Picnic Fare

Hello everyone! I hope your 4th of July weekend was fantastic!

This was my first gluten-free holiday filled with two picnics and many many leftovers. Now, normally I would eat my fair share of burgers, dogs, and cake, but this holiday was a little different. The first big switch I made was a bunless burger with lettuce as my “bun”. It was great! Super fresh and very filling!

Now, the second biggest task to my weekend besides asking nearly everyone at the picnics what was in their dish, was creating my own dish. Something I’m sure a lot of my friends and Facebook followers know is that I love cooking and baking. So, making up my mind as to what to share with my family and friends is a huge decision. I had planned to make something with fresh local vegetables since a new produce stand just opened up in our town (if you’re in Southern Lancaster County, I highly recommend visiting Meck’s produce stand along Beaver Valley Pike outside of Quarryville). That’s when I came up with the plan to put a twist on a picnic favorite–summer tomato salad.

Your normal summer tomato salad comes with cherry or grape tomatoes, corn, and avocado. So to shake things up, I added a creamy chipotle dressing. The homemade chipotle sauce I got from a friends dad (thanks Erik Junggust!) and I added a base of sour cream so there wouldn’t be too much bite to the dish. Below is instructions on how to recreate this creamy chipotle garden salad:

  1. Cook 2 ears of corn however you like. I baked mine, husks and all, in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool the corn so it’s easy to touch then de-kernel your corn. Set aside.
  2. Cut about a pint of grape or cherry tomatoes in half. Combine cooked corn and cut tomatoes in a medium size bowl.
  3. Dice two avocados and fold into your corn and tomato mix.
  4. To prepare your creamy chipotle sauce you’ll first need a chipotle dressing base (this one will work just fine). I added 3 tbsps of the dressing to about a 1/2 C of sour cream. You can adjust the amount of kick by increasing or decreasing the amount of chipotle dressing you include. Fold in the mixed sauce to your vegetables.
  5. Serve cold. If not immediately serving place a layer of plastic wrap directly on top of the salad so the avocado isn’t exposed to oxygen which will turn it brown.
  6. Optional: Add four chopped leaves of fresh basil for added flavor!
    Tada!

    Tada!

    Keep checking back for more updates on my first experiences going gluten-free and my first time experimenting with Goldilocks Goodies sandwich bread!

New Guest Writer!

Hello Everyone!

My name is Vanessa Robins, Emily’s cousin, and I’ll be the guest writer for the next month or so! I’m a recent graduate from York College of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English Literature and I’m new to the gluten-free world.

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I have had digestive issues my entire life and recently decided to try a gluten-free diet for the entire month of July– yes the month of picnics with hotdogs, hamburgers, and cookies. I will be experimenting (and I’m sure failing a little) with recreations of my favorite recipes, new experiences, and of course new ways to use Goldilocks Goodies products! Hopefully you’ll join me in this fun filled and challenging adventure!

 

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An exciting weekend for Goldilocks Goodies! Just finished our first ever Gluten-Free Expo, hopefully beginning an annual tradition to meet fellow gluten-free business owners, bakers, and foodies.  If you attended, you had the chance to meet my mom and dad, who were my volunteer staff for the event.  My mom is my fellow-baker and knowledge of all things baking in the kitchen.  We put on some Motown, aprons, and get to work in the kitchen together! My dad got to wear the apron this time at the expo. 

If you were one of the attendees, then you also got a giveaway from me – a handmade personalized clothespin.  I wanted to give something useful that speaks to Goldilocks Goodies brand as hand-made, recyclable, and thoughtful.  Here’s a list to get you started of the many uses of clothespins.  Feel free to add a suggestion in the comment section.

1. Use them on curtains – either to tie back or to hold closed (in hotel room when traveling)

2. Clip on dryer sheet so can easily find and re-use while scent still lasts.

3. Clip dishtowel to pant/skirt waist for instant apron.

4. Clip to edge of covered saucepan to let a little steam escape.

5. Keep outdoor Christmas lights in place

6. Hold cloth in place while hemming if you don’t have a safety pin

7. Clip to handle of dish taking to potluck with description of dish/owner

8.  Keep a book open to your page if you’re reading while eating or as a bookmark

9. Clip business cards together after an event to follow-up the next day

10. Clip on ribbon of wrapped gift to attach a gift card

More creative ideas can be found on my Pinterest board