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Free For All: How San Francisco’s Little Gem Restaurant is Redefining Allergen-Free Dining

By Erika Lenkert / Photography Erin Ng IT’S NOT SURPRISING THAT ON ITS SECOND DAY OPEN FOR LUNCH, San Francisco’s Little Gem has a line out the door. In this town, a new restaurant opening can be as exciting, and as well attended, as a movie premiere, especially when alums of the prestigious Thomas Keller Restaurant Group play starring roles. Only this Hayes Valley spot is not a white-tablecloth, multicourse, two-month-waiting-list affair. […]

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Destination: Luang Prabang

On the heels of the twenty year anniversary of its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, the peninsula city of Luang Prabang remains one of the most spectacular experiences to be had in Laos. Our editor, Erika Lenkert, with junior editor Viva, explores the Southeast Asian city in the country’s mountainous northern region and discovers a relaxed, walkable destination replete with stunning, historic Buddhist temples, fusion Laotian and colonial architecture, colorful […]

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Lemon Custard with Glazed Blackberries and Flaxseed Crumble

SERVES 6 Say hello to the gluten-free, dairy-free treat that blows dessert lovers’ minds at San Francisco restaurant Little Gem. Top it with syrupy Glazed Blackberries and Flaxseed Crumble or serve it solo. Either way, it’s intensely lemony and rich, so a little goes a long way. 1⁄2 teaspoon arrowroot starch or arrowroot flour 1⁄2 cup fresh lemon or Meyer lemon juice, reserving the zest of 1 lemon 4 eggs 1⁄3 cup […]

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Lazy Gluten-Free Tomato Pasta Recipe

SERVES 2 A no-cook pasta sauce teeming with summer flavor means dinner is ready with nothing more than a little marinating of fresh tomatoes and the boiling of GF pasta! 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1 clove garlic, finely grated or crushed 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 4 ounces gluten-free capellini pasta (we like Jovial brand) […]

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The Best Restaurants to Eat Gluten-Free in Charleston, North Carolina

Yes, the region’s unofficial trademark dish, shrimp and grits, is gluten-free. But the burgeoning (and GF-friendly) dining scene makes South Carolina’s historic city of Charleston one of our favorite places for a hearty helping of Southern hospitality. While none of the following is 100 percent gluten-free, these Charleston restaurants are well versed in catering to GF and other special diets. By M. Linda Lee Farmers Market Stalls overflowing with artisanal foods, […]

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Brewing Controversy: The Progress with Today’s Gluten-Free Beer and the Problems with Current Labeling Laws

By Amy Copperman SEVEN YEARS AGO, DANE BREIMHORST WAS ABOUT TO FULFILL HIS LIFELONG DREAM OF OPENING A CRAFT BREWERY when he was diagnosed with celiac disease. Forced to put the project on hold, the Minnesota home brewer and professionally trained chef turned to his newly GF pantry to homebrew what he couldn’t readily find in stores—an ale that tasted as good as what he used to drink but wouldn’t […]

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Charred Carrot Hummus

SERVES 2 TO 4 Get ready for your next food crush. Seriously. This velvety, crazy-good sweet and savory blend of charred carrots, tahini (sesame paste), lemon, and spice by our culinary muse Niki Ford is lighter and more nuanced than chickpea hummus, and it goes great with crudités or crackers or on a sandwich.   2 cups carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus […]

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Larb Moo aka Ground Pork Salad

SERVES 4 AS AN APPETIZER This traditional Thai dish served at Luang Say Residence in Luang Prabang, Laos, calls for rice powder, which is easily made by roasting 1/8 cup raw sticky rice in a preheated skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown while stirring constantly, about 12 minutes, then grinding it into a powder with a mortar and a pestle or a clean coffee grinder. Skip the powder and […]

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Warning: This Story is Inflammatory: the Relationship Between Diet, Inflammation, and Overall Health

by Amy Copperman If you could substantially reduce your chances of getting heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, a stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes with one simple life choice, would you opt in? This is the question we all should ask ourselves every time we put a forkful of food in our mouths, because, according to reports by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, these leading causes of death in […]

