

 

Step 4. Stir beef broth and wine into skillet scraping up browned bits for gravy. Return pork and mushrooms to the pan. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes until heated through. 

5 simple steps to Delicious Gluten Free Pork Marsala

 

Step 5. Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley. Serves 6

Approximate preparation time: 10 minutes
Approximate cook time: 20 minutes

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Blendtec vs. Vitamix Blender Review


Blendtec vs. Vitamix Blender Review

Here at the Homestead, I love crafting new smoothie recipes with organic fruits and vegetables. They’re the perfect way to incorporate more healing nutrients and fibers into one’s diet. When the folks at Blendtec contacted me to ask if I’d like to try out one of their blenders, I eagerly jumped at the opportunity, wondering how the Blendtec would stand up to my Vitamix blender. In the end, I have to admit that I’ve fallen in love with both machines and believe either one would make a great addition to one’s kitchen. Read on to learn more about the Blendtec blender and how it compares to Vitamix.

The Lowdown:

The one thing that immediately drew my attention when I took the Blendtec blender out of the box was how small it was compared to the Vitamix. The Vitamix is pretty tall so I keep it on a section of my counter where there are no cupboards above. Vitamix will not fit underneath most standard cabinets. The Blendtec, on the other hand, takes up less space and can be stored away easily.

The Blendtec has automatic cycles for batters, ice crushing, ice cream, whole juice, soups, and (my favorite): smoothies! The cycles have variable speed settings that allow the blender to draw the contents down to the blade and create a uniform texture. I also love the LED Information Center that even displays the time left to blend.

I did find that the Blendtec jar is slightly easier to clean by hand (or by adding a little detergent and water, blending and rinsing) than the Vitamix, but I usually put my Vitamix jar straight into the dishwasher and don’t have any problems. I also found that I often had to hold the base and top of the Blendtec while blending because the base is light and can shake (you don’t have to do this with the Vitamix since the base is heavier).

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Both blenders make beautiful smoothies, but the Blendtec smoothies usually taste lighter and frothier while the Vitamix smoothies are thicker and creamier. And you don’t have to stop at smoothies! You can also whip up delicious soups and gravies in both these blenders too.

Blendtec vs. Vitamix Blender Review

In a Nutshell:

My Blendtec

  • 15 inches tall
  • 6 Pre-programmed cycles and pulse feature
  • Touch slider to fine tune speed
  • 2 prong blunt safety blade
My Vitamix 

  •  20.5 inches tall
  • 3 pre-programmed settings and pulse feature
  • Various speed dial
  • 4 prong laser cut blade

Conclusion:

I highly recommend both blenders and hope this review will help you make your decision. It really comes down to how much space you have in your kitchen and how heavy duty of a machine you prefer. Either one would be an excellent addition to your kitchen.

Blendtec vs. Vitamix Blender Review

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Country Fair Pork


Country Fair Pork

Gluten free country fair pork is delicious on an Against the Grain gluten free roll (review here).

It’s summertime which means time for a new recipe at the Homestead. :) This recipe is sure to be one of the favorite dishes at your next summer picnic!

Recently, I purchased pork tenderloin at the supermarket. Sautéed, sliced pork tenderloin has always been a favorite in our house. However, it’s a dish that we eat often, and I knew we would all enjoy a new twist on our old favorite.

I searched through some recipes on the internet, considering gluten free ingredients and the spices that my family preferred, and I came up with a new recipe: Country Fair Pork! I butterflied the tenderloin, marinated them in a mix of seven spices, then dredged them in flour and gently fried them on each side.

Why the name Country Fair Pork? Because when my husband tasted this new dish, he exclaimed,

“This tastes like something we would get at the country fair!”

I hope you enjoy my country fair pork when you want to spice things up a bit. 

Recipe for Country Fair Pork:

Ingredients:

1 tblsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. mustard powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
olive oil
1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
2 pork tenderloins

Directions:

Step 1.Butterfly

There are 2 pork tenderloins in the package. Cut each across into 3 pieces. Then butterfly each piece by making a lengthwise cut along the vertical side. Stop about 1/2 inch through, open and lay flat.

Step 2. Sprinkle with spice rub

Combine all seven spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly on the meat and rub over both sides. Let meat marinate for 1/2 hour in the refrigerator.

