A few weeks ago, I gathered my brood for a day of fun and adventure in Santa Fe, NM. We boarded the New Mexico RailRunner Express for the first time and the boys had a lot of fun riding the train from Albuquerque to Santa Fe.
I never realized just how blue the sky could be until I moved to New Mexico. Growing up in Ohio, it was usually a lovely shade of gray. I was beyond nervous while waiting for the train to arrive, my precocious little one had that “look” on his face that I know all too well (he inherited it from me!).
I feel blessed to live so close to the oldest state capital in the United States. Santa Fe was founded in 1610 and has a fascinating history.
There is something for everyone, young and old alike. One of my personal favorite places to visit is the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
This is my absolute favorite of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, it is called Pelvis IV
I was the sort of child that ate around the raisin on the cookie and ate around the hole in the doughnut saving either the raisin or the hole for the last and best. So probably, not having changed much – when I started painting the pelvis bones I was most interested in the wholes to the bones – what I saw through them – particularly the blue from holding them up in the sun against the sky as one is apt to do when one seems to have more sky than earth in one’s world… They were most wonderful against the Blue – that Blue that will always be there as it is now after all man’s destruction is finished. Georgia O’Keeffe
We also love to visit the many Summer Art Markets on the Plaza, and the beautiful and historic St. Francis Cathedral Basilica. While I am not a catholic, I can appreciate the architectural beauty and the fascinating history of this amazing building.
This is a picture of the front doors to the church, the ornate detail in the artwork is awe inspiring.
After all that running around, we were famished! We had lunch at Pranzo Italian Grill, my favorite place to dine gluten-free in Santa Fe. I have never had a single bad experience. Pranzo carries gluten-free brown rice pasta, so a gluten-free diner can enjoy many of the pasta sauces as well as a few of the appetizers, salads, and entrees (as always, be sure to ask for a manager to confirm the gluten-free options and to discuss preparation methods to reduce the risk of cross contamination).
The manager on duty (Eugenia Blahitka) the day we dined at Pranzo was so kind and helpful, it really makes all the difference in a pleasurable dining out experience, especially when you are gluten-free. Eugenia’s sister had just recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, so we had a lot to talk about! It is amazing how many people I run into like this.
We started off with the Antipasto Misto (a selection of Italian meats, cheeses, artichoke hearts, olives and peppers). The accompanying pesto was a new twist on an antipasto platter for me and it was scrumptious with the goat cheese!
This is not a great photo, but the Insalata Caprese was amazing. Sam hates tomatoes (a texture thing) but for some reason, he decided to try this salad and he loved it so much, we ended up ordering a second one just for him! I have been making caprese salad for Sam almost everyday since, LOL!
I ordered the Filetto Di Manzo Con Gorgonzola, which was a bit hefty for lunch, but after I first had it a couple of months ago when we attended a wedding reception in Santa Fe (the caterer could not provide us with a gluten-free meal, so we ordered takeout), I had been craving it. Normally, I am not a fan of bleu cheeses but melted and pared with a juicy filet is heaven.
Mike ordered the Farfalle Con Pollo (Bow tie pasta, chicken, bell peppers, peas, in a roasted garlic cream sauce), but subbed the Farfalle with gluten-free pasta. It wasn’t what he was expecting (he thought it would be similar to a dish he used to love at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, before going GF), but he enjoyed the paring of the sweet bell peppers with the heat of the green chile in the garlic cream sauce.
Sam ordered the Spaghetti Con Gamberoni (Spaghetti, shrimp, olive oil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, peas, chili flakes and Parmesan) with gluten-free pasta. He absolutely loved it and wouldn’t even let me try it!
Luke’s favorite is the Spaghetti Bolognese (Spaghetti and marinara with ground beef, carrots, onion, and celery), with GF pasta.
Needless to say, we had no room left to even consider dessert!
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Weekly Gluten-Free Roundup of some of my favorite bloggers:
Last week, Shirley from Gluten Free Easily (GFE) wrote a great post chronicling her experience with MyCeliacID; a do-it-yourself, saliva based gene test for the celiac disease genetic markers. I encourage you to read her story, as well as the many comments in response to it; we can learn a great deal by reading about each other’s personal journey with gluten sensitivity.
Amy, from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, posted a recipe for Chewy Chocolate Vegan Date Brownies that look wonderful. Had I not already tried Amy’s Fresh Fruit Tart with Pastry Cream recipe, I probably would have skipped right over this recipe because of the dates. The last time I had a date (as a child), I didn’t like them. I hadn’t given dates a second chance until I had an almost out-of-body experience just looking at Amy’s Fruit Tart! I made the tart for my mom on Mother’s Day and it was pure heaven. The dates are pulverized with pecans, then melted butter is added (dairy-free Earth Balance in my case) to form the crust. The dates add sweetness plus you get the added health benefits and fiber by using the whole date.
Alta, from Tasty Eats At Home shared a recipe for Flourless Almond Butter Cookies that she adapted from a recipe of Shirley’s (of GFE). These would be great for kids with peanut allergies (but can tolerate tree nuts ), if you are trying to eliminate carbs or simply want a twist to the classic peanut butter cookie! And they are naturally gluten-free!
Linda, from The Gluten-Free Homemaker shared an AWESOME post for cleaning tile grout! I have approximately 3,200 sq. feet of tile in my house (dogs + allergies + carpet = misery for Luke and me) and cleaning the grout is one of my least favorite activities (and it usually doesn’t look any better). I will definitely be giving Linda’s method a try soon.
Linda also made a post on Getting Started In Freezer Cooking. I just started doing this a year ago and it has been a great resource when time is of the essence!
I found a brand new (to me) blog and I definitely encourage you to check out Lexie’s Kitchen. Lexie blogs on gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free meals and treats! The very first post I read of Lexie’s was on homemade, non-toxic deodorant (really, how cool is that?). I happen to have all the ingredients on hand so I am about to go make some.
Lastly, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for Erin Elberson’s (Gluten Free Fitness) e-book “7 Quick Start Steps for a Healthy Gluten Free Life,” I will be announcing the winner tomorrow!
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