Red Curry Chicken Kebabs

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes Dairy Free

In my constant quest for gluten-free Asian food, I often turn to dishes from Thailand or Vietnam. Since Southeast Asian cuisines are more dependent on fish sauce (often called nam pla or nuoc mam) than wheat-heavy soy sauce, many traditional foods can be enjoyed without substitution. This isn’t to say you should let your guard down when ordering Thai or Vietnamese food: Oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, yellow bean sauce, Maggi seasoning, sweet soy sauce, wonton skins, and more can still contain gluten. But many of may favorite dishes, including vibrant chopped meat salads with toasted […]

Shrimp Sauté with Thyme Grits

Makes : 4 servings | Breakfast/Brunch , Main Dishes Dairy Free

I’ll never forget my first experience with grits. I suspect Southerners taste grits right around their first birthday, but I was a full-fledged adult, enjoying brunch with friends in New York City, when the urge struck. Never one to enjoy true breakfast food after about 8 a.m., I opted for the shrimp and grits, the most savory sounding dish on the menu. The first bite was a revelation: creamy yet textured grits, rich from copious amounts of butter and cheese, punctuated with bits of chopped garlicky shrimp. But it was the poached egg with its […]

Tuna-and-Radish Salad

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes , Salads/Sides

During my strolls through the Saturday Farmers’ Market, certain vegetables immediately catch my eye, while I tend to pass others without a second glance. What I’ve never quite understood is why radishes fall among the latter. They’re really quite beautiful to behold: bright, vibrantly colored orbs of red, shocking pink, candy-cane striped, or purple. Sure, their flavor is assertive, but what’s not to love about a peppery bite? In an effort to get past my dismissive attitude toward radishes, I decided to get to know them better. After toying around with them for days, I […]

Braised Chicken with Buttery Leeks

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes

After a long winter of feasting on rutabagas and storage apples, I know I’m not alone in welcoming asparagus, snap peas, and all the tender greens of spring to the table. But for me, the main object of my anticipation is the oft-neglected leek. Leeks are part of the allium family of vegetables, which also includes chives, onions, garlic, scallions, and shallots. You’ll likely see most of these used as aromatic enhancement, adding flavor to a dish without being the main focus. Since leeks taste fantastic on their own, though, I like to treat them […]

Soba Noodles with Asparagus and Salsa Verde

Makes : 2 main dish or 4 side dish servings | Main Dishes , Salads/Sides Dairy Free

I have to admit, buckwheat soba was rarely a go-to ingredient for me before I started eating gluten free, but I’ve since changed my tune. Soba’s toothsome bite and bold flavor may be a tad overwhelming for some, but it’s exactly those traits that lured me to the buckwheat camp. Made from buckwheat flour (a gluten-free food, despite the “wheat” in its name), the brown noodles have a hearty chew and a hint of nuttiness. Soba tastes great hot, room temperature, or chilled, but because the noodles have a distinctive flavor, I either keep the […]