I seriously cannot believe it’s almost Easter. That probably has something to do with how cold it has been here in Boston. I associate Easter with pastels, warmer weather, flowers beginning to bloom… not freezing winds and still surviving snowbanks!
That’s enough about the weather… let’s get down to business: food! My family celebrates Easter with a brunch, and often this egg casserole is served. This recipe is a family favorite, first discovered by my mom, and here I’ve put my own, lighter spin on it. It is the perfect easy brunch dish. You can make ahead the sausage and veggie mixture, then bake the day of. It’s perfect for holidays or brunch with friends, and it is insanely delicious.
You can view the original recipe on Epicurious here, or make my version, which I’ve listed below. I’ve swapped the sausage for chicken sausage, the whipping cream for plain Greek yogurt, and the mozzarella for reduced fat mozzarella for a healthier twist. Either way, it is simply divine. Continue reading
Various locations in MA and CT
I have to start this one off bluntly. The gluten-free meal I enjoyed at Burton’s Grill yesterday was not only delicious, it was impressive. I was wow-ed by the selection, the service and the quality of the meal. If you are searching for a stress-free gluten-free dining experience, you have got to try Burton’s.
My mom and sister have been obsessed with Burton’s for many years, yet I never understood why. Back when I lived near one, their gluten-free menu was ahead of its time, they had one when I was first diagnosed in 2006. Still, it was seriously lackluster – one of those “if you get this salad without the croutons and dressing it’s gluten-free!” kind of gluten-free menus. But times have certainly changed. Burton’s now offers tons of gluten-free substitutes and the gluten-free menu is robust – from appetizers to entrees to dessert and even cocktails!
It was on the eve of a blizzard and with an empty stomach that I ventured to the grocery store this week, admittedly a bad combination. I usually steer clear of the organic and gluten-free sections to avoid temptation and unnecessary gluten-free goodies, but on that particular day I was feeling spontaneous, and so I meandered down the aisle to see what I’d find.
It wasn’t until I’d made it to the freezer section that something caught my eye. Gluten-free soup! In cute little boxes were the Kettle Cuisine soups, and they were on sale! I’d tried Kettle Cuisine at a gluten-free tasting last fall and remembered liking it, so I picked up two classic gluten-free Chicken Noodle soups and ventured beyond the basics to try the Beef Steak Chili with Beans. Beef in a frozen dish? I was feeling quite adventurous indeed, since beef in freezer foods normally weirds me out a bit. But it was steak. I had to try it.
“I think I’m allergic to gluten-free… I ate a gluten-free chicken pot pie once and it made my stomach hurt. So I think I’m allergic to gluten-free food.” – Man waiting for the train at Brandeis/Roberts this evening.
UPDATE: Zing! has closed. The cafe is still open in Porter Square Books as far as I know, but they do not offer gluten-free pizza.
1932 Massachusetts Avenue | Cambridge, MA
Oh, my goodness. Have I ever discovered a gem.
The Labor Day weekend has been absolutely beautiful here in New England, and yesterday was no exception. My roommate and were just leaving to go kayaking on the Charles (awesome) when my parents called to say they were biking through the area and asked, “What was the name of that other gluten-free pizza place in Porter Square?” I had bought a Groupon to Zing! back in January, but hadn’t been there yet. I told them to try Zing! Pizza and let me know how they liked it. My parents stopped for a gluten-free lunch, and my roommate and I took off on a kayaking adventure that involved high-speed winds and therefore an excellent workout.
1782 Massachusetts Ave. | Cambridge, MA | 617.492.1111
Mother’s Day lunch was an easy choice this year. My mother is also gluten-free and loves pizza, so a little spot called Stone Hearth Pizza Co. was just perfect. Nestled in a collection of store fronts on Mass Ave in Cambridge, this restaurant is cozy and conscious as well. Striving to use organic, locally sourced ingredients, they offer a full menu of favorites — salads, soups, pasta and pizza, all of which are offered in gluten-free varieties.
This gluten-free pizza is the real deal. Offered in a “regular” size (six slices), this is a cheesy, delicious gluten-free pizza. The crust is made from rice flour and it is so delicious! It has a bit of a fluffy texture that isn’t too grainy. Its texture doesn’t compete with the sauce and cheese; unlike most gluten-free pizzas, it works with the other ingredients to make a cohesive, delicious meal. We couldn’t help but eat most of the pizza, despite each ordering our own!
Stone Hearth’s Gluten Free Classic Pizza is absolutely among the best gluten-free pizza I’ve tried. Perhaps they wouldn’t consider this a compliment, but it is a high one in my book: it reminds me of Bertucci’s pizza! I’m more a fan of greasier bar-style pizza so BZ’s still takes the cake, however, Stone Hearth’s is a close contender. You can taste the freshness and quality of the ingredients and the crust is phenomenal. Needless to say, my mother enjoyed her Mother’s Day meal!
If you are looking for an excellent gluten-free dining experience, Legal Sea Foods is it. It’s a restaurant staple in my area, and now, it is a staple for me. I know I can count on being able to eat and eat well at Legal, and while I do, I’ll be in good hands.
My first time eating at Legal was with a friend who worked there and she helped show me the gluten-free ropes. Speak up! They have a separate gluten-free menu which includes naturally gluten-free dishes, modified dishes, and even gluten-free substitutes. Letting them know about my allergy has led my server and the management to acknowledge my sensitivity and let me know that I’m in good hands each time I’ve dined there. I’m always careful to double-check everything out of habit, but knowing that they take this extra step puts me a bit more at ease.
The best part of dining gluten-free at Legal comes at the beginning of the meal — gluten-free rolls and butter! Such a small part of dining out and, yet, it makes all the difference in the world. The rolls are just okay, but always served warm and the novelty can’t be beat. Gluten substitutes can be found in several of the dishes offered in their gluten-free menu like gluten-free croutons, gluten-free crumbs in the Anna’s Baked Boston Scrod, and even gluten-free broth in the light clam chowder.
A creature of habit, I always order the garlic shrimp with brown rice. As they say, if it ain’t broke… This dish is incredibly delicious, I recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys shrimp. My mother is partial to the seafood casserole, which she raves about, and my sister is thankful for a Caesar salad with croutons she can eat. There is an enticing gluten-free chocolate mousse on the menu, however, I’ve always been too full from my superb entree to try it!
Every gluten-free meal is served by a manager to ensure that all dietary needs are met, a true sign of Legal’s commitment to its special menus. The multitude of options offered and ease of eating at Legal have made it one of my favorite restaurants. The great food helps, too. If you are looking for a gluten-free dining experience that is delicious as well as worry-free, Legal Sea Foods is a safe bet.