Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Gluten Free Dinner and trip to New Hope, Pa

Have you heard of New Hope, Pa? We recently visited  and I had a great gluten free dinner in the area.

New Hope is a tourist town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with streetside shops, interesting restaurants, antique shops, boat rides, the famous Bucks County Playhouse Theatre, and many outdoor cafes for coffee and ice cream.- a real tourist attraction.

It is on the banks of the Delaware River on the Pennsylvania side.

On the other side of the Delaware River is the  New Jersey side where there is another tourist town called Lambertville that also has interesting restaurants with music on the weekends and other events in the area.

There is a pedestrian and automobile bridge that connects the two tourist areas.

People walk back and forth across the bridge to enjoy the restaurants and other attractions in the two cities. 

People walk across the bridge and enjoy the fun on both sides of the river.

The Delaware River in the late spring/early summer

The car ride to New Hope from our house is beautiful.

We drive about a half hour along the Delaware River viewing beautiful foliage, magnificent homes, picturesque scenery, farms, bed and breakfasts, shady paths, flea markets, antique stores,  and popular restaurants.

Home of The Famous Bucks County Playhouse

Although we only go for the evening, many tourists spend the weekend in area hotels where they can walk to restaurants, the famous and old Bucks Country Theatre where many famous actors got their start  ( Dick Van DykeTyne DalyGrace KellyAngela Lansbury, Imagene Coco and Walter Matthau to mention a few ) .

Dick Van Dyke

Grace Kelly

We Ate Dinner in Historic Lambertville on the
New Jersey Side of New Hope

We ate at Caffe Galleria which has indoor and outdoor seating. It's an old house.  The rooms 
were charming and the outdoor wrap around porch was delightful. Later in the evening , there
 was live music outside near the porch. 

The restaurant had gluten free pasta on the menu and some other gluten free and vegetarian 
options.  They also serve fish, seafood, and meat. 

I enjoyed my generous portion of eggplant rollatini served with gluten free pasta in a marinara 
sauce which was delicious. They also served me gluten free flat bread which was sort of hard
thin, and not particularly to my liking. 

My husband had regular pasta primavera that he said was very tasty and he enjoyed his regular 

We sat in the indoor front dining room near the windows and had a pleasant view. 
The service was good and all in all we enjoyed the meal. 
It's probably best to make a reservation as they do begin to get busy on the weekends.
Did I mention that it is a BYOB? 

After dinner, we walked from the New Jersey side of Lambertville  across the bridge to the 
Pennsylvania side to New Hope, Pa and browsed in the many different stores,
including a very interesting old bookstore which carries a large variety of books in other

 We bumped into four different people that I knew but hadn't seen in years
The warmer sunny weather must have brought out all the locals.

 Ice Cream is a Must in New Hope

New Hope has always been popular for it's many choices of ice creams. When I was a little girl, my father used to take us to New Hope just to get some ice cream on a hot summer day. I remember how it melted so quickly and would drip down my arms. I learned to lick the cones on all sides and eat

Fireworks on the 1st Friday

We intended to stay for the fireworks, but we had done a lot of walking and we  started to 
get tired out by 9:00 PM We just didn't feel like hanging around another half hour.

The first Friday around 9:15-  9:30 PM there are fireworks! You can stand on the bridge to 
watch or stand on the banks of either side of the river. The fireworks last about 10 minutes. 

We had such a wonderful evening. 

If you are in the Bucks County area- New Hope is a great place to visit. It is about 40 minutes from Princeton, New Jersey and about 50 minutes from Philadelphia, Pa.

By getting there early around 5:30 , we found metered parking on the street for just $1 /hr. 

We had a great meal, a beautiful walk across the bridge over the river, fun browsing the touristy shops, and some darn good ice cream.

Have you ever been to New Hope? Where do you go? 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sprouted Lentil Salad

beautiful salad with lentil sprouts instead of lettuce

Are you tired of washing and drying and cutting lettuce for your salads?  
Are you trying to boost your nutrients without adding carbs, calories, or sugar? 

beautiful colorful summer vegetables i

Sprouts offer a powerhouse of nutrients and are easy to make. 

I used Lentil Sprouts for this Salad

I sprouted my lentils 2 days in advance

 Lentil sprouts which are crunchy, juicy, pleasing to eat,
and will blend well with just about any kind of salad veggies .

 How do they taste? They are mild, delicious, and satisfying.

In a previous post I showed you  how to make lentils sprouts easily in a jar on your kitchen counter or of course you can buy fresh sprouts in the refrigerator section of most supermarkets. 

I am now sharing  another delicious and highly nutritious way to use those delicious sprouts. 

