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Relish 15: March to a different beat

relish 15 | march 2014 | frannycakes picks gluten-free treats

Relish is a compendium of things to enjoy greatly and that add a little flavor to your gluten-free life. And it’s even better with a pinch of love.

Winter in Chicago is officially over, and, knock on wood, the snow has made a graceful exit for the season. Spring is here and that means brighter produce, longer evenings and plenty of rain.

Chow time

Food is starting to get a bit more vibrant as the seasons change.

relish 15 | march 2014 | frannycakes picks gluten-free treats

Pea Risotto (01) from Vegetarian Mamma is a delightful spring dinner when there is still a bit of bite to the wind. Life isn’t complete without a cocktail, and I’ve become quite a gin fan lately. The Scotsman’s Holiday (02) from Dine x Design is on my list for next weekend. Produce gets kicked up a notch in this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Strawberries (03) from The Tomato Tart. And when all else fails, some Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes from A Girl Defloured make a perfect comfort meal any time.

Air Mail

Life is better when presents come in the mail. It is even better when the contents of those presents are a surprise. I get everything from art supplies to snack mixes.

relish 15 | march 2014 | frannycakes picks gluten-free treats

As a designer, I often miss the hands on creativity that I used to have time for, and my Art Snacks box (01) allows me to try out new art supplies that I probably wouldn’t have bought for myself. To keep myself feeling pretty, I subscribe to BirchBox (02). They send a box of deluxe-sized cosmetic samples each month so I can try out new products before I buy them. When it come to food, there seems to be an ever-growing list of gluten-free subscription boxes, but my favorite is the G-Free Foodie box (03). Each month you get a box of gourmet gluten-free treats, and you can get paleo, GF DF and other allergen friendly boxes. Finally, I get a graze box (04) every week. Each box contains 4 snacks, and you can customize what snacks you get by letting them know how you like the different treats. If you click on the link, you’ll get your first box free.

What’s on deck

The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is going to be in Chicago this week, and I can’t wait to see old friends, make new ones and try all the new products. I am also working on a project for the month of April on the Chronic Positivity Project called #onapositivenote . You can follow along on Instagram.

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