Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hello. Long time...

Hello folks. It is a drizzly Sunday morning here on Cape Cod and I am headed to volunteer at the Piggy Trot. I want to start the blog out by apologizing to the few readers that I have. I am not good at blogging. I am not good at setting aside a half an hour to sit down at my laptop without other distractions and write a little snippet to you guys. It's not that I don't have ideas; it's that I have so much other stuff going on and this is not a priority.

The last few weeks have been get up, go to work, come home, make dinner, go to sleep, and repeat, with court appointments, doctor's appointments and x-rays and MRIs and visits with friends from out of state or out of the country thrown in between. I have put this blog on the back burner because I have not taken enough time for myself and I apologize. And in case you're worried, everything is fine. Nothing is life-threatening.

I also have not had time to experiment with any gluten free recipes or do much of anything else food-related. I did make a yummy but very salty chicken salsa verde in the crock pot last week which was good. I want up having to dump the quinoa and wash off the chicken so that I could eat it because it was way too spicy so I know how to fix that in the future. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things again soon. TJ and I have also been sick for the last week. I have to thank Vietnamese and Thai restaurants for noodle soups because they really help when I am feeling under the weather. My favorite place to go to for this is Thuan Lo on Rt. 28 in South Yarmouth. Every time I go in tell the older gentleman what is wrong with me and he gives me exactly what I need. Fabulous.

This Blog has been brought to you today by voice texting which for once did not mess up that many words. Hope everyone is doing well. Have a wonderful weekend I will try to get a blog post up later this week .love love love, Kate

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Hi folks. Sorry, I have been on hiatus. I was out of the state for a week and today has just been SLAMMED. I will try to get a post together for next Wed.

Please stay tuned.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review of Royal II Yarmouthport, MA

Yesterday I had an absolutely fabulous lunch at the Royal II Restaurant & Grill on 6A in Yarmouthport. A customer at work had recently recommended it to me as they have a good selection of gluten-free items on the menu. 

A friend and I arrived shortly after they opened (open @ 11:30 a.m.) and sat at the bar. There was one couple at a table but soon more people arrived. They have a great drink menu with lots of options. One of the owners, Paul Bolanos, waited on us. My friend and I know him from their other place, Royal Pizza, which we used to go to in Dennisport (also fabulous!) when we lived there and my friend worked at Chase & Merchant. Paul is such a nice guy and very knowledgeable. 

He served us each a slice of pizza, which I gave to my friend.It smelled amazing!  Paul saw this and asked "gluten?", to which I agreed. So he got me something special, which was a fantastic Greek soup, called Avgolemono, that has lemon, chicken, rice, and egg in it. "Greek penicillin," Paul joked. It was very good, a hint of lemon and a wonderful broth. Then we ordered vegetarian stuffed grape leaves, which are one of my favorite foods. These came with cut tomatoes and a marvelous Tzatziki  sauce. True Greek amazingness food. For entrees G ordered Veal Parmesan, but I was indecisive. I told Paul that I had been checking out the menu on-line and got excited about gluten free cheese ravioli, but sad because it wasn't on the menu in restaurant. Paul assured me that they have it (I was not looking at gluten-free specific menu), and they even have gluten-free bread! G's Veal Parm was "sexual" as he called it, which I will take his word for (no veal for me). My ravioli was PERFECT! I ordered marinara sauce with it, though I could have had vodka sauce. See the picture below. SO FREAKING GOOD! 

Paul and I talked about gluten-free cooking and what they use. They have gluten-free pizza dough, penne pasta, cheese ravioli, and bread. He didn't disclose the names of the products, or where they get them specifically, but he did tell me that they use GF cheese ravioli and stuffed shells which come from a woman on Nantucket. (They try to use local ingredients as much as they can. Most of the meat and fish are local. ) Paul noted that the veal parm and chicken parm can be gluten-free as well! Also, they can accommodate for vegetarian/vegans as well. 

5 stars. This place is absolutely wonderful. I recommend it to EVERYONE. Please check it out and tell them Kate sent you! 

Royal II is located at 715 Rt. 6A, Yarmouthport, MA. Here is their website: Royal II Grill

gluten free cheese ravioli

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nothing much to say

No major updates to give you. I didn't make anything new. No new recipes to share that I can think of. It's the end of March and I am grateful. March is one of my least favorite months.
See you in April.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread & review Green Lotus Cafe

Sorry for the late post, all 13 of my followers. It's been an insanely busy week. But here we go!

Here is another of my favorite recipes by Karina over at Gluten Free Goddess: Irish Soda Bread, paired w/ potato cabbage soup which I have not made, yet. The only substitutions I made were flax egg instead of actual eggs and currents instead of raisins. I have made this recipe before and it always come out great. This time it was a bit wet after 30 minutes, so I baked it for another 10 minutes and let it sit in the oven with the oven off for a few minutes. It was so good! I had some for breakfast a few days in a row.

I am writing this post from the Green Lotus Cafe in Hyannis, MA. This place is a little gem. How have I missed coming here for 3 years?! I had to get up early this morning to help a friend and I was settling on Starbucks for breakfast, when the internet reminded me of this place! Green Lotus is so freaking good! 
I came stumbling in right around opening and took a gander at the menu. Sandwiches, tea, bubble tea (!!), soups, and salads. Vegan options, gluten free options, smoothies and green juices! Plus Gluten free and vegan blueberry muffins and chocolate chip cookies right at the counter! Sold me on a Quick & Simple breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese, tomato, hold red onion, dijon mayo on Canyon gluten free bread).I had to throw in a chai with almond milk, of course. And a Nutella Blast smoothie for later. 
Oh yes, this place gets 5 stars. Absolutely fabulous. I'll definitely be coming here again. 
Go check Nate and his crew out at 349 Main St,Hyannis, MA.