So GoodJune/July 2009 Issue

Some Gluten-Free - Dairy-Free Grilling Seasoning

Coconut Cream
Canned coconut milk separates in the can into two distinct components—a watery liquid and a rich cream. Use the liquid in soups or baking or to cook rice. Use the ceam in curries, sauces or desserts. You can shake the can before opening to get a smooth milk.

Purchase coconut cream from stores that specialize in South East Asian, Indian and Pacific Island foods or from spirit suppliers (it’s used in drinks like pina colada). Don't substitute cream of coconut, which has been sweetened and thickened.

Can't find coconut cream? You can make your own. Put 2 cups desiccated coconut in a food processor with ½ cup milk of choice (cow, rice, soy, hemp). Process for two minutes. Pour mixture into a bowl and let sit for an hour. Strain.

Cumin Seeds
Cumin seeds, an essential flavoring in curries, are delicious with lamb, red peppers, carrots and egg dishes. Toasting cumin seeds enhances their rich, earthy aroma and flavor.

To toast, put seeds in a small, dry skillet over medium heat. Toast for a few minutes, shaking the pan occasionally until seeds start popping, darken in color and smell fragrant. Grind the seeds in a spice grinder or pulverize them with a mortar and pestle. When cool, store seeds in an airtight jar until used.

A favorite of classic French cuisine, tarragon’s strong anise flavor has a special affinity with chicken and salads. It also works with eggs, if tolerated, and creamy sauces.

Tarragon dries reasonably well, staying true to flavor. Dried tarragon is more pungent than fresh, so use half the quantity if substituting for fresh.

To release the fragrance and flavor of dried tarragon, rub the leaves between the palms of your hands

Verjuice is the juice of unripe green grapes or other sour fruit, such as gooseberries or crab apples. Milder, a bit sweeter and fruitier than lemon juice or vinegar, verjuice can replace either in vinaigrettes or salad dressings and can be used in delicate gravies or sauces.

Once a bottle of verjuice is opened, keep it refrigerated and use it within three months.

Verjuice is available in gourmet food stores. Can’t find it? Substitute a crisp, fruity white wine, such as Riesling.

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