Step 3. Dredge in flour and fry

Heat oil in a skillet over a medium-high heat. Dredge each tenderloin piece in flour and fry in batches about 4 minutes on each side. Set aside.

Step 4. Prepare gravy

Drain all but 2 tablespoons of oil from the skillet. Add milk and heat to low boil. Scrape up browned bits from the bottom of skillet as gravy thickens.  Pour over pork.

Serves 6

Approximate preparation time: 15 minutes + 1/2 hour marinating
Approximate cook time: 20 minutes

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How to Make Gluten Free Lamb Stew In A Crock-Pot


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This recipe is perfect for when you have a busy schedule and can’t be home all day. It requires only 15 minutes of prep in the morning. When you return home, your house will be filled with the most delightful aroma of simmering lamb stew. 

Half an hour before your stew is done cooking in the crock-pot, add the brussels sprouts. 

The end result is a savory gluten free lamb stew that tastes like you fussed over it all day, but is actually very quick and easy to prepare.

How to Make Gluten Free Lamb Stew In A Crock-Pot:

 
Ingredients:

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1-2 lbs. lamb stew meat, cut into one inch cubes
1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill gluten free All Purpose Flour
1 cup gluten free chicken broth (I like Herb Ox or Pacific
1 8oz. can Muir Glen tomato sauce
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. mint flakes
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed of outer leaves and knobby end then cut each in half

Directions:

Step 1. Sauté diced onion, carrots and celery in 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Spoon into the bottom of  your crock-pot.

How to Make Gluten Free Lamb Stew In A Crock-Pot

 

Step 2. Dredge lamb in flour, add 1 tablespoon of oil to the same pan and brown meat on all sides. Spoon into your crock pot.

 

Step 3. Add broth, tomato sauce and seasonings to crock pot and mix. 

 

Step 4. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.

How to Make Gluten Free Lamb Stew In A Crock-Pot

 

Step 5. 30 minutes before the stew is done, add the brussels sprout halves. You can also substitute green beans or peas depending upon your taste.  

Serves 4

Approximate preparation time: 15 minutes 

Approximate cook time: 7 hours

 

How to Make Gluten Free Lamb Stew In A Crock-Pot

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Review: Pastosa Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli


Review: Pastosa Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli - The Gluten Free Homestead

What’s for dinner tonight? How about a plateful of tender ravioli filled with creamy ricotta and Romano cheese and topped with a rich, thick tomato sauce? Thanks to Pastosa Ravioli’s new line of gluten free ravioli that’s exactly the meal my family was able to enjoy today.

The first Pastosa Ravioli store was opened in 1966. On their website, they proudly describe themselves as “A third generation, family-owned and operated Italian specialty food company widely recognized as the source of New York’s finest ravioli, fresh pasta and Italian specialties…Pastosa Ravioli has grown from a Brooklyn landmark to a household name throughout the New York Metropolitan Area.” The gluten free ravioli certainly lives up to their standard of producing delicious, quality food.

Review: Pastosa Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli - The Gluten Free Homestead

Healthy Facts

The gluten free large round cheese ravioli is produced off site where Pastosa assures: “Good manufacturing practices are used to segregate ingredients in a facility that also processes wheat.” They promise that they use only the finest ingredients in their products. The dough of the gluten free cheese ravioli is made with all-natural Domata Living Flour (a gluten free rice flour). The filling is made with whole milk ricotta and Romano cheese.

 Quick and Easy Cook and Prep Time

The ravioli come in a 16 oz package and must be kept frozen until you are ready to eat them. They can keep for 1 month when sealed and frozen. When you are ready to cook them, simply add a tablespoon of salt to boiling water. Gently place the ravioli into the pot and cook for 8-10 minutes.

Cooking Tips

When removing the ravioli from the pot, use a slotted spoon so that they do not break apart. For a delicious red sauce, try organic, gluten free Muir Glen. However, I think these ravioli deserve a homemade sauce. You can find my recipes for flavorful gluten free Italian marinara sauce in this post or gluten free Italian red gravy in this post.

Conclusion

My family tested other gluten free ravioli products before choosing Pastosa as the undeniable winner for best taste. This dough had absolutely no dusty or chalky back taste. The ravioli are quick and effortless to cook, and the ricotta cheese filling is fresh and delicious. One of my sons, who usually refuses to eat gluten free pasta, loved this ravioli and asked for seconds. He said he couldn’t tell that it was gluten free. I recommend this product to all of my readers.

