Friday, September 26, 2008

Wild Weather

Last night was supposed to be a pretty hectic night. I actually was planning on having a Lara Bar for dinner on my way downtown to walk in Light the Night. A co-worker had gotten me involved and her determination inspired me to join the team. She's an awesome girl with a ton of willpower and she's great at getting me motivated to walk more. Plus she's been super supportive of me since I found out I had Celiac's Disease. She made gluten free turkey sausage balls for a party once!! (And they were Dee-lish-us, maybe I can convince her to share the recipe)

However, last night turned out to be a super awesome, super COZY night. A sub-tropical storm hit my little coastal town yesterday morning and stayed on throughout the night. We had a TON of rain dumped and the wind was anywhere from 30-40 mph. So even though the walk is rain or shine, they decided to cancel it due to wind and flooding and move the more "festive" parts of the walk indoors. They were still going to have free food (which I couldn't eat) and lots of survivors and such. Needless to say I was bummed. I was really looking forward to walking with my friend and one of my very best friends works for the Society and she was going to walk as well. But the Society was still able to raise money and reach their goal. We'll have to walk another time.

So I flaked on the entire event at the hotel. I have had a pretty busy week and hadn't really had a night at home. Plus I have been itching to cook lasgana ever since I found Tinkyada Lasagna noodles when I visited my sister in Charlotte. So, with the help of a friend, I made Gluten Free Pepperoni Lasagna. YUMMMMMMM.My friend cooked the lasagna noodles while I was finishing up work. She said they were super simple to cook. A few of them tore, but for the most part, they stayed intact. The first layer was a smattering of Bove's Vodka Sauce. Then three noodles, Organic Valley Ricotta, Hormel Pepperoni, and lastly Mozzarella. Repeat 3 times. Top off with cheese and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. It wasn't until halfway through that we realized you need to cook it covered, so ours was only covered for half. But it didn't change it in the least. I have a pretty wonky stove, in that the top doesn't really heat that much, so covering isn't totally necessary.

The lasagna was AWESOME. Tinkyada noodles are really good. You would never know they are gluten free. And I love the pepperoni with the salty cheese, like a pizza! Plus the best part is there was plenty for lunch today! So we ate our lasagna and watched Wheel of Fortune. Cozy and dry.

Then my boyfriend and I watched My Name is Earl and The Office, we were so excited for new episodes!!


Meg said...

Yeah for a cozy night! The lasagna looks so good. I have been wanting to try those noodles, so I am glad you posted about them!

Steph said...

I have been dying to make a gluten free lasagna! Haven't gotten around to trying it yet. Yours looks delicious.

My boyfriend and I LOVE The Office! We're super excited for the season premiere! He's out of town, so it's sitting waiting for us on our DVR!

MoonGoddess said...

Bumming it was. I had been looking forward to seeing all the balloons, smiling faces & just having another excuse to hang out with everyone. Plus you know I was kinda looking forward to testing my limits. I'm learning to have will power!

You are too sweet & I'm really glad you enjoyed sausage cheese balls! Might have to make them again sometime soon. They are too yummy but a bit much for just one person to have around the house.


1 lb sausage, I used turkey instead of pork, but whatever your preference
1 lb shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 & 1/2 cups gluten free baking mix (actual recipe called for bisquik but the Bob's Red Mill package of GF Baking Mix was perfect size & consistency)

Combine the sausage & cheese in a large bowl. Add baking mix & just mix it together until it is well combined. Takes a while & you get to the point where you feel like its NEVER going to mix together, but its just pass that breaking point where it comes together. I promise the flour WILL get mixed in. Then roll into small balls, size of large marbles. Smaller they are the less time it takes to bake, but you want them a good bite sized. Main thing is to keep them all about the same size so they take the same amount of time to cook.

Place balls onto a baking sheet & pop into a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

...big suggestion... let them cool before popping them into your mouth! ;) Learned that the hard way.

Marlow said...

Oh I love you for posting this recipe! I just told Parrish that you posted it and he said, "Awesome! We should use Brooke's BBQ sauce in them." BBQ sauce...? So I may make a tiny batch as a test but not the whole batch because those suckers are too good to ruin!!

MoonGoddess said...

mmm... Brooke's BBQ sauce.... sorry lost in that memory for a moment.

I bet the would be better rolled in the sauce afterward.

Sounds delightfully deeee-lish!