[As you know, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness staff members are big Phillies fans. So when one of our volunteers, Nadina Fraimow, told us she shared the same passion for sports, wellness and all things Phillies, we had to get her on board. Nadina will be sharing her gluten-free experiences as she follows the Phillies year-round.]
A Phightin’ to Be Gluten-Free Blog
Off-season for the Phillies players means strictly business for the team’s management. The spotlight is on Ruben Amaro Jr. and his colleagues, as they invest in talent and, consequently, the team’s future. If the destination for a 2012 Phillies Dream Team is the World Series, then the journey begins now.
November is an exciting time of the year for my dream team, as we celebrate special milestones. Birthdays, anniversaries, an engagement and Thanksgiving festivities call for delicious gluten-free sweets. One memorable dessert is chocolate-covered pumpkin donuts from Sweet Freedom Bakery located in Philadelphia, just minutes from Citizens Bank Park.
Below is a new restaurant dish review on the following baseball-inspired scale:
Triple– Very good
Home Run– Must try
Grand Slam– Sublime
Grilled Lamb Chops with Seasonal Fruit Chutney at Steve and Cookie’s- Grand Slam
Overview: A sublime foodpairing of grilled lamb chops and seasonal fruit chutney completed the perfect meal.
The Scene: It was a special occasion at Steve and Cookie’s in Margate, NJ. As the Phillies management continued negotiations, we enjoyed an off-season dinner at the shore. The desirable, relaxed ambience included candles in the fireplace and live piano music.
Safe Dining: At Steve and Cookie’s, the chefs in the kitchen are educated in gluten-free and allergy friendly dining. The Weekly Specials Menu on Monday and Wednesday evening feature a 3 course gluten-free meal. Also, Steve and Cookie’s website includes gluten-free recipes from an October Celiac Awareness dinner the restaurant hosted.
Presentation: The three juicy, grilled lamb chops were plated in a stackable formation. The shine and char conveyed freshness from the grill. In addition, seasonal fruit chutney and green garnish accompanied the lamb chops. The cranberry, raisin and apple chutney resembled comfort food and offered a holiday-style element to the dish (Note: Seasonal fruit chutney was the chef’s gluten-free alternative to the pomegranate demi-glace on the appetizer menu. Also, I ordered with an additional potato side to replace the risotto and mushroom cake on the menu.)
Taste: The lamb chops were crisp and succulent – cooked to precision! The cranberries, raisins and apples in the chutney added a delicious playfulness and texture to the dish. Ginger, lemon, cider and cinnamon accompanied each tender bite.
Result: The Dream Team combination of grilled lamb chops and seasonal fruit chutney are “out of the ballpark” delicious. (Tip: I ordered two memorable gluten-free appetizers from the dinner menu in place of an entrée. Be creative when dining out and inquire about tasty, gluten-free recommendations from the chefs).
Everyone have a happy, healthy gluten-free Thanksgiving! Stay tuned for new restaurant and product reviews to enjoy during the baseball off-season. Be-Lee-ve it—spring training is just a few months away!
Nadina Fraimow began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in April 2011, and will be happy to answer messages sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org email account. Nadina learned that she has gluten sensitivity in February 2011, and is grateful for having been diagnosed promptly and correctly by a knowledgeable gastroenterologist. She enjoys running, shopping for gluten-free sweets and creating recipes that are both tasty and healthy. Nadina is a Marketing and Communications professional living and working in Philadelphia. Nadina is also a proud Penn State alumna and an avid fan of the Phillies.