ain’t no cure for the summertime blues?

Well, my cure for the summertime blues is our upcoming Gluten-Free Outing to Kennywood Park, near Pittsburgh PA, August 1st 2010! E-mail chandramh@aol.com for info and such.

Meanwhile, I’ve been so busy I’ve lost track of time. My latest project isn’t food related, being an all adult Theatre On Ice ensemble — but it hasn’t stopped me from cooking and eating fabulous gluten free food!

Back in mid-May, we did a weekend road trip to Baltimore to try the gluten free crab cakes at Camden Yard. Pricey but YUM! After the game, we ended up at the Irish pub on the waterfront, where there was very little GF to eat (nachos with grilled chicken because the beef had gluten — the cheese sauce was GF) but plenty of imported Irish whiskey. Tullamore Dew, woohoo!

We’ve been enjoying the Redbridge beer at Progressive Field, regardless of how the Indians are doing. Awesome Friday night fireworks, too. I spoke with a couple of the operations and food/beverage guys the other day, and they are considering doing a dedicated french-fry stand, keep your fingers crossed!

More places to eat in Cleveland: Xocalo on East 4th, Mexican fusion with a good handful of GF items; The Harp, in the West Shoreway area, GF menu is also vegetarian but they can add chicken, fish, shrimp, or beef; Luxe, 6605 Detroit Ave in the Gordon Square Arts District, does not have a printed GF menu but will make you something FABULOUS — we had a saffron bouillabasse with two kinds of fish, shrimp, scallops and mussels, it was UNBELIEVABLE. Don’t limit yourself to the chain restaurants, there is amazing food out there at the independents. If in doubt, call first, then go and enjoy yourself!

For Mo’s birthday, we did a trip to Cincinnati to see the Indians play the Reds (they lost). Great trip, though — nice fireworks show and we got to see the International Space Station go by overhead. The next day, we found a superb Chinese restaurant on Route 42 just north of Sharonville. Mo promised to blog about that, so I’ll leave it to her. We went to King’s Island for the late afternoon and evening — not much gluten free there, but I found Skyline Chili had fries with chili and cheese, no gluten ingredients and I didn’t get sick, so at least I didn’t go hungry. Then we got blueberry ice cream, tasty and different, to end the evening. Oh, and on the way to Cincinnati we stopped in Columbus for lunch at Quaker Steak & Lube. They have a GF menu and a dedicated fryer. Yay!

July 4th, cookout at Mo’s. As usual, I made way too much and not everyone showed up to eat so we have mega-leftovers. BBQ chicken and ribs, Hebrew National hot dogs and juicy all-beef burgers. Grandma’s brand potato salad and cole slaw, Bush’s baked beans, corn on the cob with cilantro butter and a garnish of Mexican style cheese. And ALL the trimmings! Then watermelon and Red, White, and Blue Shortcake for dessert!

To make Red, White, and Blue Shortcake, mix a Bob’s Red Mill GF Vanilla Cake mix according to package directions. Spray two 9″ square foil pans with cooking spray and put the batter in, smoothing it into the corners. Bake at 325F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool to room temperature. Shortly before serving, spread about 1/2″ of Cool Whip on top and then top with sliced strawberries and whole blueberries in any design that makes you happy. Put 9 dollops of Cool Whip on top of each cake, decorate with blueberries and a whole strawberry on each dollop, cut into 9 squares and serve. Makes a total of 18 servings. Enjoy!!!

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One Response to “ain’t no cure for the summertime blues?”

  1. Miles Says:

    Hey I love your blog.
    Something interesting you might look into:
    I have recently stumbled upon some gluten free foods that I think all people trying to live Gluten Free lives should try. The brand is Gluten Free & Fabulous and I’ve tried the cookies and pizzas. They were delicious and there’s more I have yet to try. Also, they are easy to find; basically any grocery store has them. I hope this helps. Let me know what you think and keep up the great blog!

    -Miles