5 Phoenix Dishes I Miss Most Now That I'm Eating Gluten-Free
Once upon a time, I could eat anything. I traveled the Valley of the Sun, nibbling here and there, happy in my gluten-filled world, blissful in my celiac-disease ignorance. I had many favorite dishes that I would return to again and again.
Judy Nichols Blueberry brioche from Tammie Coe can't be duplicated in a gluten-free form.
Now that I can't eat them, you should. Here are five:
Blueberry brioche toast from Tammie Coe and her husband MJ
Oh, bliss on a plate. I would revel in the deliciousness of this amazing piece of pastry that was the result of the dynamic duo's combined skills. A piece of brioche made by famously good bread maker Michael John, covered with an almond paste, sliced almonds, and fresh blueberries, then broiled to caramelized delectability. There is no equivalent in my gluten-free world, so I must only dream of days past.
Chicken-fried steak at the TEXAZ Grill
Chicken-fried steak at the TEXAZ Grill is one of the things I miss most now that I'm gluten-free.
This crisp, gravy-smothered Texas-size plate of steak goodness got me through my pregnancy 19 years ago. I had morning sickness and afternoon-sickness and late-night sickness. I threw up. A lot. The smell of the parking garage made me throw up after work on a nearly daily basis. My husband cooking with fresh basil drove me out of the house. But the chicken-fried steak at the TEXAZ Grill, which was called something else back then, along with the sides of mashed potatoes and corn and a bucket of root beer (no caffeine, no aspartame for my fetus), would settle my tummy right down. It was my favorite pregnancy meal, and my best friend would take me there at least once a week. It is perhaps responsible for many extra pounds that never came off, but I also think it made my son a happy camper and helped shape his friendly, down-home personality.
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