Gluten-free bridal shower

I recently hosted my dear sister Kristin’s Bridal Shower. Of course, the Bridesmaids and I planned a gluten-free and corn-free Bridal Shower, in order for the hostess to also partake in yummy Tea Party foods. On the menu, Gluten-Free Tea Sandwiches (made with Rice Flour bread), Berry Trifle (made with Betty Crocker’s Gluten-Free Cake Mix), Gluten-Free Mini Berry Tartlets, Curried Chicken Salad, and Strawberry Spinach Salad. Nobody even noticed that the cake and mini-tarts were Gluten-Free, but of course I could not hesitate to share this info with all the guests!

Homemade Gluten-Free Ravioli with Chef Brigitte

Voila. Homemade gluten-free Ravioli

I haven’t attempted homemade pasta in awhile; my first attempt resulted in so-so results (hard texture/chewy results).

Our friend Chef Brigitte (currently on Cooking Channel) was home for a visit and I asked if she wouldn’t mind lending her culinary skills to helping me make homemade gluten-free ravioli.

Here are some shots from our fun cooking session; Chef S eagerly willing to help out.  We used a premixed Gluten-Free French Bread mix for the dough; you can use your favorite GF bread or dough recipe.  We stuffed with a variety of ingredients (I went a little crazy at the market: fresh herbs, roasted butternut squash, pecorino, manchego, & mizithra cheeses, and italian sausage).

Brigitte added a lot more liquid & egg to the dough to ensure a nice soft, doughy texture.
Chef Brigitte with Sous Chef S rolling out the dough

Final product before cooking them up!

Artisanal Gluten-Free Pasta

Rustichella Artisanal Gluten-Free Rice Pasta

I relish over the few months I lived abroad in Florence, Italy, during my undergrad days. There truly is nothing like real, homemade Italian pasta. Since going gluten-free, I’ve been searching for a gluten-free pasta that has that perfect texture, as an Italian-made pasta.

Thanks to Rustichella pasta, those that partake in gluten-free dining can enjoy the wonderful consistency and taste of Italian made pasta (made from corn or rice), without the gluten!  Perfect with fresh herbs, your favorite sauce, or a little pancetta, olive oil and garlic, this pasta will not disappoint.

Can be found at Market Hall in Oakland, CA or online.