Gluten-free from Bob's
One of the biggest names in grains has released a new gluten-free cookbook. "Bob's Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook: 281 Delicious Whole-Grain Recipes" (Robert Rose, $24.95) features 281 recipes that use the gluten-free flours such as amaranth, quinoa, millet, teff and more that have been part of Bob's Red Mill offerings for three decades. Author Camilla Saulsbury's recipes call for no refined flours or sugars, or xanthan gums, and range from breakfast to dinner to dessert. She believes that one of the simplest ways to make the transition to a gluten-free diet is not to eliminate all grains, but rather to explore ancient grains that are naturally gluten-free.
Seven Sundays coast to coast
Two years ago, we wrote about Seven Sundays, a locally made breakfast cereal that was tackling the market for muesli, that oatmeal mixture that usually is soaked overnight in milk or juice and eaten chilled (although it also can be cooked and eaten hot). Then, it was available in specialty stores and food co-ops, and moving into larger groceries. This month, owners Hannah and Brady Barnstable share word that their versions of the New Zealand staple now are available in groceries in almost all 50 states, including Target stores nationwide. They've updated their packaging to a more eco-friendly resealable bag with a front and full side window so you can see exactly what is inside. To find stores, visit www.sevensundays.com. Congrats!
New Isadore Nut Co. flavor
Speaking of local food efforts, the Isadore Nut Co. of Minneapolis heralds the latest addition to its line of gourmet nut mixes: Cocoa Kiss sounds sweet, but just barely. Cocoa combines with notes of cardamom, a crunch of cocoa nib and a bit of orange for a sophisticated treat that's also healthful, with pecans mixed with organic walnuts and cashews, lightly sweetened with local maple syrup. Owner Tasya Rosenfeld Kelen also makes Cayenne Kick, Cinnamon, and Zesty Lemon Rosemary nut mixes, which come in recyclable or reusable glass containers. For store locations, online ordering, or to learn more, visit www.isadorenutco.com.
Epicurious gets a face-lift
Twenty years ago, there were no vast recipe websites. Then Condé Nast launched Epicurious, a compilation of recipes from Bon Appétit and Gourmet magazines. Now, it's promoting its first big redesign, with more content providers such as Food 52 and HarperCollins Publishers; new features such as a design customized for desktop, tablet and mobile; new products such as "Cook It," an interactive tool that predicts what users want to cook based on their personal tastes, and "How to Cook Now," with recipes that can be prepared in 22 minutes or less. And, as they say, so much more. Visit www.epicurious.com.
Victory Garden Edible Feast
The folks at The Perennial Plate website put their filmmaking skills to work last fall in the production of the PBS series "Victory Garden Edible Feast," which we wrote about in January at its TV debut (see story at tinyurl.com/m5mvwcq). The series will now be available online, with a new episode released for each of the next 13 weeks at www.theperennialplate.com. Its first episode features Minnesota connections (LTD Farm, Mhonpaj's Garden, chef Jamie Malone and Tiny Diner Farm).