Gluten Free 4th of July Picnic Menu

July 10th, 2007 yum Posted in 4th of July, Dinner Party, Holiday, Party Food, Party Menu, Summer 3 Comments »

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4thjulyplate.jpg Planning a menu for a holiday like the Forth of July can be a lot of fun- but it can also be stressful. For this fourth, we had an out of town family visitor staying with us and planned a picnic at the local park with a view of the fireworks.

Beverages: Jeri Ryan’s Peach Sangria (recipe was improved with a bottle of champagne)
Homemade Celestial Seasonings Peach Passion Tea, chilled, no sugar added
Spring Water

Entree:Grilled Sesame Vegetables with Yummy Peanut Sauce
Grilled Sesame Tofu (DH’s request)
DH’s Brined shrimp

Side Dishes: Elise’s Dad’s Potato Salad (sans celery, onion instead of scallions)
Deviled Eggs
Bette Hagman’s Rapid Rise French Bread
Basil Dipping Oil

Dessert:Pamela’s GF Brownie Mix with extra chocolate chips

After we enjoyed our feast, we watched the fireworks. In the past five years, I’ve spent more Independence Days in Japan than in the states, and it was really nice to enjoy the holiday somewhere where it was actually being celebrated. The potato salad was cool and creamy, the grilled tofu was succulent and flavorful, and the french bread was chewy and faintly sweet, perfectly complimented by the basil-balsamic dipping oil. Menu aside, it was celebrating together that made this a holiday to remember. Happy Independence Day, all! I hope you had a delicious celebration with family and friends!

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Ginger Peanut Sauce
Ingredients
3/4 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tbsp GF tamari
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Directions
Blend all ingredients and then simmer on low until sauce thickens slightly, for around 10 minutes.
Notes
Serve with roasted veggies
OR
As Food on the Road
Serve on Thai kitchen rice noodles heated in a microwave with some fresh chopped veggies, grilled veggies, or grilled tofu

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Gluten Free Summer Dinner Party Menu

June 18th, 2007 yum Posted in Chinese, Dinner Party, Japanese, Party Menu, Summer, tofu 2 Comments »

Some occasions require a party. Three years ago I first arrived at Stanford and began taking Japanese language classes. In the first year I took classes, there were about three classes full of students. The next year, there were probably not even half that number of students as some dropped out, others lost interest, and still others had fulfilled their University language requirement. By the time I got to Advanced Japanese, there were only about eight of us left, some of whom had been there from the very beginning, and others that I’d met more recently on the path. Somehow studying a language together creates more camaraderie than other types of classes, and it only seemed right as our time together drew to an end, with some graduating from Stanford and others simply running out of language classes to take, that we commemorate the occasion with a meal together. Although I live about twenty minutes from Stanford, somehow it was decided that it would be at my house, and I tried to put together a meal that would celebrate our experiences together and commemorate our graduates. Saying goodbye is never easy, but somehow, enjoying this feast together made our last time together *sniff* more fun and certainly tastier than usual. The entire meal was gluten free, with the exception of two dishes, Gyoza and Curry Rice, that two of our guests brought for everyone to enjoy.

meal.jpgTheme: Pan Asia

Appetizers
China- Lettuce Wraps with Tofu and Veggie Crunch Served with GF Hoisin sauce
Thailand- Summer Rolls with peanut sauce OR sweet chili garlic sauce
Japan- Edamame (fresh soybeans)

Main Course
Japan- Potato Salad with Cucumber, Carrot, and Lettuce
Japanese Sweet Curry Rice (not GF)
Korea- Grilled Sesame Tofu, marinated overnight
China- Gyoza (not GF)

Beverages:
Chilled Green Tea, chilled herbal tea, Wine, Pear Cider, GF and other Beer

Dessert:
Kakigori Shaved ice with strawberry sugar syrup and condensed milk
OR lychee OR green tea ice cream

Recipes to follow.

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