Puerto Rican Pastelón – A Naturally Gluten Free Dish

Rectangular slice of pastelon with garlic mayo ketchup spread on the top.

Pastelón de platano maduro is a Latin-American layered dish made with ripe plantains and a meat filling. Popular in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, I was introduced to the Puerto Rican version first through my fiancé and fell in love. Who knew Latin America had so many gluten-alternative dishes and ingredients readily available … Read more

Store Find: Manini’s Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Ravioli

box of manini's roasted tomato & basil ravioli

Finding gluten-free noodles without corn flour or corn starch is fairly easy in grocery stores nowadays, but finding Italian pre-made items, such as ravioli, that are both dairy-free and gluten-free (it’s usually one or the other, not both) is uncommon. Then there’s the additional complication that the dairy-free filling needs to be coconut-free as well, … Read more

Staple Recipe: Dashi Stock (slow cooker method)

dashi stock in 2 quart containers

Dashi stock is a staple in the Japanese kitchen and there are many ways to prepare it. Traditionally, dashi is made by either soaking konbu in cold water for a long period of time, or heating konbu in hot simmering water for a several minutes (never boil though! Supposedly konbu creates a bitter taste if … Read more

Salmon Miso Stew

salmon miso stew

This stew is based on a hot pot variant called “Ishikari Nabe”. I first discovered this hot pot watching a video from Cooking With Dog. Made from a delicious broth of konbu, salmon, potato, and miso, this broth is poured into an ingredient-packed stone pot and served in the center of a table with extra … Read more