Sunday, February 24, 2013

Gluten-Free Crispy Chicken

Quinoa-Crusted Chicken Quinoa-Crusted Chicken Crunchy and full of flavor, this quinoa coated chicken is a home run. This recipe provided by the Gluten Free Club

1 cup cooked quinoa (click here to learn about, and How To Prepare Quinoa)
4 chicken breasts
1/3 cup dijon mustard
2 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper

Prepare quinoa, drain then spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 300°F for 20-30 minutes until lightly toasted. Let cool, then break up any clumps using your fingers. Place into a shallow dish and toss with some salt and pepper. In another shallow dish, mix mustard and thyme. Lightly coat chicken with mustard, then dip in quinoa. Turning and pressing in quinoa until completely coated. Place on baking sheet, spray lightly with some cooking spray, then bake at 425°F for 20 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

How To...Keep Berries Fresh

Contributed by: The Gluten Free Club

Washing berries before storage usually accelerates their deterioration. But if you can remove the mold spores and other bacteria that are on the surface of the berries, you can prolong their freshness and shelf life for up to two weeks.

Fresh berries
White or Apple Cider Vinegar

The standard solution for washing produce is 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar. However for berries, a lighter vinegar solution of 16 to 1 (ie. 1 Tbsp vinegar : 1 cup water), will produce the same results without leaving any vinegar aftertaste on the berries.
Combine the water and vinegar in a large bowl, and add berries. Let stand for 3-8 minutes (3 minutes for delicate berries like blackberries and raspberries, and about 8 minutes for firmer skinned berries like strawberries and blueberries). Do not allow berries to soak for longer than 10 minutes.

Drain berries well using a colander, but do not rinse. Place berries onto a dry lint-free towel and blot dry to remove all excess moisture.

To store, line a lidded container with a paper towel. Fill the bottom with berries, then cover with another paper towel. Continue layering until container is full. Cover and refrigerate.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Are You ready for Romance?

It’s that time again. The time when many of us start thinking about what to do on Valentine’s day for that very special person in our lives. We’ve done the flowers and chocolates, bought his or her favorite thing and taken them out to dinner. If you’ve run out of options, we have a great suggestion for you.

Why not spend the night or the week-end in a beautiful bed and breakfast in historic  Louisville, Kentucky? Our inns are welcoming, with distinct atmosphere and amenities, and delicious gourmet breakfasts. Our innkeepers know what makes their guests happy and comfortable. Great attention to detail is given when furnishing and decorating their guest rooms.
Belgian Waffle

Scrambled eggs
Each and every one is focused on making your morning breakfast a delight. You won’t be disappointed when you sample the delicious Belgium waffles, pancakes, or French toast prepared in ways that might include fresh fruit, tantalizing sauces, and authentic maple or other flavored syrups. If you prefer, our innkeepers, many of whom are chefs, can prepare astonishing omelets, and other vegetable and egg dishes, accompanied with Kentucky ham, sausage, or bacon.  Muffins, scones, home-made granolas, and other individual specialties of a particular inn may also part of your morning meal.  And don’t forget the fresh ground, gourmet coffees…Europeans blends, French Roasts, Columbian, Hawaiian, Jamaican, etc.
In addition, our innkeepers will help you find interesting things to see and do in the city and
nearby. Louisville has amazing local restaurants with every kind of cuisine you can think of. And our museums, theaters, and cultural attractions are first class. Not to mention world famous Churchill Downs which hosts the Kentucky Derby drawing thousands of international guests.
You won’t regret choosing our bed and breakfasts and our wonderful city to delight that special someone. I can guarantee it will be a visit you will not easily forget.
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