I Heart Gluten Free Girl and the Chef

I’ve been reading Shauna’s blog since long before I started my own. I think her writing is amazing…her talent tugs me in with each post…I must read every word.

Shauna has shared the most personal moments of her life with the world through her writing. Her courtship and marriage to Danny. The birth and growth of daughter Lucy. And now her new book, co-written with Danny, is finally here.

The power of the food blogosphere is such that even though I have never met Shauna and Danny, I like them. Immensely. The combination of Shauna’s writing and gluten-free expertise with Danny’s professional cooking chops could only result in something beautiful. So when the opportunity arose to cook and blog about recipes from Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story with 100 Tempting Recipes, I jumped at the chance.

They sent me three recipes. I made them all. So without further ado, let’s get out on the floor for some dancing with gluten free girl and the chef.

This is the Fresh Pasta with Anchovies, Lemon and Olives.

I will be honest: the idea of making gluten-free fresh pasta kind of scared the bejeezus out of me. But I did it…and it was easy ! You’ll notice my pasta strands are rather thick. That’s because I used the pasta extruder nozzle of my juicer to make them. It worked beautifully and was fun. My 8 year old daughter and I had an absolute blast making these noodles.

And the sauce? Holy cow…the flavor is intense and amazing….briny and sensous. I savored every bite.

I also made these Seared Shrimp with Garlic Almond Sauce. They’re so elegant…yet so simple to make. This is elevated home cooking folks…something you’d happily eat in a restaurant, but that you can have at home with no fuss, in less than 10 minutes. This is my kind of recipe.

The sauce is so good, I wanted to eat it by the spoonful (and did). My son, too, could not get enough. With the seared shrimp, it is perfect. But there are so many other ways to eat it…I have some left over in the refrigerator and can’t wait to have more.

The third and final recipe was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies.

I am constantly floored by Shauna and Danny’s skill in the area of gluten-free baking. I have made a few of the baked goods from the blog, and they are always great. Not great in spite of being gluten-free…just great. These brownies are no exception. We’re big chocolate and peanut butter fans around here so these were a huge success.

So I’m definitely getting the book…I can’t wait to make more of the recipes (and to read more of this fabulous couple’s story). Whether you eat gluten-free or not, I do hope you’ll do the same.

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

This post is also part of a group effort to promote Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story with 100 Tempting Recipes. Shauna has posted a round up of all participating blogs over at Gluten Free Girl, so please be sure to check it out.

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  2. What a great post! It was so cool to make the pasta with your daughter. I can’t wait until my son is old enough to do that. But he was old enough to keep dipping his fingers in the garlic almond sauce. He had never tried shrimp before. And now he is a fanatic.

    Beautiful pictures, too.


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  4. Such beautiful recipes and photos — my copy of the book arrived today and I can’t wait to read it and cook from it. I was lucky to meet Shauna in IFBC in Seattle last month and she is as warm and wonderful in person as she is in her writing. I never even considered buying a gluten free cookbook until now.

  5. A pasta extruder! What a fun way to make pasta! Wish I had one (and a juicer, for that matter). And I agree – Shauna and Danny’s recipes are great. Not great for being gf, just great. Period. Their cookbook is such a treasure!

    • That juicer has been one of my absolute favorite kitchen purchases. We love making fresh veggie juice, and the fact that you can make pasta with it is icing on the cake. I can’t wait to make more of the recipes from the book…

  6. They all look so delicious — I don’t know which one to make first! I’ve been playing a lot with GF baking the past few months, so those brownies are looking tempting. . .

  7. Wishing I had a pasta extruder when I made this over the weekend! *grin* Although rolling by hand made me appreciate the dish even more. And your brownies looks so peanut-buttery and delicious!

    • I tried rolling them by hand initially and it quickly became clear it was not going to be easy ;) They were a little thick but so easy to do this way…