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Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing


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As winter continues to drag on here in the Northeast, I am looking forward quite impatiently to warmer weather. This salad reminds me of spring: fresh spinach and mushrooms topped with a delightfully sweet raspberry dressing. A dear friend shared the recipe with me years ago, and it’s the perfect treat for a healthy, gluten free lunch or a side salad at dinner. Enjoy!

Recipe for Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing:

Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Ingredients:

1/2 lb.Spinach
8 oz. mushrooms
1¼ cup raspberries, divided (we like Driscoll’s)
2 tblsp Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar
2 tblsp olive oil
1/8 tsp salt
dash of  pepper
1 g Stevia

Directions:

Rinse spinach. Wash and slice mushrooms. Rinse raspberries.

Combine spinach, mushrooms and 1 cup of the raspberries in a salad bowl.

Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing

 

Next mash the remaining 1/4 cup of raspberries with the back of a spoon in a strainer over a small bowl or pitcher. Reserve juice, discard seeds.

Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing

 

Whisk vinegar, oil, salt, pepper and stevia with the raspberry juice. Drizzle over the salad. Gently toss. Serves 6

Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Approximate preparation time: 15 minutes

 

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Review: Bareburger Restaurant


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As much as I love cooking and creating new recipes, sometimes it is very nice to spend the evening dining out at a restaurant, especially one that offers gluten free options on the menu. When a new restaurant called Bareburger recently opened in our neighborhood advertizing grass-fed burgers on gluten free hamburger buns, my family was quite eager to try it out. Here is my daughter Nicole’s review.

 

Review: Bareburger Restaurant

 

It was a Friday evening, and my family was dining at the Bareburger restaurant that had recently opened in our neighborhood. When the burgers arrived at our table, we collectively held our breath. We were sure the grass-fed beef would taste delicious. The patties were thick and juicy, cooked perfectly pink on the inside. But what about the gluten free buns? Often gluten free bread can taste chalky and fall apart. One of us bravely took the first bite, and his face quickly broke into a wide grin. The hamburger buns had passed the taste test. “Yes,” he said. “That’s what a burger is supposed to taste like.”

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Trying to eat gluten free when dining out can be quite a challenge. It’s always wonderful to find restaurants that not only accommodate gluten allergies, but, like Bareburger, are also knowledgeable about gluten free diets and the dangers of cross contamination. And, of course, have delicious healthy food to boot. Everything on the huge Bareburger menu is organic and all natural from the sodas to the vegetables to the meat and even the ketchup. The menu clearly marks which foods are safe for the gluten free diner. And, yes, those hand cut fries truly are gluten free. At Bareburger, there are dedicated fryers and grills for the gluten free food.

Review: Bareburger Restaurant

Although its name might suggest that this is only a hamburger joint, there are actually a number of meat options on the menu: turkey, grilled chicken, lamb, and (for the more adventurous) wild boar, elk, bison, and even ostrich. Or you can go for a vegetarian option with a portabella mushroom patty. The manager informed us that the gluten free tapioca rice flour buns are actually made by Udi’s, one of our favorite brands. For dessert, we enjoyed the decadent gluten free flourless chocolate cake.

Even though Bareburger is so gluten-free friendly, you should still make sure to inform your server about your gluten free allergy. One of the salads we ordered, which we thought had been marked as gluten free, arrived with two toasted pieces of bread. Another time we had a mix-up where one of us received the wrong bun on her burger. This was an honest mistake because we were a large group and some of us were ordering the brioche buns and others had chosen the gluten free ones.

Review: Bareburger Restaurant

Mom enjoyed her salad. She is not allergic to gluten. However, be sure to let the server know if you are gluten free. No toast with your salad!

Ultimately, though, our dinner was definitely a success, and we’d recommend the restaurant to all of our gluten free friends. At the moment, the Bareburger restaurants are located throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but this spring and summer they are opening locations across the country and even internationally in Germany and Canada.

Review: Bareburger Restaurant

I hope more restaurants will follow Bareburger’s example of healthy, organic, all-natural, humanely raised gluten free food!

Review: Bareburger Restaurant

 

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