The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest 2011 Summary

Welcome to The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest summary! We have had a blast cooking up creative pizza recipes over the past two weeks, and we have enjoyed reading all of your contributions. You guys are a talented bunch! We hope you are inspired by all of these gluten-free pizza recipes, and we hope it opens your eyes to the endless possibilities of the gluten-free lifestyle. Gluten-free can be gourmet too; just check out all of the submissions below! [Read more...]

The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 9: Artichoke, Bacon and Basil Pizza

Welcome to Day 9 of The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest. In preparing for this food fest, I brainstormed some of my favorite flavors and wrote down different pizza combinations. The combination of artichoke, bacon and basil sounds a little strange but it works.  Trust me. This pizza literally has three of my favorite things. I love artichokes and use them often in pasta dishes, hummus recipes and salads. Bacon of course, is a house favorite. We can’t get enough of it around here. Basil is such a wonderful herb. It is so versatile, and of course, my favorite way to use basil is as a pesto. [Read more...]

The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 6: White Pizza with Capers

Happy Valentine’s Day! Make this pizza tonight for your special date. It is sure to put a smile on their face. The rich, creamy white pizza pairs perfectly with the salty capers. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? We like to avoid the crowds at restaurants and stay in for this special holiday. This year is my turn to plan (we alternate each year), and we are having pizza, and lots of it. Yesterday, I spent the gorgeous sunny afternoon in my beloved kitchen; baking pizzas and shooting pictures. This is the final week of The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest. You are going to love what we have in store for you this week. Remember, if you want to be a part of the final pizza fest summary, email me your blog post link. [Read more...]

The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 5: Potato Pizza with Herbes De Provence

Welcome to Day 5 of The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest! We are rolling right along in our gluten-free pizza series. Today’s recipe is a favorite of mine. It’s delicious and perfect for entertaining. A mouth-watering tip is to make a rich tomato soup to serve with this pizza. Dip the potato pizza in the warm soup. It’s the perfect companion.

The Gluten-Free Pizza Party is rockin’ and rollin’. It will be held at Parkside Restaurant on February 24th, from 7-9 p.m. Cover charge is $20 a person, alcohol is separate. If you are interested in trying a variety of gluten-free pizzas, made with homemade and pre-made crusts, then RSVP here. We look forward to meeting you!

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The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 4: Pizza for Dogs

Introducing our three fur kids: Spike, Red and Mario. These three little ones bring so much joy into our lives. I love animals and I always have. Each one of them is special in their own way. One of the things I find most precious is that they are always there for you, no matter what. No matter how bad of day you might be having; when you come home to your precious dogs, their tails are always wagging and they are so excited to see your face. It always makes me smile. Believe it or not, my dogs favorite treats are raw vegetables, especially raw broccoli. Cheese is also a favorite of theirs, but who doesn’t love cheese? I thought I would treat them to a special snack for Spike’s birthday.

Make sure and stop by the Austin Chronicle website today, or pick up a print version. The newest issue includes restaurants that are gluten-free friendly, edible gluten-free friendly gifts, and book reviews by two of my favorite local gluten-free authors. You don’t want to miss this issue. It is full of helpful information.

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The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 3: Roasted Garlic and Three Cheese Pizza

I’m a firm believer that garlic makes everything taste better. Roasting garlic brings the flavors to the next level. Not only does the garlic turn into a sweet, nutty paste when roasted; it also makes the house smell heavenly. Roast garlic and add it to sauces, salad dressings, pasta dishes, or spread it on a freshly baked slice of gluten-free bread. Your taste buds will thank you. Just like they will thank you when you try this pizza recipe. Cheese + fresh herbs + tangy tomato sauce + roasted garlic = heavenly combination.

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The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 2: Top Shelf Pizza

This is my favorite type of pizza. Just simple ingredients: creamy mozzarella, rich tomato sauce, salty parmesan and sweet basil. It’s great. Some call this Pizza Margherita. I call it Top Shelf Pizza, and apparently The Grove does too. The Grove is a restaurant located in Westlake Hills. They have a few gluten-free friendly options, including gluten-free pizza (Gluten-Free Kneads crusts). On rainy days, or days when I’m feeling just plain lazy, I love to call in orders to-go at The Grove. I often order their Top Shelf Pizza. Comforting, simple and delicious. [Read more...]

The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 1: Dessert Pizza

Welcome to the first recipe installment for The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest! I am so excited to share this event with you all. I hope you enjoy all the recipes we have coming up the next several days. Growing up, I always loved dessert pizzas made with apples. This is strange, because I am not a dessert person at all. As you can tell from my blog recipe index; I love to create main dishes, snacks and appetizers. Don’t get me wrong…an occasional cookie, slice of cake or key lime pie are delicious.  But, I’d rather have something salty or savory. This pizza is special because it is both savory and sweet. You will enjoy this pizza time and time again! [Read more...]

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Balsamic Onions

Gluten-Free BBQ Chicken Pizza with Balsamic Onions. Tangy sweet onions with juicy chicken, creamy mozzarella and crispy crust. Enough said.

You will be singing the joys of gluten-free eating once you have tried this recipe. [Read more...]

The Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen

The Grove, a locally owned wine bar and kitchen, is located in the heart of Westlake. Their mission: to provide a casual, inviting atmosphere where families and friends may come together for a pleasant tasting meal and a wonderful glass of wine. They have succeeded at both and The Grove continues to impress me every time I visit. The best thing about the restaurant- their ginormous oak tree out back with the intertwining Christmas lights that give a unique, romantic atmosphere.

The menu does not list gluten-free items but they do offer a gluten-free rice pasta as well as gluten-free pizza crusts (Gluten-Free Kneads). Normally when I visit The Grove, I am in a pizza mood. Their pizzas are great and hit the spot every time. My favorite is the Top Shelf pizza-  a blend of marinara, garlic, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and basil. [Read more...]