Until now I really did not like the idea of pot luck dinners. Some would say it is because I am an anal retentive, OCD control freak. I would say that I am a gracious hostess who does not feel it polite to make my guests work for their dinner. And maybe I would have the tiniest bit of apprehension about what people would bring to the party. Like what if we had 18 side dishes and no main course? And ok, the truth be told I may worry ever so slightly about the quality of the food, the presentation and…OK, so maybe those people who think I am an anal retentive, OCD control freak are not completely off base.
But that was before I decided to host this month’s Go ahead honey, it’s gluten free round up.
This month’s theme was Manly Food and when Naomi and I discussed this we worried that perhaps we would end up with 10 recipes for ribs. But let me tell you, we have a full course of manly food from soup to dessert with plenty of meat and sides as well.
So welcome to our testosterone fueled party and without further ado let’s see who brought what to the party!
First off it’s cocktail time. The originator of the Go ahead honey, it’s gluten-free monthly blogging event, Naomi Devlin has submitted Elderflower Cordial. Naomi’s posts are so thoughtful and beautiful they at once bring tears of joy and tenderness to my eyes. So let’s raise our glasses and have a toast with this lovely concoction. I’ll have mine on the rocks with gin, if you please!
For our starter I say lets pop over to Rachael’s at The Crispy Cook for some Barbecued Shrimp with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce. Rachael sells books and from the way she writes I venture to say she does a lot of reading as well. This will get our grill started for what’s to come.
And what would a proper dinner be with out soup. Fortunately Penny from The Elysium Eatery has whipped us up a beautiful Pea and Mint Soup that be served hot or cold. It is one of her hubby’s favorite foods and we are fortunate she has decided to share.
For our next course, let’s have tacos! This great post from Ben over at What’s Cooking has all sorts of tortillas and some amazing looking cochinita pibil. Sure he included some wheat tortillas in his post but we are going to totally overlook that because these cochinita pibil are amazing, made with corn tortillas and Ben is an actual man! Let’s face it, he can actually provide the testosterone to our little man-fest party over here!
And speaking of testosterone that brings us to our next entry from the oh-so wonderful Nick at Peanut Butter Boy. I love this guy! He has a whole freaking blog that revolves around peanut butter and he has submitted the very pinnacle of testosterone deliciousness with his Elvis Burger!
Next off, let’s have some chicken shall we? Pop over to see Jenn at Jenn Cuisine for an amazing Roasted Chicken with Sage Butter Pesto and a little story about how she learned to roast a bird. Delightful and economical – very important in these challenging financial times.
What would manly food be with out red meat? We have a veritable buffet of rich red meat starting with Amy from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s entry of Pot Roast, Gravy and Carrots. This is a meal in itself. I have yet to meet a man who did not like pot roast! And best yet, for those of us who live where it is blistering hot these days her method leaves you with a cool kitchen and a fantastic dinner.
Also offering a full meal is Katrina from Gluten Free Gidget. Her Crockpot Pulled Pork with Gluten Free Hamburger Buns, Sweet Potato Fries and Baked Beans are enough to fill up the hungriest of hungry men anywhere. She even gives us permission to do a little watermelon seed spitting at her place.
Not to be outdone in the whole dinner department is Kim from The Food Allergy Coach. Her honey was the inspiration for this amazing and gluten free Chicken fried Steak with Oven Sweet Potatoes and Grilled Zucchini. Obviously this is a woman who understands that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
What would manly food be with cooking something in hot oil? Let’s take a tiny break from eating for a second and get a great tutorial on frying gluten free style from Cheryl at My Realistic Life. This is a great post with lots of useful info for when you want to fry up something.
Ok, back to eating so let’s head over to Without Adornment for a visit with Christine or Bean as she is known to her friends. Christine is a newlywed and from the looks of this recipe her hubby must kiss the ground she walks on. She is serving up Bean’s Bison Burgers with Garlic Basil Buns.
Still feeling a little puckish? Well, Shirley from Gluten Free Easily has just the fix for that. She has whipped up a Honey Pepper Steak that looks to die for and has also bravely (and I say this with experience now) and graciously agreed to host next month’s Go ahead honey, it’s gluten free round up! Her theme for July is “Make Me a Happy Camper” so let’s all meet over at her place next month for some singing and eating ‘round the campfire!
Alright, you just can’t talk about manly food without getting to ribs and Sara from Breaking Up With Bread has not disappointed us. Her C’s Sriracha Braised Ribs look easy and are literally making my mouth water. She is even offering us a salad because I guess her estrogen got the better of her and figured we needed a little green to go with all that red (meat).
When you are firing up that grill to throw some meat on fire it is always nice to have a smoky, spicy rub to put on it first and Laura from Mouthgasmic gives us her creation of Smoky Red Meat Rub that is sure to liven up any roast or steak you rub it on.
Now for a little beefcake. No I am not going to post photos of buff firemen. Tracee from Mrs. Ed’s Research and Recipes is offering up Beefcake with Jalapeno Remoulade. I love the recipe almost as much as I love the name!
And if all this testosterone fueled food has not yet grown hair on your chest then this next submission is sure to do the trick. Sophie from Flour Arrangements has made Grow Hair on Your Chest Pork and Beans. OK, if you are a woman then hair on your chest is probably not desirable but these recipes certainly are.
And we can’t forget about chili! What man (or woman) doesn’t love a good chili? We will forgive Meg from Gorgeous Gluten Free Girlfriend for the girly name she gave her Princess Steak Chili because with two kinds of beef, bacon and spices it is one manly dish.
Too much meat? Then let’s get over to The Daily Dietribe for some BBQ Tofu Enchilada Bake. Iris is new to blogging and we welcome her with open arms, especially when she cooks up such fabulous fare!
What is a dinner party with out side dishes? Our first one comes from Chaya over at Comfy Cook. Chaya is also new to our blogging community but she is sure to make a big splash with her gluten free Crunch Noodle Salad. Just the thing to round out our meal.
Now we most definitely need potatoes. This next side comes from the delightful Aoife at The Daily Spud who I had the pleasure of meeting in person in Seattle at the IFBC. She is Irish and wonderful and makes the most amazing things out of potatoes including her Manly Spuds.
Our next side come from yours truly, Gluten-free Onion Rings. Now I noticed that the majority of women that submitted recipes dedicated their posts and dishes to the men in their lives while my post was pretty much all about Hugh Jackman. Does that make me a food blogging ‘ho? Oh well, I only cheat in my dreams, my hubby is the love of my life!
Now it’s time for dessert. And lucky us, we have two choices. First let’s grab some Doughnuts from Kelly at The Spunky Coconut. Thank goodness her man is into sweets and the inspiration for these gluten free doughnuts. All I can say is pass me another one of those babies!
Last but certainly not least we end off our ‘round-the-world-manly dining-tour with a stop at Kitchen Therapy for some Tart Cherry Pie with Sorghum Crust. Linda offered us a choice of dishes to decide which was most manly and I chose the pie because, well, it’s pie. I love pie, my hubby loves pie, my kids love pie and every one I know loves pie. Especially this pie!
So there you go! We have had us one manly feast. Thanks to all of you who submitted recipes and let me point out that we had a few submissions from blog authors of blogs that are not exclusively gluten-free. Don’t you just love the fact that we can all get along as one big gluten free community and party with each other? I do and I thank you very sincerely, this was fun!
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