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Deals We Dig: The Holiday 2015 Edition

We love a good deal as much as anyone–even more so given the expensive prices of GF extravagances. So we figured you might like to know how to get the good stuff for less, too. Behold some delicious discounts from our sponsors: FoodyDirect This online food emporium curates the tastiest regional foods from around the country, including GF bundts, the above macarons, and dairy-free push pops. Save $10 off orders of […]

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Kyra’s Bake Shop Smoky Turtle Bars

MAKES 1 (8-INCH SQUARE) PAN OR 16 (2 BY 2-INCH) BARS At “Cupcake Awards”-winner Kyra Bussanich’s bakery and cafe, Kyra’s Bake Shop, these sweet ’n’ salty, egg-free addictions are made with rendered bacon drippings rather than butter. To make it extra smoky and dairy-free, you can do the same. Regardless, they’ll keep covered at room temperature for three days, a week in the fridge, or a month in an airtight […]

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SPONSORED: Holiday 2015 New Products Alert

Each issue we feature a page showcasing sponsors introducing new products. In case you missed it, here’s the scoop from our Holiday 2015 issue, including discount codes!   La Rosa Gluten-Free Pasta—From Italy to your table Made with a blend of all-natural, GMO-free corn and rice flours, La Rosa gluten-free pasta is imported from the northern region of Emilia Romagna by Italian Harvest. Visit the Italian Harvest website to see […]

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The Ultimate Gluten-Free Gingerbread House (and Cookies) Recipe

MAKES 2 (8 BY 3 BY 3½-INCH) HOUSES AND MANY GINGERBREAD PEOPLE TOO! Introducing the only GF version of the season’s iconic cookie that you’ll ever need. Straight from our talented pal, pastry chef Cindy Falatic McIntosh of The San Francisco Ritz-Carlton, comes five-star flavor. Craft the dough into a midcentury-modern house (designed by retrorenovation.com), or make a gingerbread gang. Regardless, these cookies will spice up any holiday scene. 1 […]

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Recipe: Chocolate Ganache, a Fabulous Gluten-Free Cookie Filling

MAKES ABOUT 3 CUPS This luscious chocolatey spread makes a great filling for sandwich cookies. 3 cups bittersweet chocolate chips or 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, cut into chunks  1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon kosher salt Place the chocolate and vanilla in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, combine the cream, sugar,, cinnamon, and salt and heat at […]

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Sponsored Recipe: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Roasted Chicken Thighs with Onion, Thyme, and D’Noir Prunes

[Recipe sponsored by Sunsweet D’Noir prunes] SERVES 4 If you want to wow on a weeknight, make this simply divine recipe and serve it with rice, soft polenta, or even crusty gluten-free bread to sop up the sauce.   4 large skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1⁄2 yellow onion, thinly sliced 3 sprigs thyme 12 Sunsweet D’Noir prunes 1⁄4 cup dry white wine 1⁄2 cup gluten-free chicken broth […]

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Sponsored Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped D’Noir Prunes with Pistachios and Manchego

[Recipe sponsored by Sunsweet D’Noir prunes] MAKES 15 The ever-tasty combination of salty and sweet makes these easy appetizers show-stoppers. You’ll need toothpicks for wrapping the prunes in the bacon.   15 Sunsweet D’Noir prunes 3 ounces Manchego cheese, cut into 15 small rectangles 30 pistachios, roughly chopped 5 slices gluten-free bacon, cut crosswise into thirds   Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Cut a slit […]

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Perfect GF Piecrust Recipe–with Vegan Variations!

MAKES ONE  (9-inch) STANDARD OR DEEP-DISH PIECRUST This recipe by Jeffrey Larsen shows how to make the ultimate GF piecrust—with vegan variations. (Just replace the butter with an equal amount of Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, and replace the sour cream with 2 tablespoons cold water.) Put this recipe in your back pocket and pull it out again and again for quiches and pies. FYI, This dough doesn’t need to rest […]

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