Substitute Sprouted Lentils for Lettuce

  • Using sprouts to replace lettuce gives you greater variety in your salads 
  • a break from having to wash , dry and cut  the lettuce. 
  • Sprouts are made fresh so you get optimum nutrient value
  • Sprouts are very easy to make 
  • Making your own sprouts is a fun project for kids

This salad is so tasty, I would make this for company without hesitation. It is also naturally gluten free, making it a great salad to bring to a BBQ or other summer gathering.

Making your own sprouts is so easy that once you start sprouting lentils, you will wonder why you never did it before. 

Sprouts Provide Significant Vitamin C
Did you know that years back sailors on long voyages often depended on getting their vitamin C  from spouts!

When I made this salad, I simply added the vegetables to the salad that I already had in the house:

sliced red peppers, cucumbers, and carrots

Persian cucumber, yellow cherry tomatoes, radish, red onion, and fresh chopped dill and mixed them together with my crunchy lentil sprouts that I had made 2 days prior.

delicious summer vegetables mixed into a sprouted lentil salad

Below is my recipe for this colorful healthy lentil sprout salad that is one of my favorite salads. It offers a nice diversion from the typical lettuce salad but is still crunchy, light, and tasty.

summer sprouted lentil salad

In case you missed how to sprout: How to sprout lentils

Why Sprouts Are a Superfood?

Lentil sprouts are extremely easy to make, healthy, rich in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals and can be used in a multitude of recipes. Sprouts are a living growing plant and only living food can provide us with enzymes needed for proper digestion.

You could sprout almost any bean or seed, but I like lentil sprouts.

Author:Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: none
Serves: 4 regular or 2 hearty eaters

2 cup of lentil sprouts
1 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 cut up sliced large red and or yellow pepper 
1/2 cup of diced red onion ( or more if you LOVE it like we do) 
1/4 cup of green scallions, sliced
2 radishes, diced
1/4 cup of chopped dill
Salt and cracked pepper to taste

Assemble all of the ingredients ( lentils, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, red onion, radishes, scallions) in a large bowl . Toss and serve with or without the dressing. 

I like to eat my salad plain, but you can try yours with Italian dressing or a light dressing of olive oil and fresh lemon juice.  

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Peeling Vegetables: 
I used to struggle, but I found that it's all in the right tool. I found a simple inexpensive peeler that slips the skin off  easily and fast taking out the struggle. I recommend
OXO Good Grips Y Peeler It's the best one I found. 
sprouted lentil salad for extra nutrients

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Three Awesome Appetizers for Summer - Gluten Free

It's summertime and the entertaining is easy when you make these simple
 but elegant summer appetizers.

a beautiful caprese salad for a crowd

The summer season is the most popular time of the year for entertaining, especially outdoors! 
When you are not in the mood for a BBQ, you need some festive easy recipes to dazzle your guests. 

a plate of summer tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese

Caprese salad ( or the vegan version below) makes a beautiful presentation and a satisfying appetizer. 

layers of summer tomato, mozzarella cheese, and fresh bail


 With fresh mozzarella cheese, summer tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion, cucumber, Calamata olives, and marinated artichokes, this platter is sure to please your guests. 

Having a wine and cheese party for a few neighbors on the deck? This Caprese salad or the vegan Caprese salad below will be perfect. 


Simply cut and layer the tomato and mozzarella cheese on the perimeter of the platter and then fill in the center of the platter with chopped cucumber, red onion, marinated artichokes and freshly chopped basil. Drizzle lightly with Italian Dressing or a little olive oil and balsamic and salt and pepper if desired. 

On a hot day serve some ice water or cold seltzer with sprigs of 
fresh mint, orange slices and lime slices

Ice cold water with sprigs of mint and orange slices

Another outdoor favorite is this refreshing frozen watermelon frosty which can 
be made with or without alcohol. 

Frozen Watermelon Frosties

The next time you buy a large watermelon, freeze what you don't use . 
Simply cut the leftover watermelon ( cut off the rind)  into bite size chunks, place in a zip lock baggy and freeze overnight.  Use the frozen watermelon chunks to make delicious and cooling fruit frosties 

round watermelons

a refreshing watermelon frosty made from frozen watermelon
Watermelon Frosty Recipe

Avocado Caprese Salad ( vegan) 

Everyone seems to love Caprese salads, but what if you are vegan ?
Here is a vegan caprese salad using avocado, tomato,  cucumber, fresh basil , and some little capers that will be a hit at any party. 

an appetizer of summer tomato , avocado slices, and fresh basil layered on a large plate

Avocado halves ready to make guacamole

Also makes a beautiful presentation that your guests will love looking at and enjoy eating. 
Choose to make one of the salads or make both of them.. 

avocado appetizer with tomato, cucumber and capers

What is your favorite summer appetizer for parties? 

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