Where Have I Been? (And Recent Favorites)
Well, it’s been awhile. I apologize for my absence, and I wish I could say that I’ll be back at my frequent posts, but I’m not sure that is the case. The school year finished up at its normal, crazy pace, allowing little to no time for blog posts. My creative juices also haven’t been flowing as much as I’d like because at the end of the day, I’m wiped, and would rather watch an episode of “Ellen” or “Around the World in 80 Plates” than write.
I’m 35 weeks pregnant so we’re in the final stretch. Baby Girl Metcalf is healthily growing and I’d like her to keep baking for at least a few more weeks. It’s a relief to get to this point though because if she made her debut today, she would be just fine.
I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite things in the last couple of months. I’ll give you more in the next few weeks but here is just a “taste”…
Talenti Gelato: This gelato has been my go-to weeknight dessert. They clearly label which of their gelatos are gluten free. It is creamy, delicious and a fun splurge. My personal favorites are the chocolate peanut butter cup and sea salt caramel. Check out all of their flavors here.
Verde Taqueria: Verde has existed in the Atlanta area for awhile but in the last year they’ve opened one close to us. Verde notes all of the items on their menu that can be made gluten free. My favorites include the Verde Salad with grilled chicken and the veggie taco. Just make sure you clearly explain your dietary needs. If you’re in the mood for chips and guac (which are delicious), just check with your server to see when they were prepared that day. Usually they fry them first thing in the morning before the fryer gets contaminated. While I love Taqueria del Sol, Verde has a bit bigger menu (i.e. the salad option) and you don’t have to wait in line.
Burge Organic Farm CSA: I participated in this CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) in the fall and renewed for the spring and summer. Getting these weekly veggies has revived my cooking and creativity, making me experiment with produce that I wouldn’t necessarily pick out at the store. I enjoy swiss chard once I make it, but it’s not at the top of my culinary list. If you’re feeling like you’re in a cooking rut, you should definitely think about joining a CSA. What better way to welcome summer, than cooking with the veggies that are the freshest?
Palmetto Pimento Cheese: This amazing pimento cheese has become a staple in the Metcalf household. We discovered it via our friends, Peyten and Stan, and were thrilled to find it in our local Publix. I’ve always liked pimento cheese but this brand stands above the rest. They were recently out of Palmetto at Publix so we went with a different brand and there was no comparison. We didn’t even finish the container. And, all three of their varieties (orginal, jalapeño and bacon) are gluten free. They use Hellman’s mayo, which is gluten free.
What are some of your favorite things right now?